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November 2023


Professor Anatoly Liberman's (German, Nordic, Slavic & Dutch) most recent book, Take My Word For It: A Dictionary of English Idioms (University of Minnesota Press, 2023), was listed as a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for 2023.

Co-Director of the Center for Writing and Minnesota Writing Project Jasmine Kar Tang received a 2023 International Writing Centers Association Outstanding Article Award for her article "Asians Are at the Writing Center" published in Praxis: A Writing Center Journal. 

October 2023


Congratulations to the following individuals who were recently honored with the prestigious Award for Excellence in Academic Unit Service. This recognition is part of a trio of awards that celebrate exceptional individuals who have gone above and beyond to strengthen the functioning and climate of their academic units:

  • Associate Professor Cawo (Awa) Abdi (Sociology)
  • Associate Professor Tracey Deutsch (History)
  • Associate Professor Karen Ho (Anthropology)
  • Associate Professor Katherine Klink (Geography, Environment, and Society)
  • Professor Vanessa Lee (Psychology)
  • Assistant Professor Jessica Lopez-Lyman (Chicano and Latino Studies)
  • Associate Professor Nathaniel Mills (English)
  • Lecturer Erma Nezirevic (Spanish & Portuguese Studies)
  • Associate Professor Amy O'Connor (Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication)
  • Professor Hooi Ling Soh (Institute of Linguistics)
  • Director of Clinical Programs in Audiology Kerry Witherell (Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences)

Congratulations to the following Political Science faculty, recent recipients of awards from the American Political Science Association:

  • Professor Emerita Joan Tronto, recipient of the 2023 Benjamin E. Lippincott Award, for her book Moral Boundaries: A Political Argument for an Ethic of Care. This award recognizes a work of exceptional quality by a living political theorist that is still considered significant after a time span of at least 15 years since the original date of publication. 
  • Distinguished McKnight University Professor David Samuels, recipient of the Representation and Electoral Systems George H. Hallett Award, for his and Matt Shugart's book Presidents, Parties, and Prime Ministers: How the Separation of Powers Affects Party Organization and Behavior. This award is given to a book published at least 10 years ago that has made a lasting contribution to the literature on representation and electoral systems. 

Publications & Creative Activities

Associate Professor Douglas Kearney's (English) book Optic Subwoof has won the $10,000 Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism from the Poetry FoundationOptic Subwoof, a collection of talks that Professor Kearney presented for the Bagley Wright Lecture Series in 2020 and 2021, also won the 2023 Firecracker Award for Creative Nonfiction from the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses. 

Associate Professor Christine Taitano Delisle's (American Indian Studies) book Placental Politics: CHamoru Women, White Womanhood, and Indigeneity under U.S. Colonialism in Guam received The 2023 Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize. This award, presented by the American Studies Association, was presented for the best first book in American Studies published during 2022. 

Fellowships & Grants

Congratulations to Thomas Sargent Professor Mariacristina De Nardi (Economics) for being elected a Fellow of the Econometric Society, an international society for the advancement of economic theory in its relation to statistics and mathematics. Professor De Nardi is among a prestigious group of 11 other economists working in the United States to be elected this year.

September 2023


Congratulations to Alicia Hofelich Mohr, research services coordinator at the Liberal Arts Technologies and Innovation Services (LATIS), a recipient of the Research Technical Staff Award. These awards recognize staff for their distinguished service to the University of Minnesota research community and celebrate exemplary leadership that positively impacted their colleagues and advanced the University's mission. 

Congratulations to Sociology Professors Doug Hartmann and Chris Uggen, recipients of the 2023 American Sociological Association (ASA)'s Public Understanding of Sociology Award. This award "...honors members who have made exemplary contributions to advance the public understanding of sociology, sociological research, and scholarship among the general public."

Congratulations to Sociology Postdoctoral Fellow Laura Garbes (Sociology), co-recipient of the 2023 American Sociological Association (ASA) Dissertation Award for "Racialized Airwaves: Tracing the sonic color line in the American public radio industry." The dissertation focuses on National Public Radio (NPR) and investigates the tension between the intention of reaching diverse audiences and the reality that NPR centers a white majority in its content, audience, and leadership.

Congratulations to Associate Professor Elizabeth Wrigley-Field (Sociology) who has been awarded the 2023 Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS) Early Career Award in Population Health. This award recognizes significant contributions to population health science by an individual who has received the PhD, MD or a comparable graduate degree no more than ten years before the year of the award.

Congratulations to Associate Professor Michael L. Walker (Sociology), the recipient of The Society for the Study of Social Problems' 2023 C. Wright Mills Award for his book Indefinite: Doing Time in Jail (Oxford University Press). The C. Wright Mills Award, established in 1964, is one of the most prestigious book awards in sociology. 

Congratulations to Professor Gordon Legge (Psychology) for being selected as the 2024 APS James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award recipient. This award recognizes a member of the Association for Psychological Science for a lifetime of outstanding contributions to applied psychological research. 

The Department of Psychology was ranked fourth globally and third in the US in the latest 2023 Best University Ranking by

Congratulations to PhD alum Ketaki Jaywant (History), winner of the 2021 Sardar Patel Award (which honors the best doctoral dissertation on any aspect of modern India in any U.S. University or academic institution) for her dissertation, "Secularizing Caste: Mapping Nineteenth-Century Anti-caste Politics in Western India."

Publications & Creative Activities

Assistant Professor Danni Gilbert (Music) has published Music Educators Wanted: 10 Essential Qualifications for Success, 2023.

July 2023


Doctoral student Andrea Wiglesworth (Psychology) was awarded the Society of Indian Psychologists (SIP) Honored Student Member Award.

Congratulations to the following awardees who were selected for 2023 Research Infrastructure Investment Program awards:

  • Advanced Imaging and Visualization Research Associate Samantha Porter (Liberal Arts Technologies & Innovation Services), “Proposal for Funding to Sustain and Enhance Advanced Imaging for the University of Minnesota”
  • Associate Professor Eric Shook (Geography, Environment & Society), “Building a Spatial Maker Space in the GeoCommons”

Assistant Professor Jie Ding (Statistics) received the Early Career Program (ECP) award from the Army Research Office (ARO), one of the most prestigious honors bestowed by the Army on outstanding young scientists. 

Fellowships & Grants

Professor Jean O’Brien (History) is one of three new UMN Regents Professors, the highest honor the University of Minnesota bestows on its faculty.

June 2023


Associate Professor Hanne Løland Levinson (Classical & Near Eastern Religions & Cultures) has won the R. B. Y. Scott Award for outstanding book in the areas of Hebrew Bible and/or the Ancient Near East; Canadian Society of Biblical Studies. Her book The Death Wish in the Hebrew Bible: Rhetorical Strategies for Survival was published by Cambridge University Press in 2021.

Graduate faculty member Jie Ding (School of Statistics, Department of ECE & Data Science Program) received the highly esteemed ARO Early Career Program (ECP) award. This award recognizes outstanding scientists embarking on their independent careers and is regarded as one of the most prestigious honors bestowed by the Army.

Professor Paul Sackett (Psychology), is part of the author team for this year’s winner of the Scholarly Achievement Award presented by the Human Resources (HR) Division of the Academy of Management. They are receiving the award for a paper titled “Revisiting meta-analytic estimates of validity in personnel selection: Addressing systematic overcorrection for restriction of range” published in the Journal of Applied Psychology. This important award is given each year to recognize the author(s) of one paper identified as the most significant published article during the previous year in HR management.

Assistant Professor Juan Del Toro (Psychology) has been named a recipient of the American Psychological Association Division 7’s Boyd McCandless Award. This award stands as a testament to Del Toro’s substantial contributions to the field of developmental psychology since earning his PhD.

Fellowships & Grants

Congratulations to Associate Professor Maggie Hennefeld (Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature) and Associate Professor Lorenzo Fabbri (French & Italian), who were awarded the Imagine Fund Arts, Humanities, and Design Chair Award for a project entitled, "Curating Diversity: Community Engagement through Film Programming". 

Doctoral student Margie Tang-Oxley (History) is a 2023 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellow. In addition to a generous research and living stipend, this fellowship also provides students with the opportunity to connect with other ACLS fellows in a cohort and collaborate with a mentor. Learn more about Margie's exciting project here.

Doctoral student Risa Luther (Anthropology) published a piece titled Bare Your Teeth: How Watching Monkeys Eat Can Teach Us About Our Evolutionary Origins & Teach Us About Ourselves in SPARK! SPARK is an eZine that amplifies the research, experiences, and voices of graduate researchers who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color (BIPOC). Learn more.

Publications & Creative Activities

Doctoral student Andrea Wiglesworth (Psychology) was recognized for her outstanding contributions to psychological science in the June issue of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Science Spotlight. Her expertise is highlighted in the panel “Navigating Your First Year of Graduate School” as a part of APA’s “Becoming a Psychological Scientist” series, which the Spotlight focused on. 

May 2023


Congratulations to the following recipients of the 2023 President's Award for Outstanding Service, recognized for their exceptional service to the University, its schools, colleges, departments, and service units:

  • Managing director of the anthropology laboratories Matt Edling (Anthropology)
  • Professor, director of First-Year Writing, and director of Faculty Engagement for Student Success Amy Lee (Department of Writing Studies)
  • Director, Katherine E. Nash Gallery Howard Oransky (Art)

Congratulations to Professor Mark Pedelty (Communication Studies) for being recognized as a Community-Engaged Scholar Awardee.

Fellowships & Grants

Congratulations to the following faculty who have been awarded Grand-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship (GIA) funding:

  • Assistant Professor Dan Card (Writing Studies), "Engaging science online: a rhetorical-computational study of climate deliberation on Reddit"
  • Professor Carl Flink (Theatre Arts & Dance), "Creating “Battleground,” A Dance Work Examining the United States' Perpetual State of Warfare and Violence"
  • Associate Professor Bonnie Klimes-Dougan (Psychology), "The Neural Correlates of Sexual and Gender Minority Stress"
  • Associate Professor Alice Lovejoy (Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature), "Militant Chemistry: Film and its Raw Materials"
  • Professor Ann Waltner (History), "Zhou Qi in Her Own Words"

Congratulations to these two distinguished CLA faculty who were named McKnight Presidential Fellows:

  • Associate Professor Christian Uwe (Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature), "Reading and shaping our political lives with literature" 
  • Associate Professor Elizabeth Wrigley-Field (Sociology), "New ways to understand racial inequity in disease and death" 

April 2023


Congratulations to Assistant Professor Pao Houa Her (Art), Professor Tetsuya Yamada (Art), and Edelstein-Keller Writer-in-Residence Kao Kalia Yang (English)–three extraordinary faculty members from the College of Liberal Arts who were awarded prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships. Out of nearly 2,500 applicants, the trio was selected as one of the 171 honorees through a rigorous peer review process. Forbes reports that the University of Minnesota is ranked among the top ten institutions with affiliated winners for this year. 

Congratulations to Director of Clinical Programs in Audiology Dr. Kerry Witherell on her recent induction into the National Academies of Practice  (NAP) Class of 2023. The prestigious honor acknowledges outstanding achievements and recognizes faculty as leaders in their professions.

Publications & Creative Activities

Regents Professor of History and Asian American Studies Director Erika Lee published a preview of her presidential speech to the Organization of American Historians "In the War Against History, Los Angeles and Asian American History Offer Hope" in The Hill.

Professor Karen Mary Davalos (Chicano & Latino Studies) published her new book Self Help Graphics at Fifty: A Composition of Latinx Art and Collaborative Art Making.

March 2023


Congratulations to the following faculty recipients of The MidCareer Faculty Research Awards:

  • Associate Professor Mark Bell (Political Science), "The Stability of Nuclear Thinking"
  • Associate Professor VV Ganeshananthan (English), "The Missing Are Considered Dead"
  • Associate Professor Kate Lockwood Harris (Communication Studies), "Transforming Traumatized Organizations: A Relational Approach to Disorganizing Systemic Violence"
  • Associate Professor Maggie Hennefeld (Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature), "Twenty-First Century Silent Film Culture"
  • Associate Professor Lamar Peterson (Art), "Seeing The Invisible"

Fellowships & Grants

Doctoral candidate Jeffrey Cross (Classical & Near Eastern Religions & Cultures) has been awarded a prestigious postdoctoral Fulbright Scholarship to Hebrew University.

Doctoral candidate Ashley E. Kim Duffey (Art History) is the recipient of a 2023 Luce/ACLS Dissertation in American Art.

Associate Professor Luis Ramos Garcia (Spanish and Portuguese Studies) received Human Rights Initiative Research Funds for his project "The Impact of Human Rights Through International Collaborative Artistic Expression: Art, and Theater." 

Congratulations to the following faculty recipients of Brain Imaging Grants:

  • Associate Professor Colin DeYoung (Psychology), "Neural Correlates of Goal Prioritization and Conscientiousness"
  • Assistant Professor Nicola Grissom (Psychology), "Simultaneous Imaging of Bilateral Accumbens Dopamine Release During Reward"
  • Professor Yang Zhang (Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences) and co-investigators Neuroimaging Staff Scientist Philip C Burton, Associate Professor Jason Wolff (Educational Psychology), Professor Hui Zou (Statistics), "Neural Mechanisms of Speech and Voice Processing in Children and Adults"

Director Jeanne Kilde (Religious Studies Program) and her community partner the First Church of God in Christ (FCOGIC) have been awarded a Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage (Legacy) Grant to complete the nomination of the FCOGIC building to the National Register of Historic Places.

February 2023


Berne Christiansen, Senior Academic Advisor/Policy and Procedure Specialist, was a recipient of the 2022-2023 John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.

Congratulations to the following faculty recipients of the 2022-23 Horace T. Morse Award:

  • Associate Professor Brian Goldberg (English)
  • Associate Professor Shaden M. Tageldin (Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature)
  • Assistant Professor Elizabeth Wrigley-Field (Sociology)

Congratulations to the following faculty recipients of the Graduate and Professional Education Awards:

  • Associate Professor Vicente M. Diaz (American Indian Studies)
  • Associate Professor Lizbeth H. Finestack (Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences)
  • Professor Patricia Frazier (Psychology)
  • Professor Douglas Hartmann (Sociology)

Associate Professor Maggie Hennefeld's (Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature) essay “Queer Laughter in the Archives of Silent Film Comedy,” The Oxford Handbook of Queer Cinema (Oxford University Press, 2021) received the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Best Essay in an Edited Collection Award.

Publications & Creative Activities

Professor Anatoly Liberman (German, Nordic, Slavic, and Dutch) published three books at the end of last year: Take My Word For It: A Dictionary of English Idioms (U. of M. Press) and two books of literary studies and literary criticism that appeared in Russia - the titles are given in translation: All Hands on Deck! and Leaving the Shelter of the Wall.

Professor Steven Manson (Geography, Environment & Society) published a new book Data Science and Human-Environment Systems.

Fellowships & Grants

Congratulations to the following faculty who received Imagine Fund Special Events Grants, awarded by the Institute for Advanced Study:

  • Assistant Professor Erin Durban (Anthropology): Queer and Trans* Ecologies Symposium 
  • Associate Professor Maggie Hennefeld (Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature): "Twin Cities Silent Film Project"
  • Director, Religious Studies Program Jeanne Kilde: "Historic Artwork in a North Minneapolis Landmark; Or, How Zodiac Paintings in a Former Synagogue Bridged the Jewish and Black Communities"

Congratulations to the following individuals who received Human Rights Initiative Research Funds:

  • Human Rights Initiative Coordinator Amelia Shindelar (Human Rights Program): "Individuals Impacted by Law Enforcement Violence: Networks for Justice"
  • Minnesota Transform Postdoctoral Research Associate Ricardo A. Velasco Trujillo (History): "Advancing Sustainable Digital Ecologies for Grassroots Organizations Documenting Human Rights Activism and Reconciliation Initiatives "
  • Associate Professor Luis Ramos Garcia (Spanish and Portuguese Studies): "The Impact of Human Rights Through International Collaborative Artistic Expression: Art, and Theater"

Congratulations to the following faculty who received fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) for 2023-24:

  • Assistant Professor Anuja Bose (Political Science): “Reconstructing an Internationalism of the Present: The Political Practices and Institutions of Global Black Politics”
  • Assistant Professor Daniel Greenberg (Art History): “Mapping without Maps”
  • Assistant Professor Atilla Hallsby (Communication Studies): “This Page Left Intentionally Blank: Rhetorical Forms of the Secret”
  • Assistant Professor Dwight Lewis, Jr. (Philosophy): “Justice, Inclusion & Equity in Philosophy”
  • Assistant Professor Kari Smalkoski (Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies): “American Dream Disrupted: Reframing Narratives on Asian American Youth, Gender, and Inequality in Schools”
  • Assistant Professor Arash Davari (Political Science): “Insurgent Witness: Revolutionary Iran and the Question of Self-Determination”
  • Associate Professor Katherine Gerbner (History): “Constructing Religion, Defining Crime”
  • Professor David Gore (Communication): ”Communication & Religion: The Gift of Presence“
  • Assistant Professor Zornitsa Keremidchieva (Communication Studies): “Irredentism and its Others”
  • Professor Matthew Rahaim (Music): “Improvising Relationality”
  • Assistant Professor Katie Van Wert (English, Linguistics & Writing Studies): “Writing at the End of Life: Exploring Legacy Narrative in Palliative Care”

January 2023


Assistant Professor Aamina Ahmad (English) won the Best First Novel prize by the Writers Guild of Great Britain for her debut novel The Return of Faraz Ali - "a multi-layered tale of family, identity, and the politics of power in a caste-ridden society."

Publications & Creative Activities

Associate Professor V. V. Ganeshananthan (English) published her second novel Brotherless Night in January 2023.

Assistant Professor Megan Giddings (English) published her second novel The Women Could Fly in August 2022.

Associate Professor Douglas Kearney (English) published Optic Subwoof in November 2022.

Professor Josephine Lee (English, Asian American Studies) published Oriental, Black, and White: The Formation of Racial Habits in American Theater in October 2022.

Fellowships & Grants

Professor Penny Edgell (Sociology) has been awarded a residential fellowship from the Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholars Program. Professor Edgell will spend the 2023-24 academic year in New York working on her upcoming book The Reconfiguration of American Religion, 1990-present.

Professor and Raymond O. Mithun Endowed Chair in Advertising Jisu Huh (Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication) was selected by Meta for its 2022 People’s Expectations and Experiences with Digital Privacy Grant program. Professor Huh will partner with Wonsun Shin of the University of Melbourne (PhD '10) for a joint project, "Privacy and trust equilibrium of personalized social media ad acceptance."

Professors Alan Love (Philosophy) and Hui Zou (Statistics) were honored as lifetime American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellows. AAAS - The American Association for the Advancement of Science is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals.

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