DR. JOSEPH L. GRAVES, JR.
Dean, University Studies &
Professor of Biological Sciences
North Carolina A&T State University
Dr. Joseph Graves, Jr. received his Ph.D. in Environmental, Evolutionary and Systematic Biology from Wayne State University in 1988. His first appointment was at the University of California, Irvine in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 1990 – 1994. From 1994 to 2004 he was Professor of Evolutionary Biology at Arizona State University –West, holding a joint appointment in African American Studies at ASU – Main. In 1994, he was elected a Fellow of the Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS.) He served as University Core Director and Professor of Biological Sciences at Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2004 before moving to North Carolina A&T State University to become the inaugural Dean of the University Studies Program.
He has been Secretary for the Division on Integrating and Comparative Issues in the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biologists, as well as a member of the external advisory board for the National Human Genome Center at Howard University. He has recently been asked to join the “The New Genetics and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade” discussion group, sponsored by the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University, convening in January of 2006.
His research concerns the evolutionary genetics of postponed aging and biological concepts of race in humans, with over fifty papers and book chapters published, and appearances in six documentary films on these general topics. He has been a Principal Investigator on grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and the Arizona Disease Research Commission. His books on the biology of race are entitled: The Emperor's New Clothes: Biological Theories of Race at the Millennium, Rutgers University Press, 2001, 2nd Printing in 2005 and The Race Myth: Why We Pretend Race Exists in America, Dutton Press, 2004, soft cover with new preface in 2005. In April 2002, he received the ASU-West award for Scholarly Research and Creative Activity.
He has been a leader in addressing the under representation of minorities in science, directing successful programs in California and Arizona (see for example: www.west.asu.edu/lsi.) Finally, he has been an active participant in the struggle to protect and improve the teaching of science, particularly evolutionary biology in Arizona public schools.
Dr. Kristen J. Klaaren
Associate Professor of Psychology
Dr. Kristen Klaaren received her B.A. from Hope College (Summa Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa) in 1987, her M.A. from the University of Iowa in 1989, and her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Virginia in 1993. For the last twelve years, she has taught at Randolph-Macon College, a small liberal arts institution in Ashland, Virginia.
A teacher/scholar at heart, she has won several teaching awards, including the Thomas Branch Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1998 and again in 2000. She teaches classes such as Social Psychology, Prejudice and Stereotyping, Social Judgment, Identity, and Psychology and Law; and she has published in journals such as The Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Psychological Science, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Safundi, The Journal of South African and American Comparative Studies.
Her primary research interests are in the area of prejudice and privilege. She and her student collaborators have investigated how and why people confront racist comments, awareness of white privilege, and how best to educate people about discrimination and privilege in both experimental and real-world/classroom paradigms. Much of her recent work has taken a multicultural approach, focusing in part on social transformations occurring in South Africa over the past decade. She spent her sabbatical at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in the Spring of 2002 and leads interdisciplinary study tours there for undergraduates. A recent chapter summarizing some of her pedagogical and empirical work in South Africa was chosen for inclusion in the most recent “Best of Safundi” volume.
Dr. Jerry Rosiek
Teaching and Learning Area
of Teacher Education
College of Education
Dr. Jerry Rosiek's areas of teaching and research include qualitative research and the cultural foundations of education. His scholarship is focused on developing a set of concepts and research practices that can enhance our understanding of teachers' practical knowledge.
These efforts fall into three closely related areas: 1) Documenting the nature and content of the knowledge that enables teachers' to better serve traditionally under-served groups of students. The commitment to promoting social justice in our educational system is at the heart of his work and is its ultimate justification; 2) Exploring the modes of representation needed to adequately represent this knowledge. Currently he is focused on the use of narrative modes of representation; 3) Examining and responding to the epistemological and ideological questions raised by these methodological innovations and this line of inquiry.
Ph.D., Curriculum and Teacher Education, Stanford University, 1997
B.S., Physics, Texas A&M University, 1988
B.A., Philosophy, Texas A&M University, 1987
Dr. Hannah Maria Tavares
Department of Educational Foundations
College of Education
University of Hawaii, Manoa
Dr. Hannah Maria Tavares received her Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies and Curriculum Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002.
Dr. Tavares’s teaching and research is in the social foundations of education which treats education and schooling from an interdisciplinary perspective taking into account the historical, philosophical, social, and cultural contingencies that shape educational thought and practice. Dr. Tavares’s program of research and scholarly activities have focused on postcolonial problematizations of education and schooling which has led to a published article in Educational Theory and an invitation to contribute a book chapter on American educational history. Her most current work titled, “The Cultural Production of the Not-Yet-Filipina/o-Subject in the Discourses of the Human Sciences” is forthcoming in the journal Educational Studies. Dr. Tavares has also participated in numerous national and international conferences and currently serves as Program Chair for the Postcolonial Studies and Education Special Interest Group for the 2006 American Educational Research Association Meeting.
Dr. Ernesto Javier Martínez
Assistant Professor of English & Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture
Binghamton University, State University of New York.
Dr. Ernesto J. Martínez received his B.A. with Honors from Stanford University in 1998 and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2005. He teaches and conducts research in the fields of American multi-ethnic literature, LGBTQ studies, US Latina/o literature, and literary theory. Currently, Dr. Martínez is the co-director of the Dean’s Workshop on “The Projects of Queer Studies: Race, Pedagogy, and Social Theory.” He also serves as a member of the national coordinating team for the Future of Minority Studies (FMS) Research Project, a national consortium of scholars and academic institutions with a primary interest in minority identity, education, and social transformation.
Dr. Martínez is working on a manuscript, entitled Queers of Color and the Ethics of Social Literacy, which foregrounds the contributions of queer ethnic writers to theorizing the nature of knowledge acquisition and knowledge production in contexts of intense ideological violence and interpersonal conflict. Dr. Martínez is also co-editing, with Eric-Christopher García and Michael Hames-García, an anthology of gay male Chicano/Latino criticism. His most recent essay, “Shifting the Site of Queer Enunciation: Manuel Muñoz and the Politics of Form,” will appear in that volume.
In the fall of 2006, Dr. Martínez will join the faculty of Women’s and Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, and English at the University of Oregon.