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Current Students

 LLC Students’ Research Interests

Frank Anderson   David Balosa

Sociolinguistics, Language Policies, Language Domination, Spanish and Linguistic Minority Rights in the United States, Intercultural Communication and Cultural Exchange, Global Intercultural Citizenship, Critical/Political Discourse Analysis, Social Media Studies, Lusophone Africa Studies, Frantz Fanon Studies, Gabriel Marcel Studies, and Moral, Social and Political Philosophy.

La’Tasha Banks   Erin Berry

Cultural Studies, Popular Culture, Media & Communication Studies, Social Media, Research Methods, Ethics, Double-Consciousness, Black Feminist Thought, Hip-Hop Feminism, & Sociolinguistics

Hir Bhandari

Critical Diversity, Critical Race Theory, Affirmative Action, Cultural Studies, Intersectionality

  Felix Burgos

Memory studies, Trauma and Violence, Critical heritage studies, Electracy, Digital humanities and Intercultural communication

Kathleen Callaghan   Rachel Carter

Social justice education, higher education, feminist pedagogy, feminist theory, philosophy of education. Working title of dissertation: Imagining otherwise: Narrating transformative identity work in a college-level social justice course.

Deanna Cerquetti   May Chung

Dialect awareness and education, Asian American language practices, teacher education of pre-service teachers, and linguistically and culturally diverse teaching practices for English language learners.

Ron Collins

Sociolinguistics; language, culture and education; history of linguicism and the nature of linguistic bigotry; language ideology and dialect subordination; language variation theory; pragmatics of natural language.


  Sherella Cupid

Higher Education, Black Feminist Theory & Practice, Community Participatory Action Research, Black women experience, Digital Storytelling, Black girlhood

Elizabeth Cusick   Teresa Daniell

Latina veterans, identity studies, intersectionality

Steven Dashiell

Masculinity studies, sociology of culture, sociolinguistics, social inequality,military/veteran identity, narrative analysis, practice theory, feminist standpoint theory

  Inte’a DeShields


Landry Digeon

Comparative analysis of French Quebecois T.V. series, Development of quantivative methods to analyize visual documents, Semiotics, Film language, Production ethnography


  Eloiza Domingo-Snyder

Micro Aggressions, Law Enforcement

Ryan Donnelly

Ecojustice education, critical pedagogy, critical literacy, democratic education, Ecofeminism, social movements and revolution, civic engagement, human ecology


  Shirley B. Dunlap

Intersectionality of race, gender, and cultural history in American Theatre—production and performance—as seen through theory and methodology


Ibrahim Er

Multimodal Discourse Studies (Multimodality), Social Semiotics, Media discourses, Global Television (Transnationalism and TV format adaptations), Cultural (G)Localization, Television and Film Studies (Film Theory)


  Aiyda Evans


Heidi Faust

Intersectionality, Race, Class, Language, Culture and Education, Teacher Education, TESOL, Critical Pedagogy, Social Justice in Eduction, Feminist Epistemologies, Contested concepts of community, identity, culture, nation, borders


  Kim Feldman

Academic literacy, critical pedagogy, culturally responsive teaching, teacher identity and voice, teacher negotiation of policy and practice


Betsy Fetchko

Media Ecology, Rhetoric of Social Movements, Social Construction of Identity (in particular the impact of language and images), Media Studies, Discourse Analysis


  Shani Fleming

Institutional Accountability: Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Minorities in Medical Education; Critical Race Theory

Jessica Floyd

Analyzing sea shanties through the lens of gender/sexuality/literary theory in order to understand/illustrate the construction of masculinity and sexuality on Merchant Sailing ships during the Great Age of Sail


  Teresa Foster

Early modern Atlantic; forced and coerced labor in the colonial Chesapeake; 18th c. convict transportation; gender constructs in judicial punishment


Mary Gallagher

Higher education access, retention, and persistence for nontraditional and underserved students (especially transfer students & multilinguals); higher education policy; college student development; conceptual metaphor; quantatitve methodology


  Montia Gardner


Kyle Goehner

The Pathways Model in Community Colleges


  Delana Gregg

Researching first-generation college students and their experiences in higher education


Nana K. Gyesie

Identity negotiation of foreign born Africans students, Community College Honors/Scholarships programs and Student Success, Study Abroad programs and Identity Negotiation African Americans students


  Shawnisha Hester


Anthony Hynes   Jonathan Inscoe
Ruken Isik

Feminist Theory, Women’s Movements, Identity construction, Intersectionality

  Christopher Justice

Writing studies, environmental humanities, environmental rhetoric and discourse, ecocriticism, animal studies, film studies

Diane Kuthy

Community arts, arts education, multi-modal literacy, cultural interventions, participatory research methods

  Mary Laurents

Exploration of the cultural, social, and psychological mechanisms that underlie the development of cultural narratives as a reaction to mass death or catastrophic loss

Tunisia Lumpkin   Katherine Morris

Retention of first and second generation college students and helping bilingual students develop their writing skills

Alison Morrow   Susan Mrozowski

Historical Analysis Of Medical Illustration

Panthea Parang   Ingrid Parker

“Women Leaders in Iraqi Civil Society and U.S. Women in Arms: An Army Officer’s Investigation into Similarities through Life Stories”

Tamisha Ponder

Cultural Studies, Youth Activism and Youth Resistance, Race on College Campuses, Student Activism, Black Women’s Coping Mechanisms, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, Identity Discourse in Youth, Black Feminism/Womanism, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Gender Studies in Youth, LGBT, Community Participatory Action Research, Black Feminist Theory

  J. Michael Powell
Sheila Prados

Mental Health Help Seeking Behaviors of African Americans in the Baltimore area

  Jiselle Providence

Decolonizaton, Violence and Culture, Efficacy of Caribbean based social movements and Slave Reparations


Siobhan Quinn

Examination of community engagement mechanisms designed by anchor institutions within culturally complex communities. Specific interest in cultural arts centers and other programs promoting multicultural literacy through interdisciplinary programs in the arts and humanities

  Doaa Rashed

ESL Teacher professional identity, school-community partnership, teacher professionalism and student identity, teacher professional development

Chrissie Reilly   Erin Roth

Health disparities among urban, older adults with multiple chronic health condition; pragmatics of the relationship with health care/public health professionals; resilience and agency in a biomedically-privileged context; ethnography

Dawn Shafer   Rehana Shafi
Sedrick Smith   Sonya Squires-Caesar

Tangled Money Tales: A Life History Exploration of Childhood Money Messages”

Shawntay Stocks

Race, racial microaggressions and diversity within higher education

  Jaclyn Stone

Rape Myth Acceptance; How Power Based Personal Violence is addressed in Higher Education

Mary Tabaa

Opportunity gaps in p-12 education, parental choice in public education, languages and language varieties in p-12 schools, professional development of pre-service and in-service teachers

  Tissa Thomas

Ecosemiotics, ecocriticism and critical animal studies, ecopoetics, cultural studies, anthropocene studies, human ecology, sociocultural aspects of science language acquisition, symbolic interactionism, phenomenology and representations of space and place (urban/rural and private/public), discourse analysis, citizen science and community participatory research, science communication (public understanding of science), critical theory

Antione Tomlin

African American male student success, attitudes toward students with disabilities, and transitional periods of first year college students.

  Chikao Tsubaki

Community College Students’ Perceptions of Online Tutorial Services: A Case Study

Adriana Val

Spanish Heritage Language Students: Life Stories: Language and Ethnic Identity

  Kevin Wisniewski

The history of the book; American literature and culture; the history of reading; digital humanities and digital publishing

Tymofey Wowk

Remedial college student persistence at 2-year schools, sociology of higher education, psychology and student development theory, quantitative methods, higher education policy

  Eva Wright