Past First Thursday Honorees


March 5

Traci Giuliano, Professor of Psychology

Hutzler, K. T., T. A. Giuliano, J. R. Herselman, and S. M. Johnson (in press).  2015.  “Three’s a Crowd: Public Awareness and (Mis)perceptions of Polyamory.  Psychology & Sexuality. doi: 10.1080/19419899.2015.1004102

Johnson, S. M., T. A. Giuliano, J. R. Herselman, and K. T. Hutzler, K. T. (in press). 2015.  “Development of a Brief Measure of Attitudes towards Polyamory.  Psychology & Sexuality. doi: 10.1080/19419899.2014.1001774 

Erin Crockett, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Castaneda, A.M., M. L. Wendel, and E. E. Crockett (in press).  2015.  “Facebook Official:  Using the Overlap in Facebook Profiles to Predict Relationship Outcomes.  Journal of Social Psychology.

Edward L. Kain, Professor of Sociology and University Scholar

Sweet, Stephen, Kevin McElrath, and Edward L. Kain.  2014.  “The Coordinated Curriculum:  How Institutional Theory Can Be Used to Catalyze Revision of the Sociology Major.”  Teaching Sociology 42(4):287-297.

Alison Marr, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Professor Marr will talk about two different invited talks in India: 

Invited 90-minute Professor S. Arumugam Endowment Lecture on Graph Theory:  “Cycles, Primes, and Some Magic: A Discussion of Three Interesting Graph Theory Questions.”

Invited 50-minute talk at the International Workshop on Graph Labeling : “Sparse Semi-magic Squares and Labelings of Directed Graphs.” Paper to appear in the Electronic Journal of Combinatorics.

Francis Mathieu, Associate Professor of French

Mathieu, Francis.  2014.  “Madame de Clèves and Courtesy: Analyzing The Princess of Clèves in the Light of a Treatise on Civility.”  Pp. 42-58 in Women in French Studies. Select Essays from Women in French International Conference. Ed. Mark Cruse.

John Ore, Professor of Theatre

Professor Ore will talk about the ongoing Heather Hall Sustainable Theater project.

Davi Thornton, Associate Professor of Communication Studies

Thornton, Davi.  2014.  “Transformations of the Ideal Mother: The Story of Mommy Economicus and Her Amazing Brain,” Women’s Studies in Communication 37(3):271-291.



February 12, 2015

(First Thursday is on the second Thursday this month to accommodate the Paideia Connections event on Feb 5th.)


Barbara Anthony, Associate Professor of Computer Science.

Anthony, Barbara M., and Christine Chung.  2014.  “The Power of Rejection in Online Bottleneck Matching.”  Proceedings of the 8th Conference on Combinatorial Optimization and Applications (COCOA 2014), Lecture Notes in Computer Science, December 2014: 395-411.

Maria R. Lowe, Professor of Sociology and Reginald A. Byron, Assistant Professor of Sociology.

Lowe, Maria R., Reginald A. Byron, and Susan Mennicke.  2014.  “The Racialized Impact of  Study Abroad on Students’ Subsequent Interracial Interactions.”  Education Research           International  vol. 2014, Article ID 232687

Joshua Long, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

2014.  “Constructing the Narrative of the Sustainability Fix: Sustainability, Social Justice, and  Representation in Austin, TX. Urban Studies. DOI: 10.1177/0042098014560501  

Laura Senior Blair, Associate Professor of Spanish

2015.  “Bordering Adolescence: Latin American Youth in Road Films La misma luna and Sin nombre.” Pp. 119-131 in Screening Minors in Latin American Cinema. Eds.  Carolina Rocha and Georgia Seminet. Rowman and Littlefield.

Dana Zenobi, Part-time Assistant Professor of Applied Music.

Dana Zenobi organized the first annual Sarofim Vocal Competition which took place at Southwestern in November 2014.  The event drew 27 high school aged singers and their families from across Texas to campus for a full day of fine music making, master classes, and workshops. You can watch a brief “trailer” video explaining and showing highlights from the Sarofim Vocal Competition.


January 15, 2015

Cleere, Eileen. The Sanitary Arts: Aesthetic Culture and the Victorian Cleanliness Campaigns.Ohio State UP: 2014

Cooper, Michael. Mendelssohn’s setting of Psalm 42, Bärenreiter-Verlag (Kassel), January 2014
Hobgood, Laura. A Dog’s History of the World: Canines and the Domestication of Humans. Baylor UP: 2014

Saenger, Michael, ed. Interlinguicity, Internationality and Shakespeare. McGill-Queens UP.

Smith, Kim, ed. The Expressionist Turn in Art History: A Critical Anthology. Ashgate, 2014.

Tahmahkera, DustinTribal Television: Viewing Native People in Sitcoms. U of North Carolina P, 2014.

October 2, 2014

Erika Berroth: Associate Professor of German
“Slow Violence and Vibrant Matter in Marica Bodrožić’ Novel Kirschholz und alte Gefühle

Eileen Cleere: Professor of English
“Chaste Polygamy: Mormon Marriage and the Fantasy of Sexual Privacy in Wood’s 1861 East Lynne and 1863 Verner’s Pride”

Laura Hobgood-Oster: Professor of Religion
Hobgood-Oster, Laura. “STANDING IN THE MIDST OF THE ANTHROPOCENE Ecofeminist Approaches to the Hebrew Bible.” Feminist Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Retrospect. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2013. N. pag. Print.

Scott McLean: Professor of Kinesiology
Effect of Novel Block Designs on Swim Start Performance. Interview with the Georgetown View.

Kathryn Prater: Assistant Professor of Education
Pennington, J. L., & Prater, K. (March 11, 2014). The veil of professionalism: An autoethnographic critique of white positional identities in the figured worlds of white research performance. Race Ethnicity and Education, 1-26.

Kiyoshi Tamagawa: Professor of Music
Soloist performance with the Austin Symphony Orchestra


September 4, 2014

Fay Guarraci, Professor of Psychology 
Nicoletta K. Memos, Rebekah Vela, Courtney Tabone, Fay A. Guarraci, Endocannabinoid influence on partner preference in female rats, Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, Volume 124, September 2014, Pages 380-388, ISSN 0091-3057,

Angeles Rodriguez Cadena, Associate Professor of Spanish
“El pasado nacional como narrativa de ficción o la Historia es una telenovela” (“The national past as fictional narrative or History is a soap opera”). Journal of Mexican Studies. The University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States /Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Vol 30-1, Winter 2014, pp 180-211.

Translation. “Comunidad indígena Miskitu de Tuara en el proceso autonómico de la costa caribe de Nicaragua”. Otros Saberes: Collaborative Research on Indigenous and Afro-Descendant Cultural Politics, Charles R. Hale and Lynn Stephen (eds.) SAR (School for Social Research) Santa Fe, NM. 2013 pp 101-126.

Ellen Davis, Director of University Relations - News & Media Relations
Three “Insight” pieces by faculty members that have been published recently in the Austin American-Statesman.

Jessica Hower, Assistant Professor of History
“Under One (Inherited) Imperial Crown: The Tudor Origins of Britain and its Empire, 1603-1625”. Britain and the World Conference, Newcastle University; Tyne, England. June 19-21, 2014.

Katy Ross, Associate Professor of Spanish

Laura Hobgood-Oster, Professor of Religion
“Dog eat dog world,” Crufts Magazine, July 2014.

Interview with BYU radio


April 3, 2014

Barbara Anthony, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Anthony, Barbara and Christine Chung. 2013. “Data Plan Throttling: A Simple Consumer Choice Mechanism.” Proceedings of the Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM), 2013 IEEE pp. 3173-3178

Anthony, Barbara M. and Christine Chung. 2014. “Online bottleneck matching.” Journal of Combinatorial Optimization, 27(1): 100—114.

Romi Burks, Professor of Biology
Liebl, M., K. Roberts, A. Mohammed, M. Lowther, E. Navaira, A. Frankel, S. Pukys, and R. L. Burks. 2014. “Staying SMArT: Introduction, reflection, and assessment of an inquiry-based afterschool science program for elementary school students.” Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal 6(1): 32-44. Full PDF:

Erin Crockett, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Kwang, T., E. E. Crockett, D. T. Sanchez, & W. B. Swann. 2013. “Men Seek Social
Standing, Women Seek Companionship: Sex Differences in Deriving Self-worth from Relationships.” Psychological Science, 24(7), 1142-1150. doi: 10.1177/0956797612467466

Fay Allison Guarraci, Professor of Psychology
Guarraci, Fay Allison and Jessica L. Bolton. 2014. “’Sexy stimulants’: The Interaction between Psychomotor Stimulants and Sexual Behavior in the Female Brain.” Forthcoming in Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior.

Laura Hobgood-Oster, Professor of Religion
Hobgood-Oster, Laura. 2014. A Dog’s History of the World: Canines and the Domestication of Humans. Baylor University Press.

Valerie Renegar, Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Lowrey, Lacy, Valerie R. Renegar, and Charles E. Goehring. 2014. “’When God Gives You AIDS…Make Lemon-AIDS’: Ironic Persona and Perspective by Incongruity in Sarah Silverman’s Jesus is Magic.” Western Journal of Communication. 78(1): 58-77.

Eileen Meyer Russell, Associate Professor of Music and 
Delaine Leonard Fedson, Part-Time Instructor of Applied Music
Mercadante, Saverio.  Salve Maria (Hail to Thee, Mary). Arranged for harp and euphonium or trombone by Delaine Leonard Fedson and Eileen Meyer Russell.  Tuba-Euphonium Press, 2013. Score and 2 parts.

Nico Schüler, Visiting Faculty Member in Music, Professor of Music, Texas State University 
Schüler, Nico. 2013. “Grenzüberschreitungen im künstlerischen und wissenschaftlichen Schaffen von Otto Laske” [“Frontier Crossings in the artistic and scholarly work by Otto Laske”]. Pp. 235-246 in »Hebt man den Blick, so sieht man keine Grenzen«: Grenzüberschreitungen als Paradigma in Kunst und Wissenschaft, ed. by Oliver Krämer and Martin Schröder. Essen [Germany]: Die Blaue Eule. 

Schüler, Nico. 2013. “Technology as a Tool to Enhance Sight Singing Education.” Pp. 73-81 in Music and Technologies, ed. by Darius Kucinskas and Stephen Davismoon. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars. 

Schüler, Nico. 2013. “Computerunterstützte Mozartanalyse: Geschichte, Methoden, Kritik und Ausblick” [“Computer-Assisted Mozart Analysis: History, Methods, Critique, and Perspectives”] Pp. 69-100 in Mozartanalyse heute, ed. by Gernot Gruber. Laaber: Laaber Verlag.


March 6th, 2014:

Melissa K. Byrnes, Assistant Professor of History
Byrnes, Melissa K.  2013.  “Liberating the Land or Absorbing a Community: Managing North African Migration and the Bidonvilles in Paris’s Banlieues,” French Politics, Culture & Society [special issue: “Algerian Legacies in Metropolitan France”], 31(3):1-20.

Reginald A. Byron, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Byron, Reginald A. and Vincent Roscigno. 2014. “Relational Power, Legitimation, and Pregnancy Discrimination.” Forthcoming at Gender & Society    Online First: 

Erin Crockett, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Crockett, E. E., B. M. Holmes, D. A. Granger, & K. Lyons-Ruth.  2013.  “Maternal Disrupted Communication during Face-to-face Interaction at Four Months: Relation to Maternal and Infant Cortisol Among At-Risk Families. Infancy, 18(6), 1111-1134. doi: 10.1111t/infa.12015

Lois Ferrari, Professor of Music
Lois Ferrari conducted the Austin Civic Orchestra in a sold-out concert featuring Holst’s The Planets on February 1.  The concert included collaboration with Southwestern faculty and students.

Ben Pierce, Professor of Biology
Pierce, Benjamin A.  Research on the Ecology of the Georgetown Salamander, Eurycea naufragia, 2013-2014.  $25,927 grant from the Williamson County Conservation Foundation.  (Grant funding for this project over the past four years totals $104,069).



February 13, 2014:

Emily Niemeyer, Professor of Chemistry
Niemeyer, Emily D and Jennifer S. Brodbelt.  2013. “Regiospecificity of Human UDP-glucuronosyltransferase Isoforms in Chalcone and Flavanone Glucuronidation Determined by Metal Complexation and Tandem Mass Spectrometry” Journal of Natural Products 76: 1121-1132.     

Emily Northrop, Associate Professor of Economics
Northrop, Emily.  2013.  “The Accuracy, Market Ethic, and Individual Morality Surrounding the Profit Maximization Assumption.” The American Economist. 58:111-123.

Chapter: Northrop, Emily.  2014.  “Food, the Environment, and A Good Standard of Living” in A Brighter Future: Improving the Standard of Living Now and for the Next Generation, edited by Richard P.F. Holt and Daphne T. Greenwood, M.E. Sharpe, July 2014, forthcoming.

 Book reviews: Northrop, Emily.  2014.  Prosperity Without Growth:  Economics for a Finite Planet by Tim Jackson, Earthscan; The End of Growth:  Adapting to Our New Economic Reality by Richard Heinberg, New Society Publishers:  Eastern Economics Journal, Spring 2014, forthcoming. 

Michael Saenger, Associate Professor of English
Saenger, Michael.  2013.  “Interlinguicity and The Alchemist .” Multilingualism in the Drama of Shakespeare and his Contemporaries.  Ed. Dirk Delabastita and Ton Hoenselaars. English Text Construction 6: 176-200.

Anwar Sounny-Slitine, Instructor in Environmental Studies and GIS Lab Mgr
Hudson, P. F., Sounny‐Slitine, M. A., & LaFevor, M.  2013.  “A new longitudinal approach to assess hydrologic connectivity: Embanked floodplain inundation along the lower Mississippi River.” Hydrological Processes. 27(15):2187–2196.  The link to it on Wiley:

Davi Thornton, Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Thornton, Davi.  2013. “The Rhetoric of Civil Rights Photographs: James Meredith’s March Against Fear.” Rhetoric & Public Affairs. 16(3):457-487.

Victoria Star Varner, Professor of Art
Victoria Star Varner was selected to exhibit her work at the Awagami International Print Exhibition at the Hall of Awa Japanese Paper in Yoshinogawa City, Tokushima, Japan;  Marks: A National Juried Drawing Exhibition at Madelon Powers Art Gallery, East Stroudsburg University, Pennsylvania; Printmaking 2013 at the Lockhart Gallery, at SUNY Geneseo in New York; and the “One Foot Show” at Lone Star Gallery at Kingswood College.



January 16, 2014:

Michael Cooper, Professor of Music
Cooper, John Michael. 2013. Historical Dictionary of Romantic Music. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow.

Alison Kafer, Associate Professor of Feminist Studies
Kafer, Alison. 2013. Feminist, Queer, Crip. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Ed Kain, Professor of Sociology
Kain, Edward L., Kathleen Piker-King, Keith A. Roberts, Katherine Rowell, Mary Scheuer Senter and Gregory L. Weiss. 2013. Applying for a Faculty Position in a a Teaching-Oriented Institution (3rd Ed.) Washington, D.C.: ASA Teaching Resources Center.

Thom McClendon, Professor of History
Clifton Crais and Thomas V. McClendon, ed., The South Africa Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2014)

Sandi Nenga, Associate Professor of Sociology
Nenga, Sandi Kawecka and Jessica K. Taft (Eds.) 2013. Sociological Studies of Children and Youth: Youth Engagement: The Civic-Political Lives of Children and Youth, Vol. 16. Bingley, UK: Emerald.

Michael Saenger, Associate Professor of English
Saenger, Michael. 2013. Shakespeare and the French Borders of English. Palgrave Macmillan.

Eric Selbin, Professor of Political Science
Selbin, Eric. 2013. Revolution, Rebellion, Resistance: The Power of Story (Orig. English edition 2010.) London; New York: Zed. Arabic edition.


November 7, 2013

Bob Bednar, Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Bednar, Robert M. 2013. “Killing Memory: Roadside Memorials and the Necropolitics of Affect,” Cultural Politics 9(3):337-356.

Romi Burks, Professor of Biology
Therese Shelton, Associate Professor of Mathematics
Kyle, Colin H., Alyson L. Plantz, Therese Shelton and Romi Burks. 2013. “Count Your Eggs Before They Invade: Identifying and Quantifying Egg Clutches of Two Invasive Apple Snail Species (Pomacea).” PLoS ONE 8(10): e77736. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0077736

Alisa Gaunder, Professor of Political Science
Gaunder, Alisa. 2013. “The DPJ and Women: The Limited Impact of the 2009 Alternation of Power on Policy and Governance” published in Japan Under the DPJ: The Politics of Tranistion and Governance, ed. by Kenji E. Jushida and Phillip Y. Lipscy. Brookings Institution Press.

Walt Herbert, Professor Emeritus of English
Herbert, T. Walter, Jr. 2011. “Awakening a Global Spirituality: the Opera Moby-Dick as a Meditative Quest”. Leviathan 13(2)

Dana Hendrix, Director of Library Resources, A. Frank Smith, Jr. Library Center
Hendrix, Dana. 2013. “Emotional Intelligence and the Winds of Change in Academic Libraries.” Pp. 172-180 in Imagine, Innovate, Inspire: Proceedings of the ACRL 2013 Conference, edited by Dawn M. Mueller. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries. Retrieved October 22, 2013

Laura Hobgood-Oster, Professor of Religion
Hobgood-Oster. 2013. “And Say the Animal Really Responded: Speaking Animals in the History of Christianity.” Pp. in Divinanimality: Animal Theory, Creaturely Theology, Stephen Moore, ed. . Fordham University Press.

Laura Senio Blair, Associate Professor of Spanish
Senio Blair, Laura, and Jose Miguel Palacios, Elizabeth Ramirez, Catalina Donoso, Contanza Vergara and Luis Horta, co-founders and hosts. “Directoras Chilenas en el Exilio”. Retrospective on Female Directors. International Film Festival at Valdivia (Chile). October 7-14, 2013.“ Angelina Vázquez y el lente circular del exilio: (re) fundar la
identidad chilena por el medio fílmico.” Aisthesis: Revista Chilena de
Investigaciones Estéticas; Pontífica Universidad Católica de Chile.
Volume 54 (2013) 110-131.

Unrefereed Publication:
“Retrospectiva Chilena. Nomadías: Directoras Chilenas en el Exilio/
Chilean Retrospective. Nomads: Chilean Directors in Exile.” Catalog
for the 20th Festival International de Cine de Valdivia, Chile. pgs

International Conference:

“Directoras chilenas en el exilio: Retrospectiva” International Film
Festival of Valdivia, Chile (FICV) (October 2013) Research and
Organization: Catalina Donoso( U. Chile), Luis Horta (Cineteca de
Chile), Jose Miguel Palacios (NYU), Elizabeth Ramirez (U. Warwick),
Laura Senio Blair (Southwestern U.), Constanza Vergara (U. Alberto

Mary Visser, Professor of Art
Visser, Mary. 2013. “The Digital Sculpture: Materials and Processes, Creation and Circulation - Successes, Myths and Realities” Online journal of the European Forum on Rapid Prototyping for the AEFA sponsored by AFPR and the AEPR. Christian Lavigne et Mary Visser, Ars Mathematica - France & USA

Visser will talk about her artwork exhibited during the RAPID2013 Conference and Exposition that was held in Pittsburgh June 10-13. The show was organized by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, which introduced the Contemporary Art Gallery in 2010 and dedicated it to creativity and design in 3D printing.


October 3, 2013:

Ellen Davis, Director of University Relations, News and Media Relations, will talk about “Inside the Flipped Classroom”, a Chronicle of Higher Education story featuring Southwestern University.

Laura Glass: Information Services
Glass, Laura. 2013. “Fear of Finding the Needle in the Haystack: Library Anxiety in Marginalized Populations.” International Journal of Diversity in Education.

Alison Kafer: Associate Professor of Feminist Studies
Kafer, Alison. 2013. Feminist, Queer, Crip. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Michael Kamen: Associate Professor of Education and Deborah Shepherd, a local teacher
Kamen, Michael, and Deborah Shepherd. 2013. “Exploring Innovative Schools with Preservice Teachers.” In L. V. Shavinina (Ed.), The Routledge International Handbook of Innovation Education. London, UK: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

Josh Long: Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Long, Joshua, Brack Hale and Alison Vogelaar. 2013. “Toward Sustainable Educational Travel.” Journal of Sustainable Tourism.
Brack Hale, Alison Vogelaar, Joshua Long. 2013. “A Broad Spectrum: Sustainability in Educational Travel.” Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education Vol. 14 (4).

Alison Marr: Associate Professor of Mathematics
J.C. George, A. Marr, and W.D. Wallis. “Minimal Pancyclic Graphs.” Journal of Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing, vol. 86 (2013).

Valerie Renegar: Associate Professor of Communications Studies
Renegar, Valerie R. 2013. “Critical/Cultural Scholarship and the Responsibility for Building Theory: Enduring Criticism Revisited” Western Journal of Communication. 77: 5: 509-513.

Kiyoshi Tamagawa: Professor of Music
Recipient of the 2013 Award for Outstanding Collegiate Teaching Achievement from the Texas Music Teachers Association at its annual convention in June. TMTA is a statewide organization affiliated with MTNA, the Music Teachers National Association, and has a membership of over 2,000 independent music teachers and university faculty members. The award is given to one university music faculty member annually and recognizes “outstanding success in teaching at the collegiate level in music performance, composition, theory, history or any combination.”


September 19, 2013:

Edward B. Burger, Professor of Mathematics
New Decompositions of Natural Numbers.  He will briefly introduce one of the most famous list of numbers in all mathematics and illustrate how those numbers can be used to express all other numbers. These results have been generalized in several interesting directions in two recently published articles coauthored with undergraduates. 

Bob Gardner
, Visiting Assistant Professor of History
“Technological Forests: Engineering Nature with Tree Planting on the Great Plains, 1870-1944” (PhD diss., Montana State University, 2013).

Edward L. Kain
, Professor of Sociology and University Scholar
Edward L. Kain, Kathleen Piker-King, Keith A. Roberts, Katherine Rowell, Mary Scheuer Senter and Gregory L. Weiss. 2013. Applying for a Faculty Position in a a Teaching-Oriented Institution (3rd Ed.)   Washington, D.C.:  ASA Teaching Resources Center. 

Kate Nelson, Studio Arts Technician 
Visions in Clay, Delta College, Juror Peter Held
Visions In Clay is the largest exhibition of ceramic works in the San Joaquin Valley. It is an exceptional show of craftsmanship and diversity of style through individual use of materials. In addition, the editor of Ceramics Monthly selected Visions In Clay as one of the top five ceramic exhibitions in the country. Juror Peter Held is the  Curator of Ceramics, Arizona State University Ceramics Research Center. The exhibition includes functional, decorative and sculptural works, and is dedicated to unique form, glazing and texture qualities. 

Sandi Nenga, Associate Professor of Sociology
Nenga, Sandi Kawecka and Jessica K. Taft (Eds.) 2013.  Sociological Studies of Children and Youth:  Youth Engagement:  The Civic-Political Lives of Children and Youth, Vol. 16.  Bingley, UK: Emerald.

Katy Ross,  Associate Professor of Spanish 
Violeta Gomez
Katy Ross and Violeta Gómez  “From Feminism to Post-Feminism:  Acts of Violence in Alicia Gime`nez Bartlett’s Ritos de muerte (1996)”.  Monographic Review/ Revista monogra`fica 28 (2012): 115-130.

Eric Selbin, Professor of Political Science
Revolution, Rebellion, Resistance:  The Power of Story - was recently published in Arabic.