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Jeannette Barbieri

Jeanette Barbieri, assistant professor of political science; B.A., Hampshire College, M.A., University of London, M.A.,and Ph.D., University of Southern California.

Jeanette Barbieri received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in December 2005. She holds an M.A. in War Studies from King's College, University of London and a B.A. in History and International Relations from Hampshire College. Her research interests are in Chinese politics, visual culture in political communication, ethnicity and nationalism. Among her varied teaching interests are food and environmental politics, public health, comparative politics, Chinese cinema, and political theory. Several of these interests combine in her latest research with Li Nan of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences on Chinese citizenship models emerging from the 2008 Sichuan earthquake exhibitions and memorials.

Jon Bohland Jon Bohland, associate professor of international studies and political science; Director of International Studies Program; B.A., James Madison University; M.A., Syracuse University; Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Jon Bohland's academic interests include critical geopolitics; post-structural theory; Marxist theory; cultural studies; critical environmental theory; geographies of conflict; urban space; and critical examinations of heritage and national identity. His work focuses on intersections of memory, politics, and landscape, including extensive work on memory in the American south, issues of memory and immigration along the United States/Mexico border, and an examination of urban policy in relation to the destruction of an iconic stadium in Roanoke, Virginia. He is currently working on a book manuscript based on his dissertation research in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, as well as opening up new research streams on critical discourses of Caribbean travel and the economic exploitation of young African soccer players within world football. He teaches a wide variety of courses including world regional geography, global systems, environmental geography, cultural geography, tourism, urban geography, and critical geopolitics.
Edward Lynch Edward Lynch, John P. Wheeler Professor of Political Science; director of the master of arts in liberal studies program (M.A.L.S.). B.A., St. Joseph's University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia

Dr. Ed Lynch is a specialist in Latin American and Africa politics, but has wide-ranging interests and expertise. He also teaches U.S. Foreign Policy, International Relations and State and Local Politics. In addition, Dr. Lynch teaches the course in Model UN and advises the Hollins University Model UN Club. He is the author of two books on religion and politics in Latin America, and numerous articles on African politics and U.S. foreign policy toward Africa. American governors are at the top of Dr. Lynch's research interests right now.

Dr. Lynch combines his academic background with hands-on experience in the real world of politics. He worked on Capitol Hill for four years, served in the White House, and is a long-time political activist, as well as a well-known commentator on state and local politics in Virginia.
Jong Ra

Jong Ra, professor of political science (chair); A.B., M.S., Indiana State University; M.S.L.S., Ph.D., University of Illinois

Professor Ra's interest concerns the following subfields of political science:

    • Political belief, attitude formation, and behavior of individual political participants that take place in the life-long process of political socialization in the United States
    • United States Elections and voting behavior of the American electorate
    • Gender and politics, domestic and comparative
    • Religion and politics, domestic and comparative
    • Asian politics

Professor Ra teaches the following courses at Hollins University and Virginia Tech:

    • U.S. politics on three different levels: introductory, senior seminar, and gradual level seminar
    • Media and politics, both undergraduate and graduate
    • U.S. elections and voting behavior, both undergraduate and graduate
    • Political socialization
    • Presidency, graduate
    • Gender and politics, graduate
    • Research methods in political science, both quantitative and qualitative
    • Political parties, interest groups, and elections
    • Controversial issues in U.S. politics, both undergraduate and graduate
    • Constitutional law
    • Comparative politics
Susan Thomas

Susan Thomas (Homepage), associate professor of political science and gender and women's studies; B.A. Calilfornia State Polytechnic University, M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Riverside

Susan Thomas' academic interests include queer theory; critical theories of race and subjectivity; the intersectionality of women's rights and non-human animal rights; and the state's active complicity in the abuses of marginalized women living in poverty. Her work concerns the hidden power behind 'neutral' rules, the role of male heterosexual privilege in the construction of hierarchal rules and law-making processes, and the invisibility of those subordinated by the public/private divide. While her research focuses on contemporary U.S. culture and politics and their relation to political and economic forces, she addresses, more broadly, questions of gender, race, species and sexual identity in discourses and material practices of anthropocentrism, heteroarchy, and patriarchal capitalism. She is currently researching the politics and policy of civil union laws passed or under consideration in the United States.