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Danielle Mullins

Danielle Mullins

Name, Title
Danielle Mullins

Degree: Ph.D
Email: drmullins@vt.edu
Previous Education: Marshall University, Master of Arts in Sociology, Grad Cert. in Women's Studies, 2018; West Virginia Wesleyan College, Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Sociology, 2012

Courses Taught: Introduction to Sociology 

Research Interests: Rural sociology, Indigenous Studies, Political Economy, Gender, Environment

Bio: Danielle is a first generation scholar from West Virginia. Her work looks at the intersections of rural life, global political economy, and gender. Her dissertation looks at the formation of public lands in relation to closing the commons, Native status, and state intervention. Danielle has also been an active researcher on a project looking at the health effects of living in a pipeline construction zone and will now serve on a research team looking at social issues surrounding changes to cattle grazing practices in Virginia. Her Master's thesis was a qualitative study for which she interviewed white, West Virginia women across five counties in order to understand and analyze their perceptions of feminism in Appalachia after the 2016 election.

Awards/Honors: 2020 Graduate Student Research Grant ($3000)(**canceled due to COVID19)
Virginia Tech
2018 Patricia Edwards Scholarship
Virginia Tech
2018 Outstanding Sociology Graduate Student
Marshall University
2017 Outstanding Teaching Assistant (Sociology)
Marshall University
2017 Steve Winn Memorial Scholarship for Social Stratification Recipient ($750)
Marshall University
2017 Alpha Kappa Delta Sociological Honor Society Induction
Marshall University
2012 Best International Studies Senior
West Virginia Wesleyan College
2012 Campus Leadership and Service Award
West Virginia Wesleyan College
2012 Rao Global Awareness Award (Sociology) ($250)
West Virginia Wesleyan College
2012 2nd Place Paper—Mid-Atlantic Research Conference ($200)
West Virginia Wesleyan College
2011 Maxine Bruhn’s Scholarship for International Study ($5,000)
West Virginia Wesleyan College
2011 Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow
National Award—on behalf of WVWC
2008 Bonner Community Service Scholarship Program (full scholarship)
West Virginia Wesleyan College

Presentations: Appalachian Studies Association • March 2020 • Lexington, KY
ASA Annual Conference** Canceled due to COVID19
Panel Presentation: “Barefoot and Pregnant: How West Virginia Women Navigate Stereotypes”
Southern Sociological Society • April 2019 • Atlanta, GA
SSS Annual Conference
Panel Presentation: “Weathered Mountains: West Virginia Women and their Perceptions of Strength, Land, and Womanhood”
Penn State • October 2017 • State College, PA
Penn State Rural Sociology’s 5th Annual Rural Studies Graduate Conference
Panel Presentation: “Appalachian Womanhood: Strength in Our Own Voices”
Marshall University • April 2016 • Huntington, WV
Women & Gender in the Social and Natural Worlds: Rural Perspectives (bi-annual)
Panel Presentation: “Rural Feminism: Appalachian Women and their Place within Mainstream Feminist Discourses”
North Central Sociological Association • March 2016 • Indianapolis, IN
NCSA Annual Conference
Panel Presentation: “The Production and Commodification of the Maasai Warrior”
West Virginia Wesleyan College • 2012 • Buckhannon, WV
Mid-Atlantic Research Conference (annual)
Panel Presentation: “The Production and Commodification of the Maasai Warrior”
University of Richmond • 2011 • Richmond, VA
Annual Undergraduate Gender Studies Conference
Masculinities Round Table: “What it Means to be a Man: Focus on South Africa”

Quote: "be you. whoever that is. your purest truth. be a blinding anomaly." Nayyirah Waheed