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Accolades Fall 2016

News about the publications, creative activities, and recognition given to our faculty, staff, and graduate students.
December 15, 2016


December 15, 2016
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Publications & Creative Activities

Professor Emeritus Michael Dennis Browne (English) collaborated with the composer John Wykoff on "Now We Belong," a choral piece to be sung by the Missouri State University Chorale at the presidential inauguration on January 20. Sample lyric: "Here is the place of strangers' welcome, / We who once walked in strangers' shoes." 

Assistant Professor Ellery Frahm, Associate Professor Gilliane Monnier, Associate Professor Gil Tostevin (all of anthropology) and their colleagues published their latest article, "Lithic raw material units based on magnetic properties: A blind test with Armenian obsidian and application to the Middle Palaeolithic site of Lusakert Cave 1" in the Journal of Archaeological Science this past October (Volume 74, Pages 102-123).

Associate Professor Rachmi Diyah Larasati (theatre arts & dance) was recently in China for two events, launching Bandung School (part of the 2016 Third World Action Project) and One Belt One Road: Initiative and New Mode of Globalization. In October she spoke at the World Culture Forum (by UN/ UNESCO and the Ministry of Culture of Indonesia) on the issue of culture and sustainable development.

PhD student Maria Mannone (music) performed a piano recital of her own compositions and Italian repertory at the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul's Center for the Arts on November 14.

DMA student Sofia Mycyk (music) performed a solo piano recital in Chicago presented by the Landowska Harpsichord Society on November 6. 

Professor Joachim Savelsberg's (sociology) book, Representing Mass Violence (U California Press, 2015), was recently translated into German and published by Verlag Vittorio Klostermann (Frankfurt).

Associate Professor Gil Tostevin (anthropology) co-authored a paper published this fall titled "Cultural Transmission on the Taskscape: Exploring the Effects of Taskscape Visibility on Cultural Diversity."

Grants & Fellowships

IonE Mini Grants Awarded These grants are designed to encourage collaboration on environmental themes among faculty, staff, and students across U of M disciplines, units, and campuses. Along with funding, each recipient is provided space for meetings, workshops, conferences and some administrative support for a year.

  • Associate Professor Christine Baeumler (art) for Solar Arts Workshop
  • Assistant Professor Kate Derickson (geography, environment & society) for Ecosystem Services and Inequality in Urban Watersheds
  • Lecturer Jessica Lopez Lyman (Chicano & Latino studies) for Mobile Art Engagement in Twin Cities Communities of Color
  • Professor Mark Pedelty (communication studies) for Sound and Extinction: Noise Pollution Explored Through Acoustic Ecology, Sound Studies, and Musical Performance

Professor Ananya Chatterjea (theatre arts & dance) has received a $50,000 grant from the Joyce Foundation to develop and stage a new production called Shaatranga in 2018. Meaning "seven-colored" in Chatterjea's native Bengali, the work will celebrate women's labors as community sustainers and change agents. The 18-month collaboration will include students from St. Catherine University and refugees living in the Twin Cities. 

PhD student Matthew Treon (American studies) was awarded a Leonard Memorial Fellowship ​in Film Study for the 2017-18 academic year for his project “Early Grindhouse Sounds: A Material History of Paracinematic Forms and Practices.”


The University of Minnesota was ranked fifth in the 2017 Consortium of Social Science Association’s Top Recipients of Federal Social Science R&D Funding (FY 2015 data) with $38,279,000. The College's share of these dollars is about 50%. 

December 1, 2016

Publications & Creative Activities

Professor Lydia Artymiw (music) presented a master class recently at the Curtis Institute of Music and performed with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society in Philadelphia. 

Professor Andrew Elfenbein (English) published "The Desirable Difficulties of Studying Romanticism" in the October issue of Pedagogy (16:3).

Professor Alex Lubet (music) gave recitals and master classes as a visiting composer at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in China. He was also keynote speaker at a conference at Kosin University in South Korea. 

Associate Professor Fernando Meza (music) performed on tour with the Costa Rica UNED Percussion Ensemble in Costa Rica and throughout the US. He gave a master class at Temple University (PA). 

PhD candidate Matt Motta (political science) just published an essay titled "Air War? Campaign Advertising in the 2016 Presidential Election." He raises several questions about the state of advertising in 2016 and its implications for what scholars know about its effectiveness.

Assistant Professor Christopher Pexa (English) published the article "More Than Talking Animals: Charles Alexander Eastman’s Animal Peoples and Their Kinship Critiques of United States Colonialism" in PMLA (131:3).

Professor Geoff Sirc (English) published a new e-book cowritten with Thomas Rickert (Purdue) entitled California Cosmogony Curriculum (intermezzo).

Regents Professor Madelon Sprengnether (English) posted about Martin Buber, I-Thou relationships, and civic life at her Psychology Today blog.

Associate Professor Kim Todd (English) published an article in November's Smithsonian Magazine about the "girl stunt reporters" of the 19th century.

Associate Professor Adriana Zabala (music) performed at the Classical Recording Foundation's 15th annual awards ceremony and gala in New York City with baritone Jesse Blumberg and DMA alumna Jocelyn Dueck. 


Graduate student Jay Afrisando (music) is one of three recipients of the Minnesota Emerging Composer Award

Graduate student Madison Holtze (music), soprano, took first place in her division at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition.

DMA student Cameron Longabaugh (music) and alumnus Joseph Okell (music) won the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra's 19th Annual Masters Concerto and Aria Competition. DMA student Jeehoon Kim (music) and DMA student Minhee Park (music) received honorable mentions. 

Senior Lecturer Frances Matos-Schultz (Spanish & Portuguese) was given the 2016 Emma Birkmaier Outstanding World Language Educator Award by the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures in October.  This award recognizes educators with a rich history of service and a significant impact on the field of language teaching and learning.

Grants & Fellowships

Associate Professor Christine Baeumler (art) and her colleagues at the Plains Art Museum were awarded the Bush Prize for Community Innovation in the amount of $500,000. Her Pollinator and Buzz Lab projects were cited as among the reasons the prize was awarded.

The Human Rights Program was awarded a $60,000 grant from USAID’s Center of Excellence in Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance for a second semester research project focused on the question, “What are the consequences of human rights awareness campaigns?” Professor Elizabeth Boyle (sociology) and Assistant Professor Cosette Creamer (political science) along with their team of PhD students Suzy McElrath (sociology), J. Siguru Wahutu (sociology), Florencia Montal (political science), Amy Hill Cosimini (Spanish & Portuguese studies), and Yagmur Karakaya (sociology) are on the project. They will collect and synthesize social scientific literature and empirical studies on information and awareness campaigns conducted in distinctly non-human rights areas and focus on how framing effects shape or moderate the consequences and reception of human rights campaigns within and across heterogeneous societies.

Professor Lynn Lukkas (art) and Katherine E. Nash Gallery Director Howard Oransky were awarded the first frize for Exhibition Catalogues in 2016 for Covered in Time and History - The Films of Ana Mendieta, by the American Alliance of Museums.

Assistant Professor Edie Overturf (art) was awarded a 2016/17 Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists.

Associate Professor Scott St. George (geography) has been selected as a fellow by the Humboldt Foundation and will spend most of 2017 at the University of Mainz (Germany). He and his German colleagues will use tree rings data to understand how and why certain places around the world sometimes go through prolonged climate shifts (e.g., mega droughts) that last between 10 and 30 years.

November 17, 2016

Publications & Creative Activities

Lecturer Preston Duncan (music) was a featured performer and presenter at XV Encuentro Universitario Internacional de Saxofón México with Jeff Coffin and Alex Terrier on October 25-28. 

Associate Professor Keitha Lucas Hamann (music) had an article, co-written with Kinh T. Vu (PhD 2013, music), "Facilitating Community Engagement in a University School of Music: A Self-Evaluation," published in volume 56 of the College Music Symposium. 

PhD student Maria Mannone's (music) piece, "Music in the Dark," on challenges faced conducting when you’re blind or can’t see your ensemble, was published by the Iris Network.

Professor Kathryn Pearson (political science) had an analysis published in The Conversation: “House results: Republicans lose just a handful of seats, but party factions run deep.”

Lecturer Emmett Ramstad (art) had work on display at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design in the Jerome Fellowship Exhibition, through November 8. 

Professor Abdi Samatar’s (geography, environment & society) new book, Africa’s First Democrats: Somalia’s Aden A. Osman and Abdirazak H. Hussen, was published by the Indiana University Press.

Community outreach coordinator Saymoukda Vongsay's (Asian American studies) play, Kung Fu Zombies vs Shaman Warrior, will be featured in the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center's “CTRL+ALT Culture Lab on Imagined Futures” exhibition in New York this November.

Assistant Professor Mathew Zefeldt (art) has a show, “Desktop,” at the Soap Factory until December 18. 

Grants & Fellowships

Instructor Jim Cihlar and MFA students Jonathan Damery, Roy Guzman, and Jordan Thomas (all creative writing) each won $10,000 Minnesota State Arts Board grants in literature. In addition, five MFA alumni won them too: Victoria Blanco, Dana D'Amico, Rachel Moritz, Margie Newman, and Andrea Uptmor

Professor Ray Gonzalez (English) won the Witter Bynner Prize for Poetic Achievement from the Library of Congress. He will receive a $10,000 fellowship and have a reading within the actual Library of Congress.


Professor Craig Kirchhoff and Associate Professor Emily Threinen (both music) have been chosen to be charter members of the Yamaha Master Educator Program. Yamaha has introduced this new campaign to offer music directors a resource to help them realize their full potential at the local, state, and national levels. 

November 3, 2016

Publications & Creative Activities

Associate Professor Alexander Fiterstein (music) recently performed with members of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Montreal Symphony as well as the BPL Chamber Players in New York City. 

Associate Professor Karen Painter and Associate Professor David Walsh (both of music) were featured speakers at the Wagner Colloquium, sponsored by the Richard Wagner Society of the Upper Midwest and the Minnesota Opera. Painter presented "Wagner’s Ring and German-American relations during the World Wars," and Walsh presented “Das Rheingold in the Twilight of the Gods!”

PhD candidate Mingwei Huang (American studies) recently published an op-ed in The Chronicle of Higher Education, "Vulnerable Observers: Notes on Fieldwork and Rape.” 

Grants & Fellowships

Professor Jeff Broadbent (sociology) has been appointed a Fellow of the Institute on the Environment.

PhD candidate Paula Cuellar Cuellar (history) is one of the nine students recognized by a the Hawkinson Foundation for her work furthering peace and justice initiatives. This year, the foundation awarded a total of $24,000 in scholarships to students who have tirelessly worked to advance peace and justice in their communities. 

Professor Steve Engel (psychology) is a member of Institute of Engineering in Medicine Director Dr. Bin He’s team which just received a five-year, $1.9 million National Institutes of Health research grant. The proposed research will significantly enhance the brain-computer interface use through mind-body intervention, and thus will benefit numerous patients, including disabled patients, and the general population to enhance control over their environment.


Assistant Professors Jack DeWaard (sociology) and Kate Derickson (geography, environment & society) have been selected to join the inaugural cohort of Institute on the Environment Associates. IonE Associates are early-career researchers who are developing engaged and interdisciplinary careers in environmental scholarship. These scholars show great promise to become internationally recognized for their environmental and sustainability research and affect transformative environmental outcomes. 

October 20, 2016

Publications & Creative Activities

DMA student Ye Chen (music) performed the role of Fafner in Das Rheingold with the China National Opera House.

Senior lecturer Preston Duncan (music) performed and gave a master class at the 2016 Saxtemberfest.

Associate Professor Bonnie Klimes-Dougan's (psychology) paper, "Regulatory control and depression in adolescents: Findings from neuroimaging and neuropsychological research," was identified as one of the top 10 most downloaded Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology papers in 2016.

Professor Alex Lubet (music) had a piece, Why Bruce Springsteen’s depression revelation matters, published in The Conversation. It’s a discussion of why Springsteen’s disclosure of his long history of depression in his memoir, Born to Run, was such a surprise to many.

Professor David Myers (music) was recently favorably cited in Juilliard faculty member and music critic Greg Sandow's national blog "The Future of Classical Music in America."  

Associate Professor Adriana Zabala (music) sang the title role in the Florentine Opera’s world premiere of Sister Carrie. She received glowing reviews

Grants & Fellowships

Associate Professor Shmuel Lissek (psychology) was awarded a 5-year R01 grant of $2.1 million from the National Institute of Mental Health to study the transdiagnostic relevance of brain mechanisms by which Pavlovian generalization of fear transfers to maladaptive behavioral-avoidance.

The Institute for Global Studies, the Human Rights Program and the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies were recently awarded a second $150,000 two-year grant from the Ohanessian Endowment Fund for Justice and Peace Studies of the Minneapolis Foundation in support of the Ohanessian Dialogues on Mass Atrocities and their Aftermaths, an initiative that began with the Foundation’s first award in 2014. 

Associate Professor Cheryl Olman (psychology) is part of a team of U of M researchers who have received two 5-year R01 grants from the National Institutes of Health, totaling $9.4 million, to advance functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) technology. Cheryl will be co-leading a team whose findings could broaden the impact of human brain imaging, leading to potential discoveries related to neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and stroke. Read more about the project.


Associate Professor Emily Threinen (music) was elected to the American Bandmasters Association and was selected to be a part of the Yamaha Master Educators Group.

October 6, 2016

Publications & Creative Activities

Professor Eugene Borgida (psychology) has co-edited Collaboration in Psychological Science (MacMillan), a collection of essays that gives students and other researchers a firsthand look at how collaborative scientific research is done.

Associate Professor Alexander Fiterstein (music) performed Robert Schumann's Fantasy Pieces and Catch by Thomas Ades on the season opening concert of the Boston Chamber Music Society at Harvard's Memorial Hall.

Professor David Myers' (music) book, Redefining Music Studies in an Age of Change: Creativity, Diversity, Integration, was published in September.


Immigration History Research Center has been chosen to receive the 2016 Equity and Diversity Outstanding Unit Award. The award will be presented at the annual Equity and Diversity Breakfast on Thursday, November 17.

Professor Emeritus John Campbell (psychology) received a lifetime achievement award from the Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington.

Professor Emerita Jo-Ida Hansen (psychology) is the APA Society of Counseling Psychology's 2016 recipient of their Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring award, which acknowledges career contributions to counseling psychology via excellence in mentoring.

Professor Robert Krueger (psychology) was recently recognized with the 2017 Paul Hoch Award from the American Psychopathological Association.

Associate Professor Lynn Lukkas (art) and director of the Katherine Nash Gallery Howard Oransky were awarded First Prize for Exhibition Catalogues in 2016 for Covered in Time and History - The Films of Ana Mendieta, by the American Alliance of Museums.

Professor Deniz Ones (psychology) has been awarded the Minnesota Psychological Association's Award for Outstanding Graduate Faculty. Ones also received the University's 2016 Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate and Professional Education Award.

Professor Emeritus Auke Tellegen (psychology) received the APA Division 30's award for Distinguished Contributions to Scientific Hypnosis.

Grants & Fellowships

The first Grand Challenges Research Grants, totaling $3.6 million in support, have been awarded to 29 teams of faculty from across the Twin Cities campus. The two-year grants will seed ambitious interdisciplinary collaborations addressing critical challenges facing Minnesota and the world, in alignment with Driving Tomorrow, the campus strategic plan. We’re excited  that 35 members of our CLA community are included in the teams participating in this important research. Please take some time and review the projects. Congratulations!

  • Akosua O. Addo (music)
  • Beth Andrews (art)
  • Fareed A. Awan (philosophy)
  • Alejandro Baer (sociology)
  • Christine Baeumler (art)
  • Elizabeth Heger Boyle (sociology)
  • Jessica Brown (speech-language-hearing sciences)
  • Ananya Chatterjea (theatre arts & dance)
  • Mark DeRuiter (speech-language-hearing sciences)
  • Jigna Desai (gender, women & sexuality studies)
  • Nelsy Echávez-Solano (Spanish & Portuguese studies)
  • David Feinberg (art)
  • Lizbeth H. Finestack (speech-language-hearing sciences)
  • Barbara Frey (human rights)
  • Lisa Hilbink (political science)
  • Patricia Kuhl (speech-language-hearing sciences)
  • Erika Lee (history)
  • Richard Lee (psychology)
  • Charlotte Melin (German, Scandinavian & Dutch)
  • Joanne Miller (political science)
  • Lena Palacios (gender, women & sexuality studies)
  • Leigh Payne (human rights)
  • Mark Pedelty (communication studies)
  • Luis A. Ramos-Garcia (Spanish & Portuguese studies)
  • David Rand (psychology, economics)
  • Alex Rothman (psychology)
  • Bryan Runck (geography, environment & society)
  • Joachim Savelsberg (sociology)
  • Robert S. Schlauch (speech-language-hearing sciences)
  • Catherine Squires (communication studies)
  • Moin Syed (psychology)
  • Christopher Uggen (sociology)
  • Suiping Wang (psychology)
  • Yang Zhang (speech-language-hearing sciences)
  • Hui Zou (statistics)

Professor Josephine Lee (English) and Bic Ngo (CEHD) have received a five-year, $1.75 million grant from the US Department of Education to increase services for Asian American students at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. The first year of the grant will focus on establishing the resource center to house project activities as well as a dedicated space for students to study and build community. 

Professor Hooi Ling Soh (linguistics) was awarded a Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Grant for her research project titled, “New Approaches to the Study of the Discourse (Sentence Final) Particle DE in Mandarin Chinese.”

Professors Nancy Luxon and Robert Nichols (political science), and Jean O’Brien (history and American Indian studies) have received funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a transdisciplinary Sawyer Seminar called The Politics of Land: Colony, Property, Ecology. The seminar will occur throughout the 2017-18 academic year.


Professor Hooi Ling Soh (linguistics) was invited to present a keynote at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

Assistant Professor Tamsie Ringler (art) has been elected to Royal British Society of Sculptors.

September 22, 2016

Publications & Creative Activities

Professors Penny Edgell, Joe Gerteis, and Doug Hartmann and graduate student Evan Stewart (all sociology) published the article "Atheists and Other Cultural Outsiders: Moral Boundaries and the Non-Religious in the United States" in August.


Associate Professor Ronald Krebs (political science) won the 2016 Giovanni Satori Book Award from the Qualitative and Multi-Method Research Section of the American Political Science Association for his most recent book, Narrative and the Making of US National Security

Professor Erika Lee (history) was awarded the 2016 Pioneer Award from OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates, the national advocacy and civil rights organization for Asian Pacific Americans.

Grants & Fellowships

Regents Professor Chris Uggen (sociology) et al. received an NSF grant award for "Collaborative Research:  Enhancing Public Access: Archiving Court Cases to Study Genocide and Transitional Justice."

The Language Center’s PACE project has received full federal funding from the Language Flagship Proficiency Initiative for their third year. The Language Center uses this funding to work with language instructors to support curriculum revision, to provide professional development opportunities, to reinforce and continue to raise student awareness of their learning and proficiency development through self-assessment, and to assess student proficiency at all levels of the curriculum.

September 8, 2016

Publications & Creative Activities

Associate Professor Christine Baeumler (art) presented two collaborative projects at Northern Spark: Backyard Phenology and Surrender with students and colleagues in the course Making Sense of Climate Change.

Professor Dean Billmeyer (music) had his new edition of introductory works of Max Reger published this summer.

Professor Alexander Braginsky (music) traveled to China this summer, where he gave master classes at the Cadenza Festival in Watertown, located near the Great Wall. He also went to the Summit Music Festival in Purchase, NY to give five seminars on piano performance and interpretation.

Professor Matthew P. Canepa (art history) has been appointed Directeur d'études invité at the École Pratique des Hautes Études-Paris, where he gave a cycle of four lectures on the theme, "Les cultures visuelles et spatiales du pouvoir en l'Iran entre Alexandre et l'Islam," May-June 2016.

Professor Doug Hartmann (sociology) had his new book, Midnight Basketball: Race, Sports, and Neoliberal Social Policy, published this summer. In it he traces the history of the program and the policy transformations of the period, while exploring the racial ideologies, cultural tensions, and institutional realities that shaped the entire field of sports-based social policy.

Associate Professor Diyah Larasati (theatre arts & dance) taught a five-day course in July at the the American Institute for Indonesian Studies in Indonesia on the subject, "Decolonizing Humanities and Cultural Studies: Theory and Practice."

Assistant Professor Chris Larson's (art) video installation, Land Speed Record, is on view at the Walker Art Center from June 9 to January 8, 2017. This show focuses on memories and objects left behind when their context and architectural enclosure disappears.

Professor Anatoly Liberman (German, Scandinavian & Dutch) spent a week in Russia at St. Petersburg University and the Moscow State University for the Humanities. He gave a cycle of eight lectures on the Middle Ages, Shakespeare's sonnets, phonology, and English as a second language.

Professor David Lipset (anthropology) published a co-edited collection called Mortuary Dialogues: Death Ritual and the Reproduction of Moral Community in Pacific Modernities (NY: Berghahn, 2016).

Professor Guerino Mazzola (music) and School of Music graduate students Maria Mannone and Yan Pang, along with undergraduate students Margaret O'Brien and Nathan Torunsky, recently completed a book titled, All About Music: Realities, Communication, Semiotics, Embodiment. All About Music will be published as a part of Spring Press's Computational Music Science series in fall 2016. This book is the result of Mazzola's course How to Write a Scientific Music Book.

DMA student Soyoung Park (music) won second prize at the first Danube Concerto Competition in Budapest. She performed the first movement of the Mozart Piano Concerto in A major, K. 488 on July 4 with the Danube Symphony Orchestra at the Danube Palace Concert Hall in Budapest.

Associate Professor Andréa Stanislav (art) had her film Forget Your Past screened at the Residence of the U.S. Consul General in St. Petersburg, Russia this summer.

Associate Professor David Walsh (music) and the University Opera Theatre's new collaborative outreach project, in partnership with Skylark Opera, wrapped up with a final concert at the Landmark Center in Saint Paul on May 22. The seven voice/opera singers were Anna Hasizume, Yun Kyong Lee, Jennifer LeDoux, Abigail Seaman, Jeffrey Martin, Joshua Diaz, and Laurent Kuehnl and the musical coach and accompanist was collaborative piano student Mijin Choi. Gary Ruschman programmed and arranged the presentations.

Former Minnesota Center for the Philosophy of Science director Ken Waters, residential fellows Geoff Gorham and Ed Slowik, and Ben Hill (Western U.) published Volume 20 of the Minnesota Studies in Philosophy of Science, The Language of Nature: Reassessing the Mathematization of Natural Philosophy in the Seventeenth Century


Christopher Uggen (sociology) was named the University's 100th Regents Professor.

The Institute for Global Studies received a 2016 Equity and Diversity Transformation Award for their Teaching Issues of Social Justice in an Interdependent World program.

The Katherine E. Nash Gallery and the Department of Art were awarded first prize by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) during the 2016 Museum Publications Design Competition, in the Exhibition Catalogue category for their Ana Mendieta catalogue. AAM is the national professional organization for art museums in the United States.

Assistant Professor Zack Almquist (sociology) was honored as one of the Top 50 Graduate and Postdoctoral Alumni Honorees at the University of California-Irvine's 50th anniversary of their graduate program. 

Associate Professor Joyce Bell (sociology) won the Distinguished Early Career Award, ASA Section on Racial/Ethnic Minorities

Professor Ananya Chatterjea’s (theatre arts & dance) dance company, Ananya Dance Theatre, was selected for an Arts Achievement Award by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. 

Professor Brenda Child (American studies) received the Award of Merit for her book, My Grandfather’s Knocking Sticks: Ojibwe Family Life and Labor on the Reservation, from the American Association for State and Local History.

PhD candidate Paula Cuellar (history) was awarded three prestigious awards for her human rights scholarship, from the Hawkinson Foundation Scholarship, the Shoah Foundation at the University of Southern California, and the American Association of University Women International.

Assistant Professor Kyle Herkenhoff (economics) was awarded nearly $50,000 by Washington Center for Equitable Growth for an academic grant.

Professor Traci Mann (psychology) was awarded the SPSP Book Prize for the Promotion of Social and Personality Science for her book, Secrets from the Eating Lab.

Professor Jeylan Mortimer (sociology) won a Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award, ASA Section on Children and Youth

Graduate student Monica Saralampi (sociology) was awarded the Dr. Nancy "Rusty" Barcelo Scholarship from the UMN Women's Center.

Professor David Samuels’ (political science) recent book, Inequality and Democratization: An Elite-Competition Approach, won the American Political Science Association's Woodrow Wilson Award and the 2015 Riker Award for the Best Book in Political Economy.

Grants & Fellowships

Assistant Professor Sinem Arçak Casale (art history) has been awarded an ACLS fellowship to finish work on her book project, Courtly Encounters in War and Peace: Ottoman-Safavid Gift Exchange, 1501-1660.

PhD candidate Tia-Simone Gardner (gender, women & sexuality studies) was awarded a 2016 McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship

Associate Professor Michael Goldman (sociology) and Co-PIs Associate Professor Vinay Gidwani (geography, environment & society); Helga Leitner and Eric Shepard (geography, UCLA); and Carol Upadhya (NIAS, Bangalore) were awarded a $500,000 three-year NSF grant for their project, "Speculative Urbanism: Land, Livelihoods, and Finance Capital."

DMA student Bethany Gonella (music) received a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council to acquire a baroque flute, pursue further study of historical performance practice at the Twin Cities Early Music Festival, and perform two baroque flute recitals in the Twin Cities.

Professor Tim Johnson (political science) was awarded a National Science Foundation Grant to create a data set that will "reveal the inner workings of the most secretive aspect of the federal government's most secretive institution." The project is titled, "The View from Behind the Curtain: Establishing a Database of Supreme Court Conference Note Transcriptions." 

Associate Professor Nancy Luxon and Assistant Professor Robert Nichols (political science) recently won a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities to create a new course on the meaning of political community. Nichols and Luxon will explore different ways to think about political community.

PhD candidate Oanh Nguyen (political science) has been named a 2016-2017 Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Fellow, spring cycle, by the American Political Science Association (APSA).

PhD candidate Tammy Chrelle Owens (American studies) was awarded a Consortium for Faculty Diversity Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Africana Studies at Dickenson College.

PhD candidate Basit Qureshi (history) was selected on one of 11 winners of the 2016-17 Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowship.  A full list of winners can be found here


Regents Professor Chris Uggen (sociology) was elected American Sociological Association Vice President.