Faculty Salon

The Faculty Salon is a space in which faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences can present their scholarly work – either recently published or in progress – and discuss current issues and questions with colleagues in an informal, supportive and relaxed atmosphere.

Speakers represent all three areas of the college (Humanities and Arts, Social Sciences, and Sciences).

Note: Although we love our students, the salons are for faculty only.

Next Salon

Channeling Emotions: Kinesiological and Musical Perspectives
Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 12:00pm - 1:15 pm (UC 501)

Stephanie Cooper, Kinesiology: "The effects of interval exercise and continuous exercise on anxiety and mood"

Byron Au Yong, Music: "From outrage to performance"

Please RSVP for this event. Lunch will be served.

Past Salons



The Artistry of Exile

Sergio De la Torre, Art + Architecture: "The Sanctuary Print Shop"


Omar Miranda, English: "Romantic Exile and the Roots of Transnational Celebrity Culture"



Asian Aesthetics
Geoff Ashton, Philosophy and Asia Pacific Studies: "Zen and the Somaesthetics of Suffering"

Karen Fraser, Art History & Museum Studies: "Chushingura From Print to Photograph: Translating a Japanese Classic"



Extinction, Conservation, and Death in the Anthropocene

Tamara Kneese, Media Studies: "Frontier afterlife imaginaries: Prepping and survivalism on the American West Coast"

Sevan Suni, Biology: “Bees in bad neighborhoods: What is driving pollinator decline?”



Strategic Communication, Public Relations and Advertising in the Global Age


Zifei Fay Chen, Communication Studies: “Public relations practices and social media use at startup companies in China”

Julio Moreno, History, Latin American Studies: “Coca-Cola, Latin America, and the blending of local and global cultures in advertising”


Engaging Incarceration: Performance and Participatory Action Research

Kim Richman, Sociology: "Inside the punishment gap: Participatory action research on prisoners’ experiences of rehabilitation and punishment"

Amie Dowling, Performing Arts & Social Justice, and Reggie Daniels, School of Education: "After Bonnard: Summer Painting Projects"



Dave Madden, MFA in Writing: "Facts All Come with Points of View: On Creative Research"

Eric Hongisto, Art + Architecture: "After Bonnard: Summer Painting Projects"


Evelyn Rodriguez, Sociology, Critical Diversity Studies: "Defiant Debutantes: Latinas and Filipinas Coming of Age in the Trump Era."

James Zarsadiaz, History, Yuchengco Philippine Studies: "How Asian Americans Changed (and Didn't Change) Suburban Los Angeles."


Liat Berdugo, Art + Architecture: "Shooting Back at Shooting Back: The Civil Contract of Videography"

Alark Joshi, Computer Science: "Evaluating the Effect of Aesthetics on User Performance in Data Visualization"


Allison Luengen, Environmental Science

Stephen Zavestoski, Environmental Studies: "Environmental Contamination: From Legacy Mercury Pollution to Modern Sustainability"



Nicole Howell, Rhetoric and Languages: "The story of two Chicanas: Resistance, ethos, and the body"

Christina Lopez, English: "Fluimos Juntos: Re-integrating Body, Spirit & Nature in Maya Gonzalez’ Children’s Books."


Joshua Gamson, Sociology: "Privacy and Pride: The Micropolitics of Queer Family Storytelling"

Allison Thorson, Communication Studies: "Infidelity and Family Communication: Thinking beyond the Couple"


Lois Lorentzen, Theology and Religious Studies: "Santa Muerte: Migrant Saint, Enemy of the State"

Kevin Chun, Psychology: "Diabetes Management and Health Issues for Chinese American Immigrants"


Brandi Lawless, Communication Studies: "Teaching is a Labor of Love': A Critical Thematic Analysis of Experiences of Female Immigrant Faculty"

Inna Arzumanova, Media Studies: "The Struggles over 'Home': Branding Heritage and Race in Creative Industries"



Brandon Brown, Physics: “The life and mind of Max Planck”

David Stump, Philosophy: “Conceptual Change and the Philosophy of Science”



Christopher Loperena, International Studies/Anthropology/Latin American Studies: "A Modern Paradise? Spatial Dissonance and Racialized Dispossession in Honduras"

Lucia Cantero, International Studies/Anthropology/Sociology: "Specters of the Market: Consumer Citizenship, Advertising Campaigns and the Visual Politics of Difference in Brazil"


Kathy Nasstrom, History: “Little Rock Stories: Autobiography and the Making and Remaking of the Little Rock Story”

Sarah Burgess, Communication Studies/Gender and Sexualities Studies "Making a Scene: The Scandal of Legal Recognition"


Jessie Hewitt, History: “Madness, Marriage, and Divorce in Late Nineteenth-Century France”

Melissa Dale, Center for the Pacific Rim: “Disease and the Art of Healing among Eunuchs: Imperial Medicine in China, 1644-1911”



Dana Zartner, International Studies: “Courts, Codes, and Custom: Legal Tradition and State Policy toward International Human Rights and Environmental Law”

Joseph Sery, Communication Studies: “Richard Posner and the Rhetoric of Common Sense”


Tanu Sankalia, Art + Architecture: “Green Mythos: The Language of Sustainability in the Practice of Urban Design”

Michael Rozendal, Rhetoric and Language: “From Radical Ink to Federal Culture: Tracing a Thirties Modernism Through Print Communities”


Katrina Olds, History “Imagining the Past in Early Modern Spain”

Kate Lusheck, Art History “Rubens and the Eloquence of Drawing”



Candice Harrison, History: “Democratizing the Market: Place, Power & Politics in Early Philadelphia”

Taymiya Zaman, History: “Writing like an Academic and Being a Writer”


Saera Kahn, Psychology: “Exploring Moral Judgments”

Manuel Vargas, Philosophy: “What Huck Finn Values”


Who’s Got the Power? Poetry, Language and Globalization

Marco Jacquemet, Communication Studies: “Transidioma: Language and Power…”

Dean Rader, English: “Poemidioma: Language and, the lack of Power….”


New Research in Biology

Jen Dever, Biology:“Identifying New and Old Frog Species from Myanmar”

Christina Tzagaragis-Foster, Biology: “The Pivotal Role of DAX-s: From Stem Cells to Cancer”

Artists and Writers

Kate Brady, MFA: “Looking for a Female Tenet: Writing Stories about Women’s Lives”

John Zarobell, International Studies: “When Rodin Became Modern”



Annick Wibben, Politics, International Studies: Feminist Security Studies: A Narrative Approach

Stephanie Vandrick, Rhetoric and Language: Interrogating Privilege: Reflections of a Second Language Educator


On Muslims and Jews in American: Commonalities, Contentions, and Complexities

Aaron Hahn Tapper, Theology and Religious Studies

Aysha Hidayatullah, Theology and Religious Studies

Taymiya Zaman, History



Karen Bouwer, French, Modern and Classical Languages: “Gender and Decolonization in the Congo: The Legacy of Patrice Lamumba”

Heather Hoag, History: “Developing the Rivers of East and West Africa: An Environmental History”

Keally McBride, Politics: “Political Theories of Decolonization: Postcolonialism and the Problem of Foundations”

Stephen Zunes, Politics: “Western Sahara: War, Nationalism, and Conflict Irresolution”