Research Co-Op

The Community Research Cooperative: Methodologies for Research Justice research cluster brings together an interdisciplinary and intergenerational group of scholars from the U of I to address and explore theories and methods in community-engaged research for research justice. This cluster aims to bridge the campus-community divide by creating an inclusive network that invites the core participation and intervention of leading Champaign County community organizations, and that takes the U of I 2018-2023 strategic plan as a point of departure to address the critical need to design and implement accountable models for community-centered, socially engaged research practice. We further place ourselves in intellectual and social dialogue with other spaces for community-engaged research and justice such as the Democracy Collaborative, the Anchor Mission Network, the National Education Policy Center, the Swearer Center for Community, Scholarship and Action, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Our members are:

Anita Say Chan is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Sciences and Department of Media and Cinema Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research, teaching, and community service interests include globalization and digital cultures, innovation networks and the “periphery”, science and technology studies in global contexts, and hybrid pedagogies in building digital literacies. She received her PhD in 2008 from the MIT Doctoral Program in History; Anthropology; and Science, Technology, and Society. Her first book the competing imaginaries of global connection and information technologies in network-age Peru, Networking Peripheries: Technological Futures and the Myth of Digital Universalism was released by MIT Press in 2014. Her research has been awarded support from the Center for the Study of Law & Culture at Columbia University’s School of Law and the National Science Foundation, and she has held postdoctoral fellowships at The CUNY Graduate Center’s Committee on Globalization & Social Change, and at Stanford University’s Introduction to Humanities Program. She is a Fiddler Innovation Faculty Fellow with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

Daniel Gonzalez is a PhD candidate  in the Department of Geography and Geographic Sciences at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My research focuses on the science and technologies of racial capitalism, particularly as they pertain to regimes of US border management.

Karrie Karahalios an American computer scientist and professor in the Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is noted for her work on the impact of computer science on people and society, analyses of social media, and algorithm auditing. She is co-founder of the Center for People and Infrastructures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her bachelor’s degree at MIT in EECS in 1994, ME in EECS in 1995, S.M. in Media Arts and Sciences in 1997, and a PhD in Media Arts and Sciences in 2004. Karahalios joined the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2004, her research focuses on social media and the impact of computing on society, including algorithmic bias and methods to detect and analyze such bias, a field termed “algorithm auditing”. Karahalios was one of the recipients of the National Science Foundation CAREER Awards in 2007, of the A. Richard Newton Breakthrough Research Award in 2008, and of the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowships in 2010. She was named a University Scholar at the University of Illinois in 2019. She has received Best Paper awards for publications in the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) in 2008, 2009, 2015, and 2017.

Dr. Korinta Maldonado. My research centers on indigenous movements, human rights and racial formations in Latin America. I specifically examine the Mexican state and the way the state multicultural languages inform indigenous subjectivities in the context of a global shift to rights regimes. My research in Puebla and Chiapas is result of years of engagement and collaborative work with indigenous organizations and state sponsored indigenous institutions from which I co-published a monograph in Spanish “The Indigenous Courts of Cuetzalan and Huehuetla: The Force and Reproduction of Normative Systems of the Peoples of the Highlands of Puebla”. Other publications include “El Juzgado Indígena de Huehuetla, Sierra Norte de Puebla. Construyendo la totonaqueidad en el contexto del multiculturalismo mexicano,” in Justicia y diversidad en América Latina: Pueblos indígenas ante la globalización. Chenaut V., Teresa Sierra, Magdalena Hernández, Héctor Ortiz, eds. CIESAS and FLACSO, Mexico

Rachel M. Magee is a youth advocate who teaches about and researches youth technology and information practices, informed by her background as a public librarian. She holds a PhD in information studies from Drexel University, a master’s degree in information resources and library science from the University of Arizona, and a BS in radio-television-film and a BA in English from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Amy Leman is a proponent of youth voice and youth choice. Her teaching and research focus on evaluating effective strategies to teach and learn in both classrooms and out-of-school time programs in community settings. Her work is informed by her background as a 4-H youth development educator and work in positive youth development practices.

Mitchell Oliver is an artist with a background in community programming and organizing. Raised in the southeast, Mitchell relocated to UIUC for an MFA in new media. His practice uses moving image, sound, installation and performance to assert the value of durational and embodied experience. His work has been shown in refrigerators, film festivals, forests, books, dumpsters, deserts and museums across North America, including the Kemper Art Museum, the International Civil Rights Center and Museum, Ninth Letter, Big Car, the Krannert Art Museum, the8fest, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, ACRE TV, the High Point Museum, Lawrence & Clark, Ex Teresa Arte Actual, G-CADD, the Bridge PAI, 1067 Pacific People, Hairpin Arts Center, the Hemispheric Institue, and Cucalorus Film Festival. In the past, Mitchell has worked with WTJU in Charlottesville, VA; Elsewhere in Greensboro, NC; James Ranch in Durango, CO; Ox-Bow in Saugatuck, MI; and the Education Justice Project in Urbana, IL.

Karen Rodriguez’G is Director of the University of Illinois Office of Undergraduate Research. As Director, she leads several campus-wide innovations and initiatives designed to foster, support, and enhance undergraduate research within the larger educational and research mission of the university, including building best practice models in support of undergraduate research; recognition of faculty mentors in tenure and promotion; large-scale assessment of the impact/benefits of research; and pedagogical initiatives fostering access to the research process for underserved student populations. She is currently a Fiddler Faculty Fellow at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, as part of a grant-funded year-long interdisciplinary research community and pedagogical initiative foregrounding the importance of the arts and humanities in global innovations. Earning her PhD in History (Modern Britain and Empire) from the U of I, her research interests include imperial/global networks of knowledge and exchange, space, place and identity, and the science of teaching and experiential learning, particularly in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts.

Jorge Rojas-Alvarez is a Graduate Student in the Ph. D. program at the Institute of Communications Research in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His background is Computer Science and History of Technology. Have taken part in the design of public history exercises in national libraries in Colombia within topics of media memory of rural literacy programs based on a radio broadcast. In these exercises of public history, the libraries emerge as spaces of dialogue between historical documental archives and memories of users. My main pursuit is to find ways and places for co-construction of collective memory where the inquiry of the past empower communities to imagine diverse futures.

Gilberto Rosas is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Latinx Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His expertise includes questions of state formation, immigration, criminality, race and its intersections, borders, biopolitics, and ethnographic research techniques in the thickening Mexico-United States borderlands. His award-winning book, Barrio Libre: Criminalizing States and Delinquent Refusals of the New Frontier (Duke, 2012), combines notions of state power and sovereignty with oral histories of barrio libre’s inhabitants, accounting for life along the border as seen and experienced by its most marginalized actors. His most recent publication  “Necro-subjection: On Borders, Asylum and Making Dead to Let Live” (2019) investigates “necro-subjugation” and those that are denied the privilege of citizenship yet subordinated to the politics of death at the US-Mexico border.

Katie Shumway, Director of Community Learning Lab. Katie received her BSW in 2006 and MSW with a mental health concentration in 2007 from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Katie’s background working with at-risk youth, childhood obesity, the aging population, and hospice has led to her particular interest in her current position within the School of Social Work which allows her to work with a wide range of community partners, students, and UIUC faculty/staff. Katie has her LCSW and began working with the School of Social Work’s Community Learning Lab in 2014.

Interdisciplinary scholar and classical musician Adrian Wong focuses on hacking and data gathering as forms of resource extraction, researching what the directionalities of flow of contested information reveal about geopolitical power dynamics. A Fiddler Innovation Student Research Fellow with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, he will be starting his PhD at the Institute of Communications Research this Fall. Adrian draws on semiotics, discourse analysis and ethnography to explore how transnational agents undermine and reconfigure cultural and legal understandings of intellectual property and the control of information as a resource. Intimately engaged in the practice of classical music, Adrian performed around Los Angeles with Midori Goto’s community outreach quartet while studying at the University of Southern California as a Presidential Scholar, and has collaborated with orchestras across the United States, Spain and France. Adrian learned meditation from his father–who had been a Buddhist monk for ten years — and weaves elements of mindfulness and concentration practice into his life and work. In his free time, he daydreams about hiking high mountain passes, and offers lessons in math and Kundalini Yoga.