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Oral History @ VT: Practitioners

This guide brings together resources relating to conducting and transcribing oral histories, and includes the best practices for collecting oral histories and donating them to Virginia Tech.

Oral History Practitioners on Campus

Virginia Tech scholars practice oral history across disciplines and a variety of topics. Click the links to learn more about their work and scholarly impact. 

 

Shannon Elizabeth Bell is Associate Professor of Sociology at Virginia Tech. Her research falls at the intersection of environmental sociology, gender, and social movements, with a particular focus on understanding the ways in which environmentally-destructive industries acquire, maintain, and exercise their power and discovering strategies for increasing the political participation of communities most affected by environmental injustices. She is the author of two award-winning books: Fighting King Coal: The Challenges to Micromobilization in Central Appalachia (MIT Press, 2016) and Our Roots Run Deep as Ironweed: Appalachian Women and the Fight for Environmental Justice (University of Illinois Press, 2013). 

 

Joe Forte is the Athenaeum Coordinator and Digital Humanities Specialist with VT Publishing in Newman Library. He develops audio and video production projects in the Athenaeum Suite, which is the Libraries’ hub for Digital Humanities projects and courses developed in partnership with the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, the Center for Humanities, and the Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology. He has worked on projects including the Montgomery County Oral Legacy Project and the Denim Day project. 

 

Ren Harman is the Project Manager for VT Stories in the Center for Rhetoric and Society. A three time alumnus of Virginia Tech, he manages the day-to-day operations including: managing undergraduate and graduate interns, corresponding with interviewees and scheduling interviews, conducting interviews, coordinating VT Stories across campus, and supervising the development of stories.

 

Tamara Kennelly has been the University Archivist at Virginia Tech since 1993. She is active in the International Oral History Association, the Oral History Association, and the Society of American Archivists. She has been involved in several oral history projects at Virginia Tech, including: the First Black Women at Virginia Tech, Black History at Virginia Tech, the First Women in the Corps of Cadets, the April 16 2007 Narrative and Memory Oral History Project, the Virginia Tech LGBTQ Oral History Narrative and Memory Project, and the Vice Presidents of Virginia Tech Oral History Project.

 

Marian Mollin is an associate professor of history at Virginia Tech. Her research analyzes the connections between gender, protest, religion, activism, and culture. Her current book project, The Power of Faith: Understanding the Life and Death of Sister Ita Ford, is a historical biography of one of the four North American churchwomen murdered by the El Salvadoran military in December 1980.

 

Katrina Powell is a Professor of English and Director of the Center for Rhetoric in Society. Her research focuses on displacement narratives, human rights rhetorics, identity and self-representation and performative autobiography. Her research projects include the New River Valley Refugee Research Coalition, Voice of Witness, and Virginia Training Centers (intellectual and developmental disabilities).

 

Emily Satterwhite is an Associate Professor and the Director of Appalachian Studies in the Department of Religion and Culture.  Her book Dear Appalachia: Readers, Identity, and Popular Fiction since 1878 (2011) won the Weatherford Award for best nonfiction about Appalachia and the Phi Beta Kappa Sturm Award honoring excellent work that is recognized as significant by a wider audience. Her oral history projects include Talking about Work and Tazewell County Oral Histories.

 

Jessica Taylor is a public historian in the history department. She teaches Oral History for graduate and undergraduate students and specializes in Native American history and Southern history. Her oral history projects include the Tidewater Main Street Project, Voices of Virginia Primary Source Reader, Southern Foodways Alliance, and VT150.

 

David Trinkle is an associate clinical professor of psychiatric medicine and Training Director of the geriatric psychiatry fellowship program at Carilion Clinic-University of Virginia Roanoke Valley Program and medical director of the Center for Healthy Aging at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He is the geropsychiatric consultant to the Geriatric Assessment Clinic at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, the League of Older Americans, and numerous nursing homes in the Roanoke Valley serves as chief of staff of the Department of Psychiatry at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He is responsible for the Healthstorian Mobile Audio Booth.

 

Anthony Wright de Hernandez is the Community Collections Archivist in Special Collections in the Newman Library. He builds collections, partnerships, and pathways to original documentation about traditionally marginalized communities and other community groups and works to improve access to archival materials. His oral history projects include Denim Day and the Virginia Tech QTPOC Oral History Project.