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Faculty from numerous departments and disciplines are available as resources to diversity studies minors with specific research interests. They include:
Director of Diversity Studies, Associate Professor of Anthropology
One of my main research areas is the formation of ethnic and cultural self-definition and self-representation in the public sphere. Specifically, I'm interested in questions of identity, representation and Native American sovereignty, and how such issues are engaged in contemporary museum, casino and photographic practice. My 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.
Professor of Religious Studies
My research and publications center on women in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). My 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. I am currently working on a book-length project provisionally titled: "The Constructions of Masculinity in the Rape Texts of the Hebrew Bible." I would be interested in working with students on almost any question dealing with women and religion.
Associate Professor of Communications
I study 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 me to related projects on local African American history from the colonial era to the present. I am an expert in African American genealogy and served as co-advisor to the Susquehanna Roots Project, a genealogy club for Susquehanna students of color. I have published two book chapters on the early African American experience in Union County, Pennsylvania.
Professor of History and Global Opportunities Director of Curriculum
I teach classes on modern European and cultural history, including the Holocaust, music and film. My research studies the relationship between culture and politics in modern Germany. My first book, Becoming a Nazi Town (Michigan, 2013), describes the ways culture aided the Nazification of the German city of Göttingen in the 1920s and 1930s. I have also written about sports, movies, gun clubs and sound studies. Currently I'm working on a book about the history of the German recording industry in the 20th century. I work closely with the German Studies Association and various study abroad associations. Oh, and I play in a band with other professors.
Associate Professor of Anthropology
My research addresses conservative religious movements and their relationship to modern forms of life. I have worked among ultra-orthodox Jews in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and am currently studying fundamentalist and evangelical Christians in the United States. I am particularly interested in the critiques conservative religious actors offer of secular forms of social organization. More broadly, I am also interested in the anthropology of food; national, transnational and diasporic communities; political and economic anthropology; and Latin America. I have lived and worked in France, the Congo, China and Argentina.
Associate Professor of Psychology
My primary research explores the development and construction of gender within the context of mother/infant and father/infant interactions. I am 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, my interests encompass issues of diversity and social justice more generally, especially as they impact personal attitudes and interactions. My 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, I 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.
Charles B. Degenstein Professor of English; Director, Jewish & Israel Studies Program
I write about American Jewish popular literature and culture (especially comic books), Jewish bookselling and scholarly publishing. My 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. I'm fascinated by such literary and cultural hybridity, and so I explore not only the aesthetic effects and cultural uses of formula-story innovation, but also the spatial dynamics and commercial networks that give material shape to literary innovation, negotiation and consumption. I'm also interested in the ways that digital media intersects with literature and exploring how digital tools can aid project-based teaching and learning.
Associate Professor of History
I'm fascinated by the serious ridiculousness of United States history. I have written about class, race, gender and region in the United States, including books on the "man of steel" image and the façade of expertise in Appalachia. My published articles also consider eugenics, photography, deindustrialization, tourism and disability. I'm currently researching early car culture through the frameworks of mobility studies and embodiment. I dabble in the history of the Central Susquehanna Valley. I teach courses on African-American history, the "long civil rights movement" and multiculturalism in the United States. I co-lead the GO Czech History and Theatre trip, which emphasizes the political uses of art.
Associate Professor of Communications
One of my main research interests lies in the area of public access to media outlets. For equity to be achieved in a democratic society, equal access to media outlets must be 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, distribution, and exhibition channels. It is just as important to examine how these groups are represented in both entertainment and information-based programming and content. My research draws on cultural, historical, political, economic and legislative data to help create a clearer understanding of how enlarging the public sphere can benefit underrepresented groups in American society.
Professor of Biology
My main research areas involve molecular biology, genetics and evolution. As a capstone mentor, I 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.