7Feb

Dr. Johanna Schuster-Craig speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens: A World on the Move: Refugees, Migrants and Immigrants

Johanna Schuster-Craig is an assistant professor of German and Global Studies in the College of Arts & Letters.

  • Her research looks at German integration policies, which aim to incorporate immigrants and refugees into the nation.
  • Johanna uses fieldwork methods with social work organizations in Germany to observe how local residents negotiate these policies.
  • She earned her doctorate from Duke University.
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7Feb

Dr. Stephanie Nawyn speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens: A World on the Move: Refugees, Migrants and Immigrants

Stephanie Nawyn is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Director of Academic Programs, Outreach, and Engagement, Center for Gender in Global Context.

  • Her research and teaching areas of expertise are in gender and immigration, with a focus on forced migration, exclusion, and social inequality.
  • Since coming to Michigan State, Stephanie has conducted research on community development among immigrants and the importance of social networks and social capital to immigrant and refugee incorporation, as well as the socioeconomic advancement of African-born immigrants in the United States.
  • Through a Fulbright Fellowship in Istanbul, she studies the trafficking of migrants in Turkey, focusing on trafficking in sex and other types of labor. Currently she is working on the vulnerability of Syrian refugees to trafficking in Turkey.
  • Stephanie earned her doctorate from the University of Southern California.
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7Feb

Sophia Koufopoulou speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens: A World on the Move: Refugees, Migrants and Immigrants

Sophia Koufopoulou is fixed term faculty member with the Department of Sociology at, where this semester she teaches international development and the refugee crisis, social stratification and family and society.

  • In 1989 Sophia was one of the very first Greek scholars to pursue in-depth field research in neighboring Turkey through which she explored, described, and explained how individuals and families (Greek and Turkish) forcibly relocated through the terms and conditions of the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne preserved their identity through the remainder of the 20th century.
  • Since 2003, Sophia has led the MSU “Contemporary Culture, Politics, and Society in Greece and Turkey” study abroad program through which over 600 MSU undergraduates have traveled, lived and studied in Greece and Turkey.
  • Most recently she was an invited participant on the European Union/Government of Turkey sponsored project “Women on the Move: Refugees in Turkey” where she spent time in Turkey visiting refugee camps on the Turkish Syrian border.
  • She earned her master’s degree from the University of the Aegean.
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7Feb

David Thronson, JD, speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens: A World on the Move: Refugees, Migrants and Immigrants

David Thronson is associate dean for experiential education and a professor in the College of Law.

  • Thronson is co-founder of the Immigration Law Clinic and also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
  • His research and writing seeks to develop frameworks and critical perspectives for analyzing the intersection of family and immigration, with a particular focus on children.
  • He currently serves on the national Interagency Working Group on Unaccompanied Children and his past governmental appointments include service on the Nevada Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission, the Nevada Law Foundation, and the Nevada’s Governor’s Commission for National and Community Service.
  • He earned his juris doctor from Harvard Law School.
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7Feb

Dr. Anna Pegler-Gordon speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens “A World on the Move: Refugees, Migrants and Immigrants”

Anna Pegler-Gordon is an associate professor of social relations and policy in the James Madison College and director of the Asian Pacific American Studies Program at MSU.

  • Pegler-Gordon's teaching and research interests include: immigration, race, citizenship, visual culture and popular culture.
  • At James Madison College, she has taught courses in Asian American history, immigration policy, comparative race and ethnic relations, and U.S. racial and immigration history.
  • She has received fellowships for her teaching and research, including national awards from the Organization of American Historians, the Japanese Association for American Studies, and the Immigration and Ethnic History Society. At MSU, she has received a Teacher-Scholar award, as well as an Intramural Research Grant Program grant and a Lilly Teaching Fellowship.
  • Pegler-Gordon earned her doctorate from the University of Michigan.

 

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11Nov

Dr. Trixie Smith speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens: Looking at Flint: The Past, Present and Future of the City

Trixie Smith is Director of The Writing Center and a member of the faculty in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures.

  • Her teaching and research are infused with issues of gender and activism even as they revolve around writing center theory and practice, writing across the curriculum, writing pedagogy, and teacher training.
  • She is also the director of the Red Cedar Writing Project.
  • Trixie earned her doctorate from the University of South Carolina.
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11Nov

Dr. Manuel Chavez speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens: Looking at Flint: The Past, Present and Future of the City

Manuel Chavez is Director of the Information & Media Ph.D. program and Associate Professor in the School of Journalism.

  • His research focuses on risk and crisis communication, government relations with the news media, and international journalism.
  • He teaches courses on research methods, crisis communication, media law and ethics, courts and the media relations, and the press in the Americas.
  • Chavez earned his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.
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11Nov

Dr. Rick Sadler speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens: Looking at Flint: The Past, Present and Future of the City

Rick Sadler is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine.

  • Like Professor Furr-Holden, he engages in Flint public health research through the MSU College of Human Medicine’s Division of Public Health.
  • Sadler’s research is aimed at strengthening the understanding between the built environment and health behaviors and outcomes, with the goal of shaping land use policy to build healthier cities.
  • He earned his doctorate from the University of Western Ontario.
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11Nov

Dr. Debra Furr-Holden speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens: Looking at Flint: The Past, Present and Future of the City

Debra Furr-Holden is the C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health in the College of Human Medicine.

  • Furr-Holden is an epidemiologist with expertise in drug and alcohol dependence epidemiology, prevention science and environmental strategies and structural intervention for violence, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
  • In the last decade, her work has focused in large part on developing environmental strategies and structural interventions for violence, alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention in high-risk and urban settings.
  • She earned her doctorate from Johns Hopkins University.
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11Nov

Mary Schulz speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens: Looking at Flint: The Past, Present and Future of the City

Mary Schulz is associate director for the MSU Extension Center for Local Government Finance and Policy and a Visiting Specialist in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.

  • Prior to joining the faculty at MSU, Mary was a Federal Affairs Representative for the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies & Crop Insurance Research Bureau
  • She was also a Legislative Assistant to Congressman Nick Smith, in Washington, DC.
  • Mary earned her master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University.
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