Faculty Global Research Series
The faculty as scholar-teachers provide the most powerful force for advancing students’ global learning at Mount Holyoke, in the classroom and in research collaborations. Below we showcase a few faculty members – among the many possible examples – to demonstrate the breadth of faculty global research. They explore different aspects of globalization or analyze how different societies respond differently to common needs.
Professor Arango discusses his innovative research into solar power technology. He describes his experiments with cheaper, more flexible materials for solar power generation, an approach that could dramatically reduce the cost of solar energy.
Professor Corson studies how governments at various levels make environmental decisions. As an ethnographer, she uses close observation, document analysis and extensive interviewing to gain a deep understanding of the motivations and perspectives of people involved in the policy making process, as well as how structures shape the ways in which these actors interact and the forms of knowledge, representations, and narratives that they use. Her current book project focuses of the politics of U.S. environmental foreign aid to Madagascar.
Professor Day’s research rests at the intersection of race and economics. Among other topics she discusses prejudices toward Asian laborers. She finds that attitudes toward Asian immigrants in the U.S. and Canada suggest parallels to the history of European anti- Semitism.
Professor Khory discusses how South Asian immigrants in Europe and the U.S. are organizing and engaging in political activism. She investigates the nature in citizenship from a transnational perspective.
Professor Remmler studies how survivors and perpetrators of the Holocaust remember the past. She investigates the role these memories play in the national consciousness of Germans today. Moving from Germany to Rwanda and Cambodia, Remmler compares the approaches of Western and non-Western cultures to atrocity.
Focusing on Costa Rica, Mexico, and Argentina, Professor Morgan investigates the struggle for reproductive rights in Latin America. Her research uncovers both similarities and differences in how advocates and opponents understand the nature of their battle and their roles within it.
As an ethnomusicologist, Professor Omojola asks what a society’s music tells us about its identity and historical consciousness. His research on the music of the Yoruba people of western Nigeria has shown that in a global world the music of one cultural group inevitably influences, and is influenced by, other cultural traditions.
Professor Smith uses the context of public housing policy to investigate how class and race segregation are related. He compares public housing policy in the U.S., the United Kingdom and Australia to construct a model for understanding the effects of current trends toward privatization and devolution.