Regents Professor Allen Isaacman (history) has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. One of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies, the American Academy is also a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to Academy publications and studies of science and technology policy, global security and international affairs, social policy and American institutions, and the humanities, arts, and education. Allen's 2015 classmates include Pulitzer Prize-winner Holland Cotter, singer-songwriter Judy Collins, Nike co-founder Philip Knight, Nobel Prize-winner Brian Kobilka, Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and novelist Tom Wolfe. Read more
Professor Tim Kehoe (economics) and associate professor Matthew Canepa (art history) have received Guggenheim fellowships. The 12-month fellowship will support Matthew's multi-volume research project, "Royal Glory, Divine Fortune and the Iranian Expanse," which examines the development of the visual cultures and spatial environments of power in Persia and the ancient Iranian world. Tim will be studying the impact of 20 years of NAFTA and trade liberalization. Read more about Tim's and Matthew's awards.
Professor Chris Uggen (sociology) is part of a team that has received a $3.8 million grant from the Arnold Foundation for the project, "Multi-State Study of Monetary Sanctions." His collaborators include scholars at University of Washington, Northwestern, University of Texas, and elsewhere.
Graduate student Akshya Saxena (cultural studies and comparative literature) has received a 2014-15 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for her dissertation, Vernacular Englishes: Language and Democratic Politics in Post-liberalization India. ACLS made 70 awards, which include a $30,000 stipend plus up to $8,000 for research and university fees. Fellows from 29 universities and nearly 20 fields of humanistic study were selected from a pool of close to 1,000 applicants through a rigorous, multi-stage peer review process.
Graduate student Colleen Bertsch (music) received a 2015-16 U.S. Fulbright Student award to Romania. She will spend nine months in the Transylvanian region to conduct fieldwork for her dissertation, tentatively called Transylvanian Folk Violinists and their Coarticulation of Embodied Musical Techniques and Identity Performance. Her activities will include interviewing, recording, and learning various playing techniques from Hungarian, Romanian, and Roma folk violinists.
Graduate student Zack Pentecost (music) won the 2015 Duluth Superior Symphony Young Composer Competition. His piece After-Layer will be performed May 3. He has also been commissioned by the Charlotte New Music Festival to compose a work for the New York-based loadbang ensemble. His work Steel Wheels was performed at the Tutti New Music Festival. His Fantasy and Reflections on an Air received three performances, including at the Eastman School of Music.
Graduate student Gabriel Quenneville-Bélair (music) was awarded a $1,200 scholarship from the Fondation de soutien des arts de Laval (Québec, Canada). This is the eighth time he has won this prestigious Canadian scholarship.
These CLA faculty members have received IDEA Multicultural Research Awards from the Office for Equity and Diversity.
Jigna Desai (gender, women & sexuality studies): Rethinking Asian American Displacement and Erasure in the U.S. South
Keith Mayes (African American & African studies): For the Sake of Internal Security: Stokely Carmichael, H. Rap Brown and the Silencing of Black Power
Jimmy Patiño (Chicano studies): "A Time for Resistance": Transnational Chicano Identity, Immigrant Rights, and Abolition Democracy in the Chicano Movement.
Hyejoon Rim (journalism & mass communication): A Cross-Cultural Investigation of Corporate Social Responsibility: Public Perception of CSR in the United States, South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates