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Fall 2021

Fernando Salinas-Quiroz, Assistant Professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development The World Organization for Early Childhood Education (Organisation Mondiale pour L'Éducation Préscolaire--OMEP) has designated Fernando Salinas-Quiroz, Assistant Professor, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, as an OMEP representative in the United Nations for 2022. 
Tatiana Chudakova Tatiana Chudakova, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, is the author of a new book titled Mixing Medicines: Ecologies of Care in Buddhist Siberia (Fordham University Press, 2021). The book delves into the practice of Tibetan medicine in Russia's Buddhist regions in Southeastern Siberia. 
Deborah Schildkraut, Professor, Department of Political Science Deborah Schildkraut, Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, is co-author of a new book titled States of Belonging: Immigration Policies, Attitudes, and Inclusion (Russell Sage Foundation, 2021). The book focuses on research conducted by Schildkraut and an interdisciplinary team on the impact of state and local immigration policies on attitudes about immigrants and immigration and residents' sense of belonging in New Mexico and Arizona. The publication recently received coverage in Axios Latino's Newsletter.  
Lorgia García Peña


Lorgia García Peña, Mellon Associate Professor, Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora, has been selected as an inaugural 2021 Freedom Scholar by the Marguerite Casey Foundation. The award supports "emerging leaders in academia whose research can provide critical insight to social justice leaders and whose ideas encourage all of us to imagine how we can radically improve our democracy, economy and society."
Anne-Christine Rice Anne-Christine Rice, Senior Lecturer, Department of Romance Studies, has been named the 2021 recipient of the Nelson Brooks Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Culture, an annual program of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Ethan Murrow

Ethan Murrow, Professor of the Practice, SMFA at Tufts, has been awarded honors in the 21st Annual Massachusetts Book Awards in the Picture Book/Early Reader Category for the book he co-wrote with Vita Murrow, Zero Local: Next Stop: Kindness (Candlewick, 2021). State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz said of the book and the honor, “This is a well-deserved honor for a thoughtful, generous book about the power of art, kindness, and diversity.”

Daanika Gordon

Daanika Gordon, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, has been elected to the Law & Society Association's Board of Trustees. She will serve a three year term on the board.   

Kerri Greenidge

Kerri Greenidge, Mellon Assistant Professor, Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora, has been awarded Fordham University's Ann M. Sperber Book Prize for her book Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter, (Liveright Books (W.W. Norton, 2020). The prize is awarded annually to an outstanding autobiography, memoir, or biography of a journalist. 

Richard Lerner

A new report from two universities in China has found that Tufts Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development (IARYD) is the world leader in publications about positive youth development from 1995 to 2020. The report also found that Director of IARYD Richard M. Lerner, Bergstrom Chair of Applied Developmental Science, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, was the second most frequent first author involved in these publications. 
David Hammer


David Hammer, Professor, Department of Education, is co-author of a new paper published with Lara Appleby, Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Vesal Dini, Lecturer in Physics and Astronomy, Ellise LaMotte, Associate Dean of Student Diversity, Inclusion, and Success, and Lily Withington. The paper, titled "Disciplinary significance of social caring in postsecondary science, technology, engineering, and mathematics," was published in the journal Physical Review Physics Education Research and focuses on research conducted in a BEST program course at the School of Engineering. 

Justin Hollander

Justin Hollander, A96, Professor, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, co-authored a journal article in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research based on work he conducted with professors from the Czech Republic (Dr. Jaroslav Koutsky) and China (Dr. Kai Zhou) who both visited Tufts through the Fulbright program during the 2018-2019 school year and were appointed Visiting Scholars in UEP. 

Guadalupe Maravilla

Professor of the Practice at SMFA Guadalupe Maravilla is the 2021 recipient of The Lise Wilhelmsen Art Award, which is awarded to a distinguished artist whose work will inspire and motivate future generations to active participation and social responsibility.

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 the 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 book 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.

Susan Barahal

Susan Barahal, Senior Lecturer, Department of Education, has been named as the Higher Education Art Educator of the Year by the Massachusetts Art Education Association.

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

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