Our faculty is filled with professors from a variety of backgrounds who are leaders in their fields. Their instruction, mentorship, and research will give you an unparalleled education. Here are just a few of the faculty members engaged in diversity through teaching and research.
Spencer Crew, a Robinson Professor, worked for more than 25 years to make history accessible through innovative and inclusive exhibitions and public programs. He served as president of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and worked at the National Museum of American History, serving as director for part of his time there. Most recently, he was a guest curator at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, working on the exhibit, “Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: Era of Segregation 1876 to 1968.” He teaches such classes as: Slavery, Abolition, and the Underground Railroad; Museum Studies; and Reading the Past: History of the Family. Read more about Dr. Crew.
Shelley Wong began teaching more than 40 years ago in Hong Kong, where she was studying Cantonese and Chinese culture. She is a recipient of the Spirit of King Award, presented to faculty who make an exceptional contribution to developing an inclusive learning environment. Dr. Wong is on the Mason DREAMers Advisory Board and is editor of Teachers as Allies: Transformative Practices for Teaching Dreamers and Undocumented Students. She has taught English as a Second Language in adult, high school, community college, university, and teacher education programs, as well as at community organizations, churches and trade unions throughout the country. She teaches such classes as Linguistics for PreK-12 ESOL Teachers and Educational Anthropology. Read more about Dr. Wong.
Suzanne Scott Constantine
Suzanne Scott Constantine was founding co-chair of the the School of Integrative Studies' Diversity Committee, and has been awarded the University Life Vision Award for Social Justice. She has served as director of Women and Gender Studies and has developed courses that explore social justice, race, class and gender. Much of her work focuses on fostering democratic dialogue in a diverse classroom, and she uses contemporary art, film literature, and music to teach courses in critical race theory, gender inequality, LGBTQ issues, and mass incarceration. Her art exhibitions include work on the refugee crisis, race and gender inequality, and Islamaphobia. She teaches such classes as Gender Representation in Popular Culture and Representations of Race. Read more about Dr. Scott Constantine.
Wendi Manuel-Scott was awarded a Virginia Foundation for the Humanities grant to curate the exhibition “Separate and Unequal in Buckingham County: An Exhibition on Segregation and Desegregation in Virginia” and a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation for the online exhibition, “One Hundred Years of African American Life and Leadership in Falls Church, Virginia.” She has served as a visiting historian for the Teaching American History project associated with Mason’s Center for History and New Media. She teaches such classes as: Topics in U.S. History: Black Bodies and Policing Race; Memory, Mourning, and Racial Violence in America; and Art, Beauty, and Culture. Read more about Dr. Manuel-Scott.
Rita Chi-Ying Chung
Rita Chi-Ying Chung has worked in cross-cultural and multicultural psychology and counseling around the world, and has written books on refugee trauma and social justice counseling. Her research focuses on such topics as multicultural, cross-cultural, and social justice issues in counseling, the psychological impact of racism, immigrant and refugee trauma, and inter-ethnic race relationships. Dr. Chung is involved with Counselors Without Borders and has supervised students working on American Indian reservations and Latino migrant communities. She has also served as president of Counselors for Social Justice. She teaches such classes as: Multicultural Counseling; Counseling and Social Justice; and Leadership and Advocacy in the Counseling Profession. Read more about Dr. Chung.
Jaime Lester's research focuses on organization and leadership in higher education, which includes the creation of equitable workplaces in colleges and universities. The National Science Foundation and Google are funding her research on learning analytics and pedagogy in computer science. She serves on the Editorial Board of Journal of Diversity in Higher Education and NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education. She has edited and written books on gendered perspectives in community colleges, family-friendly policies in higher education, and workplace bullying. She teaches such classes as Leadership in Higher Education and Special Topics in Higher Education: Contemporary and Critical Social Theories. Read more about Dr. Lester.
Fred Bemak is founding director of the Diversity Research and Action Center. He also founded Counselors Without Borders and has taken counseling teams to the sites of such disasters as Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti earthquake, San Diego Wildfires, and Hurricane Maria. Dr. Bemak has co-authored several books, including Social Justice Counseling: The Next Steps Beyond Multiculturalism (with Rita Chi-Ying Chun). He was program evaluator for the Save the Children Alliance dealing with a cross-border trafficking program in Asia. He has served as president of Counselors for Social Justice. He teaches such classes as Advanced Multicultural Counseling and Advanced Internship in Social Justice. Read more about Dr. Bemak.
Angela J. Hattery
Angela J. Hattery is director of the Women & Gender Studies Program. Her research focuses on social stratification, gender, family, and race in the family as well as in social institutions, including the military, prisons, the Catholic Church, fraternities and sports.. Her latest book is Policing Black Bodies (co-written with Earl Smith), which will be published in December 2017. Her other works include Interracial Relationships in the 21st Century (with Smith), African American Families (with Smith), and Women, Work, and Family. She teaches such classes as: Feminist Approaches to Social Research; Current Topics in Women and Gender Studies; Special Topics in Sociology; and Feminist Theory. Read more about Dr. Hattery.
Lynne Scott Constantine
Lynne Scott Constantine has presented research on educating for social justice through the arts to such groups as the College Art Association, the American Association of Colleges and Universities, the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association, and the National Art Education Association. She teaches courses on creativity, visual thinking, critical theory, film, writing for artists, and art as social action. Her personal practice in interdisciplinary arts explores chance, loss, and human communication through performance, installation, photography and video art. She teaches such classes as: Critical Theory in the Visual Arts; Art as a Social Action; and Visual Communication Theories. Learn more about Dr. Scott Constantine.
Lisa Lindley conducts research focused on sexual health promotion, the prevention of HIV/STIs and unintended pregnancies among under-served populations. She's trained Mason staff on the health needs of LGBTQ students and presented workshops on cultural competency and health literacy. She serves on the Abstract Review Committee of the American Public Health Association's LGBT Caucus, and on the HIV Materials Review Panel of the American Psychological Association's Healthy LGB Students Project. She is a member of Mason's Sexual Assault Task Force, and faculty advisor to Mason's chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma, the National Health Education Honorary. She teaches such classes as HIV/AIDS: Concepts, Principles, and Interventions and Health Program Planning and Evaluation. Learn more about Dr. Lindley.
Paul C. Gorski
Paul C. Gorski coordinates the Social Justice Minor and Social Justice and Human Rights concentration as well as a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies concentration in Social Justice and Human Rights. His primary interests include poverty and economic justice, racial justice, queer justice, and animal rights. He is the founder of EdChange, a group dedicated to equity, diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice, and has served on the board of the International Association for Intercultural Education. His publications include Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap. He teaches such classes as: Animal Rights and Humane Education; Social Justice Education; and Diversity in Higher Education. Read more about Dr. Gorski.
Kevin Clark is founding director of Mason's Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity. His research interests include the role of interactive and digital media in education, broadening participation in STEM careers and disciplines, and issues of diversity in children's media. He is a designer, advisor, and consultant to such organizations as the National Park Service, Public Broadcasting Service, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Fred Rogers Center, Disney Junior, Toca Boca, The Jim Henson Company, Hasbro, Cartoon Network, and Amazon Studios. The White House honored Dr. Clark as a STEM Access Champion of Change. He teaches such classes as Virtual Worlds, Augmented Reality, and Gaming Applications and Emerging Trends in Learning Technologies. Learn more about Dr. Clark.
Eric Gary Anderson
Eric Gary Anderson coordinates the interdisciplinary minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies and serves as faculty advisor for the GMU Native American and Indigenous Alliance. His publications include American Indian Literature and the Southwest: Contexts and Dispositions, as well as essays in American Literary History, Early American Literature, and South to a New Place. He has served as president of The Society for the Study of Southern Literature, and is working on an essay on queer native southern transmissions in the film The Doe Boy. He teaches such classes as: Introduction to Native American and Indigenous Studies; Topics in Ethnic American Literature, and Dimensions of Writing and Literature. Learn more about Dr. Anderson.
Al Fuertes specializes in community-based trauma healing as a component of peacebuilding and conflict transformation. He travels to places affected by war, armed conflict, and natural disaster, working with government, religious, military, and community leaders, as well as development workers, schools, refugees and displaced persons. He works on grassroots peacebuilding through Mason's Center for Global Education. He teaches such classes as Human Dimensions in Conservation, Human Trafficking and the International Community, and Refugee and Internal Displacement. Read more about Dr. Fuertes.
Kevin Taylor, program coordinator of Mason’s American Sign Language Program, is a native speaker of sign language; he was born deaf and has used ASL since he was 2½. He will teach and help expand the university’s ASL program into a minor, adding a deaf culture course, as well as lab components for all individual courses. Mason allows ASL to fulfill the foreign language requirement. Taylor plans to co-hosts ASL dinners for students to meet other deaf people and practice their signing skills. He teaches ASL I, ASL II, and ASL II, and will be adding an ASL IV course. Learn more about Kevin Taylor.