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Accomplishments: March 22


Amitav Acharya, SIS: his book, Whose Ideas Matter: Agency and Power in Asian Regionalism (Cornell, 2009), was one of the “five books selected by a jury panel of experts for their exceptional contributions to the understanding of contemporary Asia or US-Asia relations” for the Asia Society’s Bernard Schwartz Book Award for 2010.

Mustafa Aksakal, history, CAS: was awarded a fellowship by the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, for academic year 2011–12.

Joseph Hudson, Student Health Center: was named director at large on the board of directors of the District of Columbia Academy of Physician Assistants (DCAPA).

Jeffrey Schaler, SPA:  his edited book, Peter Singer Under Fire:  The Moral Iconoclast Faces His Critics (Open Court 2009) was awarded “Outstanding Academic Title” status, philosophy category, by Choice magazine, a publishing unit of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association.

Bob Tobias, director, public sector education and the Key Executive Leadership programs, SPA:  was awarded the American Society for Public Administration’s 2011 Paul P. Van Riper Award for Excellence and Service.


Donna Bain Butler, WCL: “Research-Based Tools for Developing Writers at Professional Levels of Writing Proficiency” at the Eight Annual CDLC Conference on Teaching and Learning to Near-Native Levels of Language Proficiency, Linthicum, Md.

Elise Campbell, an undergraduate in the Spanish Studies program, language and foreign studies, CAS: presented a paper that she coauthored with Naomi Baron entitled “Talking Takes Too Long: Gender Patterns in Mobile Telephony,” meetings of the Association of Internet Researchers, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Consuelo Hernandez, language and foreign studies, CAS: poetry readings: 18th International Spanish Poetry Marathon, Washington, D.C. ,  and  from Al pie de la Casa Blanca. Antología de poetas hispanos de Washington, D.C., Haskell Center, Folger Shakespeare Library.

Robert Marshak, SPA: “Organization Development in the USA: Past, Present, Future,” keynote presentation for the Organization Development Network–Japan Conference, Tokyo.

Colman McCarthy, SIS: “Nonviolence in a Time of War,” Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, and  “The Need for Peace Education at Middlebury,” Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont.

David Rosenbloom, SPA: “U.S. Public Administration and the Theory of a Unitary Executive Branch,” School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University, Shanghai, PRC.

Myra Sklarew, professor emerita, literature, CAS: gave poetry readings at Mennonite Eastern University, Cafe Muse, the Writer’s Center,  and New England Poetry Club in Boston.

Papers Presented

Daniel Dreisbach, SPA: “Religion and American National Identity,” at a conference at Regent University, Virginia Beach, Va.

Published Works

Anna Amirkhanyan, SPA: coauthored “Do Relationships Matter? Comparing the Performance of Relational and Classic Contracts,” in Public Performance and Management Review, 34 (2), 2010.

Alison Brooks, a JLS doctoral student, and Robert Johnson, SPA: coauthored “Exposed Yet Unrevealed: Reflections on the Poetry of Women Prisoners,” in Gender Issues 27 (3-4) 2010.

Donna Bain Butler, WCL: “Forensic Linguistics; Sociolinguistics,” a review of the book Sociolinguistics and the Legal Process, LINGUIST List database 

Edward Comstock, College Writing Program, CAS: “Review of Foucault and the Government of Disability,” in Foucault Studies.

Carl LeVan, SIS: “The Political Economy of African Responses to the U.S. Africa Command,” in Africa Today, fall issue.

David Pitts, SPA: “A Little Less Conversation, A Little More Action: Using Empirical Research to Promote Social Equity,” in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 21(s1), 2011.

Naima Prevots, professor emerita, performing arts, CAS: was commissioned to write Dance America: Themes, Questions, Dialogue by Dance/USA, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, for the International Tanzmesse Festival.

Richard Sha, literature, CAS:  published two articles in Inside Higher Ed on how to write strong job letters.


Peter Kuznick, history, CAS: was interviewed by the Los Angeles Times on how the history and memory of WWI compare to that of other wars and why, as a result, there is no national WWI memorial in Washington, D.C.

Ira Robbins, WCL:  interviewed on NBC Nightly News regarding a possible insanity defense for Jared Lee Loughner for the Tucson, Arizona, shootings.