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Urban Sociologist Joins Arts and Letters Faculty

Author: Brian Wallheimer

Categories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Research

Robert Vargas

Robert Vargas, an urban sociologist whose research focuses on violence and health care, is joining Notre Dame’s Department of Sociology this fall as an assistant professor. Vargas, who will also be a faculty affiliate in the Institute for Latino Studies at Notre Dame, was previously on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at Harvard University. Vargas’ first book, Wounded City: Violent Turf Wars in a Chicago Barrio (Oxford University Press), will be released May 1. In it, Vargas argues that competition among political groups contributes to the persistence of violence just as much as the competition among street gangs.

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Philosopher Wins Article Prize for Research on Aquinas, Abstractionism

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Therese Cory

How do we form abstract concepts—like “dog”—given that we only experience concrete, particular objects—like “Fido”? Therese Scarpelli Cory, a Notre Dame assistant professor of philosophy, examined Aquinas’ answer to this question in her article, “Rethinking Abstractionism: Aquinas’ Intellectual Light and Some Arabic Sources.” Her work, published in the Journal of the History of Philosophy, was awarded the publication’s 2015 best article prize in January.

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English Assistant Professor Wins Ford Foundation Fellowship

Author: Aaron Smith

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

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Z’étoile Imma, an assistant professor of English at Notre Dame, has received a prestigious Ford Foundation fellowship in support of her research in South Africa on 20th-century activist Simon Nkoli. Imma is one of 116 top scholars to receive an award through the foundation’s fellowship program, administered by the National Research Council of the National Academies. The program seeks to increase diversity among university faculties, maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and increase the number of professors who use diversity as a resource for enriching education.

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Anthropologists’ New Books Illuminate Challenges of Human Migration That Span Centuries

Author: Brian Wallheimer

Categories: Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Research

Donna Glowacki and Maurizio Albahari

Their subjects are separated by hundreds of years and thousands of miles, yet two recent books by Notre Dame anthropologists have striking similarities on the driving forces behind human migration. Living and Leaving: A Social History of Regional Depopulation in Thirteenth-Century Mesa Verde, by Associate Professor Donna Glowacki, untangles the web of reasons why an entire culture simply packed up and left the Four Corners region nearly 800 years ago. Crimes of Peace: Mediterranean Migrations at the World’s Deadliest Border, by Assistant Professor Maurizio Albahari, examines why African and Middle Eastern migrants and refugees risk their lives attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea. The books have played a major role in establishing Notre Dame’s Department of Anthropology as a source of insight and perspective on significant social issues.

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Irish studies and English professor wins René Wellek Prize for ‘Languages of the Night’

Author: Arts and Letters

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

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Barry McCrea, the Donald R. Keough Family Professor of Irish Studies and a professor of English, Irish language and literature, and Romance languages and literatures, has been awarded the René Wellek Prize by the American Comparative Literature Association for the best book in the past year in comparative literature. McCrea’s Languages of the Night: Minor Languages and the Literary Imagination in Twentieth-Century Ireland and Europe explores how the decline of rural languages and dialects in 20th-century Europe shaped ideas about language and literature and exerted a powerful influence on literary modernism. The prize is generally considered to be the most prestigious award in the field of literary studies.

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Arabic Professor Wins Book Award for Research on Medieval Islamic Plays

Author: Tom Lange

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Li Guo

Before Li Guo could tell the story of one of Islam’s most impactful artists, he spent nearly 15 years translating and studying the man’s work. A professor of Arabic and director of Notre Dame’s Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies Program, Guo is the author of The Performing Arts of Medieval Islam: Shadow Play and Popular Poetry in Ibn Daniyal’s Mamluk Cairo, which won the 2015 Prize for Research from the Institut International De La Marionnette (IIM) in northern France. Guo’s book details the life and work of Ibn Daniyal, a 13th-century eye doctor who wrote a number of shadow plays—an ancient storytelling form involving flat puppets—depicting life in medieval Cairo.

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German Professor Wins Article Prize for Analysis of 1959 Oscar-Winning Documentary

Author: Brian Wallheimer

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Tobias Boes

There was this old German documentary that played on television all the time in the 1980s. Tobias Boes often watched it as a child. A few years ago, he decided to revisit the film, Serengeti Shall Not Die. This time, he saw something different—something that prompted him to write an article that won him the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Article Prize for best article published in the journal German Studies Review in 2013-2014. He received the award at the annual meeting of the German Studies Association late last year.

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Psychologist Named Fellow of American Educational Research Association

Author: Josh Weinhold

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Darcia Narvaez

Notre Dame psychologist Darcia Narvaez has been named a fellow of the American Educational Research Association, an honor bestowed on academics with notable and sustained research achievements. Narvaez, a professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Letters, is one of 22 scholars who will be inducted as fellows at the AERA’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on April 9.

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Graduate Students on the Clock in Research Competition

Author: Sue Lister

Categories: General News, Graduate Students, and Research

Three Minute Thesis competition

Nine University of Notre Dame graduate students will compete for prize money and a bid to the regional championships during the Three Minute Thesis competition on March 16. Known as 3MT, the competition features graduate students across all disciplines explaining their research in clear and succinct language appropriate for an audience of specialists and non-specialists alike, all within three minutes. The three finalists from the College of Arts and Letters are Ph.D. candidates Tony Cunningham and Caroline Hornburg from psychology, and Laura Bland from the history and philosophy of science program.

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Sacred Music Program Director Featured in 'Women Lead' Profile Series

Author: Office of Strategic Content

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Margot Fassler

The power to lead is the power to transform. Notre Dame is proud to celebrate women whose scholarship and leadership are leaving an indelible imprint on the global community. Margot Fassler, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy, director of the Sacred Music at Notre Dame Program, and a professor of musicology and ethnomusicology, was featured in the University’s Women Lead series as one of five female faculty in prominent leadership roles across campus.

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Economist's Research Shows Fluidity of U.S. Labor Market Declining for Three Decades

Author: Notre Dame News

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Abigail Wozniak

The decline in the fluidity, or dynamism, of the U.S. labor market has been occurring along a number of dimensions — including the rate of job-to-job transition, hires and separations, and geographic movement across labor markets — since at least the 1980s, and these declines are all related, according to a new paper to be presented next week at the Brookings Panel on Economic Activity. The research by three members of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and Abigail Wozniak, Notre Dame associate professor of economics, examines declines in fluidity across eight measures of labor market transitions.

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Medieval History Ph.D. Candidate Awarded DAAD Fellowship to Study in Germany

Author: Tessa Bangs

Categories: Centers and Institutes, General News, Graduate Students, Internationalism, and Research

Megan Welton

Inspired by her extensive research on a 10th-century German empress, Ph.D. candidate Megan Welton set her sights early on a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), which provides funding for American students to study in Germany. Her patience and planning paid off recently, when she was awarded the scholarship to study for a year in Essen. “My success in winning a DAAD fellowship is directly linked with the immense support that I have received as a part of the Medieval Institute and as part of the wider Notre Dame community,” she said.

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Video: History Major Conducts Senior Thesis Research at Korean Diplomatic Archives

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: Centers and Institutes, General News, Internationalism, and Research

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Seung-Jae “David” Oh, a senior history major, spent the summer of 2015 in Seoul doing archival research at the Diplomatic Archives of Korea. He gathered documents produced by the South Korean foreign ministry to get a better understanding of the bilateral relationship between South Korea and the United States. His research, supported in part by the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, will inform his senior thesis, focusing on a tumultuous period between 1979 and 1983 when a movement for democracy clashed with South Korea’s authoritarian government.

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Institute for Latino Studies Report Analyzes Role of Gender in Latino Savings and Retirement

Author: William G. Gilroy

Categories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Research

Karen Richman

A new report by the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies examines how gender affects Latino men’s and women’s savings for retirement and concludes that there is a need to develop programs to empower lower-income women and men to save for retirement. The research report, directed by Karen Richman, a Notre Dame cultural anthropologist, applies a novel, interdisciplinary approach to the role gender plays in Latinos’ inability to save for retirement, combining anthropological and economic theories and methods.

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Psychology Locks Two of Three Finalists in Arts and Letters 3MT Prelims

Author: Evan Bryson

Categories: General News, Graduate Students, and Research

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Two psychology Ph.D. students and one History of Philosophy and Science graduate program student were named finalists in the College of Arts and Letters Three Minute Thesis (3MT) preliminary competition from a pool of seven competitors. Laura Bland (history and philosophy of science), Tony Cunningham (psychology), and Caroline Hornburg (psychology) advanced to the finals of the competition, hosted by The Graduate School, where they will go up against finalists from the College of Engineering and the College of Science.

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Gala Premiere of Keough-Naughton Institute’s Documentary, '1916: The Irish Rebellion,' to be Held at Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Research

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The gala premiere of 1916: The Irish Rebellion, a three-part documentary produced by the University of Notre Dame’s Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, will be held March 3 in Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Narrated by Liam Neeson, who will attend the gala premiere, the film was conceived, written, and co-produced by Briona Nic Dhiarmada, Thomas J. & Kathleen M. O’Donnell Chair of Irish Language and Literature. The first documentary to give a comprehensive account of the 1916 Rising in Dublin, the film has been made a centerpiece of the Irish government’s global centenary commemoration of the Easter Rising, and will air on 255 U.S. public television stations.

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Notre Dame Named a Top Producer of U.S. Fulbright Finalists

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Fourteen University of Notre Dame students have been awarded Fulbright grants in the 2015-16 program, placing the University among the top-producing universities in the nation. The Fulbright program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. It awards a one-year postgraduate fellowship for research, study or teaching English abroad. During their fellowship, scholars will work, live and learn in their host country.

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Institute for Latino Studies to Release Research at Notre Dame's Financial Security Day Program

Author: Sue Lister

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

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Karen Richman, an associate professional specialist and cultural anthropologist at the Institute for Latino Studies at Notre Dame, will release a report Feb. 25 on her interdisciplinary team’s latest research on the significance of gender on Latina/o retirement savings. The publication of the report is part of a series of events planned for Notre Dame’s Financial Security Day, to be held at the McKenna Conference Center.

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Psychology Ph.D. Alumna Researches How Children Cope with Stress and Trauma

Author: Mary Kate Martin

Categories: Alumni, General News, Graduate Students, and Research

Amy K. Nuttall

While working at a childhood bereavement center after college, Amy K. Nuttall Ph.D. ’15 saw firsthand how resilient kids can be. She was inspired to research parentification, or the act of children assuming adult caretaking roles in their families, in her graduate work in developmental psychology at Notre Dame. She now continues to explore the issue at Michigan State University, where she landed a position as an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and directs the Family Stress Lab.

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Researchers to Convene Symposium on Humility, Wisdom, and Grace in Human Evolution

Author: Katie Zakas Rutledge

Categories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Research

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Celia Deane-Drummond, professor of theology, and Agustín Fuentes, professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology, have been awarded a grant by the John Templeton Foundation to convene invited scholars to explore the intersection of wisdom, humility, and grace in human evolution. An advanced symposium, entitled “Humility, Wisdom, and Grace in Deep Time: A Conversation between Theology and Evolutionary Anthropology,” will assemble scholars from around the world in Stellenbosch, South Africa, in January 2017.

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Video: Study everything. Do anything.

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: Alumni, Centers and Institutes, General News, Internationalism, Research, and Undergraduate News

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Through the liberal arts, you learn to read deeply. Think about issues critically. Discuss topics thoughtfully. Write arguments persuasively. Contribute to projects creatively. And these abilities aren’t just vital in the classroom—they’re exactly what employers, graduate schools, and service organizations are looking for. With 20 departments across the humanities, arts, and social sciences, the College of Arts and Letters is home to exceptional faculty and talented students who are studying what they love.

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Forthcoming Book Tells the Story of Irish-Americans' Role in Ireland's Easter Rising of 1916

Author: Heather Gary

Categories: Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Research

Robert Schmuhl

Robert Schmuhl is the Walter H. Annenberg-Edmund P. Joyce Professor of American Studies and Journalism at the University of Notre Dame. He received the 2014 Hibernian Research Award in support of his forthcoming book, Ireland’s Exiled Children: America and the Easter Rising, which will be released by Oxford University Press next month, just in time to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Easter Rising of 1916.

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Political Science Ph.D. Wins National Public Policy Dissertation Award

Author: Aaron Smith

Categories: General News, Graduate Students, and Research

Michael Hartney

Michael Hartney, who earned his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Notre Dame in 2014, has won the American Political Science Association’s Harold D. Lasswell Award—given annually to the best dissertation in the field of public policy. Hartney, whose research focuses on how politics shape educational opportunity, also won the Notre Dame’s Shaheen Award for the best graduate student in the social sciences.

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Arts and Letters Neuroscience Majors Find Array of Research, Career Opportunities

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: General News, Research, and Undergraduate News

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Notre Dame students in the College of Arts and Letters’ newest major see neuroscience and behavior as great preparation for any number of exciting careers. Whether they plan to pursue medical school or graduate school, clinical research or lab work, neuroscience majors can customize the curriculum to fit their needs. Students are also able to integrate research opportunities based on their individual interests.

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Inaugural Ursula Williams Faculty Fellow Develops Hybrid Chinese Language Course

Author: Anne Daly

Categories: Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, Research, and Undergraduate News

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The Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures has partnered with the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning to offer the Ursula Williams Faculty Fellowship. The fellowship connects foreign-language faculty with technology experts and supports research to help faculty members determine which technological tools are most helpful in language classrooms. Chengxu Yin, associate teaching professor of Chinese, was awarded the fellowship to develop a hybrid model language class, blending traditional class time with online learning.

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History Professor Wins Urban History Association Book Award

Author: Arts and Letters

Categories: Faculty News, General News, and Research

Alexander Martin

Alexander Martin, a Notre Dame professor of history, has won the Urban History Association’s Best Book Award for a work of non-North American urban history published in 2013-14. His book, Enlightened Metropolis: Constructing Imperial Moscow, 1762–1855 also won the 2013 Marc Raeff Book Prize awarded by the Eighteenth-Century Russian Studies Association to the best book in any discipline or language on the history and culture of Russia during that time period.

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Notre Dame Economists Help Small Business Owners in Kenya Find Success

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Research

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In a dense Nairobi slum best known for its toxic garbage dump, the crowded streets are lined with roadside stands. With no job prospects, residents’ best chance to eke out a living comes from selling foods and handcrafted goods at these tiny stalls. Three assistant professors in Notre Dame’s Department of Economics—Wyatt Brooks, Kevin Donovan, and Terence Johnson—are researching ways to help those entrepreneurs succeed and increase their income.

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Anthropologist and Film Professor Launch Innovative Multimedia Book on Irish Islands

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Research

Ian Kuijt in Ireland

The abandoned island of Inishark off the coast of western Ireland is coming to life again thanks to new technology—a multimedia book project by Notre Dame anthropologist Ian Kuijt and filmmaker William Donaruma ’89. Through an innovative collaboration, they’ve created Island Places, Island Lives, a guidebook detailing the heritage and history of Inishark and its neighboring island, Inishbofin. Along with text and photographs, the book incorporates short videos of the island that appear on a smartphone or tablet when readers, using a free companion app, hold their device over key images in the book.

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Liberal Studies and Sacred Music Professor Honored for Musicological Research on Italian Basilica

Author: Josh Weinhold

Categories: Arts, Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Research

Pierpaolo Polzonetti

Pierpaolo Polzonetti, an associate professor in Notre Dame’s Program of Liberal Studies (PLS) and Sacred Music at Notre Dame program, has won the H. Colin Slim Award for his essay, “Tartini and the Tongue of Saint Anthony.” The award, presented by the American Musicological Society since 2005, honors a “musicological article of exceptional merit.”

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Two Graduate Students Named to Humanities Without Walls’ Career-Focused Fellowship Program

Author: Josh Weinhold

Categories: General News, Graduate Students, and Research

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Two Notre Dame graduate students have won fellowships from Humanities WIthout Walls, a consortium funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that aims to support collaborative research and scholarship across the humanities. Michael Skaggs, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in history, and Courtney Smotherman, a student in the Ph.D. in Literature program, were among a cohort of 30 predoctoral fellows selected by HWW, based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. They will attend three weeks of summer workshops designed to encourage doctoral students to explore careers both inside and outside the academy.

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