Political Science Academic News

The Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought has named the 2017 recipients of the Outstanding ASPECT Faculty Award, which recognizes contributions to the ASPECT doctoral program. The awardees — Katrina Powell, an associate professor in the Department of English; Peter Schmitthenner, an associate professor in the Department of Religion and Culture; and Edward Weisband, the Edward S. Diggs Endowed Chair in the Social Sciences in the Department of Political Science — will be recognized at the annual ASPECT Award Ceremony, which will take place October 3.

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.

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.”

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.

The following students in the college participated in the “Diplomacy Lab” course as part of the 2017 Washington Semester in Global Engagement: Political Science master’s student Catherine Kiess; and the following undergraduates: Brandon Boccher, International Studies; Flisha Choi, Political Science; Jessica Dorsch, National Security and Foreign Affairs; Taylor Holman, Political Science; James Kenney, Political Science; Karl Krull, International Studies; Maura McDonough, Political Science; Makeda Mesfin, International Studies; Ariel Rundbaken, National Security and Foreign Affairs; and Alyssa Taylor, Political Science.

The students presented “Preventing the Next Gaza Conflict” to a group of senior officials at the U.S. Department of State, including the senior political officer on Israel/Palestine and a representative from USAID responsible for Gaza.

The following students were awarded scholarships from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences in support of study abroad participation. For Summer 2017 Session I: Patricia Blackmon, Human Development, Spain; William Chenault, Spanish and Economics, Spain; Rachel Dougherty, Spanish and Psychology, Spain; Abigail Dunn, Multimedia Journalism, Switzerland; Alison Inderrieden, Human Development, Spain; Kate Karau, History and Political Science, France; Gabrielle Lozama, Public Relations, Spain; Eric Luu, Multimedia Journalism, Switzerland; Aubrey Medina, International Studies, Oman; Caroline Ritchey, National Security and Foreign Affairs and History, France; Megan Sharifi, International Studies and Spanish, Spain; and Emily Webb, Multimedia Journalism, Switzerland.

For Summer Session II: Garrett Whitlock, History, China. For Fall 2017: Jessica King, Communication Studies and International Studies, Germany; Tara Lackey, Human Development and Psychology, Switzerland; Ira Long, Political Science, Switzerland; Molly Maurin, Human Development and Psychology, Switzerland; Danielle Ratliff, Theatre Arts, Switzerland; Meagan Stacy, Political Science and Philosophy, Japan; Madison Sweezy, Literature and Language and Professional and Technical Writing, Switzerland; and Lauren Wong, Human Development, Switzerland.

Timothy Luke, University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Political Science, published “Seven Days in January: The Trump Administration’s New Environmental Nationalism,” Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 178 (Spring 2017): 197–201.

The following faculty members were recipients of a 2017 Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment Summer Scholar Award: Principal Investigator Eric Jardine, an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, France Belanger, and David Raymond, for “Context Matters: How an End User’s Incentives Shapes their Online Behavior;” and Principal Investigator Carolyn Shivers and Jeffrey Jackson, both Department of Human Development faculty members, for “Adolescent Siblings of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Stress, the Sibling Relationship, and Overall Functioning.”


The unveiling of Volume IX of Philologia, the undergraduate research venue of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, took place April 25 in the Multipurpose Room in Newman Library. The print version of the magazine includes creative scholarship as well as articles written by Philologia editorial staff that discuss research by undergraduates in the College; the research articles themselves are found in full in the online journal.

This year’s staff consisted of: editor-in-chief Emily Walters, Literature and Language and Professional and Technical Writing; managing editor Rachel Moore, Literature and Language and Creative Writing; associate managing editor Lindsey Flowers, Public Relations; associate editors: Carson Bartlett, Political Science, Multimedia Journalism, and Psychology; Rachel Beisser, Literature and Language; Taylor Bennett, Multimedia Journalism; Samantha Drew, Professional and Technical Writing, Literature and Language, and Political Science; Becky Felter, Public Relations; Kara Heuple, Fashion Design and Merchandising; layout editor Ryan Waltz, Multimedia Journalism and Spanish; and chief layout editor Elizabeth Howe, a master’s student in English.

Volume IX consists of the following articles and creative scholarship: “Hail to the Thief” by Paul Veracka, Literature and Language, article by Becky Felter; “Summer in San Francisco,” a poem by Alison Miller, Creative Writing, Professional and Technical Writing, and Literature and Language; “Stitches: The Relationship between Women and Short Legal Fabrication” by Alec Masella, Literature and Language, article by Rachel Beisser; “Arthurian Influence on Lord of the Rings” by Daniel Nozick, Professional and Technical Writing, article by Samantha Drew; “The God Committee: Likeness and Dichotomy” by Courtney Judd, Sociology and Psychology; “The Star of the Psalms: Geometric Structure of Psalm 136” by Rachel Sutphin, Religion and Culture, article by Rachel Moore; “Fueling the New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration and Racial Bias” and “An Independent Kurdistan: A Benefit to U.S. Foreign Policy” by Carson Bartlett, articles by Taylor Bennett and Grayson Lewis respectively; “Language, Violence, and Nonviolence” by Elizabeth Howe, article by Rachel Moore; “‘A Socialist Theory of Privacy in the Internet Age” by Scott Confer, Political Science and Economics, article by Kara Heuple; “An Exercise in Futility,” a poem by Michael Cisneros, Creative Writing; “The Digital Age,” a poem by Alison Miller; “Gender and Its Perception of Certainty with Clause-Initial Falsetto” by Emily Walters, article by Lindsey Flowers; and “Refusing to be Silenced and Demanding Respect: A Case Study about Black Female Sexuality in Popular Culture Focusing on Beyoncé Knowles” by Human Development major Lea Trageser, who graduated in 2016, article by Carson Bartlett.

Walters acknowledged the faculty leadership of Monica Kimbrell, Assistant Dean; Joseph Pitt, Philosophy; Robert Stephens, History; Debra Stoudt, Foreign Languages and Literatures/ German and Associate Dean; and Daniel Thorp, History and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs.

Also providing assistance throughout the year were the Faculty Review Board members: Patricia Fisher, Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management; Kee Jeong Kim, Human Development; Nancy Metz, English; Luke Plotica, Political Science; Emily Satterwhite, Religion and Culture; and Debra Stoudt.

Rachel Moore will assume the role of editor-in-chief for the 2017–2018 academic year.