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Cross-Cultural Studies Research Area:

A specialization in anthropology and sister sciences (sociology, psychology, economics, political science) that uses field data from many societies to examine the scope of human behavior and test hypotheses about human behavior and culture

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Cody Ding, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Professor

Dr. Cody Ding completed his Ph.D. in University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He was trained as a psychologist with emphasis on developmental psychology, methodology, and measurement. Over years, he has been working as a professor at universities, teaching educational and psychological assessment, behavioral analysis, and other methodological related courses. His research interests include statistical learning, big data analysis, multidimensional scaling, and effects of social experiences on cognition.
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Jacquelyn Lewis-Harris, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Dr. Lewis-Harris received her M.A. and Ph.D.in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis in 2005. Her current research explores the role of indigenous culture and arts in the development of adolescent migrant student's identities and learning within education systems and extra-local communities. She is particularly interested in the function of independent "culture  schools" found in urban environments as they often support performance and traditional arts groups while introducing young people to their indigenous cultural history.
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Alina Slapac, Ed.D., Ed.D.
Associate Professor

Alina Slapac is an Associate Professor and received her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Northern Iowa in 2006. She also has an M.A. in British Cultural Studies and a B.A. in Romanian and Teaching English as a Second Language minor. She is also an International Studies Fellow (2012-2016), a recipient of the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award (UMSL, 2013-2014) and the Counselor of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education (since 2010). She has been teaching graduate (master’s and doctoral level) and undergraduate courses such as Teacher Action Research I & II Capstone, Action Research for Educational Practitioners, TESOL Practicum, Classroom Mana...
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Kim Song, Ed.D., Ed.D.
Associate Professor

Kim H. Song, Associate Professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, received her Ed.D in Instructional Processes from Southern Illinois University –Edwardsville in 1991. Kim is a bilingual in Korean and English, and  her main research interests include:
  • Backward Instructiona Design and Assessment
  • Immigrant Family Literacy Development, and Their Identity within School Community
  • Rededefining Creativity in Technology-Mediated Online Courses
  • Intersectionality of Racism and Linguicism for Immigrant and Refugee Learners
  • Technology-Mediated Online Teaching and Learning 
  • Linguistically and Culturally Responsive Content/Math ...