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Jordan Hill

PhD, ASPECT, Virginia Tech, 2014



Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical & Cultural Thought (ASPECT), Virginia Tech

Mailing Address: 1205 South Main St, Blacksburg VA, 24060

Email:    Phone: 303-881-5245




Virginia Tech

Ph.D., Social, Political, Ethical and Cultural Thought,

Concentration in Social and Cultural Thought, anticipated degree date, May 2014


Research Interests: Violence, Contemporary United States History, Material Cultures, Memory Studies, Ritual Studies, Politics of Memorialization, Culture & Power, Critical Theory, Critical Geography, Oral History, Public History


Dissertation-in-process: “‘Memories of Citizen Slaughter’: Creating Memory Sites to Mass Murder in the United States, 1986-2010.”  Committee Members: Dr. Marian Mollin (Chair, HIST), Dr. Francois Debrix (PSCI), Dr. Kathleen Jones (HIST), Scott Gartner (ARCH), Dr. David Cline (HIST).  Anticipated defense date:  April 2014.


            M.A. , History, anticipated degree date, Spring 2014

Fields of Study: 19th and 20th century U.S. Social and Political History, World History, Gender and Race, Oral History, Public History, Social Movements, History of Commemoration


Naropa University

            M.A., Interdisciplinary Studies: Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution, 2009

Fields of Study: American long civil rights movement, Indian independence movement, history of nonviolence, theories of mediation, Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, contemplative education, meditation instruction


University of Colorado at Boulder

            B.A., Sociology, 2003

Fields of Study: Deviance; sociological theory & methodology; race, class & gender; environmental sociology




Teaching Fields

World History, U.S. Social and Political History, American Studies, Material Cultures, Memory Studies, Ritual Studies, Memorialization, Violence in Modern History, Social Movements, History of Nonviolence, Public History, Oral History, Historical Methods, Interdisciplinary Research Methods, Discourse Analysis, Critical Theory, Spatial Theory, Postcolonial Theory, Asian Religions, Buddhism, Hinduism


Courses Taught

United States History from 1877 (HIST 1116) Instructor: SP 2011

            History of the Modern World (HIST 1214) Instructor: FA 2013, FA 2011,

SP2010. Online: SUM 2013, SUM 2012, SUM 2011. Teaching Assistant: FA 2009.

Introduction to American Studies (HUM 2504) Instructor: SP 2011, FA 2012

Asian Religions (REL 1014) Instructor: FA 2013, SP 2013, FA 2012,

FA 2011. Online: SUM 2012, SUM 2013

History of Ancient India (HIST 2375) Teaching Assistant, FA 2009

            Self in Society (SOCY 3151) Teaching Assistant: SP 2003

            Deviance in United States Society (SOCY 1004) Teaching Assistant, SP 2000


Teaching Awards

Virginia Tech Favorite Faculty Award 2013, University Student Affairs Office




Review of John Paul Lederach & Angela Jill Lederach, When Bones and Blood Cry Out: Journeys Through the Soundscape of Healing and Reconciliation, Peace & Change: A Journal of Peace Research Vol. 38, Issue 2, Summer 2013, 270-272.

“Between Schmitt and Foucault: An Interview with Michael Hardt,” SPECTRA: The

ASPECT Journal, 2.1 (November 2012), 75-85. []

 “The University, its Ideas, and its Discontents, “ Introduction to Special Issue, “On the Idea of the University,” SPECTRA: The ASPECT Journal, 1.2 Vol. 1, Issue 2, (December 2011), 1-6.  []

Issue Editor, Special Issue, “On the Idea of the University,” SPECTRA: The ASPECT Journal, 1.2 Vol. 1, Issue 2, (December 2011).   []

Intentionally Interdisciplinary: A Master’s Program Directory, 2nd Edition. Miami, OH:

Association for Interdisciplinary Studies, 2011.  []

Interdisciplinary Master’s Program Directory. Miami, OH: Association for Interdisciplinary Studies, 2008.




“Forgetting the Slaughter of Women: The Active Suppression of Memories of Women

Killed in United States Mass Murders,” Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association (SEWSA), UNC Greensboro, April 2013.

 “The ‘Ribbon’ as a Symbol in the United States: A Critical Historiography,” 2013.

ASEPCT Annual Graduate Student Conference, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, March 2013. 

“Establishing a National Memory of Citizen Slaughter: A Case Study of the First

Memory Site to Mass Murder in United States History, Edmond, Oklahoma 1986-1989,” North Carolina State University Graduate Student History Conference, Raleigh, NC, February 2013.

“An American History of Creating Memory Sites to Violence,” Center for Peace

Studies and Violence Prevention Symposium, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, November 2012.

 “Ritual, Site, Memory: The Obscured Historiographic Relationship Between Memory

Studies and Ritual Studies,” Annual Meeting of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies, Oakland University, Rochester, MI,  October 2012.

“At the Heart of Memory: The Profound Legacy of Francis Yates’ The Art of Memory,”

Biannual Memory Conference, New School for Social Research, New York, NY, April 2012.

“The Borders of Remembered Violence,” Duke University Graduate Student History

Conference, Durham, NC, March 2012.

“Two Counter-Memories: The Legacy of Michele Foucault’s Work on Memory,”

ASPECT Annual Graduate Student Conference, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, March 2012.

“Memorializing Citizen Slaughter: The Thin Line Between ‘Making Peace’ and Reifying

Violence,” Biannual Meeting of the Peace History Society, Barry University,

Miami, Florida, October 2011.

“Returning to Resurrection City: Examining Cross-Movement Convergences Amidst the

Fractures of 1968,” Center for Peace Studies & Violence Prevention Symposium, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, October 2010.

“Destined to Fail: Tracing the Discourse of the Long Civil Rights Movement.” Annual

Meeting of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies Annual Conference, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA. October  2010.

"Teaching 20th Century Nonviolence to 21st Century Students." Biannual Meeting of the

Peace History Society, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC. October 2009.




Invited Lecturer,  “Buddhism in America.” Lynchburg College, Lynchburg VA.  Spiritual

Life Center Speaker Series. Fall 2013. 

Invited Panel Chair, “The Student Experience of Contemplative Education in Western

Universities,” at “Contemplative Practice in a Technological Society,” Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, April 12-13, 2013.

Invited Lecturer, “Does Free Will Require Sacrifice?” Lynchburg College, Lynchburg,

VA.  Senior Seminar Lecture Series, Fall 2012, on the topic of “Faith, Free Will and Social Action.” 

Invited Panelist, “The Sustainability of Interdisciplinarity” Association for Interdisciplinary

Studies Annual Conference, University of San Diego, October 2010.

 “Interdisciplinary Master’s Program Directory: A Presentation,” Annual Meeting of the

Association for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Illinois, Springfield.

October 2008.




Interviewed Scholar, “Memorial in the Wake of Aurora Theater Massacre Continuing a

Trend,” The Denver Post, August 29, 2012. []

Program Design Consultant, “Report on the Cutting-Edge of Interdisciplinary Theory and

Trends,”  Kyushu University School of Human-Environment Studies, Jeffry Gayman, Ed., Higashi-Ku, Fukuoka Japan. 2011.

Program Design Consultant, “Workshop for Developing a Post Graduate Certificate

(M.S.) in Transformative Leadership,” Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention, Virginia Tech. October 2009.




Conference Travel Grant, North Carolina State University History Department, 2013

Research Travel Grant, Department of Religion & Culture, Virginia Tech, 2012, 2013

Conference Travel Grant, Association for Interdisciplinary Studies, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Conference Travel Grant, Peace History Society, 2009, 2011

Conference Travel Grant, Graduate School, Virginia Tech, 2009, 2010, 2011

Graduate Scholarship, Naropa University, 2006-2009




Geography Faculty Development Alliance Workshop

Funded by the American Geography Association (AGA), held at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Led by Dr. Kenneth Foote (University of Colorado) & Dr. James Harrington (University of Washington). June 2013.

Future Professoriate Global Perspectives Fellow, Chile

Selected by the Dean of the Graduate School to serve as a university ambassador on an

Chilean outreach trip to Universidad de Chile and University Catholica in Santiago, and

University de Astral in Valdivia. Virginia Tech, January 2012.

Future Professoriate Certification

9-credit graduate certificate. Graduate School, Virginia Tech University. Completed in 2012.

Summer Peacebuilding Institute, Eastern Mennonite University

            Center For Justice and Peacebuilding, Graduate Courses, []

            2007: “The Moral Imagination” with Dr. John Paul Lederach (PAX 589)

            2008: “Strategic Nonviolence: Advocacy & Activism” with Dr. Lisa Schrick (PAX 552)




American Historical Association, The Organization of American Historians, Association for Interdisciplinary Studies, Peace History Society,




Spanish: some skill in reading, social proficiency in oral communication; four years of study

French: some skill in reading, social proficiency in oral communication; two years of study

Brazilian Portuguese: some skill in oral communication, one year of study




Virginia Tech 2012-2018 University Strategic Plan Committee: 

Invited Committee Member, Fall 2010-Spring 2012.

One of six graduate students invited by the Strategic Plan Director, Dr. Paul Knox.

ASPECT Student Association, Virginia Tech:  

President, 2010-11.

Iota Delta Rho (IDR) Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society, Virginia Tech Chapter

Founding Member, First national chapter, 2010-11.

Interdisciplinary Education Chair, 2012-2013 and 2013-2014

Organizer, Interdisciplinary Research Symposiums: 2011, 2012, 2013

Virginia Tech Ut Prosim Month 2011 Keynote [in memory of the April 16th, 2007 Shootings]

Lead Organizer, Keynote Speaker Clayborne Carson, Founding Director of the MLK

Research Center at Stanford University, “From Gandhi, to Dr. King, to Virginia Tech:

The Global Legacy of King in the Twenty First Century

Graduate Student Association, Virginia Tech

Delegate, ASPECT Department Representative, 2009-10; 2010-11; 2011-12; 2012-13

Naropa University Commencement 2009

Graduate Speaker, Chosen by Naropa University faculty and administration to speak on behalf of the 2009 Graduate class.

Resurrection City Free University, 2008 Democratic National Convention, Denver, CO

Director and Lead Organizer. 

Offered over 40 classes from renowned scholars and authors offered as a part of the Alliance for Real Democracy protests.  Notable courses taught by Dr. Vincent Harding, Former SDS President Mark Rudd, Rep. (GA, Dem) Cynthia McKinney, and Helter Skelter author Vincent Bugliosi.