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New & Visiting Faculty Academic Year 2011-12

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Meet our new faculty here. Or meet them in person at the CLA Assembly meeting on Tuesday, September 27.

Department of American Indian Studies

Clint Carroll
Postdoctoral Associate for Academic Diversity, 2011-12
Assistant Professor beginning fall 2012
Ph.D. 2011, Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley
Dissertation: "Re-Imagining Community: State Formation, Environment, and Articulation in the Cherokee Nation."

Dr. Carroll's research focuses on environmental policy and governance in the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and how environmental values, community involvement and traditions of governance influence tribal resource management today. While his study centers on a tribal ethnobotany project within the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, where he is a tribal citizen, his work expands to consider issues of tribal bureaucracy and state formation, as well as the epistemological and political barriers of incorporating traditional knowledge into tribal environmental programs. He is the author of the forthcoming essay "Articulating Indigenous Statehood: Cherokee State Formation and Implications for the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples." In 2010-11, Carroll held the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation Environmental Policy and Conflict Resolution Dissertation Fellowship. He will contribute to curriculum in the areas of environmental history, policy and law, traditional knowledge systems, and environmental justice.

Angelica Lawson
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2006, Native American Studies, University of Arizona
Dissertation: "Resistance and Resilience in the Work of Four Native American Authors."

Professor Lawson's research examines Indigenous narratives of resistance and resilience through the mediums of film and literature, bringing a global analysis to her work that includes the Sami and Maori in addition to American Indian. She held the Charles Eastman Fellowship at Dartmouth University. She is the author of several articles including "Narrating for Hollywood, Narrating for Home: Native Sensibility in Sherman Alexie's Smoke Signals," in Sherman Alexie: A Collection of Critical Essays, 2003; and "Resistance and Resilience in Ofelia Zepeda's Ocean Power: Aesthetics and Ethics in a Tribally Specific Work," Kenyon Review, 2011. She will contribute to curriculum in the areas of Indigenous film studies and Native American literature.

Darlene St. Clair
Visiting Associate Professor, 2011-12 - 2012-13
M.L.S. 1990, S.P.E.C. 1997, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professor St. Clair is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at St. Cloud State University and Director of their Multicultural Resource Center. St. Clair, an enrolled member of the Lower Sioux Indian Community in Morton, Minnesota, will teach courses in Dakota Culture and History for 2011-12 and 2012-13, in addition to serving as a program associate for the Dakota Language at the University of Minnesota. Her visiting appointment will coincide with the 150th Anniversary of the Dakota War in Minnesota, an event that scholars regard as a defining moment in the creation of Minnesota, and one with dire consequences for the Dakota people who remained in Minnesota or were exiled from their homeland.

Department of Art

Clive Murphy
Assistant Professor, 2011-12
M.F.A. 2004, University of Ulster in Belfast

Professor Murphy's practice draws from the peripheries of visual culture. He appropriates and reconfigures familiar signifiers in order to explore their wider cultural resonance, uncovering new ground for the proliferation of diverse meanings. Operating in a characteristically lo-fi manner, using materials and techniques that exist quite far down on the artistic food chain, he strives for ends greater than the sums of their parts in an effort to elevate and democratize.

Professor Murphy's exhibitions include solo shows in New York, Dublin, Belfast, Toronto, Brussels, Shanghai, and Prague. His group exhibitions are in galleries and museums in New York, Berlin, Lisbon, Hangzhou, Halifax, among many others. He has received several British Council Commissions and a number of awards from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. He has taught art, sculpture and digital media at the University of Colorado-Boulder; NSCAD, Nova Scotia; University of Ulster, Belfast; and has held residencies in New York, Toronto, Brussels, Shanghai, Prague and Dublin.

Lamar Peterson
Assistant Professor, 2011-12
M.F.A. 2001, Rhode Island School of Design

Professor Peterson has been a working artist in New York and California for the past 9 years. His work is included in many important international private and museum collections, and he's been an invited guest lecturer and critic at many colleges and universities across the country. He's received many prestigious residencies and fellowships and most recently was awarded a residency fellowship in Giverny, France, living and working on the grounds of Monet's home and garden for 5 months.

Professor Peterson will be teaching drawing and painting courses in the Department of Art during the upcoming year.

Paul Shambroom
Assistant Professor
B.F.A. Photography, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Professor Shambroom's artistic interest has focused on American power and culture as manifested in its democratic, economic, and security institutions. Although rooted in the documentary tradition, his projects have long had conceptual underpinnings that explore citizen access to unseen power structures. Subjects have included the U.S. nuclear arsenal, small-town government meetings, security training sites, and retired large-scale weapons in community settings. His newest photo series deals with recreational violence in the forms of paintball and video games.

Professor Shambroom has an extensive international exhibition history that includes a mid-career survey organized by the Weisman Art Museum, and inclusion in the Whitney Biennial. His work is in the permanent collections of the Whitney and Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Walker Art Center, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and many other museums and private collections. He has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and, recently, a Bush Foundation Enduring Vision Award.

Department of Chicano Studies

Jimmy Patiño, Jr.
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2010, United States History, University of California, San Diego
Dissertation: "'A Time for Resistance': Globalization, Undocumented Immigration and the Chicana/o Movement in the San Diego Borderlands."

Professor Patiño seeks to critically excavate, extrapolate and facilitate alternative imaginings of democratic practice among subaltern communities in the midst of global capitalism. He is currently completing a book, A Time for Resistance: Globalization, Undocumented Immigration, and the Chicana/o Movement in the San Diego Borderlands. It explores how Chicana/o activists in the U.S-Mexico borderlands articulated, debated and practiced radically democratic processes that addressed the global racialized and gendered class antagonisms embedded within immigration policies. His broader research and teaching interests include Comparative Ethnic Studies, Chicana/o-Latina/o History, diaspora/transnationalism/borderlands, social movements and political mobilizations, and Cultural Studies.

Department of Communication Studies

Annie Hill
Postdoctoral Associate for Academic Diversity, 2011-12
Assistant Professor beginning fall 2012
Ph.D. 2011, Department of Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley
Dissertation: "This Modern Day Slavery: Sex Trafficking and Moral Panic in the United Kingdom."

Dr. Hill specializes in rhetorical theory and socio-legal studies with an emphasis on public policy and policing. Her doctoral research focused on the United Kingdom's anti-trafficking campaign to analyze narratives about the nation, sex, and crime and the cultural ruptures attributed to migration. She is particularly interested in the rhetoric of social problems and government projects to exclude populations deemed dangerous to the polity. Her other research interests are media representation, modern jurisprudence, political theory, and race theory, including genealogies of Western race science.

Department of English

Peter Campion
Assistant Professor
M.A. 2000, Creative Writing, Boston University

Professor Campion, winner of a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship, is a poet, literary and visual arts critic, and editor. He is the author of two collections of poetry, as well as a monograph on the painter Mitchell Johnson. Since 2007, he has served as the editor-in-chief of "Literary Imagination: the Review of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics" (Oxford Journals). He held the Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry from Stanford University and is the recipient of the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Larry Levis Reading Prize, and a Pushcart Prize.

Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies

Gundula Ludwig
Austrian Fulbright Visiting Professor, 2011-12
Ph.D. 2010, Political Science, University of Vienna.
Dissertation: "Governing Gender. On the relationship between modern state power and the constitution of gendered subjects."

Professor Ludwig's research focuses on state theory, theories on democracy and power with a special interest in post-structural, feminist and queer theories. Her current research project is entitled "Queering the body, queering democracy." She is visiting from the University of Marburg, Germany where she is a Post-Doc-Researcher and director at the centre of Gender Studies and Feminist Research.

Department of Geography

Lorena Muñoz
Postdoctoral Associate for Academic Diversity, 2011-12
Assistant Professor beginning fall 2012
Ph.D. 2008, Geography, University of Southern California
Dissertation: "Tamales...Elotes...Champurrado: The Production of Latino Vending Street-Scapes in Los Angeles."

Dr. Muñoz is an urban/cultural geographer whose research focuses on the intersections of place, space, gender, sexuality, and race. Through qualitative frameworks she examines the production of Latina/o informal economic landscapes in trans-border spaces. Her current project examines how queer Latina immigrant women, who work in the low wage service sector, negotiate and perform their gendered and queer identities differently across 'pseudo' heteronormative, male-dominated spaces of low-wage labor in Los Angeles. Her other research interests are focused on minority students' access to STEM education. Her current research is funded by the National Institute of Health.

Abigail Neely
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2011, Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dissertation: "Recreating Pholela: Local People and Government Agents from the 1930s to the 1980s."

Professor Neely is a human geographer whose work sits at the intersection of health geography and political ecology. Her dissertation investigates the ways in which state intervention catalyzed, but did not determine, small-scale changes in livelihoods, health, and healing in a rural, Zulu-speaking area of South Africa called Pholela. Through extensive ethnographic fieldwork and archival research, Neely's work focuses on the interactions among local people and between local people and their environment. Focusing on concepts of environmental health, which include nutrition and ritual protection, Professor Neely seeks to understand the ways in which health related practices and knowledge were created and recreated in rural South Africa in the mid-20th century.

Martin Swobodzinski
Assistant Professor, 2011-12 - 2012-13
Ph.D. 2011, Geography, San Diego State University
Dissertation: "Exploring Human Decision Making in the Context of Web-Based Public Participation in Transportation Planning."

Professor Swobodzinski's general research interests are in geographic information science and behavioral geography. His current research investigates the factors that guide the decision making of individuals in public participation scenarios. Most importantly, his work examines the role of information and decision-support technology as a means to more meaningful participation, better decision-making outcomes, and greater satisfaction of the stakeholders involved in participatory transportation planning. In addition, he has a long standing interest in disability geographies and spatial cognition with an emphasis on computational aspects related to human orientation and navigation without sight.

School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Jennifer Gerard Ball
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2011, Advertising, University of Texas at Austin
Dissertation: "Developing Trust in Direct-to-Consumer Prescription Drug Advertising: The Effects of Benefit Type and Balance of Risk and Benefit Information."

Professor Ball's area of research is health communication with a particular interest in consumer psychology, cognition, trust and credibility, and relationship marketing. Ball's research on such topics as health marketing, direct-to-consumer pharmaceutical marketing and drug advertising has appeared in numerous publications. She is a member of the American Academy of Advertising and the International Communication Association, and has received numerous fellowships for her research.

Jolie Martin
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2008, Science, Technology, & Management, Harvard University
Dissertation: "Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Information Aggregation in Online Decision-Making."

Professor Martin's research interests include behavioral economics, conflict resolution, cultural identity, social networks, and statistical reasoning. Martin's research has appeared in journal publications on subjects such as conflict resolution and online consumer habits. She has presented at numerous conferences and invited talks on topics such as strategic behavior, cultural identity and online decision-making. She is a member of many organizations including the Academy of Management, the International Association for Conflict Management and the Society for Judgment and Decision Making.

School of Music

Karen Painter
Associate Professor
Ph.D. 1996, Music, Columbia University
Dissertation: "The Aesthetics of the Listener. New Conceptions of Musical Meaning, Form, and Timbre in the Early Reception of Mahler's Symphonies 5-7."

Professor Painter's areas of scholarly interest include the history of musical listening, musical aesthetics and ideology, from the late 18th century through the 20th, with a focus on Mozart, Brahms, Wagner, Mahler, Schoenberg, R. Strauss, and Hindemith.

Laura Sindberg
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2006, Music Education, Northwestern University
Dissertation: "Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP) in the Lived Experience of Students."

Professor Sindberg's research interests include instrumental music; teacher education; professional development; community engagement; comprehensive musicianship; music and gender; conducting; assessment, measurement, and evaluation; and popular music in the schools. Her primary research goals are to bridge research and practice in music teaching and learning.

Department of Philosophy

Jos Uffink
John Dolan Professor of Philosophy, 2011-12 - 2013-14
Ph.D. 1990, Physics, University of Utrecht
Dissertation: "Measures of Uncertainty and the Uncertainty Principle."

Professor Uffink, joining the Department of Philosophy from the University of Utrecht, is one of the world's leading experts in the philosophy and history of statistical physics and in the foundations of quantum mechanics. His work on the uncertainty principle in quantum mechanics has led to new measures of degrees of entanglement of interacting quantum systems and related phenomena. He has done seminal work on the second law of thermodynamics, illuminating the sources of (macroscopic) irreversibility, spanning the subject's history from the work of Boltzmann up to the present-day Lanford program and related current work. He is co-editor of the prestigious journal, Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, continuing in this capacity at the University of Minnesota.

Department of Political Science

James Hollyer
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2011, Political Science, New York University
Dissertation: "Patronage or Merit? The Choice of Bureaucratic Appointment Mechanisms."

Professor Hollyer will join the University of Minnesota, Department of Political Science, faculty beginning in January, 2012. Currently, Professor Hollyer has a fellowship in The Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy, The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University.

Professor Hollyer works in the fields of comparative and international political economy, on such topics as bureaucratic politics, corruption, and the interaction between domestic politics and international relations. He employs formal models to develop predictions regarding political phenomena, and uses quantitative methods to test these predictions.

Howard Lavine
Associate Professor
Arleen Carlson Professor of Political Science 2011-12 - 2015-16
Ph.D. 1994, Psychology, University of Minnesota

Professor Lavine returns to the University of Minnesota from State University of New York at Stony Brook where he was associate professor of political science and psychology. Professor Lavine has published on a variety of topics in political psychology with his principal focus on the political behavior of the American electorate and particularly the functioning of political attitudes and political reasoning/judgment. Among the most important insights in the psychology of decision making is that preference judgments are reached through a diverse and flexible set of cognitive strategies. In his recent work, he proposes a general psychological framework of political choice, one that considers how decision strategies are contingent on variation in political engagement and attitude strength, key aspects of the political environment, and most important, on the nature of voters' goals as they seek to learn about and appraise political candidates, issues, and events. He has a much-anticipated coauthored book, The Ambivalent Partisan: How Critical Loyalty Promotes Democracy forthcoming with Oxford University Press. He has several manuscripts in progress, including a second book, Metaphor and Political Persuasion.

Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies

William Viestenz
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2011, Spanish and Portuguese, Stanford University
Dissertation: "Time of the Sacred: Conceiving the Political in Franco's Spain"

Professor Viestenz's current research studies the concept of the sacred in the organization of the Spanish state in the 20th and 21st centuries, with particular focus on center-periphery relations and the evolving notion of nationalism in response to a cosmopolitan worldview. His other research interests include public rituals of violence in the constitution of cultural memory, neo-ruralism as a 21st-century concept, and the relationship between literary theories of heteronymity and plagiarism with respect to digital identities and avatars.

Department of Theatre Arts and Dance

William Daddario
Assistant Professor, 2011-12 - 2013-14
Ph.D. 2010, Theatre Arts (Theatre Historiography), University of Minnesota
Dissertation: "Baroque Venetian Theatre: Dialectics of Excess and Discipline in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries."

Professor Daddario's dissertation attempted to rethink the Baroque outside of its traditional historical periodization by theorizing the clash between disciplinary governmental regimes (most notably that of The Society of Jesus) and excessive modes of artistic expression (most notably those of Ruzzante) in and around Venice during the sixteenth and early-seventeenth centuries. In addition to this area of research, He also researches the contemporary manifesto as it appears at the confluence of philosophy, performance, and politics in the United States and Europe. Professor Daddario is an active member of the Performance and Philosophy Working Group within Performance Studies international, the American Society of Theatre Research, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and the Mid-America Theatre Conference. He teaches Theatre History and Dramatic Literature.

Department of Writing Studies

Xiaoli Jiang
Fulbright Visiting Scholar, 2011-12
Ph.D. 2008, Center for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick
Dissertation: "Constructing Concepts of Learner Autonomy in the Chinese Contexts"

Professor Jiang's research interests include learner strategy, learner autonomy, and academic acculturation. Her current project focuses on the impact of change of context on American students' Chinese language learning strategies. She attempts to investigate whether change of context such as from United States to China affects American students' Chinese language learning strategies. In her book, Interpreting Learner Autonomy in Chinese Contexts: University English Language Learners' Conceptions, she substantially reviewed Chinese and 'western' philosophical, cultural and educational roots for concepts of learner autonomy, argues a holistic view of learner autonomy in different contexts and proposes learner autonomy oriented practices being context-specific. She has published in international journals Studies in Higher Education, System, Asian EFL etc. and is editorial member of Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching.

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