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 LLC Students’ Research Interests


Kris’tina Ackerman 

The resilience and self-esteem of minority-language communities and their integration into majority-language societies

Frank Anderson 

David Balosa

Sociolinguistics; intercultural communication studies; critical/political discourse analysis; postcolonial studies; moral, social and political philosophy

La’Tasha Banks 

Harry Bhandari

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

Alyssa Brumis

Media’s portrayal of marginalized groups, social inequality, institutionalized inequality, public discourse and its influence on perception and intolerance, social media and discrimination, social movements

Laurel Burggraf 

Ossian/Fenian cycle, oral/written traditions, Samuel Johnson’s Literary Club, reliability of academic apparatus, intercultural encounters in the eighteenth century

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

Forrest Caskey

Social justice, race theory, language, power, education, identity

Deanna Cerquetti

Ciara Christian

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

Sonya Crosby 

Black women and work, intersectionality, critical race theory, women and leadership, higher education, Black feminism

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 

Justin Deprima

Landry Digeon

Comparative analysis of French Quebecois T.V. series, development of quantitative methods to analyze visual documents, semiotics, film language, production ethnography

Eloiza Domingo-Snyder

Micro-aggressions, law enforcement

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)

Heidi Faust

Intersectionality, race, class, language, culture, and education, teacher education, TESOL, critical pedagogy, social justice in education, feminist epistemologies, contested concepts of community, identity, culture, nation, borders

Shani Fleming

Institutional accountability: recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities in medical education; critical race theory

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; quantitative methodology

Montia Gardner

Jamie Gillan

Higher education, immigrant students, storytelling

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/scholarship programs and student success, study abroad programs and identity negotiation African Americans students

Keith Harmon

Inclusive excellence, underrepresentation, race and ethnicity, intervention programs, culture of higher education

Ronald M. Harvilicz III (RJ)

Coffee, cafe, culture, writing, identity

Shawnisha Hester

Adam Holden

Intercultural/international education, sustainability (environmental, social, economic), civic agency

Michael Hunt

Seeks to bridge spirituality and STEM education by examining culturally nuanced resources for increasing self-esteem and incorporating spirituality in fostering math literacy

Anthony Hynes

Racial connectedness amongst transracial adoptees

Jonathan Inscoe

Ruken Isik

Feminist theory, women’s movements, identity construction, intersectionality

Jiselle Jules

Decolonization, violence and culture, efficacy of Caribbean based social movements and slave reparations

Charlotte Keniston

Susan Mrozowski Kerfoot

Historical analysis of medical illustration

Felipe Kerschbaum

Second language acquisition, ESL/EFL, language teacher education, identity and language learning

Diane Kuthy

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

John Lawton

The crossroads of participatory media, performativity, resistance, and movement building; how the structure of social media influences apolitical perceptions of digital activism

Tunisia Lumpkin

Caylie Middleton

International education, intercultural competency training

Alyse Minter

Information behavior, intersectional feminism, critical race theory, language and literacy, digital diasporas, organization development, communities 

Katherine Morris

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

Alison Morrow

Cultural studies, intercultural and communication, comparative narrative analysis, media and communication studies, popular culture, television and film theory

Kaleigh Mrowka

Restorative practices/restorative justice, community engagement, intergroup dialogue/pedagogies of dialogue

Ngeri Nnachi-Azuewah

Inclusion, empowerment, code switching, human rights

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

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 

Chrissie Reilly

Dawn Shafer

First generation graduate students, educational inequality, cultural capital, qualitative research methods

Greg Simmons

Entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial identity, under representation in     entrepreneurship and innovation communities

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

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

Shelly Washington

Black millennial feminism, diversity in the workplace, double consciousness, wealth inequality, social mobility, the intersection of personal and professional identities in social media, sex positivity

Caron Wildy

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