College of Arts and Sciences, American University


For the 2014-2015 academic year, we welcome 10 new faculty members from such schools as Yale, Princeton, and UCLA. They join an outstanding body of educators who, in the past year, published award-winning books, won prestigious fellowships and grants, conducted groundbreaking research, and served as presidents of five major scholarly organizations.

We also welcome new students to campus. In the past year, top AU students received Truman and Udall Scholarships, four Fulbright Fellowships, seven Gilman Scholarships, and three Killam Fellowships, among other honors. We continue to create programs for our high-achieving students, including our new Leadership and Ethical Development Program for incoming freshmen.

We are excited to tell you about several new initiatives the College is launching in science and technology. In fall 2016, the university's state-of-the-art Don Myers Technology and Innovation Center will become home to the Departments of Computer Science, Physics, and Mathematics and Statistics, as well as our new program in game design, offered jointly with the School of Communication. We also now offer our first neuroscience bachelor's degree.

Finally, I look forward to sharing news about a brand new project that we will be showcasing later this month: the Collaborative for Applied Perceptual Research and Innovation.

Please continue to share your stories with us at


Peter Starr
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences


Fall for the Arts 2014

Fall for the ArtsFall for the Arts, a celebration of the arts at AU, will feature an afternoon of dynamic classes and hands-on workshops, capped off with a reception and art auction featuring surrealist artwork from the Estate of H. Marc Moyens. All proceeds will benefit the arts at AU. Learn more. Read more.

AU Museum Receives Gift to Support Washington DC Art

Alpers InitiativeAlumna and art advocate Carolyn Alper's (BA/CAS '68) gift will establish the Alper Initiative for Washington Art at the AU Museum. The initiative will dedicate space for displaying the work of Washington artists and create a Washington art archive. An endowment will support additional event programming and the digitization of AU's growing collection of Washington art. Read more.

Creative Writing Alumni Win Accolades and Awards

Abdul AliOver the past several years, recent graduates from AU's creative writing MFA program have been recognized in the genres of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Abdul Ali (MFA '13) is the latest alumnus honored for his work. He won the highly competitive 2014 New Issues Poetry Prize and his book of poems, Trouble Sleeping, will be published in spring 2015. Read more.

Studying the American Experience

Alan KrautvHistory professor Alan Kraut served as president of the Organization of American Historians (OAH) from 2013-14. Under Kraut's leadership, OAH launched a new magazine, pushed for funding to support the scholarship of young academics, and created a mentorship program for the next generation of historians. He also used the scholarship of the OAH to take a stand on important public issues of our times. Read More.

Publishing Groundbreaking Research

Michael RobinsonMathematics and statistics professor Michael Robinson's new book examines the intersection between signal processing, the art of collecting and analyzing measurements, and topology, the study of abstract notions of space. Topological Signal Processing (Springer) is the first book that explores this connection, which could lead to new problem solving opportunities in the fields of mathematics and engineering. Read more.


Faculty on the Road, featuring Richard Breitman & Allan Lichtman
Sept. 18

Fall for the Arts
Sept. 20

Public Anthropology Conference
Oct. 4-5

Visiting Writers: Dinaw Mengetsu
Oct. 6

All-American Weekend
Oct. 17-18

Alumni in the Know, featuring Monica J. Hazangeles
Oct. 25

AU Museum New Exhibitions
Open Tue-Sun

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Juliet BellowJuliet Bellow (art history) received a fellowship at NYU’s Center for Ballet and the Arts for the 2015-16 academic year to work on her current research project, Rodin's Dancers: Moving Toward the Limits of Sculpture.

Kim Blankenship (sociology) is the new director of the District of Columbia Developmental Center for AIDS Research Social and Behavioral Sciences Core.

Esther Chow (professor emerita, sociology) won a Jessie Bernard Award from the American Sociological Association for her life-long scholarly research as a feminist sociologist.

Richard Dent (anthropology) received a Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to archaeological knowledge of the Middle Atlantic region at the 2014 Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference.

Despina Kakoudaki Despina Kakoudaki (literature) published Anatomy of a Robot: Literature, Cinema and the Cultural Work of Artificial People (Rutgers University Press).

Roberta Rubenstein (literature) published Literary Half-Lives: Doris Lessing, Clancy Sigal, and Roman à Clef (Palgrave Macmillan).

Anastasia Snelling (SETH) won a $165,524 Kaiser Foundation grant award for her project "DC Healthy Schools Act: Measuring Implementation and Impact."

Paul Winters (economics) received a $106,700 award from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to evaluate the efficacy of cash transfer programs throughout Africa. His research will be compiled into a book published by Oxford University Press in 2015.

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