Collaborative Projects

The projects described here are research collaborations with colleagues where Dr. Hunter is not the principal investigator (PI).  Projects are listed in reverse-chronological order and many are ongoing.  Collaborators’ names appear in alphabetical order.

Community Healing and Resistance Through Storytelling (C-HeARTS)

Assisted by intramural funds from the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH), as collaborators we use a phenomenological approach to explore racial trauma and community healing in Champaign-Urbana.

The collaboration team is comprised of community partners, Tracy D. Dace (DREAAM House), Henry Radcliff (Digital Storytelling Producer), Shandra Summerville (Champaign County Mental Health Board)—and faculty from two academic institutions: the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign—Robyn Gobin (Kinesiology and Community Health), Carla D. Hunter (Psychology), Ruby Mendenhall (Sociology and African American Studies), Helen Neville (Educational Psychology and African American Studies), PI: Sharde Smith (Human Development and Family Studies) and Florida A & M University—Nkechinyelum Chioneso (College of Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities).

Products thus far:

  • Peer-Reviewed paper
  • Focus groups
  • Digital storytelling workshop
  • Voices of Community Healing Dialogue
  • Conference presentation at the Diversity Challenge, Boston College 2019

Girls’ Adventures in Math, Engineering, and Science (GAMES)

GAMES is an annual once a week program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign that is intended to nurture high-school girls’ interests and participation in science in higher education.  We utilize didactic, research, and experiential activities to engage and widen high school girls’ view of science as a tool that can be used to problem-solve and intervene to address social problems.

The collaboration team is comprised of faculty from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Jenny Amos (Engineering), Ayesha Boyce (now at University of North Carolina, Greensboro), PI: Kate Clancy (Anthropology), and Carla D. Hunter (Psychology).

Products thus far:

  • Peer-reviewed paper:
  • Amos, J., Clancy, K., Hunter, C. D., & Tillman, A. S. (2015). Race, inclusion, and science: Things that really do go together. Proceedings of the 122nd American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Seattle, Washington.
  • Burks, G., Clancy, K. B. H., Hunter, C. D., & Amos, J. R. (2019). Impact of ethics and social awareness curriculum on the engineering identity formation of high school girls. Education Sciences, 9, 250. doi:10.1007/s12552-019-09267-y
  • Rodrigues, M. A., Sandord, S. R., Rogers, M. P., Lee, K. M. N., Wilson, M. A., Amos, J., Hunter, C. D., & Clancy, K. H. B. (2019). From maternal tending to adolescent befriending: The adolescent transition of social support. American Journal of Primatology. doi:10.1002/ajp.23050. Advance online publication.
  • Peer-reviewed conference proceeding: Clancy, K. B. H., & Hunter, C. D. , (2015). Let’s talk about race, maybe: Teaching about identity as a tool to engage future scientists. Proceedings of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 156, 105. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.22718 .
  • Intramural presentation:

Uses and Limitations of Genomic Research in Science

Assisted by intramural funds from Interdisciplinary Innovation Initiative (In3), the project examined individuals’ social attitudes, perceptions of hair, eye color, race, and ancestry.  Unique to the project is the inclusion of police officers and a nationally representative sample of the U.S. population in the data.

The collaboration team is comprised of faculty from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Cris Hughes (Anthropology), Carla D. Hunter (Psychology), Lyle Konigsberg (Anthropology), Melissa Littlefield (Kinesiology and Community Health), PI: Ripan Malhi (Anthropology), Anna-Maria Marshall (Sociology), Alfred Roca (Animal Sciences), and Patrick Vargas (Advertising), .

Products thus far:

  • Peer-reviewed paper: Hughes, C., Hunter, C. D., Vargas, P., Schlosser, M. D., & Malhi, R. (2016). Police endorse color – blind racial attitudes more than lay persons. Race and Social Problems, 8, 160 – 170. doi: 10.1007/s12552 – 016 – 9170 – 0
  • Media exposure: