The Academic Minute for 2021.04.26-2021.04.30


The Academic Minute from 04.26 – 04.30

Monday, April 26th
Ashley Lytle – Stevens Institute of Technology
In-Shoe Sensors and Robot Companions
Research topics:  Stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination, intergroup relations, STEM engagement and retention, health, gender, sexual orientation, age, race/ethnicity, belief systems.

Tuesday, April 27th
Nadia Singh – University of Oregon
How Organisms Cope With Environment Change
Research topics: Evolutionary genetics, population genetics, population genomics. Causes and consequences of recombination rate variation and mutation rate variation.

Wednesday, April 28th
Bonnie A. Green – East Stroudsburg University
Oppositional Mindset
Bonnie A Green, Ph.D. is an experimental psychologist who specializing in research in the Science of Success, particularly as it relates to academic achievement and reducing recidivism. Through the application of cognitive development, psychometrics, and mathematical modeling, Bonnie is seeking ways to improve educational access, achievement, and success for ALL students, Kindergarten through college, while also seeking ways to assure a healthy transition for people re-entering society following incarceration.

Thursday, April 29th
Victoria Munoz – Hostos Community College
Spanish Romances and the Roots of British Imperialism
Dr. Victoria M. Muñoz is an Assistant Professor in English at The City University of New York Hostos Community College. She received her PhD from The Ohio State University in 2016 with a focus on early modern English and Spanish literature. She teaches courses in writing, literature, and cultural history from the Middle Ages to the present. Her research lies at the juncture of literature and cultural history, particularly focusing on early European imperialism, humanist thinking, and transatlantic travel. Dr. Muñoz’s work is published in the journal, Modern Language Studies (2015), and the forthcoming collection, New Ways of Looking at Old Texts, ed. Arthur Marotti.

Her first book, tentatively titled, Spanish Romance in the Battle for Global Supremacy: Tudor and Stuart Black Legends, is under contract with Anthem Press’s “World Epic and Romance” series, edited by Jo Ann Cavallo. The book explores the use of romance books and other conquest narratives as politicizing forces in a covert culture war between England and Spain, reflecting both a concern with the Protestant Reformation and with the opening of transatlantic exploration. She ties Anglo-Spanish competition to the early stages of formulation of the British Empire, as it was reflected in literature.

Dr. Muñoz has also presented her work at conferences of major American and international organizations, including those of the Shakespeare Association of America, Sixteenth Century Studies, Renaissance Society of America, and Anglo-Iberian Network.

Friday, April 30th
Katelyn Knox – University of Central Arkansas
Race and National Identity in Contemporary France
I’m an Associate Professor of French at the University of Central Arkansas, where I specialize in 20th- and 21st-century French and Francophone literature, music, and culture.

My first book, Race on Display in 20th- and 21st-Century France, came out in 2016 with Liverpool University press. I’m now working on my second book, tentatively titled Mediating Francophone Afropea, which will examine how ultracontemporary Afropean authors and artists blur boundaries between literature and music.

I also enjoy helping other junior humanities scholars–especially those at teaching institutions–navigate the tenure-track and the process of publishing their first academic book. I share advice on the academic book publishing process, establishing sustainable routines, and how to find more time for the things that matter most to you on my blog.


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