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Civil rights in America: CMU experts available


Contact: Dan Digmann

​Central Michigan University has experts across multiple disciplines who are available to speak to the media on a variety of civil rights-related topics. 

Joyce Baugh, professor of political science, can speak about the civil rights movement, constitutional law, civil rights and liberties, and judicial process. 

Baugh is author of "The Detroit School Busing Case: Milliken v. Bradley and the Controversy over Desegregation" and "Supreme Court Justices in the Post-Bork Era: Confirmation Politics and Judicial Performance." Baugh also is co-author of "The Changing Supreme Court: Constitutional Rights and Liberties" and "The Real Clarence Thomas: Confirmation Veracity Meets Performance Reality." She received a B.A. from Clemson University and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Kent State University.


JoEllen DeLucia, associate professor of English, is director of the Women and Gender Studies program at Central Michigan University.

DeLucia is the author of "A Feminine Enlightenment: British Women Writers and the Philosophy of Progress, 1759-1820" and several essays on gender and literary history, 18th-century women writers and moral philosophy.


Lane Demas, associate professor of history, specializes in the history of race and popular culture, specifically sport and African-American history and is available to speak on the history of racial integration in sport and black athletes in U.S. history.

Demas is the author of "Integrating the Gridiron: Black Civil Rights and American College Football," along with several articles, op-eds and reviews. His media appearances include interviews in major newspapers such as the Washington Times and Atlanta Journal Constitution, as well as National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" news program. Demas is currently writing a book titled "The Game of Privilege: An African American History of Golf" and he also serves as editor of The Michigan Historical Review, the state history journal housed at CMU. His work has earned awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Fulbright Program.


Steven Jones, professor of history, is a civil rights expert.

Jones has been a member of the CMU history department since August 2006. He holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Michigan State University and is co-author of two documentary histories: "African Americans in Congress" and "Presidents and Black America." Prior to joining the CMU faculty, Jones spent 20 years as a professional journalist and taught for 10 years in the Detroit Public Schools.


​​​J. Cherie Strachan, professor of political science and co-director of CMU’s Civic Engagement Division, can speak about youth political participation and women’s rights. 

Strachan is the author of “High-Tech Grassroots: The Professionalization of Local Elections,” as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Her recent publications focus on the role of civility in a democratic society, as well as on college-level civic education interventions intended to enhance students’ civic skills and identities. Her applied research, which focuses on facilitating student-led deliberative discussion sessions and enhancing campus civil society, resulted in an affiliation with the Kettering Foundation. She also is co-founder of the Consortium for Inter-Campus SoTL Research, which facilitates cross-campus data collection for civic engagement and pedagogy research in political science. 


Sara Moslener, a faculty member in the philosophy and religion department, specializes in religion, race, immigration and sexuality in American culture. 

Moslener's first book, “Virgin Nation: Sexual Purity and American Adolescence,” is a study of evangelical purity movements that utilize a nationalist rhetoric connecting sexual morality with the well-being of the nation state. ​

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