Accomplishments: College of Liberal Arts

June 8, 2020
Alan Simmons (Anthropology) has been awarded one of the newly established joint grants from the Archaeological Institute of America and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The award is for continued research on early economic strategies for the Neolithic (ca. 7500 BC) residents of Ais Giorkis in Cyprus. Specifically, it focuses on obtaining residues from ground stone artifacts, which previously have shown not only food uses but medicinal ones as well.
June 5, 2020
Korey Tillman (Sociology) was interviewed by the The Nevada Independent about the recent protests in Las Vegas. The article discusses the escalating tensions between protesters and law enforcement that resulted in violence during the overall peaceful protests. He is a graduate student studying mass incarceration and policing.
June 4, 2020
Brittany Paloma Fiedler and Niki Fullmer (both Libraries) will present "Latinx Students in a Hispanic-Serving Institution's Academic Library" at the California Academic and Research Libraries Association 2020 virtual conference. The presentation will include preliminary findings from surveys and interviews of Latinx students at UNLV and their usage of and feelings toward the UNLV University Libraries. Fiedler is a teaching & learning librarian. Fullmer, '17 BA English, is a research,...
June 3, 2020
C.E. Abbate (Philosophy) published her paper, "The Epistemology of Meat Eating," in Social Epistemology.
June 3, 2020
Nissa Tzun (Journalism and Media Studies) and Korey Tillman (Sociology), along with Oja Vincent, co-founder of the Forced Trajectory Project, appeared as guests on KNPR's State of Nevada radio show earlier this week. They discussed the recent protests, police brutality, and topics related to the history of U.S. racial violence and oppression. The broadcast and transcript can be found online.  Both Tillman and Tzun are graduate students. Tillman also is an NSF research fellow studying mass...
June 1, 2020
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) has been awarded a scholar grant of $7,100 from Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange. The project, titled "Collective Action, Simultaneity, and Nation-Building," will investigate how the perceived collective action during military conflict may shape the national identity. He also recently co-authored an op-ed in The Diplomat Magazine. The article, "What Do Taiwan's People Think About Their Relationship to China?" suggests a...
May 26, 2020
Tim Gauthier (Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies) recently published a peer-reviewed article in the Journal of Veterans Studies: "'I Can Spin Some Bullshit if You Want': Narrating (and Bridging?) the Civil-Military Divide in Phil Klay's Redeployment."
May 26, 2020
Tirth Bhatta (Sociology) and Moushumi Roy of the department of sociology at Delta College wrote a critical essay, "The Pandemic is Sending India's Poor into the Abyss," that appears on Salon. He explains how the pandemic is exacerbating inequalities in India and the myriad ways the country's underclass are suffering. Bhatta studies how cumulative life-course socioeconomic status intersects with other forms of stratification (especially race and gender) to shape later-life health disparities in...
May 21, 2020
John Tuman (Political Science), and Hafthor Erlingsson, '19 PhD Political Science, have published an article, "The Determinants of Chinese Foreign Direct Investment Flows in Mexican States, 2004-2014." The article appeared in the journal Latin American Policy.
May 20, 2020
Alan Simmons (Anthropology) is a co-author of an article in Nature-Scientific Reports. The article is a cross-disciplinary study that incorporates some of his archeological research on Cyprus.  "Tracking the Near Eastern Origins and European Dispersal of the Western House Mouse" examines the spread of the common house mouse in early agricultural sites and has implications for cat domestication, some of the earliest  of which appears in Cyprus.
May 20, 2020
Gary Totten (English) has published an article, “Wharton’s Wild West: Undine Spragg and the Dakota Divorce,” in the journal Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory. He examines Edith Wharton's portrayal of western U.S. divorce colonies in the early 20th century in her novel The Custom of the Country (1913).
May 19, 2020
Susan Lee Johnson (History) has been nominated president-elect of the Western History Association (WHA), and will serve as president of the organization in 2022. The WHA's mission is "to be a congenial home for the study and teaching of all aspects of North American Wests, frontiers, homelands, and borderlands."