By Saje Mathieu
The department would like to congratulate Professor Donna Gabaccia on being appointed to the Fesler-Lampert Chair in Public Humanities for 2009-2010 by the Graduate School. Professor Gabaccia is also currently the Immigration History Research Center's Director.
Ruth Mazo Karras
Professor Ruth Karras has been awarded the prestigious CLA Dean's Medal in recognition of her many accomplishments as a scholar and professor. She has also been elected Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, adding to her already impressive list of accomplishments. Professor Karras serves as Director of the Center for Medieval Studies at the University of Minnesota. She is also general editor for the University of Pennsylvania Press' Middle Ages series and co-editor for the journal Gender and History.
It has been a banner year for Professor Regina Kunzel, whose groundbreaking book Criminal Intimacy: Prison and the Uneven History of Modern American Sexuality has earned her the Lambda Literary award for LGBT Studies; the MLA's GL/Q Caucus' Alan Bray Memorial Book Award; and the John Boswell prize for outstanding book on LGBT history in 2009. Professor Kunzel was also the finalist for the John Hope Franklin prize in American Studies and the Judy Grahn award for lesbian nonfiction. Professor Kunzel serves as co-editor of the journal Gender and History and as co-editor of Temple University Press' Sexuality Studies series.
Each year, the College of Liberal Arts honors at least one tenured or tenure-track faculty member who has exemplified CLA's highest standards of teaching and scholarship. Associate Professor Pat McNamara has been selected as one of this year's recipients of the "Red" Motley Award for Teaching Excellence. ¡Felicidad!
Associate Professor Jeannie O'Brien became a charter member of the newly-formed Native Studies Association (NAISA) and will serve as its president in 2010. She also hosted the organization's first conference, held at the University of Minnesota, 21-23 May 2009. Congratulations on this historic accomplishment.
Professor Kay Reyerson has been elected a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, a wonderful testament to her distinguished scholarly contributions. The Medieval Academy was founded in 1925 and is the largest and most prestigious association committed to the study of the medieval world.