Skip to main content
Expand AU Menu

About the College | Achievements

Please see below for recent student, alumni, faculty, and staff accomplishments:

Please send achievements announcements to



The William Penn Foundation awarded a three-year, $356,500 research project to the Arts Management Program at American University for the "Advancing Arts and Cultural Organizations - Research" Initiative. The project will track the progress and process of three arts organizations in Philadelphia, as they receive and apply significant change capital grants from the William Penn Foundation.

Michael Bader (sociology) received a $13,793 grant from the NSF for his project "Collaborative Research: Neighborhood Knowledge, Selection, and Segregation."

Victoria Connaughton (biology) received an Intergovernmental Personnel Act assignment from the NIH for her AY 13/14 sabbatical and summer 2014.

David Culver (environmental science) received a $110,862 award from the Wildlife Management Institute (WMI) Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative for the project "Classification and Georeferencing Cave/Karst Resources Across the Appalachian LCC."

Douglas Fox (chemistry) received an Intergovernmental Personnel Act assignment from NIST for his AY 13/14 sabbatical.

Amos Golan (economics) received a $98,544 award for the first year funding of a 5 year $500,731 project, "Info-Metrics Institute and Network" from the U.S. Department of the Treasury

David Keplinger (literature) won a $10,000 DC Council on the Arts and Humanities Fellowship for some of the poems from a new manuscript he is working on.

Joshua Lansky (mathematics and statistics) won a $69,779 (year 1 of possible 2 year project) award from the National Security Agency for the project "Liftings and Symmetric Spaces over p-adic Fields."

Cynthia Miller-Idriss (SETH) received a $29,375 grant from the Spencer Foundation for her project "The Extreme Goes Mainstream?: School Bans and New Right-Wing Extremist Forms in Germany."



The AU student team won second place in a very strong field of presentations at the DC Regional Public Health Case Competition at the National Academy of Sciences. The event, hosted by the Institute of Medicine and Georgetown University, featured presentations given by teams of students from George Washington School of Public Health, George Mason School of Public Health, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, the Naval Academy, Georgetown University, and American University.

Kena Allison, MAT '10, a physics teacher and instructional specialist at Thurgood Marshall Academy in Southeast, won the prestigious Milken Educator Award.

Kim Blankenship (sociology) is a member of the Behavioral and Social Science Approaches to Preventing HIV/AIDS Study Section at the Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health.

Michael Brenner (Israel studies) was elected International President of the Leo Baeck Institute, the foremost research institute on the history and culture of German-speaking Jewry with centers in New York, London and Jerusalem, and an office in Berlin.

Connections, the College's biannual magazine, won a 2013 APEX Award for Publication Excellence.

Tim Doud (art) was included in the National Portrait Gallery's triennial, The Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. The image of his painting was put on the cover of the catalog, over 3000 paintings considered in the competition.

Kathy Franz (history) was nominated to the Organization of American Historians Nominating Committee and nominated to the National Council on Public History Board of Directors.

Max Paul Friedman (history) received a Fulbright Specialist Grant to spend a month in Argentina in summer 2014. He will be giving seminars at the embassy and the Universidad del Salvador and conducting research at the Foreign Ministry and National Archives.

Hanaleah Hoberman, BA psychology '13, has been named a Rhodes Scholarship finalist.

Evan Kraft (economics) announced that the AU Fed Challenge team won the first round of the competition held in Baltimore. The next round will be held in Richmond on November 15.

Chap Kusimba (anthropology) will deliver the 2013-14 Richard Lobban Family Endowed Lecture for the Archaeological Institute of America.

Chemi Montes (art) won a gold and silver award from the 2014 international Graphis poster competition for Department of Performing Arts performance posters.

History professor Theresa Runstedtler's book, Jack Johnson, Rebel Sojourner: Boxing in the Shadow of the Global Color Line, won the 2013 Northeast Black Studies Association’s (formerly the North East Black Studies Alliance) Phillis Wheatley Prize.

The French government named Dean Peter Starr a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques, for his work in promoting French language and culture in the U.S.

Andrew Taylor (arts management) was named one of the "50 Most Powerful and Influential People in the Nonprofit Arts" by Barry's Blog.

Vivian Vasquez (SETH) won the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Advancement of People of Color Leadership Award. The early childhood section of NCTE honored her by creating The Vivian Vasquez Teacher Scholarship.



Zelenka: The Capriccios, a CD by Dan Abraham's (performing arts) group The Bach Sinfonia, was featured on Sunday Baroque, a national syndicated NPR program, numerous times throughout the year and is included on their 2013 holiday gift list.

Creative writing MFA student Patrick Bradley wrote a feature in the Washington Post Sunday magazine about language barriers.

Emerald's Advances in Gender Research Series: Notions of Family: Intersectional Perspectives, edited by Marla H. Kohlman, Dana B. Krieg, and sociology professor Bette J. Dickerson, was published by London: Emerald Group Publishing, 2013.

Anton Fedyashin (history) published “Sergei Witte and the Press: A Study in Careerism and Statecraft” in Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History.

Yvonne K. Fulbright (sociology) and Sóley S. Bender published "Content analysis: A review of perceived barriers to sexual and reproductive health services by young people" in the The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care, 2013; Early Online: 1–9.

James Girard (chemistry) published Criminalistics: Forensic Science, Crime, and Terrorism, Third Edition, which is an essential resource for undergraduate students entering the ever-evolving field of forensic science.

Mary Hansen (economics) recently authored a "white paper" that helped inform the content of a congressional bill "The Removing Barriers to Adoption & Supporting Families Act" (S.1511) which proposes re-authorization of the Adoption Incentive Payment Program and aims to increase adoptions of children from foster care by reducing barriers to the adoption of children across state lines.  It was passed in the U.S. House a couple of weeks ago and it scheduled to go to conference.

Cecily Knobler, CAS '94, published the book "She's Crazy, He's a Liar."

Eric Lohr (history) created the Social Science Resource Guide: World War I (for the 2013 National Academic Decathalon).

PhD alumna Wendy Lower's (history) new book, Hitler's Furies, was reviewed by the New York Times. It is also a finalist for the National Book Award.

Gail Humphries Mardirosian (performing arts) directed Vaclav Havel's Protest presented by Ambassador Theater. The production is sponsored by the Embassy of the Czech Republic.

History professor Theresa Runstedtler published “The New Negro’s Brown Brother: African American and Filipino Boxers and the ‘Rising Tide of Color’,” in eds. Davarian Baldwin and Minkah Makalani. Escape from New York: The New Negro Renaissance Beyond Harlem (University of Minnesota Press, 2013).

Richard Sha (literature) just returned from ive lectures in Italy on the new book, Imagining the Imagination: two at the University of Bologna, two at Gabrielle D'Annunzio University, and one at the Keats-Shelley House in Rome. His "John Keats and Some Versions of Materiality" has been accepted by Romanticism, the top journal in Britain in the field. It will appear in April 2014. He has also been invited to review fellowship applications for this year's ACLS competition. 

One of David Vine's (anthropology) recent articles, "The Italian Job," which appeared at, just got published in translation in a major Italian weekly magazine, Internazionale.

History graduate student David Waltrop’s publication, "An Underwater Ice Station Zebra: Recovering a KH-9 HEXAGON Capsule from 16,400 Feet Below the Pacific Ocean” in Quest: the History of Spaceflight Quarterly, vol. 19, no. 3 (2012) won the Charles Thomson Prize by the Society for History in the Federal Government.

Melissa Scholes Young (College Writing Program) was appointed a Contributing Editor with Fiction Writers Review. She also published an essay, "Where We Write," in Poets & Writers Magazine.



The Associated Press interviewed Naomi Baron (world languages and cultures) after individuals did not notice a person holding a gun before a shooting because they were using mobile devices.

History professor Anton Fedyashin was AU's first professor to be an expert interviewed on the new cable news channel, Al Jazeera America.

Anton Fedyashin (history) was interviewed for the Russia beyond the Headlines article by Xenia Grubstein, “Jazz Great Butman to Go on U.S. Tour." He was also on the Voice of America Radio live internet program “Podelis [Share].”

Anton Fedyashin (history), executive director of the initiative for Russian Culture, appeared on Polsat TV (Poland) to discuss the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination and the Cold War.

Matt Hartings (physics) was quoted at some length on his opinions on how chemists should approach people who see chemicals as being untrustworthy. His chemistry of cooking class also gets a mention in this article. In a second article, the preliminary results of his study on the way scholars recognize publication impact is mentioned.

Randa Kayyali (Arab World Studies) is featured in a WHUT a documentary series "Arab American Stories.

Professor Dan Kerr (history) was recently interviewed by for a story on those who choose to be homeless.

History professor Peter Kuznick was interviewed by Sina, a Chinese news outlet that has more than 900 million viewers, to discuss his recently published book and 10 part Showtime documentary film series The Untold History of the United States, which he co-authored with filmmaker Oliver Stone.

Jewish News One profiled the Rothfeld Collection of Contemporary Israeli Art.

The Washington Diplomat published a story about the growing popularity of Russian Studies on college campuses across the nation. The Initiative for Russian Culture was featured.

History professor Allan Lichtman spoke to USA Today about Obama’s decision to take a hands-off approach in the final days before the debt ceiling deadline.

History professor Allan Lichtman appeared on CNN to discuss Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson's actions after JFK's death. Lichtman also appeared on NewsChannel 8's NewsTalk to talk about JFK's legacy, and spoke to Media Matters online about how JFK's political ideology evolved during his presidency. Lichtman also appeared on Al Jazeera TV, Al Hurra (Middle East and North Africa) and Telesur (Latin America).

William Leap (anthropology) was interviewed by TIME magazine about the response to Bradley Manning's request that she be identified as a woman.

The Faculty Media Impact Project which uses frequency of media placement of faculty in the social sciences in its ranking, ranked our psychology department as 4th (out of 94 universities), sociology department as 9th, economics department as 13th, and anthropology department as 47th.