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Advisory Board

The Indiana University, Bloomington CRRES Advisory Board is composed of scholars from the IU-B research community and one external (non-IUB) faculty member who represent (in terms of scholarly research) the individuals being served by the center. The 8-member Advisory Board is charged with advising the Director and Associate Director; supporting the activities of CRRES staff, faculty, and students (including postdoctoral fellows); asking questions that help CRRES strive for and achieve excellence as a center; and raising awareness about activities and opportunities at CRRES to the broader research community.

In alphabetical order:

Clegg III, Claude A.
Professor of History. My research and teaching interests focus on the African diaspora of the Atlantic world. I am interested in the ways in which people of African descent have created and imagined communities and identities outside of Africa, particularly in the slave and post-emancipation societies of North America and the Caribbean. I primarily write books that draw attention to race relations and some aspect of history in the African diaspora. My book Troubled Ground: A Tale of Murder, Lynching, and Reckoning in the New South (University of Illinois Press, 2010), draws attention to U.S. southern history and mob violence. Presently, I am writing a book about the last phase of the Haitian Revolution, with particular attention to the leadership of Jean Jacques Dessalines.

Eder, Donna
Professor of Sociology. I have written numerous journal articles and book chapters in the areas of gender, schooling, and women's culture. My book, School Talk: Gender and Adolescent Culture, is an in-depth study of middle-school peer cultures and the ways in which they maintain and resist gender stereotypes. My current research involves in-depth interviews with storytellers from different cultures to better understand the role of storytelling in teaching about social differences and social dynamics. This work was published in Life Lessons Through Storytelling (IU Press, 2010).

Grim, Valerie
Professor and Chair of African American and African Diaspora Studies. I edited a special issue of Journal of Black Women, Gender, and Families (University of Illinois Press, 2009,  volume 3). The four-article issue, entitled Rural Women, Families, and Children of Color in Global Communities, examined HIV-AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa; religion among black women in Brazil; ways in which rural black children in the U.S. unlearn racism; and the role of the federal government in addressing rural poverty, literacy, and cultural needs. My essay, “The Experiences of Rural Women, Children, and Families of Color in U.S. and Global Communities” was published in this special volume.

Lee, Jennifer
Assistant Professor of Sociology. My research and teaching interests include sociology of education, work and labor market stratification, and immigrant adaptation. I have published research on high school employment and dropout, and my current research investigates Asian employment in ethnic economies in the United States. I also examine high school employment patterns and educational attainments of children of immigrants.  More recent publications include a paper entitled “School Co-Ethnicity and Hispanic Parental Involvement” to appear in Social Science Research (2012, volume 41) and “Latino School Concentration and Academic Achievement among Latino Children” to appear in Social Science Quarterly.

Martinez, Sylvia
Assistant Professor in Education Leadership and Policy Studies in the School of Education. I am a sociologist interested in the high school experiences of Latino youth. I am particularly interested in issues of engagement in school.  I examine whether Latino youth are being challenged academically and whether they view those challenges as positive or negative experiences. I extend this line of research by exploring whether challenges in the classroom translate to higher levels of academic achievement (i.e. higher grades) among high school students. Some recent publications include an article in Journal of Latinos and Education (2011, volume 10) entitled “An Examination of Latino Students’ h=Homework Routines” and a collaborative piece that will appear in the Journal of Adult Development, entitled “The Influence of Family dynamics on Ethnic Identity among Adult Latinas.”

Seigel, Micol
Associate Professor in Department of American Studies, Department of History. My research interests include race in the Americas, racial theory, transnational method; Brazil; Latin American studies; history; mass incarceration; and cultural studies. My book Uneven Encounters: Making Race and Nation in Brazil and the United States (Duke University Press, 2009) argues the role played by transnational dialogues in the defining character of racial and national identities. It is a transnational history of race and nation in the Americas. A more recent project focuses on the criminal justice system. This project, entitled The Global Precinct: U.S. Policing after World War II, draws on interdisciplinary bodies of secondary literature and in-depth archival research to reveal the invisible aspects of the criminal justice system.

Steinfeldt, Jesse
Assistant Professor in Counseling and Educational Psychology, School of Education. Sport is a fertile field to examine social dynamics, and within this domain my research interests center on multicultural psychology, sport psychology, and social justice issues. My research focuses on the psychosocial development of student-athletes, which includes investigations of gender role socialization, racial and athletic identity, and psychological well-being (e.g., adjustment, body esteem, help-seeking). I also explore American Indian empowerment through an examination of the psychological effects of the use of Native-themed mascots, nicknames, and logos in sport. One article, “Components of a training intervention designed to produce attitudinal change toward Native-themed mascots, nicknames, and logos” was published in Counselor Education and Supervision (with M.C. Steinfeldt, volume 51). I also wrote a piece entitled “Testimony on Stolen Identities: The Impact of Racist Stereotypes on Indigenous People” that was presented to the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Oversight Hearing (2011).

Stewart, Quincy
Associate Professor of Sociology, Northwestern University. I am interested in the dynamic processes that create inequalities in socioeconomic status, health and mortality. I have published on quantitative methods for studying inequality, the estimation of mortality, and on racial and ethnic disparities in socioeconomic status, health and mortality. My current work includes: 1) analyzing racial inequality using agent-based models, 2) examining the role of disease prevalence in mortality outcomes, and 3) analyzing racial disparities in attitudes, socioeconomic status and health outcomes. A more recent publication can be found in the International Migration Review (2010), entitled “Is it Race, Immigrant Status, or Both? An Analysis of Wage Disparities among Men in the United States” (with J.C. Dixon).