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Faculty News: September 2009

Esther S. Chang, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Esther Chang, together with her collaborators at the University of California-Irvine, has "in press" the journal article entitled, "Non-Parental Adults as Social Resources in the Transition to Adulthood," at the Journal of Research on Adolescence (the official journal for the Society of Research on Adolescence). The manuscript is an empirical study that reports on the results of a two-year longitudinal study of high school seniors from Los Angeles and is the first to demonstrate longitudinally that high school youth with important non-parental adults in their life (i.e., mentors, siblings, etc.) with higher educational degrees adjust better in the year after high school compared to youth with non-parental adults with lower educational degrees. The study advances knowledge of the benefits and burdens of non-parental adults on youth development and is currently pre-published and available to subscribers.

 Dongyoun Hwang - Associate Professor of Asian Studies

Dongyoun HwangDr. Dongyoun Hwang was invited to present a paper at the international conference on "The May Fourth Movement: Memory, Interpretations, and East Asia," held at the Academy of East Asian Studies at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, South Korea, from May 22 to 23, 2009, in commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the May Fourth Movement of 1919 in China. His paper's title was "The May Fourth Movement in Regional Perspective." 

Dr. Hwang also gave a talk on "Area Studies in the US: Retrospect and Prospectus" as the keynote speaker for a conference on "A Search for Interdisciplinary Studies in the 21st Century: Challenges in and Prospectus for Area Studies," on May 27th. This one-day conference was organized by the graduate students in the Area Studies Department at the Graduate School of Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea.   Dr. Hwang attended the International Convention of Asia Scholars 6 (ICAS 6), held in the city of Daejeon, South Korea, from August 6 to 9, 2009, at which he organized a panel on "South Korean Studies of Modern Chinese History" and presented his paper entitled "What is Modern Chinese History for?: A Critical Examination of South Korean Studies of Modern Chinese History since 1945." 

Finally, Dr. Hwang's review essay ("The Possibilities and Limits in the Study of Wartime Collaboration in China during the Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945: Reading a Korean Translation of Timothy Brook's Collaboration: Japanese Agents and Local Elites in Wartime China, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2005) appeared in the summer issue (May 2009) of Critical Review of History (Yoksa Bipyong), one of the two major progressive journals in South Korea.

Marie-Rose Logan - Professor of European and Comparative Literature

Marie Rose LoganDr. Marie-Rose Logan has been elected for a three-year term to the Executive Board of the Yale University Graduate School Association. The Executive Board meets twice a year on the Yale University campus to make recommendations to the Dean of the Graduate School and participate in the selection of the recipient of the Wilbur Cross Medal for a lifetime of outstanding scholarly achievement. 

As General Editor of the interdisciplinary journal, Annals of Scholarship: Art Practices and the Human Sciences, Dr. Logan reports that a special issue (Vol.18, 2 & 3) on "Topographies of Race and Gender: Mapping Cultural Representations" appeared on August 1, 2009. During the summer, Dr. Logan completed an introduction for Volume 19, 1 due to appear in late September 2009. Entitled: "Poetry, Science & Popular Culture: Tropologies for the 21st Century," Volume 19 includes a selection of papers by noted scholars, poets, and scientists.

Arie Galles - Professor of Painting/Drawing & Director of Creative Arts

Arie GallesAn image of Professor Arie Galles' drawing, "Station 7 DACHAU" from his "Fourteen Stations/Hey Yud Dalet Suite" is included in the just published book by Kitty Harmon, "The Map as Art." Among the artists included in the book are John Baldessari, Jasper Johns, Joyce Kozloff, Maya Lin, Richard Long, Ed Ruscha and Julian Schnabel.  For more information please go to:

Seven preparatory drawings for Professor Galles' "Fourteen Stations/Hey Yud Dalet Suite" were exhibited in Toronto, Ontario in an multi-media art exhibition, "Remains to be Seen," on artistic responses to genocide.  The exhibition, curated by Rhonda Corvese, was mounted at the Lennox Contemporary Gallery and was sponsored by The International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (A Division of the Zoryan Institute).  The exhibition Arts is the result of an open call for emerging and established North American artists, invited to convey their thoughts, experiences, and perceptions of issues surrounding genocide. The exhibit ran from May 28th to June 7th.   Other artists in the show were Ulysses Castellanos, Joyce Lau, Steven Loft, Katie Pretti, Shannon Scully, Veronika Szkudlarek and Bill Wolff.

On Thursday, June 4th, also at Lennox Contemporary Gallery, Galles participated in a panel discussion exploring the role of artistic representation in remembering and understanding genocide.  Other participants were Professor Doris Bergen; Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe, Chair in Holocaust Studies; Helga Stephenson, Chair of the Toronto Human Rights Watch Film Festival; and Atom Egoyan, multiple-award-winning filmmaker; with Marc Glassman, Editor in Chief of POV, Canada's leading documentary and independent film magazine, as the moderator.  For more information please go to:

On Friday, June 5, 2009 Professor Galles, together with Atom Egoyan, were interviewed on CTV's "Canada AM" show about the exhibition.  For  more information, and to view the video clip, please go to:

Ryan Ashley Caldwell - Assistant Professor of Sociology

Ryan Ashley CaldwellDr. Ryan Ashley Caldwell participated in the American Sociological Association annual meeting over the summer by organizing and chairing the section on Marxist theory entitled "Giving Marxism Legs: Theory and Methods in Marxist Analysis."  Additionally, look for her two book chapters in Co-Opting Culture: Culture and Power in Sociology and Cultural Studies, "The Unicorn is Dead: Postmodernism, Consumption, and the Production of the Self" and "Gender Queer Productions and the Bridge of Cultural Legitimacy:  Realness and Identity in Paris is Burning." 

Robert Elliott Allinson - Professor of Philosophy

Robert Elliott AllinsonDr. Robert Elliott Allinson, Professor of Philosophy, is continuing his intellectual dialogues with noted, major American philosophers, this time with Richard Rorty, regarded as one of the most eminent American philosophers of the 20th century, in his single-authored chapter, Rorty and Confucius, A Dialogue Across the Millenia, Yong Huang, (ed.), Rorty, Pragmatism and Confucianism, State University of New York Press at Albany, 2009, pp. 129-159.

James Spady - Assistant Professor of American History

James SpadyDr. James Spady began his summer early (in May) with a research presentation in the USC/Huntington Library "American Origins" seminar series. The work he presented draws on chapter five of his book manuscript and traces the place of learning as resistant reinvention among African and Native American people in the old US South. He also published an extended critical review essay with the Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History. This review essay focused on recent award-winning work in Native American Studies, assessing how the authors positioned their research relative to Postcolonial Studies. A particular interest was to show how Native American Studies and Postcolonial Studies have shared an interest in the agency of the colonized, even as the two fields conceive of agency differently. Dr. Spady tried to show what historians might yet learn from the shared interests and distinct traditions these fields represent.

Dr. Spady also had the pleasure of traveling for work this summer, thanks partly to SUA's faculty development funding. In July, he conducted research at the David Library of the American Revolution in Pennsylvania. And in August, Dr. Spady chaired and commented on a panel at the American Historical Association (Pacific Branch) Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The panel was entitled "Radicals and Reformers: New Perspectives from the Nineteenth-Century US" and it featured presentations by graduate students at UC Santa Barbara and a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Kristi Wilson - Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition & Director of the Writing Program

Kristi WilsonDr. Kristi Wilson presented a paper entitled "The Split Person Narrative: Resisting Closure, Resistant Genre in Albertina Carri's Los Rubios" at the 28th International Latin American Studies Association Congress in Rio de Janeiro in June 2009. Dr. Wilson also participated with colleagues from Stanford University on a panel for the International Writing Centers Collaborative at this year's Conference on College Composition and Communication in San Francisco entitled "Sustaining Currents of Communication: Project W.R.I.T.E. and the Writing Center."