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Ruth Nicole Brown, 2005-2006 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Dr. Ruth Nicole Brown is an African American Studies & Research Program postdoctoral fellow. Currently, she is revising her dissertation research on African American girls’ political socialization for publication and working on a short documentary film on the same subject. More broadly, her research/teaching interests include Black Politics, Women’s and Girls’ Studies, Performance Studies, and Qualitative Methodology. She received her BA in Political Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Brown earned her MA and Ph.D. in Political Science as well as a certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. rnbrown@uiuc.edu

Jorge Capetillo-Ponce, Assistant Professor of Sociology, UMass Boston Professor Capetillo’s Research specializations include social theory, race and ethnic relations, media studies, Latino studies, US-Latin America relations, and U.S. media coverage of Islamic societies. His current research is focused on majority-minority identity politics in Massachusetts, US mainstream media representations of Latinos and influences on US-Mexico relations, media and violence, and the influence of Georg Simmel on Octavio Paz’s The Labyrinth of Solitude. His recent publications include Images of Mexico in the U.S. News Media (editor, 2000), and “The Vote on Bilingual Education and Latino identity Politics in Massachusetts” (2003). Jorge.capetillo@umb.edu

Elora H. Chowdhury, Assistant Professor, Women’s Studies, UMass Boston Professor Chowdhury’s fields of interest include critical development studies, Third World/transnational feminisms, and feminist ethnography. Her work has appeared in various journals including Meridians: Feminism Race & ransnationalism and the International Feminist Journal of Politics. Currently, she is working on a book project tentatively entitled, “‘Transnationalism Reversed’: Development and Women’s Activism in Bangladesh.” elora.chowdhury@umb.edu

Michelle Corbin, Doctoral Candidate, Sociology, University of Maryland at College Park Corbin is currently a 5th year dissertating PhD student at University of Maryland. Her dissertation is looking the at practices of psychedelic mysticism and the pursuit of oppositional consciousness and counterhegemenonic academic/scientific knowledges. My current areas of interest are in social critical theory especially feminist theory, post colonial theory and crtical theories of race and racism as well as the broad area of crticial science studies. mcorbin@socy.umd.edu

Amy Den Ouden, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, UMass Boston Professor Den Ouden’s research areas include Native North America; indigenous land rights; colonial Indian policy; gender and power in cross cultural contexts; colonialism and racial discourse. Her recent publications include her book Beyond Conquest: Native Peoples and the Struggle for History in New England, published by the University of Nebraska Press as a part of their Fourth World Rising series. amy.denouden@umb.edu

Estelle Disch, Professor, Sociology, UMass Boston A certified Clinical Sociologist, Professor Disch serves as coordinator of the first year seminar program at UMass Boston. Her recent research has focused on sexual abuse by professionals, and is the editor of Reconstructing Gender: A Multicultural Anthology (McGraw Hill, Fourth edition, 2006). Disch leads faculty development workshops on General Education teaching and other pedagogical issues and has provided consultations to many campuses on diversity and campus climate issues. estelle.disch@umb.edu

Linda Dittmar, Professor, English, UMass Boston Professor Dittmar, recipient of Distinguished Teaching Award at UMass Boston, teaches Film Studies, Twentieth-Century Fiction & Drama, Multicultural Literature, Literary & Film Theory, and Women and Gender. Her research and writing interests are Film, Cultural Studies, Narrative Theory, Gender, including independent and global cinemas, minority representations, and mixed genres. A pioneer in film criticism, Dittmar has edited two major works: Multiple Voices in Feminist Film Criticism (Minnesota 1994) and From Hanoi to Hollywood: The Vietnam War in American Film (Rutgers 1990). She has also written more than 30 book chapters and journal articles and has edited two special issues (titled “Teaching in Time of War”) in film, video, and media and teaching globalization for the journal Radical Teacher. An academic known for her foresight, Dittmar worked to expand curriculums to represent newly emerging literature and brought new courses to UMass Boston, most notably her development of offerings in film studies. A nationally and internally recognized expert in the field, Dittmar pioneered the teaching of film ten years before the Modern Language Association (MLA) acknowledged it as a field of study. She has also played an active role in the Center for the Improvement of Teaching and has previously received a Fulbright Senior Teaching Fellowship in India. lindadittmar@aol.com

Haroldo Fontaine, Doctoral Student, Education Leadership and Policy Studies, Florida State University, Tallahassee Fontaine’s specialization in Education Leadership and Policy Studies is the History and Philosophy of Education. His current work includes explaining successful political revolutions in Peru and Cuba in terms of John Dewey's theory of experience and recognizing cultural imperialism through film and literature and resisting it by means of education policy. Fontaine’s publications include a translation of Dr. Maricarmen Martinez's "Requiem for a Virgin Muse" and an essay entitled "The Power of Patriarchy: A Comparative Analysis of Jorge Isaac's María and Albert Camus' The Stranger; both may be found in G. Brackins, H. Fontaine, M. Martinez, J. Pautz and P. Predmore (Eds.), Cultural Imperialism Essays. Boston, MA: Pearson. His conference presentations include the 29th Annual Conference on Literature and Film in 2004 and the American Educational Studies Association Annual Conference in 2005. haroldoabraam@earthlink.net

Rhonda Frederick, Associate Professor, English Department, Boston College Professor Frederick specializes in Caribbean and African American literatures. Her scholarly interests include literatures of the Americas, particularly 20th Century women’s popular fiction, mystery/detective, and futurist fiction/fantasy writing. She is currrently interested in the detective and/or futurist fiction of Nalo Hopkinson, Walter Mosley, BarbaraNeely, and Colson Whitehead. Her first manuscript, “Colón Man a Come”: Mythographies of Panamá Canal Migration, examines the recurrent figure of the Panama Canal worker in Caribbean literature, song, and memoir. frederir@bc.edu

Karen M. Gagne, Doctoral Candidate, Sociology, Binghamton University Gagne is currently working on her dissertation on “Fighting Amnesia as a Guerilla Activity: Poetics for a New Mode of Being Human.” Other publications: "Falling in Love with Indians: The Metaphysics of Becoming America," in CR: The New Centennial Review (Fall 2003); and co- author of "On Coloniality and Condemnation: A Roundtable," in Proudflesh: the New Afrikan Journal of Culture, Politics, and Consciousness (vol. 2, 2003). kgagne@binghamton.edu

Panagiota Gounari, Assistant Professor, Applied Linguistics, UMass Boston Professor Gounari holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies in Education from Pennsylvania State University. She specializes in bilingualism, multicultural education, literacy and technology in language education. Her primary areas of interest include language policy and linguistic hegemony, critical discourse analysis, language and the politics of difference, the role of language in social change and the construction of human agency and democratic spaces as well as its implications for critical pedagogy. She co-authored The Hegemony of English with Donaldo Macedo and Bessie Dendrinos (Paradigm Press, 2003) and The Globalization of Racism with Donaldo Macedo (Paradigm Press, 2005). panagiota.gounari@umb.edu

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