My research interests revolve broadly around the causes, processes, and implications of migration to urban regions. Specifically, I focus on processes of immigrant settlement, adjustment, integration, and receptivity in cities and metropolitan areas, using mixed-methods, qualitative, and community-based participatory research methods. I currently have several projects underway:
- Atlanta's Immigrant Crossroads: Untapped Potential or Utilized Promise for Newcomer Integration, funded in part by a KSU Creative Activities and Research Experiences in Teams (CARET) grant from the KSU Office of Undergraduate Research, and a KSU Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) Pilot/Seed Grant, both with co-PI Dr. Darlene Xiomara Rodriguez (WellStar College of Health and Human Services). Additional funding through a Diversity Faculty Fellowship with the KSU Office of Diversity and Inclusion (for both Rodriguez and McDaniel), and a Strategic Internationalization Grant through the KSU Division of Global Affairs (PI: Rodriguez).
- Local Processes of Immigrant and Refugee Receptivity and Integration in Welcoming Cities in North America, Europe, and Australia, funded in part by a KSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) Faculty Summer Research Grant, and graduate research assistant support from The Graduate College and the KSU School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding & Development.
- Researchers' and Practitioners' Perspectives Concerning the Study of Newcomer Integration, Inclusion, and Receptivity. With co-PI Dr. Darlene Xiomara Rodriguez.
- Is Charlotte Still "Speaking of Change?": A Longitudinal Study of a Museum's Impact on Immigrant Integration and Receptivity, in partnership with co-PIs at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte's RISING Research Group and the Levine Museum of the New South.
Undergraduate and graduate student assistants are integral to the success and rigor of all my teaching, research, and outreach endeavors and I welcome expressions of interest from current and future students wishing to join one of my research teams. Students who have currently or previously assisted with my research projects include undergraduate students from a variety of majors, graduate students in the MS in Conflict Management program, and doctoral students in the PhD in International Conflict Management program. I routinely work with graduate and doctoral students in KSU's School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding & Development.
Throughout all my work, I strive for my teaching, research, and service endeavors to embody the University’s commitment to civic and community engagement to strengthen the relationship between KSU and the larger community, as well as to diversity and inclusion, and to sustainability.