Faculty News: April 2021

April 12, 2021

Harmony Arnold, MFA, Associate Professor, Performing Arts & Arts Leadership (Theatre, Costume), was on a panel talking about her creative scholarship at Northwest Film Forum for Wes Hurley’s latest film, “Potato Dreams,” which premiered at SXSW.

Caitlin Ring Carlson, PhD, Associate Professor, published a new book, "Hate Speech,” on investigation of hate speech: legal approaches, current controversies, and suggestions for limiting its spread. She was interviewed by LitHub for “How Absolute Free Speech Upholds White Male Supremacy.”

Research about racial gaslighting by Angelique M. Davis, JD, Associate Professor, Political Science, and Affiliate Faculty, African and African American Studies, and former faculty member Rose Ernst, was referenced in the CNN program, “Afraid: Fear in America’s Communities of Color.

Bryn Gribben, PhD, Senior Instructor, English, had three poems published in the February issue of The Write Launch:  "Promotion Review in the Afterlife," "My Thieves Are Lonely," and "Odd Boy.”  Read them here. Additionally, her poem "Tom Petty, A Quarantine Playlist," will be featured in a forthcoming issue of The Ice Colony, her poem "Feeding" will be in the Poets' Choice anthology “Change is the Only Constant,” her poem "When You Want to Tag Yourself as Dead" will be in the Wingless Dreamer anthology “Snowdrops,” and her poem "Slantwise View of Simeon Solomon," part of a larger chapbook manuscript, will be in the forthcoming issue of “The Festival Review.”

Hazel Hahn, PhD, Chair and Professor, History, published a peer-reviewed book chapter, “Glimpses of the East via Japan: Representing Colonial Korea and French Indochina in the Interwar Years,” in Colonialism, Tourism and Place, ed. Denis Linehan, Ian D. Clark and Philip F. Xie, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2020. She also published two book reviews, Review of Nancy Green, “The Limits of Transnationalism,” Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019. Journal of Asian Studies 79/4 (November 2020), and review of Haydon Cherry, “Down and Out in Saigon: Stories of the Poor in a Colonial City,” New Haven:  Yale University Press, 2019. Journal of Asian Studies 80/1 (February 2021).

Audrey Hudgins, EdD,  Associate Clinical Professor, Matteo Ricci Institute and Affiliate Faculty, International Studies, was invited to present on her work on assessment in community-engaged learning contexts at the at the October 2021 Assessment Institute hosted by Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Her presentation will be based on the 2020 Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education article titled “Civic Identity Development in a Critical Service-Learning Context: A Critique of the Civic-Minded Graduate Rubric 2.0.” The session will be moderated by Dr. Kristi Lee, SU College of Education. Audrey also recently completed two blind peer reviews for this journal.

Nalini Iyer, PhD, Professor, English and Associate Appointment, Asian Studies Program and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, had her book, “Roots and Reflections: South Asians in the Pacific Northwest,” included in The Seattle Times, “15 books to read to learn more about Asian American history and experiences, in Seattle and elsewhere.”

Sonora Jha, PhD, Professor, Department of Communication and Associate Dean for Academic Community, College of Arts & Sciences, is getting great reviews for her new book, “How to Raise a Feminist Son: Motherhood, Masculinity and the Making of My Family.” Join her, Dr. Nalini Iyer, and Dr. Theresa Earenfight on April 19 for “Memoir, Migration, and Masculinity: A Conversation with Dr. Sonora Jha.” RSVP for the Zoom link here. You can also watch her conversation with Ijeoma Oluo at Town Hall Seattle here.

Alexander Johnston, PhD, Associate Professor, Film Studies, and John Trafton, PhD, Adjunct Faculty, Film Studies, are featured in the Spectator story, "Billie Eilish Documentary Emphasizes Family Bonds," which was also picked up by an online news site,

Hye-Kyung Kang, PhD, Chair, Social Work and Director, MSW Program, wrote this Seattle Times Op-Ed, “Racist, colonialist and misogynist narrative abets violence against Asian women,” which was then referenced in Naomi Ishisaka’s column, “The hidden stories that give rise to violence against Asian American women.” AJCU Higher Ed News called out this summary in the SU Newsroom. She also gave a number of interviews about violence against members of the AAPI community, including:

Claudia Castro Luna, Adjunct Faculty, Matteo Ricci Institute Adjunct, will publish an essay in the upcoming anthology, “There's a Revolution Outside, my Love, “ edited by Tracy K. Smith and John Freeman. On May 14, at 6 p.m., she will read at Elliott Bay Book Company, with two other contributors, Sasha Lapointe, a descendant of Vi Hilbert, and Honorée Jeffers.

Kira Mauseth, PhD, Senior Instructor, Psychology, appeared on The Record with KUOW, “Making it through the disillusionment phase.” She was interviewed for the Seattle Times story, “In Seattle as everywhere, hope is ahead — but we haven’t hit the ‘post’ in post-traumatic stress from COVID-19.”

Patrick Schoettmer, PhD, Instructor, Political Science, was interviewed by KOMO TV for “Pfizer claims its COVID vaccine is safe, protective for 12-year-old kids and older.”

Mary-Antoinette Smith, PhD., Associate Professor, English, will have a chapter titled "A Classical Drama of Human Bondage: Recurrent Replications of Supplication, Enslavement, and Appeal from Antiquity through the Nineteenth Century (and Beyond)” appear in Adaptation Before Cinema: Literary and Visual Convergence from Antiquity through the 19th Century, eds. Lissette Lopez Szwydky and Glenn Jellenik (Palgrave: Adaptation and Visual Culture Series, 2022). This chapter is being promoted as a “smart, innovative, and timely” analysis of how ancient kneeling practices have been adapted over time from supplicatory through the 19th century to reverential, empowered, and liberatory through the social justice "taking the knee" practices of contemporary civil rights icons including as MLK, Jr., John Lewis, Colin Kaepernick, and Black Lives Matter advocates. She will present an abridgement of this chapter by invitation of the Cyprus Association for English Studies (CESA) as a featured keynote address for their conference in June 2021. She will serve by invitation of as a panel discussant on Gerald Beyer’s new book Just Universities: Catholic Social Teaching Confronts Corporatized Higher Education (Fordham UP 2021) at the National Center's 48th Annual Labor-Management Conference: Higher Education, Collective Bargaining, and the Biden Administration (May 2021). 

Tom Taylor, PhD, Associate Professor, History, published a peer-reviewed article, “The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Person: Jan Kozlowski and the Russian Revolution,” World History Connected (February 2021).

Kirsten Moana Thompson, PhD, Director and Professor, Film Studies, published “Copyright under COVID-19. Special Teaching Media Dossier,” Journal for Cinema and Media Studies (JCMS), March 2021, with co-editor Brendan Kredell, and “Tattooed Light and Embodied Design: Intersectional Surfaces in Moana” in “Media Crossroads: Intersections of Space and Identity in Screen Cultures.” Durham: Duke University Press, 2021: 250-261. eds. Paula Massood, Angel Daniel Matos, and Pamela Robertson Wojcik. She chaired a panel, Cleaning out Walt’s Vault: A Closer Look at Disney’s Corporate Practices”, and presented "There’s Money In That Scholarship: Disney's Appropriation and Monetization of (its ) Historiography", both for the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), Virtual Conference, March 17-21, 2021.

Ruchika Tulshyan, MS, Distinguished Professional-in-Residence, Communication, published “Why Is It So Hard to Speak Up at Work?” in the New York Times and  “I Could Have Waited out the Pandemic in Singapore, but Seattle Kept Me” in Seattle Met. She was interviewed for the NPR story, "Why Pronouncing Names Correctly Is More Than Common Courtesy."