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Advisory Board

The WVU Humanities Center is guided by active scholars and administrators from around the humanities landscape on campus. They are charged with shaping the vision for the center and its role in the campus community.

Stephanie Foote

Jackson And Nichols Professor of English

Stephanie Foote joined the Department of English in 2016 after having been a professor of English and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her teaching and research interests include US literature and culture of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the novel form, the relationship between new and historical materialisms, history of the book, and the environmental humanities.

Ian Harmon

Scholarly Communications Librarian, Staff Librarian, WVU Libraries 

Dr. Harmon oversees the WVU Libraries’ Scholarly Communications and Publishing Initiatives and provides expertise on open access publishing, copyright, author rights, and digital scholarship. He also works with WVU researchers to evaluate the impact of their work, develop strategies to increase their visibility, and craft metric-based narratives to demonstrate the quality of their scholarship. Dr. Harmon holds a PhD in Philosophy and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His interests include epistemology, philosophy of science, digital humanities, and data curation.

LeaMarie Herron

Grants Administrator, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Leamarie Herron edits, assists, and trains faculty in all aspects of the grants process. She has written or co-authored numerous successful interdisciplinary and international grants, obtaining funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Naval Research, Kansas Humanities Council, Fulbright, and many other sources. She holds a J.D. and a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Detroit.

Katie Jones

Assistant Professor of Fashion, Dress & Merchandising

Dr. Jones is an assistant professor in the Fashion, Dress and Merchandising department in the School of Design and Community Development. She earned her Doctorate from the University of Missouri in 2014, her Master of Science from the University of Rhode Island in 2008, and her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri in 2005, all with an emphasis on Textile and Apparel Management. Dr. Jones specializes in teaching the culture and history of dress. Her research explores the intersection of media and fashion. Specifically, she has published on the subject of sustainable fashion discourse as well as the role of fashion designers in the 21st century.


Jason Phillips

Associate Professor of History, Eberly Family Chair of Civil War Studies

Dr. Phillips studies the history of the future and material culture in nineteenth-century America. His first book, Diehard Rebels: The Confederate Culture of Invincibility (Georgia, 2007), interprets the letters and diaries of Confederate soldiers to explain why they expected to win and how they understood defeat. His second book, Storytelling, History, and the Postmodern South (LSU, 2013), is an edited collection of essays by southern historians and literary scholars who reconsider how regional narratives have empowered and challenged southern hierarchies from the eighteenth century to the present. Phillips’s current book, Looming Civil War: American Visions of Futures Past (Oxford), inverts memory studies to show how shared anticipations, expectations, and prophecies of the Civil War spread during the antebellum era, shaped the conflict, and changed how Americans approached the future. 

Travis Stimeling

Associate Professor of Musicology and the director of the WVU Bluegrass Band

Dr. Stimeling's books include Cosmic Cowboys and New Hicks: The Countercultural Sounds of Austin’s Progressive Country Music Scene (Oxford UP, 2011),  The Country Music Reader (Oxford UP, 2014),  Fifty Cents and a Box Top: The Creative Life of Nashville Session Musician Charlie McCoy (with Charlie McCoy, WVU Press, 2017), The Oxford Handbook of Country Music (Oxford UP, 2017), and  Songwriting in Contemporary West Virginia: Profiles and Reflections  (WVU Press, 2018). He is currently the series editor of WVU Press’s Sounding Appalachia series and serves on the editorial board of Ecomusicology Review.

Matthew Titolo

Professor of Law

Professor Titolo received his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley and his Ph.D. in English literature at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he studied British literature, intellectual history and literary theory. At UCLA he taught in the History of Modern Thought program, a yearlong interdisciplinary program for freshmen. His scholarly interests include the history of capitalism, infrastructure, and the corporation and comparative American & European welfare states 1945 to the present. His current book, forthcoming from Cambridge UP, is titled Privatization and Its Discontents: Infrastructure, Law & American Democracy. Professor Titolo teaches American Legal History, Contracts, International Commercial Law and Remedies. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in European and American history from WVU.