Faculty Associates

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Name Associate
Type
Department Email/Phone Research
Christina Abreu CSWGS Center for Latino and Latin American Studies

cabreu@niu.edu
815-753-1531

The role of race, nationalism, and migration in the Cuban and Spanish Caribbean diasporic communities of the U.S. with a particular emphasis on popular culture
Larissa (Lacie) Barber WGST Psychology

lbarber@niu.edu
815-753-0740

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.
Scott Balcerzak LGBT English

sbalcerzak@niu.edu 
815-753-6642

Film and literature; feminst and queer theory; sexuality and popular culture; gender and performance; the history of sexuality; and digital studies.
Sinclair Bell LGBT/WGST Art History

Sinclair.bell@niu.edu
815-753-1473

Etruscan and Roman material culture and art, especially its social history; Renaissance reception and contemporary theorization; gender and ancient art.
Alexandra Bennett WGST English

abennet1@niu.edu
815-753-6639

16th and 17th century drama; writings of and about early modern women; Shakespeare; modern theater and drama by women.
Georgia Brown WGST Computer Science

gbrown@niu.edu
815-753-3836

Game programming.
Kate Cady WGST Communication

kcady@niu.edu
815-753-7011

Public representations of working women, postindustrial economics, and feminism in the late 20th century U.S.; contemporary rhetorical theory and criticism; cultural studies.
Randy Caspersen LGBT Communication

rcaspersen@niu.edu
815-753-7104

Film and video work with gay sensibilities; media studies; film, television and video production; screenwriting.
Cassandra Crawford CSWGS Sociology

ccrawford@niu.edu
815-753-1657

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 WGST Counseling, Adult and Higher Education (Chair)

sdeggeswhite@niu.edu
815-753-1448

Women's development throughout the lifespan; women's wellness; ways women deal with life transitions and aging.
Chris Einolf CSWGS Nonprofit and NGO Studies

ceinolf@niu.edu
815-753-4410

Aaron Spencer Fogleman WGST History

aaronfogleman@niu.edu
815-753-6824

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.
Reva Freedman WGST Computer Science

rfreedman@niu.edu
815-753-6944

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.
Courtney Gallaher CSWGS Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality/Geography

cgallaher@niu.edu
815-753-0631

Food security; crop and soil science; urban agriculture; environmental risks.
Valerie Garver WGST History

vgarver@niu.edu
815-753-6823

Cultural, social and religious history of the Carolingian Empire, particularly the history of women, family, gender and material culture.
LaVerne Gyant WGST Counseling, Adult and Higher Education

lgyant@niu.edu
815-753-7608

African American women in business and hospitality industry; development as sisters; adult participation in and contributions to adult education.
Janet Hathaway WGST Music

jhathaway@niu.edu
815-753-7970

Devotional music in public ceremonies in 17th-century Madrid, and music and identity in early modern Spanish convents.
Rebecca Hunt CSWGS Educational Technology, Research and Assessment

rhunt@niu.edu
815-753-9021

Diversity in technology; diversity in teaching; educational technology; library science.
Trude Jacobsen LGBT History/Center for Southeast Asian Studies

tjacobsen1@niu.edu
815-753-8822

Sexual exploitation and sex trafficking in Southeast Asia; processes of justice and reconciliation in non-western contexts; historical anthropology; mental health in colonial contexts in Asia; the role of material culture in constructing or reconstructing identities.
Katy Jaekel CSWGS Counseling, Adult and Higher Education

kjaekel@niu.edu
815-753-0788

First-year student experience, LGBTQ students experience in the classroom, and novice postsecondary educators’ preparation, training, and development.
Joanna Kot WGST Foreign Languages and Literatures (Russian)

jkot@niu.edu
815-753-6460

Experimental modernist drama, early 20th -century feminist drama, and theories of modernity.
Melissa Lenczewski WGST Environmental Studies (Director), Geology

lenczewski@niu.edu
815-753-7937

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.
Amy K. Levin CSWGS (Emeritus) English alevin@niu.edu Literature by women, especially British and African-American women; museums, narratives, and culture.
Amanda Littauer CSWGS Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality/History

alittauer@niu.edu
815-753-8049

Women, girls and non-marital sexuality between 1941-1962.
Lichuan Liu WGST Electrical Engineering

liu@niu.edu
815-753-9937

Wireless communications, wireless sensor networks, and inter-vehicle.
Jimmie Manning LGBT Communication

jman@niu.edu
815-753-7107

Meaning-making in and about relationships; relational discourses; constitutive pragmatism; new media and computer-mediated communication.
Margo Milano WGST Family and Child Studies

msutorius@niu.edu
815-753-1543

Beth Miller WGST Family and Child Studies

jem@niu.edu
815-753-6339

Feminist teaching; work and family issues; faculty development.
Kirk Miller CSWGS Sociology (Chair)

kmiller7@niu.edu
815-753-1194

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.
Nina Mounts WGST Psychology

nmounts@niu.edu
815-753-6968

Children’s social development from childhood through adolescence; parent-child and peer relationships; peer influence processes during adolescence.
Kristen Myers CSWGS Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, Director; and Sociology, Presidential Teaching Professor

kmyers@niu.edu
815-753-1055

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.
Helen Nagata WGST Art History

hnagata@niu.edu
815-753-7863

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.
Z Nicolazzo CSWGS Higher Education and Student Affairs

znicolazzo@niu.edu
815-753-9373

Mapping gender across collegiate contexts; gender in higher education, particularly the experiences of trans* collegians; college student activism; and intersectionality, particularly students’ experiences of the intersections of race, disability, and gender identity.
Brad Peters LGBT English

bpeters@niu.edu
815-753-6601

Writing across curriculum; writing program administration; history of rhetoric; medieval English mystics.
Jane Rheineck LGBT Counseling, Adult and Higher Education

jrheineck@niu.edu
815-753-8722

Lesbian's career development; the implications of counseling lesbian and gay individuals; youth at risk; gender identity and expression in lesbians; career transition for women in midlife.
Robert Ridinger LGBT University Libraries

rridinger@niu.edu
815-753-1367

Retrieval of local gay and lesbian history; the growth and development of the leather/levi subculture; uses of language made as part of the LGBT movement.
Mark Rosenbaum LGBT Marketing

mrosenbaum@niu.edu
815-753-7931

Consumer behavior in service settings; social marketing; health-related marketing; LGBTIQ consumer behavior.
Linda Saborio WGST Foreign Languages and Literature (Spanish)

lsaborio@niu.edu
815-753-6465

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.
Brad Sagarin LGBT Psychology bsagarin@niu.edu Attitude change; resistance to persuasion; deception, jealousy, and infidelity; evolutionary psychology; human sexuality; statistical approaches to missing data and non-compliance.
Brian Sandberg WGST History/CLAS Associate Dean for Research

bsandberg@niu.edu
815-753-6813

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.
Kryssi Staikidis WGST Art Education

kstaididis@niu.edu
815-753-8388

Indigenous pedagogy; art studio practice as a site for research; and visual culture/critical pedagogy in the classroom.
Diana Swanson CSWGS Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality/English

dswanson@niu.edu
815-753-6611

Virgina Woolf; British women novelists; lesbian writers; feminist criticism and theory; history of sexuality; literature and play; literary genre and the social construction of self; gender and sexuality; eco-feminism.
Sharon Sytsma CSWGS(Emeritus) Philosophy

ssytsma@niu.edu
815-753-6411

Ethical theory (especially Kant's ethics and theories of moral motivation); biomedical ethics; intersexuality.
Tharaphi Than WGS Foreign Languages and Literatures (Burmese)

tthan@niu.edu
815-753-6453

Women of Burma and Southeast Asia, print media and migration.
Toni Tollerud LGBT (Emeritus) Counseling, Adult and Higher Education tollerud@niu.edu Counseling LGBT people; LGBT youth; spirituality issues; supervision; retirement issudes for LGBT people.
Miriam van Mersbergen WGST Speech and Language Pathology

mvanmersbergen@niu.edu
815-753-8385

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.
Laura Vazquez WGST Communication

lvazquez@niu.edu
815-753-7132

Gender and media; documentary video production; autobiographical film and video; web design.
Carol Walther CSWGS Sociology

cwalther@niu.edu
815-753-6428

The influence of the state upon how people interact with governmental forms; the influence of religion on settlement patterns of same-gender couples.
Corrine Wickens CSWGS Literacy Education

cwickens@niu.edu
815-753-8556

Intersections of sexuality and schooling, adolescent literacy, and young adult literature.
Kerith Woodyard WGST Communication

kwoodyard@niu.edu
815-753-7101

Rhetorical Theory and Criticism; Women's Rhetorical History.

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