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Perspective, Power and Complexity at the Planning Table: Thoughts for NGOs Working in International Development

I served as an intern with a “successful” European Union (EU) funded dairy improvement Extension education project in rural Eastern Turkey, in the Fall of 2006. I have been uncomfortable with the role of development in improving people’s lives since … Continue reading

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Compensation in Cuba: Employee Engagement and Motivation through a Socialist Lens

Introduction Fidel Castro’s rise to power in 1959 changed the course of Cuba’s relatively short-lived independence, moving the nation from the corrupt dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista to a Marxist-  Leninist-inspired regime (Britannica). Although faulted by many Western critics for the … Continue reading

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The Spectre Haunting North America? A Democratic Socialist Moment in the Era of Trump

Introduction On November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump won the U.S. Presidency for the Republican Party (GOP) with a minority 45% of the popular vote. One year later, elections were again held in several states and localities. In what many … Continue reading

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Puerto Rico’s Citizenship Status and Disaster

More than two months have passed since Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico, but the inadequacy of the disaster response of both the federal and Puerto Rican governments has left millions without electricity or drinkable water as this is … Continue reading

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Trade Agreements and Democracy

Introduction Trade policy is currently politically and popularly salient. Few days pass without major media outlets offering analyses that blast or praise the Trump administration’s approach to the subject. The Trump White House is seeking to renegotiate The North American … Continue reading

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Youth as a Social Construct

Introduction Youth as a subject of study has evolved from its consideration as a biological category to its conceptualizations as a social construct. In what follows, I explore the meaning of youth as a social construct. In doing so, I … Continue reading

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Strategic Use of Media in Mobilizing – Khunti Diaries

Members of a local advocacy grassroots group in Khunti, India, serve as a bridge between the poor and laborers in that community and its government administration. The group is comprised of local community members and student volunteers and its activities … Continue reading

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“Disabled Femininities” in Paralympic Sport: Exploring the Narratives of Brazilian Female Paralympians*

Gender in sport is deeply contradictory and complex: women are oppressed by men in sport; both women and men are oppressed in sport; and women and men experience freedom in sport. But definitions of oppression and freedom are not straightforward … Continue reading

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Planning for Communication with Non-English Speakers in Disaster Situations

Empathy for underserved communities is vital to planning and making decisions that will be inclusive, particularly during emergency situations and disasters. Hurricane Harvey is now in the history books as one of the most damaging storms the United States has … Continue reading

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A (Hopeful) Pre-Professor’s Ponderings on the Potential of Critical Pedagogy

When people ask me what I want to be when I “grow up,” I have become comfortable with telling them I want to be a professor. After all, I see a career in higher education as one in which I … Continue reading

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