Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

December 2018

  • Eleven Southwestern University faculty members have won Sam Taylor Fellowship grants to support their research, with award amounts ranging from $1,000 to $1,600. Sam Taylor Fellowships are selected through a competitive application process and are provided by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. This year’s recipients are

    • Professor of Physics Steven Alexander, “Generating Energy from Hot Sidewalks” (awarded $1,200)
    • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Lamiyah Bahrainwala, “The Politics of Stealth Halal: Re-Presenting the Islamic Origins of U.S. Meat Products” (awarded $1,600)
    • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth , “Nature Education in the German Classroom: Possibilities for Integration and Inclusion?” (awarded $1,400)
    • Professor of Biology Romi Burks, “Unravelling the Mystery: Genetic Differentiation of Chinese and Japanese Mysterysnails Using 16S” (awarded $1,400)
    • Assistant Professor of History Jethro Hernandez Berrones, “With Indigenist Spirit: Doctors on Spiritual Practices in Post-Revolutionary Mexico” (awarded $1,500)
    • Professor of Anthropology Melissa Johnson, “Human–Jaguar Becomings and Racial Capitalism in Belize” (awarded $1,000)
    • Associate Professor of French Francis Mathieu, “Research on Claire de Duras’s Avant-Garde Novella, Ourika” (awarded $1,400)
    • Associate Professor of French Aaron Prevots, “Gestures toward the Sacred: Guillevic, Vargaftig, Tellermann, Michel” (awarded $1,400)
    • Associate Professor of Communication Studies Valerie Renegar, “Contemporary Modes of Parenting: Disrupting the Representation of Stepmothers in Popular Culture” (awarded $1,500)
    • Associate Professor of Spanish Maria De Los Angeles Rodriguez Cadena, “Cultural Memory and Historical Fiction: Women of the Past on Television and Film by Four Contemporary Mexican Women Directors” (awarded $1,400)
    • Assistant Professor of Political Science Emily Sydnor, “Researching Attachments to American Political Institutions” (awarded $1,600)

November 2018

  • Associate Professor of Spanish Abby Dings presented a paper, “Teaching the Linguistic Landscape,” at the annual meeting of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in New Orleans, LA, on Nov. 18.

October 2018

  • Associate Professor of Spanish Angeles Rodriguez Cadena published the chapter “Heroínas de la Revolución Mexicana y la Construcción de la Memoria Cultural en el Cuento Histórico Contemporáneo” in the book Representaciones en la Cultura Visual y las Letras Acerca de la Revolución Mexicana y la Guerra Cristera, edited by Ute Seydel and published by Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México/Bonilla Artigas.

  • Professor of Spanish Laura Senio Blair presented her current research, “Defining Silence and Silence Defining: Nona Fernández’s Literature of Resistance,” on Aug. 26, 2018, at the Asociación de Género y Sexualidades conference in Chicago, Ill.

September 2018

  • Professor of Spanish Katy Ross presented a paper titled “Left Behind: Cultural Assimilation and the Mother/Daughter Relationship in Najat El Hachmi’s La Hija Extranjera” at the Women in Transition Conference at Oxford University, Sept. 2022.

  • Associate Professor of Spanish Angeles Rodriguez Cadena presented a research paper titled “Cultural Memory and the Optical Unconscious: Women of the Past in Historical Audiovisual Texts by Women Directors in Latin America” at the 42nd International Academic Conference in Rome, Italy, Sept. 1013. She also chaired the panel on Humanities and the Law.

August 2018

  • Associate Professor of Spanish Carlos de Oro published a chapter titled “Between Armed Conflict, Social Awareness and the Neoliberal Market: The Case of Alias María” in Contemporary Latin American Cinema: Resisting Neoliberalism?, eds. Claudia Sandberg and Carolina Rocha (Palgrave Macmillan). He also presented a paper about the same topic at the 2018 annual Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies (SECOLAS) conference at Vanderbilt University.

April 2018

  • Spanish and Latin American and Border Studies students Karla Pérez, class of 2019, Alexandra Vásquez, Stephanie García, and Marie Nugpo, all class of 2018, presented research papers at the XXVI Latin American Studies Symposium at Rollins College April 6, 2018, under the supervision of Associate Professor of Spanish Angeles Rodríguez Cadena.

March 2018

  • Associate Professor of Spanish Angeles Rodriguez Cadena presented a paper titled “Memoria cultural y una heroína de la Independencia de 1810: Gertrudis Bocanegra en la literatura y el cine” (“Cultural memory and a heroine of the Mexican Independence of 1810: Gertrudis Bocanegra in literature and film”) at the XXI Congreso Internacional de Literatura y Estudios Hispánicos, Quito, Ecuador, March 79, 2018.

  • Associate Professor of Spanish Abby Dings’ article titled “The Undergraduate Spanish Major Curriculum: Faculty, Alumni and Student Perceptions” (coauthored with Tammy Jandrey Hertel) was published in the Winter 2017 issue of Foreign Language Annals.