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Social Justice Research Center

University of Wyoming


Scholar Program 


Nevin Aiken Faculty

The Limits of Decentralized Justice?: Reassessing Northern Ireland’s Transitional Justice Strategy


Cecelia Aragon Faculty

Theatre in Education: Using Theatre for Social Change and Among Disenfranchised Populations


Meghan Brown Graduate Student

American Indian College Students in a Frontier State: Exploring Barriers     


Aurora Chang Faculty

A Critical Ethnographic Analysis of Rural Latinas' educational Experiences


Mark Guiberson Faculty

Using Technology to Screen for Developmental Language Disorders in Spanish-Speaking Preschooler


Alyssa Kaelin Graduate Student

Rural tourism development in Nepal: One village’s experience of socioeconomic structural transformation


Kathleen Kniss Graduate Student

Bullying Hurts: Using book studies to promote anti-bullying teaching practices


Neely Mahapahtra Faculty

Experiences of Domestic Violence and Formal and Informal Help-seeking Among South Asian Women Expatriates in Dubai and/or in United Arab Emirates (UAE)


Virginia Vincenti Faculty

Financial Exploitation of the Elderly within the Family System


Brittany Wienholz Graduate Student

Strength or Struggle: Significance of Spirituality for Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse




Rahimjon Abdugafurov, Graduate student, International Studies

Religious Tolerance and Pluralism in Uzbekistan


Cheryl Biondolillo, Graduate student, English 

Brooklyn Oysters: How to grow environmentalists in the city


Colleen Denney, Faculty, Women’s Studies 

Raise Your Banner High! The Visual Culture of Women’s Activism from London to Paris, 1860 to the Present


Virginia Vincentte and Dr. Karen Goebel, Faculty, Family and Consumer Sciences 

The Growing Global Problem of Elder Financial Exploitation: Impact of and on Families


Karen Williams, Faculty, Family and Consumer Sciences 

Technology in the Lives of Young Children


Janet Youngholm, Graduate student, History

Lincoln’s Indian Policy and the Dakota Ware of 1862: Seeking Reconciliation


Shuping Zhang, Graduate student, International Studies

Rethinking the urban expansion



Harold Bergman Faculty, Zoology and Physiology, with Diem Thu Pham, Graduate Student, Zoology and Physiology

Continuing dioxin exposure and human health effects in the Vietnamese population from past usage of Agent Orange in the Vietnam War: A social justice investigation and case study


Cara Durr Graduate Student, International Studies

Microcredit in Indonesia: An exploration of the social benefits and consequences for women who receive microloans through the group lending model


Teena Gabrielson Faculty, Political Science 

The Normalized Toxic Body:  A Site for Theorizing a Democratic, Ecological Politics


Julia Jeanes Behr-Lausch Graduate Student, International Studies

The Plight of Southeast Asian Migrant Women in the Margins of Dubai’s Social and Economic Oil Based Structure


Neely Mahapatra Faculty, Social Work

Pathways to seeking formal/outside help for domestic violence victims of South Asian origin


Helen McBride Graduate Student, History 

The role of women in conflict making and peacemaking in “The Troubles”: A study of Northern Irish Women


LuLing Osofsky Graduate Student, English

Attempting a Post-Colonial Utopia: An Essayistic Exploration of Auroville


Kevin Roxas Faculty, Educational Studies

Welcome Home:  Creating Intentional Communities of Care for Newcomer Refugee Students and Their Families


Lilia Soto Faculty, American Studies & Chicano Studies

The Fate of Transnational Migration:  Muchachas Mexicanas in California’s Napa Valley


Keonghee Tao Han Faculty, Elementary & Early Childhood Education, UW/CC, with Lydiah Nganga and John Kambutu

Exploring the experiences of faculty of color working in a rural, predominantly White campus




Tara Busch Graduate Student, International Studies

A Comparative Analysis of the Influencing Factors for Effectiveness in Transplanted and Grassroots Women’s Civil Society Organizations in Almaty, Kazakhstan


Carrie Green/Burnett Whiteplume Graduate Students, Curriculum & Instruct.

The Integration of Bolivian Indigenous Ways of Knowing in Bolivian Education 


Tracey Patton Faculty, African American & Diaspora Studies, with Sally Schedlock, scholar

This Ain’t My First Rodeo: A Visual Analysis of 100 years of Women and Ethnic Minority Women in Rodeo


Christine Rogers Graduate Student, Educational Studies

It Takes a Village: A Narrative Exploration of Decolonization through Indigenous Community-Centered Learning


Amy Sherwood Graduate Student, International Studies & Environment and Natural Resources

The Road To Sustainable Community Adaptation: Investigating household responses to climate crises in Laikipia district, Kenya


Anne Spear Graduate Student, International Peace Corps Program

A Case Study of the Mothers’ Association (Association Mères Educatrices, AME) in Tangaye, Burkina Faso




Kent Becker Faculty, Counselor Education, with Serena Lambert, Faculty, Counselor Education

The Wyoming SAGE Photovoice Project: Giving VOICE to Youth and Families Participating in Wyoming’s Mental Health System


Kashmira Gandhi Graduate Student, International Studies

Effects of political unrest on Oaxacan women’s artisan cooperatives


Anne Guzzo Faculty, Music

Haddayr Blogs, Art Songs


Ruth Mena Graduate Student


Social and Health Care Services needed by immigrants and refugees in the U.S.A²


Carolyn Taylor with Carol Bryant, Faculty, Secondary Education, with Rebecca Brazzale & Brian Brisko, Teacher Candidates (Spanish & ESL), Secondary Education

The Potential for Project Citizen to Provide an Authentic Venue for Student Voice in Cross-Cultural Settings vis a vis Community Justice and Human Rights




Jeasik Cho Faculty, Ed. Studies

How researchers make sense of social justice as they critically examine their ability to engage in complicated discourses on the ethics and politics of their evolving research.


William Medina Faculty, Secondary Education

Project Citizen and science education practices on students' learning and development of civic dispositions around environmental concerns in La Paz, Bolivia.  


Jemine Shell Graduate Student

How behavior change is best accomplished in the areas of solid waste management and water storage in Monrovia, Liberia.  


Marissa Valenzuela-Johnson Graduate Assistant

Research for a novel in San Cristobal de las Casas in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas for five weeks of July and August in the summer of 2008.


Kate Muir Welsh Faculty, Elementary & Early Childhood Education

Pre-session connected to the SSSJ to explore social justice theories and pedagogies in their practice via a summer seminar style reading group with K-12 teachers.


Margie Zamudio Faculty, Sociology

Book development tentatively titled “The Making of a Latina/o Working-Class” that examines the impact of race, ethnicity, gender and citizenship on class formation. 



Supplemental Scholarship/Support Funded



SJRC and Sustainable Business Practices 

Susan Dewey, Shikha Upadhyaya, & Lacy Hooker

Feeding Fiji: Food Security, Social Justice, and the Feminized Labor of Market Trade in the Suva Municipal Market

Good Mule Project 



Lay-nah Blue Morris – GA 

Carie Green 

Xinxiao Yang (for Bonnie Zaire) 

Engineers Without Borders 

Good Mule Project 

Juan Valdez 



Tanaya Moon Morris –GA 

Sonja Brown 

Shawn Davis

Luis Ahumada (Visiting Scholar)

Mary Gatua 

Conor Mulle 

S. Herbolt & S. Browe 



Christine Ingoglia 

Student Awards (Per M. Duff)



Speaker Series



Nelson Maldonado Torres (Chicano Studies) 

James Kilgore (African American and Diaspora Studies)

Betine Bahige (Law School) 

Christopher Emdin (EpSCOR/ SMTC) 

Good Mule Project Speaker Series 

Zach Wahls (Shepard Symposium for Social Justice) 




Tim Wise (Shepard Symposium for Social Justice) ($4,000)




                        Arun Ghandi 

                        Victor Villaseñor 

                        Rinku Sen  



Rebecca Solnit (English) 

Andrea Romero (Chicano Studies) 




Sandy Grande 

William Ayers 



Dolores Delgado (Chicano Studies) 

Good Mule Project Speaker Series 




Jeff Duncan Andrade 

Leticia Saucedo  



Manuel Munoz (English) 

Chicano Studies Speaker Series

Shepard Symposium 




John Powell 

Mary Romero 



Miriam Cook (English)




  • Met with various departments and organizations to discuss the SJRC including faculty senate, WYSAC, ethnic studies programs, McNair’s Scholar program, etc. 
  • Met with individual scholars about research projects 
  • Met with candidates for positions about Center 




  • The SJRC is supported by a graduate student via the Counselor Education and Supervision Doctoral Program - Julius A. Austin, Graduate Assistant 2013-present
  • The SJRC is supported by a graduate student via the Multicultural Affairs Graduate Program-Natasha Dirck , Graduate Assistant 2012-13
  • Dorie Gallegos is the budget manager



2012-13 membership numbers are as follows:

  • Advisory group: 13
  1. Alec Muthig, Laramie County Community College
  2. Angela M. Jaime, College of Education
  3. Christine Porter, College of Health Sciences
  4. Conrad Chavez, Multicultural Affairs
  5. Jerry Parkinson, College of Law
  6. Jose Rosa, College of Business
  7. Kelly Visnak, UW Libraries  
  8. Laura Uglean Jackson, American Heritage Center
  9. Maggie Bourque, Haub School for Environment and Natural Resources
  10. Michelle Jarman, Wyoming Institute for Disabilities  
  11. Reed Scull, Outreach School  
  12. Tracey Patton, College of Arts and Sciences  
  13. Wendy Ann Perkins, College of Engineering
  • Affiliate group: 149

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