Faculty Books + Awards

Our faculty have been busy! Help us celebrate their authored books as well as national and international awards.


School of Public and International Affairs

War and Conflict in the Middle East and North Africa

For much of the last half century, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has seemed the outlier in global peace. Today Iraq, Libya, Israel/Palestine, Yemen, and Syria are not just countries, but synonyms for prolonged and brutal wars. But why is MENA so exceptionally violent? More importantly, can it change?  Exploring the causes and consequences of wars and conflicts in this troubled region, Ahram helps readers answer these questions. Part I shows how MENA’s conflicts evolved with the formation of its states, while Part II explores dynamics that trap the region in conflict—oil dependence, geopolitical interference, and embedded identity cleavages. Finally, Ahram considers the possibilities of peace, highlighting the disjuncture between local peacebuilding and national and internationally-backed mediation.

Publisher: Polity (November 2020)


School of Architecture + Design

A Manual of Anti-Racist Architecture Education

A Manual of Anti-Racist Architecture Education is simultaneously a working tool, a historically situated manifesto, a pedagogical guideline, and a speculative treatise on the future of pedagogy. This manual exclaims that because other worlds are possible, urgent, and necessary, other models of architectural education are not only possible but imperative. Divided in three parts, the manual engages with the concept of schooling in relationship to architecture without reducing what architecture is, has been, or could be, and instead dissects the many fronts architecture operates, influences, affects, regulates, contains, delimits, excludes, protects, consolidates, and oppresses.

Publisher: Loudreaders (October 2020)

Recent National and International Faculty Awards

The following recognition and awards have been bestowed upon CAUS faculty for their scholarship, outreach, and teaching over the last six months.

The New River Train Observation Tower, a project designed and built by Virginia Tech students under the leadership of Edward Becker and Kay Edge (A+D, Architecture), has been recognized as a 2020 Jury Winner in the Architizer A+Awards’ New Materials category.

Meaghan Dee (SOVA, Graphic Design) has won an International Gold Award from Graphis for her branding of the first-ever West Virginia Hemp Exhibition and Hootenanny.

Michael Ermann’s (A+D, Architecture) Bubble Wrap House was recognized in the Architizer A+Awards as one of five finalists in the Architecture + Glass category and the winner of the Popular Choice Award in the Architecture + Climate Change category.

Patrick Finley (SOVA, Graphic Design) had two logo designs – MF Bladeworks and New River Dermatology – accepted into Logo Lounge Book 12. Logo Lounge is the premier design print publication for logos and brand identities and is judged by industry leaders. Finley was also recognized with an American Graphic Design Award from Graphic Design USA in their annual Health + Wellness award competition, which recognizes the country’s best professional design and advertising work in its respective categories.

The fog harp, an innovative and approach to fog harvesting that resulted from a partnership between Brook Kennedy (A+D, Industrial Design) and mechanical engineering associate professor Jonathan Boreyko, has been recognized an International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) Finalist in the professional category of social impact design.

Elham Morshedzadeh (A+D, Industrial Design), in coordination with colleagues from Virginia Tech Carilion, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, and the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, was recently awarded a grant through the iTHRIV Pilot Translational and Clinical Studies Program to design an interactive training system for pediatric telemedicine cart operators. Wallace Lages (SOVA, Creative Technologies) is also a co-investigator on the project and will help incorporate augmented reality into the system.