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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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