Experts Guide — Social Issues

Homelessness and poverty — World hunger — Religion and violence — Liberation theology — Development, human rights, and sustainability — Christian ethics — Moral responsibility, social justice, and public protest
Rick Axtell

Associate Professor of Religion, College Chaplain
B.A., Mississippi College;
M.Div., Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Expertise on issues of hunger and homelessness; former director of Louisville United Against Hunger and case manager working with homeless men. Has guided students to first-hand understanding of homeless shelters. Research on day laborers; public housing residents displaced by HOPE VI. Travel and study in Bangladesh, Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua focused on sustainable development, human rights, and poverty. Honored as a teacher and a hunger activist.



History of modern Europe — France and the Third Republic — Poverty and social welfare — Industrialization — Gender — Philanthropy
Steve Beaudoin

Cantrell Associate Professor of History
B.A., Bates College; M.A., University of Maine;
M.A., Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University

Has published on the development of the European welfare state, charity in Third Republic France, the industrial revolution, poverty in world history, and the history of childhood and gender socialization. In addition, teaches classes on modern China, world history, modern Europe, industrialization, and gender
in Europe and the United States.



Legal psychology — Changes of venue in high profile criminal cases — Difficulty of recognizing
juror bias in voir dire (jury selection) — Psychology of gender — Sex bias in language — Female under-representation and father invisibility in children’s books — Son/daughter preference
Mykol Hamilton

Stodghill Professor of Psychology
B.A., Stanford University; M.A., San Jose State University;
M.A., Ph.D., University of California

Scholarly interests focus on changes of venue in highly publicized criminal cases, juror bias, female under-representation and father invisibility in children’s books, sex bias in language, and son/daughter preference. Research on AIDS issues related to people's attitudes toward homosexuality. Has frequently delivered papers at scholarly conferences, including an invited address on her research on AIDS risk perception. Co-author, with David Anderson, of “Gender Role Stereotyping of Parents in Children's Picture Books: The Invisible Father.” Recently presented paper at the American Psychology-Law Society conference called “Lies, Damn Lies, and Voir Dire: Uncovering Prospective Juror Bias in Highly Publicized Cases.”



Conservative vs. liberal churches — Anything Presbyterian — Sociology of family life — Marriage — Dating, mate selection — How to be a better boyfriend — Coffee and cafes — Academic blogging
Beau Weston

Van Winkle Professor of Sociology
B.A., Swarthmore College; M.A.R. (ethics), Yale Divinity School;
M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. (sociology), Yale University

Special interest in the sociology of religion. Author of Presbyterian Pluralism: Competition in a Protestant House (University of Tennessee Press, 1997). Editor of and contributor to Education and the American Family: A Synthesis of Research (New York University Press, 1989). Research and teaching on topics related to family life and major contemporary social issues. Authored full-length history of Centre College titled Centre College: Scholars, Gentlemen, Christians (published October 2010).