Acclaimed Faculty



History of Labor, Race, and Class

David Roediger, Foundation Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History, is a renowned scholar that has revolutionized the study of labor, race, and class, most notably in his landmark work, The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class. In this video, Roediger discusses how his childhood experiences of growing up amongst racism and segregation led him to study "the stories of average people" as they "reshape the whole political landscape" of the United States of America.


Evolution of Anthropoids

K. Christopher Beard, Foundation Distinguished Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, is inspired by the "big question" of the evolution of anthropoids, which include monkeys, apes, and humans. In this video, Beard remarks on the excitement of paleontological research: traveling to remote parts of the world to make groundbreaking scientific discoveries.


Race and Science

Donna K. Ginther, Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Science Technology & Economic Policy at the Institute for Policy & Social Research, studies racial and gender differences in career paths. In this video, she discusses research that was commissioned by the National Institutes of Health. Her study shows that black scientists were significantly less likely than their white counterparts to receive research funding from the National Institutes of Health, according to an analysis of data from 2000 to 2006.


Archeology of the Plains

Rolfe Mandel, University Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of Kansas, uses geoscientific methods to search for the earliest evidence of humans in the Central Great Plains and Midwest. Excavating along the Big Blue River bank in Pottawatomie County, Kansas, in this video Mandel discusses how artifacts from Pleistocene period sediments could provide more clues about the Clovis and pre-Clovis people, who were the founding inhabitants of the Americas.


Technology and Research

Germaine Halegoua, Assistant Professor of Film and Media studies, is interested in the relationships between urban environments and networked technologies, and recently worked with Microsoft Research New England on projects related to locative and mobile media. In this video, she talks about her experience using digital humanities tools for interdisciplinary research projects.


Philosophy, Law, and Hip-Hop

Derrick Darby, Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Law, conducts research on human rights, social justice and inequality, race and racism, hip hop and popular culture. In this video, Darby discusses these topics’ relationships with his fields of study, and how he weaves them together to help students “appreciate the complexity of some of the problems” that “challenge us as we make law and public policy.”



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