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Alumni Notes

Catherine Bagwell (Ph.D. Psychology & Neuroscience ’97) and Julie MacEvoy (Ph.D., Psychology & Neuroscience ’07) had a feature story published in the Boston Globe on September 2, 2012: How kids make friends – and why it matters.

Sidney Marquez Boquiren (Ph.D. Music ’99) was one of five emerging composers to have work featured in “Composers & the Voice: First Glimpse 2012,” a production by American Opera Projects. Boquiren teaches at Adelphi University.

Paula Joan Caplan (Ph.D. Psychology ’73) has won the 2011 American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Award) in the Psychology category for her book When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home ( The PROSE Awards are presented by the Professional and Scholarly Publishing (PSP) Division of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and annually recognize the very best in professional and scholarly publishing by bringing attention to distinguished books, journals, and electronic content in over 40 categories.

William Cunningham (Ph.D. Political Science ’74) has recently published an e-book, America: The Conspiracy Theory (available through Amazon or Barnes & Noble).

Alexis P. Gumbs (Ph.D. English ’10) was recognized in the Top 40 Under 40 list in The Advocate for her work on creating Mobile Homecoming, an inter-generational archive project that amplifies the black LGBTQ experience.

Graham Hammill (Ph.D. English ’92) has published The Mosaic Constitution: Political Theory and Imagination from Machiavelli to Milton (University of Chicago Press). Dr. Hammill is Associate Professor of English at the University at Buffalo (SUNY).

Shireen K. Lewis (Ph.D. French ’98) received an honorary degree from Rutgers University. She has practiced law, taught at several universities, and is the author of Race, Culture, and Identity: Francophone West African Literature and Theory from Negritude to Creolite.

Dagan Loisel (Ph.D. Biology & University Program in Genetics ’07) has joined Saint Michael’s College faculty as an assistant professor of biology.

David Henry Nikkel (Ph.D. Religion ‘81) received the 2012 University of North Carolina Board of Governors’ Award for Teaching Excellence for the University of North Carolina–Pembroke, where he is Associate Professor of Religion and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion. The award, the highest given by the UNC System, carries a stipend and a bronze medallion.

Charles L. Nunn (Ph.D. Biological Anthropology & Anatomy ’99) has published The Comparative Approach in Evolutionary Anthropology and Biology (University of Chicago Press). Dr. Nunn is associate professor in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.

Rita A. Sheffey (Ph.D. Chemistry ’82), a partner at Hunton & Williams LLP in Atlanta, was re-elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the 43,000-member State Bar of Georgia on June 2 during the organization’s annual meeting.