Liberal Arts Research and Scholarly Work newsletter

Vol. 11, Issue 17

End of year message

-from the Senior Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs

Reflecting on the past two years, the challenges that everyone faced as a result of a pandemic that touched the lives of the entire world were profound. CLA is exceptionally proud of how our faculty adapted and continued to conduct first-class research while teaching our students and taking care of their families, friends, and neighbors. After a short hiatus, our faculty continued to work in their labs as part of a multi-university collaboration, they got book contracts, finished monographs, published papers in prestigious journals, and developed new collaborations all while following strict protocols during the lockdowns. None of this would have been possible without the support of Marc Getty and his dedicated IT and Facilities Teams. They kept our computers running and our operating systems updated, provided cameras for zoom meetings and laptops for our homes as well as secured PPT for a few faculty who continued to come to the main campus during the lockdown. I am also very proud of the commitment and resolve of the Research Administration team, Kim Fahey, Julia Erlanger, Colin Hammar, and our newest member, Jelani Medford, who continued to support our faculty without interruption and helped us maintain an upward trajectory despite significant funding uncertainty both internal and external. An open secret around the university is that we have the best Research Administration team among all the colleges. Kim, whose new title is Assistant Dean for Research Administration, is the rock of the division and a fountain of knowledge about all things research, even the most obscure rules and processes. Please congratulate her when you see her!

CLA is known for its diversity across departments that deliver unique areas of research and academics. Highlighting these areas across the humanities and social sciences via acclaim proved to be an easy task once again as this past year continued to provide many opportunities for us to boast about the work of our faculty and students. To revisit past issues of the newsletter and all of the featured stories, please visit our archives.

acCLAim is becoming increasingly popular and we encourage you to continue forwarding items that may be featured, such as new research projects and publications. We would like to thank all of you, our readers and researchers, for making 2021-2022 another banner year!

Have a great and productive summer.

Sandra L. Suárez, Professor and Senior Associate Dean


CLA is pleased to announce the Summer 2022 LAURA Scholar Awards:

  • Zain Abdullah (Religion) and Angelique Vittone for The Nation of Islam and Social Change, 1955-1975.

  • Debra Bangasser (Psychology and Neuroscience) and Rutvik Mehta for Effect of a Low Resource Environment on Social Motivation.

  • Eunice Chen (Psychology and Neuroscience) and Shely Khaikin for Acute Reward and Mood Effects of Ultraprocessed Food.

  • Nyron Crawford (Political Science) and Jerry Dong for An Experimental Test of Administrative Burden in Expungement of Criminal Records.

  • Nah Dove (Africology and African American Studies) and Aissata Sy for Raising the Visibility of African Women Scholars.

  • Barbara Ferman (Political Science) and Emma Jensen for Gun Violence in Philadelphia: Youth Perspectives on Origins and Solutions.

  • Kimberly Goyette (Sociology) and Francisca Selase Afantchao Biakou for A Continuation of Longitudinal Research on the Impacts of the Champions of Caring Ambassadors Leadership Program.

  • Elizabeth Gunderson (Psychology and Neuroscience) and Joei Camarote for Improving Preschoolers' Spatial Skills through an At-Home Parent-Led Intervention.

  • Victor Gutierrez-Velez (Geography and Urban Studies) and Chandler Marie McNelis for Land Cover and Ecosystem Change Mapping for Columbia.

  • Kevin Henry (Geography and Urban Studies) and Jenna Pinto for Hispanic and Immigrant Paradoxes in Colon Cancer Outcomes: The role of Neighborhood Poverty, Ethnic Enclaves, and Residential Mobility.

  • Veronica Jacome (Geography and Urban Studies) and Amy Cunniff for Relationship Building in the Pursuit of Just Transition: The Electrification of Philadelphia.

  • Catherine Maclean (Economics) and Akash Banerjee for Unintended Consequences of Public Good Investment: Evidence from Professional Sports Stadium Openings and Crime.

  • Laura McGrath (English) and Abigail Corcelli for Literary Agents and American Literature.

  • Nora Newcombe (Psychology and Neuroscience) and Linh Nguyen for Marvelous Moments.

  • Hamil Pearsall (Geography and Urban Studies) and Emma Linneman for Advancing Equitable Urban Forestry by Uncovering Barriers to Participation.

  • Monica Ricketts (History) and Ignacio A. Vasconsellos Riva for The Spectacle of Politics: Gender and Race in Lima’s Theater, 1650-1850.

  • Christina Rosan (Geography and Urban Studies) and Mason Dofflemyer for Reimagining A Sustainable Education to Meet Environmental, Climate, Education, and Community Goals.

  • Damien Stankiewicz (Anthropology) and Kathryn Dando for French Far-Right Twitter and the 2022 French Presidential Election.

  • Amarat Zaatut (Criminal Justice) and Jessica Chapman for Scholars’ Perceptions of Qualitative Research and its Utility in Criminology and Criminal Justice: A Comparative Study.

  • Janire Zalbidea (Spanish and Portuguese) and Molly Clark for Factors Underlying Aptitude for Foreign Language Learning.


  • Debra Bangasser (Psychology and Neuroscience) has received continuation funding from NIH for her project entitled, "Sex Differences in Stress Inoculation of Addition-Like Phenotypes."

  • For the project entitled, "Enhancing Healthy Reintegration and Recovery for High-Risk Opioid Users, Steven Belenko (Criminal Justice) has received continuation funding from the PA Department of Health.

  • Lisa Briand (Psychology and Neuroscience) has received continuation funding from NIH for her project entitled, "Examining Mechanisms Underlying Drug-Associated Memory Erasure by Zeta-Inhibitory Peptide."

  • For two, large research projects entitled, "Maternal Inflammation During Pregnancy" and "1/3 Community Psychosis Risk Screening," Lauren Ellman (Psychology and Neuroscience) has received continuation funding from NIH.

  • Michael McCloskey (Psychology and Neuroscience) has received continuation funding from NIH for his project entitled, "Validation of an fMRI Measure of Real Time Non-Suicidal Self-Injury."

  • Caterina Roman (Criminal Justice) has received continuation funding from the National Opinion Research Center for her project entitled, "Methods to Cost Crime Victimization."

  • For his project entitled, "Delinquency and Crime from Adolescence through Young Adulthood: The Crossroads Study," Laurence Steinberg has received continuation funding from UC Irvine (NIJ).



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