Faculty and Student Scholarship

This is a partial list of recent scholarly publications, presentations, awards, and honors received by members of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty and students.

Post and Beyond: A Student Research, Experiential Learning, and Community Service Symposium — Of the 51 student abstracts submitted for presentation across the school, 40 were CLAS students, mentored by CLAS faculty.


Assistant Professor April Blakeslee received grant for AY 14-15:  Postdoctoral and Early Career Researcher Exchanges (PECRE) for Marine Alliance for Science & Technology in Scotland (MASTS); Project Title:  Phylogeography, population links and gene flow between Obelia geniculata hydrozoans in northern Scotland

Associate Professor Scott Santagata received an National Science Foundation grant for AY 15-16; Project Title: Experimental demonstration of the functions of larval sense organs among the lophophorates: ectoprocts, phoronids, and brachiopods.

Associate Professor Theodore Brummel mentored Intel Science Talent Search finalist, high school student Sam Epstein, who focused on the analysis of how colonization influences feeding behavior and gene expression in wild type as well as in genetically altered strains of flies with either enhanced or shortened lifespans..

Professor Bill Schutt was featured in an interview with Anthony Kaufman of the Sloan Foundation, on the science of vampirism, especially as it relates to film-maker Guillermo del Toro's hit television series, The Strain. His novel, a WWII eco-thriller, will be published by Wm Morrow/HarperCollins in June 2016; "Eat Me" a   non-fiction book on the natural history of cannibalism will be published in fall 2016. 

Undergraduate biology major Nichole Ginnan participated in undergraduate research with Professor Kent Hatch, graduated in December of 2013, and her undergrad research was accepted for publication in Copeia. It was because of her undergraduate research that she was accepted into the Plant Pathology PhD program and received the Dean's Distinguished Fellowship at UC-Riverside.

Graduate student Kevin Guilfoyle is working in Madagascar summer 2104 to study the critically endangered Bamboo Lemur.  

Graduate student Morgan Dalis and alumni Hui Yang, Ashley Sanborn, and Carlee Resh, along with LIU Post Associate Professor  Scott Santagata and Assistant Professor April Professor Blakeslee, presented a poster titled, "Preliminary Phylogeographic Patterns and Species Delimitation of Phoronid Worms" at the 2015 meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology held at West Palm Beach, Fla.

Earth and Environmental Science

Professor Scott Carlin named as a Fellow to the Metropolitan Colleges Institute for Teaching Improvement.

Professor Patrick Kennelly presented his cartographic research in a seminar series at Chinese University of Hong Kong on February 16, 2015.


Undergraduate students Vanessa Leversen, Thomas Rebnord, Martine Malde, and Josefine Skold presented research at the 67th Conference of the New York State Economics Association with Assistant Professor Veronika Dolar.


Associate Professor Thomas Fahy published  Understanding Truman Capote, University of South Carolina Press, 2014.

Associate Professor Thomas Fahy published The Writing Dead:  Talking with TV’s Top Horror Writers University Press of Mississippi, 2015.

Assistant Professor Rachel Szekely published Truth without Predication: The Role of Placing in the Existential There-Sentence, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

Associate Professor Deborah Lutz published Relics of Death in Victorian Literature and Culture, Cambridge University Press, 2015.

M.A. student, Nicole Cosentino received a full scholarship to a Ph.D. program in English at Albany State University.


Assistant Professor Jay Diehl received AY 14-15 Mellon Fellowship in Medieval Studies at the Medieval Institute of Notre Dame University.

Assistant Professor Molly Tambor received National Endowment for the Humanities award.  

Math and Physics

Professor Steven Liebling is funded by NASA through 2016 in order to further his research proposal: Fully relativistic simulations of black holes and neutron stars with global magnetic fields.

Professor Steven Liebling was awarded the Buchalter Cosmology Prize for co-authoring “Simulating the Universe(s): from Cosmic Bubble Collisions to Cosmological Observables with Numerical Relativity,” published in the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics. Read more in the spring 2015 issue of LIU Magazine.

Professor Mahmoud Zeinalian, Funded by the NSF through 2016.  Proposal:  Geometric cocycles, Differential K-theory, and Non-abelian gerbes.

Political Science

Professor Amy Freedman received the Borg Research Award "The United States and Southeast Asia: Past Legacies, Present Issues and Future Prospects" at Columbia University, which include a $321,000 grant to hire two postdoctoral fellows and host two conferences in the United States and Southeast Asia.

Professor Amy Freedman published the following book manuscript: Threatening the State: the Internationalization of Internal Conflicts, Edited book project (Routledge Press, UK, September, 2013).

Professor Mike Soupios published three books: The Heretics Handbook:(Outskirts Press 2013);The Greeks Who Made Us Who We Are: (McFarland& Company 2013); The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership:(Amacom 2014).


Professor Danielle Knafo was awarded the CORST Essay Prize for her paper, “For the Love of Death: Necrophilic and Somnophilic Acts and Fantasies.”  She presented her winning  paper at the meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association on January 15th at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC.

Professor Danielle Knafo received the Barbro Sandin Award at the ISPS Congress in NYC for her work which advances the education and treatment of persons with severe mental illness.  The award honors a woman leader in psychological treatment every two years at the ISPS International Congress.

Professor Geoff Goodman was a Fulbright Recipient AY 13-14 for Literacy Studies, Uganda preschool children.

Doctoral Student Debra Japko, was chosen by the New School as a Division 39 Graduate Student Scholar for 2015 and attended the Division 39 Spring conference in San Francisco (April 2015).

Doctoral student presentations at professional conferences include:
Japko, D., Chu, D., Shroeder, M., Fanciullo, M., Fults, E., Ramotar, K., Lo, T., Apura, A.,Bourie, F., Kozakowski, J., & Goodman, G. (August, 2014). The relations between reflective functioning and interaction structures in the psychodynamic therapy of patients diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Poster presentation at the 122nd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

J. Renz; H. B. Vidair; D. S. Hirsch; C. Ortiz (November, 2014). Excessive Exercise, Depression, Anxiety, and Dietary Restraint in Eating Disorders: A Multidisciplinary Problem in an Adolescent Sample.  ABCT, Philadelphia, PA.

Levi, S. & E. Feindler. (2014). Parents and delinquents together in Family Aggression Replacement Training: An initial program evaluation. ABCT, Philadelphia, PA.


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