Dr. Alicia Brunson
Ph.D., Sociology, University of North Texas, December 2013; M.S., Sociology, University of North Texas, December 2007; B.S., Psychology and American Ethnic Studies, May 2005
Areas of Research
Social Stratification, Race and Ethnicity, Racial Identity Formation, Cultural Studies, and Media Literacy
AMETH 449 Comparative Ethnicities I; AMETH 450 Comparative Ethnicities II; AMETH 550 Research Methods in American Ethnic Studies; AMETH 560 Misrepresented: Race, Class, Gender in Media; AMETH 560 African American Film; AMETH 650 Capstone in American Ethnic Studies
Alpha Kappa Delta-Sociology Honor Society, 2005-present; American Sociological Association, 2010-present; Association of Christians Teaching Sociology, 2012-present; KSU InterVarsity Faculty Fellowship, 2015-present
What I most enjoy about teaching at Kansas State University is exploring society with students. We are able to learn from each other's experiences and perceptions of our realities. By engaging one other, we are better able to understand one another. This has the potential of resulting in a mutual partnership in the quest of social change and the fulfillment of the promise of equality and equity for all. I am passionate about identity. I strive towards spreading the word about the possession of multiple identities. Each of us holds various positions within social structures. In reference to race, I contend we have three identities: social, personal, and political. With my current research, I endeavor to investigate the impact media, specifically film, has on racial identity formation. If possible, I incorporate media in all my classes. This has helped me connect to my students as well since they/we are living in a media-driven society.