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Amy Shriver Dreussi, Ph.D.

Title: Professor, Social Science
Dept/Program: Applied General and Technical Studies
Office: Polsky 133-N
Phone: 330.972.7107
Fax: 330.972.7785



Dr. Dreussi began teaching American Urban Society in CAST while she was a graduate assistant. She worked as a newspaper reporter, director of a nonprofit organization, research/ evaluation consultant and adjunct and visiting professor before joining the CAST faculty full time in Fall 2006.

Her areas of research include civic education and diversity. Dr. Dreussi co-authored a 2017 book entitled The Akron Story Circle Project: Rethinking Race in the Classroom and Community and has presented papers at more than 30 conferences at international, national, regional, state and local academic conferences.

 As a co-chair of the Rethinking Race Steering Committee, Dr. Dreussi facilitates planning for the annual two-week series of multidisciplinary, multi-platform events on the UA campus called Rethinking Race…Black, White and Beyond.

Dr. Dreussi is a former president of the National Social Science Association on whose governing board she still serves. She is co-president of the Canton Area League of Women Voters, as well as a former representative to the Stark County Regional Planning Commission and northeast Ohio liaison for the Ohio Council for Social Studies.


  • Ph.D. in Urban Studies/Urban Planning, The University of Akron
  • M.A. Urban Studies/Urban Planning, The University of Akron
  • B.A. Journalism/Political Science, Kent State University


  • American Urban Society
  • Technology and Human Values
  • Special Topics: Rethinking Race
  • Diversity in American Society

University of Akron

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Department of Applied General and Technical Studies

Phone: 330-972-7702
Fax: 330-972-7785

Polsky Building 131
225 South Main Street
Akron, OH 44325-6105

Sukanya Kemp
Interim Department Chair
Professor of Social Science
Phone: 330-972-8351

Joy LiCause
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 330-972-7702
Fax: 330-972-7785