Dean Susanne Wofford recently announced several faculty and several student recipients of Gallatin’s 2010-2011 Undergraduate Research Scholar Awards. The awards, which will be used to support collaborative faculty-student projects, are designed to ultimately give students valuable experience in all phases of scholarly research. Greg Erickson, Millery Polyné and Myisha Priest were among Gallatin’s faculty recipients, while Ryan Leas (’13), Collin Munn (’12) and Emma Young (’13) were among its student recipients.
Professor Greg Erickson is in the early stages of researching and writing a new book on Christian heresy. Having presented at numerous conferences on this topic, published essays in various journals and now after having taught a course on heresy that he developed for NYU Gallatin, Erickson will be further researching and compiling data with Gallatin student Ryan Leas, who will be assisting Greg in bibliographic organization and overview as well as archival research.
Professor Millery Polyné is at work on a book project that, in his words, “examines post-World War II human rights discourse, Caribbean despotic regimes in Haiti, Dominican Republic and Cuba and the relationship between Caribbean exiles and non-governmental organizations.” Polyné will be working directly with Gallatin student Collin Munn in the researching process at various libraries and institutions throughout New York City.
Professor Myisha Priest will be working with Gallatin student Emma Young on “the racial politics of food,” a subject that concerns Priest both in her research and teaching. Priest states that together, she and Young will explore food as an explicitly political space, one that demarcates racial and cultural boundaries and shapes identities. Priest’s project also aims to forge a path to community outreach. One of her main goals is to develop a Gallatin program that brings together “food educators, environmentalists and green activists” to integrate their green work into the development of curriculum.