The Trailblazers and Innovators Series in Minority Graduate Education seminar series hosts a minority scholar at the University's Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses to meet with students, to discuss their scholarship and professional journey, in addition to giving a public talk about their research.
Trailblazers and Innovators 2019
Dr. Kakali Bhattacharya has a Ph.D. from University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia in Educational Psychology. Her program specialization is in Research, Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics, where she further specialized in qualitative inquiry. She holds a graduate certificate in qualitative inquiry and women's studies from the University of Georgia.
Dr. Bhattacharya's research interests include de/colonizing epistemologies and methodologies in transnational contexts of higher education. She also explores technology-integration in social and learning spaces. She is also deeply immersed in arts-based approaches in qualitative inquiry. Recently, Dr. Bhattacharya has delved deeply in contemplative practices as pedagogical and epistemological tool for teaching and inquiring. In her spare time (which she makes sure she has), Dr. Bhattacharya participates in various types of movement-based fitness activities, enjoys the hiking options in and around Manhattan, Kansas, and spends a lot of her time in coffee shops and bistros. When she has even more time, she tries to move her body to the rhythms of salsa music. Being a bonafide geek, Dr. Bhattacharya enjoys television shows such as The Big Bang Theory and Frasier.
Keivan Stassun, PhD
Department of Physics & Astronomy, Vanderbilt University
Department of Physics, Fisk University
Kevin Cokley, PhD
Department of Counseling Pychology
African and American Diaspora Department
Institute for Urban Policy and Reasearch Analysis
The University of Texas at Austin
University of Iowa