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Sociolinguistics, Language Domination, Spanish in the United States, Intercultural Communication and Cultural Exchange, Global Intercultural Citizenship, Critical/Political Discourse Analysis, Frantz Fanon Study, Moral, Social and Political Philosophy

  Hui Chih (Hilda)

Variational pragmatic analysis of Chinese small talk and its application in pragmatic instruction and the development of pragmatic teaching materials for Chinese language learners in the U.S.

La’Tasha   Romy Hü

Civic agency, critical pedagogy, social movements, public scholarship, participatory action research


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

  Teresa (Tracy)

Research Interests: Science and STEM education, Professional Learning Communities, Engineering Education. Dissertation Title: Developing STEM-focused Professional Learning Communities through the STEM


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


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

 Kathleen   Satarupa

Impact Of Social Media Like Twitter And Facebook On Social And Protest Movements In India

Rachel   Christopher Justice -

History and theories of composition, ecocomposition, multimodal composition, critical discourse analysis, environmental discourse, ecocriticism, environmental rhetoric, writing in the disciplines, genre theory, post-humanism, object-oriented ontology, film studies, film history

Deanna   Diane

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


Critical Race Theory, Cultural Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Black Women’s History, and Black Women & Politics (Working Dissertation Title: The Love and Marriage Playbook: Contemporary Guidelines for Black Women in Relationship Advice Literature)


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


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,/p>


Frames and Narrative in the Online Reporting of Immigration Reform. It covers critical discourse analysis, narrative analysis, metaphor analysis, and immigration

Ron   Susan

Historical Analysis Of Medical Illustration

Teresa   Masibonge Ian

Cultural and Linguistics Dimensions Among Senior Management, and Employee Development Through Ubuntu: A Case For Nedbank


Masculinity Studies, marginalized populations, sociology of language, sociolinguistics, social inequality,cultural identity, popular culture studies

Inte’a   Ingrid /

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


Media studies, US cultural history (emphasis on film), history of US race relations/racial formation;dissertation title: A Cultural History of Interracial Sexuality in U.S. Films, 1957-2001


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


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


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


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

  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

Shirley B.

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


Using a Student-Centered Funds of Knowledge Approach in the Diverse Secondary Science Classroom

  Uzma Abdul

Female Muslim Adolescents: A Qualitative Exploration Of the Construction Of Gendered Islamic Identities In The United States


Women’s studies; African-American studies; Black feminist thought; Standpoint theory; Black women’s body politics, i.e. colorism, hairism, body image, self-esteem; Black college student success; the Black college student experience at predominantly White institutions (PWIs); Best practices in college student affairs; Qualitative research methods; Effectively providing and aiding access to and through college; Social and mainstream media impacts on Black women’s body politics, overall experience, and success in college; Diversity and inclusion in college student affairs; Cultural competency. Dissertation: #teamlightskin #teamdarkskin #teamnatural #teamrelaxed: Black Women’s Experiences of Skin Hue and Hair Politics in College


Utilizing historical inquiry to engage underachieving gifted African American males


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

Ibrahim Er -

Televisual language, semiotics, travelling narratives in TV/film discourse (TV series adaptations in particular), the rhetoric of music, narrative music, film scoring and its effect on the perception of visual track elements


Feminist translation, transnational feminism, language & gender, feminist pedagogies, critical masculinity studies, reception theories and traveling theories


Rhetoric and composition; multimodal composition; writing center studies; first-year composition


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


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


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


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


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


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

  Tissa Thomas –

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


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


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


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


Using analytics to inform faculty course design and encourage student responsibility for learning


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


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


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

Nana K.

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