Publications, honors and creative works: Faculty

Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus, professor of religion, acted in and helped compose lyrics for the annual performance of Temple Emanu El’s Purim shpiel in Providence, R.I., in his 18th appearance.

Geoffrey Collins, professor of geology, co-wrote the chapter “Ganymede and Callisto” in the Encyclopedia of the Solar System, which recently won a PROSE Award for the 2015 best book in the cosmology and astronomy category.

Mark LeBlanc, professor of computer science, was presented a $5,000 Google CS Engagement Award, which supports continued course development and integration of instructional materials for increasing student engagement and retention in introductory computer science classes.

Shawn Christian, associate professor of English, presented “Langston Hughes: The People’s Poet and Poet of His People,” a guest lecture, as part of the 20th Annual Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading at the RISD Museum in Providence, R.I., in February.

Samuel Coale, professor of English, wrote 30 book reviews for the Providence Journal. He also was the moderator of a “Great Writers” panel discussion about Tennessee Williams at the Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, R.I., on March 2.

Michael Drout, professor of English, Michael Kahn, professor of math, and Mark LeBlanc, professor of computer science, co-authored the article “Lexomic Analysis of Anglo-Saxon Prose: Establishing Controls with the Old English Penitential and the Old English Translation of Orosius,” with Phoebe Boyd ’12, Namiko Hitotsubashi ’13 and Leah Smith ’14, in SELIM: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Lengua y Literatura Inglesa Medieval (December 2014).

Nancy Kendrick, professor of philosophy, was awarded the Colin and Ailsa Turbayne International Berkeley Essay Prize ($2,000) for her essay “The ‘Empty Amusement’ of Willing: Berkeley on Agent Causation.”

Kim Miller, associate professor of women’s and gender studies, presented “Apartheid and After: Gendered Images of South Africa’s Struggle” at the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota, on April 10. She also presented “The Stories We See: Depictions of Female Authority in South Africa’s Public Sphere” at the university.

Leah Niederstadt, assistant professor of museum studies, was awarded a $1,300 scholarship and a $600 travel grant to attend the American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education’s Legal Issues in Museum Administration program held in Washington, D.C., in March.

A. Javier Trevino, professor of sociology, published the article “William Graham Sumner’s Proto-Sociology of Law” in On Folkways and Mores: William Graham Sumner Then and Now (Transaction Publishers, December 2014). He also wrote the article “C. Wright Mills as Designer: Personal Practice and Two Public Talks” in the American Sociologist (December 2014).

Jonathan Walsh, professor of French studies, published an interview with Senegalese author Aminata Sow Fall in Women in French Studies (December 2014).