Society, Culture and Arts Experts

University of Oregon researchers can provide expertise on issues related to society, culture and arts.

To talk to society, culture and arts experts, email Molly Blancett

Jesse Abdenour, School of Journalism and Communication

Journalism Studies, News Quality, News Audiences, Documentary Filmmaking, Copyright Law

Angela Addae, School of Law

Race and the Law, Civil Rights, Social Entrepreneurship, Minority Entrepreneurship

Yvette Alex-Assensoh, Division of Equity and Inclusion

Political Behavior, Racial and Ethnic Politics, American Politics, Immigration (with an emphasis on West African immigrants)

Howard Arnett, School of Law

American Indian Law, Tribal Law, Comparative Law of Indigenous Peoples, International Law of Indigenous Peoples

Jack Boss, School of Music and Dance

Music Theory and Analysis, Composition

Anne Brown, School of Planning, Public Policy and Management

Equity, Transportation, Innovative Mobility, Travel Behavior, Finance

Christopher Chávez, School of Journalism and Communication

Popular Culture, Television, Advertising Trends, Race and Ethnicity

Charise Cheney, Department of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies

African American, Black, Pop Culture, Race, Gender, Sexuality, Rap, Music, Politics, Activism

Courtney Cox, Department of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies

Wearable Technology, Identity and Representation in Sports Media, Labor and Sport, Advanced Analytics, Globalization and Sport, Gender and Sport

Nicole Dahmen, School of Journalism and Communication

Visual Communication, Graphic Design, Social Media, Photojournalism, Commemorative Journalism, News Design, Publication Design, Visual Ethics, Visual Identity, Iconic Photographs, Media Technology, Eye-tracking

Donna Davis, School of Journalism and Communication

Web3, Online Communities, Virtual Environments, Digital Identity, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Health Communication, Media and Disabilities, Strategic Communication, Technology and Media

Jonathan Davis, Department of Economics

Crime, Inequality, Labor Markets, Social Policy

Andrew DeVigal, School of Journalism and Communication

Consumer Behavior, Health Care, Social Media, Trends, Journalism

Alexandre Dossin, School of Music and Dance

Music, Music Education, Performance, Piano, Power of Music

Clare Evans, Department of Sociology

Global Health, Social Epidemiology, Medical Sociology, Health Inequalities, Statistical Analysis, Intersectional Inequalities

Tara Fickle, Department of English

Asian American Literature, History, and Culture, Chinese Americans, US-China Cultural/Social Relations, Race and Identity Politics, Comics, Gaming (including Mobile Games, Video Games, Board Games, and Gambling), Digital Humanities/Electronic Literature

Scott Fitzpatrick, Department of Anthropology

Archaeology of Islands and Coastal Regions, Historical Ecology, Seafaring Technologies

David Frank, Rhetoric, Robert D. Clark Honors College

Rhetoric, Political Speeches, Debate, Public Address, Critical Reasoning, Forensics, Barack Obama, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Alisa Freedman, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures

Modern Japanese Literature, Popular Culture, Youth Culture, Visual Media, Digital Culture, Urban Studies, and Gender

Jennifer Freyd, Department of Psychology

Campus Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence, Minority Discrimination, Physical and Mental Health, Betrayal Trauma, Institutional Betrayal, DARVO

Dennis Galvan, Division of Global Engagement

International Development, Developing Countries, Poverty, Global Inequality, Westernization, West Africa, Indonesia, Islam, Ethnic Conflict, Nation Building, Democratization

Diana Garvin, Department of Romance Languages

Fascism, Neo-Fascism, Food and Politics, Gender and Sexuality Under Far-Right Regimes, Reproductive Health Care, Abortion Rights, Italian Politics

Alison Gash, Department of Political Science

US Courts, Gender, Race, Sexuality, Same-Sex Marriage, Constitutional Rights, Public Policy, Supreme Court

Erik Girvan, School of Law

Civil Litigation, Conflict and Dispute Resolution/ADR, Law and Psychology, Stereotyping, Prejudice, Discrimination, Anti-Discrimination Law, Quantitative Research

Tim Gleason, School of Journalism and Communication

Communication Ethics, Journalism Ethics, Communication Law, News Editorial

Benjamin Hansen, Department of Economics

Marijuana, Suicide, Law Enforcement, Risky Behavior

Annelise Heinz, Department of History

Histories of US Women and Gender, Sexuality and LGBTQ History, Race and Ethnicity, Consumerism, Transpacific History

Claire Herbert, Department of Sociology

Homelessness, Housing, Urban Sociology, Crime/Law, Property, Race, Colonialism

Ellen Herman, Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics

Families, Gender, Psychology, Adoption, Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorder

Jocelyn Hollander, Department of Sociology

Women’s Self-Defense Training, Prevention of Violence Against Women, Interactional Approaches to Gender, Pedagogy

Ocean Howell, Department of History

Urban Planning, Design and Architecture, Urban History, History of Race, Gentrification, Defensive Architecture, Planning Debates, Youth Culture

Ken Kato, Campus GIS and Mapping Program

Mapping, Transportation, Technology, Apps, Geographic Information Systems, GIS, Smart Cities

Vera Keller, Department of History

History of Science, Modern Europe, History of Technology

Patricia Lambert, School of Planning, Public Policy and Management

Arts in Healthcare, Arts Management, Cultural Policy 

Regina Lawrence, Agora Journalism Center

Civic Engagement, Choice Voting, Voting Behavior, Political Communication, Journalism Innovation

Rebecca Lewis, School of Planning, Public Policy and Management

Land Use Policy, Growth Management, Housing Affordability in Rural Areas, Transportation Planning and Finance, Urban Form, City Planning

Seth Lewis, School of Journalism and Communication

Artificial Intelligence, Social Media, Media Innovation, Emerging Technologies, Technology and Society, Digital Culture, Robot Journalism, Big Data, Algorithms

David Liebowitz, College of Education

Education Inequality, School Leadership, Teacher Evaluation, School Improvement, Education Policy Analysis

Susanna Soojung Lim, Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, Korean Studies

Korean Studies and Literature, K-Pop, Russian Literature and Culture, South Korean Society (Gender, Race, Nationalism)

Krystale Littlejohn, Department of Sociology

Fertility, Contraception and Sexual Behavior, Inequality (Race, Gender, Class), Health and Medicine, Mixed-Methods Research

Amy Lobben, Department of Geography

Geographic Information Science, Human-Environmental Interaction, Spatial Decision Making, Neurogeograhpy, GeoSpatial Cognition and Thinking

Ed Madison, School of Journalism and Communication

Journalism, Media, Political Journalism

Rich Margerum, School of Planning, Public Policy and Management

Environmental Planning, Environmental Management, Land-Use Issues, Collaborative Governance, Conflict Resolution

Ernesto Javier Martínez, Department of Ethnic Studies

Queer Ethnic Studies, US Latinx Literature and Culture, Feminist Theory

Gabriela Martinez, School of Journalism and Communication

International Communication, Political Economy of Communication, Telecommunication, Human Rights, Collective Memory and the Media, Latin America, Immigration

Kelli Matthews, Public Relations Program

Social Media, Brands, Crisis Management, Athletes

Ulrich Mayr, Department of Psychology

Multitasking, Brain Training, Altruism, Aging and Cognitive Functioning, Eye Witness Memory, Concussions, ADHD, Gender Differences in Competitiveness

Benedict McWhirter, College of Education

Adolescent Risky Behavior, Prevention, Intervention, First-Generation College Students

James Meacham, Department of Geography

Map Design, Atlases, Cartography, Data Visualization, GIS, Yellowstone, Mountains

Leah Middlebrook, Department of Comparative Literature

Early Modern Literature of Spain, France and England

Juan-Carlos Molleda, School of Journalism and Communication

Public Relations, International Business, Global Corporate Public Relations Management

Kate Mondloch, Department of the History of Art and Architecture

Media Art and Theory, Installation Art, Feminism, New Media, Science and Technology Studies, Digital Humanities

Erin Moore, School of Architecture & Environment

Architecture, Sustainability in Architecture

Nicolae Morar, Department of Philosophy

Bioethics, Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Biology, Clinical Ethics

Drew Nobile, School of Music and Dance

Rock Music, Pop Music, Music Theory, Beethoven

CJ Pascoe, Department of Sociology

Gender, Masculinity, Bullying, LGBTQ

Sharon J. Paul, School of Music and Dance

Choral Conducting, Choral Music History, Choirs, Choral Singing, Score Study

Priscilla Peña Ovalle, Department of Cinema Studies

Cinema Studies, Pop Culture, Race and Gender in Film

Gabriela Pérez Báez, Department of Linguistics

Indigenous Languages, Language Revitalization

Ellen Peters, School of Journalism and Communication

Science Communication, Judgment and Decision-Making, Numeracy, Affect and Emotion, Adult Aging

Lisa Peyton, School of Journalism and Communication

Immersive Media and Communications, Social Media Strategy, Strategic Communications and Digital PR

Whitney Phillips, School of Journalism and Communication

Political Communication, Digital Cultures, Media Ecologies, Media Ethics, Online Ethics, Rightwing Media Cultures, Moral Panics, Conspiratorial Belief, Narrative and Identity

Ofer Raban, School of Law

Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Judicial Philosophy

Damian Radcliffe, School of Journalism and Communication

AI and Journalism, Generative AI, Social Media, News Media Trends, Community Journalism, Media Policy, Hyperlocal

Judith Raiskin, Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

LGBTQ Studies, Disability Studies, Postcolonial Literature

Eleonora Redaelli, School of Planning, Public Policy and Management

Cultural Policy, American Cities, Arts Management, Creative Placemaking, Theories of Place, Participation

Jennifer Reynolds, School of Law

Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Negotiation, Mediation

Jerry Rosiek, College of Education

Impact of COVID on Public Education and Teaching, Education, School Segregation, Institutional Racism in Schools, Teacher Education, Limitations of Testing and Big Data Approaches to School Reform, Qualitative Research Methodology

Gerard Sandoval, School of Planning, Public Policy and Management

Immigration, Urban Planning, Undocumented Workers, Immigrant Neighborhoods, Transportation Planning

Ben Saunders, Department of English; Comic and Cartoon Studies

Comic Studies, Pop Culture, English Literature

Ellen Schmidt-Devlin, Sports Product Management Program

Sports Product Industry, Product Marketing, Product Development, Manufacturing, Women in Sports

Philip Scher, Department of Anthropology

Folklore, Pop Culture, World Heritage and Heritage Sites, Popular Music, Cultural Identity, Ethnicity

Judith Sheine, School of Architecture & Environment

Mass Timber Design, Southern California 20th Century Architectural History, Design and Construction Technologies, Housing

Paul Slovic, Department of Psychology

Human Judgment, Decision Making, Risk Perception

Hollie Smith, School of Journalism and Communication

Natural Hazards Communication, Environmental Communication, Science Communication and Media

Susan Sokolowski, Department of Product Design

Sports Product Design Innovation, Footwear, Apparel, Equipment, Sizing/Fit Equity

Lynn Stephen, Department of Anthropology

Immigration, Asylum, Gendered Violence, DACA, Dreamers

Richard Taylor, Department of Physics

Physics, Neuroscience, Nature and Health, Bioinspiration, Retinal Implants, Psychology, Fractals, Chaos Theory, Jackson Pollock

Jeffrey Todahl, College of Education

Child Abuse, Neglect, Abuse Prevention, Couples and Family Therapy

Janne Underriner, Northwest Indian Language Institute

Language Revitalization, Linguistics

Zachary Wallmark, School of Music and Dance

Music Perception and Cognition, Popular Music, Music and the Brain, Psychoacoustics, Timbre

Jo Weaver, Department of Global Studies

Medical Anthropology, Global Health, Mental Health, Race, Homelessness, Chronic Diseases, Food Insecurity, Health Disparities, India, Brazil, USA

Julie Weise, Department of History

Race, Immigration, Latino Immigration, Migration, Identity, Immigration Policy

Anita M. Weiss, Department of Global Studies

Pakistan, Afghanistan, Muslim World, Political Islam, Muslim Women’s Rights, International Development

Tim Williams, Department of History

U.S. History, American South, Slavery, History of Education

Daniel Wojcik, Department of English

Apocalyptic and Millennial Beliefs, Folklore, New Religious Movements, Outsider Art, Subcultures, Runners’ Traditions (Pre’s Rock, etc.)

Juan Eduardo Wolf, School of Music and Dance

Latin American Music and Dance, Ethnomusicology, Indigenous Music, Folklore, Immigration, Identity, Race

Kristin Yarris, Department of Global Studies

Global Health, Global Mental Health, Transnational Migration, Latin America, Transnational Families

Peter Younkin, Lundquist College of Business

Entrepreneurship, Diversity, Cultural Industries