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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, Department of Political Science and Sociology
Rechnitz Family Endowed Chair in Marine and Environmental Law and Policy
Director, Institute for Global Understanding

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Jason E. Adolf, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Endowed Associate Professor of Marine Science

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Kristin B. Bluemel, Ph.D.

Professor of English
Wayne D. McMurray and Helen Bennett Endowed Chair in the Humanities
Graduate Faculty

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Rekha Datta, Ph.D.

Freed Endowed Chair in Social Sciences

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Johanna E. Foster, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Director, Sociology Program
Helen Bennett McMurray Endowed Chair in Social Ethics

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Donald M. Moliver, Ph.D.

Pozycki Professor of Real Estate at Monmouth University

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Katherine J. Parkin, Ph.D.

Jules Plangere, Jr., Endowed Chair in American Social History

In The News

WATCH: Professor Bluemel Interviewed by Handheld Press on Inez Holden and Blitz Writing

March 18, 2021

Kristin Bluemel, professor of English and Wayne D. McMurray Endowed Chair in the Humanities, was interviewed on March 8 about World War II-era writer, Inez Holden, a friend of George Orwell and H. G. Wells, whose forgotten literary work Bluemel has brought back into print. Bluemel served as editor for Holden's novella "Night Shift" and…

Professor Bluemel Wins Leverhulme Visiting Professorship

November 18, 2020

Kristin Bluemel, professor of English and the Wayne D. McMurray Endowed Chair in the Humanities, has won a position as Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Newcastle University in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne in northern England. The seven-month professorship will begin in January 2022. The grant award goes to Newcastle University and is funded by…

Professor Abate Delivers Book Talks and Panel Presentations in the U.K., Belgium, and Canada

January 20, 2020

Randall S. Abate, professor in the Department of Political Science and Sociology, embarked on a U.K. book talk and panel presentation tour for his latest work, "Climate Change and the Voiceless." The tour began Jan. 8, kicking off at the London School of Economics, and ran through Jan. 16 at the University of Kent. Abate traveled to a total…

Professor Abate Delivers Keynote Presentation at Climate Change Law Conference in Morocco

November 26, 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 a keynote presentation at the second annual Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Environmental Law Scholars’ Conference in Casablanca, Morocco held Nov. 4-5. The theme for this year’s…

Professor Bluemel is Invited Speaker at British Academy Conference

July 31, 2019

Kristin Bluemel, Ph.D., professor of English and Wayne D. McMurray Endowed Chair in the Humanities, is an invited speaker at a conference in Newcastle, England on "New Lives, New Landscapes: Rural Modernism in 20th-Century Britain" sponsored by the British Academy and Northumbria University. The only American and only English professor invited to speak at the event,…

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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
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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
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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
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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.