Academic News (News2Note) — August 2017

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Academic News

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.

Joshua Brinkman, a doctoral student in the Department of Science and Technology in Society, and Richard Hirsh, a professor in the Department of History, published “Welcoming Wind Turbines and the PIMBY (‘Please in My Backyard’) Phenomenon: The Culture of the Machine in the Rural American Midwest,” Technology and Culture 58.2 (2017): 335–67.

Barbara Allen, a professor in the Department of Science and Technology in Society, received a second grant from the Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail (Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health) for the project titled “Etude participative en santé environnement ancrée localement (EPSEAL) comparant deux villes du golfe de Fos et une ville hors de ce front industriel” (Locality-based Participatory Environmental Health Survey Comparing Two Towns in the Gulf of Fos with a Non-industrial Town). The grant, which is in the amount of 200,000 Euros (approximately $225,000), begins in the spring of 2018.