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Faculty Achievements

Awards

  • Ipsita A. Banerjee, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry, has been selected as the recipient for the Four - Year College Teaching Award by the New York Section of the American Chemical Society. She was also a recipient (along with Patricio Meneses, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Alma Rodenas-Ruano, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, Nicholas Sawyer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Elizabeth Thrall, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry, and Marie Thomas, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry) of a National Science Foundation MRI Grant regarding the Acquisition of Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorter (FACS) for Multidisciplinary Research and Education.
  • Heather Dubrow, Ph.D., Professor, as well as the John D. Boyd, SJ Chair in  Poetic Imagination and Director of the Poets Out Loud reading series, is now the president of the International Network for the Study of Lyric (INSL). The organization has over 300 members on 5 continents, including both literary critics and poets/ Dr. Dubrow previously served as vice-president.
  • Benjamin Dunning, Ph.D., Professor of Theology, was elected to the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas / Society for New Testament Studies.
  • Ayala Fader, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology, is the recipient of a $20,000 grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. The grant is funding the Demystifying Language Project (DLP) Workshop, a partnership among linguistic anthropologists, a developmental editor, local high school students and teachers, and our undergraduate anthropology/linguistics students. The workshop is designed to create strategies for academics to learn to write for high school students, a first step in expanding the DLP to include long-term partnerships between Fordham and two local high schools (Manhattan and the Bronx). Co-organizers include Sarah Grey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Spanish and Linguistics, Britta Ingebretson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Chinese, Johanna Quinn, P.h.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology, and Clarence Ball, Advance Lecturer in Communications and Media Management.
  • Stephen R. Grimm, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy, is the recipient of a grant from the Teagle Foundation for $300,000 for the Knowledge for Freedom program, which will support underserved high school students from the Bronx.
  • Susanne Hafner, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of German, is the recipient of the 2021 South Central Modern Language Association Faculty Research Grant. 
  • Mark Himmelstein, graduate student in Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology, is the winner of the 2021 deFinetti prize that is awarded bi-annually by the European Association of Decision Making (EADM) for the best paper by a young investigator. The paper was co-written by David V. Budescu, Ph.D., Anne Anastasi Professor of Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology.
  • Carey Kasten, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Spanish, and Brenna Moore, Ph.D., Professor of Theology, are recipients of the prestigious Luce Foundation's Religion and Theology Program grant ($15K) in support of their community-based research project, Mutuality in El Barrio: Stories of LSA Family Health Services in East Harlem. The project is also now under advance book contract with Fordham University Press's Empire State Series. 
  • Joseph T. Lienhard, S.J. Professor of Theology, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Patristics Society.
  • Angela Alaimo O’Donnell, Ph.D., Associate Director of Curran Center for American Catholic Studies, is the first prize winner of the 2021 Paraclete Poetry Prize for her manuscript, HOLYLAND. The prize is $1,000 and book publication. 
  • Father Bryan Massingale, Professor of Theological and Social Ethics, as well as the James and Nancy Buckman Chair in Applied Christian Ethics and Senior Fellow in Center for Ethics Education, received the 2020 Isaac Hecker Award for Social Justice from Boston's Paulist Center. (The presentation was postponed because of the pandemic). He was recognized for his work in racial justice and within the LGBTQ community, and he shares this award with prominent figures, such as Dorothy Day and Cesar Chavez.
  • Doyle McCarthy, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Sociology, was awarded the 2021 George Herbert Mead Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society from the Study of Symbolic Interaction. 
  • Aristotle Papanikolaou, Ph.D., Co-Director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Department and Theology Professor, was appointed to the World Council of Churches Reference Group on Overcoming Racism, Racial Discrimination and Xenophobia. He was also appointed to the Editorial Board of Directors for the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics.
  • Magda Teter, Ph.D., Shvidler Chair in Judaic Studies and Professor of History, won two book prizes for her publication (Blood Libel: On the Trail of an Antisemitic Myth): the George L. Mosse Prize from the American Historical Association (awarded annually for an outstanding major work of extraordinary scholarly distinction, creativity, and originality in the intellectual and cultural history of Europe since 1500) and the 2021 Bainton Prize for History and Theology from the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (Four prizes are awarded yearly for the best books written in English dealing with four categories within the time frame of 1450-1660: Art and Music History, History and Theology, Literature, and Reference Works)
  • Harold Takooshian, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, was awarded The 2021 Frances Mullen Award for Distinguished Contribution to International Psychology in October. This award is presented to honor a member of the ICP who has a long and distinguished history of research or applied contributions to one or more international areas.
  • Tiffany Yip, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology, received an Outstanding Contribution to Research on Asian/Asian Americans Award from the Society for Research in Child Developmental (SRCD), Asian Caucus in recognition of outstanding and unique contributions to research on Asian/Asian American families and children. 

Books & Chapters

  • After a year on leave as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Caitlin Beach, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Art History, completed her first book, Sculpture at the Ends of Slavery, and wrote a catalogue essay for an upcoming exhibition on the sculptor Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux.
  • Mary Bly, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of English, published the novel, Lizzie & Dante.
  • Anjali K. Dayal, Ph.D., Associate Professor of International Politics, published the book, Incredible Commitments: How UN Peacekeeping Failures Shape Peace Processes.
  • Sarit Kattan Gribetz, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology, wrote an essay, “Come Visit Jerusalem at Fordham” for the Jerusalem exhibit currently on display in the O’Hare Special Collections in Walsh Library. She also published an essay about pedagogy titled “Musical Preludes: Getting Back into the Rhythm of Teaching and Learning” in the journal Ancient Jew Review. An excerpt of her book, Time and Difference in Rabbinic Judaism, appeared in Tablet Magazine over the summer.
  • Karina Martin Hogan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology, is the guest co-editor, with Jason Zurawski, of a special issue of the Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha, on the Wisdom of Solomon. She is also the author of the chapter on the book of Baruch in the recently published Oxford Handbook of the Apocrypha.
  • Sarah Lockhart, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science, released the textbook, Introduction to International Migration.
  • Aristotle Papanikolaou, Ph.D., Co-Director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Department and Theology Professor’s article, “How I Teach Theology to Undergrads,” was translated into German and published in Religion & Gesellschaft in Ost und West. His book, The Mystical as Political: Democracy and Non-Radical Orthodoxy, was published in Russian. 
  • Silvana Patriarca, Ph.D., Professor of History, published the book, Il colore della Repubblica. ‘Figli della guerra’ nell’Italia postfascista.
  • Ian Singleton, Adjunct Professor, Department of English, published the novel, Two Big Differences.
  • Larry Welborn, Ph.D., Professor of Theology, published a chapter entitled “On the Basis of Equality: Paul between Protagoras and Ranciere” in Political Theology on Edge: Ruptures of Justice and Belief in the Anthropocene, and a chapter entitled "A. D. Nock on the Exclusiveness of Conversion to Christianity: A Re-evaluation with Reference to Evidence from Roman Corinth" in the book Celebrating Arthur Darby Nock: Choice, Change, and Conversion. He also published the co-authored/co-edited book: The First Urban Churches 6: Rome and Ostia (his chapter in this volume is entitled "Early Christianity at Rome according to the Evidence of the so-called First Epistle of Clement")

Presentations, Podcasts, Radio, & Television

  • Rufus Burnett, Jr., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Theology, was a colloquist presenting a paper entitled “Captive Cartographies of Possibility: A Spatial Unthinking of Universal Vulnerability and Marginality” at Duquesne University’s Fourteenth Annual Holy Spirit Lecture and Colloquium on October 5th. This year’s theme was “Grieving in the Upper Room: Vulnerability, Recognition, and the Holy Spirit.”
  • Charles Camosy, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theological and Social Ethics, participated in an online panel on November 4 on “Resisting Throwaway Culture: Protecting Life and Creation,” hosted by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington and the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University. 
  • David Gibson, Director of Fordham's Center on Religion and Culture and Michael Lee, Ph.D., Professor of Theology and Director of the Francis & Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies, participated in a panel event discussing the U.S. bishops' "eucharistic coherence" document.
  • Christina Greer, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science, appeared on “The ReidOut” on MSNBC, and The Brian Lehrer Show to discuss the deadline for police, fire, and sanitation workers to get vaccinated. 
  • Marija Kundakovic, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, was a guest on the NeurOnAir podcast, specifically on the episode, "Demystifying the Female Brain - From Genes to Behavior." Dr. Kundakovic was interviewed by neuroscience graduate students from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the podcast covers her research into the molecular basis of anxiety and depression, and ends with the discussion of bigger scientific and social issues related to women’s health. She was also a guest on the BRΛINCAST webinar series, where the conversation focused on the Female Brain.
  • Joseph Lawton, M.F.A., Photography Professor, presented Being and There, a photography exhibit at the Aurelia Gallery in New York that ran from the end of September to the end of October.
  • Tyesha Maddox, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies, was featured in the NBC story, “Explaining the Past, Present and Future of the Mutual Aid Movement.”  
  • Aristotle Papanikolaou, Ph.D., Co-Director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Department and Theology Professor, participated in the Ecumenical Summer School of Theology with the theme, “(a)Political Faith: The Christian in Political Arena,” sponsored by the Dubrovnik Diocese, where he taught classes and presented a lecture, “The Ascetical as the Civic: Civil Society as Political Communion.”
  • Henry Schwalbenberg, Ph.D., Director of the Graduate Program in International Political Economy and Development (IPED), was greeted by Pope Francis at Vatican City on October 23. Dr. Schwalbenberg traveled to Rome to attend an international conference, “Solidarity, Cooperation and Responsibility,” at the Vatican, where he shared the 2021 results of Fordham’s Pope Francis Global Poverty Index with Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle, the president of Caritas Internationalis, the relief and development arm of the Catholic Church, and with Cardinal Michael Czerny, S.J., the pope’s point person on international migration issues. On his return from Rome, Dr. Schwalbenberg stopped by the Catholic University of America to present the results of the poverty index and meet with IPED alumni in the Washington, D.C., area.
  • Tyler Stovall, Ph.D., Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, was a guest on New York Public Radio
  • Lance Strate, Ph.D., Professor of Communication and Media Studies, was a guest on the Hermatix podcast.
  • Cristina Traina, Ph.D., Professor of Theology, delivered “Reenvisioning Our Relationship with Children in Light of the Abuse Crisis,” at a September 27 panel for the Taking Responsibility Initiative at Fordham. She also delivered the O’Callaghan Lecture on Women in Church and Society at Fairfield University on October 6, titled “Women and Children First? The Pandemic’s Lessons for Society and the Church.”
  • Christiana Zenner, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology, was featured on the Water Foresight podcast in August, entitled, "What kind of thing is water in 2040?" The conversation covered trends in water valuation (ethical, economic, and otherwise), the pluralities of fresh waters, decolonial imperatives, and more. Listen here. She was also one of five presenters on an international virtual forum on September 30 on the topic of "Climate privilege, racism, and vulnerability: Questions for theological reflection," hosted by the Toronto School of Theology.
  • Larry Welborn, Ph.D., Professor of Theology, presented a paper (via Zoom) entitled "Equality as the Premise of Commensality at the Lord's Supper in Corinth" at the annual conference of the Society for the Study of Early Christianity in Sydney, Australia in May.

Published Articles & Quotes

  • William Akoto, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of International Politics, published the article "Accountability and Cyber Conflict: Examining Institutional Constraints on the Use of Cyber Proxies" in Conflict Management and Peace Science. He was also mentioned in the Vox article, “For Hackers, Space is the Final Frontier.”
  • Rachel A. Annunziato, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Professor of Psychology, was quoted in the Catholic News Service article, “UPDATE: Catholics See Challenging Balance in Simone Biles’ Decisions at Olympics.”
  • Laura Auricchio, Ph.D., Dean of FCLC, published the article, “The U.S.-France Relationship Has Always Had Friction” in The Washington Post.
  • Ipsita A. Banerjee, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry, was mentioned in the ETH Zurich article, “Sensing the Brain’s Chemical Signals.”
  • Ida Bastiaens, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science, has a new blog post, titled “How to Rescue Free Trade in the Post-Covid World.”
  • Bruce Berg, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, was quoted in the USA Today article, “Eric Adams is poised to be New York City’s next mayor. Who is he?” and the article, “Eric Adams wins New York City Democratic mayoral race after keeping narrow lead over Kathryn Garcia,”
  • Garrett Broad, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication & Media Studies, was mentioned in the Penn State News article, “Cellular Agriculture Development has Potential to Change Food Industry, Society.”
  • Gabe Brown, Adjunct Professor of Painting and Drawing, was mentioned in the Hudson Valley 360 article, “Spencertown Academy Presents “Whimsy” Art Exhibition.”
  • Charles Camosy, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theological and Social Ethics, was quoted in the Crux article, “Catholic Groups Criticize Archbishop Gomez for Speech on ‘Woke’ Movements,” The Atlantic article, “How Is a Catholic Supposed to Think About the COVID Vaccine?” and the Associated Press article, "Some Abortion Foes Question Tactical Wisdom of New Texas Ban.”
  • Saul Cornell, Ph.D., Paul and Diane Guenther Chair in American History, published the article, “The Supreme Court’s Latest Gun Case Made a Mockery of Originalism” on Slate.com. He was quoted in the BBC article, “How a Medieval English Law Affects the US Gun Control Debate,” The Seattle Times article, “In fight at Supreme Court over N.Y. Gun Law, a Surprising Conservative Split” and in the History News Network article, “Will SCOTUS Force Us All to Find Out How Polite an Armed Society Will Be?” He also was a guest on the podcast The Attitude with Arnie Arnesen.
  • Anjali K. Dayal, Ph.D., Associate Professor of International Politics, was quoted in the Devex article, “COVID-19, Climate and … Kermit the Frog.”
  • John P. Entelis, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, published the article, "Tunisian Democracy on Hold: Coup, Counter Coup, or Creative Destruction?" in the American Political Science Association MENA Politics Section Newsletter (vol. 4, Fall 2021).
  • Christina Greer, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science, was quoted in the Newsweek article, “Can Stacey Abrams Save the Democrats—Again?,” the Reuters article, “New York City's New Mayor Inherits Steep Challenges with Crime, COVID-19 Recovery,” and the NBC article, “From Dinkins to Adams: What Progressives See in New York’s 2nd Black Mayor.”’
  • Sarah Grey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Spanish and Linguistics, was quoted in the MedicineNet article, “Bilingual Kids Learn New Languages Better.”
  • Boris Heersink, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, co-wrote and published the article, “The Mixed Effects of Candidate Visits on Campaign Donations in the 2020 Presidential Election” in American Politics Research.
  • Christine Hinze, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Theology, was quoted in the American Magazine article, “Pope Francis Agrees: Equal Pay for Women is Long (long) Overdue.”
  • Matthew Hockenberry, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communications, was mentioned in the Reuters article, “Fact Check-No Evidence Cargo Supply-Chain Issues Have Been Deliberately Orchestrated by U.S. Government.”
  • Patrick Hornbeck, Ph.D., Professor of Theology, was mentioned in the Associated Press article, “Texas Executions Face Delays over Religious Rights Claims.”
  • Amir Idris, Ph.D., Professor of African and African American Studies, published The Hill article, “Is there hope for South Sudan after 10 years of failure?”
  • Diana Kamin, Ph.D., Advanced Lecturer, Department of Communication and Media Studies, published the ArtForum article, “Total Recall.”
  • Paul Levinson, Ph.D., Professor of Media Studies, was mentioned in the ABC News article, “How William Shatner’s Blue Origin Space Trip Can Reignite Passion for Science”
  • Thomas Massaro, S.J., Professor of Theology, published an article entitled, “The Peace Advocacy of Pope Francis: Jesuit Perspectives,” in the Journal of Jesuit Studies (Sept. 2021). He also published a book review of Pedro Miguel Lamet’s Pedro Arrupe: Witness of the Twentieth Century, Prophet of the Twenty-first, in the Journal of Jesuit Studies, as well as two essays: “Justice in the World, Then and Now: How Pope Francis Carries Forward the Agenda of the 1971 Synod of Bishops,” Journal of Catholic Social Thought, and “Afghanistan Withdrawal Highlights Americans’ Withdrawal of Trust in Government,” on the North America Forum on the website of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church.
  • Father Bryan Massingale, Professor of Theological and Social Ethics, as well as the James and Nancy Buckman Chair in Applied Christian Ethics and Senior Fellow in Center for Ethics Education, was mentioned in the National Catholic Reporter article, “Black Catholics Respond with Dismay as Gomez Calls Protests 'Pseudo-Religions'” and the article, “Archbishop Gomez's Comments Reveal Anti-Intellectualism Among Church Leaders.”
  • James McCartin, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair of the National Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education, published the September issue of Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education.
  • Darryl McLeod, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics, was quoted in the VOA News article, “Afghanistan Faces Complex Web of Economic Crises.”
  • Monika McDermott, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, was mentioned in The Guardian article, “The Silence of Donald Trump: How Twitter’s Ban is Cramping His Style.”
  • Mark Naison, Ph.D., Professor of African American Studies and History, was quoted in the USA Today article, “How GOP Focused Voters on Critical Race Theory” and The Grio article, “TikTok Confession of Alleged Lynching Recalls History of Black Trauma and White Lies.”
  • Michael Peppard, Ph.D., Professor of Theology, published the article "Persuading Anti-vaxxers" in the October 2021 issue of Commonweal and was mentioned in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram article, “COVID-19 is Traffic, and Vaccines are Red Lights. We Ignore Either at Society’s Peril.”
  • Allison Pfingst, Director of Fashion Studies, was mentioned in the Good Morning America article, “'Skorts' and Tennis Skirts are Back! Get In on This Season's Throwback Trend.” 
  • Amanda Armstrong Price, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History, published the review, “Semi-Plausible Histories: On Torrey Peters’s “Detransition, Baby”” on Los Angeles Review of Books.
  • Clint Ramos, Assistant Professor of Design/Head of Design and Production of the Theatre Program, was mentioned in the Rappler article, “[Only IN Hollywood] Cebuano Clint Ramos Gets Raves from Oprah Winfrey and Jennifer Hudson, No Less” and the American Theatre article, “Theatre Training Programs Have Some Learning to Do.”
  • Andrew Rasmussen, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, was mentioned in The Guardian article, “Vaccine Hesitant New Yorkers Consider Leaving the City as Mandates Take Effect.”
  • Kathryn Reklis, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology, was quoted in the USA Today article, ‘Texas Death Row Case: Supreme Court Grapples with Prayer, Touch in Execution Chamber” and published the Christian Century article, “My Pandemic Obsession with Workplace Comedies.”
  • Chris Rhomberg, Ph.D, Professor of Sociology, was quoted in the Associated Press article, “Deere Warns Striking Workers not to Expect Better Offer.”
  • Giacomo Santangelo, Ph.D, Senior Lecturer in Economics, was mentioned in the Monster.com article, “Monthly Jobs Report: Monster’s Hiring Snapshot.”
  • John C. Seitz, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology, published the article "Rock Minister of Souls: The Music and Vision of Angélica Garcia" in the National Catholic Reporter.
  • Laura Specker Sullivan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Philosophy, published the STAT article, “The Ethical Implications of Who Judges What’s ‘Necessary’ When it Comes to Emergency Care.”
  • Nicholas Tampio, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, was mentioned in The Chronicle of Higher Education article, “What’s a College Degree Worth?,” the Washington Examiner article, “Democrats Warn of ‘Threat to Democracy’ to Deceive Public into Accepting their Tyranny,” and the FOX News article, “USA Today Op-Ed Blasts Biden DOJ for Getting Involved in School Board Meetings: 'Outrageous'.”
  • Troy Tassier, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics, was quoted in the Forbes article, “There Is Little Evidence We Are Learning The Right Lessons From Covid: Report.”
  • Tiffany Yip, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology, was quoted in the Teen Vogue article, “Students Face Worsening Mental Health, But How Will Schools Handle It?” and the Scientific American article, “Research on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Is Being Stifled.”