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Shir Alon poses for a portrait outdoors.

A Common Thread: Using Literature to Connect Larger Ideas

Oil, feminism, minorities, and genies. All of these are the focus of classes taught by new Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Professor Shir Alon. Her classes are rooted in her comparative literature background. “I feel that literature provides us with tools and metaphors to think about our social and political life in ways that are more powerful than anything else that I’ve encountered,” she says.
Portrait: Professor Timothy R Johnson

SCOTUS Notes

Professor Timothy Johnson wanted to shine a light on a rich primary source for researchers in political science and law--the handwritten notes of past Supreme Court justices. But first, he needed help from a few hundred citizen scientists.
Valerie Tiberius standing to the left of Juliette Cherbuliez in a kitchen

The Recipe for Happiness

Valerie Tiberius has published extensively on well-being and how we value it. She believes everyone has a personal recipe for well-being and recognizing that can help you live a fulfilling life. She discusses her ideas, their influence on her teaching, and how they have been useful to psychologists and psychiatrists.
Detail from Smithsonian illustration of Kim Todd article

Undercover Girls

Associate Professor Kim Todd has studied "stunt reporters"—female newspaper writers in the 1880s and 1890s who went undercover to expose societal ills. This Q&A covers Todd's interest in these stunt reporters, how they changed journalism, and Todd's upcoming book which focuses on these reporters.

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