Social Sciences News

Amartya Sen
When Michael Moehler was an undergraduate at the London School of Economics, the work of Amartya Sen was already considered so classic that Moehler assumed the man behind the theories had long ago departed the earth. Imagine his shock, then, when he learned that Sen was scheduled to speak on cam...
Wornie Reed
Virginia Tech’s Wornie Reed, who met Martin Luther King Jr. during the Montgomery Bus Boycott and joined him on the 1963 March on Washington, feels the civil rights leader has been “whitewashed” and would be disappointed with America’s progress on poverty. Reed, a so...
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...
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.
hands reaching through prison bars
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. ...