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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 Management and Director of the Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship Education
My research focuses on women in entrepreneurial activity. Specifically, I focus on the variation in business growth trajectories among men and women and the barriers to that process. I use predominantly qualitative methodologies and have researched internationally to include Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and the U.S.
I am a reviewer for the International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship and International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research published in the areas of entrepreneurship, gender and entrepreneurship pedagogy. I would be excited to work with any student who was interested in developing the work of gender and entrepreneurship.
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.
David A Heayn, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Adjunct Lecturer of Religious Studies
My research focuses on two areas of Middle Eastern socio-religious history. First, the construction and interaction of identities in the creation of hybridity during periods of transition; the Islam; and the fall of Rome. Specifically, through an interdisciplinary historical and archaeological approach, I use texts and art to explore how identity construction results in "religious" violence and cultural exchange, syncretism and delineation of ascribed identities. Second, I am interested in the construction and subsequent adaptation of the sacred narratives of holy figures by Muslims and Christians. Both topics have significant application to issues of identity and conflicts in the contemporary world (e.g. popular violence, riots, terrorism).
Associate Professor of Management
My research interests regarding diversity have focused on economic, social and environmental problems imposed primarily on women in low income countries, such as Bangladesh, because of fast fashion. I published "Rana Plaza: Change or Status Quo?" published by the William Davidson Institute. This case study identified the tragic consequences of the "make, take, waste" aspects of fast fashion. In May, along with my coeditor, "Eco and Fair: Consumer Behavior and Fast Fashion" will be published by Routledge. It provides multiple approaches for addressing the havoc wreaked on textile workers by changing consumer behavior.
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 Communications
My research interest focuses on women in the traditionally male-dominated field of sports journalism. In particular, I have written extensively about the emergence of female sportswriters in the late the 1920s (yes, a handful of women had newspaper bylines covering sports back then!). I also have researched the rare presence of women writers on the sports page as far back as the late 1800s and continue to look at the evolving role of women in sports media today. Last year, I guided a communications student (who was also a women's studies minor) as she interviewed several women presently working in sports media, including Christine Brennan, a columnist for USA Today, and Claire Smith, an inductee into the writer's wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
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.