Smith Library Center

First Thursday

First Thursday gatherings recognize & celebrate the scholarly achievements of Southwestern faculty and staff.

The First Thursday reception for November 2nd, 2023 will be At the Howry Center, 4:00-5:00 PM

Thursday, November 5, 2023

Traci Giuliano, Professor of Psychology
Giuliano, T. A., Hebl, W. I., & Howell, J. L. (2023). How common is undergraduate publication in psychology? An examination of faculty vitae from top colleges and universities. Collabora:
Psychology, 9(1): 84521.

Fay Guarraci, Professor of Psychology
Guarraci, F.A. and Meerts, S.H. (2023) “Pro-Choice”: Partner Preference as a Method to Assess
Sexual Motivation Chapter 10, Raul Paredes (Ed), Animal Models of Reproductive Behavior, the
Importance of Analyzing Sex Differences. Neuromethods Vol., 200, 211-234, Springer Nature,

Francis Mathieu, Professor of French
“Contrition, Confession, and Mortification Against Love as a Passion in Lafayette’s Princesse de
Clèves”. French Review. Vol. 95, 4 (2022): 51-64.

Adriana Ponce, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ponce, A. (2023). “Mothering: An Intersectional Analysis of Mothers’ Feminized
Breadwinning Strategies Under State-Mandated Child Support Arrangements.” Journal of
Family and Economic Issues (online first).

John Ross, Assistant Professor of Mathematics; Evan Alexander ’22, Coordinator of Student
Alexander, E., Burns, E., Ross, J., Stovall, J., & Whyte, Z. (2023). Isoperimetric 3- and 4-Bubble Results on R With Density |x|. The PUMP Journal of Undergraduate Research, 6, 192-223

Ross, J. Solution to the n-bubble problem on R1 with log-concave density. Ann Glob Anal Geom
64, 21 (2023).

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Bob Bednar, Professor of Communication Studies

Robert Matej Bednar (2023) Roadside Media: Roadside Crash Shrines as Platforms for
Communicating Across Time, Space, and Mortality in the Early 2000s United States, Cultural and
Social History, DOI: 10.1080/14780038.2023.2253720.

Heidi Hogden, Associate Professor of Studio Art

Discussing “Disrupted Terrain: Visual Autobiographies of the Natural World,” currently on view
at Southwestern in the Sarofim Fine Arts Gallery.

Emily Sydnor, Associate Professor of Political Science

Pears, Emily and Emily Sydnor (2022). “COVID-19 and the Culture of American Federalism” RSF:
The Journal of the Russell Sage Foundation 8 (8): 181-220.

Pears, Emily, and Emily Sydnor. (2022). “The Correlates and Characteristics of State Identity”
Publius: The Journal of Federalism 52(2): 173-200."

Thursday, September 14, 2023

Fumiko Futamura, Professor of Mathematics

S. Friday, F. Futamura, J. Smith, A. Waclawczyk, Powers of defective matrices from diagonalizable dilations, Linear Algebra Appl., 661 (2023) 202-221.

Kimberly McArthur, Assistant Professor of Biology

McArthur K, Tovar T, Griffin-Baldwin E, Tovar B, Astad E. (2023) Early development of
respiratory motor circuits in larval zebrafish (Danio rerio). J Comp Neurol 531:838-852.

Thursday, April 6, 2023

Lamiyah Bahrainwala, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
Bahrainwala, L. (2020). Shithole Rhetorics. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication DOI: 10.1080/17513057.2020.1795224.

Bahrainwala, L. (2019) Blind Submission. Communication, Culture and Critique, DOI:10.1093/ccc/tcz027.

Bahrainwala, L. & O’Connor, E (2019) “Nike Unveils Muslim Women Athletes.” FeministMedia Studies, DOI: 10.1080/14680777.2019.1620822.

Erika Berroth, Associate Professor of German
Berroth, Erika, Federica LaMana, Waltraud Maierhofer, Co-Editors.: “Behinderungen und Herausforderungen. Disability Studies in der Germanistik.” (Sektion) Wege der Germanistik in transkultureller Perspektive. Akten des IX. Kongresses der Internationalen Vereinigung für Germanistik (IVG). (Jahrbuch für Internationale Germanistik. Beihefte 5). Bd. 5. Frankfurt a. M.: Peter Lang, 2022, 463-605.

Berroth, Erika. “Repräsentationen von Gehörlosigkeit im Film – Jenseits der Stille im Kontext der ‘Deaf Futures.’” “Behinderungen und Herausforderungen. Disability Studies in der Germanistik.” (Sektion) Wege der Germanistik in transkultureller Perspektive. Akten des IX. Kongresses der Internationalen Vereinigung für Germanistik (IVG). (Jahrbuch für Internationale Germanistik. Beihefte 5). Bd. 5. Frankfurt a. M.: Peter Lang, 2022, 463-605. 489-506.

Katy Ross, Professor of Spanish
Ross, Catherine B. and Bailey Barlow. “Questioning Motherhood: The Commercialization and Medicalization of Infertility in Quién quiere ser madre (2017) by Silvia Nanclares” in Beyond Biology: Rhetorics of Motherhood in the 21st Century, edited by Valerie Renegar and Kirsti Cole. Routledge, 2023.

Katy Ross, Professor of Spanish and Katie Aha, Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science
“Populism and Surrogacy in Spain.” Women’s Studies (December 2022): 1-21. Co-written with Dr. Katie Aha and Catherine Hiebel, SU graduate 2022. DOI:

Therese Shelton, Associate Professor of Mathematics
Shelton, T., Henderson, B., Gebhardt, M. (2022). Acrobatics in a Parametric Arena. In: Goldwyn, E.E., Ganzell, S., Wootton, A. (eds) Mathematics Research for the Beginning Student, Volume 1. Foundations for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics. Birkhäuser, Cham. Pages 113-136.

March 2023 

Celebration of Books:

Sergio Costola, Associate Professor of Theatre and Michael Saenger, Professor of English
Shakespeare in Succession: Translation and Time, edited by Michael Saenger and Sergio Costola (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2023)

Alisa Gaunder, Professor of Political Science
Gaunder, Alisa. Japanese Politics and Government, 2 nd Edition. London: Routledge, 2023

Jessica Hower, Associate Professor of History
 Jessica S. Hower and Valerie Schutte, eds., Mary I in Writing: Letters, Literature, and Representation (NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022).
 Jessica S. Hower and Valerie Schutte, eds., Writing Mary I: History, Historiography, and Fiction (NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022).

Aaron Prevots, Professor of French
Esther Tellermann: Enigma, Prayer, Identity. Brill, 2022.

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Bob Bednar, Professor of Communication Studies
Bednar, Robert Matej, “Trauma Remains: The Material Afterlives of the 1989 Alton School Bus Crash,” Journal of Material Culture, vol. 27, no. 4 (October 2022).

Ron Geibel, Assistant Professor of Art
Discussing the installation “Untitled (call logs),” currently on view at Southwestern in the exhibition “Continuance: Faculty Art Exhibition” in the Sarofim Fine Arts Gallery.

Raji Kunapuli, Assistant Professor of Business
Westphal, J., Zhu, D., & Kunapuli, R. (2021). Seeking Input when the Train has Left the Station: The Decoupling of Participative Strategic Decision-Making Processes and the Role of New Technology in Symbolic Management. Strategic Organization.

Star Varner, Professor of Art
Cabinet Oak Project, Curated by Katie Robinson Edwards—Director and Curator at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden, Austin, Texas.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 

Melissa Byrnes, Associate Professor of History
“Anti-Salazarism and Transnational Solidarity: Franco-Portuguese Student Activism in the 1960s,” French History and Civilization, Vol. 10 (August 2021), pp. 4-18.

Eileen Cleere, Professor of English
Rape in Public: Overlooking Child Sexual Assault in Charlotte Mary Yonge’s 1856 The Daisy Chain. Victorian Literature and Culture, Volume 50, Issue 1, Spring 2022, pp. 61 - 86.

Ed Merritt, Associate Professor of Kinesiology
Dr. Merritt and collaborators published a paper titled  “Prolonged Cycling Lowers Subsequent Running Mechanical Efficiency in Collegiate Triathletes” in the journal BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation. The paper details a study that explored the physiologic and biomechanical changes that occur in running after cycling.

Allison Miller, Associate Professor of Art History
“Painting Bronze in Early China Uncovering Polychromy in China’s Classical Sculptural Tradition,” Archives of Asian Art 72.1 (April 2022).

Emily Sydnor, Associate Professor of Political Science
Sydnor, Emily, Emily Tesmer and Breely Peterson. (2022). “Confronting Politics: The Role of Conflict Orientation in Shaping Political Debate” Journal of Deliberative Democracy.

Thursday, September 1, 2022 

Fay Guarraci, Professor of Psychology
Coauthored an article with Layla Avendano ’22, Isabel Candelario ’21, Cler Estoesta ’22, Brooke Frohock ’21, Kate Davis ’20, Megan Kelly ’23, Matt Oevermann ’21, Bernard Sencherey ’22, Erin Toro ’21, and Hannah Valdivia ’22 that was accepted for publication by Physiology & Behavior. The project, titled “Daily GnRH Agonist Treatment Effectively Delayed Puberty in Female Rats without Long-Term Effects on Sexual Behavior or Estrous Cyclicity,” was supported by a grant from the American Psychological Foundation. Part of the work also was supported by SCOPE funding.

Jacob Schrum, Associate Professor of Computer Science
J. Schrum, B. Capps, K. Steckel, V. Volz and S. Risi, “Hybrid Encoding For Generating Large Scale Game Level Patterns With Local Variations,” in IEEE Transactions on Games, doi: 10.1109/TG.2022.3170730.

Eric Selbin, Professor of Political Science
Published the chapter “All Around the World: Revolutionary Potential in the Age of Authoritarian Revanchism” in Handbook of Revolutions in the 21st Century: The New Waves of Revolutions, and the Causes and Effects of Disruptive Political Change, edited by Jack A. Goldstone, Leonid Grinin, and Andrey Korotayev (Springer).


Thursday, April 7, 2022  - Celebrating Books

Sergio Costola, Associate Professor of Theatre

Commedia dell’Arte Scenarios, edited by Sergio Costola in collaboration with Olly Crick (London-New York: Routledge, 2022)

The Dramaturgy of Commedia dell’Arte, Olly Crick with Sergio Costola (London-New York: Routledge, 2022) 

Raquel Moreira, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Moreira, R. (2021). Bitches Unleashed: Performance and Embodied Politics in Favela Funk. Peter Lang, 2021. 

Helene Meyers, Professor of English

Movie-Made Jews: An American Tradition (Fall 2021) 

John Ross, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Kendall Richards, Professor of Mathematics

Ross, J. D., & Richards, K. C. (2020). Introductory analysis: An inquiry approach. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group.


Thursday, April 1, 2021

First Thursday Virtual Reception Celebrating Faculty who Published Books in 2020

Bednar, Bob, Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Title: Road Scars: Place, Automobility, and Road Trauma
Author: Robert Matej Bednar
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, 2020
Brief Description: Road Scars is a highly visual monograph that demonstrates how roadside car crash shrines give embodied form to a dispersed and unresolved cultural trauma embedded within American car culture. It is based on nearly two decades of mobile fieldwork in the American Southwest and features 172 original color photographs.

Cooper, Michael, Professor of Music
Between January and December 2020, I published forty-four (44) world-premiere source-critical editions of works by African American composer Florence B. Price (1887-1953) with G. Schirmer (New York), for a total of fifty-eight Price editions since September 2019. I also published new source-critical editions of the orchestral and piano-vocal versions of Felix Mendelssohn’s symphony-cantata Hymn of Praise (Kassel: Bärenreiter), as well as three major masterpieces by African American composer Margaret A. Bonds (1913-72): her Montgomery Variations (1964); her setting of the W.E.B. Du Bois civil-rights manifesto Credo (1966-67); and her Six Songs on Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay (all Bryn Mawr: Hildegard Publishing). All totaled, that makes forty-nine editions published between January and December.

Hower, Jessica, Associate Professor of History
Title: Tudor Empire: The Making of Britain and the British Atlantic World, 1485-1603
Author: Jessica S. Hower
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Brief Description: The book recasts one of the most well-studied and popularly-beloved eras in history—the tumultuous span from the accession of Henry VII to the death of Elizabeth I—by focusing on another, equally provocative facet of the British past—imperialism. It argues that expansion abroad and national consolidation and identity formation at home were concurrent, intertwined, and mutually-reinforcing. 

Miller, Allison, Associate Professor of Art History
Title: Kingly Splendor: Court Art and Materiality in Han China
Author: Allison R. Miller
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Brief Description: The Western Han dynasty (202 BCE–9 CE) was a foundational period for the artistic culture of ancient China, a fact particularly visible in the era’s funerary art. Iconic forms of Chinese art such as dazzling suits of jade; cavernous, rock-cut mountain tombs; fancifully ornate wall paintings; and armies of miniature terracotta warriors were prepared for the tombs of the elite during this period. Many of the finest objects of the Western Han have been excavated from the tombs of kings, who administered local provinces on behalf of the emperors.