Student & Faculty News

Wendy Martin publishes new book

Congratulations to Professor Wendy Martin and Cecelia Tichi (Vandebilt University) on the publication of thier new book, The Gilded Age and Progressive Era  in the Historical Explorations of Literature Series, ABC-CLIO, 2016.



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New LinkedIn Group for SAH Students and Alumni

The School of Arts & Humanities now has a LinkedIn group, which students and alumni are invited to join.  In this group, you will be able to:

•         CONNECT with fellow students and alumni
•         LEARN about job announcements and CGU events and news
•         SHARE news, insights, and questions

To join the group, please visit:

Arts & Humanities Students Receive Dissertation Awards

Congratulations to the following Arts & Humanities students who have won Transdisciplinary or CGU Dissertation Awards this year!

CGU Dissertation Awards:

Melisa Ortiz Berry, Department of Religion
Evangelical Orthodoxy:  Henrietta Mears and the Border Lines of Evangelicalism
That women in patriarchal religious systems typically occupy locations of power not privileged in traditional historical narratives perpetuates the myth of female disempowerment. To recover the influence of evangelical women, this study analyzes twentieth-century evangelical leader Henrietta Mears and her co-workers using archival material and oral histories. Repurposing the early church dialectic of orthodoxy and heresy allows us to reframe the movement as “evangelical” orthodoxy, revealing how both sexes act as gatekeepers who reify and redefine orthodox borders. Mears’ narrative helps shatter the trope of the ineffectual submissive woman by shifting our gaze from the pulpit to publishing and education.


Transdisciplinary Awards:

Ali Memarian, “Music In Industry: The Wind Band Music of Alberico De Caprio.” Music

Marcella Stockstill, “Pyrotechnia: Enflaming the Religious Debate in Early Modern England.” History (Transdiciplinary Award)

Chase Way, “Speak of the Devil: Yankee Religion and US Foreign Policy towards Iran, 1953-1980.” Religion


Introducing H-Haiti

Julia Gaffield (Georgia State) and I are pleased to announce that we have created a new H-Net commons network entitled, H-Haiti. This network is designed to promote a community of scholars, artists, and activists dedicated to constructive discussions of Haitian history, religion, politics, art, and culture. Subscribe today at: And follow us on twitter: @hnetHaiti   
Thank you!



Wendy Martin and Sharone Williams Publish New Book

Congratulations to Professor Wendy Martin and English PhD alumna, Sharone Williams, on the publication of their new book, The Routledge Introduction to American Women Writers!

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Three CGU English students to speak at Anniversary Joyce Symposium in London

Three CGU students, Bridget O'Reilly, Xue (Claire) Li, and Alyssa Krueger, will be speaking at the upcoming Anniversary Joyce: XXV International James Joyce Symposium in London in June.

The conference is a large international gathering of many illustrious scholars

Congratulations to these students!



English and Cultural Studies Professor, Marlene Daut, receives National Humanities Center fellowship

Marlene Daut, associate professor of English and cultural studies in Claremont Graduate University’s School of Arts and Humanities, has received a fellowship from the National Humanities Center that will support her research into Haitian literature and culture.


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Marlene Daut

Daut is one of 37 scholars selected for the prestigious fellowship for the 2016-17 academic year. She and the other fellows will gather at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina to pursue individual research projects and to share ideas in seminars, lectures, and conferences. This year's fellows come from 17 of the United States as well as Argentina, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

Daut will use the opportunity to work on her anthology of Haitian revolutionary fictions.

Daut specializes in early and nineteenth-century American and Caribbean literary and cultural studies. She’s currently working on a new book exploring Haitian author and politician Baron de Vastey; an anthology of Haitian prose, poetry, and plays; and a monograph, which seeks to resituate writing about Haiti in the nineteenth century. She serves as the director of the Africana Studies Certificate Program, and is an affiliate for the Claremont Colleges’ Intercollegiate Department of Africana Studies Program.

The National Humanities Center is a privately incorporated institute for advanced study in the humanities. Since 1978 the Center has awarded fellowships to more than 1,300 scholars whose work has resulted in the publication of more than 1,500 books in all fields of humanistic study.

Picture of the 2016 Philosophy of Religion Pre-Conference Seminar Participants

2016 Philosophy of Religion Pre-Conference Seminar Participants

CGU Religion students, Trevor Kimball and Austin Buscher on in the second row on the right.

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Welcome New Arts & Humanities Students!

Here are some pictures from our New Student Orientation for students who started at CGU this spring semester! 

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2 SAH Students Awarded Forum Humanum Grants

Congratulations to the winners of this year's Forum Humanum grants ($2,200). These grants will enable doctoral students to present papers at the 37th Annual Philosophy of Religion conference (February 18-20, 2016) on the theme "Love and Justice." Among this year's winners are two Claremont religion students, Austin J. Buscher and Trevor Kimball:

   Edward A. Arnold (Columbia), "Love, Compassion and Justice: A Perspective from the Indian Buddhist Philosophers Chandrakirti and Shantideva”

   David Bruner (Princeton), "Eberhard Jüngel, Robert Merrihew Adams, and the Reasons of Love."

  Austin J. Buscher (Claremont), "Taking Care: A personal application of Love and Justice”

  Rachel Fedock (Arizona State), “The Love and Justice Dichotomy: an Illusion”

  Everett C. Fulmer (Saint Louis), “Love, Justice and Divine Simplicity: Resolving a Paradox”

  Trevor Kimball (Claremont), “Love and Justice as Promise in Ricoeur”

  Laura Martin (Columbia), “Love and Justice in Hegel's Early Theological Writings”

  Panu-Matti Pöykkö (Helsinki), “Love and Justice in Emmanuel Levinas' Thought”

 Tom Raja Rosenhagen (Pittsburgh), “Toward Virtue: Love, Just Attention, and Moral Progress through Philia”

 Justina Torrance (Harvard), “The Wisest Love or the Most Harmful Harm? Leibniz, Shklar, and Weil on Justice as Universal Benevolentia

English MA student, Ian Thomas Malone, re-releases 2 of his books

Oct. 26th, 2015— CGU English MA student, Ian Thomas Malone, re-launches his comedic treatises, “Five College Dialogues” and
“Five More College Dialogues” on October 16th, 2015 as part of Eleventh Hour Literary Press’ Fall catalog.

Ian Thomas Malone is an author and a yogi from Greenwich, CT. He is a graduate of Boston College, where he
founded The Rock at Boston College. He is the grandson of noted Sherlockian scholar Colonel John Linsenmeyer.
Ian has published thousands of articles on diverse subjects such as popular culture, baseball, and social
commentary. His favorite things to post on social media are pictures of his golden retriever Georgie and his collection
of stuffed animals. Ian believes firmly that "there's more to life than books you know, but not much more," a quote
from his hero Morrissey. When he's not reading, writing, or teaching yoga, he can probably be found in a pool playing
water polo. He aspires to move to the Hundred Acre Wood someday, though he hopes it has wi-fi by then.

“Five College Dialogues is a philosophic comedic treatise on college life told through the eyes of George Tecce, a
graduate student working as a teaching assistant for an eccentric English professor. Told through Socratic dialogue,
George, his students, and his mentor explore all the ins and outs of college life as they examine the state of postmillennial
academia. Humorous and thought provoking, the Dialogues are the perfect resource for students,
especially those with a philosophy requirement, as well as anyone who wants to relive their four years in an
entertaining fashion.”

Five College Dialogues and Five More College Dialogues are the first two books in The Dialogues Series. Two new
books in the series, Five High School Dialogues and Dead Batteries Tell No Tales: The Prequel to Five High School
Dialogues, are slated to release over the next several months.
The Dialogues Series can be found on, as well as major retailers such as Amazon and
Barnes & Noble.

Malone is available for interviews and appearances. For booking presentations, media appearances, interviews,
and/or book-signings contact

Praise for The Dialogues
"Ian Thomas Malone is a bright young voice in American letters. His smart, witty and original take on American
college life will resonate with his generation...and mine!"
- Paul Levine, author "State vs. Lassiter"

“As a whole, the dialogues are clearly a statement on the ups and downs of the college experience.”
– Colorado College Catalyst

“Unlike some publications on college life, “Five College Dialogues” exposes the raw truth and harshness of the
collegiate experience. Malone does an excellent job with this exposition. The students’ problems are not sugarcoated.”
–The Scranton Aquinas

Professor Marlene Daut has first book published

Professor Marlene Daut is pleased to announce the publication of her first book:

Tropics of Haiti Race and the Literary History of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World, 1789-1865 (Liverpool University Press, September 1, 2015)
The Haitian Revolution (1791–1804) was an event of monumental world-historical significance, and here, in the first systematic literary history of those events, Haiti’s war of independence is examined through the eyes of its actual and imagined participants, observers, survivors, and cultural descendants. The ‘transatlantic print culture’ under discussion in this literary history reveals that enlightenment racial ‘science’ was the primary vehicle through which the Haitian Revolution was interpreted by nineteenth-century Haitians, Europeans, and U.S. Americans alike. Through its author’s contention that the Haitian revolutionary wars were incessantly racialized by four constantly recurring tropes—the ‘monstrous hybrid’, the ‘tropical temptress’, the ‘tragic mulatto/a’, and the ‘colored historian’—Tropics of Haiti shows the ways in which the nineteenth-century tendency to understand Haiti’s revolution in primarily racial terms has affected present day demonizations of Haiti and Haitians. In the end, this new archive of Haitian revolutionary writing, much of which has until now remained unknown to the contemporary reading public, invites us to examine how nineteenth-century attempts to paint Haitian independence as the result of a racial revolution coincide with present-day desires to render insignificant and ‘unthinkable’ the second independent republic of the New World.  

For more information please visit the publisher’s website:

Or the author’s website at:


Picture from Summer 2015 Course in Akko, Israel

Students participating in archaeological dig in Akko during the Summer 2015 course, "Akko: Public Archaeology, Conservation, and Heritage."

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Religion Professor, Patrick Mason, discusses Mormon missions on Utah NPR

"Two men with white shirts and name badges may be *the* stereotype of Mormons. 85,000 missionaries are currently proselytizing for the LDS Church, but that’s not all a mission is for. The scholar Patrick Mason says it’s a rite of passage, as much about making and keeping the missionary a member of the church as it is recruiting new converts. Monday, Mason and historian Greg Prince join Doug to discuss the history of LDS missions, what’s changing and what it all means for the young men and women who serve."  To listen to the full discussion, visit:

6 SAH Students Awarded Dissertation Grants

Congratulations to all the SAH students who received CGU Doctoral Dissertation Awards!

Anthony Blacksher, School of Arts & Humanities (SAH)
Life After Def: Representing Black Performative Culture in Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry Jam

*Steven Hulbert, SAH
From Humors and Vapors to Words and Naming: Naturalizing Madness and Melancholy in Seventeenth-Century Conceptions of the Mind-Body

*Kimball Jensen, SAH
Race in the Digital Video Age: Asian American YouTube User Generated Content

*Daniel Lanza,SAH
California/Love: Landscape, Utopia, and Desire in the Regional Imagination

Lara Schubert, SAH
Empowerment Built on Restraint Rather than Freedom: How Cambodian Women Religious Complicate NGO Discourse on the Women’s Rule (chbap srey)

Christopher Smith, SAH
Playing Lamanite: Mormon Radicalism and Racial Masquerade in the Era of Indian Removal

English PhD Student, Ryan Murphy, has article published in journal, Victoriographies

Congratulations to English PhD student, Ryan Murphy, whose article, "The Puppet Narrator of Vanity Fair," has been published in Victoriographies (Edinburgh University Press).  For more information:

English PhD student, Megan Gallagher, awarded MCSI Fellowship

Congratulations to English PhD student, Megan Gallagher, who has been awarded a Munroe Center for Social Inquiry Fellowship. 

"MCSI Student Fellows enroll in MCSI 195, which involves attending all of the fall events of the Center, small group meetings with the Center’s visiting speakers, and the preparation of a semester-long research paper or media presentation."  For more on the upcoming MCSI series in Fall 2015, please visit:

English PhD student, Katrina Sire, awarded La Verne Experience Fellowship

The University of La Verne has named CGU English student, Katrina Sire, a La Verne Experience Fellow.  As part of the award, Katrina will be travelling to New York this summer to plan and implement an archival exhibit.  Katrina is the first adjunct instruction at the University of La Verne to receive this fellowship.

Professor Wendy Martin's Essay Published in The Cambridge History of American Literature

English Professor, Wendy Martin, has had an essay entitled, "Emily Dickinson: The Poetics and Practice of Autonomy" published in The Cambridge History of American Literature. The volume is published by Cambridge University Press and edited by Alfred Bendixen.