Artistry and Scholarship: Highlights from a Semester of Faculty Achievements

By Bowdoin News

Through papers published in peer-reviewed journals and conference invitations to contributions in the performing arts, Bowdoin faculty members complemented their campus instruction with scholarly and artistic endeavors in a variety of ways during the spring semester.

Many significant health disparities and inequities faced by Hispanic communities in the US are tied to what Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures Margaret Boyle, director of the Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies program, calls a long history of health injustice in the Hispanic world. Her article for The Conversation was picked up by news outlets across the globe.

Assistant Professor of Theater Germán Cárdenas-Alaminos was the scenic designer for the Portland Stage Company production of Clyde’s written by Lynn Nottage and directed by Dominque Rider.  

Assistant Professor of Government Ángel Saavedra Cisneros brought three students to a national conference in New York City to present research examining the significant differences in turnout among student voters according to their racial and ethnic identity.

Barry N. Wish Professor of Social Studies Charles Dorn received a Fulbright US Scholar award to research environmental education in Japan and teach undergraduate and graduate students there about the American experience through his fields of expertise, education, and educational history. Dorn was also named a Landhaus Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany, where he’ll work on his current book, Learning through Nature: A History of Environmental Education in America. Additionally, his research was featured in the NPR Throughline episode, “The Great Textbook War,” which examines “a media mogul, a textbook author, and a battle over what students should—or shouldn't—learn in school.”

Cover of "Modern Migrations, Black Interrogations"

Rasuli Lewis Assistant Professor of Sociology Jamella Gow edited the newly published Modern Migrations, Black Interrogations: Revisioning Migrants and Mobilities through the Critique of Antiblackness and contributed a chapter.

Associate Professor of Digital Humanities Crystal Hall and Birgit Tautz, Bowdoin’s George Taylor Files Professor of Modern Languages, coedited German and European Cultural Histories, 1760-1830, a compilation of essays featuring cutting-edge research on networks, understood through conventional reading and interpretation and digital network analysis. Tautz was appointed general editor of Spektrum, the interdisciplinary book series of the German Studies Association. Tautz’s essay “Werthers Medien” in the journal Zeitschrift für Germanistik and reprinted in the book 250 Jahre Werther celebrates the 250th anniversary of the publication of Goethe’s seminal novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther.

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience Jennifer Honeycutt’s Maine INBRE award was renewed for a fourth year to extend her lab’s research on the epigenomic drivers of risk following early life adversity.  

Irfan and Evan Albers '23A peer-reviewed paper by Evan Albers '23, Mohammad Irfan, Bowdoin’s John F. and Dorothy H. Magee Associate Professor of Digital and Computational Studies and Computer Science, and Associate Professor of Economics Matthew Botsch was one of three finalists for the Best Paper Award at the 23rd International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems and ultimately won the Best Paper Runner-up award.

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Studies Eileen Johnson collaborated with economist Kathleen Bell ’90 on research into the role of municipal digital services in advancing rural resilience.

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In March, Professor of Theater Abigail Killeen played Heidi Schreck in Portland Stage Company’s What the Constitution Means to Me, grappling with the Constitution, Roe v. Wade, and what it means to be a woman in America.

Killeen played the role of Goneril in the world premiere of Karin Coonrod's King Lear at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in June.

Associate Professor of History and Environmental Studies Matthew Klingle received an award from the National Institutes of Health-National Library of Medicine in support of his book, Sweet Blood: Diabetes and the Changing Nature of Modern Health (Yale University Press).

Piano instructor Gulimina Mahamuti was invited to present her research on Xinjiang-style piano music as part of the Frances Clark Center’s “Composers and Music of Asian Heritage” webinar series. Mahamuti also chaired the DEI sessions at the 2024 Music Teachers National Association’s national conference. With artist-in-residence George Lopez, Duo Mundi George & Guli performed in Santa Barbara, CA, in May and are performing across the country and in China, Brazil, and Italy over the summer.

Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures Carolyn Wolfenzon Niego worked with Katie Draeger ’24 on an article to be published in the academic peer-reviewed journal Confluencia.

Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies Mary Rogalski’s research with students involving Daphia, water fleas living in lakes, published in the journal Evolutionary Applications could help improve how we manage risk associated with road salt pollution.

Stanley F. Druckenmiller Associate Professor of Asian Studies Vyjayanthi Selinger was selected to be a 2024 Bonnie Wheeler Fellow, the fund for which was established to support the research of women medievalists.

Wells Johnson Professor of Mathematics Mary Lou Zeeman received the American Institute of Mathematics’ "SQuaRE" award for "Flow-Kick Systems with Applications to Immunology,” a project that models the fact that repeated, subclinical, viral exposure can sometimes protect us from infection.