Recent News

Venetria K. Patton named head of School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Alfred Lopez promoted to Associate Head of School of Interdisciplinary Studies

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

Sundquist receives Murphy Award

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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