The School of Humanities and Social Sciences employs a number of faculty members actively involved in research. We are in the process of gathering information about each project to feature their accomplishments. Keep an eye on the list below for new featured research projects.
Steven Petersheim teaches American literature and writing here at IU East, particularly focusing on nineteenth-century American literature, environmental American literature, and ethnic American literature. His book chapters, articles, and poems have appeared in the Nathaniel Hawthorne Review, College Literature, Indiana Voice Journal, Wilderness House Literary Review, and elsewhere. He is currently finishing a memoir of his Amish childhood in Western Maryland and a scholarly monograph on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s work as nature/environmental writing. At IU East, he serves as the faculty sponsor of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English Honors Society for undergraduate and graduate students. Steven was selected for the Fulbright Scholar program for the Fall 2017 semester and will teach American literature and film to Russian-speaking students in Belarus.
Alisa Clapp-Itnyre teaches Children's Literature, Young-Adult Literature, and Victorian literature, among others, at IU East. She is the author of Angelic Airs, Subversive Songs: Music as Social Discourse in the Victorian Novel (Ohio UP, 2002). Her current research has been on children's hymns of the 19th century involving three research trips to England, 2006-2014, which will be coming out in a book about to be published, for Ashgate’s Studies in Childhood Series: 1700-Present series, titled British Hymn Books for Children, 1800-1900: Re-Tuning the History of Childhood (Ashgate, 2016). Along with Assistant Professor of Music Jessica Raposo, she has formed the Church Choristers to learn, sing, and record 19th-century hymns for children around the community which are features on this webpage, along with her commentaries about the hymns.