Comparative American Studies
Department Chair:
Wendy Kozol, Chair

Administrative Assistant:
Linda Pardee

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Faculty News

Faculty News

Last spring, Professor WENDY KOZOL published an article titled "Battlefield Souvenirs and the Affective Politics of Recoil in Photography & Culture 5, 1 (March 2012). This essay explores the ways in which archives that bear the traces of military violence set up affective demands for those who turn to photographic archives in pursuit of evidence. Comparing a relative’s archive of WWII battlefield souvenirs with the U.S. national encounter with the torture pictures from Abu Ghraib, she addresses the ways in which battlefield archives function as sites that elicit complex negotiations around subjectivity, citizenship, and witnessing. Professor Kozol also published a related article on media witnessing and military violence titled "Looking Elsewhere," in the online journal Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture 11, 2 (August 2011). These articles are related to her book project, Visible Wars and the Ambivalences of Witnessing, that she hopes to finish this fall.

Wendy Kozol

PABLO MITCHEL named Emerging Scholar of the Year for 2008 from Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine.

Awarded the 2007 Ray Allen Billington Prize by the Organization of American Historians for his book Coyote Nation

The Ray Allen Billington Prize is given biennially by the Organization of American His

torians for the best book in American frontier history, defined broadly so as to include the pioneer periods of all geographical areas and comparisons between American frontiers and others. First given in 1981, this prize honors Ray Allen Billington, OAH President 1962-1963.

Coyote Nation: Sexuality, Race, and Conquest in Modernizing New Mexico, 1880-1920

PAWAN DHINGRA received the "Early Career Award" from the American Sociological Association's section on Asia and Asian America, in 2009. It recognizes "a scholar in the early stage of her/his career (no more than 10 years post Ph.D. award date) and who is conducting exemplary research on the sociology of Asia or Asian American communities."

He also guest edited a special issue of the Journal of Asian American Studies (v. 12, n. 3. 2009) on Asian American studies in the Midwest. In this issue he also contributed the "Introduction to the Special Issue" and an article, "The Possibility of Community: How Indian American Motel Owners Negotiate Competition and Solidarity."

Pawan Dhingra's book, Managing Multicultural Lives: Asian American Professionals and the Challenge of Multiple Identities, won Honorable Mention for the Association of Asian American Studies 2007 Social Science Book Award.

He is working on two book projects. One is a monograph on Asian Indian motel owners, predominantly in Ohio. The second is a solicited textbook for Polity Press, The Sociology of Asian Americans.

GINA PÉREZ wins SANA book award for The Near Northwest Side Story: Migration, Displacement, and Puerto Rican Families. The Delmos Jones and Jagna Sharff Memorial Prize for the Critical Study of North America is awarded for books that "deal with an important social issue to the discipline of anthropology, that has broader implications for social change or justice, and is accessible beyond the discipline of anthropology."
Shelley Lee                                             
SHELLEY LEE is a scholar of Asian American history, with broader interests in immigration, comparative race and ethnicity, cities, the American West, and the twentieth century. She is the author of two books: Claiming the Oriental Gateway: Prewar Seattle and Japanese America (Temple University Press, 2011) and the forthcoming Pacific Crossings: A New History of Asian America (Routledge, forthcoming). Her work has also appeared in the Pacific Northwest QuarterlyWestern Historical Quarterly, and American Studies Journal. Her next research project is on the history of Los Angeles's Koreatown from the 1960s to early 1990s.