Diversity Studies

Learning Goals:

  • Knowledge of the limits and contexts of one's own experience and the ability to value the different experiences of others.
  • Recognition and understanding of the diversities of human experience.
  • Continued growth development as a contributing member of a number of communities within human society.
  • Commitment to an ongoing development of the life of the mind.

Minor in Diversity Studies. The minor in diversity studies consists of 22 semester hours, including DIVS-100 Introduction to Diversity Studies; the capstone course for the minor, DIVS-400 Diversity Encounters for a Changing World: Models of Impact; and 16 semester hours selected from courses in the women's studies program, courses in the Jewish & Israel studies program and other courses approved by the director of diversity studies.

Double-counting restriction for interdisciplinary minors: Only 6 semester hours of this minor may be double-counted toward the student's major.

John J. Bodinger de Uriarte, Ph.D.

Director of Diversity Studies, Associate Professor of Anthropology

One of Bodinger de Uriarte's main research areas is the formation of ethnic and cultural self-definition and self-representation in the public sphere. Specifically, he is interested in questions of identity, representation and Native American sovereignty, and how such issues are engaged in contemporary museum, casino and photographic practice. His research interests also include social theory, the histories of anthropology and photography in the United States, identity politics, visual anthropology, museum studies, war and violent conflict, new reproductive technologies and questions of family, kinship and relatedness.

Karla Gail Bombach, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Religion

Bohmbach’s research and publications center on women in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). Her particular foci include the roles of biblical daughters, the presentation of women in the narrative sections of the Hebrew Bible and the various kinds of violence (rape, torture, murder, kidnapping, warfare) involving women – both as perpetrators and victims – in the biblical text. She is currently working on a book-length project provisionally titled: “The Constructions of Masculinity and Femininity in the Rape Texts of the Hebrew Bible.” She would be interested in working with students on almost any question dealing with women and religion.

Catherine M. Hastings, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Communications

Hastings studies the way that African Americans were represented in the newspapers of the Central Susquehanna River Valley from 1818 to 1950. Preparing the background materials for this research led her to related projects on local African American history from the colonial era to the present. She is expert in African American genealogy and served as co-advisor to the Susquehanna Roots Project, a genealogy club for Susquehanna students of color. She has published two book chapters on the early African American experience in Union County, Pennsylvania.

David Imhoof, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History

Imhoof researches and publishes on the political implications of various cultural activities in Germany during the 1920s and 1930s. He looks at and has written on, in particular, sports, music, film, associational life and gun clubs. He is particularly interested in ways that local experience shapes how people take part in larger national or international changes. He also teaches on the Holocaust and its legacy in Europe and the United States.

Shari Jacobson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Jacobson's research addresses conservative religious movements and their relationship to modern forms of life. She has worked among ultra-orthodox Jews in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is currently studying fundamentalist and evangelical Christians in the United States. She is particularly interested in the critiques conservative religious actors offer of secular forms of social organization. More broadly, Jacobson is also interested in the anthropology of food; national, transnational and diasporic communities; political and economic anthropology; and Latin America. She has lived and worked in France, the Congo, China and Argentina.

Gretchen S. Lovas, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology

Lovas’s primary research explores the development and construction of gender within the context of mother/infant and father/infant interactions. She is also interested in gender, emotions and relationality across the lifespan and in the consequences of gender roles for both men and women. On a broader level, her interests encompass issues of diversity and social justice more generally, especially as they impact personal attitudes and interactions. Her courses on gender and race/culture/ethnicity focus on the dynamics of privilege and oppression, the matrix of intersectionality among markers of diversity and the personal consequences of positionality within that matrix. As a capstone mentor, Lovas can work with students who are interested in exploring empirical approaches to the study of diversity, especially in the areas of social, emotional and cognitive development and/or behavior.

Christiana Paradis, MSW

Program Coordinator for a Dept. of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women Grant

Paradis has been teaching as an adjunct women's studies faculty since fall 2015. Her courses include: Introduction to Women's Studies, Women and Violence, and LGBTQ+ Studies. She has presented on original research topics related to gender and sexuality at the Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Association, NASW-PA, Bloomsburg University, Thiel College and the Mid-Atlantic LGBTQ+ Conference. She is also a member of Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence's Gender and Sexual Justice Caucus and, in that role, provides technical assistance to domestic and sexual violence centers, law enforcement and health care systems across Pennsylvania on the topic of proactive LGBTQ+ inclusion, intimate partner violence and sexual violence within the LGBTQ+ community, and best practices for working with LGBTQ+ clients.

Laurence Roth, Ph.D.

Professor of English & Jewish Studies Director, Jewish Studies Program

Roth has written about American Jewish popular literature and culture (especially comic books), Jewish bookselling and scholarly publishing. His research focuses on literature as both a formal work of art and as an activity, constituted not only by authors and texts but also through commerce and within social space. Consequently, his work on literary and cultural hybridity examines the aesthetic effects and cultural uses of formula-story innovation as well as the spatial dynamics and commercial networks that give material shape to literary innovation, negotiation and consumption. He is also interested in the ways new media intersects with literature and exploring how the digital humanities will affect teaching and learning.

Ed Slavishak, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History

Slavishak has written about class, race, gender and ethnicity in the United States. His research has focused particularly on working-class experiences in industrial cities, the politics and economics of immigration and the pseudoscience of eugenics. He has also done extensive research on the history of disability and the techno-commercial industries that cater to the disabled. He is currently working on a project considering representations of poverty, region and history in the Appalachian Mountains.

Craig Stark, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Communications

One of Stark’s main research interests is in the area of public access to media outlets. For equity to be achieved in a democratic society, equal access to media outlets must considered and with the constant conglomeration of mainstream media in the United States, it is imperative to examine how marginalized groups have access to production facilities and channels for distribution and exhibition. It is just as important to examine how these groups are represented in both entertainment and information-based programming and content. Stark draws on cultural, historical, political, economic and legislative data to help create as clear an understanding as possible of how enlarging the public sphere can benefit underrepresented groups in American society.

Tammy C. Tobin, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

Tobin’s main research areas involve molecular biology, genetics and evolution. As a capstone mentor, she would be interested in helping students to explore questions such as the genetic basis for human diversity, the control of human genetic futures, and the diversity issues that arise both from gathering and from using genetic information.