Dr. Mellisa Holtzman

Dr. Mellisa Holtzman


Congratulations to Dr. Mellisa Holtzman on the publication of her qualitative study, “Bystander Intervention Training: Does it Increase Perceptions of Blame for Nonintervention?” in the journal Sociological Inquiry. The study examines the degree to which college students hold bystanders accountable for preventing sexual assault.  

Check out the abstract to her article!


John Anderson John Anderson              

Congratulations to John Anderson on the publication of his peer-reviewed chapter contribution to the book Blackmaled!  Blackmaled By Academia is a collaborative narrative of the experiences of Black men in academia.  

Read more about this publication!


Dr. Richard Petts    Dr. Richard Petts   

Dr. Richard Petts won Ball State’s Outstanding Research Award! This is a university-wide award in recognition of
exemplary scholarly productivity and achievement.

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Recognized his research: In Business Magazine, based in the Greater Phoenix area, has written an article about the research Richard Petts has done with Gayle Kaufman, Davidson College sociology professor. In their study, “Gendered Parental Leave Policies among Fortune 500 Companies”, Petts and Kaufman describe the gender disparities in parental leave offered by Fortune 500 companies, and discuss the implications these disparities have on hiring and promoting women.  

Check it out 


Dr. Melinda MessineoDr. Melinda Messineo   

Inform Muncie, a proof-of-concept newsletter and news website, was launched by a Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry class in Spring 2021.  

Students, under the direction of BSU faculty members Juli Metzger and Melinda Messineo examined emerging news deserts and created a new publication targeting the under-recognized and untold stories of Muncie. Students walked the neighborhoods of Muncie, collaborated with a nine-member Audience Advisory Board, and went through implicit bias training before embarking on storytelling development.  

See what equity and inclusion in storytelling really means atinformmuncie.com.  


Dr. Ellen Whitehead

Dr. Ellen Whitehead         

Faculty research news! For their project “How Rental Property Management Shapes Social and Economic Inequality”, Ellen Whitehead as well as Elizabeth Korver-Glenn (University of New Mexico) and Junia Howell (University of Pittsburgh) have earned the Russell Sage Foundation Presidential Authority Grant!  

Learn more about the project! 


Drs. Jun Xu and Fang Gong: Publication and AAPI Event

Dr. Jun XuDrs. Jun Xu and Fang Gong are excited to announce the forthcoming publication of their article, “Ethnic Disparities in Mental Health among Asian Americans:  Evidence from a National Sample” in the Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice.

For Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Dr. Fang Gong, Sociology, Dr. Jun Xu, Sociology, and Dr. Mengxi Zhang, Nutrition and Health Science have organized an event to consider of the past adversities and present challenges of the AAPI community. They will first introduce the sociodemographic characteristics of the AAPI, then review a few watershed events and the passage of legal acts that have had long-lasting adverse effects, and finally discuss the origins and implications of the “Yellow Peril” and the “model minority” labels. Additional information will be provided regarding the newly established Ball State AAPI Affinity Group.Dr. Fang Gong

This inaugural event for the Ball State AAPI Affinity Group will take place, May 20, 12:30 pm-1:30 pm for a presentation on “Yellow Peril” or “Model Minority”? Past Adversities, Present Challenges, and Future Possibilities of the AAPI Community




Thank you, Dr. Lisa Pellerin 

Dr. Lisa Pellerin 

Dr. Lisa Pellerin served as Director of the Women and Gender Studies Program for 11 years. We want to recognize and thank her forthe outstanding job she provided starting and growing that program for Ball State University while still teaching for the Department of Sociology.  



Chris Hutton   

Graduate Student, Chris Hutton, had an editorial published in Newsweek. The op-ed is about the recent firing of actress Gina CaranoChris Hutton    from the Star Wars series the Mandalorian. 

Read the article 

Chris Hutton also published an editorial in the Daily Dot. He delves into why Congress can’t handle the coming decade of tech problems. 

Read Why Congress’ Technology Problems Are So Problematic (dailydot.com) 





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