Faculty and Staff Accomplishments

October 2022

Allan Barr, professor of Chinese, gave two conference presentations in October: “From Allies to Adversaries: Xiao Jun and Ai Qing in Yan’an” at the Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting in Philadelphia from October 1-2 and “Travel in Late-Ming China: Insights from the Diaries of Xu Xiake 徐霞客 (1587-1641)” at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Annual Convention in Albuquerque from October 13-15.

Malachai Komanoff Bandy, assistant professor of music, crafted a viol consort program, delivered a short lecture and played bass viola da gamba in Tesserae Baroque’s October 2 concert at the Gamble House in Pasadena, an event sponsored by The Da Camera Society, with the aim of drawing connections between the Arts & Crafts movement and the Dolmetsch family’s early music revival, scholarship and musical instrument design.

In addition to presenting a concert of 15th century and 16th century music with the Los Angeles-based ensemble Ciaramella in Little Bridges on October 23, Bandy appeared in composer Bear McCreary’s music video for the main title track in The Serpent Queen (STARZ, released October 30). The series’ larger score and soundtrack also feature Bandy on the viola da gamba and yayli tanbur.

Graydon Beeks, emeritus professor of music, had his article “‘O Come, Let us Sing unto the Lord’: Performances of the Cannons Anthems during Handel’s Lifetime” included in New Perspectives on Handel's Music: Essays in Honour of Donald Burrows, edited by David Vickers and published by The Boydell Press.

Mietek Boduszynski, associate professor of politics and international relations, participated in a panel on paths toward accountability in Ukraine at the 2022 Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies annual convention. Among his co-panelists was Oleksandra Matviichuk of the Centre for Civil Liberties in Kyiv, the winner of the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize.

Paul Cahill, associate professor of Spanish, presented a paper titled “‘Dejar mis pisadas en la nieve’: Winter, Distance, and Discontent in the Poetry of Ana Merino” at The Legacy of Spain in 21st-Century Consciousness, held at the House of Spain in San Diego on October 22.

Arlen F. Chase, visiting professor of anthropology, was a co-author on a chapter titled “Reproducibility and Validity of Portable ED-XRF Instruments: A Comparison of Spectral and Quantitative Results from Belizean and Ethiopian Obsidian” in Advances in Portable X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry: Instrumentation, Application, and Interpretation, edited by B. Lee Drake and Brandi L. MacDonald (published by The Royal Society of Chemistry on October 19).

Eileen J. Cheng, professor of Asian Languages and Literatures, delivered a lecture, “Through the Voices of Others,” in an online forum, “Lu Xun and World Literature: The Task of Translation,” sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature and John K. Fairbank Institute of Chinese Studies, Harvard University, on October 28. The forum was convened around her new translation of Wild Grass/Morning Blossoms Gathered at Dusk (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2022).

Karla Cordova, visiting assistant professor of economics, presented the early-stage research, “Unemployment Insurance and Unemployment Duration in Mexico City,” at the 9th Liberal Arts Colleges Development Economics (LACDev) conference at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, on October 1.

Virginie A. Duzer, professor and chair of Romance languages and literatures, published “Déserts, jardins et murs chez Gide” in the Bulletin des Amis d’André Gide, Autumn 2022.

Jennifer Friedlander, Edgar E. and Elizabeth S. Pankey Professor of Media Studies and chair of media studies, published “Repetition to Revolution: Jordan Peele's Us” in Movement, Velocity, and Rhythm from a Psychoanalytic Perspective, edited by Jessica Datema and Angie Voela and published by Routledge.

Heidi Nichols Haddad, associate professor of politics, published the article, “Localizing the International Relations Classroom: Evaluation of Academic Partnerships with City Government,” in International Studies Perspectives with co-author Madeline Baer. The article assessed the learning outcomes of an experiential learning course she taught in Spring 2020 that conducted policy research for the Mayor’s Office of the City of Los Angeles and CHANGE (City Hub and Network on Gender Equity), a network of global cities working to advance gender equity locally.

Jesús Landa, cook at Frank Dining Hall, published a book, La Raya, in which he shares his experiences as a Mexican migrant.

Tom Le, associate professor of politics, attended the Mansfield Luce Asia Scholars Fellowship workshop in Washington, DC, from October 12-14.

Le’s book, Japan’s Aging Peace: Pacifism and Militarism in the Twenty-First Century, received Honorable Mention for the International Security Section of International Studies Association 2023 Best Book Award. In addition, the Japanese translation rights to Japan’s Aging Peace were purchased by Misuzu Shobo, and the book will be translated in 2024.

Genevieve Lee, Everett S. Olive Professor of Music, gave a solo piano recital at the Littlefield Concert Hall at Mills College of Northeastern University in Oakland, California, on October 7. The Mills Music Department presents an annual concert honoring Darius Milhaud’s music in programs including works by related composers.

Jonathan Lethem, Roy E. Disney ’51 Professor of Creative Writing, published a short story, “Narrowing Valley,” in the October 31 issue of The New Yorker.

Rachel Levin, associate professor of biology and neuroscience, is first author on a publication titled “Biological studies of transgender identity: A critical review” in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health. This review paper evaluates current research and suggests best practices for those conducting biological research on the origins of transgender identity. It also is intended to address concerns of transgender people, those who care for them, and clinicians treating them, when they see a scientific paper or hear of it through social and traditional media.

Joyce Lu, associate professor of theatre and Asian American studies, participated in a roundtable conversation with other contributors to a special volume of the journal Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies highlighting Asian American voices at the Dance Studies Association Conference, held this year on the land of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. The special volume was edited by SanSan Kwan and Yutian Wong.

Lu moderated a conversation with composer and musical director Joshua Icban and public health nurse and author, Laarni San Juan, RN, PHN, MPH, at the world premiere of Nursing These Wounds, presented by KULARTS and directed by Alleluia Panis at the Brava Theater Cabaret on the land of the Ramaytush Ohlone.

Denise Machin, assistant director of the Smith Campus Center and ballroom dance instructor, presented at the Dance Studies Association Annual Conference: Dancing Resilience in Vancouver, Canada, with Val Meneau of the University of Salzburg. Their presentation was titled Queering DanceSport—the teaching space as a site for contestation of hegemonic heteronormativity and gender binary.

Stephen Marks, Elden Smith Professor of Economics, coordinated and moderated a conversation at Rose Hills Theatre on October 6 with Distinguished Alumna Martina Vandenberg ’90 and Claremont Mayor Jed Leano on providing pro bono legal services, in “Standing Up for Human Trafficking Victims and Asylum Seekers,” sponsored by the International Relations Program.

Susan McWilliams Barndt, professor of politics, was appointed to the American Political Science Association’s Publication Committee, which oversees and coordinates the organization’s four leading peer-review journals, sets standards for those journals and other publications, and explores collaborations with other journals in political science. McWilliams will serve on that committee until 2025.

Miriam Merrill, professor of physical education, moderated a panel at the Women Leaders in College Athletics national convention. The conversation, “Future Proof Your Career: Staying Relevant and Impactful as Women Leaders,” included directors of athletics from the University of Kansas, University of Missouri, the commissioner from Conference USA, and the vice president of corporate partnerships for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Char Miller, W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis and History, gave a presentation about his book, Natural Consequences: Intimate Essays for a Planet in Peril, at Page Against the Machine in Long Beach on October 6.

Jorge Moreno, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, published a paper titled “Investigating the Effect of Galaxy Interactions on Star Formation at 0.5<z<3.0” in The Astrophysical Journal.

Moreno delivered a faculty workshop titled “Decolonised pedagogy” at Santa Barbara City College.

Gilda L. Ochoa, professor of Chicana/o Latina/o Studies, authored “A City of Puentes: Latina/o Cross-Generational Memories and Organizing in the 2016-17 Struggle for Sanctuary” in Latinx Belongings: Community Building and Resilience in the United States (University of Arizona Press 2022), co-edited by Deeb Sossa and Bickham Mendez.

Dan O’Leary, Carnegie Professor of Chemistry, and researchers at the University of Mosul, Imperial College London and Southampton University published “A Flow Electrochemistry-Enabled Synthesis of 2-Substituted N-(Methyl-d)piperidines” in the Journal of Labelled Compounds and Radiopharmaceuticals.

Maddalena Poli, Rand Postdoctoral Fellow in Asian Studies, presented a paper on how to integrate the most cutting-edge research about Chinese manuscript culture into undergraduate courses at the 50th meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies from October 1-2.

Poli participated in a workshop in New York City she co-organized with Columbia University Ph.D. candidate Chris Kim. Sponsored by the Tang Center for the Study of Early China (Columbia University), the event brought together scholars to learn and discuss the 盟書, loyalty oaths used in ancient China to forge alliances among powerful lineages. The event was led by Professor Crispin Williams, the leading expert on the subject in the U.S.

Hans J. Rindisbacher, professor of German and Russian, presented a paper titled “‘Diskurs in der Enge’—a Black Perspective on a Swiss Cultural Preoccupation: Vincent O. Carter’s The Bern Book” at the German Studies Association Annual Conference in Houston, Texas.

Erin Runions, Nancy J. Lyon Professor of Biblical History and Literature, published “Rebel Trash, Bad Objects, Prison Hell: Isaiah 66 and the Affect of Discard” in Postscripts: A Journal of Sacred Texts and Contemporary Worlds.

Monique Saigal Escudero, emerita professor of Romance languages and literatures, gave a presentation titled “My Hidden Childhood in WWII Occupied France” at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Claremont, St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Covina, California, and Long Beach City College Foundation’s Lifetime Learning Center Senior Studies Program.

Santiago Sandi-Urena, visiting professor of chemistry, organized an international symposium at the Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from October 19-22. Presenters from several countries in the Americas addressed non-formal science education efforts supported by the ACS Office of Science Outreach. In addition, he was awarded a Global Initiative Grant from the ACS to organize the Remote International Poster Session. This inclusion-driven event benefited high school through graduate school students in seven countries in the Americas who presented their work online. His undergraduate advisees presented work on the scientific and historical analyses of modern versions of the periodic table and the development and assessment of portable sustainable laboratory practicals in chemistry education.

Gibb Schreffler, associate professor of music, collaborated with Claremont Colleges students to create Songs of the Windlass, an album of historically informed performances of sailors’ work-songs, chanties. The song arrangements were built from primary sources to illustrate the style of sailors’ singing when weighing anchor on ships during the mid-19th century. The album, recorded by Music Technologist Barry Werger-Gottesman in Bridges Hall of Music, is available on SoundCloud and Spotify.

Anthony Shay, professor of dance, presented a paper, “Contemporary Traditional: Is it time to name a new dance genre,” at the Dance Studies Association conference in Vancouver, BC, on October 15.

Shay wrote an article, “The Nation Dances: The politics of staged folklore,” in the volume, Staged Folklore: The National Folk Theatre of Ireland 1968-1998, edited by Susan Motherway and John O’Connell and published by Cork University Press.

Cherene Sherrard-Johnson, E. Wilson Lyon Professor of the Humanities and chair of English, published “Racialized Geographies: A Conversation with Susan Gillman” in Los Angeles Review of Books.

Patricia Smiley, professor emerita of psychological science, published a paper, “Parents’ depressive symptoms and reflective functioning interact to predict proficiency in relational savoring and children’s physiological regulation,” on maternal correlates of children’s physiological regulation during a stressful task in Development and Psychopathology with Jessica Borelli, Kajung Hong ’16, Kelly Kazmierski ’12, Lucas Sohn ’16 and Yuqing Guo.

Gary Smith, Fletcher Jones Professor of Economics, published three op-eds in MindMatters: “The Hyper-Specialization of University Researchers” (October 4), “More Hard Math Does Not Necessarily Mean More Useful Solutions” (October 17) and “What Does AI in Education Mean for Critical Thinking Skills?” (October 31).

David M. Tanenbaum, Osler-Loucks Professor in Science and professor of physics, co-hosted the ISOS-XIII 2022 International Summit on Organic and Hybrid Photovoltaics Stability in Sønderborg, Denmark. The conference brought together leading scientists working on improving future solar cell technologies. Tanenbaum also presented a poster, “Screen-Printed Mesoporous Carbon Perovskite Solar Cells,” at the conference, co-authored with Kylie Thompson ’22, Dan Tan ’23, Adam Dvorak ’20 and Bry Hong ’20.

Samuel Yamashita, Henry E. Sheffield Professor of History, delivered a lecture titled “Hawaii Regional Cuisine: Origins and Impact” via Zoom on October 3 at Fresno State University.