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Faculty Research Interests

MHMSS Faculty are involved in a wide range of interdisciplinary research. Below you'll find what your faculty are up to:
Master of Humanities director, Prof. Margaret Woodhull studies women and gender in the classical Mediterranean. Trained as an art historian and archaeologist, she considers women’s efforts to create public monuments in an era when women's rights were relatively limited. Her work takes into account issues of space, art and architectural design, urbanism, and personal agency as it related to the creation of public art and architecture in ancient Rome. She recently published a chapter in the book Motherhood and Mothering in Ancient Greece and Rome, entitled, "Imperial Mothers and Monuments in Rome," and is working on a book-length study on a related topic.
Master of Social Science director, Prof. Omar Swartz has published extensively on the subject of communication theory and democracy. From his background in both Communication theory and law (he holds a JD and a Phd), he's evolved interests in social justice and communication. His most recent book is Neo-pragmatism, communication, and the culture of creative democracy.

Dr. Jordan Hill is the newest faculty member of the MHMSS program and his research investigates violence in human affairs and draws from the fields of public history, spatial studies, digital humanities, political memory and critical theory. He recently co-authored a chapter on “The Sixties” in the groundbreaking digital US history book, The American Yawp, as well has having also released the second edition of his book Intentionally Interdisciplinary: Master’s Interdisciplinary Program Directory. He is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Cult of the Slaughtered Citizen: The New American Tradition of Constructing Mass Murder Memorials. Dr. Hill is a Colorado native who has a passion for teaching courses that empower students to integrate theory and praxis in interdisciplinary research that addresses
the intractable problems of the twenty-first century.​

Prof. Myra Bookman's research interests lie in the relationship between psychology and philosophy. Her background in psychology fostered an interest in language development in children, which, in turn, led to her recent work on philosophical issues of morality and ethics within the field of philosophical psychology. She recently published, "Habermas and McDowell in a post-traditional world," in the journal Philosophy Today (2005).