An Update on Our MATXers

August 7, 2018

Ahmed Mesfer Alqarni (’20) presented his paper “A Content Analysis of YouTube Video Comments About the Saudi Women’s Driving Movement “at Western Social Science Association Conference in April of this year. This fall he has been granted the great opportunity to work at the Associated Press (AP) offices in Washington, DC.

Paula Talero Alvarez’s (’18) recent academic presentation include: “Katniss Everdeen Falls Back into Heteropatriarchy: The Necessity of Motherhood and the Happy-Ending Epilogue in The Hunger Games Saga” (Popular Culture Association National Conference, March 28-31, JW Marriott Hotel, Indianapolis, IN); “Resisting the Dichotomy Victim vs Agent: Theorizing Young Women’s Agency” (Global Status of Women and Girls Conference, March 22-24, 2018, Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA); and “The Subject as an Overdetermined Agent: Bridging the Gap Between Foucauldian Cultural Studies and Ethnography” (College English Association - Middle Atlantic Group 2018 Conference, March 10, 2018, University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC). She also has several forthcoming publications including, “Resisting the Dichotomy Victim vs Agent: Theorizing Young Women’s Agency.” Women, Social Change and Activism: Then and Now. 2018 Global Status of Women and Girls Conference Proceedings, Lexington Books (forthcoming, December 2018); and “Venus in Fur(s) - From the Masochist Text by Sacher-Masoch (1870) to the Feminist Celebratory Adaptations by David Ives and Roman Polanski.” Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance, Intellect Ltd.

Norberto Gomez (’13) was just promoted to chair of visual and performing arts department, Montgomery College—Takoma Park/Silver Spring, MD. Last June he presented at the Digital Humanities Conference in Mexico City.

Belinda Haikes (’13) was promoted to associate tenured professor at the College of New Jersey. In October she will be co-chairing a panel of promotion and tenure at Southeastern College Art Conference. And currently she is in the process of putting together an NEH summer institute grant application (for summer 2020) that is very MATX focused.

Scott DuPre Mills (’14) made his 15th consecutive trip to Peru teaching summer study abroad for VCU in Peru and conducting research for his upcoming multi-media book project, “Search of Authenticity." He also produced photographs in Cusco for a new art history publication from Yale University Press.

Diane Roman (’16) attended the Rare Book School where she took the Descriptive Bibliography course.

Andrew Spencer (’19) presented papers at the American Culture Association in Indianapolis (where he was awarded the Michael Schoenecke Travel Grant), as well as at the Ernest Hemingway Society in Paris, and at the Southern Humanities Council in Savannah. His recent publications include "Voluntary Exploitation and Forced Assimilation: John Steinbeck's Critique of American Advertising in The Grapes of Wrath." Journal of American Culture, vol. 40, no. 4, December 2017, pp. 313-324; and “‘A Fiction of Law and Custom’: Mark Twain’s Interrogation of White Privilege in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Mark Twain Annual, vol. 15, 2017, pp. 126-144.