This Year’s Scholars and Professors

Rebekah Alvey is a junior journalism and Arabic major with a minor in political science from Louisville. She is news editor at The College Heights Herald, WKU’s student newspaper. She is researching and reporting on feminism throughout history and how goals, methods, and conflicts have changed.

Emma Austin is a senior journalism and Spanish major from Richmond, Kentucky. She is print managing editor for The College Heights Herald, WKU’s student newspaper. She is researching and reporting on hate speech in America and its relationship to the First Amendment.

Emma Collins is a senior journalism and Chinese major from Louisville. She is the web writing editor at The Talisman, WKU’s student lifestyle magazine. Her research and reporting focus on how minority groups have been excluded from political protest movements.

Cameron Coyle is a senior journalism and professional writing major from Berea, Kentucky, with a minor in film studies. He is an opinion staff writer and cross-country beat reporter at The College Heights Herald, WKU’s student newspaper. His research and reporting revolve around the history of protest in sport and the relationship between politics and athletics.

Lillie Eastham is a senior journalism major and political science minor from Somerset, Kentucky. Her research and reporting focus on cultural safe spaces, such as African American churches and Black Twitter, and their effects on the success of civil rights protest.

Evan Heichelbech is a senior journalismand business administration major from Louisville. He is editor-in-chief of The College Heights Herald, WKU’s student newspaper. He is researching and reporting on how social media has shaped protests in the 21st century and the contrast with how protests were organized and facilitated before the social media age.

Lane Hedrick is a senior history and Arabic major from Morehead, Kentucky. Her research forces on the intersection of student protest on campus and mobilization in response to major societal events.

Hayley Robb is a junior journalism major and physical education minor from Georgetown, Kentucky. She is the magazine writing co-editor at The Talisman, WKU’s student lifestyle magazine. Her research and reporting center on the history of art as speech and protest and the power it holds within the First Amendment.

Hannah Shaffer is a senior journalism and broadcast news major from Southgate, Kentucky, with a minor in sexuality studies. She is researching and reporting on the impact that protest music has had on protest movements throughout history.

Nicole Ziege is senior journalism major and history minor from Piner, Kentucky. She is a news reporter for The College Heights Herald, WKU’s student newspaper. She is researching and reporting on the role of fashion in 20th century protest and how fashion continues to be used in protests today.

Dr. Rich Shumate is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Broadcasting at Western Kentucky University. He is a former CNN news editor and scholar with the  Joseph L. Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida. His research focuses on political communication and the perception of bias in news media content.

A member of the WKU History Department since 1975, Dr. David Lee has also served as Dean of Potter College and as University Provost. The author of two books and a dozen articles, he has held research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library. He has also appeared on National Public Radio and on the Biography series discussing the results of his research.