CLA Discoveries

CLA faculty and students are constantly creating and discovering.

CLA Celebrates Faculty Excellence

The College of Liberal Arts gathered as a community to honor the creative, scholarly, and instructional work of our outstanding and internationally renowned faculty at Faculty Excellence held on Tuesday, April 17 in the Best Buy Theater at Northrop Memorial Auditorium. This annual event is held to celebrate faculty retiring from the College of Liberal Arts.
Portrait of David Chang.

Changing the Narrative: Hawaiian History from Hawaiian Perspective

Professor David Chang challenges persistent narratives about Hawaii’s past. “For too long, history has been written as if Hawaiians were passive observers of their own history, isolated from and uninterested in the outside world,” he says. In his new book, Chang aims to update our perspective on Hawaii’s past by presenting it through the eyes of the people who lived through it.
Photo of Mónica de la Fuente Iglesias and José Aguirre.

A Fear of Empty Spaces

Mónica de la Fuente Iglesias and José Aguirre co-chaired a conference that bridged the gap between Spanish and Lusophone disciplines and provided new approaches as how to best address different kinds of emptiness in research. Read more about how the Graduate Student Conference filled voids in research.
A swing set sits submerged in floodwater from the Mississippi River, April 21, 2013, in Clarksville, Mo.

Mississippi Rising

By redirecting floods on the Mississippi river in the North, we are accelerating the water downstream and increasing the threat of flooding in the South. Scott St. George, associate professor in the Department of Geography, Environment and Society, writes.
Portrait of Cawo Abdi

Searching for Belonging

How can a country’s culture and migration regulations affect an immigrant’s ability to adjust? Professor Cawo Abdi studies the diaspora of Somali people and how they’ve adjusted to their new homelands. She finds that while Somali refugees remain hopeful that they will find a sense of belonging, they face unexpected challenges when adjusting to life in a new country.
Portrait of Joaquin Garcia-Cabo

A Tale of Two Contracts

Joaquin Garcia-Cabo came to the US with a prestigious master’s degree and an interest in macro and labor economics. As he completes his PhD program, his job market paper introduces a new model to understand the effects of firing costs on human capital accumulation, job cyclicality, and the persistence of job loss for Spanish workers. His research can be used to analyze the costs and benefits of future policies.