Academics - Faculty Profiles

Tessa Hicks Peterson, PhD
Assistant Vice President of Community Engagement and Assistant Professor in Urban Studies

Tessa Hicks Peterson

With Pitzer Since: 2006
Field Group: Cultural Studies/Urban Studies
Campus Address: Scott 108
Phone: 909.607.3061
Email: tessa_hicks_peterson@pitzer.edu

Education:
M.A., PhD Claremont Graduate University: Cultural Studies
B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz

 

Recent Community Involvement

Invited to act as a faculty consultant on a School Centered Community Revitalization project in North Long Beach with faculty from Pitzer College, Harvey Mudd College and Claremont Graduate University (CGU) through a BLAIS Grant-funded project of CGU's School of Education.

Recent Conference Presentations and Invited Talks

Professor Hicks Peterson presented the efforts of her three-year long partnership with community organizers of ICUC (Inland Communities United for Change), along with community partners, Tom Dolan and Rocio Ruiz, on the topic of their recent article, "Partnering with youth organizers to prevent violence: An analysis of relationships, power and change" at the annual conference of Community- Campus Partnerships for Health in Portland, OR, May 2010.

"Building a Comprehensive Response to the Challenges of Globalization: Engaged Scholarship both Locally and Globally," Presented at Association of American Colleges and Universities Conference. With K. Dengu-Zvobgo. Seattle, WA, January 2009.

"Community-based, Action Research and Community Organizing," Presented at the International Partnership Institute. With T. Dolan and I. Arguayo. Portland State University, Portland, OR, May 2009.

"Integration or Fragmentation? Locating Spirituality in the Profession and Movements of Social Justice Activism." Paper presented at the Media, Spiritualities, and Social Change Conference, co-sponsored by the University of Colorado at Boulder and Naropa University, June 2008.

Steering committee organizer: an annual conference on the praxis of activism, arts and academia in addressing reconciliation and community-building in post-genocide communities, with a focus on Rwanda. The conference is entitled, "Arts in the One World", co-sponsored by Cal Arts University, Brandeis University and Theatre Without Borders.

Recent Grants

The Community Engagement Center was awarded a grant from the California Council for the Humanities to operate and expand its Borrowed Voices programming at Camps Afflerbaugh-Paige. $7,000. April 2010.

Professor Hicks Peterson received a Bringing Theory to Practice: Engaged Learning, Student Civic Development and Student Well-Being grant from the American Association of Colleges and Universities. $2,500. April 2010.

Recent Scholarly Publications - Articles and Book Chapters

"Partnering With Youth Organizers to Prevent Violence: An Analysis of Relationships, Power and Change," Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, Johns Hopkins University Press. vol. 4.3, pp. 235-242 (Fall 2010). With T. Dolan and S. Hanft.

"Engaged scholarship: reflections and research on the pedagogy of social change," Teaching in Higher Education: Special Edition, Vol. 14:5 pp 541-552 (October, 2009).

Afterword. Howard L. Bingham's Black Panthers, 1968. Los Angeles: Ammo Books, 2009.

 

Publications

Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action.Fall, 2010
Partnering with youth organizers to prevent violence: An analysis of relationships, power and change

Teaching in Higher Education: Special Edition.10/09
Engaged scholarship: reflections and research on the pedagogy of social change

Howard L. Bingham's Black Panthers, 196806/09
Afterword

Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, Vol. 18, No. 412/06
Humanizing the Other in 'Us and Them'