Faculty Research Awards

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Faculty Research Awards provide funds for scholarship, creative projects, and quantitative or qualitative research for eligible faculty from all colleges and schools at the University of Oregon. Examples of eligible projects include: 1) book projects that are intended for publication with an academic press; 2) performances in nationally or internationally known venues, 3) creative work that will be exhibited; 4) projects that obtain pilot data, demonstrate the feasibility of an approach or method, or contribute to the development of a prototype; and 5) travel to conduct field work or conduct research at an archive or special collection.

Application Deadline: January 10, 2020 at 5 pm (late applications will not be considered).

Award Announcement: Early April 2020

Funding Term: July 2020 - July 2021

Information Session: January18, 2019, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm, EMU Lease Crutcher Lewis (023) - see PowerPoint 



scope of award / use of funds

application instructions & Materials

Review process & Criteria

frequently asked questions


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  • All tenure-track faculty members with the rank of Assistant Professor or above are eligible to apply.
  • Non-tenure-track faculty who hold a full-time appointment (1.0 FTE) that includes substantial research responsibilities, have been employed by the university for at least three years at the time of application, and will hold a UO appointment during the academic year of the research award may also apply.
  • Emeritus, Courtesy, Visiting and adjunct appointee ranks are ineligible.
  • Individuals are limited to submitting one application per funding cycle.
  • Applicants may serve as a collaborator or team member on additional projects.   

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Scope of the Award/Use of Funds

The maximum amount of a Faculty Research Award is $7,000. 

Funds may be used for travel, equipment, supplies, contractual services, core/shared user facility fees, graduate or undergraduate student effort, or as a stipend during the summer months. Please note that as a stipend, Faculty Research Awards are processed through payroll and are subject to Other Payroll Expenses (OPE).  If a stipend is provided, the recipient’s unit must calculate the expected OPE and reduce the stipend award accordingly.  The Faculty Research Award provides $7,000 for two consecutive months of research and writing.   

Funds may not be used 1) to replace or fund tenure-line faculty salary during the academic year, 2) for instructional release/course buyouts, 3) for construction or facility renovation or 4) for curriculum development or career development.

Awards are for the 12-month, fiscal year period commencing July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2021.  Award monies may not be used for reimbursement and direct expenditure prior to July 1, 2020.  Final reports are due by July 31, 2021.

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Application Instructions & Materials

Request for Proposals

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Components (11-point font, Time New Roman, 1" margins):

  1. Online Application Form

  1. Application Materials (use Word template)
  1. Statement of Work (3 pages, not including references). Include:
    1. A description of the research project
    2. Timeline and milestones
    3. Expected outcomes
    4. Future research and scholarship that will result from the proposed project
  2. Curriculum Vitae (2 pages)
  3. Current and Pending Support (1 page)
    1. List current and pending funding for the PI and key personnel (funding source, project period, total costs); include any internal awards you have received from the UO
  4. Budget Justification (1 page; not required if requesting entire budget for summer stipend)
  1. Budget (use Excel template)
  1. Other Support, Compliance, and Signature Form (use PDF form, to save right click on link and select "Download Linked File")

Upload components 2-4 to the online application form and click submit. Please note that this form cannot be saved in order to submit at a later date. The form should be filled out and all documents submitted all at once.

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Review Process and Criteria

The review process for the Faculty Research Awards has four stages. 

  1. An initial review will be conducted to ensure that proposals are in compliance with all guidelines. Proposals deemed non-compliant will be returned to the applicant and will not be reviewed further.

  2. The Vice President for Research & Innovation will determine the annual budget for awards distributed through the program.

  3. The committee of UO faculty appointed by the University Senate will conduct peer review to evaluate the grant proposals and select the proposals for funding. Reviewers will be asked to consider several factors when reviewing your proposal, including: 

    • Significance of project
    • Clarity of proposal
    • Well-justified methodology
    • Contribution to discipline/field
    • Realistic and feasible budget and timeline
    • Project's scholarly/creative outcomes
    • Connection of project to faculty's past and future work
  4. Feedback will be provided to interested applicants whose proposals are not funded.


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 Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ: 2020 Faculty Research Awards

1.    Am I eligible to apply? 

The following ranks are eligible to apply for Faculty Research Awards:

(1)   Assistant, Associate, and Full Professors

(2)  Non tenure-track faculty who hold a full-time appointment (1.0 FTE) that includes substantial research responsibilities, who have been employed by the University of Oregon for at least three years at the time of application, and who will hold a UO appointment during the academic year of the research award (2020-2021).

2.    Who is not eligible to apply?

Emeritus, courtesy, visiting and adjunct appointees and part-time non-tenure track faculty.   

3.    Is matching support required?

Matching support is not required.   

4.     What are the funding restrictions?

Faculty Research Award funds cannot be used to replace faculty tenure-line salary during the academic year, buy out courses, or for construction or renovation.

5.    I’m applying for a summer stipend that allows me an eight-week period to devote to my research and writing.  Will any funds be withheld from my award?

Faculty Research Awards that furnish summer stipend are processed through payroll.  This means that they incur withholding of OPE (Other Payroll Expenses).  Your payment will reflect these withholdings.  For an estimate of the amount that will be withheld, please review the OPE tools provided by Budget and Resource Planning.

6.   I am involved in a collaborative project.  Can collaborators split a Faculty Research Award?

Faculty Research Awards can be awarded for collaborative projects.  If more than one researcher or investigator is involved in a collaborative project, they are welcome to apply for a Faculty Research Award as a team, with the understanding that a single award will be made to two (or more) researchers or investigators.  The award limit is $7,000.  

7.     How should I estimate research expenses on my budget?

Be as specific as possible about your expenses and how you arrived at them.  For travel, lodging and per diems, consult the Business Affairs office. Your departmental accountant, director of graduate studies, or director of undergraduate studies may be able to help with other items. 

8.     If awarded a Faculty Research Award, may I apply to the program later?  After how long an interval?

You may re-apply three years after receiving a Faculty Research Award, as long as you turned in your final report.  You should propose a research project that is distinctly different from the one which was previously awarded a Faculty Research Award, although findings from your earlier research may be relevant to your new project.   

9.     Must my project commence on July 1 and end on June 30 the following year? What if my project is more limited and intensive, time-wise?

The award period is from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. All projects must take place within this period; they do not necessarily need to take place for the duration of this period.  No funds will be released prior to July 1, 2020.  All funds should be expended by June 30, 2021.    

10.     What are the proposal components?

Application Components (11-point font, Time New Roman, 1" margins):

  1. Online Application Form

  1. Application Materials (use Word template)
  1. Statement of Work (3 pages, not including references). Include:
    1. A description of the research project
    2. Timeline and milestones
    3. Expected outcomes
    4. Future research and scholarship that will result from the proposed project
  2. Curriculum Vitae (2 pages)
  3. Current and Pending Support (1 page)
    1. List current and pending funding for the PI and key personnel (funding source, project period, total costs); include any internal awards you have received from the UO
  4. Budget Justification (1 page; not required if requesting entire budget for summer)
  1. Budget (use Excel template)
  1. Other Support, Compliance, and Signature Form (use PDF form, to save right click on link and select "Download Linked File")

11.     If I have references or citations as part of my project statement, should these be included in a bibliography? Would this count as part of my three-page statement of work?

You may include one page of citations that does not count in the three-page limit for the narrative. 

12.     Can I request proposal development assistance from Research Development Services?

Yes. Research Development Services can provide feedback on proposals if requests for review are submitted at least 5 business days in advance of the deadline.  While RDS administers the internal award programs, RDS staff are not involved in the review and funding decision process.

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Previous Award Recipients

2020 Awards:

  • Shankha Chakraborty, professor, Department of Economics, “Women, Work and the Family: The Curious case of India's Female Labor Force Participation”
  • Tara Fickle, assistant professor, Department of English, “Behind Aiiieeeee!: A New History of Asian American Literature”
  • Scott Fitzpatrick, professor, Department of Anthropology, “On the Shoals of Giants: Archaeological Investigation of Threatened Prehistoric Sites in the Southern Caribbean”
  • Akiko Hatakeyama, assistant professor, School of Music and Design, “Original Compositions of Electroacoustic Music by Akiko Hatakeyama (CD release)”
  • Gina Herrmann, associate professor, Department of Romance Languages, “Rivesaltes: The French Concentration Camps and the Laboratory of 20th Century Internment”
  • Jina Kim, assistant professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, “Amplifying Voices: Auditory Texts in Colonial Korea, 1910-1945”
  • Patricia Lambert, professor, Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management, “Arts Education and Cultural Engagement for Creative Aging”
  • Henry Luan, assistant professor, Department of Geography, “How does socioeconomic inequality impact opioid overdose deaths in the U.S.?: A multi-scale Bayesian spatiotemporal modeling approach”
  • Audrey Lucero, associate professor, Department of Education Studies, “Crossing Borders: The Perspectives of Transnational Students in Oregon High Schools”
  • Kiersten Muechinger, associate professor, Department of Product Design, “Framing “Natural” Materials through Product Color and Finish”
  • James Muruthi, assistant professor, Department of Counseling Psychology and Human Services, “Secondary Data Analysis of Health-related Quality of Life (HRQOL) in Older Oregonian Caregivers: Gender Differences and the Impact of Social Support”
  • Hajo Neis, associate professor, Department of Architecture, “THE SUGAR IN THE MILK - A Refugee Pattern Language RPL Draft”
  • Jennifer O’Neal, assistant professor, Department of Indigenous, Race and Ethnic Studies, “Beyond the Trail of Broken Treaties: International Indigenous Activism, 1972-1980”
  • Dorothee Ostmeier, professor, Department of German and Scandinavian, “Singularity in Fiction and Virtual Technologies"Jennifer Presto, associate professor, Department of Comparative Literature, "Adjacent Ecologies: Russian-American Artists in the Pacific Northwest"
  • Alan Rempel, professor, Department of Earth Sciences, “Experimental Validation of Premelting Controls on Subglacial Temperatures”
  • Stephen Rodgers, professor, School of Music and Dance, “The Songs of Clara Schumann”
  • Geovanna Rodriguez, assistant professor, Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences, “School climate and mental health outcomes in adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)”
  • Hudson Sessions, assistant professor, Department of Management, “Motivated to Misjudge the Money: A Study of the Financial Perceptions and Outcomes of Ride-Share Drivers”
  • Samantha Shune, assistant professor, Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences, “Validation of the CARES questionnaire: Screening for dysphagia-related caregiver burden”
  • Matt Streisfeld, Department of Biology/Institute of Ecology and Evolution, “Modern genomic solutions to an old problem: the role of natural selection and genetic drift in adaptation”
  • Frances White, professor, Department of Anthropology, “Do Bonobos share more: does social and sexual intimacy mean more shared microbiomes?”
  • Juan Eduardo Wolf, associate professor, School of Music and Dance, “An Ethnographic Study of Afro-descendant Music-Dance Performance in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico”

2019 Awards:

  • Deborah Green, Religious Studies, “A Rose among the Brambles; Fruit of the Wild Vine: Gardens in Ancient Jewish Interpretation”      
  • Julie Sykes, Linguistics, “Measuring Intercultural Competence with Digital Simulations: Validating a Scaled Assessment Model”           
  • Stephen Shoemaker, Religious Studies, “The Qur’anic Canon: Scripture and Authority in Early Islam”           
  • Sangita Gopal, English/Film Studies, “Mixed Media: A History of Women's Filmmaking in India”           
  • Kevin  Dicus, Classical Studies, “Comparing statistical measures of diversity among ancient Roman waste assemblages”           
  • Maureen Zalewski, Psychology, “Developing a Psychotherapeutic Treatment for Families with a Parent with Mental Illness”
  • Margaret Sereno, Psychology, “Training Artificial Neural Networks to Navigate Complex Environments Using Maps”
  • Gordon Hall, Psychology, “A Patient-Centered Approach to Determine the Cultural Relevance of an Intervention”
  • Santiago Jaramillo, Biology, “Behavioral assays for studying predictive coding in the mouse brain”
  • Ramakrishnan Durairajan, Computer Information Science, “Mapping the Internet via Crowdsourcing”           
  • Judith Raiskin, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, “The Eugene Lesbian Oral History Project”           
  • Craig  Parsons, Political Science, “Europe's Extraordinary Single Market Project in Transatlantic Perspective”           
  • Jocelyn Hollander, Sociology, “The Impact of Empowerment Self-Defense Training in a Diverse Community Population”           
  • Lamia Karim, Anthropology, “Raising Cain? Female Factory Workers and Socialization of Sons in the Garment Industry in Bangladesh”
  • Lesley Jo Weaver, International Studies, “Women's mental health in South India: A collaborative ethnographic pilot study”           
  • Yekang Ko, Landscape Architecture, “Co-designing a Multifunctional Landscape Model for Vulnerable Communities”           
  • Jacques Abelman, Landscape Architecture, “Radical Abundance”  
  • Trygve Faste, Product Design, “Space Mouse Sketch Book”
  • Stephanie De Anda, Special Education and Clinical Sciences, “Spoken Language Comprehension: the Influence of Socioeconomic Status and Poverty in School Age”             
  • Jesse Abdenour and Autumn Shafer, School of Journalism and Communication, “Communicating Concussions: Explaining Traumatic Brain Injuries through Nonfiction Narratives”
  • Dave  Markowitz, School of Journalism and Communication, “’I Didn’t Do It’: Communication Patterns of Innocence from Wrongfully-Convicted Criminals”
  • Wes Pope, School of Journalism and Communication, “Time Machine: Virtual Reality meets pinhole photography on Route 66”
  • Lydia  Van Dreel, School of Music and Dance,  “The Lawrence Graduate Bayreuth-Tuben Quintet (LGBTQ)”
  • Claire Wachter, School of Music and Dance, “The Sensuous Scarlatti”

2018 Awards:

  • Dare Baldwin, Psychology, “Harnessing Pupillometry to Monitor Infants' Auditory Health”
  • Greg Bothun, Physics, “Are Baryons Removed From Galaxies?”
  • Mayra Bottaro, Romance Languages, “Scrambled Messages: Telegraphic Poetics and the New Atlantic Language”
  • Alison Carter, Anthropology, “From Kiln to Kitchen: Tracing the Consumption Patterns of Angkorian Stoneware Ceramics using Neutron Activation Analysis”
  • Marjorie Celona, Creative Writing, “Be on My Side: A Novel”
  • Mai-Lin Cheng, Clark Honors College, “Autotopography: Place and Commonplace in Romanticism and After”
  • Gerald Gast, Architecture, “The Architecture of Public Schools in Marginalized Neighborhoods of Columbia”
  • Nicole Giuliani, Special Education and Clinical Sciences, “Unique Contribution of Parenting Behaviors to Preschooler Self-Regulation and Associated Outcomes”
  • Ocean Howell, Clark Honors College, “Imagined San Francisco: A Collaboration with Stanford University's Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis”
  • Colin Koopman, Philosophy, “How We Became Our Data: A Genealogy of the Informational Person”
  • Ana-Maurine Lara, Anthropology, and Alaí Reyes-Santos, Ethnic Studies, “Caribbean Women Healers: Decolonizing Knowledge within Afro-Indigenous Traditions”
  • Ernesto Martinez, Ethnic Studies, “La Serenata”
  • Kate Mondloch, History of Art and Architecture, “Look: Attention, Perception, and Contemplation in New Media Art (1960-present)”
  • Laura Pulido, Ethnic Studies, “Reframing US Historical Geography through White Supremacy and Cultural Memory”
  • Stephanie Shire, Special Education and Clinical Sciences, “Community Partnered Pilot Development of a Mobile Health Assessment for Caregivers of Young Children with Autism”
  • Idit Shner, School of Music and Dance, “Recording of New Music for Saxophone”
  • Susan Sokolowski, Product Design, “Portable 3D Hand and Foot Scanning: How a New Method of Anthropometric Data Collection can Inform Glove and Footwear Design for Female Firefighters”
  • Daniel Steinhart, Cinema Studies, “Hollywood in Mexico: Cross-Border Production, Style, and Genre”
  • Lynn Stephen, Anthropology, “Achieving Justice: Gendered Violence, Displacement and Legal Access in Guatemala and the U.S.”
  • Mary Wood, English, and Kristin Yarris, International Studies, “From Forced Treatment to Peer-Led Recovery: Expertise and Authority in the Past, Present, and Future of Oregon Mental Health Care”

2017 Awards:

  • Carla Bengtson, Art, “Mutuum(s)”
  • Elizabeth Budd, Counseling Psychology & Human Services, “New Moves for Inactive Girls in Lane County”
  • Christopher Chavez, School of Journalism & Communication, “Branding the revolution: Havana Club, Cuban authenticity and public diplomacy”
  • Krista Chronister, Counseling Psychology & Human Services, “ACCESS in prisons: Vocational preparation for female offenders”
  • Lauren Marie Cycyk, Special Education, “Perspectives of Hispanic Caregivers on Early Language Intervention Strategies”
  • Maria Fernanda Escallon, Anthropology, “Excluded: Cultural Heritage, Afro-Descendants, and the Politics of Diversity in Colombia and Brazil”
  • Mark Fonstad, Geography, “An Entire River Test of Next-Generation “Riverscape” Mapping Methods”
  • Daniel HoSang, Ethnic Studies & Political Science, “Social Inequality and Anti-Statism in the Rural West”
  • Nichole Kelly, Counseling Psychology & Human Services, “Investigation of the Efficacy of an Acute Physical Exercise Intervention to Improve Energy Intake among School-Age Children in Rural Communities”
  • Fabienne Moore, Romance Languages, “Gustave Doré’s “Histoire de la Sainte Russie” (1854): The Invention of Graphic Rhetoric or the Artist At War”
  • Nicolae Morar, Philosophy & Environmental Studies, “A Critical Edition of Gilles Deleuze’s Seminar on Michel Foucault”
  • Drew Nobile, Music Theory, “Form as Harmony in Classic Rock Music”
  • Kory Russel, Landscape Architecture, “A Comparison of Methane Emissions from Sanitation Services in Dense Urban Slums”
  • Kristen Seaman, History of Art & Architecture, “Social Identifies in the Library of Pantainos Sculptural Workshop in the Athenian Agora”
  • Lina Shanley, Center on Teaching & Learning, “Making Middle School Mathematicians:  Measuring, Monitoring, and Intervening to Improve Math Self-Concept”
  • Xiaobo Su, Geography, “In the Shadow of the Cold War: Illicit Drugs and the Entanglement of US, China, and Myanmar since 1949”
  • James Tice, Architecture, “The Micro-Urbanism of Rome: The Architecture of the In-between”
  • Steve Vacchi, School of Music & Dance, “First Complete Recording: Alec Wilder’ Octets for Winds and Rhythm Section"
  • David Wacks, Romance Languages, “Spanish Crusader Fiction”
  • Peter Walker, Geography & Environmental Studies, “Sagebrush Collaboration: How Harney County, Oregon, Chose Cooperation over Conflict”

2016 Awards:

  • Jennifer Ablow, Psychology, "MP3: A Mindful, Perceptive, Present Parenting Skills for New Mothers at Risk for Parenting Problems"
  • Kyu-Ho Ahn & Linda Zimmer, "Architecture, Post-Occupance Evolution of the Ed Roberts Campus: A Universal Design and Aspects Based on User Profiles"
  • Nicholas Allen, Psychology, "Immune Functioning and Depressive Symptoms in Adolescents: The Effects of Parenting"
  • Erin Beck, Political Science, "City of Lights: A Building on New Trends in International Development"
  • Lara Bovilsky, English, “Almost Human: The Bounds of Personhood in Early Modern England” 
  • Nicole Dahmen, School of Journalism & Communication, “The Visual Presentation of Candidates in the 2016 Presidential Campaign”
  • Jon Erlandson, Anthropology, “Documenting an Ancient Anthropogenic Landscape on California’s Santa Cruz Island” 
  • Elizabeth Esponnette, Product Design, “Chemical (Reactive) 3D Printing:  A New Method for Manufacturing Silicone and Rubber” 
  • Alisa Freedman, East Asian Languages & Literatures, “The Forgotten Story of Japanese Women Who Studied in the United States, 1949-1966”
  • Stephen Frost, Anthropology, “Analysis of Oldest, Most Complete Skeleton of Theropithecus Oswaldi” 
  • Jill Ann Harrison, Sociology, “Work, Culture and Risk:  The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Louisiana Shrimp Fishers” 
  • Derrick Hindery, International Studies, “Impacts of Natural Gas Pipelines on Bolivia’s Chiquitano Forest, Pantanal Wetlands, Chaco Forest and Indigenous Peoples Under Market-Oriented Development versus State-led Economic Development” 
  • Tom Lininger, Professor, School of Law, “Professional Codes and Ethical Duties to Protect the Environment.” 
  • Michelle McKinley, Associate Professor, School of Law, “Bound Biographies; Reconstructing the Lives of African-Descent Peoples in the Early Modern Atlantic.”
  • Daniel Rosenberg, Professor, Clark Honors College, “Time Online.” 
  • Aparna Sundar, Assistant Professor, Marketing, “How Positioning Can Bias the Health-halo.”
  • Cynthia Vakareliyska, Professor, Linguistics, “Russian provincial and military police files on the forced resettlement of Russian citizens of German Background in Russian Poland during World War One.” 
  • Merle Weiner, Professor, School of Law, “A Comparative Law Analysis of the Parent-Partner Status.”
  • Julie Weise, Assistant Professor, History, “Citizenship Displaced:  Migrant Political Cultures in the Era of State Control.” 
  • Lisa Wolverton, Professor, History, “Plunder, Money, and the Czech Economy in the Aftermath of the German Civil War (1073-1126CE).”

2015 Awards:

  • Nathanael Andrade, History, “From the Roman Mediterranean to India: the Early Movement of Christianity through the Afro-Eurasian World System”
  • Kirby Brown, English, “Stoking the Fire: Nationhood in Early Twentieth Century Cherokee Writing”
  • Kathie Carpenter, International Studies, “Assessing the English Proficiency of Children in Cambodian Orphanages”
  • Li-Shan Chou, Human Physiology, “Quantifying Cognitive, Neurological, and Movement Disorders in Veterans with Chronic mTBI”
  • Mark Eischeid, Landscape Architecture, “Sublime Landscapes: Modernist American Landscape Architecture and the Artificial Infinite”
  • Sangita Gopal, English, “Between State and Capital: Women Makes Movies”
  • Gina Herrmann, Romance Languages, “Spain and the Holocaust”
  • Maile Hutterer, History of Art & Architecture, “Structural Exhibitionism as Social Process: Flying Buttress Design and the Architectural Landscape”
  • Colin Ives, Art, “The Sinuous Index”
  • Santiago Jaramillo, Biology, “Automated Alignment of Mouse Brain Slices to Brain Atlases”
  • Ronald Mitchell, Political Science, “Improving our Understanding of the Effects of Environmental Treaties with New Theory and New Data”
  • Jenifer Presto, Comparative Literature, “Flowers among the Ruins: Southern Italy and the Russian Modernist Imagination”
  • Philip Scher, Anthropology, “An Economy of Souls: The Politics of Heritage in a Neoliberal World”
  • Stephen Schoemaker, Religious Studies, “The Apocalypse of Empire: Imperial Eschatology in Late Antiquity and Early Islam”
  • Jolinda Smith, Lewis Center for Neuroimaging, “In Vivo Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy of Low Level Brain Metabolites”
  • David Sutherland, Geological Sciences, “Chasing Icebergs: Developing Capability to Use Icebergs as Natural Ocean Drifters”
  • Roxi Thoren, Landscape Architecture, “Out of the Woods: Trees, Forestry, and Landscape Architecture”
  • Arafaat Valiani, History, “Architectures of Consumption: Commerce and Urban Planning in Postcolonial Western India”
  • David Vazquez, English, “Latina/o Literature and the Cross-Currents of U.S. Environmentalism”
  • Frances White, Anthropology, “The Evolution of the Peaceful Bonobo: Seed Funding for NSF Proposal”