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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.

MemberMeral Ekincioglu, Ph.D.

Trained as an architect, I am a scholar with a Ph.D. degree and my scholarly endeavor is based on problem-centered research in architecture. More specifically, I am a scholar in postwar architecture history and the subjects of my current academic study are politics of gender, multiculturalism, diversity and inclusion in my expertise field. In this respect, I conducted my advanced academic research project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture Program for two years after my Ph.D. degree in Architecture at Istanbul Technical University. My scholarly project brings into focus a critical insight into the politics of gender in institutional policies, academia, the profession, education, history and history-writing, and examines cross-cultural relations and transnational (design) practice in postwar architecture. Following my productive research process at MIT, I am currently developing the manuscript for my book, and conducting my new research project to “unfold” how diverse and inclusive historical documentation practice in archives and collections at (multicultural) pioneering schools of architecture in the US. Prior to the MIT-HTC, I was research scholar at the Columbia University, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Ph.D. Program, and research fellow at the Harvard University, History of Art and Architecture, Ph.D. Program for my Ph.D. dissertation research studies. Based on my advanced academic and archival research during my studies at the MIT-HTC Program, I presented my scholarly project and findings at the MIT-HTC Program (2016), the International Women in Architecture Symposium at Virginia Tech. (2017), the MIT-Women’s and Gender Studies Program Intellectual Forum Series (2017), the Women’s Studies Speaker Series organized by Center for the Study of Women and Society at the CUNY-Graduate Center (2017), Harvard University for a talk series organized by New England Turkish Student Association (2017), the 71st Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) – Annual International Conference where I was awarded by a SAH Fellowship (2018), and  was a panelist at “A Convergence at the Confluence of Power, Identity and Design” organized by the Women in Design Group at the Harvard University, Graduate School of Design (2018). In addition to my presentations and talks on my expertise field, I was invited to “A Square and Half – The Colors, A Tribute by Ivaana Muse” as a panelist at the MIT Museum (2018), presented my recent research study and findings at WikiConference North America at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2019), and at the 51st NeMLA Convention titled “Shaping and Sharing Identities: Spaces, Places, Languages and Cultures” organized at Boston University (2020). On my most recent research project, my conference abstract was officially accepted by “Midwest Archives Conference, Annual Meeting” (2020), and I will be speaking at the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Meeting. (2020), and Society of American Archivists, 2020 Research Forum, “Foundations and Innovations”. Prior to these, I presented my papers at “Media in Transition 5 and 6”, two international conferences organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Comparative Media Studies (2007 and 2009), and discussed historical progress of professional architectural journalism, the important role of journalistic criticism in postwar Turkey, and recent developments in architectural media in the country. In my expertise field, I am an author and a contributor of two international publication projects on women architects (forthcoming 2021). In order to stimulate critical awareness of gender and women in architecture (in its profession, practice, education, history and historiography), and to give an impetus for new collections in those fields, I created and developed the collection, “Women in Modern and Contemporary Territories of Turkish Architecture” at MIT. Conducted for Archnet, online source of MIT and named one of the top 20 architecture websites by the Global Grid in 2016, this is the first project on documenting the leading figures of the first and the second generations of Turkish women architects as a digital collection, open to international scholars and based on my scholarly research, literature review and texts. In addition, I am a certificate holder by Consortium for Graduate Studies, Gender, Culture, Women & Sexuality (GCWS) at MIT. For more, please: http://meralekincioglu.com/biography.html