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Scholz, Sybil (ed.). 2002. Context and Cognition: Papers in Honour of Wolf-Dietrich Bald's 60th Birthday. München: Langenscheidt-Longman.


Scholz, Sybil & Angela Kesseler. 2002. "Naked Facts – Advertising Gender." In: Scholz, Sybil (ed.). Context and Cognition. München: Langenscheidt-Longman. 181-99.


Lisa Shutt is an Associate Professor in the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies. She earned her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Virginia in 2010 after earning her M.A. at the University of Chicago. Before her appointment to the Department of African American and African Studies, Shutt served as an Association Dean and taught for several years in UVA’s Department of Anthropology and in several of the University’s interdisciplinary programs including Women, Gender & Sexuality, Global Development Studies, and Media Studies.  Ms.


Selected Publications:

“The Episcopal Career of Gregory of Elvira” Journal of Ecclesiastical History (to appear April 2014).

“The Patristic Reception of Luke and Acts: Scholarship, Theology and Moral Exhortation in the Homilies of Origen and John Chrysostom”, in Issues in Luke-Acts (ed. S. Adams and M. Pahl; Gorgias Press, 2012), pp. 263-86.


She is the author of Ovid's Causes: Cosmogony and Aetiology in the Metamorphoses(Michigan, 1994) a commentary on Ovid's Metamorphoses 14 (Cambridge, 2009), and articles on Ovid, Roman Elegy, Roman gardens, and Statius. Her current research interests include ancient garden literature, gender, and the poetics of commencement.

Selected Publications



Andrea Press is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Media Studies and Sociology at the University of Virginia, where she also served as Executive Director of the Virginia Film Festival and serves as a College Fellow. She came to the University of Virginia in 2006 to shepherd the Media Studies Program to departmental status and to begin its graduate program. Her last appointment was at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, where she directed the Media Studies Program for nine years, was one of the producers of the Roger Ebert Festival of Overlooked Films, received the Arnold O.


Allison Pugh is Professor of Sociology. Her research and teaching focus on culture, emotions, and the intertwining of intimate and economic life.  In 2019-20, she will serve as a USC Berggruen fellow, writing a book about the standardization – and automation – of work that relies on relationship.  Her research for this book, supported by the National Science Foundation, has taken her from observing physicians in Virginia to juvenile detention classrooms in California to robots in Japan.


Claire Kaplan, Ph.D., is Director of the Gender Violence and Social Change Program at UVA’s Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center. She got her start as an anti-violence activist and advocate in Los Angeles, CA in mid-1980’s. In addition to her course, Gender Violence & Social Justice, Claire taught the study-abroad class, Women in Central America: Local Activism in Global Context.



“Here’s tae Us, Wha’s Like us: Val McDermid’s Lindsay Gordon Mysteries”. In Sleuthing Ethnicity. Fischer-Hornung, D &Mueller, M.(Eds). 2003. Cranbury, NJ: Farleigh Dickinson University Press. 227-239.

“The narrative of male violence on women's bodies”. In Gender Forum Issue 6 (2003).

"Unless we realise, Unless we change, Unless we speak.....A look at Carol Shields novel Unless". In Gender Forum Issue 8 (2004).




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