Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Kricher explores the tropics

Professor of Biology John KricherProfessor of Biology John Kricher, an expert in ornithology, has been studying and teaching about the tropics for more than three decades. His newest book is Tropical Ecology (Princeton University Press, 2011). The 632-page color-illustrated textbook offers a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the subject for advanced undergraduates and graduate students. Senior writer Hannah Benoit talked with him about the book. [Read more...]

Professor Fhagen-Smith looking at “self”

Professor Peony Fhagen-SmithPeony Fhagen-Smith, associate professor of psychology and African, African American, diaspora studies, focuses on social and emotional development in her research, especially as both relate to identity. Currently, she is working on new research that seeks to shed light on how adolescents develop their sense of self. Wheaton students are serving as research assistants on the project, collecting data at several New England middle and high schools. We recently talked to the professor to get a sense of this work. [Read more...]

Portrait of an artist

American Gothic by Grant Wood

Professor’s book explores life of Grant Wood [Read more...]

When the house is no longer home

Professor McCormack researches foreclosure.

Owning a home has long been the American Dream—a sign that you’ve “made it.” But with the economic downturn and the increasing number of foreclosures, the meaning of “home” is changing. Assistant Professor of Sociology Karen McCormack has been researching the impact that foreclosures are having on individuals and families, particularly on women and minorities. She has spent months interviewing those who have lost their homes or are at risk of losing them. Her findings so far indicate a fundamental shift in the meaning of “home,” which she explores this semester in her research-inspired First Year Seminar: “No Place Like Home.” She also made presentations on the research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the Eastern Sociological Society, and at Boston College. We asked her about her continuing work:

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