Faculty Spotlight 2022-23

Judy Twigg

Faculty Spotlight: Judy Twigg

Written by Jason Ross Arnold, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science

When global health crises emerge, national health systems fail, or Russia threatens its neighbors or citizens, policymakers and influencers call upon Judy Twigg for analysis and advice. At the end of the year, when I look back at all she has done, I’m always struck by the mountain of accomplishments. World Bank reports by the dozen, plus a few dozen more for other organizations. Fifty or so media interviews, not to mention the op-eds, blog posts, policy briefs, and presentations to policymakers....

Catherine Sutton

Faculty Spotlight: Catherine Sutton

Written by Donald Smith, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy

Dr. Catherine Sutton, Associate Professor of Philosophy, thinks and writes about the nature of physical objects and philosophical problems involving them. In particular, her research focuses on the relationship between physical objects and their parts, with special attention on how human beings are related to their brains and bodies. In recent decades, a bottom-up approach to understanding physical objects has dominated philosophy....

Mariam Alkazemi

Faculty Spotlight: Mariam Alkazemi

Written by Dr. Scott Sherman, Associate Professor and Interim Associate Director, the Robertson School of Media and Culture

Many people get mental health advice from social media influencers. This is especially true of younger adults like our students. Are they getting sound medical advice? Are they getting innocent misinformation? Or, are they getting propaganda designed to manipulate them? These are all questions at the heart of Dr. Mariam Alkazemi, an Associate Professor in the Robertson School of Media and Culture. Her current research interests explore the role of communication in improving healthcare....

Mary Caton Lingold

Faculty Spotlight: Mary Caton Lingold

Written by Shermaine Jones, Assistant Professor of English, VCU

Music plays such a pivotal role as the soundtrack to our lives, giving texture and feeling to our experiences. Yet, we are often unaware of the complex histories of our beloved musical genres. Dr. Mary Caton Lingold, Assistant Professor of English in the VCU Department of English, is an expert and lifelong musician who traces the contours of musical life in the early modern era to tell the story of how Africans in the Atlantic created music, forged an aesthetic movement, and transformed global sound in ways that continue to reverberate in contemporary music forms....

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