Pacific Arts & Sciences Research Activities

Following are just a few of the many research endeavors in Pacific University’s College of Arts & Sciences:

Jaye Cee Whitehead, Sociology, first discovered her love for sociology at Pacific as a student. Her passion for understanding power and inequality in the social world also satisfies her curiosity in the world around her. Selected publications include works in The Berkeley Journal of Sociology and entries in several sociological textbooks.

Stacey Halpern, Biology, studies interactions between plants and insects in both natural and agricultural systems. Her publications have appeared in The Journal of Applied Ecology and she has presented in San Jose, at Willamette University, and at the University of Portland.

Jules Boykoff, Politics and Government, recently published "Once Upon a Neoliberal Rocket Badge" (Edge, 2006) and "Beyond Bullets" (AK Press, 2007) which illustrate the wide range of his creative efforts. The first book is a compilation of experimental poetry; the second a study of dissent and its suppression in the United States.

Jessica Ritter, Social Work, has completed one book and is planning a second. Her first, "101 Careers in Social Work" (with H. Vakalahi and M. Kiernan-Stern), was published by Springer in 2009. She was also recently notified that she has been awarded the 2010 Helen Caitlin Memorial Award by the National Association of Social Workers, Oregon Chapter for her service to the organization.

Heide Island, Psychology, is studying comparative self-control, the environmental factors that influence impulsive behavior. She also studies the neurochemistry of emotion to try to work out how people looking for long-term relationships can be matched.

David Boersema, Philosophy, is editing a peer-reviewed journal, Essays in Philosophy, and has recently published two significant books, "Pragmatism and Reference" (Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2009) and "Philosophy of Science" (New York: Pearson Prentice-Hall, 2008).