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Dabney Bankert was awarded the Falconer Madan Award and Bibliographical Society Fellowship for research at Oxford University.

Diana Galarreta-Aima was accepted to the First Spanish Healthcare Workshop and received a $500 stipend to develop a language access research topic.

Frances Flannery was named a Trinity Long Room Hub Fellow at Trinity College, Dublin.

Katey Castellano was awarded a visiting fellowship at the British Library’s Eccles Centre for American Studies. Read More

Faculty Experts

James Madison University has the honor of employing some of the world’s foremost experts on a wide variety of topics. For a full list of faculty members who have extensive media experience and are willing to offer their unique perspective and expertise to the media, visit JMU Faculty Experts.


Arthur W. Page Center - Luke Capizzo was awarded a grant to support research on what constitutes organizational listening and how architectures of listening can embrace more civic-minded practices.

Interactivity Foundation - Lori Britt received support to develop a collaborative discussion certificate program.

Kettering Foundation - Eric Fife received funding to support a Scholar in Residence in Digital Deliberative Democracy.

National Endowment for the Arts - Lauren K. Alleyne was awarded a grant to support the Furious Flower Poetry Center’s Annual Reading Series.

National Endowment for the Humanities - Mark Rankin was awarded a grant to co-direct a Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers on Printing and the Book During the Reformation: 1450-1650.

Society for Personality and Social Psychology - Lindsey Harvell-Bowman received funding to provide counseling and support to participants in a study on attachment and suicidal ideation.

Virginia Humanities - Mollie Godfrey and Seán McCarthy received support for Simms 2.0: Spreading the Story of the Lucy F. Simms School.


Bankert, Dabney. 2021. “Benjamin Thorpe’s Influence on Joseph Bosworth’s A Dictionary of the Anglo-Saxon Language.” In Old English Tradition: Essays in Honor of J.R. Hall, ed. Lindy Brady, Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Cash, Jean W. and Richard Gaughran. 2021. Twenty-First-Century Southern Writers: New Voices, New Perspectives. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi.

Godfrey, Mollie. ed. 2021. Conversations with Lorraine Hansberry. Jackson: University of Mississippi Press.

Trouille, David. 2021. Fútbol in the Park: Immigrants, Soccer, and the Creation of Social Ties. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

Watkins, Case. 2021. Palm Oil Diaspora: Afro-Brazilian Landscapes and Economies on Bahia’s Dendê Coast. New York: Cambridge University Press.

De Hertogh, Lori Beth, Maria Novotny, Kimberly Harper, Becca Evans, Philip Meador, Megan Palmer, Jamie Phlegar, and Michelle Smith. 2020. “Annotated Bibliography on Rhetorics of Reproductive Justice.” Reflections: A Journal of Community-Engaged Writing and Rhetoric 20 (2).

Featherstone, Jared. 2020. “Contemplative WAC: Testing a Mindfulness-Based Reflective Writing Assignment.” The Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning 25 (1).

Kaussler, Bernd, Lars J. Kristiansen, and Jeffrey Delbert. 2020. Rhetoric and Governance under Trump: Proclamations from the Bullshit Pulpit. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

LaPira, Timothy M., Lee Drutman, and Kevin R. Kosar eds. 2020. Congress Overwhelmed: The Decline in Congressional Capacity and Prospects for Reform. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Levinovitz, Alan. 2020. Natural: How Faith in Nature’s Goodness Leads to Harmful Fads, Unjust Laws, and Flawed Science Boston: Beacon Press.

Lo, Dennis. 2020. The Authorship of Place: A Cultural Geography of the New Chinese Cinemas. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.

McCarthy, Seán, Lori Beth De Hertogh, & Vanessa Rouillon. 2020. “The Role of Curation in Tenure and Promotion Documentation.” The Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics 4 (1).

Muhonja, Besi. 2020. Radical Utu: Critical Ideas and Ideals of Wangari Maathai. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press.

Porter, Lisa (with Socorro G. Herrera and Katherine Barko-Alva). 2020. Equity in School-Parent Partnerships: Cultivating Community and Family Trust in Culturally Diverse Classrooms. New York: Teachers College Press.

Regalado-López, Tomás. 2020. "Un Suceso de Escritura. Figuras de autor en el proyecto Escritores Duplicados, de Mario Bellatin." In Mario Bellatin y las formas de la escritura. ed. Héctor Jaimes, A Contracorriente North Carolina State University, 355-76.

Roberts, Robert. 2020. The Death of Public Integrity. New York: Routledge.

Rosier, Jennifer G. and Tracy Cassels. 2020. “From ‘Crying Expands the Lungs’ to ‘You’re Going to Spoil That Baby’: How the Cry-It-Out Method Became Authoritative Knowledge.” Journal of Family Issues.

Rutherford, Kenneth R. 2020. America’s Buried History: Landmines in the Civil War. El Dorado Hills, CA: Savas Beatie.

Veltman, Andrea. 2020. “Universal Basic Income and the Good of Work.” In The Future of Work, Technology and a Basic Income eds. Michael Cholbi and Michael Weber, 131-150. New York: Routledge.

Research Contacts

Associate Dean - Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities 

Melinda Adams

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