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Faculty Friday Spotlight: September 2022

Memoirs of Race, Color, and Belonging by Professor Nicole Stamant was recently published by Routledge. Dr. Stamant’s work primarily focuses on marginalized populations and historically marginalized forms of literature: life writing studies, ethnic American literature and the works of literature of gender and sexual minorities. 

“In my scholarship, I write about how other people write about their lives— how other people make sense of their worlds, their chaos, their histories, their families. I think about palimpsest and pentimento, geography and genre, memory and memorial. How we say what we say matters.” wrote Stamant in a reflection of her scholarly process. 

“When I write about others’ lives, I pay close attention to the sutures and seams exposed by the writer. Some narratives posit a unified subjectivity, a coherent self, a finished product. These narratives are not the ones that sit with me or inspire me. Instead, I gravitate toward those texts that are messy, the ones that reveal how fragmented we are and that remind readers about how we are always in-process, becoming. It is these texts, this writing, in which I find solace and optimism. Some might suggest that such a tangential relationship to ourselves is something to be feared or resisted; I posit that there is the possibility for play, for hope, and for expanding our conceptualization of ourselves, our words, and our worlds.”

Stamant is also the author of Serial Memoir: Archiving American Lives (Palgrave 2014) and has recently contributed to the edited collections Consumption and the Literary Cookbook (2020),  American Literature in Transition: 1970-1980 (2018) and The Postcolonial Subject in Transit: Migration, Borders, and Subjectivity in African Diaspora Literature (2018).  

Stamant will do a reading and discussion of her work on Wednesday, Sept 7 at 6:30 pm in Luchsinger Lounge, Alston Campus Center. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.

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Professor Jennifer Hughes recently co-authored a new article: “Sharing Effective Models of Student Research Mentoring: Stories From Associate Editors,” just published in the Psi Chi Journal, Fall 2022. Also, Agnes Scott’s Psi Chi Chapter won “Model Chapter of the Year” again this year in recognition of the outstanding contributions by the Agnes Scott College chapter. Only 28 chapters out of 1,150 chapters were selected to receive the award. 

Students of Psi Chi

“I view working with students as one of the best parts of my job. As for research, I find it rewarding to teach students about the process and to have them attend research conferences to present their work. This type of student involvement helps them be much more competitive when applying for jobs and graduate school, said Hughes.

Since arriving at Agnes Scott in 1998, I have co-authored research papers with 252 students. That work has resulted in 47 published journal articles and two book chapters, 178 presentations at national and regional conventions, and 173 presentations at Agnes Scott’s research conference. In 2014, I was honored to be awarded the Mentor Award from the Southeastern Psychological Association for mentoring student researchers. I feel fortunate that I had great research mentors in undergraduate and graduate school and I selected Agnes Scott because I knew I could be a mentor for my students.

I have been the faculty advisor for Agnes Scott’s Psi Chi chapter for the past 24 years. I enjoy working with the officers and students and seeing their leadership skills develop. They hold service projects and social events throughout the semester for Psi Chi members and also psychology students. Agnes Scott’s chapter has been awarded Model Chapter for seven of the past ten years. In 2018, I was awarded the Florence L. Denmark Faculty Advisor Award from Psi Chi International. The international office selects one advisor from the 1,500+ chapter advisors worldwide each year to be given this award.”

Quick Bits

Professor Anne Beidler’s work is included in 3 juried exhibitions this fall:

Professor Doug Falen has a chapter entitled “Universalism and Syncretism in Beninese Vodún” in the edited book Spirit Service Vodún and Vodou in the African Atlantic World, recently published by Indiana University Press.

Professor Yael Manes wrote a book chapter, “Italian Renaissance Artists as Progenitors and Founders of Artistic Lineages.” in Patriarchy, Honor, and Violence: Early Modern Masculinities, recently published by the Center of Renaissance and Reformation Studies at the University of Toronto. Yael also signed a book contract with Amsterdam University Press for her monograph, Artist Biographies in the Early Italian Renaissance: Lives Before Vasari. 

Professor Ruth Uwaifo-Oyelere was one of four invited panelists at the Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association (NAREA) panel regarding “Research on Social Justice in Agricultural and Environmental Economics” this June. She spoke about the social justice implications of her recently published co-authored paper with John Odozi. “Does violent conflict affect the labor supply of farm households? The Nigerian experience.”  published in Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 50.3 (2021).

The chapter entitled, “Zoos and Aquaria” by Terry L. Maple and Bonnie M. Perdue is featured in the recently published Routledge Handbook of Animal Welfare. This critical collection has already been favorably reviewed multiple times.

Professor Jim Wiseman’s article, “Persistence of Morse decompositions over grid resolution for maps and time series” was published in the Journal of Applied and Computational Topology in June 2022.

Alexandra Yep recently co-authored an article, “Mapping out the Stellar Populations of IC 2602 and IC 2391” which was published in The Astronomical Journal in June.