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Jack Trammell    

Jack Trammell is Associate Professor of Sociology and disability expert, as well as historian and writer. He specializes in exceptionality, Otherness, folklore, disability policy, and social history.

Jack Trammell was born in Berea, Kentucky, and is descended from generations of Appalachian farmers who migrated from Normandy through England and Virginia. He is a professor, researcher, and writer, as well as a small family farmer currently residing in central Virginia with his wife, children, and various animals. He currently teaches and administrates at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. He has more than 24 books to his credit, ranging from text books for students in gifted programs (Math in History) to award-winning Appalachian writing (Jesse Stuart poetry award, etc.). His published credits include dozens of research articles in education, history, and sociology journals (related to disability studies and historical subjects), as well as hundreds of other articles, short stories, and poems. For almost seven years, he wrote a regular military history column for the Washington Times; he is on the editorial board at Shepherd University for the Appalachian literature project, as well several other editorial boards. His education includes a B.A. in political science at Grove City College, a Master’s degree in History Education at VCU, a Special Education certificate from the University of Virginia, and Ph.D. in Education, again from Virginia Commonwealth University. Most recently, he was a visiting scholar at the DuPont funded Summer Seminar at the National Center for the Humanities. His current projects include a vampire novel, selling three manuscripts that are book-ready and a television pilot (paranormal), and finishing several formal research projects. As part of a study on language learning, he is delivering a paper and results to an international audience of educators and researchers at the University of Innsbruck in 2013. His research specialties include: disability and stigma, folklore and the paranormal, military history, the intrastate slave trade, and special education. He can be reached at: [email protected]

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Monsters and Modernism: Who are you calling weird?

This is a talk about the social and media-driven processes that humans use to create hierarchies of social status.

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