The Berger Institute is currently supporting the following faculty in their research:
Audrey Bilger, Ph.D. – Dr. Bilger is Professor of Literature at CMC focusing on 18th-Century Humor & Satire, Early Women Writers, LGBT studies, and feminism. Her latest work examines the intertwined stories of female authorship and culture in England and America and considers the scope of Jane Austen’s influence. Her work uncovers issues that concern the role of women as professional authors, tensions and synergies between authorship and family obligations, and the subject matter of marriage and the family. This year, Professor Bilger is teaching a seminar on Jane Austen and is working with Pippa Straus ’17 on her upcoming book, The Jane Austen Guide to Feminism.
Pippa Straus (photo unavailable) is a junior from Birmingham, Alabama, and is dual majoring in psychology and literature. Outside of school and work, Pippa has volunteered with Alabama charity Aid to Inmate Mothers, which helps women in prison and their children, since middle school. She loves music, film, and reading, and is committed to advancing social justice.
Lisa Kim Davis, Ph.D., MPH – Visiting Faculty Affiliate Dr. Davis studies the evolution of built environments and how the work of women and their households influences and is influenced by neighborhood, community, and residential characteristics. Her interdisciplinary research draws upon urban geography and gendered historical analysis. She is working on a manuscript on housing in South Korea, exploring how urban renewal, gentrification, and displacement affect families over the life course, resident organizations, architectural norms, and participatory planning, in the context of historical comparisons in the west and Asia. Another on-going project involves tracing the residences of Koreans in California in the early 1900s to show how labor imperatives, household survival strategies and residential patterns intertwine to produce urban communities.
Minju Kim – Dr. Kim is Associate Professor of Korean at CMC, and her research interests include language change, discourse analysis, language and gender, and corpus linguistics. Her recent publications have appeared in Journal of Pragmatics, Discourse Studies, Studies in Language, and Korean Linguistics. She received her PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently working with Jiyeon Kim ’17 on a project that illuminates how personal, social, and institutional identities are created, re-created, and re-negotiated through seemingly subtle shifts in linguistic formality and honorific/non-honorific marking.
Jiyeon Kim is a junior at CMC majoring in economics and film studies. As an international student from Korea, she is fascinated by the study of language, since it provides a basic tool for understanding cultures. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new places, meeting new people, and eating delicious food.
Amy Kind – Dr. Kind is Professor of Philosophy at CMC, where she teaches classes in philosophy of the mind, metaphysics, and logic. Her research interests lie broadly in the philosophy of mind, though most of her published work has concerned issues relating either to the imagination or to phenomenal consciousness. She is currently working with Roma Forest ’19, who is helping her complete an index for a book that is currently in the proof stage at Oxford University Press, Knowledge through Imagination.
Roma Forest is a freshman at CMC. Originally from California, she and her family have spent the past couple of years living in several different countries, including Malaysia, Taiwan, and Cambodia. She enjoys exploring philosophical questions and is currently working as Professor Kind’s (philosophy) assistant. When she’s not questioning the nature of life, Roma likes to learn new fighting styles or researching personal finance. After graduating, Roma hopes to pursue a career in the field of infrastructure development.
Frederick R. Lynch, Ph.D. – Dr. Lynch is Associate Professor of Government at CMC and specializes in workforce diversity management, organization of health care, inequality and public policy, political and social movements, juvenile delinquency and public policy. Together with his research assistant Scott Sonneborn ’17, he has been working on an upcoming book, The Crisis of Political Correctness: A Cultural Revolution Meets Resistance, Ridicule, and New Realities, and was awarded a $60,000 grant from the Carthage Foundation last fall.
Hannah Oh is from San Diego and is a senior at CMC majoring in government. This summer, she interned for the Senate Budget Committee in Washington, D.C. She hopes to pursue a careers in public policy after graduation. (Fall semester only).
Scott Sonneborn grew up in a suburb of Chicago. Scott is a junior at CMC and is majoring in economics. He is currently researching diversity in Silicon Valley under Professor Lynch’s guidance. In addition to his work at the Berger Institute, he works for the Center for Civic Engagement and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In his free time, he likes reading about the latest technology trends and spending time with his friends. (Spring semester only.)