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Recent Accomplishments


Alison Gustafson, associate professor and director of graduate studies in the department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, spoke about her work combatting diabetes and obesity in Kentucky on Behind the Blue. 


Tiffany D. Barnes, associate professor of Politcial Science, published an Op-Ed in Ms. Magazine on the first woman to be selected as Treasury Secretary by the Biden Administration.

Tiffany D. Barnes, associate professor of Political Science, participated in CESJ's Op-Ed Project and published two position papers:

Jenny Minier, Sturgil Professor in the Department of Economics, and Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research, had a version of her position paper on immigration published by the Lexington Herald Leader. 

Martina Vasil, assistant professor in the School of Music, published the paper, “The Perspectives of Two First-Generation College Students Pursuing Doctoral Degrees in Music Education.”

David Luke, associate director of the MLK Center, published the paper, “Critical Race Theory, Afro-Pessimism, and Racial Progress Narratives.”

Christia Brown, CESJ director, published a new book Discrimination in Childhood and Adolescence: A Developmental Intergroup Approach.

  • Brown, C. S.  (2017). Discrimination in Childhood and Adolescence: A Developmental Intergroup Approach. Psychology Press/Taylor & Francis.


Carmen Martinez Novo, associate professor in Anthropology, was awared a 2017-2018 American Council of Learned Societies Scholarship to complete a manuscript on “The Decline of Indigenous Rights in Latin America in the Context of Extractivism.”



Programs and Initiatives

Randolph Hollingsworth, assistant provost, is leading the effort to develop of the Kentucky Woman Suffrage Project (