Current Students

 and their research interests


Kris’tina Ackerman 

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

Frank Anderson 

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 Bassett

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

Jessica Burstrem

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

Nneka Chisholm-Edwards

Ciara Christian

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

Shenita Denson

Justin Deprima

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

Jamie Gillan

Higher education, immigrant students, storytelling

Kyle Goehner

The Pathways Model in Community Colleges

Patrick Harhai

Keith Harmon

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

Ronald M. Harvilicz III (RJ)

Coffee, cafe, culture, writing, identity

Adam Holden

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

Shahin Hossain

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

Ruken Isik

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

Charlotte Keniston

Susan Kerfoot

Historical analysis of medical illustration

Felipe Kerschbaum

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

Katherine Kohler

John Lawton

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

Evan Lincove

Tunisia Lumpkin

Elaine MacDougall

Maria Manni

Chelsea Mays-Williams

Caylie Middleton

International education, intercultural competency training

Alyse Minter

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

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

Jacqueline Peng

Lauren Pollak

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

Kara Seidel

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

Sonya Squires-Caesar

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

Zareen Taj

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

James Wright

Sergio Iñaki Zárate