Research Excellence 2016

My name is Michael Goldman, and I teach in
global studies and sociology. I’m Kathryn Pearson, an associate professor
of political science. My name is Hakim Abderrezak. I teach in the Department of French and Italian. I’m Kat Hayes, and I teach in the departments
of anthropology and American Indian studies. My current research looks at this compulsion
of countries to build global cities so that places like Shanghai and Dubai are driven
to outcompete each other, building lavish and expensive infrastructure that ultimately
the people cannot afford. This has implications for urban planners world-wide
who are trying to figure out how to make city life less, not more, difficult for the urban
majority. My recently published book, Party Discipline
in the U.S. House of Representatives, shows that since 1987 party leaders have considerable
power over the careers of their members of congress and that they reward loyal partisans
with better committee assignments and more legislative opportunities on the house floor. This research is important because it shows
that members of congress have incentives to support their party leaders, sometimes at
the expense of their constituents and often to the detriment with working with members
of the other party when they need to come together to solve the nation’s most pressing
policy problems. I just published a book entitled, Ex-Centric
Migrations: Europe and the Maghreb in Mediterranean Cinema, Literature, and Music. My research is crucial in that it looks at
less studied human migratory patterns from North Africa and the Middle East such as the
current refugee crisis which has had unprecedented global impacts. This work has influenced my own artistic expression,
an example of which is this painting which is also on the book’s cover. I received a Talle Family Faculty grant to
research states of incarceration here at the military site of Fort Snelling in Minnesota. I hope that this work will provide a comparative
perspective and help us to rethink our attitude towards mass incarceration today. I’m Monica Luciana. I’m a clinical psychologist and developmental
neuroscientist. And I’m Bill Iacono. I’m a clinical psychologist, psychophysiologist,
and behavior geneticist. I’m Carl Flink, the Nadine Jette Sween Professor
of Dance at the University of Minnesota. I’m also the artistic director of Black
Label Movement, a Twin Cities based professional dance company. I’m Anatoly Liberman, and I teach in the
Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch. Together we direct the University of Minnesota
site of the Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development Consortium. Using cutting edge technology, we will determine
how childhood experiences interact with each other, and a child’s changing biology, to affect brain development and psychological adjustment The results of the ABCD study will provide
families, educators, health professionals, and policy makers with useful information
to promote the wellbeing of children. This year I’m an artist-in-residence at
the Bell Museum here on campus. I’ll be examining zero gravity environments,
but I’m not going to be going to outer space. We are going to bring those experiments down
to the Bell Museum and work with students, dancers, and other researchers to explore
those spaces and examine how bodies might move through those worlds in new and interesting ways. Over the years, my main project has been the
compilation of a new dictionary of word origins. The folders you see behind me are the fruit
of that loom. I also translate a lot of poetry from English
and into English. My most recent book has been this, this is
a translation of all sonnets by Shakespeare from English into Russian. My name is Julie Schumacher, and I’m the
director of the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English. My name is Adriana Zabala. I’m an associate professor of applied voice
in the School of Music. I’m Steve Manson. I teach in the Department of Geography, Society, and Environment. My name is Zenzele Isoke, and I teach in the
departments of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies and African American & African Studies. I study how black women enact urban resistance
in the era of Black Lives Matter–specifically, how we use art to transform the political
geography of the city. I examine how urban land use and transportation
affect water quality in rivers like the Mississippi here behind me. This work is important because it helps us
to better design urban land use in order to ensure a more sustainable future. I perform with opera companies, orchestras,
and in concert halls throughout the U.S. and abroad. My most recent book, Dear Committee Members,
won the Thurber Prize for American Humor. I’m the first woman to have been honored
with this award. I’ve always loved the resonance of common
humanity that I feel in classical music, and it means the world to me as a singing actor
to be a part of these stories and new works that inspire us all and speak to us all–sometimes
in ways that are comforting and sometimes in ways that are very challenging. This research is important because it disrupts
stereotypical representations of blackness, politics, and community organizing. As the author of seven novels, I’m a passionate
believer in the place of arts and humanities at the U— the way they allow us to think
across boundaries; to think critically, openly across borders;
and even make us feel more alive.

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