December 14, 2018

Barry Presents at National Conference in Denver

Jennifer Barry, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, recently presented in two panels at the national conference for the Society of Biblical Literature and American Academy of Religion.

For the first panel, sponsored by the SBallies unit, Barry participated in a roundtable on the #MeToo movement and issues around harassment, how to be an ally to people facing harassment or discrimination, and what to do if you see or experience harassment. Each panelist gave a short presentation and then generated a productive conversation with the audience. 

During the second panel, sponsored by the Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism session, Barry reviewed David M. Litwa’s recent translation of the Refutation of All Heresies: Text, Translation, and Notes (Atlanta, 2016). Barry was invited to this panel by special request.

The SBLAAR conference was particularly productive and Barry was asked to join the steering committee for the SBL program unit on Exile and Biblical Literature due to her work on exile.

Crosby Presents at National Communication Association Conference

Emily Deering Crosby, Assistant Professor of Communication, presented “Country Music as Safe Space: Xenophobia in Patriotic Music Fandom” on an international panel on xenophobia at the National Communication Association Conference on November 10, 2018. Her research analyzes white women’s online reactions to the collaborative performance of the Dixie Chicks and Beyoncé at the 2016 Country Music Association Awards just days before the 2016 Presidential election. Her analysis reveals key intersectional themes of territoriality, sexism, and racism enacted by xenophobic white women in their often specious pursuit of protecting white men’s patriotic Americana, signaling alliances that are largely reflected in recent voting trends.

McMillan Elected to International Archaeological Committee

Lauren McMillan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Historic Preservation, was elected to serve on the Nominations and Election Committee for the Society for Historical Archaeology, the lead organization for post-medieval archaeology in the world. This is a three-year position, from 2019-2021. The Society for Historical Archaeology is an international organization and is the largest scholarly group focused on the archaeology of the modern world (A.D. 1400-present).

Rochelle’s Story Chosen for Inclusion in Anthology

Professor of English Warren Rochelle’s story “Mirrors,” a gay-themed retelling of “Beauty and the Beast,” was accepted by Cuilpress and will be published in their forthcoming queering romance anthology So You Think You Know Love?.

Dasgupta Presents at Popular Culture Conference

Shumona Dasgupta, Associate Professor of English, presented a paper on Bollywood and the Partition, entitled “Mothers of the Nation: Gender and Identity in Indian Partition Cinema,” at the 29th annual Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association conference in Baltimore (November 8-9, 2018). The paper has since been nominated for the MAPACA Donald Award, which recognizes an outstanding paper and presentation delivered at MAPACA’s annual conference. ​

Larus Offers Insight on 2018 Taiwan Elections

Dr. Elizabeth Freund Larus, professor of Political Science and International Affairs, participated in the panel discussion “Midterm Elections in Taiwan and the United States: What Happened and What are the Implications for Taiwan-China-U.S. Relations?” organized by the Foreign Policy Research Institute and hosted by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Manhattan, N.Y., November 26. She offered insight on the impact of the election results on the U.S.-Taiwan security calculus, which can be viewed at

In addition, Dr. Larus was recently quoted in the Financial Times about the 2018 Taiwan elections.  “The election results have introduced a high degree of uncertainty in cross-Strait relations and the U.S.-Taiwan security calculus,” said Dr. Larus. To read the article, visit

Farnsworth Discusses New Presidency Book on C-Span

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, discussed his new book, “Presidential Communication and Character: White House News Management from Clinton and Cable to Twitter and Trump” at the Fall for Book Festival, held at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

The book talk was recently broadcast on C-Span. Link here:



Purdy Contributes to WHO Database on Research Priority-Setting

Britnae Purdy, Project Coordinator in the Office of Title IX, has published an article titled “An analysis of research priority-setting at the World Health Organization – how mapping to a standard template allows for comparison between research priority setting-approaches” in the journal Health Research Policy and Systems. By reviewing 116 documents published over 15 years by the WHO, the researchers extracted 2145 research priorities and categorized them according to disease group, priority-setting method utilized, stage in the research cycle, and document type in a common database. The goal of this interactive and open-access database is to emphasize the importance of a standardized priority-setting approach and encourage the establishment of such by the WHO Global Observatory on Health R&D. This report and database features work conducted by Purdy as a 2015 Duke University Global Policy fellow in the Special Programme for Research and Training in Neglected Tropical Diseases (TDR).

Lauren McMillan Presents on the Rappahannock Indigenous Cultural Landscape Project

Lauren McMillan, assistant professor in the Department of Historic Preservation, presented at the Rappahannock Native American Day on November 17th as part of the Rappahannock Tribe of Virginia’s celebration of Native American Heritage Month. The audience included the chief and members of the Rappahannock Tribe, the Secretary of the Commonwealth, representatives from the National Park Service, and other members of the public.

McMillan presented research resulting from the Field Methods in Archaeology course taught in the summer 2018 session, in which she and students partnered with the Rappahannock Tribe and St. Mary’s College of Maryland on the Rappahannock Indigenous Cultural Landscape Project. McMillan’s specific area of research focuses on the study of clay tobacco pipes and their decorative motifs to understand trade, interaction spheres, identity formation, and consumer choice.

Foss Publishes Book Review on New Wilde Biography

Professor of English Chris Foss has published a book review of Nicholas Frankel’s critical biography Oscar Wilde: The Unrepentant Years (Harvard University Press) in the most recent number of The Historian.  Foss endorses Frankel’s very readable book as an important revisionist take on Wilde’s life after prison, positing the longstanding insistence upon Wilde’s “decline and martyrdom” misrepresents his actual resilience.  Wilde undeniably struggled with social opprobrium and creative self-doubt, not to mention relative poverty and ill health, but his “frank and unapologetic attitude” toward the openly gay lifestyle he pursued during his final four years shows him to have understood “his erotic relations with other men as a matter of personal identity,” leading Frankel to insist that “Wilde’s greatest achievement in exile was himself.”  With over 13,000 subscribers, The Historian is one of the most widely circulated history journals worldwide.