Professors Emeriti

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African Cultural Studies

Ronald Rodano: Cultural Theory; Race; Globalization; Popular.  His research explores the quality of aliveness (“animation”) that listeners commonly experience in US black music. Whereas animation is typically theorized as an inversion of the economic processes of reification (an alienated, reified person/laborer gives way to an animated, sentient thing), he argues that black music’s origin as a product of slave labor introduced a unique set of animated properties that underlies its immense cultural value.

Aliko Songolo: African and Caribbean Literature; Francophonie Literature and Cultural Studies; and Twentieth-Century Poetry.

Agricultural and Applied Economics

Bradford Barham: Environment and Development; Technology Adoption and Innovation; and Agricultural Biotechnology in Latin America.

Community and Environmental Sociology

Gary Green: Rural and Community Development.

Jane Collins: Labor Processes; Gender; Development Studies; Agrarian Social Change; and Cultural Studies.



Maria E. Muniagurria: International Trade and Economic Development; Industrial Organization and Competition Policy; Dynamic Economics and Economic Growth.


Roberta Hill: Twentieth-Century Literature and History; Race, Gender, Class, and Ethnicity; Life Writing; Minority Discourse; and American Indian Literature


Susan Lee Johnson: Relations of power in Western North America both as a place of lived experience and an imagined space. Gender histories; U.S. western, borderlands, Pacific, and other place-based histories; Latino, African American, American Indian, and Asian American histories; histories of sexual minorities and majorities; histories of whiteness; and social and cultural histories more broadly defined.


James Nienhuis: Breeding and Genetics of Crops

Planning and Landscape Architecture

Samuel Dennis Jr.: He is particularly interested in the role that urban open spaces play in preventing chronic disease. Although he continues to pursue his early interest in the social construction of landscape meaning, his current research engages communities in assessing and improving their neighborhoods through participatory research, planning, and design.