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June 2022


The Mediterranean Seminar awarded the Best Source Edition or Translation Prize to Associate Professor Giancarlo Casale (History) 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.

Places of Mind: A Life of Edward Said (Bloomsbury) by Professor Timothy Brennan (Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature) 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.

“Sexual Politics of Empire” by Assistant Professor Erin L. Durban (Anthropology) won the University of Illinois Press and the National Womens Studies Association (NWSA) annual competition for the best dissertation or first book manuscript by a single author in the field of women and gender studies.

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).
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.
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.

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 for a 2022 Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowship.

Professor Karen Mary Davalos (Chicano and Latino Studies) and co-director Professor Constance Cortez (Art History) have received a grant from the NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources.

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.

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

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) has been elected to the American Antiquarian Society.

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


Professor Ana Forcinto (Spanish and Portuguese), Associate Professor Daniel Philippon (English), and Assistant Professor Jane Sumner (Political Science) were named as recipients of CLA's Arthur "Red" and Helene B. Motley Exemplary Teaching Award for 2021-22. 

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), 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.

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).


December 2021


Professor Timothy Brennan (English) won the Palestine Book Award for Biography for his 2021 book Places of Mind: A Life of Edward Said (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).

Associate Dean Malinda Lindquist (History) is an inaugural recipient of the University’s Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Awards.

Senior Lecturer Patricia Mougel (French and Italian) has been named Minnesota’s French Teacher of the Year by the Minnesota Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF).

Works by Professor and Raymond O. Mithun Chair in Advertising Jisu Huh (HSJMC) are among a handful of selections included by the American Academy of Advertising in the Most Influential Papers of 2020 across all three of the academic journals published by the Academy (Journal of Advertising, Journal of Current Issues and Research in Advertising, and Journal of Interactive Advertising. Included are Huh's co-authored editorial "Advancing Computational Advertising: Conceptualization of the Field and Future Directions" and other papers published in the Special Section on Advances in Computational Advertising. 

Publications & Creative Activities

Senior Undergraduate Academic Advisor David Perry (History), with co-author Matthew Gabriele, published his book The Bright Ages: A New History of Medieval Europe (HarperCollins, 2021). 

November 2021


Professor Emerita Charlotte Melin (German) has been awarded the twenty-sixth Association of Departments of Foreign Languages Award (ADFL) for Distinguished Service to the Profession. The award is presented by the ADFL executive committee and recognizes eminent scholar-teachers who serve the profession in the larger community.

Publications & Creative Activities

Assistant Professor Erin Durban (Anthropology) recently published their article “Anthropology and Ableism” in American Anthropologist.

PhD student Walter Wu (Psychology) recently won second place and the people's choice awards at this year's Three-Minute Thesis competition run by the Graduate School at UMN. Wu discussed his research, "Pandemic, Visual Impairment, and Social Isolation," and bested PhD students from seven other colleges.

October 2021


The National Book Foundation announced finalists for the 2021 National Book Awards. Among this year’s selections is Sho (Wave Books) by Assistant Professor Douglas Kearney (English, Creative Writing). The poetry collection explores the complex penetrability of language and black vernacular.

Congratulations to Professor Emeritus John Campbell (Psychology) for receiving the American Psychological Association 2021 John C. Flanagan Lifetime Achievement Award which recognizes career-long achievements in military psychology.

Professor Loukas Karabarbounis (Economics) received this year’s Bernacer Prize, awarded to European economists under the age of 40 who have made outstanding contributions in macroeconomics and finance. 

Catherine J. Bruns (PhD candidate, Communication Studies) was part of the summer 2020 RCP Fellows team that partnered with the City of Little Canada to develop best practices for community engagement. As part of her study with Professor Mark Pedelty (Communication Studies) as her faculty adviser, Bruns submitted the project to the MetroLab Student Cup and is one of 12 finalists from 50 submissions.
Professor Saje Mathieu (History) has been selected as a recipient of the 2020 Award for Global Engagement (AGE). This award is given to those faculty and staff whose achievements and contributions to global education, research and engagement are exceptional. The Global Programs and Strategy Alliance established and sponsors the award as part of making internationalization a key academic priority at the University. 

Fellowships & Grants

Graduate student Casey Giordano (Industrial/Organizational Psychology) was awarded the Meredith P. Crawford Dissertation Fellowship by the Human Resource Research Organization (HumRRO).

Post-doctoral fellow Katherine Tregillus (Psychology) was awarded a grant from the National Eye Institute for her study entitled “Neural mechanisms of long-term plasticity in human visual cortex.”

Graduate student Wen Bu (Psychology) received a grant from The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues for her research on minority group identities and political attitudes.

Professors Stephen Engel and Gordon Legge (Psychology) received a grant from the National Eye Institute for their research on age-related macular degeneration (AMD). 

Professor James Lee (Psychology) received a grant for a study titled “Miscellaneous Research on Human Intelligence.” Lee aims to investigate several distinct issues in the study of intelligence through the use of measures of performance such as reaction time. Funded through the Institute of Mental Chronometry, the grant will run from September 2020 to August 2021.

Associate Professor Richard Landers (Psychology) received a grant from the National Science Foundation for research on understanding when and why people do or do not heed recommendations given by artificial intelligence entitled “Integrating Trust and Feedback Intervention Theories to Predict Behavioral Change in Response to Algorithmic Feedback.”

Assistant Professor Nicola Grissom (Psychology) was awarded a grant of more than $ 2 million from the National Institute of Mental Health for her study entitled “Sex-biased impacts of 16p11.2 variants on reward-guided choice.” Grissom will study how sex interacts with genetic variants as they contribute to neuropsychiatric risk, examining genetic factors associated with neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism.

Researcher Yingzi Xiong (Psychology) was recently awarded a K99 career development grant from the National Eye Institute to conduct research on individuals with dual sensory loss. “Dual Sensory Loss: Impact of Vision and Hearing Impairment on Spatial Localization” will focus on the joint impact of vision and hearing loss on the ability to determine the location of objects in the environment.

Teaching Specialist Marsha R. Pitts-Phillips (Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication) and president and founder of MRPP & Associates Communications, LLC, is the recipient of the D. Parke Gibson Award which recognizes a public relations professional who has helped expand awareness of public relations with multicultural communities.

Associate Professor Cheryl Olman (Psychology) is the recipient of the College of Liberal Arts’ Brain Imaging Grant. Researcher Kim Weldon and Olman will study “Investigating Characteristics of Foveal Feedback Using Ultra-High Field fMRI;” the study will use higher signal-to-background noise ratio in an ultra-high field fMRI to investigate how information about the shape of objects in peripheral vision changes the brain's response to objects in the central visual field.

Publications & Creative Activities

The Immigration History Research Center, led by Professor Erika Lee (Asian American Studies), has just launched a new project called Immigrants In COVID America, a resource and website documenting the health, economic, and social impact of COVID-19 on immigrants and refugees in the US.

Assistant Professor Erin L. Durban's (Anthropology) research article, "Anthropology and Ableism," was published in American Anthropologist.

Associate Professor Eric Shook and Professor Steven Manson (Geography, Environment, & Society) will be part of a new national initiative to enable geospatial data-driven scientific discovery to better understand the risks and impacts of climate change. 

Associate Professor Elaine Auyoung’s (English and McKnight Land-Grant Professorship) book When Fiction Feels Real: Representation and the Reading Mind (Oxford University Press) is now out in paperback.

Palgrave Macmillan has published the Portuguese edition of Associate Professor Sophia Beal’s (Spanish & Portuguese Studies) The Art of Brasilia: 2000-2019.

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.

Assistant Professor Claire M. Segijn (Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication) was named the most prolific contributing author to the scientific literature on media multitasking according to a new Bibliometric study.

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.

Director of the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science and Professor Alan Love (Philosophy) is the principal investigator for “Agency, Directionality, and Function: Foundations for a Science of Purpose,” a new three-year, $14.5 million project funded by the John Templeton Foundation.

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 five-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 (Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication) 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 (Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communiction) 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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