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Accomplishments: February 22


Charles Call, SIS:  was appointed to the Advisory Board for the U.N. Peacebuilding Fund, which oversees a pool of over $400 million available for both urgent and long-term post-conflict and recovery activities.

Michelle Egan, SIS: was one of two U.S. academics who received an Jean Monnet Chair Ad Personam award for research activities.

Richard Sha, literature, CAS: won a 2012–13 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to work on his new book, “Imagining the Imagination:  Science and British Romanticism, 1750–1830.”

Anthony Wanis-St. John, SIS: his book, Back Channel Negotiations, was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2011. Choice is a journal of the American Library Association whose editors recognize the most significant print and electronic works reviewed in the journal during the previous calendar year.

Maggie Burnette Stogner, SOC: received the 2011 Best Shorts Competition Award of Excellence/Special Programs for the films she produced, directed, and wrote for the “Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology” exhibition.


William DeLone, Kogod: “Measuring e-Government Success,” at the e-Government Special Interest Group Workshop,  International Conference on Information Systems, Shanghai, China.

Max Paul Friedman, history, CAS: “Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy in the Cold War,” Foreign Service Institute, Arlington, Va.

Colman McCarthy, SIS: lectured on the need to decrease military spending and increase spending on poverty programs, Grinnell College, Iowa.

David Rosenbloom, SPA:  “Is Collaborative Governance Just Another  ‘Next New Thing’?” Renmin University, China; and doctoral and MPA students at China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing.

Robert Tomasko, SIS: spoke on the significance of the Occupy Wall St. Movement at the Yale School of Management Chief Executive Leadership Institute, Washington, D.C.

Papers Presented

Consuelo Hernandez, language and foreign studies, CAS: presented “Poetizar la ciudad, transformar la ciudad,” at the Mid-Atlantic Council on Latin American Studies Annual Conference (MACLAS), “Globalization and Well Being in Latin America,” University of Pittsburgh.

Performances/Media Productions

Mary Ellen Curtin, history, CAS: is interviewed in the film Slavery by Another Name, which premiered on PBS stations across the country on February 13.

Published Works

Nana An, AVP, budget and finance resource center, and Erica Smith, budget office: “Staying Out in Front: Instead of waiting for a crisis as a catalyst for action, American University employed a think-tank approach to improving its budget and finance processes in ways that keep the institution ahead of the curve of unanticipated challenges,” in Business Officer magazine, National Association of College and University Business Officers, vol 45, no 6, January 2012.

Naomi Baron, language and foreign studies, CAS: “Concerns about Mobile Phones: A Cross-National Study,” in First Monday, vol 16, no 8, August 1.

Robin Broad, SIS: coauthored with John Cavanagh, “Can Danilo Atilano Feed the World? Industrial agriculture advocates say organic farming cannot produce enough food for 7 billion people. a group of rice farmers in the Philippines is proving them wrong,” in Earth Island Journal, winter 2012.

James Goldgeier, dean, SIS: “Undisciplined: What the Ivory Tower Survey Gets Wrong,” in Foreign Policy, February 20, 2012.

Robert Marshak, SPA: “The Tao of Change Redux,” in the OD Practitioner, January 2012.

Michael Purcell, Office of University Architect: “Building the Green Dream: the School of International Service at American University,” in  Journal of Green Building, vol 6, no 4.

Sarah Rouhan, SPA undergraduate: “Miscarriages of Justice in Northern Ireland. What the United States Can Learn from the United Kingdom’s Involvement in Northern Ireland,” in Washington Undergraduate Law Review, vol 5, fall 2011, no 1.


Robert Lerman, economics, CAS: appeared on C-Span as part of a plenary panel at the National Caucus of Black State Legislators.

Judith Shapiro, SIS: appeared on Voice of America’s Pro and Con debating the U.S. presidential election in Mandarin.