To Alysha Alloway (master of geographic information science ’19), a map can explore how the homeless interact with transit in the Twin Cities, and how a community can create a transit system that meets the needs of all its citizens. Her project, “A Better Way to Get There,” recently won the “Most Provocative/Transformative” award in the U of M’s annual U-Spatial Mapping Prize contest.
Josef Woldense has been able to construct a picture of the administration of 20th-century Ethiopian ruler Haile Selassie to provide a close analysis of ways autocrats keep their power. He has developed a game to help his students understand how precarious the role of an autocrat can be.
Elliott Powell, a professor in the American studies department, researches the historical intersection of sexuality, gender, and race in popular music. He looks at the role of sexuality in collaborations between South Asian and Black popular music from 1960 to the present.
Evolving culture means evolving language. Students in the Spanish and Portuguese graduate program are thinking about how to create inclusive classroom environments for all students, not only those with binary gender identities.
Kidiocus King-Carroll studies Black life in Milwaukee and the Midwest. As a doctoral candidate in American studies and resource co-coordinator at The Black Midwest Initiative, his research dives into the meaning and making of Black social life through autoethnography, family narratives, and social histories of his home in the Midwest.
Professor Jessica Lopez Lyman is following 11 contemporary, local artists to uncover the intersection between art and social justice work. “It's been such an inspiring experience to see these Latinas out there, giving of themselves, using their art as a tool to educate,” Lopez Lyman says. Her research will contribute to the growing scholarship around Midwestern Latina/o/x communities.
“How we relate to other species feels like a really important and contentious issue in this moment,” says Assistant Professor Corinne Teed. Teed uses participatory art to reframe conversations about climate change and encourages people to learn from other species and look at environmental issues through an emotional lens.
Examining the severe effects that climate change has on the human body, Associate Professor Kathryn Grace blends her passion for women’s health and quantitative analysis to bring attention to reproductive health in the hot climates of Africa.
Assistant Professor Sima Shakhsari (GWSS) has published Politics of Rightful Killing, Duke University Press. Analyzing online and off-line ethnography, Shakhsari looks at a transnational network of Iranian bloggers and provides an account of digital citizenship that raises questions about the internet's relationship to political engagement, militarism, and democracy.
Associate Professor Matt Carlson (Journalism) has written "Measurable Journalism: Digital Platforms, News Metrics and the Quantified Audience," which explores ways in which the increasingly ‘measurable’ news audience has had an impact on journalistic practices. This book was originally published as a special issue of "Digital Journalism."
Can ancient Greek literature teach modern society more about how to solve problems? S. Douglas Olson is attempting to prove it can. He studies ancient literature, translating it to make it accessible to the modern reader.
New to the department, Assistant Professor Madelaine Cahuas brings a breadth of knowledge and lived experience to her research and teaching of human geography. Honing in on the resilience of Latinx women and youth, Cahuas dives into the impact that space, place, and identity have in social organizing.
Our ability to understand speech has always been subject to how well we hear. But can cultural, social, and behavioral linguistic differences (within a language) impact how well we hear and understand? Professor Benjamin Munson and Dr. Alayo Tripp are studying the impact of race-based biases on how easily older people understand the speech of younger people.
Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality studies graduate student and self-titled scholar-activist Moriah Shumpert discusses her interdisciplinary studies and what drew her to the University of Minnesota.
When legislators need to draft policy, it helps to have the facts. Associate Professor Matthew Weber aims to help policy makers make solid decisions on an emotional issue: supporting mental health screenings for adolescents.