Faculty Research Series on Engaged Citizenship and Inclusion

This series of talks showcases the scholarly research of NDSU faculty who have published on matters of social responsibility, equality, inclusion, and/or open-minded, ethical decision-making and action as related to topics including race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, class, ability, religion, or issues facing the LGBTQ+ community. Past talks have included “Historical Sex Work: New Contributions from History and Archaeology” (Drs. Angela J. Smith and Kristen R. Fellows), “Life and Politics on the U.S.-Mexico Border (Dr. Heath Wing), and Health Insurance in Rural American: A Partial Equilibrium Analysis” (Dr. William Nganje). For information on the research series and additional resources on the topic, please visit the resource page at the Libraries.

Abstract: In October 2017, those who had experienced sexual harassment and assault commanded attention by posting their experiences with the hashtag “#metoo.” This movement built off Tarana Burke’s advocacy efforts beginning in 2007, and these posts were soon ubiquitous, with survivors sharing very personal and painful experiences. The ubiquity of these posts could have various impacts on those who read them, from empowerment to pain. In a recent study, we examine the health impacts of encountering the #metoo movement, particularly examining how outcomes vary based on an individual’s experience with sexual harassment. We find differences by the gender of respondent in both negative and positive health outcomes, depending on the respondent’s experience with sexual harassment. Public health strategies for preventing sexual harassment are discussed.
Andrea Huseth-Zosel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health at NDSU.  Her research focuses on health disparities, including rural/urban and gender-based disparities, and health equity issues.  Specific areas of interest include aging, injury prevention, and menstruation management and period poverty for adolescent females, in addition to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on educator health and well-being and impacts of the COVID-19 on the health and well-being of older adults.  She received her doctorate in Gerontology from NDSU.   

Kjersten Nelson is an Associate Professor of Political Science at NDSU. Her research interests include the role of gender in American politics, as well as campaigns and elections and the courts. Most recently, her work has appeared in the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics and American Politics Research and, in 2020, her book, It’s Not Personal: Politics and Policy in Lower Court Confirmation Hearings, was published (with Logan Dancey and Eve Ringsmuth). She earned her doctorate from the University of Minnesota. 

Mary Larson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health at NDSU. Her research focuses on health promotion and disease prevention with specific interests in studying the effects of policies, systems, environmental, and educational approaches to improving health care, public health, and human service professionals’ efforts. In addition, Dr. Larson, like so many public health scholars, is studying COVID-19 topics including the incubation time frame of COVID-9 infections and the effectiveness of strategies to reduce vaccine hesitancy. Dr. Larson earned her Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota and her doctorate from the University of North Dakota. 

Megan Talcott is the Sexual Assault Prevention and Advocacy Coordinator at NDSU.  She serves as the survivor advocate for students who have experienced power-based personal violence and coordinates implementation of campus violence awareness and prevention programming. Megan advises the Violence Prevention Educators and Enough peer education groups, and is lead of the President’s Council for Campus Well-being Sexual Assault Response Education workgroup. Prior to NDSU, she was the Director of Prevention Education at Hope Harbor Inc. in Bowling Green, KY. 

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Social Justice: Identifying attributes, antecedents and consequences through a multidisciplinary literature review 
Kelly Buettner-Schmidt, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a professor in the School of Nursing at North Dakota State University. As a former public health nurse whose work was immersed in every day social justice issues, and as a current faculty teaching courses frequently guided by social justice philosophies, she strives to increase awareness of and understandings of social justice and injustices. Support for her research on social justice was from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Buettner-Schmidt’s current research is in public health, health policies, and tobacco prevention and control with ongoing funding since 2000 from a variety of sources including the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the ND Department of Health, and others.  

Abstract: “Social justice is a matter of life and death” (WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health). How do you define and describe social justice? Is social justice a process, a product, or both? Is it easier to describe social justice or social injustice? A broad multidisciplinary review of literature within and outside of the health-related literature resulted in the identification of social justice’s attributes, antecedents, and consequences and provided clarification of the concept of social justice. A synthesized definition of social justice was developed. This presentation provides a baseline for a conversation on the meaning and implications of social justice and injustice in today’s world.


Dr. Anne Blankenship, Associate Professor, Dept of History, Philosophy, and Religious StudiesInclusion or Exclusion? Varieties of Americanization in the Early 20th Century. 

Anne Blankenship is Associate Professor of Religious Studies in NDSU's History, Philosophy, & Religious Studies Department. Her research investigates religious responses to injustice and relationships between national, racial, and religious identities. Blankenship’s current book project is titled Religion, Race, and Immigration: How Jews, Catholics, and Protestants Faced Mass Immigration, 1882-1924. The project has received support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Academy of Religion, and several other institutions. She received her doctoral degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Abstract: At the turn of the twentieth century, millions of southern Italians and Eastern Europeans entered the United States. Their presence alarmed most Americans, not least of all their Catholic and Jewish co-religionists. By the late 1800s, Irish Catholics and German Jews had gained tentative acceptance within American society, and many felt that these new immigrants with their Old World dress, language, religious practices, and food threatened that status. Thus began concerted campaigns of Americanization, one white Protestants supported as well. This presentation explores how their differing definitions of Americanization coincided or clashed and the closely related role of religion.

Propose a Research Talk

FRS welcomes proposals from NDSU faculty about their published (or soon-to-be published) research. Ideas should be submitted via email to Jess Jung at jessica.jung@ndsu.edu

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