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4/3/2019   |  Professional Activities Archive


Rani Alexander (B.A. summa cum laude in anthropology and Latin American studies, 1984), currently professor and head of the Department of Anthropology at New Mexico State University, is coeditor with Susan Kepecs of and contributor to The Postclassic to Spanish-Era Transition in Mesoamerica: Archaeological Perspectives, published in 2019 by the University of New Mexico Press.

William Brumfield, professor in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, recently added three articles to his "Discovering Russia" series titled “Russia Beyond the Headlines.” Each article in the series focuses on Russia’s historic architecture and cultural heritage and is written for the foreign-language service of the Russian national newspaper Rossiiskaia Gazeta.

Rachel Horowitz (Ph.D., anthropology, 2017), currently visiting assistant professor at Appalachian State University, is coeditor with Grant McCall (associate professor of anthropology) of Lithic Technologies in Sedentary Societies, scheduled for publication by the University Press of Colorado in May of 2019.  The book includes chapters authored and coauthored by Teddy Marks (B.A., anthropology, 2008), Jayur Mehta (Ph.D., anthropology, 2015), and Dan Healan (professor emeritus of anthropology).

Matthew J. Martinez, professor of practice in the Digital Media Production program, recently produced a brief documentary on artist Lin Emery. Emery (b. 1926) is an internationally recognized sculptor based in New Orleans. Her most recognizable work is in the form of kinetic sculpture, which physically moves. Emery served as guest faculty in the Tulane School of Architecture in 1969-70. Martinez profiled Emery in association with public television WYES/12, as part of the station's "Tricentennial Moments" historic campaign honoring New Orleans. 

Department of Communication professor and author of Almost Hollywood, Nearly New Orleans: The Lure of the Local Film Economy Vicki Mayer spoke on WWL radio about the latest economic impact report indicting Hollywood South. 

Jayur Mehta (Ph.D., anthropology, 2015) is featured in the latest installment of "15 Questions with an Archaeologist," the podcast series from the Southeast Archeological Centerin Tallahassee, Florida, an agency within the National Park Service. The current director of the Southeast Archeological Center is David Morgan (Ph.D., anthropology, 2003).

Jason Nesbitt, assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology, Rachel Johnson (Ph.D. student in anthropology), and Rachel Horowitz (Ph.D., anthropology, 2017) are coauthors of an article, "Was Obsidian Used for Camelid Shearing in Ancient Peru? An Experimental and Use-Wear Study," published last month in the journal, Ethnoarchaeology.

Chris Rodning, professor in the Department of Anthropology, recently gave a lecture, "Native American Chiefdoms and Spanish Conquistadors in Western North Carolina," in the Department of Anthropology at Vanderbilt University, and a talk, "Emergence, Collapse, and Transformations of Mississippian Chiefdoms in the American South," at the sixteenth annual Tulane Maya Symposium ("The Center Could Not Hold: The Ancient Maya Collapse") hosted by Marcello Canuto, Marc Zender, and the Middle American Research Institute.

Oliver Sensen, associate professor in the Department of Philosophy, presented a paper on the duty to help in emergencies at a Global Poverty conference in Bochum, Germany. Additionally, Sensen is a partner investigator for a $240,000 grant by the Australian Research Council on 'Dignity in Law and Health Care.'

Rebecca Snedeker, James H. Clark Executive Director of the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, was quoted in a Times Picayune op-ed by Chelsea Brasted discussing the role of women in carnival traditions. Additionally, Snedeker worked with Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, an NPR and Washington Post reporter, on a story about Krewe de Mayahuel, a Mexican-American krewe that rolled this year in krewedelusion, and the larger contexts of Mexican-American immigration to New Orleans and Carnival as a reflection of societal developments and values. Snedeker is quoted in the NPR as well as the Washington Post articles.

Edwige Tamalet Talbayev, associate professor in the Department of French and Italian, recently published two articles: "Translation and affect in Rachid Boudjedra's La Prise de Gibraltar" in a special issue of Contemporary French and Francophone Studies and “‘L’origine comme un secret’. Plein Été de Colette Fellous (Autoportrait en absence)” in Œuvres & Critiques. She was elected to the Executive Committee of the Modern Language Association CLCS Mediterranean Forum. Her term will run from January 2019 to January 2024. Back in November, she joined the scientific committee of the conference "GeSex #1: Colloque international en perspectives de genre et de sexualité dans la création artistico-littéraire francophone contemporaine” organized at the Universitat de València, Spain on November 26-28, 2018.

Mark Vail, associate professor in the Department of Political Science, published an article entitled “National Liberalisms in a Neoliberal Age: Ideas and Economic Adjustment in Contemporary France and Germany” in Comparative European Politics.

Chad Van Schoelandt, assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy, Kevin Morris, assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy, and Sabrina Leeds (4+ 1 MA student, Philosophy) received a Center for Public Service Grant for Community research for their ongoing work at Project Lazarus, where Sabrina has been teaching philosophy courses to Lazarus residents since Fall 2018.

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