Welcome New NCIS Members!

A big welcome to our new NCIS members, whose scholarship includes linguistics, economics, the history of pets, and health care-related aging issues.

Linda Anderson retired from the University of Missouri Healthcare in 2011 after many years in a variety of nursing positions including critical and emergency care, bioinformatics, trauma, and orthopedic research. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Missouri. Anderson’s current research interest relates to Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), with a focus on the issue of aging in persons with EDS.

After completing her Ph.D. in History from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009, Julie Hughes published her first book, “Animal Kingdoms: Hunting, the Environment, and Power in the Indian Princely States” (Harvard and Permanent Black) in 2013. Hughes was an assistant professor at Vassar College for several years and is now an independent scholar. Her current project looks at the history of pets and pet keeping in South Asia, asking how tamed and domestic pets, from sarus cranes and song birds to tigers and fox terriers, have participated in our identity politics, and how in turn, our struggles and aspirations have changed the lives and status of individual companion animals and their species as a whole.

As language and social science professional for more than 30 years, Heather Mello has worked as an applied military linguist, translator, teacher, researcher, and statistician. Her bachelor’s studies at the University of the State of New York concentrated on the Vietnamese and Russian languages, she holds an M.A, in Sociology from Georgia Southern University and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Georgia. She has conducted research and teaching in the specific areas of TESOL/TEFL, English Language Variation, Vietnamese as a Foreign/Heritage Language, Corpus Linguistics, Systemic Functional Linguistics, Race and Cultural Relations, and Second and Heritage Language Acquisition and Maintenance. She currently works helping recently arrived refugees navigate their new lives in the United States by teaching English language literacy and civics for the International Rescue Committee in Atlanta, Georgia.

Tony K. Yang holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Riverside, and is a scholar of U.S. Economic History based in Sunnyvale, California. His primary research focuses on the interaction between social economic attitudes, the formation of savings behavior, and cultural and economic preferences in institutional interactions. Yang’s dissertation, “The Needs of a Lifetime: The Search for Security, 1865-1914,” analyzes savings patterns and behaviors in the late-nineteenth century United States. Yang has presented several papers and is currently editing his manuscript of social insurance. Yang’s other fields of interest include: The Economic History of Slavery, Nineteenth Century U.S. History, History of U.S. Foreign Relations and Modern Latin American (specifically the Caribbean).