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Samuel Beckenhauer
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Critical Theory, Critical Security Studies, Postcolonial Theory, Philosophy of Science, Militarization and U.S. Foreign Policy

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
M.A., International Politics, Aberystywth University, 2019
B.A., Political Science, Vassar College, 2018

John Bernardi
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS

Philosophy of language, colonialism and governmentality, posthumanisms

EDUCATION

Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
M.A., Religion in Culture, University of Alabama, 2021
B.S.,  Mathematics, University of Alabama, 2017

Alexandra Briggs 
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Race and Ethnicity, Environmental Justice, Discourse Analysis, Feminist Political Theory, Aesthetics and Radical Politics. 

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT,Virginia Tech 
MA: Political and Civic Engagement, Winthrop University, 2016 
BA: Political Science, Winthrop University, 2013

Casey Anne Brimmer

PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS

Queer Theory, Feminist Theory

EDUCATION

Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
M.A., Women's and Gender Studies, University of Northern Iowa, 2017
B.A., Ethnic and Gender Studies, Westfield State University, 2014

 

Jerry Burkette 
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Ethical Theory (Metaethical Theory and Applied Ethical Theory); Interactions of Ethical Theory with Political and Cultural Contexts. 

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT,Virginia Tech 
MA: Philosophy, Virginia Tech 
MA: International Relations, Salve Regina University, 2008
BS: Education, Missouri State University, 1991
BS: Music, Missouri State University, 1991

 

Reed Byg
PH.D IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Political economy, political ecology, critical security studies, food systems, environmental ethics.

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
M.A., Political Science, Virginia Tech, 2020
B.A., Sociology / Philosophy, Green Mountain College, 2016

Ana María Camargo Palomino

PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Environmental Politics, Environmental Justice, Postcolonial Theory and Latinx Studies.

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
M.A. Political Science, Virginia Tech, 2019
B.A. International Relations, Universidad del Norte, 2012

Marie-Lys Chambraud
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Race and Ethnicity, Feminist Political Theory, Cultural Theory, Indigenous Studies, Decolonial Theory

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
M.S., English, Radford University, 2020
B.A., English & Spanish, Université Catholique de l’Ouest (France), 2018

Linea Cutter
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
International political economy, food systems theory, feminist theory, feminist geopolitics, and critical theory. 

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech 
M.A. Political Science, Florida International University, 2018
B.A. History and Political Science, Nova Southeastern University, 2015

Jordan Fallon
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Black Feminism, Politics of Work, Critical Race Theory, Post Structuralism

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech 
M.A. Political Science, Virginia Tech, 2019
B.A. Philosophy / Sociology, Roanoke College, 2014

Hannah Glasson 
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Ecological Philosophy, Philosophy of Economics, Systems Theory, Post-Structuralism, and Philosophical Posthumanism

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech 
MA: Philosophy of Religion, University of Chicago, 2014 
BA: Comparative Study of Religion, Harvard University, 2010

Sabrina K. Harris
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
International Relations, International Organizations, Peacekeeping and Interventionism, Feminist and Gender Studies, Decolonial Theory, Critical Security Studies.

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
M.A., Political Science, Virginia Tech, 2021
B.A.,  Political Science, The College of Wooster, 2019

Julie Harvey
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Corporate Militarization and British Empire 1533-1813, Evolution of British National Identity, Devolution of Western Europe, Post Colonial Theory, Cultural and Historical Contexts of Brexit, Expansion and Contraction of Geographic and Tribal Boundaries within Great Britain

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
M.A.L.A., Intercultural Relations, San Diego State University, 1998
B.A., History, Art History, Miami University, 1991

Robert Hodges 
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
International Security, Violent Non-state Actors, Culture and Belief Systems, International Order, International Society/System, IR Theory, and International Law 

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech 
MA: Political Science, Virginia Tech, 2017
BA: Political Science, Virginia Tech, 2016

Trevor Jeyaraj Samraj
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT


RESEARCH AREAS
Postcolonial Theories, Decolonial Theories, Theologies of Liberation, Political Theologies, Caste and Religion, Violence and Subaltern Identity, Affect Theories.   

   
EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
MA., Theological Studies, Columbia Theological Seminary, 2019
M.Phil., English, University of Delhi, 2015  
M.A., English Literature, St. Xavier’s College, 2013
BBA., Scott Christian College, 2010

June Ann Jones
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Political theory, environmental politics, agrarian studies

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
M.A., Political Science, Vanderbilt University, 2018
B.A. Government and Psychology, University of Maryland, 2014

Andreza da Silveira Jorge

PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT



RESEARCH AREAS
Race and Ethnicity, Black Feminist Theory, Cultural Theory, Art and Dance and Perfomance Studies, Memory and public history.



EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
M.A., Race and Ethnicity Relations/ CEFET/RJ/ 2019.
B.A.,  Dance/ Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro-UFRJ/ 2017

Luther Lee McPherson IV
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
International Security, Late-Modern Political Theory,  Nietzsche, Ontology of State Power, Epistemology in International Relations 

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
MSc., International & European Politics, The University of Edinburgh, 2018
B.A.,  Political Science, California Lutheran University, 2017



Vasilije Mesarovic
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Critical theory, sociology of culture, social and political analysis of literary speculative fiction, queer theory, religious studies, narrative analysis



EDUCATION
Ph. D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
M.A., Sociology, University of Belgrade, 2020
B.A., Sociology, University of Belgrade, 2019

Sarah Plummer 
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
journalism ethics, citizen journalism, Appalachia, mass media, coal culture. 

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech 
MA: English Literature, Virginia Tech, 2010 
BA: Theatre Arts, Berea College, 2005

 

Leah Ramnath
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Critical theory, cynicism, governmentality, biopolitics, sociospatial analysis. 

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
M.A., Social Science - Environment and Community, Humboldt State University, 2019
B.S.,  Environmental Science, Florida International University, 2016

Shaun Respess
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech 
MA: Humanities, Old Dominion University, 2017 
BA: Philosophy, Old Dominion University, 2015

 

Muhammed Shah Shajahan 
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Philosophical Anthropology, Anthropology of Islam, South Asian Histories of Caste, Religion and Nationalism, Space and Subjectivity, Contemporary Urban Theories, Political Theology

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech 
M. Phil.: Comparative Literature, University of Hyderabad, 2018
MA: Comparative Literature, University of Hyderabad, 2016
BA: Mass Communication, University of Calicut, 2013

Faith Skiles
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Cross-Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Feminist theories of Space/Place, Korean and East Asian History, American Religious History 

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech 
MA: History, Virginia Tech, 2016 
BA: History, Mary Baldwin College, 2004

 

Aline de Souza
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
art, sound art, visual arts and music, critical social theory, aesthetic education

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
M.F.A., Creative Technologies, Virginia Tech, 2020
M.L.A., Landscape Architecture, Virginia Tech, 2018
B.Arch., Architecture and Urbanism, University of Brasília, 2011

Julie Walters Steele 
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Public History, Slavery and US Plantation Narratives, Race and Gender Studies, Social Justice Activism. 

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech 
M.A., English, Clemson University, 1993
B.A., English, Clemson University, 1985

Madison Tepper
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Socioeconomic inequality, globalization, Marxist theory, feminist and queer theory, comparative politics, postcolonial theory, rhetoric and discourse analysis

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech 
M.A., Political Science, Virginia Tech, 2018
B.A., International Studies and Political Science, Salisbury University, 2015

Molly Todd
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Immigration, border security industrial complex, biopolitics

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech 
MA, Social Science-International Studies, University of Colorado at Denver, 2018
BA, International Studies-Globalization, Humboldt State University, 2012
BA, Spanish Education, Humboldt State University, 2012

Weston J. Truss
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Critical Race Theory, Black Abolitionism, Social Inequity and Race  

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
M.A., Public Policy and Public Administration, Mississippi State University, 2019
B.A.,  Political Science, Mississippi State University, 2017

Sara Wenger
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
political theory, posthumanism, critical race theory, disability studies, cyberpunk, science fiction and climate fiction 

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech 
M.A., Women's Studies, The University of Alabama, 2018
B.A., Political Science, Miami University, 2016
B.A., Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Miami University, 2016

Zachariah Wheeler
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Political Theory, Culture and Ideology

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech 
M.A., Cinema Studies, New York University, 2017
B.A., English, Salisbury University, 2015

Chayne Wild
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Post-Marxism, Discourse, Deconstruction, and Environmental Political Theory.

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
M.A., Political Science, Colorado State University, 2021
B.S.,  General Social Science: Applied Economics, Business and Society, University of Oregon, 2019

Sengul Yildiz Alanbay
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
International Relations Theories, Critical Theory, Security Studies, Discourse Analysis, European Integration, European Union

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech 
M.S., International Relations, Middle East Technical University, 2016
B.S., International Relations, Middle East Technical University, 2013