Previous Talle Faculty Award Winners

Funded by a generous gift from Ken and Janet Talle, this award provides $300,000 of research support each year over 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.




2017-18 Talle Research Awards

From Black Power to Black Lives Matter: Toward a Black Radical Demosprudence in the US & England

Joyce Bell  Associate Professor Joyce Bell, Department of Sociology


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 Giovanna dell'orto  Associate Professor Giovanna Dell'Orto, Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication


Reconstruction and Its Legacies in Gullah/Geechee Nation

Professor Kate Derickson  Associate Professor Kate Derickson, Department of Geography, Environment, and Society


Military Medicine and the Changing Costs of War

Professor Tanisha Fazal  Associate Professor Tanisha Fazal, Department of Political Science


Corporate Money and the Financing of Civil Rights Advocacy

Professor Michael Minta  Associate Professor Michael Minta, Department of Political Science


Reconstructing Neanderthal and Modern Human Behavior Through Stone Tool Residue Analysis

Professor Gilliane Monnier  Associate Professor Gilliane Monnier, Department of Anthropology


Past Time: Troubled Visions of the Good Old Days

Professor Paul shambroom  Associate Professor Paul Shambroom, Department of Art


Undercover, The Hidden History of America's Girl Stunt Reporters

Professor Kim Todd  Associate Professor Kim Todd, Department of English 


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 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
Watch a highlight video on Hayes' research

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
Read "Behind the Baill," a story on Page's research

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
Read "Let's Talk About Trees," a story on St. George's research

Professor Michael Wilson
Department of Anthropology
Chimpanzee Dialects? Testing Whether Chimpanzees at Gombe National Park, Tanzania Have Group-specific Calls
Read "Unlocking the Mysteries of Language (One Chimp at a Time)," a story on Wilson's research