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Faculty Fellows

CSEM Faculty Research Fellows come from a variety of social science and business disciplines. They work jointly or independently on exploring an innovative research question that focuses on ways to investigate causes (and possible solutions) to low economic mobility in Forsyth County, North  Carolina. Many are active in the community through workshops, lectures and presentations as well as publishing in peer-reviewed academic journals.

The Fellows are chosen based on the likelihood that their research proposal will have community impact down the road. Each fall, WSSU faculty submit research grant proposals to the CSEM Advisory Group, which then makes recommendations to the Director of  CSEM. Final decisions are made based on the Advisory Group’s recommendations as well as the overall needs of Forsyth County.

Faculty Fellows 2018-2019

Charity Brown Griffin, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences

Research question: Can youth-led participatory action research (YPAR) promote upward economic mobility for adolescents during transition to adulthood?

Russell Smith, Professor of Geography in the Department of History, Politics and Social Justice

Research question: Does urban form influence economic mobility in the poorest communities in Forsyth County, NC?

Faculty Fellows 2017-2018

Michele Lewis, Associate Professor / Co-Chair of Psychological Sciences

Research question: Are optimal decision-making and motivation compromised by poverty? A cultural neuroscience framework for emancipation and empowerment.

Zagros Madjd-Sadjadi, Professor of Economics Economics and Finance

Research question: Place prosperity vs. People Prosperity: An investigation into changing industrial and occupational structures in Forsyth County.

Alice Etim, Chair/Associate Professor of MIS Accounting and Management Information Systems

Research question: Within Forsyth County, what impact does education, information and community technology have on socioeconomic status?

James Etim, Professor, School of Education and Human Performance

Research question: Within Forsyth County, what impact does education, information and community technology have on socioeconomic status?

Greg Taylor, Associate Professor of Quantitative Business Analysis Management & Marketing

Research question: What is the impact of the local bankruptcy system in developing economic mobility?