Recent News

  • Ariel Smith, American Studies Graduate Student, discusses Black History Month
  • Dr. TJ Boisseau, Associate Professor, discusses the signifance of "Ms."

  • Dr. Venetria Patton, Head of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, talks about the Harlem Renaissance.  

  • Why does Amelia Earhart still fascinate us? 
    Tracey Jean Boisseau, Associate Professor of Interdisciplianry Studies, discusses Amelia Earhart and how she was compared to Charles Lindbergh on National Geographic.  

Cheryl Cooky (USA Today)

Cheryl Cooky (Reuters)

Cheryl Cooky featured in Washington Post article

Alejandro Cuza, Director of Linguistics, receives Liberal Arts' Outstanding Graduate Teacher award

Daniel W. Smith, Director of Philosophy and Literature, receives the Liberal Arts' Outstanding Graduate Teacher award

Aparajita Sagar, WGSS affiliate, receives Liberal Arts' Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching award

Derek Pacheco, American Studies affiliate, receives Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching award

Yvonne Pitts, American Studies and WGSS affiliate, receives Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teacahing award

Associate Professor Cheryl Cooky receives the Trailblazer Award

Jean Beaman featured on WBAA Article

Professor Nadia Brown featured in MarketWatch Article

Professor Nadia Brown Featured in Washington Post Article

Professor Beate Allert Featured in CLA For the Honor

Professor Nadia Brown Featured in Washington Post Article

Professor Tithi Bhattacharya's co-authors new book

Al Lopez receives the May 2018 Latino Cultural Center's award for Outstanding Faculty Member.

FVS featured in Think Magazine, 2018

Dan Olson serves as president of the Association for the Sociology of Religion

Sundquist receives Murphy Award

Ronnie Wilbur, Professor of Linguistics & Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences receives 2015 Research & Scholarship Distinction Award

Alfred Lopez promoted to Associate Head of School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Venetria K. Patton named head of School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Upcoming Events

Fall 2018

African American Studies
November 29-December 1, 2018
31st Biennial Symposium of African American Culture and Philosophy:
"50 Years of Black Studies: Intellectual Histories and Institutional Demands"

American Studies
Monday, August 20, 11:45 a.m.
Welcome Back Luncheon for American Studies faculty, staff and students

Critical Disabilities
Thursday, October 18, 5 p.m.
Critical Disabilities Fall Lecture
Melanie Yergeau, Department of English, University of Michigan, "Authoring Autism/Authoring Disbelief".  Cookies and Coffee available when doors open at 4:30 p.m.
STEW 310

Jewish Studies and Religious Studies
Monday, October 15, 8:00 p.m.
11th Annual Larry Axel Memorial Lecture in Religion
James Loeffler, Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies, University of Virginia, "Three Days in December: How Zionism, Human Rights, and Genocide Came Together and Fell Apart in 1948"  Co-Sponsored by Purdue Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, and Human Rights Programs.
RAWL 1062

Tuesday, October 9, 6:45 p.m.
Camp Tippecanoe Civil War Round Table Fall Lecture Series
Robert E. May, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, Purdue University,  "Southern Jews, Cuba, and the Coming of the Civil War--Or, Assimilation and Southern History"
Nanotechnology Building, Room 1001

Fall 2018 Jewish Studies Program Noon Lecture and Discussion Series
Wednesday, September 5, 12:30 p.m.
Paul Benhamou, Professor Emeritus of French, School of Languages and Cultures, Purdue University, "A la Recherche de mon Pays Perdu:  Memories of my experience in Algeria"
Stewart Center, Room 313
Wednesday, October 17, 12:30 p.m.
Andrew Fahrenbach, Winner of the 2018 Edward Simon Essay Prize in Jewish Studies, "If I Were a NEPman: A Sholem Aleichem Film Adaption in the Soviet 1920s"
Stewart Center, Room 313
Wednesday, November 14, 12:30 p.m.
Thomas Busch, Retired Circuit Court Judge, Lafayette, Indiana,  "From Prayer to Action:  The Alternative Philosophies of the Early Twentieth Century Which Brought One Jewish Family to America" 
Stewart Center, Room 313

Latin American and Latino Studies
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 12:00 pm- 2 pm
Through automatic writing and improvised theatre exercises, Maestra Moraga will guide participants in an embodied approach to creativity. As a first step, the intention is to liberate in each student their 'home-grown' writer's voice, allwoing the authenic story-teller to freely and finally emerge.  RSVP Required. Maximum of 25 people

Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 6:30 pm
"Writing our Way Home: A Queer Chicana Legacy" Drawing upon a thirty-five year trajectory of works, Moraga considers questions of political consciousness and human compassion.  Through queer and women of color portraiture, she shapes an abiding narrative as a call to action in the twenty-first century.  Cherrie Moraga will read from several of her books including A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness (Duke), This Bridge Called my Back (SUNY Press) and several volumes of plays from West End Press.  Books available for purchase and a book signing will follow.
Loeb Playhouse


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Honors & Awards

Student Awards

2018 Outstanding Senior ~ African American Studies: Emma Noelke
2018 Outstanding Senior ~ American Studies: Saad Mukhtar
2018 Outstanding Senior ~ Asian American Studies: Inna F. Cuntapay
2018 Outstanding Senior ~ Comparative Literature: Tiffany Hunsinger
2018 Outstanding Senior ~ Critical Disability Studies: Olivia Rose Mannin & Hayden Cole Smith
2018 Outstanding Senior ~ Film and Video Studies: Shelby Wilson
2018 Outstanding Senior ~ Jewish Studies: Erica Timmons
2018 Outstanding Senior ~ Linguistics: Marie Cinatl
2018 Outstanding Senior ~ Religious Studies: Michael Seretny
2018 Outstanding Senior ~ Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: Jesse Bohlin
2018 Outstanding Senior ~ School of Interdisciplinary Studies: Jesse Bohlin
2017-18 School of Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Teaching Award: Emily C. Dick


Lynn Fellowships: 2018-19

Ozgun Basmaz (American Studies)

Sa'ad Mukhtar (American Studies)

Kaylah Morgan (American Studies)

Caitlyn Parker (American Studies)

Shiyu Zhang (Comparative Literature)

Zachary Call (Linguistics)

Ye-Jee Jung (Linguistics)

Seyyed Hatam Timimi Sa'd (Linguistics)

Purdue Doctoral Fellowship

Malik Raymond (American Studies)

Madelina Nunez (American Studies)

PRF Research Grant

Ashley Matney (Phil/Lit)

Neda Taherkhani (Linguistics)

Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship

Jenna Conklin (Linguistics)

Jennifer Sdunzik (American Studies)

Faculty Awards & Promotions

Promotions to Professor

Beate Allert: German/Comparative Literature/Film Video Studies, 2017

Patricia Boling: Political Science/WGSS, 2017

Thomas Broden: French/Comparative Literature/Philosphy Literature/Film Video Studies, 2017

Alejandro Cuza: Spanish/Linguistics/Latin American and Latino Studies, 2017

Maren Linett: English/Critical Disability Studies/Jewish Studies, 2017

Elena Benedicto: English/Linguistics/MARS/Latin American and Latino Studies, 2018

Kristina Bross: Honors/American Studies/Comparative Literature, 2018

Rayvon Fouche: American Studies/Asian American Studies, 2018

April Ginther: English/Linguistics, 2018

Kevin M Stainback: Sociology/African American Studies, American Studies/WGSS, 2018

Promotions to Associate Professor

David Atkinson: History/American Studies, 2017

Monica Trieu: American Studies/Asian American Studies, 2017

Lori A. Czerwionka: Spanish/Linguistics, 2018

Jennifer Freeman Marshall: English/Womens, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, 2018

Daniel J. Olson: Spanish/Linguistics, 2018



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Tithi Bhattacharya

Associate Professor of History; Director of Global Studies

  • The Sentinels of Culture: Class, Education, and the Colonial Intellectual in Bengal. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

TJ Boisseau

Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program

  • White Queen: May French-Sheldon and the Imperial Origins of American Feminist Identity. Indiana University Press, 2004.

Nadia E. Brown

Associate Professor of Political Science, and African-American Studies

  • Sisters in the Statehouse: Black Women and Legislative Decision Making. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • Distinct Identities: Minority Women in U.S. Politics. New York: Routledge, 2016.

Cheryl Cooky

Associate Professor American Studies

  • No Slam Dunk: Gender Sport and the Unevenness of Change, New Brunswick Rutgers University Press, 2018

Alejandro Cuza

Professor of Languages and Cultures, Director of Linguistics

  • Cuban Spanish Dialectology: Variation, Contact, and Change. Georgetown Press

Marlo David

Associate Professor of English, Director of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

  • Mama’s Gun: Black Maternal Figures and the Politics of Transgression. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 2016.

Joseph C. Dorsey

Associate Professor, African American Studies

  • Slave Traffic in the Age of Abolition: Puerto Rico, West Africa, and the Non-Hispanic Caribbean, 1815-1859. Gainesville: Press of Florida, January 2003.

Rayvon Fouche

Director of American Studies

  • Game Changer: The Technoscience Revolution in Sports, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017
  • Handbook of Science and Technology Studies, Fourth Edition, Edited with Clark Miller, Ulrike Felt, and Laurel Smith-Doerr. Boston: MIT Press, 2017

Daniel Frank

Professor of Philosophy; Director, Jewish Studies Program

  • (revised edition) Maimonides, The Guide of the Perplexed (Julius Guttmann [ed.] and Chaim Rabin [tr.]. London: East and West Library, 1952), new introduction by DHF. Indianapolis and Cambridge, MA: Hackett. 1995.
  • History of Jewish Philosophy. London and New York: Routledge. 1997.
  • The Jewish Philosophy Reader. London and New York: Routledge 2000.
  •  (revised edition) Saadya Gaon, The Book of Doctrines and Beliefs (Alexander Altmann [ed./tr.]. Oxford: East and West Library, 1946), new introduction by DHF. Indianapolis and Cambridge, MA: Hackett. 2002.
  • The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Jewish Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.
  • Spinoza on Politics, with Jason Waller. London and New York: Routledge, 2016.
  • Jewish Philosophy Past and Present: Contemporary Responses to Classical Sources. London and New York: Routledge, 2017.

Maren Linett

Professor of English; Director, Critical Disabilities Studies

  • Modernism, Feminism, and Jewishness. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
  • Virginia Woolf: An MFS Reader. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.
  • The Cambridge Companion to Modernist Women Writers. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
  • Bodies of Modernism: Physical Disability in Transatlantic Modernist Literature. University of Michigan Press, 2016.

Dawn Marsh

Associate Professor of History; Director, Native American & Indigenous Studies

  • A Lenape Among Quakers: The Life of Hannah Freeman. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2014.

Bill Mullen

Professor of American Studies

  • Revolutionary Tales: Short Stories by African-American Women From the First Story to the Present.  New York: Ed. Laurel (Doubleday) Books. 1995.
  • Popular Fronts: Chicago and African American Cultural Politics, 1935-1946. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 1999.
  • Left of the Color Line: Race, Radicalism and Twentieth-Century Literatures of the United States. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2003.
  • Afro-Orientalism. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2004.
  • W.E.B. Du Bois on Asia: Crossing the World Color Line. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2005.
  • Afro Asia: Revolutionary Political and Cultural Connections Between African Americans and Asian Americans. Durham: Duke University Press, 2008.
  • Un-American: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Century of World Revolution. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2015.
  • Against Apartheid: The Case for Boycotting Israeli Universities. Chicago: Haymarket Press, 2015.
  • W.E.B. Du Bois: Revolutionary Across the Color Line. London, Pluto Press, 2016.

Song No

Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American and Latino Studies

  • Cien años de contrahegemonía: Transculturación y heterogeneidad. Lima, Peru: Editorial Fund of the National University, 2008.

Venetria K. Patton

Head, School of Interdisciplinary Studies; Professor; English and African American Studies and Provost Fellow for Diversity & Inclusion

  • Women in Chains: The Legacy of Slavery in Black Women’s Fiction. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2000.
  • Double-Take: A Revisionist Harlem Renaissance Anthology. New Brunswick, NJL Rutgers, 2001.
  • Background Readings for Teachers of American Literature. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2006 2nd Edition 2014.
  • The Grasp That Reaches Beyond the Grave: The Ancestral Call in Black Women’s Texts. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2013.

Ashley Purpura, Assistant Professor in Religious Studies

  • God, Hierarchy, and Power: Orthodox Theologies of Authority from Byzantium.  New York: Fordham University Press, 2018

Charles Ross

Professor English and Comparative Literature

  • The Custom of the Castle from Malory to Macbeth. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.
  • Elizabethan Literature and the Law of Fraudulent Conveyance: Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare. Ashgate Press, 2003.
  • Fortune and Romance: Boiardo 1994 in America. MRTS, 1998.

Ronald J. Stephens

Professor African American Studies

  • Idlewild: The Rise, Decline, and Rebirth of a Unique African American Resort Town. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2013.
  • Images of America, African Americans of Denver. Chicago: Arcadia Publishing 4th Edition, 2008.
  • Images of America, Idlewild: The Black Eden of Michigan. Chicago: Arcadia Publishing 6th Edition, 2001.

Harry R. Targ

Professor, Director of Peace Studies

  • Planning Alternative World Futures. Praeger, 1975.
  • Reordering the Planet: Constructing Alternative World Futures. Allyn and Bacon, 1974. Revised edition issued as Constructing Alternative World Futures. Schenkman, 1977.
  • Global Political Economy in the 1980s. Schenkman, 1982.
  • International Relations in a World of Imperialism and Class Struggle: An Essay on the History of Ideas. Schenkman, 1983.
  • Cold War II: Strategy of an Empire in Decline. Marxist Educational Press, 1986.
  • Plant Closings: International Context and Social Costs. Aldine 1988.
  • People's Nicaragua. International Publishers 1989.
  • Cuba and The United States: A New World Order?. International Publishers, 1992.
  • Marxism Today: Essays on Capitalism, Socialism, and Strategies for Social Change. Praeger, 1996.
  • Guatemala. Chicago: Children’s Press, 1993.
  • Honduras. Chicago: Children’s Press, 1995.
  • Challenging Late Capitalism, Neo-Liberal Globalization and Militarism: Building a Progressive Majority www. 2006.
  • Diary of a Heartland Radical, 2011.
  • Vietnam: From National Liberation to 21st Century Socialism. Changemaker, 2013.

Monica M. Trieu

Associate Professor of American Studies and Director of Asian American Studies

  • Identity Construction among Chinese-Vietnamese Americans: Being, Becoming, and Belonging. LFB, 2009.

Ronnie B. Wilbur

Professor of Linguistics

  • Brentari, D., Wilbur, R. B. (eds.) (2012). Sign Language Phonology. Sign Language & Linguistics 15, special issue.
  • Wilbur, R. B. (Ed.) (2006). Investigating Understudied Sign Languages: Croatian SL and Austrian SL, with comparison to American SL. Sign Language & Linguistics 9, special issue.
  • Edmondson, W. H., Wilbur, R. B. (Eds.) (1996). International review of sign linguistics. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.
  • Wilbur, R. B. (1987).  American Sign Language: Linguistic and applied dimensions. San Diego, CA: College-Hill.
  • Hoemann, H. W., Wilbur, R. B. (Eds.) (1982). Interpersonal communication and deafness (Monograph No. 5, Social Research Monograph Series). Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet College Press.
  • Menyuk, P., Wilbur, R. B. (Eds.) (1981). Language disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
  • Wilbur, R. B. (1979). American Sign Language and sign systems: Research and applications. Baltimore: University Park Press.
  • Wilbur, R. B. (Ed.) (1978). Sign language research. Special issue Communication and Cognition.
  • Quigley, S. P., Wilbur, R. B., Power, D. J., Montanelli, D. S., Steinkamp, M. W. (1976). Syntactic structures in the language of deaf children. Urbana, IL: Institute for Child Behavior and Development.

Melinda S. Zook

Professor of History and Religious Studies

  • Protestantism, Politics and Women in Britain, 1660-1714. New York: Palgrave, 2013.
  • Radical Whigs and Conspiratorial Politics in Late Stuart England. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1999.
  • Challenging Orthodoxies: Social and Cultural Worlds of Early Modern Women. Ashgate, 2014.
  • Revolutionary Currents: Nation Building in the Transatlantic World. New York:  Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2004.

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