This month we welcome three new Full and two new Associate members to NCIS. Their research interests encompass law, social sciences, economics, anthropology, public policy and management.
Dr Bonnie Bui (USA) is a social scientist with research expertise in population health and survey research. She also has broad research experience in various arenas, having worked in multiple settings from academia to policy think tanks and non-profits to federal government.  She earned her PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Bui has worked on studies related to technology and health, aging and cognitive decline, and social support and resilience. Dr. Bui has authored or co-authored publications in peer-reviewed journals, including Psychogeriatrics, SSM-Population Health, International Review of Modern Sociology, and Substance Use & Misuse.
Dr Heather McKnight (UNITED KINGDOM) situates herself as a utopian scholar. She earned her PhD in Law Studies through the University of Sussex, MA in Cultural and Critical Theory (Philosophy) at University of Brighton, and a Humanities Degree Course Level 3 at Open University. With a job history focused on project work, events management, and research, she has taken part in many campaigns for change. For instance, she established  Magnetic Ideals, a social enterprise aiming to provide support to organisations working to make positive change in the community.  She has published numerous articles in journals (Excursions, Renewal Journal, Studies in Arts and Humanities), blogs, and an encyclopedia article. Her research focuses on the toxic environment in present-day institutions.  She has several current projects : a book proposal, « Reimagining the University through Resistance, » with Routledge ; examination of the relationship between the philosophy of Becoming Utopian and the idea of the non-violenct nano-utopian moment for the Utopian Studies Journal ; conference papers and an article that related to the School Strike movement against the Climate Crisis ; and a uptopian/dystopian and gender/race analysis of a variety of tv shows.
Eric Olson (USA) is a professor of anthropology. Presently at Cuyahoga Community College, he previously taught at the University of Akron where he also served as a research assistant. He gives back to his field in capacities such as a field supervisor  at the Stewards of Historical Preservation. In addition to working on his Certificate in Analytics from Cuyahoga Community College (2020-present), Olson earned his MA in Anthropology from Ball State University and BA in Interdisciplinary Anthropology from the University of Akron.  His publication portfolio includes journal  articles (Pennsylvania Archaeologist, Lithic Technology, Current Research in Ohio Archaelogy) as well as chapters in edited collections. For his next scholarly project, he will conduct arechaeological surveys in Northeast Ohio. He currently seeks funding from a variety of sources : NSF, NEH, Ohio Humanities Council, Ohio History Fund, and Lithics Studies Society.
Dr. William Brantley (USA) is a scholar of leadership theory and development, organizational theory, project management, and communication theory. Along with a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management, he has a Master’s in Political Management, an MBA in Project Management, and a Master’s in Education in Organizational Leadership, Performance, and Change. Dr. Brantley holds three project management certifications, agile coaching certification, five HR certifications, and a data scientist certification. He is the author of The Persuasive Project Manager: Communicating for Understanding (2019) and Four Scenarios for the Future of the Federal Government: Collected Essays on Transforming Government (2019).
Dr Sundjata Ibn Hyman (USA) earned his PhD in Sociology from Western Michigan University (1997), MSc in Applied Economics from the University of Baltimore (1987), and his BA Honors in Political Science from Morgan State University (1984). In addition, he completed 45 hours post-graduate training in economics at University of Notre Dame as a Danforth-Compton Fellow in International Relations. He also earned a Fullbright-Hayes Fellowship in Law at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. A retired professor, he taught in several universities such as Lane College (a Historical Black College, HBCU) in Tennessee), West Virginia State University, and Baltimore City Community College, to name a few.  He has several publications in journals such as the Quarterly Journal of the Borno Museum Society, Journal of Pan African Studies, Encuenstros. In retirement, he looks forward to expanding his professional achievements as an independent scholar. His current projects include editing/revising manuscripts on application of culture as a science to CRT, antiracism, and current manifestations of DuBoisian meta-exiological dilemma (« double consciousness »).

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