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Elizabeth McCormick

Elizabeth McCormick is Associate Clinical Professor and Associate Dean for Experiential Learning at the TU College of Law. In addition to teaching students in the Immigrant Rights Project Clinical Program, she also teaches Immigration Law and International Refugee and Asylum Law. Her scholarship and advocacy focus on immigration law and policy, in particular the intersection of federal immigration law and policy and state and local immigration enforcement efforts.  Her work has appeared in the Stanford Law & Policy Review, Lewis & Clark Law Review, and the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal.  Before joining the faculty at TU, McCormick was a member of the clinical faculty at Cornell Law School and the University of Connecticut School of Law. She holds a BA from Fordham University, an MA from New York University, and a JD from Georgetown Law Center.​

Lara Foley

Lara Foley is Assistant Provost for Global Education and Director of Global Scholars at the University of Tulsa.  She oversees international visiting scholars and international faculty initiatives.  She facilitates and supports curriculum internationalization, international program designs, and assessment of international education programs.  She is also the founding director of TU Global Scholars, a selective program with an interdisciplinary global issues curriculum, language study, education abroad and community engaged learning focus.  She previously chaired the Department of Sociology and served as interim director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program.  Her scholarly work focuses on the intersections of gender, medicine, and law.  She is co-author of Gendering Bodies published by Rowman and Littlefield.  Dr. Foley received her BA from the University of Georgia and her PhD from the University of Florida.

Justin Rawlins

Justin Owen Rawlins is Assistant Professor of Media Studies and Film Studies at The University of Tulsa, where he also serves as faculty advisor for TU’s student-run media production lab, TUTV. His scholarship has appeared in the Journal of Film and Video, The Velvet Light Trap, The Quarterly Review of Film and Video, and In Media Res and the anthology Critical Perspectives on Gilmore Girls. His current book project undertakes a revisionist history of Method acting in the US, unearthing the gender and racial politics of performance as discourse.

Keija Parssinen

Keija Parssinen is the author of The Ruins of Us, which won a Michener-Copernicus award, and The Unraveling of Mercy Louis, which earned an Alex Award from the American Library Association and was selected as a Best Book of 2015 by the Kansas City Star. Her work has appeared in the Lonely Planet travel writing anthologies, Slice Literary, Salon, the Brooklyn Quarterly, the New Delta Review and elsewhere. A graduate of Princeton University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow, she directs the Pan-European MFA program at Cedar Crest College and is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Tulsa. She lives in Tulsa with her husband and two sons.

Seungho Lee

Seungho Lee is a Ph.D. student of English at the University of Tulsa. His research focuses range from 20th Century British Literature to Contemporary Anglophone Literature. He analyzes the literature of his field through lens of Postcolonialism with an emphasis on such issues as home, belonging, nation, and identity. His M.A. dissertation, “Homing Desire in Jean Rhys’s Voyage in the Dark and Sam Selvon’s The Lonely Londoners”, explores the ways in which the Caribbean immigrants in London come to terms with the confusing idea of home(land) when situated in the ‘contact zone’ of the empire, London. He is eager to seek further how the conception of home becomes complicated and yet tentatively located through this interdisciplinary research seminar on the topic of Homeland.

James McGirk

James Brandon McGirk is the author of A GRAND THEORY OF EVERYTHING (2015) and AMERICAN OUTLAWS (2014); his work focuses  documentation and place, particularly exploring ideas like homeland, third-culture expatriate communities, travel and tourism using a variety of media, primarily creative nonfiction, video and photography. He was born in the United Kingdom and grew up in Spain and India before moving to the United States for college. He holds both a BA and an MFA in Writing from Columbia University. For more information please visit:

Danielle Carlotti-Smith

Danielle Carlotti-Smith specializes in French and Francophone literature with a focus on Francophone Caribbean and New World studies, postcolonial studies, and migration studies. Her current book project examines literary expressions of the homeland in twentieth- and twenty-first-century French- and Spanish-Caribbean and Brazilian novels which are set on sugarcane plantations. A self-professed “third culture kid,” Danielle is a dual citizen of Brazil and the United States, and was raised in Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, Singapore, Japan, and Belgium, has studied and worked in France, and is fluent in English, Portuguese, French, and Spanish. She holds a BA in French from Washington State University, an MA in French Cultural Studies from Columbia University, and a PHD in French from the University of Virginia. She is currently teaching a comparative literature course through the Global Scholars program at the University of Tulsa titled “Beyond the Nation-State: Literature and Culture of Migration.”

Jeff Van Hanken

Jeff Van Hanken, M.F.A., is an Associate Professor in the Film Studies program at the University of Tulsa.  He received a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Duke University, later studying at The University of Texas at Austin, where he received his M.F.A. in film production along with a minor in drama. Van Hanken recently founded C.H.A.M.P., the Center for Health, Arts and Measurable Practices at TU, which seeks to support and promote art projects that target specific community health indicators. A native Tulsan, Van Hanken is currently at work on a number of short and feature-length film projects.

Kristi Eaton

Kristi Eaton is an independent journalist who has reported from Mexico, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, the United States and elsewhere. A former staff reporter for The Associated Press and a daily newspaper in the Northern Mariana Islands, she graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and mass communication. Her freelance work has been published by the AP, the Los Angeles Times, Marie Claire magazine, NBC News, The Guardian and other outlets. Her work focuses on women’s rights, indigenous peoples and breaking news. A native of Tulsa, she is the author of the book “The Main Streets of Oklahoma: Okie Stories from Every County.” She recently completed a fellowship with the International Reporting Project, reporting on women’s rights issues from India.

Bryan Corbaz

Bryan Corbaz is a junior studying political science here at TU. Bryan was born in Switzerland to a Swiss father and a Portuguese mother before moving to the United States when he was young. He attended school at Union High School here in Tulsa through his freshman year of high school. After about 10 years in Tulsa, he moved back to Switzerland with his family before returning to Tulsa for university. As an undergrad student, he is the youngest member of this year’s research seminar. In addition to studying political science, Bryan is also a member of the nationally ranked Tulsa Cross Country and Track team.