CLA Discoveries

CLA faculty and students are constantly creating and discovering.

Pictured left to right, Valentina Salas, Lisa Hilbink, and Bridget Marchesi

Equal Rights & Unequal Remedies

Justice is a fundamental human right. U of M political scientists Lisa Hilbink, Bridget Marchesi, Valentina Salas, and political science undergraduate Monica Delgado are working in Chile and Colombia to examine whether, when, and how their citizens would turn to their judicial systems to seek legal remedies for human rights violations.
Portrait: Hassan Abdel Salam

Islamic Law: An Examination of Human Rights Issues in Today’s Muslim Societies

Assistant Professor Hassan Abdel Salam explores the relationship between Islamic law and how it interacts with human rights in his research for the Institute of Global Studies. Abdel Salam hopes to discover how Islamic clerics conceptualize human rights, how everyday Muslims express their devotion, and how Islamophobia is produced in the United States and the world as a whole.
Portrait of Christian Angelich

How We Tell the Story About Oil and Violence

Oil is an everyday reality for our society. It is not only used in our cars, but in plastic, synthetic, and chemical products, from everyday household items to the roads we drive on. Another reality is that oil causes violence. PhD candidate Christian D. Angelich uses his commercial airline pilot experience to fuel his research about the environmental and social violence caused by oil consumption.
Professor Ning Ma poses for a picture on campus

Rethinking Narrative History: ALL’s Newest Faculty Member Ning Ma

Ning Ma is ALL’s newest faculty member. Her unique educational background and research activities make her a brilliant addition to the department. “I’m really excited by the expansiveness of her research,” says department chair Christine Marran. “Her discussion of economic globalization in a comparative literary context in her book The Age of Silver drew us to her work.”
Jason Tham, Joe Moses and Kendra Wiswell pose for a picture outside of Nolte Center

Agile Writing Project

Isaac Asimov said, “Writing is a lonely job.” Other writers like Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings say that writing is “agony.” Jason Tham, a graduate instructor and PhD candidate in rhetoric and scientific and technical communication, and Joe Moses, a senior lecturer in the Department of Writing Studies, are looking at ways to make team-based writing faster, more efficient, and, well, “Agile.”