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Liberal Arts Insider: Winter 2010

The College of Liberal Arts publishes The Liberal Arts Insider four times per year for its faculty and staff. The newsletter highlights faculty awards, honors, media coverage and new publications.

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Awards and Honors

Five of the six President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award recipients are from the College of Liberal Arts including:

james cox

James Cox (English)

elizabeth hedrick

Elizabeth Hedrick (English)

benjamin carrington

Benjamin Carrington (Sociology)

douglas bruster

Douglas Bruster (English)

devin stauffer

Devin Stauffer (Government)

john kappelmann

John Kappelman and Lawrence Todd (Anthropology) have received a National Science Foundation award for $329,999 for their project “Blue Highways: Evaluating Middle Stone Age Riverine-Based Foraging, Mobility, and Technology along the Trunk Tributaries of the Blue Nile.” U.S. and Ethiopian scientists and students will conduct three years of archaeological, paleontological and geological research in a never-before-studied region of northwestern Ethiopia. In addition, Kappelman received an NSF grant for $149,944 to build an online course in Human Skeletal Biology.

Mounira Maya Charrad

Mounira Maya Charrad (Sociology and Middle Eastern Studies) has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to support full-time research on her project “Modernity within Islam.” She was also awarded a grant from the American Institute of Maghrebi Studies to cover field research in Tunisia during spring 2010 for part of the same project.

Huaiyin Li

Huaiyin Li’s (History) book titled “Village China under Socialism and Reform: A Microhistory, 1948-2008” (Stanford University Press, 2009) was awarded the Cecil B. Currey Book Award at the 27th annual conference of the Association of Third World Studies in Cape Coast, Ghana.

guy raffa

Guy Raffa (French and Italian) is the recipient of a Humanities Research Award (2009-2012) from the college for his project on “Dante's Bones.” Beginning with the Florentine poet's death and burial in Ravenna in 1321, the research focuses on the amazing adventures of Dante's mortal remains—from the theft of his bones in 1519 and their accidental rediscovery in 1865 to their disinterment and examination in 1921.

alan friedman

Alan Friedman (English) was awarded the university’s 2009-10 Civitatis Award, which recognizes outstanding faculty citizenship. Winners are selected by the president of the university.

john higley

In mid-December, John Higley (Government, Australian and New Zealand Studies) was one of a half dozen scholars assembled by the U.S. State Department to brief the Obama administration’s new U.S. Ambassador to Australia, Jeffrey Bleich.

susan sage heinzelman

Susan Sage Heinzelman (Women's and Gender Studies, English) delivered the 28th Annual Thomas F. Ryan Endowed Lecture at Georgetown Law School in October 2009.

david oshinsky

Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates gave a speech in Washington D.C to launch the Living Proof Project, in which he praised David Oshinsky's (History) book “Polio: An American Story.”

toyin falola

Toyin Falola (History) received the inaugural Africana Studies Distinguished Global Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

troy kimmel

Troy Kimmel (Geography and the Environment) was honored with the Texas Blazers Faculty Excellence Award.

hans boas

Han Boas (Germanic Studies) received a College Humanities Research Award to support his ongoing book project "Linguistic Infrastructure in Texas."

jacqueline jones

Jacqueline Jones (History) and Tracie Matysik (History, not shown) were among the four Hamilton Book Prize runner-ups receiving a $3,000 prize: Jones for “Saving Savannah: The City and the Civil War” and Matysik for “Reforming the Moral Subject: Ethics and Sexuality in Central Europe, 1890-1930.”

james pennebaker

James Pennebaker (Psychology) and David Beaver (Linguistics, not shown) have been awarded a three-year $349,676 grant from the National Science Foundation for their project "Modeling Discourse and Social Dynamics in Authoritarian Regimes," which will be done in collaboration with Cornell University and the University of Memphis. The total budget across the three sites is more than $1.5 million.

gail daviskim snyder

Gail Davis (College of Liberal Arts) and Kim Snyder (College of Liberal Arts) earned certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR), awarded by the HR Certification Institute. The certification signifies that its recipients possess the theoretical knowledge and practical experience in human resource management necessary to pass a rigorous examination demonstrating a mastery of the body of knowledge in the field.

William B. Swann (Psychology) was elected President of Social Psychology's only honorary society, Society of Experimental Social Psychologists.

The Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas welcomed its first scholar in residence this fall, Xiong Wenchi, the director of the Center for Ethics and International Affairs Studies at the Shanghai International Studies University. During his residency, which ends Feb. 24, he worked to articulate a dialogue between Confucian and ancient Greek thinking.

Erika M. Bsumek (History) has won a New Mexico Book Award for her book titled “Indian-made: Navajo Culture in the Marketplace” (Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, October 2008) in the multi-cultural category sponsored by the New Mexico Humanities Council.

Gerry Heng (Medieval Studies, English, Middle Eastern Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies) was invited as Lansdowne Short Term Visitor to the University of Victoria in British Columbia in December 2009. Heng was also a keynote speaker for a Teagle Foundation workshop on high performance computing and how to integrate advanced computing into an undergraduate liberal arts education.


In the News

kate brooks
K. Brooks
sam gosling
S. Gosling
jennifer beer
J. Beer
art markman
A. Markman
jacqueline woolley
J. Woolley
michael stoff
M. Stoff
bruce buchanan
B. Buchanan
sean theriault
S. Theriault
james henson
J. Henson
daniel hamermesh
D. Hamermesh
  • Kate Brooks (Career Services) discussed the value of a liberal arts degree in a Dec. 29 New York Times story.
  • Sam Gosling’s (Psychology) Facebook personality study was featured in numerous media outlets including TIME, The New York Times, The Globe and Mail and MSN. His research on the personality differences between dog and cat people was featured in a Jan. 13 story in CNN.
  • Jennifer Beer’s (Psychology) study on “rose-colored glasses” affecting self-perception was featured in numerous media outlets including Science Daily, Psychology Today and BusinessWeek.
  • Art Markman (Psychology) shared insight into the psychology of suburban survivalists in a Dec. 28 Newsweek story.
  • Jacqueline Woolley (Psychology) examined the importance of make-believe in children’s development in numerous media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, NPR and The Globe and Mail in December.
  • USA Today tapped Michael Stoff’s (Plan II and History) expertise for a Dec. 21 story about the changes and challenges the United States has faced during the past decade.
  • Bruce Buchanan (Government) was quoted in numerous stories about the Texas governor’s race appearing in such media as Bloomberg News, The Christian Science Monitor and The Washington Post.
  • Sean Theriault (Government) was quoted by The New York Times for a Dec. 23 story about Texas gaining three seats in Congress after the 2010 Census. The New York Times also featured his commentary in a Dec. 28 story about gay candidates gaining support from political groups.
  • James Henson (Government) examined the Texas Governor’s race with numerous media outlets including The Miami Herald and The Wall Street Journal.
  • Daniel Hamermesh (Economics) provided insights into why attractive people make more money than their “plain-Jane” counterparts in a Dec. 9 Forbes story and a Dec. 13 ABC News story.

New Publications

book cover: Gender, Language and Learning

“Gender, Language and Learning: Essays in Indo-Muslim Cultural History” by Gail Minault (History and Asian Studies). Permanent Black, Sept. 2009.

book cover: Fifty Nasreddin Hodja Stories

“Fifty Nasreddin Hodja Stories” by Yildiray Erdener (Middle Eastern Studies). Dunwoody Press, Sept. 2009.

book cover: Everyman and Mankind

“Everyman and Mankind” edited by Douglas Bruster (English) and Eric Rasmussen. London: Arden Shakespeare, Oct. 2009.

book cover: The Endurance of National Constitutions

“The Endurance of National Constitutions” by Zachary Elkins (Government). Cambridge University Press, Oct. 2009.

book cover: Border Renaissance

“Border Renaissance: The Texas Centennial and the Emergence of Mexican American Literature” by John Morán González (English and CMAS). University of Texas Press, Nov. 2009.

book cover: Gendered Citizenships

“Gendered Citizenships: Transnational Perspectives on Knowledge Production, Political Activism, and Culture” edited by Kia Lilly Caldwell, Kathleen Coll, Tracy Fisher, Renya K. Ramirez, and Lok Siu (Anthropology). Palgrave Macmillan, Nov. 2009.

book cover: Text, Time, and Context

“Text, Time, and Context: Collected Papers of Carlota S. Smith” edited by Richard P. Meier (Linguistics), Helen Aristar-Dry (UT alumna) and Emilie Destruel (UT Linguistics doctoral candidate). Springer, Nov. 2009.

book cover: A Nation of Speechifiers

“A Nation of Speechifiers: Making an American Public after the Revolution” by Carolyn Eastman (History). University of Chicago Press, Dec. 2009.

book cover: In Your Face

"In Your Face: Professional Improprieties and the Art of Being Conspicuous in Sixteenth-Century Italy" by Douglas Biow (French and Italian, European Studies). Stanford University Press, Dec. 2009.

book cover: Beyond the Latino World War II Hero

“Beyond the Latino World War II Hero: The Social and Political Legacy of a Generation” edited by Emilio Zamora (History) and Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez (Communications). University of Texas Press, Dec. 2009.

book cover: Terror in the Land of the Holy Spirit

“Terror in the Land of the Holy Spirit: Guatemala Under General Efrain Rios Montt, 1982-1983” (hardcover) by Virginia Garrard-Burnett (History). Oxford University Press, Jan. 2010.

book cover: Comparing Cities

“Comparing Cities: The Middle East and South Asia” edited by Kamran Asdar Ali (Anthropology, Middle Eastern Studies and Asian Studies) and Martina Rieker. Oxford University Press, Jan. 2010.