Richard Todd Stafford

Richard Todd Stafford

Richard Todd Stafford

Instructor

Cultural study of science and technology, culture and political economy, environment and culture, visual culture

Richard Todd Stafford is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Cultural Studies, currently working on his dissertation. He works full-time in the Honors College as the Director of Communications.

Selected Publications

(2019) "Response to Caroline West’s 'From Company Town to Post-Industrial: Inquiry on the Redistribution of Space and Capital with a Universal Basic Income'," Lateral 8.1. https://doi.org/10.25158/L8.1.11

(2015) "The politics of space in Joe Sacco's representations of the Appalachian coalfields" in The Comics of Joe Sacco: Journalism in a Visual World ed. Daniel Worden (University of Mississippi Press).

(2011) "Towards an epistemological theory of comics journalism: Case studies in Joe Sacco's war reportage" Public Knowledge Journal (now-defunct online grad student journal out of Virginia Tech) 3.1.4

Courses Taught

Fall 2019

HNRS 360 Multidisciplinary Topics: Energy and Culture Research Seminar
HNRS 361 Multidisciplinary practicum: Multidisciplinary Research and Creative Projects Seminar/Thesis Course (with Dean Zofia Burr)

Spring 2019

HNRS 330 Community Connection Practicum/Research, Technology, and Online Community (client: Early Identification Program; with Kareema Smith and Eva Bramesco)
HNRS 410/411 Multidisciplinary Research and Creative Projects Seminar/Thesis Course (with Dean Zofia Burr)

Fall 2018

HNRS 330 Community Connection Practicum/Research, Technology, and Online Community (clients: Honors College Communications Team and Honors College Strategic Communications Committee)
HNRS 410/411 Multidisciplinary Research and Creative Projects Seminar/Thesis Courses (with Dean Zofia Burr)

Summer 2018

HNRS 410/411 Multidisciplinary Research and Creative Projects Seminar/Thesis Courses (with Dean Zofia Burr)

Spring 2018

HNRS 353 Technology in the Contemporary World: Clean Coal and Culture
HNRS 330 Research, Technology, and Online Community (client: Center for Academic Advising, Retention, and Transitions)
HNRS 330 Research, Technology, and Online Community (client: Early Identification Program)
HNRS 410/411 Multidisciplinary Research and Creative Projects Seminar/Thesis Courses (with Dean Zofia Burr)

Fall 2017

HNRS 110 Research Methods (two hybrid sections)
HNRS 330 Research, Technology, and Online Community (client: Center for Academic Advising, Retention, and Transitions)
HNRS 410/411 Multidisciplinary Research and Creative Projects Seminar/Thesis Courses (with Dean Zofia Burr)

Spring 2017

HNRS 353 Technology in the Contemporary World: Science, Technology, and Power (fully online section)
HNRS 330 Research, Technology, and Online Community (client: Honors College OER Textbook grantees)
HNRS 410 Thesis Proposal (with Dean Zofia Burr)
HNRS 411 Thesis (with Dean Zofia Burr)

Fall 2016

HNRS 110 Research Methods (two hybrid sections)
HNRS 330 Research, Technology, and Online Community (client: University Libraries Tutorial Team)
HNRS 410 Thesis Proposal (with Dean Zofia Burr)
HNRS 411 Thesis (with Dean Zofia Burr)

Spring 2016

HNRS 353 Technology in the Contemporary World (two sections)
HNRS 410 Thesis Proposal (with Dean Zofia Burr)
HNRS 411 Thesis (with Dean Zofia Burr)

Fall 2015

HNRS 110 Research Methods (four sections)

Spring 2014

CULT 320 Globalization and Culture

Fall 2013

HNRS 110 Research Methods (as Graduate Teaching Assistant to Dean Zofia Burr and Kevin Stoy)

Spring 2013

NCLC 203 From Inquiry to Action

Fall 2012

Research Methods (as Graduate Teaching Assistant to Dean Zofia Burr and Eve Wiederhold)

Spring 2012

NCLC 203 From Inquiry to Action: Facilitating Change

Fall 2011

Research Methods (as Graduate Teaching Assistant to Dean Zofia Burr and Eve Wiederhold)

Education

PhD Candidate, Cultural Studies, George Mason University

MA, English, Virginia Tech (2011)

BA, English, William and Mary (2001)

Recent Presentations

(2017) "The art of coal waste: Disjunct temporalities and the use of coal waste as a material in contemporary fine art" on the Visualizing Environments: Imagining Futures Otherwise panel of the Environment Space and Place Working Group at the Cultural Studies Association conference, Washington DC.

(2013) "Towards and ecocritical theory of comics journalism: Spatial practices and affective engagement in Joe Sacco's representations of inequity in the Appalachian coalfields" at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference, Washington DC

(2012) "The epistemology of comics journalism" at the International Communications Association conference, Phoenix AZ

(2012) "Frankenstein's hideous progeny go forth: Reception theories, participatory culture, and distributed cognition" at the Virginia Tech English Graduate Student Organization conference, Blacksburg VA

(2011) "Bela Tarr's Werkmeister Harmonies: Diegetic space and ideology" at the Virginia Tech English Graduate Student Organization conference, Blacksburg VA

(2010) "Towards an epistemology of comics journalism: Case studies of in the war reportage of Joe Sacco" at the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association conference, Alexandria VA

(2010) "Mutual Aid and the 'struggle for existence' in Darwinist fiction: Representations of the primate as natural Other in H.G. Wells' The Time Machine and Peter Dickinson's Eva" at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference, St. Louis MO

Around Campus

(18 October 2018) "What's 'social' about the 'social cost of carbon'? Or, does rising sea level lift all ships?" at Cultural Studies Student Organizing Committee student colloquium panel. 

(1 May 2017) Invited preliminary remarks regarding automation and labor conflict in the Appalachian coal industry in preparation for a screening of the PBS documentary Coal Wars

(2013) "Ethical and political relations to the distant other in Hedges and Sacco's Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt" invited lecture to New Century College Cornerstones students

In the Media

Cultural Studies Colloquium Podcast

(13 September 2018) John Cook and Richard Todd Stafford. "Episode 01 – Climate Science Denial and Information Innoculation." (role: interviewer)

(27 September 2018) Imre Szeman and Amy Zhang. "Episode 02 – Petrocultures and the Energy Humanities." (role: transcription)

(11 October 2018) Merlin Chowkwanyun and Tauheeda Yasin Martin. "Episode 03 – Toxic Risk, Corporate Negligence, Public Reckoning." (role: audio editing and transcription)

(25 October 2018) Jason W. Moore and Richard Todd Stafford. "Episode 04 – Cheap Nature; or, the Cultural Logic of Historical Capitalism." (role: interviewer, audio editing, and transcription)

(8 November 2018) Toby Miller and Pavithra Suresh. "Episode 05 – Greenwashing Culture." (role: audio editing and transcription)

(31 January 2019) Leigh Phillips and Richard Todd Stafford. "Episode 06 – Planning the Good Anthropocene." (role: interviewer, audio engineering, audio editing, and transcription)

(14 February 2019) Christian Parenti and Richard Todd Stafford. "Episode 07 – The Storm State: The Political Economy of Government in the Age of Climate Crisis." (role: interviewer, audio engineering, audio editing, and transcription)

(28 February 2019) Ashley Dawson and Richard Todd Stafford. "Episode 08 – Just Urban Futures." (role: audio engineering, audio editing, and transcription)

(18 April 2019) Sheila Watt-Cloutier and Christine Rosenfeld. "Episode 09 – Everything is Connected: Environment, Economy, Foreign Policy, Sustainability, Human Rights, and Leadership in the 21st Century." (role: audio engineering, audio editing, and transcription)  

Cultural Studies Colloquium Positions and Interventions Blog

(26 January 2017) Chris Newfield and Richard Todd Stafford. "Interview: Christopher Newfield on Higher Education."