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2011 - 96th Annual Convention Words: 324 words || 
1. Jordan, Joseph. "African American - Native American Civil War Representations in American Film" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 96th Annual Convention, TBA, Richmond, VA, <Not Available>. 2018-11-21 <>
Publication Type: Invited Paper
Abstract: This essay examines the cultural politics of race and history as depicted through African Americans and Native Americans in filmic narratives of the Civil War. I begin from a basic assertion that filmic narratives, particularly those that are based on or purport to accurately depict historical moments or events, are indelibly marked by the socio-political conflicts (contestations of meaning and interpretation) of the era in which they were made.

My analytical approach entails: (1) examining the historical accuracy of films from different eras that focus on the Civil War and its immediate aftermath; (2) exploring how these films conceptualize African American and Native American group consciousness and agency as they grapple with the conditions imposed by the Civil War; and (3) documenting the manner in which these films create authoritative texts that approximate contextualized historical truths. Films analyzed in this essay include: Thomas Ince's The Invaders (1912); Alf Kjellin's The McMasters (1970); Sidney Poitier's Buck and the Preacher (1972); Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven (1992); and the History Channel's production of the documentary Indian Warriors: The Untold Story of the Civil War (2007).

My reading of the films draws on the work of Quintard Taylor, Jack Forbes, Walter Benjamin and Arica Coleman, and on primary text material on the Civil War in Indian country and in the American south. In working through this reading I follow Benjamin's query, which asks "... whether films can overcome the gap between fantasy and reality." I argue it should not be necessary for filmic narratives to accomplish this task, but acknowledge, as Benjamin did, that films can be "... associated with a new form of experience that enters one’s consciousness despite one’s will". I conclude the filmic narratives explored in this essay can be useful 'texts', that are capable of providing greater insight into the cultural politics of history in a specific era. However, they are less useful as 'historical texts', even when a documentary format is employed to tell the story.

2013 - American Studies Association Annual Meeting Words: 345 words || 
2. Jardno, Taylor. "Leaders of a Pan-American Century: American-Sponsored Education and Pan Americanism in Mexico, 1920-1970" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Hilton Washington, Washington, DC, <Not Available>. 2018-11-21 <>
Publication Type: Internal Paper
Abstract: By the mid-1950s, policymakers and scholars of U.S. international relations had begun to take seriously what was dubbed as the "fourth dimension" of foreign policy: educational and cultural diplomacy. In Latin America, post-war investments in modernization programs overseen by multiple U.S. government agencies understood that the key to creating "good neighbors" laid in educating the hemisphere's children away from "anti-American" ideologies using pedagogies that stressed the "progressive" and secular ideals of individualism and the free market. Crucial to this project were American-sponsored schools, K-12 institutions that had long constituted diplomatic microcosms where the sons and daughters of captains of industry, diplomats, and wealthy expatriate and local families were groomed to be successful Pan American citizens. Though closely tied to U.S. embassies and financially supported and regulated by the Department of State, these schools also answered to national ministries of education, which at times offered competing pedagogies for cultivating the minds of its citizens and the non-citizen children living within its boundaries.

Drawing on case studies from a prominent and long-enduring school system in Mexico, this paper examines the creation and standardization of American-sponsored education in Latin America, a region that led the world count of these schools. In this paper, I interrogate a variety of sources including U.S. and Mexican government records, as well as materials created by bilingual American-sponsored school students, to analyze how these students interpreted their own ideas of ethnicity and race, concepts complicated at the national and international levels by regimes of “indebted knowledges.” This paper also offers a corrective lens to the popular conflation of American-sponsored education abroad with the "military brat," a phenomenon that did not occur until the US Department of Defense created an independent school system at the end of World War II. By shifting the focus of histories of childhood and education away from the uplift of the urban poor, this paper seeks to locate the role of elite children as objects of and participants in contests of cultural diplomacy and national educational policies from the interwar period to the dawn of the Cold War.

2011 - International Studies Association Annual Conference "Global Governance: Political Authority in Transition" Pages: 25 pages || Words: 11688 words || 
3. Anastasiou, Harry. "A Conflict Analysis and Peace Studies Perspective on American Nationalism and US Foreign Policy: The Narrative of American Nationalism versus American Democracy" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association Annual Conference "Global Governance: Political Authority in Transition", Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel, MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA, Mar 16, 2011 Online <PDF>. 2018-11-21 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: The uniqueness of American nationalism as a critical factor shaping US policy has received scant attention. Even though nationalist themes often surface in academic and public political discourse, the phenomenon of nationalism as a worldview underpinning and driving much of US politics has not been sufficiently attended. More specifically, the impact of American nationalism on foreign policy perspectives, especially in regard to issues of international peace and security, has not been sufficiently addressed. What has also received insufficient attention is that within America’s political and intellectual tradition one also finds an alternative worldview that challenges and competes with that of nationalism, namely, the worldview of peace-grounded democracy. From the perspective of conflict analysis and peace studies, the purpose of this paper is to initiate academic inquiry and practical dialogue on the fundamental parameters of the contradiction and competition between the worldview of American nationalism and that of American peace-oriented democracy, while exploring their implications for US foreign policy, relations with the international community, America’s perspectives on its current wars and warfare in general, and its approaches to securing international peace and promoting democracy. The inquiry will conclude with a comparative exposition and assessment of the worldview of American nationalism and that of American peace-oriented democracy.

2016 - American Studies Association Annual Meeting Words: 250 words || 
4. Bartels, Rusty. "“Where American Armed Forces Have Served Overseas”: The American Battle Monuments Commission and the Implications of Overseas American Military Commemoration" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association Annual Meeting, TBA, Denver, Colorado, <Not Available>. 2018-11-21 <>
Publication Type: Internal Paper
Abstract: War’s legacies continue to haunt civilian communities long after the end of war, whether it’s the disabled veteran returned home to domestic life in the United States, or the transformation of communities, landscapes, and geographies near war zones. For the United States, war has almost always been a global phenomenon, and with global wars comes global commemoration. Many Americans travel overseas to visit sites of famous historical conflicts and trauma - the Western Front, Verdun, Auschwitz, the Berlin Wall, Manila - often inspired by family connections, patriotic duty, or intellectual curiosity.

Once overseas, these visitors will likely encounter a site managed by the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC), an agency of the executive branch of the US Government, designated the “guardian of America’s overseas commemorative cemeteries and memorials,” that “honors the service, achievements and sacrifice of U.S. Armed Forces.” These overseas sites of American martial memory shape the domestic fabric of the surrounding communities, serving as a constant reminder of the legacy of war. While most of ABMC’s memorials are dedicated to WWI and WWII in Europe and the Pacific Theater, they also include sites marking the Korean War, Spanish-American War, Mexican-American War, and defense of the Panama Canal. These cemeteries and memorials continue to mark the US’ imperial reach, commemorating in place servicemen who fought and died for imperial endeavors. This paper will follow the origins, mission, current organization of the ABMC to theorize the implications that overseas American military commemoration has for domestic daily life and political relations

2005 - American Sociological Association Pages: 20 pages || Words: 5354 words || 
5. Ray, Rashawn. "To Be A Man: An Investigation of Masculinity Ideology and Men's Family Roles Among and Within African-American, Anglo-American, and Mexican-American Families" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Marriott Hotel, Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia, PA, Aug 12, 2005 Online <PDF>. 2018-11-21 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: This study examines African-American, Anglo-American, and Mexican-American attitudes toward masculinity ideology and the role of men in the family. Much research focuses on the impact various aspects of the family have on mental health outcomes and gender attitude differences amongst men and women, but little research investigates how the roles men are perceived to fulfill differ among and within racial/ethnic groups by assessing each racial/ethnic group for its specific culture and history. Comparatively, little research has been conducted on the gender role attitudes of minorities and economically disadvantaged individuals. There is not much literature on African-American men in the family and even less on Hispanic men, more specifically Mexican-American men. This study aims to fill these gaps in the literature by investigating attitudinal differences that vary across African-American, Anglo-American, and Mexican-American families in terms of attitudes towards three specific areas of masculinity: self-reliance, restrictive emotionality, and achievement status using quantitative and qualitative data from The Intersections of Family, Work, and Health Study (2004). This focus on masculinity ideology and the expected roles of men in the family will provide a broader context for understanding how to better assess attitudes towards masculinity ideology for racial/ethnic groups.

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