Research Conference

College of Liberal Arts Research Conference '16

February 22, 2016, 1:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Millett Hall Atrium


1:15 Dr. Kristin Sobolik, Dean
College of Liberal Arts
Welcome and Opening Remarks
  Dr. Linda Caron, Associate Dean for Faculty and External Affairs and Moderator Introduction of speakers
Time Name Presentation Title

Erik Banks, PhD
Religion, Philosophy, and Classics

"Realistic Empiricism: Some Open Problems"
1:45 Jonathan Reed Winkler, PhD
“Plexus: American Security and International Communications, 1920 to 1945”

Christopher Chaffee, DMA

"Four Prayers- The Joys and Frustrations of Making a Traditional Classical Music Recording in a High-Tech World"

Nancy Mack, PhD
English Language and Literatures

“Working-Class Students Need to Write about Their Lives” 

December Green, PhD
CoLA Outstanding Faculty awardee
Political Science

“Contentious Politics in Brazil and China: Brazil”

Kelli Zaytoun, PhD
English Language and Literatures

"Tracing the Path and Posthumanist Implications of la Naguala/the Shapeshifter in the Works of Gloria Anzaldúa”

Jeannette Marchand, PhD
Religion, Philosophy, and Classics

“Investigations in the Greek Countryside”

Dr. Kristin Sobolik, Dean
College of Liberal Arts

Introduction of Provost
  Dr. Thomas A. Sudkamp, Provost, Chief Academic Officer and Vice President of Curriculum and Instruction  Greetings and Remarks
4:20 Liam Anderson, PhD
Keynote Speaker and CoLA Outstanding Research awardee Political Science
“Autonomy as a Solution to Ethnic Problems: Some Insights into the Case of Iraq” 

Please remain at the conclusion of the conference and join us for a reception honoring all our CoLA-faculty researchers.


Erik C. Banks was born in New York City. He attended Bennington College and the City University of New York. He specializes in the history and philosophy of science and has published many articles and two books: Ernst Mach's World Elements (Kluwer 2003) and The Realistic Empiricism of Mach, James, and Russell (Cambridge 2014). He is also a former Fulbright Senior Scholar (2004-5). 

Christopher Chaffee is Professor of Flute and Director of Graduate Studies in Music at Wright State University. He is a frequent guest artist and clinician at high schools and universities across the United States. As a member of the Wright Winds quintet, he regularly performs school concerts and recitals across the Midwest. Chaffee is co-founder of the Sapphire Winds, a wind chamber ensemble that specializes in recording and performing virtuosic wind literature. He is a recording artist with New York City-based Open G Records, and his 2015 album, Four Prayers, is available worldwide. Chaffee has earned degrees from the Eastman School of Music (BM), Michigan State University (MM), and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (DMA). He was also a four-year student at the Interlochen Arts Academy.

December Green is Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Political Science Department at Wright State University where she teaches courses on human rights and Africa. She has published several books including the most recent, Contentious Politics in Brazil and China: Beyond Regime (2016), with co-author Laura Luehrmann. Green is the recipient of this year’s College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Faculty award.

Nancy Mack is a full professor of English at Wright State University where she teaches undergraduate courses for preservice teachers and graduate courses in composition theory, memoir, and multigenre writing. Her career began as a middle- and high-school teacher. She also taught in three prison programs. Mack has written about issues related to sociolinguistics, identity formation, emotional labor, and working class. Her publications include books about teaching multigenre writing and teaching grammar with poetry. 

Jeannette Marchand received her BA in Classics from Pomona College, Claremont, and her MA and PhD from the Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley, where she focused on the cultural history and topography of ancient Greece. Her research primarily involves field explorations of unexcavated sites including the polis of Kleonai and the Bronze Age settlement at Dorati in the northeastern Peloponnesus. 

Jonathan Reed Winkler is a historian of U.S. diplomatic, military and naval history and international affairs in the modern era.  He is the author of Nexus: Strategic Communications and American Security in World War I (Harvard, 2008), winner of the Paul Birdsall Prize of the American Historical Association.  His current research project is an analysis of how the United States government coordinated commercial and military communications networks to meet transforming strategic interests across the entire twentieth century. A native of Ohio, Winkler is a graduate of Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College and Yale University.  

Kelli Zaytoun is Associate Professor of English Language and formerly the Director of Women’s Studies at Wright State University. Her research and teaching focus on identity and narrative, multi-ethnic American literature, feminist theory, and memoirs. She is particularly interested in the narration of self-concept and social consciousness, and the work of Gloria Anzaldúa and María Lugones. Zaytoun’s most recent article, “‘Now Let Us Shift’ the Subject: Tracing the Path and Posthumanist Implications of la Naguala/the Shapeshifter in the Works of Gloria Anzaldúa,” appears in the current (Winter 2015) issue of MELUS: The Journal of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States.

Liam Anderson obtained his MPhil in International Relations from Cambridge University, UK, and his PhD in Political Science from the University of Georgia.  He is currently Associate Professor of Political Science at Wright State University where he teaches classes in Comparative Politics and International Relations.  His research interests include issues of constitutional design, particularly with reference to ethnically divided states, such as Iraq.  His publications include The Future of Iraq: Dictatorship, Democracy, or Division (2005) and Crisis in Kirkuk: The Ethnopolitics of Conflict and Compromise (2009) (both with Gareth Stansfield), An Atlas of Middle Eastern Affairs (2011) (with E.W. Anderson), and “Avoiding Ethnic Conflict in Iraq: Some Lessons from the Aland Islands” (published in the journal Ethnopolitics).  His recent book Federal Solutions to Ethnic Problems: Accommodating Diversity (2014) deals with the optimum design of federal systems in ethnically diverse societies and forms the basis for his current research program.