About the Authors

Kathleen M. Brennan (Ph.D., Kent State University) is associate professor of sociology at Western Carolina University. She studies social structural and psychological variations in health, as well as issues related to health care and medicine.

Christopher A. Cooper (Ph.D., University of Tennessee) is department head and associate professor of political science and public affairs at Western Carolina University. He has published widely on state politics, political psychology, Southern politics, and political communication.

Inhyuck “Steve” Ha (Ph.D., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities) is associate professor of economics at Western Carolina University. His areas of interest are spatial econometrics, community economic development and economic impact analysis, and economics of discrimination.

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