Previous Talle Mid-Career Faculty Award Winners

Funded by a generous gift from Ken and Janet Talle, this award provided research support for five years, with 8-10 recently promoted associate professors receiving an award each year. With this fund, the College recognizes and invests in the next generation of faculty who are poised to lead CLA as it pursues greater heights of excellence and who are engaging in new lines of research and creative activity that will shape their fields and the intersection of fields.

Professor Elaine Auyoung, Department of English: "Unselfing: What We Can Ask of the Arts"

Professors Samuel Fletcher & Jessica Gordon-Roth, Department of Philosophy: "Mary Somerville, Philosopher"

Professor Nathaniel Mills, Department of English: "Workshopping Blackness: Writing Workshops and the Production of Twentieth-Century African American Literature"

Professor Kathryn Nuernberger, Department of Creative Writing: "Intertwined: Prose Poems about Instances of Symbiotic Mutualism"

Professor Michael Gallope, Department of Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature: "Strange Inscriptions: Race, Gender, and Mysticism in the Postwar Avant-Garde, 1958–78"

Professor Katherine Gerbner, Department of History: "Constructing Religion, Defining Crime: Slavery, Power, and Belief"

Professor Chris Larson, Department of Art: "Smithville, TN: The Residue of Labor"

Professor Robert B. Nichols, Department of Political Science: "Violence and Method in Colonial Contexts"

Professor David Karjanen, Department of American Studies: "Detention and Processing of Unaccompanied Migrants in the United States"

Professor Carolyn Lieber, Department of Sociology: "Inclusive Population Projections of American Indian and Alaska Native People"

Professor Schmuel Lissek, Department of Psychology: "Modeling Neural Markers of Maladaptive, Generalized Avoidance"

Professor Amy O'Connor, Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication: "On the Range: The Values, Practices, and Language of CSR that Bind Mining Companies and Communities Together"

Professor Michelle Phelps, Department of Sociology: "Mass Probation in the US: Understanding Supervision’s Impact on Wellbeing"

Professor Amit Yahav, Department of English: "On Making Leisure Real"

Professor Kathryn Grace, Department of Geography, Environment & Society

Professor Alice Lovejoy, Department of Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature: "Tales of Militant Chemistry: A History of Raw Film Stock"

Professor Matt Rahaim, School of Music: "Ways of the Voice: Vocal Striving and Moral Contestation in North India"

Professor Ning Ma, Department of Asian Languages & Literatures, "The Ways of the Monkey King: Chinese Culture and Globalization in Deep Time"

Professor Moin Syed, Department of Psychology, "Facilitating Open Science in Ethnic Minority Psychology"

Professor William Viestenz, Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies: "The Lethal Principle: The Politics of Immunity in Francoist Spain"

Professor Joyce Bell, Department of Sociology: "From Black Power to Black Lives Matter: Toward a Black Radical Demosprudence in the US & England"

Professor Giovanna Dell'Orto, Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication: "A Profession in Crisis Covering Crises: Journalism, Public Discourses and Policies about Migrant and Refugee Movements and Integration in the European Union and the Americas"

Professor Kate Derickson, Department of Geography, Environment, and Society: "Reconstruction and Its Legacies in Gullah/Geechee Nation"

Professor Tanisha Fazal, Department of Political Science: "Military Medicine and the Changing Costs of War"

Professor Michael Minta, Department of Political Science: "Corporate Money and the Financing of Civil Rights Advocacy"

Professor Gilliane Monnier, Department of Anthropology: "Reconstructing Neanderthal and Modern Human Behavior Through Stone Tool Residue Analysis"

Professor Paul Shambroom, Department of Art: "Past Time: Troubled Visions of the Good Old Days"

Professor Kim Todd, Department of English: "Undercover, The Hidden History of America's Girl Stunt Reporters"

Professor Cawo Abdi, Department of Sociology: "Ethnocentric Charter Schools in Minnesota"

Professor Sophia Beal, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies: "The Art of Brasília: How Culture Reframes the Built Environment"

Professor Lizbeth H. Finestack, Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences: "Metalinguistic Awareness and Language Development in Children"

Professor Njeri Githire, Department of African American & African Studies: "Inedible Ideologies: Food, Politics and Artistic Expression in the African Cultural Landscape"

Professor Jaime E. Hanneken, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies: "Tropologies of Latinité: Race and Space in the Circum-Atlantic, 1830-1930"

Professor Nancy Luxon, Department of Political Science: "Staging the Political: Colonial Encounters Across North Africa and France"

Professor Yuichiro Onishi, Department of African American & African Studies; Asian American Studies: "The Birth of Midcentury Racial Liberalism: A Strange Journey from America’s Concentration Camps to the Land of 10,000 Lakes"

Professor Michael J. Silverman, School of Music: "Healthy and Unhealthy Music Use, Music-Based Emotional Regulation, and Coping Strategies in Acute Care Mental Health Inpatients: A Cross Sectional Study"

Professor Travis Workman, Asian Languages and Literature: "Melodrama and the Cold War: Ideas and Emotion in Korean Film"

Professor Lisa Channer, Department of Theatre Arts & Dance: "Dancing on the Edge"

Professor Katherine Hayes, Department of Anthropology: "A Carceral Landscape? Re-interpreting the place and material culture of Historic Fort Snelling through the lens of incarceration" 

Professor Mai Na Lee, Department of History: "The Hmong Kingdom at Dragon Capital (Long Cheng):  Vang Pao’s Alliance with the CIA"

Professor Joshua Page, Department of Sociology: "American Bail: Extraction and Management at the Boundary of State and Market"

Professor Matthias Rothe, Department of German, Scandinavian & Dutch: "Staging Economy - Critique through Presentation in Brecht's Theater"

Professor R. Scott St. George, Department of Geography, Environment & Society: "The Long View on Drought in Nepal" 

Professor Michael Wilson, Department of Anthropology, "Chimpanzee Dialects? Testing Whether Chimpanzees at Gombe National Park, Tanzania Have Group-specific Calls"