Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences - JAPSS ISSN 1944-1088 (print) ISSN 1944-1096 (online)
Scholar of the Month
JAPSS Honors Outstanding Scholars in the Social Sciences. Scholars of the Month have contributed to their field and to the larger community. Recipients are nominated by the Advisory Board and approved by the Editor in Chief.
May 2018
Dr. Paola Plaza

Dr. Paola Plaza has a PhD in Business Administration from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid; Master’s in Business Administration from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid. Law degree with specialization in Consultancy business from the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (ICADE) of Madrid. Assistant Professor since 2007 in Finance in the Rey Juan Carlos University. Member of the European Academy of Management and Business Economics, a member of the Class of Ecotransport, Technology and Mobility (URJC) and a member of Business Management & Economic Research Group. He has participated in projects from prestigious institutions as the Royal Academy of Economics and Finance (RACEF) and FCC. Author of several publications in journals, books and lectures both nationally and internationally. Vice coordinator of teaching delegated unit and FCJS degrees.

August 2014
Dr. Seema Rohmetra, Ph.D.
The prominent Indian philosopher Dr. Seema Rohmetra of the University of Jammu was appointed Academician of Social Sciences and Scholar of the Month for her more than ten years of teaching at the university level as well as her groundbreaking research on Ghandian ethics.
December 2011
Salvador Jimenez Murguia, PhD
Dr. Jimenez Murguia, Associate Professor of Sociology at Miyazaki International College, is the Scholar of the Month for December 2011. His research dealing with the relationship between Religion and Society has appeared in more than ten edited volumes and in countleess peer reviewed academic journals. Most importantly Dr. Jimenez Murguia embodies the ideal 21st century scholar, transnational while at the same time in tune with local developments. Dr. Jimenez Murguia is working on two books for 2013 and one of his books is about to be released in 2012.
Epic Fails!: Crystal Pepsi, Mullets, and the Icons of Unpopular Culture.
Under contract with Praeger Press, Santa Barbara, California. Scheduled for publication in 2012.
Pana-Wave Laboratory and the Risk Society: Conspiracy Theory, Failed Prophecy and Elite Knowledge among a Japanese New Religious Movement. Under contract with Cambria Press, Amherst, New York. Scheduled for publication in 2013.
Issues in Contemporary America: A Better Understanding of US Social Problems.
Under contract with Kenkyusha Press, Tokyo.  Scheduled for publication in 2012.
October 2009
Dip Kapoor, PhD
The Guild of Indepent Scholars honors Dip Kapoor as the Scholar of the Month for October, 2009. Dr. Kapoor is honored due to his outstanding research record in the field of education . Some information about Dr. Kapoor:
Dip Kapoor is Associate Professor,International Education,University  of Alberta,Canada and Research Associate,Center for Research and  Development Solidarity (CRDS),an Adivasi-Dalit research organization  in Orissa,India. His research/teaching interests  include:(i)political-sociology of education and
development;(ii)critical globalization and education  studies;(iii)social  movements,NGOs and popular  education/learning;(iv)critical global education; and
(iv)participatory/qualitative research methodology.
His recent (2009) edited collections include: "Education,participatory  action research and social change:International perspectives"  (NY:Palgrave Macmillan), "Education,decolonization and  development:Perspectives from Asia,Africa and the Americas"  (Rotterdam:Sense Publishers) and "Global perspectives on adult
education" (NY: Palgrave Macmillan). His articles have appeared in  journals like: Development in Practice, Journal of Postcolonial  Education, International Education, Convergence and the McGill Journal  of Education. He is on the editorial board of the journal  International Education (USA) and is book reviews editor for a new  online/open access journal,Cultural and Pedagogical Inquiry (Canada).  Dip is also founding member and current President of a Canadian
voluntary development organization that has been working with Kondh
and Saora Adivasis and Dalits on food sovereignty,land and forest
issues in South Orissa since 1997.
August 2009
Patrick McAllister, PhD
The Guild of Independent Scholars honors one outstanding scholar each month. Dr. Patrick McAllister, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Canterbury, is the recipient of the Award of Scholar of the Month for August, 2009. Dr. McAllister was chosen due to his outstanding research record dealing with the Southeast Asian region.
July 2009
Wichian Sittiprapaporn, BA, MA, PhD
Dr. Sittiprapaporn is Lecturer of Music Therapy Division, College of Music, Mahidol University, Salaya, Nakhonpathom, Thailand. As one of the leading experts in the field of Music Therapy, Dr. Sittiprapaporn has published his research in leading academic Journals as well as completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Seoul National University (Korea). The Guild of Independent Scholars would like to honor Dr. Sittiprapaporn for his interdisciplinary reseach and educational leadership by electing him, Scholar of the Month for July 2009.
June 2009
Om Dwivedi, Ph.D.
Dr. Dwivedi is presently a Lecturer in English at F. G. College, Kanpur University, Rae Bareli, INDIA. Dr. O.P. Dwivedi did his Ph.D. from Allahabad University, India. He is a gold medalist in M.A. (English Literature). He is on the editorial board of many Indian and foreign journals. He is the chief-editor of Journal of Postcolonial Cultures and Societies(U.S.A.).He is also the co-editor of Postcolonial database(W.S-Lake Campus, University, U.S.A.) His research articles have been published in U.S.A., Australia, Italy and India. Presently, he is editing two books: one on Derek Walcott, and the other one on Indian English Literature.
April 2009
Shaleen Singh, Ph.D.
Born on 28 July 1979 at Budaun (U.P.), India, Shaleen Kumar Singh, after his master’s in English, did his doctorate on Mahashweta’s Indo-English Verse. Shaleen Singh is a poet, literary critic, reviewer and translator. His work has appeared in prominent journals and newspapers of India and abroad.
Shaleen Singh has translated a collection of Hindi poems of Mahendra Bhatnagar  in English under Lyric Lute. He has also edited a collection of English poems of Swami Nempal, entitled Creation and Other Poems, andNature Poems, as well as another collection of Hindi poems entitled Dohe Tabib Ke.
Presently, he is editing a book of critical essays on the poetry of Dr. Stephen Gill from Canada. He is also co-editing books on Derek Walcott, Shobha De, Vikram Chandra, Amit Chaudhury, Manju Kapur and Jhumpa Lahiri
Shaleen Singh is a lecturer in English at C S J M University, Kanpur, U.P. India
March 2009
Victor Ojakorotu, Ph.D
JAPSS would like to honor Dr. Ojakorotu for his research and for his involvement in Conflict Resolution in the Niger Delta.Ojakorotu Victor obtained his doctorate degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He is a Lecturer at the Department of International Studies, Monash University, Johannesburg Campus, South Africa. Dr Ojakorotu Victor primary research interest is oil and
environmental violence in Africa with special focus on the Niger Delta of Nigeria. He has published extensively on the complex age-long crisis in the Niger Delta of Nigeria.
February 2009
Magid Shihade, Ph.D
JAPSS would like to honor Dr. Shihade for his outstanding research and vocal support for the plight of the developing world.
Magid Shihade is a Research Associate at the Middle East/South Asia Studies at the University of California, Davis. Currently he is on an Endowed Visiting Professorship on Contemporary Global Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. He pursued his academic studies in Israel, Germany, and the United States. His research interests are modernity and sectarian violence, nationalism, and colonialism. He teaches courses on Modern Middle East and on 9/11 and U.S. foreign policy.
January 2009
Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra, Ph.D
JAPSS would like to honor Dr. Mahapatra for his work in the field of International Conflict and for his outstanding research.
Dr. Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra is associated with Centre for Central Eurasian Studies, University of Mumbai. He is also associated with Institute for Conflict Research, Northern Ireland. He was a research fellow at Moscow University in 2003-2004. He has written two books, co-authored two and co-edited one. He has contributed over hundred papers to various national and international journals and magazines. Dr Mahapatra is interested to apply spiritual approach to the study of human society and its makings.
December 2008
Anthony P. Johnson, M.A., C. Phil
JAPSS would like to honor Anthony P. Johnson for his contribution to the field of Conflict Analysis and Resolution and his leadership in the Civil Society community of the city of Philadelphia.
Anthony P. Johnson is an accomplished author, CEO of the Dream Field Academy and the founder of the "Summit Coalition". Mr. Johnson truly represents the ideal of the scholar practitioner.