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Fall 2021

Richard Lerner

Richard M. Lerner, Bergstrom Chair of Applied Developmental Science, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, and director of the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development, has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the Society for the Study of Human Development (SSHD) Distinguished Lifetime Career Award. Lerner will formally receive the award at the 2021 SSHD meeting in November. 

Kareem Khubchandani

Kareem Khubchandani, Mellon Bridge Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, is the winner of the 2021 de la Torre Bueno Prize from the Dance Studies Association for his book Ishtyle: Accenting Gay Indian Nightlife (University of Michigan Press, 2020). This prize is awarded annually to the best book in Dance Studies published in the English language in the previous year.

Rich Jankowsky

Richard Jankowsky, associate professor and chair, Department of Music, has published a new book titled Ambient Sufism: Ritual Niches and the Social Work of Musical Form (University of Chicago Press, 2021). The explores the role of women and underrepresented minorities in shaping the ritual musical healing practices of North Africa. Jankowsky developed a companion website to the book in collaboration with Anna Kijas, head of Tufts' Lilly Music Library. New Books Network recently featured an interview with Jankowsky about the book. 

Marina Bers

The DevTech Research Group, directed by Marina Bers, professor, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, has published an edited book titled Teaching Computational Thinking and Coding to Young Children (IGI Global, 202). The book showcases years of work the group has done around Computational Thinking in early childhood education. Along with Bers, the book has 14 other contributions from the DevTech Research Group, including 6 former doctoral students, 4 current doctoral students, 1 undergraduate student, and 3 past and present staff members. Bers was also recently mentioned in Mehmet Tekdal's article "Trends and development in research on computational thinking" as one of the top 5 most cited researchers in computational thinking. 

Alex Blanchette

Porkopolis: American Animality, Standardized Life, and the Factory Farm (Duke University Press, 2020) by Alex Blanchette, associate professor, Department of Anthropology, has been awarded the 2021 Diane Forsythe Prize, the science and technology studies prize in anthropology, as well as the 2021 Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing from the Society for Humanistic Anthropology. Porkopolis also received an Honorable Mention for the Gregory Bateson Prize from the Society for Cultural Anthropology. In addition, his co-edited volume How Nature Works (University of New Mexico Press, 2019) has received the 2021 Society for the Anthropology of Work Book Prize

Khary Saeed Jones, Professor of the Practice, Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

Khary Saeed Jones, professor of the practice, Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, has been selected as a recipient of the 2021 William Greaves Fund from Firelight Media for his in-progress film project Night Fight. The fund supports mid-career filmmakers from racially and ethnically underrepresented communities and provides grants for research and development on a feature-length non-fiction film. 

Ayanna Thomas, Professor, Department of Psychology

Ayanna K. Thomas, dean of research for the School of Arts and Sciences and professor, Department of Psychology, has been awarded the competitive Psychonomic Society's 2021 Mid-Career Award. The award is given to mid-career scientists who have made "excellent scientific contributions to the field of experimental and cognitive psychology and related areas." Thomas will be recognized at the Psychonomic Society's 2021 Annual Meeting. 

Lynne Pepall
Daniel Richards

Lynne Pepall, professor, Department of Economics, and chair, Department of Community Health, and Daniel Richards, professor, Department of Economics, have co-authored a new book about advertising entitled Advertising and the Marketplace: An Economics Perspective (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2021). Pepall and Richards are also the author of a recent paper published in The Review of Industrial Organization titled "Targeted Value-Enhancing Advertising and Price Competition." 

Freeden Blume Oeur

Freeden Blume Oeur, associate professor, Department of Sociology, guest edited a special Fall 2021 edition of Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, which commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the publication of The Brownies' Book, the first major periodical for Black children. Blume Oeur was also recently awarded the 2021 Distinguished Book Award from the Sex & Gender section of the American Sociological Association for his book Black Boys Apart: Racial Uplift and Respectability in All-Male Schools (University of Minnesota Press, 2018). 

Cynthia Kinnan

Cynthia KinnanJames L. Paddock Assistant Professor in International Economics, Department of Economics, is co-author of a new paper published in The Quarterly Journal of Economics titled "Measuring the equilibrium impacts of credit: Evidence from the Indian microfinance crisis". The paper studies a data set from for-profit microlenders and household data from the National Sample Survey to examine the effects of the state government in Andhra Pradesh, India halting microfinance activities. 

Peter Probst

Peter Probst, professor, Department of History of Art and Architecture, is the co-editor of a new book titled National Museums in Africa: Identity, History, and Politics (Routledge, 2021) with Raymond Silverman and George Abungu. The volume presents close to 20 African scholars and museum professionals critically examining the roles national museums in Africa have played in the societies in which they are situated.  

Keith Maddox, associate professor, Department of Psychology

Keith Maddox, associate professor, Department of Psychology, has been awarded the Jenessa Shapiro Award for Contributions to Diversity and Inclusion by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

Summer 2021

Tim Atherton

Tim Atherton, associate professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been selected as a recipient of the Cottrell Fellowship Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. The award will support Dr. Anna Phillips, a postdoctoral scholar, who will be using the fellowship to work on Atherton’s physics education research program around how to create new educational environments to catalyze student learning of computation.

Brian Gravel

Brian Gravel, assistant professor, Department of Education, along with colleagues from Boston University, have been awarded a Lyle Spencer Research Award to Transform Education for the project “Re-imagining Alternative Education: Designing for Geographies of Care and Responsibility.”

Kareem Khubchandani

Kareem Khubchandani, Mellon Bridge Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, has been awarded the 2021 Outstanding Book of the Year from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) for his book Ishtyle: Accenting Gay Indian Nightlife (University of Michigan Press, 2020). ATHE selects award recipients, "on the basis of the study's potential to interrupt, change and/or challenge theatre practice and pedagogy--often emphasizing the interconnectedness of pedagogy and practice."    

Misha Kilmer, Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematics at Tufts University

Misha Kilmer, William Walker Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, has published a new article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The article is titled "Tensor-tensor algebra for optimal representation and compression of multiway data" and is co-authored by Elizabeth Newman, who received a PhD in Mathematics from Tufts in 2019.  

Natasha Warikoo, Department of Sociology

Natasha Warikoo, professor, Department of Sociology, has been awarded Best Article by both the American Sociological Association's Sociology of Education Section and the Sociology of Emotions for her paper published in the American Journal of Sociology titled "Addressing Emotional Health while Protecting Status: Asian American and White Parents in Suburban America."

Lilian Mengesha

Lilian Mengesha, Fletcher Foundation Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, has been elected to the Executive Committee of the American Society for Theatre Research. Her term will begin in November 2021. 

Sarah Sobieraj, associate professor of sociology

Professor of Sociology Sarah Sobieraj's book Credible Threat: Attacks Against Women Online and the Future of Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2020), which examines impact of the often anonymous attacks on women speaking up on social media, has been awarded the American Sociological Association's Section on Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology's Book Award

Spring 2021

Laura Rogers
Jackie Dejean

Laura Rogers, Senior Lecturer Emerita, Department of Education, and Jacqueline Dejean, Assistant Dean of Research for Arts and Sciences, and Assistant Dean, Diversity & Inclusion, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, have been awarded a grant as co-principal investigators from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The four year grant will support the establishment of the Behavioral Health Enhanced School-based Training (BHEST) Collaborative Program. BHEST brings together Boston-area universities, Tufts University, Northeastern University, and University of Massachusetts Boston, for a unique partnership that enhances graduate school psychology field placements among vulnerable, high-needs populations. The BHEST Collaborative will place a total of 114 school psychology graduate students over a four-year period in high-needs, racially and ethnically diverse schools to train with and under the supervision of school nurses and school psychologists using a collaborative, comprehensive behavioral services model.
Khary Saeed Jones, Professor of the Practice, Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies Khary Saeed Jones, professor of the practice, Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, has been selected as the recipient of the 2021-2022 Film Study Center at Harvard University-LEF Foundation Fellowship. His forthcoming feature-length film Night Fight also won a grant from LEF's Moving Image Fund. Night Fight explores the interior life of a Black man living amid COVID-19, the racial reckoning catalyzed by the murder of George Floyd, and the countdown to the 2020 presidential election.  
Lilian Mengesha Lilian Mengesha, Fletcher Foundation Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, has been named as a 2021 Career Enhancement Fellow by the Institute for Citizens & Scholars. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Career Enhancement Fellowship seeks to increase the presence of underrepresented faculty members in the humanities, social sciences, and arts by supporting career development opportunities for outstanding faculty awardees.  
Kasso OkoudjouTodd QuintoFulton Gonzalez Kasso Okoudjou, professor, Department of Mathematics, and Todd Quinto, Robinson Professor of Mathematics, have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the Visiting and Early Scholars’ Experiences in Mathematics Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Mathematics (VERSEIM-REU) program. VERSEIM-REU is an intensive 10-week summer research program in applied and pure mathematics, which will recruit students from groups underrepresented in mathematics. VERSEIM-REU is currently recruiting its first cohort for Summer 2021 and will run part of its activities with the VERSE program. Okoudjou will serve as principal investigator and Quinto will be co-principal investigator. Fulton Gonzalez, professor, Department of Mathematics, also contributed to the NSF proposal. The work will involve approximately 10 Math department faculty and some graduate students.
Kasso Okoudjou In summer 2020 Kasso Okoudjou, professor, Department of Mathematics, was appointed as co-chair of an American Mathematical Society (AMS) task force to understand and document the organization's historical role in racial discrimination. The task force recently released a report of their findings as well as recommendations for actions for AMS to take to address systemic inequities.
Justin Hollander, Professor, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Justin Hollander, A96, professor of urban and environmental policy and planning, has authored the first urban planning book to be published as a non-fungible token (NFT): Essays on City Planning: Volume I. The innovative publishing method “has swept the creative arts and investment world and is on the verge of disrupting scholarly publishing,” notes Hollander, whose  mix of essays explore a range of topics in urban planning, including economic development, brownfields reuse, public space, planned communities, and smart cities. 
Jennifer Allen Jennifer Allen, professor, Department of Community Health, has published two new papers. The first paper titled "Factors associated with the intention to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine among a racially/ethnically diverse sample of women in the USA" was published in the journal Translational Behavioral Medicine. Rebecca Rose, A23, is a co-author on the paper. The second paper is titled "The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Brazilian Immigrant Community in the U.S: Results from a Qualitative Study" and was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Leticia Priebe Rocha, A20, Rebecca Rose, A23, Annmarie Hoch, A21, and Christiane Soares, senior lecturer, Department of Romance Studies, are co-authors on the paper.   
Keith Maddox, associate professor, Department of Psychology Keith Maddox, associate professor, Department of Psychology, has been named a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS). APS Fellows are selected based on their outstanding contributions to the field of psychology.   
Natasha Warikoo, Department of Sociology Natasha Warikoo, professor, Department of Sociology, has published a new article in the American Journal of Sociology titled "Addressing Emotional Health while Protecting Status: Asian American and White Parents in Suburban America." The paper examines parents' pursuit of their children's emotional well-being.  
Mimi Kao, professor of biology Mimi Kao, assistant professor, Department of Biology, has co-authored a new paper titled "Variable but not random: temporal pattern coding in a songbird brain area necessary for song modification" in the Journal of Neurophysiology. Kao was recently featured on the journal's podcast to discuss the article and her research.   
Deborah Schildkraut, Professor, Department of Political ScienceJeffrey Berry, John Richard Skuse, Class of 1941, Professor of Political ScienceJames Glaser Professors of Political Science Deborah Schildkraut, Jeffrey Berry, and James Glaser, who is also Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, have published two new co-authored articles. Their piece "Charge and Retreat: Asymmetric Patterns of Political Engagement among Liberals and Conservatives," is a chapter of the book compilation Dynamics of American Democracy: Partisan Polarization, Political Competition, and Government Performance (University Press of Kansas, 2020). Their article "Education and the Curious Case of Conservative Compromise," which examines the relationship of the level of education to the amount of support for political compromise was published in the journal Political Research Quarterly. 
Ayanna Thomas, Professor, Department of Psychology Ayanna Thomas, professor, Department of Psychology, has been inducted into the Memory Disorders Research Society. She was also recently included on Cell Mentor's list of 1,000 inspiring Black scientists in America.


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