The Academic Minute for 2019.04.29-05.03

The Academic Minute from 04.29 – 05.03

Monday, April 29th
Anne Roschelle – SUNY New Paltz
The Humanitarian Crisis at the Border
Anne R. Roschelle is a Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Dr. Roschelle’s research and teaching interests include racial ethnic families, poverty and homelessness, race, class, and gender inequality, and welfare reform. In addition, Anne has conducted research in Cuba and Guatemala. Dr. Roschelle is the author of No More Kin: Exploring Race, Class, and Gender in Family Networks (Sage, 1997), which was a recipient of Choice Magazines 1997 Outstanding Academic Book Award. Anne has published numerous journal articles and has recently completed a book on homeless families in San Francisco, which will be published in fall 2019 (Lexington Books). Dr. Roschelle’s new research focuses on unaccompanied minors in the Hudson Valley, immigration, and deportation.

Tuesday, April 30th
Marlene Daut – University of Virginia
Constitutional History of Haiti
Marlene L. Daut is Associate Professor of African Diaspora Studies at the University of Virginia, where she also serves as the Associate Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies. She is the author of Tropics of Haiti: Race and the Literary History of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World, 1789-1865 (2015) and Baron de Vastey and the Origins of Black Atlantic Humanism (2017).  She is currently co-editing An Anthology of Haitian Revolutionary Fictions (Age of Slavery),  forthcoming from the University of Virginia Press. Daut is the co-creator and co-editor of H-Net Commons’ digital platform, H-Haiti. She also curates a website on early Haitian print culture at, and she has developed an online bibliography of fictions of the Haitian Revolution from 1787 to 1900 at the website

Wednesday, May 1st
Jordan DeVylder – Fordham University
The Impact of Police Violence on Mental Health
Jordan DeVylder is an Associate Professor at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. He has been on faculty since 2017. He received his MSW and PhD in Social Work from Columbia University, his MS in Cognition & Brain Science from Georgia Institute of Technology, and his BA in Psychology from New York University. He was previously employed at the University of Maryland School of Social Work as Assistant Professor, and as a clinician/researcher at New York State Psychiatric Institute.

Dr. DeVylder’s research is focused on preventive mental health, with a particular emphasis on psychosis and suicide. His research on the clinical significance of early psychotic symptoms has been published in leading social work and psychiatry journals, including JAMA Psychiatry, World Psychiatry, and Schizophrenia Bulletin. He is currently conducting a randomized trial to test an intervention to improve the detection of untreated psychosis by social workers employed in community settings, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. In suicide prevention research, he has funding from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to examine sub-clinical psychosis as an indicator of suicide risk among adolescents receiving emergency health services in Baltimore. He has several ongoing projects focused on the epidemiology of psychosis, examining the role of stress, urban upbringing, and crime victimization in psychosis etiology in the United States and internationally. He has more recently focused on studying the impact of police violence from a public mental health perspective, finding that exposure to police violence is associated with notably elevated levels of psychological distress, delusional thoughts, and suicidal behavior.

Thursday, May 2nd
Fletcher McClellan – Elizabethtown College
Presidential Medal of Freedom
Fletcher McClellan is Professor of Political Science at Elizabethtown College.  A member of the Elizabethtown faculty for over 35 years, he served in many leadership roles at the College, including Dean of Faculty, Interim Provost, and department chair. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. His areas of teaching and research include the American presidency, public policy, and teaching and learning in political science. He is the 2018 recipient of the Craig L. Brians Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Mentorship, awarded by the Political Science Education Section of the American Political Science Association.

Friday, May 3rd
Gilbert Metcalf – Tufts University
Carbon Tax
Gilbert E. Metcalf is the John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service and Professor of Economics at Tufts University. In addition, he is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a University Fellow at Resources For The Future. Metcalf’s primary research area is applied public finance with particular interests in taxation, energy, and environmental economics. His current research focuses on policy evaluation and design in the area of energy and climate change. He has frequently testified before Congress, served on expert panels for the National Academies of Sciences and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and served as a consultant to numerous other organizations. During 2011 and 2012, he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and Energy at the U.S. Department of Treasury where he was the founding U.S. Board Member for the UN based Green Climate Fund. He has published extensively in academic journals and books on various topics including energy and tax policy. Metcalf received a B.A. in Mathematics from Amherst College, an M.S. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University.


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