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Accolades Spring 2017

News about the publications, creative activities, and recognition given to our faculty, staff, and graduate students
March 23, 2017

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March 23, 2017
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Professor Monica Luciana (psychology) has been selected as a Distinguished McKnight University Professor.

Graduate student Caroline Rowe (anthropology) has received a Graduate Research Fellowship Award from the National Science Foundation.

2016-17 Talle Research Awards Announced
Congratulations to 8 CLA faculty members who are receiving project support through the Talle Research Fund.

  • Associate Professor Cawo “Awa” Abdi (sociology) for "Ethnocentric Charter Schools in Minnesota"
  • Associate Professor Sophia “Sophie” Beal (Spanish & Portuguese studies) for "The Art of Brasília: How Culture Reframes the Built Environment"
  • Associate Professor Lizbeth H. Finestack (Speech-Language-Hearing sciences) for "Metalinguistic Awareness and Language Development in Children"
  • Associate Professor Njeri Githire (African American & African studies) for "Inedible Ideologies: Food, Politics and Artistic Expression in the African Cultural Landscape"
  • Associate Professor Jaime E. Hanneken (Spanish & Portuguese studies) for "Tropologies of Latinité: Race and Space in the Circum-Atlantic, 1830-1930"
  • Associate Professor Nancy Luxon (political science) for "Staging the Political: Colonial Encounters Across North Africa and France"
  • Associate Professor Yuichiro Onishi (African american & African studies) for "The Birth of Midcentury Racial Liberalism: A Strange Journey from America’s Concentration Camps to the Land of 10,000 Lakes"
  • Associate Professor Michael J. Silverman (music) for "Healthy and Unhealthy Music Use, Music-Based Emotional Regulation, and Coping Strategies in Acute Care Mental Health Inpatients: A Cross Sectional Study"

College of Liberal Arts Faculty Excellence Awards
The dean’s medalist, scholars of the college, and Motley teaching award winners have been announced. We will hold a college-wide faculty excellence celebration on April 25 in Northrop.

Dean's Medal
Professor Erika Lee (history)

Scholars of the College

  • Professor Ron Krebs (political science)
  • Professor Kieran McNulty (anthropology)
  • Professor S. Douglas Olson (classical & Near Eastern studies)
  • Associate Professor Adriana Zabala (music)

Arthur "Red" Motley Exemplary Teaching Award

  • Assistant Professor Claire Halpert (linguistics)
  • Associate Professor Scott St. George (geography)
  • Associate Professor Margaret Werry (theatre arts & dance)

Grants & Fellowships

Graduate students Yan Pang and Zack Pentecost (both of music) received fellowships in composition to attend the 2017 Alba Summer Music Festival in Northern Italy.

Professor Catherine Squires (communication studies) received a Bush Fellowship to develop new education programs for underserved students.

The 2017-18 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship Awardees have been announced. CLA graduate students were 12 of the 21 this year.

  • Sarah Catherine Billups (sociology) for "Home of the Free, Little Pink Houses: Singles' Home Purchases after 2008"
  • Aaron Eddens (American studies) for "Climate-Smart Seeds: Science, Property, and the Changing Landscape of International Agriculture"
  • Timothy Frye (Spanish & Portuguese) for "The Shadows of Megaprojects: Writing Water in Panama, Brazil, and Nicaragua"
  • Jen Hughes (anthropology) for "Viking Futures: Storytelling, Crisis and the (un)Translatability of the Icelandic Model"
  • Yagmur Karakaya (sociology) for "Imperial Daydreaming: Ottoman Nostalgia in "New Turkey""
  • Erik Kojola (sociology) for "Extracting Identities and Value from Nature: Copper Mining Controversies in Minnesota"
  • David Lemke (English) for "Visions for a Just Society"
  • Haema Nilakanta (statistics) for "Improved Methods for Sampling Hard to Reach Populations with Applications to Public Health and Population Research"
  • Samantha Poindexter (gender, women & sexuality studies) for "Blueberries and Bruselas: Stories of Gender, Race, Food, and Agriculture in Ejido Erendira"
  • Sarah Saddler (theatre arts & dance) for "Theatre-Based Corporate Training in Global India"
  • Brianna Smith (political science) for "When the Worst is Yet to Come: Threat, Control, and Coping with Political Stress"
  • Madison Van Oort (sociology) for "Big Data and Fast Fashion: Workplace Monitoring in the World's Top Retailers"

Publications & Creative Activities 

Associate Professor Peter Campion (English), with co-editor Philip Coleman, had their collection John Berryman: Centenary Essays published. (Peter Lang, February 2017)

Senior Lecturer Preston Duncan (music) was in Paris, Milan, Perugia, Brussels, and Zagreb recently, performing concerts and giving master classes with University of Minnesota-Morris pianist Ann DuHamel.

Professor Paul Goren (political science) published “Moral Power: How Public Opinion on Culture War Issues Shapes Partisan Predispositions and Religious Orientations” in volume 111 issue 1 of the American Political Science Review.

Graduate student Chad Hutchinson (music) was named one of the 5 finalists for the American Prize in Opera Conducting in the College/University division.

Professor Craig Kirchhoff (music) recently returned from a week-long residency at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

Graduate student Cameron Longabaugh (music) won honorable mention and a cash prize in the 2017 William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition.

Professor Guerino Mazzola’s (music) new DVD Teak Leaves at the Temples was recently released by Trimax Enterprises Inc.

Associate Professor Joshua Page and Assistant Professor Michelle Phelps (both of sociology), with co-author Philip Goodman, had their new book, Breaking the Pendulum: The Long Struggle Over Criminal Justice, published (Oxford).

Assistant Professor Mark Russell Smith (music) was a guest of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in February.

March 9, 2017

Publications & Creative Activities 

Associate Professor Alejandro Baer’s (sociology) new book, Memory and Forgetting in the Post-Holocaust Era: The Ethics of Never Again, was just published. (London / New York: Routledge)

Graduate student Chad Hutchinson (music) recently conducted a pops concert with singer/songwriter Ben Folds and the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.

Katherine E. Nash Gallery Director Howard Oransky and Professor Clarence Morgan (both of art) will have an exhibition of paintings and works on paper, “Patterns of Dialogue,” at the Form + Content Gallery from March 9 - April 8.

Katherine E. Nash Gallerys exhibition “Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta” has been extended to include two additional presentations. The Bildmuseet in Umeå, one of Sweden’s premier venues for contemporary art, will host the exhibit from June 18 through October 22, 2017. The Institute for Contemporary Art in Richmond, Virginia will present the exhibition April 6 through July 29, 2018.

Professor Jeff Simpson (psychology) and his team’s research, "Taking the Long View on Wellness – University of Minnesota," was published in Scientia.

Graduate student Amanda Weber (music) gave a TEDx talk on how she formed Voices of Hope, a women's chorus, at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee and the positive impact of music on the women who participate.


The following faculty and instructors have received the 2016-17 Morse-Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Award:

  • Senior Lecturer Hangtae Cho (Asian languages & literatures)
  • Senior Lecturer Gayle Golden (journalism & mass communication)
  • Associate Professor Kurt Kipfmueller (geography)
  • Associate Professor Tade O. Okediji (African American & African studies)
  • Associate Professor Daniel Philippon (English)
  • Associate Professor Michael Sommers (theatre arts & dance)

The following faculty and instructors have received the 2016-17 Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education Award:

  • Professor Kathryn Reyerson (history)
  • Associate Professor Katherine Scheil (English)
  • Professor Jeff Simpson (psychology)

Those who receive the Morse-Alumni and Graduate and Professional Education awards become members of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers and the title “Distinguished University Teaching Professor” or “Distinguished University Teacher” is conferred upon them.

The following faculty have received the Multicultural Research Award from the Institute for Diversity, Equity and Advocacy in the Office for Equity & Diversity:

  • Assistant Professor Lorena Muñoz (gender, women & sexuality studies): Poverty, Health and Race: Improving Healthy Food Practices Through Traditional Indigenous Growing Technologies
  • Assistant Professor Elliott Powell (American studies): The Other Side of Things: Afro-South Asian Collaborative Sounds in Black Popular Music
  • Associate Professor Arun Saldanha (geography): Prince from Minneapolis: The Geographies of Race and Genius
  • Assistant Professor Christopher Terry (journalism & mass communication): Gender, Race and Eligible Entities: An Evaluation of the Empirical Evidence in the Federal Communications Commission's Minority Ownership Policy Proposal

Assistant Professor Elliott Powell (American studies) has received a 2017 Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The intent of the fellowship is to aid faculty preparing for tenure.

Grants & Fellowships

Associate Professor Giancarlo Casale (history) received a Mellon New Directions Fellowship.

February 23, 2017

Publications & Creative Activities

Graduate student José Kaire (political science) contributed to the research shared in article, “Ordinary people will pay for rights. We asked them.” (Open Democracy)

Associate Professor Nancy Luxon (political science) published her edited translation of Arlette Farge and Michel Foucault's Disorderly Families: Infamous Letters from the Bastille Archives (U of MN Press) in December.

The Creative Writing Program’s 9th annual Benefit for Hunger, hosted by Professor Charles Baxter (English) with special guest Lauren Groff, raised more than $2,100 last week. Second Harvest, which received the donations, says the funds will pay for 6,300 meals for hungry Minnesotans.

Grants & Fellowships

Graduate student Neil Nanyi Qiang (music) has been selected to participate the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) 2017 Intern Program.

February 8, 2017

Publications & Creative Activities

Senior teaching specialists Stephanie Hernandez and Liz Lake (both of Spanish & Portuguese) have launched Voc/zes, a weekly podcast in which they interview one or more people from the Spanish or Portuguese communities in the Twin Cities to capture and share their stories.

Professor David Myers (music) had his chapter, "Policy and the Work of the Musician/Teacher in the Community" published in the recently released Oxford University Press book, Policy and the Political Life of Music Education.

The Immigration History Research Center recently published #ImmigrationSyllabus, a website and educational resource to help the public understand the deep historical roots of today’s immigration debates. Created in partnership with the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and made available through the University of Minnesota Libraries.


Assistant Professor V. V. Ganeshananthan (English) was awarded a Human Rights Initiative Fund faculty research award for 2017 for her project "Collected Writings on Sri Lanka." She receives $15,000 to be used toward travel, research, and translation expenses.

Associate Professor Jennifer Jane Marshall (art history) was awarded a 2017 John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.

Assistant Professor Robert B. Nichols (political science) was named a 2017-2019 McKnight Land-Grant Professor. The goal of this program is to advance the careers of new assistant professors at a crucial point in their professional lives. The award includes a research grant of $25,000 for two years, to be used for expenditures related to the recipient’s research/scholarly work.

January 26, 2017

Publications & Creative Activities

Professor Bernard S. Bachrach (history) published Warfare in Medieval Europe, c. 400-c. 1453 (Routledge).

Professor Susanna Blumenthal (history) published Law and the Modern Mind: Consciousness and Responsibility in American Legal Culture (Harvard University Press).

Professor David Chang (history) published The World and All the Things upon It: Native Hawaiian Geographies of Exploration (University of Minnesota Press).

Professor Michael Gaudio (art history) published The Bible and the Printed Image in Early Modern England: Little Gidding and the Pursuit of Scriptural Harmony (Routledge).

Professor Anatoly Liberman (German, Scandinavian & Dutch) published In Prayer and Laughter: Essays on Medieval Scandinavian and Germanic Mythology, Literature, and Culture.

Graduate student Natalia Vargas Márquez (art history) will present her paper "Looking through the Landscape: An Interpretive Model for Seventeenth-Century Cuzquenian Paintings" at the College Art Association Conference in February.  

Associate Professor Laurie Ouellette (communication studies) published Lifestyle TV (Routledge).

Professor Mark Pedelty (communication studies) published A Song to Save the Salish Sea: Musical Performance as Environmental Activism (Indiana University Press). 

Visiting Assistant Professor Sugata Ray (art history) published,  “Shangri La: The Archive-Museum and the Spatial Topologies of Islamic Art History” in the anthology Rethinking Place in South Asian and Islamic Art 1500 Present, which was edited and includes work by numerous alumni of our Art History department.

Professor Kay Reyerson (history) published Women's Networks in Medieval France: Gender and Community in Montpellier: 1300-1350 (Palgrave MacMillan).

Professor Catherine Squires (communication studies) edited Peter Lang’s recently published book, Dangerous Discourses: Feminism, Gun Violence and Civic Life.

Professor Theofanis G. Stavrou (history) published Eastern Orthodox Christianity: The Essential Texts (Yale University Press) this fall.

Graduate student Jason Tham (writing studies) published an article in the Journal of Global Literacies, Technologies, and Emerging Pedagogies, “Pedagogical and Technological Ethos in Online Instruction: A Rhetorical Review of On-site and Online Learning Statements.”

Graduate student Madeline Whitman (art history) presented her paper "Nicolas de Nicolay & Leon Davent: Printed Peregrinations between Sixteenth-Century France and the Ottoman Empire," at the Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies in January.

Grants & Fellowships

Professor Ray Gonzalez (English) has been named the Witter Bynner Fellow for 2017 by the Library of Congress.

Lecturer Laura Pigozzi (writing studies) was named a health equity leadership and mentoring (HELM) fellow for 2016-17. HELM works to enhance the academic excellence and leadership capacity of diverse faculty and health disparities researchers at the University of Minnesota.

Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship funds for 2017 have been awarded to the following faculty:

  • Associate Professor Mary Franklin-Brown (French & Italian) for “The Roman Calendar After Rome: The Reception of Ovid’s Fasti in Premodern Europe”
  • Associate Professor Lisa Channer (theatre arts & dance) for “Dancing on the Edge - producing and performing a major new work of bilingual dance-theatre in Minnesota and New York”
  • Associate Professor Njeri Githire (African American & African studies) for “Inedible Ideologies: Food, Politics and Artistic Expression in the African Cultural Landscape”
  • Assistant Professor Sherri Katz (journalism) for “E-cigarettte Warning Labels: Tests of Messages to Reduce Recreational Use”
  • Assistant Professor Alice Lovejoy (cultural studies & comparative literature) for “Government-Sponsored Children's Film and Media during the Cold War: Institution, Cognition, and Form”
  • Associate Professor Joanne Miller (political science) for “Are Conspiracy Theories for (Political) Losers?”
  • Professor Clarence Morgan (art) for “Surface Tension: Painting Into Drawing”
  • Assistant Professor Anoop Sarbahi (political science) for “Struggles at the Margins: Explaining Trajectories of Peripheral Ethnic Insurgencies”
  • Associate Professor Michael Silverman (music) for “Healthy and Unhealthy Music Use, Music-Based Emotional Regulation, and Coping Strategies in Adult Cancer Inpatients: A C”


Graduate students Emily Bruce (history) and Matthew Luttig (political science) won the 2016 Best Dissertation Award from the Graduate School. Emily’s dissertation is “Reading Agency: The Making of Modern German Childhoods in the Age of Revolutions” and Matthew’s is “The Rise of Partisan Rigidity: The Nature and Origins of Partisan Extremism in American Politics.”

Professor Dean Hewes (communication studies), with colleagues Edward Schiappa and Peter B. Gregg, won the Charles H. Woolbert Research Award for their essay "The Parasocial Contact Hypothesis." Communication Monographs 72 (1), (2005): 92-115. The award is given to a journal article or book chapter that has stood the test of time and has become a stimulus for new conceptualizations of communication phenomena.  

Professor Dean Hewes (communication studies) also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Small Groups Division of the National Communication Association.

Graduate student Ore Koren (political science) recently received a Peace Scholar Award for 2016-17 from the United States Institute of Peace under the auspices of the Jennings Randolph Fellowship Program. The fellowship is for work on his dissertation project, “Hunger Games: Analyzing Relationships Between Food Security and Violence.”

Doctoral candidate Chris Lindgren (writing studies) won first place in the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on the Design of Communication student research competition. He presented his research on how big data supports reporters and editors at a news organization.

Professor Joanne Miller and PhD student Christina Farhart (both of political science) received the 2015 Paul Lazarsfeld Best Paper Award for "Conspiracy Endorsement as Motivated Reasoning: The Moderating Roles of Political Knowledge and Trust."

Senior Teaching Specialist Luverne Seifert (theatre arts & dance) was given a Fox Foundation Distinguished Achievement Award though the Theatre Communications Group.

Outreach Coordinator Saymoukda Vongsay (Asian American studies) was awarded a Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship from The Loft Literary Center, a VERVE Grant for Spoken Word Poets from Intermedia Arts, and a Cultural Community Partnership Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board for the Payne Avenue Poet Project in collaboration with the East Side Arts Council.

Graduate student Kendra Wheeler (music) is a 2017 a Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition prize winner

CLA Outstanding Service Awards will be awarded on January 31 to the following people in recognition of their contributions to our college. Thank you for your excellent work!

  • Alison Blomster (undergraduate education)
  • Angela Bowlus (undergraduate education)
  • Andrew Byrne (psychology)
  • Katie Clark (undergraduate education)
  • Sara Enfield (art history)
  • Kendrick Erickson (undergraduate education)
  • Deborah Jane (global studies)
  • Daniel Karvonen (German, Scandinavian & Dutch)
  • Hilda Viktoria Mork (sociology)
  • Amanda Nelson (history)

Psychology eLearning Work Group

  • Carla Bates
  • Kathleen Briggs
  • Esther Joy Steenlage Maruani
  • Penny Nichol
  • Michael Walsh

Interim Administrators Work Group

  • Rachel Ayers (speech-language-hearing sciences)
  • Hongna Bystrom (French and Italian)
  • Alexis Cuttance (political science)
  • Pam Groscost (philosophy)
  • Kara Kersteter (anthropology)
  • Deb Ludowese (LATIS)
  • Angie Plambeck (CLA HR)
  • Christine Powell (African American and African studies)


Professor Ruth Mazo Karras (history) has been elected to be an officer of the Medieval Academy of America. She will serve for three years, culminating in 2019-2020 when she will serve as president of the academy, delivering her presidential address at the organization's annual meeting at the University of California, Berkeley.