Intersections: Faculty Team

Summer 2019 UNXD 030-130: Intersections of Social Justice 

Dr. Jennifer Grubbs is an Associate Instructor at the University of Cincinnati in the Department of Communication. She is an affiliate instructor in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS). Dr. Grubbs holds a MA in Communication, an MA in WGSS, and a Ph.d. Anthropology, specializing in Race, Gender, and Social Justice. Her courses focus on the ways in which language, shaped by ideology, is used to negotiate, transmit, and disrupt power. The areas of interest include gender and communication, gender and popular culture, rhetoric of protest and reform, and intersectionality. Specifically, her research looks at the rhetoric of social protest in the environmental movement throughout North America, with a unique focus on issues of identity. Her published work has examined the intersections of identity politics and the public sphere, the rhetorical dimensions of social protest, and the efficacy of direct action. Dr. Grubbs has taught at various universities, including American University, George Mason University, as well as Northern Kentucky University and the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Grubbs will co-teach UNXD 030-131 for graduate students.

Kyra Hanlon is the Assistant Director, Immersion Programs at the Center for Social Justice at Georgetown University. In this role, she is responsible for managing 20+ local and global immersion experiences, overseeing student leadership development, and coordinating with campus partners. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Kyra received her B.S. in Culture and Politics from Georgetown University in 2016 before moving to Memphis, Tennessee. While in Memphis, she served as an AmeriCorps member with Impact America and then transitioned to serve as Impact’s Tennessee State Co-Director, managing AmeriCorps programming for vision screenings, VITA tax sites, and documentary filmmaking. She is thrilled to return to the Center for Social Justice, where she worked as an undergraduate and as a TA for Intersections from 2016-18. Kyra will co-teach UNXD 030-130 for undergraduate students.

Dr. Michael Loadenthal is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Justice at Miami University in Oxford, OH, as well as the Executive Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Association. Dr. Loadenthal also serves as the founding Director of the Prosecution Project, a longterm data analysis project examining felony political violence and the criminal justice system. His research focuses on terrorism and social movements and has appeared inCritical Studies on Terrorism, Journal for the Study of Radicalism, Perspectives on Terrorism, Journal of Applied Security Research, Journal of Feminist Scholarship, and a variety of other journals and books. Dr. Loadenthal has taught a variety of courses at Georgetown University, George Mason University, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Malta, and Jessup Correctional Institution, and has served as the Dean’s Fellow at Mason’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, an Ethics Fellow for Hebrew Union College, and a Practitioner-In-Practice for Georgetown’s Center for Social Justice. His most recent book, The Politics of Attack (2017), examines insurrectionary anarchism and the underground communique. He posts his work at gmu.academia.edu/MichaelLoadenthalDr. Loadenthal will co-teach UNXD 030-131 for graduate students.

Amanda Munroe serves as Associate Director for Mission Curricular Integration at Georgetown University’s Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching, and Service. Amanda guides experiential learning initiatives for social justice by managing Georgetown’s community-based learning program, teaching courses in cultural humility and social action, supporting faculty on social justice curriculum design and by training student leaders on ethics for community engagement. She also develops global research and immersion programs with campus and community partners. Prior to Georgetown, Amanda worked in online learning in at the United States Institute of Peace and in youth mentorship organizations in Washington, DC, Stuttgart, Germany, and Chicago, Illinois. In 2012, Amanda completed an M.A. in Conflict Resolution, also from Georgetown University, where her research focused on peace education and countering violent extremism through sport. Amanda holds a B.A. in Global Studies and French from North Park University, speaks French and German, and is certified to teach yoga in outreach settings with trauma-affected communities. Amanda will co-teach UNXD 030-130 for undergraduate students. Amanda will co-teach UNXD 030-130 for undergraduate students.