Professor Bernard Levinson (Classical and Near Eastern studies) was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Jewish Research, the organization of the senior scholars of the field, the oldest professional organization of Judaica scholars in North America. His election reflects the high regard in which his peers in Jewish studies regard his research and writing. Levinson is Berman Family Chair in Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible.
Charles Baxter's (English) short story, "The Cousins," which appeared in Tin House, won a Pushcart Prize and has been selected by Richard Russo for Best American Short Stories 2010. Baxter is Edelstein-Keller Professor in Creative Writing.
Regents Professor Patricia Hampl (English) collaborated with composer Alvin Singleton on the new work Brooklyn Bones, which premiered April 26, 2010, at Carnegie Hall.
Professor Paula Rabinowitz (English) will hold the Distinguished Fulbright Lectureship in American Literature in the People's Republic of China at East China Normal University in Shanghai for spring 2011.
Assistant Professor Siobhan Craig (English) published Cinema After Fascism: The Shattered Screen with Palgrave Macmillan (July 2010).
In Psychology, Chad Marsolek (professor), Becky Deason (Ph.D. 2008), Nick Ketz (B.A. 2007), Pradeep Ramanathan (Ph.D. 2009 in SLHS), Vaughn Steele (grad student), Ed Bernat (former research assistant professor), and Chris Patrick (former professor) have received the 2010 Neuroimage Editors' Choice Award (Cognitive Neuroscience Section) for their article, "Identifying objects impairs knowledge of other objects: A relearning explanation for the neural repetition effect."
Professor Joachim Savelsberg (sociology) has published Crime and Human Rights: Criminology of Genocide and Atrocities (Sage), "a much-needed criminological insight to the subject, exploring explanations of and responses to human rights abuses."
Assistant Professor Teresa Gowan (sociology) has published Hobos, Hustlers, and Backsliders: Homeless in San Francisco (U of Minn. Press), which "vividly depicts the lives of homeless men in San Francisco and analyzes the influence of the homelessness industry on the streets, in the shelters, and on public policy."
Associate Professor Rachel Schurman (sociology) has published Fighting for the Future of Food (U of Minn. Press) with co-author William A. Munro. It "details how the anti-biotech movement managed to alter public perceptions about genetically modified organisms in the world food supply."
Professor Raymond Duvall (political science) has been named the inaugural recipient of the Interpretive Methodologies and Methods group's Grain of Sand Award, to be awarded at the American Political Science meeting in Washington, DC. The award is given "to honor a political scientist whose contributions to interpretive studies of the political, and to the discipline itself, its ideas and its persons, have been longstanding and merit special recognition."
Associate Professor Ronald Krebs (political science) published In War's Wake: International Conflict and the Fate of Liberal Democracy (Cambridge University Press), co-edited with Elizabeth Kier, University of Washington.
Assistant Professor Shawn Treier (political science) received the Gregory Luebbert article prize for the best article published in 2008-09 in the field of comparative politics. This award is from the American Political Science Association's organized section on Comparative Politics. Shawn received it for his 2008 American Journal of Political Science article, "Democracy as a Latent Variable" with Professor Simon Jackman, Stanford University.
Ben Garthus and Bart Vargas, MFA students in Art, are among a handful of students to win the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award, presented each year by the international Sculpture Center. This is the most prestigious sculpture award for graduate students in the United States. Their work will be featured in the October issue of Sculpture magazine and displayed at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey from October 10, 2010 to January 9, 2011.
Sheryl Lightfoot (Ph.D. 2009, political science) won the American Political Science Association's 2010 Best Dissertation on Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Award for her dissertation Indigenous Global Politics.
The Religious Studies program received a grant of $170,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a conference and community workshop titled "Crossing Cultural Spaces: Islam and the West in Arts and Sciences." Nabil Matar (English) is the principal investigator.
Institute for Global Studies has received Title VI funding from the federal Department of Education for two National Resource Centers. The European Studies Consortium will receive $1.2 million over four years that includes 11 FLAS fellowships for graduate and undergraduate students. The International Studies NRC will also receive $1.2 million over four years for similar programming.