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Successful Conclusion of LGBTQ Studies Hiring Initiative

An announcement from Richard Godbeer, Chair of the LGBTQ Studies Hiring Initiative Search Committee:

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to announce that the 2017-18 LGBTQ Studies Hiring Initiative (originally proposed by Kathleen Ingram, Myrl Beam, and myself, subsequently approved as part of the Big Ideas Hiring Initiative) has now concluded with the appointment of three tenure-track faculty who will join VCU in Fall 2018:

Christopher Ewing (History) is currently completing his Ph.D. in the Department of History at the Graduate Center, CUNY. His dissertation examines the intersections between racial and sexual politics in Germany since World War II, focusing on conceptualizations of Islam within gay rights movements in the Federal Republic. Ewing’s work complicates our understanding of racialized discourse in a decolonizing and post-colonial Europe, and highlights the ambiguous, multilayered attitudes of gay rights activists toward people of color in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

Ying-Chao Kao (Sociology) is completing his Ph.D. in the Department of Sociology at Rutgers University. His dissertation project examines the efforts of transnational conservative networks to reverse the trend in Taiwan toward greater acceptance and protection for LGBTQ people. His work promises to enrich our understanding of LGBTQ politics in the early twenty-first century, global conservatisms, and the roles played by religious movements in the contemporary world.

Madison Moore (GSWS) received his Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University in 2012. He is currently a European Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of English at King’s College, London. His scholarship examines the production of art by marginalized individuals and groups in times of duress, applying a broad range of theoretical scholarship to queer-of-color performance and aesthetics. After winning a series of prestigious fellowships, Dr. Moore has completed his first book, Fabulous: The Rise of the Beautiful Eccentric, which will be published in April 2018 at Yale University Press.

These three scholars will join faculty already here at VCU who work in LGBTQ Studies to advance VCU’s goal of integrating the rigorous investigation of diversity in all its forms into the College’s curriculum, research profile, and community engagement efforts. Their arrival will position VCU to become a national leader in the field of LGBTQ Studies.

I would like to express my appreciation for Dean Montse Fuentes’ championship of the Big Ideas Initiative, Associate Dean Scott Gronert’s judicious oversight of this complex multi-disciplinary search, the three chairs of the home departments (Kathleen Ingram, Jennifer Johnson, and John Kneebone) for their cheerful collaboration, and the hard work of my fellow committee members (Myrl Beam, Susan Bodnar-Deren, Tressie Cottom, Christine Cynn, Jesse Goldstein, and Brooke Newman), as well as the many fine scholars who applied for these three positions and whose work testifies eloquently to the intellectual vibrancy of LGBTQ Studies in the early twenty-first century.

With all best wishes,
Richard Godbeer,
Chair, LGBTQ Studies Hiring Initiative Search Committee,
Professor of History and
Director, Humanities Research Center,
Virginia Commonwealth University,