Sociology Academic News

Two College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences students from Virginia Tech were selected to participate in the National Humanities Center Graduate Student Summer Residency: Brooke Covington, English, and Jessica Herling, sociology.

Participants spend the month of June at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, pursuing research on their humanities-related project.

Anthony K. Harrison, the Gloria D. Smith Professor of Africana Studies in the Department of Sociology, co-edited Race in the Marketplace: Crossing Critical Boundaries (London, England: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), with Guillaume D. Johnson, Kevin D. Thomas, and Sonya A. Grier.

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 following College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences students accepted the invitation to become members of Phi Beta Kappa during the 2018-2019 academic year: Micaela Albright, criminology and sociology; Katherine Avdellas, public relations; Rachel Beisser, literature and language and professional and technical writingJessica Brady, international relations; Madeleine Cáceres, political science; Mary Anne Callahan, literature and language; Hannah Casey, international studies and SpanishRachel Dougherty, Spanish and psychology; Victoria Driggs, music and Spanish; Courtney Ebersohl, French and history; Neeka Eghbali, public relations; Elizabeth Finnan, French and environmental policy and planning; Emily Friedman, political science; Hannah Goode, professional and technical writing; Samantha Hart, communication studies and political science; Paige Hartian, professional and technical writing and economics; Catherine Hayes, Spanish and biochemistry; Logan Hughes, political science; Austin Huppert, political science; Rachel Iwicki, Russian and mechanical engineering; Dana Kelly, literature and language; Maeghan Klinker, creative writing and literature and language; Kathryn Kowalski, literature and language and professional and technical writing; Matthew Krusiec, history; Lisa Lane, international relations; Eleanor Matheson, criminology and sociology; Bonnie McGowan, human development; Victoria McMahon, political science; Kelsey McQueen, Spanish and food science and technology; Timothy Miles, religion and culture; Michael Mills, music; Benjamin Nicoll, philosophy and business information technology; Caroline Nicotra, Spanish and biological sciences; Hayley Oliver, literature and language; Haley Olsen, criminology; Taylor Perdue, multimedia journalism; Samantha Piszcz, political science; Kathryn Rappold, public relations; Caroline Ritchey, French, history, and national security and foreign affairs; Jayne Ross, creative writing and professional and technical writing; Johanna Scalzi, communication studies; Sahara Shrestha, philosophy and environmental policy and planning; Elizabeth Street, multimedia journalism; Emily Sutphin, classics and religion and culture; Luca Thoms, national security and foreign affairs; Victoria Upton, public relations; Hans Werner, criminology and sociology; Logan White, political science; Morgan Wood, human development; and Taylor Zelman, criminology and political science.

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.


The following College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences faculty members were awarded a Niles Research Grant during the 2018–2019 academic year: Mark V. Barrow, Jr., History; Shannon Elizabeth Bell, Sociology; Dwight Bigler, School of Performing Arts; Brian Britt, Religion and Culture; Toni M. Calasanti, Sociology; María del Carmen Caña Jiménez, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; Mauro Caraccioli, Political Science and ASPECT Core Faculty; Koeun Choi, Human Development and Family Science; Katharine Cleland, English; Amanda C. Demmer, History; Katherine Haenschen and Daniel J. Tamul, Communication; Sharon P. Johnson, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; Karin Kitchens, Political Science; Bryan Klausmeyer, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; Allan Lumba, History; Richard Masters, School of Performing Arts; Deborah Milly, Political Science; Gonzalo Montero, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; Carol A. Mullen, School of Education; Charles Nichols, School of Performing Arts; Corinne Noirot, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; Philip Olson, Science, Technology, and Society; Michael Saffle, Religion and Culture; Carolyn Shivers, Human Development and Family Science; Brandi Watkins, Communication; Chelsea Woods, Communication; and Tingting Zhao, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures.

The following CLAHS graduate students participated in the Gender, Bodies, and Technology conference titled TechnoLogics: Power and Resistance. They were: Caroline Alphin, ASPECT, “Bulletproof Neoliberals: Rethinking Accelerationism and the Biohacker Within the Logic of Intensity”; Lyla Byers, Sociology, “‘Now I Could Be the Former Fatty Who Turned into a Brain. Or an Athlete. Or a Princess’: Weight Loss and Gender in Netflix’s Insatiable”; Linea Cutter, ASPECT, “Three Square Meals a Day: Biopolitics and the (Re)Production of (Dis)Order”; Joshua Earle, Science, Technology, and Society, “The Problem of the Sexy Cyborg: Transhumanism, Gender, and Morphological Freedom”; Sadie Giles, Sociology, “Rock that Body: Economies of Risk in Rock Climbing”; Whitney Hayes, Sociology, “Beauvoir in the Boudoir: A Feminist Approach to the Risks of Bedding Sex Robots”; Science, Technology, and Society student Hanna Herdegen and faculty member Ashley Shew, with Stephanie Arnold and Adri Ridings, “Disability, Experience, and Technological Imagination: First Stage Findings from Narrative Research”; Jessica Herling, Sociology, “Hidden Curriculum in Medical Education on LGBTQ Health”; Inaash Islam, Sociology, “Redefining What It Means to Be #YourAverageMuslim Woman: Muslim Female Digital Activists on Social Media”; Laura Lane, Science, Technology, and Science, “Busted Perceptions: A Visual and Verbal Dialogue about the Power Dynamics Behind the Identities We Embody”; Jack Leff, Science, Technology, and Society, “Atmospheric Thinking: The Political Technologies of Breath, Breathing, and Atmosphere”; Kuan-Hung Lo, Science, Technology, and Society, “Rethinking the Uncanny Valley: Feelings of Eeriness, Diversity/Mutation, and Performativity”; Ariel Ludwig, Science, Technology, and Society, “The Aesthetics/Anesthetics of the Virtual Prison and the Making of Virtual Prisoners: A Poetic Engagement with a Virtual Reality Marketplace”; Leigh McKagen, ASPECT, “Resistance Is Futile: Female Mentorship in Star Trek: Voyager”; Megan Nanney, Sociology, “My Home Is Not Your Home: Digital Community Building and Branding in Gender Segregated Higher Education”; Kate Natishan, Rhetoric and Writing, “Regulated Bodies: The Rhetoric of Gender in the U.S. Military”; Roan Parrish, Science, Technology, and Society, “Factors in the Overprescription of Antidepressants in Women”; Anne Patrick, Sociology, “Where’s the Beef? Masculinity, Gender, and Violence in Food Advertising”; Philip Ray, Sociology, “The Three Laws of Colonization: Robotic Bodies in Science Fiction”; Shaun Respess, ASPECT, “Intimacy Through/With Technology: An Evaluation of Care for Despondency”; Talitha Rose, Sociology, “#Craftivism and the Potentials for Feminist Craft as Activism”; Emma Stamm, ASPECT, “Acid Feminism: Psychedelic Dimensions of Gender Performativity”; Rayanne Streeter, Sociology, “#effyourbeautystandards: Resistance and Co-optation in the Body Positive Movement”; Maddie Tepper, ASPECT, “Conscious Embodiment: Aesthetic Cultivation as Resistance to Global Capitalism”; Sara Wenger, ASPECT, “Posthuman Anxiety in the Sex Industry: The Strange Case of Aura Dolls”; and Damien Williams, Science, Technology, and Society, “Extended Selves: Implications of VR and AR on How We Understand Ourselves and Each Other.”

The conference took place April 25–27 at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center.

The following students were recipients of grant support for undergraduate research in 2018–2019. Awarded travel grants were: Laura Beaudet, psychology, “Williams Syndrome Sibling Survey” at the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Conference, which will be held August 6–9 in Glasgow, Scotland; Emily Buckley, psychology, “Crazy De-Accented Singaporeans: The Lack of Singlish in Crazy Rich Asians” at the Virginia Area Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium (VALING) Conference, which took place April 13 in Williamsburg, Virginia; Esther Cho, literature and language and packaging systems and design, “Korean Pitch and Politeness” at the VALING Conference as well as “A Problem for the Frequency Code? A Perceptual Study of the Relationship between Pitch and Politeness in Korean” at the Southeastern Conference of Linguistics, which will take place May 30–June 2 in Boca Raton, Florida; Michelle Corinaldi, sociology, “Motherhood in the Workplace: A Sociological Exploration into the Negative Performance Standards, and Evaluations of Full-time Working Mothers” at the 6thAnnual Black Doctoral Network Conference, which was held October 25–27 in Charlotte, North Carolina; Nicole DeFoor, computational and systems neuroscience, “The Effect of Synthetic Speech on Human Behavior” at the VALING Conference; Emily Hoyt, human development, “Dementia Caregiving in Rural Appalachia: Culture Matters” at the Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting Conference, which took place November 14–18 in Boston, Massachusetts; P’trice Jones, criminology and psychology, “Examining the Moderating Effect of Anxiety on Behavioral and Emotional Symptoms with Oppositional Problems” at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America Conference, which was held March 28–31 in Chicago, Illinois; Sydney Kulok, human development and psychology, “An Analysis of Social Competence in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Co-occurring Conduct Problems” at the International Society for Autism Research Annual Meeting 2019 Conference, which was held May 1–4 in Montreal, Canada; Timothy Miles, religion and culture, “Performance of Identity for Queer Appalachian Christians” at the Appalachian Studies Association Conference, which took place March 14–17 in Asheville, North Carolina; Joshua Oliver, political science, “Starving People Is Bad or Starving People Are Bad?” at the International Food Studies Conference, which was held October 24–25 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; and Brittany Russell, human development, “Perceptions and Ideologies Surrounding Cardi B’s Stigmatized Speech” at the VALING Conference. Awarded research grants were: Jessica Jordan, theatre arts, support for the production of “[title of show],” a musical; and Sydney Kulok, funds for NVivo Software to analyze qualitative data.