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Faculty Spotlight

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The faculty of the College of Li
beral Arts and Social Sciences are committed to the teaching mission of DePaul University. Equally important are scholarship, creative activity and service to the community. Listed below is a selection of recent faculty accomplishments, awards and projects. Faculty Spotlight is updated approximately once a month and faculty can self-nominate or nominate their colleagues by following these instructions​

Pascale-Anne Brault, Professor of French & Director of French Program

​​​​Pascale-Anne Brault, professor of French and Director of the French Program, was made a knight into the Ordre National du Mérite/National Order of Merit by Consul General of France, Graham Paul. Created by President Charles de Gaulle in 1963, it is France's second highest Order after the Legion of Honor. It seeks to reward distinguished service demonstrated in either a public, civilian or military function, or in the exercise of a private activity, during a period of at least ten years.​

The President of the French Republic,currently Mr. François Hollande, is the Grand Master of the Order and appoints all other members of the Order on the advice of the Government. The class of chevalier (knight) is awarded to those who have shown at least ten years of exemplary service on behalf of French society, culture and heritage.​​​​

Marcy J. Dinius, Associate Professor of English

Marcy J. Dinius, Associate Professor of English, was awarded a 12-month National Endowment in the Humanities Fellowship to complete her book Anxiety and Influence: David Walker's Appeal and Antebellum Print Culture.

​NEH Fellowships are among the most competitive fellowships awarded in the humanities and support college and university professors and independent scholars pursuing advanced research.  Professor Dinius's previous book, The Camera and the Press: American Visual and Print Culture in the Age of the Daguerreotype, was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2012.

Thomas Foster, Professor and Chair of History

Thomas Foster, professor and chair of the department of history, has been selected by competitive application as a participant in a weeklong multi-disciplinary seminar on Slave Narratives at Yale University.

One-third of applicants were invited to spend the week reading and discussing antebellum and postbellum slave narratives, including biographies, fiction, and autobiographies. Twenty-seven faculty members, including Foster, from fields such as history and English will participate.

The seminar, sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Council of Independent Colleges, is open to full-time faculty and will be led by renowned scholar Dr. David W. Blight, Class of 1954 Professor of American History at Yale. All expenses are covered by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Foster, a scholar of gender and sexuality in early America, is currently working on a book about manhood and sexuality under slavery in the U.S.

Star Hall, Instructor, Writing, Rhetoric & Discourse

Star Hall received the bronze medal for Science Fiction from the Readers’ Favorite International Book Contest.  The awards ceremony for this prestigious competition was held November 22, 2014 as a closing event for the Miami Book Fair in Florida. ​ 

Written under the pen name Stella Atrium, the fantasy novel Seven Beyond is similar to Cloud Atlas or The Time Traveler’s Wife in that the chapters take the reader to distant/alien venues and time frames. ​
Ms. Hall has been writing science fiction and fantasy stories all her life. The Dolvia Saga six-book series has three novels in print and ebook formats.  The fourth novel in the series, Clearstone, is due for release in January 2015.​

To learn more about Star Hall, visit Stella Atrium's website​.

Paul Jaskot, Professor of History of Art and Architecture

Paul Jaskot, Professor of  History of Art and Architecture was awarded the A.W. Mellon Professorship for 2014-2016. This honor is awarded to senior researchers in the field in order to pursue independent research in residence at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. 

The Mellon Professorship was established at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts with funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Gallery of Art. It is a two-year award, and intended for outstanding curators and scholars in the middle, often most productive years of their careers.

See full details in DePaul Distinctions​.

Morag M. Kersel, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Morag M. Kersel, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and affiliated faculty with the Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law in the College of Law at DePaul was awarded a University of Chicago Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellowship for 2015-2016. As a Visiting Fellow with The Past for Sale: New Approaches to the Study of Archaeological Looting Collegium, she will build on her PhD research, which assesse​d the efficacy of the legally sanctioned antiquities market in Israel as a remedy for looting.

Bringing together a suite of data from Israel, Jordan, and Palestine, her Neubauer manuscript project will examine artifact pathways introducing new empirical evidence on the illegal and legal movement of Middle Eastern artifacts and efforts to protect archaeological sites from looting. The Past for Sale Collegium brings together anthropologists, archaeologists, art historians, public policy experts, social scientists, and legal scholars, in hopes of finding answers to one of the most intractable problems facing those who care about culture: how to stem the worldwide epidemic of looting of archaeological sites.

John Mazzeo, Assistant Professor of Anthropology & Director of Public Health

Professor John Mazzeo was awarded a Coleman Foundation Fellowship for 2014-20​15.​ Coleman Fellows are college and university faculty who teach in disciplines outside the school of business. Recipients of one-year fellowships work in close collaboration with an experienced entrepreneurship educator on campus engaging in projects that advance self-employment education and strengthening the entrepreneurship educator’s efforts to grow entrepreneurship education. Fellows maintain an ongoing connection to the entrepreneurship program at their school after the grant year and continue as part of the Coleman Foundation Entrepreneurship Community of Practice, a growing national cohort of colleagues.

​The goals of the Fellows Program are 1) to build support for entrepreneurship education in non-business departments across campuses of participating schools; 2) to advance the Coleman Foundation’s Definition of Entrepreneurship with focus on business creation; and 3) to cultivate cohorts of entrepreneurship educators on individual campuses and across many disciplines outside the school of business.​

James H. Murphy, Professor of English

Professor James H. Murphy of DePaul’s Department of English will be serving as Burns Library Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies Chair at Boston College in the fall of 2015. Since 1989, the Burns Library Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies program has brought to Boston College a long and distinguished series of professors, poets, novelists, journalists, librarians, literary critics, and notable public figures who have made significant contributions to Irish cultural and intellectual life. One recent holder was Mary McAleese, president of Ireland from 1997 to 2011. 

While at Boston College Professor Murphy will be working on research for a book project, Partial Parliament: The Corporation of Dublin from Reform to Independence (1840-1921). It takes a key political institution, Dublin corporation (city council), which may be considered as having been part of the British governing structure in Ireland, and examines the ways in which it changed as nationalists came to power within it. Until the Municipal Reform (Ireland) Act of 1840 Dublin Corporation had been the preserve of the Protestant Ascendancy, the wealthy minority community which was sustained in power by Ireland’s incorporation into a United Kingdom with Great Britain in 1801. Thereafter the municipal franchise was opened to Catholics who came to dominate the politics of the city. The project is a study of the politics of the corporation between its initial reform and the granting of Irish independence in 1922.

Scott Bucking, Associate Professor of History

​Scott Bucking, associate professor of ancient Mediterranean studies in the history department, received a Fulbright grant to Israel for 2015-2016.  

While in Israel, he will be a visiting scholar at The Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and will be continuing his archaeological fieldwork at the Roman-Byzantine site of Avdat in the central Negev highlands.  Professor Bucking’s project, which is being carried out in partnership with the Israel Antiquities Authority, represents the initial phase of a groundbreaking regional study of ancient Christian monasticism.

The core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is funded through the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and provides grants to U.S. faculty and senior professionals in over 125 countries worldwide.

Barrie Jean Borich, Assistant Professor of English

Barrie Jean Borich, Assistant Professor of English/Creative Writing and editor of the new journal Slag Glass City was awarded a Lambda Literary Award in the memoir category for her most recent book, Body Geographic (University of Nebraska Press/American Lives Series). The Lambda Literary Awards —also known as the Lammys—are national book prizes instituted in 1988 to identify and celebrate the best lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender books of the year published in the United States. 

Body Geographic, which was also awarded an IPPY (Independent Publisher Book Award) Gold Medal in Essay/Creative Nonfiction and a 2013 IndieFab Bronze Award for Essays, is a memoir/essay hybrid described as one woman’s postindustrial poetic mapping of her familial, cultural, and historical body as understood through stories of dislocation and reinvention, set in and between two Midwestern American cities.  In a starred review Kirkus called Body Geographic "an elegant literary map that celebrates shifting topographies as well as human bodies in motion, not only across water and land, but also through life."