Glasscock Affiliated Fellows 2020-21
Connie Barroso Garcia
Assistant Visiting Professor, Educational Psychology
Dr. Connie Barroso Garcia is a Visiting Assistant Professor and ACES Fellow in the Department of Educational Psychology in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Florida State University in 2020. Her research focuses on understanding the beliefs, attitudes, and emotions surrounding the subject of math and how these affective factors are associated with math achievement, STEM career interest, and other achievement outcomes. In her published work so far, Dr. Barroso has investigated the relative importance of math affect and cognition in conjunction with music theory-related affect and cognition on undergraduate music majors’ music theory achievement. She has also published a meta-analysis examining the overall relation between math anxiety and math achievement. Dr. Barroso has received external funding for her work from the American Educational Research Association.
Assistant Visiting Professor, International Studies
Dr. Frelier is currently affiliated with the Department of International Studies. Her research interests include contemporary French and Francophone literature and culture, migration and diaspora studies, and gender studies. Her research projects combine readings of cultural texts with transnational and queer theories to develop critical questions about the family unit. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2018 and is now finalizing her first book monograph, Transforming Family: North Africa, the Francophone Diaspora and Kinship in the 21st Century.
Senior Research Scholar at Sam Houston State University, John Gruesser has authored six books, most recently Edgar Allan Poe and His Nineteenth-Century American Counterparts (Bloomsbury 2019), and edited or co-edited six others, including (with Alisha Knight) a Broadview edition of Pauline Hopkins's 1901-02 novel Hagar's Daughter: A Story of Southern Caste Prejudice (2020). He is currently researching and writing Man on the Firing Line: A Literary Life of Sutton E. Griggs, 1872-1933, editing the essay collection Animals in Classics: How Natural History Inspired Great American Fiction to be published in Texas A & M University Press's Integrative Natural History series, and co-editing a scholarly edition of Sutton Griggs's 1899 novel Imperium in Imperio to appear in West Virginia University Press's Regenerations: African American Literature and Culture series.
Assistant Visiting Professor, Communication
Bryce Henson is an Accountability, Climate, Equity, and Scholarship (ACES) Fellow and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Identity in the Department of Communication at Texas A&M University. He received his PhD from the Institute of Communications Research with graduate certification in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His research interests are cultural studies, Africana studies, media studies, diaspora theory, Black feminism, Caribbean theory, postcolonialism, and critical ethnography. His scholarship analyzes how Black diasporic cultures are mediated between representation and experience, particularly in the non-Anglophone Global South. He is a co-editor for the forthcoming book New Spaces of Colonialism: Reading Cities, Schools, and Museums in the Tumult of Globalization (Peter Lang) and also working on his solo book manuscript titled Diasporic Fugitives: Race, Gender, and Brazilian Hip-Hop Cultures. Also, he is an Executive Board Member for the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD).
Assistant Visiting Professor, Teaching, Learning and Culture
ArCasia D. James-Gallaway, PhD. is an assistant professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture at Texas A&M University. Dr. James-Gallaway’s interdisciplinary scholarly interests center on the history of southern African American education, histories of social studies education, and Black feminist pedagogies and navigation strategies. Her research on these topics has been published in academic journals and edited volumes, and it has been supported by organizations such as the Ford Foundation. Calling Texas home, Dr. James-Gallaway is most interested in how history and education can facilitate the humanization and celebration of historically marginalized communities, like her own Black Waco.
Assistant Visiting Professor, Anthropology
Sergio Lemus is a cultural anthropologist whose research interests include theories of race, materiality, the body, Mexican migration, border analysis, Latinx cancer, biopolitics, and class relations. Dr. Lemus' current research project involves documenting the centrality of labor in driving cultural transformations in a new land as well as the politico-historical transformation that give rise to a new working class formation—los yarderos. This research is slated to be published as a book at the University of Illinois Press under the series Latinos in Chicago and the Midwest under the title, “Los Yarderos: Mexican Yard Workers in Neoliberal Chicago.”
Assistant Visiting Professor, Performance Studies
Jesse O'Rear is a Visiting Assistant Professor and ACES Fellow in the Department of Performance Studies at Texas A&M University. He received his PhD in Theater from the University of Texas at Austin where his research focused on the use of autobiographical material in live performance works by transgender artists. As an ACES Fellow, he is working on an interactive peer education workshop led by LGBTQ+ students and allies exploring the question, "What do thriving queer communities look like on our campus?"
Assistant Visiting Professor, English
Dr Portia Owusu is a Visiting Assistant Professor / ACES Fellow of English in the Department of English at Texas A&M University. She was born in Ghana and grew up in London, England, where she completed her PhD in West African and African-American literature at SOAS, the University of London. Her work examine contemporary American and West African literature. Of particular interest are slavery; historical trauma and memory; diaspora and cultural philosophies. Her current project is a monograph on history, memory and slavery in West African and African-American narratives.
Assistant Visiting Professor, Political Science
Dr. Pathakis is a Visiting Assistant Professor and Accountability, Climate, Equity, and Scholarship Fellow in the Department of Political Science. Her research integrates scholarship in political science, psychology, and sociology to explore the ways that social disadvantage affects people’s motivation to participate in the democratic process and the ways in which they perceive their own qualifications for political participation. She studies how the effects of social disadvantage on political engagement often go beyond the well-documented constraints imposed by resource deprivation and include psychological barriers that prevent people from participating in ways they could if they felt less constrained by social roles and other cultural norms.
Assistant Visiting Professor, Educational Administration and Human Resource Development
Dr. Cinthya Salazar received her Ph.D. in Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy from the University of Maryland in 2020 and joined the Educational Administration and Human Resource Development department at Texas A&M University as an Assistant Professor during the same year. Dr. Salazar teaches graduate level courses in higher education administration and qualitative research methodologies. She is an active member of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), serving as a selected member for the Presidential Commission for Undocumented and DACAmented Students. Dr. Salazar’s research focuses on the mechanisms used by undocumented students to access, persist, and succeed in higher education. Through her scholarship, she seeks to generate localized retention theories and student success models which can potentially reduce minoritized students’ college attrition. Dr. Salazar’s research and pedagogy are informed by her former experiences as a higher education administrator. She worked as a student affairs professional for over eight years, primarily in student retention and success programs. Dr. Salazar continues to be an active member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), supporting practitioners committed to creating equitable learning environments for minoritized students.
Assistant Visiting Professor, Sociology
Dr. Emilce Santana is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology and an Accountability, Climate, Equity, and Scholarship (ACES) Fellow. Her research interests include race/ethnicity, social stratification, and immigrant integration. Dr. Santana has published an article in The Sociological Quarterly on the role of skin color and acculturation on perceived discrimination among Latinos and is currently working on a series of papers that explore patterns and determinants of interethnic and interracial relationships. She has a doctorate in Sociology with a specialization in Population Studies from Princeton University.