Leanne Stuart Pupchek Ph.D. is a scholar, educator, and mother of Adam (21) and Zachary (18). She teaches in the Knight School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte. Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 she taught in L’viv, Ukraine, at the Ukrainian Catholic University and Ivan Franko L’viv National University, the oldest University in Ukraine.
Leanne’s pursued research in Ukraine associated with the Euro 2012 football tournament co-hosted by Ukraine and Poland. She looks forward to volunteering at the tournament. Her academic interests focus on the ways people construct individual and communal identities for themselves and others through interpersonal and mediated channels. Especially intriguing are the ways people are persuaded — and persuade themselves — with regard to family, ethnic or national identity. Some of her work has focused on media reception of stories of adoption with regard to her own family. Her national identity research focuses on Canada and Ukraine. She is studying the foundation for the singificant influences of the play Billy Bishop Goes to War (Gray & Peterson, 1972). She is also interested in the cases of the Scotland of her heritage, as well as identity construction in Catalonia, France, and among the Roma people of Europe. All of her interests ferment in the context of visual (or now more accurately, multimediated) rhetoric.
Adam and Zachary are young men. ‘Nuff said. That explains the dearth of blogging lately.
This blog is a personal Pupchek family project in no way associated officially with the Fulbright Commission or its programs. We are grateful for the opportunity to experience Ukraine in this wonderful way thanks to the support of the Fulbright Scholar program and Queens University of Charlotte. We plan to continue our personal and professional connections to Ukraine.