Faculty Accomplishments Archive


A study by Douglas Broadfield, associate professor of anthropology, along with  Kristian J. Carlson, University of the Witwatersrand, and Ralph L. Holloway, Columbia University, about the South African Taung Child fossil, was published in the journal "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences."  


Kate Schmitt, assistant professor of English, has a new book titled "Singing Bones." It is a memoir about a woman facing inner demons.


Andy Furman, professor of English, has a new book titled "Bitten, My Unexpected Love Affair With Florida." The book is about living in South Florida. NPR Radio interviewed Furman about the book. You can listen in at wlrn.org/post/unexpected-love-affair-florida.


Lisa Swanstrom , assistant professor of English, was part of a research team that got an NEH Start-up Grant from the Office of Digital Humanities (ODH). The project is called CELL: a Search Engine for Electronic Literature.  


Robert Rabil, professor of political science, has written a book titled "Salafism in Lebanon: From Apoliticism to Transnational Jihadism," in which he examines the emergence and development of Salafism into a prominent religious movement in Lebanon.  Drawing on field research trips, personal interviews, and Arabic primary sources, the book explores the relationship between the ideologies of the various schools of Salafism and their praxis in relation to Lebanese politics.  Rabil's book will be published in September 2014, at which time he will present it at Harvard University.


Kevin Wagner's (associate professor of political science) latest book, "Tweeting to Power," coauthored with Jason Gainous of the University of Louisville, provides an analysis of the effect of online social media on how people come to learn, understand and engage in politics. The book includes trends in a dataset comprising tweets from members of Congress during the 2010 Presidential campaign.


A paper co-authored by Mirya Holman, assistant professor of political science, has been selected as the Best Paper for the Women and Politics section of the "American Political Science Association."  The paper, titled "Power, Conflict, and Community: How Gendered Views of Political Power Influence Women's Political Ambition" is an evaluation of the role that perceptions of political careers play in political ambition, particularly women's political ambition.


Mehmet Gurses, associate professor of political science,  has co-edited a book titled "Conflict, Democratization, and the Kurds in the Middle East: Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria." The volume contains a collection of essays from many of the most accomplished scholars from Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States working on the Kurdish issue and questions of democratization.

Patricia Widener , associate professor of sociology, recently returned from a sabbatical in New Zealand where she studied how New Zealanders were responding to new oil proposals, both offshore and fracking. This research complements her book titled "Oil Injustice," which examines how oil-impacted communities and their transnational allies mobilized in response to the construction of an oil project in Ecuador.


Michael Zager, Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Performing Arts, is producing an album titled, "Broadway Composers and Lyricists Sing Their Songs." The album consists of Tony Award-winning composers and lyricists singing their songs with only a piano accompaniment. To date, he has recorded Charles Strouse (Annie, Applause and Bye Bye Birdie), Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin and Godspell), Sheldon Harnick (Fiddle on the Roof and Fiorello), Stephen Lutvak (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder-winner of the Best Musical Tony Award 2014), Jason Robert Brown (The Bridges of Madison County-Tony Award for Best Composer and Best Orchestrations 2014) and Adam Guettel (The Light in the Piazza).


Josephine Beoku-Betts, professor, Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, received the 2015 SWS Feminist Activism Award from Sociologists for Women in Society, recognizing her "contributions to feminist activism and her consistent use of sociology to better the lives of women."


Kyle Prescott, associate professor of music, received an Award for Excellence and Innovation in Undergraduate Teaching at the 2014 FAU Honors Convocation.


Noemi Marin, professor in the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, recently present the lecture  Rhetoric and Intellectuals in the East European Upheavals of 1989: A Look Back after 25 Years  at  Harvard's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies


Clevis Headley, associate professor of  philosophy, has been appointed to the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics.The Ethics Commission was created by the County Commission for county government in 2009.

Marshall De Rosa, professor of  political science, was recently awarded the Liberty Engagement Forum Grant from the Apgar Foundation.


Fred Fejes, professor in the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, was interviewed for the PBS documentary "The Day it Snowed in Miami." It is a documentary about the history of LGBTQ rights in South Florida.


Chris Scodari ,professor in the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, recently received the Carl Bode Award for Outstanding Article published in the "Journal of American Culture in 2013."


Eric Berlatsky, associate professor of English, was nominated for "Best Online Comics Criticism" for the second year running for his piece in the Comics Forum titled "Between Supermen: Homosociality, Misogyny, and Triangular Desire in the Earliest Superman Stories."

Carol S. Gould, professor of philosophy, co-edited the anthology: "Ethics, Art and Representations of the Holocaust." 


Joey Bargsten , associate professor in the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, was one of 49 winners of the 2013 Miami Knight Arts Challenge.


Julieann Ulin, assistant professor of English, had her first monograph, "Medieval Invasions in Modern Irish Literature," published.


Jeffrey Morton, professor of political science, has been named a Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association. The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) was founded in 1918 to promote a broad public understanding of American foreign policy through scholarship and teaching. In 2012, Dr. Morton was the recipient of the Foreign Policy Association Medal at the World Leadership Forum Dinner in New York City.


Richard Gamble, associate professor of theatre and dance, has been awarded the 2013 Outstanding Theatre Arts Educator by the Florida Association for Theatre Education (FATE). Gamble has been at FAU for more than 20 years, serving as chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance for five years. Prior to coming to FAU, he taught at several institutions across the country. Gamble's award is one of four annual awards made by FATE to recognize people that are furthering their goals of assuring that every Florida student have access to an education that includes theatre and dramatic arts taught by qualified theatre arts instructors.