Faculty Publications

Alix Ohlin, associate professor of english, teaches a class in Pardee Hall.

July 13, 2012

New Novel and Short Story Collection by Prof. Alix Ohlin Receive Critical Acclaim

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Every day, or as close to every day as she can manage juggling a busy teaching schedule, Alix Ohlin sits down to write. For the last several years, she’s been hard at work on Inside (Knopf), a novel, and Signs and Wonders (Vintage), a short story collection, both released this month. They are already generating [...]

Eric Ziolkowski, Dana Professor of Religious Studies

January 21, 2012

Professor Eric Ziolkowski Publishes New Book on Danish Philosopher Søren Kierkegaard

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The latest book by Eric Ziolkowski, Dana Professor of Religious Studies, examines the writing of 19th century Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. Published by Northwestern University Press in December 2011, The Literary Kierkegaard examines Kierkegaard first and foremost as a literary prose artist and considers his entire body of published writing, as well as his private [...]

Professor Emily Musil Church teaches an African history class in Ramer History House.

July 15, 2011

The One Who Had To: Professor Emily Musil Church Works to Make a Difference in the Classroom and the World

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That little girl in the stroller at the anti-nuke rally? She grew up to be Emily Musil Church, assistant professor of history. Raised by parents who believed that selfless action can change the world, Musil Church continues to advocate for human rights. For her, it starts with a story of a family. Through a faculty [...]

Professor Rebecca Kissane, right, advised Amanda Berger ’09 on her honors thesis focusing on the social implications of single-mother families.

July 15, 2011

Professor Rebecca Kissane Helps Give Voice to the Disadvantaged

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The lines above her brow etched deep by grinding despair, a woman shares her story of not having enough money at the end of the month. Across from her, Rebecca Kissane, associate professor of anthropology and sociology, listens. For Kissane, it is a heartbreaking tale increasingly heard. Unmasking poverty in America and the inequalities that [...]

Skillman Library

June 29, 2011

Lafayette Joins HathiTrust Digital Library Initiative and Approves Open Access Research Resolution

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Lafayette has become the first liberal arts college to join HathiTrust, a cooperative of academic and research libraries seeking to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form. The College is also one of just four liberal arts institutions to approve an open access resolution which allows the public to view Lafayette [...]

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June 24, 2011

Video Profile: Professor Jenn Rossmann Receives National Attention for Wiffle Ball Aerodynamics Research

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To provide her students a fresh way to look at fluid dynamics, Jenn Rossmann, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, began using Wiffle balls in her classes and labs. In 2007, she published her work with students on the forces that affect the trajectory of a Wiffle ball in American Journal of Physics. The publication drew [...]

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June 24, 2011

Professor Ilan Peleg Deals with Intractable Conflict in His New Book on Israel’s Palestinian Population

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“But man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward.”—Job 5:7 At Lafayette, one man has made it his life’s work to understand that trouble.  Ilan Peleg, Charles A. Dana Professor of Government and Law, seeks answers when the sparks fly. His latest book (with Dov Waxman of Baruch College and CUNY Graduate Center), [...]

Roxanne  Lalande

June 3, 2011

Roxanne Lalande Brings Barbed Wit and Elegant Prose of French Literature to Life

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With a single witticism, any who dared overstep the bounds of conformity were summarily cast back to their proper place in society. A withering comment on yesterday’s political blog? A snarky Facebook posting circa 2011? No, it’s the writings and sayings of 17th century France, the milieu of Roxanne Lalande, professor of foreign languages and [...]

Ian Smith

April 29, 2011

English Professor Ian Smith Guides Students on Literary Voyage of Discovery

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For a man who knew very early in life that he wanted to be a college professor, the best moments in the classroom are what Ian Smith refers to as the “ah ha!” moments. Smith, professor of English, delights in helping his students escape routine classroom exercises and embark on a journey of “unexpected connections, [...]

Professor Denise Galarza Sepúlveda

February 11, 2011

Professor Denise Galarza Sepúlveda Uncovers 17th Century Spanish Sermon Condemning Provocative Women’s Clothing

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Even in 17th-century Spain, there were fashion police. While working on her current book project on an 18th-century Peruvian “clandestine history,” Professor Denise Galarza Sepúlveda discovered a manuscript that decries the scandalous new clothing styles popularized in the 17th century. Before now, no scholar has analyzed or published on the sermon. Written by Franciscan priest [...]