Meet Our Faculty and Staff

Dr. Carol Oyster, Professor (Chair)

Dr. Oyster is the chair of the department from 2009-2013. She received her doctorate in Social Psychology from the University of Delaware. Her area of interest and expertise is in the mechanisms and effects of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination on the targets of discrimination and society. She has written books on research design, group dynamics, and women and firearms; and book chapters on suicide-by-cop, suicide, and women and retirement. She is currently co-editor of the Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World to be published by Sage. The encyclopedia received the 2011 Booklist Editors' Choice award. It is given by Booklist Magazine -- the journal for the American Library Association.


Dr. Sarah Shillinger, Assistant Professor
Sarah Shillinger has earned a doctorate in American History from the University of Pennsylvania.  She has also received the Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities.  She specializes in the American Indian Boarding School Movement and has extensive experience with contemporary American Indian issues.  She has developed courses in Contemporary American Indian issues and has done workshops on American Indian casinos.  Dr. Shillinger is working on a series of social studies units for elementary schools and is the author of A Case Study of the American Indian Boarding School Movement: An Oral History of Saint Joseph's Indian Industrial School published by Edwin Mellen Press.


Dr. Audrey Mouser Elegbede,  Senior Lecturer
Audrey Elegebede earned her doctorate in Cultural Anthropology from Brown University. Her areas of interest include religion, gender and class as they related to communal and individual identity constructions. She has published articles and book chapters on issues of religious performance, Muslim mothering, and the connection between family structure, ethnicity and class identity. She is currently working on issues of white privilege and Islamophobia.

Dr. Richard Breaux, Assistant Professor

Richard Breaux earned a doctorate in History of American Education from the University of Iowa.  His interests include the history of black education, the Harlem Renaissance, black film and queer black studies.  He has published articles and chapters on race and gender in animated film, the Harlem Renaissance, and black education in the Midwest.  He is currently working on several articles on the intersection of race, gender, mental health and identity in film.


Academic Department Associate: Terry Langteau


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