Publications, Grants, Conferences, and Awards

Monday, May 3, 2021 - 10:29am

Roberta wears glasses, a scarf, and shoulder-length light-brown hair

Roberta D. Kjesrud of Western Washington University recently published a new book, Learning Enhanced: Studio Practices for Engaged Inclusivity, which presents an equity-based studio approach to coaching student growth in academic literacies, especially research, reading, and writing. Organized by six core themes – engaged inclusivity, studio-based learning, integrated literacies, placemaking, assessment, and the political context of higher education – the volume includes a mix of chapters and interchapters. Chapters review existing scholarship, challenge fossilized library…

Monday, April 26, 2021 - 12:54pm

WWU Assistant Professor of Art Ryan Kelly recently spoke about his artwork with Ben Carter, curator of the "Tales of a Red Clay Rambler" podcast. Links to the interview are below.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - 10:30am

Western Washington University Professor of Environmental Studies Michael Medler testified before a hearing on “Forest Resilience and Management for Wildfire” at the State of Oregon's Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Wildfire Recovery on March 15. The minutes of his testimony, and his prepared preparation, are attached below.

Friday, January 15, 2021 - 9:38am

WWU Assistant Professor of History Christine Johnston’s new edited collection, "The Gift of the Nile? Ancient Egypt and the Environment" was just published by the Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections. The contributors offer studies on the cultural and environmental impact of the Nile on the people of ancient Egypt. 

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 11:25am

Babafemi Akinrinade, a professor in Western's Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, has recently published a new book as well as a chapter in other book:


Book Publication:

Babafemi Akinrinade, ATROCITY CRIMES, ATROCITY LAWS AND JUSTICE IN AFRICA (The Hague, Netherlands: Eleven International Publishing, 2021), published December 2020. The book cover image is attached.


Book Chapter Publication:

Babafemi Akinrinade, The Holocaust: Framework for Responding to Genocide and Mass Atrocities, in Charlotte…

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 8:36am

Professor Anne Lobeck, Department of Linguistics, has been inducted into the 2021 class of Fellows of the Linguistics Society of America. Fellows are chosen based on distinguished contributions to the field, such as scholarly excellence, service to the LSA,  and teaching and mentoring excellence. 

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 10:18am

Western Washington University Professor of Global Humanities and Religions Jonathan Miran has been awarded a research grant from the Gerda Henkel Stiftung in Germany allowing him to devote time in 2021 to pursue his book project The Global Red Sea: Histories of Space, Circulation, and Exchange.  

Established in 1976, the Gerda Henkel Foundation primarily supports research in the historical humanities. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 10:21am

Art History Professor Jimena Berzal de Dios recently published "Chthonic Restitutions: Madness and Oblivion" in SubStance, a journal of Johns Hopkins University Press.

Abstract: This essay theorizes madness as a chthonic emplacement to dishevel existentially insufficient and detached interpretations of disorder. Reflecting on Nietzsche’s emphasis on poetry over systematic thought, I take up Lorca and Baudelaire’s visceral language on death and the earthly to revisit chthonic myths as expressing an underworld uncontrollable sphere beyond systematicity. Written from the…

Monday, November 16, 2020 - 9:11am

Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Global Humanities & Religions Ethan Bushelle's essay "The Green Bamboo is the Dharmakāya: Waka Poetry and the Buddhist Imagination in Heian Japan" is one of the entries in a volume of essays, "Buddhist Literature as Philosophy, Buddhist Philosophy as Literature" recently published by SUNY Press. 

"The Green Bamboo is the Dharmakāya" considers two decisive transformations in the place and understanding of Japanese court poetry, or waka, in Japan's Heian period (794–1185): the first, an "…

Monday, November 16, 2020 - 9:01am

Western Washington University Professor of History Ricardo López-Pedreros have been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship at University College London's Institute of the Americas.  While at UCL-IA, as Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor, he will explore the contested histories of democracies in the Americas. In particular, he will present his recent research on the historical formation of the middle classes in Latin America. He will also work on his current research on the social foundations of neoliberalism in the Americas during the second half of the twentieth century…