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Recent Awards

American University faculty members receive externally sponsored awards to conduct impactful and exciting research. Below is a list of awards received for FY21 by unit.

PI: Robert Albro
Project Title: Introduction Training for new UNICEF Regional Directors, Deputy Regional Directors and Country Representatives, Latin American and The Caribbean
Sponsor: United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF)
Amount: $36,800

PI: Matthew Taylor
Project Title: Western Hemisphere Regional Transnational Crime Assessment and Analysis
Sponsor: United States Department of State
Amount: $306,720

PI: Nathalie Japowicz
Project Title: Analysis of Hierarchical Eigentasks and Change-Point Detection in SRI Lifelong Learning Machine
Sponsor: SRI International
Amount: $70,000

PI: Cynthia Miller-Idriss
Project Title: Campaign for Parents & Educators: PERIL Rapid Response COVID-19 & Far Right
Sponsor: Southern Poverty Law Center-SPLC
Amount: $21,513

PI: Cynthia Miller-Idriss
Project Title: Jigsaw Targeted Inoculation Experiment
Sponsor: Google
Amount: $100,000

PI: Cynthia Miller-Idriss
Project Title: Jigsaw Targeted Inoculation Experiment
Sponsor: Google
Amount: $5,000

PI: Cynthia Miller-Idriss
Project Title: Recognizing Radicalization - Rapid Response Campaign
Sponsor: Roxa Luxemburg Foundation
Amount: $10,193

PI: Cynthia Miller-Idriss
Project Title: Intervening in COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy and Misinformation
Sponsor: Google
Amount: $300,000

PI: Terry Davidson
Project Title: Signals to Feed: Biological and Associative Mechanisms
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health-NIH
Amount: $93,973

PI: Mark Laubach
Project Title: Neuronal Mechanisms of Reward Signaling in the Prefrontal Cortex
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health-NIH
Amount: $195,084

PI: Mark Laubach
Project Title: Remote Effects of Focal Hippocampal Seizures on the Rat Neocortex
Sponsor: Yale University
Amount: $10,394

PI: Catherine Stoodley
Project Title: Biologic Mechanisms and Efficacy of Cerebellar Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation in ASD
Sponsor: UT Southwestern Medical Center
Amount: $58,882

PI: Catherine Stoodley
Project Title: Multiple Deficit Models of Comorbidity Across Levels of Analysis: Application to Reading, Attention, and their Comorbidity
Sponsor: University of Denver
Amount: $23,208

PI: Andrew Flores
Project Title: LGBTQ Policy Research Collaboration with UCLA's Williams Institute
Sponsor: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law
Amount: $48,912

PI: Gregory Harry
Project Title: Aluminum Gallium Arsenide Coatings to Improve LIGO Sensitivity
Sponsor: National Science Foundation-NSF
Amount: $99,984

PI: Daniel Kerr
Project Title: DC Humanities Truck
Sponsor: Henry Luce Foundation
Amount: $10,000

PI: Thomas Merrill
Project Title: Faculty Workshop on Core Texts and Pedagogy
Sponsor: Teagle Foundation
Amount: $25,000

PI: Elizabeth Suhay
Project Title: RAPID: Societal Trust and Health amidst COVID-19, and an Evaluation Framework for the Societal Experts Action Network (SEAN)
Sponsor: National Science Foundation-NSF
Amount: $199,933

PI: Molly Dondero
Project Title: Reproductive Responses to the Zika Virus Epidemic in Brazil
Sponsor: University of Texas
Amount: $23,127

PI: Jessica Gephart
Project Title: Seafood Trade Analysis of Major Fishing Countries
Sponsor: Oceana
Amount: $34,297

PI: Monica Jackson
Project Title: Summer Program in Research and Learning (SPIRAL) at American
Sponsor: National Security Agency-NSA
Amount: $124,907

PI: Anthony Ahrens
Project Title: Honesty and HIV Prevention: Promoting Adolescent Sexual Health through Traditional Storytelling
Sponsor: Lubuto Library Partners
Amount: $40,935

PI: Walter Park
Project Title: Park USPTO IPA June 2020
Sponsor: United States Patent and Trademark Office
Amount: $94,444

PI: Alexander Zestos
Project Title: Multiplexing Neurochemical measurements with Fast Scan Cyclic Voltammetry
Sponsor: Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh
Amount: $50,000

PI: Adrienne LeBas
Project Title: Cooperation in Uncertainty: Human Smuggling and Violence in West Africa's Irregular Migration Routes
Sponsor: National Science Foundation-NSF
Amount: $16,000

PI: Zois Boukouvalas
Project Title: Data-Driven Multi-modal Fusion for the Analysis of Energetic Material Systems
Sponsor: Energetics Technology Center
Amount: $200,000

PI: Elizabeth Cotter
Project Title: Reducing Maternal Stress to Improve Obesity-related Parenting Practices
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health-NIH
Amount: $144,143

PI: Boncho Bonev
Project Title: Collaborative Research: Pushing the Boundaries of Post-Rosetta Cometary Science with the New Generation of Near-Infrared Spectrographs
Sponsor: National Science Foundation- NSF
Amount: $347,553

PI: Gregory Harry
Project Title: Collaborative Research: LSC Center for Coatings Research
Sponsor: National Science Foundation- NSF
Amount: $92,410

PI: Thomas Merrill
Project Title: Political Theory Institute/Lincoln Scholars
Sponsor: Apgar Foundation
Amount: $25,000

PI: Sauleh Siddiqui
Project Title: RAPID: Time-Sensitive Human Forest and Model Forecasts for COVID-19 Vaccine and Treatment Trials
Sponsor: National Science Foundation-NSF
Amount: $200,000

PI: David Barker
Project Title: The Real Swing Voters
Sponsor: New Venture Fund
Amount: $30,000

PI: Ignacio Gonzalez-Garcia
Project Title: Changes in Taxation and Inequality: A quantitative exercise for the U.S
Sponsor: New Venture Fund
Amount: $150,363

PI: Sauleh Siddiqui
Project Title: Human Forests versus Random Forest Models in Prediction
Sponsor: National Science Foundation-NSF
Amount: $291,221

PI: David Barker
Project Title: The Real Swing Voters
Sponsor: New Venture Fund
Amount: $20,000

PI: Philip Johnson
Project Title: IR High-Resolution Spectroscopic Studies in Astrobiology 
Sponsor: National Aeronautics and Space Administration-NASA
Amount: $56,171

PI: Victoria Connaughton
Project Title: Using zebrafish to assess water health of Paint Branch Stream, an upstream tributary within the Anacostia Watershed
Sponsor: University of the District of Columbia
Amount: $10,000

PI: Kim Blankenship
Project Title: DC CFAR Year 6
Sponsor: George Washington University
Amount: $11,986

PI: Gregory Lane
Project Title: Fostering Resilience in Low-Income Countries
Sponsor: World Bank
Amount: $16,865

PI: Jesse Meiller
Project Title: Microplastic Research in the Anacostia River Watershed
Sponsor: National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
Amount: $5,000

PI: Michael Cohen
Project Title: The Correspondence of Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore
Sponsor: Summerlee Foundation
Amount: $10,000

PI: Gregory Lane
Project Title: Coping with the Loss of Home: Improving Adolescent Mental Health with Education
Sponsor: Innovations for Poverty Action
Amount: $12,521

PI: Zois Boukouvalas
Project Title: Human Assisted Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing Approaches for Energetics
Sponsor: Energetics Technology Center
Amount: $160,000

PI: Daniel Kerr
Project Title: Food Security in DC During COVID-19
Sponsor: Henry Luce Foundation
Amount: $100,000

PI: Stefano Costanzi
Project Title: Cheminformatics Tool to Bolster the Control of Chemical Warfare Agents and Precursors
Sponsor: The Henry L. Stimson Center
Amount: $140,000

PI: Valentina Aquila
Project Title: Tracking Volcanic Volatiles from Magma Reservoir to the Atmosphere: Identifying Precursors and Optimizing Models and Satellite Observations for Future Major Eruptions
Sponsor: Michigan Technology University
Amount: $296,026

PI: Sauleh Siddiqui
Project Title: EAGER: SSDIM: Generating Synthetic Data on Interdependent Food, Energy, and Transportation Networks via Stochastic, Bi-level Optimization
Sponsor: National Science Foundation - NSF
Amount: $108,130

PI: Mark Laubach
Project Title: ICBR: The OpenBehavior Project
Sponsor: National Science Foundation-NSF
Amount: $231,267

PI: Becca Peixotto
Project Title: Maroons in the Great Dismal Swamp Comic/Graphic Novella
Sponsor: American Association for the Advancement of Science - AAAS
Amount: $5,000

PI: Laura Cutler
Project Title: Teaching Expansion Grant AY21-22
Sponsor: The Israel Institute
Amount: $30,000

PI: Michael Cohen
Project Title: The Correspondence of Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore
Sponsor: The Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc
Amount: $25,000

PI: Vladimir Airapetian
Project Title: Exploring the Migration and Food Insecurity Relationship: New Evidence from the Food and Agriculture Organization's Food Insecurity Experience Scale
Sponsor: National Aeronautics and Space Administration-NASA
Amount: $21,366

PI: Anastasia Snelling
Project Title: Assessing the Role of Corner Stores for Promoting and Selling Fresh Produce
Sponsor: DC Central Kitchen
Amount: $33,000

PI: David Barker
Project Title: New Perspectives in Legislative Studies Conference
Sponsor: Hewlett Foundation
Amount: $12,800

PI: Phil Johnson
Project Title: Research on the Causes and Consequences of Ionospheric Outflow
Sponsor: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Amount: $420,518

PI: Valentina Aquila
Project Title: Tracking volcanic volatiles from magma reservoir to the atmosphere: identifying precursors and optimizing models and satellite observations for future major eruptions
Sponsor: Michigan Technological University
Amount: $19,096

PI: Jessica Gephart
Project Title: The Environmental Performance of Blue Foods
Sponsor: Stanford University
Amount: $17,226

PI: Michael Brenner
Project Title: Israel Institute Visiting Faculty
Sponsor: The Israel Institute
Amount: $33,124

PI: Philip Johnson
Project Title: Research on the Causes and Consequences of Ionospheric Outflow
Sponsor: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Amount: $153,129

PI: Derrick Cogburn
Project Title: Transforming Ethics Education: Connecting STEM Faculty, Research Administrators, and Ethics Education Resources through Online Ethics Center
Sponsor: University of Virginia
Amount: $36,607

PI: Nan Zhang
Project Title: FAI: Using Machine Learning to Address Structural Bias in Personnel Selection
Sponsor: National Science Foundation - NSF
Amount: $624,485

PI: Robin Lumsdaine
Project Title: 2020 IPA with OFR
Sponsor: Treasury Department
Amount: $179,945

PI: Caty Borum Chattoo
Project Title: Digital Power for Documentary Social Justice: Digital Strategic Communication & Social Media Strategy Webinar Series for Impact Producers Sponsor: Perspective Fund
Amount: $72,158

PI: Julie Drizin
Project Title: Current: News for People in Public Media
Sponsor: Wyncote Foundation
Amount: $500,000

PI: Charles R. Lewis
Project Title: General Operating Support for the Investigative Reporting Workshop
Sponsor: Park Foundation
Amount: $225,000

PI: Caty Borum Chattoo
Project Title: Creating Abundance: Generative Comedy ThinkTank and Writers' Room
Sponsor: Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Amount: $50,000

PI: Krzysztof Pietroszek
Project Title: FW-HTF-RM Collaborative Research: Augmenting Remote Medical Procedure Training and Assistance with Spatial Computing and Volumetric Capture
Sponsor: National Science Foundation-NSF
Amount: $602,673

PI: Margaret Stogner
Project Title: NPS/Glacier Bay Videos
Sponsor: National Park Service
Amount: $9,000

PI: Charles R. Lewis
Project Title: Frontline Pre-Production PEHealthcare
Sponsor: WGBH Foundation
Amount: $69,049

PI: Charles R. Lewis
Project Title: Frontline Research 2020
Sponsor: WGBH Foundation
Amount: $68,999

PI: Caty Borum Chattoo
Project Title: Independent Documentary Field-Building Urgent Research
Sponsor: Ford Foundation
Amount: $210,000

PI: Caty Borum Chattoo
Project Title: Who Is Telling Whose Stories in Contemporary Documentary?
Sponsor: Perspective Fund
Amount: $54,500

PI: Caty Borum Chattoo
Project Title: Civic Leadership Stories Project
Sponsor: Cinereach
Amount: $40,000

PI: Caty Borum Chattoo
Project Title: CMSI Comedy ThinkTanks
Sponsor: McNulty Foundation
Amount: $20,000

PI: Kurt Braddock
Project Title: VACCINE-RED: The Versatile and Adaptable Capabilities of Communicative Inoculation for Neutralizing and Engaging Right-wing Extremist Disinformation
Sponsor: US Department of Homeland Security
Amount: $568,613

PI: Charles Lewis
Project Title: General Operating Support of the Investigative Reporting Workshop
Sponsor: MacArthur Foundation
Amount: $400,000

PI: Margaret Stogner
Project Title: CEF Impact Media Research 2021
Sponsor: HHMI Tangled Bank Studios
Amount: $55,000

PI: Charles R. Lewis
Project Title: General Operating Support of the Investigative Reporting Workshop
Sponsor: Evelyn Y. Davis Foundation
Amount: $125,000

PI: Charles R. Lewis
Project Title: Frontline: Poverty, Politics and Profit Program Update
Sponsor: WGBH Foundation
Amount: $60,606

PI: Caty Borum Chattoo
Project Title: Who Is Telling Whose Stories in Contemporary Documentary?
Sponsor: MacArthur Foundation
Amount: $40,000

PI: Caty Borum Chattoo
Project Title: Comedy for Human Rights in Venezuela: Comedy ThinkTank
Sponsor: Open Society Foundation
Amount: $155,023

PI: Caty Borum Chattoo
Project Title: Confronting Racism in the South
Sponsor: E Pluribus Unum Institute
Amount: $80,500

PI: Caty Borum Chattoo
Project Title: Yes And Laughter Lab 2021-2023
Sponsor: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Amount: $300,000

PI: Caty Borum Chattoo
Project Title: Yes And Laughter Lab 2021-2023
Sponsor: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Amount: $45,000

PI: Julie Drizin
Project Title: Current general operating, awarded in connection with funds raised for NewsMatch 2020
Sponsor: Wyncote Foundation
Amount: $10,000

PI: Robert Shand
Project Title: IES Methods Training in Cost-Effectiveness and Economic Evaluation
Sponsor: University of Pennsylvania
Amount: $28,165

PI: Toks Fashola
Project Title: NSF award transfer (LSMRCE) - subaward with Chicago State University
Sponsor: Chicago State University
Amount: $62,00

PI: Atzili Boaz
Project Title: Organizational Choices when Faced with Emerging Technologies: Drivers Behind Militaries' Adaptation of New Technologies or Inaction
Sponsor: Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation
Amount: $16,500

PI: Maria De jesus
Project Title: GWU Subaward: R01 Diversity Supplement
Sponsor: George Washington University
Amount: $34,577

PI: James Goldgeier
Project Title: Brookings Visiting Fellow
Sponsor: Brookings Institution
Amount: $50,371

PI: Jonathan Fox
Project Title: Accountability Research Center - Organizational Effectiveness
Sponsor: Hewlett Foundation
Amount: $65,000

PI: Jonathan Fox
Project Title: Organizational Effectiveness Support to Accountability Research Center
Sponsor: Open Society Foundation
Amount: $30,000

PI: Benjamin Jensen
Project Title: Strategic Disequilibrium: How Disruptive Technology Alters Crisis Dynamics
Sponsor: Carnegie Corporation of New York
Amount: $120,000

PI: Jonathan Fox
Project Title: From the Bottom Up: Strengthening Grassroots Leadership in Global Advocacy for Social Justice
Sponsor: David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Amount: $240,000

PI: Jennifer Poole
Project Title: The Role of Multinational Firms in Promoting Gender Equality
Sponsor: Inter-American Development Bank
Amount: $18,000

PI: Susan Shelper
Project Title: The Smartphone Pandemic: Mobile technologies and data in the COVID-19 response
Sponsor: University of Oslo
Amount: $31,772

PI: Thespina Yamanis
Project Title: IRL Health Equity Grant
Sponsor: University of Minnesota
Amount: $9,992

PI: David Lindgren
Project Title: Sister2Sister Exchange Program
Sponsor: US Department of State
Amount: $763,209

PI: Austin Davis
Project Title: Yale Research Initiative for Innovation and Scale (Y-RISE) Fellowship
Sponsor: Yale University
Amount: $108,543

PI: Simon Nicholson
Project Title: Choose your own climate future: a cli-fi story of choice and consequences
Sponsor: Global Strategic Communications Council
Amount: $20,000

PI: Jordan Tama
Project Title: Bridging the Gap: New Voices in National Security
Sponsor: Frankel Family Foundation
Amount: $455,591

PI: James Goldgeier
Project Title: Bridging the Gap, an initiative for training, research, and outreach to bridge the gap between academia and the policy world with a focus on foreign policy and international relations
Sponsor: Carnegie Corporation of New York
Amount: $575,000

PI: Susanna Campbell
Project Title: Evaluation of Peacebuilding Fund Project Portfolio in Burundi
Sponsor: Konterra Group
Amount: $64,500

PI: Jonathan Fox
Project Title: Support Grassroots Civil Society to Strengthen their Voice on Debt Relief
Sponsor: Open Society Foundation
Amount: $60,000

PI: James Goldgeier
Project Title: Brookings Visiting Fellow
Sponsor: Brookings Institution
Amount: $24,108

PI: Johanna Mendelson-Forman
Project Title: Conflict Cuisine: An inter-disciplinary approach to studying the international relations of foodways
Sponsor: Mann-Paller Foundation
Amount: $35,208

PI: Susanna Campbell
Project Title: United Nations Peace Operation Data and Analysis Workshop
Sponsor: Folke Bernadotte Academy
Amount: $37,490

PI: Susanna Campbell
Project Title: The Changing Nature of Aid
Sponsor: Humanity United
Amount: $34,500

PI: James Goldgeier
Project Title: Brookings Visiting Fellow
Sponsor: Brookings Institution
Amount: $24,108

PI: Susanna Campbell
Project Title: Networks of Influence and Support in Peace Operations
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Amount: $298,505

PI: Joseph Torigian
Project Title: The Party's Interests Come First: The Life of Xi Zhongxun
Sponsor: Woodrow Wilson International Center
Amount: $20,000

School of Professional & Extended Studies

PI: Dan Fiorino
Project Title: An Agenda for 21st Century Environmental Protection
Sponsor: New York Community Trust
Amount: $150,000

PI: Thomas Zeitzoff
Project Title: The Nasty Style: Why Politicians Use Violent Rhetoric
Sponsor: Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation
Amount: $36,570

PI: Lewis Faulk
Project Title: HNDS-I: Collaborative Research: Developing a Data Platform for Analysis of Nonprofit Organizations
Sponsor: National Science Foundation- NSF
Amount: $153,916

PI: Preeti Menon
Project Title: RED TOOL TTA with CCI
Sponsor: Center for Court Innovation
Amount: $100,000

PI: Lewis Faulk
Project Title: Impacts of Recent Giving Trends on Nonprofits and Communities
Sponsor: Urban Institute
Amount: $67,936

PI: Julie Baldwin
Project Title: WACGC CCBHC Expansion Project Evaluation
Sponsor: University of Arkansas
Amount: $133,631

PI: Subhiya Idilbi
Project Title: Key Executive Leadership Programs
Sponsor: US Department of Homeland Security - Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Amount: $580,980

PI: Cynthia Miller-Idriss
Project Title: Campaign for Parents & Educators: PERIL Rapid Response COVID-19 & Far Right
Sponsor: Southern Poverty Law Center-SPLC
Amount: $56,350

PI: Julie Baldwin
Project Title: VTC Risk Assessment Project: VTCEI Phase III
Sponsor: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Amount: $300,000

PI: Claudia Persico
Project Title: Air Quality and Suicide
Sponsor: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Amount: $90,0000

PI: Seth Gershenson
Project Title: The Distributional Impact of Law-School Extracurriculars on Bar Exam Success
Sponsor: AccessLex Institute
Amount: $117,960

PI: Subhiya Idilbi
Project Title: Key Executive Leadership Programs
Sponsor: US Department of Homeland Security - Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Amount: $239,400

PI: Preeti Menon
Project Title: Training and Technical Assistance on Racial and Ethnic Disparities Assessment for NY Treatment Courts
Sponsor: Center for Court Innovation
Amount: $10,900

PI: Daniel Gade
Project Title: Wounding Warriors: How American's Policies for Veterans Make them Poorer, Sicker, and Worse Off
Sponsor: Searle Freedom Trust
Amount: $25,000

PI: Padideh Ala'i
Project Title: The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program
Sponsor: Institute of International Education
Amount: $274,654

PI: Jennifer Daskal
Project Title: Addressing Harmful Content Online
Sponsor: Knight Foundation
Amount: $50,000

PI: Sean Fiil-Flynn
Project Title: Contributing to Public Interest Copyright Policy at the World Intellectual Property Organization: Promoting Access to Knowledge and the Right to Research
Sponsor: Arcadia Fund
Amount: $3,800,000

PI: Nancy Boswell
Project Title: Anti-Corruption in Memory of Frank Menaker from Community Foundation of Northern Virginia
Sponsor: The Community Foundation of Northern Virginia
Amount: $25,000

PI: Benjamin Leff
Project Title: Visiting Faculty Agreement B. Leff at Georgetown University Law Center
Sponsor: Georgetown University
Amount: $120,951

PI: Leslye Orloff
Project Title: Identifying and Promoting Promising Practices in Juvenile and Family Courts to Address Child Sex Trafficking
Sponsor: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Amount: $30,000

PI: Leslye Orloff
Project Title: U Visa and T Visa Certification and Language Access: Strengthening Law Enforcement and Prosecutor's Help for Immigrant Victims Purpose Area #28
Sponsor: US Department of Justice-DOJ
Amount: $400,000

PI: Meredith Jacob
Project Title: Reducing Copyright Barriers to OER Creation
Sponsor: Hewlett Foundation
Amount: $700,000

PI: Juan Mendez
Project Title: Advancing Justice and Accountability in Mexico: To produce research and provide technical expertise to advance the investigation of cases of femicide and forced disappearance in Mexico
Sponsor: Ford Foundation
Amount: $100,000

PI: Andrea McDaniel
Project Title: DCist Facebook Local Journalism Relief Fund
Sponsor: Institute for Nonprofit News
Amount: $100,000

PI: Rachel Sadon
Project Title: GNI Journalism Emergency Relief Fund- COVID19
Sponsor: Google
Amount: $5,000

PI: Rachel Sadon
Project Title: DCist Criminal Justice Beat 2021
Sponsor: Public Welfare Foundation
Amount: $50,000