CLA Diversity Researchers

Dr. Barbara A. Baker, Executive Director Women's Leadership Institute
Research Focus: Women's Leadership and African American literature and culture
Recent Presentations:

  • "The Red Queen Syndrome as a Barrier to Women's Achievement of Critical Mass in Leadership Positions," Indiana University's Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence 2011 Conference.
  • Albert Murray and the Aesthetic Imagination of a Nation. Editor. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P. 2010.
  • “Power and Fluidity of Oppression and Privilege:  The Case of Tuskegee and Invisible Man.” Interdisciplinary Humanities.  Spring 2009.  11-22.

Dr. Judith Blumsack, Associate Professor
Department: Communication Disorders
Research Focus: Research poster that has been accepted for presentation at the upcoming annual meeting of the American Academy of Audiology. The presentation was on Friday, Apri 8, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.
Recent Publications:

  • Judith T. Blumsack, Sandra Clark-Lewis, Margaret E. Ross. "Comparing RECD Norms to Measured Values in Undernourished Children.”

Dr. Mitchell Brown, Associate Professor
Department: Political Science
Research Focus: Empowerment of marginalized groups
Recent Publications:

  • Asal, Victor; Mitchell Brown; and Angela Dalton. Forthcoming. “Why Split? Organizational Splits amongst Ethno-Political Organizations in the Middle East.” Journal of Conflict Resolution.
  • Asal, Victor and Mitchell Brown. 2010. “A Cross-National Exploration of the Conditions that Produce Interpersonal Violence.” Journal of Politics and Policy. 38: 175-192.
  • Klein, Andrew; Mitchell Brown; Mark Small; Rob Fischer; and Debby Tucker. 2009. “Evaluation of the Rural Domestic Violence and Child Victimization Grant Program Special Initiative: Faith-Based and Community Organization Pilot Program.” NCJ 225722. National Institute of Justice, U. S. Department of Justice: Washington, DC.

Dr. Brigitta Brunner-Johnson, Professor
Department: Communication & Journalism
Recent Publications:

  • Brunner, B. & Brown, M. H. (2009). Is diversity truly a core value?: Case studies of diversity at Auburn University. PRism, 6 (1):
  • Brunner, B. (2008). Defining public relations relationships and diversity’s part in the process: Practitioners’ perspectives. Journal of Promotion Management, 14, 153-168.
  • Brunner, B. & Brown, M. H. (2008). Crisis Response?: Auburn University’s Struggles with Diversity. The International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, 4, 221-230.

Dr. David Carter, Associate Professor & U.S. Historian
Department: History
Research Focus: History of the civil rights movement, the history of the American South since the Civil War, and U.S. history since 1945, special attention to the roles of race and ideology in shaping American history
Recent Publications:

  • Mississippi Burning and the Passage of the Civil Rights Act: The Presidential Recordings, Lyndon B. Johnson, Volume 8, June 23-July 4, 1964, co-edited with Kent B. Germany (New York: W. W. Norton, April 2011)
  • The Music Has Gone Out of the Movement: Civil Rights and the Johnson Administration 1965-1968 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, August, 2009)

Dr. John Carvalho, Associate Professor of Journalism
Department: Communication and Journalism
Research Focus: How media coverage affects perceptions of issues facing under-represented groups.
Recent Publications:

  • Kim, S., J. Carvalho, A. Davis, and A. Mullins. “The View at the Border: News Framing of the Definition, Causes, and Solutions to the Illegal Immigration Problem.” Mass Communication and Society 14 (in press)
  • Kim, S., J. Carvalho, A. Davis. “Talking About Poverty: News Framing of Who Is Responsible for Causing and Fixing the Problem.” Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly 87 (Autumn/Winter 2010) 3/4: 563-581.

Dr. Cal Clark, Professor Emeritus
Department: Political Science
Research Focus: Factors affecting the status of women, especially in the U.S. & Taiwan
Recent Publications:

  • Cal Clark and Janet Clark. “The Restoration of the Gender Gap in 2004: Are Women Becoming an Important Constituency in American Politics?” pp. 43-57 in Lois Duk Whitaker, Ed., Women in American Politics: Outsiders or Insiders?, 5th Ed. New York: Longman, 2011.
  • Cal Clark and Janet Clark. “Women in Taiwan: The Opportunities and Limits of Socioeconomic and Political Change for Women’s Empowerment,” pp. 605-621 in Joyce Gelb and Marian Lief Palley, Eds.
    Women and Politics Around the World: A Comparative History and Survey. Sant Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2009.
  • Cal Clark and Janet Clark. “The Re-Emergence of the Gender Gap in 2004,” pp. 50-74 in Lois Duke-Whitaker, Ed., Voting the Gender Gap. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2008.

Dr. Ruth Crocker, Professor
Department: History and Women’s Studies Program
Research Focus: Nineteenth century U.S. women’s and gender history, disability and difference: the case of autism.
Recent Publications:

  • Digital humanities publication: “Splendid Donation: Margaret Olivia (Mrs. Russell Sage), Her Life and Philanthropy” Auburn University Digital Collections, published February 2011.
  • Mrs. Russell Sage: Women’s Activism and Philanthropy in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Published by Indiana University Press, 2006, 2008 paperback edition.
  • “His Absent Presence” chapter in Women on their Own. Rutgers University Press, paperback edition, 2011.
  • Panelist, Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, Amherst, Mass, June 2011 (forthcoming). Panel on gender and disability.

Dr. Jeremy M. Downes, Professor & Department Chair
Department: English
Research Focus: Epic poetry, poetics, literary theory
Recent Publications:

  • The Female Homer: An Exploration of Women's Epic Poetry. Newar;: University of Delaware Press, 2010.

Dr. Carolyn FitzGerald, Assistant Professor
Department: Foreign Languages and Literatures
Research Focus: Chinese Literature, Film, and Drama
Recent Publications:

  • “Spring in a Small Town: Gazing at Ruins,” in Chris Berry ed., Chinese Films in Focus II. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008, pp. 205-211
  • “Imaginary Sites of Memory: Wang Zengqi and Post-Mao Reconstructions of the Native Land.” Modern Chinese Literature and Culture 20.1 (Spring 2008), pp. 72-128.
  • “Mandarin Ducks at the Battlefield: Ouyang Yuqian’s Shifting Reconfigurations of Nora and Mulan.” CHINOPERL Papers No. 29 (2010), pp. 45-104.

Dr. Michael Fuhlhage, Assistant Professor & Journalism and Mass Communication Historian
Department: Communication and Journalism
Research Focus: Othering of Mexicans and development of stereotypes about Latinos in the nineteenth-century press; media representation of Latina/os in rural immigrant-receiving communities.
Recent Publications:

  • Social Identity and Media: New Agendas in Communication Research, "Prehistory of a Stereotype: Mass Media Othering of Mexicans in the Era of Manifest Destiny." Routledge: New York, in production.
  • The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, “Spanish-language Newspapers.”University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, in press.
  • The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture,“Spanish-language Radio.”University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, in press.

Dr. Howard Goldstein, Associate Professor & Music Director, Auburn University/Community Orchestra
Department: Music
Research Focus: History and performance of Argentine tango
Recent Presentations:

  • El violin del recuerdo: Performance Techniques of Tango Violinists.” To be presented at American String Teachers Association National Conference, Kansas City, March 19, 2011
  • “Performance Practices of Argentine Tango: A Demonstration and Performance.” Co-presented at University of California, Riverside, January 5, 2011
  • “Three Tangos from the CMS 2009 Tango Institute: A Performance and Demonstration of Argentine Tango,” co-presented at the College Music Society National Conference, Minneapolis, September 23, 2010

Daydrie Hague, Professor
Department: Theatre
Recent Publications:

  • Hague, D., Alexander, T., Sollie, D., Wooten, M., Svyantek, D., Smith, A.E., Jenda, O. “The Human Voice- Theatre as a Means of Celebrating Diversity and Creating Community.” International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Champaign, Il, Common Ground Publishing, Vol.10 no. 5. 2011.
  • Hague, D. “Lift Every Voice- Vocal Performance and Civic Engagement.” Voice and Speech Review vol.7, 2011.
  • Alexander, T., Sollie, D. L., Brown, V. R., Hague, D., Smith, A. E., Svyantek, D. J.,& Wooten, M. W. “Mentoring Pathways: A Small-Wins Approach to Fostering Faculty Development.” Mentoring Strategies to Facilitate the Advancement of Women Faculty. American Chemical Society: Washington, DC. 2010
  • Hague, D and Moran, M. “A New Role- A Team Approach to Supporting the Transsexual Client in Transition.” Voice and Speech Review, vol 6., August 2009.

Dr. Paul A. Harris, Associate Professor
Department: Political Science
Research Focus: Immigration policy; immigration and its impact on state and local government.
Recent Publications:

  • Baker, William E. and Paul A. Harris (2011) Success Stories: Proactively Responding to the Immigration Boom. In Lippard, Cameron D. and Charles A. Gallagher, eds. Being Brown in Dixie: Race, Ethnicity, and Latino Immigration in the New South. Boulder, CO.: Lynne Rienner Publishers.
  • Harris, Paul A. and William E. Baker (2009) “Leitkultur und Migration in der USA: Die Herausforderung der Latino einwandernen Kulturübertragung und der Assimilation im amerikanischen Süden” [The Guiding Cultural Value System in the U.S.A.: The Challenge of Latino Cultural Assimilation in the American South]. In, Willi Jasper, ed. Tagungsband – Wieviel Transnationalismus verträg die Kultur? Berlin: Verlag Dr. Köster.
  • Baker, William E. and Paul A. Harris (2009) “Entrepreneurship in City Immigration Policy.” The Public Manager: The Quarterly for Practitioners

Dr. Kelly Kennington, Assistant Professor & Historian
Department: History
Research Focus: Slavery and the Law in Antebellum America
Recent Publications:

  • "River of Injustice: St. Louis's Freedom Suits and the Changing Nature of Legal Slavery in Antebellum America." Ph.D. dissertation, Duke University, 2009.

Dr. W. Matt Malczycki, Assistant Professor & Islamic Historian
Department: History
Research Focus: Early Islamic Egypt and North Africa
Recent Publications:

  • "The Papyrus Industry in Early Islamic Egypt," Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient (forthcoming,2012).
  • “A Page from An Aspiring Mu?a?i?’s Personal Notes” in Documents et histoire Islam VIIe-XVIe siècle, ed. Anne Regourd (Paris: Musée du Louvre/École Pratique des Hautes Études, forthcoming, 2011).
  • “A Variant Version of the Qur’?n, an Early Prayer Book, or a Careless Copyist? P.Utah.Atiya.Ar. 342,” in Documents and the History of the Early Islamic World, eds. Petra Sijpesteijn and Lennart Sundelin (Leiden: E. J. Brill, forthcoming, 2011).

Dr. Erich Nunn, Assistant Professor
Department: English
Research Focus: Race, popular music, and American literature and culture.
Recent Publications:

  • “Country Music and the Souls of White Folk.” Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts 51.4 (Fall 2009): 623-649. (published Summer 2010)
  • “‘Dont play no blues’: Race, Music, and Mourning in Faulkner’s Sanctuary.” The Faulkner Journal 24.2 (Spring 2009): 77-98. (published Fall 2010)

Recent Presentations:

  • “Race, Rape, and Records in Wright and Ellison.” Modern Language Association. Los Angeles. January 2011.
  • “A Connecticut Yankee in Dixie: Mark Twain’s Reconstruction.” Modern Language Association. Los Angeles. January 2011.
  • “Faulkner’s Sanctuary: Race, Music, and the Archive.” Invited lecture. Harrison Institute, University of Virginia. July 2010.

Dr. Richard Penaskovic, Professor of Religious Studies
Department: Philosophy
Research Focus: Religious Diversity: The Muslim-Christian Dialogue
Recent Publications:

  • Richard Penaskovic, "Gulen on Healing the Rift between Islam and the West," in Islam and Peacebuilding: Gulen Movement Initiatives, edited by John L. Esposito & Ihsan Yilmaz, (New York: Blue Dome Publishers, 2010), pp. 123-143.

Dr. Robin Sabino, Associate Professor & Director of Africana Studies
Department: English
Research Focus: Language contact, variation, and change with particular emphasis on the Caribbean; also language loss and reviatalization of Cherokee
Recent Publications:

  • Sabino, Robin. Language Contact in the Danish West Indies: Giving Jack His Jacket . Leiden, Netherlands: Brill. July 2012.
  • Sabino, Robin. 2009. "Tsalagi Language Revitalization and the Echota Cherokee.”Tributaries: Journal of the Alabama Folklife Association. 10: 202-210.
  • Sabino, Robin. 2009. "Reconsidering Official English: Beyond the culture wars” The Southern Journal of Linguistics 33.2: 32-54.
  • Sabino, Robin. 2005. "Survey Says . . . gameday" American Speech. 80.1: 61-77.

Dr. Steve Shapiro, Associate Professor & Director of Clinical Training
Department: Psychology
Research Focus: Assessment and intervention strategies appropriate for diverse groups.
Recent Activities:

  • Current dissertation by doctoral student Robert Butler -- Parent training with African American Parents
  • Completed thesis (Clarissa Mooney): Preschool performance in the rural southeast: Developing Speed DIAL norms for a local Head Start population.
  • Parenthetically, the clinical program maintains a few practica that delivers services to primarily diverse groups.

Judith Sheppard, Associate Professor of Journalism
Department: Communication and Journalism
Research Focus: Journalism in the South during the Civil Rights Movement, particularly in Alabama.
Recent Publications/Presentations:

  • Dr. Sheppard has just been awarded a book contract from the University of Alabama for "Prophets Without Honor: The Unexamined Lives of Four Editors in Civil Rights Alabama."
  • "Be Men: Buford Boone's Long Newspaper Crusade Against the KKK," research colloquium, Department of Communication and Journalism
  • "Alas, Askelon! Grover C. Hall Jr. Bites Back During the Montgomery Bus Boycott," Alabama Historical Association
  • "The Ray Jenkins Story,” in Chattahoochee and the Valley Magazine, about a Pulitzer Prize-winning civil rights journalist.

Dr. Kristrina Shuler, Assistant Professor & Biological Anthropologist
Department: Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
Research Focus: the biological correlates of social inequalities, health diversity in relation to political economy
Recent Publications:

  • Life and Death on a Barbadian Sugar Plantation: Historic and Bioarchaeological Views of Infection and Mortality at Newton Plantation. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 2011
  • Childhood Stress Response in Males and Females from Precontact Communities of the Central Tombigbee River Valley. Mississippi Archaeology, 2009
  • Trans-Atlantic slavery: Isotopic evidence for forced migration to Barbados. The American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 2008

Dr. Sunny Stalter, Assistant Professor and Modern American Literature Specialist
Department: English
Research Focus: Urban literature, modern drama, visual culture, ethnic performance traditions in American drama

Dr. Giovanna Summerfield, Associate Dean for Educational Affairs
Department: Foreign Languages and Literatures
Research Focus: The long eighteenth-century (1660-1830) French and Italian literature (emphasis on Sicilian writers); religious identities; women's studies; material culture.
Recent Publications:

  • Le Siciliane: cosi' sono se vi pare. Novi Ligure, Al, Italy: Puntoacapo, 2011.
  • Vendetta: Essays on Honor and Revenge. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010.
  • New Perspectives on the European Bildungsroman (co-authored). London, UK: Continuum, 2010.

Dr. Daniel J. Svyantek, Professor & Department Chair
Department: Psychology
Research Focus: Organizational diversity practices; Diversity and organizational performance; Diversity and organizational life-cycles.
Recent Publications:

  • Alexander, T., D. Sollie, V. Brown, D. Hague, O. Jenda, A. Smith, D.J. Svyantek, and M Wooten. Forthcoming. “Mentoring Pathways: A Small-Wins Approach to Fostering Faculty Development,” Mentoring Strategies to Facilitate the Advancement of Women Faculty, ed. K. Karakstis, B.L. Gourley, M. Rossi, and L.L. Wright, American Chemical Society Symposium Series. Washington, D.C.: American Chemical Society.
  • Hague, D., Alexander, T., Jenda, O., Sollie, D., Smith, A. Svyantek, D. & Wooten, M. (2010). The Human Voice: Theatre as a Means of Celebrating Diversity and Creating Community. The International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities, and Nations, 10.
  • Svyantek, Daniel J. & Bott, Jennifer P. (2004). Received Wisdom and the Relationship between Diversity and Organizational Performance. Organizational Analysis, 12, 295-318.

Dr. Danilea Werner, Assistant Professor of Social Work
Angie Burque, Associate Clinical Professor of Social Work
Department: Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Research Focus: Student Growth in Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes of individuals with Developmental Disabilities after Participating in a Service Learning Project.

  • Service learning in courses SOWO 3800 and SOWO 4060.

Dr. Hilary Wyss, Professor 
Department: English
Research Focus: Native American literacy and education in early America
Recent Publications:

  • English Letters: Native American Literacies, 1750-1830,  University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011. (forthcoming)
  • “Print Culture and the Power of Native Literacy in California and New England Missions.” Native Americans, Christianity, and the Reshaping of Early America's Religious Landscape. Eds. Joel Martin and Mark Nichols. University of North Carolina Press, 2010. Co-written with Steve Hackel (Department of History, University of California at Riverside). 201-222
  • “Beyond the Printed Word: Native Women’s Literacy Practices in Colonial New England.” in Cultural Narratives:  Textuality and Performance in the United States before 1900. Eds. Sandra Gustafson and Caroline Sloat. University of Notre Dame Press, 2010. 118-136.
  • “Land and Literacy: The Textualities of Native Studies” ALH 22.2, Summer 2010: 271- 280. Co-written with Stephanie Fitzgerald (Indigenous Studies Program, University of Kansas).


Last Updated: October 06, 2016