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Affiliates

Humanities Center Faculty and Community Affiliates are individuals and institutions who perform meaningful scholarship and inquiry into the many dimensions of human thought, culture, history and experience. Affiliates participate in the life of the Center, and enter into a diverse network of thinkers. Please follow the links to the right to find out the benefits of becoming a Humanities Center Faculty or Community Affiliate. 

Current members

Katherine Aaslestad

Professor of History Modern Europe
Modern Germany; Nineteenth-Century Europe; War and Society 
  • Revisiting Napoleon’s Continental System: Local, Regional, and European Experiences, co-edited with Johan Joor (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). 
  • “Cities and War: Modern Military Urbanism in Hamburg and Leipzig during the Napoleonic Era,”German History 35/3 (September 2017), 381-402. 

Amy M. Alvarez 

Teaching Assistant Professor of English 
Creative writing, poetry, Affrilachian poetics, contemporary Black and Latinix poetry
  • “Date of Last Period.” In Choice Words: Writers on Abortion, ed. Annie Finch. Chicago, IL: Haymarket Books, 2019. 
  • (forthcoming) “Polaris.” Sugar House Review, vol. 19, Fall 2019.  (forthcoming) 

Malayna Bernstein

Director, Learning Sciences/Learning Sciences
Human Development English education, reading cognition, narrative inquiry, qualitative research methods, teacher knowledge, diversity in education, learning sciences, professional development, faculty development
  • Slocum, A., Hathaway, R. Bernstein, M. (2018).Striking Signs: The Diverse Discourse of the 2018 West Virginia Teachers’ Strike. English Education, 51(4) 
  • Selmer, S., Bernstein, M. Bolyard, J. (2016). Multilayered knowledge: understanding the structure and enactment of teacher educators’ specialized knowledge base, Teacher Development, 20(4). 

Joshua Arthurs 

Associate Professor of History
fascism, far right, Italy, modern Europe, memory, violence, totalitarianism, monuments, Second World War, political transitions, everyday life
  • Editor, The Politics of Everyday Life in Fascist Italy: Outside the State?(Palgrave MacMillan, 2017)
  • Excavating Modernity: The Roman Past in Fascist Italy(Cornell University Press, 2

Rose Casey

Assistant Professor of English
Global Anglophone literature; literary and cultural studies; law and literature; postcolonial studies; feminist theory; critical race studies
  • Aesthetic Impropriety: Property Law and Postcolonial Style (in progress)
  •  “‘Trespassers will be Persecuted’: Oil and Property Law in Ben Okri’s ‘What the Tapster Saw.’” Special Issue on “Law and Literature from the Global South.” The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, vol. 7, no. 1, 2019, pp. 47-63.    
  • “Rose Casey on Sarah Moss’s Ghost Wall” (review article). The Rambling, https://the-rambling.com/2019/08/19/about-a-book-casey-on-moss

David Cerbone 

Professor of Philosophy
phenomenology, existentialism, Wittgenstein, Heidegger, skepticism, philosophy and film, philosophy and literature, naturalism and supernaturalism 
  • "Phenomenological Method and the Achievement of Recognition: Who's Been Waiting for Phenomenology" in D'Oro and Overgaard, The Cambridge Companion to Philosophical Methodology (2017)  

Jeralynn S. Cossman 

Professor and Chair of Sociology and Anthropology
health disparities, medical humanities, community engagement, demography, big data, social justice, inequality, pedagogy, and leadership 
  • Cossman JS, James WL, and Wolf JK. 2017 “The Differential Effects of Rural Health Care Access on Race-Specific Mortality.” Social Science and Medicine – Population Health 3:618-623. 
  • James W and Cossman JS. 2017. “Long-Term Trends in Black and White Mortality in the Rural United States: Evidence of a Race-Specific Rural Mortality Penalty.” Journal of Rural Health 33(1): 21-31. 

Scott Davidson

Professor of Philosophy
  • Editor, Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy Contemporary French philosophy, phenomenology, hermeneutics, social and political philosophy The Michel Henry Reader, ed. with Frédéric Seyler.  Evanston, IL: Nothwestern University Press, 2019. 
  • A Companion to Ricoeur’s Fallible Man. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2019.
  • A Companion to Ricoeur’s Freedom and Nature.  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2018.

Lisa DiBartolomeo

Teaching Professor
Coordinator for Russian Studies, Coordinator for Slavic and East European Studies Slavic and East European folklore, literature, cinema, and languages, Polish and Russian language, comparative science fiction, vampires

Tania de Miguel Magro

Associate Professor of Spanish
early modern Spanish theater, golden age, performance, gender studies, social justice, Cervantes, renaissance, picaresque novel, power dynamics, adaptation, critical editions
  • Critical edition of Lope de Vega, El príncipe inocente. Letras Aureas, Universidad de Valladolid. Co-editor: Erin Cowling. (In press) 
  • Staging Violence: Gender and Social Control in Early Modern Jácaras and Entremeses(in progress)

Lara Farina 

Professor of English
Associate Professor of English medieval literature, gender and sexuality studies, history of the senses, affect, practices of reading, ecology (botany)
  • “Get a Grip: The Tactile Object of Handlyng Synne.” In Feeling Things: Objects and Emotions Through History, ed. Stephanie Downes, et al. Oxford, UK: Oxford UP, 2018. 
  • “Curl.”(on ideas about botanic sensation) in Veer Ecology, ed. Jeffrey J. Cohen and Lowell Duckert. Minneapolis, MN: Minnesota UP, 2017. 

Geoff Georgi 

Associate Professor of Philosophy 
logic, philosophy of language, formal semantics, demonstratives, theories of truth
  • "Demonstratives in First-Order Logic" forthcoming in The Architecture of Context and Context-Sensitivity, (Springer).
  • "Propositions, Representation, and Truth" forthcoming in Synthese https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-017-1492-y "On being called something", Linguistics and Philosophy, 40(6) (2017) 595-619

Catherine Gouge 

Associate Professor of English
medical rhetoric, science and technology studies, professional writing and editing, writing studies 
  • Divergent Paths: Paying Attention to Non/Compliance in Health and Medicine (in progress). Wearable Rhetorics: Bodies, Cities, Collectives. Special Issue of Rhetoric Society Quarterly, co-edited with John Jones. 46(3). June 2016.

Ian Harmon 

Scholarly Communications Librarian
Open Access, Authors’ Rights and Copyright, Digital Publishing, Data Management, Digital Scholarship, Epistemology, Philosophy of Science
  • Harmon, I. (2018). “What do we value in academic ownership?” Library Publishing Coalition Blog.https://librarypublishing.org/lpforum18-reflection-what-do-we-value-in-academic-ownership/ ,https://researchrepository.wvu.edu/faculty_publications/816/ .   
  • Harmon, I., & Horne, Z. (2016). Evidence for anti-intellectualism about know-how from a sentence recognition task. Synthese 193 (9), 2929-2947. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-015-0894-y 

Erik Herron 

Eberly Family Professor of Political Science
political institutions, electoral systems, post-communist states
  • Erik S. Herron, Robert J. Pekkanen, and Matthew S. Shugart (eds.). 2018.  The Oxford Handbook of Electoral Systems.  (Oxford: Oxford University Press). 
  • Erik S. Herron. 2009. Elections and Democracy after Communism? (New York: Palgrave Macmillan). 

Katie Baker Jones

Assistant Professor, Fashion, Dress, & Merchandising
Fashion Studies; Discourse Analysis; Fashion Criticism; Lifestyle Journalism; Material Culture; Fashion History (18th c.-Present); Sustainability; Sustainable Fashion 
  • The fashionable New Yorker: Style, criticism, and the dressed body in print. forthcoming Jones, K.B, and Jones, J.P. (2018). 
  • "Sufficient desire: The discourse of sustainable luxury." In Lo, C.Y.K and Ha-Brookshire, J.H. (Eds.). Sustainability in Luxury Fashion Business.  

Adam Komisaruk

Associate Professor of English
18th- and 19th-Century British Literature and Culture; Romanticism; history of sexuality; public-sphere studies; interdisciplinary studies    
  • Editor (with Allison Dushane),  The Botanic Garden by Erasmus Darwin, 2 vols. (Routledge, 2017) 
  • A Public of One: Sexual Privatism in British Romantic Writing. Forthcoming from Routledge. Karen Kunz Associate Professor of Public Administration Securities regulation, women in public office, public policy, educating the public When the Levees Break: Re-visioning Regulation of the Securities Market (Lexington Books, 2017) - Read her blog at www.revisioninginvesting.com

Pablo García Loaeza 

Associate Professor of Spanish 
Early-modern Spanish American literature and culture 
  • “The Transcoding of the Codex Xolotl in Don Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl’s Historia de la nación chichimeca,” Ethnohistory 66.1 (2019): 71-94. 
  • “Las transformaciones de Nezahualcóyotl en la obra de Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxóchitl: dos perspectivas,” co-authored with Leisa Kauffmann, Estudios de cultura náhuatl 53 (2017): 175-203.

Evan MacCarthy 

Assistant Professor of Musicology
History of music theory; medieval studies (chant, liturgy, and processions); Renaissance studies; history of the book; intellectual history / history of ideas; classical tradition; reception studies; music and diplomacy 
  • The English Voyage of Pietrobono Burzelli,” The  Journal of Musicology 35, no. 4 (2018), 431–458.
  • “Transformations in Music Theory and Music Treatises,” in The Cambridge History of Fifteenth-Century Music, eds. Anna Maria Busse Berger and Jesse Rodin (Cambridge University Press, 2015), 602–614.  

Tamba M’bayo 

Associate Professor of History
Epidemics in West Africa; Sierra Leone; Senegal; Colonial and Postcolonial Francophone West Africa; Sports in Africa
  • Muslim Interpreters in Colonial Senegal, 1850–1920 Mediations of Knowledge and Power in the Lower and Middle Senegal River Valley (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2016). 
  • “Ebola, Poverty, Economic Inequity and Social Injustice in Sierra Leone.” Journal of West African History 4, 1 (2018): 99-128. 

Manal Al Natour

Associate Professor of Arabic Studies, Director of Arabic Studies Program
Arabic language and literature, cultural studies, pedagogy, war literature, gender studies, Middle East, feminism, translation, the Arab Spring, contemporary Arabic novel and film, resistance literature
  • “al-mar'ah, al-tḥakirah, wa al-ḥarb fi suria” (Memory, Women, and War in Syria: Emerging Dramatic Texts). ALIF: Journal of Comparative Poetics . 39 (January, 2019) 78-116. 
  • “Strategies of Nonviolent Resistance: Syrian Women Subverting Dominant Paradigms.” In Rita Stephan, (ED.), Women Rising: Resistance, Revolution, and Reform in the Arab Spring and Beyond . (452-463). New York University Press. (forthcoming). 

Kristina Olson

Associate Professor of Art History; Associate Director, School of Art and Design
Contemporary art, contemporary architecture, art criticism, art theory, modern art, modern architecture, regional museums, regional architecture, film 
  • Social Practice Art in Turbulent Times: The Revolution Will Be Live , contributing author and co-editor of book to be published by Routledge-Taylor and Francis Group for their “Routledge Research in Art and Politics” series, under contract, 2019.
  • “A Reconsideration of Figuration in Michael Graves’s Postmodern Designs of the 1980s,” paper presented at the Theory’s History 1 9 6X-199X: Challenges in the Historiography of Architectural Knowledge international conference at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts in Brussels, 2017. 

Lisa Orr 

Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture
Landscape architecture, cultural landscapes, landscape, cemeteries, vernacular landscapes, Appalachia, West Virginia, photography, landscape photography 
  • "Country cemeteries and churchyards: Enduring cultural landscapes in Appalachia." Landscape Research Record, No. 4, (119-136). ISSN 2471-8335
  • Evansville United Methodist Church and Shays Chapel & Cemetery (photography). 9th Annual Women of Appalachia Project 2017-18, a traveling juried fine art exhibition at Ohio University Southern in Ironton, OH; Parkersburg Art Center, Parkersburg, WV; Ohio University, Athens, OH; Pump House Center for the Arts, Chillicothe, OH. (Jurors: Stacey Stewart and Thomas Suter). 

Julie Hicks Patrick

Professor of Psychology
Aging, Spirituality, Awe, Quality of Life 
  • Olson*, R., Knepple Carney*, A., & Hicks Patrick, J. (2018). Associations between gratitude and spirituality: An experience sampling approach.  Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. Advance online publication.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/rel0000164   * graduate students

Jason Phillips

Professor of History and Eberly Family Professor of Civil War Studies 
Nineteenth-Century America, War and Society, Material Culture, Temporality 
  • Southern Studies Looming Civil War: How Americans Imagined the Future in the Nineteenth Century (Oxford University Press, 2018)  
  • “John Brown’s Pikes: Assembling the Future in Antebellum America,” in Joan Cashin, ed.,  War Matters: Material Culture in the Civil War Era (University of North Carolina Press, 2018): 13–33. 

Rhonda Reymond

Associate Professor of Art History 
Art History of the United States (European Contact to 1945); African American Art History; Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Art History; Art History Pedagogy
  • "Reevaluating African American Art Before the Harlem Renaissance," in African American Literature in Transition, 1900-1910, ed. by Shirley Moody-Turner (Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press).  (forthcoming 2019). “
  • Looking in: Albert A. Smith’s Use of Repoussoir in Cover Illustrations for The Crisis and Opportunity,” American Periodicals and Visual Culture 20, no. 2 (2010): 216-240. “Portals to Learning: Threshold Concepts in Art History,” Art History Pedagogy & Practice, Special Issue, Vol. 4 (forthcoming 2019)

Ellen Rodrigues 

Assistant Director, LGBTQ+ Center and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies
Minority, Politics, Queer Studies, Diversity in Higher Education.
  • Manuscript for a future publication, which is dues in August, in progress. 

Christine E. Rittenour 

Associate Professor, Communication Studies Department 
Human communication, diversity, inclusion/exclusion, prejudice, family, identity, female family members, aging, women's and gender studies, social justice 
  • Rittenour, C. E. (2016). Viewing our aged selves: Age progressoin simulations increase young adults' aging anxiety and negative stereotypes of older adults. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 82, 271-289.
  • Rittenour, C., Kromka, S., Pitts, S., Thorwart, M., Vickers, J., & Whyte, K. (2014). Communication surrounding estrangement: Stereotypes, attitudes, and (non)accommodation strategies. Behavioral Sciences, 8, 1-16. 

Sharon Ryan

Professor and Chair of Philosophy 
Epistemology, religion, wisdom, evidentialism, doxastic compatibilism, ethics of belief, hope, forgiveness, epistemic humility
  • "Evidentialism, Hope, and Wisdom: Are Evidentialist Theories of Wisdom Hopeless?" forthcoming inBelieving in Accordance with the Evidence: New Essays on Evidentialism (ed.) Kevin McCain, Springer, 2018. 
  • "In Defense of Moral Evidentialism." Logos and Episteme, 6 (4): 405-427, 2015 

Katy Ryan 

Professor of English and Eberly Family Professor of Outstanding Teaching
Twentieth-century and contemporary American literature; prison studies; prison autobiographies; modern drama; performance studies; freedom movements; engaged scholarship 
  • “A Prison Nation and Freedom Dreams: 1980s Literature of Incarceration.” American Literature in Transition: 1980-1990. Ed. Quentin Miller. Cambridge University Press, 2017. 129-146 
  • “’When Freedom Comes’: Maria Parker, the Women’s Department, and the West Virginia State Penitentiary.”  West Virginia History 11.1 (Spring 2017): 1-27.  

James F. Siekmeier

Associate Professor of History
United States; Latin America; History; “Drug War”; South America; globalization;Guerrillas; insurgency; Cold War; U.S. intelligence community; covert action; revolution
  • The Bolivian Revolution and the United States, 1952 to the Present Latin American Nationalism: Identity in a Globalizing World  

Janet Snyder 

Professor of Art History 
Ancient and Medieval European art and architecture, the art of northern Europe during the Renaissance, and the visual culture of Native North Americans 
  • Early Gothic Column-Figure Sculpture in France: Appearance, Materials, and Significance (Ashgate, 2011)
  • Blanche Lazzell: The Life and Work of an American Modernist (WVU Press, 2004) 

Lynne Stahl 

Humanities Librarian
Film, feminist and gender studies, US popular culture, critical information studies, open access and open educational resources
  • "Chronic Tomboys: Feminism, Survival, and Paranoia in Jodie Foster's Body of Work."  The Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film & Television , vol. 77, no. 1, Spring 2016, pp. 50–68.  
  • "The Right Tool for the Job? Ignorance, Evolution, Reflection, and the #Resistance."  Oregon Library Association Quarterly , vol. 23, no. 1. Aug. 2017, pp. 24–29.

Stefania Staniscia 

Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture
Landscape characters, mountaintop removal mining, energy landscapes, mine reclamation, landscape heritage, landscape mapping, island, geographical features 
  • Staniscia, S., & Yuill, C. (2018). Reflections on Mountaintop Mining as Industrial Heritage.  Change Over Time, (7.1), 30-51. 
  • Staniscia, S. (2016). The ‘Island Effect’: Reality or Metaphor?.  New Geographies, (8), 50-55. 

Kate Kelsey Staples 

Associate Professor of History 
Medieval history, women's and gender history, secondhand trade, material culture, urban history, British history
  • “Con-artists or Entrepreneurs? Fripperers and Market Space in Thirteenth- and Fourteenth-Century Paris,”  Journal of Medieval History 43: 2 (2017): 228-254. 
  • Daughters of London: Inheriting Opportunity in Late Medieval London. Brill Academic Publishers, 2011. 

Michele Stephens 

Assistant Professor of History 
Colonial and modern Latin America; indigenous peoples of Latin America; history of Mexico; race and gender in Latin America
  • In the Lands of Fire and Sun: Huichol Resistance and Accommodation, 1723-1930 (University of Nebraska Press, Forthcoming 2018)
  • ”’As long as they have their land’: The Huichols of Western Mexico, 1850-1895,”  Ethnohistory, Vol.62 (1), January 2015. 

Travis D. Stimeling 

Associate Professor of Musicology 
Popular music, gender studies, ecocriticism, public humanities, Appalachian Studies, Masculinity, ethnomusicology 
  • Editor, Opioid Aesthetics: Expressive Culture in an Age of Addiction.  Forthcoming, WVU Press. Nashville Cats: Record Production in Nashville. 1945-1975.  Forthcoming, Oxford University Press. 

Nicholas Stump  

Faculty Member of George R. Farmer Jr. Library at WVU College of Law 
Environmental Law, Critical Legal Theory, Critical Environmental Theory, Law and Social Movements, Law and Social Change, Appalachian Studies, Environmental Human Rights, Critical Human Rights, Environmental Justice, Ecological Feminism, Feminist Legal Theory, Ecological Political Economy, Law and Political Economy
  • Appalachia Reconstructed: Law, The Environment, and Systemic Regional Reform, in process, WVU Press 
  • Mountain Resistance: Appalachian Civil Disobedience in Critical Legal Research Modeled Law Reform, 41 Environs: Envtl. L. & Pol'y J. 69 (2017) 

Jennifer Thornton 

Assistant Professor of History
Public History, Historic Preservation, Resource Management, Race, Place, Leisure 
  • “Lithic Industry in a Maya Center: An Axe Workshop at El Pilar, Belize.” With John Whittaker et al. Latin American Antiquity 20, no. 1 (2009): 134-156
  • “Perceptions of Welshness in Patagonia.” With Carol Trosset and Doug Caulkins. Contemporary Wales 19 (2007): 234-247. 

Matthew Titolo 

Professor of Law 
American legal history; liberalism/neoliberalism; law and humanities; history of capitalism; infrastructure; commercial law; democracy; privatization; public & private; comparative American & European welfare states 1945-75.
  • Privatization and Its Discontents: Infrastructure, Law & American Democracy. Forthcoming, Cambridge University Press.

Michael B. Vercelli

Director, World Music Performance Center
Music Theory, Culture, African Studies 
  • Vercelli, Michael B. “Performance of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Birifor Funeral Music” in Proceedings of Sharing Cultures 2013 – 3rd International Conference on Intangible Cultural Heritage. Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development: Barcelos, Portugal, 2013. 2012 
  • Vercelli, Michael. “Global Collaborations: Oral Tradition Through the Internet” in Percussive Notes, Volume 50, No. 3, May 2012.

Matthew Vester

Professor of History
Early modern European history, dynasticism and kinship, political culture, France, Italy
  • Savoy On the Edge of the Italian Renaissance:  René de Challant and His World, 1504-1565  (in progress) 
  • Tra Francia e Spagna.  Reti diplomatiche, territori e culture nei domini sabaudi tra Cinque e Settecento (volume co-edited with Alessandro Celi) (Rome:  Carocci, 2017)

Judith Wasserman

Professor of Landscape Architecture
Landscape architecture, urban design, theatre, dance, critical theory, urban history, cultural meaning of place, performativity of place, design for health and wellness
  • "Preserving Modernism at the Urban Core: A Case Study of the Decline and Resurrection of Lawrence Halprin’s Manhattan Square Park in Rochester, NY": 2018 Grant and Work in Progress 
  • “A World in Motion: The Creative Synergy of Lawrence and Anna Halprin.”2012.  Landscape Journal: Special Halprin Issue. 31 (1-2). pp. 33-52.