Faculty Affiliates

Jason Barabas is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Stony Brook University and the Director of the Master of Arts in Public Policy (MAPP) program. His Ph.D. is from Northwestern University and he has held postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard and Princeton.   His research and teaching interests lie in the subfields of American Politics, Methodology, and Public Policy.  In his research, Professor Barabas blends interests in American politics–particularly representation and public opinion–with scholarship on public policy, political psychology, and methodology. A central question motivating him comes from democratic theory: do citizens get what they want from government? Consequently, most of his research emphasizes the public dimension of public policy. Sometimes he focuses on attitudes toward reforms for major programs like Social Security or Medicare. Other times he concentrates on how citizens learn about issues from each other or the mass media. But irrespective of the application or the methods used, Dr. Barabas studies public opinion with an eye toward what role citizens play in the policy process.  Current and future projects related to climate change and water policy issues–particularly on Long Island, and he is also working on a range of projects that fall within the Labor, Class, and Economic Policy thematic area.

Themes: Environmental Justice Studies; Labor, Class and Economic Policy Studies

Heidi Hutner is Associate Professor of English and Sustainability at Stony Brook and former Director of the Sustainability Program and Associate Dean in the School of Atmospheric and Marine Sciences.   She teaches and writes about environmental literature, film and media, environmental justice, ecofeminism, and ecocriticism. Hutner is also an active public speaker on environmental issues.She would like to participate in projects engaging these themes at the CSISJ.

Themes: Environmental Justice Studies; Race and Social Justice Studies

Sung Gheel Jang is is the director of Geospatial Center in the Stony Brook School of Marine Sciences, and the faculty director of the Advanced Graduate Certificate of Geospatial Science and Minor in Geospatial Science(GSS) at Stony Brook. As a certified GIS Professional (GISP), Dr. Jang teaches both fundamental and applied topics in geospatial sciences/geographic information systems (GIS) including digital cartography, geospatial narratives, GIS design and application I & II, GIS database and design, GIS project management, and geospatial science for the coastal zone.  He would like to contribute his expertise on geospatial analysis and mapping to the areas of Environmental Justice (EJ) Studies.  By nature, almost all EJ issues are occurred somewhere at certain geographic units or places (called neighborhoods or communities) and knowing where is extremely important to understand the EJ issues. For example, we often observe certain neighborhoods have worse water quality or poor access to groceries than other neighborhoods. When we map those EJ characteristics, demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the geography of interest, we may be able to reveal underlying patterns or associations. We can then better understand various factors associated with the EJ issues so that we may be able to come up with effective policies or plans to mitigate and/or remove the EJ problem.   His expertise on managing census databases using both Esri ArcGIS server products and open-source mapping platforms would benefit the fellow EJ researchers in CSISJP. He is more than happy to collaborate with various CSISJP researchers who want to better understand geospatial context of their research topic.

Themes: Environmental Justice Studies

Adrián Pérez Melgosa is Associate Professor of Hispanic Languages and Literature at Stony Brook University. His work centers on the transnational and cross-cultural dynamics that get captured in the cinema of Anglo and Latin America and Spain. His articles have appeared in Social Text, Studies in Hispanic Cinemas, Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, and Latin American Literary Review, among other journals. His book Cinema and Inter-American Relations: Tracking Transnational Affect was published by Routledge in 2012 and has been reprinted in 2014. He has coauthored the edited collection Revisiting Jewish Spain in the Modern Era (Routledge 2013). He is currently at work in two research projects. The first one, co-written with Daniela Flesler, is entitled The Memory Work of Sepharad: New Inheritances for Twenty-First Century Spain. It undertakes a critical study of the many Spanish cultural and touristic initiatives articulated around the memory of the country’s medieval Jewish past. The second, The Social and Cultural Map of Latino Long Island, is a digital humanities project which, through a combination of statistical data and oral-history, maps the transnational histories of migration of the local Latino Community.

Themes: Immigration and Mobility Studies, Race and Social Justice Studies.

Shobana Shankar is Associate Professor of History at Stony Brook University.  My research and teaching support the work of the Center in two thematic areas: race and social justice and carceral studies. As an historian of Africa with work experience at the United Nations and UNICEF, the historical and contemporary inequality brought about by the Atlantic and Indian Ocean slave trades and European colonization have been important subjects of study in my work. I also conduct research on the moral and religious dynamics of aid for ethnic minorities, the poor, and physically disabled. These interests inspired my research in carceral studies, which has focused on studying the lives of African-American women prisoners in Jim Crow Mississippi.  Becoming an affiliate of the Center would allow me to improve my work by engaging with a community of Stony Brook scholars who examine themes of inequality as I do but work in diverse disciplines and on different geographical areas. With colleagues in History and other Departments, we have begun to discuss a mapping project of Long Island’s carceral system to study its impacts on racial and socioeconomic minorities. As Long Island’s demographics change, especially with new immigrants, I hope to be able to contribute to expanding our understanding of African and Asian diasporas on Long Island, especially as Stony Brook becomes the site of their increasing interactions.

Themes: Carceral Studies, Immigration and Mobility Studies, Race and Social Justice Studies

What Faculty affiliates do; how to apply to become one (from our by-laws):

  1. Faculty member affiliation is open to all faculty members who either teach a course with content that significantly addresses themes of the Center; conduct research in the thematic areas of the Center; or otherwise demonstrate an intellectual/pedagogical commitment to the aims and concerns of the Center.  
  2. Nomination and selection: Applicants seeking faculty associate membership in the Center shall be nominated to the Steering Committee either by themselves or someone else.
    1. applications must include the following, sent to the Center Director:
      1. the individual’s curriculum vitae
      2. a statement describing the nature of their interest in CSISJ, and designating which thematic area or areas they wish to affiliate with.  
    2. Faculty member affiliates may be elected either by a unanimous vote of the Steering Committee or by a simple majority vote of those attending a Members Meeting or participating in electronic balloting.
  3. Duties and commitments:  Center faculty member associates shall be active in Center affairs and, as needed, agree to be willing to serve on standing committees of the Center.
    1. Each affiliate should also pledge to become involved in online discussions, meetings, planning and balloting of Center activities in their designated thematic area(s).
    2. Affiliates are expected to participate in Center-wide deliberations, including electronic balloting and meetings as appropriate.
    3. Renewals: once elected, faculty member associates will receive a written request from the Director annually, each fall, asking if they wish to renew their membership. If they fail to participate regularly in Center activities, the Director can recommend to the Steering Committee that their faculty member associate status be rescinded.