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.”
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.”
Iranian-born artist Katayoun Amjadi took her questions about perception, identity, and transition abroad to explore at the Karlsruhe Academy in Germany, where she began her creative research by asking the question, “What is your name?”
What motivates people to start exercising? How can some people simply walk away from cigarettes, while others struggle? University of Minnesota’s professor Alex Rothman applies an experimental medicine approach to identify strategies to impact health-related behaviors.
Associate Professor Christophe Wall-Romana brings to light improbable connections between race, astronomy, photography, and cinema. He shares his inspirations and motivations for his forthcoming book, which is centered around these connections.
Annika Johnson (BA 2011) studies the interaction between indigenous art and representations of indigenous people. She is the Wyeth Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts and is back in Minnesota for a year to finish up her dissertation research.
Philosophy professor Sarah Holtman is finishing up a book on the role of social welfare and the state in the works of Immanuel Kant. Due for publication in the summer of 2018, the book will provide a valuable resource for scholars and laypersons alike.
“I never thought I’d have the opportunity to travel across the world studying and researching something that I loved,” says Donovan scholarship recipient Ellie Anderson. The scholarship allowed the history major to spend six weeks in Austria, conducting research on women, royal power, and enlightenment in eighteenth-century Vienna.
History doesn't just have to be taught in an academic setting. Professor Ann Waltner takes her classroom to the stage to help teach historical knowledge through the arts by illustrating the power of music and art in telling our collective historical stories.
With Jessica Gordon-Roth's specialization in feminist philosophy and Roy T. Cook's attention on mathematical logic, semantic paradoxes, and the aesthetics of Lego sculptures, they might seem like an unlikely pair of collaborators. But the two philosophy professors have found overlap in a topic that they argue is in desperate need of philosophical reflection: feminist philosophy and formal logic.
Art history's newest faculty member, Anna Seastrand, specializes in South Asian art. She was drawn to the University of Minnesota’s legacy of fantastic scholarship in that area, and is excited to be working with students at UMN.
Associate Professor Sophia Beal, a recent Talle Research Award recipient, is determined to tell the untold story of how different cultural groups are shifting the way public space is utilized in Brasília, Brazil.
The US Senate recently held a hearing to revisit the president's authority to order the use of nuclear weapons. Dr. Mark Bell, an assistant professor in political science, talks with Access Minnesota about the president's role in commanding the nation's nuclear arsenal, and the possibility of reevaluating this power.
The FCC will soon vote on whether to change net neutrality. Christopher Terry, assistant professor in the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication, explains what net neutrality is and why he believes it should stay in place.
When Mons Chan started out as an undergraduate economics major, he didn’t want to just learn, he wanted to learn how to get things done. Economics, he came to realize, would give him the tools to contribute to positive change in the world. Now, as he wraps up the final year of his PhD program, Mons’ research on trade patterns is producing detailed information that policymakers will be able to use to ensure more people are better off.