Social Sciences News

TEAM Haiti, a group of Virginia Tech faculty and graduate students, met with community groups in rural Haiti.
Haiti has been the focus of international development assistance for decades. Despite countless efforts, life is still tenuous for its 10.5 million citizens. A group of Virginia Tech faculty and students traveled to Haiti in August to test a development model that may bring sustainable ch...
The head of a man connected to exterior by threads
Faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences are collaborating in three of the six teams receiving 2017–18 Scholars Awards from the Virginia Tech Institute for Society, Culture and Environment. Abby Walker, an assistant professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts and ...
Melissa Faircloth
Five graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences recently participated in a Diversity Spotlight event, in which the Virginia Tech Graduate School’s 2017 Diversity Scholars gave five-minute presentations about their work in lightning-round format. The scholars...
Barbara Allen, center, confers with Alison Cohen and environmental activist Gerard Casanova from Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône to map an approach to conducting a participatory health survey in two polluted French towns.
For many years, state-funded health studies have disproved claims by residents and local doctors in one of France’s largest industrial regions that people living in this area had elevated levels of many illnesses. However, a recent study led by Barbara Allen, professor of science and technology s...
A red panda walks along the tree.
In the interplay between the world’s burgeoning human population and the dramatic loss of other species, the key is to empower women.
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According to U.S. Bureau of Justice statistics, American prisons currently house more than 2.2 million individuals, a population roughly the size of Houston, Texas. This incarceration rate is staggeringly high — no other country in the world jails such a high proportion of its citizenry. ...
McAfee Knob
As many as 1,200 people will visit Blacksburg on March 9–12 as Virginia Tech hosts “Extreme Appalachia,” the 40th annual Appalachian Studies Conference. “By ‘extreme’ we mean the impassioned commitment people have to the region, the land, and Appalachian ways of life,” said conference chair...
Anthony Kwame Harrison
Anthony “Kwame” Harrison, an associate professor of sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been named the Gloria D. Smith Professor of Black Studies by Virginia Tech President Tim Sands and Executive Vice President and Provost Thanassis Rikakis. The Glor...

Drawing the Line

Anthony Peguero sitting in a classroom
Colin Ryan had always felt awkward in elementary school, and when he started middle school, he figured if he couldn’t be cool, he could at least strive for invisibility. His plan worked, at least for the first two classes of the first day of school. Then disaster struck: his third-period teacher had...

A Legend Returns

Bill Roth, longtime and legendary Voice of the Hokies, is returning to Virginia Tech, this time as a professor of practice in the Department of Communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. For 27 years, Roth provided radio play-by-play for Virginia Tech football and men’...