Social Science Division Sabbaticals 2011-2012
Project Title: "The Tea Party: Explaining the Emergence and Assessing the Impact of Neo-Populist Movements in the United States."
Project Title: Methodological Investigations into Temporalities and the Pragmatic Self.
Project Summary: This proposal expands upon my interests in social change and identity. In the past, I have looked at how Native Hawaiian identity has been linked to contextual themes such as race, ethnicity, nationality, folksongs, and places. In the proposed project, I want to investigate relationships between different types of temporalities and "the self" using a symbolic interactionist framework (i.e., a micro-theoretical perspective within sociology based upon pragmatist philosophy). I am interested in creating methodological protocols that address what I refer to as "multiple or alternative pasts and futures" as part of a general analysis of "self-concept."
Project Title: Social Support and American Professional Female Volleyball Players in Italy
Project Abstract: The goal of this project is to survey and interview American professional volleyball players in Italy regarding their type and amount of social support. This project will expand on previous work done surveying CSB/SJU students and athletes. Those results showed gender differences in handling stress and the level and type of social support, thus I would like to expand on this area and study professional female athletes. I plan to use a mixed method design incorporating both quantitative and qualitative research methods.
Project: I will do "A Critical Assessment of Liberal Education Strategy, Organization, Impacts and Prospects Internationally" at Gotland University, Sweden. The research question I am pursuing integrates global liberal education developments, management theory and the sustainability of a relatively small island community. The specific question posed is: What are community and organizational impacts of and the prospects for the first liberal education model adopted in Sweden? It will be two years after adoption of Sweden's first liberal education model and one year after institutional reorganization. I will research and build on previous publications, new conference presentation work leading to a monograph on the role of liberal learning in global development.
Project Title: The Development of three works on bullying for 1) college students, 2) K-2 students,
and 3) parents of K-2 students. The goal of the sabbatical is to review and evaluate extant programs and also utilize the review to write for K-2 students and parents.
The title is The Political Attitudes of South Africa's Democratic Generation. During a three month residency at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2012 I will work with South African colleagues to survey the political attitudes of university students ahead of the 2014 national elections
Project title: A Variable-Sum Theory of Power
Project Summary: The goal of this sabbatical is to write a first draft, and ultimately to publish, a book setting forth a variable-sum theory of political and social power - meaning that power can be collectively gained or collectively lost; and arguing against the more common view that power is inherently zero sum, i.e., that gains of power for some inevitably entail equivalent losses of power for others.
Project Title: "Consumer Behavior, Credit Market Failures, and Economic Well-Being Among Low-Income Households."
Project Summary: The project includes two components: 1.) To study how information and persuasion affects the borrowing/spending behavior of low-income/immigrant households and 2.) to develop models to study the effects of interest rate caps in financial markets for low-income borrowers.