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.
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 their interdisciplinary studies and what drew them 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.
“We look forward to working with researchers from any discipline where our contribution may add to the state of knowledge,” says Ansu Chatterjee, director of the Institute for Research in Statistics and its Applications. IRSA helps learners across fields engage with the value of statistics.
Oil, feminism, minorities, and genies. All of these are the focus of classes taught by new Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Professor Shir Alon. Her classes are rooted in her comparative literature background. “I feel that literature provides us with tools and metaphors to think about our social and political life in ways that are more powerful than anything else that I’ve encountered,” she says.
Kristofer Coffman is a graduate fellow studying Religions in Antiquity through the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies. He hopes to increase cross-cultural understanding of language and culture as well as pay homage to his family’s heritage.
“Solidarity is evoked as a crucial resource for social movements to mobilize effectively,” says Anuja Bose, who recently joined the faculty. Her research on recovering an anti-colonial conception of solidarity is something that Bose argues is pertinent to solving pressing global problems.
Professor Timothy Johnson wanted to shine a light on a rich primary source for researchers in political science and law--the handwritten notes of past Supreme Court justices. But first, he needed help from a few hundred citizen scientists.
Sound economic research is the foundation of a robust economic policy. With this thought in mind, the University of Minnesota and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis entered into a partnership 50 years ago that produced groundbreaking research. In August of 2019, the University celebrated this collaboration with the Four Horsemen of the Economic Revolution event.