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About the Council of Endowed Chairs

The Council of Endowed Chairs (CEC) seeks to promote and advance recognition of Monmouth University as a center for excellence in teaching and research through heightened commitments to the scholarship of presentation, publication, and public engagement. Its members hope to serve as resources for other scholars at Monmouth, both students and faculty, as well as provide expertise to regional and national audiences. The ideal of interdisciplinary collaboration guides the activities of the Council of Endowed Chairs. Members of the Council represent and work across diverse majors and Schools in order to undertake the scholarship of discovery and the creation of new knowledge as they seek to strengthen communities of learners.

Founded in Fall 2018, the CEC highlights the work of its members through on-campus lectures, talks, and workshops scheduled at least once a semester. The founding Chair of the Council of Endowed Chairs Dr. Kristin Bluemel welcomes all inquiries at

Council Membership
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Randall S. Abate, J.D.

Professor, Endowed Chair

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Jason E. Adolf, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

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Rekha Datta, Ph.D.

Interim Provost

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Johanna E. Foster, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, FAMCO President

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Donald M. Moliver, Ph.D.

Dean of the Leon Hess Business School

In The News

Professor Abate Delivers Climate Justice Presentations on European Tour, Launches New Blog

July 3, 2019

Randall S. Abate, professor in the Department of Political Science and Sociology and Rechnitz Family/Urban Coast Institute Endowed Chair in Marine and Environmental Law and Policy, delivered lectures related to his forthcoming book, "Climate Change and the Voiceless: Protecting Future Generations, Wildlife, and Natural Resources" (Cambridge University Press) in Turkey, the Netherlands, Serbia, and Spain…

Professor Bluemel Brings 'Blitz Writing' to 21st Century Readers

May 22, 2019

Kristin Bluemel, Ph.D., professor of English and Wayne D. McMurray Endowed Chair in the Humanities, has edited a new book entitled "Blitz Writing: Night Shift and It Was Different at the Time." The book, inspired by the life of ordinary citizens during the 1940–1941 German bombing campaign against Britain known as the London Blitz, includes…

Professors Datta, Parkin, and Foster Earn Endowed Chair Appointments

December 12, 2018

From left to right: Rekha Datta, Johanna Foster, and Katherine Parkin Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Laura Moriarty, Ph.D., announced three endowed chair appointments in the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University.  Rekha Datta, Ph.D., Katherine Parkin, Ph.D., and Johanna Foster, Ph.D., will…

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Recent Works from Council Members

Climate Change and the Voiceless: Protecting Future Generations, Wildlife, and Natural Resources

By Randall S. Abate
Book Cover for Climate Change and the Voiceless
Future generations, wildlife, and natural resources – collectively referred to as ‘the voiceless’ in this work – are the most vulnerable and least equipped populations to protect themselves from the impacts of global climate change. While domestic and international law protections are beginning to recognize rights and responsibilities that apply to the voiceless community, these legal developments have yet to be pursued in a collective manner and have not been considered together in the context of climate change and climate justice. In Climate Change and the Voiceless, Randall S. Abate identifies the common vulnerabilities of the voiceless in the Anthropocene era and demonstrates how the law, by incorporating principles of sustainable development, can evolve to protect their interests more effectively. This work should be read by anyone interested in how the law can be employed to mitigate the effects of climate change on those who stand to lose the most.

Rural Modernity in Britain: A Critical Intervention

Edited by Kristin Bluemel and Michael McCluskey
Book Cover for Modernity in Rural Britain
Rural Modernity in Britain argues that the rural areas of Britain were impacted by modernisation just as much – if not more – than urban and suburban areas. It is the first study of modernity and modernism to focus on rural people and places that experienced economic depression, the expansion of transportation and communication networks, the roll out of electricity, the loss of land, and the erosion of local identities. Who celebrated these changes? Who resisted them? Who documented them? Essays in this collection investigate five main cultural areas: Networks, Landscapes, Communities, Heritage, and Wars. Together they make the case that the rural means more than just the often-studied countryside of southern England, a retreat from the consequences of modernity; rather, the rural emerges as a source for new versions of the modern, with an active role in the formation and development of British experiences and representations of modernity.

Women at the Wheel: A Century of Buying, Driving, and Fixing Cars

By Katherine J. Parkin
Book Cover for Women at the Wheel: A Century of Buying, Driving, and Fixing Cars
Ever since the Ford Model T became a vehicle for the masses, the automobile has served as a symbol of masculinity. The freedom of the open road, the muscle car’s horsepower, the technical know-how for tinkering: all of these experiences have largely been understood from the perspective of the male driver. Women, in contrast, were relegated to the passenger seat and have been the target of stereotypes that portray them as uninterested in automobiles and, more perniciously, as poor drivers. In Women at the Wheel, Katherine J. Parkin illuminates the social implications of these stereotypes and shows how they have little basis in historical reality.

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