Provost Briefs

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Brenda Maiale’s manuscript titled Dressing the Part: Refashioning Gender in Oaxaca, Mexico is under contract with the University of Illinois Press. Molly Krifka is completing honors work based on her semester abroad and Salisbury award to study ethnomusicology and curate indigenous instruments for a museum in Cusco, Peru. She was also awarded a Fulbright to return to Peru next year. Jim Sutton joined the department to add new range to department scholarship and course offerings, particularly in criminology and criminal justice studies. Lisa Philippone ’11  was just accepted to MPH Program at Duke Global Health Institute. Hilary Dreyer is completing honors work on the social relations of chicha consumption based on her two semesters abroad in Argentina and Bolivia. Kendra Freeman collaborated with students on Community Based Research projects involving the Geneva Business Improvement District, Geneva High School, and the Geneva Human Rights Commission.Four students (Claire Criniti ’13, Jordan Hawn ’13, Samantha Prouty ’15, Billy van der Wal ’15) presented findings from four different original research projects on the sexual double standard in college culture in a poster session at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society (, held this year in Boston, March 21-24, 2013. Their research projects were conducted in Prof. Renee Monson’s Research Methods (Soc. 211) course in Fall 2012.

Tatianna Echevarria, Kendra Freeman, and Jason Rodriguez have been an integral part of creating the Race and Racism Coalition, a joint but student run endeavor composed of students, faculty and staff to promote antiracism on campus. Kendra Freeman engaged in independent study projects to support the academic interests of our students in Charter Schools (Patrice Thomas), Comparative Welfare States (Faith James), and White Complicity (Haley Dunn). Chris Annear, Kendra Freeman, and Jason Rodriguez participated in Faculty Reading Groups about Whiteness (Spring) and the learning process (Fall) sponsored by CTL and the Provost's Office. Chris Annear and Kendra Freeman continued professional development by attending the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching (sponsored by CTL) in June 2012.

Jason Rodriguez and Kendra Freeman continued to invigorate the curriculum with new course development in White Mythologies. Freeman also taught a new course on the Sociology of Childhood, entitled Kids and Contention. Freeman, with three coauthors, published an article tracing the impact of school segregation on state level achievement gaps in January 2013 in Thinking Sociologically Quarterly. Kendra also presented two papers at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting in Denver, CO. These papers addressed the impact of school segregation on the black/white achievement gap and the question of a persistent benefit to attending a Catholic School, as compared to a public school, for various educational outcomes.

Jeff Anderson co-presented (with Eugene Ridgeley, Jr.) a session on “Language Death” at the Wyoming Native American Education Conference at Central Wyoming College in Riverton, Wyoming. Jeff Anderson’s book titled Arapaho Women’s Quillwork: Motion, Life, and Creativity was released by the University of Nebraska Press in February 2013.Jack Harris led the HWS Vietnam Study-Abroad Program this spring semester. Ervin Kosta was hired to join the department in a tenure-track position with specialization in urban sociology.


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