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CASBS News and Notes, Fall 2016

Nov 17 2016

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Research affiliate Daniel Bell published a piece in The World Post on the West avoiding a colonial mindset regarding China.

Fellow Brooke Blower and colleagues just launched a new journal, Modern American History, published by Cambridge University Press. View a promotional one-pager here.

Fellow Sapna Cheryan, a co-presenter at CASBS’s public symposium in January 2017, authored articles in Quartz and The Conversation about cultures that suppress women’s entry or participation in STEM fields. Her research and findings recently have been covered by Futurity, Mashable, and HRE Daily.

Fellow Steve Feld premiered his latest film, J.C. Abbey, Ghana’s Puppeteer, at the 2016 Margaret Mead Film Festival, hosted by the American Museum of Natural History. He later screened it at CASBS for members of the CASBS community. You also can watch the film on Vimeo.

In October, fellow Owen Flanagan released his latest book, The Geography of Morals: Varieties of Moral Possibility (Oxford Univ. Press).

In August, Stanford News profiled fellow Zephyr Frank and his latest book, Reading Rio De Janeiro: Literature and Society in the Nineteenth Century (Stanford Univ. Press).

Fellow Mark Greif is on fire, receiving nearly universal praise for his book Against Everything (Pantheon), released in September. Outlets covering the book include The New Yorker, the New York Times, the London Review of Books, the L.A. Review of Books, Bookforum, Times Higher Education, The Nation, Harper's magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Times Literary Supplement, Tablet Magazine, and Slate, among others. Notably, it appears on a list of nine books that New York Times editors think you should read. Greif was interviewed by Vice, LARB, and Literary Hub. He has discussed the book on a variety of podcasts and radio programs, including The Dinner Party Download, LRB/Verso Books, Little Atoms, and on WNPR's "The Scramble."

AND we just got word that Greif is the winner of the 18th annual Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship, awarded by the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research at Texas A&M University, for his previous book, The Age of the Crisis of Man (Princeton Univ. Press, 2015).

Oh yeah – Mark somehow found time to review somebody else’s book in the New York Times Book Review.

In October, The Century Foundation published “Are Minority Neighborhoods a Disaster?” by fellow Paul Jargowsky.

What does Donald Trump’s election win compel scholars to do? Fellow Eric Klinenberg provided some insights in a piece published in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Fellow Andrew Lakoff published an article in Social Studies of Science on the controversy over laboratory creation of potentially dangerous new strains of avian influenza. He also published an article in Limn about the politics of water and endangered species protection in California. He authored a similar piece in an issue of Public Culture guest-edited by Eric Klinenberg.

View video of a Miller Center forum on climate change, values, and politics featuring fellow Deborah Lawrence.

How do we make commitments in the interest of others? CASBS director Margaret Levi provided insights by exploring the logic and theories of Rosa Luxemburg in The World Post. Levi also was feature in two Stanford Wide Angle videos -- one on credibility, confidence, and fairness in evaluating political disagreements in a democratic society, and another on trust and confidence in leaders, government, and instutitions overall.

Fellow Ross Matsueda is the 2016 winner of the American Society of Criminology’s Sutherland Award, the society’s most prestigious award.

Fellow Allison Pugh is editor of the new book Beyond the Cubicle: Job Insecurity, Intimacy, and the Flexible Self (Oxford Univ. Press). She also wrote an article on “The Corrosive Impacts of Job Insecurity,” which appeared on a blog on the sociology on the economy, work, and inequality on the American Sociological Association website.

Fellow Jack Rakove made a number of media appearances relating to the Electoral College and the presidency throughout the elections season, including via audio on Inside Higher Ed’s “Academic Minute” and the KQED program “Forum,” on TV program "CBS This Morning," and in a video courtesy of Worldview Stanford. He also received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant as part of its Public Scholar Program.

Fellow Arnold Rampersad contributed a piece to CNN Opinion on the meaning of Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine’s quoting of Langston Hughes the day after the election.

As part of the American Educational Research Association’s centennial year programming, research affiliate Barbara Schneider delivered an Ed-Talk on college access for low-income and underrepresented minorities.

Fellow Brenda Stevenson has been awarded the inaugural Nickoll Family Endowed Chair in History at University of California, Los Angeles. She was installed in a ceremony held on October 24, where she spoke on the topic of “Crafting History, Performing Status: Black Marital Ritual in the Transition to Freedom.”

Research affiliate David Yeager and colleagues published a piece on teenage nutrition in the Dallas Morning News; their findings were reported by the New York Times, The Guardian, and New York Magazine, among others. The original research appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

Research affiliate Abraham Verghese published “The Importance of Being” in the November 2016 issue of Health Affairs.

WGBH in Boston created a video profile of fellow Barry Zuckerman, spotlighting him as an "American Graduate Champion" for his work as a founding figure of the field of social pediatrics.