Newsletter Fall 2008

Volume 10, Number 1

Member News

Mary Jo Bang published her poetry collection, Elegy, in the fall of 2007 (Graywolf Press). In March of 2008, she had the honor of receiving the National Book Critics Circle Award for this collection.

Guinn Batten is on a Fulbright in Ireland this semester, affiliated with University College Dublin, where she is writing a book on states of emergency, the individual and the nationstate, and the ethics of sexual difference in English Romanticism and contemporary Irish poetry. She will continue her work on the project as a fellow in the Center for the Humanities in the spring.

Mary Jean Cowell choreographed and performed in Spaces with collaborator Jim Hegarty for the New Music Circle on March 15, 2008, with a second performance at Principia.

Rebecca DeRoo (Department of Art History and Archaeology) received the Laurence Wylie Prize for the best book published in the field of French Cultural Studies, 2006-2008. Her book, The Museum Establishment and Contemporary Art, was selected from among 57 nominated books written by both junior and senior scholars from a broad spectrum of fields in the humanities and social sciences. She also received an International and Area Studies Grant for summer archival research in France and a 2008 Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award from the Washington University Graduate Student Senate.

Sarah Elgin is the leader of the Genomics Education Partnership, which was recently featured in the “Science Education Forum” of Science magazine. Anyone interested in learning more about this effort to provide research experience in genomics to undergraduates can visit their website at

Cathleen A. Fleck assumed a new position as Assistant Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences on August 7, 2008. Dr. Fleck recently published “The Rise of the Court Artist: Cavallini and Giotto in 14th c. Naples” in Art History (2008).

Andrea Friedman (Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program) was awarded the 2007 Berkshire Conference Article Prize for the best article by a woman in any field of history for “The Strange Career of Annie Lee Moss: Rethinking Race, Gender, and McCarthyism,” in the Journal of American History, 94 (2007), 445-68. She will be a Faculty Fellow at the Center for the Humanities in Spring 2009.

Marilyn Friedman gave a lecture on “Understanding as a Requirement for Blaming” at Philosophy Seminars at both the University of Melbourne and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, on September 4-5, 2008. She also participated in the Faculty Lecture Series at the Australian National University in Canberra on October 31, 2008, presenting a lecture “On Being Bad and Living Well.” Dr. Friedman also presented “How to Blame People Responsibly” at a Lecture Series at the Australian National University on November 5, 2008, as well as at the Conference of Collective Responsibility at Macquarie University in Sydney on November 21, 2008.

Cathy Keane continued to work on her book on the Roman satirist Juvenal, delivering the talks: “Change, Decline, Progress and Satire in Juvenal’s Third Book,” and “Monstrous Misogyny and the End of Anger: Juvenal’s Sixth Satire,” in Tucson, Ariz.; Ithaca, N.Y.; and on the Washington University campus. She also completed an essay, “Persona and Satiric Career in Juvenal” for the edited volume Classical Literary Careers and Their Receptions (Cambridge, 2009). Finally, this fall she was elected to a four-year term on the Steering Committee of the Women’s Classical Caucus.

Carolyn K. Lesorogol, Assistant Professor in the Brown School, published a book in May 2008 entitled Contesting the Commons: Privatization of Pastoral Lands in Kenya. She received a grant from the National Science Foundation ($226,575 senior grant for three years, Lesorogol PI) concerning Land Use on Privatized Pastoral Land in Kenya: The Impact of Household Strategies on Livelihoods and the Environment. In addition, she received another grant from the Center for New Institutional Social Sciences at Washington University ($11,000) and the Faculty Research Grant from the Brown School ($5,000) to support her project concerning “Community-based Conservation in Madagascar: Building a Foundation of Socio-economic and Institutional Understanding of Malagasy Communities through Action Research.”

Rebecca Messbarger, Associate Professor of Italian in the Department of Romance Languages, gave three invited talks last year at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Chicago and at the Washington University Medical School on the history of anatomy, the annual Carnival Dissection, and the rise of anatomical wax design in Enlightenment Italy. The final stage of a “New Directions” fellowship from the Mellon Foundation took her to Florence for research at the Florence History of Science Museum and the Specola Museum of Natural History. Messbarger’s book, The Lady Anatomist: Anna Morandi Manzolini 1714- 1774, is forthcoming with the University of Chicago Press.

Corinna Treitel (History) and Rafia Zafar (English) organized a oneday colloquium on “The Ethics of Diet” in September. They received a major grant from the Center for the Study of Ethics and Human Values to support the conference. Also involved was Glenn Stone (Anthropology). Dr. Treitel also published the article “Max Rubner and the Biopolitics of Rational Nutrition” in CENTRAL EUROPEAN HISTORY in January 2008.

Akiko Tsuchiya (Romance Languages & Literatures) presented two papers this past summer. She was invited to deliver a paper entitled: “Phantasmatic Desire and the Naturalist Gaze: Writing the Prostitute’s Body in Eduardo López Bago’s La prostituta,” at an international symposium on “‘The Low Life’ in the Hispanic World,” sponsored by the Leeds Humanities Research Institute, Leeds University (U.K.), May 2008. In June, she attended the First International Conference dedicated to the nineteenth century Spanish feminist writer, Emilia Pardo Bazán, where she presented a paper: “Gender and Orientalism in Pardo Bazán’s Insolación” (A Coruña, Spain). Her article, entitled “Desire and Sexual Deviance in the New Consumer Society: Woman‟s Reading in La Tribuna of Emilia Pardo Bazán,” was published in Spain in an anthology on Women of Letters: Discourses and Representations of the Woman Writer in the Nineteenth Century (Madrid, 2008). She is currently completing the final chapter of her book in progress: Subjects on the Margins: Gender and Deviance in Nineteenth Century Spain. Akiko continues to edit with her colleague, Elzbieta Sklodowska, the Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, a peer-reviewed journal in her field.

Lan Yang (Electrical and Systems Engineering Department) has five new publications that have appeared in peer-reviewed international journals, including applied physics letters, optics express and physical review letters.