Social Sciences News

Inequity is everywhere and its rapid escalation perhaps is humanity’s greatest challenge. Academic scholars can lead the way in helping to solve this problem, said Sylvester Johnson, Virginia Tech's assistant vice provost for the humanities, during a lunch at the Inn at Virginia Tech on Tue...
Laura McCarter
Political science graduate student Laura McCarter started studying German in middle school, little knowing that she would parlay her language skills into a passion for providing humanitarian help to refugees. Now, her portfolio of volunteer activities plus her 10-week summer internship wi...
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...
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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. ...
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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...