Shannon Portillo grew up in a mixed household with a Mexican-American father and Polish-Jewish American mother. At the age of 10 her family relocated from her parents’ hometown, Chicago, to Johnson County Kansas. Graduating from Shawnee Mission Northwest High School and KU with her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Ph.D. in Public Administration, Shannon is thrilled to call Kansas home. After five years on faculty at George Mason University in the Washington D.C. suburbs, in the Criminology, Law & Society Department, she returned to KU in the School of Public Affairs & Administration in fall 2013. Shannon’s research has always centered on issues of policy implementation. Specifically exploring how informal social structures, based on understandings of race/ethnicity, gender and other social identities, and formal social structures, based on rules and laws, frame policy adherence and implementation. She is currently working on projects exploring the integration of females into special operation combat units in the military and understandings of justice by street-level workers (including police and probation officers). While her research includes a lot of travel time away from Lawrence, when in town she enjoys cooking for her pot-luck loving friends and aspires to one day actually have a garden instead of just talking about it all of the time.
- 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 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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