Emporia State Research Studies


Emporia State Research Studies is published periodically as an electronic, peer-reviewed, open-access journal. Intended for faculty and students interested in research, ESRS is an eclectic journal that publishes original scholarly and scientific works and original creative works accompanied by critical or scholarly analysis. The journal was first published in 1930 as Studies in Education. Volumes 1-42 were published in traditional paper format, and the new online format commenced in 2006 (vol. 43 and above).

The latest issue debuted in January 2022. View the contents of issues 1 of ESRS volume 53.

See also volumes 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, with all articles available in PDF format.

Scanned older ESRS volumes (1-42) can be found in the Emporia State Institutional Repository Collection, ESIRC.

ESRS is now soliciting manuscripts for future volumes.

Please contact the co-editors (below) for more information.


  • Michael Smith, Professor of Political Science, coordinate peer review across all disciplines. Questions regarding submission and review of manuscripts should be directed to him (

  • Deborah Hann, Dr. Deborah Hann is an Assistant Professor in the Social Science, Sociology, and Criminology Department here at ESU. After receiving her Ph.D. from the Geography Department at Texas State University, she has continued her research examining the geographic content inherent within material culture such as children’s literature and cookbooks. Her research particularly focuses upon how that content conveys narratives of places and peoples, as well as how material culture contributes to mental maps and identities. She teaches World Regional Geography, Cartography, Cultural Geography, and more focused classes like the World in Film, and Food, Culture, and Place. (

Editorial Board

The editorial board is representative of the various disciplines at Emporia State University and is composed of volunteers who are members of the Faculty at ESU. Board members serve three-year terms, which are renewable. The Board is appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School in consultation with current ESRS editors and members of the ESRS Board of Directors.

Editorial Board Members

Board Member


Term Ending

Erika Martin

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


Evandro Camara

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


Paul Zunkel

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


Kevin Rabas

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


Kelly McEnerney

The Teachers College


Carrie Boettcher

The Teachers College


Sarah Sutton

School of Library & Information Management


Terri Summey

University Libraries and Archives


Antonia Bauman

School of Business


Jerald Spotswood

Graduate School


Michael Smith

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


Deborah Hann

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences



The co-editors and editorial board have developed sample style formats for use by authors. In general, referencing style appropriate to the discipline should be followed. Authors should indicate a particular style manual or follow the examples below. Manuscripts are accepted only in digital format (text and image files) and are published online in PDF format.

Instructions for authors.

Review of manuscripts

The co-editors select peer reviewers of manuscripts in consultation with members of the Editorial Board and Graduate Council. Reviewers are both internal (ESU) and external specialists in the subject matter.

Role of Graduate Council

The Graduate Council serves in an advisory role to the co-editors and Editorial Board of Emporia State Research Studies.