Faculty Awards and Achievements
Bob Babcock, Professor of Classics and affiliate of Global Studies, was awarded a residential fellowship by the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts to spend 4 months (2011-12) at the Flemish Academic Centre in Brussels.
Judith Blau, professor of sociology, is the president of of Sociologists without Borders and Director of the Human Rights Center of Chapel Hill and Carrboro. She is also the 2010-11 chair of the Huamn Rights Section of the American Sociological Association and serves on the executive committee of the Human Rights Coalition of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Inger Brodey, Assistant Professor in English and affiliate of Global Studies, received a Chapman Family Teaching Fellowship at the Institute of Arts and Humanities to work on a book on cowboys and samurai. Brodey also co-ordinated the first annual UNC Food Cultures Symposium, which attracted community and campus attention.
Michael Louis Corrado, Arch Allen Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy and affiliate of Global Studies, is in Italy as a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of Trento.
Carole Crumley, Professor of Anthropology and affiliate of Global Studies, received her Ph.D. honoris causa from Uppsala University in Sweden, and was awarded the Johan August Wahlberg Gold Medal by the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography.
Pika Ghosh, Associate Professor of Art and affiliate of Global Studies, was awarded the Alfred H. Barr Prize for Museum Scholarship by the College Art Association for his exhibition catalogue, Kantha: The Embroidered Quilts of Bengal from the Jill and Sheldon Bonowitz Collection and the Stella Kramrisch Collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Donald C. Haggis, Nicholas A. Cassas Term Professor of Greek Studies and affiliate of Global Studies, received grants from the Shelby White-Leon Levy Program for Archaeological Publications and the Institute for Aegean Prehistory for archaeological field work this summer and next year on Crete. He also received a Kenan Faculty Research and Study Leave. In addition, he was invited to speak this year at the Greek Embassy, giving the public lecture “Farming, Feasting and the Foundations of the Early Greek City: Recent excavations at the site of Azoria, Crete” the first lecture in the series, “Health, Nutrition and Fitness: From Ancient to Modern Times.”
Mamie Harris, Africa Programs Director of UNC Global Health, successfully launched with the help of the curriculum in Global Studies “Heels in the Field: A Global Health Discussion Series.” This semester, Dr. Annelies Van Rie, Dr. Jamie Bartram, and Dr. Rick Mumford talked to students about the critical issues and global importance of tuberculosis, water, and dentistry.
Joanne Hershfield, Professor and Chair of the Department of Women’s Studies and affiliate of Global Studies, recently released her new documentary film These Are Our Children, a 55 minute feature that reveals how the devastating effects of poverty, HIV/AIDs, and violence on Kenyan children are successfully being reduced through local grassroots interventions. The film was awarded First Prize for feature documentary at the Athens’ International Film and Video Festival, April 2011.
Erica Johnson, lecturer and director of the proposed masters program in Global Studies, presented “Healing Paradigms and the Politics of Health in Central Asia” at Columbia University’s Global Health Research Center of of Central Asia in New York. She also presented papers to the Department of State, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association and the Workshop on Civil Society in Kazakhstan and Central Asia at the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Arne Kalleberg, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and adjunct faculty of global studies, was elected as a Foreign Member to the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters this past year.
Charles Kurzman, Professor of Sociology, co-Director of the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim civilizations and affiliate of Global Studies, was singled out by Congressman Peter King for research on Muslim-American radicalization. Congressman King called Professor Kurzman’s research “biased” and “slanted” because it offered evidence that Muslim-Americans have been active in thwarting terrorist plots. This evidence ran contrary to Congressman King’s campaign to characterize Muslim-American communities as unhelpful to counterterrorism efforts. Kurzman’s research has since been featured in the Associated Press, the New York Times and on CBS’s “Early “Show.”
Ben Meier, Assistant professor of Public Policy and affiliate of Global Studies, was awarded a William C. Friday/Class of 1986 Award for Excellence in Teaching in the 2011 University Teaching Awards. Chancellor Holden Thorp recognized Meier at an awards banquet on April 14th, 2011. With the award, Meier will be starting a Health and Human Rights lecture series next year through the Center of Bioethics.
Paul Leslie, Professor and Chair of Anthropology and affiliate of Global Studies, was elected as Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The association, the world’s largest general scientific society, elects fellows to recognize their efforts toward advancing science applications that are considered scientifically or socially distinguished. Leslie was recognized for his contributions to demographic, social, health and environmental modeling of human populations living in arid and semi-arid environments in East Africa.
Gary Marks, Burton Craige Professor of Political Science and affiliate of Global Studies, received a Humboldt Prize for the coming academic year for his contribution to political science. The award, currently valued at about 60,000 Euros is only offered to 100 scientists each year across a range of disciplines.
Jacqueline Olich, Associate Director of the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies and affiliate of Global Studies, has been named to the BRIDGES Advisory Board. BRIDGES is an intensive professional development program for women in higher education.
Morgan Pitelka, Associate Professor of Asian Studies and affiliate of Global Studies, received a National Humanities Center Fellowship for the 2011-12 academic year. He was also co-author of a successful proposal to the Japan Foundation to fund and create a new Triangle Center for Japanese Studies.
Della Pollock, Distinguished Term Professor of Communication Studies and affiliate of Global Studies, has been recognized with a Robert L. Sigmon Service-Learning Award, presented annually to a faculty member who has made significant contributions toward furthering the practice of service learning. The award was presented during the 2011 Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement Conference on the campus of Elon University.
Donald M. Reid, Distinguished Term Professor of History and affiliate of Global Studies, received the Kirby prize awarded by the South Central Modern Language Association for his article “Didier Daeninckx: Raconteur of History.”
Terry Ellen Rhodes, Professor and Chair of Music and affiliate of Global Studies, received the University Diversity Award in the faculty category this year, and has acted as a Fellow for the Academic Leadership Program at the Institute for Arts and Humanities.
Eunice Sahle, Professor of African and Afro-American Studies and joint Professor of Global Studies, was awarded a student undergraduate teaching and staff award for her dedication to her courses and creation of a dynamic learning environment. She received $5,000 and was honored at a ceremony on April 12th, 2011.
Geetha Vaidyanathan, lecturer in Economics, was the recipient of a 2010 Ueltschi Grant that provides $8,000 towards service-learning course development. She received the award for a course that discusses problems faced by the poor in South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.