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Dr. Redd holds a PhD in Human Organizational Systems from the Fielding Graduate University and Masters degrees in Human and Organizational Systems and Sociology from Fielding and Temple University. At Arcadia University in suburban Philadelphia, she has taught Understanding Global News (lauded by Foreign Affairs magazine in 2009), Contemporary Social Problems, Introduction to Social Welfare, media studies and other courses in sociology, communications and political science. She taught for over two decades at Arcadia University, Cabrini College, and Cedar Crest College (and for two years as a teaching assistant at Temple University). She developed and taught courses addressing comparative justice including a seminar in utopian studies entitled, “Individual Rights vs. The Common Good.”

Her first book, Fallen Walls and Fallen Towers: The Fate of the Nation in a Global World examines coming shifts in global politics. She argues that four historical properties of the nation-state—sovereignty, boundedness, ethnic “unity” and modernity—must evolve for it to survive the upheavals of globalization.

She takes an integrated approach to social problems that considered local cultural patterns and macro structures of control and regulation. She investigated the impact of indigenous (Yup’ik Eskimo) language revitalization on social problems in southwestern Alaska. She has also written on social control in soup kitchens and other social service organizations. She has written on a range of issues of American social resource allocation and social control, including healthcare reform and U.S. drug policy.

She has worked in print and television, producing the cultural interview program, ArtBeat on Suburban Cable Television between 1996 and 1999.  Emphasizing the potential of the cinema and other mass media to inform social issues, she has lectured publicly on film and moderated discussions for theaters in Philadelphia for 11 years.

She has won grants from the National Science Foundation, Pennsylvania Humanities Council, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (predecessor of current Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). She is an activist who has advocated for health care reform and the first recycling programs in Pennsylvania; she has coordinated numerous electoral campaigns, and has herself run for office.

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