Faculty News

Bringing more students to the table

Beginning in fall 2021, students at IU Bloomington will be able to earn a master’s degree in Food Studies through a new interdisciplinary program run by the departments of Anthropology and Geography.

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A lifetime of achievement

Susan Gubar was honored with the Modern Language Association Lifetime Scholarly Achievement Award. Since joining the faculty at Indiana University Bloomington in 1973, she has created groundbreaking works of feminist criticism that uncovered a female literary tradition previously obscured within a traditionally male literary universe.

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Increasing representation in science publishing

The newly named editor-in-chief seeks to create a diverse vision for two important chemistry journals.

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A scientist to watch

Science News has named IU sociologist Anna Mueller one of its “Ten Scientists to Watch.” Her latest research on youth suicide rates is being conducted with the explicit objective of helping schools and communities in the nation’s Mountain West intervene.

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Blazing a trail for young women chemists

Professor Caroline Jarrold wasn’t the first female chemist at IU, but she is the department’s first female chair, its first female full professor, and, often, she is the first woman her students see who is able to balance having a family with a thriving career in academia.

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New channels in Hawaiian Studies

The direction of religious studies professor Michael Ing’s research is often guided by personal exploration. With a New Directions Fellowship from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Ing will step outside his usual discipline to analyze Hawaiian society’s response to colonization and explore the suppressed culture of his ancestors.

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Awards & Honors

Russell Lyons, James H. Rudy Professor of Mathematics, was named a 2021 Simons Fellow, allowing him to take academic leave for a full year to focus solely on research in the pursuit of significant advances. He will study ways to use probability and limits of finite networks to study questions about the mysterious class of sofic groups.


Four faculty members have been awarded College of Arts and Sciences’ 2020 David and Cheryl Morley Teaching Awards. Michael McGerr, Paul V. McNutt Professor of History, received the James P. Holland Teaching Award for Exemplary Teaching and Service to Students; Susan Kelly, senior lecturer in the Media School, received the Career Distinguished Teaching Award (Non-Tenure Track) in honor of Kathy O. Smith; Emily Fyfe, assistant professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, received the Early Career Teaching Excellence Award; and Kate Abramson, associate professor of Philosophy, received the ASURE Teacher of the Year Award.


Liese van Zee, professor of Astronomy, has been awarded the lifetime designation of “National Associate” by the National Academy of Sciences for her extraordinary service as chair of the Committee on Radio Frequencies.


Aurelian Craiutu, professor of Political Science, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for his project, "Moderation and the Rise of Democracy in France, 1830-1900." Professor Craiutu's is one of only four NEH projects funded in Indiana, and the only one at IU.


Bill Johnston, professor of Comparative Literature, was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, one of only 24 in the United States, for his translation of "Nights and Days" (Parts I and II) by Maria Dąbrowska from Polish into English.


Six College faculty members have been elected 2020 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for their contributions to science and research: Peter Finn, professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences; William P. Hetrick, professor and department chair of Psychological and Brain Sciences; Tuli Mukhopadhyay, professor of Biology; Nicola Pohl, the Joan and Marvin Carmack Chair in Bioorganic Chemistry and professor of Chemistry; Sara Skrabalak, James H. Rudy Professor of Chemistry; and Liese van Zee, professor of Astronomy.


Caroline Jarrold, Class of 1948 Herman B Wells Endowed Professor of Chemistry and department chair, was awarded the 2020 Frances P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal by the American Chemical Society. This award was established in 1936 and recognizes “distinguished service to chemistry by women chemists.”


Mary Murphy, professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and Megan Thielges, associate professor of Chemistry, were both awarded the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). According to the official White House press release, “The PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology.”

Faculty in the news

Gunther Jikeli, Erna B. Rosenfeld Professor of the Borns Jewish Studies Program and the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and associate professor of Germanic Studies, discussed his study of online hate speech and how it relates to actions and events in the offline world in an article for the IU Research Impact website following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.


John Nieto-Phillips, associate professor of History and vice provost for Diversity and Inclusion at IU Bloomington, was quoted in an NBC Los Angeles article sharing the history of Spain’s influence in the American Southwest as protestors threaten to topple Spanish colonial monuments.


Radhika Parameswaran, Herman B Wells Endowed Professor of Journalism in the Media School, was featured in a Time article where she discusses why the decision of companies like Unilever to remove terms like "fair/fairness," "white/whitening," and "light/lightening" from their products is “not enough.”


Rasul Mowatt, professor of American Studies, was quoted saying that, “Everything we think of in terms of race in the United States, recreation and leisure had a hand in influencing it,” in The Atlantic piece, “The Inequality of Summer Leisure.”


Caty Pilachowski, distinguished professor and Daniel Kirkwood Chair of Astronomy, was a guest on The Interplanetary Podcast where she discussed “old space events, another legend from the Harvard computers and the crazy incident of the Long March 5B.”


Gerald Wright, professor of Political Science, provided an expert breakdown of Iowa’s position as the first primary-election state in an article for WalletHub.


Gerardo Ortiz and David Baxter, professors of Physics, were appointed co-directors of IU's Quantum Science and Engineering Center. The center is devoted to the investigation of quantum theory, particularly quantum entanglement, and “reflects the important contributions IU is making to this second quantum revolution.”


Professor Alvin Rosenfeld, Irving M. Glazer Chair of Jewish Studies and the director of the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism, spoke with Holocaust survivor Anna Ornstein for NPR's On Point, marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, known as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.


Danielle K. Kilgo, assistant professor of Journalism in the The Media School, described the importance and consequences of media coverage of protest movements in a piece for The Conversation.


Sumit Ganguly, distinguished professor of Political Science, provided the “historical context of the [Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)] program and its implications for the future of Indian democracy” in an interview for Freedom House.


Jamsheed Choksy, distinguished professor of Central Eurasian Studies in the Hamilton Lugar School, weighed in on the tension with Iran and the mounting concern over a potential cyber threat in a Fox 59 news article.


In an article for The Times of Israel, Alvin H. Rosenfeld, professor of Jewish Studies and English, reflected on rising anti-Semitism in America and increasing “Israel denial.”

New grants

From the Russell Sage Foundation to Dina Okamoto in Sociology for “Measuring and Analyzing Boundary Rhetoric Over Time.”


From the Department of Energy to Steven Tait and Kenneth Caulton in Chemistry for “Rational Design of Metal-ligand Single Atom Heterogeneous Catalysts.” 


From the Presidential Arts and Humanities Program to Liza Black in History for "The Police Empire and Native America: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and the Murder of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind."


From the Presidential Arts and Humanities Program to Melody Deusner in Art History for "Aesthetic Painting in Britain and America."


From the Presidential Arts and Humanities Program to Jeffrey Gould in History for "Dawn to Despair."


From the Presidential Arts and Humanities Program to Cooper Harriss in the Center for Religion and the Human for "Religion & Literature Workshop."


From the Presidential Arts and Humanities Program to Christoph Irmscher in English for "Audubon at Sea: The Coastal and Transatlantic Adventures of John James Audubon."


From the Presidential Arts and Humanities Program to Rasul Mowatt, in American Studies for "The Critical Realities of Leisure: Culture, Health and Access at the Crossroads."


From the Presidential Arts and Humanities Program to Julia Roos in History for "The Black Other in German Society: Biracial 'Occupation Children,'1920-1960."