End of Year News & Accomplishments

Check out the listings below to learn about some of the accomplishments of the CS community.  Congrats to all! 


John Carl Baker

PhD candidate John Carl Baker received a GMU Dissertation Completion Grant for the Spring 2015 semester. He is scheduled to present some of his dissertation research at the upcoming Fighting Inequality conference at Georgetown University.


Martha Deutscher

Martha signed a contract with Potomac Books, an imprint of the University of Nebraska Press to write a book based on her dissertation, "Cleared and Present: Danger in the National Personnel Security Clearance System" and the book should be released in the Spring of 2016.


Randa Kayyali

Randa is currently a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at GMU & will be teaching Anthropology of the Middle East at George Washington University in the Fall. 

In-press publications include the following:

Kayyali, R. “Contesting “Jihad Jane” through Gendered Patriotism and locating kyriarchy in the boundaries of race and ethnicity for Arab Americans,” in Bad Girls of the Arab World, eds. Yaqub, N. and Quawas, R., University of Texas Press

Amer, M. and Kayyali, R. “Religion and Religiosity: Diverse Christian and Muslim Faiths, Practices and Psychological Correlates” in Handbook of Arab American Psychology, SAGE Publications

Book Review

Kayyali, R. (2014) James F. Goode, A History of the Syrian Community of Grand Rapids, 1890-1945: From the Beqaa to the Grand. (Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2013) The Michigan Historical Review, 40 (2):122


Lisa Rabin

Lisa published an article titled "The Normals, the Questionables, and the Delinquents: East Harlem Youth and the Movies, 1931-1934" in IlluminaceThe Journal of Film Theory, History and Aesthetics, 28.1 (spring 2015), guest editor Richard Nowell. 

She presented a paper called “Seeds of Destiny”: Orphan School Films in the Post-War Period, 1945-1956" at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Montréal, Canada, March 2015.


Christine Rosenfeld

Christine received a Presidential Scholarship for the summer of 2015.  She will use the scholarship to work towards completing one of her field statements, complete thematic analysis using NVIVO software for a project about digital museum volunteer initiatives, and submit an article which is in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution Archives. 


Fan Yang

Fan wrote an article called "Rethinking China’s Internet censorship: the practice of recoding and the politics of visibility," which appeared in New Media & Society.  Her book Faked in China: Nation Branding, Counterfeit Culture, and Globalization, is scheduled to be published by Indiana University Press next winter. This summer, Fan will be going to an Asian Studies conference in Athens, Greece to present a paper on her next book project, tentatively titled Chimerica: A Transnational Cultural Production. In December, she plans to join other members of the Association for Cultural Studies (ACS) in South Africa to lead a seminar, "China and/in Globalization," at the 3rd ACS Institute: Precarious Futures. She hopes to see some of the GMU folks there! 


Dave Zeglen

Dave has a book chapter on Globalization and North Korean celebrity culture in an anthology that is due out July 30th. The book can be found here: http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/first-comes-love-9781628921205/

He also chaired a panel at this year's annual Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference in Montreal. The panel's title was "Mediating Nationalism and Fascism in Contemporary Europe", and he gave a paper as part of the panel on the Russia media's coverage of last spring's annexation of Crimea entitled "The Crimean Concentration Camp & Other Myths: The Great Patriotic Annexation in Putin’s Russia."

Lastly, Dave organized an event for GMU's Global Affairs department in collaboration with the Centerville Labor Resource Center on migrant labor in the United States. Check out this article to learn more: http://globalaffairs.gmu.edu/articles/8247.