2024 Faculty Research Awards go to 15 UO scholars

April 29, 2024
The Highway 101 bridge crosses over the Klamath River on a sunny day with the clouds reflected in the river's surface.
One of the 2024 Faculty Research Awards projects is a photographic documentation of the restoration of the Klamath River. This image was not created using Generative AI.

Distributed annually by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, Faculty Research Awards support scholarship, creative projects, and quantitative or qualitative research from all disciplinary backgrounds.

“I am very pleased with the strong pool of applications submitted to this year, which includes a diverse array of projects representing nearly all the schools and colleges at the UO,” said Anshuman “AR” Razdan, vice president for research and innovation. “I congratulate all the awardees and look forward to learning about the results of their endeavors upon completion of their projects. ”

Awards went to faculty representing the fields of architecture, economics, education, geography, history, law, management, public policy, and religion. Awards also supported faculty in the interdisciplinary departments of Environmental Studies; Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Awardees will receive a summer stipend of $7,000 or up to $10,000 for research expenses during the coming fiscal year, to be spent on travel, supplies, contractual services, publication, and student effort.

Program applications were open to all tenure track faculty members as well as career research faculty members engaged in substantial research. A committee of UO faculty members appointed by the University Senate provided peer review of the merit of the proposals and furnished their recommendations and rankings to the vice president for research and innovation.

The 2024 Faculty Research Award recipients are:

  • Carlos Aguirre, Department of History, “Latin American Writers and the Cuban Revolution, 1959-1975”
  • Nancy Cheng, Department of Architecture, “Structuring Timber Circularity: Building from Scraps”
  • Diego Mauricio Cortes, School of Communication and Journalism, “Christian Fundamentalist and Indigenous Modernization in the Andes”
  • Anca Cristea, Department of Economics, “Organized Labor When Things Go South: Unions and the Labor Market Consequences of NAFTA”
  • Lance Gabrielsen, Department of Management, “"Renewable Energy Deployment: For Climate Action or Financial Motivations?"
  • Brian Hsu, Department of Music Performance, “Franz Liszt Années de pèlerinage complete recording”
  • Leigh Johnson, Departments of Geography and Environmental Studies, “Digging in the Drylands: Labor and landform in nature-based solutions”
  • Abigail Lee, Department of Indigenous, Race and Ethnic Studies, “Vexed Spaces: Asianness and Blackness in Contemporary Cultural Production”
  • David Liebowitz, Department of Education Studies, “Who Are the Students Schools Frequently Suspend?”
  • Susanna Lim, Department of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, “Racing the Subempire: Race, Developmentalism, and Global Modernity in South Korean Culture”
  • Michelle McKinley, School of Law, “Bound Biographies: Transoceanic Itineraries and the Afro-Iberian Diaspora in the Americas, 1550-1750”
  • Danielle Mericle, UO Libraries’ Special Collections & University Archives, “To Heal a River, a photographic project to document the restoration of the Klamath River”
  • Judith Raiskin, Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, “Outliers and Outlaws: The Documentary Film”
  • Eleonora Redaelli, School of Planning, Public Policy and Management, “Invisible Cultural Policy in America: How Public Administration Shapes Culture”
  • Stephen Shoemaker, Department of Religious Studies, “Muhammad and the Beginnings of Islam: A Critical History”

— Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation