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Faculty milestones for August 2014

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July 2014 faculty milestones

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Roniger receives recognition for Latin American Studies research

luis.roniger.300x175Reynolds Professor of Political Science Luis Roniger received two awards recognizing his work at the 35th annual conference of the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies held at Rutgers University.

Roniger won the Harold Eugene Davis Prize for the best article on Latin America published in the previous two years. The article on the Sacralization of National Consensus and the Struggle over Historical Memory in Post-Dictatorial Uruguay was published in Spanish in 2012 in the academic journal América Latina Hoy of the University of Salamanca.

The Davis Prize committee, in recognizing Roniger’s work writes:

    Roniger’s article offers a deeply informed theoretically sophisticated, empirically rich, far-reaching analysis of contemporary struggles over national memory and the legacy of military impunity in Uruguay. The argument follows multiple threads while maintaining a tight focus on the contradictions, transformations, and dynamics of collective struggles among and between the military and civil society in the years following the transition to democracy in the mid-1980s. The analysis is rigorous, subtle, nuanced, multilayer and complex, and based on extensive research undertaken over more than a decade. It also has significant comparative implications for other nation-states emerging from the impunity and brutality of military dictatorship, and offers a kind of model for examining the ways that civil society and the state interact in struggles over how nations remember and narrate the collective trauma of military dictatorship. As one of our committee members noted, “Those of us familiar with global Cold War history understand how complex these processes can be,” and Luis Roniger does an exemplary job of teasing out the core dynamics and key elements in these larger struggles among and between different groups of actors over historical memory, military impunity and state accountability in Uruguay from the mid-1980s to the present day.

Roniger was also awarded the Arthur Whitaker Prize for the best book in Latin American Studies, La política del destierro y el exilio en América Latina (i.e. The Politics of Banishment and Exile in Latin America)co-authored with Mario Sznajder of Hebrew University and published by the Fondo de Cultura Económica in Mexico (December 2013).

Walldorf named associate fellow at Virginia

Will WalldorfWill Walldorf, an assistant professor of political science, has been named an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia.

The Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture is, according to its mission statement, an interdisciplinary research center and intellectual community at the University of Virginia committed to understanding contemporary cultural change and its individual and social consequences, training young scholars, and providing intellectual leadership in service to the public good.

Walldorf’s book project, “To Shape Our World For Good: Ideas and Forceful Regime Change in United States Foreign Policy, 1900-2011,” focuses on how decisions by U.S. policymakers about whether or not to pursue forceful regime change are affected and sometimes driven by broad foreign policy ideas in the United States about the efficacy and desirability of promoting liberal political order abroad.

“In appointing me an Associate Fellow, the Institute has asked me to bring the project under its umbrella, which will give me the opportunity to present research at the Institute and engage other fellows there at different stages as I develop the project,” Walldorf said. “I will also have the opportunity in the future to access various streams of funding from and through the Institute for my research. Beyond the benefit to my own research, I will also assist in developing the new Program on Culture and Democracy at the Institute. More specifically, I will be working with a faculty member to launch the American Democracy and World Order component of the program.”

Hatch names committee members

Dear Wake Forest Community,

Early this month, I shared plans for three advisory committees to lead Wake Forest in discussions of important topics: Commencement Speaker Advisory, Chick-fil-A Campus Dialogue and Vice President for Campus Life Advisory.  Today, I am pleased to announce the faculty, staff and students who will serve on them this year.

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August 2012 faculty milestones

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July 2012 faculty publications

The following faculty had writings published in July 2012:

Balaev, Michelle. (English, Visiting). The Nature of Trauma in American Novels. Northwestern University Press. June 2012.

Coates, David, Ed., Kathleen Smith, and Charles Walldorf, Jr. (Political Science). The Oxford Companion to American Politics. Oxford University Press. June 2012.

May 2012 faculty publications

Ulrike Wiethaus


The following faculty had writings published in May 2012:

Roniger, Luis, James Green, & Pablo Yankelevich, Eds. (Political Science). Exile and the Politics of Exclusion in the Americas. Sussex Academic Press. April 2012.

Wiethaus, Ulrike, & Brothers of the Buffalo Prayer Circle, Eds. (Religion). Brothers of the Buffalo Speak Up: Contemporary American Indian Prison Writings. CreateSpace. April 2012.

SAC welcomes new representatives

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is pleased to announce the results of the 2012 election. The SAC received nominations from March 12-23 and held the election from April 19-30. A run-off election was held for the Finance and Administration division which concluded on April 9.

The SAC received a total of 55 nominations across the six staff divisions – up from 39 last year. Additionally, staff voting participation reached a new high this year with 39.33% (702 of 1,785 staff members). Last year, voting participation was 33.17% (543 of 1,637 staff members).

As a result of the election, there are 14 new representatives from across the university staff:

  • Tammy Burke (Dean’s Office)
  • Melissa Clark (Schools of Business)
  • Kevin Cox (Advancement)
  • Christina Fisher (Athletics)
  • Ted Johnson (University Police)
  • William Kane (Digital Publishing)
  • Greg Keener (WFDD Radio)
  • Sheila Lockhart (Religion)
  • Sherry Ratliff (Information Services)
  • Jeannette Rork (Registrar’s Office)
  • Kelly Segovia (Human Resources)
  • Catherine Sheff (President’s Home)
  • Scott Spernoga (Athletics)
  • Artanzia Yates (Information Systems)

In addition, Mary Cranfill (Procurement Services) and Paul Sheff (Facilities and Campus Services) have been re-elected to serve an additional term. Each SAC representative will serve a term of three years and may be re-elected to serve additional terms. As a result of this election, the SAC has completed its three-year plan to increase representation across campus while maintaining a balance of new and returning representatives.

The SAC would like to thank the representatives whose terms are ending this year:

  • Randy Cockerham (Facilities and Campus Services)
  • Travis Asbury (Facilities and Campus Services)
  • Nicolle Gaillard (Procurement Services)
  • Prentice Armstrong (ZSR Library)
  • Kathy Bunn (Schools of Business)
  • Beth Hoagland (Provost’s Office)
  • Pat Morton (Information Services)
  • Sharon Payne (Schools of Business)
  • Elide Vargas (Political Science)

For more information about the SAC, please visit:

Nicaragua: Surviving the legacy of U.S. policy

The Latin American and Latino Studies Program at Wake Forest University will host Paul Dix and Pam Fitzpatrick for a discussion on the effects of the U.S. policy in Nicaragua. The financial support received by Nicaragua’s rebel groups during the 1980s from the U.S. had catastrophic and lasting consequences on the country’s civilian population.

Dix, a professional photojournalist, used his camera to illustrate the effects of the United States’ international policy on the poor of Nicaragua throughout the whole of country’s Civil War. Since 2002, he has worked closely with Fitzpatrick, a professional community organizer, to reconnect with and document the stories of the dozens of people he photographed.

Dix and Fitzpatrick will discuss their journey and efforts in a lecture to take place in DeTamble Auditorium on March 22 at 7 p.m. Admission to the event is free and open to the general public. Continue reading »