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

Spring 2020

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 transcend 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.


Daniel Molter, professor of philosophy, published "Bivalent Selection and Graded Darwinian Individuality" in The British Journal for the Philosophy of ScienceDaniel Motler also published "On Mycorrhizal Individuality" in Biology & Philosophy.


Anthropology professor David Yoder presented “The Context of Coal Bed Village in the American Southwest” at the 89th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM, April 2019.


Azenett Garza Caballero, professor of psychology received the Gwen Williams Prize for the Psychology Department. This prize was established by the Hemingway Trustees to recognize extraordinary work by faculty.


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. Little was a commentator on the "Efforts to Learn from the Great War" Panel at the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) McMullen Naval History Symposium in Annapolis, MD, 2019. Branden Little was also a commentator on the "Humanitarianism Legacies and Limits" Panel at the UCD Centre for War Studies Conference on humanitarianism and the Greater War, 1912-1923 in Dublin, Ireland, 2019. Branden Little was invited to be a guest lecturer for the National History day online/video class "Legacies of World War I" on "The Humanitarian Aftermath of the Great War," 2019.


Robert Fudge, professor of philosophy, presented "Dignity and Sublimity in Smith and Kant," at the International Adam Smith Society meeting, January 2019.


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.


Jonathan Lande, professor of history, was awarded The William Nelson Cromwell Foundation Dissertation Prize ($5,000) by the American Society for Legal History.


Political science professor Stephanie Wolfe presented "Memory and Memorials in Post-Genocide Rwanda" at a conference on Memory in Africa: Transcultural Dimensions, University of Pretoria, South Africa October 17-19, 2019. Wolfe presented  "Introduction to Journeys through Rwandan Memorials" at the Rocky Mountain Workshop on African history, Salt Lake City, Utah, August 2019. Stephanie Wolfe also presented "Between Blood Money and Useless Words: The Creation of a Truly Reparatory System" and "25 Years Later: The Evolution of Rwandan Genocide Memorials" at the International Association of Genocide Scholars Conference, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, July 2019.


Barrett Bonella, professor of social work, published "Mixed Methods Evaluation of Formal Mentoring: Journey UP for Aging out of Foster Care, co-authors Keeley Beirwolf, Lisa Coleman, Camille Sterger, Katharina Pulli, Clarissa Anguiano, and Keirsten Barton, in Global Social Welfare. Barret Bonella received the Gwen Williams Prize for the Social Work Department. This prize was established by the Hemingway Trustees to recognize extraordinary work by faculty.


Chair of the department of social work & gerontology Mark Bigler conducted a doctoral and professional seminar entitled "A U.S. Perspective on Harm Reduction and Social Work" and presented "Harm Reduction and Social Work: A U. S. Perspective,” as an invited conference presentation at the University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal (ISCTE-IUL), organized by the Center of Research and Studies of Sociology of ISCTE-IUL 1. (CIESIUL), in partnership with the LVT Regional Health Administration of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal, May 2019. Bigler conducted a discussion group on "Harm Reduction: The Trigger to a New Social Work Practice" andconducted a dialog space discussion entitled “Harm Reduction: The Trigger to a New Social Work Practice,” with Marta Borges, a colleague from the University of Lisbon, Portugal at the 26th International Harm Reduction Conference (HR19) in Porto, Portugal, 2019. Mark Bigler also delivered a brown bag presentation entitled “International Perspectives on Harm Reduction: We Have a Lot to Learn,” at the Utah Department of Health, Salt Lake City, UT, August 2019.


Heeuk "Dennis" Lee, professor of criminal justice, published the article "Police Contact and Confidence in the Police in a Medium-Sized City" in International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice no.1 (2019): 70-78, co-authors Liqun Cao, David Kim and Youngki Woo. 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.


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. Gary Johnson received the Hemingway Collaborative Teaching Grant ($6,000) with Professor Scott Rogers for the "Politics in Film" course, Spring 2019.


Marjukka Ollilainen, Chair of the department of sociology & anthropology, published "When Public Art Goes Bad: Two Competing Features of Public Art," co-author Mary Beth Willard, in Open Philosophy, Vol 2, No. 1 (2019), pp. 30-43. Ollilainen also published "Academic Mothers as Ideal Workers in the U.S. and Finland" in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International JournalOllilainen was invited to be a panelist for "Author Meets Critics" session on Where the Millennials Will Take Us: A New Generation Wrestles with the Gender Structure by Barbara Risman at the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Oakland CA, March 2019. Marjukka Ollilainen presented "Feminist Leadership in the Academy: Exploring Everyday Practices," co-authors Kris De Welde and Catherine R. Solomon, at the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Oakland, CA, March 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, October 2019.


Pepper Glass, sociology professor, presented “The Urban Ambassadors: Latino Immigrant Perceptions of a New Destination," at the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting in Oakland, CA, March 2019.


Philosophy professor Mary Beth Willard published "Cosby, Comedy and Aesthetic Betrayal" in The Philosophers' Magazine issue 88, (2020), pp. 36-41. Mary Beth Willard also published "Reclaiming the Paradox of Fiction" in Debates in Aesthetics 14, no.1 (2019), pp. 30-44.


Aaron Ashley, 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 presented "Clashing Identities: The Struggle Between Organized Labor and the Military in Occupying Spaces of Power during Political Transition" at the International Studies Association West annual conference, Pasadena, CA, September 2019. Janicke Stramer-Smith 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 International Security Studies and the International Security and Arms Control joint annual conference, Denver, CO, October 2019.


Leah Murray, political science professor, presented "Assessing Campus Climates for Politically Charged Time" at the 2019 annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Portland, OR, November, 2019. Murray also presented "Social Studies Curriculum in Elementary Schools" at the 2019 Annual meeting of the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement, Baltimore, MD, June 2019. Leah Murray received the Gwen Williams Prize for the Political Science Department. This prize was established by the Hemingway Trustees to recognize extraordinary work by faculty.


Criminal justice professor Brad Reyns published "Police Productivity and Performance Over the Career Course: A Latent Class Growth Analysis of the First 10 years of Law Enforcement," co-authors Jillian S. Desmond, James Frank, Charles F. Klahm IV and Billy Henson, in Police Quarterly.


Richard Price, professor of political science, published "On Remand: Legal Strategies After Supreme Court Losses" in Open Judicial Politics, January 2020.


Psychology professor Aminda O'Hare participated in the graduation ceremony for the first class to complete the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative (ETSI). The ceremony was presided over by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Professor O'Hare has taught for the ETSI program which teaches contemporary science to Tibetan Buddhist monastic scholars at the Monastic Universities in India. Professor O'Hare was the lead of the Affective Neuroscience curriculum for the program.


Daniel Bedford, professor of geography, received the Gwen Williams Prize for the Geography Department. This prize is established by the Hemingway Trustees to recognize extraordinary work by faculty.


Social work & gerontology professor Kerry Kennedy presented “The Urban Ambassadors: Latino Immigrant Perceptions of a New Destination," at the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting in Oakland, CA, March 2019. Kerry Kennedy also presented “The SINGLE most important thing: Making connections,” as a poster presentation to the National Conference of Family Relations, Dallas, TX, November 2019.


Mark A. Stevenson, anthropology professor, presented “Material Traditions: Artisanal Circuits of Value” as part of a panel titled “Eco-sonicality: Exploring Political Ecologies of Sound” at the 117th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Jose, CA.


Chair of the department of history Sara Dant is the 2020 honoree for the Brady Presidential Distinguished Professor. This distinction recognizes and rewards faculty members who have displayed an incredible dedication to teaching and education. Sara Dant received the 2019-2020 John S. Hinckley Fellow award at Weber State University for excellence in scholarship, teaching, and service.


Huiying Hill, professor of sociology, presented “Study Abroad Program as a High Impact Education Practice—Reflections of Two Sociology Study Abroad to China Experiences" and “Depression in the Comfort Culture—Exploring the Correlation between College Students' Depression and Our Comfort Culture" at the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting in Oakland, CA, March 2019.


Sociology professor R.C. Morris published “Self-Control as Criminogenic Need: A Longitudinal Test of Social Intervention to Improve Self-Control.” in Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society (20)1: 13-34, 2019. Morris presented “Punitivity as a Predictor of Black & Blue Criminal Justice" at the Utah Academy of Science Arts and Letters Annual Meeting, Ogden, UT, March 2019. Morris also presented “The Color of Justice: Predictors of support for Black & Blue Criminal Justice Movements” at The Western Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Honolulu, HI, February 2019. R.C. Morris was awarded the Hemingway Faculty Excellence Award ($5,095) for his research project, "Perceptions of Suicide, Sexual Assault + Reporting, Political Ideology, and Support for Black vs. Blue Lives: A Sociological Investigation." 


Richard Greene, professor of philosophy, published "Science Fiction and the Multiple Engagement Paradox of Spoilers" in Proceedings of the 2019 Science Fictions, Popular Culture Academic Conference, Spring 2019. Greene also published Conspiracy Theories: Philosophers Connect the Dots through Pono Publishing, Spring 2020. Greene presented "The Tricky metaphysics of Spoilers" at the 13th Annual Intermountain Philosophy Conference at Utah Valley University, November 2019. Greene presented "Science Fiction and the Multiple Engagement Paradox of Spoilers" at the 2019 Science Fictions, Popular Culture Academic Conference, September 2019. Richard Greene presented "The Tricky Metaphysics of Spoilers" at the Annual Meeting of the Popular Culture Association, Spring 2019. Greene hosted the 6th annual Ethics Bowl Summer Workshop at DePauw University, Summer 2019. Richard Greene chaired an applied ethics and political philosophy session at the Annual Meeting of the Popular Culture Association, Spring 2019.