CV

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Academic Employment

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Religion and Philosophy, 2016-Present
Roanoke College, Salem, Virginia

Adjunct Instructor, Departments of Religion & Culture and History, 2016-Present
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia

Adjunct Instructor, Departments of Political Science and Religion, 2012-Present
Eastern West Virginia Community & Technical College, Moorefield, West Virginia

Visiting Instructor, Department of Religion and Philosophy, 2014-2016
Roanoke College, Salem, Virginia

Graduate Instructor, Department of Religion and Culture, 2012-2014
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia

Graduate Instructor, Department of Political Science, 2014
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia

Adjunct Instructor, Department of Political Science, 2012-2014
Radford University, Radford, Virginia

Graduate/Adjunct Instructor, Department of Religion, 2007-2011
The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

Education

Ph.D. – Political and Cultural Thought, 2016, The Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical and Cultural Thought, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA

  • Dissertation: Marriage, the Family, and Security in Israel: The Paradox of the Liberal State
  • Committee: Scott Nelson (Chair), Rachel Scott, Clair Apodaca, François Debrix
  • Graduate Certificate: Future Professoriate

M.A. – Religion, 2009, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Thesis:  A History of Jews in Greek Gymnasia from the Hellenistic Period through the Late Roman Period

B.A. – Politics, 2006, Converse College, Spartanburg, SC

Certificate – Arabic, 2004, Ahl Al-Bayt University, Mafraq, Jordan

Publications

Books:

The Model Arab League Manual:  A Guide to Preparation and Performance.  Philip A. D’Agati and Holly A. Jordan.  Manchester University Press.  March 2016.  http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/cgi-bin/indexer?product=9781784993399

Peer Reviewed Book Chapters:

“Black, Poor, and Jewish:  The Ostracism of Ethiopian Jews in Modern Israel.”  In Migration Policy and Practice:  Interventions and Solutions, Harald Bauder and Christian Matheis, ed Palgrave Macmillan. September 2015.  http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/migration-policy-and-practice-harald-bauder/?sf1=barcode&st1=9781137503800

Peer Reviewed Articles:

“The Impossible Pit:  Satan, Hell, and Teaching with Doctor Who.”  Implicit Religion, Special Issue 18.4, December 2015.  https://journals.equinoxpub.com/index.php/IR/article/view/29086

Hannah Arendt:  Why Now?”  SPECTRA:  The Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought Archive, Volume 3, Issue 2, September 2014.  ISSN 2162-8793. https://spectrajournal.org/index.php/SPECTRA/article/view/140/151

“Editor’s Introduction” SPECTRA, Volume 3, Issue 2, September 2014.  ISSN 2162-8793. https://spectrajournal.org/index.php/SPECTRA/article/view/128/138

“Transitions, Revolutions, and Reinventions: Discourses on Human Capabilities and World Configurations.”  With Christian Matheis and Sascha Engel. SPECTRA, Volume 3, Issue 1, February 2014.  ISSN 2162-8793.  https://spectrajournal.org/index.php/SPECTRA/article/view/113/120

“Transnationality, Citizenship, and Identity in Theory and in Practice.”  With Christian Matheis and Sascha Engel.  SPECTRA, Volume 2, Issue 2, November 2013.  ISSN 2162-8793.  https://spectrajournal.org/index.php/SPECTRA/article/view/94/100

“Crisis, Content, Modernity, Myth.”  With Jennifer Lawrence and Christian Matheis.  Editor’s Introduction.  SPECTRA, Volume 2, Issue 1, November 2012.  ISSN 2162-8793.  https://spectrajournal.org/index.php/SPECTRA/article/view/101/108

Book Reviews/Essays:

“Walls as Scrims in Wendy Brown’s Walled States, Waning Sovereignty.” Public Knowledge, Vol. 4, Issue 1, May 2012.  ISSN 1948-3511.  http://web.archive.org/web/20120725235117/http://pkjournal.org/?page_id=1916

Teaching Proficiencies and Competencies

Course Level:  Undergraduate

Course Formats:  Lectures, seminars, experiential, directed study, and senior thesis.

Alternative Learning Environments: Online (through Moodle, Blackboard, D2L, and Sakai); Learning Abroad/On Location (Lebanon, Japan)

Disciplines and Subject Areas:

  • Disciplines: Religion, Political Science, and Political Theory
  • Subject Areas: Comparative politics, comparative religion, qualitative methods, social science methods, world religions, western religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), religion and politics, Middle East and North Africa, Arab-Israeli conflict, Israel studies, Palestine studies, Arab and Middle East studies

 

Course Development

Roanoke College

Religion

  • 270: Explorations in Religion and Society – Religion and Politics of the Middle East
    This course is designed to focus on the interplay between religion and politics in the greater Middle East during the 20th and 21st  Special focus is paid to gender and diaspora.  Topics discussed include the Arab-Israeli Conflict, Saudi Arabia, and ISIS.

Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College

Philosophy

  • 299: SP – World Problems
    Students in this course engage in moral reasoning by reading the accounts of camp survivors, slaves, and victims of poverty and also by examining important events in the 20th and 21st centuries such as the conflict in Cambodia, the Holocaust, and life in urban America.

Teaching

Roanoke College

Religion

  • 496: Honors Project (Directed Independent Study) – Spring 2015 – Served as Committee Chair for Senior Thesis by Shaina Lidd entitled “Haradim and Heresy:  Women’s Rights in a Divided Israel”
  • 295: Methods and Theories in the Study of Religion – Fall 2015
  • 270: Explorations in Religion and Society:  Religion and Politics of the Middle East – Spring 2017
  • 204: Islam – Spring 2016
  • 130: The Jewish Tradition – Spring 2015
  • 105: Living Religions – Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016

Intellectual Inquiry

  • 120: The Moral of Our Story – Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017
  • 110: Who or What Is God? – Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

International Studies/Political Science

  • 4985: Regional and International Organizations and Security – Spring 2014

Religion

  • 1014: Asian Religions – Fall 2013
  • 1024: Judaism, Christianity and Islam – Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Summer 2013 (online), Summer 2014 (online), Fall 2016 (online)

History

  • 3654: The Arab-Israeli Dispute – Spring 2017

 

Eastern West Virginia Community & Technical College (Online)

Political Science

  • 201: American Government and Politics – Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017
  • 202: State and Local Government – Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016

Religion

  • 105: Understanding the New Testament – Fall 2013, Fall 2014
  • 130: Introduction to World Religions – Summer 2012, Spring 2013, Summer 2013, Spring 2014, Summer 2014, Summer 2015, Summer 2016

Philosophy

  • 299: World Problems – Fall 2016

Radford University

Political Science

  • 110: Introduction to Politics – Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

The University of Georgia

Religion

  • 1002: Introduction to Eastern Religions – Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010,
    Spring 2011
  • 1001: Introduction to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009

Assistantships

Northeastern University

Political Science and International Affairs

  • 4937: Government and Politics:  Learning Abroad – Summer 2013
  • 4938: Dialogue of Civilizations: Regional Engagement – Summer 2013

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Philosophy

  • 1304: Morality and Justice – Fall 2011, Spring 2012

The University of Georgia

Religion

  • 1001: Introduction to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – Spring 2007
  • 1006: World Religions – Fall 2006


Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

Virginia Tech Diversity Scholar, 2012-2013 Cohort, 2013
Graduate School, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Lebanon Summer Fellowship, 2012
                 
The National Council on US-Arab Relations

Model Arab League Lifetime Achievement Award, 2012
                 
The National Council on US-Arab Relations

Model North Atlantic Treaty Organization Award, 2006
                 
Converse College

Presentations

Upcoming Presentations:

“Equality in Representation:  Orthodox and Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Women in Politics.”
Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion, Raleigh, North
Carolina, March 2016
Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association, Vancouver, British Columbia,
Canada, April 2016.

Conference Presentations:

“Heroine Mothers: Women’s Bodies, Neo-Natal Policy, and ‘Demographic Warfare’ in Israel.”  Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association, San Diego, California, March2016
Annual meeting of the ASPECT Graduate Student Conference, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg,
Virginia, April 2016

Eretz Yisrael:  Political Zionism from the Consideration of its Jewish Critics.”  Annual meeting of the ASPECT Graduate Student Conference, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, March 2015.

“Black, Poor, and Jewish:  The Ostracism of Ethiopian Jews in Modern Israel.”
Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Tampa, Florida, April 2014.
Annual meeting of the ASPECT Graduate Student Conference, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, March 2014.

“The Impossible Pit:  Satan, Hell, and Teaching Doctor Who.” Doctor Who and Religion Conference, The University of Manchester, Manchester, England, November 2013.

“Marriage, Religious Law, and Identity in Israel.”  Annual meeting of the ASPECT Graduate Student Conference, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, March 2013.

“Foucault’s Interdisciplinarity:  Foucaultian Archaeology as a Methodology for Interdisciplinary Studies.” In absentia.  Annual meeting of the Association for Integrative Studies, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, October 2012.

“Women as Bhikkuni at the Carolina Buddhist Vihara.”  Annual Meeting of Religious Pluralism in the United States – The Southern States Conference (The Pluralism Project), Atlanta, Georgia, November 2003.

Invited Presentations:

“Who or What is God?”  Sponsored by Freethinkers at Virginia Tech, October 2016.

“Jewish and Muslim Stereotypes in Children’s and Youth Films.” “Stereotypes in Pop Cultures Series” sponsored by the Diversity Scholars program at Virginia Tech, April 2014.

Hannah Arendt:  Why Now?”  Presentation and panel discussion as part of the “Hannah Arendt in Jerusalem: The Banality of Evil and the Politics of Responsibility” panel, Virginia Tech, November 2013.

Response to “The Currency of Kinship:  Trading Families and Trading on Family in Colonial French India” by Danna Agmon. ASPECT Working Papers Series, Virginia Tech, October 2013.

Leadership and Team Spirit.”  Invited paper presented in conjunction with Cambridge Youth Business Fellowship for Chinese and Taiwanese Students, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, August 2012.

Service

University Service

Associate Advisor, Model United Nations Club, Roanoke College, Fall 2016-Present

Faculty Member, Academic Integrity Council, Roanoke College, Fall 2015-Present

Faculty Member, Israel-Palestine Peace Month, Roanoke College, Spring 2016-Present

Faculty Advisor, Regional and International Organizations, Virginia Tech, Spring 2011-Spring 2014

Student Committee Member, 2013 ASPECT Graduate Student Conference, Virginia Tech, Fall 2012-Spring 2013

President, ASPECT Student Association, Virginia Tech, Fall 2011-Summer 2012

Student Committee Member, ASPECT Faculty Search, Virginia Tech, Spring 2012

Volunteer and Coordinator, The University of Georgia’s Reacting to the Past curriculum,
Athens in 403 B.C., Fall 2007-Spring 2008

Conference Service and Contribution

Associate Advisor, Appalachia Regional Model Arab League Conference, 2016

Organizer and Faculty Advisor, Appalachia Regional Model Arab League Conference, 2014

Faculty Advisor, National University Model Arab League Conference, 2013-2014

Faculty Advisor, Southeast Regional Model Arab League Conference, 2011-2014

Faculty Advisor, Capital Area Regional Model Arab League Conference, 2013

Organizer, ASPECT 2013 Graduate Student Conference, 2013

Faculty Advisor, National Model North Atlantic Treaty Organization Conference, 2013

Judge, National University Model Arab League Conference, 2008-2009, 2011

Chair, Southeast Regional Model United Nations XXI, 2010

Chair and Judge, Southeast Regional Model Arab League Conference, 2004-2009

Chair, National University Model Arab League Conference, 2006

Secretary-General, National Model North Atlantic Treaty Organization Conference, 2006

Editor

Editor Emeritus, SPECTRA:  The Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought Archive, 2013-2014

Editor-in-Chief, SPECTRA, 2012-2013

Layout Editor, “The Evolving Media’s Impact on Rhetoric and Society:  Critical Ethical Issues,” Proceedings of the 2010 International Colloquium on Communication, Elizabeth C. Fine and Gary W. Selnow, ed.  http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/ICC/2010/index.html