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Richard Todd Stafford : Curriculum Vitae


in progress: PhD, George Mason University

  • Discipline: Cultural Studies
  • Fields: Environment and Culture; Digital Culture

MA, Virginia Tech

  • Date: May 2011
  • Discipline: English
  • Thesis: “A Genealogy of Frankenstein's creation: Appropriation, hypermediacy, and distributed cognition in Shelley Jackson's Patchwork Girl, Victor Erice's Spirit of the Beehive, and Mary Shelly's Frankenstein”

BA, College of William and Mary

  • Date: May 2001
  • Major: English
  • Minor: Philosophy


XCaliber Award, Virginia Tech

  • Date: August 2011
  • Description: Joint award to ePortfolio for English Studies team (Nancy Metz, Jennifer Lawrence, Lissa Bloomer, Steve Oakey, Julie Mengert, administrative support, and myself) for innovative teaching.

Carol Chermside Award, Virginia Tech

  • Date: May 2012
  • For best graduate thesis in English, May 2011


GMU CULT 320 Globalization and Culture, 3 credits

  • Position: Graduate Teaching Assistant (instructor-of-record)
  • Date: Spring 2014
  • Location: Fairfax, VA

GMU HNRS 110 Honors College Research Methods, 4 credits

  • Position: Graduate Teaching Assistant, main section, 3 credits
  • Position: Graduate Teaching Assistant, recitation (instructor-of-record), 1 credit
  • Date: Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013
  • Location: Fairfax, VA

GMU NCLC 203 From Inquiry to Action, 6 credits

  • Postion: Graduate Teaching Assistant (instructor-of-record)
  • Date: Spring 2012, Spring 2013
  • Location: Fairfax, VA

VT ENGL 2614 ePortfolio for English Studies

  • Position: Graduate Teaching Assistant
  • Date: Fall 2010 - Spring 2011
  • Location: Blacksburg, VA

Other Academic Employment

GMU HNRS Research, Technology, and Online Community project

  • Position: Graduate Technical Director
  • Date: Summer 2012 - present
  • Location: Fairfax, VA PRDV 251 HTML/CSS for Beginners

  • Position: Consulting Professor
  • Date: Summer 2012 - Spring 2013
  • Location: Washington, DC

VT ENGL 2614 ePortfolio textbook committee

  • Position: Paid committee member
  • Date: May 2011-August 2011; May 2010-August 2010
  • Location: Blacksburg, VA

VT Center for 21st Century Studies

  • Position: Graduate Research Assistant
  • Date: June 2010 - August 2010
  • Location: Blacksburg, VA

Academic Publications

The Politics of Space in Joe Sacco's Representations of the Appalachian Coalfields

  • forthcoming in The Comics of Joe Sacco, edited by Daniel Worden

The Epistemology of Comics Journalism

  • Public Knowledge Journal, 3:1

Conference Papers

Towards an ecocritical theory of comics journalism: Spatial practices and affective engagements in Joe Sacco's representations of inequity in the Appalachian coal fields

  • Conference: Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
  • Date: March 27, 2013
  • Location: Washington, DC

The Epistemology of comics journalism

  • Conference: International Communication Association
  • Date: May 28, 2012
  • Location: Phoenix, AZ

Frankenstein's hideous progeny go forth: Reception theories, participatory culture, and distributed cognition

  • Conference: Virginia Tech English Graduate Student Organization
  • Date: February 2012
  • Location: Blacksburg, VA

Bela Tarr's Werkmeister Harmonies: Diegetic Space and Ideology

  • Conference: Virginia Tech English Graduate Student Organization
  • Date: February 2011
  • Location: Blacksburg, VA

Towards an Epistemological Theory of Comics Journalism: Case Studies in the War Reportage of Joe Sacco

  • Conference: Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association
  • Date: October 2010
  • Location: Alexandria, VA

Mutual Aid and the Struggle for Existence in Darwinist Fiction: Representations of the Primate as Natural Other in H.G. Wells' The Time Machine and Peter Dickinson's Eva

  • Conference: Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
  • Date: April 2, 2010
  • Location: St. Louis, MO

Digital Humanities

In-progress: Principal Developer

  • Young Patriots Organization Website

Student Contributor

Student Contributor

  • Project Name: Lord Byron and His Times
  • Institution: Center for Applied Technologies in the Humanities, Virginia Tech
  • Date: Spring 2010