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Zermarie Deacon

Zermarie Deacon

Associate Professor of Human Relations
Department of Human Relations

As a South African by birth, I have an enduring interest in the African continent. My research focuses on the amelioration of injustice and inequity, and I have a particular interest in issues of gender. In addition to leading a recent study abroad to South Africa, I have conducted research on the experience of civilian Mozambican women recovering from the civil war in that nation.


  • Ph.D., Psychology, Michigan State University
  • M.A., Psychology, Michigan State University
  • B.A. (Honours), Political Philosophy, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa
  • B.A. Politics & Philosophy, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa

Research Interests

  • Gender and development
  • Post-war development
  • Cross-cultural definitions of health
  • Women’s health

Courses Taught

  • HR4013 Social Change Process
  • HR4170-995 International Human Relations
  • HR4433 Gender and War
  • HR5063 Strategies for Social Change
  • HR5013 Current Problems in Human Relations
  • HR5703 International Human Relations

Recent Articles

Miller, C., Deacon, Z., Smith, A., Brady, S. R (2021). Visions of health: The Girl Power Photovoice project. Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology, 13(1), 43-56.

Sykes, B., Pendley, J., & Deacon, Z. (2017). Transformative learning, citizenship, and cultural restoration: A case study of Native American service-learning at a research university. Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement, 10, 204-228.

Moxley, D. P., Thompson, V., & Deacon, Z. (2017). Donor involvement in Community-Based Action Research: A typology for advancing reflexive decision-making to protect essential participatory values in L. Rowell, C. D. Bruce, J. M. Sosh, & M. M. Riel (Eds), The Palgrave international handbook of action research, pp. 563-578. New York, NY: Pelgrave Macmillan US.

Miller, C., Deacon, Z., & Fitzgerald, K. (2015). Visions of collaboration: The Girl Power Photovoice project. Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, 8(1), 98-105.

Moxley, D., Deacon, Z., & Thompson, V. (2013, July). Action research and development for intrinsic innovation in social service administration:  Prototyping and proof of concept in small scale start-ups. Action Learning and Action Research Journal, 18(2), 37-68.

Deacon, Z. & Moxley, D. (2012). Donors as stakeholders in Participatory Research: Praxis as typology in assessing and framing their roles. Action Learning, Action Research Association Inc. Monograph Series. (No. 3).

Deacon, Z. Pendley, J., Hinson, W., & Hinson, J. (2011). Chokka-chaffa' kilimpi', Chikashshiyaakni' kilimpi': Strong family, strong nation. American Indian and Alaskan Natives Mental Health Research: The Journal of the National Center, 18(2), 41-63.

Deacon, Z & Bert, S. (2010). Teaching diversity: A reflection on the impact of identity on our work as educators. Free Inquiry in Creative Sociology, 38(1), 35-45.

Deacon, Z. (2010). Mozambique: The gendered impact of warfare. In T. Falola & H. ter Haar (Eds). Narrating wars and peace in Africa (pp.141-154). Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press.

Deacon, Z. & Sullivan, C. M. (2010). An ecological examination of rural Mozambican women’s attainment of post-war well-being. Journal of Community Psychology, 38(1), 115-330.

Deacon, Z. & Sullivan, C. (2009). Responding to the complex and gendered needs of refugee women. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 24(3), 272-284.

Deacon, Z., Foster-Fishman, P., Mahaffey, M., & Archer, G. (2009). Moving from pre-conditions for action to developing a cycle of continued social change: Tapping the potential of minigrant programs. Journal of Community Psychology, 37(2), 148-155.

Nowell, B., Berkowitz, M., Deacon, Z., & Foster-Fishman, P. (2006). Revealing the cues within community places: Stories of identity, history, and possibility. American Journal of Community Psychology, 37(1-2), 29-46.

Foster-Fishman, P., Nowell, B., Deacon, Z., Nievar, M. A., & McCann, P. (2005). Using methods that matter: The impact of narrative, reflection, and voice. American Journal of Community Psychology36(3-4), 275-291.

Goodkind, J. R. & Deacon, Z. (2004). Methodological issues in conducting research with refugee women: Recognizing and re-centering the multiply marginalized. Journal of Community Psychology32(6), 721–739.

Zermarie Deacon

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