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Jon Bohland

Jon Bohland, associate professor of international studies and political science; Director of International Studies Program; B.A., James Madison University; M.A., Syracuse University; Ph.D., Virginia Tech

Jon Bohland's academic interests include critical geopolitics; post-structural theory; Marxist theory; cultural studies; critical environmental theory; geographies of conflict; urban space; and critical examinations of heritage and national identity. His work focuses on intersections of memory, politics, and landscape, including extensive work on memory in the American South, issues of memory and immigration along the United States/Mexico border, and an examination of urban policy in relation to the destruction of an iconic stadium in Roanoke, Virginia. He is currently working on a book manuscript based on his dissertation research on the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, as well as opening up new research streams on critical discourses of Caribbean travel and the economic exploitation of young African soccer players within world football. He teaches a wide variety of courses at Hollins, including world regional geography, global systems, environmental geography, cultural geography, tourism, urban geography, and critical geopolitics.

Vladimir Bratic

Vladimir Bratic, associate professor of communication studies, B.A., Palacky University; M.A., Ph.D., Ohio University

Professor Bratic came to Hollins in fall 2006. Before coming to the United States, Professor Bratic lived in the Czech Republic, where he graduated from the Faculty of Pedagogy and Philosophy at the Palacky University. He is originally from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he conducted most of his research on the role of the media in conflict and peace. He has published articles and teaches about how media can help promote peaceful transformation of violent conflict across the world. Professor Bratic discussed his research on NPR's "The Brian Lehrer Show."

Peter Coogan

Peter Coogan, associate professor of history; B.A., Duke University; M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Professor Coogan teaches American foreign relations, the history of international relations, revolution and war in Vietnam, and modern American political history. His seminars have included the Cold War, America's rise to power, and the history of the nuclear arms race. He has published articles on British and American national security policy in the 20th century; his current work concerns geopolitics and the intellectual origins of containment.

LeeRay M. Costa

LeeRay M. Costa (Homepage), associate professor of anthropology and gender and women's studies; B.A. University of California, San Diego; M.A. New York University; Ph.D. University of Hawaii-Manoa

Professor Costa's teaching and research interests include women, activism and social justice, feminist theory, gender and sexuality, narrative methodology and feminist pedagogy. She is currently engaged in a collaborative research project with Hollins students entitled "Hollins Women Making Change" that focuses on the activist and social change work of Hollins alumnae. Her book, Male Bodies, Women's Souls: Personal Narratives of Thailand's Transgendered Youth, coauthored with her partner Andrew Matzner, was published in 2007 by Haworth Press.

Pablo Hernandez

Pablo Hernandez, associate professor of economics; B.A. Universidad de las Americas; M.A., Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Pablo Hernandez teaches in the business and economics department. His primary interests concern environmental and natural resource economics and development economics. Before arriving at Hollins in fall 2007, Pablo served as CWIL fellow and visiting professor in the department of business administration and economics at Saint Mary's College. He earned his doctorate in economics from the University of Notre Dame. In his doctoral research on the interaction between international trade and environmental quality, he assessed the economic aspects of the recent transfers of hazardous waste between Mexico and the United States. Pablo is also interested in financing for development in Latin America and in community-based conservation strategies from a developing-country perspective.

Edward Lynch

Edward Lynch, John P. Wheeler Professor of Political Science; director of the master of arts and liberal studies program (M.A.L.S.). B.A., St. Joseph's University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia

Professor Lynch is a specialist in Latin American and African politics, but has wide-ranging interests and expertise. He also teaches U.S. Foreign Policy, International Relations and State and Local Politics. In addition, Professor Lynch teaches the course in Model UN and advises the Hollins University Model UN Club. He is the author of two books on religion and politics in Latin America, and numerous articles on African politics and U.S. foreign policy toward Africa. American governors are at the top of his research interests right now. He combines his academic background with hands-on experience in the real world of politics. He worked on Capitol Hill for four years, served in the White House, and is a long-time political activist, as well as a well-known commentator on state and local politics in Virginia.

Kathleen Nolan

Kathleen Nolan, professor, medieval art history and women's history B.A., Vanderbilt University; M.A., Ph.D., Columbia University

Kathleen's scholarly interests include the history of women in the Middle Ages and in works of art commissioned by women to tell their stories. She is currently working on a book about queens' tombs in medieval France. She is a member of the Medieval Academy of America, the Southeastern Medieval Association, the Southeastern College Art Association, and the College Art Association. Her articles and essays have appeared in The Art Bulletin, the Gazette des Beaux-Arts, and Studies in Iconography. Kathleen teaches Medieval, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque art history.

Annette Sampon-Nicolas

Annette Sampon-Nicolas, professor of French, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professor Sampon-Nicolas has been at Hollins since 1985. Her areas of specialization are 20th-century French and Francophone literature and contemporary poetry. Annette's other interests include the relationship between literature and the visual arts, French for international business, and international studies. She has developed interdisciplinary courses on the Francophone world, the theme of water, nature and the environment, and the history of French gastronomy. Annette also teaches a Short Term course on global food studies and an international studies course on West African, North African, Caribbean, and Asian cultures through film and literature. She has recently published an article on ethical business practices in Dialogues et Cultures, and a chapter the history of French gastronomy for a volume on interdisciplinary approaches to teaching culture. Annette is currently working on a study of the relationships between landscapes, cultures, and identities in the works of post-colonial writers such as: François Cheng, Malika Mokeddem, Maryse Condé, Simone Schwarz-Barthes, Rafaël Confiant, Anna Moï and Kim Lefèvre. She is the author of Francis Ponge: La Poétique du figural and Educating for International Expertise (editors Gilles Bousquet and Annette Sampon-Nicolas). She is the current Elisabeth Lineberger Ramberg Chair in Modern Languages.

Darla Schumm

Darla Schumm, associate professor of religious studies, B.A., interdisciplinary studies, Goshen College M.A., Pacific School of Religion, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Professor Schumm began teaching at Hollins in 2001. She teaches the course series Introduction to World Religions I and II, as well as the traditions courses in Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. She has also designed courses in Women in Religion, Women in Buddhism, Sexual Ethics, and Jesus and Mary Magdalene in Literature and Film. She enjoys the small class size at Hollins that allows one-on-one interaction with students and provides opportunities for a more creative learning environment.