Faculty Members Win Honors and Awards

Sarah Lawrence College faculty members have won significant awards and honors this spring. Judith Rodenbeck, art history faculty, has been named editor-in-chief of Art Journal, Cynthia Lin, visual arts faculty, a Guggenheim Fellow, Joshua Muldavin, geography, an Abe Fellow, and Fawaz Gerges, history faculty, has been named a Carnegie Scholar.

Art history faculty member Judith Rodenbeck has been named editor-in-chief of Art Journal, the modern & contemporary art publication of the College Art Association, for a three year term. The College Art Association is the professional artists' & art historians' organization of North America. According to a CAA spokesperson, Art Journal has a long history of editors who combine significant scholarship with a commitment to teaching in the arts.

Visual Arts faculty member Cynthia Lin has won a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2006 for drawing and painting. This year’s 187 Fellows were selected from almost 3,000 applicants. Guggenheim Fellows are appointed on the basis of distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment. Lin will be working on large drawings and paintings based on computer-scanned images of skin and orifices. “These fragments, greatly magnified and presented out of context, evoke a variety of associations, ranging from Mars topography to animal fur. Intimate yet anonymous and uncomfortable yet seductive, the extreme attention to detail to surface becomes a metaphor for modern visual experience," she says.

Joshua Muldavin, Geography faculty has been named an Abe Fellow. In the next year Muldavin will spend time in Japan and China researching "Conservation, sustainability and poverty alleviation in China: the role of Japanese environmental ODA in China's development." Sponsored by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP), the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the Abe Fellowship program seeks to foster the development of a new generation of researchers in US-Japan relations and to create an intellectual network between the two countries. Muldavin holds the Henry R. Luce Junior Professorship in East Asian Culture/Human Geography.

History faculty member Fawaz Gerges has been named a Carnegie Scholar, one of twenty awarded by the Carnegie Corporation to study issues relating to Islam and the modern world. Gerges, the author of books and articles on Arab and Muslim politics, Islamist movements, American foreign policy and relations between the world of Islam and the West, will explore the ways in which the global jihad survives given the intensification of intra-jihadist struggles. Based in the Middle East, Gerges will examine the durability of the larger jihadist movement launched by Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri within the broader Jihad movement in the Middle East. By analyzing the Arab media, jihadi literature, correspondence between jihadis, and interviews with Islamist and jihadi leaders, much of which will be translated into English for the first time, Gerges will assess the future global prospects of the movement. Gerges will illuminate the schisms within the current jihadi movement and explore the shifting perceptions of those who might support or censure it. Gerges holds the The Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation Chair in Middle Eastern Studies and International Affairs.