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Meet Our New Faculty

The College of Humanities and Sciences is full of talented faculty—an amazing group of educators, academics and researchers. We invite you to meet our newest faculty members for the 2020-21 academic year. Their disciplines and backgrounds are varied, and we have no doubt they will make their mark on the College, VCU and beyond.

African American Studies

grace gipson

Grace Gipson, Ph.D.

Job title: Assistant Professor
Affiliation: Department of African American Studies

Dr. Gipson is a Black future feminist/pop culture scholar whose area of research interest centers on black popular culture, digital humanities, representations of race and gender within comic books, Afrofuturism, and race and new media.

English

jessica nelson

Jessica Nelson

Job title: Assistant Professor
Affiliation: Department of English

Nelson's research and scholarship interests include the science of story and the practice of innovative pedagogy.

Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

jayme canty

Jayme Canty, Ph.D.

Job title: Assistant Professor
Affiliation: Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

Dr. Canty's research focuses on the social, economic and political experiences of Black queer women in the American South and creating a framework to establish a Black queer lesbian South.

julian glover

Julian Glover, Ph.D.

Job title: Assistant Professor
Affiliation: Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

Dr. Glover's research focuses on Black/brown queer cultural formations, performance, ethnography, embodied knowledge and performance theory.

History

daniel morales

Daniel Morales, Ph.D.

Job title: Assistant Professor
Affiliation: Department of History

Dr. Morales' research focuses on the social and economic history of migration between Latin America and the United States.

Mathematics and Applied Mathematics

michael robert

Michael Robert, Ph.D.

Job title: Assistant Professor
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics

Dr. Robert’s current research is focused on studying how climate and human movement contribute to the emergence and spread of mosquito-borne pathogens such as dengue, Zika and chikungunya.

oyita udiani

Oyita Udiani, Ph.D.

Job title: Assistant Professor
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics

Dr. Udiani's research focuses on the mathematical models of self-organizing systems in ecology, epidemiology and evolutionary biology.

Media and Culture

minhee choi

Minhee Choi, Ph.D.

Job title: Assistant Professor
Affiliation: Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture

Dr. Choi's research focuses on probing the effects of advocacy messages and communication strategies related to controversial social issues in social media on individuals’ perceptions, attitudes and behaviors.

derek o'leary

Derek O'Leary

Job title: Assistant Professor
Affiliation: Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture

O'Leary's career has been focused on concept development and strategy, with experience in UX, advertising, social media and experiential advertising.

Philosophy

yuan yuan

Yuan Yuan, Ph.D.

Job title: Assistant Professor
Affiliation: Department of Philosophy

Dr. Yuan's areas of research are ethics, political philosophy and philosophy of law, with an emphasis on the interface between them.

Political Science

jessica trisko darden

Jessica Trisko Darden, Ph.D.

Job title: Assistant Professor
Affiliation: Department of Political Science

Dr. Darden's most recent work focuses on the role that women play in violent, armed conflict as combatants, rather than victims.

jatia wrighten

Jatia Wrighten, Ph.D.

Job title: Assistant Professor
Affiliation: Department of Political Science

Dr. Wrighten conducts research on black women, state legislatures and leadership, with an emphasis on intersectionality.

Statistical Sciences and Operations Research

ya su

Ya Su, Ph.D.

Job title: Assistant Professor
Affiliation: Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research

Dr. Su conducts research related to modern statistical methodology including nonparametric and semiparametric modeling, measurement error and Bayesian inference.