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HISTORY                                                                                                                                                  

Dr. Mark van de Logt recently completed a book titled Monsters of Contact: Historical Trauma in Caddoan Oral Traditions which is scheduled for publication with the University of Oklahoma Press in the spring of 2018. Apart from continuing his research on Native American monster traditions, he is researching the history of Dutch Catholic missionaries in South America after World War II, the adventures of a professional wrestler named “Pawnee Bill” in Europe in the early 1900s, as well as the history and culture of Indigenous peoples around the world.

POLITICAL SCIENCE                                                                                                                               

Dr. Phillip Gray is currently completing a manuscript that examines vanguard party organizations in history, analyzing the connections between ideology, organizational structure, and extremism. He is also investigating issues of ethics and ideology in public administration.

Dr. Hassan Bashir’s research explores new forms of the political that result from inter-cultural interactions between western political ideas and circumstances in non-western societies. He is currently working on two book manuscripts. The first focuses on moral approaches to political Islam in late modernity and the second a source book for humanitarian engineering in context of the current wave of globalization. Bashir is also the editor of a book series on Expansion and Internationalization of Higher Education in Asia, North Africa and the Middle East (Lexington Books). He has published widely on topics in inter-cultural political theory, history of political thought and moral dimensions of globalization. Bashir has received over US$2.0 million in competitive research grants and industry sponsorships since 2011.

ENGLISH                                                                                                                                                  

Dr. Amy Hodges studies the connections between engineering workplace writing practices and the teaching of writing at universities, specifically within Writing Across the Curriculum and Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID) programs. Her larger goal is to create a model for inclusive and productive relationships between transnational writing programs and the communities they serve.

Dr. Sara Hillman is an applied linguist who specializes in second language studies, particularly in the fields of second language acquisition (SLA), applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, and discourse analysis. Her research takes a sociological and anthropological approach to understanding how people learn and use other languages as well as their ideologies about languages and the intersection of language learners’ social identities, language ideologies, and language use.

Dr. Mysti Rudd studies the teaching and learning of writing, particularly of diverse and at-risk students in first-year writing courses. She has recently begun collaborating on a new research project with TAMUQ colleagues Dr. Amy Hodges and Kelly Wilson. Together they plan to explore the variety of ways in which first year writing is taught in the six international branch campuses of American universities in Education City.

Dr. Zohreh Eslami is a professor at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, and Liberal Arts Program Chair at Texas A&M University at Qatar. Her research interests include second language studies, sociolinguistics, intercultural and interlanguage pragmatics, intercultural communication, linguistic politeness, pragmatics of Persian language and speech act studies.  Her research takes a sociocultural approach to understanding how people acquire and use other languages. Her recent research interests revolve around language use in social media, cyber-pragmatics, technology and language development, translanguaging in political discourse, in English medium instruction contexts (i.e., Qatar), issues of investment and identity, English as an international language and Teacher Education.  Her publications appear in journals such as, , Intercultural Pragmatics Journal, Modern Language Journal, Language, Culture and Curriculum, Bilingual Research Journal, ESP Across Cultures, Asian EFL Journal, Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, English Language Teaching (ELT) Journal, International Review of Pragmatics and  Journal of Pragmatics.

Dr. Aymen Elsheikh’s research is informed by sociocultural and political contexts of second language learning and teaching. One area this line of research investigates is teaching English as an international language (EIL), as it relates to teachers’ and students’ views of the English language vis-à-vis its spread as a global language, and the effects that this spread might have on teaching and learning with special attention to the contexts of English as a foreign language (EFL), English for Specific Purposes (ESP), and STEM. Another area of research is Dr. Elsheikh’s re-examination of the notion of ‘motivation’ from a socio-cultural and  political perspective and this poses a challenge to previous (socio)psychological conceptualization of student ‘motivation’ which dominated second language learners’ motivation research for a number of years. Dr. Elsheikh also currently investigates language teachers’ associations (LTAs) and their role in promoting and enhancing professional development of teachers.