I just stepped down as Academic Director at CUNY SPS, where I have been since 2011, and currently serve as Professor of Sociology. I joined CUNY-KCC after earning a B.A. in Psychology from Vanderbilt University, two M.A. degrees (one in Music) and the Ph.D. from SUNY-Stony Brook. At Stony Brook, my education was funded through a NIMH Methodology Trainee and an NIMH Post-Doctoral Fellow in Psychiatry. I spent a year in Paris, France, as a Fellow at the SUNY Center for Literature and Culture, researching Jewish patrons and dealers of Impressionist paintings during the Dreyfus Affair. As an NIMH Post-Doctoral Fellow, I spent two years researching sexual identity and cognitive development. In Spring 2015, I spent a one-semester Fellowship Leave as a Visiting Research Scholar at the Las Casas and Aquinas Institutes, housed at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford University.
I began studying human rights and political-legal sociology as an undergraduate, working for the department of sociology and volunteering as a political analyst. These interests were shaped and developed in grad school – I was a founding member of the NYC Chapter of SWS in Society and the ASA Women’s Caucus. My doctoral work and first book conjoins art, religion, and aesthetics with political sociology. Published as The Politics of Aesthetic Judgment, the book investigates the empirical relationship between Impressionist art and its Dreyfusist patrons. These interests were nurtured over the years by different types of professional and volunteer work in corporate settings, the arts, in teaching, and as a volunteer within the US local, state, and national political systems, working with others to implement the goals of parity and equal opportunities across all groups. My second book, The Feast of Corpus Christi, provides a complete set of source materials germane to the topic plus introductory and historical overviews. I served as a founding member of the 2nd Congressional District Women’s Political Caucus, and on the campaigns to elect the first woman Attorney General in the state of Virginia, Mary Sue Terry, and the first African American governor, Douglas Wilder.
It has been my good fortune to travel and experience life in rich and in poor countries: Peru, Ecuador, Mexico, China, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, England, Switzerland, Austria, Jamaica, the Netherlands, Ireland, Scotland, and Lebanon. My hobbies include hiking, piano, and reading.
Selected publications from the past 5 years:
Walters, Barbara R. and Stephanie Perez. 2017. “Cultural Commitments and Gender Parity: Human Rights as Implicit Religion.” Implicit Religion 19 (4), 481-505.
Walters, Barbara R. 2016. “Integrative Learning and the Karen Diaspora.” In Schooling, Migration, and Intergenerational Relations: The Karen Diaspora and the Value of Education, by Pia Jolliffe. Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
Bonet, Giselle, and Barbara Walters. 2106. High Impact Practices: Student Retention and Engagement. The College Student 15 (2), 223-235.
Walters, Barbara R. 2015. Jus Post Bellum and Transitional Justice, by Larry May and Elizabeth Edenberg. Dialogues of Historical Justice and Memory Network News, No 55, May 7, 2015. http://historicaldialogues.org/2015/05/08/book-review-jus-post-bellum-and-transitional-justice/
Walters, Barbara R. 2015. The Feast of Corpus Christi as a Site of Struggle. In Laura Andreani, Ed. Il Corpus Domini. Teologia antropologia e politica. Orvieto, IT: Edizioni del Galluzzo, pp. 139-154.
Walters, Barbara, Ellen Smiley, George Otte, and William Bernhardt. 2011. “The CUNY Online Baccalaureate: A Transformative Cyberspace.” In Transformative Spaces: Designing Creative Sites for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, edited by Judith Summerfield, Cheryl Smith, and Erin Martineau. New York, NY: Springer Publishing, pp. 107-124.