Publications and Publications in Progress.

My first book chapter!

My first book chapter!













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Shockley-Smith, M.,Knox-Kazimimierczuk. “Beyond Food, Drinks, and Conversation: How "Micro Events" Can Grow Social, Cultural and Political Capital.” Cencula Olberding, J., Special Events in the Era of Social Enterprise. Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group. 

During the past twenty years, the field of nonprofit management has grown significantly in terms of the number of nonprofit organizations, number of people employed, and amount of funds raised. A key activity in nonprofit management has been organizing events, which are generally defined as "purposive gatherings of people." These purposes may include: increasing awareness about the nonprofit organization and its mission; raising funds to support programs and services related to its mission; engaging and developing individuals as donors, volunteers, and advocates; and enhancing the image of the organization and/or the broader community.

Events in the modern era tend to be organized across the nonprofit, public, and private sectors. While a nonprofit organization may create and manage an event, corporations and businesses often contribute financial support and technical expertise in areas such as branding, marketing, and social media. Depending on the event type and size, a local government may provide the venue and public safety services, including police, fire, and ambulance.

We can understand more about these mission-driven, cross-sectoral events by looking through the lens of social enterprise. Social enterprise has been defined as a venture that advances a social mission using business methods or market-based approaches. It is typically conceptualized as spanning sectors, particularly the nonprofit and private sectors.

Social Enterprise and Special Events focuses on how market-based approaches can be used to help mission-driven gatherings achieve their purposes as efficiently, effectively, and sustainably as possible. These approaches include market research, brand development, cause marketing, gamification, liquidity, cash management, and clustering. The book also incorporates concepts important in the nonprofit and public sectors such as collaborative governance, social capital, political capital, community development, placemaking, and diversity.


Knox-Kazimierczuk, F., Geller, K., Sellers, S, Taliaferro-Baszile, D, and Smith-Shockley, M. (2017) African American Women and Obesity through the Prism of Race. Health Education & Behavior.

Background. There are minimal studies focusing on African American women and obesity and there are even fewer studies examining obesity through a critical race theoretical framework. African American obesity research has largely focused on individual and community interventions, which have not been sufficient to reverse the obesity epidemic. Purpose. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between race and BMI for African American women. 

In Pursuit of Raising Critical Consciousness: Educational Action Research in Two Courses


  This dissertation explores some of the challenges associated with having in-depth and critical conversations in Black Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies 16 week semester courses. The data are derived from my practice as a lecturer at Northern Kentucky University (NKU). The aim is to heighten awareness of equity and social justice values in students attending general education courses. These conversations are crucial to aid students in participating in a democratic society, and to see the virtues therein from a broader perspective. NKU has identified critical thinking and analytical thinking as an ongoing goal. Examining this process by which learners move toward critical consciousness will assist me as a higher education educator as I work to expand best practices for higher education classrooms. Looking specifically at how combining Critical Pedagogy, Afrocentric theory, Black Feminist theory, and Equity theory combine to create a new theory aimed at raising critical consciousness. This process can be part of the core of liberatory education. It means revisiting prevailing understandings to reach new levels of awareness—in particular, awareness of oppression, and identifying inequities in the world through readings, dialogue and written work to aid in becoming part of the ever changing world.

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The Performative Sustainability of Race

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A review of The Performative Sustainability of Race by Bryant Keith Alexander (Peter Lang: New York, 2012., ISBN 987978-1-4331-1284-3) by Meredith C. Shockley-Smith (, Co-Director of Women's and Gender Studies Program; Instructor-Black Studies Program, Department of History and Geography; Northern Kentucky University.

Author Bryant Keith Alexander uses auto-ethnography in his book The Performative Sustainability of Race to examine the performance of acting White as a Black, gay professor. In the introductory section of the volume Alexander urges the reader to learn more of his story and piques interest about the notion of performing in the concept of "whiteness" in both his personal space and in academia.

In general, Alexander seeks to aid the reader in "understanding the location of identity in the construct of race-and the cultural investment in racial narratives belonging and sustaining memberships through performance" (p. 44). Thus he argues for the need to understand the various techniques of implementing "new ways of feeling southern that more fully come to terms with the history of racial oppression in the south" (p. 54). Furthermore, Alexander contends that the "the political stakes that anchor cultural practices around cultural performance at the university at large and in the classroom space" (p.87) are vital to comprehend in today's society. Finally, the author examines the link between understanding race and the social orientation of performing race.

In The Performative Sustainability of Race, the author divides his book into six powerful, well-written chapters. So in chapter 1 Alexander "explores the notion of acting White . . . as a critical examination of such a performative accomplishment" through an autoethnography (p. 21). He further identifies and emphasizes the distinction of performing race (e.g. walk, talk, dress and level of education) and the challenge of holding in tension one's own Blackness as expected by the Black and White community. Alexander finally notes the obvious association of White privilege and explores the demonization of the behavior performed by Blacks as perhaps a protection of White's positionality, privilege, power, and propriety and discusses it's the effects on the perpetuation of racism...



Kazimierczuk, F., Shockley-Smith, M. (under review). Race, Class, Gender and the Obesity Epidemic. (2017)