Teaching Civic Engagement Globally is the result of collaborative work spanning scholars from multiple disciplines, fields, and careers. Political scientists, educators, and students have joined to produce important, timely research. Meet the authors of the book on this page.
Mariana Pimenta Oliveira Baccarini
Mariana Baccarini is a professor at the Federal University of Paraíba, based at the Department of International Relations. Mariana holds a PhD in political science from UFMG (2014). She is a teacher in the Undergraduate Course in International Relations and in the Post-Graduate Course in Political Science and International Relations. She has experience in the field of political science, working mainly on the following topics: international institutions, institutional change, feminism. She is the Coordinator of Interna-só-na-mente Political Theater Group, and is a mother of two.
Sondré Bailey currently works as a researcher for an NGO called Gender Dynamix. She has worked in the NGO sphere for the past five years, advocating for basic human rights. She has completed her BAdmin degree, majoring in political studies and public administration, as well as her honors degree in political studies. She is also in the process of completing her MAdmin in political studies. In her free time, she enjoys many outdoor activities, exploring as much of South Africa as she can.
As a political theorist, Emily Beausoleil explores the conditions, challenges, and possibilities of democratic engagement in diverse societies, with a particular attention to the capacity for ‘voice’ and listening in conditions of inequality. Connecting affect, democratic theory, neuroscience, and the performing arts, her work responds to compelling calls to find new models for coalition and community by asking how we realize these ideals in concrete terms. She is editor-in-chief forDemocratic Theory Journal, Distinguished Global Associate of the Sydney Democracy Network, and associate investigator for the current Australian Research Centre grant ‘Democratic Resilience: The Public Sphere and Extremist Attacks.’ Current community collaborations include co-design of a nationwide anti-racism program Tauiwi Tautoko and creation of a UNESCO-funded project to support youth-led dialogue post-March 15th Christchurch attacks. Her work has been published in Political Theory, Contemporary Political Theory, Constellations, Conflict Resolution Quarterly, and Ethics & Global Politics, as well as various books.
Elizabeth A. Bennion
Dr. Elizabeth Bennion is Chancellor’s Professor of Political Science and American Democracy Project Director at Indiana University South Bend. A nationally recognized expert on civic education and engagement, Professor Bennion has won numerous local, state, and national awards for her teaching, research, and service. With over 80 publications, 200 invited presentations, and 600 media appearances, Bennion is committed to sharing her research and teaching beyond the classroom. Bennion is Director of Voter Services for the local League of Women Voters, president of the Indiana Debate Commission, and host of WNIT Public Television’s weekly program Politically Speaking. A frequent speaker at community events, academic conferences, and college campuses, Bennion is cofounder of APSA’s Civic Engagement Section, co-PI for several national surveys and field experiments, and coeditor of two previous books on teaching civic engagement: Teaching Civic Engagement: From Student to Active Citizen (2013) and Teaching Civic Engagement Across the Disciplines (2017).
Mr. Gerardo Berthin is currently the director for Latin America and Caribbean Programs at Freedom House in Washington, DC. Prior to joining Freedom House, he worked as a Senior Adviser on Democratic Governance at Tetra Tech, one of the largest consulting firms in the United States. From 2009–2014, Mr. Berthin served as the Governance and Decentralization Policy Adviser at the UNDP Service Center for Latin America and the Caribbean in Panama. Gerardo Berthin is a political scientist with work experience in in 40 countries in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Central and Eastern Europe. Mr. Berthin holds two master’s Degrees: one in political science from the University of Chicago, and the other in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University. In addition, he has a certificate from Harvard University’s JFK School of Government for Leaders in Development to Manage Political and Economic Reform.
Alasdair Blair is Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic and Jean Monnet Professor of International Relations at De Montfort University. He is a is a National Teaching Fellow, a principal fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a Certified Management and Business Educator. He has been editor of European Political Science since 2015 and served as reviews editor of European Foreign Affairs Review from 2002–2016. He also served as Honorary Treasurer of the UK Political Studies Association from 2015–2018. Alasdair’s research interests include higher education, civic engagement, and European integration/international relations. His current projects include the 3rd edition of The European Union since 1945 (Routledge, 2022) and a 2nd edition of International Politics (Edinburgh University Press, 2022).
Theodore Chadjipadelis is a professor of applied statistics and the director of the Laboratory of Applied Political Research since 2001. He has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses on methodology, electoral geography, decisions theory, teaching and learning statistics and social sciences at the Aristotle University and the Hellenic Open University. His research interests cover the fields of applied statistics, educational systems, teaching and learning statistics and social sciences, public opinion, political, social and electoral behavior, and urban and regional planning. He has published more than 150 papers and books. He has participated in more than 100 conferences, in many of them as member of the scientific and/or organizing committee. He served in many positions in the University and in public administration. He is head of the Committee for Control of Public Surveys, vice president of the Greek Data Analysis Society and director of the Observatory for Democracy in the Balkans.
Mark Charlton is Associate Director of Public Engagement at De Montfort University and the university lead for United Nations Academic Impact Hub for SDG 16. He is passionate about civic engagement education and learning-linked volunteering and all the other ways we describe students sharing their skills and knowledge beyond the campus. As a PhD scholar he is researching the impacts of civic engagement on students’ political participation. Mark’s broader research interests include the examination of policies that encourage public good in higher education and university strategies for tackling social exclusion in local communities. He has presented his work at international conferences, including the ECPR General Conference and the APSA TLC.
Suzanne M. Chod
Dr. Suzanne Chod is a professor of political science and coordinator of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at North Central College in Naperville, IL. Dr. Chod teaches classes in American political institutions, parties, campaigns, and elections, as well as courses focused on women in American politics and research methods. While her early conference and published work was in the area of Congress, specifically the House of Representatives, her current research examines pedagogy, the use of technology in college classrooms to foster civic engagement, and how to increase political efficacy of young people. Dr. Chod also contributes public-facing scholarship with op-eds and a monthly blog.
John Craig (PhD, University of Leeds) is professor of politics and dean of Leeds School of Social Sciences at Leeds Beckett University in Yorkshire, England. He is a Trustee of the Political Studies Association (PSA) and co-chair of the PSA’s Teaching and Learning Network. In 2009 he was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship. He is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Political Science Education and is currently researching the development of political science as a taught discipline.
Johannes Diesing studied political science and philosophy at the University of Rostock and has a PhD in political sciences from the University of Rostock. He is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Professorship for Germany’s Political and Social System/Comparing Political Systems at Justus-Liebig University of Giessen.
Dr. Sharon Feeney is Head of Learning Development, Technological University, Dublin. She is a Chartered Director, and is a board member of the Higher Education Authority (in the role of deputy chair from 2016–2020) and is chair of the Audit and Risk Committee (2016–2021). She is also a board member of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2019–2024) and is a member of their Finance Committee (as an expert in governance). She is an organizational psychologist by profession and her research interests focus on higher education policy at the institutional, national, and international levels. She is involved in research projects that focus on learning and teaching methods in higher education (particularly the use of student generated drawings), and higher education policy.
Abraham Goldberg is the inaugural executive director of the James Madison Center for Civic Engagement, a nonpartisan academic entity at James Madison University with a mission to educate and inspire people to address public issues and cultivate a just and inclusive democracy. He is also an associate professor of political science. Prior to arriving at JMU in 2017, he was the director of the Office of Service-Learning and Community Engagement at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Abe recently coauthored a chapter in Democracy, Civic Engagement, and Citizenship in Higher Education: Reclaiming Our Civic Purpose with JMU President Jonathan Alger. He has also written extensively about how the built environment of urban places and the accessibility of community amenities contributes to the social connectivity, health, and happiness of residents, as found in Social Science and Medicine, Urban Design and Planning, Urban Affairs Review, and Journal of Urbanism.
John Hogan is a Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer at the College of Business, Technological University Dublin, Ireland. Widely published, he has edited several volumes, including Policy Paradigms in Theory and Practice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) with Michael Howlett and Policy Analysis in Ireland (Policy Press, 2021). He is coauthor of Regulating Lobbying: A Global Comparison (Manchester University Press, 2010; 2019). He has served on the boards of a number of Policy Studies Organization journals. A former chair of the Midwest Political Science Association’s Comparative Policy Section, he has mainly researched the nature of policy change and global lobbying regulations. He has advised the Irish government, and several other European governments, on matter to do with lobbying regulation and governmental transparency and accountability.
Shantal Kaurooa received a bachelor’s degree in political science with specialization in public administration from the University of Mauritius. She is currently pursuing her Master of Public Policy and Administration at the same institution. Her research project focuses on the importance of civic education in the school curriculum in the interest of upholding her country’s democratic ideals since civic education is not prioritized as a subject in Mauritius. She has presented her work in the UOM Research Week. Shantal is a strong believer in “writing to learn” and wants to explore new horizons in her researching career. As such, she is passionate about research studies in social sciences, politics, democracy and policy making and hopes to enroll in MPhil/PhD studies in the future.
B. Philipp Kleer
B. Philipp Kleer is a doctoral research associate in the department of political science (chair of empirical research methods) at Justus-Liebig-University Giessen. Previously, he studied political science at the University of Vienna (MA) and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne (BSc). His research and teaching focus on political support, political attitudes/value orientations, political socialization processes, and quantitative methods.
Dmitry A. Lanko, PhD (comparative politics), is associate professor at the Department of European Studies, School of International Relations, St. Petersburg State University, Russia. He is currently program co-chair of the Cross-Border Double Degree Master’s program in international relations, jointly implemented by the St. Petersburg State University, the Tampere University, Finland, and the Petrozavodsk State University, Russia. He is also a research fellow at the Centre for Modernization Studies of the European University in St. Petersburg. For multiple years, he has been with the Joint Russian-Finnish Commission on the Utilization of Frontier Waters, and with the Joint Russian-Estonian Commission on the Protection and Sustainable Utilization of Trans-Boundary Waters. His research interests focus on Russian foreign policy, nexus between modernization and international relations in Europe, environmental cooperation and political science pedagogy.
Debora Lopreite holds a PhD in public policy from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada and a MA and BA in political science from the University of Buenos Aires. Currently Debora is a professor at the University of Buenos Aires. She has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals about gender policy in Latin America. Her current research projects focus on the Argentinean gender regime changes—particularly on violence and abortion—and women in cabinets in Latin America.
Elizabeth C. Matto
Elizabeth C. Matto is an associate research professor at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University and the director of the Institute’s Center for Youth Political Participation (CYPP). She earned her doctorate in American politics at George Washington University and, prior to her work at Eagleton, taught a variety of courses at Princeton University, Temple University, and George Washington University. As director of CYPP, Matto leads research as well as educational and public service efforts designed to encourage and support the political learning of high school and college students and civic action among young adults. In 2016, she was the recipient of the Craig L. Brians Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research & Mentorship by the American Political Science Association.
Alison Rios Millett McCartney
Alison Rios Millett McCartney (PhD, University of Virginia) is professor of political science and faculty director of the Towson University Honors College in Towson, Maryland, USA. Coeditor of Teaching Civic Engagement Across the Disciplines (2017) and Teaching Civic Engagement: From Student to Active Citizen (2013) and cofounder of the International Service-Learning Network, she has published widely and conducted many presentations and webinars on civic engagement education. Dr. McCartney received the P20 Partnership Award from Campus Compact Mid- Atlantic, the University of Maryland Board of Regents Faculty Award for Mentoring, the TU Presidential BTU community engagement award, the TU Outstanding Service-Learning Faculty award, and the APSA Political Science Education Section Distinguished Service award. She is a member of the Journal of Political Science Education editorial board, the Steering Committee of the AAC&U American Democracy Project, the Maryland Collegiate Honors Council Executive Board, is co-creator of the Towson University-Baltimore County Model United Nations conference, a free civic engagement and global learning program for local youth, and serves as a consultant on civic engagement pedagogy.
Henrique Zeferino de Menezes
Henrique Menezes is a senior lecturer at the Department of International Relations and the Postgraduate Program in Political Science and International Relations at the Federal University of Paraíba, Brazil. He is the coordinator of the university’s Center of Public Policies and Sustainable Development (NPDS). He finished his PhD in political science at the State University of Campinas, Brazil. His research focuses on the international political economy and international cooperation. He has published some research articles in recognized academic journals, and recently published two books in Brazil on the US international political economy and intellectual property and development.
Niina Meriläinen (PhD) works as a researcher at Tampere University (Finland) in the Department of Social Sciences. Currently her research is funded by Helsingin Sanomat Foundation. Niina specializes in critical multidisciplinary research on agenda setting/vetting, framing, narratives, power relations and human rights. During her career of over 10 years, Niina has worked in numerous national and international research projects as well as a researcher in Finland and in Germany. She has been part of various national and international research funding application processes. Her critical research focused on various human rights areas and societal & political participation of vocational school students and user-based design of digital interactive technologies, just to name a few. At the center of all Niina’s theoretical and empirical research are power relations in societal and political decision-making and participation.
Xaman Minillo is an assistant professor at the Department of International Relations at the Federal University of Paraíba. Before that she worked at the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) monitoring and evaluating international development cooperation projects. Xaman is a mentor in the female mentorship program Alma Mater/Alumna. She is also a member of the MulheRIs collective, working towards promoting gender equality in Brazilian IR academia. Currently she is working on her PhD at the University of Bristol researching Zimbabwean LGBTIQ activisms as a route to enacting citizenship. Her research interests are in sexual citizenship, African LGBTIQ activisms, politics of the Global South, and development. Xaman is a cancer survivor seeking to enjoy a healthy and happy life.
William Muck is professor of political science, chair of the Political Science Department, and coordinator of the Global Studies program at North Central College. He teaches a variety of courses on international politics and foreign policy. His scholarship focuses on international security, the practice of military intervention, and the pedagogy of promoting civic engagement. He has been active in presenting research at various international studies conferences around the world. In 2018, Bill was named a Ruge Fellow by North Central College for his contributions to teaching and learning on campus. He is coauthor of the book, Technology and Civic Engagement in the College Classroom as well as other articles on international security and higher education pedagogy. You can also listen to Bill on his weekly podcast, The Politics Lab.
Carah Ong Whaley
Dr. Carah Ong Whaley is associate director of the James Madison Center for Civic Engagement at James Madison University where she works in partnership with students, faculty, staff and community partners to embed civic learning and democratic engagement across campus through curricular and cocurricular programming. Carah currently serves as the vice chair of the Civic Engagement Section of the American Political Science Association. Carah has developed innovative pedagogy, melding scholarship and experiential learning to teach courses on civic engagement, campaigns and elections, and state and local politics. At the heart of her research interests is a desire to understand and illuminate how the interactions of political actors and institutions structure public access and participation in policy- and decision-making processes. Recent research and publications include American Government: Roots and Reform (chapters on Political Parties, Campaigns, Elections and Voting, and The Media).
Candice D. Ortbals
Candice D. Ortbals is professor of political science and University Scholar at Abilene Christian University. Her publications pertain to gender and terrorism, gender and politics in Spain, and qualitative methods. She has coauthored Why Don’t Women Rule the World? Understanding Women’s Civic and Political Choices (2019) and Gender and Political Violence: Women Changing the Politics of Terrorism (2018). She has been the newsletter editor, president-elect, and president of the Women’s Caucus of the Midwest Political Science Association. She also served as president for the National Women’s Caucus of Political Science. She has taught at the University of Seville, and she was winner of the Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics. She also has received numerous grants from the government of Spain to study women in regional and local government.
Dr. Georgia Panagiotidou is a political scientist specializing in applied political analysis and research. She teaches as a lecturer on contract in the Department of Political Science of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki as well as in the postgraduate program “Governance and Regional Development.” Her research interests and activities are focused on the analysis of political, electoral behavior and political competition, quantitative and qualitative methodology in social sciences, data analysis, development of voting prediction models, political marketing, and civic education. She has participated in research of the laboratory of applied political analysis, focusing on the political behavior of young people, attitudes, and political behavior of the electorate. She has participated in international scientific conferences as, journals and collective volumes. In the past she has worked as a technical consultant of local government for European programs, and as business analyst and revenue manager for ELLINAIR SA airline.
Robyn Pasensie is a postgraduate student in the Political Studies Department at the University of the Western Cape. Her focus areas are race and political violence with a special interest in community work and social justice.
Lynn Pasquerella was appointed president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities in 2016, after serving as the eighteenth president of Mount Holyoke College. She has held positions as provost at the University of Hartford and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Rhode Island. A philosopher whose work has combined teaching and scholarship with local and global engagement, Pasquerella has written extensively on medical ethics, metaphysics, public policy, and the philosophy of law. She is president of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and the host of Northeast Public Radio’s The Academic Minute. A recipient of Mary Baldwin University’s Sullivan Award for outstanding service to humanity, Pasquerella serves as a member of the advisory board of the Newman’s Own Foundation and sits on the boards of the Lingnan Foundation and the National Humanities Alliance, as well as George Washington University Hospital’s ethics committee. Named by Diverse Issue as one of higher education’s top 35 leaders, Pasquerella is a graduate of Quinebaug Valley Community College, Mount Holyoke College, and Brown University. Pasquerella has also received honorary doctorates from Elizabethtown College, Bishop’s University, the University of South Florida, the University of Hartford, and the University of Rhode Island.
Dena A. Pastor
Dena A. Pastor is a professor of graduate psychology and associate director of assessment operations at James Madison University. She provides assessment consultation to the James Madison Center for Civic Engagement and has provided several presentations, workshops, and webinars on the topic of civic engagement assessment. She teaches courses in multilevel modeling, categorical data analysis, and data management and her research applies statistical and psychometric techniques to the modeling and measurement of college student learning and development.
Laurence Piper is a political scientist at the University of the Western Cape interested in urban governance, democracy, and informality in South Africa and comparatively. His latest book is Democracy Disconnected: Participation and Governance in a City of the South (Routledge, 2019), with Dr. Fiona Anciano. He is the previous president of the South African Association of Political Studies (SAAPS) 2016–8.
Lori M. Poloni-Staudinger
Lori M. Poloni-Staudinger (PhD, Indiana University, 2005) is interim dean in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Northern Arizona University and a professor in the department of Politics and International Affairs. She previously served as department chair and most recently as associate dean for research, personnel, and graduate programs. Her research and publications focus on social movements, political contention and political institutions, mainly in Western Europe. The author of five books and dozens of articles, book chapters and reports, her recent work is situated in two strains of inquiry, gender and political violence and gender and political ambition. She has most recently published Why Don’t Women Rule the World: Understanding Women’s Civic and Political Choices and American Difference: A Guide to American Politics from a Comparative Perspective both with CQ-Sage Press as well as Gender and Political Violence: Women Changing the Politics of Terrorism with Springer Press. She was a Distinguished Fulbright Fellow at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, Austria and has served as a consultant for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. She also taught at University of the Basque Country in San Sebastian, Spain. She served as treasurer, vice president, and president of the Women’s Caucus for the Midwest Political Science Association. Lori is a Kettering Foundation Fellow and also serves as vice president of a school board and president of a 2000-member nonprofit board in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Catherine Shea Sanger
Dr. Catherine Shea Sanger is Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning and Senior Lecturer in Global Affairs at Yale-NUS College. She is co-editor of Diversity and Inclusion in Global Higher Education: Lessons from Across Asia (Palgrave, 2020), and has published in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Times Higher Education, and Faculty Focus. In 2021, Dr. Sanger founded Intentional Higher Education, which offers faculty development, research, and consulting services to higher education institutions and professionals. She holds a PhD in International Affairs from the University of Virginia and a BA from Wellesley College.
Dr. Aminata Sillah is an assistant professor of political science in the Department of Political Science at Towson University. Her current research focuses on urban government and politics, international development, public administration, community development and civic engagement.
Dick Simpson has uniquely combined a distinguished academic career with public service in government. He is a former Chicago alderman and candidate for US Congress. He has published widely, been an outstanding teacher, and affected public policy. He began his academic career at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1967 where he has taught for more than 50 years. At UIC he received the highest awards given for teaching and the American Political Science Association (APSA) and Pi Sigma Alpha National Award for Outstanding Teaching. He is a former Department Head from 2006–2012 and currently professor of political science. He has published more than 25 books and over 200 journal, magazine, and newspaper articles and op-eds. He has served on a dozen transition teams for government officials and is a frequent media commentator.
Steven Rathgeb Smith
Steven Rathgeb Smith is the executive director of the American Political Science Association and adjunct professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. Previously, he taught at several universities including the University of Washington where he was the Nancy Bell Evans Professor at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and director of the Nancy BellEvans Center for Nonprofits & Philanthropy. He is a past president of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action and formerly editor of the association’s journal, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. He is the author of several books including most recently, The Changing Dynamic of Government–Nonprofit Relationships: Advancing the Field(s) (with Kirsten A. Gronbjerg), Cambridge University Press, 2021.
Sheetal Sheena Sookrajowa
Sheetal Sheena Sookrajowa is a lecturer in political science in the Department of History and Political Science at the University of Mauritius. Her main research interests are ethnicity, political parties, elections, voting behavior, migration, and public policy.
J. Cherie Strachan
J. Cherie Strachan is professor of political science and author of the recent Sage-CQ textbook, Why Don’t Women Rule the World, as well as over 30 reviewed and invited articles and book chapters. Her applied research addresses partisan polarization, political civility, and engagement pedagogy— especially opportunities for student learning in deliberative forums and in campus student organizations. She currently serves as the review editor for the Journal of Political Science Education and is the cofounder and codirector of the Consortium for Inter-Campus SoTL Research (CISR), which facilitates multi-campus data collection to assess campus civic engagement initiatives. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Dr. Taiyi Sun is an assistant professor of political science at Christopher Newport University. His research interests include Chinese politics, disaster politics, civil society, civic engagement, international political economy, and Sino-US relations. His work has appeared in PS: Political Science & Politics, Politics and Society, the China Quarterly, China Information, Journal of Chinese Political Science, Made in China, Japan Studies, Routledge, and Australia National University Press. Taiyi is the US new media coordinator of the Global Forum of Chinese Political Scientists and is the executive editor of its main publication, Global China (海外看世界). As a member of Phi Beta Kappa, he received his BA in politics & government and business administration from Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin, and MA in international affairs from American University School of International Service, Washington DC, and PhD in political science from Boston University.
Claire Timperley is a lecturer in political science at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Her teaching and research interests include feminist political theory, gender politics, critical pedagogy, and the politics of Aotearoa New Zealand. Her articles have appeared in Politics, Groups and Identities, Contemporary Political Theory, International Studies Perspectives and PS: Political Science & Politics. Her coedited book Government and Politics in Aotearoa New Zealand was published by Oxford University Press in 2021.
Celia Valiente is professor of sociology at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain. Her main research interests are the women’s movement and gender equality policies in Spain from a comparative perspective. Her research has been published by: British Journal of Sociology; European Journal of Political Research; European Political Science Review; Gender & Society; International Journal of the History of Sport; International Review for the Sociology of Sport; Politics & Gender; Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change; Social Movement Studies; Social Science Research; South European Society & Politics; Sport in Society, and Women’s Studies International Forum.
Nicole Webster is an associate professor at the Pennsylvania State University with over 15 years of academic research and teaching experience in both formal and nonformal sectors across the African and Caribbean diasporas. Her research primarily focuses on understanding the impact of civic engagement experiences on the economic, social, and personal development of youth and young adults in historically marginalized communities. Primarily using community-based research approaches, she offers a way to redress the underrepresentation of Black youth who are disproportionately underrepresented in the literature of youth civic engagement. Her body of scholarship can be found in various peer reviewed journals, practitioner outlets, and edited books which focus on youth development and community engagement. Dr. Webster also works with global ministries of education, agriculture, and youth and sports, with the objective of creating and evaluating public engagement and civic programs that aim to increase the positive engagement of youth in society.
Dawn Michele Whitehead
Dawn Michele Whitehead is the vice president of the Office of Global Citizenship for Campus, Community, and Careers at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), the leading national association dedicated to advancing the vitality and public standing of liberal education by making quality and equity the foundations for excellence in undergraduate education in service to democracy. Whitehead has written and presented nationally and internationally on global learning, community-based learning, experiential learning, and civic engagement. Prior to joining AAC&U, she served as the Director of Curriculum Internationalization at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and was the faculty director for global service-learning programs. Whitehead earned her PhD from Indiana University, Bloomington.
Donn C. Worgs
Dr. Donn Worgs is a professor of political science at Towson University where he is also the director of African and African American studies and a cofounder of the Empowering Communities Project which seeks to help build the capacity of community-based organizations. He teaches and writes about a range of topics related to African American politics and community development.
Wei Lit Yew
Wei Lit Yew is a lecturer in the Department of Government and International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University. Prior to this, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. Based disciplinarily in comparative politics and environmental studies, his research has focused on the politics of development and environmental activism, and more broadly on civil society dynamics in China and Southeast Asia. Yew obtained a PhD in Asian and International Studies from City University of Hong Kong. He received his MSc in Comparative Politics (Asia) from the London School of Economics and his BIT from Multimedia University (Malaysia).