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MemberChristopher Jenks

Christopher Jenks received his graduate degrees from George Mason University and Newcastle University (England).  Before arriving at the University of South Dakota, he taught at the City University of Hong Kong, Newcastle University, and Konkuk University (Seoul, South Korea).  He specializes in the political and cultural implications of the global spread of English.  His research interests include multiculturalism, critical race theory, translingualism, postcolonialism, neoliberalism, and national identities.  His eight published and forthcoming books cover a range of topics, including chat room interaction, intercultural communication, and second language acquisition. His 2010 edited collection on second language acquisition was runner-up for the 2011 British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) Book Award. He is currently working on a project that examines how roadside billboards of the Midwest represent discursive spaces for national identity construction.

MemberJacqueline Taucar

Jacqueline is a recent Ph.D. graduate from the University of Toronto, Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies.  Her dissertation entitled “Acting Out(side) the Multicultural Script in Ethno-cultural Festivals” documents and analyses performances at three of Toronto’s popular ethnocultural festivals, which include the Toronto International Festival Caravan, Toronto Caribbean Carnival, and Krinos Taste of the Danforth. In addition, she produces carnival costumes with TruDynasty Carnival Inc. and Saldenah Carnival mas camps.

MemberGreg Soden

I am an educator with experiences from kindergarten through college-aged students. After graduating from the University of Missouri in 2007, I worked as a camp counselor on the North Shore of Oahu before pursuing social studies and language arts teaching positions in northern Mexico and greater London, England.

Following these teaching appointments, I pursued a masters degree in education at the University of Saskatchewan, in Saskatoon, Canada. There, I studied critical pedagogy, curriculum and instructional theory, and focused my research efforts on the transition experiences of immigrant students in the United Kingdom. These professional and academic experiences helped form my identity as an advocate of social justice and equity.

For two years, I taught part-time in the College of Education at the University of Missouri. My teaching emphases are social studies pedagogy, democratic education, cultural studies, and multicultural and diversity education for schools and society. My academic publications appear currently appear in the Journal of Social Studies Research, Social Studies Research and Practice, and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

From 2013-2018, I was a language arts and religious studies teacher in the Columbia Public School District in Columbia, Missouri. Since 2017, I have been a teacher and teaching assistant trainer for the University of Missouri College of Education’s Mizzou K-12 program.

I am the creator and host of The Classical Ideas Podcast, a show about religion, philosophy, and culture.

MemberPeter Morey

  I am an internationally recognised scholar in the fields of twentieth-century and contemporary literary studies with an extensive track record of publications, successful research funding applications and public engagement. I am the author of four books, numerous articles in peer reviewed journals, edited volumes and other publications, and have edited four essay collections and a journal special issue. My recent funding successes (as Principal Investigator) include a Research Councils UK Global Uncertainties Leadership Fellowship (£491,133) to lead a project entitled Muslims, Trust and Cultural Dialogue from 2012 to 2015, and the AHRC funded Framing Muslims international research network, 2007-2010 (£49,550). I currently hold a Chair in 20th Century English Literature at the University of Birmingham, and have taught across a wide range of modern and contemporary literature modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels throughout my career.   Research Interests ·       Twentieth Century and Contemporary Literature ·       Postcolonial and World Literature and Theory ·       Multiculturalism, Globalisation and Islamophobia ·       Religion, Communalism and the Secular ·       The Politics of Representation in Literature, Film and Television    

MemberJessica Carniel

Jessica Carniel is a Senior Lecturer in Humanities at the University of Southern Queensland, where she teaches on the history of Western ideas, ethics and human rights, and global migration. Her broad research interests include Australian and global immigration, cosmopolitan cultures, sporting communities and identities, cultural studies and gender studies. She has published widely on gender and ethnic identities in literature and sports cultures in multicultural Australia. Her study of Eurovision in Australia will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in late 2018.

MemberLetitia Guran

For five years I have been teaching Humanities, African American literature, and world literature at North Carolina A&T State University. During this time, as much as before, my research interests have been multicultural (emphasis on African American lit), encompassing both the world of American multi-ethnic studies and East-Central European studies (emphasis on Romania). Testifying to my global cultural interests, over the years I have been a Fulbright scholar, Vice-president and President of Romanian Studies Association of America, chair of the Romanian Discussion Group, member of MELUS, ACLA, SAMLA, Langston Hughes Society, Society of Romanian Studies, and others. Before coming to the U.S. as a Fulbright scholar I worked as a host and reporter for the Cultural Department of Romanian National TV station.