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When Mason sociologist Angela J. Hattery published her research monograph Intimate Partner Violence in 2008, the acquisition editor at Westview Press approached her to write a textbook. “I was hesitant at first since I’d never written a textbook before, but I knew it was desperately needed in the classroom,” says Hattery, the associate director of the Women and Gender Studies Program. The result is her eighth book, The Social Dynamics of Family Violence, which she co-wrote with Earl Smith, Rubin Distinguished Professor of American Ethnic Studies at Wake Forest University.

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Celebration of Distinction 2012

By Mason Spirit contributor on March 27, 2012

On March 28, the George Mason University Alumni Association will recognize its most prestigious alumni at an elegant dinner in the Mason Inn Conference Center and Hotel. For a look at the biographies of those honored that night, please take a look at the full program available online. The top four award winners are profiled…

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Where in the World (Is Dean Haddock)

By Colleen Kearney Rich on October 24, 2011

If School of Management Dean Jorge Haddock’s passport could talk, it would tell you it needs more pages.

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Creating a Blueprint for Health Research

By Leah Kerkman Fogarty on October 24, 2011

Kathryn Jacobsen is an old hand at writing textbooks. After the success of this associate professor in the Department of Global and Community Health’s 2007 text Introduction to Global Health, she decided to tackle the world of research in Introduction to Health Research Methods (Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2011). An epidemiologist, Jacobsen explains that her…

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Professors We Love: William Snavely

By Mason Spirit contributor on October 24, 2011

The Economics Department at the end of the 1970s was not yet the world-renowned home of Nobel laureates in a shining building on the Fairfax Campus, rather it was located in an old ranch house on a residential street a short drive away. Distance from campus was not a burden. This odd bit of office space was filled with men and women of vision and hope led by a man who had plenty of both, William P. Snavely.

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Susan Shields: Just Dance

By Leah Kerkman Fogarty on May 10, 2011

Susan Shields, MFA ’03, may not tell you this, but she’s rather important. After all, she calls Mikhail Baryshnikov by his nickname, Misha, so that should give you an idea of her stature in the world of dance. Now a professor in Mason’s School of Dance, Shields was a well-known performer before setting her sights…

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Celebration of Distinction 2011

By Mason Spirit contributor on April 28, 2011

On April 13, the George Mason University Alumni Association recognized its most prestigious alumni at an elegant dinner in the Mason Inn Conference Center and Hotel. During the course of the evening, Mason President Alan G. Merten took a few minutes to address the group about his upcoming retirement in June 2012 and reiterate his…

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Making the Grade

By Colleen Kearney Rich on November 1, 2010

Most people can name the vice president of the United States, but few people (outside of the faculty and staff, of course) could tell you who is second in command to George Mason University president Alan Merten. That position is held by Provost Peter Stearns. It’s time you met him.

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Janine Wedel: Who Is Really in Charge?

By Colleen Kearney Rich on November 1, 2010

Public policy professor Janine Wedel has been a pioneer in applying anthropological insights to topics that are typically the terrain of political scientists and economists. In her new book, Shadow Elite: How the World’s New Power Brokers Undermine Democracy, Government, and the Free Market (Basic Books, 2010), she details a new system of power and influence…

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Professors We Love: Margaret Duffner

By Mason Spirit contributor on October 8, 2009

Duffner would tell you that part of her motivation in forming the team was to put Mason on the map. Not only did she succeed in achieving this goal, she did so in remarkably short order. Just two years later, Mason cracked the top 10, taking seventh place at the 1973 National Forensics Association national…

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