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College of Social & Behavioral Sciences Faculty and Staff Accomplishments
Infinite Possibilities

Fall 2019

History professor Matthew Romaniello published "Enterprising Empires: Russia and Britain in Eighteenth-Century Eurasia," with Cambridge University Press and won the 2019 Early Slavic Studies Association Book Prize for this piece.

Matthew Romaniello, professor of History, was appointed as editor of The Journal of World History, lasting until December 2024. The journal is devoted to the study of phenomena that transcends the boundaries of states, regions and cultures.

Criminal Justice professor Mark Denniston and Weber State alumnus Christoffer Binning published "The Role of State Constitutionalism in Determining Juvenile Life Sentences" in the Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy.

History professor Branden Little delivered his keynote address, "Victory in the Pacific: The Impact of Command and Control," at the National Museum of the Pacific War Annual Symposium in San Antonio, Texas. Additionally, Little has been a panelist at the U.S. Naval Academy McMullen Naval History Symposium in Annapolis, Maryland and the UCD Centre for War Studies Conference on Humanitarianism and the Greater War in Dublin, Ireland.

Branden Little, professor of History, was invited to be the guest lecturer for the National History Day online/video course "Legacies of World War I" on "The Humanitarian Aftermath of the Great War." Over 80 educators throughout the United States and abroad participated in the course.

Criminal Justice professor David Lynch published A Novel Approach to Criminal Courts with Carolina Academic Press. This teaching novel will be utilized in courses on American criminal courts, telling the fictional story of a burned-out former public defender turned high school math teacher. Chapters include bolded key terms, representing real world concepts, and end with discussion questions.

Political Science professor Stephanie Wolfe redesigned the International Politics minor to better serve students. The revised and updated minor will now be International Studies as of the 2019-2020 academic year.

Jonathan Lande was awarded the 2019 Allan Nevins Prize for his dissertation, "Disciplining Freedom: U.S. Army Slave Rebels and Emancipation in the Civil War." Awarded annually by the Society of American Historians, the prestigious Nevins Prize recognizes the best-written doctoral dissertation on a significant subject in American history and carries with it both a financial award and a guaranteed book contract with a distinguished press.

Psychology professor Leigh Shaw is the new Director of General Education at Weber State. Her responsibilities include implementation of Gen. Ed. Revitalization efforts and the WSU program. Additionally, Shaw and Psychology assistant professor Cade Mansfield presented "I Went Back to Him and Told Him I Was Sorry...: Exploring the Impact of Perspective on Maternal Narration of Anger in Parenting" at the 9th Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society in Portland, Oregon.

Criminal Justice assistant professor Heeuk "Dennis" Lee and former Criminal Justice student Christoffer Binning published the article "Residential Stability and Trust in the Police" in the American Journal of Criminal Justice 2019.

History professor Kathryn Mackay was appointed to the board of Utah Humanities, an independent non-profit organization established in 1975 to offer public programs across the state to improve communities through the humanities.

The Department of Sociology & Anthropology Chair Marjukka Ollilainen published "Ideal Bodies at Work: Faculty Mothers and Pregnancy in Academia" with Gender and Education. Based on 32 faculty members among 21 academic institutions, Ollilainen examined the working-mothers' experiences and highlights the way the pregnant body "disrupts the masculine disembodied ideal academic worker norm."

Political Science professor Gary Johnson edited "Here's the Secret on Voter Fraud: It's Complicated," a chapter in Richard Greene's book, Conspiracy Theories: Philosophers Connect the Dots. The book will be published by Open Court in 2020.

The Weber State University Moot Court advanced to the round of eight teams in the Western Regional Competition in Fresno, California.

Daniel Molter, an assistant professor of Philosophy, published "On Mycorrhizal Individuality" with Springer Nature on Sept. 2019.

Presidential Distinguished Professor of History, Susan Matt, and Luke Fernandez, a professor for the School of Computing, co-authored the op-ed "How Silicon Valley Breeds Boredom, Loneliness and Vanity" in the Washington Post.

History professor Jonathan Lande was awarded the 2019 American Society for Legal History's Cromwell Dissertation Prize for his piece "Disciplining Freedom: U.S. Army Slave Rebels and Emancipation During the Civil War." The prize is awarded annually to the best dissertation in any area of American legal history.

Philosophy professor Mary Beth Willard received a contract with Routledge, the world's leading academic publisher in Humanities and Social Science. Willard will be publishing a book on the ethical implications of engaging with the art of artists who have done wrong.

Aaron Ashley, professor and chair of the department of psychology, published "Introducing the Interdisciplinary Nature of Health Care Through Case Study Models" in the Journal of Education and Training Studies.

Political Science professor Janicke Stramer-Smith recently presented two research papers. At the ISA-West Conference in Pasadena, California, Stramer-Smith presented "Clashing Identities: The Struggle Between Organized Labor and the Military in Occupying Spaces of Power during Political Transition." She also presented "The Business-End of Military Coups: The Relationship Between the Military's Economic Interests and its Willingness to Intervene in the Politics of the State" at the joint annual conference of the International Security Studies and the International Security and Arms Control in Denver, Colorado.