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Announcing the 2023 CAMPSSAH Writing Community Participants

The Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on the Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities (CAMPSSAH) is please to announce the participants for our 2023 Writing Community. 

The writing support group is an initiative based on the successful “P.L.A.C.E. with CAMPSSAH” grant that provided support to pre-tenure and early-career faculty to advance in their career by providing professional manuscript writing guidance provided by professional writing coach and developmental editor, Dr. Elena Abbott.

The faculty chosen are engaged in work that centers a critical, intersectional lens – particularly focusing on issues of race, gender, sexuality and class inequalities. 

The writing group will meet monthly (in a combination of virtual and in-person settings) over the winter and spring quarters to provide peer support to advance their manuscript publishing goals. Congratulations to the four faculty selected!

Darnel DegandAssistant Professor, School of Education
Darnel Degand

Degand studies the various ways media and society influence the development of social success skills by exploring the social processes that exist within media production environments and media consumption experiences. His research also involves the design and development of educational media products and experiences. Degand is currently working on a manuscript titled Black Youth, Social Success, & Media that challenges long-held, abstract, and contradictory, mainstream conceptualizations of socioemotional learning that serve as unfair obstacles for historically marginalized groups.

Veronica LermaAssistant Professor, Sociology
Veronica Lerma

Lerma examines the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and geographic location on criminalization processes and experiences. Her current book project Intersectional Criminalization en el Valle contributes a more comprehensive approach to the study of criminalization by applying a critical intersectional perspective to center the criminalized experiences of system-involved Latinas. Drawing on life-history interviews with 60 formerly incarcerated and system-impacted Mexican American women she identifies the mechanisms of punishment that differentiate Chicana experiences of criminalization from those of their Chicano male counterparts and argues that criminalization is an intersectional process and experience that is reflected in everyday interactions, reproduced in social institutions, and embodied in larger systems of white supremacy and hetero-patriarchy. 

Ariana ValleAssistant Professor, Sociology
Ariana Valle

Valle is a scholar of race and ethnicity, migration, and political sociology focusing on the experiences of Latina/os in the United States. Her book project, Citizenship in Context: How Puerto Ricans are Transforming Race and Politics in Florida, capitalizes on important shifts in Puerto Rican migratory patterns to theorize contemporary Puerto Rican migration and incorporation, inter/intra group relations, and the institution of U.S. citizenship.

Kathleen Whiteley, Assistant Professor, Native American Studies
Kathleen Whiteley

Whiteley's dissertation, “The Indians of California versus The United States of America: California Dreaming in the Land of Lost Treaties, 1900-1975,” traces the history of two land claims cases brought by the Native peoples of California against the federal government. This project argues that these legal actions and the Indigenous political organizing behind them not only offered Indigenous peoples in California a path towards remuneration, but also new ways of conceiving local identities and imagining inter-tribal political coalitions. She plans to publish a revised version the dissertation as a monograph, and then to develop a second project that examines the history of the eighteen “lost” unratified treaties made in California between 1851-52.

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