"Oxford to the Ballot Box" Advisory Board
Eric Crystal, PhD
Former Vice-Chair of the Center for Southeast Asia Studies, University of California at Berkeley
Anthropologist Eric Crystal has undertaken research in village communities in Southeast Asia. He coordinated an NEH national project, The Indochinese Cultures of California in l985/86 as refugees from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos came to make new homes in California. Through 2000 he served as Vice-Chair of the Center for Southeast Asia Studies at the University of California at Berkeley.
Dr. Crystal has exhibited his still photography at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., mounted ethnographic exhibits in a range of public museums and has documented traditional culture on vinyl audio recording, motion picture film and video tape. He is currently digitally organizing a still and video digital archive.
He received his Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at Berkeley and has taught at the Claremont Colleges in southern California, the San Francisco Art Institute at the University of California, Davis and Berkeley.
Dr. Crystal will provide consultation on the design of educational programs and the design of the displays at the Power House, on campus and in the Oxford community.
Chris Rossi, PhD
Executive Director, Humanities Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
Christopher Rossi directs Humanities Iowa and is an adjunct faculty member at the Iowa Law College. He has a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and law degrees from the University of London and the University of Iowa. He worked on deterrence issues for the Arms Control Association, a division of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and on verification issues at the UN International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria. He has taught at American University, UNI, the Mongolian Diplomatic Academy, and Pusan National University.
He served on the White House National Security Council as director of human rights and humanitarian affairs. He has published articles on the law of war, legal history, international courts and criminal tribunals, polar affairs, Latin America, and on the law of the sea. He has co-edited two books on international affairs and has authored three books, the latest titled "Sovereignty and Territorial Temptation" (Cambridge University Press, 2017). He has also edited a chapbook on the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Expedition, which was distributed to 20,000 5th grade students of Iowa history, and a documentary collection of Iowa photographs by the American master, David Plowden. His current research interest is on Whiggish International Law: The Monroe Doctrine, Elihu Root, and International Law in the Americas.
Dr. Rossi provides guidance on the design of public programs and audience development, as well as the drafting of public assessment surveys to measure the success of the project.
Sue Ann Skipworth, PhD
The University of Mississippi
Sue Ann Skipworth is an Instructional Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Mississippi. Dr. Skipworth received her Masters of Public Administration from Western Kentucky University in 2001, Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Mississippi in 2008, and Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi in 2009. Since completing her Ph.D. Dr. Skipworth has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in research methods, public administration, and American politics. Dr. Skipworth's research and service focuses on the political engagement specifically of the younger population. For example, Dr. Skipworth has coordinated a Kids in the Capitol experiential learning project for middle school students in Mississippi to encourage greater political interest, efficacy, and knowledge in the Mississippi political system. Furthermore, Dr. Skipworth continually supports the political engagement of college students through her work as a faculty advisor to the political science honors society, directing internships for political science students, and teaching undergraduate service/experiential learning courses pertaining to elections and the legislative process.
Professor Skipworth will serve as coordinator of the student panel on voter participation; as co-coordinator and moderator of the visit of the Secretary of State. She and Professor Unger will also help with university and departmental liaison.
Don Unger, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Writing and Rhetoric,
The University of Mississippi
Don Unger is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Writing & Rhetoric at the University of Mississippi. He came to the University of Mississippi from St. Edward's University in Austin, TX, where he served as a faculty member and as the Faculty Fellow of Community-Engaged Teaching & Learning in the university's Center for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Unger has a Ph.D. in Rhetoric & Composition from Purdue University. In Mississippi, he works with the Marks Project, located in Quitman County, to implement digital literacy programs for children and adults. His research addresses how network technologies shape activism and community-based work. He serves as the Co-Managing Editor of Spark: A Journal of Activism in Writing, Rhetoric & Literacy Studies and as the Social-Media Editor for Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society. His scholarship has appeared in Computers & Composition, Constellations: A Cultural Rhetorics Publishing Space, and Teacher-Scholar-Activist, as well as in the edited collection "Thinking Globally, Composing Locally: Rethinking Online Writing in the Age of the Global Internet."
Dr. Unger will lead the design and coordination of the writing and muitimedia assignments for the Writing & Rhetoric classes. He will also help curate the online publication of student work. His research in technology and its impact on activism and community-based work, and knowledge of the University and community will contribute invaluably to the project, as will the remarkable and impressive expertise of all the Advisory Board Members.