Oregon Humanities Center announces RIGE Completion Award Recipients

Among the recipients of this year’s Oregon Humanities Center (OHC) Faculty Research Fellowships were the first three winners of the RIGE Completion Award. This is the first year that the office for Research, Innovation and Graduate Education (RIGE) has funded the completion award as part of the OHC Research Fellowship program.

In contrast to the other fellowships, RIGE Completion Awards are specifically designed to support faculty in the final stages of publishing their research. The award provides faculty a term free from teaching so they can focus on preparing their research for publication as an article, book, or edited scholarly volume.
The 2014-2015 recipients include Mark Alfano, assistant professor of philosophy, Katie Meehan, assistant professor of geography; Benjamin Saunders, professor of English; and Kristin Yarris, assistant professor of international studies.

Mark Alfano, assistant professor of philosophy, will be completing work on his forthcoming book, Nietzsche's Socio-Moral Psychology. The book, which will be published by Cambridge University Press, argues that Nietzsche anticipated many of the important advances in psychology of the 20th and 21st centuries, including his views on drives, character traits, character development, and consciousness.

Katie Meehan, assistant professor of geography, will be working on a book entitled When the Rain Fall: Water Supply Alternatives in the Neoliberal Era. Her research focuses on household rainwater harvesting--a small-scale alternative with great potential to supply clean, near-potable water--in Mexico City and Tijuana.

Benjamin Saunders, professor of English, will be working on a research project entitled Aliens, Monsters & Madmen: The Achievement of EC Comics. Saunders co-founded and currently directs the University of Oregon Undergraduate Minor in Comics and Cartoon Studies, the first undergraduate minor of its kind in the country.

Kristin Yarris, assistant professor of international studies, will be completing her project, entitled "Absences, Remittances, and Moral Economies of Care in Nicaraguan Transnational Families." Yarris' research focuses on transnational movements, global health, and the impact of these issues can have on family structures.