Dr. Byron Miller

Dr. Miller received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology and a Master’s in Teaching Secondary Social Science from the University of South Florida; a Master of Science as well as a Ph.D. in Sociology with a focus on Mental Health and minor concentration in Social Stratification from Florida State University.

Dr. Miller is a Sociologist that uses an epidemiology approach to investigate how psychological and social factors impact health outcomes. His research examines how psychosocial measures like mastery, discrimination, and social support impact health disparities. Dr. Miller’s primary research interests examine the interconnections between race, gender, interracial romance and mental health. His current projects are investigating contemporary definitions of race and the link between interracial romance and mental health among college-aged adults.

Recent publications
James, Anthony, and Byron Miller. 2017. “My body is a temple: Testing the mediating role of youths’ spirituality on healthy behaviors.” International Journal of Children’s Spirituality 22(2); 134-153.

Tillman, Kathryn Harker, and Byron Miller. 2016. “The Role of Family Relationships in the Psychological Wellbeing of Interracially Dating Adolescents.” Social Science Research. 

Miller, Byron, and Benjamin Lennox Kail. 2016. “Exploring the Effects of Spousal Race on the Self-Rated Health of Intermarried Adults.” Sociological Perspectives. DOI: 10.1177/0731121416641702.

Miller, Byron, and Jessica Irvin. 2016. “Invisible Scars: Comparing the Mental Health of Same-Sex and Opposite-Sex Intimate Partner Violence Victims.” Journal of Homosexuality. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2016.1242334

Miller, Byron. 2015. “The Big Picture: Black Girls, Adolescent Girls and Crime Today.” Pp. 301-312 in Black Girls and Adolescents: Facing the Challenges, edited by Catherine Fisher Collins. Santa Barbara: Praeger Publishers.

Miller, Byron. 2014. “What are the Odds: An Examination of Adolescent Interracial Romance and Risk for Depression.” Youth and Society: DOI: 10.1177/0044118X14531150.

Miller, Byron, Sunshine Rote, and Verna Keith. 2013. “Coping with Racial Discrimination: Assessing the Vulnerability of African Americans and the Mediated Moderation of Psychosocial Resources.” Society and Mental Health 3(2): 133-150.

Dr. Ella Schmidt

Dr. Schmidt is a cultural anthropologist who has done research on Mexican farm workers in West Central Florida and changes in their construction of identity.  Currently her research focuses on transnational indigenous Mexican migrants in Clearwater and Valle del Mezquital, Hidalgo, Mexico and the creation of new social formations in both home and host communities.  She recently co-edited a special issue of Globalizationon “Cultures of Globalization. Coherence, Hybridity, and Contestation.” 4(1)2007.  Her co-edited book (with Ward Stavig) The Tupac Amaru and Catarista Rebellions: an Anthology of Sources, was published in late March 2008 by  Hackett Publishing Co., Mass.  Her recent book  The Dream Fields of Florida;  Mexican Farmworkers and the Myth of Belonging was published in November 2009 by Lexington Books.  She is currently on sabbatical, supported by a Fulbright Research Grant, doing research among indigenous Hñähñu in the Mezquital Valley and their centuries-old notions of communal citizenship that inform their interactions with their U.S. communities of destination.

Recent publications

Schmidt Ella. “Ciudadanía comunal y patrimonio cultural indígena: el caso del Valle del Mezquital, Hidalgo.  Dimensión Antropológica (Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Mexico D.F.) 20(59)2013: 147-162.

Schmidt, Ella.  “Otavalo Diaspora in Historical Perspective: Different Opportunities, Different Paths”.  In Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. Wiley Blackwell. 2012.

Schmidt, Ella.  “Citizenship from below: Hñahñu heritage in a transnational world.” Latino Studies 10(1-2)2012: 196-219.

Baez Cubero, L., Crummett, Maria, Fierro Alonso, U. J.,  Garret Rios, M.G., Moreno Alcántara, B. and Schmidt, Ella.  “De mi parcela al ancho mundo.”  Efectos de la movilidad en Hidalgo, México y Clearwater, Florida, Estados Unidos.  IN La migración indígena.  Causas y efectos en la cultura, en la economía y en la población.  Etnografia de los Pueblos Indígenas de México Series.  Comisión Nacional de Antropología e Historia-Instituto de Antropología e Historia.  México, D.F. 2012.

Schmidt, Ella.  “Marginales o Ciudadanos? El Caso de los ÑähÑus en Clearwater, Florida.  In Homenaje a Yolanda Lastra. X Coloquio Internacional de Otopames. Ana María Salazar & Verónica Kugel, eds.  Mexico D.F.: Universidad Autónoma de México and Instituto Nacional de Lenguas Indígenas. 2010.

Schmidt, Ella.  The Dream Fields of Florida:  Mexican Farmworkers and the Myth of Belonging.  Lanham:  Lexington Books. 2009.

Schmidt, Ella. Localismo, Globalismo y la Expansión de Tradiciones Culturales: el Caso de los Hñahñu (Otomí) de Hidalgo, Mexico y Clearwater, Florida.  Estudios de Cultura Otopame.  Vol. VI.  UNAM: Instituto de Investigaciones Antropológicas.  2008.

Stavig, Ward & Ella Schmidt.  The Tupac Amaru and Catarista Rebellions:  An Anthology of Sources.  Edited and translated by Ward Stavig and Ella Schmidt with an introduction by Charles Walker. Mass.: Hackett Publishing Co. 2008.

Archer, Kevin, M. Martin Bosman, M. Mark Amen & Ella Schmidt.  Cultures of Globalization. Coherence, Hybridity, Contestation London and New York: Routledge. 2008.

Schmidt, Ella.  “Whose Culture?  Globalism, Localism, and the Expansion of Tradition; the Case of the Hñähñu of Hidalgo, Mexico and Clearwater, Florida.”  Special Issue of Globalizations Cultures of Globalization:  Coherence, Hybridity, and Contestation  4(1)2007: 101-114.

Archer, K, M. Bosman, M. Amen & E. Schmidt.  “Locating Globalizations and Cultures.” Special Issue of Globalizations “Cultures of Globalization: Coherence, Hybridity, and Contestation.” 4(1)2007: 1-14.

Dr. Rebecca Johns

Dr. Johns received the  Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Stanford University;  the Master of Science degree in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Ph.D. in Geography from Rutgers University in 1994. She is an Associate Professor of Geography, and currently holds the Frank E. Duckwall Professor of Florida Studies endowed chair. She is the Program Coordinator for ISS. She is the Education and Community Outreach
Director for the Initiative on Coastal Adaptation and Resilience at USFSP.

Her research interests include human perceptions of nature; nature-society relationships; and the commodification of nature through neoliberalism; and particularly the implementation of environmental education programs in the U.S., Florida and India. Current projects examine the role of state, county and local parks in increasing environmental literacy among adults in Florida, a comparison of environmental education programming in India and the U.S., and the study of barriers to climate resilience in Pinellas County. Older research focuses primarily on spatial
characteristics of labor organizing and the globalization of class struggle.

Recent publications
Dixon, B., Gruber, J., Mbatu, R. and Johns, R., 2017. Measuring conservation success beyond the traditional biological criteria: the case of conservation projects in Costa Rica, Mekong Valley, and Cameroon. Natural Resources Forum.

Johns, Rebecca, and Merton, Elizabeth, 2015. “Neglected Yards and Community Landscaping,” The Southeastern Geographer.

Johns, Rebecca, Dixon, Barnali, McHan, Chris and Westmark, Zach, 2013. “Evaluating Food Deserts in St. Petersburg, Florida.” The Florida Geographer 44: 15-37.

Mustafa, D, Smucker, T A, Ginn, F, Johns, R, Connely, S, 2010, “Xeriscape people and the cultural politics of turfgrass transformation” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 28(4) 600–617.

Johns, Rebecca A., 2009. “Assessing The Social And Ecological Impact Of Voluntary Simplicity,” Papers of the Applied Geography Conferences, Vol. 32.

Johns, Rebecca A., 2008. “Ecologically Appropriate Residential Landscaping in Pinellas County, Florida: Barriers and Incentives.” Papers of the Applied Geography Conference, Vol. 31, pgs. 283-291.

Johns, Rebecca A., Connelly, Shanon, Dorsey Joseph ,Krest, Jim, Mustafa, Daanish, Smucker, Thomas.. “Xeriscaping as Coastal Amelioration: using “Florida Friendly Landscaping” to reduce pollutant runoff and water consumption in Pinellas County, Florida,” Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, Vol X, No. 2, 2007, pps. 113-141.

Dr. Vikki Gaskin-Butler

Ph.D. Clinical & Health Psychology, University of Florida
M.Div., Emory University

Research Areas:
Adult Spiritual, Mental, and Physical Well-being; Women’s Mental and Spiritual Health. Dr. Gaskin-Butler’s current research interests include:  co-parenting expectations of African American mothers and non-co-resident fathers, and the relationship between mindfulness and coping in adults.

Recent publications
Chenneville, T., Toler, S., and Gaskin-Butler, V. T. (2012). Civic engagement in the field of psychology. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 12(4).

Gaskin-Butler, V. T., McHale, J., Markievitz, M., Engert, T., & Swenson, C. (2012). Prenatal expectancies of first-time African American mothers. Family Process.

Gaskin-Butler, V. T. & Tucker, C. M. (1995). Self-esteem, academic achievement, and adaptive behavior in African-American children. The Educational Forum, 59(3), 234-243.

McHale, J., Gaskin-Butler, V. T., McKay, K., Gallardo, G. (2013). Figuring It Out for the Child initiative: Fostering coparenting in unmarried expectant African American parents. Zero to Three, 33(6), 17-22.