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Proposals funded: Carroll, Silman, Walldorf

David Carroll


Congratulations to Dave Carroll, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Partnership for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research – Technology Translation Graphenated-Carbon Nanotube (g-CNT) Composites for a Miniature, Fiber-Integrated Spectroscopy Light Source” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Duke University (WFU funding agency).

Miles Silman



Congratulations to Miles Silman, professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Biochar production for tropical agriculture and carbon sequestration” has been funded by the Blue Moon Foundation.




Congratulations to Will Walldorf, associate professor of political science, whose proposal entitled “To Shape Our World for Good: Master Narratives and Patterns of Forceful Regime Change in United States Foreign Policy, 1900-2011” has been funded by the New City Commons Foundation.

2015-16 Faculty Fellows Announced

south.300x175Wake Forest prioritizes engagement inside and outside of the classroom. With an 11:1 student-faculty ratio and national recognition, like the U.S. News #11 ranking for undergraduate teaching, the Faculty Fellows program is an extension of the University’s teacher-scholar model.

The Faculty Fellows program increases faculty-student engagement by promoting informal, regular interactions between students and faculty in the residence halls for first-year students. The program fosters exceptional faculty-student engagement and helps to educate the whole person through enriching the intellectual, cultural, and social lives of the first-year students.

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Harriger awarded one week residency to work on new book

Katy HarrigerPolitical science professor Katy Harriger has been awarded a one week residency at the Wildacres Retreat in Little Switzerland, N.C.

The Wildacres Residency program supports writers and artists. Harriger will be using the week to work on a book project she is pursuing while on sabbatical this year. She will take the residency in the first week of May.

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.