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CLA at the 2021 Homecoming Parade
CLA at the 2021 Homecoming Parade
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September 2021


Elizabeth Howard (PhD candidate, English) was awarded the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals 2021 VanArsdel Prize for her essay, “‘Keeping Christmas’ on the Page: The Adelaide Observer, Alice in Wonderland, and the Australian Periodical at Play.” 

Monumental Mobility (University of North Carolina Press) by Distinguished McKnight Professor Jean O’Brien (History) won the Winthrop Prize for the Outstanding Book on Seventeenth-Century New England from the Colonial Society of Massachusetts.

Fellowships and Grants

A team led by Professor Monica Luciana (Psychology) and including Associate Professor Scott Vrieze (Psychology) are working to develop a repository of large datasets that will be accessible to U of M researchers. The project, the Neuroimaging and Genetic Data Resources (NGDR) Initiative, was recently awarded a UMII Seed Grant.

Doctoral candidates Karen Bauer (Anthropology), Ty Frazier (Mathematics), Leah Fulton (minor in African American and African Studies), Vanessa Guzman (American studies), Samira Musleh (Communication Studies), Kiara Padilla (American Studies),  Nathan R. Stenberg (Theatre Arts & Dance), Caty Taborda (Sociology), and Eunha Jeong Wood (Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies) have been named 2021-2022 Leadership in Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity (LEID) Fellows.The Leadership in Equity, Inclusion and Diversity (LEID) Fellowship rewards PhD candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and/or social justice through scholarly activity and/or climate enhancing initiatives.

Congratulations to Associate Professor Richard Landers, John P. Campbell Distinguished Professorship of Industrial-Organizational Psychology, for winning HireVue’s Artificial Intelligence in Assessment Fellowship.

Associate Professor Scott Vrieze (Psychology) was awarded a grant of $500,000 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). His research includes genetic and environmental influences on psychopathology, especially substance use and abuse in adolescence and early adulthood.

Publications and Creative Activities 

Associate Professor Giancarlo Casale (History) has published his book Prisoner of the Infidels: The Memoir of an Ottoman Muslim in 17th Century Europe (The University of California Press). It is described as an “effervescent memoir of war, slavery, and self-discovery, told with aplomb and humor.”


August 2021

Fellowships and Grants

Samuel C. Fletcher (Philosophy) has been awarded a a 5-year, $442,998 CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop new conceptual foundations for statistical testing and estimation, as they are used in science and medicine.

Doctoral candidate Heider Tun Tun (History) received a fellowship offer with American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). Jessica Molina-Cuthbert (Liberal Arts), who reached the interview stage, received a research stipend. 

Assistant Professor Nida Sajid (Asian & Middle Eastern Studies) received a 2021 UMN Sustainable Development Goal Grant. 

Publications and Creative Activities 

Professor Mary Jo Maynes (History) co-edited Children and Youth as Subjects, Objects, Agents: Innovative Approaches to Research Across Space and Time (Palgrave Macmillan), which was featured on the CCYSC Awazz podcast.


July 2021


Professor Erika Lee (History and Asian American Studies) has been elected the president-elect of the Organization of American Historians.

Professor Emeritus Charles Baxter (English) has won the 2021 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story.

Professor Phyllis Moen's (Sociology) book Overload won the Max Weber Award for Distinguished Scholarship from the American Sociological Association.

Associate Professor Emily Vraga (HSJMC) won the Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly award for her article, "Deciding What’s News: News-ness as an Audience Concept for the Hybrid Media Environment."

Fellowships and Grants

Professor Bernard Levinson (Classical and Near Eastern Studies) has accepted two fellowships for the coming year: the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Ellie and Herbert D. Katz Distinguished Fellow; and the Lady Davis Trust Fellowship, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (summer term).

Associate Professor Jack DeWaard (Sociology) has received a Russell Sage Grant for his project, "COVID-19 and Internal Migration across the Urban-Rural Continuum."

Publications and Creative Activities 

Lecturer Wendy K.Z. Anderson (Communication Studies) announced the upcoming publication of her book, Rebirthing a Nation: White Women, Racial Politics, and the Internet.


June 2021


President Gabel has appointed Professor Julie Schumacher (English) as a Regents Professor, the highest honor the University of Minnesota bestows on its faculty.

Assistant Professor Benjamin Toff (HSMJ) has received the 2020 Kaid-Sanders Best Political Communication Article of the Year Award for his work “All the News that’s Fit to Ignore."

Professor Joachim Savelsberg (Sociology) has won the Harry J. Kalven, Jr. Prize from the Law & Society Association, recognizes "empirical scholarship that has contributed most effectively to the advancement of research in law and society" and is given in recognition of a body of scholarly work.

Assistant Professor Douglas Kearney (English) has received the inaugural Campbell Opera Librettist Prize from Opera America.

Fellowships and Grants

The Office of the Vice President for Research has awarded a Minnesota Futures grant to Professor Wilma Koutstaal (Psychology) and Contract Associate Professor Bonnie Klimes-Dougan (Psychology) along with the Medical School's Associate Professor Kathryn Cullen for "Measuring and Enhancing Creativity and Brain Flexibility in Adolescents with Depression."


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