Robert Kolt speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens: It’s All Politics

Bob Kolt is an instructor in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.

In addition to teaching at MSU since 1993, Bob is the president and CEO of Kolt Communications, Inc., which has been recognized over the years with numerous awards for outstanding work, and today the firm provides counsel to a prestigious list of clients. Bob has been active as a media strategist for several statewide ballot issues, and worked as a media consultant and key political advisor to former Governor James J. Blanchard and former Secretary of State Richard H. Austin.

Prior to founding Kolt Communications, Bob did communications work for the Michigan Department of Transportation and Michigan Department of Treasury. He also worked for a number of years as a news anchor and correspondent for WZZM-TV 13 ABC in Grand Rapids, as well as WWTV/WWUP-TV 9/10 CBS in northern Michigan.

Kolt earned his master’s degree from Michigan State University. 



Dr. Michael Colaresi speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens: It’s All Politics

Michael Colaresi is a professor in the Department of Political Science in the College of Social Science.

Michael began teaching at MSU in the fall of 2004. His research and teaching interests involve the domestic politics of international conflict, the dynamics of conflict between rival states, and time series analysis. He has published two books, Scare Tactics: The Politics of International Rivalry and Strategic Rivalries in World Politics: Space, Position and Escalation.

His current projects explore the tension between national security-related secrecy and democratic accountability, the variation in legislative oversight on national security issues across democracies, the institutional causes of genocide and state failure, the statistical analysis of text, and the application of time series methodology to non-continuous data.

He earned his doctorate from Indiana University.



Dr. Donna Rich Kaplowitz speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens: It’s All Politics

Donna Rich Kaplowitz is an assistant professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities.

Donna’s research interests have focused on U.S. policy toward Cuba, the U.S. embargo of Cuba, and Cuban foreign policy. She has published widely and her book credits include: The Cuba Reader: The Making of a Revolution; The Anatomy of a Failed Embargo: US Sanctions Against Cuba; and Cuba’s Ties to a Changing World.

She recently traveled to Cuba as part of an Honors Research Seminar/Freshman Seminar Abroad. 

Donna has long been interested in civic engagement and service learning at the university level, and previously taught at American University before coming to MSU. Donna’s courses at RCAH focus on both Cuba as well as the intersection of social justice and civic engagement in working with local youth.

She earned her doctorate from Johns Hopkins University.



Dr. Ann Larabee speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens: It’s All Politics

Ann Larabee is a professor in the Department of English in the College of Arts & Letters.

A professor at Michigan State University since 1988, her most recent work has involved the relationships among technology, culture, and media. In 2000, she published Decade of Disaster, which examined cultural responses to technological disasters. She is currently at work on a historical study of bomb-making among radical groups, exploring issues of technology transfer, constitutional restraints on speech, and the institutional boundaries placed around dangerous knowledge and instruction.

With Professor Arthur Versluis, Larabee is co-editor of the Journal for the Study of Radicalism, featuring interdisciplinary scholarly work on global radical movements. Larabee is considered an expert on the history of terrorism and has contributed to the formation of the historiography of this emerging field.

Larabee earned her doctorate from Binghamton University.



Dr. Django Paris speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens “The Nature of Inequality”

Django Paris is an associate professor of language and literacy in the Department of Teacher Education in the College of Education. He is also a core faculty member in the African American and African Studies Program in the College of Social Science, and affiliated faculty in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures in the College of Arts and Letters.

His teaching and research focus on understanding and sustaining languages, literacies, and literatures among youth of color in changing urban schools and communities. He is particularly concerned with educational and cultural justice as outcomes of inquiry and pedagogy.

He earned his doctorate from Stanford University. 



Dr. Angie Kennedy speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens “The Nature of Inequality”

Angie Kennedy is an associate professor and director of the doctoral program in the School of Social Work in the College of Social Science.

Her work focuses on cumulative victimization (including community and school violence, family violence, and intimate partner violence) and associated outcomes among adolescents and young adults. She is especially interested in using innovative methods to examine patterns of co-occurring and cumulative victimization over time; she has expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Angie is also part of The Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence at MSU.

She earned her doctorate from the University of Illinois at Chicago. 



Paulette Granberry Russell, J.D., speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens “The Nature of Inequality”

Paulette Granberry Russell is senior advisor to the president for diversity, and director of the MSU Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives.

Paulette facilitates and monitors effective strategies to advance a diverse and inclusive university. She plays a vital leadership role on all campus inclusion and intercultural support committees and leads efforts in the Office's four functional areas: institutional equity, education and development, community outreach and research and assessment.

Paulette is a licensed attorney in Michigan, earning her juris doctor degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.



Dr. NiCole T. Buchanan speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens “The Nature of Inequality”

NiCole T. Buchanan is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology in the College of Social Science.

NiCole is a licensed clinical psychologist who teaches social justice and multicultural psychology. Her research focuses on the intersections of gender and race/ethnicity with an emphasis on harassment targeting African American and Latina women.

Her recent publications examine racialized sexual harassment, race- and gender-based harassment among college students and working adults, race and gender-role ideology as moderators of harassment and outcomes among white and black women, contrapower harassment in academia, gendered bullying, and therapeutic concerns of racially ambiguous and non-visible minority women.

NiCole is part of The Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence at MSU, which provides a collaborative, multi-disciplinary vehicle for faculty and students to engage in social action research that influences significant local, state, national and international practice and policy related to gender-based violence.

She earned her doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 



Dr. Charles Ballard speaks at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens “The Nature of Inequality”

Charles Ballard is a professor in the Department of Economics in the College of Social Science.

He has served as a consultant with the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Health & Human Services, and Treasury, and with research institutes in Australia, Denmark, and Finland.  His books include “Michigan at the Millennium” and “Michigan’s Economic Future.”

In 2007, Charles became director of the State of the State Survey, in MSU’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research. Also in 2007, he won the Outstanding Teacher Award in MSU’s College of Social Science. In 2011, he joined the Board of Directors of the Michigan League for Public Policy. 

Charles earned his doctorate from Stanford University.



Dr. Andrea Louie talk at Sharper Focus/Wider Lens: Seeing China

Andrea Louie is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology and director of the Asian Pacific American Studies program at MSU.

She has conducted research exploring how ideas constructed around “Chineseness” as a racial and cultural identity have been reworked as transnational processes bring Chinese from different parts of the world into contact with one another. She is interested in using multi-sited ethnography to examine relationships between globalization and the continued importance of native origins and place for the rooting of identities.

Her book “Chineseness Across Borders: Re-negotiating Chinese Identities in China and the U.S.” won the Association for Asian American Studies Social Sciences book award in 2006. Her current research focuses on the “cultural socialization” and racialization of children adopted from China in the U.S.

She earned her doctorate in cultural anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. 


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