Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research Directory
at the University of Maryland, College Park

  Name Department Research Interests Methods Selected Work  
Aldoory, Linda
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Adeleye, O.A., Aldoory, L., & Parakoyi, D.B. (2011). Using Local Culture and Gender Norms to Improve Male Involvement in Maternal Health in Southern Nigeria. Journal of Health Communication, 16(4). Dr. Aldoory is the Director of the Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy and an Associate Professor in Behavioral and Community Health in the School of Public Health. Aldoory's research focuses on health disparities, particularly among women and adolescents.
Bolles, Lynn
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Bolles, A.L. (1996). We Paid our Dues: Women Trade Union Leaders in the Caribbean. Washington, D.C.: Howard University Press. Dr. Bolles is a Professor of Women's Studies and an affiliate faculty in Anthropology, African American Studies, Comparative Literature, and American Studies. She is past president of the Association of Black Anthropologists, Association for Feminist Anthropology, the Caribbean Studies Association, and the Society for the Anthropology of North America. Her research focuses on the African Diaspora, particularly the Caribbean.
Carpenter, Faedra
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  Carpenter, F.C. (2009). Addressing "The complex"-ities of Skin Color: Intra-Racism and the Plays of Hurston, Kennedy, and Orlandersmith. Theatre Topics, 19(1), 15-27. Dr. Carpenter is an Associate Professor in Theatre Scholarship and Performance Studies and the Director of Undergraduate Theatre Studies. She is particularly interested in studying "intersections:" the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality in performance and everyday life, as well as the intersections between theatrical practice, critical reflection, and theory.
Espino, Michelle
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Espino, M. M. (2012). Seeking the "Truth" in the Stories We tell: The Role of Critical Race Epistemology in Higher Education Research. The Review of Higher Education, 36(1), 31-67. Dr. Espino is an Assistant Professor in the Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy program. Her research interests focus on Latina/o educational pathways, college/graduate school access and retention, and the use of emerging qualitative methodologies and application of critical theoretical frameworks in higher education research.
Feldman, Robert
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Gryczynski, J, Feldman, R., Carter-Pokras, O., Kanamori, M., Chen, L, and Roth, S. (2010,). Contexts Of Tobacco Use And Perspectives On Smoking Cessation Among Urban American Indians. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 21(2), 544-558. Dr. Feldman is a Professor in Behavioral and Community Health. As a cross-cultural health psychologist Dr. Feldman's research has been conducted among Costa Rican and US Latino workers. His research has used focus groups and interviews.
Fisher, Dana R.
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Fisher, Dana R. (2006). Activism, Inc. Stanford University Press. Dr. Fisher is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Director of the Program for Society and the Environment. Her research focuses on political decision-making, grassroots activism, and civic participation, aiming to understand how social actors engage in decision-making processes and the successes and failures of such efforts.
Freidenberg, Judith
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  Freidenberg, J. N. (2011). Researching Global Spaces Ethnographically: Queries on Methods for the Study of Virtual Populations. Human Organization, 70(3), 265-278. Dr. Freidenberg is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology. Currently researching health care and employment needs of Latin American immigrant retirees in Langley Park, she coordinates the Network for Latino Research to foster research on social issues affecting local immigrant populations from Latin America. Through her work she has aimed to reach community groups, service providers, and policy makers.
Fryer, Craig
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Shadel, WG, Fryer, CS, Tharp-Taylor, S. (2010). Tobacco Industry Manipulation in Anti-Smoking PSAs: the Effect of Explicitly and Implicitly-Delivered Messages. Addictive Behaviors, 35(5), 526-529. Dr. Fryer is an Assistant Professor in Behavioral and Community Health. He utilizes mixed methods research to examine the sociocultural context of health and health disparities, with a concentration in community-engaged research. His work focuses on racial and ethnic health disparities in substance use and dependence, specifically tobacco and marijuana among urban youth and young adult populations.
Garza, Mary
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  Wilson-Frederick, SM, Williams CD, Garza MA, Navas-Acien A, Emerson MR, Ahmed S and Ford JG. (2011) Association of secondhand smoke exposure with nicotine dependence among Black smokers. Addictive Behaviors, 36(4): 412-415. Dr. Garza is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health and Associate Director in the Center for Health Equity. Dr. Garza previously worked as a health coordinator, gaining community-level experience working with low-income migrant farm workers (primarily Latinos and African Americans) in California. She coordinated local, state, and federal community education and medical treatment programs with a focus on diabetes, cancer screening, hypertension, STDs, and HIV/AIDS.
Griffin, Kimberly
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Griffin, K. A. (2013). Voices Of The "Othermothers": Reconsidering Black Professors' Relationships With Black Students As A Form Of Social Exchange. Journal of Negro Education, 82(2), 169-183. Dr. Griffin is an Associate Professor in the Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy Program (Student Affairs Area of Specialization). Dr. Griffin's research interests are primarily focused in three areas: the access, experiences, and outcomes of underrepresented communities in higher education; diversity within the Black higher education community; and the influence of mentoring and developmental relationships on outcomes at critical time points.
Guerrero, Perla
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    Dr. Guerrero is an Assistant Professor in the Department of American Studies and the first core faculty member in the U.S. Latina/o Studies Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research and teaching interests lie in comparative race and ethnicity, immigration, space and place, labor, and 20th century U.S. history.
Hanhardt, Christina
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Hanhardt, Christina B. (2013). Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence. Duke University Press. Dr. Hanhardt is an Associate Professor in American Studies and LGBT Studies. Her research and teaching focus on the entwined history of sexual minorities, social movements, and cities in the U.S. since the mid-20th century. She analyzes how the enforcement of social norms, along with shifting political economic structures, has shaped collective action on behalf of those marginalized because of their sexual practices or identities.
Iwamoto, Derek
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  Liu, W. M., Iwamoto, D. K., & Chae, M. (Eds.) (2010). Culturally Responsive Counseling Interventions with Asian American Men. Routledge Press. Dr. Iwamoto is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Iwamoto's research aims to address health disparities experienced by traditionally underserved and understudied groups such as African Americans and Asian Americans. His work examines the influence of socio-cultural factors such racial and gender socialization, or the beliefs, attitudes and expectations of what it means to be a man or woman, on alcohol/substance abuse and mental health problems among ethnically diverse populations.
Jette, Shannon
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Norman, M.E., Rail, G., & Jette, S. (2014). Moving Subjects, Feeling Bodies: Emotion And The Materialization Of Fat Feminine Subjectivities In Village On A Diet. Fat Studies, 3(1), 17-31. Dr. Jette is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the School of Public Health. Her research interests focus on historical and socio-cultural aspects of health, physical activity, gender and the body.
Khamis, Sahar M.
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  Radsch, C. C., & Khamis, S. (2013). In Their Own Voice: Technologically Mediated Empowerment And Transformation Among Young Arab Women. Feminist Media Studies, 13(5), 881-890. Dr. Khamis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication. With several publications in both international and regional academic journals and conferences in both English and Arabic, her focus is on Arab and Middle Eastern media. Dr. Khamis is a media commentator and analyst, a public speaker, a human rights commissioner in the Human Rights Commission in Montgomery County, Maryland, and a host on "U.S. Arab Radio."
Klees, Steve
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  Dr. Klees is a Professor in Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education. His work examines the political economy of education and development with specific research interests in globalization, neoliberalism, and education; the role of aid agencies; education, human rights, and social justice; the education of disadvantaged populations; the role of class, gender, and race in reproducing and challenging educational and social inequality; and alternative approaches to education and development.
Liu, Brooke Fisher
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  Liu, B. F., Jin, Y., & Austin, L. A. (2013). The Tendency To Tell: Understanding Publics' Communicative Responses To Crisis Information Form And Source. Journal of Public Relations Research, 25, 51-67. Dr. Liu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Director of the Risk Communication & Resilience Research Program at START. Her research investigates how effective risk and crisis communication can optimally prepare the public to respond to and recover from disasters. In recent years, her research has focused on the unique roles that governments' social/new media can play in building community resilience.
Madhavan, Sangeetha
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  Madhavan, S. (2010). "Early Childbearing and Kin Connectivity in Rural South Africa." International Journal of Sociology of the Family, 36(2), 139-157. Dr. Madhavan is an Associate Professor in the Department of African-American Studies and Associate Director at the Maryland Population Research Center. Her research interests include children's well-being, household and family change, parenting, intergenerational relationships, transition to adulthood and social capital formation in the context of sub-Saharan Africa.
Marsh, Kris
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  Marsh, K. & Iceland, J.. (2010). The Racial Residential Segregation of Black Single Individuals Living Alone. City and Community, 9(3), 299-319. Dr. Marsh is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and affiliate faculty of the Maryland Population Research Center, Department of Women's Studies, and African-American Studies Department. Marsh's general areas of expertise are the black middle class, demography, racial residential segregation, and education.
Martin-Beltran, Melinda
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  Martin-Beltran, M. (2010). The Two-Way Language Bridge: Co-Constructing Bilingual Language Learning Opportunities. The Modern Language Journal, 94(2), 254-277. Dr. Martin-Beltran is an Assistant Professor in Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership. As a teacher, educator, and applied linguist using anthropological and sociocultural approaches, her research seeks to understand ways that learners (both students and teachers) engage in the co-construction of knowledge and the social processes of learning.
Lung-Amam, Willow
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Chang, S., & Lung-Amam, W. (2010). Born Glocal: Youth identity and suburban spaces in the U.S. and Taiwan. Amerasia Journal, 36(3), 29-52. Dr. Lung-Amam is an Assistant Professor in Urban Studies and Planning. Her scholarship focuses on link between social inequality and the built environment. Lung-Amam's work looks at immigration and diversity in American cities and suburbs, and social and environmental justice issues as they relate to the built form of cities, urban policy, and planning practice.
Miller, Matthew J.
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  Yang, M., Haydon, K.C., & Miller, M. J. (2013). Family Intergenerational Cultural Conflict And Social Support In Asian And Asian American College Student Families. Asian American Journal of Psychology. Dr. Miller is an Associate Professor in Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education. His research interests span four related areas: multiculturalism, vocational psychology, social justice engagement, and applied psychological measurement. Currently, he is examining how cultural and racial factors relate to health disparities in AAPI populations.
Padios, Jan M.
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  Padios, J.M. (2014). Can you hear us now? Ringtones and politics in the contemporary Philippines. The Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music and Sound Studies. University of Oxford Press. Dr. Padios is an Assistant Professor of American Studies. Her research combines critical cultural studies and political economy, with emphasis on transnationalism, labor, neoliberal globalization, media and communication, cultures of consumption, and U.S. Empire. She engages in interdisciplinary methodology with a focus on ethnography and uses frameworks from the interpretive social sciences and the humanities.
Park, Julie J.
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  Park, J.J. (2012). "Man, this is hard": A case study of how race and religion affect cross-racial interaction for Black students. The Review of Higher Education, 35(4), 624-650. Dr. Park is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education, Student Affairs concentration. Her research addresses how race, religion, and social class affect diversity and equity in higher education, including the diverse experiences of Asian American college students.
Ray, Rashawn
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  Ray, R. (2013). Fraternity Life at Predominately White Universities in the U.S.: The Saliency of Race. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 36, 320-336. Dr. Ray is an Assistant Professor of Sociology. His work addresses three key areas: the determinants and consequences of self-evaluated social class, men's treatment of women, and how racial stratification structures social life. He is currently examining how racially mixed and segregated communities influence physical activity levels across racial/ethnic groups and contribute to healthy lifestyles and obesity rates.
Rowley, Michelle V.
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  Rowley, M. (2007). Feminist Visions For A New Era: An Interview With Peggy Antrobus. Feminist Studies, 33(1), 64-87. Dr. Rowley is an Associate Professor in the Women's Studies Department. Her research interests address issues of gender and development, the politics of welfare, as well as state responses to questions of Caribbean women's reproductive health and well-being and rights for sexual minorities.
Richardson, Joseph
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  Richardson, J., Brown, J., & Van Brakle, M. (2013). Pathways To Early Violent Death: The 'Voices' Of Serious Violent Youth Offenders. American Journal of Public Health, 103(7), E5-E16. Dr. Richardson is an Associate Professor in African-American Studies. His research focuses on issues of race and poverty, specifically issues which impact the lives of African-American men. These areas include: poverty, employment, education, violence, the criminal justice system, health and fatherhood. He also has extensive research on the disruptive effects of incarceration on African-American children and families.
Roy, Kevin
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Roy, K. (2012). In Search Of A Culture: Navigation Of Dimensions Of Qualitative Research. Journal of Marriage and Family, 74, 660-665. Dr. Roy is an Associate Professor in Family Science. His research focuses on the life course of young men on the margins of families and the work force, as they transition into adulthood and fatherhood. Through participant observation and life history interviews, he explores the intersection of policy systems, such as welfare reform and incarceration, with care giving and providing roles in kin networks.
Sangaramoorthy, Thurka
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Sangaramoorthy , T. & Kroeger, K. (2013). Mobility, Latino Migrants, and the Geography of Sex Work: Using Ethnography in Public Health Assessments. Human Organization, 72(3), 263-272. Dr. Sangaramoorthy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology. Her research examines the relationships between the everyday lived experiences of individuals and communities and the biopolitics of global health institutions, neoliberal health policies, and enumerative practices. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of medical anthropology, science and technology studies, global public health, HIV/AIDS, critical race theory, and citizenship.
Simon-Rusinowitz, Lori
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  Simon-Rusinowitz, L., Mahoney, K.J., Marks, L.N., et al. (2005). The Cash And Counseling Demonstration And Evaluation: Focus Groups Inform Design Of A Consumer-Directed Cash Option. Care Management Journals, 6(2), 56-65. Dr. Simon-Rusinowitz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration and Center on Aging. Her studies have addressed topics such as: a policy option to hire family caregivers, including a study examining policymakers' views about this issue; consumer-directed services for older consumers and their caregivers; training representatives for consumers with dementia in consumer-directed services; and an environmental scan of behavioral health and self-direction.
Bynum, Mia Smith
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Bynum, M. S., & Brody, G. H. (2005). Coping Behaviors, Parenting, And Perceptions Of Children's Internalizing And Externalizing Problems In Rural African American Mothers. Family Relations, 54, 58-71. Dr. Bynum is an Associate Professor of Family Science in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland. Dr. Bynum is an expert in African American mental health, family interaction and communication in ethnic minority families, racial identity and socialization, and parenting. She also has expertise in adolescent mental health, adolescent sexual behavior, and parent-adolescent communication about difficult topics.
Turner, Jennifer
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  Turner, J.D. (2007). Beyond Cultural Awareness: Prospective Teachers' Visions Of Culturally Responsive Literacy Teaching. Action in Teacher Education, 29, 12-24. Dr. Turner is Associate Professor in Reading Education. Her scholarship centers on a) responsive and rigorous instruction for African American elementary readers, b) preparing K-5 reading teachers for diversity and globalizing reading teacher education, and c) college and career literacies and readiness in K-5 schools.
Wexler, Jade
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  Wexler, J. & Pyle, N. (2012). Dropout Prevention And The Model-Minority Stereotype: Reflections From An Asian American High School Dropout. Urban Review, 44. Dr. Wexler is an Assistant Professor of Special Education. She is currently the Principal Investigator (PI) on a project to explore reading practices being implemented with adolescents in the juvenile justice facilities.
Williams-Forson, Psyche
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Forson-Williams, P. (2010). Other Women Cooked for My Husband: Negotiating Gender, Food, and Identities in an African American/Ghanaian Household. Feminist Studies, 36.2 (Summer): 435-461. Dr. Williams-Forson is an Associate Professor of American Studies. Her research and teaching interests include cultural studies, material culture, food, women's studies, social and cultural history of the U.S. in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Her new research explores issues of class, entrepreneurship, and material culture in African American history and culture.
Brown, Tara
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Tara M. Brown & Louie F. Rodriguez (2009) School and the co-construction of dropout, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 22:2, 221-242. Dr. Brown is an Assistant Professor of Education Policy and Leadership within the College of Education. Dr. Brown's research currently focuses on urban, secondary education, specifically disciplinary exclusion and dropout, using qualitative, mixed methods, and participatory and action research methodologies.
White, Tirza Wilbon
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Fries-Britt, Sharon
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  Fries-Britt, S.L. & Kelly, B. T. (2005). Retaining each other: Narratives of two African American women in the academy. The Urban Review, 37(2), 221-242. Dr. Fries-Britt is an Associate Professor in the College of Education and is the current Director of the Higher Education, Student Affairs and International Education (HESI) Program in the department of Counseling, Higher Education and Special Education (CHSE). Her research examines the experiences of high achieving Blacks in higher education and underrepresented minorities (URMs) in STEM fields.
Shin, Richard Q.
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  Lance C. Smith PhD & Richard Q. Shin PhD (2014) Queer Blindfolding: A Case Study on Difference "Blindness" Toward Persons Who Identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender. Journal of Homosexuality, 61:7, 940-961. Dr. Shin is an Associate Professor in Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education. His research interests include the identification of academic resiliency factors among youth of color living in underresourced neighborhoods, including the need to disrupt dominant deficit oriented societal narratives about this devalued and marginalized population.
Getrich, Christina M.
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  Getrich, C. M., Heying, C., Willging, C., & Waitskin, H. (2007). An ethnography of clinic "noise" in a community-based promotora-centered mental health intervention. Social Science and Medicine, 65(2), 319-330. Dr. Getrich is an Assistant Professor in the Anthropology Department. Her most recent research has addressed health disparities among Latino populations in the U.S. Southwest. As a critical medical anthropologist, she explors how unequal health care access for Latinos is shaped by social, economic, and political factors such as discrimination, underemployment, and immigration status.
Jones, Marian Moser
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  Jones, M.M. (2010). The American Red Cross and Local Response to the 1918 Influenza: A Four-City Case Study. Public Health Reports, Supplement, 3: 125:92-104. Dr. Jones is an Assistant Professor in Family Science. Her research examines how and why the American institutional sector has developed to provide for the health and survival needs of families, children, and other vulnerable populations in crisis situations.
Lewin, Amy B.
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  Bartel, D.A., Engler, A. J., Natale, J., Misra, V., Lewin, A.B., and Joseph, J.G. (2000). Working with families of suddenly and critically ill children. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 154, 1127-1133. Dr. Lewin is an Assistant Professor in Family Science. Her research interests include teen pregnancy and parenting; non-resident father involvement and co-parenting; integration of mental health intervention into primary care; community engagement in intervention research, and addressing social, cultural, and familial determinants of health and health disparities.
Howard, Donna E.
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  Donna Elise Howard DrPH, MPH; Melinda Griffin ABD, MS; Bradley Boekeloo, PhD; Kristin Lake, MPH; & Denise Bellows, BS (2007) Staying Safe While Consuming Alcohol: A Qualitative Study of the Protective Strategies and Informational Needs of College Freshmen. Journal of American College Health, 56:3, 247-254. Dr. Howard is an Associate Professor of Behavioral and Community Health in the School of Public Health. Currently, she is an investigator in the Laboratory for Health Behavior Assessment and Intervention and collaborator in the Seat Pleasant-University of Maryland Partnership for Health. Dr. Howard has a strong interest in community-based health education programs and has worked internationally and nationally in pursuit of community empowerment goals.
Clegg, Tamara
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    Dr. Clegg is an Assistant Professor at the iSchool. Her work is about understanding how we can help people come to see themselves in new ways by helping them form new relationships with information. The future of information lies in using technology to enable trans-disciplinary learning experiences.
Anderson, Lindsey B.
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Anderson, L. B. (2013). How frames present BMW as embracing an aging workforce. Public Relations Review, 39(5), 484–490. Dr. Lindsey Anderson (Ph.D., Purdue University) broadly studies the intersections of communication, age, and emotion. In particular, she is an interpretive scholar who focuses her work on organizational processes related to employee age and workplace emotion (e.g., retirement, career socialization,and mentoring).
Jackson, Taharee A.  

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    Jackson, T. A.  (2011).  Which interests are served by the principle of interest convergence?  Whiteness, collective trauma, and the case for anti-racism.  Race Ethnicity and Education 14(4), 435-459.   Dr. Jackson is an Assistant Professor in Minority and Urban Education within the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership at the College of Education.  Dr. Jackson's research interests include:  teacher education, pedagogical techniques for white teachers, best practices in urban education, culturally responsive teaching for diverse students, ally development in privileged groups, and effective policies that address equity in schools domestically and internationally.