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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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News flash: Wheaton starts journalism minor

Paula KrebsDespite the decline of newspapers, journalism is alive and well, and in need of multitalented journalists who are armed with skills that cross disciplines, according to Professor of English Paula Krebs. This fall, she and Assistant Professor of English Talitha Espiritu will co-direct Wheaton’s newly created journalism minor. Krebs, who teaches literary journalism, as well as many other courses, began working at daily newspapers in New Jersey and in Indiana while she was in college and graduate school. She is the former editor of Academe, the magazine of the American Association of University Professors, author of Gender, Race, and the Writing of Empire (Cambridge University Press, 1999), and director of the Summer Institute for Literary and Cultural Studies at Wheaton (a monthlong program aimed at increasing the number of students from underrepresented groups who pursue doctorates in English). She also is one of the American Council on Education Fellows for the 2010–2011 academic year. We asked her about the new journalism minor.

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