Publications, honors and creative works: Faculty

Vicki Bartolini, professor of education, presented the keynote address at the fifth annual Southeast Education Professionals Partnership Enrichment Conference held at Bridgewater State University in April. Using her students’ video documentation, posted to, Bartolini made connections between STEM, inquiry and guided play for young children.

William Goldbloom Bloch, professor of mathematics, published the article “Open Discontinuous Maps from Rn onto Rn” in American Mathematical Monthly in March.

Sam Coale, professor of English, presented “Mysteries of Literature: An Insider’s Journey of Discovery” at the Brownell Library in Little Compton, R.I., in July.

Michael Drout, professor of English, published the articles “The Council of Elrond, All Those Poems, and the Famous F-ing Elves: Strategies for Teaching the Hard Parts of Tolkien” in Approaches to Teaching J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and Other Works (Modern Language Association, July 2015). He co-wrote with Elie Chauvet ’14 the article “Visual Representation of the Ratio of þ to (þ+ð): A New Method Provides Evidence for a Lost Old English version of the ‘Song of the Three Youths’” in Anglia:Zeitschrift für englische Philologie in June. He also presented the keynote address “Scholarship as Art, Art as Scholarship: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Beowulf” in April at the University of Vermont.

Linda Eisenmann, provost and professor of education and history, published the article “Making Better Colleges: AAC’s Century of Change and Commitment” in Liberal Education (Winter/Spring 2015).

Francisco Fernandez de Alba, associate professor of Hispanic studies, presented the lecture “1980s Madrid: The War on Drugs and the Transatlantic Conspiracy Theory” at Amherst College in April.

Nancy Kendrick, professor of philosophy, and Jessica Gordon ’04 co-wrote the article “Including Early Modern Women Writers in Survey Courses: A Call to Action” in Metaphilosophy (July 2015).

Mark LeBlanc, professor of computer science, was awarded a Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, along with Michael Drout, professor of English. He also co-wrote with Drout the article “DNA and 普通話 (Mandarin): Bringing Introductory Programming to the Life Sciences and Digital Humanities” in the journal Procedia Computer Science, proceedings of the International Conference on Computational Science, (June 2015).

Clinton O’Dell, associate professor of theater, last summer spent 12 weeks working on the Warner Bros. film Black Mass, which was shot in Boston and is scheduled for a September 2015 release. Clinton, who served as key fitter, led a team of three as they performed approximately 2,000 fittings for background and featured actors in the creation of the historical film depicting the story of Boston crime boss Whitey Bulger.

M. Gabriela Torres, associate professor of anthropology, co-wrote the article “Curation in Writing: Using a ‘Building’ and ‘Breaking’ Pedagogy to Teach Culture in the Digital Age,” with Peter Coco, former Wheaton digital learning strategist and technology liaison, published in Web Writing: Why and How for Liberal Arts Teaching and Learning (University of Michigan Press, April 2015). She also published the articles “In the Shadow of the Razor Wire: Class and Insecurity in Guatemala’s Urban Core” in the journal Anthropologica (2015), and “Gender-Based Violence in Guatemala’s Genocide and Beyond” in Applying Anthropology to Gender-Based Violence (Lexington Books, July 2015).

A. Javier Trevino, professor of sociology, published the articles “William Graham Sumner’s Proto-Sociology of Law” in On Folkways and Mores: William Graham Sumner Then and Now (Transaction Publishers, February 2015), and “Mills, C(harles) Wright (1916–62)” in the International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (Elsevier, May 2015).