Faculty Highlights: March 2017

Our faculty members participate in conferences around the world, conduct groundbreaking research, and publish books and journal papers that contribute to their field and highlight their expertise. We feature those accomplishments and more in this section.

College of Arts and Humanities

Laura-TalamanteLaura Talamante, associate professor in the Department of History, had her article “Political Divisions, Gender and Politics: The Case of Revolutionary Marseille” published in the March 2017 issue of French History (Oxford University Press). Through the lens of regional politics, including divisions between Jacobins and Federalists in Marseille, this article highlights the malleability of gender constructs. Women and men used the ability to manipulate gender constructs in a revolutionary context to their advantage in navigating the changing political terrain. The article shifts the focus from the debates and actions of Parisian Jacobins, and questions the success of their attempts during the Terror to make the gendered revolutionary rhetoric of political men and domestic women dominant.

College of Business Administration and Public Policy

Shari R. BerkowitzShari R Berkowitz, assistant professor of Criminal Justice Administration, was featured on the NPR podcast “Suspect Convictions,” Episode 6: Ambiguity Reigns” (beginning at 17:10 minutes). The 12-part series explores the ongoing prosecution of Stanley Liggins, who has been twice convicted for the 1990 murder of 9-year-old Jennifer Lewis. In addition, Berkowitz, along with Robert Nash, School of Life and Health Sciences at Aston University, Birmingham UK; and Simon Roche School of Psychology, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK; co-authored the article “Public Attitudes on the Ethics of Deceptively Planting False Memories to Motivate Healthy Behavior,” published in the peer-reviewed journal Applied Cognitive Psychology. In the article, the researchers propose that planting false memories could have positive behavioral consequences.


mekada-grahamMekada Graham, professor and chair of the Department of Social Work, recently published the book “Reflective Thinking in Social Work: Learning from Student Narratives,” (2017 Routledge) which uses stories told by a range of social work students to model reflective practice learning. The book brings together stories of hardship, privilege, families, hopes, interests, and community activism from many diverse ethnic backgrounds. In the book, Graham also discusses issues such as identity, motivation to enter the social work profession, and lived experiences in social work.

Recent quotes and/or interviews in the media from faculty

Rosen head shot“If children are simply watching entertainment shows without parental co-viewing and conversation or peer interaction, this negatively impacts both of those necessary skills,” –Larry Rosen, professor emeritus and psychology professor, said in the on-air piece “TV may take biggest toll on school readiness for poor kids” in reference to children building thinking and social skills. The story appeared on KFGO The Mighty 790 AM, which airs in Fargo, North Dakota.