English Academic News

The film Poem to a Nameless Slave by C. N. Bean, a professor in the Department of English, and Xavier Bean, was an official selection of the Ninth Annual Louisville’s International Festival of Film. It received a September 15, 2017, screening at the Muhammad Ali Center.

Erika Meitner, an associate professor in the Department of English professor, published the following poems:  “Another Ohio Road Trip,” The Southern Review 53.3 (Summer 2017): 352–57; “Peregrinus,” Bennington Review 3 (Summer 2017): 105–08; and “Hat Trick,” Colorado Review 44.2 (Summer 2017): 129–31.

Jennifer Sano-Franchini, an assistant professor of English, published “Feminist Rhetorics and Interaction Design,” Rhetoric and Experience Architecture, ed. Michael Salvo and Liza Potts (Anderson, South Carolina:  Parlor Press, 2017), pp. 84–108.


The Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought has named the 2017 recipients of the Outstanding ASPECT Faculty Award, which recognizes contributions to the ASPECT doctoral program. The awardees — Katrina Powell, an associate professor in the Department of English; Peter Schmitthenner, an associate professor in the Department of Religion and Culture; and Edward Weisband, the Edward S. Diggs Endowed Chair in the Social Sciences in the Department of Political Science — will be recognized at the annual ASPECT Award Ceremony, which will take place October 3.

The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences will welcome 26 new tenure-track and tenured professors in the fall of 2017.

Joining the college as assistant professors are Aaron Brantly, Political Science; Cara Daggett, Political Science; Matthew Fullen, School of Education; Edward Gitre, History; Katherine Haenschen, Communication; Benjamin Katz, Human Development; Karin Kitchens, Political Science; Ashley Landers, Human Development; Evan Lavender-Smith, English; Christopher Lindgren, English; Gonzalo Montero, Foreign Languages and Literatures; Shaily Patel, Religion and Culture; Ashley Reichelmann, Sociology; Patrick Ridge, Foreign Languages and Literatures; Micah Roos, Sociology; Donna Sedgwick, Sociology; Eonyou Shin, Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management; Lee Vinsel, Science and Technology in Society; and Chelsea Woods, Communication.

Hired as tenured faculty at the rank of associate professor are Shannon Bell, Sociology; Su Fang Ng, Cutchins Chair in the Department of English; and Bonnie Zare, Sociology.

Joining the college at the rank of professor are Kenneth Hodges, English; Sylvester Johnson, Religion and Culture (as well as director of the Center for the Humanities and assistant vice provost for humanities); Carmen Giménez Smith, English; and Paul Steger, director of the School of Performing Arts.

The following students in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences participated in the 2017 Women’s and Gender Studies Conference titled “Decolonization.” Presenting papers were: Sydney Barker, multimedia journalism major, “‘Treatments’ of Homosexuality, From Past to Present”; Nicole Fryling, public relations major, “Hormonal Birth Control Pills and Accessibility Issues in the United States”; Sadie Giles, sociology graduate student, “Gender on the Rocks”; Jessica Herling, sociology graduate student, “Not Biological? A Feminist Science Studies Analysis of Biomedical Reporting on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation”; Leanna Ireland, sociology graduate student, “Algorithms Gone Wild: Algorithmic Technologies and the Reproduction of Androcentric Discourse”; Joong Won “James” Kim, sociology graduate student, and Soyoung Han, “A Feminist Archeology of Public Architectural Artifacts: The Gendering of the Modern Public Architecture”; Jamie Kitterman, sociology major, “The Effect of Privilege, Intersectionality, Maternal Capacity, and Feminist and Post-Feminist Beliefs in the Film Mona Lisa Smile”; Alex McMahel, creative writing major, “Considering Gender and Beauty Standards in Comics”; Lipon Mondal, sociology graduate student, “Gender Oppression in Urban Bangladesh: A Study of the Sweeper Community in Dhaka”; Jenna Mortweet, international studies major, “Workplace Sexual Assault in Germany Past and Present”; Maggie Nanney, sociology graduate student, “‘I’m Part of the Community, Too’: Women’s College Alumnae Responses to Transgender Admittance Policies”; Stephanie Quiles-Matos, sociology graduate student, and Desen Ozkan, “Creativity as Fundamental: A Comparative Exploration into Architecture and Engineering”; Sarah Shinton, sociology major, “Engineering for the Empire: Women, STEM, and Imperial Violence”; Rachel Sutphin, religion and culture major, “Defining Feminism within the Muslim Community”; Sydney Topp, sociology graduate student, “The Gendered Difference in Subjectivity Among Superbeing Characters in the Comic Film Genre”; C. Valencia Turner, political science and history major, “The Effects of Diaspora on African-American Women as Evidenced Through Beyoncé’s Lemonade”; Sarajayne Vanover, sociology major, “Potential Dangers During Pregnancy”; and Rachel Wurster, English major, “Her World Her Way?: An Exploration of Racial Depictions and Stereotypes in Seventeen Magazine.

The following undergraduates presented posters: Gaites Layton, Communication Studies, with Isabella Fusco, Isis Garcia, Monica Hemingway, and Francesca Kaszoni, “Morocco”; Sydney Barker, Communication Studies, and Kelsi Faley, Literature and Language, with Shania Akter, Cayley Byrne, Kody Cobb, and Allyson Dixon, “Bangladesh”; Sophia Okorn, Multimedia Journalism, Amanda Paugh, Political Science, and Hannah Pearson, Criminology, with Sophie Nicholakos and Taylor Noonan, “Saudi Arabia”; Briana Sockman, Criminology, and Carly Yosaitis, Human Development, with K’Ehleyr Thai, Rachel Trizna, and Natasha Welch, “Rwanda”; Alex Nelson, Creative Writing, with Alli Linthicum, Emily Moncure, Andi Moskal, and Sanjna Nag, “Iran”; and Sami Piszcz, Political Science, Laura Schiffer, Sociology, and Logan Schlange, Fashion Merchandising and Design, with Joyce Rosa and Juliana Sampaio, “Columbia.”

The following College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences students accepted the invitation to become members of Phi Beta Kappa this semester: Caroline Amodeo, Music and Spanish; Karina Bakhshi-Azar, Political Science and Public Relations; Caroline Buscaglia, Political Science; Kelly Cooper, History; Kirsten Corbman, Literature and Language and Creative Writing; Jessica Craig, Professional and Technical Writing and Literature and Language; Samantha DiBiaso, Public Relations and Religion and Culture; Amelia Dirks, Creative Writing and Literature and Language; Kelsi Faley, Literature and Language and Creative Writing; Casey Foley, Political Science; Madeleine Gallo, Literature and Language and Creative Writing; Kayleigh Green, Professional and Technical Writing, Creative Writing, and Literature and Language; Kirsten Jersild, Literature and Language and Creative Writing; Benjamin Kodres-O’Brien, Philosophy; Katherine Leal, Political Science; James Lineberry, Political Science; Jessica Lull, Literature and Language; Timothy Maloney, Spanish and Finance; Robert Morrison, Political Science; Jenna Mortweet, International Studies; Skyler Mueller, Literature and Language; Rachel Palermo, International Studies and Spanish; William Patton, Political Science and Economics; Jared Rogers, History; Mollison Ryan, Creative Writing and Professional and Technical Writing; Jessica Savage, History; Andrew Snell, Political Science; Katelyn Toms, Classical Studies; Paul Wasel, Professional and Technical Writing and Literature and Language; Hannah Winston, Spanish and Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise; Bonnie Woodward, Criminology and Sociology; and John Wright, Philosophy. The initiation took place on May 11.

The short film Poem to a Nameless Slave, directed and written by C. N. Bean, an instructor in the Department of English, and his grandson Xavier Bean, was an official selection of the 10th Annual Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, held April 26–30. It was recognized at the closing award ceremony as a Film Forum selection in the Documentary category.

Lucinda Roy, Alumni Distinguished Professor in the Department of English, received the Zenobia Lawrence Hikes Faculty Women of Color in the Academy Award. This national award recognizes leadership and diversity advocacy. The award was presented at the annual conference for Faculty Women of Color in the Academy on April 2.

In addition, Roy published a collection of poems titled Fabric (Dee Why, Australia: Willow Publishing, 2017), and gave a multimedia reading from the book in the Cube of the Moss Arts Center on April 5. The reading featured artwork from the book, including the cover artwork painted by Roy herself.


The following students were recognized as the 2017 Steger Poetry Prize Winners in this year’s competition, now in its 12th year; students in the college are in bold. Sophomore Microbiology major Leilani Padilla won first prize, $1,100, for her poem, “To My City of Lost Angels.” The second-place prize of $500 was awarded to Aidan Kincaid, a senior Creative Writing and Literature and Language major, for “Nunya Cera alba, an ode.” Junior Creative Writing and Literature and Language major Sarah McCliment was the recipient of the third-place prize, $300, for “Cold Stream Dam.” Earning honorable mention status were the following: Amelia Dirks, a senior Creative Writing and Literature and Language major; Hannah Esmacher, a senior Psychology major; Kelsi Faley, a senior Literature and Language and Creative Writing major; Kirsten Jersild, a senior Literature and Language and Creative Writing major who is dually enrolled as a master’s student in English education; Julia Lattimer, a senior Creative Writing major; Alison Miller, a junior majoring in Creative Writing, Professional and Technical Writing, and Literature and Language; and Haley Swoope, a first-year Multimedia Journalism major.

The competition is administered by the Department of English’s University Distinguished Professor of English Nikki Giovanni and co-directed by English faculty members Aileen Murphy and Joe Scallorns. At this year’s event, the ten student finalists read their entries, alternating with poems chosen and read by past and present faculty members of the Department of English.