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Academic News

W. Trevor Jamerson, a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology, published “Race, Markets, and Digital Technologies: Historical and Conceptual Frameworks,” in Race in the Marketplace: Crossing Critical Boundaries, ed. Guillaume D. Johnson, Kevin D. Thomas, Anthony “Kwame” Harrison, and Sonya A. Grier (London, England: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), pp. 39–54.

The college notes with sadness the death of Charles “Jack” Dudley, Professor Emeritus of Sociology.

Dudley joined Virginia Tech in 1974; in 1990 he assumed leadership of the University Honors program, a position he held for almost two decades. The program has since become the Virginia Tech Honors College.

Dudley was recognized for his outstanding teaching and garnered numerous teaching awards.

As director of the University Honors program, he mentored a remarkable number of students toward national and international scholarship awards.

The Virginia Tech “in memoriam” can be found here and the obituary published in the Roanoke Times here.

Department of Sociology faculty members Michael Hughes, J. Micah Roos, and Ashley Reichelmann published “A Puzzle of Racial Attitudes: A Measurement Analysis of Racial Attitudes and Policy Indicators,” Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World 5 (2019): 1–14.


Black Women and the Criminal Justice System: Towards the Decolonisation of Victimisation by Onwubiko Agozino, a professor in the Department of Sociology, was republished by Routledge Press as part of its Routledge Revival Series that includes classics in Sociology. The title was first published in 1997 by Routledge.

David Brunsma, a professor in the Department of Sociology, received the Martin L. Levin Distinguished Service Award from the Southern Sociological Society. The award was presented at a ceremony at the society’s annual meeting, which took place on April 12 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The 22nd Annual Brian Bertoti Innovative Perspectives in History Graduate Conference was held March 29–30 in Owens Banquet Hall and the Graduate Life Center; it featured 20 presentations by students from seven U.S. institutions, including Virginia Tech. Department of History graduate students organized the conference; faculty from the Department of History served as discussants. Presenting papers were the following master’s students in History: Nick Bolin, “‘The Population Problem’: Origins of American and Indian Concerns Over Population”; Taylor Boyd, “Establishing a Narrative: Local Historical Memories of the Martinsville Seven Case in Martinsville, Virginia”; Jeff Felton, “The Realities of Defeat: The Turning Points of the Civil War in Virginia, September–December, 1864”; Heath Furrow, “‘We Can Do Very Little with Them’: British Discourse on Shi’is in Iraq”; Jenni Gallagher, “‘Remove Him to the Poorhouse’: Poor-Relief in Montgomery County, VA, 1830–1880”; John Legg, “Changing Perspectives: The Contested Memories of the U.S.–Dakota War of 1862”; Kaitlyn Martin, “The Thesmophoria and the Women of Thebes”; Marlee Putnam, “A Jane of All Trades: Janet Taylor’s Contributions to Victorian Navigation”; Spenser Slough, “Forgetting by Avoidance: African American Burial Grounds, Forgotten History, and Jettisoned Memory in Northwest Wake County, NC, 1870–2018”; Kathryn Walters, “20,000 Fewer: The Wagner-Rogers Bill and the Jewish Immigration Crisis”; Ryan Wesdock, “The Floatplane Controversy: Proscription, Procedure, and Protection in Carroll County”; and Emily Wild, “The Complexities of Womanhood: The Identities of Female Quaker Unionists in the Civil War.”

ASPECT doctoral student Nada Berrada presented “What Is the State in Morocco Doing for the Youth? Unpacking the Neoliberal Discourse on Education, Employment, and Political Participation” at the Year of Morocco International Conference on Gender, Identity, and Youth Empowerment in Morocco, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia, March 15–16.

Shannon Bell, an associate professor in the Department of Sociology, was invited by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center at the University of Maryland to serve as a Distinguished Lecturer in its Postdoctoral Scholar Immersion Program. She presented a workshop on conducting interviews and analyzing interview data analysis and gave a talk on her book, Fighting King Coal: The Challenges to Micromobilization in Central Appalachia, on March 4–5.

Amy Azano, an associate professor in the School of Education, published “A Place for Local in Critical Global Literacies,” English Journal 108.3 (2019): 108–10.

The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences was well represented at the showcase of the Council on VT History, which was unveiled on March 20 at Newman Library. Featured were: “From Orange to Maroon,” a history of Virginia Tech presented by Peter Wallenstein, a professor of history; “If This Place Could Talk: Visualizing 150 Years of Virginia Tech’s History” by Paul Quigley, the James I. Robertson, Jr. Associate Professor of Civil War Studies in the Department of History; “VT Stories,” stories of alumni, faculty, staff, and community members gathered by Katrina Powell, a professor and director of the Center for Rhetoric in Society and the Ph.D. Program in Rhetoric and Writing in the Department of English, and her team; and “Voices in the Stone,” live performance in theatre, dance, and music coordinated by Paul Steger, a professor of theatre and director of the School of Performing Arts. All projects will be completed for Virginia Tech’s sesquicentennial in 2022. Established in 2017, the council explores how Virginia Tech might recognize and acknowledge its history in the context of today and the Beyond Boundaries vision for the future.

The following graduate students presented papers at the annual ASPECT Graduate Conference titled “Rethinking Otherness in the Age of Neoliberalism”: Judson Abraham, ASPECT, “The Question of ‘Corporatism’ in Left-Populist Discourse”; Caroline Alphin, ASPECT, presented “Bulletproof Neoliberals: Reframing the Biohacker as an Intensified Accelerationist”; Nada Berrada, ASPECT, “The Neoliberal State and Youth Policy in Morocco”; Allie Briggs, ASPECT, “The Perfect Crime: Race as Technology and Modern Liberal Sovereignty”; Jay Burkette, ASPECT, “Utopia as a Verb: Mutual Aid as Its Process”; Linea Cutter, ASPECT, “Spaces of Empire in Popular Culture: A Critical Analysis of To the Bone”; Joshua Earle, Science, Technology and Society, “The Problem of the Sexy Cyborg: Race, Gender, and Otherness in Transhumanism”; Jordan Fallon, Political Science, “‘Omar Comin’: Black Subversive Marginality and Neoliberal Subjectivity”; Rob Flahive, ASPECT, “Aesthetics of the Other: Reinscribing Colonial Urbanism through Preservation”; Jenni Gallagher, History “‘Remove Him to the Poorhouse’: Poor-Relief in Montgomery County, VA, 1830–1880”; Ruth Grene, Hispanic Studies, “Views of the Subaltern in Mexican Film”; Johannes Grow, ASPECT, “The Geopolitics of the ECSC”; Robert Hodges, ASPECT, “Two Differing Intentions Toward Alterning the International System: A Discussion of al-Qaeda and Islamic State Goals”; Jack R. Leff, Science, Technology, and Society, “Enclosable Futures: How Prisons Render Prisoners’ Futures for ‘Public’ Consumption”; John R. Legg, History, “White Lies, Native Revision: Public Memory and the U.S.–Dakota War of 1862”; Leigh McKagen, ASPECT, “An Imperial Journey: Castaway Narratives in Star Trek: Voyager”; Mohammed Pervaiz, ASPECT, “Valorizing and Other-ing Bodies: Examples in Historical and Contemporary Turkey”; Sarah Plummer, ASPECT, “Panoptic Policing: A Theory of Surveillance as Resistance”; Shaun Respess, ASPECT, “Why/When Suicide Offends the Neoliberal Us”; Mary Ryan, ASPECT, “The Last Gasp: How Racial Crisis Threatens U.S. Democracy”; Patrick Salmons, ASPECT, “Althusser’s Reproduction of Race in Society”; Katy Shepard, ASPECT, “Art as the Creative Process, Identity Building, and Liberation”; Faith Skiles, ASPECT, “Decidedly Neo-Confucian: Western Missionaries’ Ordering of Space in Korea”; Spenser Slough, ASPECT, “Consumerism, Material Culture, Gender, and Performance as Historical Method in Investigating Commonplace Financial Records of Rural Communities”; Emma Stamm, ASPECT, “Algorithmic Determinacy and Interpretative Psychedelic Science”; Alexander Stubberfield, ASPECT, “State of the Art: The Habitat Quantification Tool and the Environmental Defense Fund”; Anthony Szczurek, ASPECT, “Sacred Climate Futures: Hindutva Imaginaries of Climate Change (2015–2018)”; Madison Tepper, ASPECT, “Radical Counterperformance: Invoking Bodily Affect as to Global Capitalism”; Molly Todd, ASPECT, “Affective Juxtaposition and the Border Crossing Experience of Pixar’s Coco”; Shelby Ward, ASPECT, “State In/security and War Tourism: Sri Lankan Identity Politics and Tourism Mapping Practices”; Sara Wenger, ASPECT, “The Strange Case of Aura Dolls: Posthuman Anxiety and the Sex Work Debate”; Zachariah Wheeler, ASPECT, “Back to the Future: Symbolic Revolution, Aporia, and the Death of Neoliberalism”; Tara Wilson, Political Science, “Evaluating the Provable Successes of the United Nations Human Rights Council”; and Sengul Yildiz-Alanbay , ASPECT, “Constructing the ‘Other’ through a Discourse of Compassion: The Representation of the Iconic Image of Alan Kurdi in Turkey’s Foreign Policy Towards the EU.” The conference took place March 21–23 on campus.

Claire Robbins, an assistant professor in the School of Education, published “Seeking ‘Better Ways’: Early Career Faculty Researcher Development,” Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education 9.2 (2018): 113–26, with Lucy LePeau.

James E. Hawdon, from the Department of Sociology and director of the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention, published “Crises of Security and Crises of Legitimacy: Organizational Evolution in American Policing, 1860–2017,” On These Mean Streets…People Are Dying: Police and Citizen Brutality in America, ed. Ashraf Esmail and Lisa Eargle (Lake Charles, Iowa: Green Legacy Publishing, 2019), pp. 40–70.

Joseph Eska, a professor and interim chair of the Department of Englishpublished “Celto-Germanic Lexis in Light of Laryngeal Realism,” Proceedings of the 29th Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference, ed. David M. Goldstein, Stephanie Jamison, and Brent Vine (Bremen: Hempen, 2018), pp. 29–45.

Karen Roberto, director of the Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment and University Distinguished Professor of Human Development and Family Science, edited Resilience in Aging: Concepts, Research, and Outcomes, second edition (Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature, 2018), with Barbara Resnick and Lisa Gwyther.

Roberto’s individual contributions to the volume were “Understanding Resilience of Adult Foster Care Providers” with human development alumna Kelly Munly (Ph.D. 2015) and Katherine Allen, a professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science, pp. 367–83, and “Conclusion: The Key to Successful Aging” with Resnick and Gwyther, pp. 401–15.

The first edition of the book was one of the top 25 percent most downloaded e-books annually in the relevant Springer e-book collection.

Anita Puckett, an associate professor in the Department of Religion and Culture, published Rock Castle Gorge, Special History Study, Rocky Knob Recreation Area (Asheville, North Carolina: National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway, 2018), with Leslie Shelor Allen. The report was funded by a grant from the Robert M. Utley Foundation and is posted on the National Park Service website.

Flutter, Pulse, and Flight, three movements for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and computer composed by Charles Nichols, an assistant professor in the School of Performing Arts, was premiered by the ensemble Earplay on February 11 at the Taube Atrium Theater in San Francisco, California.

Hyesoo Yoo, an assistant professor in the School of Performing Arts, won the 2019 Outstanding Emerging Researcher Award, which is presented biennially in conjunction with the Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium. The primary purpose of the award is to recognize music education scholars who are producing high-quality research at early stages of their careers.

Yoo was recognized with a plaque and an honorarium of $500 for her submission titled “A Motivational Sequence Model of Students’ Intentions to Continue Participating in Music,” which she presented at the symposium, held February 6–9 in Tampa, Florida.

Anthony A. Peguero, an associate professor from the Department of Sociology, published “Are Violence and Disorder at School Placing Adolescents within Immigrant Families at Higher Risk of Dropping Out?” in the Journal of School Violence 18.2 (2019): 241–58, with Jun Sung Hong.

Two faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences were among the latest inductees into the academies of Faculty Leadership and Faculty Services.

Robert Denton, professor and head of the Department of Communication, was appointed to the Academy of Faculty Leadership; he was recognized for his oversight of curriculum revision and facilities development in the department and for his role in the development of a master’s degree program and the creation of the Rice Center for Leader Development.

Nyusya Milman-Miller, an associate professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, was appointed to the Academy of Faculty Service; she earned this recognition for her success in developing the Virginia Tech Russian program and securing a Project Global Officer (Project GO) grant, which supports critical language training and global education of ROTC students.

Alan Weinstein, an associate professor in the School of Performing Arts, performed with the Kandinsky Trio and violist Ralph Fielding on February 10 at the Lynn Conservatory of Music at Lynn University in Boca Rotan, Florida. Included in the performance were trios by Schubert and Shostakovich and piano quartets by Mozart and Czerny.

Weinstein also gave a chamber music master-class for students at the conservatory.

ASPECT doctoral student Emma Stamm published a review of McKenzie Wark’s General Intellects: Twenty-One Thinkers for the Twenty-First Century in the Marx and Philosophy Review of Books on February 11.

Carol A. Mullen, a professor in the School of Education, published “Dynamic Creativity: Influential Theory, Public Discourse, and Generative Possibility,” Dynamic Perspectives on Creativity: New Directions for Theory, Research, and Practice in Education, ed. Ronald A. Beghetto and Giovanni Emanuele Corazza (Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature, 2019), pp. 137–64.