Faculty News

January 2018

  • Tiffany King published “Black ‘Feminisms’ and Pessimism: Abolishing Moynihan’s Negro Family” in Theory & Event, volume 21.

October 2017

  • Peter Lindsay’s (Political Science and Philosophy) Pedagogy in the Moments: University Instruction as Craft is under contract with University of Toronto Press.

September 2017

  • Patrick Freer (School Music) published, “El desarrollo de la voz masculina durante la adolecencia: Una pedagogía basada en la investigación” [Toward a pedagogy informed by research about the boy’s changing voice]. Revista Española de Pedagogía, 75(268), 463-480.
  • Tiffany King’s (WGSS) The Black Shoals: Black Terrains of Conquest, Abolition and Decolonization is under contract with Duke University Press.

August 2017

  • Patricia Davis (Communication) published the forthcoming article, “Reversal of Injury in the Obama Era: Shelby County v. Holder, Ressentiment, and the Rhetorical Production of Whiteness as an Aggrieved Subjectivity.” Rhetoric Review 36(4).
  • Faye Stewart (World Languages and Cultures) received a NEH Digital Humanities Grant for Grenzelos Deutsch, an open access, online, social justice oriented first-year German textbook.
  • Mindy Stombler (Sociology) won the 2017 Carla B. Howery Award for Developing Teacher-Scholars. Awarded by the American Sociological Association’s Teaching and Learning Section, the Howery Award recognizes contributions to teaching sociology through training and mentoring future teacher-scholars.

July 2017

  • Patrick Freer (School of Music) presented, “Growing the Population of Male Choral Singers: Boys Tell Us How,” at the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona, Spain.  He also taught a one week graduate course on working with adolescent boys during voice change at Escuela Coral de Madrid.\
  • Faye Stewart (World Languages and Cultures) co-edited the forthcoming journal, Gender and Sexuality in East German Film: Intimacy and Alienation with Kyle Frackman. The journal will be published by Camden House in 2018.
  • Susan Talburt’s (WGSS) Youth Sexualities: Public Feelings and Contemporary Cultural Politics is in production with Praeger for June 2018 publication.


June 2017

  • Lia Bascomb (African American Studies) published, “Water, Roads, and Mapping Diaspora through Biomythography.” Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal 14, no. 1 (2017): article 10. http://scholarlyrepository.miami.edu/anthurium/vol14/iss1/10/
  • Tiffany King (WGSS) published, “Humans Involved: Lurking in the Lines of Post Humanist Flight,” Critical Ethnic Studies Journal 3(1): 162-85 (2017).
  • Megan Sinnott (WGSS) delivered papers on her book manuscript at the International Thai Studies Conference and the International Convention of Asia Scholars Conference in Chiangmai, Thailand.  “Ritual Propitiation of Child Spirits in Thailand: Haunting Fetuses and Playful Ghosts” is based on a chapter of the manuscript and explores the rise of child spirit practices in Thailand in conjunction with regional narratives about abortion and haunting fetal spirits. Child spirit beliefs in Thailand have experienced a dramatic resurgence in conjunction with commercialization of the practice, as well as shifting narratives about abortion and the nature of childhood.  “Phi Pob, Ritual, and Trauma” was taken from another chapter in the manuscript in which she discusses the linguistic dimensions of violent possession from malevolent spirits, called phi pob. Below is a picture of a “baby ghost” shrine at a popular Buddhist temple in Suphanburi Province. The statue was appropriated by the local temple visitors from a larger public service display that attempted to demonstrate the damage to children from adult drug abuse. The huddling abandoned child was converted into a powerful child spirit shrine, adorned with offerings from the public.


May 2017

  • Patricia Davis (Communication) directed a study abroad program titled “Visual Communication in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.”  She also received an ORWAC (Organization for Research on Women and Communication) grant for her book project Raising the Hottentot Ghost: Black Women’s Corporeality and Respectability Discourse During the Jim Crow Era.
  • Patrick Freer (School of Music) presented, “Reclaiming Group Vocal Instruction” at the Israel Philharmonic 1st International Music Education Conference in Tel Aviv, Israel.

April 2017

  • Faye Stewart (World Languages and Cultures) published, “Framing Islam: Faith, Fascination, and Fear in Twenty-First Century German Culture.” Co-edited with Heidi Denzel de Tirado. Colloquia Germanica 47.1-2 (2014/2017).

March 2017

  • Susan Talburt directed the study abroad program, Gender, Sexuality, and Postcoloniality in Contemporary Ecuador for the second consecutive year.

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December 2016

  • Susan Talburt presented, “Horizons of Rights: Globalizing Chrononormativity and LGBT Youth,” at Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference in Sydney, Australia.
  • Ema Guano (Anthropology) published, Creative Urbanity: An Italian Middle Class in the Shade of Revitalization, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016.


November 2017

  • Wendy Simonds (Sociology) published, Hospital Land USA: Sociological Adventures in Medicalization, Routledge, 2017.


July 2016

May-June 2016

  • Megan Sinnott won a Fulbright Specialist Grant, Mahidol University, Salaya, Thailand.
  • Megan Sinnott, “Theorizing Haunting: Horror, Pleasure, and Hell Parks,” Invited lecture presented at the Exploring the Literary World: The Affective Turn in the Humanities and Social Sciences Conference, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

March 2016

January 2016

  • Amira Jarmakani presented her paper “Romancing the War on Terror: Mass-Market Desert Romances and United States Imperialism as Love Story” on the panel Diasporic Communities, Transnational Publics, and the Global Arab.









  • Ralph LaRossa (Sociology) published, “The Culture of Fatherhood and the Late-Twentieth-Century New Fatherhood Movement: An Interpretive Perspective,” in Laura Tropp and Janice Kelly’s (eds.) Deconstructing Dads: Changing Images of Fathers in Popular Culture. Lexington Books, 2016.  He also published “Warfare and Parent Care: Armed Conflict and the Social Logic of Child and National Protection,” in Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth and David S. Riggs’ (eds.) War and Family Life. Springer, 2016.

July 2015

  • Amira Jarmakani’s An Imperialist Love Story: Desert Romances and the War on Terror due out from New York University press in July.9781479820863_FullA curious figure stalks the pages of a distinct subset of mass-market romance novels, aptly called “desert romances.” Animalistic yet sensitive, dark and attractive, the desert prince or sheikh emanates man-liness and raw, sexual power. In the years since September 11, 2001, the sheikh character has steadily risen in popularity in romance novels, even while depictions of Arab masculinity as backward and violent in nature have dominated the cultural landscape.An Imperialist Love Story contributes to the broader conversation about the legacy of orientalist representations of Arabs in Western popular culture. Combining close readings of novels, discursive analysis of blogs and forums, and interviews with authors, Jarmakani explores popular investments in the war on terror by examining the collisions between fantasy and reality in desert romances. Focusing on issues of security, freedom, and liberal multiculturalism, she foregrounds the role that desire plays in contemporary formations of U.S. imperialism. Drawing on transnational feminist theory and cultural studies, An Imperialist Love  Story offers a radical reinterpretation of the war on terror, demonstrating romance to be a powerful framework for understanding how it works, and how it perseveres.

May 2015

  • Tiffany King, Closing Plenary, Critical Ethnic Studies Association’s Third Biennial Conference: Sovereignties and Colonialisms: Resisting Racism, Extraction and Dispossession (May 2015)

April 2015

  • Tiffany King delivered an invited lecture, Otherwise Worlds: Settler Colonialism and Anti-Blackness Racism Conference, UC Riverside (April 2015)

March 2015

  • Tiffany King delivered an invited lecture, Decolonizing the Racialized Female Subject:  Black and Indigenous self-Making Under Empire, Brown University (March 2015)
  • Jeanette Cuevas (BA 2014) completed a WGSS internship in Spring 2013 with Freedom University and went on to do a summer internship with CLPP (Civil Liberties and Public Policy: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom) and is now working for Project South.
  • Alissa Robbins completed a WGSS internship in Fall 2012 with Planned Parenthood Southeast and then a CLPP internship. She is now Office and Database Coordinator with SPARK, a reproductive justice organization based in Atlanta, GA.

February 2015

  • Jess Jones, School of Art&Design, Untitled was recently selected for: Contemporary Women Artists: Reimagining Femmage, Foundry Arts Center, St Louis MO  February 20 – April 3, 2015.
    “This piece contains digitally embroidered phrases transcribed from unsolicited advances made to me on the street in downtown Atlanta. I have combined these phrases with hand embroidered constellations representing the geographic location of rapes in Atlanta reported to crime mapping websites. Each phrase was selected from those gathered in one month (together they create a kind of narrative) and the reported rapes correspond to these months. I chose to represent the rape cases as constellations as a way of showing how a few points of data can represent a larger, more complex story. This information sewn onto four vintage placemats is a direct reference to “femmage” and this found textile is meant to evoke ideas of women’s roles, as well as decorum in public and private spaces. This piece is about my experience with street harassment and my knowledge that more serious crimes against women are very often underreported.”
  • The Society for Radical Geography, Spatial Theory, and Everyday Life co-founded by two MA alums, Tahereh Aghdasifar and Andrea Miller, hosted its 3rd annual symposium—Inhabiting Containment, February 27, 2015, at GSU.

January 2015

  • 9781780762579Susan Richmond, Lynda Benglis’ book, Beyond Process (London: I.B. Tauris Press, 2013), to be re-issued in paperback.U.S. artist Lynda Benglis rose to prominence in New York during the 1960s and 70s. Challenging the aesthetic and sexual politics of the time, she developed new approaches to painting, sculpture, video, and creativity itself. Daring and sometimes outrageous, her intense and provocative works are some of the most iconic yet under-examined examples of abstract art of the era. Dr. Richmond offers a critical and in-depth examination of Lynda Benglis’s practice, beginning with the work that led up to her notorious self-promotional imagery of 1973 and concluding with the artist’s more recent sculptural experiments in glass, metals, ceramics, gold leaf, and plastics.Susan Richmond also co-edited “Sexing Sculpture: New Approaches to Theorizing the Object,” a forum of essays, interviews, and artists’ portfolios for the Winter 2013 issue of Art Journal.

November 2014

  • Susan Talburt co-edited book (with Nancy Lesko), Keywords in Youth Studies: Tracing Affects, Movements, Knowledges (New York and London:  Routledge, 2012), won the American Educational Studies Association Critics Choice Book Award in 2014.
  • WGSS represented GSU at NWSA in Puerto Rico this past November on the following panel: Hellscapes and Utopian Disasters—Affective Attachments, Ambivalent Nationalisms, moderated by Tiffany King. Presenters:
    • Susan Talburt, “‘Affectively Mapping’ Chilean Feminist Narratives,”
    • Julie Kubala, “Beautiful Disasters: Sticky Figures and Affective Attachments in Beasts of the Southern Wild,”
    • Megan Sinnott, “Affective Resonances of Sexual Imagery in Thai Hell Parks”

September 2014

  • Susan Talburt won a Fulbright Senior Specialist grant ($4400), Universidad Pedagógica Nacional Francisco Morazán, Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

August 2014

  • Susan Talburt led a seminar “Assembling the Global Gay Youth,” Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Susan Talburt delivered the Keynote address, “Affective Circulations:  Making Modern Global Gay Youth,” at the Conference on Cities in Literature and Film, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.

July 2014

  • Megan Sinnott published, “Baby Ghosts: Child Spirits and Contemporary Conceptions of Childhood in Thailand,” TRaNS: Trans-Regional and National Studies of Southeast Asia, 2(2): 293-317.
  • Susan Talburt, with Claudia Matus, published “Confusing the Grid:  Spatiotemporalities, Queer Imaginaries, and Movement,” Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography 21, no. 6 (2014):  785-801.

June 2014

  • Susan Talburt, with Claudia Matus, published “Confusing the Grid:  Spatiotemporalities, Queer Imaginaries, and Movement,” Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography 21, no. 6 (2014):  785-801.

May 2014

  • Susan Talburt, with Nancy Lesko, published “Historicizing Youth Studies.” In The Youth Studies Reader, edited by Awad Ibrahim and Shirley Steinberg (26-37). New York: Peter Lang, 2014.

March 2014

  • Megan Sinnot published, “The Libidinal Power of Revolution: Sexuality in the Thai Leftist Movement of the 1970s-1980s,” Southeast Asia Research, 22 (1):5-22.

January 2014

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    Faye Stewart, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, published German Feminist Queer Crime Fiction: Politics, Justice and Desire (2014).A marriage of mystery fiction and queer concerns, queer crime literature celebrates the pairing of the political and the sexual. Queer crime fiction is a subgenre in which sex, gender and sexuality are among the mysteries to be solved. Its writers use boundary-crossing identities and desires to express social critique, inviting readers to interpret queer narratives as literary incursions into cultural traditions. From androgynous investigators and serial killer housewives to closeted lesbians and transgendered lovers, the characters  in queer mysteries are metaphors for  changing social and political relations. This book reads German-language crime stories as allegories about 20th- and 21st-century upheavals, raising questions about human behavior and justice, the horrors of extremism, the changing shape of the nation, and the possibilities of democracy. Anchored in the historical contexts of protest cultures and countercultures of the last three decades, this study examines novels by popular feminist writers Pieke Biermann, Edith Kneifl and Ingrid Noll, and unexplored works by Susanne Billig, Gabriele Gelien, Corinna Kawaters, Katrin Kremmler, Christine Lehmann and Martina-Marie Liertz. An analysis of recent debates through the lens of genre fiction serves as the foundation for telling the cultural history of contemporary Germany, Austria and Europe as a whole  from a new perspective.
  • Sandra L. Dwyer, Department of Philosophy, published, with George W. Rainbolt, the 2nd edition of Critical Thinking: The Art of Argument. Cengage, 2012 (2d edition, published January 2014 with 2015 copyright).
  • Emanuela Guano, Department of Anthropology, published “Inside the Magic Circle: Conjuring the Terrorist Enemy at the 2001 Group of Eight Summit,” in Sen, Arijit, and Lisa D. Silverman (eds.) Making Place: Space and Embodiment in the City, Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press; (2014): 69-94.

December 2013

  • Susan Richmond co-edited “Sexing Sculpture: New Approaches to Theorizing the Object,” a forum on essays, interviews, and artists’ portfolios for the Winter 2013 issue of Art Journal.

October 2013

  • Marian Joanne Meyers published “The was on academic women: Reflections on postfeminism in the neoliberal academy.” Journal of Communication Inquiry, 37(4), 274-283: (2014)
  • Jennifer Patico, Anthropology, received a $90,743 National Science Foundation grant (2013-2016) for her project “Feeding the Sacred Child: Children’s Food, Parenting Practice, and Class in the Urban U.S.”

August 2013

  • Susan Talburt was invited to Uzhgorod, Ukraine, to offer three seminars on topics ranging from queer youth to neoliberalisms and universities for the Gender, Sexuality, and Power Project, a faculty development project funded by the Open Society Foundation.  The three-year project seeks to cultivate the development of the study of gender and sexuality in universities in post-Soviet states.

July 2013

  • Adia Harvey Wingfield had a book published, No More Invisible Man: Race and Gender in Men’s Work  (Temple University Press, 2013).  She also received a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Collaboration EAGER Award (2013), “Winning the Internet Lottery: Growing Income Inequality, Social Class, and Susceptibility to Cybercrime” (Co-PI, with Raheem Beyah). She was awarded $200,000 to examine whether there are social class differences in various groups’ vulnerability to internet crime, specifically phishing scams.
  • Adia Harey Winfield has also had a series of articles come out in 2013 in Symbolic Interaction, Sociological Forum, and Ethnic and Racial Studies

June 2013

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    Marian Meyers had a book, titled African American Women in the News: Gender, Race and Class in Journalism, published by Routledge (2013).  She also presented a paper at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association held in London, titled “African American women in local TV news: Breaking stereotypes?”

May 2013

  • Amira Jarmakani’s chapter,  “They Hate Our Freedom, But We Love Their Bellydance: The Spectacle of the Shimmy in Contemporary U.S. Culture,”  in the collection Between the Middle East and the Americas: The Cultural Politics of Diaspora, edited by Ella Shohat and Evelyn Alsultany was published by the University of Michigan Press.
  • Megan Sinnott was invited to present a lecture entitled “Kumanthong: Child Spirits and Contemporary Conceptions of Childhood in Thailand” at the conference “Reconstituting Southeast Asian Families: Transnational Impacts and Local Dynamics,” at Sogang University in South Korea.

April 2013

  • Susan Talburt presented two versions of her research, “Promises to/of Global Gay Youth,” at the Queer Studies Conference at the University of North Carolina at Asheville and at the New Agendas for Youth Studies conference at the University of Glasgow (Scotland).  She also presented “Becoming a Productive Researcher:  Chilean Universities, International Excellence, and Epistemic Colonization” at the American Educational Research Association in San Francisco, CA.

November 2012

  • Amira Jarmakani served as discussant and chair for the panel “Critical Methodologies for Queer Arab American Studies” at the American Studies Association conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Janet Gabler-Hover is directing and participating in a South Atlantic Modern Language Association panel (along with Nadine Sinno, formerly of Georgia State University) entitled “Beyond ‘A Cyborg Manifesto’:  Envisioning Identity, Gender, and Sexuality through Technology” on Friday, November 8 at 6:15 p.m. Her paper is entitled “Retrograde Embodiment and Feminist Concerns in William Gibson’s Neuromancer.”

October 2012

  • Julie Kubala served as Grand Marshall at Atlanta’s 2012 Pride Parade.

August 2012

  • Amira Jarmakani’s chapter, “Arab American Feminisms: Mobilizing the Politics of Invisibility,” was published in Arab and Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence, and Belonging, eds. Rabab Abdulhadi, Evelyn Alsultany, and Nadine Naber, 227-241.  NY: Syracuse University Press, 2011.    The collection recently won the 2012 National Arab American Book Award for Nonfiction.
  • WSI affiliate, Dr. Marian Meyers received a research development grant from the Organization for Research on Women and Communication (ORWAC) to complete her book, African American women in the news: Gender, race and class in representation.  It is due out in June 2013 from Routledge.
  • The Journal of Marriage and Family published two articles by WSI affiliate, Dr. Ralph LaRossa entitled “Writing and Reviewing Manuscripts in the Multidimensional World of Qualitative Research” and “Thinking about the Nature and Scope of Qualitative Research.”

July 2012

June 2012

  • WSI affiliate, Dr. Cassandra White, of the Department of Anthropology, directed the Field School in Applied Anthropology in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012.  She will bring another group of GSU study abroad students to Brazil in 2013.  Students on the program have a chance to conduct original research on changes taking place in Rio associated with the upcoming World Cup and Olympic Games.  Dr. White is also conducting research on transnational aspects of Hansen’s disease (leprosy) treatment.  She is also initiating a new research project on experiences and perceptions of extended breastfeeding in the United States.

December 2011

  • Marian Joanne Meyers had a book, titled Higher Education: The Fight for Equity, published by Hampton (2011).

November 2011

  • Amira Jarmakani presented a book talk about her monograph Imagining Arab Womanhood for the department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Michigan at Dearborn, November 3, 2011.

October 2011

  • Amira Jarmakani presented an invited lecture entitled “Crises of the Visible: The Role of Representation in the War on Terror” as part of a panel discussion with Robert Scheer, which was called “9/11, Ten Years Later: Perspectives from Inside and Outside the Academy,” at the Claremont Graduate University, October 6, 2011.
  • Amira Jarmakani presented an invited lecture entitled “Desiring the Big Bad Blade: Racing the Sheikh in Desert Romances” for the Core III lecture series: “Islam versus the West? Unraveling the Terms of ‘Clashing Civilizations’” at Scripps College on October 6, 2011.
  •  Susan Talburt and Nancy Lesko presented “Affect, Youth, and Sexualities” at the conference Pensando Lo Queer Desde y en América Latina” in Quito, Ecuador.
  • The Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies hosted a book release for Keywords in Youth Studies: Tracing Affects, Movements, Knowledges. The event featured a discussion by the editors of this new anthology – Susan Talburt, Director of the IWGSS and Nancy Lesko, Professor of Curriculum and Teaching at Columbia University – and four contributors from GSU: professors Julie Kubala and Amira Jarmakani, as well as WSI staff member Andrew Resinger and WSI staff member and undergraduate student, Alejondro Venegas-Steele.

September 2011

  •  Routledge has published Keywords in Youth Studies: Tracing Affects, Movements, Knowledges, an anthology edited by Dr. Susan Talburt, Director of the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, along with Dr. Nancy Lesko of Teacher’s College at Colombia University. The book also features content by WSI professors Dr. Julie Kubala and Dr. Amira Jarmakani, as well as WSI staff member Andrew Resinger and WSI staff member and undergraduate student, Alejondro Venegas-Steele.
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  •  Susan Talburt and Claudia Matus’ much-awaited article, “Orienting Ourselves to the Gay Penguin” was recently published in the Journal of Emotion, Space, and Society 5 (2012): 36-44.

August 2011

  • Susan Talburt and Nancy Lesko presented Keywords in Youth Studies  at the meeting of the International Sociological Association in Buenos Aires, Argentina.