Scholarly Achievements Archive

“Scholarly Achievements” items, shown originally on the campus Announcements page, are archived here.


Ilan Stavans Publishes "A Most Imperfect Union: A Contrarian History of the United States"

Ilan Stavans, Amherst’s Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture, is the author of A Most Imperfect Union: A Contrarian History of the United States (Basic Books). With text by Stavans and illustrations by cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz, the book presents the nation’s history through true stories of its “most overlooked and marginalized peoples: the workers, immigrants, housewives, and slaves who built America from the ground up and made this country what it is today.”

Sarat to Receive Service Award from Law and Society Association

On May 29, Austin Sarat, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science and associate dean of the faculty, will receive the Ronald Pipkin Service Award from the Law and Society Association (LSA). The award recognizes Sarat, who has previously served as the LSA’s president and a member of its board of trustees, for having “demonstrated sustained and extraordinary service to the Association.”

Laure Katsaros Receives Mellon New Directions Fellowship to Study Architectural Design

Associate Professor of French Laure Katsaros has received $262,500 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through its New Directions Fellowship program, which exists to “assist faculty members in the humanities … who seek to acquire systematic training outside their own areas of special interest.” Katsaros’ award will support her in earning a master’s degree in the history and philosophy of design from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design in 2014–15, and in traveling around France to visit several distinctive architectural sites. Her goal is to produce a final project for the master’s program, and eventually a book, tentatively titled Glass Architectures: Utopian Surveillance from Fourier to the Surrealists.   

Drabinski Wins Book Award from Caribbean Philosophical Association

John E. Drabinski, professor of Black studies, has won the Caribbean Philosophical Association’s 2014 Frantz Fanon Award for Outstanding Book in Caribbean Thought for his book Levinas and the Postcolonial: Race, Nation, Other.

Holleman Wins Publication Award from American Sociological Association

Article by Daniel Diner ’14

Photo by Rob Mattson

Assistant Professor of Sociology Hannah Holleman has received the 2013 Allan Schnaiberg Outstanding Publication Award from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Environment and Technology. The biennial award, presented at the ASA’s Annual Meeting, recognizes the top publication in environmental sociology. It went to Holleman and her co-author, the University of Oregon’s John Bellamy Foster, for their paper entitled “Weber and the Environment: Classical Foundations for a Post-Exemptionalist Sociology,” published in the American Journal of Sociology in May of 2012.

Stoffer Co-Authors Book on Early-20th-Century American Dining

Lisa Stoffer, Amherst’s director of foundation and corporate relations, is co-author, with Hampshire College Professor Michael Lesy, of the new nonfiction book Repast: Dining Out at the Dawn of the New American Century, 1900–1910 (W.W. Norton & Co.).

Singh Organizes, and Morales ’14 Presents at, First Liberal Arts Colleges Development Economics Conference

Prakarsh Singh, assistant professor of economics, served as the main organizer for the inaugural Liberal Arts Colleges Development Economics Conference (LAC-DEV). Held on the Amherst College campus on Oct. 4 and 5, LAC-DEV was the first conference in the U.S. designed specifically to bring together development economists based at top liberal arts colleges.

Nicola Courtright Named Vice Chair of American Council of Learned Societies and Editor-in-Chief of Grove Art Online

Nicola M. Courtright, professor of the history of art, chair of European studies and past president of the College Art Association, has been elected vice chair of the Executive Committee of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). She has also been appointed editor-in-chief of Oxford’s Grove Art Online.

Poccia Publishes Marine Biology Research, Performs in Concert

Dominic L. Poccia, the Rufus Tyler Lincoln Professor of Biology, was special editor of a virtual symposium issue for the August issue of The Biological Bulletin entitled Cell Biology of Gametes and Embryos: Lessons from Marine Invertebrates, in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, MA

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