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Minnesota State University, Mankato
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Wil Bernstrom, a Political Science major, and Natasha Chapman, a master’s student in Gender & Women’s Studies, were featured in Lavender Magazine’s Lavender Class of 2014. Only six students in the state were selected on the basis of their outstanding LGBT community leadership.

Faith Kasiva, Minnesota State Mankato Alumnus, will be starting her new position with UN Women, out of Nairobi, this October.  UN Women is the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women.



Rebekah Buege (Mentor: Tom Inglot) had her research paper, “Social Welfare Policy Reform since the 1990s: Comparison of the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic,” selected for publication in Minnesota State Mankato’s Journal of Undergraduate Research.

Kevin C. Gustafson Minnesota State Mankato Alumnus, BS in Political Science and Philosophy (2008) and MPA (2010), (Mentor:  Tom Inglot) was admitted to the American University Law School, in Washington DC, with a full scholarship


Six students have been accepted in the MSW Title IV-E Program that prepares graduates for careers in public, tribal, or state child welfare.  Renee Gasner, Krista Moore, and Callie Rose will complete the traditional program while Christina Davis, Christina Schultz, and David Ribar will complete the advanced standing program.

The Sixth Annual Master of Social Work Student Research Showcase was held July 24, 2014. These capstone projects allow the students to integrate and apply the knowledge gained through their practicum experience.


Social Work students present their capstone projects

Faculty and Department Activities


Ihsuan Li was selected to be a member of the Peer Corps as a reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC); beginning fall 2014.


Welcome Gender and Women’s Studies Faculty Member:

Ana Maria Perez received her Ph.D. in Women's Studies from the University of Maryland. Her dissertation was titled, "Gueras, morenas, Y Prietas: Mexicana Color Lines and Ethnoracial Sameness-Difference. Prior to coming to Minnesota State Mankato, Dr. Perez was a post-doctoral associate in the Graduate School's Office of Diversity Initiatives at the University of Maryland


Joe Kunkel was interviewed by Rochester Post-Bulletin about 1st Congressional District Republican primary and how to understand Jim Hagedorn’s win,  August 13, 2014

Joe Kunkelwas interviewed by Rochester Post-Bulletin about 1st Congressional District Republican primary and general election race against Democratic incumbent Tim Walz, August 7, 2014.

Joe Kunkel was interviewed by the Sioux Falls S.D. Argus-Leader to profile partisan competitiveness in 1st Congressional District, August 5, 2014

Joe Kunkel was interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio, about the Aaron Miller versus Jim Hagedorn GOP Primary election for Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District, July 30, 2014

Joe Kunkel was interviewed by the Boston Globe about conflicts of interest for members of Congress,  June 12, 2014

Jacqueline M. Vieceli received the Distinguished Alumni Citation from Ripon College.


William E. Lass, Professor Emeritus, published a new book, Shaping the North Star State: A History of Minnesota’s Boundaries.


Eiji Kawabata gave a talk on privacy policy in Japan and Australia at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C. August 6, 2014.

Eiji Kawabata gave a guest lecture on Prime Minister Abe's Reform at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. State Department, Washington, D.C. August 13, 2014.


Welcome Psychology Faculty Members:

Brad Arsznov earned his Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience from Michigan State University in 2012. He previously taught at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan and last year was on a fixed-term appointment in the Department of Psychology here at Minnesota State Mankato.

Shawna Petersen-Brown received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in June of 2013. Her dissertation work involved using theory to enhance literacy intervention outcomes. She has spent the past two years working as a school psychologist in South Washington County Schools, where she worked with elementary and secondary students.


Paul Mackie presented, "Community organizing in rural areas:  Yes, it's different," at the National Association for Rural Mental Health conference, Washington, D.C.  July 20, 2014.

The Department of Social Work Title IV-E Program, along with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, hosted training, by Dr. Chandra Ghosh Ippen from the Child Trauma Research Program, University of California San Francisco, July 14, 2014.  Over 100 students and community members attended this day-long event focusing on “An Integrative Framework for Enhancing Trauma-Informed Practice”


Welcome Sociology and Corrections Faculty Members:
Jeffrey Dennis obtained his Ph.D. in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology from Stony Brook University.  Dr. Dennis specializes in Criminology and has taught in various universities including Wilkes University, State University of New York, and Wright University. Among many courses, Dr. Dennis has taught Criminal Law, Law and Society, Criminology, Domestic Violence, Child Victimization, Drugs and Society, and the Global Sex Trade.


Missy Manderfeld was accepted to the Leadership Institute of Greater Mankato, and received a University Scholarship for her participation in the program.

Beth A. Wielde Heidelberghad her article,“Managing Ghosts: Local Government Involvement in Dark Tourism” accepted for publication in the Journal of Heritage Tourism

College and Related Activities


Social and Behavioral Sciences Advisory Board member and former board chair, Dr. Aaron Doering (’95 Geography),and his wife, Amy Matthews hosted the 2014 Advisory Board Summer Social,  August 14, 2014.


 Agnes Odinga, Amy Mathews, Aaron Doering and Hosea Odinga