Society & Culture

At the University of Oregon, experts study a wide variety of issues relevant to the ways we live, work, and play. From the arts and entertainment to issues of race, gender, family life, and identity, find a full list of experts in society and culture below. To refine, click on one of the sub-topics listed in the menu at the left.

Jack Boss, School of Music and Dance

Jack Boss is an expert in music theory and analysis and composition. At the University of Oregon, he is a professor of music theory and composition. Jack is interested in the ways listeners can make sense of music that is difficult and dissonant. His research focuses on the coherence of music in the 20th century and how to understand dissonant music as an outgrowth of older musical traditions. Jack can speak about the relevancy of classical music and on finding an audience for 20th century classical music.

Troy Campbell, Department of Marketing

Troy Campbell is an expert in consumer behavior, marketing social psychology, political psychology, and scientific communication. His research focuses on what makes people happy, how social movements can be effective, the power of advertising, what makes a good experience (like a music festival) and consumerism. 

Christopher Chávez, School of Journalism and Communication

Christopher Chávez is an expert in media studies and how it relates to popular culture, advertising and issues of race and ethnicity. He is especially well-versed in representation of marginalized populations, including the lack of Latinos in music, television and film and about LGBTQ-targeted advertising.

Charise Cheney, Department of Ethnic Studies

Charise Cheney is an expert in African-American pop culture and how it relates to race, gender and sexuality. She studies pop culture phenomena, like the "blackification" of white pop singers, and the history of rap as it ties to black culture and poitics.

Stuart Chinn, School of Law

Stuart Chinn is an expert in constitutional law, constitutional legislation and legal and political history. He studies politics, identity, race, gender, American political community and judicial conceptions of community in the context of public education cases.

Scott Coltrane, Senior Vice President and Provost

Scott Coltrane is an expert in families, paternity and stay-at-home dads, with special attention given to the ways that mothers and fathers divide parenting and housework. He serves as the senior vice president and provost of the University of Oregon.

Nicole Dahmen, School of Journalism and Communication

Nicole Dahmen is an expert in visual communication. Her research focuses on ethical and technological issues in visual communication, with an emphasis on photojournalism in the digital age. Visual media coverage of political campaigns, military conflict, natural disasters, and social issues are some examples of topics where her expertise would be valuable.

Andrew DeVigal, School of Journalism and Communication

Andrew DeVigal is an expert in social media, specifically consumer behavior, trends, and civic engagement. He is especially interested in the use of social media to inform and move people to action on social issues.

Alexandre Dossin, School of Music and Dance

Alexandre Dossin is an expert in piano performance, music education, chamber music, and the power of music to communicate across cultures and throughout the ages. 

Scott Fitzpatrick, Department of Anthropology

Scott Fitzpatrick is an expert in the archaeology of islands and coastal regions, particularly in the Pacific and Caribbean. His research focuses on how humans got to islands prehistorically using different seafaring and navigational techniques and the methods used for boat construction. He is also interested in what happened once humans reached islands and the impact they had on ancient environments.

David Frank, Rhetoric, Robert D. Clark Honors College

David Frank is an expert in rhetoric, critical reasoning, public address and debate. His research explores the role rhetoric and argumentation plays to resolve conflict without violence.

Lisa Freinkel, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies, Department of English

Lisa Freinkel is an expert in Shakespeare, comparative religion and philosophy. At the University of Oregon, she is the vice provost and dean for Undergraduate Studies and an associate professor of English and comparative literature. 

Dennis Galvan, International Affairs, Departments of Political Science and International Studies

Dennis Galvan is an expert in international development, global inequality, westernization, ethnic conflict, nation building and democratization. At the University of Oregon, he is a professor of political science and international studies and vice provost for international affairs. 

Alison Gash, Department of Political Science

Alison Gash is an expert in U.S. courts, gender, race, sexuality, same-sex marriage, constitutional rights and public policy. Her research explores how advocates work to overcome contentious policy debates and how their efforts ultimately influence the "facts on the ground."

Tim Gleason, School of Journalism and Communication

Tim Gleason is an expert in communication law, communication ethics, and journalism ethics. At the University of Oregon, he is a professor of journalism specializing in communication law and ethics. His current research focuses on public access to information and the definition of a “journalist.”

Ben Hansen, University of Oregon Department of Economics

Benjamin Hansen, Department of Economics

Ben Hansen is an expert in risky behaviors, like drug and alcohol abuse, and policies to reduce risk. His research has explored policies related to marijuana, school bullying, DUIs, and law enforcement, and he is a fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labor.

Ellen Herman

Ellen Herman, Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics

Ellen Herman is an expert in psychology, family, adoption, and gender studies, and how each has developed throughout American history. Ellen's work explores topics like the policy and practices surrounding open and closed adoptions, and how we have diagnosed and treated (or avoided), autism spectrum disorder in the U.S.

Claudia Holguin Mendoza

Claudia Holguín Mendoza, Department of Romance Languages

Claudia Holguín Mendoza is an expert in “Spanglish,” particularly within U.S. Latino culture, and the use of urban legends to intimidate Latinas, especially along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Ocean Howell, Department of the History of Art and Architecture, Robert D. Clark Honors College

Ocean Howell is an expert in the history of urban planning, design and architecture, gentrification, and the history of race. He studies the processes through which buildings and cities both reflect and shape social experience.

Terry Hunt, Department of Anthropology, Robert D. Clark Honors College

Terry Hunt is an archaeologist whose research and teaching focus on historical environmental change and life on the islands of the Pacific Ocean. At the University of Oregon, he is a professor of anthropology and the dean of the Clark Honors College. He has conducted archaeological research in the Pacific Islands for more than thirty years, with extensive work in the Hawaiian Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, and Easter Island (Rapa Nui). His continuing research on the island addresses questions concerning the trajectory of cultural and ecological changes, including the role of the colossal statues and monuments in ancient society.

Loren Kajikawa, Musicology and Ethnomusicology

Loren Kajikawa is an expert in hip-hop music, American ethnic and protest music. His first book, “Sounding Race in Rap Songs,” traces the changing sounds of race in rap songs over the last 35 years.

Ken Kato, Director of the Infographics Lab

Ken Kato, InfoGraphics Lab

Ken Kato is an expert in mapping and related mapping technologies and apps, transportation planning, geographic information systems (GIS), and "smart cities." His award-winning mapping technologies have been used to help emergency management, risk, planning, operations, and police departments.

Regina Lawrence, Turnbull Portland Center and Agora Journalism Center

Regina Lawrence is an expert in civic engagement, journalism innovation, and political communication.

Seth Lewis, School of Journalism and Communication

Seth Lewis is an expert in social media, media innovation, emerging technologies, technology and society and digital culture. At the University of Oregon, he is the Shirley Papé Chair in Emerging Media. A former journalist turned Ph.D., Seth’s research explores the digital transformation of journalism. He can also speak about robot journalism and journalism in an era of big data.

Susanna Soojung Lim, Robert D. Clark Honors College, Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, Korean Studies

Susanna Soojung Lim is an expert in Russian literature and culture of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in the context of Russia's relationship to Asia. She also studies transnational and cross-cultural issues linking Russia and modern Korean literature. In addition to teaching classes on modern Korean culture and K-pop phenomena, she has recently begun to work as a translator of Korean literature into English.

Christoph Lindner, School of Architecture and Allied Arts

Christoph Lindner is an expert in the impact of globalization on the space and communities of contemporary cities and can speak to the politics of urban pollution, ruin aesthetics, gentrification and street art, and the rise of elevated parks in cities such as New York and São Paulo. At the University of Oregon, he is dean of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts.

Amy Lobben, Department of Geography

Amy Lobben is an expert in geographic information science (GIS), human-environmental interaction, spatial decision making, neurogeography, geospatial cognition and thinking. She investigates human environmental decision making and behavior using brain science and cartography. 

Ed Madison, School of Journalism and Communication

Ed Madison is an expert in journalism and media with 27 years' experience as an executive producer and director of network television, film and commercial projects. He is a founding producer at CNN.

Gabriela Martinez, School of Journalism and Communication

Gabriela Martinez is an expert in international communications, the political economy of communications, human rights and social movements. An international award-winning documentary filmmaker, Gabriela has produced, directed or edited more than a dozen ethnographic and social documentaries.

Kelli Matthews, Public Relations Program

Kelli Matthews is an expert in social media use among teens and young adults, and trains individuals and organizations on the art of social media. Among her many university and community endeavors, she trains incoming athletes how to build a brand and effectively represent themselves and the University of Oregon through social media.

Ulrich Mayr, Department of Psychology

Ulrich Mayr is an expert in multitasking, brain training, effects of aging on cognitive functioning, eye-witness memory, concussions, ADHD, gender differences in competitiveness and altruism. At the University of Oregon, he is the head of the psychology department. Ulrich’s research examines neuro-cognitive functioning across the entire life span with a particular focus on executive control and memory. He uses neuroimaging and behavioral methods to better understand complex social phenomena, such as altruism or competitive behavior. Media frequently comes to him on issues of brain training (does it work?) and altruism. 

Benedict McWhirter, Counseling Psychology and Human Services Department

Benedict McWhirter is an expert in adolescent risky behavior, prevention and interventions. At the University of Oregon, he is the head of counseling psychology and human services. Benedict investigates the factors that contribute to adolescent risky behaviors. He is especially interested in developing effective preventive interventions.

James Meacham, Department of Geography

Jim Meacham is an expert in GIS (geographic information systems), the technology behind real-time mapping. A world-class cartographer and atlas designer, Jim's work includes mapping the migration patterns of big game in Wyoming and co-authoring the Atlas of Yellowstone National Park.

Katie Meehan, Department of Geography

Katie Meehan is an expert in water policy and governance, infrastructure and cities and climate change adaptation. Katie examines alternative forms of urban development and water issues. In collaboration with scholars from her Fulbright NEXUS cohort, her current research explores social and behavioral adaptation to climate change.

Leah Middlebrook, Department of Comparative Literature

Leah Middlebrook is an expert in the early modern literature of Spain, France, and England. At the University of Oregon, she is an associate professor of comparative literature and Spanish. A former Fulbright Scholar and Mellon Fellow, Prof. Middlebrook has published and taught on subjects ranging from Petrarchism to the art of the sonnet to Cervantes. More recently, she has begun to divide her time between a book on lyric poetry and classical myth and a new area of interest: Twenty-first century Spanish writing in the wake of the European economic crisis.

Juan-Carlos Molleda, School of Journalism and Communication

Juan-Carlos Molleda is a public relations expert whose research focuses on global corporate public relations management. At the University of Oregon, he is the Edwin L. Artzt Dean of the School of Journalism and Communication.

Drew Nobile, School of Music and Dance

Drew Nobile is an expert in the theory of pop and rock music. He teaches courses on rock and pop music as well as general music theory, Beethoven, and other topics. 

C.J. Pascoe

C.J. Pascoe, Department of Sociology

C.J. Pascoe is an expert on sexuality, gender, masculinity, transgender issues, and body image, especially related to youth. C.J. also studies the use of social media by LGBT and straight youth to police gender roles and body image.

Sharon J. Paul, School of Music and Dance

Sharon J. Paul is an expert in choral conducting, choral music history, choirs and score study. She is currently writing a book on student engagement in rehearsals and how conductors can design their rehearsal technique by taking into account how the brain learns, retains and recalls information. 

Damian Radcliffe, School of Journalism and Communication

Damian Radcliffe is an expert in news media trends, social media, community journalism, hyperlocal journalism, and media policy. As an experienced digital analyst, consultant, journalist, and researcher, he can speak to the media landscape in the U.K., U.S., and Qatar.

Jerry Rosiek, College of Education

Jerry Rosiek is an expert on the patterns of racial and class inequality in schools. He documents the broad effects of institutionalized racism on the minds and hearts of students. Most recently, he has focused on the effects of racial segregation in schools on children. 

Gerardo Sandoval, expert in the roles of immigrants in community regeneration

Gerardo Sandoval, Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management

Gerardo Sandoval is an expert in immigration, urban planning and undocumented workers, especially related to the Latino/a immigrant community. He also studies the effects of urban redevelopment on immigrant neighborhoods. 

Ben Saunders, Department of English; Comic and Cartoon Studies

Ben Saunders is an expert in comic and cartoon studies, and English literature pop culture, including topics like 1950's rock-n-roll and the history of pornography. He is a frequent speaker at ComicCons and other pop culture conventions.

Ellen Schmidt-Devlin, Sports Product Management Program

Ellen Schmidt-Devlin is an expert in the sports product industry, including the women’s sports product business and women in sports; the sports product life cycle; and Asian manufacturing. Ellen spent nearly three decades working for Nike after competing for legendary coach, Bill Bowerman.

Azim Shariff, Department of Psychology

Azim Shariff is an expert in morality, religion and cultural and evolutionary psychology. His research looks at the psychology of morals, religion and cultural systems and how religion affects minds and society.

Philip Scher, Department of Anthropology

Philip Scher is an expert in folklore, popular culture, world heritage and heritage sites, and cultural practices of the Caribbean. Phil enjoys talking about the role of popular culture in world events, popular music and film and culture identity and ethnicity.

Paul Slovic, Department of Psychology

Paul Slovic is an expert in human judgment, decision making, and risk perception. At the University of Oregon, he is a professor of psychology and president of Decision Research. Paul studies the psychology of risk and perceptions of risks. His most recent research examines psychological factors contributing to apathy toward genocide.

Marian Smith, School of Music and Dance

Marian Smith is an expert in music and dance history and ballet. At the University of Oregon, she is a professor of music. Marian is interested in the historical performance of ballet, 19th-century ballet classics, Tchaikovsky ballets, opera and the history of music. Frequently interviewed by dance critics, Marian has published two books as well as articles in both music and dance journals.

Aparna Sundar, Department of Marketing, Sports Product Management

Aparna Sundar is an expert in marketing, consumer behavior, product design and package design. Her research explores ways businesses can leverage consumer inferences about product and brand design elements, such as packaging and logo color.

Richard Taylor, Department of Physics

Richard Taylor is an expert in chaos theory, fractals, and the relationship between art and science. His research focuses on "bioinspiration" in which artificial systems benefit from using nature's patterns. He also uses computer analysis to study and authenticate art works, and is considered the leading expert on the artist Jackson Pollock.

Whitney Wagoner, Warsaw Sports Marketing Center

Whitney Wagoner is an expert in sports marketing, fan engagement, fan experience, corporate sponsorships, athlete endorsements, collegiate sports and sustainability in sports.

Julie Weise, Department of History

Julie Weise is an expert on immigration, Latino immigration, race and identity. Her book, Corazon de Dixie: Mexicanos in the U.S. South looks at the history of Mexican immigration and immigration policy.

Tim Williams, History, Robert D. Clark Honors College

Tim Williams is an expert in United States history with a focus on nineteenth-century the American South. His research looks at the history of education in the U.S., and antebellum southern history, including gender, slavery, and the Civil War. 

Juan Eduardo Wolf, School of Music and Dance

Juan Eduardo Wolf is an expert in Latin American music and dance, ethnomusicology, indigenous music, folklore, immigration and identity. At the University of Oregon, he is an assistant professor of ethnomusicology and the coordinator of the UO World Music Series. Ed is interested in how people identify through music, particularly in relation to race in Latin America. He works with Afro-descendant and indigenous musics, religions and carnival dancing and patron saint festivals, all within the context of the South Central Andes.

Priscilla Yamin, expert in marriage, women, gender roles and assistant professor

Priscilla Yamin, Department of Political Science

Priscilla Yamin is an expert on politics, women in politics and the role of marriage in U.S. political history. She specifically explores how politicizing marriage has been used as a means to grant and withold rights from people of color, women, LGBT people, and low-income Americans.

Kristin Yarris, Department of International Studies

Kristin Yarris is an expert on transnational migration, especially in the Americas. At the University of Oregon, she is an assistant professor of international studies and is affiliated with the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies and the Center for the Study of Women in Society, as well as the Center for Global Health.

Naomi Zack, Department of Philosophy

Naomi Zack is an expert in race, racial profiling, homelessness, feminism, and disaster ethics. Her April 2015 book, “White Privilege and Black Rights” challenges us to re-think social justice and the concepts of privilege through the lens of racial profiling and homicide in American policing.