Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Faculty publications, honors and creative works

Alireza ShomaliAssistant Professor of Political Science Alireza Shomali published Politics and the Criteria of Truth (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

Professor of Religion Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus and Professor of Biology Betsey Dyer presented their paper “Cultures and Cultures: Fermented Foods as Culinary Shibboleths” at the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery in July at Oxford University in the United Kingdom.

Xuesheng Chen, professor of physics, published the paper “Size Reduction and Rare Earth Doping of GaN Powders through Ball-milling,” in III-Nitride Materials for Sensing, Energy Conversion, and Controlled Light-Matter Interactions, in the Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings (2010).

Associate Professor of Geology Geoffrey Collins co-authored the paper “Global Geological Mapping of Ganymede,” which was published in Icarus (2010). Jonathan Kay ’08, who worked on this project over the summer of 2006 as part of a Mars student/faculty research fellowship, also was one of the authors.

Prentice Professor of English Michael Drout published the article “Cumulative Index: Tolkien Studies, Volume I-V” with Jason Rea ’10, Lauren Provost ’10, Tara McGoldrick ’11 and Maryellen Groot ’12 in Tolkien Studies 7 (2010), as well as “Bibliography (in English) for 2008” with Rebecca Epstein ’08 in Tolkien Studies 7 (2010).

Civic RitesAssociate Professor of Classics Nancy Evans published Civic Rites: Democracy and Religion in Ancient Athens (University of California Press, 2010).

Associate Professor of Psychology Peony Fhagen-Smith published the essay “Social Class: Racial/Ethnic Identity, and the Psychology of Choice” in Multiracial Americans and Social Class: The Influence of Social Class on Racial Identity (Routledge, 2010).

Professor of Philosophy Nancy Kendrick presented her paper “The Empty Amusement of Seeing: Berkeley on Causation and Explanation” at The International Berkeley Society conference in Neuchatel, Switzerland (April 2010).

Professor of Anthropology Donna Kerner presented the paper “Micro-finance or Micro-debt: The Hidden Agenda of the Millennium Challenge” at the 70th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Merida, Mexico (March 2010).

27 Tips for Banishing the BluesCharlotte Meehan, associate professor of English and playwright-in-residence, presented her play 27 Tips for Banishing the Blues, described as “a multimedia tragic-parody of America’s happiness industry,” at Dixon Place in New York City (June 2010). The performance, under the direction of Ken Prestininzi, follows an artist residency at Dixon Place that was partially supported by a Provost Faculty Summer Research Fellowship.

Professor of Sociology Javier Trevino’s article “The Symbol and Substance of C. Wright Mills” was published in Sociology (2010); and “The Place of Law in Talcott Parsons’ American Societal Community” was published in Talcott Parsons: A Publications, Honors and creative works Collection of Essays in Honour of Talcott Parsons (Midrash Publications, 2009).

Rainforest PlantsProfessor of Biology Scott Shumway, Susan Letcher (Organization for Tropical Studies, Costa Rica), Alexander Friberg ’10, and Diane DeMelo (Wheaton faculty technology liaison) published “Rainforest Plants: A Web-based Teaching Tool for Students of Tropical Biology” in the April 2010 issue of the Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America. The project was funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and a Patricia Higgins Arnold ’66 and Christopher B. Arnold Faculty Enrichment Award.

Assistant Professor of Anthropology Gabriela Torres co-authored the article “Precursors to Femicide: Guatemalan Women in a Vortex of Violence,” published in the Latin American Research Review (2010).

Professor of Psychology David Wulff presented his paper “Positive Illusions? Reflections on the Reported Benefits of Being Religious” at the Second European Conference on Religion, Spirituality and Health in Bern, Switzerland (2010).