Ben Chappell is an ethnographer and associate professor of American Studies. Originally from Ohio, he studied at Bethel College in Kansas and the University of Texas at Austin. He developed an interest in Latina/o cultures after taking travel courses in Mexico and Central America as an undergrad, and focusing on Mexican American studies in graduate school through the Américo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies at UT, where he earned a doctorate in anthropology. His research focuses on popular institutions and aesthetics in everyday life. His first book was an ethnography of lowrider car customizers and the policing of urban space. He is currently working on a book about Mexican American fastpitch softball tournaments, which are local traditions going back at least to World War II in a region running roughly from Kansas City to Houston. For much of his life he was a musician, and has performed with baroque, choral, jazz, punk rock, honky-tonk, and mariachi ensembles. His hobbies include playing in the Lawrence Adult Soccer League and making espresso on a finicky manual machine, which on a good day can make the best cup in town.
- Dr. Gamze Kati Gumus defended her dissertation with honors on May 10, 2018. Congratulations, Dr. Kati Gumus!
- KU-AUMI InterArts was recently featured by the Commons in a video on improving inclusive communities at KU. You can watch the video, which features our own Sherrie Tucker amongst other founders of the movement at KU, and learn more about AUMI here!
- Congratulations to Professor Robert Warrior on being elected to a member of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
- This article, written by Ph.D. candidate Hannah Bailey, was published in the latest edition of Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Congratulations, Hannah!
- We would like to recognize Patrick Sumner, 2005 alumni, for his work in this article about the defacement of the John Brown memorial in the Quindaro area of Kansas City, Kansas.
- Congratulations to Dr. Jonathan Burrow-Branine for successfully defending his dissertation with honors January 25, 2018.
- Please read this article about Professor Robert Warrior titled: Native scholar uncomfortably at home in American studies field.
- Congratulations to Daniel Carey-Whalen, an alumni that was recently promoted as UTEP's Centennial Museum director.
- Congratulations to Josh Parshall, an alumni who was recently featured in this article.
- Congratulations to Christopher Perreira for receiving the National Academies Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center for 2017-2018.
- How a motion-tracking musical software is breaking down barriers for people with disabilities: click here to read more about the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument (AUMI), a one-of-a-kind piece of inclusive technology that promotes musical improvisation. The article recognizes Professor Sherrie Tucker, who started AUMI jam sessions and helped to bring the grant and symposium for it to Lawrence. Written by Omar Sanchez
- Ph.D. candidate, Rachel Schwaller, has been awarded the Hall Center's Sias Fellowship for Spring 2018. Congratulations, Rachel!
- KU Special Education Department: With Ray Pence
- Tribute Or Tribulation? How do we commemorate history? What is the best way to remember a conflicted and painful past? And who gets to decide? Listen here »
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