Cultural Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Richard Todd Stafford

Richard Todd Stafford

Richard Todd Stafford

Cultural study of science and technology; culture and political economy; visual culture

Richard Todd Stafford is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Cultural Studies, currently developing a dissertation proposal. He works full-time in the Honors College as a term faculty Instructor and as the Digital Initiatives Coordinator.

Current Research

Currently investigating "clean coal" technologies as cultural formations and sites of contestation.

Selected Publications

(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) 3.1.4

Grants and Fellowships

Currently developing a textbook for entry-level multidisciplinary research methods classes with Maoria Kirker (University Libraries) and Savannah Fetterolf (Cultural Studies and Honors College), funded by a 4VA Open Educational Resources grant.

Courses Taught

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 Thesis Proposal (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

(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