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    [Section_Value3] => <p>Leah Ashwill is the Director of the Center for Citizenship &amp; Social Justice (CCSJ) in the Department of Diversity and Community Studies (DCS) at WKU. She provide leadership to the CCSJ and DCS faculty and staff in providing community-engaged educational experiences to students enrolled in the CSJ Minor. Ms. Ashwill also provides leadership to the staff at CCSJ in serving as a campus-wide resource to students, faculty and staff exploring social justice and citizenship through other academic lenses. Ms. Ashwill and the CCSJ team work to facilitate vital campus and community partnerships that address pressing social issues by developing public problem-solving strategies and opportunities. Leah's vision is for all&nbsp;WKU students who want to impact communities to have the knowledge and skills needed to be effective agents of change.</p>
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<p>Ms. Ashwill earned a BS in Public Health Education in 2003, as well as a MA in Administrative Dynamics in 2010, both from Western Kentucky University.</p>
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<p>Ms. Ashwill is a member of the WKU Diversity, Embracement, and Inclusion Committee, Bowling Green Fairness Coalition, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Vision Multi-agency Council of South Central Kentucky, Kentucky Campus Compact Advisory Board, Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky Advisory Council, and a campus co-coordinator for the American Democracy Project.&nbsp;</p>
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<p>Ms. Ashwill is personally committed to diversity, inclusion and addressing social inequities through her various roles. She also has a passion for children and health and&nbsp; works with local partners to provide health and fitness opportunities for children and adolescents of South Central Kentucky. As a lifelong citizen of Bowling Green, Kentucky, Ms. Ashwill has a deep passion for WKU and South Central Kentucky, as well as for the people that make it such a wonderful place to live, work, and raise families.</p>
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    [Section_Value1] => <p>GWS 200 Intro to Gender &amp; Women's Studies, GWS 200 Hon: Intro to Gender &amp; Women's Studies, GWS 375 American Masculinities, GWS 400 Western Feminist Thought, GWS 535 Roots of Feminism, GWS 555 Global Perspectives Women, GWS 630 Feminist Pedagogies</p>
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    [Section_Value3] => <p>Kristi Branham is director and associate professor of Gender &amp; Women&rsquo;s Studies at WKU. She received her PhD in literature from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Branham&rsquo;s teaching and research expertise include women&rsquo;s studies, feminist theory, social theory, and U.S. women&rsquo;s popular culture. She has over twenty years of college teaching experience and has received several awards for teaching excellence. She has published articles in <em>Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice</em>, <em>Journal of American Studies</em>, <em>Literature and Film Quarterly</em>, and contributed to the edited collection <em>Home Sweat Home</em>.</p>
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<p>My teaching and scholarship are interdisciplinary in scope, drawing on political and cultural geography, feminist legal studies, postcolonial studies, rural sociology and gender and race studies. My research applies a feminist analytic to examine the intersections of institutional and interpersonal violence and the structural inequalities within experiences of citizenship and security. My largest project to date examines how the sociocultural and spatial processes within police work affect experiences of security and autonomy for survivors of intimate partner violence. My scholarship is informed by my five years of combined experience providing advocacy services to over 800 survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault and stalking in rural Central Pennsylvania and at the University of Washington in Seattle. I also use my research and professional experiences as a victim advocate in the classroom to engage students in questions of social justice, individual and collective action, and community-based research.</p>
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<p>Recent Publications</p>
<p>2017. Cuomo, D. Calling 911: Intimate Partner Violence and Responsible Citizenship in a Neoliberal Era. <em>Social and Cultural Geography.</em></p>
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<p>2017. V.A. Massaro and D. Cuomo. 2017. &ldquo;Navigating Intimate Insider Status: Bridging Audiences through Writing and Presenting.&rdquo; In <em>Writing Intimacy into Feminist Geography,</em> edited by Pamela Moss and Courtney Donovan, pp. 59-69.</p>
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<p>2016. D. Cuomo and V.A. Massaro. Boundary-Making in Feminist Research: New Methodologies for &ldquo;Intimate Insiders.&rdquo; <em>Gender, Place and Culture. </em>23(1): 94-106.</p>
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<p>2016. Christian, J., Dowler, L., and D. Cuomo. Learning to Fear: Feminist Geopolitics and the Hot Banal. <em>Political Geography</em>. 54: 64-72.</p>
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<p>2014. L. Dowler, D. Cuomo and N. Laliberte. Challenging &lsquo;The Penn State Way&rsquo;: A Feminist Response to Institutional Violence in Higher Education<em>. Gender, Place and Culture. </em>21(3): 387-394.</p>
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<p>2013. D. Cuomo. Security and fear: The Geopolitics of Intimate Partner Violence Policing. <em>Geopolitics. </em>18(4): 856-874.</p>
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<p>Education</p>
<p>Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University (Geography and Women&rsquo;s Studies), 2015</p>
<p>M.S. The Pennsylvania State University (Geography and Women&rsquo;s Studies), 2007</p>
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<p>&nbsp;Dr. Hopson&rsquo;s publications include: &ldquo;Zora Neale Hurston as Womanist&rdquo; in <em>Critical Insights: Zora Neale Hurston</em>, &ldquo;The U.S. Women&rsquo;s Liberation Movement and Black Feminist &lsquo;Sisterhood&rsquo;&rdquo; in <em>Provocations: A Transnational Reader in the History of Feminist Thought; </em><em>&ldquo;Alice Walker&rsquo;s Womanist Maternal&rdquo; in Women&rsquo;s Studies, </em><em>and &ldquo;The Shifting Selves and Realities of Rebecca (nee Leventhal) Walker in Watchung Review. </em></p>
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<p>&nbsp;A poet as well, Finishing Line Press published her chapbooks <em>Black Notes </em><em>(2013) and Fragile </em><em>(2017).</em> She has also published poems in the <em>Toronto Quarterly, Border Crossings, DoveTales: Refugees and the Displaced, Wraith Infirmity Muses, </em><em>Ounwapi Literary Journal<em>. </em></em><em>You can find her poetry reviews </em>at TheThePoetry.Com and Horseless Press.</p>
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<p>Kerby, M.B., Branham, K.B., &amp; Mallinger, G.M. (2014). Consumer-based higher education: The uncaring of learning<em>. Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, 14</em>(5).</p>
<p>Kerby, M.B., &amp; Mallinger, G.M. (2014). Beyond sustainability: A new conceptual model, eJournal of Public Affairs, 3(2).</p>
<p>Main, M. E., Wright, D. G., Kerby, M. B. (2013). Nursing student voices: Reflections on an international service learning experience. <em>Kentucky Nurse, 61</em>(1), 10-11.</p>
<p>Kerby, M. B., Adams, C. J. (2011). In Dr. Alice E. Ginsberg and Dr. Karen Bojar (Ed.), <em>The Unmeating of Like Minds: The Process IS Political</em>. Towson University Press: And Finally We Meet.</p>
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    [Section_Value3] => <p>In addition to my interests in teaching and research, I am the principle investigator of an interdisciplinary community/school gardening project in an at-risk neighborhood in Bowling Green, KY. &nbsp;I am also continuing work in Belize with a student-led craft cooperative and sales agreement between the village council of Gales Point and Western Kentucky University's Department of Diversity and Community Studies. The goal is to sell crafts produced by the villagers in the United States with all proceeds going to support the community of Gales Point.</p>
<p>Aside from scholarly interests and activities, I also enjoy music (my first love), cooking, kayaking, and gardening. I am a member of a folk group called, &ldquo;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/justusbgky">Just Us</a>&rdquo; &ndash; check us out!</p>
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<p>The SRSC is a cohort program, which means that our students move through the degree requirements together. The core courses emphasize "learning in action" and the electives allow students to emphasize areas of interest&mdash;gender, aging, community planning, environment, and (crucially) sustainability as it relates to social networks and long-range, ethically sound thinking.</p>
<p>It's conventional wisdom that "online courses can't replace f2f courses." Maybe, but online courses offer many benefits&mdash;if they're done right, and for many people. I enjoy the range of students we get in our online courses&mdash;from all over the country and with widely divergent backgrounds and interests. Our discussions are challenging and stimulating. As someone trained in literary studies, I've also been impressed with how well our written discussions proceed&mdash;reflection, response, questioning, disagreeing, changing&mdash;it's very rewarding.</p>
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<p>I love my profession and believe strongly that social change is best served by people with a sound education, with a keen understanding of how gender, race, class, and other elements of difference shape us as individuals and the worlds in which we live. My chapbook, Tree Forms, was published in 2011 by Finishing Line Press. I keep a blog at http:www.janeolmsted/wordpress.com</p>
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<p>He is a graduate of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of African American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards for his research, including an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship from the Black Metropolis Research Consortium in Chicago and a NEH fellowship from the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture. In 2015, he was awarded the University College Faculty Award for Research and Creativity at WKU. His work has appeared in the <em>Journal of Black Studies, Race and Class, American Studies, </em>and <em>History of Education Quarterly</em>, and he&rsquo;s currently preparing a manuscript for the University of Georgia Press on the African American Scholar Activist, St. Clair Drake. Most recently, he edited <em>Many Rivers to Cross: Selected Readings in the African American Experience</em> (Kendall Hunt Publications, 2015) to support undergraduate courses in African American Studies. In addition, he thoroughly enjoys leading the Study Abroad opportunity to Trinidad and Tobago and being a part of a growing interdisciplinary and globally conscious department and program at WKU.</p>
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Diversity and Community Studies


Diversity & Community Studies Faculty/Staff

Dr. James Asare

Dr. James Asare
- Instructor, AFAM

Ms. Leah Ashwill

Ms. Leah Ashwill
- Director, CCSJ

Dr. Kristi Branham

Dr. Kristi Branham
- Director/Associate Professor GWS

Dr. Dana Cuomo

Dr. Dana Cuomo
- Assistant Professor CSJ

Dr. Saundra Curry Ardrey

Dr. Saundra Curry Ardrey
- Associate Professor, Program Director AFAM

Dr. Cheryl Hopson

Dr. Cheryl Hopson
- Assistant Professor AFAM

Dr. Molly Kerby

Dr. Molly Kerby
- Associate Professor GWS/SRSC

Dr. Jane Olmsted

Dr. Jane Olmsted
- Professor/Department Head

Renee Purdy

Renee Purdy
- Office Coordinator

Dr. Andrew Rosa

Dr. Andrew Rosa
- Associate Professor

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