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Donna Potts

Donna L. Potts, professor, English, presented “Too Irish: Representing Ireland and Emigration in Brooklyn” at the American Conference for Irish Studies–western region in Missoula, Mont., where she also moderated a panel on which two graduate students presented papers: Curtis Harty, “Looking for The Man in The Boy: The Failure of Masculine Ideologies and Patriarchal Hierarchies in Patrick McCabe’s The Butcher Boy; and Lissa Scott, “The Nature of the Woods in Sweeney Astray.


Tabitha VelascoTabitha Velasco, doctoral student, English, authored the short story “Departures” in the Festival of the Pacific Arts anthology Local Voices; and her article, “The Sapin Sapin Generation,” appeared in Humanities Diliman by the University of the Philippines-Diliman. Velasco also presented at the University of the Aegean and International Small Islands Studies Association’s “Islands of the World XIV Conference 2016: Niss(i)ology and Utopia—Back to the Roots of Island Studies” in Lesvos, Greece, where she was honored with the ISISA 2016 student scholarship.


Kristin Arola
Lucy Johnson

Kristin Arola, associate professor, English, was elected to a three-year term on the national Conference on College Composition and Communication Executive Committee. Arola also coauthored with Lucy Johnson, graduate student, English, the article “Tracing the Turn: The Rise of Multimodal Composition in the U.S.” in the Polish Rhetoric Society journal Res Rhetorica.

Criminal Justice and Criminology; Governmental Studies and Services

David Makin
Amber Morczek
Michael Gaffney

David Makin, assistant professor, criminal justice and criminology, authored “When the Watchers are Watched: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis of Body Worn Cameras” in Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice & Criminology. He also coauthored three publications: with Sanne Rijkhoff and Christopher Campbell, PhD ’15, “A rhetorical balancing act: Popular Punitivism in the Netherlands” in Punishment and Society; with Caroline Bye, MA ’16, “Commodification of Flesh: Data Visualization Techniques and Interest in the Licit Sex Industry” in Deviant Behavior; with Andrea Walker and Amber Morczek, doctoral students, “Finding Lolita: A Comparative Analysis of Interest in Teenage Pornography” in Sexuality & Culture; and with Michael Gaffney, director, governmental studies and services, and Gary Jenkins, “Civilizing Surveillance Practices: The Pullman Police Department Public Safety Camera Monitoring Internship Program” in Journal of Applied Security Research.

Makin was a featured presenter in the “Body Worn Camera and Wearables Panel” of the VQiPS workshop hosted by the U.S. departments of Justice and Homeland Security in Seattle. He received the Outstanding Thesis Advisor Award from the WSU Honor’s College in May.