Larissa (Lacie) Barber
Research: Workplace flexibility and work-home boundary management (work-life balance); workplace stress and health behaviors (specifically sleep), self-regulation/self-control; counterproductive work behaviors; work engagement and burnout; emotional labor (emotion regulation at work); personality in the workplace.
Research: Etruscan and Roman material culture and art, especially its social history; Renaissance reception and contemporary theorization; gender and ancient art.
Research: Public representations of working women, postindustrial economics, and feminism in the late 20th century U.S.; contemporary rhetorical theory and criticism; cultural studies.
Foreign Languages & Literatures (Spanish)
Research: The change from realism to modernism in Spanish literature; narrative imaging of women/gender/class; effects of dictatorship/power on texts (graphic or verbal; film, periodical literature, novels), especially in terms of imaging gender.
Research: The modernization of amputation; historical (psychological and medical) and contemporary (biomedical) constructions of phantom limb syndrome; prosthetic technologies; the sociology of pain; contemporary theories of embodiment; qualitative research methods; gender/women’s/feminist/masculinities studies; and critical race studies.
Suzanne E. Degges-White
Counseling, Adult & Higher Education (Chair)
Research: women's development throughout the lifespan; women's wellness; ways women deal with life transitions and aging.
Aaron Spencer Fogleman
Research: The Atlantic World, 1492-1860's; French Swiss and German couple traveling from Europe to the Americas from the 1720's to the 1770's.
Research: AI and computational linguistics, including discourse and dialogue planning; shallow (but not superficial) text generation; mixed-initiative and multi-modal systems; knowledge representation for tutoring and causal reasoning; declarative formalisms; dialogue annotation and analysis; and Linguistics, including romance and semitic linguistics.
Center for Black Studies (Director)
Research: African American women in business and hospitality industry; development as sisters; adult participation in and contributions to adult education.
Environmental Studies (Director), Geology
Research: Biodegration and sorption of MTBE and Ethanol in fine-grain materials from northern Illinois and Mexico; Lacustrine clays from Chalco Basin, Mexico; vegetation and microbial community changes from Maquis to Rainforest, New Caledonia; spatial distribution microorganism associated with biodgreadtion of TCE; microbial ecology of prairie grass soils.
Research: Questions of social control as process and outcome, with special attention to the criminal justice system as a focus for race, class, and gender inequalities.
Research: Children’s social development from childhood through adolescence; parent-child and peer relationships; peer influence processes during adolescence.
Women's Studies, Director; and Sociology, Professor
Research: The ways that Black and white women work to overcome racism; the ways that gay and lesbian police officers negotiate gender expectations at work; the ways that people talk about race in private; the ways that positionality affects qualitative research; how to teach inequality.
Research: Japanese art, including images of women, female visual artists and authors, and the world of pleasure quarters as depicted (or not) in Edo-period woodblock prints and paintings.
Foreign Languages & Literature (Spanish)
Research: Latina/o and Mexican theater, culture studies, film, and performance studies; Latina/o and Mexican transborder plays and the performance of race in works by playwrights like Milcha Sanchez-Scott, Rascon Banda, Cherrie Moraga, and Coco Fusco; and theater by Elena Garro, Sabina Berman, and Lisa Loomer as well as some earlier works by Mexican playwrights.
Research: Intersections of religion, violence, and political culture in early modern history, especially during the European wars of religion; religious violence, gender, and noble culture during the French Wars of Religion.
Research: Virgina Woolf; British women novelists; lesbian writers; feminist criticism & theory; history of sexuality; literature & play; literary genre & the social construction of self; gender & sexuality; eco-feminism.
Miriam van Mersbergen
Speech & Language Pathology
Research: The interaction between voice and emotion, specifically how emotional states, temperament, and regulation affect vocal output in healthy adults and in adults with behavioral voice disorders.
Research: The influence of the state upon how people interact with governmental forms; the influence of religion on settlement patterns of same-gender couples.