New Members in Fields of Sociology, Divinity, and Filmic Representations of Andean Peoples

Thilini Prasadika:  Thilini is a Master’s Degree candidate in English Studies at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.  She is also a visiting lecturer of the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute.  Her research areas include gender/queer studies, postcolonial studies and discourse studies.  Her undergraduate thesis is published under the title "Negotiating Marginal Subjectivities: The Class and Culture of a Department of English at a State University.”  This study attempts to trace the “evolution” (or transformation) of the English Department students of a state university as they try with varying degrees of “success” and varying social and psychological costs to negotiate a more or less “nonconventional” socio-cultural background and value system that is imperative for gaining acceptance.
Donna Adler is a scholar, faith formation consultant, lawyer, professional indexer, and freelance editor with an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago, in linguistics, a law degree from Northwestern University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in systematic and philosophical theology from the University of Notre Dame.  She has been a lecturer at St. Xavier University in Chicago, an adjunct professor at DePaul University in Chicago, and an adjunct professor in at Loyola University in Chicago.  She is active on the academic conference circuit and is currently publishing her (groundbreaking) interpretation of Plato’s Timaeus at 35a-36d with a major international press for the humanities.  She is now focusing on law, policy advocacy, and analysis.  In 2008, Donna won the distinguished service award from the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation.
Johanna  Masse is a recent graduate from the University of Michigan who is interested in pursuing a career as an independent scholar.  She received her Ph.D. in sociology and her M.A. in higher education from U.M.  She also holds an M.S. in counseling from California State University-Long Beach and an A.B. in English and Chinese history from Brown University.  She is currently working on a book about the college choice process among families in Silicon Valley.
Marie-Eve Monette is a Latin Americanist with specializations in Film Studies and Andean Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies and is a former Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Alabama. She is currently working on her first monograph, Cinemascapes of Indigeneity: Capitalism in the Bolivian Andes, and has published in the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies and the Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, among others. She works in partnership with Bolivian filmmakers to produce films about Bolivian histories and realities, and with Peruvian nonprofits to use audiovisual methods of assessment of development programs. Her research focuses on filmic representations of Andean peoples' agency and empowerment strategies, and the impact of Western economic systems on Andean cultures.

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