November 2017

Faculty Publications, Presentations and Honors

Congratulations to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences faculty for their notable publications, presentations and honors.

Professor Lee Bernstein presented a paper, “The Sing Sing Revolt: The Incarceration Crisis and the Politics of Prison Construction in the 1980s,” on October 23 at Princeton University.  His visit was part of the American Studies Workshop Series, co-sponsored by the Center for Collaborative History.


Lecturer Paul Fenouillet (Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Latin American and Caribbean Studies) published poetry in the Francophone anthology Le Futur, Le Monde de Demain and in two issues of the French literary review Filigranes.


Associate Professor Thomas Festa (English) published the co-edited book Milton, Materialism, and Embodiment:  One First Matter All (Pittsburgh:  Duquesne University Press, 2017). Festa also presented the paper “Of Modern Bondage” in October at the Conference on John Milton at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Professor Giordana Grossi (Psychology) recently published an analysis of the concept of “hardwiring” as used in psychology and neuroscience. The article, titled “Hardwiring: Innateness in the Age of the Brain,” is an in-depth analysis of the meanings associated with the term in the past 50 years. The author documented at least 11 different meanings. Such analysis reveals a partial overlap with the concept of innateness and a familiar (and misleading) way of conceptualizing human behavior and development in terms of dichotomies (innate vs. unlearned, nature vs. nurture, hardwired vs. softwired, etc.). As various complications arise from such overlap, the author argues against the usefulness and legitimacy of “hardwiring” in scientific discourse. The peer-review paper is published in the philosophy of science journal Biology and Psychology.

Associate Professor Heather Morrison (History) published the article “’They Hear You Tell of Such Things As If They were from America’: Representations of the Newly Independent United States in an Austrian Botanist’s Travelogue” in Austrian History Yearbook.


Assistant Professor Jessica Pabón (Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) published two peer reviewed articles in major journals in her primary fields of WGSS and Performance Studies, respectively: “Writin’, Rappin’, Breakin’: Performing ‘Women’ in Hip Hop,” in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society and “Performing Queer Boricua Motherhood on Social Media: Gender-Fluid Parenting as a Practice of Decolonization,” in the special issue “On The Maternal,” in the journal Performance Research. She presented “The Politics of Latina Feminist Overperformance within the Academy” at Performance Studies International 23 on a panel she organized on “Feminist Overflows” in Hamburg, Germany in June 2017. In July, she gave the keynote lecture, “Painting Like a Grrl: The Aesthetics and Politics of International All-Grrl Graffiti Jams,” for the Wall/Therapy Conference in Rochester, NY.

Professor Louis Roper (History) published the book Advancing Empire: English Interests and Overseas Expansion, 1613-1688 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017) and the article “Proprietary Colonies” in Oxford Bibliography in Atlantic History. Roper also received the 2017 Clague and Carol van Slyke Article Prize from the New Netherland Institute “for the best published article relating to the Dutch colonial experience in the Atlantic world, with a special sensitivity to New Netherland or its legacyfor his article, “The Fall of New Netherland and Anglo-American Imperial Formation, 1654-1676,” published in The New England Quarterly.

Professor Anne R. Roschelle (Sociology, Chair of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department) and her student, Timothy Allan, presented their research at the New York State Sociological Society. Allan presented their paper, entitled “Treacherous Crossings: Responses to the Influx of Unaccompanied Minors in the Hudson Valley,” at the NYSSS meetings on October 20. Roschelle also published the article “Our Lives Matter: The Racialized Violence of Poverty among Homeless Mothers of Color” in September in a Special Issue of Sociological Forum entitled, “Whose Lives Matter? Violence, Social Control, and the Racial Divide.”

Associate Professor Corwin Senko (Psychology), in collaboration with Blair Dawson ’14 (Psychology), published a meta-analysis of student motivation findings in the Journal of Educational Psychology. 


Assistant Professor Rachel Somerstein (Journalism) published a recent study “News Photographers and Interference: Iconophobia and Iconoclasm on the Ground” in Visual Communication Quarterly. The study uses interviews to identify and taxonomy the verbal harassment, threats of violence, and unconstitutional arrests experienced by news photographers working in the United States.

Associate Professor Sarah Wyman (English) gave the presentation “A Point / Midway between / Anticipation and Nostalgia’: Present Objects and Absent Bodies in the Poetry of Louise Glück and Robert Hayden” at the conference “Situating Lyric. International Network for the Study of the Lyric (INSL),” held at Boston University in June. She gave the plenary address, “Hawk’s Shadow: Confronting the Signs and Significance of Sexual Predation on the College Campus, and Beyond” at the conference “Engendering Difference: Sexism, Power, and Politics,” held at the University of Maribor in Slovenia in May. She published two poems, “Untitled (Yellow Collage), Richard Diebenkorn” in Ekphrasis and “Basket” in AMP 2.1, Hofstra University. She also published one entry on Adrienne Rich’s The Dream of a Common Language in the anthology Women’s Rights: Reflections in Popular Culture.