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Faculty and Student Highlights

African and African American Studies

Charmaine Royal (Associate Professor of African and African American Studies) was selected as one of five recipients of Duke University’s Thomas Langford Lectureship Award for the academic year 2013-14. This program was established in 2000 as a tribute to the memory of Thomas Langford, former Divinity School faculty member, dean, and provost, who embodied the highest university values of scholarship, teaching, collegiality, and the promotion of faculty excellence and community. The annual Langford Lectureship series is designed to provide Duke’s faculty with an opportunity to hear about the ongoing scholarly activities of their recently promoted or hired colleagues.

Art, Art History & Visual Studies

Stanley Abe (Associate Professor of Art History) presented “Moving Buddha: Imagining Sculpture in China,” on November 8, 2013, in the Research Forum at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.  He also presented “Necessary Fictions: Imagining Sculpture in China,” at the University of Minnesota on November 14, 2013.

Mark Antliff (Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies) was in residence as the Mary Sutton Weeks Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center in Stanford, California, in Spring 2013. In Fall 2013 he was a senior fellow affiliated with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (London, England). Antliff also published an anthology, Vorticism: New Perspectives (Oxford University Press, 2013), which he co-edited with Scott Klein. This volume has received strong peer reviews. Antliff also presented “Henri Gibson and the Parisian Avant-Garde: Subjectivity and the Road to Abstraction” at the Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian/Modern Art Centre, in Lisbon, Portugal, in November 2013, as well as “Anarchist Antimilitarism: Ethics, Aesthetics and Violence in the Art and Life of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska” at the conference War Expectations on February 13, 2014, in The Netherlands.

Elizabeth Baltes (PhD candidate in Art, Art History & Visual Studies) has been awarded the prestigious Olivia James Fellowship by The Archaeological Institute of America for travel and research in Greece and Turkey during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Marie-Pier Boucher (PhD candidate in Art, Art History & Visual Studies) co-edited the book Heteropolis (Active Actions, 2013).

Caroline Bruzelius (Anne M. Cogan Professor of Art History) was appointed the Richard Krautheimer Visiting Professor at the Hertziana Library at the Max Planck Institute for Art History in Rome for the 2013-14 academic year. Bruzelius also spoke at the colloquium Monastic Architecture and the City, on October 10-11, 2013, at the Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal. She also presented “Preaching, Building, and Burying: Mendicant Friars and the Reshaping of the Medieval City” on March 5, 2014, at the Hertziana Library.

Laura Moure Cecchini (PhD candidate in Art, Art History & Visual Studies) presented “A Republic of the Arts: Constructing Nineteenth-Century Art History at the Musee national du Luxembourg, 1900–1914″ in the session “Art Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art: Future Directions in Nineteenth-Century Art,” at the 102nd annual conference of the College Art Association in Chicago on February 2014.

Alexis Clark (PhD candidate in Art, Art History & Visual Studies), Kathryn Desplanque (PhD candidate in Art, Art History & Visual Studies), Mimi Luse (PhD candidate in Art, Art History & Visual Studies), and Laura Moure Cecchini (PhD candidate in Art, Art History & Visual Studies) curated the exhibition Night in the City of Light: Paris’ Cabarets, 1881-1914 at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke, as well as Cheap Thrills: The Highs and Lows of Cabaret Culture in Paris, 1881-1939 at Perkins Library at Duke, in the Spring 2014 semester. These exhibits included several arrangements of cabaret music performed and recorded by [dnme], the Duke New Music Ensemble.

Alexis Clark (PhD candidate in Art, Art History & Visual Studies) presented “The Cultural Politics of Poussinisme: Paul Cézanne and Gustave Moreau at the Musée national du Luxembourg” at the Middle Atlantic Conference on March 7, 2014, and “A Republic of the Arts: Constructing Nineteenth-Century Art History at the Musée national du Luxembourg, 1900-1914″ at the 102nd annual conference of the College Art Association in Chicago in February 2014.
Kency Cornejo (PhD candidate in Art, Art History & Visual Studies) participated in the XXXI International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association LASA 2013: Towards a New Social Contract on May 21 to June 1, 2013, in Washington, DC. She chaired the panel “Post-War-Art-Post-Memory” and presented a paper, “Puchica! Experimental Art and Visual Culture in Post-war El Salvador.” At that conference, she was also an invited panelist for “The Art of the Central American Diasporas: A Roundtable Discussion.” Cornejo was also an invited curator in the Arte Nuevo Interactiva 2013 Biennial: “Creative Decolonial Strategies: Mayas, Afro Latina/os and Transnational US Latina/os,” held in Merida, Mexico, on May 27 to June 10. She was also an invited lecturer for the first FIF Festival Internacional de Fotografia de Belo Horizonte in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in July. She delivered a presentation entitled “Visual Colonization and Disobedience.”

Raquel Salvatella de Prada (Assistant Professor of the Practice of Visual Arts) presented The Paper Hat Game, a collaboration between Torry Bend (Assistant Professor of the Practice of Theater Studies) and Raquel Salvatella de Prada (Assistant Professor of the Practice of Visual Art), in Chicago on September 6-22, 2013.

Sarah Jones Dickens (PhD candidate in Art, Art History & Visual Studies) was awarded a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellowship from the US Department of Education. She will travel to Cambodia to continue research on her dissertation topic, “Art of the Khmer Rouge: A History of the Visual Culture of Revolution and Genocide and its Legacies in Contemporary Cambodian Art.”

Sara Galletti (Assistant Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies) has written an article, “Philibert Delorme’s Divine Proportions and the Composition of the Premier tome de l’Architecture,” which will be published in Architectural Histories in spring 2014. She also presented her paper, “Philibert Delorme at the Château d’Anet: Form, Structure, and the Profession of Architecture,” at the 60th annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America (New York, March 26-29, 2014) and was co-chair of the session “Building by the Book? Theory as Practice in Renaissance Architecture” at the European Architectural History Network 3rd international meeting (Turin, Italy, June 19-21, 2014).

Katie Jentleson (PhD candidate in Art, Art History & Visual Studies) was awarded the Archives of American Art’s 2013 Graduate Research Prize sponsored by the Dedalus Foundation for her essay and interactive Neatline exhibit, Not as rewarding as the North: Holger Cahill’s Southern Folk Art Expedition. Jentleson’s essay and interactive map examine a little-known trip taken by Holger Cahill, an art writer and critic who was the founding director of the New Deal’s Federal Art Project. Katie also presented “Crashing the Gate: Horace Pippin, William Edmondson, and the New Deal Art World” in the session “African American Artists in New Deal America,” as well as “Pedagogical Consumption: The Fantasy Collecting Game” in the session “Games and Engagement: Play Your Way into Their Hearts,” at the 102nd annual conference of the College Art Association in Chicago in February 2014.

Pedro Lasch (Associate Research Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies) had an exhibition of his work, “Pedro Lasch, Susan Harbage Page, and Yinka Shonibare,” at the Nasher Museum of Art from July 20 to December 1, 2013.

Patricia Leighten (Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies) published Liberation of Painting: Modernism and Anarchism in Avant-Guerre Paris (University of Chicago Press, 2013). She also presented “Modernism, Antimilitarism and War” at the Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian/Modern Art Centre, in Lisbon, Portugal, November 2013 and served as an invited respondent at the conference War Expectations on February 13, 2014, in The Netherlands.

Camila Maroja (PhD candidate in Art, Art History & Visual Studies) presented “An Art for the Region: The First Mercosul Biennial (1997),” in the session Curating Latin American Art: Reclaiming Artistic Legacies, Archives, and Political Traditions, at the 102nd annual conference of the College Art Association, Chicago, February 2014.

Neil McWilliam (Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Art History) presented “Traditional Views: Conservative Ideologies and Landscape Aesthetics in France around 1900,” in the session Antimodernism(s) in French Art & Culture 1860-1914, at the 102nd annual conference of the College Art Association, Chicago, February 2014.

William Noland (Professor of the Practice of Visual Arts) was part of a group exhibition entitled On Watching and Being Seen at the Northern Illinois University Art Museum in DeKalb, Illinois, on August 27 to October 18, 2013.

Richard J. Powell (John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History) received the prestigious Lawrence A. Fleischman Award for Scholarly Excellence in the Field of American Art History on October 22, 2013, from the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. He also curated the exhibition and edited the catalogue Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist, January 30 – May 11, 2014,
The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

William Seaman (Professor of Visual Studies) released Light Folds by The Seaman and The Tattered Sail (2013), which contains double vinyl, double CD, audio-playing DVD, print set, inserts, and poster.

Erica Sherman (PhD candidate in Art, Art History & Visual Studies) was awarded a Fulbright US Student Program scholarship. Her project looks at religious confraternities in colonial-era Minas Gerais.

Merrill Shatzman (Professor of the Practice of Visual Arts) had a print, Miswired: MCI, a 22 inch-by-28 inch silkscreen print, included in the Boston Printmakers 2013 North American Print Biennial on October 27 – December 20, 2013, at the 808 Gallery at Boston University.

Hans J. van Miegroet (Professor of Art History and Visual Studies) was named co-director of the Information, Society & Culture theme of Bass Connections along with Robert Calderbank, the Phillip Griffiths Professor of Computer Science, Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Information Initiative at Duke. Information, Society & Culture is one of five themes in Bass Connections. Van Miegroet also received a 2013-14 incubator award from the new Information Initiative at Duke under the Digging into Data Challenge. The project is titled “Duke Art, Law & Markets Initiative (DALMI): Big Data Art and Markets Research Development Plan To Redesign the Getty Research Institute Provenance Index Databases.” Van Miegroet also presented “Media Arts + Sciences at Duke from the Humanities Outward to the Sciences and the Social Sciences” in the session “Special Topic on Photonics for Medicine, Arts and the Humanities” at a symposium on March 11-12, 2014—Frontiers in Photonics: Science and Technology at Duke University. The symposium was part of the 2102 Fitzpatrick Institute on Photonics Annual Meeting. The Special Theme was “Visualization Across the Spectrum from Engineering to Humanities and Medicine.”

Carolina-Duke Program in German Studies

Rory Bradley (PhD student in German Studies) has been selected as an administrative intern at The Graduate School for academic year 2014-15.

Erik Grell (PhD student in German Studies) won a DAAD fellowship.

Tres Lambert (PhD candidate in German Studies) won a DAAD fellowship.

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Aaron Forbis-Stokes (PhD student in Civil and Environmental Engineering) displayed the “Anaerobic Digestion-Pasteurization Latrine” at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Reinvent The Toilet Fair in New Delhi, India, on March 2014. Seven members of Professor Marc Deshusses’s lab group attended the fair to display the two sanitation projects from the group funded by the BMGF. Duke University was the only university with more than one project presented at the fair.
Judith (Judy) Winglee (PhD student in Civil and Environmental Engineering) won Best Paper at the AWWA/AMTA Membrane Technology Conference on March 10-14, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada . She was awarded the prize for Best Overall Paper out of over a hundred presenters. Winglee, whose adviser is Mark Wiesner, was the first student to win this award.

Computational Biology and Bioinformatics

Zackary Scholl (PhD candidate in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics) received the Student Research Achievement Award from the Biophysical Society.
Cavin Ward-Caviness (PhD candidate in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics) has accepted a postdoc position at the Helmholtz Institute in Germany.
Cultural Anthropology

Lee Baker (Professor of Cultural Anthropology and African & African American Studies) won the 20th SANA Prize for Distinguished Achievement in the Critical Study of North America from the Society for the Anthropology of North America. The prize committee cited Baker for his theoretical focus on the history and politics of racial formation and the role anthropology has played in that history and those politics.

Anne-Maria Makhulu (Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology) organized the conference The Haunted Present: Reckoning After Apartheid, which was held on April 10-11, 2014.

Tomas Matza (Visiting Faculty in Cultural Anthropology) has accepted a tenure-track position at the University of Pittsburgh.


Allison Curseen (PhD candidate in English) has accepted an Assistant Professor of English position at Baruch College, CUNY beginning in fall 2014. Curseen was awarded a 2013-14 Bass Teaching Fellowship, and she has completed the Certificate in African and African American Studies.

Mary Caton Lingold (PhD candidate in English) published “Fiddling with Freedom: Solomon Northup’s Musical Trade in 12 Years a Slave.” Sounding Out!: The Sound Studies Blog, on December 16, 2013. Her “Listening to the Past: An African-American Lullaby,”was published in the Appendix: A New Journal of Narrative and Experimental History ( Vol. 1 No. 3. July 2, 2013”). Her “Sounds of the South” class and the Sonic Dictionary project were also featured in a story on Duke Today, WUNC, and Lingold is also pursuing a certificate in African and African American Studies.

Evolutionary Anthropology

Michael Granatosky (PhD candidate in Evolutionary Anthropology) received a $10,000 Force & Motion Foundation Academic Scholarship.

Experimental & Documentary Arts

John Rash (MFA-EDA candidate) has had three short films selected to be shown in five international film festivals, including his thesis work, Yangtze Drift, which was selected as part of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (April 3-6) and also as a finalist in the 11th Green Film Festival in Seoul, South Korea (May 8-15). His other works, Homeostatic and One Party Ultimate Nightclub, will be showing at the Annapolis Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, and the Indie Grits Film Festival. More information is available on the MFA|EDA blog.


Christina Davidson (PhD candidate in History) received the Harvey Fellows for Christians in Academia fellowship grant. She is also the recipient of a Summer 2014 Duke Brazil Initiative (which supports a short research project on technology and education in Rio de Janiero) and of the General Commission on Archive and History of the United Methodist Church grant, funded under its Ethnic Grant and its The World Is My Parish United Methodist History Research Grant for summer research in the archives at Drew University in New Jersey and at the Biblioteca Juan de Valdés in Puerto Rico. Davidson also completed a Certificate in African and African American Studies.

Thavolia Glymph (Associate Professor of African & African American Studies and History) won the George and Ann Richards Prize for the best article published in The Journal of the Civil War Era in 2013. Her article, “Rose’s War and the Gendered Politics of Slave Insurgency in the Civil War,” appeared in the December issue.


R. Lee Reinhardt (Assistant Professor of Immunology) was awarded the Gordon G. Hammes Faculty Teaching Award for 2014.

Liberal Studies

Tyler Bonin (Liberal Studies) has been accepted to American University’s School of Public Affairs in Washington, DC, to pursue a PhD in justice, law and society. As part of the program, he will also declare a second field of study within American’s School of International Service.

Marine Science & Conservation

Jamie Wagner (PhD student in Marine Science and Conservation) received a 2014 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.


Darren Mueller (PhD candidate in Music) presented his paper, “Secret Sonic Weapon on Record: Dizzy Gillespie and the Ambassadorial Politics of Jazz,” at the International Association for Popular Music United States Branch conference in March 2014. Mueller also received the 2014 Bass Instructional Fellowship at Duke. He has also been selected as an intern for The Graduate School for the 2014-15 academic year.


Kevin Franks (Assistant Professor of Neurobiology) is the recipient of a received a Mallinkrot Foundation Award. Jorg Grandl (Assistant Professor of Neurobiology) has been awarded a Klingenstein Fellowship.

Court Hull (Assistant Professor of Neurobiology) has been awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship.

Jeremy Kay (Assistant Professor of Neurobiology) has been awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship.

Anders Nelson (PhD candidate in Neurobiology) was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award.

Elizabeth Sumner (PhD candidate in Neurobiology) will be completing a residency in psychiatry at Duke University Medical center upon completion of her PhD.

Fan Wang (Associate Professor of Neurobiology) has received a Pioneer Award from the National Institutes of Health.


Harold Baranger (Professor of Physics) and Gleb Finkelstein (Professor of Physics) and their groups and other collaborators published an article in Nature Physics.

Phil Barbeau (Assistant Professor of Physics) is among the recipients of the 2014 Sloan Research Fellowships. A full list of all 2014 recipients was published in the February 18 issue of The New York Times.

Dan Gauthier (Robert C. Richardson Professor of Physics) has been named to the editorial board for a new open-access optical journal focused on high-impact results, Optica. The journal is just gearing up and will start to accept paper submissions in the coming months. The journal is sponsored by the Optical Society of America.

Emilie Huffman (PhD student in Physics), along with her advisor, Professor Shailesh Chandrasekharan, solved a thirty-year-old problem in computational quantum many body physics. Their work was published in Physical Review B.

Ashutosh Kotwal (Professor of Physics) was elected as the Foreign Fellow of the Maharashtra Academy of Sciences in India for his significant contributions to physical sciences.

Kate Scholberg (Professor of Physics) was elected recently as an APS fellows for her work with atmospheric and accelerator neutrinos that established the phenomenon of neutrino oscillation and for her leadership in the worldwide effort of the supernova neutrino detection.

Taritree Wongjirad (PhD candidate in Physics), a graduate student in the neutrino physics group of Professors Kate Scholberg and Chris Walter, was awarded a prestigious Pappalardo Fellowship at MIT. Wongjirad is one of three incoming fellows for 2014.


Douglas Campbell (Associate Professor of Associate Professor of New Testament) has been promoted to full professor.

Maria Doerfler (Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity in Late Antiquity) was appointed visiting research fellow at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University for the 2014/15 term. She also published ” ‘Hair!’ Remnants of Ascetic Exegesis in Augustine of Hippo’s De Opere Monachorum” in the Journal of Early Christian Studies (Spring 2014), gave an invited lecture at the University of Virginia, and presented papers at AAR and SBL.

Mary Fulkerson (Professor of Theology) presented “The Traditional Family and its Values Read Through Biblical/Theological Lenses” at the PCUSA National Advocacy Committee for Women’s Concerns conference, “Reformation and Bodily Proprieties: Disrupting Rituals for Hospitality” at the Frierson Distinguished Scholars Conference at the Austin Presbyterian Seminary, and “Eucharist and Colorblindness: Disruption and Public Possibilities” at the Association of practical Theology 32nd Biennial Conference at the Vanderbilt University Divinity School.

Stephanie Gehring (PhD student in Religion) presented a paper titled “Perhaps, in Spite of All, He Loves Me: Simone Weil on Desire” at the University of Virginia on March 29, 2014.

Jennie Grillo (Assistant Professor of New Testament) was selected as the George A. Barton Fellow for 2014-15 by the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem. She also published an essay titled “The Eastern king in the Hebrew Bible: novelistic motifs in early Jewish literature” in The Romance Between Greece and the East (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

Bruce Lawrence (Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies) participated in a SECOR panel on his latest book, Marilyn Waldman, Prophecy and Power (Equinox, 2013). He will also give the plenary address at the British Islamic Studies Association inaugural session in Edinburgh, Scotland, and then lead an Islamic Circle workshop on Al-Biruni in April, participate in Duke-Rabat conference on Muslim cosmopolitanism in May, and give the keynote address at the WH Poteat Legacy conference at Yale in June.

Mani Rao (PhD student in Religion) has an upcoming book publication that is a modern translation of Kalidasa’s works from Sanskrit, Kalidasa for the 21st Century (Aleph Books, 2014). Excerpts from the translation are on pages 110-117 in The Book of Aleph.

Saadia Yacoob (PhD candidate in Religion) has accepted a two-year Mellon fellowship at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.


Regina Baker (PhD candidate in Sociology) was awarded a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for 2014-15. The awards are given to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well-prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva (Professor and Department Chair of Sociology) was the keynote speaker at the 85th Annual Pacific Sociological Association in Portland, Oregon, on March 27. His talk was titled “Understanding Treyvon Martin, Understanding Racism in Contemporary America.”

Brad Fulton (PhD candidate in Sociology) received the President’s Award for Nonprofit Research from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action. This award includes a $10,000 prize to support his research on social diversity within organizations.

Collin Mueller (PhD student in Sociology) was awarded a John Wesley Fellowship through A Foundation for Theological Education to support his doctoral studies. The John Wesley Fellows program is designed to promote the renewal of theological education by supporting promising United Methodist scholars who are committed to classical Christianity and academic excellence.

Victor Ray (PhD candidate in Sociology) has accepted a position as a tenure-track assistant professor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Megan Reynolds (PhD candidate in Sociology) has accepted a position as a tenure-track assistant professor in the sociology department at the University of Utah.

Inseo Son (PhD candidate in Sociology) has a paper that has been accepted in Discourse and Society. The title of the paper is “Partly Colored or Almost White?: Racial Intermediacy and Identificational Ambivalence of Grown Children of Korean Immigrants.” It is scheduled for publication in November, 2014.