Publications, Grants, Conferences, and Awards

Friday, November 6, 2020 - 9:17am

Western Washington University Associate Professor of Modern & Classical Languages Shannon Dubenion-Smith will be awarded the Goethe-Institut/AATG Certificate of Merit on Nov.21.

This award honors those who have demonstrated achievement in furthering the teaching of German in the U.S. by being outstanding teachers, making significant contributions to the profession, and demonstrating successful interdisciplinary cooperation. Dubenion-Smith, who was hired in 2008 for his expertise in Germanic Linguistics, has taught throughout all levels of the German curriculum, as well as…

Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 8:32am

Mart Stewart (history) has published an essay, "Marking the Boundaries of Contagion: Vietnam and Covid-19," in the October issue of Environmental History.  The essay is part of a collection of 20 reflections by environmental historians from around the world in this issue. Oxford University Press is providing free access to this collection:

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 10:13am

WWU Associate Professor of Global Humanities and Religions Michael Slouber was interviewed for a New Books Network podcast on his upcoming anthology A Garland of Forgotten Goddesses: Tales of the Feminine Divine from India and Beyond (University of California Press, 2021).   You can listen online, or download the podcast here.

About the book:

Imagining the divine as female is rare—even controversial—in most religions. Hinduism, by contrast, preserves a rich and continuous tradition of goddess worship. A Garland of Forgotten Goddesses …

Monday, October 19, 2020 - 12:23pm

portrait of Mart Stewart

WWU Professor of History Mart Stewart has been awarded the Inaugural James C. Giesen Teaching Excellence Award in Agricultural and Rural History by the Agricultural History Society, awarded to a nominee who has achieved distinction in the teaching of agricultural and rural history.  The colleagues and students who nominated Stewart and the Giesen Award Committee cited several features of his teaching record as distinctive. 

According to the Award Committee, “(Stewart's) teaching career has highlighted the social,…

Friday, October 16, 2020 - 10:51am

WWU Professor of History Ricardo López-Pedreros has won Honorable Mention for his paper," Makers of Democracy: A Transnational History of the Middle Classes in Colombia," as submitted to the Alejandro Ángel Escobar Foundation awards in the category of Social and Human Sciences.

Alejandro Ángel Escobar was a Colombian businessman born in Medellín in 1903. In his will, after having studied the operation of the Nobel Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, he entrusted his wife, María Restrepo de Ángel, with the…

Friday, August 14, 2020 - 12:41pm

Western faculty Meg Warren (College of Business and Economics) and Samit Bordoloi (Woodring College) just published a Special Issue on COVID-19, Wellbeing, and Inequities in the International Journal of Wellbeing. See the abstract here.

Monday, August 10, 2020 - 9:24am

Western Washington University Associate Professor of Journalism Brian J. Bowe, Professor of Journalism Carolyn Nielsen, and Assistant Professor of Journalism Joe Gosen and their L'Institut de Presse et des Sciences de l'Information colleagues Arwa Kooli and Rafia Somai presented their research, "After the Revolution: Tunisian Journalism Students and a News Media in Transition," on Aug. 7 at the virtual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference.

The collaboration grew from Bowe's 2019 U.S. Department of State U.S.-Tunisia Student…

Friday, August 7, 2020 - 11:52am

WWU Assistant Professor of Journalism Betsy O'Donovan and Professor of Journalism Carolyn Nielsen presented their research, "Curious Citizens: Whose voices are heard in 'people-powered' reporting," on Aug. 7 at the virtual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference. 

Their study examined public radio news stories produced using a new platform, Hearken, that seeks to involve the audience in deciding which stories are covered, how they are covered, and whose voices appear in the coverage. They found stories produced using the Hearken platform…

Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 2:03pm

Journalism Professor Carolyn Nielsen's article, "Send her back: News narratives, intersectionality, and the rise of politically powerful women of color," has been published in the Summer 2020 edition of the International Symposium on Online Journalism, which is also available online:

Nielsen also served on a virtual panel at the July ISOJ conference to speak to its theme of "Power, privilege, and patriarchy in journalism: Dynamics of media control,…

Monday, July 6, 2020 - 11:50am

While on professional leave in Spring 2020, Jason Kanov (Department of Management, College of Business and Economics) completed and published a paper entitled “Why Suffering Matters!” in the Journal of Management Inquiry. The paper describes how workplaces not only harbor but also cause significant human suffering, yet this suffering tends to be largely overlooked, ignored, or suppressed. Additionally, the paper discusses implications of these observations, which include better surfacing systemic inequities related to who is more or less likely to suffer at work and identifying…