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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.

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. 

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:

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. 

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

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. 

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.

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.

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.