Ohio University

Society and Culture

Eve Ng, Ph.D.

Eve Ng is an associate professor at Ohio University, in the School of Media Arts and Studies and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.

Akil Houston, Ph.D.

Dr. Akil Houston is a cultural studies scholar who is multifaceted. He is a filmmaker, DJ, social critic, and hip-hop scholar. 

Houston specializes in Africana media studies. His scholarship and research is interdisciplinary. His research draws on the fields of Africology/African-American, Cinema, Cultural, and Gender Studies. The focus of his work relates to constructions of gender, race and class. 

Randy Leite, Ph.D.

Dr. Randy Leite, dean of the College of Health Sciences and Professions (CHSP), is an expert on family dynamics, the role of fatherhood, child custody and the effects of public policy on families. The latter is one of the most misunderstood, but has the most impact on families, he notes.

Leite’s interest in the study of father involvement has developed from a changing national demographic that indicates nearly half of all children today are born to unmarried mothers, and more than half of all children are growing up without their father residing in the home.

Steven Ross

Steven Ross is the director of the School of Film, home to graduate filmmakers (M.F.A. in Film) and film scholars (M.A. in Film Studies) as well as a select group of talented undergraduates (B.F.A. in Film) admitted through Ohio University's Honors Tutorial College.

The School of Film is dedicated to providing an educational environment of creativity, diversity and excellence in which talented, motivated and disciplined students can examine and develop the art and craft of the motion picture as an art form, educational tool and a dynamic cultural force in the 21st Century.

Cynthia Anderson, Ph.D.

With a slipping economy and high unemployment rates, more and more people have to dip into savings or take on additional jobs to support themselves. But for some, that may still not be enough.

Dr. Anderson has devoted years of research into studying the low-income working class - those already poor becoming more impoverished during tough economic times.

Michael Kopish

Michael Kopish is a professor of teacher education at Ohio University’s Patton College of Education with expertise in instructional practices and assessments that emphasize disciplinary literacy in social studies. His major interests include teaching and learning in social studies classrooms; inclusive disciplinary literacy practices; and youth civic engagement.

Nicole Kaufman, Ph.D.

Nicole Kaufman is an affiliate with Ohio University’s Center for Law, Justice and Culture. She received her doctorate in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014. Kaufman’s research areas cover political sociology, criminology and penology, law and society, and qualitative methods. Her research examines the meaning of social inclusion and the policies and laws that hinder and help extend citizenship rights to Americans.

Brian Collins, Ph.D.

Surrounding himself with different pictures and artifacts that symbolize the Hindu religion, Dr. Brian Collins immerses himself in the religions he studies in many different aspects. Collins, who earned his Ph.D. in history of religions from the University of Chicago, has a wide range of expertise in Hinduism as well as a strong knowledge in Buddhism.

Yuchun Zhou, Ph.D.

Dr. Zhou earned her Ph.D. in a research methodology program from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her major research interests include longitudinal research and multilevel modeling, latent trait measurement models, structural equation modeling, and the application of mixed methods research. Zhou also has strong interest and expertise in psychometric methods and quantitative data analysis, such as factor analysis and item response theory. Dr.

Stephen Scanlan, Ph.D.

Stephen J. Scanlan is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Ohio University. His research interests include development and comparative social change, environmental sociology, social stratification and social movements.  More specifically his published research has examined environmental justice and poverty in Appalachia; food deserts; gender and development; global hunger; and greenwashing and corporate environmental communication.