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The Department of Psychology at the College of Charleston prides itself on and emphasizes faculty/student research collaborations. These high impact learning opportunities are invaluable to students. When Dr. Jen Wilhelm was awarded a National Institutes of Health grant to student nerve regeneration, she used the opportunity to mentor undergraduate students. Learn more about Dr. Wilhelm’s research and its impact.

The College TodayProfessor Wins Federal Grant to Study Nerve Regeneration


Meet Our New Faculty of Academic Year 2018-19

By Christine Ragusa
Posted on 18 September 2018 | 1:39 pm

Brook Irving: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Communication

Dr. Irving earned her PhD in communication studies from the University of Iowa. She’s previously taught courses on public speaking, interpersonal communication, persuasion, public relations, and methods.

Lisa Young: Assistant Professor, Department of English

Dr. Young earned her PhD from Purdue University. Her research and teaching interests include 20th century African American literature, the black press, housing inequality, medical humanities, and digital humanities.

Shannon Eaves: Assistant Professor, Department of History

Dr. Eaves earned her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and currently serves as an Assistant Professor of African American History here at the College of Charleston. She is a specialist in 19thcentury U.S. History, African American History, and Slavery and Gender in the Antebellum South.


Heidi Krajewski: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History

Dr. Krajewski specializes in Latin American history. She received her MA in Latin American Studies and her PhD in Modern Latin American history from Tulane University. Her research focuses on the social and political history of Nicaragua during the second half of twentieth century.

Wei-ti Chen: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History

Dr. Chen is a social and cultural historian of modern Japan, with a specific focus on empire, medicine, migration, and transnational history. She received her PhD. from the University of Chicago in 2016.

Laura Specker Sullivan: Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy

Dr. Laura Specker Sullivan received her PhD from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She specializes in biomedical ethics, Japanese and comparative philosophy, and normative ethical theory.

Garson Leder: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy

Dr. Leder received his PhD from the University of British Columbia. His areas of specialization include philosophy of psychiatry, biomedical ethics, and moral psychology.

Ian Sullivan: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy

Dr. Ian Sullivan received his PhD from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He specializes in ethics and applied ethics, Asian philosophies and religions, and gender studies, and he teaches courses in the philosophy religious studies departments, as well as the women’s and gender studies program at the College.

Briana McGinnis: Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Dr. McGinnis earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and her PhD. in government from Georgetown University. She teaches courses in political theory (both historical and contemporary) and constitutional law, and her research centers on political theory and public law, with a special focus on citizenship and belonging.

Shyam Sriam: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Dr. Sriam earned his PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara. His research and teaching specializes in Asian American politics, religion and politics (particularly Islam), immigration, refugee resettlement, and campaigns and elections.

Julia McReynolds-Perez: Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Dr. McReynolds-Perez earned her PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research interests include medial sociology, global health, race and ethnicity, immigration, Latin America, and sexualities.

Dave Morris: Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Dr. Morris earned his PhD in sociology from the University of Virginia. His research interests include educational inequality, social stratification, and political behavior.






Thanks to the generosity of our Dean’s Excellence Fund donors, the school awarded six students in academic year 2017-18. Funds were awarded to supplement expenses for high-impact learning opportunities such as study abroad, internship, and research travel. Students traveled to places such as Morocco, Spain, Cambodia, Vietnam, Argentina, and Ireland.

Delaney Wallace at the Elephant Valley Project in Cambodia.

Award recipient and psychology major Delaney Wallace studied abroad in Cambodia and Vietnam on a College of Charleston faculty-led summer trip.  She writes:

“My study abroad trip provided me with an abundance of valuable experiences. We spent a total of three weeks in Cambodia and two weeks in Vietnam. In addition to taking two psychology courses, I also had the opportunity to conduct my own research project — a comparative analysis of the conceptualizations and stigmatization of mental health in Cambodia, Vietnam, and the United States. This experience helped me to gain practice in qualitative research, while also gaining a more global perspective, and learning a bit about myself along the way.”

If you would like to make a donation to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Dean’s Excellence Fund, visit

2018 Poetry Out Loud Event

By Christine Ragusa
Posted on 18 January 2018 | 4:37 pm

by Cathy Holmes

Please join us on Sunday, January 21st at 1:30 PM in the Stern Center Ballroom for an afternoon of poetry.

Thirteen students from area high schools will be reciting poetry by Emily Dickinson, Robert Browning, C. K. Williams, Claude McKay, and more. These students have won their high school competitions and are vying for a chance to compete at the state level. One SC winner will compete nationally in Washington, DC.

Each contestant recites two poems chosen from the Poetry Out Loud (POL) anthology. Contest judges Dr. Emily Rosko and Dr. Gary Jackson of the Department of English will score the recitations. ASL interpreter Toni Halstead will add to our experience of the spoken word, and C of C students will play music and read original poetry between rounds. Student volunteers work alongside our POL community partners, LILA (Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts) and the Poetry Society of South Carolina, to help us run the competition and welcome contestants, teachers, and families to our campus.

This delightful event is free and open to the public. Please join us from 1:30-3 PM on Sunday, January 21.

If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact one of the coordinators:

Cathy Holmes or Samantha Watson, Student Coordinator

Department of English

Allan Borst, Instructor

Devin Byker, Assistant Professor

Department of History

Geoffrey Martin, Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology

Chelsea Reid-Short, Assistant Professor

Department of Philosophy

Darren Hick, Visiting Assistant Professor

Laura Specker Sullivan, Assistant Professor

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Judith Millesen, Director of MPA and Professor of Political Science

Department of Religious Studies

Leonard Lowe, Assistant Professor

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Sarah Foley, Assistant Professor

Julia McReynolds-Perez, Visiting Assistant Professor

Women’s and Gender Studies Program (WGS)

Kristine De Welde, Director of WGS and Professor of Sociology

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