Spring 2022 Accolades

June 2022


Associate Professor Michael L. Walker (Sociology) has won The Society for the Study of Symbolic Interactionism's Charles H. Cooley Book Award for his book Indefinite: Doing Time in Jail (Oxford University Press).

Professor Diane Willow (Art) is the 2022–24 recipient of the Imagine Fund Arts, Design, and Humanities (ADH) Chair award.

Associate Professor Giancarlo Casale (History) was awarded The Mediterranean Seminar Best Source Edition or Translation Prize for Prisoner of the Infidels: The Memoir of an Ottoman Muslim in Seventeenth-Century Europe (University of California Press).

Associate Professor Douglas Kearney (English) has won the 2022 Griffin International Poetry Prize for his 2021 poetry collection Sho (Wave Books).

Associate Professor Scott St. George (Geography) has been awarded the Beverly and Richard Fink Liberal Arts Faculty Innovation Fund Award for a three-year period.

Professor Timothy Brennan's (Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature) work Places of Mind: A Life of Edward Said (Bloomsbury) has been shortlisted for the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography.

Associate Professor Scott St. George (Geography Environment & Society) was awarded the Beverly and Richard Fink Liberal Arts Faculty Innovation Fund Award for 2022–25.

Assistant Professor Erin L. Durban (Anthropology) was awarded the University of Illinois Press and the National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) annual competition for the best first book manuscript by a single author in the field of women and gender studies for Sexual Politics of Empire.

Fellowships & Grants

Associate Professor Samuel Fletcher (Philosophy) received an NEH Summer Stipend for “Mary Somerville on the Unity of Science.”


Assistant Professor Aaron Hall (History) received an NEH Summer Stipend for “The Founding Rules: Slavery and the Creation of American Constitutionalism, 1787–1889.”


Associate Professor Douglas Kearney (English) received the 2022 McKnight Artist Fellowship/Loft Award in Poetry, Loft Literary Center.

Assistant Professor Valerie Belair-Gagnon (Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication), Assistant Professor V.V. Ganeshananthan (English), and Assistant Professor Talvin Wilks (Theatre Arts & Dance) have received McKnight Presidential Fellowships.

Professor Alejandro Baer (Sociology) and Assistant Director Joseph Eggers (Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies) have each received a grant from the Human Rights Initiative (HRI) Mini-Grant Fund.

Numerous CLA faculty, including Associate Professor Lisa Channer (Theater Arts & Dance) and Assistant Professor Palita Chunsaengchan (Asian and Middle Eastern Studies) have received Imagine Fund grants.


May 2022


Assistant Professor Jennifer Eun-Jung Row (French and Italian) received a CLA Towards an Open Monography Ecosystem Grant for the monograph Queer Velocities: Time, Sex and Biopower on the Early Modern Stage (Northwestern University Press, 2022).


Associate Professor Lisa Channer's (Theatre Arts & Dance) film “Standoff" was an official selection at the 2022 MinneTheatre Arts & Danceapolis St Paul International Film Festival where it won "Audience Favorite" in Comedy Shorts.

Professor William Jones (History) was selected as one of the recipients of this year’s University of Minnesota Community-Engaged Scholar Award. The award is presented to University faculty or staff members for exemplary publicly engaged scholarship that embodies the University of Minnesota’s definition of public engagement.

Associate Professor Sid Bedingfield (Journalism) was awarded the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication's Media History book award and the American Journalism Historical Association's book award for his book “Journalism and Jim Crow: White Supremacy and the Black Struggle for a New America” (University of Illinois Press).

Assistant Professor Elizabeth Wrigley-Field (Sociology) is the 2022 recipient of the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science Public Engagement Award.

Assistant Professor Diti Bhadra (Linguistics) was awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER grant for her project, Theory, Fieldwork, and Typology: A Semantic/Pragmatic Triad in Underrepresented Linguistic Systems.

Fellowships & Grants

Doctoral candidate Aila O'Loughlin (Philosophy) was selected as a recipient of a 2022 Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowship.

Professor Karen Mary Davalos (Chicano and Latino Studies) and co-director Professor Constance Cortez (Art History- UT-Rio Grande Valley) have received a grant from the NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources for their work “Rhizomes of Mexican American Art Since 1848: A Doorway to New Research and Innovation.”

Doctoral candidate Angelica J. Maier (Art History) has been selected to participate in the Summer Institute for Technical Studies in Art (SITSA), hosted by the Harvard Art Museums with support from the Mellon Foundation. 


Doctoral candidate Ashley Patton (Art History) is the recipient of a Nine-Month Graduate Internship at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC in the Sculpture and Decorative Arts department.


Doctoral candidate Johnathan W. Hardy (Art History) is the recipient of The Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellowship in the History of Arts and Visual Culture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the 2022–2023 academic year.


Assistant Professor Anna Lise Seastrand (Art History) has been appointed as a Fellow in Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC for the 2022–23 academic year.


April 2022


Associate Professor Kathryn Pearson (Political Science) and Associate Professor Katherine Hayes (Anthropology) have been awarded the 2022 President’s Award for Outstanding Service.

The Liberal Arts Engagement Hub is the recipient of Campus Compact's 2022 Emerging Innovation Award.

Professors Jigna Desai (Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies) and Monica Luciana (Psychology) were both 2022 recipients of CLA's Dean's Medal.

Professors Jane Blocker (Art History) and Tanisha Fazal (Political Science) were both named 2022 Waldfogel Scholars of the College.

Associate Professors Gabriela Currie (Music), Scott Vrieze (Psychology), and Diane Willow (Art) were all named 2022 CLA Scholars of the College.

Associate Professors Cheryl Olman (Psychology) and Katherine Klink (Geography, Environment & Society) are the 2022 recipients of CLA's Career Readiness Teaching Award.

Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies Mike Houlahan (Psychology) is the 2022 recipient of the CLA Career Readiness Advocate Award.

Administrative Associate Amanda Steepleton (Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion) is the 2022 recipient of the St. Catherine University's Julie Belle White Newman Award for Outstanding Research for her Master's thesis.

Regents Professor Elaine Tyler May (American Studies) won the 2022 Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award from the Organization of American Historians. 

Professor Bianet Castellanos (American Studies) won the Edward M. Bruner prize for her book Indigenous Dispossession: Housing and Maya Indebtedness in Mexico.

Fellowships & Grants 

Professor Jane Blocker (Art History), Professor Ananya Chatterjea (Theater Arts & Dance), Associate Professor Kathleen Collins (Political Science), Professor Stephen Engel (Psychology), Associate Professor Amy O’Connor (Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication), Professor JB Shank (History), Assistant Professor Rotem Tamir (Art), Assistant Professor Bula Wayessa (African American & African Studies), and Associate Professor Rachmi Diya Larasati (Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies) are all 2022 Grant-in-Aid recipients.

Professor Galin L. Jones (Statistics) has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.  He received the award for fundamental contributions to Statistical computation, Markov chain Monte Carlo, and Bayesian methods, and for superb service to the profession.

Professor Jean O'Brien (History) has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Professor David Chang (History) was elected to membership in the American Antiquarian Society, a learned society that elects members who have achieved distinction in the field of American history.

Doctoral candidate Aila O'Loughlin (Philosophy) is the recipient of a 2022 Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowship. She is a faculty member of North Hennepin Community College.

Assistant Professor Valerie Belair-Gagnon (Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication), Assistant Professor V.V. Ganeshananthan (English), and Assistant Professor Talvin Wilks (Theatre Arts & Dance) have been awarded the McKnight Presidential Fellowship.

Doctoral candidates Jennifer Carnell, Kathleen Ibe, and Vincent Kancans (German, Nordic, Slavic & Dutch) were all selected for Hella Mears summer fellowships from the Center for German and European Studies.

Doctoral candidate Kathleen Ibe (German,  Nordic, Slavic & Dutch) was selected to be an Environmental Humanities Initiate Graduate Fellow for the 2022–23 academic year.

Doctoral candidate Björn Treber (German,  Nordic, Slavic & Dutch) was selected for the Center for Austrian Studies 2022 Voices of Vienna Scholarship for research in Austria or one of the former Habsburg lands.

Professor Alejandro Baer (Sociology) and Assistant Director Joseph Eggers (Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies) received a grant from the Human Rights Initiative (HRI) Mini-Grant Fund. 

Professor Brenda Child (American Studies) has been named a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. 

Associate Professor Douglas Kearney (English) is a recipient of a 2022 McKnight Artist Fellowship/Loft Award in Poetry from the Loft Literary Center, a $25,000 award.

Assistant Professor Rachel Trocchio (English) was awarded a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society.

Assistant Professor Aaron Hall (History) and Associate Professor Samuel Fletcher (Philosophy) have received stipends from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). 


March 2022


Professors Michael Silverman (Music) and Kat Hayes (Anthropology) won the 2021–2022 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education.

Director Barbara Frey (Human Rights Program), Associate Professor David Karjanen (American Studies), Professor Benjamin Munson (Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences), and Assistant Professor Talvin Wilks (Theatre Arts and Dance) won the Horace T. Morse – University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.

Assistant Professor Adam Bledsoe (Geography, Environment & Society) and Assistant Professor Michael Bennett McNulty (Philosophy) have received the 2022–2024 McKnight Land Grant Professorship.

Professor Alan Love (Philosophy) is the recipient of the University of Minnesota Distinguished McKnight University Professorship. 

Professor Michal Kobialka (Theatre Arts & Dance) was awarded the Medal of Honor Meritorious for Polish Culture by the Polish Ministry of Culture. The honor is a Polish departmental decoration in arts awarded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland to persons and organizations for distinguished contributions to Polish culture and heritage.

Fellowships & Grants 

Associate Professor Lynn Lukkas (Art) has been selected for a Fulbright Scholar Award; the prestigious and competitive fellowship provides unique opportunities for scholars to teach and conduct research abroad.

Distinguished McKnight University Professor Monica Luciana (Psychology) has been named the new Chief Scientific Officer of the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MIDB).


February 2022


Professor Ana Forcinito (Spanish and Portuguese Studies), Associate Professor Daniel Philippon (English), and Assistant Professor Jane Sumner (Political Science) have been selected as the recipients of this year’s Arthur “Red” and Helene Motley Exemplary Teaching Award for 2021–22.

Academic Advising Network (AAN) Board has announced the 2021–22 award winners, including from CLA: Campus Connector, Senior Academic Advisor Berne Christiansen; Gopher Spirit, Quinn Portilla (President's Emerging Scholar Program); Rising Star, Academic Advisor Evan Johnson, (Martin Luther King Program); and Ski-U-Mah, Student Services Program Specialist Jennifer Endres, Student Services Manager Melanie Johnson, and Student Services Manager Bavi Weston, (Undergraduate Education).

Alexander Hines, director of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and President’s Emerging Scholars programs, won the John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.

Fellowships & Grants

PhD candidate Dana Patton Urbanski (Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences) has been awarded a fellowship at The Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation. 


January 2022 


Katherine E Nash Gallery Assistant Curator Teréz Iacovino is a recipient of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Research Fellowship in support of the 2025 Katherine E. Nash Gallery exhibition “Back and Forth: Keeping Time in Vaivén.”

Assistant Professor Nida Sajid (Asian and Middle Eastern Studies) is the recipient of the Global Engagement Award from the Center of Global Health and Social Responsibility at UMN.

Fellowships & Grants

Assistant Professor Scott St. George (Geography, Environment & Society) has been selected as a fellow for the University of Heidelberg Käte Hamburger Centre for Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Studies.

Congrats to Professor Ananya Chatterjea (Dance), founder and artistic director of Ananya Dance Theatre, which recently received a $15,000 Grants for Arts Projects Award from The National Endowment for the Arts. The grant will support the creation/production of Nūn Gherāo, which will premiere in September 2022.

Publications & Creative Activities

An advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and Distinguished McKnight University Professor Timothy Kehoe (Economics) is an editor of A Monetary and Fiscal History of Latin America, 1960–2017 (University of Minnesota Press, 2021).


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