Faculty News: November 2021

Written by Karen L. Bystrom
November 22, 2021


Ken Allan, PhD, Associate Professor, Art History, published a review of “Black Refractions: Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem” in College Art Association’s open-access online journal. The exhibition toured to Seattle’s Frye Museum this past summer.

John H. Armstrong, PhD, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, published “Taking control to do more: how local governments and communities can enact ambitious climate mitigation policies,” in the Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning. While local governments have emerged as policy leaders on climate change, evidence indicates that many of the policies enacted do not significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This study focuses on ambitious climate policymaking, examining the stakeholders involved and their concerns, including the role of local control. The study analyzes Community Choice Aggregation in California, an impactful climate policy that local governments have pursued throughout the state over the past decade. A qualitative-driven approach is used, including interviews with policymakers and stakeholders in five areas of the state that adopted the policy and two areas that voted against it. An interconnected effort of local elected officials and grassroots groups led the policymaking process, driven by concern about climate change and a desire for local control. Grassroots engagement can be critical in building support and coalitions for ambitious climate policies. Stakeholders and governments embraced local control to shape policies to match their priorities and achieve a variety of co-benefits.

Onur Bakiner, PhD, Associate Professor, Political Science, published an article titled “Truth Commission Impact on Policy, Courts, and Society” in the Annual Review of Law and Social Science.

Andrew G. Bjelland, Professor Emeritus, Philosophy, published “How can the American eagle fly on one wing?

Rebecca Cobb, PhD, LMFT, Assistant Clinical Professor and Clinical Coordinator, Couples and Family Therapy has been offered a book deal with Routledge for her proposal for an edited book on “The Therapist’s Notebook for Systemic Teletherapy: Creative Interventions for Effective Online Therapy.”

Kathleen Cook, PhD, Chair and Professor, Psychology, the primary investigator for NSF RED grant “Revolutionizing Engineering Education through Industry Immersion and a Focus on Identity,” presented Building Design Experience and a Greater Sense of Community through an Integrated Design Project at the Frontiers in Education conference in October. This work extends a paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) in June 2021, Making the “New Reality” More Real: Adjusting a Hands-On Curriculum for Remote Learning. The paper, Engineering with Engineers: Fostering Engineering Identity, was also presented at ASEE 2021.

Christie Eppler, PhD, LMFT, Program Director and Professor, Couples and Family Therapy, will present “Ultimate Mysteries in Systemic Therapy” at the virtual Systemic Family Therapy Conference, November 10 to 12. She presented “Meaningful Experiences of Relational Teletherapists during the Coronavirus” for Seattle University's Office of Sponsored Projects Lightening Talks on October 28.

Brooke Gialopsos, PhD, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Forensics, co-authored a chapter entitled: “Fear of terrorism: Nature, reactions, and consequences” in the book “Theories of terrorism: Contemporary perspectives.”

Kimberly Harden, EdD, Instructor, Communication and Media, was interviewed by KIRO TV for “Gonzalez withdraws attack ad condemned as racist.

Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD, Professor, Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Forensics, and Director, Crime & Justice Research Center, and William Parkin, PhD, Associate Professor, Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Forensics, published an Op-Ed with Crosscut, “Seattle survey wants to know: How do you feel about public safety?

Audrey Hudgins, EdD, Clinical Associate Professor, Matteo Ricci Institute, presented her work on assessment in community-engaged learning contexts at the October 2021 Assessment Institute hosted by Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Her presentation, titled “Civic Identity Development in a Critical Service-Learning Context: (De)constructing identity, power, and privilege using the Civic-Minded Graduate Rubric 2.0,” was based on her 2020 article in the Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education. The session was moderated by Dr. Kristi Lee, SU College of Education. She also hosted Mexican colleagues Elena Ayala Gali, chair of the International Relations Department at Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla, and Fr. Alfredo Zepeda, SJ and Monica Cuetara of Radio Huayacocotla, for a 10-day visit to Washington state to begin the research design process for a bi-national project examining the experiences of H2A migrant workers in Wenatchee valley and the experiences of their families in Huayacocotla.

Marco Lowe, MPA, Adjunct Faculty, Institute of Public Service, was interviewed by KOMO 4 News for “Davison leads in race for Seattle City Attorney.”

Kira Mauseth, PhD, Senior Instructor, Psychology, spoke to Seattle Met for the article, “Some of Us Are in a Disaster Cascade.”

Alexander Mouton, MFA, Chair and Associate Professor, Art, Art History, and Design, was a 2020 King County Art Projects Grant recipient through 4Culture and was an SU 2020 Summer Faculty Fellowship recipient for his photobook project, To A Place in Time, Held Within Four Walls.

Christopher Paul, PhD, Professor, Communication, appeared on Twitch with Saffista, on “Theory Questing with Christopher Paul.”

James Risser, PhD, Professor, Philosophy, recently published several book chapters and articles. “The Task of Understanding in Arendt and Gadamer.” Arendt Studies, vol. 5 (2021); “Philosophical Hermeneutics, Language and the Communicative Event,” in The Cambridge Companion to Gadamer, 2nd revised ed., Cambridge University Press; “Poetry, Art, and the Arts,” in The Gadamerian Mind, Routledge; “Heraclitean Hermeneutics,” in Tidvatten: Festskrift till till Hans Ruin, Södertörn Philosophical Studies.

Carmen Rivera, MA, Criminal Justice, Criminology & Forensics, was elected to the Renton City Council. She was interviewed for “King County Conservatives Discredit Progressive POC Candidates as ‘Defund’ Extremists” for the South Seattle Medium.

Patrick Schoettmer, PhD, Instructor, Political Science, was interviewed by KOMO 4 News for “Updated elections results show Bruce Harrell maintains strong lead over M. Lorena González.”

Kirsten Moana Thompson, PhD, Professor and Director, Film Studies, co-edited “Animation and Advertising,” with Malcolm Cook. The book received a commendation by the McLaren-Lambart Award for Best Scholarly Book in Animation Studies, Society for Animation Studies in October, 2021.  The Adjudication Committee said “ Animation and Advertising sets a new bar with the astonishing breadth of its historical and industrial scope, as well as the scholarly depth of its numerous individual case studies. The book definitively establishes a close and reciprocal relationship between animation and advertising, which has been woefully neglected by decades of scholarship in both fields.” The book also received the Honorable Mention for Best Edited Collection from the British Association for Film, Television and Screen Studies in April, 2021.

Charles M. Tung, PhD, Professor and Chair, English, co-organized the roundtable “Posthuman Scale and the Care to Come” and presented “Scenes of Instruction and Education in Deep Time” at the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present Conference, Oct 27-30, 2021.  Tung was invited to participate in the media studies symposium Do Memes Think? at the Viceroy Chicago, sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Council at Indiana University, Bloomington, Nov. 4-6, 2021.

Sam Howe Verhovek, BA, Adjunct Faculty, Public Affairs and Environmental Studies, appeared at Town Hall Seattle on November 5 to discuss his book, “Invisible People: Stories of Lives at the Margins,” a tribute to the work of his friend and former colleague, the late Pulitzer Prize–winning writer Alex Tizon. Appearing with him in conversation was Tizon’s widow, Melissa Tizon.

Zachary D. Wood, PhD, Assistant Professor, Institute of Public Service, was interviewed by KOMO News for “Seattle U professor breaks down policy differences on homelessness in Seattle mayor race.” He is quoted in a national Reuters story, “Democratic cries to 'defund police' fade in U.S. mayoral races as crime surges.”  He was also elected to the Board of Directors of the Community Development Society, a 50-year-old professional association of community development scholars and practitioners.