Faculty Honors, Awards, Publications, and Other Activities

January 2010 posting

Mimi Abramovitz (Prof., Hunter, Social Welfare) coauthored, with Jennifer Zelnick, the paper “Double Jeopardy: The Impact of Neoliberalism on Care Workers in United States and South Africa,”  International Journal of Health Services, (40(1)2010). She also presented “The Social Determinants of Social Problems” at the annual program meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, San Antonio, Texas, in September, and “The U.S. Welfare State: A Battle Ground For Human Rights” for the Human Rights Institute conference at the University of Connecticut, Hartford, in October. A regular commentator for Women's Enews.org, she published “’Tis the Season for Candor about Government Handouts...” in its online newspaper in December. (posted 1-2010)

Meena Alexander (Dist. Prof., Hunter, English) received the 2009 Distinguished Achievement Award for her contributions to American literature from the South Asian Literary Association (SALA), an organization allied with MLA. She was presented with the award on December 27 at the SALA conference in Philadelphia, after a session devoted to the discussion of her work. In January, she will be poet-in-residence at the University of Hyderabad. She will also read at the Kolkata Book Fair. A book of essays on her work, Passage to Manhattan: Critical Essays on Meena Alexander, coedited by alumna Lopamudra Basu (English, 2004) and Cynthia Leenerts, has just appeared with Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (posted 1-2010)

Ronnie Ancona (Prof., Hunter, Classics) was elected the next vice president for education by the American Philological Association (APA) and will serve a four-year term, 2010–14. The education division, one of six divisions of the association, is responsible for all of the association's activities in the fields of elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education. Ancona was also chosen as a Pennsylvania Humanities Council Commonwealth Speaker for 2010–11. (posted 1-2010)

Steve Cahn (Prof., GC, Urban Education, Philosophy) taught a fall seminar on academic ethics that was the subject of a feature story, “Course Reminds Budding Ph.D.s of the Damage They Can Do,” in The Chronicle of Higher Education (October 30, 2009). Cahn’s seminar is one of few such courses ever taught. (posted 1-2010)

Marvin Carlson (Sidney E. Cohn Chair in Theatre Studies, Dist. Prof., GC, Comparative Literature and Theatre) was honored with the publication of a collection of essays by theatre scholars, Changing the Subject: Marvin Carlson and Theatre Studies, 1959–2009 (University of Michigan Press, 2009). (posted 1-2010)

Clare Carroll (Prof., Queens, Comparative Literature) edited, along with Andrew Hadfield, David Damrosch, et al., the fourth edition of Longman Anthology of British Literature (2009). Carroll contributed an essay, “The Early Modern Period,” to the anthology. See faculty bookshelf Web page. (posted 1-2010)

Mary Ann Caws (Dist. Prof., GC, Comparative Literature, English, French) was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences on October 10. Recently Caws has contributed a number of articles to exhibition catalogues, including "Wilhelm Freddie: Againstness Wins Out" (Wilhelm Freddie, at Copenhagen’s Statens Museum fur Kunst), “Surrealist Women Photographers: Scandal in Black and White” (Manchester Art Gallery), “Unica Zurn: Beyond Bizarre” (Drawing Papers 86, spring/summer exhibition, Drawing Center, New York), the overviews for Picasso and the Allure of Language (Yale University Press, 2009, Yale University Art Gallery, January 27–May 24, 2009). She also presented a paper on “Manifesting” at the Tate Modern, London, in conjunction with its Futurism exhibition, contributed “The Just Place” to Guillevic: La poésie à la lumière du quotidien web (Peter Lang, 2009), and the foreword to Gustaf Sobin’s translation of René Char: The Brittle Age and Returning Upland (Counterpath Press, 2009). Caws also wrote an article, “Poetry Can Be Any Damn Thing It Wants,” Poetry Magazine (February, 2009), and a podcast on manifestos, called  “Manifesto You” currently available on the Poetry Magazine Web site in conjunction with the April 2009 issue. (posted 1-2010)

David Del Tredici (Dist. Prof., City, Music), a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, was honored with a celebration of his piano music in Elebash Recital Hall on December 16 by concert pianist Dr. Svetozar Ivanov and seven of Ivanov’s piano students or former piano students at the University of South Florida—all of them accomplished professional musicians. (posted 1-2010)

Morris Dickstein’s (Dist. Prof., GC, English, Theatre) Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression (Norton, 2009) was on the New York Times list of 100 Notable Books of 2009 and on the Los Angeles Times list of top twenty-five nonfiction works of 2009. (posted 1-2010)

Mary Gibson (Prof., John Jay, Criminal Justice, History) was keynote speaker at an international conference in Turin, Italy, in November that marked the centenary of the death of the criminologist Cesare Lombroso. Her address was entitled, “Criminology Before and After Lombroso.” In October, at a second commemorative conference in Verona, Italy, she gave another paper, “The International Reception of Lombroso’s Theory of Female Crime.” Professor Gibson also published “Women’s Prisons in Italy: A Problem of Citizenship” in Crime, History, Societies # 2 (2009) and “Il genere: La donna (delinquente e non)” in Cesare Lombroso: Cento anni dopo, eds. S. Montaldo and P. Tappero (Turin, 2009). (posted 1-2010)

Kim J. Hartswick (Director, CUNY Baccalaureate) made ForeWord Magazine’s August 2009 list of “Not to be Missed! One-of-a-Kind Books that offer a treat for connoisseurs of fine book-making and illustration” for his book The Gardens of Sallust: A Changing Landscape (University of Texas Press, 2007). (posted 1-2010)

Phil Kasinitz (Prof., GC/Hunter, Sociology) and John Mollenkopf (Dist. Prof., Political Science, Sociology; Director, Center for Urban Research) have won the prestigious ASA 2010 Book Award from the American Sociological Association for Inheriting the City: The Children of Immigrants Come of Age (Russell Sage/Harvard University Press, 2008). (posted 1-2010)

Marnia Lazreg (Prof., Hunter, Sociology) had her book Questioning the Veil (2009) selected as one of four noteworthy books by the Times Higher Education, and was reviewed in India’s national magazine Frontline, in Times Higher Education, and in Il Sole 24 Ore. Professor Lazreg’s interview with the Greek newspaper Economakou appeared on Oct. 3, 2009 and she was also interviewed by NRC Handelsblad, a Dutch daily paper, and BBC Radio for Woman’s Hour. Professor Lazreg gave papers at three meetings in the Middle East in October and November. She also presented her book and gave a paper on “Turning to the Veil: A Surplus of Meaning?” for the anthropology department at the University of Edinburgh. (posted 1-2010)

Setha Low (Prof., GC, Anthropology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Psychology), outgoing president of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), presented the distinguished lecture to an audience of over 600 scholars at the association’s annual meeting in Philadelphia on December 5. Her topic, “Claiming Space for Engaged Anthropology: Spatial Inequality and Social Exclusion,” was based on a series of fieldwork studies she completed over the past fifteen years, including the importance of Brooklyn’s Moore Street Market to Latino immigrants, and the securitization of gated communities and cooperative apartment complexes in New York City. (posted 1-2010)

Ruth O'Brien (Prof., GC, Political Science) delivered the keynote addressat at the Copenhagen Business School's Center for the Study of the Americas guest lecture and panel debate on November 18 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her address was entitled, “Out of Many, We Are One: Obama and the Third American Liberal Tradition.” (posted 1-2010)

Ursula Oppens (Dist. Prof., Brooklyn, Music) has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of “Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra)” for her recording Oppens Plays Carter (Cedille Records), released during the eligibility year, October 1, 2008, through August 31, 2009. (posted 1-2010)

János Pach, (Dist. Prof., GC, Computer Science) along with Micha Sharir, coauthored Combinatorial Geometry and Its Algorithmic Applications: The Alcala Lectures, a comprehensive up-to-date survey of several core areas of combinatorial geometry, which was published by the American Mathematical Society in 2009. (posted 1-2010)

José Luis Rénique (Assoc. Prof., Lehman/GC, History) participated in a panel discussion at the Graduate Center in November 2009 in honor of the publication of Bolivia’s Radical Tradition: Permanent Revolution in the Andes (University of Arizona Press, November 2009) by Graduate Center alumnus S. Sándor John (History, 2006). (posted 1-2010)

David Reynolds (Dist. Prof., Baruch, English) presented a copy of his book, Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson (Harper, 2008) to President Bill Clinton at a New York Historical Society dinner in Clinton’s honor in October 2009. Waking Giant was also cited by George Will in his nationally syndicated column for the Washington Post (October 29, 2009). (posted 1-2010)

Beth Spenciner Rosenthal (Prof., York, Social Welfare), who has been conducting research for fifteen years on stress among older urban adolescents—all of it funded by $2 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—has now won $472,000 in additional funding from NIH for the period 2009–13 for a project entitled “Adolescent Trauma, Psychopathology, and Resilience: A Person-Focused Approach.” (posted 1-2010)

Victoria Sanford (Assoc. Prof., Lehman, Anthropology), currently on leave and serving as a 2009–10 visiting scholar at the Center for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University, received a 2009 John Simon Guggenheim fellowship to write The Land of Pale Hands: Feminicide, Social Cleansing and Impunity in Guatemala.(posted 1-2010)

Brian Schwartz (Prof., GC, Physics; VP for Research and Sponsored Programs) was quoted in an article in the New York Times and gave numerous interviews around Thanksgiving to CBS News, Bloomberg TV, KGO radio News Talk 810 in San Francisco, and 1010 News in New York. The subject of the interviews and Times article was the physics governing the Thanksgiving Day Parade. (posted 1-2010)

Marco Tedesco (Asst. Prof., City, Earth and Environmental Sciences) coauthored, with Andrew J. Monaghan of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, “An updated Antarctic melt record through 2009 and its linkages to high-latitude and tropical climate variability,” published on September 24 in Geophysical Research Letters. The paper was quoted on numerous science Web sites and blogs, including Science Codex, Science Blog, Science Daily, Science Centric, and Topix. (posted 1-2010)

Vidette Todaro-Franceschi (Assoc. Prof., Hunter, Nursing Science) has earned the Fellow in Thanatology (FT), an advanced professional certification for thanatology professionals from the Association for Death Education and Counseling, the oldest interdisciplinary organization in the field of death, dying, and bereavement.(posted 1-2010)

John Torpey (Prof., GC, Sociology) won a Fulbright Scholars grant for 2009–10. From March to July 2010, he will serve as a distinguished lecturer in the American Studies Program of the Karl-Franzens-University in Graz, Austria, where he will teach two courses broadly addressing the theme “American Exceptionalism Re-Considered.” (posted 1-2010)

Jock Young (Dist. Prof., GC, Sociology and Criminal Justice) has been awarded the 2009 Distinguished Book Award from the Division of International Criminologyof the American Society of Criminology for Cultural Criminology: An Invitation, coauthored with Jeff Ferrell and Keith Hayward (Sage, 2008). See the book and cover on the GC Faculty Bookshelf. (posted 1-2010)

Deborah Walder (Asst. Prof., Brooklyn /GC, Psychology) contributed, along with J.C. Sherman and M.B. Pulsifer, “Neurodevelopmental Assessment” to Evidence-Based Practice in Infant and Early Childhood Psychology (Wiley & Sons, 2009). She also contributed “Depression Among Children and Adolescents: A Timely Multipurpose Guide to Etiology, Prevention, and Treatment” to a review of Handbook of Depression in Children and Adolescents, edited by John R. Z. Abela and Benjamin L. Hankin(Guilford Press, 2009). (posted 1-2010)

Submitted on: JAN 1, 2010

Category: Faculty Activities, Faculty Awards