Professor Regina Kunzel has been appointed the new Directory of the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Jill Dolan, the Annan Professor in English and professor of theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts, has been named Princeton's next dean of the college. Dolan, who also directs the University's Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, is a distinguished scholar of theater and performance studies.
Dolan will become dean of the college on July 1. She replaces Valerie Smith, who is stepping down at the end of this month to become president of Swarthmore College.
Four Princeton University faculty members have been named recipients of the Graduate Mentoring Awards by the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning and will be honored during the Graduate School's Hooding ceremony Monday, June 1, on Cannon Green. Among the honorees is GSS Executive Committee member Imani Perry.
Perry, who joined the University in 2009, studies race and African American culture through the lens of multiple disciplines including law, literary and cultural studies, music, and the social sciences. Graduate students describe Perry as being a rigorous scholar yet one who is understanding of the anxieties they experience. One student, who said that Perry convinced him to continue his graduate education during a period of difficulty, said: "In no uncertain terms, Imani Perry is the most brilliant, impactful educator I have ever come across…. I can say without hesitation that Dr. Perry has shaped not only my teaching philosophy as it pertains to the classroom, but also my thinking about the most effective ways to mentor graduate students."
The Graduate School has honored seven graduate students for its annual Teaching Awards in recognition of their outstanding abilities as teachers. Among the honorees is GSS Graduate Student Alexander Davis.
Davis is a sixth-year graduate student in sociology and earned his bachelor's degree in sociology and psychology from James Madison University and master's degree in sociology from Princeton. He is being honored as a Quin Morton Teaching Fellow in the Princeton Writing Program for his work in his writing seminar, "The Politics of Intimacy." Associate Director for Princeton Writing Program Keith Shaw said, "He finds unique and compelling ways to model his passion for his own scholarship in ways his students find infectious, with the consequence of motivating them to develop the skill set necessary to excel as university-level writers." In his writing seminar, Davis instructively exploits the intersection of the very public legal framework governing sexual practices with the very private nature of those practices. Davis was credited with motivating his students to view their peers as crucial sources of feedback rather than potential adversaries, and successfully producing a small community of scholars that would not have been possible without his guidance. Davis expects to complete his Ph.D. in 2015.
GSS Certificate Student Rebecca Basaldua's senior thesis relies on academic knowledge, research skill and a generous helping of tenacity.
Rebecca's thesis focuses on rape kits, which contain physical evidence collected from sexual assault victims and can play an important role in identifying and convicting rapists.
GSS Certificate Student Christina Chica is one of this years recipients of the Sprit of Princeton Award.
The Spirit of Princeton Award honors Princeton University undergraduates for positive contributions to campus life. The award recognizes those who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the undergraduate experience through dedicated efforts in student organizations, athletics, community service, religious life, residential life and the arts.
Dr. Keisha N. Blain received honorable mention for the 2015 Lerner-Scott Prize from the Organization of American Historians.
The Lerner-Scott Prize is given annually by the Organization of American Historians for the best doctoral dissertation in US women’s history. The prize is named for Gerda Lerner and Anne Firor Scott, both pioneers in women’s history and past presidents of the OAH.
Blain completed a PhD in History at Princeton University in 2014. Her dissertation is entitled, "For the Freedom of the Race: Black Women and the Practices of Nationalism, 1929-1945." Bravo Keisha!
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