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Recent Achievements

David VineDavid Vine (anthropology) published Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World (Metropolitan Books). 

Caleen JenningsTwo of Caleen Jennings' (DPA) plays will be featured in the Women's Voices Theater Festival.

David HaagaDavid Haaga (psychology) won a $321,750 NIH award for the project "Looming Vulnerability and Smoking Cessation Attempts."


Michael Bader (sociology) won a $11,666 award for the project "Racial Health Disparities from Aging in Changing Places." The sponsor is University of Michigan and the federal awarding agency is the NIH/National Institute on Aging. 

Kim Blankenship (sociology) won a $111,086 award (represents year one of an expected $490,278 award over five years) to work with the District of Columbia Center for AIDS Research (DC CFAR). The center is housed at George Washington University and includes AU as an institutional partner. The NIH/NIAID is the federal awarding agency.

Sibel Kusimba (anthropology) received a $30,000 award from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation entitled "Exploring the Role of Mobile Money, Data Science, and Product Innovation in Community Fundraising."



Brandon Adams (performing arts) was nominated for Bay Area Critics Choice Award for Musical Director, Anything Goes (Center Repertory Company).

Kristina Crona (mathematics and statistics) and Miriam Barlow are co-winners of the 2015 World Technology Award for Health & Medicine.

Kyle Dargan's (literature) Honest Engine was named one of five finalists for the Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Prize, awarded by Claremont Graduate University. 

Robert Feinberg (economics) was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Southern Economic Association, serving from 2015 through 2019.

The following members of the Department of Performing Arts received 2016 Helen Hayes nominations:

  • Melanie George- Outstanding Choreography In A Play Hayes Production: Women Laughing With Salad (Woolly Mammoth)
  • Caleen Sinnette Jennings: Outstanding Play: Queens Girl In The World (Theatre J)
  • Caleen Sinnette Jennings:The Charles Macarthur Award For Outstanding Original New Play: Queens Girl In The World (Theatre J)
  • Caleen Sinnette Jennings: Outstanding Original Play: Darius And Twig (The Kennedy Center)
  • The Welders (Caleen Jennings and many others): The John Aniello Award For Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company
  • Izabelle Smelkinson (junior in musical theatre)- Outstanding Lead Actress In A Musical Hayes Production: Dogfight (The Keegan Theatre)

David Haaga (psychology) is an Association for Psychological Science Fellow.

Jonathan Harper's (MFA creative writing ’10) Daydreamers received a Kirkus Starred Review.

Lisa Leff's (history) The Archive Thief was named a finalist for the 2015 National Jewish Book Award in the category of writing based on archival material. 

Deborah Payne's (literature) article, "Pepys and Theatrical Spectatorship," was just selected by the editors of the Review of English Studies as a  "choice article" from 2015. The article has also been nominated for the James L. Clifford Prize, awarded annually by the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

John Rolle (PhD economics) was appointed governor of the Central Bank of The Bahamas. 

Denise Saunders Thompson (performing arts) won a San Diego Black Film Festival award for the  behind-the-scenes documentary of the dance ballet she produced and created, Hamdan: Through the Gate of Tears. The award was for the category 'Shorts' - "Best Documentary."



Fernando Benadon (performing arts) published "More Rhythmic Interactions in Two (or Three) Aksak Performances" in Empirical Musicology Review's special issue: Musical Rhythm Across Cultures. He is also joining the editorial board of Music Theory Spectrum, the field's flagship journal.

Angela Dadak (college writing program) gave the plenary talk titled "Navigating the Global and the Local in Writing Assessment" at the 62nd TEFLIN (Teachers of English as a Foreign Language in Indonesia) International Conference in Denpassar. After the conference, she led a three-day teachers' workshop for Department of State English Language Fellows and their Indonesian counterparts. They created a series on Academic Writing for Publication in English.

Max Paul Friedman (history) wrote an op-ed for the New York Daily News in which he discusses how Trump’s rhetoric echoes the early efforts of the Nazis to separate Jewish Germans from Germany’s public life.

Stephanie Grant (literature) published "Postpartum" in the New Yorker online.

Kiho Kim (environmental science) coauthored a chapter on Marine Debris of the First Global Integrated Marine Assessment, published by The Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs, United Nations.

Creative writing alumna Leslie Pietrzyk had a story featured on the cover of the Washington Post Magazine titled "When Your Spouse Dies."

Ellington Robinson (art) was featured in "Artists and Mentorship: David C. Driskell in Conversation with Ellington Robinson" at the National Gallery of Art. 

Rachel Louise Snyder (literature) published "No Visible Bruises: Domestic Violence and Traumatic Brain Injury" in the New Yorker.

Katharina Vester (history) published A Taste of Power: Food and American Identities (University of California Press).

Núria Vilanova (WLC) published "Women Writing in the Andes: A Panoramic View Since Colonial Times" in The Cambridge History of Latin American Women´s Literature (Cambridge University Press).



Noami Baron (WLC) discussed the future of print (with Monocle), the use of emogis (with Mashable), and reading on screens (with CBC -Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

Naomi Baron (WLC) discussed the linguistics of 'YouTube Voice' with The Atlantic.

Art Forum featured Zoë Charlton (art) in a story about Baltimore-based artists and their responses to systemic violence in the city and the trauma residents are experiencing over police brutality. 

Kyle Dargan's (literature) Honest Engine and alumnus Abdul Ali's book Trouble Sleeping were included on the Split This Rock foundation's "2015 Poetry Books We Loved" list.

Kyle Dargan's (literature) gun violence poem "Death Toll" was featured in American Poetry Review.

Kyle Dargan's (literature) Honest Engine was listed as a Mosaic Magazine Best Book of 2015.

Kyle Dargan's (literature) Honest Engine was featured on WAMU's Metro Connection in December 2015.

A recent review in the Wall Street Journal by the eminent arts critic, Terry Teachout, praised Alicia Kopfstein-Penk's (performing arts) book, Leonard Bernstein and His Young People’s Concerts, calling it a "bristingly well-informed monograph."

Evan Kraft (economics) was featured in WalletHub's financial predictions for 2016.

Sibel Kusimba’s (anthropology) research on women’s use of banks in the developing word was featured in an article in The Guardian.

MFA alums Annette Isham, Randall Lear, Maggie Michael, Dan Perkins, Zac Willis, and studio art faculty Jeff Spaulding and Naoko Wowsugi were included in the Washington City Paper list of DC’s 12 Best Gallery Shows of 2015.

The Washington Post reviewed Lisa Leff's (history) new book, The Archive Thief: The Man Who Salvaged French Jewish History in the Wake of the Holocaust.  

Allan Lichtman (history) spoke with KYW-AM (Philadelphia) about the recent uproar by Republicans concerning President Obama’s use of executive order for gun safety. Lichtman also spoke to the New York Observer about Democrats and Election 2016.

Dolen Perkins-Valdez's (literature) book Balm was listed in Esquire's "80 Books Every Person Should Read" and Clutch magazine's "2015's Top 12 Books by Black Women."

Simon Sheng (economics) spoke with Reuters about the economic projections of the Federal Reserve policymakers.

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) recently featured Jennifer Steele's (education) Economics of Education Review article about the distribution and mobility of effective teachers in its Teacher Quality Bulletin newsletter.

Denise Saunders Thompson (performing arts) was featured in the New York Times article "A Chance to Dance for Minority Ballerinas."

Reason TV interviewed David Vine (anthropology) for "ISIS Is Expanding. Should U.S. Military Bases Abroad Expand Too?" He was also featured on NPR's Here and Now.

David Vine (anthropology) was on NPR's "On Point" to discuss the Pentagon's recent proposal to build a supposedly new system of bases in and around the Middle East and Africa.  

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