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Isis Barra Costa is an assistant professor in Contemporary Brazilian Cultural and Literary Studies in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese with research interests in Brazilian literature and culture, cyber literature and art activism in the Americas performance studies, and Latin American cinema, among others. Her research started with the ques…
 
Tristram McPherson, professor of philosophy, examines foundational philosophical questions about ethics, specifically meta-ethics; epistemology; and conceptual ethics. He looks at whether there are ethical facts that answer ethical questions and what the relationship is between God and ethical claims, among other areas. For more of his discussion w…
 
John Grinstead, professor and interim chair in Spanish and Portuguese, researches developmental linguistics, developmental semantics and pragmatics, and children's comprehension of syntax. Ten years ago, he began using stop-motion movies in his experiments on language development, and the Despicable Me minions were a well-known and experimentally u…
 
Virginia Rich, associate professor of microbiology and the director of the eMERGE Biology Integration Institute, studies global change microbiology, microbial meta-omics, and "Genes-to-Ecosystems" inquiry. She's spurred on in her work by the problem of not knowing how the biosphere as a whole will respond to climate change. For more of her discussi…
 
Sam White, professor of history, studies environmental history and uses natural and human records to reconstruct past climate variability and extreme weather. He discusses the methods that historians use to get a more complete picture of the past, such as how an intense drought and famine impacted the Ottoman Empire in the 1500s. For more of his di…
 
Professor of history David Steigerwald teaches courses in 20th-century American history from World War I through the 1960s. He also researches and writes about alienation, a composite term that refers to the sense people have of not really being in control of their everyday lives. His emerging book argues that post WWII power structures pushed towa…
 
Richard Samuels, professor of philosophy, researches cognitive development, reasoning, computational models of psychological capacities, and modular theories of cognition. He describes why cognitive science is different from psychology and why children can acquire the ability to count and to do basic arithmetic. For more of his discussion with Davi…
 
Greg Anderson, professor of history, specializes in ancient Greek history, historical thoughts, and critical theory. In his most recent book The Realness of Things Past, he proposes a new way of doing history that is a fundamentally different way of thinking about reality for people who lived in the past. For more of his discussion with David Stale…
 
Alexander Thompson, professor of political science and senior faculty fellow at the Merson Center for International Security Studies, conducts research in international relations with an emphasis on the politics of international organizations and law. From the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to the Kyoto Protocol to the Paris Agreement, c…
 
Tom Hawkins, associate professor of classics, looks at the ways that societies create social hierarchies and how the lower ends of those hierarchies interact with the higher. His forthcoming book explores the way Greek and Roman literary models and themes have been used, appropriated, and hacked by Haitian authors. He describes this and more to hos…
 
Sarah-Grace Heller, associate professor of French, specializes in medieval French and Occitan literature, language, and material culture. Her most recent book is a cultural history of fashion in a medieval age. She describes her sources from sumptuary laws to conduct literature to poetry and beyond to host David Staley on this week's Voices of Exce…
 
Scott Levi, professor and chair of the Department of History and interim chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, specializes in the social and economic history of Central Asia. His most recent book is The Bukharan Crisis: A Connected History of 18th-Century Central Asia, which he describes as "the first time I've ever writte…
 
Bruce Weinberg, professor of economics, studies the economics of innovation and creativity. In this area, potentially small numbers of individuals can have a large impact on how our understanding and knowledge evolves, which is rare among economic activities. For more of his discussion with David Staley, listen to this week's Voices of…
 
Gregory Jusdanis, Humanities Distinguished Professor of Classics, researches modern Greek literature and culture, including the poet C. P. Cavafy. His recent work has been a biography of Cavafy, co-written with Peter Jeffries, exploring, among other areas, how Cavafy rejected his early poetry and found new expressions in his later years. For more o…
 
Kevin Richards, lecturer and Outreach Coordinator in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, defines the metaverse as the embodied Internet. His research follows the work of John Dewey who argued that the more immersed people are in what they're doing, the more they'll remember and be able to learn. For more of his discussion with Dav…
 
Michael Mercil, Emeritus Professor of Art has created sculpture, drawing, painting, landscape architecture, film, and performance for regional and national exhibitions. His installations at Ohio State have included bean fields by the Wexner Center and a virtual pasture of Shetland sheep. He joins host David Staley on this week's Voices of Excellenc…
 
Christian Kleinbub, professor of history of art, studies the arts of the Italian Renaissance, with particular focus on issues of image theory, naturalism, the body, and period conceptions of vision and the visionary. He joins host David Staley on this week's Voices of Excellence podcast on Soundcloud and iTunes to describe his research and how wher…
 
Mark Moritz, professor and graduate studies chair in anthropology, studies the transformation of African pastoral systems, specifically examining how pastoralists adapt to changing ecological, political, and institutional conditions. He shares some of the results of his research with pastoralists in the far north region of Cameroon with David Stale…
 
Associate professor of design Rebekah Matheney studies interior design, sustainable design, retail experience design, curricular economy, and higher education design. Her recent work has examined slow retail, how retail design can impact all areas of sustainability by slowing down its pace, similar to slow food and slow fashion. For more of her dis…
 
Elizabeth Hewitt, professor of English, studies African-American literature, American literature before 1900, and economics in literature. Her most recent book, Speculative Fictions, examines the economy in the early United States with a focus on Alexander Hamilton and his attempts "to explain economic science in a way that didn't just depend on em…
 
Russ Fazio--the Harold E. Burt Professor of Social Psychology--researches attitude formation, change, and accessibility; attitude-behavior consistency; and social cognition. His work in social cognition seeks to understand the thought processes that underlie social psychological phenomenon. Join him and host David Staley on this week's Voices of Ex…
 
Jared Gardner, Joseph V. Denney Designated Professor of English and director of popular culture studies, has a wide set of interests, including finding "striking examples of 19th century comics and cartoons" describing how humans impact the environment. Join him and host David Staley on this week's Voices of Excellence…
 
Distinguished Professor of English Robyn Warhol researches a variety of subjects, from narrative theory to Regency and Victorian novels to feminist theory to television narrative. She sees great parallels between binge watching tv shows and reading Victorian novels straight through, something that contemporary readers couldn't do. For more of her d…
 
Mark Rudoff, associate professor of cello in the School of Music, performs with the Janus String Quartet, the Galileo Trio and Chiarina Piano Quartet. He joins host David Staley on this week's Voices of Excellence to discuss how professors of music bring a different kind of research and scholarship to their roles. He also explains why the double-fa…
 
Richard Petty, Distinguished University Professor of social psychology, researches the situational and individual difference factors responsible for changes in beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. He joins host David Staley on this week's Voices of Excellence on Soundcloud and iTunes to discuss his recent work on how political partisans (those who st…
 
Lanier Holt--associate professor in communication--researches journalism, media effects and social psychology, with a focus on the impact media messages have on audience perceptions of African Americans, women, and other traditionally marginalized groups. He shares with host David Staley how he prepares students in his crisis communication class by…
 
Maria Miriti--associate professor of evolution, ecology and organismal biology--uses experimental and demographic methods to address factors that regulate plant populations and communities. She joins David Staley, host of ASC's Voices of Excellence podcast on Soundcloud and iTunes, to discuss her research, which has stretched from desserts in the J…
 
Allison Bean--associate professor in speech and hearing science--researches language development in individuals with autism spectrum disorders. She's especially interested in how people use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems in place of spoken language. For more of her discussion with David Staley, listen to this week's Voices…
 
Piers Norris Turner--associate professor of philosophy and director of the Center for Ethics and Human Values--researches utilitarianism and liberal political thoughts, especially as it relates to the moral and political philosophy of John Stuart Mill. He argues that Mill was far more than his famous essay on liberty, with wide-ranging interests in…
 
Andrew Martin--professor of sociology and interim associate executive dean for undergraduate education--studies working class mobilization and unions, particularly their use of social movement strategies. He's also researched the ways in which groups collaborate to curb the growth of corporate power in America. For more of his discussion with David…
 
Dana Carlisle Kletchka -- assistant professor in the department of arts administration, education and policy -- studies the history, theory, and philosophy of art museum education. Her research has examined museum practices and how art educators are treated in large institutional contexts. In addition, she looks at the surprisingly different roles …
 
Scott McGraw, professor and chair of the department of anthropology, is a researcher, biological anthropologist, evolutionary anatomist, and primate behavior analyst. He observes animals in the wild to see how their physical movements, for example, result from bone structures. Biological anthropologists then use this information to understand how e…
 
Benjamin Hoffmann--associate professor in the department of French and Italian, director of the Center for Excellence, and novelist--researches 18th-century French literature and philosophy, transatlantic studies, contemporary French literature, and creative writing. His recent publication is The Paradoxes of Posterity, a philosophical inquiry on t…
 
Robert Holub, Ohio eminent scholar and professor and chair of the department of Germanic languages and literatures, studies 19th and 20th century intellectual, cultural, and literary history, especially Friedrich Nietzsche, Heinrich Heine, German realism, and literary and aesthetic theory. He discusses the historical setting of Nietzsche and how th…
 
Eric Bielefeld, professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing science, studies auditory physiology, especially inner ear pathology. His most recent work involves modeling how exposure to HIV medications during pregnancy influences the development of auditory systems and the impact of cooling the inner ear on chemotherapy efficacy. For more of h…
 
Robert Bond, associate professor in the School of Communication, researches political behavior and attitudes, specifically, how social networks influence political behavior and communication. His work as a computational social scientist involves building models that mimic human behavior and studying the results of interactions. For more of his disc…
 
Skylar Cranmer, the Carter Phillips and Sue Henry Professor of Political Science, researches network science, such as forecasting the evolution of complex networks or exploring whether brain scans can predict political partisanship. He joins host David Staley on this week's Voices of Excellence to discuss network science, which incorporates fields …
 
Adriana Dawes, associate professor of mathematics and molecular genetics, studies mathematical biology, mathematical modeling of cell polarization and chemotaxis, and differential equations. She traces how organisms control their grow from one to trillions of cells, which involves countless decisions about organization and function. For more of her…
 
Jay Gupta, professor of physics, explores the properties of novel materials at the atomic scale to address problems in energy conversion and advanced computing. Via scanning tunneling microscopy, his group examine items that are a billionth of a meter. For more of his discussion of nanomaterials, semiconductors and how to spell your name in atoms, …
 
Jennifer Willging, associate professor and interim chair of the department of French and Italian, specializes in 20th and 21st century French literature and culture. Her work explores literature that attempts to understand contemporary society and important influences, such as technology. For more of her discussion with David Staley, listen to this…
 
John Low, associate professor of comparative studies and director of the Newark Earthworks Center, studies American Indian histories, literatures, religions, and cultures, and native environmental perspectives and practices, among other areas. He joins David Staley on this week's Voices of Excellence to discuss the Newark Earthworks and what makes …
 
Andrea Sims, associate professor in the departments of linguistics, and Slavic and East European languages and cultures, studies theoretical morphology, meaning what kinds of words and structures can exist in a particular language. She explores what speakers know, often unconsciously, about what is possible in their language. Listen to her discussi…
 
Meg Daly, professor of evolution, ecology and organismal biology, studies animal systematics and ecology and serves as associate dean of undergraduate education. She's particularly interested in studying how and why marine animals live where they do, most recently looking at sea anemones that live in temperate marine intertidal ecosystems. She shar…
 
Peter Mansoor, professor and General Raymond E. Mason, Jr., Chair of Military History, researches modern US military history, World War II, the Iraq War, and counterinsurgency warfare. He discusses his most recent research on the 1944-1945 liberation of the Philippines, the five types of military history, and the surprising breadth of attendees at …
 
Julie Golomb, associate professor of psychology, researches the interactions between visual perception, attention, memory, and eye movements using human behavioral and computational cognitive neuroscience techniques. She's especially interested in questions like, "How do our brains convert patterns of light into rich perceptual experiences, and wha…
 
Robin Judd, associate professor of history, explores how European and North African Jewish women met and married American, British, and Canadian soldiers and officers after the Holocaust in her latest book, Love, Liberation, and Loss: Jewish Military Marriages after the Holocaust. Her research illuminates how these couples developed relationships, …
 
Ludmila Isurin, professor in the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and cultures, is an interdisciplinary scholar with multiple affiliations within Ohio State. Her latest book is Collective Remembering: Memory in the World and in the Mind, which she discusses with David Staley on this week's Voices of Excellence…
 
Mari Noda, professor in Japanese in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, is a specialist in East Asian language pedagogy and is primarily interested in curriculum, material development, and assessment. She seeks to help students not only understand a language but to use that language as a mechanism to participate in the culture. …
 
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