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.
Jean Harper teaches creative nonfiction, literature, and writing at I.U.East. Her research interests include the rural and industrial Midwest, horses, nineteenth century whaling, and women’s stories. Her writing has appeared in The Iowa Review, North American Review, Florida Review, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and numerous grants from the Indiana Arts Commission. Her writing has been supported by residencies at Yaddo, MacDowell, the Virginia Center for the Arts, and she was scholar in residence at The New Bedford Whaling Museum. Her first book, Rose City: A Memoir of Work (2005) won the Mid-List Press First Series Award. Her second book, Still Life with Horses (2017) was awarded the Howling Bird Press Nonfiction Award.
More about Jean Harper can be found on her website: www.jeanharper.org
Travis A. Rountree
Travis A. Rountree serves as the Writing Program Director and is an Assistant Professor of English here at IU East. His dissertation, Hard to See Through the Smoke: Remembering the 1912 Hillsville, Virginia Courthouse Shootout, examines the rhetorical depictions of the shootout ranging from media articles, ballads, plays, museums, and portrayals of gender. His current research focuses on the recent plays, which recreate the shootout in the historical courthouse. He also continues to read, write, and teach about place-based pedagogy in the composition classroom. His work appears in the North Carolina Folklore Journal and the Appalachian Journal. He and his partner, Caleb, co-wrote a book chapter titled “‘Are Y’all Homo?’: Metis as Method for Queer Appalachia” which will soon appear in Queer Appalachia: Reading, Writing, Teaching and Imagining the ‘Unspeakable’ Other.
Duane Lundy teaches courses in Experimental Psychology here at IU East, including Evolutionary Psychology, Statistics, and Senior Seminar. He also periodically offers special topics courses in areas such as Interpersonal Attraction and Empirical Aesthetics. His articles have appeared in various peer-reviewed journals, such as Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, and Empirical Studies of the Arts. His Desire for Aesthetics Scale (DFAS) measures to what extent individuals differ in how important beauty is to them in everyday life, and it has been translated into several languages. His current research agenda focuses mainly on how experts and nonexperts differ in their appraisals of aesthetic products in various areas of aesthetics, including music and film. At IU East, he serves as the Chair of the Psychology Department. Duane won the IU East Excellence in Research Award in 2017.
Rosalie S. Aldrich
Dr. Aldrich teaches Communication Research Methods, Health Communication, Gender Communication, and Interpersonal Communication courses at IU East. Her research is two pronged, with her primary agenda focusing on Suicide Prevention and Intervention. She also focuses on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) from a data driven perspective. Her articles and book chapters have appeared in Archives of Suicide Research, Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, Death Studies, Grief after suicide: Understanding the consequences and caring for the survivors, Communication Teacher, and Best Practices in Online Teaching across Disciplines. She is currently focusing on an interpersonal/health communication study examining social media use during the 2016 Presidential election and the impact on interpersonal relationships and overall well-being. Dr. Aldrich was recently named the John and Corinne Graf Professor of Communication Studies (2017).
Follow her Academic Adventures on her blog, https://academicadventuresadvice.wordpress.com/
My overarching goal as a critical intercultural communication scholar is to develop a research program focused on identifying, examining, challenging, and theorizing rhetorics produced in cultural spaces including media and sport. Relatedly, my goal is to examine and critique research and pedagogical practices that construct, negotiate, and/or maintain dominant racial and gender ideologies. While my work has utilized several research methodologies, I predominantly utilize rhetorical criticism as a methodology, as I am focused on the analysis of symbolic action and its influence on ideology.
I agree with Dana Cloud’s (2014) approach to critiquing ideology, as I am directed at interrogating “…how systems of power are expressed and justified in speech acts, at who is left out of the system, and at how speeches and other texts can be misleading, distorted, or oppressive of others” (p. 24). My research also draws from Raymie McKerrow’s (1989) critical rhetorical approach, which aims to uncover the historical dimensions and significances of racial and gender discourses, while showing how contemporary media “deflect, deny, and disavow racism” (Lacy & Ono, p. 3). Utilizing this critical approach, my research has focused on two primary areas: 1) the intersectional examination of whiteness within professional sport and popular media, and 2) the critical examination of whiteness within communication pedagogies and research practices. For instance, utilizing a critical rhetoric approach, I recently published a solo-authored article in Communication Studies titled, “The Whitening of Grey’s Anatomy” (Cramer, 2016). This article examines how the writers, creators, and producers of the popular medical drama utilize postracial discourse (Ono, 2011) and Scott’s (1993) absence as presence to construct a narrative of social, technological, and therefore racial progress, thereby obviating the realities of contemporary racism, both covert and overt.
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