Spring 2021 Faculty Update
Highlighting faculty professional activities, including conferences, exhibitions, performances, awards, and publications.
Professor of Economics Richard Ball published a research article, "Ethnicity and Subjective Well-being in the Republic of North Macedonia," with co-authors Biswajit Banerjee and Abdul Ghaffar Mughal in the journal Eastern European Economics. He also offered a two-day Project TIER workshop on teaching reproducible methods of quantitative research for social science faculty at Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Clark Atlanta University. Additionally, Ball organized a 10-week Project TIER Symposium on Instruction in Reproducible Research. Ten competitively selected speakers gave presentations on various aspects of teaching research reproducibility and transparency. Each presenter posted a video of a talk for participants to watch at their convenience, and then, on a series of spring Fridays, there were live, moderated Zoom meetings with open discussion of the topic. This symposium was sponsored jointly by Project TIER, the Sheffield Methods Institute at Sheffield University, and the UK Reproducibility Network, and attracted participants internationally.
Professor of Fine Arts Markus Baenziger’s work was included in the group exhibition, Educate, at Duke Gallery: Community Arts Center in Wallingford, Pa.
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Coordinator of Neuroscience Laura Been gave two invited talks: "Plasticity in Brain and Behavior following Reproductive Experience" at Georgia State University Neuroscience Seminar Series, and "The Role of Postpartum Estrogen Withdrawal in Neural and Behavioral Plasticity" at the Women's Brain Health Conference "Hot Topics" symposium. Been also chaired a symposium, "Hormone-Mediated Neuroplasticity Across Behaviors," and gave an invited talk, "Neuroplasticity and anxiety following permpartum hormone fluctuations," at the remote International Behavioral Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Assistant Professor of Economics Carola Binder was selected as a member of the advisory panel for CREDO, the Catholic Research Economists Discussion Organization. Binder organized a panel on automation and the labor market that was hosted by CREDO and the Lumen Christi Institute. She also presented research on inflation expectations at the Bank of France and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.
Professor of Spanish Roberto Castillo Sandoval won the Best Narrative Fiction Award of 2020, given by the Circle of Arts Critics of Chile for his book, Muertes imaginarias (Laurel, 2020).
Assistant Professor of Linguistics Jane Chandlee published “Input and output locality and representation,” which was co-authored with Adam Jardine from Rutgers University, in Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics. Chandlee was also a panelist at the Workshop on Connecting Liberal Arts Linguists, hosted by Denison University, and gave a colloquium talk, “Formalizing Iterativity and the Computation of Rule Application Modes,” for Tel Aviv University.
Associate Professor of Chemistry Lou Charkoudian co-led the 2021 FLAMEnet (Factors that influence student Learning, Attitudes and Mindsets in Education network) Workshop. This national workshop is funded by the NSF and engages STEM instructors, educational researchers and psychologists to build upon interpersonal frameworks to foster inclusive, diverse and accessible undergraduate learning environments. She also organized two sessions at the American Chemical Society (ACS) national meeting focused on mentoring women in the chemical sciences and served on a panel for Women in Chemistry Committee meeting. Charkoudian gave an invited talk at the ACS as well as at Amherst College.
Visiting Assistant Professor of English Thomas Devaney hosted The Brooklyn Rail’s Radical Poetry Reading, featuring Samuel R. Delany, Tara Middleton, Linda Norton, and Cynthia Dewi Oka on June, 2.
The Emily Judson Baugh Gest and John Marshall Gest Professor of Global Philosophy, Professor of Global Philosophy, and Director of Gest Center Ashok Gangadean gave a virtual talk, “Logos, Christ, and Unitarian Universalism,” exploring universal truths that can lead us to “a more perfect union” and transcending the plague of divisions that threaten our nation and the world. The talk was held at Old Ship Church and hosted by minister Ken Read-Brown ’73.
Visiting Associate Professor of Religion Pika Ghosh’s book, Making Kantha, Making Home: Women at Work in Colonial Bengal, was published as part of the University of Washington Press’ Global South Asia Series.
Professor of Fine Arts Hee Sook Kim won a special prize at the Arte Laguna MOCA Spotlight Collection in Venice, Italy. Her work was exhibited in a solo show, Nirvana, at Pennswood Art Gallery in Newtown, Pa., and two group shows, Educate at the Duke Gallery Community Art Center in Wallingford, Pa., and the Youngeun Museum of Art Twenty Year Inauguration Special in South Korea. Her illustrations also appeared in Excellent Art 2020, Excellente Kunst (Rediroma-Verlag).
Associate Professor of Linguistics Brook Lillehaugen received a $13,382 course development grant from the Partnership for Academic Library Collaboration & Innovation Pennsylvania Grants for Open and Affordable Learning (PALCI, PA GOAL) for “¿Cali Chiu?: A Course in Valley Zapotec.” Lillehaugen was a part of a team that won the inaugural LASA Archives, Libraries, and Digital Scholarship Section Award for Caseidyneën Saën – Learning Together: Colonial Valley Zapotec Teaching Materials. She published “Towards a morphological transducer and orthography converter for Western Tlacolula Valley Zapotec” with Jonathan N. Washington and Felipe H. Lopez in Proceedings of the First Workshop on Natural Language Processing for Indigenous Languages of the Americas. She also gave two conference presentations: “Recovering Words, Reclaiming Knowledge, and Building Community: Ticha Conversatorios” at the Digital Approaches to Recovering Colonial-Era Cultural Heritage Material of Value to Specific Contemporary Communities panel at the 2021 annual meeting of the Latin American Studies Association, and “Digital editions of endangered language texts as a form of pedagogy, scholarship, and resistance” at El’Manuscript 2020: Textural heritage and information technologies.
Director of College Writing Center and Visiting Assistant Professor of Writing Kristin Lindgren was invited to serve as interviewer/respondent for a Zoom webinar at Columbia University with the artist Riva Lehrer. Their conversation focused on Lehrer's art practice and her new memoir, Golem Girl.
T. Wistar Brown Professor and Professor and Chair of Philosophy Danielle Macbeth authored the chapter "Formal Proofs in Mathematical Practice" of the Handbook of the History and Philosophy of Mathematical Practice (Springer Nature Switzerland, 2021), which was edited by B. Sriraman. Macbeth gave an invited colloquium talk, "Ampliative Deductive Proof in Mathematical Practice: Lesson from Kant and Frege," to the Theory of Science and Technology Group in Aachen, Germany, and to the Department of Philosophy of Science and Technology of Computer Simulation at the High Performance Computing Center in Stuttgart, Germany.
Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy Karen Masters published "Galaxy zoo builder: Morphological dependence of spiral galaxy pitch angle" in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. As part of work on the Committee on Radio Frequencies of the National Academy of Science, Masters also published "Views of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on Agenda Items at Issue at the World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 (2021),” which is related to protecting the radio frequency spectrum for radio astronomy and other science applications in certain frequency ranges, which is made increasingly urgent due to the expansion of wifi, mobile phones, and other human generated radio emissions.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Coordinator of Scientific Computing Sara Mathieson published a paper, "Automatic inference of demographic parameters using generative adversarial networks," in Molecular Ecology Resources.
Laurie Ann Levin Professor of Comparative Literature, Professor of English, and Chair of Comparative Literature Maud McInerney published two articles: "Riddling Words: The Prophetiae Merlini" in A Companion to Geoffrey of Monmouth (Brill, 2020), which was edited by Georgia Henley and Joshua Byron-Smith, and "Queer Time for Heroes in the Roman d'Enéas and the Roman de Troie" in Medieval Futurity: Essays for the Future of a Queer Medieval Studies (Medieval Institute Publications, 2020), which was edited by Will Rogers and Christopher Michael Roman.
Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science Barak Mendelsohn became a regional scholar at the University of Pennsylvania’s Middle East Center. Mendelsohn also presented the paper “First Succession: The Unique Challenges of a Terrorist Group’s First Leadership Change” at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association.
Professor of Mathematics and Statistics Weiwen Miao was selected to be a fellow of the American Statistical Association.
Professor of Chemistry Alex Norquist recently published two papers, on which four Haverford students (Davion Williams '23, Matthew Danielson '21, Joshua Engler '22 and Zihui Ding '22) are co-authors. “Improving data and prediction quality of high-throughput perovskite synthesis with model fusion” was published in the Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling, and “Predicting inorganic dimensionality in templated metal oxides” was published in the Journal of Chemical Physics.
Associate Professor of Economics and Coordinator of Mathematical Economics Giri Parameswaran published two papers, “Redistribution under General Decision Rules,” in the Journal of Public Economic Theory (with co-author Hunter Rendleman '18), and “Bargaining and Strategic Voting on Appellate Courts,” in American Political Science Review (with Princeton’s Charles Cameron and NYU’s Lewis Kornhauser).
Fellow for Ethical Global Learning Nora Reynolds published “From ‘knowing’ to ‘not knowing’: Critical global citizenship education for engineering partnerships” in the International Journal of Engineering, Peace, and Social Justice.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Coordinator of Middle East and Islamic Studies Zainab Saleh published an article, "Precarious Citizens: Iraqi Jews and the Politics of Belonging," in Political and Legal Anthropology Review.
Professor of English Gustuvus Stadler was an invited speaker in the Indigeneities Speaker Series sponsored by the Humanities Studio at Pomona College, where, the following day, he led a faculty seminar discussion of his book, Woody Guthrie: An Intimate Life. Stadler was a part of an online panel discussing Jodi Dean's Comrade (Verso, 2019), sponsored by Unit/Pitt Society for Art and Critical Awareness. He also participated in a roundtable, "Teaching Woody Guthrie and the Precarity of the Present," at the Working Class Studies Association’s annual conference, hosted by Youngstown State University. His presentation was on the controversy surrounding "This Land is Your Land" and the erasure of Indigeneous history.
Associate Professor of Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Jill Stauffer was an invited speaker and seminar leader at the Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute at the Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State, where she gave a paper titled “Beginning an Ending: Lapse, Skepticism, and the possible End Times of Settler Colonialism.” Stauffer also gave a conference presentation, “Temporal Privilege: lapse, truth, and possibilities for decolonial thinking,” at the Temporal Belongings Conference online.
Visiting Assistant Professor of English Sarah Watson organized the 2020-2021 Careers in English Program, which was designed to connect Haverford students with alumni and encourage humanities students to imagine a wide range of career paths. The exhibition catalog for the library exhibit created by her fall 2019 writing seminar, “Crossing Borders: From Slavery to Abolition, 1670-1865,” was awarded the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section Leab Exhibition Award in the student category. Watson co-edited the catalog with the library’s Sarah Horowitz. The award committee said: “The cohesive vision and thoughtful, interrogative analysis made Crossing Borders: From Slavery to Abolition, 1670-1865 from the students in the first year seminar “Crossing Borders” at Haverford a true standout in the 2020-21 student category. The committee was particularly impressed by the discussion of the politics of the archives, the general sensitivity to language and the analytical contextualization of the material throughout the submission. For these reasons, this submission demonstrates the potential future of this profession—one where exhibition design includes self reflection alongside academic inquiry.”
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Studies and Director of KINSC Helen White gave a virtual talk as part of a collaboration she is involved with called "Inhabited Sea," which is supported by the University of Pennsylvania’s India Research and Engagement Fund. The public seminar was titled "Intertidal PlastiCity" and was in conversation with Shaunak Modi and Sejal Mehta, from the Marine Life of Mumbai. White also gave a presentation, "The Use of Dispersants in Marine Oil Spill Response," at the 2021 International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC) virtual meeting.
Three of Audrey A. and John L. Dusseau Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Fine Arts William Williams’ photographs of the Underground Railroad made between 1998 and 2005 were acquired by the James A. Michener Museum and included in a recent exhibition of 100 photographs by local photographers, Through the Lens: Modern Photography in the Delaware Valley. A photograph from Williams’ “A Stirring Song” series was included in the exhibition Lucky Seven at the Berman Museum at Ursinus College.
Associate Professor of Political Science Susanna Wing published "Another Coup in Mali? Here's what you need to know" in The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog.
Assistant Professor and Director of Choral and Vocal Studies Nate Zullinger was awarded the Innovation in Teaching award this spring for his work during the 2020-21 academic year. He also advanced to the “National Finalist” category of The American Prize for professional choral conducting. One of four finalists will receive the award this summer.