Tennisha Riley, CRRES Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University
Tennisha Riley kicked off this year's Speaker Series with a presentation about her research on African American adolescents, where she sought to understand how cultural and peer contexts shape their emotional development and decisions to engage in risk or prosocial behaviors. To measure emotions and cognition, one of Riley's experiments recorded images of their facial expressions while they were asked to work on a specific task.
Ross Gay, Poet and Professor, Department of English, Indiana University
Ross Gay gave a reading and book signing for his recent publication, The Book of Delights, a collection of daily essays written over the course of a year on the topic of delight. He told the audience that this exercise affected his observations of life's everyday moments, especially in these tumultuous times: "In the midst of despair, there are glimmers of sweetness."
Alyssa Mt. Pleasant, Assistant Professor, Department of Transnational Studies, University of Buffalo
Alyssa Mt. Pleasant shared her new research that stems from her documentation of roadside markers across New York state through indigenous Haudenosaunee homelands. She showed images of the signage and explained their significance in conveying narratives of state violence. You can follow Mt. Pleasant's #roadsidemarkers series on Twitter at @BettyRbl.
Steven Thrasher, Daniel H. Renberg Chair and Assistant Professor, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University
Steven Thrasher's talk addressed the critical link between Blackness and HIV/AIDS, making race central to a conversation that the U.S. media has largely ignored. Integrating his work as a journalist and a scholar, Thrasher outlined how HIV/AIDS was criminalized by both the media and the laws/policies that disproportionately and negatively affected Black Americans.
Meredith Oda, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Nevada-Reno
Meredith Oda presented on research from her book, The Gateway to the Pacific: Japanese Americans and the Remaking of Transpacific San Francisco. She showed how San Francisco commemorated U.S.-Japan relations following World War II through forms of "selective remembering" to gain distance from its grim past of incarcerating hundreds of thousands of Japanese Americans.
Amrita Chakrabarti Myers, Ruth N. Halls Associate Professor, Departments of History and Gender Studies, Indiana University
Amrita Chakrabarti Meyers' talk provided a snapshot of her forthcoming book on Julia Chinn, a woman of color and wife of former vice president Richard Johnson. In exploring the lives of Julia and her daughters, Myers’ book centers the lives of Black women to understand how sex, gender, race, and power worked in Antebellum America.
Carl Suddler, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Emory University, Ph.D. from Indiana University
Carl Suddler gave a talk on his new book, Presumed Criminal: Black Youth and the Justice System in Postwar New York. Beginning with the 1930s in New York City, Suddler explores how key actors, policies, and programs have worked to tether Black youth to the criminal justice system, resulting in marked racial inequalities today.
Vivian Tseng, Senior Vice President of Programs, William T. Grant Foundation
We had the honor of hosting Vivian Tseng from the William T. Grant Foundation, which invests in research focusing on two goals: reducing inequality in youth outcomes and improving the use of research evidence in decisions affecting young people in the U.S. Tseng presented two workshops, the first on the William T. Grant Scholars Program and the second on the Foundation's mission and various funding opportunities.
This event was co-sponsored with IU Foundation Relations.
Later that day, we brought together IU leadership and diversity stakeholders for an engaging discussion with Tseng about her experiences as a woman of color working in philanthropy and foundation relations.
Imani Perry, Hughes-Rogers Professor, African American Studies, Program in Law and Public Affairs, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Princeton University
In addition to giving the Patten Lecture, a preeminent lecture series on campus, Imani Perry spoke at a more intimate event at the Neal Marshall Black Culture Center. She read from her latest work, Breathe: A Letter to my Sons, which grapples with anti-Blackness as well as Black dignity and endurance in American society, and participated in a moderated discussion with Janae Cummings, the Director of Communications & Marketing at IU's Hamilton Lugar School.
This event was co-sponsored with IU's Center for Law, Society, and Culture.
Alison Alkon, Associate Professor, University of the Pacific
In the Spring, members of the IU and Bloomington community came together to hear Alison Alkon speak about farmers' markets and food justice. Drawing from her research on California farmers' markets, Alkon explained that minority-run markets face challenges remaining sustainable while predominantly white markets have difficulties attracting racially diverse attendees, which have implications for racial equity.
This event was co-sponsored with the IU Food Institute.
To facilitate community engagement, Alkon's talk was held at Bloomington's I Fell Building, which houses artist studios, a bakery, and a gallery space.
What is a History Harvest?
Every day, we make history. It’s in what we eat, what we say, what we post to social media. It’s also in our homes, our backpacks, and our classrooms. A History Harvest is an open digital archive of artifacts gathered from our communities. It brings scholars and community members together to collect, preserve, and share the histories that are meaningful to, and usable by, the communities involved in the project.
Projects & Pairings
Check out the research posters designed by the students.
John F. Matheus, Blackness, and the Harlem Renaissance Archive - Professor Clark Barwick (Communication, Kelley School of Business) and Margaret VanSchaik (International Studies, Near Eastern Languages & Cultures majors)
The Noble Mark: Noble M. Johnson and the Performance of Race - Professor Cara Caddoo (History, The Media School) and Sam Bowden (History, Media majors)
An Imperfect Match? Gender and Racial Discrimination in Hiring Across Relative Qualification - Professor Koji Chavez (Sociology) and Maria Martinez (Neuroscience, Philosophy majors)
Evidence-Based Internet Treatment of Mental Health and Substance Use in a Community Sample and Subjective Social Status as an Indicator of Mental and Physical Health Among Black and Latinx Adults - Professor Tennisha Riley (Psychological and Brain Sciences) and Kendall Riley (Psychology, Human Biology majors)
The Vampire Britannia: Monsters of the Empire in Helen Oyeyemi's White is for Witching - Professor Maisha Wester (African American and African Diaspora Studies, American Studies) and Daun Fields (English major)
Graduate Student Research Grants, Fall 2019
- Nelson Zounlome (Psychology), An Experimental Evaluation of a Black Encouragement Intervention for University Students
- Nilzimar Vieira (Spanish & Portuguese), Afro-Brazilian and Afro-Portuguese Women Voices in Literature and Cinema
Graduate Student Travel Grants
- Asher Lubotzky (History), The Ambiguous Nature of Settler Colonialism in Africa: Examination of Settlers' Construction and Interpretation of Race and Nation in German Southwest Africa
- Daniel Runnels (Spanish & Portuguese), Manifestos of the Partido Liberal Mexicano: The Written Sign, Abandoned (from the Other Side of the Border)
- Soleil David (English), I See What you Mean: Visualization as a Stage in Translation
- Donovan Watts (Political Science), The Generational Divide: Police Violence, Political Attitudes, and African American Youth
- Morgane Flahault (Comparative Literature, American Studies), "Our Problems, Our Solutions": Building a Polyvalent Community Organization in North Oakland
- Nilzimar Vieira (Spanish & Portuguese), Curly Hair: Memories in the Short Film K-bela (How Beautiful) by Yasmin Thayna and in the novel Esse cabelo by Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida
- Ishan Ashutosh (Geography) published “The Spaces of Diaspora’s Revitalization: Transregions, Infrastructure and Urbanism” in Progress in Human Geography and “Postcolonial Geographies and Colonialism’s Mutations: The Geo-Graphing of South Asia" in Geography Compass.
- Clark Barwick (Communication, Kelley School of Business) published "A History of Passing" in South Atlantic Review.
- Morgane Flahault (American Studies and Comparative Literature) published “Milton Murayama” in Asian American Literature: An Encyclopedia for Students.
- Terri Francis (The Media School) has a forthcoming book, Josephine Baker's Cinematic Prism.
- Faye Gleisser (Art History) published "Thresholds of Address: Sensorial Returns to Slavery in Jacqueline Tarry and Bradley McCallum's Topsy Turvy" in Art Journal.
- Pamela Jackson (Sociology), with Christy Erving, published “Race-Ethnicity, Social Roles, and Mental Health: A Research Update” in Journal of Health and Social Behavior.
- David Konisky (O'Neill/SPEA), with Zhengyan Li and Nikos Zirogiannis, published “Racial, Ethnic, and Income Disparities in Air Pollution: A Study of Excess Emissions in Texas” in PLOS One.
- Michael T. Martin (The Media School), with Yalie Kamara and Boots Riley, published "Boots Riley on Sorry to Bother You and the Matter of the 'Good Fight'" in Black Camera, An International Film Journal; he also has a forthcoming book with David C. Wall, From Street to Screen: Charles Burnett's Killer of Sheep.
- Candace Miller (CRRES Postdoc, O'Neill/SPEA), with Josipa Roksa, published “Balancing Research and Service in Academia: Gender, Race, and Laboratory Tasks" in Gender & Society.
- Marissa J. Moorman (History, The Media School) published a book, Powerful Frequencies: Radio, State Power, and the Cold War in Angola, 1931-2002.
- Michelle Moyd (History) published “Radical Potentials, Conservative Realities: African Veterans of the German Colonial Army in Post-World War I Tanganyika" in First World War Studies.
- Dina Okamoto (Sociology), with G.C. Mora, published "Boundary Articulation and Emergent Identities: Asian and Hispanic Panethnicity in Comparison, 1970-1980" in Social Problems and "Postcolonialism, Racial Political Fields, and Panethnicity: A Comparison of Early ‘Asian American’ and ‘Hispanic’ Movements” with G.C. Mora in Sociology of Race and Ethnicity.
- Solimar Otero (Folklore and Ethnomusicology) published a book, Archives of Conjure: Stories of the Dead in Afrolatinx Cultures.
- Oscar Patrón (CRRES Postdoc, School of Education) published "Complicating Traditional Understandings of Familismo: Precariousness in the Lives of Queer Latino Men in College" in Journal of GLBT Family Studies and "The (unspoken) pact: A composite counternarrative of Latino males' compañerismo in a doctoral program at a predominantly white institution in the midwest" with O.J. Flores and O. Medina in International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.
- Christen Priddie (Education Leadership and Policy Studies) published "Creating Equitable STEM Environments for Black Students in Higher Education" in the Journal of the Student Personnel Association at Indiana University.
- Tennisha Riley (CRRES Postdoc, Psychological and Brain Sciences), with E. DeLaney, D. Brown, C.D. Williams, F.T. Lozada, and D.M. Dick, published "The associations between African American emerging adults’ racial discrimination and civic engagement via emotion regulation" in Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.
- Daniel Runnels (Spanish and Portuguese) published "Cholo aesthetics and mestizaje: Architecture in El Alto, Bolivia" in Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies.
- Joel Wong (Counseling and Educational Psychology) co-authored six peer-reviewed articles on issues affecting people of color, including "Perceived discrimination and academic distress among Latinx college students: A cross-lagged longitudinal investigation" with H.-L. Cheng, R. C. McDermott, and K. M. McCullough in Journal of Counseling Psychology.
Promotions, Placements, & Awards
- Ani Abrahamyan (Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures) won the Jerzy Kolodziej Excellence in Teaching Award.
- Samuel Bowden (CRRES Undergraduate Researcher) received the M. Jeanne Peterson Prize from IU's Department of History.
- Deborah Cohn (Spanish & Portuguese) was named Provost Professor; she also received the MIND Award for Impactful Teaching to Students of Spanish from the Alpha Alpha Phi Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi.
- Denia Garcia (CRRES Postdoc, Sociology) accepted a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor at the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- LaTeeka Gray (Anthropology) received the Skomp Opportunity Fellowship.
- Daun Fields (CRRES Undergraduate Researcher) will be pursuing a Ph.D. in English at the University of Florida; she also received the Executive Dean’s Award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity.
- Vivian N. Halloran (English) was named the new Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in the College of Arts & Sciences.
- David Konisky (O'Neill/SPEA) received an IU Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge grant for his project, "Understanding Energy Insecurity among Indiana Households."
- Marissa J. Moorman (History, The Media School) was promoted to Full Professor.
- Rasul A. Mowatt (American Studies), who was previously in the School of Public Health, will move to the College of Arts and Sciences in the Departments of American Studies and Geography; he also secured a National Park Service grant to conduct an ethnographic study on Camp Mueller (Cleveland, OH).
- Michelle Moyd (History) was awarded an Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities (IDAH) Summer Incubator Fellowship to pilot CRRES's first History Harvest.
- Koji Chavez (Sociology) received grants from the National Science Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation for his research on workplace racial discrimination.
- Kendall Riley (CRRES Undergraduate Researcher) will be pursuing a Ph.D. in Sociology/Criminology at the University of Iowa; she also received a Psi Chi Research Award at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference.
- Tennisha Riley (CRRES Postdoc, Psychological and Brain Sciences) accepted a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology in the School of Education at Indiana University.
- Daniel Runnels (Spanish and Portuguese) received a College of Arts & Sciences Dissertation Research Fellowship.
- Nilzimar Vieira (Spanish and Portuguese) received a summer fellowship for her project, “Afro-Brazilian and Afro-Portuguese Women’s Voices in Literature and Cinema.”
- Donovan A. Watts (Political Science) was selected as an IU Graduate Student Emissary.
- Phoebe Wolfskill (American Studies, African American and African Diaspora Studies) was promoted with tenure to Associate Professor; she also received a Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellowship through the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC).
- Ellen Wu (History, Asian American Studies) was awarded the Senior Ford Foundation Fellowship for her book project, "Overrepresented: Asian Americans in the Age of Affirmative Action."
- Ani Abrahamyan (Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures) co-organized the first international interdisciplinary Ukrainian Studies Conference in the U.S.
- Faye Gleisser (Art History) wrote an exhibition catalog essay, “The Archives Within the Archive: Hương Ngô and the Making and Unmaking of Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai” (2017), which was translated into Vietnamese and will be distributed with Hương Ngô's exhibition at The Factory Contemporary Art Centre in Ho Chi Minh City.
- Vivian N. Halloran (English) delivered the keynote speech, "From Melting Pot to Sancocho: Imagining Cross-Ethnic Allyship Across Food Narrative Genres," at the Comparative Literature Graduate Student Annual Conference in March.
- Yael R. Rosenstock Gonzalez (School of Public Health) released the Spanish language version of her book, An Introguide to a Sex Positive You: Lessons, Tales, and Tips; she was also hired to write for Pure Romance's Buzz Blog.
- Ellen Wu (History, Asian American Studies) consulted for and was a featured expert in PBS's recently-released documentary series, Asian Americans.
The aim of the CRRES Postdoctoral Scholar Program is to nurture the careers of the next generation of scholars conducting research on race and ethnicity. Each year, CRRES conducts a nationwide search and selects postdoctoral scholars in the social sciences and humanities to be housed in departments and schools across campus.
Two new fellows will join CRRES in Fall 2020.
Chinbo Chong will be a CRRES Postdoctoral Scholar and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. She is a first-generation college student who grew up in South Korea, Alaska, Kansas, Washington, and California. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2019). Her main fields of study are in American politics, political behavior, and race and ethnic politics. At CRRES, she will be working on her book manuscript titled, Identity Appeals in the Age of Immigration. Her book project uses original survey experiments, large observational political surveys, and qualitative data, which speaks to the discussion about the formation of political identity, how this differs for Asian American and Latino voters, and its impact on mobilizing these two important American electorate. She has also examined how immigrant voters form their party identification, and the role of discrimination and xenophobic rhetoric on their political behavior and collective action.
Vivek Vellanki will be a CRRES Postdoctoral Scholar and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education. Vivek earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education from Michigan State University. His scholarly and artistic work is centered on issues of migration, transnationalism, and youth identity/culture. He draws on visual methodologies and research-creation in order to question the boundaries between scholarly/creative work. Vivek’s dissertation examined the experiences/stories of immigrants and refugees in the U.S. using the photographic medium. He curated an exhibition titled, Do you have anything to declare?, which featured his dissertation work in the fall of 2019. He has worked with teachers and youth in India and the U.S. in exploring the role of the arts and the possibilities for envisioning the classroom as a site for exploration, play, and imagining socially just futures. At CRRES, Vivek’s work will explore the relationship between photography, migration, and youth identity/culture through a collaboration with South Asian youth living in the Midwest.
Save the dates for our Speaker Series:
September 10 | Oscar Patrón, CRRES Postdoc & Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Education, Indiana University
September 24 | Freda Fair, Assistant Professor, Department of Gender Studies, Indiana University
October 8 | Christine Peralta, CRRES Postdoc & Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History, Indiana University
October 22 | Iván Chaar-López, Mellon Diversity Postdoctoral Associate, Latina/o Studies Program, Cornell University
November 19 | Candace Miller, CRRES Postdoc & Visiting Assistant Professor, O'Neill School, Indiana University