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Accolades Spring 2016

News about the publications, creative activities, and recognition given to our faculty, staff, and graduate students.
May 19, 2016

Spring day on Northrop Mall, East Bank Campus, University of Minnesota

Spring day on Northrop Mall, East Bank Campus, University of Minnesota
Spring day on Northrop Mall, East Bank Campus, University of Minnesota


May 19, 2016
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Accolades will be on hiatus during the summer and will return September 8, 2016

Publications & Creative Activities


Assistant Professor Hartmut Austen (art) will have a show, "Here r more," from May 13 to June 11 at Good Weather, an art gallery in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

Associate Professor Christine Baeumler (art) is serving on the Northern Spark advisory committee for Climate Chaos, Climate Rising and presenting Backyard Phenology with colleagues and students in her course Making Sense of Climate Change at the June 11-12 event.

MFA candidates Reb Limerick, Hillary Price, and Jasmine Peck (art) with undergraduate students Max Kollman and Alex Julian Leeds will perform in Silver Baby at Island Gallery (May 14) with shows at 7:30 and 9:00pm.

DMA student Soyoung Park (music) performed Haydn for the Golden Key Music Festival and International Piano Competition's Winners Concert at Carnegie Hall in New York on April 30.

Associate Professor Andrew Scheil (English) published his second book, Babylon Under Western Eyes: A Study of Allusion and Myth (U of Toronto Press).

DMA student G. Phillip Shoultz, III (music) will be a featured conductor in VocalEssence's ¡Cantaré! Community Concert 2016 at the Ordway on May 23. The concert will feature the music of our southern neighbors.

Professor John Watkins (English) has been named a Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor at the University of Bristol during this year's Trinity term (May - June). He will be lecturing and teaching on diplomacy and international law.

Assistant Professor Adriana Zabala (music) joined Christian Zacharias and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra at the Ordway Concert Hall May 6 and 7 for a program featuring works of Haydn, Gluck, and Mozart. Zabala sang the role of Orfeo in the third act of Gluck's Orfeo et Euridice.

Assistant Professor Mathew Zefeldt (art) will have work in exhibition at Circuit 12 in Dallas on view May 14 to June 18.


Senior Admissions Counselor Steve Baker was given the Rising Star Award by the Minnesota Associate of College Admission Counseling (MACAC).

PhD recipient Emily Bruce (history) was given a 2016 Best Dissertation Award in Arts & Humanities for her dissertation, Reading Agency: The Making of Modern German Childhoods in the Age of Revolutions.

Professor Nicholas Spadaccini (Spanish & Portuguese), a Cervantes scholar and editor-in-chief of Hispanic Issues and Hispanic Issues Online, is a 2016 recipient of the Official Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic (Cruz de la Orden de Isabel la Católica). The award, which is given for significant contributions to Spain and its culture, will be bestowed on behalf of the King of Spain at a ceremony at the Spanish embassy in Washington, DC.

Three PhD candidates have received 2016-17 Fulbright Scholar Awards.

  • PhD candidate Solveig Mebust (music) will research the role of women in music activism and patronage in Norway, looking specifically to the work of Nina Hagerup Grieg and Theodora Cormontan.
  • PhD candidate Aleksander Sedzielarz (cultural studies & comparative literature) will research how locally-produced sound cinema in the 1930s generated new modernist literary forms in China. He will work with local experts at Fudan University in Shanghai utilizing archives to examine the intersection of cinema and literature and its effects on society in general.
  • PhD candidate Britt Van Paepeghem (anthropology) will travel to Istanbul to research the recent explosion of cultural heritage in Turkey. Employing ethnographic research methods with visitors and employees in Turkey’s new museums, she will examine how changing policies and attitudes towards museums and heritage relate to Turkey’s contemporary cultural narratives and its changing role on the international stage. 


Congratulations to our faculty who have been promoted to professor.

  • Matthew Canepa, art history
  • David Chang, history
  • Michael Gaudio, art history
  • Vinay Gidwani, geography, environment & society
  • Peter Hanks, philosophy
  • Jisu Huh, journalism & mass communication
  • Maki Isaka, Asian languages & Literatures
  • Andrew Karch, poliical science
  • Ascan Koerner, communication studies 
  • Ronald Krebs, political science
  • Timothy Lovelace, music
  • Lynn Lukkas, art
  • Kieran McNulty, anthropology
  • Kevin Murphy, history
  • Andrew Scheil, English
  • Marco Yzerjournalism & mass communication

Congratulations to our faculty who have been promoted to associate professor.

  • Sophia Beal, Spanish & Portuguese studies
  • Lizbeth Finestack, speech-language-hearing science
  • David Karjanen, American studies
  • Shmuel Lissek, psychology
  • Laura Sindberg, music
  • Kim Todd, English
  • Travis Workman, Asian languages & literatures
  • Adriana Zabala, music

Grants & Fellowships

PhD student Rutger Jansma (anthropology) was awarded a grant from the Leakey Foundation for his work studying the relationships and evolutionary dynamics of fossil apes and their relatives from Africa and Eurasia. He is utilizing rigorous evolutionary and statistical approaches to estimate relationships among different species and then examining patterns and rates of evolutionary change throughout the complex lineages of Miocene apes and monkeys.

PhD student Veronica Mendali (Spanish & Portuguese) received a US Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study Arabic in Tangier, Morocco this summer.

MM student Lydia Michel (music) was awarded a Schubert Club special grant to supplement her studies at the Brevard Music Festival and Institute this summer.

Associate Professor Mike Wilson (anthropology) is part of a team of researchers participating in a new NSF grant for improvement of facilities at Gombe National Park, Tanzania, Improving collaborative research infrastructure at Gombe National Park, Tanzania. This is the chimpanzee preserve that has been prominent in the research of Jane Goodall, Anne Pusey, Mike himself and many others, including our own anthropology students.

Three CLA faculty have received Multicultural Research Awards for 2016. These awards fund equity and diversity research. Award recipients present their work as part of the Diversity through the Disciplines Symposia sponsored throughout the academic year. 

  • Associate Professor Zenzele Isoke (gender, women & sexuality studies)
    Black Women and the Art of Political Resistance in the Twin Cities
  • Assistant Professor Lena Palacios (gender, women & sexuality studies)
    Transforming Justice: Formerly Incarcerated Women Engaging in Anti-violence Activism through Participatory Video
  • Associate Professor Teresa Swartz (sociology)
    Not Just Child’s Play: How Parents and Kids of Diverse and Under-Represented Backgrounds Understand, Access, and Experience Youth Activities

Eleven faculty research projects received Grant-in-Aid Program (GIA) funds from the Office of the Vice President for Research. These grants are awarded "in the belief that the quality of faculty research or artistic endeavors is a major determinant of the overall vitality of the institution." 

  • Professor Dean Billmeyer (music)
    A Recording of J. S. Bach’s Major Preludes and Fugues for Organ after the 1913 Edition of Karl Straube (1873-1950)
  • Assistant Professor Evelyn Davies-Venn (speech, language & hearing sciences)
    Improving amplification outcomes in noisy urban soundscapes for individuals with hearing loss
  • Associate Professor Immanuel Davis (music)
    The Flute in the Court of Louis XIV
  • Assistant Professor Lizbeth Finestack (speech, language & hearing sciences)
    Evaluation of an Explicit Approach to Teach Grammatical Forms to Children with Language Impairment
  • Assistant Professor Daniel Griffin (geography, environment & society)
    Southern Minnesota drought history reconstructed from tree rings
  • Professor Michael Hancher (English)
    Revising the Tenniel Illustrations to the Alice Books
  • Associate Professor Hiromi Mizuno (history)
    Nitrogen Frontiers: Japan, Empires, and Postcolonial Asia
  • Assistant Professor Lena Palacios (gender, women & sexuality studies)
    Transforming Justice: Formerly incarcerated women engaging in anti-violence activism through participatory video
  • Professor Elena Pastorino (economics)
    Theory and Evidence on Financial Constraints, Labor Market Frictions, and Employment in the US
  • Associate Professor Arun Saldanha (geography, environment & society)
    Prince from Minneapolis: The Geography of Genius
  • Associate Professor Gilbert Tostevin (anthropology)
    Maximizing the Research Potential of a Rare Archaeological Site: Neanderthal Adaptations at Crvena Stijena, Montenegro

Thirteen graduate students will receive awards totaling almost $100,000 to support summer research internships:

  • PhD candidate Paula Cuellar Cuellar (history)
    Host organization: Human Rights Program 
  • PhD candidate Sean Devlin (anthropology)
    Host organization: DAACS, Charlottesville, VA
  • PhD candidate Eric Goldfischer (geography)
    Host organization: Picture the Homeless, New York
  • PhD Rachel Grewell (sociology)
    Host organization: Urban Farm & Garden Alliance, St. Paul
  • MFA student Brittany Kieler (art)
    Host organization: Minneapolis Institute of Art
  • PhD Erik Kojola (sociology)
    Host organization: The BlueGreen Alliance, Minneapolis
  • PhD candidate Keavy McFadden (geography)
    Host organization: Chicago ACTS, Chicago
  • PhD candidate Lia Mitchell (French)
    Host organization: Univocal Publishing, Minneapolis
  • PhD candidate Sarah Saddler (theatre arts & dance)
    Host organization: Steps Drama, Pune, India
  • DMA candidate Lindsay Schlemmer (music)
    Host organization: Artaria String Quartet, St. Paul
  • PhD candidate Evan Taparata (history)
    Host organization: PRI "Global Nation," Minneapolis
  • DMA candidate Amanda Weber (music)
    Host organization: Minnesoa Correctional Facility-Shakopee
May 5, 2016

Publications & Creative Activities


Professor Lydia Artymiw and lecturer Julia Bogorad-Kogan (both of music) repeated their April 17 faculty recital program (Telemann, Schubert, Martinu, Schiff, Bartok, and Taffanel) for the BargeMusic Masterworks Series on April 22 in Brooklyn, NY and for the Washington Conservatory's Concert Series at the Westmoreland Congregational Church on April 23 in Bethesda, MD.

DMA student Lisa Perry (music) will play in the clarinet section of the North Carolina Symphony on their Classical Concert Series. The program includes John Adams' Absolute Jest and the Beethoven Violin Concerto with soloist Noah Bendix-Balgley (concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic).

Professor Joachim Savelsberg (sociology) participated in events commemorating the Armenian Genocide in Yerevan, Armenia April 23 - 24.  He presented his research on Darfur at a session introduced by President Serzh Sargsyan. He participated in a wreath-laying ceremony, was interviewed by the Armenian media, and attended the first Aurora Award ceremony.

Associate Professor Jenny Schmid (art) and MFA candidates Brittany Kieler, Dillon Rapp, Hillary Price, Bianca Pettis, and Jasmine Peck were all in Walpurgisnacht, an exhibition shown in April. 

MFA candidate Mark Schoening (art) has a solo exhibition, Shapeshifter, at Public Functionary that runs from April 23 to May 22.

Associate Professor Andréa Stanislav (art) had a solo show called Preternatural Shadow Shifter at Ca d'Oro Gallery, NY in April. In addition to showcasing her sculptures, the exhibition represents the New York premiere of her new exciting series, Refractive Collages. See a preview of the show on Artsy

Associate Professor Diane Willow (art) is exhibiting as part of the Into the Ether: Contemporary Light Artists show at the Dayton Art Institute. 

Assistant Professor Adriana Zabala (music) sang the role of The Muse/Nicklausee on April 15 and April 17 in The Tales of Hoffmann with Madison Opera at the Overture Center for the Arts.

The latest issue of Open Rivers - Imagining Water has been published. A number of our CLA community members contributed.

Alumnus Pat Hamilton (MA 1982, geography)
Associate Professor Kat Hayes (anthropology)
Graduate student Simi Kang (gender, women & sexuality studies)
Professor Charlotte Melin (German, Scandinavian & Dutch)
Graduate student Laurie Moberg (anthropology)
Alumna Phyllis Messenger (MA 1993, anthropology)

Grants & Fellowships

DMA student Gabriel Quenneville-Bélair (music) received a $6,000 scholarship from the Fondation de soutien aux arts de Laval (in Quebec, Canada). Along with the scholarship, the Laval Foundation will also sponsor Gabriel's debut solo CD, arrange a photo session and create a website for him.


DMA students Isabella Jie and Fanya Lin (music) tied for the first prize at the 2016 Marvin Mechelke Piano Competition on April 16. 

Professor Guerino Mazzola (music) has been recognized as a 2015-16 University of Minnesota Outstanding Faculty Member by the Council of Graduate Students, Professional Student Government, and the Student Conflict Resolution Center.

Associate Professor Tade Okediji (African American & African studies) is the winner of the 2015-16 College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Science (CFANS) Distinguished Teaching Award for Undergraduate Faculty.

Graduate student Miray Philips (sociology) has been awarded the 2016-17 Bernard and Fern Badzin Fellowship in Holocaust and Genocide Studies

The Joan Aldous Innovation Fund, launched in 2015, provides seed grants for faculty and staff to test new projects or initiatives that advance CLA’s four Roadmap goals. The Aldous Innovation Fund focuses on one or more Roadmap goals annually. For 2015-16, the awards focus on the two key Roadmap goals of diversity and engagement. Diversity grants test new projects that promote equity, inclusion, and diversity throughout CLA. Engagement grants focus on new projects that connect CLA research, creative work, instruction, and outreach with communities beyond the boundaries of the campus.

Professor Ananya Chatterjea (theatre arts & dance) for In Shared Breath: Women, Trauma, Healing
Professor Brenda Child (American studies) for The Making of the Red Lake Constitution
Professor Jigna Desai (gender, women & sexuality studies) for Digital Storytelling for Youth Empowerment
Associate Professor Vicente M. Diaz (American Indian studies) for Scholarship as Celebration: Festive Engagement with Pacific Islanders in Minnesota for Building Capacity for Pacific Islands Studies at UMN
Senior Lecturer Barbara Frey (global studies) for Protecting the Rights of Children Whose Parents Are Incarcerated
Professor Douglas Hartmann (sociology) for Choosing Youth Activities in a Diverse Community: A Guidebook for Minnesota Parents
Professor Ann Hill Duin (writing studies) for University-Public Engagement as Networked Collaboratory
Assistant Professor Sungok Hong (Asian languages & literatures) for Asian Languages and Literatures Summer Intensive Program for Hindi and Urdu
Outreach Coordinator Deborah Jane (global studies) for Global Stories, Local Voices: Global Literacy from Kindergarten to the Research University
Professor Howard Lavine (political science) for Diversity Recruitment Weekend
Professor Erika Lee (history/IHRC) for Immigrant Stories: Immigration Public Education Kit for 6-12th Graders
Professor Richard Lee (psychology) for Diversity in Psychological Science
Associate Professor Enid Logan (sociology) for Scholars of Color Retention Initiative
Associate Professor Nancy Luxon (political science) for Arrested Justice: Thinking Beyond the Prison
Assistant Professor C. Daniel Myers (political science) for Deliberation about the 2016 Election
Associate Professor Cheryl Olman (psychology) for Science Fair Mentoring through Coordinated Classes at the University of Minnesota and Murray Middle School
Assistant Professor Lena Palacios (gender, women & sexuality studies) for Mapping Violence in the Twin Cities: Youth-led Participatory Action Research in a Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Classroom
PhD candidate Laura Maria Pigozzi (writing studies) for Entiende?
Associate Professor Luis Ramos-Garcia (Spanish & Portuguese studies) for XXI The State of Iberoamerican Studies Series: Human Rights Across the Disciplines
Assistant Professor Christina Schmid (art) for Stories in the Making: Conversations about Ethics
Associate Professor Michael Sommers (theatre arts & dance) for The Two-Wheel Tour
Professor Catherine Squires (communication studies/RIGS) for The Op-Ed Project
Professor Valerie Tiberius (philosophy) for Climate and Community: An Assessment of Diversity in Philosophy at the University of Minnesota
Postdoctoral associate Ioana Vartolomei Pribiag (French & Italian) for Poetic Worlds
Outreach Coordinator Saymoukda Vongsay (Asian American studies) for Asian American Partners for Tomorrow
Academic Advisor Bavi Weston and Senior Academic Advisor Meghan Allen Eliason (both of CLA advising) for Advising Beyond Campus (ABC) Program

April 21, 2016


Publications & Creative Activities


Professor Lydia Artymiw (music) received Thursday Musical's 2016 Teacher of the Year award. Also her performance of the first movement of the Dohnanyi 2nd Piano Quintet with the Miami String Quartet was featured on American Public Media's Performance Today on March 30. She is a member of the Artymiw-Keefe-Smith Trio and their concert with Osmo Vänskä for the Matinee Musicale Series in Duluth on March 29 received a nice review by the Duluth News Tribune

Professor Jane Blocker (art history) released her book Becoming Past: History and Contemporary Art in December.

Lecturer Casey Clementson and Professor Scott Lipscomb (both of music) presented the results of their research at the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Research and Teacher Education National Conference in Atlanta, GA. Their presentation, "Redefining community music-making: An exploratory study of a musical playground installation," described a project completed in partnership with the City of Lakes Rotary Club, the organization that—in celebration of its 40th anniversary—provided a $40,000 grant to support the installation of a musical playground in Jackson Square Park in northeast Minneapolis near Edison High School.

Associate Professor Alexander Fiterstein (music) performed as a soloist with the Kansas City Symphony on April 11. The program included Weber's "Concertino" as well as traditional klezmer works.

Assistant Professor Claire Halpert (linguistics) gave a plenary address, titled "Surmountable Barriers," at the 47th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, held at UC Berkeley March 23-26.  

Professor David Myers (music) recently conducted music curriculum consultations and program reviews for the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the University of Tennessee.

Associate Professor Andréa Stanislav (art) had a show featured as the 112th installment of the St. Louis Art Museum's popular "Currents" series showcasing contemporary art, "Andréa Stanislav: Convergence Infinité." In her new works, Stanislav, the 2015-16 Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Fellow artist, explores the complex meanings associated with the natural and mythological history of St. Louis.

Thank you to these members of our CLA community who presented during the Meeting Society’s Grand Challenges Through Community-Engaged Research, Teaching and Learning system-wide conference on March 31. Your community-engaged work with colleagues at the University, as well as with community partners, is greatly appreciated.

Graduate student Jeff Dahlke (psychology)
Associate Professor Jean del Santo (music)
Senior teaching specialist Maria Emilce Lopez (Spanish & Portuguese studies)
Director Barbara Frey (human rights program)
Senior teaching specialist Kathleen Ganley (Spanish & Portuguese studies)
Graduate student Casey Giordano (psychology)
Senior lecturer Gayle Golden (journalism and mass communication)
Teaching assistant Rachel Grewell (sociology)
Senior lecturer Tim Gustafson (writing studies)
Associate Professor Keitha Hamann (music)
Clinical specialist Linda Hinderscheit (speech-language-hearing sciences)
Affiliated instructor Tim Hoogland (history)
Outreach Coordinator Deborah Jane (global studies)
Graduate school fellow Matt King (history)
Graduate student Stephanie Kowalczyk (anthropology)
Associate Professor Nathan Kuncel (psychology)
Graduate student Soojin Lee (music)
Assistant Professor C. Daniel Myers (political science)
Professor Mark Pedelty (communication studies)
Assistant Professor Laura Sindberg (music)
Director Muriel Thompson (Minnesota writing project)
Teaching assistant Amanda Weber (music)
Teaching assistant Heejun Yoon (psychology)

Grants & Fellowships

Assistant Professor Sinem Arcak 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.

Associate Professor Michael Gaudio (art history) has been named a Tyson Scholar of American Art for 2016-17, through which he will complete his book Soundings: Art and the Aural Imagination in the Atlantic World.

MFA candidate Roy Guzman (creative writing) was awarded the 2016 Scribe for Human Rights Fellowship for his project on migrant farm workers in Minnesota and Florida.

PhD candidate Christina Michelon (art history) is the recipient of a Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Predoctoral Fellowship with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. She will work at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Museum of American History on her dissertation Interior Impressions: Printed Material in the Nineteenth Century American Home.

PhD candidate Evan Taparata (history) has been awarded the inaugural 2016 OAH John Higham Research Fellowship by the Organization of American Historians.


Two faculty in the Department of English won at the Minnesota Book Awards last weekend.

Edelstein-Keller Professor in Creative Writing Charles Baxter (creative writing) won the Novel & Short Story Minnesota Book Award for his collection There's Something I Want You to Do.
Professor Ray Gonzalez (English) won the Minnesota Book Award in Poetry for his latest collection, Beautiful Wall.

Three of our Department of History faculty, Associate Professor David Chang, Associate Professor Tracey Deutsch, and Professor Barbara Welke have been named Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturers for 2016-17.

Professor Jean O’Brien (history) has been elected to the Society of American Historians. The criteria are "demonstrated commitment to literary distinction in the writing and presentation of history and biography. Literary excellence in historical work is marked by vividness, clarity, empathy, narrative power, and explanatory force."

Katherine Nash Gallery director Howard Oransky and Associate Professor Lynn Lukkas (art), along with Laura Wertheim Joseph, Raquel Cecilia Mendieta, and John Perreault made the Best Moving Image Book Award Longlist from the British Journal of Photography for the exhibit catalogue, Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta.

2016 President’s Student Leadership and Service Awards (PSLSA) committee has selected 15 students from the College of Liberal Arts as recipients of this year’s award:

  • Meron Ayele
  • Prashasti Bhatnagar
  • Manju Connolly
  • Alana Dopp
  • Sarah Flinspach
  • Alexandra Johnson
  • Matthew Kitagawa
  • Maria Lee
  • Rahsaan Mahadeo
  • David Melendez
  • Julie Sinn
  • ​Mica Standing Soldier
  • Andrew Swisher
  • John Warren
  • Raven Ziegler

April 7, 2016

Publications & Creative Activities

Professor David Damschroder (music) had the fifth volume in his Harmony Project, Harmony in Beethoven, published by the Cambridge University Press. The next volume, Harmony in Mendelssohn and Schumann, is finished and currently under review.

Associate Professor Fernando Meza (music) kicked off the new SONIC WAM! ensemble’s residency at the Weisman Art Museum (WAM) recently. He serves as the group’s artistic director. The group is dedicated to promoting new music in conjunction with the exhibits currently being presented at the WAM, and for its first concert had the participation of School of Music alumni Adam Rappel and Jeremy Johnston (both percussion students), Leah Siltberg (collaborative piano), Rachelle LaNae Smith (cello), and Tyler Cessor (saxophone). Next concert for SONIC WAM! will be on April 24. 

Assistant Professor Tamsie Ringler (art) had a show, Tamsie Ringler: Landscapes and Portraits, Franconia in the City at Casket Arts in March. 

DMA candidate Amanda Weber (music) is bringing music to the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee, Minn. Read about her work in the Big Ten Network's article Minnesota student makes music to prisoners' ears.

Grants & Fellowships

Professor R. Dennis Cook (statistics) has been named one of 12 distinguished Kansas State University alumni honored as 2016 Alumni Fellows.  He is an alumni fellow for the College of Arts and Sciences and will be on campus to present guest lectures April 6-8.

Congratulations to our 2016 Minnesota State Arts Board Grant faculty and staff recipients. Twenty-six alumni also received grants. Apologies if we missed anyone, please contact us at with corrections.

Assistant Professor Torry Bend (theatre arts & dance)
Associate Administrator Erik Farseth (art history)
Assistant Professor Edie Overturf (art)
Editor/Writer Dan Pinkerton  (Austrian studies)
Associate Professor Andréa Stanislav (art)
Teaching Specialist Laurie Van Wieren (dance)

The Department of Psychology had four current and one incoming students receive NSF Predoctoral Fellowship Awards this year. Three students also received honorable mentions. 
Fellowship Awards: Rafael Aguilera, Jessica Bair, Majel Baker, Scott Blain and Ummul-Kiram Kathawalla
Honorable Mentions: Alex Bratch, Rachael Jones and Christine Wu


Professor John Campbell (psychology) has been selected to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington.

Professor Jo-Ida Hansen (psychology) is the American Psychological Association's Society of Counseling Psychology's (SCP) 2016 recipient of their Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring award. 

Professor Erika Lee (IHRC, history) has been awarded a Distinguished McKnight University Professorship for her "path-breaking research examin[ing] global migration and its consequences, especially to the U.S., from the colonial era to the present. She has discovered new sources of historical research and developed new frameworks that have changed the way scholars understand and write American and global history. Her award-winning books have broad national and international influence, she has helped to establish the interdisciplinary field of Asian American Studies, and she is a highly sought-after public intellectual."

Professor Deniz Ones (psychology) has been awarded the Minnesota Psychological Association's Award for Outstanding Graduate Faculty.

March 24, 2016
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Publications & Creative Activities

Professor Lydia Artymiw (music) returned to the Juilliard School in New York on March 18 and 19 to be a juror for the Pre-College Division's Mozart Piano Concerto in E Flat Major, K. 482 Competition. She was also invited to present a master class there.

Associate Professor Alexander Fiterstein (music) served on the jury for woodwind auditions of Ensemble ACJW in Carnegie Hall, New York City. Ensemble ACJW is a joint program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute.

Professor Joan Smith (theatre arts & dance) and her company, Shapiro & Smith Dance, will have a complete performance of their piece "The Gist" aired by MN Original, prior to Shapiro & Smith’s dance concert March 25 and 26 at the Cowles Center.  


Professor Joseph Allen (Asian languages &  literatures) is the CLA Dean's Medalist.

The CLA Scholars of the College are Professor Steven Manson (geography, environment & society, Professor Peggy Nelson (speech-language-hearing sciences), and Professor Julie Schumacher (English).

The Arthur "Red" & Helene B. Motley Exemplary Teaching Awards:
2014-15 - Associate Professor Matthew Mehaffey (music) and Associate Professor Moin Syed (psychology). 
2015-16 - Associate Professor Carolyn Liebler (sociology), Assistant Professor Shmuel Lissek (psychology) and Associate Professor Yuichiro Onishi (African American and African studies).

Fifty-nine of our faculty received Imagine Fund Awards for 2016-17. For a full list of projects and award winners, see the Imagine Fund website.

March 10, 2016

Publications & Creative Activities

Professor Theofanis Stavrou (history, religious studies) recently published volume 30-31 of the Modern Greek Studies Yearbook


Instructor Tim Hoogland (history), who is also the director of education outreach programs with the Minnesota Historical Society, has been chosen for a University of Minnesota Outstanding Community Service Award—Community Partner, the highest honor the University gives to a community partner for service to the University and community. 

Professor Erika Lee (IHRC, history) has been honored by the American Council on Education (ACE) for her significant contributions in higher education in their March 10 publication, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education.  

Assistant Professor Laura Sindberg (music) presented at the 2016 Minnesota Music Educators Association Midwinter Clinic. The title of her session was "Nurturing Yourself in the First Year of Teaching: A Twelve-step Program for New Music Educators."

Grants & Fellowships

Professor Paula Rabinowitz (English) will be a visiting fellow at the United States Study Centre at the University of Sydney in Australia this spring.

Six CLA graduate students received Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship awards for 2016-17. The awards give exceptional doctoral students conducting interdisciplinary research the chance to work with faculty at one of the University's interdisciplinary research centers or institutes. See the Graduate School site for details.

  • Emma Bedor, communication studies
  • Julia Corwin, geography
  • Mingwei Huang, American studies
  • Subhabrata Majumdar, statistics
  • Bridget Marchesi, political science
  • Laura Matson, geography
February 25, 2016

Publications & Creative Activities

Professor Alex Lubet (music) and Teaching Specialist Maja Radovanlija's (music) new CD, The Enchanted Guitar Forest  (Big Round Records) was released February 12.

Associate Professor Kieran McNulty (anthropology) recently coauthored an article published in Nature Communications on evidence that a potential close relative of the genus Homo was limited in its ability to eat hard foods.

Regents Professor Madelon Sprengnether (English) began a new blog series in Psychology Today entitled “Minding Memory.” Her first piece is: "Gratitude: Oliver Sacks and Me." 


Associate Professors Mary Franklin-Brown (French & Italian) and Michael Silverman (music) have both been awarded University of Minnesota Morse-Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Awards.

Associate Professor Michael Goldman (sociology) has been awarded the Dr. V.K.R.V. Rao Chair in the Bangalore Institute for Social and Economic Change for 2016-18.

Professor Josephine Lee (English) has been selected to receive the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Asian American Studies.  

Professor Deniz Ones (psychology) has received a University of Minnesota Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate and Professional Education Award.

On February 25 the college will be celebrating the following individuals and work groups who will be receiving College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Service Awards:

Mary Achartz, Journalism & Mass Communication
Claire Anderson, Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature and Classical & Near Eastern Studies
Anna Brailovsky, Research and Graduate Programs
Catherine Clements, Language Center
Ann Fandrey, LATIS - Technology Enhanced Learning team
Erin Flannery, Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
Rachel Goeller, Psychology
Emily Loudon, Career Services
John McEwen, School of Statistics
Leah Milojevic, Undergraduate Education
Lisa Murphy Filhart, Career Services
Cathy Parlin, German, Scandinavian & Dutch
Rebecca Rassier, Journalism & Mass Communication
Virginia Steinhagen, German, Scandinavian & Dutch         

Payroll Work Group
Christy Campbell
Katherine Casey
Tameika Jackson
Allie Jonas
Andrea Sjoquist
Patrick Russell
Inna Volfson

Website Remodel Team
Derrick Aly*
Lisa Beecroft
Sam Gordon *
Jason McGraw*
Lisa Miller
Matt Muroya *
Ashley O'Brien *
Kelly O'Brien
Colleen Ware

* special mention

Grants & Fellowships

PhD candidate Andrew McNally (American studies) was awarded a Thesis Research Travel Grant from the University of Minnesota Graduate School.

February 11, 2016
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Publications & Creative Activities

Assistant Professor Michelle Phelps (sociology) and her colleague Devah Pager (Harvard) recently published an article in the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, "Inequality and Punishment: A Turning Point for Mass Incarceration."

Teaching specialist Maja Radovanlija (music) and Professor Alex Lubet (music) had a successful tour in Serbia performing as a duo. The tour was organized by the Guitar Art Festival Concert Agency in collaboration with the United States Embassy educational outreach program. Radovanlija and Lubet promoted music from their new CD and gave concerts in 11 cities. They also performed an improvised music concert at Students' Cultural Center (Belgrade) with several well known Serbian improvisers/composers. Following the tour, Radovanlija performed concerts in Minnesota with the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet and flamenco dancer Sachiko Nishiuchi (MN Arts tour).

Professor Emeritus Marty Roth (English) published Trickle and Flow: Chapters in the History and Culture of Water


Edelstein-Keller Professor of Writing Charles Baxter (creative writing) and Professor Ray Gonzalez (English) are both finalists for Minnesota Book Awards, in the fiction and poetry categories, respectively.

Associate Professor Gilliane Monnier (anthropology) received a Fulbright Award.

Grants & Fellowships

Assistant Professor Kate Derickson (geography, environment & society) was awarded a McKnight Land-Grant Professorship for 2015-2017. 

Research assistant Kele Missal (anthropology) received a Thomas Wallace Fellowship.

Congratulations to our students and faculty who were awarded spring 2016 fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study

Congratulations to all of the 2016 Talle Faculty Research Award winners.

January 28, 2016

Publications & Creative Activities

Assistant Professor James Hollyer (political science) has published an article, "Transparency, Protest, and Autocratic Instability” in the November 2015 issue of the American Political Science Review.

PhD student John Little (history) had his article, “Between Cultures: Sioux Warriors and the Vietnam War,” published in Great Plains Quarterly, Volume 35, Number 4, Fall 2015, pp. 357-375.

Post-doctoral fellow Emmett Ramstad (art) has an exhibition at Mia and an upcoming exhibition (Feb.) at the Rochester Art Center.

Professor Paul Rouzer (Asian languages & literature) published a new book, On Cold Mountain: A Buddhist Reading of the Hanshan Poems

Professor Joan Smith (theatre arts & dance) with her company, Shapiro & Smith Dance, performed on TPT2’s MN Original on Twin Cities PBS January 10. 

Associate Professor Dean Sorenson (music) contributed a chapter to the latest Teaching Music Through Performance series, published by GIA Publications.

Professor Rob Warren (sociology) had his abstract, “Does Growing Childhood Socioeconomic Inequality Mean Future Inequality in Adult Health?” published in The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science January 2016, Volume 663, Number 1, pp. 292-330.

Assistant Professor Adriana Zabala (music) performed in the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra's presentation of Handel's Messiah (Jacques Lacombe, conductor) at the Richardson Auditorium in Princeton, NJ and at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ (December 18 - 20).


Professor Charles Baxter (English) is a finalist for the Story Prize, the $20,000 annual award for a collection of short stories; Baxter's 2015 collection is titled There's Something I Want You to Do. The winner will be announced March 2.

Professor Erika Lee's (history, IHRC) The Making of Asian America won the 2015 -2016 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in the Adult Non-Fiction category from the American Library Association.

Grants & Fellowships

Graduate student Rose Miron (American studies) has been awarded a Humanities Without Walls Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for 2016.

Assistant Professor Edie Overturf (art) and Associate Professor Andrea Stanislav (art) were awarded MSAB grants. Numerous additional CLA alumni were awarded grants this year too. See full list.

Post-doctoral fellow Emmett Ramstad (art) won a 2016 Jerome Fellowship.

The Departments of American Indian Studies; Communication Studies; Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies; and Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences have been awarded Engaged Department Grants to help institutionalize public engagement into the teaching, research, and service work of their departments. This is the first time that four CLA departments have received one of these grants at the same time.