The Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University has recognized the achievements of two professors receiving the College’s Outstanding Researcher Award for the 2014-15 academic year.

This year’s honorees are Brian Luskey, associate professor of history and Natalie Shook, assistant professor of psychology.

“It’s wonderful and gratifying to recognize, year After year, the college’s outstanding researchers,” said Rudolph Almasy, interim dean of the Eberly College. “Their work is more testimony about how excellent WVU and its faculty are.”

Brian Luskey is a historian of American capitalism and culture, researching and writing the histories of middlemen (clerks, slave traders, labor brokers) and other agents who were vital participants in, and contributors to, the transformations of the 19th century. Luskey teaches Early America to 1900, Social and Cultural History, Capitalism, and Cities. He recently co-edited a new collection of essays, “Capitalism by Gaslight.”

“I feel very fortunate that my colleagues in the History Department and the Eberly College have established a culture in which research and writing are so richly supported, intellectually and financially,” Luskey said. “I am deeply grateful to them for this award.”

In her research, Shook examines attitudes and how they form, change and guide behavior. She is particularly interested in basic social and cognitive processes, including negativity biases – the extent to which people weight negative information more than positive information. She currently teaches Introduction to Social Psychology, Research Methods in Psychology, Personality Theory, Research Methods in Clinical Psychology, and Social Psychology.

“It is a huge honor to be nominated by my colleagues in psychology and recognized by the college as an Outstanding Researcher,” Shook said. “It means a great deal to have my peers from multiple disciplines acknowledge the quality and impact of my research.”

The awards are given to faculty members in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences who conduct outstanding research and scholarly activity. Each year, the Eberly College Outstanding Researcher Committee will select a maximum of three faculty members to receive awards of $1,000.



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