Arts and Letters Faculty Win Grants from Notre Dame Research

Author: Brandi Klingerman

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Notre Dame Research has provided awards to more than a dozen College of Arts and Letters faculty members from its Internal Grants Program for 2016.

The grant awardees spanned the University in four program categories: Faculty Research Support (Initiation), Faculty Research Support (Regular), Equipment Restoration and Renewal, and Library Acquisitions.

“The University is pleased to be able to support these outstanding programs of research and scholarship," said Robert J. Bernhard, Notre Dame’s vice president for research. "The awards for this year represent just a sampling of the excellent proposals received for these four competitions. We look forward to the results and the contributions of these projects to the scholarly record of Notre Dame.”

The 2016 Faculty Research Support Initiative Grant Program awardee are:

  • Donald Crafton, the Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Film, Television, and Theatre, Digital Reanimation of a Legendary Film Performance: Phase I
  • Sarah Daly, assistant professor of political science, Civilian Support for Political Actors with Coercive Legacies
  • Hana Kang, associate professor of the practice of East Asian languages and cultures, Language Learners’ Cognitive Processing and Production in Chinese and Korean Writings: The Analysis of Eye-Movement and Handwriting Tracking Data
  • John Liberatore, assistant professor of music theory and composition, Extended Techniques, Interactive Electronics, and Musical Composition for Benjamin Franklin’s Glass Harmonica
  • Cheng Liu, research assistant professor of psychology, Hierarchical Deep Learning Modeling for Cognitive Diagnostic Assessment
  • Amy Mulligan, assistant professor of Irish language and literature, A Landscape of Words: Ireland, Britain and Spatial Poetics of the North Atlantic Archipelago from 700-1300
  • Susanne Wengle, assistant professor of political science, Setting The Table, Market Regulations and Food Systems in Russia and the US: The Case of California

Awardees for the 2016 Faculty Support Regular Grant Program are:

  • Peter Casarella, associate professor of systematic theology, and Timothy Matovina, professor of theology and co-director of the Institute for Latino Studies, Theology of the People: Global Perspectives on the Thought of Pope Francis
  • Rev. William Lies, C.S.C., Vice President for Mission Engagement and Church Affairs, and John Van Engen, Andrew V. Tackles Professor of Medieval History, The Promise of the Vatican Library
  • Sebastian Rosato, associate professor of political science, The Road to Hell? Intentions in International Politics
  • Christopher Shields, George N. Shuster Professor of Philosophy, The Aristotelian Tradition

Equipment Restoration and Renewal awardees for 2016 are:

  • Austin Collins, C.S.C., professor of sculpture in art, art history and design, Sculpture Department Equipment Restoration and Renewal

The 2016 Library Acquisitions grantees are:

  • Jean Dibble, professor of printmaking in art, art history and design, Building a Research Collection of Artists’ Books
  • Patrick Griffin, department chair and Madden-Hennebry Professor of History, Colonial America: The Complete Set of Colonial Office Files for North America, 1606 – 1822 Database
  • Michel Hockx, professor of Chinese and director of the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, Pre-1949 Chinese Periodical Full-text Databases
  • Paul R. Ocobock, assistant professor of history, Preserving and Digitizing the Congregation of the Holy Cross Fort Portal Diocesan Archives, Uganda

Notre Dame Research’s Internal Grants Program seeks to support faculty researchers and programs with the goal of advancing the University’s research enterprise. The four grant competitions are announced each year in the fall, with grant deadlines occurring as early as October. For more information about past recipients, how to apply, and more, please visit

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