Accolades Spring 2019

The 35W bridge in Minneapolis is lit up maroon and gold to celebrate CLA's 150th anniversary.
The 35W bridge in Minneapolis is lit up maroon and gold to celebrate CLA's 150th anniversary.
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August 2019


Congratulations to all of the Department of Sociology’s outstanding award winners who were honored at this year’s American Sociology Association (ASA) Annual Meeting in NYC:

PhD candidate Jacqui Frost won the ASA Culture Section's Richard A. Peterson Award for Best Student Paper for "The Meaning of Uncertainty: Navigating States of Certainty and Uncertainty in Nonreligious Narratives."

PhD candidate Yagmur Karakaya won Honorable Mention for the ASA Culture Section's Richard A. Peterson Award for Best Student Paperfor “The Conquest of Hearts.”

PhD candidate Devika Narayan won the ASA Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology Section’s Best Student Paper Award for “Between the Cloud and a Hard Place: How New Computing Infrastructures Fuel an Asset-Light Economy."

Grants & Fellowships

The Institute for Advanced Study has announced their 2019-2020 cohort of faculty fellows, Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellows, and fellows-in-residence, including many from CLA.


Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellows, 2019-2020

Ateeb Ahmed (Geography, Environment, and Society)

Deniz Coral (Anthropology)

Hana Maruyama (American Studies)

Faculty Fellows, Fall 2019

Assistant Professor Cosette Creamer (Political Science)

Assistant Professor VV Ganeshananthan (English)

Associate Professor Enid Logan (Sociology)

Assistant Professor Kate Lockwood Harris (Communications)

Associate Professor Jennifer Marshall (Art History)

Faculty Fellows, Spring 2020

Assistant Professor Kathryn Nuernberger (English) 

Associate Professor Jimmy Patiño (Chicano and Latino Studies)

Assistant Professor Ioana Vartolomei Pribiag (French and Italian)


July 2019


Professor Luis Ramos-Garcia (Spanish & Portuguese Studies) is the recipient of the 2019 Award for Global Engagement from the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance. This award is given to those faculty and staff whose achievements and contributions to global education, research and engagement are exceptional.

Grants & Fellowships

Two 2019 CLA graduates were named Princeton in Asia fellows for 2019-20. Cristina Villalovas (Spanish & Portuguese Studies and Sociology) and Niamh McIntosh-Yee (History and Political Science) will both spend the coming year in Kyrgyzstan teaching at the American University of Central Asia.


June 2019


Professor Elizabeth Wrigley-Field (Sociology) has been selected as the recipient of the 2019-2020 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Aging Studies through the UMN Center on Aging.

Professor Lydia Artymiw (Piano) was awarded an Honorary Professorship at the Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for the Chinese National School of Music and the China Conservatory of Music through May 2022.

Graduate student Uday Thapa (Geography, Environment & Society) has been selected to receive a Bell Museum Fellowship for the 2019-20 academic year. 

PhD student Jen Spindel (Political Science) has been awarded the Kenneth Waltz Dissertation Award, given by the International Security Section of the American Political Science Association for the best dissertation in security studies.

PhD students Madison Van Oort (Sociology) and Evan Taparata (History) have received 2019 Best Dissertation Awards from the UMN Graduate School.

Publications & Creative Activities

Dean Billmeyer (Organ) performed works of J. S. Bach, César Franck, Jean-Antoine Blanc, and Louis Vierne on the historic Felgemaker organ at the Second Saturdays Organ Recital at Sacred Heart Music Center (Duluth) on June 8.

The School of Music held North America’s first-ever International Summer Institute for Reggae Studies, June 24-28.

PhD student Jacqui Frost’s (Sociology) dissertation research will be featured in the forthcoming American Sociological Review (ASR), flagship Journal of the American Sociological Association article, "The Meaning of Uncertainty: Navigating States of Certainty and Uncertainty in Nonreligious Narratives."


May 2019


Assistant Professor Jennifer Row (French & Italian) and Professor Jigna Desai (Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies), along with Associate Professor Tammy Berberi from UMN Morris, wrote a proposal for “Critical Disability Studies” that has been selected as the 2019-2021 Imagine Fund Arts, Design, and Humanities Chair. The Imagine Fund chair award winners are recognized for providing exceptional opportunities in terms of ideas, innovation, collaboration, interdisciplinary exchange, public engagement to the University and its community. 

Associate Professor Enid Logan (Sociology) received the 2019 IDEA Multicultural Research Award for her proposal titled “American Indian Racialization and the Sociological Study of Race.”

Assistant Professor Terrion L. Williamson (African American & African Studies) received the 2019 IDEA Multicultural Research Award for her proposal titled “Why Did They Die? A Serial Murder Podcast.”

Associate Professor Carolyn Liebler (Sociology) received the 2019 IDEA Multicultural Research Award for her proposal titled “Generations of Child Removal Policies Impacting American Indian/Alaskan Native Families: Links between Mandatory Boarding School and Adoption in the U.S.”

Graduate student Devika Narayan (Sociology) was a co-winner of the ASA Section on Communication, Information Technologies & Media Sociology Best Student Paper Award for "Between the Cloud and a Hard Place: How New Computing Infrastructures Fuel an Asset-Light Economy."

Madison Van Oort (PhD 2018, Sociology) was named the winner of the 2019 Graduate School Best Dissertation Award in Social Sciences and Education for her dissertation, "Retail Capital: Laboring in an Era of Fast Fashion."


Grants & Fellowships

Professor Ananya Chatterjea (Dance) has been named a Dance/USA Artist Fellow. The Dance/USA Fellowships to Artists provide funding to artists addressing social change.

PhD student Kathryn Huether (Musicology, advisee of Karen Painter) received the Jerome L. Joss Graduate Student Research Fellowship through the University of Minnesota Center for Jewish Studies. The Fellowship will cover her expenses for her participation in the Special Lessons and Legacies Conference (LLC) on the Holocaust—“The Holocaust and Europe: Research Trends, Pedagogical Approaches, and Political Challenges,” which will take place in November in Munich, Germany. Huether’s proposal, “Guiding or Obscuring?: Questioning Treblinka’s Audio Guide and its Sonic Infrastructure,” was selected from a pool of 700 applicants.

Professor Jack DeWaard (Sociology) and Co-PIs Katherine Curtis (UW-Madison) and Elizabeth Fussel (Brown) were awarded an NSF grant for a new project, "Extreme Weather Disasters, Economic Losses via Migration, and Widening Spatial Inequality in the U.S."


Publications & Creative Activities

Guerino Mazzola (Creative Studies and Media) co-authored a new book titled The Future of Music Subtitle: Towards a Computational Musical Theory of Everything as part of the Computational Music Science series to be published by Springer Publishing Company. Co-authors of the new book include Jason "J-Sun" Noer (Dance, University of Minnesota), Yan Pang (PhD 2019, composition), Shuhui Yao (MM, composition), and PhD composition students Jay Afrisando, William Neace, and Christopher Rochester.


April 2019


Professor Raymond Duvall (Political Science) and Professor Emerita Riv-Ellen Prell (American Studies) have been awarded the 2019 President's Award for Outstanding Service, which recognizes faculty and staff who have provided exceptional service to the University, its schools, colleges, departments, and service units. 

Congratulations to this year’s CLA faculty of excellence. The faculty we honor exemplify CLA’s best scholarship, creative work, instruction, community engagement, and leadership. 

Arthur “Red” and Helene B. Montley Exemplary Teaching Awards

Associate Professor Marti Gonzales, Psychology

Professor Michael Silverman, Music

Career Readiness Teaching Award

Instructor Maggie Bergeron, Theatre Arts & Dance

Associate Professor Carolyn Liebler, Sociology

Senior Lecturer and Internship Director Paul Soper, Political Science

Scholar of the College

Associate Professor Kathryn Grace, Geography, Environment & Society 

Professor Michael Silverman, Music

Professor Rob Warren, Sociology 

Dean's Medalist

Professor Peggy Nelson, Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

Each year the Alumni Association, in partnership with the the Senate Committee on Educational Policy and the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, honors the recipients of the Morse-Alumni awards and the Graduate and Professional Teaching awards. These recipients are inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers and carry the designation of Distinguished University Teaching Professor or Distinguished University Teacher throughout their careers at the University of Minnesota. This year six CLA faculty have received Distinguished Teaching Awards, they are:

  • Senior Lecturer Eric Daigre, English, Morse-Alumni Award
  • Professor Ann Hill Duin, Writing Studies, Graduate-Professional Award
  • Associate Professor Micheal Lower, History, Morse-Alumni Award
  • Distinguished McKnight University Professor Monica Luciana, Psychology, Graduate-Professional Award
  • Associate Professor Cheryl A. Olman, Psychology, Morse-Alumni Award
  • Professor Julie Schumacher, English, Graduate-Professional Award

Assistant Director of bands/Director of marching and athletic bands, Betsy McCann (Bands) was awarded the University of Minnesota President's Community-Engaged Scholar Award.

Associate Professor Scott Abernathy (Political Science) has been selected as the recipient of the Resilient Communities Project Outstanding Faculty Partner award.


Grants & Fellowships

Professor and Department Chair Karen Davalos Chicano & Latino Studies) has received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for her project, “Rhizomes of Mexican American Art since 1848: An Online Portal,” a planning project to develop a digital portal to information and archival sources on Mexican-American art. The activities would lay the groundwork for establishing future partnerships with small institutions and for building a database for Mexican-American art nationwide.

Graduate student Theresa Downing (Art History) is the recipient of a Dissertation Fellowship in American Art from the American Council of Learned Science for her project, “Traces: A Transhistorical Study of Fiber Ecologies in Contemporary Art.”


Publications & Creative Activities

Associate Professor (African American & African Studies), Core Faculty (Asian American Studies Program), and Acting Director (IHRC) Yuichiro Onishi just published an anthology called Transpacific Correspondence: Dispatches from Japan’s Black Studies (Palgrave Macmillan), co-edited with Fumiko Sakashita. 

Momcilo Aleksandric's (DMA, guitar, student of Maja Radovanlija) article "Miguel Llobet's Variaciones sobre un Tema de Sor” was published in the latest edition of the Guitar Foundation of America’s Soundboard Journal. Robert Ferguson, Soundboard’s editor-in-chief says “Miguel Llobet’s Variaciones sobre un Tema de Sor constitutes one of the major guitar masterworks to appear in the first decade of the 20th century, and Aleksandric offers quite an original assessment of it."

Professor Lydia Artymiw (Piano) will be a juror for the highest-profile international piano competition in Beijing, China, The First China International Music Competition from May 4–21. The first prize will award $150,000 and the second prize is $75,000. The finalists will perform with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Seguin.

Professor Alex Lubet's (Composition/Creative Studies and Media) essay, "Music, Music Therapy, Disability Studies, Bioethics, and Health Humanities," has been published in Teaching Health Humanities (O. Banner, N. Carlin, T. Cole, Eds), Oxford University Press.


March 2019


Associate professor Terrion L. Williamson (African American & African Studies) was recently named as one of the 2019-20 to 2021-22 CLA McKnight Presidential Fellows. She joins a cohort of seven faculty named to the UMN-wide program given to the most promising individuals who have been granted both tenure and promotion to associate professor in an academic year. It recognizes recipients who are recommended by their college dean and chosen at the discretion of the executive vice president and provost based on excellence in research and scholarship, leadership, potential to build top-tier programs, and ability to advance University of Minnesota priorities.

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Access in the office of CLA Diversity, Equity, and Access Alex Hines is the recipient of the 2019 Nia Award from the Pan African & Ally Student Summit and the Descendants of Africa.

Theresa Downing, Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow and PhD Candidate (Art History) has been awarded a Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship in American Art for 2019-2020.  

Associate Professor Marti Gonzales (Psychology) and Professor Michael Silverman (Music) are the 2018-19 Arthur “Red” Motley Exemplary Teaching Award winners. 

PhD students Jacob Coburn (Geography, Environment and Society) and Sarah Garcia (Sociology) have been chosen as Consortium Student Scholars with the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences for their projects, “Assessing Long-term Wind Energy Variability in the Upper Midwest: Fulfilling Our Regional Renewable Energy Goals” and “Trends in Disability Among Working-age Americans: The Role of Labor Force.”

Several CLA faculty have received the Distinguished Teaching Awards from the University of Minnesota Alumni Association. Among them are winners of the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education: Professor Ann Hill Duin (Writing Studies), Professor Monica Luciana (Psychology), and Professor Julie Schumacher (English). The winners of the Horace T. Morse - University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education include Senior Lecturer Eric Daigre (English), Associate Professor Michael Lower (History), and Associate Professor Cheryl A. Olman (Psychology). 

Assistant Professor Molly Kessler (Writing Studies) was recently awarded, with co-author Dr. Scott Graham, the Nell Ann Pickett Award for best article in Technical Communication Quarterly during 2018. Dr. Kessler and Dr. Graham received the award at the 2019 annual conference of the Association for Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW) for their article entitled "Terminal node problems: ANT 2.0 and prescription drug labels.”

Professor Karen Mary Davalos (Chicano & Latino Studies) and co-project director Constance Cortez received a NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources grant to support Rhizomes of Mexican-American Art since 1848: An Online Portal. The goal is to develop a digital portal to information and archival sources on Mexican-American art. The project lays the groundwork for establishing future partnerships with small institutions and for building a database for Mexican-American art nationwide.


Grants & Fellowships

The Jerome Foundation has named the newest Jerome Hill Artist Fellowships, four of whom are affiliated with CLA. Congratulations to Lecturer Leslie Parker (Dance), Dance Alumni Dustin Maxwell and Darrius Strong, and BFA Acting Alumnus Antonio Duke.

Aisling O'Sullivan (MM, horn, student of Ellen Dinwiddie Smith) was named an Orchestra Fellow for the 2019 Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival Orchestral Institute (TMF) held at the University of Houston (Texas). This prestigious fellowship award includes full tuition, room and board, lessons, and master classes. 


Publications & Creative Activities

Professor Jeanette Gundel (Linguistics) is coeditor of the recently edited volume of the Oxford Handbook of Reference, Oxford University Press, 2019. 

Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music Emily Threinen was selected to lead the National Association for Music Education's premier All-National Honor Concert Band in Orlando, FL on November 7-10. The nation’s most elite high school musicians will vie for the opportunity to rehearse and perform in this one-of-a-kind national music honors program.

Lars Christensen's (PhD, musicology/ethnomusicology, advisee of Gabriela Currie) essay "Imag(in)ing Musical Instruments: Prescriptive and Descriptive Iconography in the Northern Song Dynasty" was published in Volume 43 of Music in Art

Curriculum Coordinator for CLA Student Services Abby Trout’s essay “Assessment as power: Using our privilege to center the student voice” was published in Contested issues in troubled times: Student affairs dialogues on equity, civility, and safety (Stylus Publishing, 2019). In this companion volume to Contested Issues in Student Affairs (Stylus Publishing, 2011) a new set of contributors explore new questions which explore issues of equity, safety, and civility – themes which dominate today’s higher education headlines and campus conversations.


February 2019


Assistant Professor Scott Vrieze (Psychology) has been named a recipient of the 2019 APS Janet Taylor Spence Award. He is among eight 2019 recipients of this honor, which APS gives out annually to individuals who have made transformative, early-career contributions to psychological science.

Leah Milojevic, Assistant Director, CLA Diversity Student Support Programs, received a John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. The award is in recognition of sustained and substantial contributions to undergraduate education at the University of Minnesota through commitment to academic and/or career advising.

Professors Ann Hill Duin (Writing Studies), Julie Schumacher (English), and Monica Luciana (Psychology) are all recipients of 2018-19 Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education. This U-wide honor is awarded to exceptional candidates nominated who represent excellence in graduate and professional education. 

Professors Cheryl Olman (Psychology), Michael Lower (History), and Eric Daigre (English) are all recipients of 2018-19 Horace T. Morse - University of Minnesota Alumni Association Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. This U-wide honor is awarded to exceptional candidates who represent excellence in undergraduate education. 

Professor Richard Lee (Psychology) is included on the American Psychological Association (APA) Monitor’s list of 33 of the most influential psychologists of our day. His research seeks to identify ways to improve the lives of racial and ethnic minorities.


Grants & Fellowships

Kathryn Huether (PhD, Musicology, advisee of Karen Painter) has been awarded an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship (University of Minnesota Graduate School Fellowship) for the 2019-20 academic year. The title of her project is "Critically Suggesting or Emphatically Telling?: Questioning Audio Guides and their Accompanying Sonic Nuances at Holocaust Memorial Sites."


Publications & Creative Activities

Immanuel Davis (flute) and Timothy Lovelace (collaborative piano) recorded the Complete Flute Chamber Works of Nikolai Kapustin for Naxos, which had its international release in January. On the recording are two works that were written specifically for Professor Davis, the Flute Sonata, Op. 125 and the "Little Duo" Op. 156. Joining Davis and Lovelace were Adam Kuenzel (flute), Pitnarry Shin and Käthe Jarka (cello). Program notes were written by Professor Alex Lubet (Creative studies and Media).


January 2019


Professor Mark Bell (Political Science) is the winner of The Journal of Strategic Studies 2019 Amos Perlmutter Prize for his essay, ‘Nuclear Opportunism: A Theory of How States Use Nuclear Weapons in International Politics.’ 

Alison Lee (DMA 2018, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) was first prize winner of the National Young Artists Competition hosted by the Coeur d'Alene Symphony (Idaho) on January 15.

Assistant Professors Jack DeWaard and Linus Chan (Mondale Law School) received a 2019 Human Rights Initiative Research Fund Award for their interdisciplinary research project, "Promoting Transparency and Engagement in U.S.Immigration Court by Ensuring the Quality and Utility of Data Collected by Volunteer Observers." 

Michael Chu (BM, violin/music education, student of Sally O'Reilly) won first place in the Music Teachers National Association's (MTNA) Young Artist Performance Competitions (String Division) and will compete as a national finalist in Spokane, Washington in March.


Grants & Fellowships

Professor Teresa Swartz (Sociology) is a Spring 2019 Institute for Advanced Study Residential Fellow, focusing on her research project, "Not Just Child's Play: Race and the Reproduction of Inequality in and through Youth Activities."


Publications & Creative Activities

In a recent article in PS: Political Science & Politics Professor Wendy Rahn (Political Science) was named one of the top 25 scholars in her PhD cohort and one of the top 40 most cited women in political science. 

Congratulations to Howard Oransky, director of the Katherine E. Nash Gallery. Oransky's international exhibition "Coveted Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta" was featured twice in Artforum International Magazine's "2018 Year in Review," a coveted list in the field of visual arts.

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