ASPECT Students

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

RESEARCH AREAS
Appalachian Studies, Globalization, Critical Theory, and Social Movements.

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech 
M.A., Political Science, 2015, Virginia Tech
B.A., Political Science, 2013, Winthrop University, Rock Hill SC.

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

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

RESEARCH AREAS

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT,Virginia Tech 
MA: Public and International Affairs, Virginia Tech, 2016 
BA: Political Science and Economics, Ecole de Gouvernance et d’Economie de Rabat, 2014

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

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

 

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

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

RESEARCH AREAS
AModernity, techno-politics, and sustainable development; global coloniality, postcoloniality and border thinking; politics of space, place, and nature

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech 
M.S. 1996, Water Resources Management, University of Wisconsin
B.S. 1983, General Engineering, University of Illinois

 

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

RESEARCH AREAS
International Relations, Global History, History and Theory of Modernist Architecture, Urbanism, Preservation, and Planning 

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech 
MA: Political Studies, American University of Beirut, 2013 
BA: English Literature, Washington University in St. Louis, 2003

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

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

RESEARCH AREAS
International relations theory, modern political and social theory, European Union and European studies, critical security studies, cultural studies, and critical geopolitics

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech 
MPIA (Master in Public and International Affairs), 2014,Virginia Tech
B.A., International Studies, Virginia Tech

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

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

RESEARCH AREAS
Continental philosophy (especially Heidegger), Wittgenstein, post-analytic philosophy, critical theory, phenomenology, music.

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, 2019 (), Virginia Tech 
M.A., Philosophy, 2015, Virginia Tech
B.A., 1994, Saint Olaf College (Philosophy, Ancient Studies).

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

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

RESEARCH AREAS
American cultural identity, media studies, contemporary American history, 20th century American history, popular culture, cultural studies, science fiction

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech 
M.A., English Literature, 2009, Virginia Tech
B.A., English Literature, 2006, Virginia Tech
B.A., History, 2006, Virginia Tech

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

RESEARCH AREAS

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech 
MFA: Art, University of Florida, 2012 
BA: Visual Arts, Western Kentucky University, 2009

 

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

RESEARCH AREAS

Anthropology of the secular, Tradition, Form-of-life, Embodiment, Turkey, Wittgenstein, phenomenology, Sufism, comparative colonial connections, decolonial struggles, modern discontents, history and philosophy of science

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech 
M.A., Middle East Studies, 2012, The University of Chicago
B.S.,(Chemistry, Sociology), 2007, Haverford College

 

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

 

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

 

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

RESEARCH AREAS
Race, pop culture and media, Appalachian culture, global political economy, cultural politics. 

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech 
MA: Political Science, Virginia Tech, 2017
BA: Political Science, Virginia Tech, 2015

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

RESEARCH AREAS

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech 
MA: Cultural Studies, Sabanci University, 2014 
MA: Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Sabanci University, 2011
LLB: Law, Marmara University, 2007

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

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

RESEARCH AREAS
Art theory, philosophy of (visual) language, metaphysics of identity, ethics of cultural geography, environmental ethics. 

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech 
MA: Philosophy, Virginia Tech, 2016
BA: Philosophy, Virginia Tech, 2014
BA: Political Science, Virginia Tech, 2014
BFA: Fine Arts, Virginia Tech, 2014

 

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

 

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

RESEARCH AREAS
Pre-industrial Appalachian history and culture, folklore, material culture, post-colonialism, cultural heritage discourse and preservation, public history and memory.

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech 
MA, Material Culture and Public Humanities, Virginia Tech, 2017
MA, History and Graduate Certificate, Public History, Virginia Tech, 2015
BA, History, College of William and Mary, 2012

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

RESEARCH AREAS
Hacking, Continental Philosophy, Data and Society, Philosophy of Technology, Digital Culture. 

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech 
MS: Nonprofit Management, The New School, 2015 
BA: Literature, Bard College, 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

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

RESEARCH AREAS
American politics; globalization; economic development; international aid; NGOs and NPOs; poverty; political ideology and subjectivity; political extremism; moral and political philosophy; philosophy of language; democracy; capitalism; corporate personhood; universities; mass persuasion; US right-wing social movements 

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech 
M.A., Public and International Affairs: Governance and Capacity Building, 2015, Virginia Tech
M.A., Philosophy, 2015, Virginia Tech
Graduate Certificate, Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Organization Management
B.S., Philosophy, 2011, The College at Brockport, State University of New York

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

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

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