Faculty Achievements/News

Bruce CoatsThe Mellon Foundation recently made two grants to Scripps College to fund workshops that draw on the outstanding scholarship and efforts of two of its faculty members. The first is for $17,500 for a faculty development workshop in June 2010 on “Teaching The Tale of Genji in the 21st Century.” The three-day workshop is based on materials assembled by Professor of Art History Bruce Coats for his Core III class, “Creating and Recreating Genji,” contemporary manga and film versions.

The second Mellon Foundation grant will fund workshops on “Feminism and Science: Building Bridges for Teaching and Research Innovation,” under the direction of Susan Castagnetto, lecturer in philosophy and chair of Intercollegiate Women’s Studies (IWS). Faculty from DePauw University, Pomona College, Bryn Mawr College, Barnard College, Smith College, and Scripps College will participate in the three-day event, to be held at Scripps College in the next academic year. According to Castagnetto, the workshops will spark curricular and pedagogical developments as well as research collaborations among faculty not only in feminist science studies, but also in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, math, and physics (whose faculty are sometimes unfamiliar with feminist analytical tools), and those in feminist studies, gender and sexuality studies and women’s studies (whose faculty sometimes have little knowledge of science). Scripps College participants will also include Professors Gretchen Edwalds-Gilbert and Irene Tang.

Assistant Professor of Economics Latika Chaudhary’s article, “Taxation and Educational Development: Evidence from British India,” is being published in the July 2010 issue of Explorations in Economic History.

Donald Crone, professor of political science in international studies, retires this summer after 21 years at Scripps. He is moving to Monterey, California, where he will set up a martial arts school—Zang Shi—to teach Taiji and Baqua.

Matthew Delmont, assistant professor of American studies, has received a contract from the University of California Press for his book The Nicest Kids in Town: American Bandstand and School Segregation in Postwar Philadelphia, with a tentative publication date of spring 2012.

Aaron Matz, assistant professor of English, is a recipient of a Graves Award in the Humanities (ACLS/Pomona College) for research in England next year on his project “Literature and the Human Problem.” In addition, his review-essay on the French novelist Louis-Ferdinand Celine was published in the March 25, 2010, issue of the London Review of Books.


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