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Faculty Highlights

Our faculty members in the College of Humanities and Sciences are an amazing group of educators, academics and researchers. Here are just a few faculty news highlights from the year.

book covers for world of echo by adin lears, confronting totalitarian minds by aspen brinton, the strange genius of mister o by carolyn eastman, and founding monsters by bernard means

Mariam Alkazemi, Ph.D., (Robertson School) edited, "Arab Worlds Beyond the Middle East and North Africa," a book that celebrates the achievements and acknowledges the challenges of new communities built by the Arab diaspora around the world.

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Karen McIntyre, Ph.D., (Robertson School) was awarded the 2021 Hillier Krieghbaum Under-40 Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). The award was created in the early 1980s by the late Hillier Krieghbaum of New York University to honor a journalism/ communication faculty member under the age of 40 who has made outstanding contributions in AEJMC’s three key areas: teaching, research and public service. It has become one of the highest honors that AEJMC can bestow on a member— and the top award for young faculty in the field of mass communications. McIntyre also edited, “Reporting Beyond the Problem: From Civic Journalism to Solutions Journalism,” which explores a variety of journalistic genres that cover the news in ways other than the traditional problem-based narrative.

Aspen Brinton, Ph.D., (World Studies) authored, "Confronting Totalitarian Minds: Jan Patocka on Politics and Dissidence,” which examines the Czech philosopher Jan Patocka's legacy along with several contemporary applications of his ideas about dissidence, solidarity and the human being’s existential confrontation with unjust politics.

Faye Belgrave, Ph.D., (Psychology) and Heather Jones, Ph.D., (Psychology) published, "African American Families: Research, Theory, and Practice," a book that illuminates the historical and contemporary experiences of African American families in the United States and demonstrates how they have survived and excelled in a nation not established for them.

Kim Case, Ph.D., (Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies) edited, "Navigating Difficult Moments in Teaching Diversity and Social Justice," which touches on such topics as white privilege in the classroom, when viewpoints become harmful speech and how to keep students’ hope alive.

Gregory Donovan, Ph.D., (English) edited “Prismatics: Larry Levis & Contemporary American Poetry,” a book that collects transcriptions of the extended interviews conducted during the making of the documentary film about Larry Levis, “A Late Style of Fire.”

Carolyn Eastman, Ph.D., (History) authored, "The Strange Genius of Mr. O," a biography of a remarkable performer—a gaunt Scottish orator who appeared in a toga—and a story of the United States during the founding era.

Nicholas Frankel, Ph.D., (English) published a new annotated collection of "The Short Stories of Oscar Wilde."

Shiv Khanna, Ph.D., (Physics) published, "Metal Clusters and Their Reactivity." This book discusses current techniques and instrumentation for cluster chemistry. It addresses both the experimental and theoretical aspects of gas-phase metal cluster reactivities, especially those pertaining to pollution removal, energetic reactions and corrosion and anticorrosion.

John T. Kneebone, Ph.D., (History) with VCU President Emeritus Eugene P. Trani, Ph.D., authored “Fulfilling the Promise: Virginia Commonwealth University and the City of Richmond, 1968–2009.” The book shows how VCU—created to serve a city emerging from an era of desegregation, white flight, political conflict and economic decline—reflects a larger, national story of urban universities and the past and future of American higher education.

Josh Langberg, Ph.D., (Psychology) published, "CBT for College Students with ADHD." This book provides an overview of the ACCESS program, a mental health program that has been developed and tested as an efficacious treatment for college students with ADHD.

Andrew Murphy, Ph.D., (Political Science) edited, "William Penn: Political Writings,” a fully annotated scholarly edition of Penn's political writings over the course of his long public career.

Adin Lears, Ph.D., (English) authored, "World of Echo: Noise and Knowing in Late Medieval England,” which explores how medieval thinkers adopted the concept of noise as a mode of lay understanding grounded in the body and the senses.

Bernard Means, Ph.D., (World Studies) and VCUarts student Maggie Colangelo published a comic book titled, “Founding Monsters,” which details the Founding Fathers and their obsession with the fossils of giant Ice Age mammals. Means also edited and contributed to “The Archaeology of Virginia’s First Peoples,” which explores Virginia’s pre-European contact past, stretching back more than 15,000 years.

Clint McCown (English) was inducted into the Wake Forest University Hall of Fame in recognition of his fiction, poetry and considerable career as a teacher of writing.

Daniel Morales, Ph.D., (History) was named a 2021 Career Enhancement Fellow by The Institute for Citizens & Scholars. The Career Enhancement Fellowship seeks to increase the presence of underrepresented junior and other faculty members in the humanities, social sciences and arts.

Kathryn Murphy-Judy, Ph.D., (World Studies) authored, "Teaching Language Online: A Guide for Designing, Developing, and Delivering Online, Blended, and Flipped Language Courses," which offers best practices, research and strategies for creating learner-centered online language instruction.

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Everett Carpenter, Ph.D., (Chemistry) was named a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Honorees are active faculty, scientists and administrators from member institutions who have demonstrated remarkable innovation-producing technologies that have brought, or aspire to bring, real impact on the welfare of society.

Matteo Pangallo, Ph.D., (English) edited, "Shakespeare's Audiences,” which explores the global history of audience experience of Shakespearean performance in theater, film, radio and digital media.

Mallory Perryman, Ph.D., (Robertson School) published, "Mediated Democracy: Politics, the News, and Citizenship in the 21st Century," a book that explores the relationships between citizens, journalists and political elites.

Ryan K. Smith, Ph.D., (History) published, “Death and Rebirth in a Southern City: Richmond’s Historic Cemeteries,” which explores more than 300 years of burial grounds in Richmond, illustrating how racism and the color line have consistently shaped death, burial and remembrance in Virginia’s capital.