Contact Us

4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016 United States

Back to top

2024 AchievementsRecent faculty, student, and alumni accomplishments

The distinct silhouette of AU's Hall of Science

Nicole Angotti (Sociology) received a $175,015 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project “Intergenerational Intervention: Employing Youth to Promote Aging Healthy with HIV in Rural South Africa.”

Dan Arbell (History, Center for Israel Studies) spoke with BBC News about Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s visit to Israel. 

Barbara Balestra (Environmental Science) received a $36,591 grant from Columbia University for the project “IODP Expedition 401 (Mediterranean Atlantic Gateway Exchange).”

Naomi Baron (World Languages and Cultures, professor emerita) wrote the article, “Letting AI Read For Us Can Undermine Our Thinking,” published on the Stanford University Press Blog.

Stephen Casey (Mathematics and Statistics) published a new book, Sampling, Approximation, and Signal Analysis (Birkhäuser, 2023).

Ernesto Castañeda (Center for Latin American and Latino Studies) spoke with Bloomberg about efforts to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

Bob Connelly (Critical Race, Gender and Culture Studies) served as the dramaturg and co-producer for the St. Mark’s Players' production of Rapture, Blister, Burn, which was co-directed by AU alumna Heather Danskin.

Leah Ding (Computer Science) received a $30,000 grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for the project “Enhancing pIWP Retrieval through Multi-task Learning.”

Kathleen Holton (Health Studies) spoke with WebMD about the color palette of a new guide to healthy eating.

Robb Hunter (Theatre) received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Choreography in a Play for King Lear at Shakespeare Theatre Company.

Peter Kuznick (History) spoke with RTVI, The World Radio (Boston), Radio Sputnik, Izvestia newspaper, NTV, Zvezda, Japan’s Newspaper Asahi Shimbun, WION News, acTVism Munich, REN TV, and TVC about a variety of topics ranging from the upcoming United States presidential election to ongoing conflicts in the world.

Allan Lichtman (History) spoke with USA Today about the special counsel’s report on President Joe Biden and the lack of criminal charges filed.

Aaron Posner’s (Theatre) adaptation of the Chaim Potok novel My Name is Asher Lev is playing at the Théâtre des Béliers Parisiens in Paris as Je m’appelle Asher Lev, February-March.
Aaron Posner’s (Theatre) adaptation of the Chaim Potok novel The Chosen is playing in March at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. Posner is also directing the show, a co-production with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

Jo Radner (Literature, professor. emerita) published a new book, Wit and Wisdom: The Forgotten Literary Life of New England Villages (University of Massachusetts Press, 2023).

Gautham Rao (History) became an inaugural council member of the Brennan Center for Justice’s Historians Council on the Constitution.

Thurka Sangaramoorthy (Anthropology) spoke with Associated Press about the growing Haitian community in the Eastern Shore.

Daniel Sayers (Anthropology) spoke with PBS about his research into Maroon communities.

Janos Szaz (Theatre) received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Direction of a Play for Angels in America at Arena Stage.

Noemí Enchautegui-de-Jesús (Psychology) was quoted in an Axios story about the Dominican Republic’s plan to pilot a four-day workweek.

Rachel Louise Snyder (Literature) published two pieces for the New York Times. "An America Where Guns Do the Talking" reviews two new books on gun culture and the Second Amendment, and the failure of public health officials to enact change despite reams of data about homicides, suicides, and mass shootings. In her recent opinion piece, "We Keep Domestic Violence Shelters Secret. Who Is That Really Helping?," she examines changes in the ways that society views domestic violence, including keeping domestic violence shelters hidden view. Going forward, Snyder will be a regular contributor as an Opinion writer.

Jonathan Tubman (Psychology) published two articles: “Multivariate Relations Between Lifetime Adversity and Substance Use Involvement: Comparisons Between Gay and Bisexual Emerging Adult Men” in the Journal of Bisexuality and “Factors Associated with Sexual Victimization Among Transgender Emerging Adults” in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.


Dan Arbell (History) spoke with CGTN about the conflict in the Middle East. He also spoke with Channel News Asia.

Naomi Baron (World Languages and Cultures, professor emerita) spoke with Big Think about the benefits of physical books. She also spoke with PBS about the limitations of artificial intelligence.

Natasha Benitez (Health Studies) made multiple appearances on WJLA’s Good Morning Washington to discuss setting positive life goals and how to de-stress in the springtime

Raychelle Burks (Chemistry) published "Polymorphism of Bis(benzimidazole)bis(thiocyanato-N)cobalt(II) and Its Relevance to Studies of the Chief Color Test for Cocaine" in the journal, Inorganics. Burks also served as a technical advisor on a trio of episodes for the Hulu show Death and Other Details starring Violett Beane, Mandy Patinkin, and Lauren Patten.

Ernesto Castañeda (Sociology, Center for Latin American and Latino Studies) spoke with The Daily Beast about drug trafficking in South America.

Rebecca Graham (History) wrote an article for Time Magazine about the antisemitic symbolism and imagery in the movie Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

Kathleen Holton (Health Studies) was quoted in an article about magnesium and its connection to alleviating anxiety in The Guardian. 

Philip Johnson (Physics) received a $77,178.75 grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for the project “Spectroscopic Investigations of Processed Planetary and Astrophysical Ices with the Sublimation Laboratory Ice Millimeter/submillimeter Experiment.” 

Kelly Jones (Economics) published “Reducing maternal labor market detachment: A role for paid family leave in the journal Labour Economics.”

Pankaj Kumar (Physics) received a $60,000 grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for the project “Understanding How Solar Filament Channels Form.”

Peter Kuznick (History) spoke with Izvestia, Channel One (Russia), RTVI, NTV, CGTN, and WION News about a variety of topics ranging from the US election to ongoing conflicts in the world.

Michelle Newton-Francis (Sociology) and former graduate student Jessica Chaikof (Sociology) published an article titled “Endometriosis on campus: How students manage their pain and academics” in the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.

Xuguang Sheng (Economics) was awarded a $10,000 IIF-SAS grant by the International Institute of Forecasters for the project proposal “A Novel Method for Eliciting Business Inflation Expectations.”

Janos Szasz (Theatre) directed Angels in America: Millennium Approaches at Arena Stage, which appeared on the Washington Post’s list of “The Best of Theatre in 2023.”

Allison Tepper (Health Studies) spoke with Forbes about the benefits of celery juice.

Amelia Tseng (World Languages and Cultures) published an article in The Conversation titled “Language induces an identity crisis for the children and grandchildren of Latino immigrants.” Tseng also appeared in an interview with Aileen Pradhan on Dear Asian Youth: “It Is Better if You Speak the Language: Raciolinguistics and Identity.” 

Ricardo Torres (Economics) spoke with NBC News about the Cuban government’s restrictions on the country’s emerging private sector. 

David Vine (Anthropology) received a grant from the Jubitz Family Foundation for the project “Dismantling the Military Industrial Complex Coalition.”

Tracy Weitz (Sociology) received a $6,018 grant from the Society of Family Planning for the project “What are the prices of abortions later in pregnancy.” Weitz also appeared on The A-Files podcast to discuss the reproductive justice movement in the United States.

Rhonda Zimlich (Literature) won Steel Toe Books’ 2023 Prose Prize for the manuscript of her novel Raising Panic (Steel Toe Books, 2024), to be published in fall 2024.

Guy Ziv (Meltzer Schwartzberg Center for Israel Studies) spoke with Politico about the impact of the Middle East conflict on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s political clout.



Please send us your announcements;
CAS achievement form

Past Achievements