Faculty Fellows

The goal for the Office of the VP for Research is for the University to be widely recognized as a preeminent research institution generating sustained excellence in research and scholarship and for its culture of seamlessly integrating cutting-edge research thinking into student education. 

To further this goal, the VPR Office is looking for VPR Senior Fellows to help the University increase the size and impact of University research and scholarship.

Senior Faculty Fellow (SFF) Program

The VPR Office is looking to establish a cohort of VPR Senior Faculty Fellows to help the University increase the size and impact of its research and scholarship, consistent with the University’s 2030 Strategic Plan of being recognized both as a “great and good” university.

The goal of the VPR Senior Faculty Fellow program is to build a group of distinguished faculty representing a broad range of prominent research focus areas (listed below) to work closely with the VPR and serve as a think tank organization to generate actionable ideas for collaboratively advance UVA on its path toward research preeminence. The Senior Faculty Fellow will engage appropriate school level leadership to define ideas and articulate them in the form of project proposals for exploration. The proposal will include scope, timeline, and desired budget with justification for the effort to be successful. The proposed areas should be in alignment with the University’s 2030 Strategic Plan and help UVA to become both a Great and Good through its research preeminence. Once a project plan is finalized, the Senior Faculty Fellow will have the opportunity to execute the project, working closely with the senior staff at both the VPR and the Provost Offices.

Desired areas of expertise for the SFFs:

  • Precision Medicine; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Health Sciences; Physical and Natural Sciences; Architecture, Arts and Humanities; Business and Commerce; Law and Public Policy


  • Appointed for one to three years and renewable annually upon mutual agreement
  • The appointment is typically part-time, from 10% to 25%, during the academic year (release time) and a month of summer salary support. Additional support commensurate with the scope of the project and time commitment will be considered.
  • Title: Senior Faculty Fellow
  • Reports to VP for Research (Ram)

For more information, please email Cheryl Wagner.

Current VPR Senior Fellow Catherine Bradshaw

Catherine Bradshaw, Ph.D., M.Ed. is a Professor and the Senior Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia. Prior to her current appointment at U.Va. she was an Associate Professor and the Associate Chair of the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she maintains an adjunct faculty position. She holds a doctorate in developmental psychology from Cornell University and a master's of education in counseling and guidance from the University of Georgia.

Her primary research interests focus on the development of aggressive behavior and school-based prevention. She collaborates on sponsored research projects examining bullying and school climate; the development of aggressive and problem behaviors; effects of exposure to violence, peer victimization, and environmental stress on children; children with emotional and behavioral disorders and autism; and the design, evaluation, and implementation of evidence-based prevention programs in schools. She has led a number of federally funded randomized trials of school-based prevention programs, including Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and social-emotional learning curricula. She also has expertise in implementation science and coaching models and edits the journal Prevention Science. She collaborates on a number of pan-university efforts and initiatives, including the Integrated Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (iTHRIV).

Catherine’s focus is on the Social and Behavioral Sciences and her primary project (s) include supporting Research Achievement Awards for faculty and the creation of a faculty leadership development workshop to support team science and lead major research center proposals. 

Catherine Bradshaw
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Catherine Bradshaw
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Fiona Rose Greenland

Current VPR Senior Fellow Fiona Rose Greenland

Fiona Rose Greenland, Ph.D., D.Phil., is Associate Professor of Sociology and Associate Professor of Anthropology by courtesy at the University of Virginia. She holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of Michigan and a doctorate in classical archaeology from the University of Oxford.

Her research focuses on art restitution, nationalism, and cultural policy, with particular interest in national and international governance frameworks for protecting antiquities from theft and destruction. Her book, Ruling Culture: Art Police, Tomb Robbers, and the Rise of Cultural Power in Italy (2021, University of Chicago Press) was awarded the Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book in Culture from the American Sociological Association's Section on Culture in 2022. She is co-director of the CURIA Lab (Cultural Resilience Informatics and Analysis), whose collaborative projects prioritize mixed-methods analysis of cultural destruction and recovery. Currently she is Principal Investigator on an NSF-supported study of the relationship between civilian deaths and cultural heritage loss during the Syrian war. Greenland's work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council (USA), and the Quantitative Collaborative at the University of Virginia, and her articles have been published in Sociological Science, Sociological Theory, Theory and Society, and the American Journal of Cultural Sociology.

In her role as Senior Faculty Fellow, Greenland identifies and develops collaborative research-focused project proposals spanning multiple disciplines and schools focusing on Humanities and Social Science research.

Current VPR Senior Fellow Aynne Kokas

Aynne Kokas is the C.K. Yen Professor at the Miller Center and an Associate Professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. Kokas’ research examines Sino-U.S. media and technology relations. Her book Trafficking Data: How China is Winning the Battle for Digital Sovereignty (Oxford University Press, October 2022) argues that exploitative Silicon Valley data governance practices help China build infrastructures for global control. Her award-winning first book Hollywood Made in China (University of California Press, 2017) argues that Chinese investment and regulations have transformed the U.S. commercial media industry, most prominently in the case of media conglomerates’ leverage of global commercial brands. 

Kokas is a non-resident scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute of Public Policy, a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a fellow in the National Committee on United States-China Relations’ Public Intellectuals Program.

She has received fellowships from the Library of Congress, National Endowment for the Humanities, Mellon Foundation, Social Science Research Council, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Japan’s Abe Fellowship, and other international organizations. Her writing and commentary have appeared globally in more than 50 countries and 15 languages. In the United States, her research and writing appear regularly in media outlets including CNBC, NPR’s MarketplaceThe Washington Post, and Wired. She has testified before the Senate Finance Committee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, and the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Aynne Kokas
Aynne Kokas