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Ethnic and Gender Studies

Steering Committee

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Heidi Hamilton


Dr. Heidi Hamilton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication  and Theatre.  She joined Emporia State University in 2004.  Dr. Hamilton received a M.A. degree from the University of North Carolina, and completed her Ph.D. at the University of Iowa.

In the department, she teaches courses in rhetoric and persuasion including: Theories of Persuasion, Social Movements, Consumerism & Advertising, and Communication and Gender.  She also serves as the director for the Public Speaking course.

Her scholarship focuses on both foreign policy rhetoric and gendered rhetoric. She has a chapter on the anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan appearing in the book: Media Depictions of Women as Brides, Wives and Mothers and a co-authored chapter on Madeleine Albright and Condoleezza Rice as the first female secretaries of state in the book Gender and Political Communication in America. Her work on celebrity and political activism has appeared in the American Communication Journal.  

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Roberta Eichenberg

2003 Capillary Attraction Mellenic Gallery Kansas City MO 
2002 Mini-Grant Kansas Art Commission Topeka KS 
2003 Evolution Pittsburgh Glass Center / TA Pittsburgh PA 
Transformation Redeer College / TA Redeer Alberta CAN
2002 Glass Sculpting Pilchuck Glass School / TA Stanwood WA 
1986 Master of Fine Art Ohio State University Columbus OH 
1984 Master of Art California State University Chico CA 
1981 Pilchuck Glass School Flora Mace + Joey Kirkpatrick Stanwood WA 
1979 Bachelor of Arts California State University Chico CA 

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Dr. Ellen Hansen

I'm Ellen Hansen. I came to Emporia State University in 1999, and I teach World Regional Geography as well as a variety of upper division courses, including Geography of Latin America, Geography of the Great Plains and of Kansas. I also plan to teach a course on Gender and Geography in the future. 

My research interests include life at the U.S.-Mexico border, where I lived for a year while doing fieldwork for my doctorate. Having grown up in San Diego County, California, and lived in Tucson for many years, I thought I knew what it was like to live in a border city, until I actually lived there. I hope to teach a class on borders here at ESU in the future. I am also interested in gender issues in international development, especially in Latin America. I lived in Ecuador for over two years and worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Andes. 

The Kansas Board of Regents recently approved the Latin American Studies Minor at Emporia State University. Each fall semester, beginning in 2001, I will coordinate the required core course for the program, CW210, Introduction to Latin American Studies. 

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Dr. Susan Kendrick

Dr. Kendrick completed her PhD at the University of Oklahoma. She is an Associate Professor of English, specializing in English Renaissance Literature and British Women Writers before 1800. Her book "Elizabeth 1's Use of Virginity to Enhance Her Sovereignty: Managing the Image of a Sixteenth-Century Queen" was published by the Edwin Mellen Press in 2009.   It analyzes the influence of Greco-Roman and early Christian ideologies of virginity on the political identity and iconography of Elizabeth I. Since her arrival at ESU in the fall of 2001, Dr. Kendrick has taught a variety of courses in her areas of interest: Shakespeare, The Cult of Elizabeth I, Milton, Tudor/Stuart Drama, Women Writers, and The Female Hero: Text and Criticism.  She is also the Director of the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies at ESU and advises students majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies and Information Resource Studies.  Dr. Kendrick's current research project involves the completion of the fourth volume of the bibliography of British and American Women Writers 1500-1900.

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Mallory Koci

Mallory Koci is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies; her teaching interests are social justice education, gender construction, critical theory, and interdisciplinary problems. She received her Master of Arts in English and Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Ethnic and Gender Studies from ESU. Currently, she teaches the Issues in Ethnic and Gender Studies class and hopes to expand Ethnic and Gender Studies course offerings in the future. 

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Kevin Rabas

Associate Professor Dr. Kevin Rabas co-directs the creative writing program at Emporia State and co-edits Flint Hills Review. He has four books: Bird’s Horn, Sonny Kenner’s Red Guitar, Lisa’s Flying Electric Piano, a Kansas Notable Book and Nelson Poetry Book Award winner, and Spider Face: stories.

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Dr. Maria Schulmeister

Karen Manners Smith

Karen Manners Smith

Karen Manners Smith is a social historian who received her doctorate in American history from the University of Massachusetts. She has a degree in English and American literature from Brandeis University. She specializes in American women's history, but also teaches courses in immigration history, the gilded age and progressive era, and modern England. Professor Smith has taught a biography course and three film classes at Emporia State, and plans several others in the future. She prefers to teach history classes that focus on discussion and explore multiple approaches to historical subject matter through art, literature, and material culture. All her American history courses emphasize issues of race, class, gender, and ethnicity. Dr. Smith took the students from her Immigration class to New York in the Fall 1999 semester.  She plans future history field trips to Chicago and England, UK, in conjunction with upcoming history courses. 

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Rachelle Smith

Dr. Rachelle M. Smith is the Director of Composition and an Associate Professor in the Dept of English, Modern Languages, and Journalism. She is currently serving as the Chair of the General Education Council for the 2010-2011 academic year. Dr. Smith received her PhD at Texas Christian University; her undergraduate and Master's degrees in English are from the University of Oklahoma. Her teaching interests include composition, rhetoric, African American women's literature, and science fiction. 

Nathaniel Terrell

Nathaniel Terrell

Obtained his Ph.D. in Sociology, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, August 1993. He obtained his BA and MA in Criminal Justice at the University of Central Oklahoma.  He is currently the Chair of the Division of Sociology and Anthropology.  His area of teaching includes criminology, social deviance, juvenile delinquency, social psychology, homelessness, research methods, introduction to sociology, and social stratification. His research interest includes homelessness, community correction, and criminology. 

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Elizabeth (Betsy) Yanik

Elizabeth (Betsy) Yanik received her Ph D in Mathematics at the University of Kentucky and is now a Professor in the Division of Mathematics and Computer Science at Emporia State University.  Dr. Yanik is the Assistant Director of the Women and Mathematics Network, a national organization for directors of outreach programs for young women.  Dr. Yanik has recently been asked to serve on the Board of Directors of Women & Mathematics Education.  She is a co-organizer of SMASH -Summer Mathematics and Sciences Holiday- a nonresidential summer program for 9th grade girls which is funded by Tensor grant.  Dr. Yanik is also co-organizer of MASTER IT -Mathematics and Science To Explore caReers Investigating Together- which is a residential summer program for 24 rising 8th grade and 24 rising 9th grade young women.  This is funded by a National Science Foundation grant.  Her major contributions in the area of ethnic and gender studies include: 

           Sonia Kovalesky Day A day of recognition for women in mathematics; 

Expanding Your Horizons A day-long conference for middle school girls which includes workshops and discussions aimed at helping young girls say interested in math.
Catching Your Dreams: An event for Girls Scout Brownies that centers around science and math activities.

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Dr. Joyce Zhou