Bradley Nichols, a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Department of History, received the Fritz Stern Prize for his dissertation titled The Hunt for Lost Blood: Nazi Germanization Policy in Occupied Europe. The Stern Prize, awarded by the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C., honors the best dissertation on German history at a North American university.
Ed Gitre, an assistant professor in the Department of History, published “‘This is Our Story’: The Early Historiography of the Azusa Street Revival and the Spiritual Politics of Pentecostal Memory,” A Light to the Nations: Explorations in Ecumenism, Missions and Pentecostalism, ed. Stanley Burgess and Paul Lewis (Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2017), pp. 271–85.
The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences will welcome 26 new tenure-track and tenured professors in the fall of 2017.
Joining the college as assistant professors are Aaron Brantly, Political Science; Cara Daggett, Political Science; Matthew Fullen, School of Education; Edward Gitre, History; Katherine Haenschen, Communication; Benjamin Katz, Human Development; Karin Kitchens, Political Science; Ashley Landers, Human Development; Evan Lavender-Smith, English; Christopher Lindgren, English; Gonzalo Montero, Foreign Languages and Literatures; Shaily Patel, Religion and Culture; Ashley Reichelmann, Sociology; Patrick Ridge, Foreign Languages and Literatures; Micah Roos, Sociology; Donna Sedgwick, Sociology; Eonyou Shin, Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management; Lee Vinsel, Science and Technology in Society; and Chelsea Woods, Communication.
Hired as tenured faculty at the rank of associate professor are Shannon Bell, Sociology; Su Fang Ng, Cutchins Chair in the Department of English; and Bonnie Zare, Sociology.
Joining the college at the rank of professor are Kenneth Hodges, English; Sylvester Johnson, Religion and Culture (as well as director of the Center for the Humanities and assistant vice provost for humanities); Carmen Giménez Smith, English; and Paul Steger, director of the School of Performing Arts.
Joshua Brinkman, a doctoral student in the Department of Science and Technology in Society, and Richard Hirsh, a professor in the Department of History, published “Welcoming Wind Turbines and the PIMBY (‘Please in My Backyard’) Phenomenon: The Culture of the Machine in the Rural American Midwest,” Technology and Culture 58.2 (2017): 335–67.
The following students in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences participated in the 2017 Women’s and Gender Studies Conference titled “Decolonization.” Presenting papers were: Sydney Barker, multimedia journalism major, “‘Treatments’ of Homosexuality, From Past to Present”; Nicole Fryling, public relations major, “Hormonal Birth Control Pills and Accessibility Issues in the United States”; Sadie Giles, sociology graduate student, “Gender on the Rocks”; Jessica Herling, sociology graduate student, “Not Biological? A Feminist Science Studies Analysis of Biomedical Reporting on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation”; Leanna Ireland, sociology graduate student, “Algorithms Gone Wild: Algorithmic Technologies and the Reproduction of Androcentric Discourse”; Joong Won “James” Kim, sociology graduate student, and Soyoung Han, “A Feminist Archeology of Public Architectural Artifacts: The Gendering of the Modern Public Architecture”; Jamie Kitterman, sociology major, “The Effect of Privilege, Intersectionality, Maternal Capacity, and Feminist and Post-Feminist Beliefs in the Film Mona Lisa Smile”; Alex McMahel, creative writing major, “Considering Gender and Beauty Standards in Comics”; Lipon Mondal, sociology graduate student, “Gender Oppression in Urban Bangladesh: A Study of the Sweeper Community in Dhaka”; Jenna Mortweet, international studies major, “Workplace Sexual Assault in Germany Past and Present”; Maggie Nanney, sociology graduate student, “‘I’m Part of the Community, Too’: Women’s College Alumnae Responses to Transgender Admittance Policies”; Stephanie Quiles-Matos, sociology graduate student, and Desen Ozkan, “Creativity as Fundamental: A Comparative Exploration into Architecture and Engineering”; Sarah Shinton, sociology major, “Engineering for the Empire: Women, STEM, and Imperial Violence”; Rachel Sutphin, religion and culture major, “Defining Feminism within the Muslim Community”; Sydney Topp, sociology graduate student, “The Gendered Difference in Subjectivity Among Superbeing Characters in the Comic Film Genre”; C. Valencia Turner, political science and history major, “The Effects of Diaspora on African-American Women as Evidenced Through Beyoncé’s Lemonade”; Sarajayne Vanover, sociology major, “Potential Dangers During Pregnancy”; and Rachel Wurster, English major, “Her World Her Way?: An Exploration of Racial Depictions and Stereotypes in Seventeen Magazine.”
The following undergraduates presented posters: Gaites Layton, Communication Studies, with Isabella Fusco, Isis Garcia, Monica Hemingway, and Francesca Kaszoni, “Morocco”; Sydney Barker, Communication Studies, and Kelsi Faley, Literature and Language, with Shania Akter, Cayley Byrne, Kody Cobb, and Allyson Dixon, “Bangladesh”; Sophia Okorn, Multimedia Journalism, Amanda Paugh, Political Science, and Hannah Pearson, Criminology, with Sophie Nicholakos and Taylor Noonan, “Saudi Arabia”; Briana Sockman, Criminology, and Carly Yosaitis, Human Development, with K’Ehleyr Thai, Rachel Trizna, and Natasha Welch, “Rwanda”; Alex Nelson, Creative Writing, with Alli Linthicum, Emily Moncure, Andi Moskal, and Sanjna Nag, “Iran”; and Sami Piszcz, Political Science, Laura Schiffer, Sociology, and Logan Schlange, Fashion Merchandising and Design, with Joyce Rosa and Juliana Sampaio, “Columbia.”
Danna Agmon, an assistant professor of history and a core faculty member in the Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought (ASPECT), has been selected as the faculty principal for the Residential College at West Ambler Johnston. West Ambler Johnston is one of the 16 living-learning communities at Virginia Tech; it consists of four “houses” with 200 students each. Agmon will live in the community and facilitate lectures, social activities, and educational programs.
David Cline, a professor in the Department of History, was the keynote speaker for the conference “Organizing for Racial Justice, 1960s and Today,” held May 2–3 at Union Theological Seminary in New York City; the conference was organized around the publication of his book From Reconciliation to Revolution: The Student Interracial Ministry, Liberal Christianity, and the Civil Rights Movement, 1960 to 1970 (University of North Carolina Press, 2016). His presentation was titled “Racism and Student Activists in the 1960s: The History of the Student Interracial Ministry.”
The following College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences students accepted the invitation to become members of Phi Beta Kappa this semester: Caroline Amodeo, Music and Spanish; Karina Bakhshi-Azar, Political Science and Public Relations; Caroline Buscaglia, Political Science; Kelly Cooper, History; Kirsten Corbman, Literature and Language and Creative Writing; Jessica Craig, Professional and Technical Writing and Literature and Language; Samantha DiBiaso, Public Relations and Religion and Culture; Amelia Dirks, Creative Writing and Literature and Language; Kelsi Faley, Literature and Language and Creative Writing; Casey Foley, Political Science; Madeleine Gallo, Literature and Language and Creative Writing; Kayleigh Green, Professional and Technical Writing, Creative Writing, and Literature and Language; Kirsten Jersild, Literature and Language and Creative Writing; Benjamin Kodres-O’Brien, Philosophy; Katherine Leal, Political Science; James Lineberry, Political Science; Jessica Lull, Literature and Language; Timothy Maloney, Spanish and Finance; Robert Morrison, Political Science; Jenna Mortweet, International Studies; Skyler Mueller, Literature and Language; Rachel Palermo, International Studies and Spanish; William Patton, Political Science and Economics; Jared Rogers, History; Mollison Ryan, Creative Writing and Professional and Technical Writing; Jessica Savage, History; Andrew Snell, Political Science; Katelyn Toms, Classical Studies; Paul Wasel, Professional and Technical Writing and Literature and Language; Hannah Winston, Spanish and Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise; Bonnie Woodward, Criminology and Sociology; and John Wright, Philosophy. The initiation took place on May 11.
College faculty members David Cline, a professor in the Department of History, and David Hicks, a professor in the School of Education, published “‘If This Place Could Talk’: Using Augmented Reality to Make the Past Visible,” Social Education 81.2 (2017): 112–16, with Aaron Johnson, Todd Ogle, Douglas Bowman, and Eric Ragan.