People in the news – Week of Sept. 24, 2021

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Dan Venning, assistant professor of theater and dance, published a short piece in PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art's special section, “Pre-Pandemic Memories: Performance in the Before Times.” This section features 10 scholars reflecting on the last shows they saw before the pandemic shut down theatres worldwide; Venning's piece examines the revival of Young Jean Lee's We're Gonna Die at Second Stage, which he saw just two days before theatres closed. His short piece can be found here. Additionally, Venning's article on the romanticization of grifters in American musical theatre, which was published in fall 2020 in the Journal of American Drama and Theatre, was cited in the Los Angeles Times over the summer in Ashley Lee's commentary about an upcoming revival of The Music Man. Lee's article which cites Venning's scholarship is here.

An article co-authored by Zoe Oxley, professor of political science, was recently published in the American Political Science Review. “This One's for the Boys: How Gendered Political Socialization Limits Girls' Political Ambition and Interest,” is part of a larger project exploring early childhood political socialization. You can read the piece here.

A paper by Dong Cheng, assistant professor of economics, was published in the journal, Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences. “Early 20th Century American Exceptionalism on Wheels: The Role of Rapid Automobile Adoption in Economic Development” was co-authored by Alyssa Trebino ‘20. The link to the paper is here.

Hilary Tann, the John Howard Payne Professor of Music Emerita, had an oboe quartet premiere at the Presteigne Festival in Wales. Her string orchestra piece, “Water's Edge,” is being performed at St. John's Smith Square in London on Oct. 1. She is currently working on a clarinet and piano quartet for the 21st Century Consort, to be performed in Washington in April 2022. In October, she will be the resident composer at Virginia Tech, with two concerts dedicated to her music, two public discussions and a composer master class.

A paper “The Growing Strategic Relationship between China and Iran,” by Eshragh Motahar, professor of economics and Asian Studies, has been accepted for presentation at the Association for Iranian Studies conference, which will take place at the University of Salamanca in Spain next summer. In his paper, Motahar discusses the U.S.-led imposition of economic sanctions on Iran, since 1979, has resulted in closer trade and investment relations between Iran and China.

A paper by Mason Stahl, assistant professor of environmental engineering, was published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. The paper, “Connecting the Age and Reactivity of Organic Carbon to Watershed Geology and Land Use in Tributaries of the Hudson River,” is co-authored by Jack Wassik ‘19, Connor Horan ‘19 and Jaclyn Gehring ‘20.