About Us

The Language, Violence, and Nonviolence Research Group at Virginia Tech is an interdisciplinary collaborative that works to explicate the relationships among language, violence, and nonviolence in academic, business, governmental, and civic/public contexts.  We seek to understand and promote broader awareness of how discourses do not merely reflect violence and nonviolence but rather embody and enact violence and nonviolence in the hope of creating a less hostile and violent future.  Participants include undergraduate students, Masters and PhD students, and university faculty members, and we come from a wide array of disciplinary orientations, including Political Science, Economics, Creative Writing, Psychology, Business, English as a Second Language, Journalism, Biology, Mathematics, Statistics and Data Analytics, and Rhetoric and Writing.