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Accolades Spring 2017

News about the publications, creative activities, and recognition given to our faculty, staff, and graduate students.
May 18, 2017

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May 18, 2017
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Graduate student Amanda Weber (music) won the 10th Mary Bussman Emerging Female Composer Contest

Grants & Fellowships

Graduate student Veronica Horowitz (sociology) was awarded the 2017 Feminist Criminology Graduate Research Scholarship by The Division of Women and Crime, American Society of Criminology. It’ll provide support for her dissertation, “Mercy in a Punitive Place?: A Case Study of Gender and Commutation in Louisiana.”

Graduate student Kathryn Huether (music) has been awarded a University of Minnesota Global Programs and Strategy Alliance Walter H. Judd International and Graduate Fellowship for her research of Holocaust memory and musical affect. 

Spring 2017 Grant-in-Aid Recipients Announced

  • Assistant Professor Aren Aizura (gender, women & sexuality studies) for “TransForming Visions: Participatory Documentary on Transgender Activism in South and Southeast Asia”
  • Professor Timothy Brennan (cultural studies & comparative literature) for “Places of Mind, Occupied Lands -- Edward Said, An Intellectual Biography”
  • Professor Karen Mary Davalos (Chicano & Latino studies) for “Mexican American Art since 1848”
  • Assistant Professor Lorenzo Fabbri (French & Italian) for “The Politics of Realism in PostWar Italy”
  • Professor Keya Ganguly (cultural studies & comparative literature) for “Political Metaphysics: Aurobindo Ghose and Revolutionary Thought in India”
  • Assistant Professor Jessica Gordon-Roth (philosophy) for “Feminist Philosophy and Formal Logic Workshop”
  • Assistant Professor Margaret Hennefeld (cultural studies & comparative literature) for “Death from Laughter, Female Hysteria, and Early Cinema”
  • Associate Professor Christopher Isett (history) for “Managing Development During the Cold War: Government, Enterprises, and Globalization on Taiwan, 1950 to 1982”
  • Assistant Professor James Lee (psychology) for “Parsing Information Flow in Speed Cognitive Tasks”
  • Professor Traci Mann (psychology) for “Using a New Model of Caloric Deprivation to Test Strategies for Resisting Unhealthy High-sugar Foods”
  • Assistant Professor Mandy Menke (Spanish & Portuguese) for “The Development of Academic Language in Spanish Language Immersion Programs”
  • Professor Katherine Scheil (English) for “Imagining Shakespeare's Wife: The Afterlife of Anne Hathaway”
  • Professor Polly Szatrowski (linguistics) for “Dynamic Construction of Eating Norms while Eating and Talking about Food Over a Meal”
  • Associate Professor Thomas Wolfe (history) for “Transformations of Russian Society: Pluralism and the Post-Soviet Press”
  • Assistant Professor Elizabeth Wrigley-Field (sociology) for “The Epidemiological Transition in United States Rural Counties, 1900-1950”
  • Assistant Professor Mathew Zefeldt (art) for “Painting Screen Culture”

2017-18 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships Awarded
The Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship committee has completed its review of nominations for 2017-18.  The College of Liberal Arts submitted 64 nominations and the committee awarded 27 fellowships to our graduate students.

  • Angela Carter (gender, women & sexuality studies)
  • Brooke Depenbusch (history)
  • Jessica Finlay (geography, environment & society)
  • Amy Hill Cosimini (Spanish & Portuguese)
  • Mingwei Huang (American studies)
  • Parisa Jalalkamali (economics)
  • Marc Juberg (English)
  • Matt King (history)
  • Kiley Kost (German, Scandinavian & Dutch)
  • Julia Longenecker (psychology)
  • Lars Mackenzie (gender, women & sexuality studies)
  • Bridget Marchesi (political science)
  • Keler Marku (economics)
  • Laura Matson (geography)
  • Rose Miron (American studies)
  • Lauren Mitchell (psychology)
  • Matthew Motta [political science (Holt Award)]
  • Viann Nguyen-Feng (psychology)
  • Asa Olson (English)
  • Djordje Popovic (comparative studies & comparative literature)
  • Aaron Rosenthal (political science)
  • Niloofar Sarlati (comparative studies & comparative literature)
  • Melinda Schreiner (psychology)
  • Dominic Smith (economics)
  • Jeffrey Squires (English)
  • Lucas Youngvorst (communication studies)
  • Tzu-Ling (Jocelyn) Yu (speech-language-hearing sciences)

Publications & Creative Activities

Professor David Lipset (anthropology) just published his new book, Yabar: The Alienations of Murik Men in a Papua New Guinea Modernity. (New York: Palgrave) 

Associate Professor Joshua Page and Assistant Professor Michelle Phelps (sociology) published a new book they co-authored with Philip Goodman, Breaking the Pendulum: The Long Struggle Over Criminal Justice, published in April. 

Regents Professor Madelon Sprengnether (English) publishes a regular blog, "Minding Memory," in Psychology Today.

May 4, 2017


Assistant Dean Nanette Hanks was recently awarded the C. Eugene Allen Award for Innovative International Initiatives. 

Associate Professor Luis Ramos-Garcia (Spanish & Portuguese) has received the President's Award for Outstanding Service.

Professor Joachim Savelsberg (sociology) was awarded the 2017 William J. Chambliss Lifetime Achievement Award by the Law and Society Division, Society for the Study of Social Problems.

Ph D student Kendra Wheeler (music) won Downbeat's 40th Annual Student Music Award Competition in the Live Recording Round. As the winner of this competition, she will be featured in the June 2017 issue of Downbeat magazine. 

Grants & Fellowships

Professor Elizabeth Heger Boyle (sociology) received a $900,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a project to increase accessibility to survey data on women and children's health from the 20 poorest countries in the world. The data (called PMA2020; collected with support from Gates) cover a broad range of topics, such as access to family planning methods, distance to clean water, menstrual hygiene, and nutrition. Liz will be collaborating with Dr. Matt Sobek and Devon Kristiansen at the Minnesota Population Center to complete the project.

Professor Timothy Brennan (cultural studies & comparative literature) was awarded a Camargo Foundation residency grant for the fall of 2017.

Graduate student Chelsea Cervantes de Blois (geography, environment & society) received a Boren award from the National Security Education Program to study Turkish at Azerbaijan’s University of Languages in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Community outreach coordinator Saymoukda Vongsay (Asian American studies) was awarded a Many Voices Fellowship for playwrights from The Playwrights' Center/Jerome Foundation this past week. You can learn more about her plan for the fellowship period and meet her cohort

2017 Fulbright Grants Awarded
Three graduate students have been awarded Fulbright Study Abroad grants for the upcoming year.

  • PhD student Jacqueline Daigneault (geography, environment & society) will travel to the West African nation of Togo.
  • PhD student Kiley Kost (German, Scandinavian & Dutch) will study at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany and will conduct archival research at the Deutsches Literaturarchiv in Marbach.
  • PhD student Ashwini Srinivasamohan (geography, environment & society) will analyze “informal” plastic recycling from two dumps in Chennai, India.

Publications & Creative Activities

PhD students Kyriaki (Kakia) Gkoudina and Maria Mannone's (both of music) article “Narrating the Origin of the Universe through the Music: A Case Study," has been accepted for publication in the fifth issue of the Collective Papers of Academy of Arts of Novi Sad, Serbia. 

April 20, 2017


Associate Professor Susanna Blumenthal (history) received the 2017 OAH Merle Curti Intellectual History Award from the Organization of American Historians in April for her book, Law and the Modern Mind: Consciousness and Responsibility in American Legal Culture.

Executive Administrative Assistant Caitlin Bailey (English) was selected to be the winner of this year’s Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry for her collection of poetry, Solve for Desire

Grants & Fellowships

Professor Timothy Brennan (English) was awarded an eight-week residency fellowship at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France for fall 2017.

Associate Professor Lois Cucullu (English) received a Huntington Library Fellowship.

PhD student Christina Michelon (art history) was awarded a Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship in American Art.

PhD student Patrick Snyder (political science) has received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. He seeks to evaluate the varied success of rule-of-law building programs in Morocco, exploring the impact of civil society-led reform initiatives and the ways in which such initiatives are vulnerable to elite exploitation and cooptation.

Community Outreach Coordinator Saymoukda Vongsay (Asian American studies) has been named an Aspen Ideas Bush Foundation Scholar and will attend the Aspen Ideas Festival.

The 2017 Minnesota State Arts Board Artists Initiative Grant recipients include:

  • Graduate student Colleen M. Bertsch (music)
  • Associate Professor Lisa Channer (theatre arts & dance)
  • Lecturer James J. Cihlar (English)
  • MFA candidate Jonathan Damery (English)
  • MFA candidate Roy G. Guzmán (English)
  • Assistant Professor Regan Golden-McNerney (art)
  • Assistant Professor Monica Haller (art)
  • Lecturer Mike Helke (art)
  • Research Technician Paul Linden (art)
  • Assistant Professor Kevin Obsatz (art)
  • Assistant Professor Erin Paradis (art)
  • Research Technician Sonja Peterson (art)
  • Associate Professor Jenny Schmid (art)
  • Lecturer Ginny Sims (art)
  • MFA candidate Jordan K. Thomas (English)

Eleven PhD students were selected to participate in the 2017 Social Science Research Council Interdisciplinary Dissertation Proposal Development Program that involves two interdisciplinary, faculty-led training workshops as well as exploratory summer research.

  • Kari Campeau (writing studies)
  • Dana DeVlieger (music)
  • Eric Goldfischer (geography, environment & society)
  • Vanessa Guzman (American studies)
  • Michael Kadow (history)
  • Nithya Rajan (gender, women & sexuality studies)
  • Harshit Rathi (cultural studies & comparative literature)
  • Matthew Treon (American studies)
  • Mikkel Vad (cultural studies & comparative literature)
  • Robin Wright (geography, environment & society)
  • Wei Ye (anthropology)


Professor Jeylan Mortimer (sociology) was awarded the 2017-18 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs for her youth development study research.

Publications & Creative Activities

Associate Professor Scott F. Abernathy (political science) published American Government: Stories of a Nation. (CQ Press, 2017)

Professor Christopher M. Federico (psychology) and Professor Howard Lavine (political science), along with Christopher D. Johnston, published Open versus Closed: Personality, Identity, and the Politics of Redistribution. (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

Associate Professor Rebecca Krug's (English) second monograph, Margery Kempe and the Lonely Reader, is out with Cornell University Press.

Professor Ellen Messer-Davidow (English) published "Investing in College Education: Debtors, Bettors, Lenders, Brokers" in a special issue of Humanities titled “Saving the Humanities from the Neoliberal University,” edited by Ronald Strickland.

Professor Erika Lee (history) was recently invited by Google to discuss the history of Asians in America. A video of her talk is available on YouTube.

Professor Julie Schumacher's (English) new book Doodling for Academics,  a humorous offshoot from her award-winning campus novel Dear Committee Members, is now available. (University of Chicago Press)

The exhibition “Lost in the Woods: 8 Artists/Printmakers from the University of Minnesota” will be on display through May 26 at the Winona Arts Center, featuring the work of Lecturer Tzvi Izaksonas, Assistant Professor Edie Overturf, Lecturer Drew Peterson, Associate Professor Jenny Schmid, and graduate students Michael Johnson, Brittany Kieler, Anna Orbovich, and Dillon Rapp (all of art).

April 6, 2017


PhD student Chad Hutchinson (music) recently won 3rd place in The American Prize, for Opera Conducting in the College/University division.

Two of our graduate students were awarded professional & graduate student awards by the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences.

  • PhD student Anindita Chatterjee (geography, environment & society) for “Bitter pill? Patent Regimes, Imitation, and Innovation in the Indian Pharmaceutical Industry”
  • PhD student Brittany Krzyzanowski (geography, environment & society) for “Bridging the Gap Between Health Geography and Evidence-Based Public Health Policy by Facilitating Knowledge of Spatial Methods with Dynamic Geovisualization”

Grants & Fellowships

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Board of Trustees has approved a grant of $900,000 to continue support for the Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World. This is a four-year grant to extend its work in creating a new vision of integrated, multidisciplinary research and teaching in global premodern studies.

Professor Maki Isaka (Asian languages & literatures) was awarded a 2017 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship for “Femmes Fatales, Honorary Men, and Muted Feminine Voices: Women's Gidayû-Music and Fandom in Modern Japan.”


Associate Professor Emily Threinen (music) was inducted into the American Bandmasters Association at their annual convention in Lexington, Kentucky, March 8-11. Threinen is one of only eight band directors from the state of Minnesota to be inducted. 

Publications & Creative Activities

Professor Bruno Chaouat (French & Italian) recently published his book, Is Theory Good for the Jews? (Oxford University Press) 

Associate Professor Dean Sorenson (music) recently returned from directing the North Dakota All State Jazz Ensemble. He will also direct the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-Eastern Jazz Ensemble and present a session at the NAfME Eastern Division Conference. 

Associate Professor Adriana Zabala (music) recently created the role of Lucy Talbot in the Minnesota Opera world premiere of William Bolcom and Mark Campbell's Dinner at Eight. This is her fifth world premiere in recent seasons, and her third in collaboration with Mark Campbell. Watch a video of Zabala describing how she approaches creating a new role.

March 23, 2017


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)

Melvin and Gertrude Waldfolgel Scholar of the College
Associate Professor Adriana Zabala (music)

Scholars of the College

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

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.