Attention: Pomona College is planning for a full return of students in fall. Learn More

Faculty & Staff Accomplishments

March 2021

Colin Beck, associate professor of sociology, was a panelist for the Comparative Historical Analysis and Theory flash talk series “Revolutions and Historical Social Science Research: A Conversation” on March 26.

Graydon Beeks, emeritus director of music programming & facilities and professor of music, presented the paper “Some Overtures to be Plaied [sic] Before the First Lesson” at the 2021 American Handel Society Conference hosted virtually by the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Bloomington on March 11-14.

Ralph Bolton, emeritus professor of anthropology, gave an invited virtual presentation on pandemics at the 1era Feria de Innovación Social, Cultural y Educativa en la Promoción de la Salud y Prevención del Covid-19 sponsored by the School of Medicine at the National University of Trujillo in Peru on March 23.

Tom Campbell and Carolyn Starks, both assistant deans of admissions, presented at the Western Association for College Admissions Counseling’s (WACAC) annual Share, Learn and Connect conference on February 17. Their presentation was titled “Beyond the Breakout Room: How to Engage Underrepresented Students in Virtual Campus Programming.”

Arlen Chase, visiting professor of anthropology, published an edited volume entitled “Maya Kingship: Rupture and Transformation from Classic to Postclassic Times” (University of Florida Press, Gainesville, March 2021) with co-editors Tsubasa Okoshi (Kyoto University, Japan), Philippe Nondédéo (Laboratoire Archeologie des Ameriques, France), and M. Charlotte Arnauld (Laboratoire Archeologie des Ameriques, France). Chase is a co-author on four chapters within the volume.

Malte Dold, assistant professor of economics, published the article “Dynamic Preferences and the Behavioral Case Against Sin Taxes” in the journal Constitutional Political Economy on March 12.

Virginie A. Duzer, associate professor of French and chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, chaired a panel that she had organized entitled “Nouveaux portraits de la jeune fille” at the 38th Annual Twentieth and Twenty-First-Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium, dedicated to the “New Normal.”

Jennifer Friedlander, Edgar E. and Elizabeth S. Pankey Professor of Media Studies, gave an interview at the Sigmund Freud Museum on March 2.

Stephan Garcia, W.M. Keck Distinguished Service Professor and Professor of Mathematics, published the following papers: “Composites in the Ulam spiral” with M.A. Myers, in American Mathematical Monthly 128, number 3, page 238 and “Partially Isometry Matrices: A Survey” with M.O. Patterson ’19 and W.T. Ross in Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Operator Theory (#operatortheory27), Theta Series in Advanced Mathematics, pages 149-181.

Emilie Garrigou-Kempton, visiting assistant professor of Romance languages and literatures, published an article, “Dying at the Salpêtrière: Autopsies and the Afterlife of the Hysteric” in L'Esprit Créateur, special issue: French Thanatology, volume 61, number 1, spring 2021.

Working with Minnie B. Cairns Memorial Professor of Geology Eric Grosfils, Gigi Voss ’21 presented results from her senior thesis (“Constraining the Degree of Dike Emplacement Using Strain at Giant Radially Fractured Centers on Venus”) at the 52nd annual Lunar & Planetary Science Conference during the second week of March.

Dean Gerstein, director of sponsored research, led a panel titled Research Development at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions at the 2021 Virtual Pre-award Research Administration conference of the National Council of University Research Administrators on March 25.

Edray Goins, professor of mathematics, and Robin Wilson (Cal Poly Pomona) together were awarded $50,000 as a subaward from the Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics (CURM). This minigrant will be used during the 2021-22 academic year to hire a total of 13 undergraduates between Pomona College and Cal Poly Pomona in order to document the research done by mathematical scientists of the African Diaspora. (Wilson was on sabbatical at Pomona College during the 2017-18 academic year.)

Goins gave the inaugural C. Dwight Lahr Lecture through Dartmouth College. The Mathematics Department at Dartmouth College established the annual lecture series in 2020 in memory and honor of Lahr's contributions to Dartmouth both as a professor and as a dean. Lahr was the first African American to receive tenure in an Ivy League School's math department. Goins's address was titled “A Dream Deferred: 50 Years of Blacks in Mathematics.”

In recognition of Pi Day, celebrated each March 14, Goins was interviewed by WRTV Indianapolis about the Indiana Pi Bill. The failed state legislation from 1897 would have set the value of pi, the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, at a rounded 3.2.

Esther Hernández-Medina, visiting assistant professor of sociology, presented at the Claremont Consortium 1st Black and Brown Women of Color Conference on March 20. She was part of the panel on “Transnational Women of Color Activism” along with Sara D. Sadhwani, assistant professor of politics. Hernández-Medina shared her experiences as a scholar-activist including her long-time involvement with and academic work on the Dominican feminist movement.

On March 26th, Hernández-Medina was interviewed by Lorgia García-Peña, associate professor of Romance Languages at Harvard University, for The Boycott Times about the Dominican feminist movement’s 20-plus-year fight to include the “causales” or exceptional circumstances regarding abortion in the new Dominican Penal Code. The “causales” would prevent women and healthcare professionals from being penalized when the woman’s life is in danger, the fetus is not viable, or the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest. They talked about how, in its most recent mobilization around the issue, the movement established a camp in front of the National Palace on March 11 as part of the campaign #lascausalesvan.

Lastly, also on March 26, Hernández-Medina co-organized and moderated the virtual meeting of Tertulia Feminista Magaly Pineda, the feminist group she co-founded with Yildalina Tatem Brache. Tertulia members learned about the challenging situation of female Venezuelan migrants in the Dominican Republic and the rest of the region in a conversation with Venezuelan activists Carolina Acuña Delgado, Zinnia Martínez Araujo, and Ana María Rodríguez Carvajal.

Emiliano Huet-Vaughn, assistant professor of economics, published “Choice Architecture to Improve Financial Decision Making” in The Review of Economics and Statistics on March 1.

Eric Hurley, professor of Africana studies and psychological science, co-authored an article entitled “Teacher Implemented Communal Learning in Math: Boosting Learning with African American Elementary Students” in Urban Education.

Hurley gave a talk virtually entitled “Cultural Misperceptions and Structurally Supported Racialized Thinking: How They Enable Everything from Educational Inequity to State Violence (Including Healthcare Disparities) at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Campus Diversity and Global Health Perspectives Lecture Series in El Paso, Texas on February 17.

Steven B. Jubert, Jr., associate dean of campus life and director of residence life, gave a presentation titled, "Getting Ahead of Burnout: Essential Strategies for Managing Personal and Professional Wellness” at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Conference on March 22.

Michael Kuehlwein, George E. and Nancy O. Moss Professor of Economics, published an essay "Railways and Trade in 19th-Century India" in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian Commercial History.

Joyce Lu, associate professor of theatre and dance, offered two resiliency sessions for a Becoming an Anti-Racist Organization training at Be the Change Consulting on March 7.

Lu co-conducted a Playback Theatre Performance with Ricardo Pérez-González for a Dailey Innovations Diversity Equity and Inclusivity Training for MacMillan Publishing on March 31.

Susan McWilliams Barndt, chair and professor of politics, was the featured guest on an episode of the "Henry Conversations" podcast, a project of the Henry Institute for the Study of Politics and Christianity at Calvin College on March 9.

On March 16, McWilliams Barndt gave a talk on "Responsible Government in a Divided Country" (via Zoom) to the Central New Jersey chapter of Indivisible.

On March 25 and 26, McWilliams Barndt participated in a Liberty Fund conference on "Freedom and Responsibility in Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man."

On March 31, McWilliams Barndt appeared on Southern California Public Radio station KPCC's "AirTalk with Larry Mantle" to discuss President Biden’s infrastructure plan and how it is likely to fare in Congress.

Giovanni Ortega, assistant professor of theatre and dance, was part of a panel presented by FilAm Arts on AAPI Hate Crimes on March 23. The panelists discussed their personal sentiments on the current violence against the Asian American and Filipino American community.

Ortega was commissioned by the Poetry Festival Singapore (PFS) to adapt “Contour: A Lyric Cartography of Singapore” into a poetic film for this year's festival to be held this summer. In this bicentennial year, Contour charts a lyric cartography of Singapore, taking in events from the past 700 years while also reflecting on the current state of our nation. This marks Ortega's fourth commission and collaboration with PFS which began with “Benches” (2018), “Palindromes” (2019) and last year's “Belonging.”

Ortega’s play “The Sea” is being published by NoPassport Theatre Alliance and Press in After Orlando, a collection of plays from playwrights in response the shooting at Pulse Nightclub on June 12, 2016. The plays were originally presented across the U.S. and abroad with collaborating venues in Los Angeles, Denver, Philadelphia, Detroit and more.

Lastly, Ortega has been invited to write a book review for Musalaya's Gift by Conrad J. Benedicto published by Kularts. The fantasy novel is about Alad Dumagid who has finally mastered the last note of the last song his grandmother will ever teach him and his journey thereafter.

Adam Pearson, associate professor of psychological science, had his research featured in a new advisory report issued by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine that issues guidance for federally-funded climate change research in the United States. The new report, titled, "Global Change Research Needs and Opportunities for 2022-2031," advises the U.S. Global Change Research Program  (USGCRP) on how best to meet its mandate in light of climate change impacts happening today and projected into the future and identifies critical new opportunities to advance the USGCRP's research priorities over the next decade.

Corinne Tsai '20 gave the following talk, which won the Best Student Paper Award at the Sustainability Pre-conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology: “Building Diverse Climate Coalitions: The Pitfalls and Promise of Identity-Based Messaging.” The talk is based on a paper by the same tile authored by Tsai and Pearson.

Anthony Shay, professor of dance and cultural studies, has published a new book: Dance and Authoritarianism: These Boots are Made for Dancing, Intellect Books, 2021.

Gary Smith, Fletcher Jones Professor of Economics, published “Spot and Choose: Fair Play is Uniquely Human” in MindMatters blog on March 8.

On March 19, Smith published “Why We Need to Stop Relying On Patents to Measure Innovation, co-authored with Jeffrey Funk” in Promarket, a publication of the Stigler Center at the University of Chicago Business School.

On March 29, Smith published “Doctors Won’t Be Obsolete Anytime Soon” in MindMatters.

Ken Wolf, John Sutton Miner Professor of History and Professor of Classics, chaired a recent colloquium, hosted by the American Historical Association, on "Teaching the Medieval as Mediterranean: Reorienting the Metanarrative." The point of the colloquium was to discuss the implications of locating the study of medieval history in the greater Mediterranean world rather than confining it to Western Europe.

Feng Xiao, assistant professor of Chinese, co-presented a paper on character processing in the strand of language cognition and brain research at the 2021 Conference of American Association for Applied Linguistics on March 20.