Research Associates

Nneka Logan
Nneka Logan

Nneka Logan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication. Her research and teaching focus on public relations, organizational communication, corporate social responsibility, and race and diversity. She presents her research at national and international conferences and has won several awards for her academic and industry work.

Nneka Logan
Assistant Professor 107 Shanks Hall
540-231-1749 nlogan@vt.edu
Shaily Patel
Shaily Patel

Shaily Patel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Religion and Culture. Her research examines Early Christianity, Graeco-Roman Religions, Magic in Antiquity, and Critical Theory and Ideological Criticism. Professor Patel explores the various, often contradictory ways discourses of magic were used to advance myriad theological ends in early Christian literature.

Shaily Patel  Assistant Professor 207 Major Williams 540-232-8456 shailyp@vt.edu
Andrea Baldwin
Andrea Baldwin

Andrea Baldwin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology. Her areas of expertise are  transnational feminist and black feminist epistemology, intersectionality and reflexivity in qualitative research. Among the topics she examines are gender representations in popular culture and the use of popular culture (particularly digital technologies) for feminist activism, fat feminist activism, theorizing pedagogy as a form of feminist activism, and Caribbean cultural studies.

Andrea N. Baldwin
Assistant Professor 560 McBryde Hall
540-231-8971 andreanb@vt.edu
James Dubinsky
James Dubinsky

James Dubinsky is an Associate Professor in the Department of English. He studies Scholarship of Teaching (Pedagogy), Scholarship of Engagement (Service-Learning), Professional and Technical Communication and Veterans in Society. He is the founding director of the department’s Professional Writing Program and was instrumental in helping to shape the first liberal arts PhD at Virginia Tech (in Rhetoric and Writing). He is the founding director of the Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships (now VT-Engage) and the lead faculty member in the Veterans in Society initiative. Dubinsky is also a steering committee member of a county-wide Dialogue on Race.

James Dubinsky Associate Professor 413 Shanks Hall
540-231-1939
dubinsky@vt.edu
Vinodh Venkatesh
Vinodh Venkatesh

A faculty member in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures since 2011, Vinodh Venkatesh is the author of New Maricón Cinema: Outing Latin American Film and The Body as Capital: Masculinities in Contemporary Latin American Fiction. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. His areas of expertise are Latin American Literature and Cinema, Spanish Literature and Cinema, Masculinity Studies, Urban Studies and Queer Theory.

Vinodh Venkatesh Professor of Spanish 339 Major Williams Hall 540-231-5362 vinodhv@vt.edu
Amy Azano
Amy Azano

Amy Azano is an Associate Professor in the School of Education. Her research focuses on the literacy needs of rural youth, critical literacy, and place-based pedagogy. She is the co-principal investigator on a five-year, $1.9 million grant, Promoting PLACE in Rural Schools, which serves to promote and support gifted education in high-poverty, rural school districts. She teaches graduate courses in the English education licensure program, content area literacy courses to secondary licensure students across the disciplines, and doctoral students in adolescent literacy. Her areas of expertise are Rural Education, Adolescent Literacy, Place-based Pedagogy and Special Populations in Rural Communities.

Amy Price Azano
Associate Professor Public Safety Bldg, Suite 201 540-231-8889 azano@vt.edu
Karen Kovaka
Karen Kovaka

Karen Kovaka is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy. Her recent work explores biological debates about individuality and developmental plasticity and what they tell us about evolutionary theory, underdetermination, and scientific controversies. She also studies the factors that influence people's acceptance of climate change, the dynamics of peer disagreement, and the features of ethical intervention in natural systems. Her areas of expertise are Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Biology, Environmental Philosophy and Public Understanding of Science.

Karen Kovaka Assistant Professor
220 Major Williams
  kkovaka@vt.edu
Fabian Prieto-Nanez
Fabian Prieto-Nanez

Fabian Prieto-Ñañez is a postdoctoral associate at the Department of Science, Technology and Society. His research and teaching focus on histories of technologies in the Global South, particularly through the lens of media devices and infrastructures. He recently graduated as a PhD. In communication and Media from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His dissertation focused on ideas of piracy, informality and illegality in the use of early satellite dishes in the Caribbean, particularly in Colombia. He also had worked on histories of computing in Latin America.

Fabian Prieto-Nanez Postdoctoral Researcher 234 Lane Hall   fprieto@vt.edu
Koeun Choi
Koeun Choi

Koeun Choi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science. Her areas of expertise are Cognitive Development, Technology and Media, Attention, Learning, and Memory, Eye-tracking and Computational Modeling and Data Science. Her research program aims at understanding how children learn in a complex and dynamic digital media environment.

Koeun Choi Assistant Professor 305 Wallace Hall 540-231-5720
koeun@vt.edu
Cara Daggett
Cara Daggett

Cara Daggett researches feminist and environmental politics and is particularly interested in the politics of energy. Her book, The Birth of Energy, traces the entangled politics of work and energy following the discovery of energy in the 19th century. Dr. Daggett is also beginning research on her next project, which interrogates the relationship between energy and gender. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. Her areas of expertise are Environment and Energy Politics, International Relations, Critical Security, Feminism and Gender Politics and Political Theory.

Cara Daggett Assistant Professor
535 Major Williams Hall
540-231-5555
cdaggett@vt.edu
Lucian Holness
Lucien Holness

Lucien Holness is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History. He specializes in African American history and the eighteenth and nineteenth century United States. His current book project examines slavery, abolition, and the creation of African American notions of free labor and free soil in Pittsburgh and greater southwestern Pennsylvania from 1780 to 1865.

Lucien Holness Assistant Professor 414 Major Williams Hall 540-231-8375 lholness@vt.edu