Jane Rhodes

    Email Address: rhodesj@uic.edu
    College: Liberal Arts and Sciences Department: African American Studies
    Title: Professor and Department Head
    Office: 1231 UH Phone: 6-2981
    Webpage: http://aast.uic.edu/aast/people/faculty/jane-rhodes
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    Project A: I am looking for students interested in conducting research on the history of black student activism at UIC, the history of the African American Studies Department, and the history of programs and organizations related to the African and African American experience at the university.

    Project B: My second project focuses on the role of social media in contemporary African American social movements such as Black Lives Matter, the Black Youth Project 100, We Charge Genocide, and Occupy.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 3

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Some experience in African American Studies or related fields such as GWS, History, Sociology, Education, English, Criminal Justice--but any field or background is welcome; interest in interdisciplinary research that uses historical, archival, and ethnographic methods

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    Work independently under my direction to collect materials, analyze sources, and assist with assembling and writing results.
    Project A--The results will be published by the African American Studies department and students will present their work in a public forum

    Project B--The results will be used by Prof. Rhodes in her research project; student researchers will be given full acknowledgement and credit; opportunities for presentation at academic conferences or symposia

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