Socio-Economic and Education Factors Impacting American Political Systems: Emerging Research and Opportunities

Socio-Economic and Education Factors Impacting American Political Systems: Emerging Research and Opportunities

Noted as an IGI Global Core Reference Title in Government & Law for 2019.

Pamela Hampton-Garland (University of the District of Columbia, USA), Lisa Sechrest-Ehrhardt (University of the District of Columbia, USA) and Benson George Cooke (University of the District of Columbia, USA)
Release Date: November, 2017|Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 191
ISBN13: 9781522538431|ISBN10: 1522538437|EISBN13: 9781522538448|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3843-1


America has the reputation of being one of the wealthiest and most powerful countries in the world, yet within its borders social problems persist and negatively impact Americans. Though profound changes are taking place in the social, economic, and cultural contexts of America, they are precipitated by the urge for equal opportunity and social justice.

Socio-Economic and Education Factors Impacting American Political Systems: Emerging Research and Opportunities provides emerging research on the most current issues facing the American public and political system. While highlighting the changes America is making in the social, economic, and cultural regions of society, readers will learn how these changes are coming to shape their lives in the country. This book is an important resource for undergraduate and graduate students and professionals seeking current research on how social, economic, and educational issues impact the American political system and policies.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • American Labor Force
  • Healthcare System
  • Political Issues
  • Racial Tension
  • Stereotypes
  • Trade Relations

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Dr. Pamela Hampton-Garland is an Assistant Professor in the Adult Education, in the College of Arts and Sciences in the School of Education at the University of the District of Columbia. Dr. Hampton-Garland earned her doctoral degree in Curriculum and Teaching with a concentration in Cultural Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, her Master’s degree in Adult Education and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Dr. Hampton-Garland’s research interests were developed through personal experiences with the pursuit of higher education and were theoretically identified during the proposal phase of her dissertation. Pierre Bourdieu’s (1978) Cultural Capital is the theoretical platform that under-girds her research. The three areas of cultural capital include embodied, objectified, and institutionalized capital. Dr. Hampton-Garland's research focuses on the transformations of adults as they strive to shift from generational poverty to sustainability. This area of research undergirds her interest in the development of this book.
Dr. Lisa Sechrest-Ehrhardt received a BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia (1982), an MSW from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work (1984) and a PhD from the National Catholic School of Social Service at The Catholic University of America (2012). Her career has focused on cultural diversity with an emphasis on race and ethnicity. As such her employment choices have included professional opportunities which have provided her with a vast array of experiences working with people of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. As an independent diversity consultant she provides workshops to community organizations, schools, businesses, and religious groups. Her professional interest is driven by an enthusiasm to learn about and from diverse people. Her research interests are in the area of multiracial identity development. She is currently employed as an assistant professor in the social work program at the University of the District of Columbia and is an Independent Diversity Trainer/Consultant.
Dr. Benson G. Cooke received his B.A. degree from Morehouse College, and his M.S. and Ed.D. Degrees from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He currently serves as a Professor of Counseling and Psychology, and formerly served as the (2011-2014) Chair of the Department of Psychology, Counseling and Human Development at The University of the District of Columbia in Washington, DC. Prior to his employment with UDC in 2006, Dr. Cooke has served in teaching and leadership positions at George Mason University, Xavier University of Louisiana, and The University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Additionally, he has held administrative and clinical positions within mental health treatment agencies since completing his graduate education. From 2009-2011 Dr. Cooke served as the National President for The Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi). During his tenure in positions as national treasurer and later as national president, he effected improvement of the association’s fiscal growth by strengthening the accounting systems, and the executive and organizational management, thereby enhancing and sustaining ABPsi’s operational infrastructure. Dr. Cooke is the recipient of numerous national community-service, educational/faculty excellence, scholarship and professional service awards. Among these honors Dr. Cooke received the 2016 ABPsi Distinguished Psychologist Award for his career contributions to the discipline, literature and practice of psychology that has supported culturally salient mental health treatment for the African American community. Dr. Cooke is also a Fellow and Diplomate in African Centered/Black Psychology from The Association of Black Psychologists. Dr. Cooke has been invited to present at professional presentations in conventions, conferences, symposiums, workshops, professional institutes, colleges, and universities. He has also been interviewed on local, regional, and national radio and TV programs across the U.S. He is the author of two books titled: Personal Empowerment for People of Color: Keys to Success in Higher Education, published in June 2001 by Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company andAll About Depression published in August of 2013 also by Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company. He is also the co-author of book chapters, journal articles, magazine articles and on-line educational material. Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Dr. Cooke spearheaded with the support of fellow ABPsi colleagues the first ever national guidelines to provide culturally competent therapeutic interventions for first responders taking action in response to disaster relief for citizens residing in New Orleans, Louisiana and the Gulf Region. He was invited to present these therapeutic intervention strategies to American Psychological Association and the American Red Cross. Dr. Cooke’s current research focuses on the development of generational treatment for depression and anxiety disorders across the lifespan in African Americans by incorporating practice-based cultural treatment approaches linked with evidence based epigenomic considerations. Dr. Cooke also continues to consult nationally on psychological issues impacting the African American community.