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CAS Connect February 2015

Honors and achievements

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Greg Yasinitsky
Matt Aubin

The WSU Symphony Orchestra, directed by Matthew Aubin, assistant professor, and the Jazz Big Band, directed by Greg Yasinitsky, Regents professor and director, music, presented invited performances at the Northwest conference of the National Association for Music Education in Spokane. Other music faculty members who delivered invited presentations at the conference include Meredith Arksey, Ruth Boden, Christopher Dickey, Dean Luethi, Shannon Scott, Julie Wieck,and Lori Wiest.

Jenifer BarclayJenifer Barclay, assistant professor, critical culture, gender, and race studies, authored “Mothering the ‘Useless’: Black Motherhood, Disability, and Slavery” in Women, Gender, and Families of Color. This spring, Barclay will be part of the panel “From Taboo to Historiography: Considering the Next Chapters in Disability History” at the Organization of American Historians conference. She also will present “Differently Abled? Africanisms, Disability, and Power in the Age of Atlantic Slavery” at the conference of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists.

Jana Argersinger
Todd Butler

Todd Butler, associate professor and chair, and Jana Argersinger, publications editor, English, presented papers at the 2015 Modern Language Association conference in Vancouver, BC, respectively: “Perkin Warbeck and the Passions of History” and “Carol Ryrie Brink and Moving Memory: From Caddie Woodlawn’s Wisconsin to Buffalo Coat’s Idaho.”

Tiffany ChristianTiffany A. Christian, doctoral candidate, critical culture, gender, and race studies, presented at both the Society for Cinema and Media Studies in Seattle and the Popular Culture Association/American Cultural Association conference in Chicago. Christian’s essay “Gendered Survival: The Recuperation of Wounded White Masculinity in Doomsday Preppers” is to appear in the forthcoming anthology We Dare Not Go Back! Critical Essays on Apocalyptic Media in the Millennium (McFarland).

Eric DexterEric Dexter, doctoral candidate, environment, authored “Persistent vs. ephemeral invasions: 8.5 years of zooplankton community dynamics in the Columbia River” in Limnology and Oceanography.

Don DillmanDon A. Dillman, Regents professor, sociology, delivered an invited tutorial on “Designing Mixed-Mode Surveys” at the 6th Annual Korea Internet Methodology Conference in Daejeon, South Korea. Dillman also taught a two-day short course on Visual and Motivational Issues associated with designing mixed-mode surveys at the GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Mannheim, Germany. And with Michelle L. Edwards (PhD, 2014) and Jolene D. Smyth (PhD, 2007), Dillman coauthored “An Experimental Test of the Effects of Survey Sponsorship on Internet and Mail Survey Response” in Public Opinion Quarterly.

Joshua EmersonJoshua Emerson, graduate student, environment, authored “Seasonal dynamics of zooplankton in Columbia–Snake River reservoirs, with special emphasis on the invasive copepod Pseudodiaptomus forbes,” in Aquatic Invasion.

Jennifer GivensJennifer E. Givens, assistant professor, sociology, recently published two articles: “Sociology: Drivers of Climate Change Beliefs” in Nature Climate Change and “Global Climate Change Negotiations, the Treadmill of Destruction, and World Society: An Analysis of Kyoto Protocol Ratification” in International Journal of Sociology. Givens also coauthored “Global Integration and Carbon Emissions, 1965-2005” in Overcoming Global Inequalities (Paradigm Press), and “Economic Globalization and Environmental Concern: A Multilevel Analysis of Individuals within 37 Nations” in Environment & Behavior.

Luz Maria GordilloLuz María Gordillo, associate professor, critical culture, gender, and race studies, authored “Contesting Monstrosity in Horror Genres: Culture, Appropriation, and Chicana Feminist Mappings of Terri de la Peña’s ‘Refugio’ the Vampire vis-à-vis Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter Series” to be published in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies. Three short stories by Gordillo—”Curfew,” “La Cucaracha,” and “Mexican Angel”—were accepted for publication in Basta! 100 Latinas Write on Violence Against Women.

Dene GrigarDene Grigar, associate professor, English, and director, creative media & digital culture, WSU Vancouver, delivered an invited public lecture, “Paths to PAD: Preserving the Legacy of Early Digital Literature,” for the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab at the University of Victoria, Canada, and presented a seminar in “Lectronic Literature” at Capilano University, Vancouver, BC.

Dave HagelganzDave Hagelganz, instructor, music, released a new CD, Dave Hagelganz, on the peer-reviewed WSU Recordings label that includes a set of his original compositions.

Lawrence HatterLawrence Hatter, assistant professor, history, published a review essay on American Empire in the Journal of the Early Republic.

Emily Huddart KennedyEmily Huddart Kennedy, assistant professor, sociology, coauthored two articles: “Are we counting what counts? A closer examination of environmental concern, pro-environmental behavior, and carbon footprint” in Local Environment and “Egregious emitters: Disproportionality in household carbon footprints” in Environment & Behavior.

Richard KingC. Richard King, professor, critical culture, gender, and race studies, delivered an invited presentation, “Hate Today,” at the Muslims and Jews: Challenging the Dynamics of Hate symposium cosponsored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Martin-Springer Institute at Northern Arizona University. King’s edited collection Asian American Athletes in Sport and Society recently was published by Routledge.

Julie KmecJulie A. Kmec, professor, sociology, began a three-year term as a co-editor for Sociology Compass.

Jennifer Lodine ChaffeyJennifer Lodine-Chaffey, doctoral candidate, English, presented “The Theater of Punishment on the Early Modern Stage: Lady Jane Grey’s Execution in Dekker and Webster’s Thomas Wyatt” at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association convention in Boise, Idaho. She also presented “Silence and Sympathy: British Slave Executions during the Long Eighteenth Century” at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association convention in Riverside, Calif.

Chris LupkeChristopher Lupke, professor, foreign languages and cultures, published two sets of translations of the poetry of Xiao Kaiyu: “Four Poems: ‘Autumn’; ‘A Dirge’; ‘Done in the Rain’; and ‘The Fatalist’” in E-Ratio; and “Two Poems: ‘Morning’ and ‘Pagoda’” in Epiphany: A Literary Journal. Five of Lupke’s essay translations also appeared in Sourcebook of Taiwan Literature (Columbia University Press), and his scholarly note “C.T. Hsia: His Strategies of Reading and Mentorship” appeared in Chinese Literature Today.

Pavithra NarayananPavithra Narayanan, associate professor, English, WSU Vancouver, has been invited to speak at the 2015 Writing (for) the Market—Narratives of Global Economy conference at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. Her review ofMarikana: Voices from South Africa’s Mining Massacre was published in The Mining History Journal, and she presented about the Meira Paibi movement at the National Women’s Studies Association conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Sue PeabodySue Peabody, professor, history, authored a peer-reviewed annotated bibliography, “French Emancipation,” in Oxford Bibliographies. She also coauthored Le Droit des noirs en France au temps de l’esclavage: Textes choisis et commentés, Autrement Mêmes (L’Harmattan, 2014), which surveys the laws and judicial proceedings regulating blacks and slavery in the metropole, from the 16th century until 1848.

Hubert SchwablHubert Schwabl, professor, biological sciences, authored “Do androgens link morphology and behavior to produce phenotype-specific behavioral strategies?” in Animal Behavior.

Elissa SchwartzElissa Schwartz, assistant professor, mathematics and biological sciences, will present “Identifying the conditions under which antibodies protect against infection by equine infectious anemia virus” at the HIV Symposium in Palm Springs, Calif.

Jennifer SchwartzJennifer Schwartz, associate professor, Meredith Williams (PhD 2012), and Katie Clemons, graduate student, sociology, coauthored “Thirty years of sex stratification in violent crime partnerships and groups” inFeminist Criminology.

Nishant ShahaniNishant Shahani, associate professor, critical culture, gender, and race studies, presented “Matters of Life and Death: Toward a Queer Geopolitics” at the Modern Language Association convention in Vancouver, BC, on a panel titled “Where Queer Theory Meets Critical Asian Studies.” Shahani’s keynote presentation at the University of Niigata, Japan, “The Queer Politics of Retrospection,” was translated into Japanese and titled “Revisiting the Politics of Identity: Cultural Representations and the Intersections of Gender/Sexuality and Class.”

Dongjo ShinDong Jo Shin, doctoral candidate, history, received his department’s Graduate Student Dissertation Award for Between Already and Yet: Chinese Communist Nationalism and the Korean Cross-borders, 1958-1981.

John StreamasJohn Streamas, associate professor, critical culture, gender, and race studies, presented separate papers on racialized temporalities/spatialities in Ruth Ozeki’s novel A Tale for the Time Being at the Western Literature Association conference and at the Modern Language Association conference.

Pamela ThomaPamela Thoma, associate professor, critical culture, gender, and race studies, presented “Cosmopolitan Detective Work: Uncovering Neoliberal Corruption in the Crime Fiction of Sujata Massey and Suki Kim” at the Modern Language Association convention in Vancouver, BC. Thoma will be an invited visiting fellow at the Gender Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science where she will also deliver a public lecture about her monograph in development, Laboring for Health and Happiness: Reproductive Fictions of Fertility, Family, and Domesticity.

Bryan VilaBryan Vila, professor, criminal justice and criminology, and his WSU Spokane-based research team studying police deadly force, driving, and racial bias have fielded numerous media calls resulting in coverage by the New York Times, LA Daily News, Huffington Post, The Guardian (UK), WIRED, New Scientist (UK), Oakland Tribune, Las Vegas Sun, NPR, CNN, NBC’s TODAY Show, KARE11 (Minneapolis), and Channel 9 News (Australia), as well as an invited TEDx talk about officer fatigue. Two documentary film companies also are preparing segments about their work.

Charles WellerCharles Weller, instructor, history, authored a full-length review, “The Great Game, 1856-1907: Russo-British Relations in Central and East Asia,” in Reviews in History.

Amy WhartonAmy S. Wharton, professor, sociology, and director of the College of Arts and Sciences, WSU Vancouver, authored three articles: “Interactive Service Work,” in Handbook of the Sociology of Work and Employment; “Sociology of Work and Emotions” in Handbook of the Sociology of Emotions; and “The Past, Present, and Future of a Regional Sociological Association” in The American Sociologist; and coauthored with doctoral candidate Mychel Estevez “Department Chairs’ Perspectives on Work, Family, and Gender: Pathways for Transformation” in Advances in Gender Research.

Michael Lengefeld
Hong Zhang

Hong Zhang, graduate student, and Michael Lengefeld, doctoral candidate, sociology, received fellowships from theThomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service to support Zhang’s study of Asian foreign-born STEM workers and how they interpret their working experiences and career prospects in the United States, and Lengefeld’s analysis of the environmental impacts of nuclear technologies in the context of military and economic organizations.