Political response to mass shootings is ‘illogical,’ sociologist says

The answer to preventing horrific mass shootings can’t be reduced to a single political issue, according to James Nolan, a West Virginia University sociology professor and former police officer who also worked for the FBI as a unit chief in the Crime Analysis, Research and Development Unit. Nolan says the focus should move from individuals’ behaviors to systemic change.

Women’s studies expert commemorates Toni Morrison’s ‘expansive’ legacy

The news of Nobel laureate Toni Morrison’s passing provides an opportunity to reflect on her literary and cultural legacy, a West Virginia University women’s and gender studies expert says. The way Morrison “centered the complex lives of her black characters” is as pivotal as her acclaimed novels are, according to Lupe Davidson of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.