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Diversity & Climate

2012 UWM Diversity Fellows

photo of Shaun Ossei-OwusuShaun Ossei-Owusu is a doctoral candidate in the Department of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley where he has received fellowships from the National Science Foundation, American Bar Foundation. He received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and graduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. His research areas include: inequality; law & society, race, gender and class; culture; and urban history. His project explores the role and perspectives of public defenders in the criminal justice system.


photo of Joseph Flipper Joseph Flipper is a doctoral candidate in Religious Studies at Marquette University (expected May 2012). His research straddles theology, cultural history, and political theory. His interests include apocalypticism and eschatology, constructive theology, mysticism, and the relationships between Christian theology and the shape of modern politics. With a fellowship from the Ford Foundation, he is completing his dissertation, which explores the theology of the French Jesuit Henri de Lubac in relationship to the cultural and political climate following World War I. Mr. Flipper holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Theology from Franciscan University and an M.A. in Theology from University of Dallas.


photo of Jacqueline Nguyen Jacqueline Nguyen, Ph.D. National Science Foundation, is an SBE Minority Postdoctoral Fellow in the Child Development Laboratory at Saint Joseph's University. Dr. Nguyen received her doctoral degree in Educational Psychology (human development area) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The focus of her research is on immigrant families and the parent-child relationship as it is affected by sociocultural factors, including neighborhood, schools, peers, and acculturation. Dr. Nguyen has experience in community-embedded research and program evaluation, having worked with community organizations in Madison and around Philadelphia to conduct three qualitative and mixed-methods studies on Hmong and Latino immigrant families. Dr. Nguyen additionally serves as a board member for a Vietnamese non-profit organization in the Delaware Valley area and is a founding member of the group Scholars for the Study of Immigrant Families, a study group affiliated with the Society for Research on Adolescence.   


photo of Selina Gallo-Cruz Selina Gallo-Cruz is a PhD candidate in the department of sociology at Emory University. Selina is currently an American Sociological Association Minority Fellow. She studies culture, social movements, and global change. In her dissertation she examines the role of international NGOs in the development of a global repertoire of nonviolent protest. She conducts archival, statistical, and interview analysis to explain how nonviolence has become a globally legitimate form of political change and to understand the impact of INGOs in the diffusion of nonviolent protest strategies and tactics. She has also conducted research on the effect of protest on U.S. foreign military training, the development of maternity care movements in the United States, and on the development of globalization theories. Her publications include articles in Advances in Medical Sociology, Sociological Forum, Social Theory and Health, and The International Studies Compendium and she has several dissertation related papers under review. Selina earned her BA from Wellesley College with cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and the sociology department's Alpha Kappa Delta distinctions. She has been an active participant and Piedmont Fellow in Emory University's sustainability program and enjoys dancing flamenco in Atlanta's Hispanic Arts scene.


photo of Melissa Redmond Melissa Redmond is a doctoral candidate at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto (PhD expected May 2012). Her dissertation, Working Hard or Heart-y Working: Theorizing Child Protection's Occupational Construction, explores the relationship between front-line child protection workers and regulating mechanisms - the social, interpersonal, organizational and individual systems that define, proscribe and prescribe child protection workers' occupational perceptions and practices. Ms. Redmond sole- and co-authored publications appear in Journal of Teaching in Social Work, Race and Social Problems, and Canadian Social Work Review, among others. In addition to child protection practice, praxis and policy, Ms. Redmond's research interests include social service program access among marginalized populations, anti-oppressive practice, social policy implementation, poverty issues, social work pedagogy and gender concerns.