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Katrina Powell

Center Director
Professor of Rhetoric and Writing

Brett Shadle

Associate Director of Outreach
Professor and Chair of History

Rebecca Hester

Associate Director of Education
Assistant Professor in Science, Technology, and Society

Georgeta Pourchot

Center Co-Founder and Liason
Associate Director of the Center for European Union, Transatlantic, and Trans-European Space Studies


Graduate Research Assistants
Lois Nguyen, Science, Technology, and Society (Fall 2021 - present)
Molly Todd, ASPECT (Summer 2021, Summer 2022 - present)
Margaret Webb, Engineering Education (Summer 2022 - present)
Reagan Price, Policy and Governance (Summer 2022)
Jonathan Kobongo, English (Fall 2021)
Ashley Canter, University of Massachusetts — VCRMDS Survey (Summer 2021)
Ke Hu, Science, Technology, and Society — In Place (Summer 2021)
Katherine Randall, English (2020-2021)
Leslie Robertson Foncette, Sociology — TAPPR Grant Proposal (Summer 2021, Summer 2022)
Zuleka Woods, Institute for Policy and Governance — Roots and Resettlement (Summer 2021, Summer 2022)

Christeanna Williams — Digital Justice Grant (Fall 2022 - present)
Ashlyn East — Digital Justice Grant (Fall 2022 - present)
Aida Shakiri — Elimisha Kakuma (Fall 2022 - present)
Grace Cutsinger — In Place Podcast (Summer 2021)
Deepa Gajulapalli — In Place Podcast (Summer 2021)
Julia Greenman — Elimisha Kakuma (Fall 2020 - Spring 2022)
Mackenzie Williams — Elimisha Kakuma (Fall 2020 - Spring 2022)

Community Tutor
Julia Greenman (Summer 2022 - present)

College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Faculty
Sweta Baniya, English
Shannon Bell, Sociology
Daniel Breslau, Science, Technology, and Society (Advisory Board Emeritus)
Katie Carmichael, Linguistics/English
Sam Cook, American Indian Studies/Sociology
Amanda Demmer, History
Carmen Gitre, History
Ellington Graves, Africana Studies and Strategic Affairs
Saul Halfon, Science, Technology, and Society (Advisory Board)
Anthony Kwame Harrision, Sociology and Africana Studies
James Hawdon, Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention/Sociology
Mae Hey, American Indian Studies/Strategic Affairs
Cana Itchuaqiyak, English
Sylvester Johnson, Center for Humanities, Religion and Culture
Jennifer Lawrence, Political Science
Shaila Mehra, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Deborah Milly, Political Science
Wornie Reed, Center for Race and Social Policy
Emily Satterwhite, Religion and Culture
Nadine Sinno, Arabic, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
Yannis Stivachtis, Political Science/International Relations
Jessica Taylor, History
Pamela Teaster, Center for Gerontology
Edward Weisband, Political Science
LaDale Winling, History
Laura Zanotti, Political Science
Bonnie Zare, Women’s and Gender Studies

College of Architecture and Urban Studies Faculty
Ariel Ahram, School of Public and International Affairs
C.L. Bohannon, Architecture and Design
Mehrzad Bouroujerdi, School of Public and International Affairs
Terry Clements, Architecture
Jake Keyel, Institute for Policy and Governance
Susan Piedmont-Palladino, Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center
Max Stephenson, Institute for Policy and Governance (Advisory Board)
Gerard Toal, School of Public and International Affairs
Sharone Tomer, Architecture
Rachel Weaver, School of Visual Arts
Raymond Zuniga, CPAP

College of Engineering Faculty
Mel Jones, Center for Housing Research
Theadore Koebel, Center for Housing Research
Freddy Paige, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Marie Paretti, Engineering Education

College of Natural Resources and Environment Faculty
Anamaria Bukvic, Geography

Pamplin College of Business Faculty
Eli Jamieson, Management

 Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Faculty
David Trinkle, MD, Associate Dean for Community and Culture


The Advisory Board of the Center for Refugee, Migrant, and Displacement Studies provides the center with essential support and guidance.

Laura Belmonte

Laura Belmonte, a professor of history, is also dean of the Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Guru Ghosh

Guru Ghosh is vice president for outreach and international affairs at Virginia Tech.

Karen Roberto

Karen Roberto is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science and the director of the Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment at Virginia Tech.

Michele Deramo

Michele Deramo is the assistant provost for diversity education at Virginia Tech.

Saul Halfon is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Science, Technology, and Society at Virginia Tech.

Farida Jalalzai

Farida Jalalzai, a professor of political science, is also the associate dean for global initiatives and engagement in the Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Max Stephenson

Max Stephenson is a professor of urban affairs and planning and the director of the Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance.

Rebecca Weaver-Hightower

Rebecca Weaver-Hightower is a professor of English and chair of the Department of English at Virginia Tech.


Daniel Breslau

Daniel Breslau is an associate professor in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society at Virginia Tech.