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Anthropology

Anthony Glascock, PhD

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  • Aging and Health
  • Definitions of Functionality and Impairment
  • Technology and Aging
  • Social Organization
  • Ireland, East Africa
  • Cultural Theory

Barbara Hornum, PhD

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  • Patient and support networks
  • Ethnic factors in treatment of elderly
  • Factors in residential choice
  • Cross-cultural and comparative aging

Brent Luvaas, PhD

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  • Visual and socio-cultural anthropology.
  • The global circulation of fashion, music, and aesthetics.
  • DIY, amateur, and independent media.
  • New media and mediated subjectivities.
  • Street fashion, streetwear, and street style blogging.
  • Youth culture in the United States and Indonesia

Usha Menon, PhD

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  • Hindu society and civilization
  • Goddess worship
  • Family dynamics
  • Gender relations
  • Morality
  • Concepts of the self
  • Women’s well-being

Rakhmiel Peltz, PhD

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  • Judaic Studies
  • Yiddish Culture and Linguistics
  • Ethnography of Communication
  • Immigrant Cultural Studies

Robert Powell, PhD

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  • Early and Middle Bronze Age Crete
  • Archaeoastronomy
  • Early state formation
  • Archaeology and anthropology of frontiers
  • Mass communication

Wesley Shumar, PhD

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  • New Media
  • Social Space
  • Ethnography and Education
  • Semiotic of Consumer Culture

Judith Storniolo, PhD

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  • Continuity and change in traditional cultures
  • Mesoamerican languages and culture
  • Applied anthropology and public policy
  • Archaeology and prehistory
  • Language attrition and death
  • Imperialism and contact phenomena
  • Tonogenesis and supra-segmental phonemes
  • Oral traditions and narratives
  • Ideology and ritual
  • Mesoamerican ethnohistory and Pre-Columbian literature.

Communication

Tracie Babb, PhD

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Ronald Bishop, PhD

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  • Journalism Studies
  • Popular Culture
  • Mass Media Effects
  • Sociology of Sports and Fame  

Karen Cristiano

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  • Journalism Medical writing
  • Feature writing
  • Copy editing
  • Mass media and society

Paul Evangelista, PhD

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  • Social Media
  • Technology Mediated Communication
  • Electronic Publishing

Alexander Friedlander, PhD

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  • Rhetoric
  • Document design
  • Written Communication, particularly regarding new technologies in the professional writing workplace

Ernest Hakanen, PhD

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  • Communication Theory and History
  • Adolescent Media Use
  • Telecommunications Policy
  • Mass Media Effects/History
  • Global Media
  • Semiotics

Barbara Hoekje, PhD

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  • Sociolinguistic approaches to second language teaching, testing, and assessment
  • English for specific purposes (academic and medical purposes)
  • International teaching assistants and international medical graduates (IMGs)
  • English language program administration

Frank Kelley, PhD

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  • Corporate university systems online
  • Power structure of media enterprises
  • Public relations, event planning.

Jordan McClain, PhD

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  • Media framing and music journalism
  • Relationship between television and music
  • American popular culture
  • Celebrity, consumerism, and consumer behavior
  • Branding, brand positioning, and advertising criticism

Alexander Nikolaev, PhD

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  • Public Relations
  • Political Communication
  • Crisis Communication
  • International Communication
  • International Negotiations
  • International News Coverage
  • Political Discourse Analysis

Devon Powers, PhD

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  • Popular Music
  • Cultural Intermediaries
  • Promotional Culture
  • 20th Century History
  • Journalism Studies

Rachel Reynolds, PhD

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  • Sociolinguistics, Ethnography of Communication and Discourse Analysis
  • Communication and Information Seeking (especially among Youth in West and Central African Contexts, including Nigeria and Cameroon)
  • Brain Drain, Immigrants and Transnational Immigration
  • Semiotics and Pragmatics

Lawrence Souder, PhD

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  • Technical and scientific writing and publication
  • Rhetoric of science
  • Communication ethics

Allan Stegeman

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  • Telecommunications Policy
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Digital Photojournalism
  • Videography and Video Production

Asta Zelenkauskaite, PhD

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  • Social Media
  • User-Generated Content
  • Computer-Mediated Communication
  • Interactivity
  • Active Audience Analysis
  • Mobile Communication
  • Gender and Online Identity
  • Prosumer Culture
  • Internet of Things
  • Quantitative/Qualitative Research

Criminal Justice

Robert D'Ovidio, PhD

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  • Computer and High Technology Crime
  • Criminal Justice Technology
  • Policing
  • Transnational Crime
  • Criminological Theory

Julia Hall, PhD

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  • Criminal Justice and Juvenile Justice reform including Community-based alternatives to Incarceration
  • Correctional Education and programming; Reentry and reintegration
  • Restorative Justice
  • Issues of Special Needs Offenders; Elderly, Women, Juveniles, Mentally Ill and Life-Sentenced Offenders
  • Media and Public Policy Responses to Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Public education on Criminal Justice system issues including crime and punishment.
  • Life-Sentenced offenders Technology and Criminal Justice

Lallen Johnson, PhD

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  • Drugs and violence
  • Race, crime, and justice
  • Ecology of crime
  • Geographic information systems

Robert J. Kane, PhD

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  • Police Authority and Accountability
  • Urban Ecology and Sociology
  • Violence and Public Health
  • Police Strategies and Practices

John Maxwell

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  • Police Administration and Leadership
  • Serial Murders and Rapists
  • Causes of Deviancy

Cyndi Rickards

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David Ridgway

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  • The correlations between poverty and public welfare, especially theories of the perpetuation of poverty
  • Courses in police practice and police procedure
  • Sociology of crime

Environmental Studies

Diane Sicotte, PhD

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  • Environmental Sociology
  • Environmental inequality and injustice (using both qualitative historical and quantitative geographical methods)
  • Political Sociology
  • Social Stratification and Inequality
  • Urban social inequalities of race, class and gender

Modern Languages

Daniela De Pau, PhD

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  • Italian and European Cinema
  • Relationship between literature, cinema and other arts
  • Creative Writing
  • Traveling literature
  • Women writers and Directors
  • The tradition of the Comic and the tradition of the Fantastic
  • Autobiography
  • Politics of immigration
  • Cultural identity in contemporary Italy

Brenda Dyer

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  • Language acquisition pedagogy
  • Teaching writing
  • 17th and 18th century French literature
  • Women writers
  • Translation

Joanna Lyskowicz

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  • Comparative linguistics
  • Translation
  • Business Spanish
  • Medical Spanish
  • Modern Spanish literature
  • XXth cent. Spanish poetry
  • Magical realism in Latin American literature

Maria delaluz Matus-Mendoza, PhD

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  • Spanish Linguistic Variation in the U.S.
  • The relationship between language variation and mobility (social and geographical) among the Mexican communities in Mexico and in the United States
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Language Variation in media

Anne-Marie Obajtek-Kirkwood, PhD

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  • French and Francophone 20th and 21st century literature, culture and film
  • Representations of the Occupation (WWII)
  • War
  • Autobiography
  • Minorities in France
  • Feminist issues

Simone Schlichting-Artur, EdD

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  • Educational Leadership in Higher Education
  • Issues of Identity, Leadership in a Globalizing Work Environment
  • Conflict Resolution in Multicultural Environments
  • Reflective Practice as a Tool in Intercultural, Communication, Global Learning Environments
  • International Business Communication (Germany and the US), Language Policy and Planning with a focus on Foreign Language Acquisition
  • German Post-War History through Film and Literature, Development of Writing Assessment Tools for German Minor, Foreign Language Learning and Technology

Sociology

Robert Brulle, PhD

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  • Critical Theory
  • Social Movements
  • Social Change
  • Environmental Sociology

Robert D'Ovidio, PhD

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  • Computer and High Technology Crime
  • Criminal Justice Technology
  • Policing
  • Transnational Crime
  • Criminological Theory

Mary Ebeling, PhD

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  • Science and Technology Studies (STS)
  • Emerging Technologies and Biocapital
  • Media and Democratic Cultures
  • Radical Social Movements
  • Sociology of Markets
  • Political Sociology
  • Ethnographic Methodologies

Julia Hall, PhD

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  • Criminal Justice and Juvenile Justice reform including Community-based alternatives to Incarceration
  • Correctional Education and programming; Reentry and reintegration
  • Restorative Justice
  • Issues of Special Needs Offenders; Elderly, Women, Juveniles, Mentally Ill and Life-Sentenced Offenders
  • Media and Public Policy Responses to Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Public education on Criminal Justice system issues including crime and punishment.
  • Life-Sentenced offenders Technology and Criminal Justice

Emmanuel Koku, PhD

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  • Social Network Analysis
  • Qualitative/Quantitative Research
  • Medical Sociology
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Social Demography
  • Sociology of Development
  • Communication and Information Technology
  • Community and Urban Sociology

David Kutzik, PhD

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  • Social Gerontology and Health Care Policy
  • Assistive Technologies for Frail and At-Risk Populations
  • Human and Machine Intelligence
  • Political Economy and Social Justice
  • Sociological Theory and Philosophy of Science
  • Research Methods and Applied Statistics
  • Ethnomusicology

Diamantino Machado, PhD

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  • Political-Philosophy
  • Post-Structuralist Thought
  • Production of Subjectivity
  • Globalization

John Maxwell

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  • Police Administration and Leadership
  • Serial Murders and Rapists
  • Causes of Deviancy

Margaret McClure, PhD

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  • Research methods
  • Sociology of the family
  • Deviance
  • Military sociology

Douglas Porpora, PhD

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  • War, Genocide, Torture, and Human Rights
  • Macro-Moral Reasoning in Public Sphere Debate
  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Moral and Political Communication
  • Religion

David Ridgway

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  • The correlations between poverty and public welfare, especially theories of the perpetuation of poverty
  • Courses in police practice and police procedure
  • Sociology of crime

Mimi Sheller, PhD

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  • Sustainable Mobility and Mobility Justice: new cultures and infrastructures of travel, transport, mobile communication, and urbanism
  • Caribbean Studies: history, culture and political theory of the region, including intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and class
  • Caribbean Mobilities: the relation between tourism, migration and air travel across the U.S.-Caribbean borders
  • Tracing the histories and forecasting the futures of cultures of mobility and wider mobility regimes, including theorizing transitions in complex systems

Diane Sicotte, PhD

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  • Environmental Sociology
  • Environmental inequality and injustice (using both qualitative historical and quantitative geographical methods)
  • Political Sociology
  • Social Stratification and Inequality
  • Urban social inequalities of race, class and gender