Social Justice Research Area:

Justice exercised within a society, particularly as it is applied to and among the various social classes of a society

Published Faculty:

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Brenda Light Bredemeier, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Brenda Light Bredemeier is a teacher and researcher with a strong interest in moral development and character education, and more recently, social justice in educational contexts.
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Angela D. Coker, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Angela D. Coker, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, is an Associate Professor of Counseling and Family Therapy and a Faculty Affiliate in the Gender Studies Program at UMSL. Her areas of scholarship include women’s issues, group work, and the internationalization of counseling.
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Susan Kashubeck-West, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Professor

Susan Kashubeck-West, Ph.D., received bachelor’s degrees in psychology and women’s studies from the University of Michigan, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from The Ohio State University. Prior to joining the UMSL faculty in 2001, she taught psychology at Drake University (89-93) and Texas Tech University (93-01). She is a licensed psychologist (since 1993) and her theoretical orientation integrates humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, and multicultural feminist therapies. Susan’s research interests fall under the umbrella of multicultural issues, broadly defined. Current projects are: 1) microaggression experiences of sexual minority individuals 2) body image and eating disorders, esp...
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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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Mark Pope, Ed.D., Ed.D.
Curators' Distinguished Professor

Mark Pope, Ed.D. received his A.B. (Political Science and Sociology) and M.Ed. (Counseling and Personnel Services) from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his Ed.D. (Counseling and Educational Psychology) from the University of San Francisco. Dr. Pope is a National Certified Counselor, Master Career Counselor, National Certified Career Counselor, Master Addictions Counselor, and Approved Clinical Supervisor. He is also licensed as a professional counselor and psychologist in Missouri and as a clinical psychologist in Illinois. Dr. Pope also was appointed by UM-System as a Curators' Distinguished Professor. Dr. Pope's primary area of interest and research is in multicultural career counseling, especia...
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Ruth Schumacher-Martinez, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Dr. Schumacher-Martinez earned a B.A. in English Literature with a concentration in Women's Studies from Drake University.  She has an M.Ed in Educational Psychology and a Ph.D. in School Psychology from Loyola University Chicago, an APA-accredited and NASP approved program.