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Alair MacLeanAlair MacLean, associate professor, sociology, WSU Vancouver, was elected chair of the American Sociological Association section on Peace, War and Social Conflict. She presented several papers at the ASA and Society for the Study of Social Problems annual meetings in Seattle, including “Historical Changes in the Context and Impact of Military Service” and “Started from the Bottom: Globalization, Welfare, and Cross-National Variation in Poverty and Inequality.”

Numerous other accomplishments by sociology faculty and graduate students can be found in the department newsletter.


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.


Donna Campbell
Alex Hammond

Donna Campbell, professor, English, presented “The Story of an Arm: Jack London’s The Iron Heel and Edith Wharton’s The Fruit of the Tree” and “Jack London’s Last Year: the Unfinished Novel Cherry” at the Jack London Society Symposium in Napa, Calif. She presented “Edith Wharton’s Suspense Theater: Gothic Modernism in the Late Stories” at the American Literature Association Society for the Study of the American Short Story conference in Savannah, Ga., where Alex Hammond, professor emeritus, presented “Reconstructions of Poe’s Tales of the Folio Club since 1928: Approaches and Prospects.” Hammond also presented “Melville’s Images of Poe in 1840s New York: Troubled Genius in the Marketplace” at the American Literature Association conference in San Francisco.


Kristin Arola

Kristin Arola, associate professor, English, was a featured speaker at the Thomas R. Watson Conference on Mobility Work in Composition: Translation, Migration, Transformation at the University of Louisville. Arola and doctoral students Miriam Fernandez and Lucy Johnson presented on “Recollecting and Making” at the Cultural Rhetorics Conference at Michigan State University, in East Lansing, where, graduate students Matt Homer and Edie-Marie Roper also presented.

Psychology, CAS

Bill Griesar
Bill Griesar
Jeff Leake
Jeff Leake

Bill Griesar, instructor, psychology, and Jeff Leake, outreach coordinator, College of Arts and Sciences, WSU Vancouver, presented unique arts-integrated approach to neuroscience education at the White House Frontiers Conference hosted in Washington, D.C., by President Obama and the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy.

Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs

Patricia Trish Glazebrook

Patricia “Trish” Glazebrook, professor and director, politics, philosophy, and public affairs, presented “The Hunger Games: A Case-Study of Climate Impacts and Women Farmers’ Adaptations in Ghana” at the Inland Northwest Philosophy Conference, co-sponsored by WSU and the University of Idaho and organized by Michael Goldsby, assistant professor, and Joe Campbell , professor. Glazebrook also was a panelist at the Heidegger and Technology Forum, London School of Economics, and presented at two other conferences: “Letting beings be: Gestell, Gelassenheit and gender” at the Heidegger on Technology Conference, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK; and “Eye in the Sky: A Case Study of Drone Law Adequacy” at the Ethics of Counter-Terrorism conference of the Euro International Society for Military Ethics in Europe at Akerhaus Fortress in Oslo. She also presented two invited addresses: “Climate Impacts and women Farmers’ Adaptation in Ghana” at the University of Bergen, Norway; and “Nihilism, Science, and Global Conquest” at the Summer Institute for Continental Philosophy at Douglas College in New Westminster, BC, Canada.

English/Creative Media & Digital Culture

Dene GrigarDene Grigar, associate professor, English, and director, creative media & digital culture, WSU Vancouver, authored Traversals: The Use of Preservation for Early Electronic Writing to be published by MIT Press in early 2017. This summer, Grigar was re-elected pesident of the Electronic Literature Organization and chaired its 2016 conference and festival at the University of Victoria, BC. This fall, she will present the keynote address at the International Conference on Digital Media and Textuality at the University of Bremen, Germany, and at the International Digital Media Arts Association conference at Winona (Minn.) State University.