Sociology Academic News

Department of Sociology doctoral student, Megan Nanney, was selected as the co-chair of the Sociologists for Trans Justice Committee on Advancing Trans and Intersex Studies in Academia.

 

Onwubiko Agozino, a professor in the Department of Sociology, published “Postcolonial Criminology” in The Routledge Companion to Criminological Theory and Concepts, edited by Avi Brisman, Eamonn Carrabine, and Nigel South (New York, Routledge:  2017, pages 347–51).

 

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 graduate students were inducted into the Academy for Graduate Teaching Assistant Excellence on March 28: ASPECT doctoral students Anthony Szczurek and Shelby Ward as associates, and Leanna Ireland, Sociology, Audra Jenson, Philosophy, and Christopher Savage, Curriculum and Instruction, as members. The purpose of the academy is to enhance the knowledge and skills in teaching through the provision of opportunities for graduate students to receive advanced education and training in innovative teaching and learning strategies and to recognize excellence in teaching by graduate students.

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.

Five students from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences were among the 16 selected for the 2017–2018 Graduate School Diversity Scholars cohort. The students are: Melissa Faircloth, a doctoral student in Sociology; Jameson Jones, a doctoral student in Education Curriculum and Instruction; Elizabeth McKagen, a doctoral student in ASPECT; Thomas Murray, an MFA student in Directing and Public Dialogue; and Emma Stamm, a doctoral student in ASPECT. The students presented their Diversity Scholars projects on May 4 at the Graduate Life Center.

College faculty who received Global Partnership Sustainability Awards during the 2016–2017 academic year were: Toni Calasanti, a professor in the Department of Sociology, for research on aging in the United States and Finland; and Aarnes Gudmestad, an associate professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures/Spanish, for “Crosslinguistic Influence and Grammatical Gender Marking in Second-Language Spanish.” Calasanti partnered with colleagues at the University of Tampere, and Gudmestad with a colleague at the University of Paul-Valéry in Montpellier, France.

The following college faculty members were recipients of an Incentive Grant during the 2016–2017 academic year:  Danna Agmon, an assistant professor in the Department of History; Toni Calasanti, a professor in the Department of Sociology; Eunju Hwang, an assistant professor in the Department of Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management; Jeffrey Jackson, an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science; Sarah Ovink, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology; Ashley Shew, in the Department of Science and Technology in Society; Carolyn Shivers, an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science; and John Wells, an associate profeesor in the School of Education.

James Hawdon, Director of the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention, published “Addressing the Race Gap in Incarceration Rates: An Agent Based Model,” Corrections: Policy, Practice, and Research 2.2 (2017): 71–90, with Kristian Lum, Samarth Swarup, Jose Torres, and Stephen Eubank; the research was profiled in the VT News. In addition, Hawdon published “Virtually Standing Up or Standing By? Correlates of Enacting Social Control Online,” International Journal of Criminology and Sociology 6 (2017): 16–28, with Matthew Costello and Amanda Cross.

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