Saint Louis University

Faculty

Amber Johnson

Research:

As a scholar/artist/activist interested in the aesthetics of social change, Amber is experimenting with layering scholarship and art activism into projects that intensify interrogation of systemic oppression. She is working on two connected research projects concomitantly. Moving Forward, Looking Back: A Journey to Justice from Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter is a visual and written research project that investigates social justice activism from the Underground Railroad to the Black Lives Matter Movement through parallel stories, photographs, reports, and re-created art works. Housed inside of a large moving truck, the Journey to Justice mobile pop-up museum is an interactive and hypermodal space that fosters dialogue around social justice and forgiveness.

Areas of Interest:

Identity negotiation as a component of social justice, racial justice, reproductive justice, sexuality, transmisogyny, art activism, and community education.

Collaborations Wanted:

Amber is looking for scholarly and artistic collaborators invested in social change at various levels in their careers and education. She wants to collaborate with people who are doing community education projects, art activism projects, and working with local museums, dance companies, and art institutes.

Cindy Graville

Research:

Cindy studies and seeks to actively construct learning environments and participatory action research collaborations that level traditional structures of power and expertise in education and educational research.

Areas of Interest:

Youth participatory action research, partner participant structures in learning environments, informal STEM education, and youth development.

Current Collaborations:

STEM Literacy through Infographics:

An after-school science infographic design and research internship for high school students. Teen interns are paid employees of Saint Louis University, both designing science infographics and serving as authentic co-researchers on the multi-institution research partnership, which includes CU-Boulder, TERC, and Simon Fraser University. This work is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. IIS-1217052, IIS-1441561, IIS-1441471, IIS-1441481

Collaborations wanted:

1) Researcher projects in the areas of STEM, design, and health looking for authentic youth expertise and collaboration under a contracted expert/consultant model.


2) Educators that work with adolescents (in both formal and informal learning spaces) seeking to integrate social justice, visual design, and data journalism into their classrooms

Mary Gould

Research:

Mary's research interests include the study of transgression and discipline in contemporary culture with a particular emphasis on the prison system, dark tourism and popular culture. Questions that guide Mary's research include: who has the power to decide what is considered normal/abnormal, moral/immoral and legal/illegal behavior and how do these decisions effect the lived experience of individuals, including their relationship with self, other, community and institutions?

Areas of Interest:

Mass incarceration, education justice, higher education in prison, transgression/deviance, dark tourism/travel, urban studies, and documentary production (audio and video)

Current Collaborations:

Community Production Group (CPG): Mary teaches this student-led project/class dedicated to advancing the work of local non-profit community organizations by providing support in producing multimedia material that supports the mission of the organization. Partnerships: Support Dogs, Inc. (2012), The Sweet Potato Project (2014), Community Women Against Hardship (2016)

Saint Louis University Prison Program
Mary is the director of the Saint Louis University Prison Program, the only on-site program in the US serving two underserved populations (people incarcerated and employees). The Prison Program also offers non-credit arts and education programming through a monthly speaker series, workshops and college prep classes.

Collaborations Wanted:

1) Non-profit community organizations in St. Louis City that need multimedia projects (website development/design, video and/or audio projects, and/or social media strategy) to work with the Community Production Group.

2) Community organizations working at the intersection of incarceration and education (working with either currently or formerly incarcerated men and women) to provide educational and/or academic reentry services.

Tim Huffman

Research:

Tim researches how organizations can promote social justice. Specifically, he studies how people can succeed and fail at communicating compassion and community.

Areas of Interest:

Tim is committed to improving the lives of people without homes. Homelessness connects to various issues, including poverty, urban space, relationships, health, and wellbeing.

Current Collaborations:

1) Skid Row Housing Trust: A research partnership focused on improving the creation of community in a permanent supportive housing project.

2) Gateway Greening: A research partnership focused on clients thriving in a green jobs training and therapeutic horticulture program.

3) SLU Labre: Mentor to student organization committed to relationship-based street outreach.

Collaborations wanted:

Tim is interested in partnering with organizations that address issues of homelessness or poverty, particularly ones that desire to creatively improve their strategies for organizing and interacting. He prefers to create long-term partnerships and is often looking for opportunities for his students to volunteer, get involved, and work on communication-based projects inside nonprofits.

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