Publications, honors and creative works


John Miller, professor of economics, coauthored the article “Why the United States is Not Greece” with Katherine Sciacchitano in the January/February issue of Dollars & Sense magazine.

John Kricher, professor of biology, presented “Our Changing World” on February 7 at the Tucson Audubon Society Fourth Annual Gala. He spoke about the concept of balance of nature, why it is not true, and how, in a changing world, conservationists can be effective in influencing societal decisions.

Michael Drout, professor of English, published the article “Variation within Limits: An Evolutionary Approach to the Structure and Dynamics of the Multiform” in Oral Tradition (December 2011).

Vicki Bartolini, professor of education, presented “Making Learning Visible for Families” at Bridgewater State University in October 2011 and at the In Defense of Childhood: Keeping the Joy of Learning Alive conference in New York City in March.

Psychology of ReligionDavid Wulff, professor of psychology, published the essay “The Evolution of a Psychologist of Religion” in Psychology of Religion: Autobiographical Accounts (Springer, 2012).

Alex Bloom, professor of history, presented “Media Strategies in Presidential Politics, 1968–Present” on Nov. 17, 2011, at the Social Science History Association Annual Meeting in Boston. He also presented “The Writer in the City: New York in the ’50s” on March 13 at the Istituto Universitario Orientale in Naples, Italy; and “Living in the 1920s: Embracing the Modern, Clinging To the Past” and “Coping with Disillusion: The American Mentality in the 1970s and 1980s” on March 14 at the Università di Roma Tre in Rome, Italy.

Francisco Fernandez de Alba, associate professor of Hispanic studies, presented “La Movida: Máxima emoción, mínima forma” on March 16 at the Cervantes Institute in Tel-Aviv, Israel. He was invited to lecture on Madrid’s cultural movement during the ’80s. The lecture focused on visual artists, mostly painters and photographers.

The (New?) 'Rap on Race'Shawn Christian, associate professor of English, published the essay “The (New?) ‘Rap on Race’: Historicizing Calls for Racial Dialogue in the Early Years of Barack Obama’s Presidency” in Reading African American Experiences in the Obama Era: Theory, Advocacy, Activism (Peter Lang Publishing, 2012). He also was chosen to be a Leonard and Louise Riggio Fellow to conduct research at Emory University’s Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Book Library as part of his scholarly exploration of the artistic collaborations of James Baldwin, Langston Hughes and James Weldon Johnson.