Faculty News

Jennifer Armstrong (Biology, Scripps) commenced her new role as associate dean of faculty this summer. Professor Armstrong has been at Scripps and on the Keck Science faculty since 2003. She has served as the faculty advisor to the Scripps Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program, been the recipient of the Mary W. Johnson Faculty Achievement Award in Teaching from Scripps College and the G. David Huntoon Senior Teaching Award from Claremont McKenna College, published widely, and been the recipient of four grants from the National Science Foundation.

Aimee Bahng (GWS, Pomona) gave an invited lecture, “Toward a Transpacific Undercommons” for USC’s American Studies & Ethnicity Department, sponsored by the Queer Transpacific Studies research group, on March 22.

Michelle Decker (English, Scripps) received a Graves Award in the Humanities for a project on Indian South African poetics.

Lara Deeb (Anthropology, Scripps) was featured in a podcast, “Anthropology’s Politics.” 

Lily Geismer (History, CMC) co-authored an op-ed in the New York Times on June 8, 2018 —“Turning Affluent Suburbs Isn’t Worth the Cost.”

Professor Gretchen Edwalds-Gilbert (Biology, JSD, Scripps) was awarded a Fulbright to conduct genetics research in Poland.

Tessa Hicks (Community Engagement Center, Pitzer) has a new book, Student Development and Social Justice: Critical Learning, Radical Healing, and Community Engagement. 

Zayn Kassam (Religious Studies, Pomona) was elected to status committee director at the American Academy of Religion. The status committee director represents the concerns of the four status committees to the board of directors at the AAR, which are the Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, & Queer Persons in the Profession; Status of People with Disabilities in the Profession Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession; and Status of Women in the Profession.

Juliet Koss (Art History, Scripps) appointed to the Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Chair in the History of Architecture and Art.

Youna Kwak (French, Pomona) co-organized with Laure Murat (UCLA) the seminar “Naming the Imaginary Space” at the American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting in spring. She presented a paper, “Our Bodies, Our Streets: Envisioning the New Life,” at the 20th-21st Century French and Francophone Studies Colloquium, “May ’68: Sous les pavés la plage,” at Brown University in April, examining alternative forms of vision and visibility suggested by images of recent anti-privatization protests in Paris and Black Lives Matter demonstrations across the U.S. Also, Kwak presented a paper titled “The Second-Second Language: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictée” as part of “Writing in the Adopted Country,” a Women in French Special Session convened at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Annual Meeting on October 6. Kwak read new work at a poetry reading on the occasion of the book launch of Saretta Morgan’s Feeling Upon Arrival at Palabra/Futuro in Phoenix on October 20.

Jean Schroedel (Department of Politics & Government, CGU) was quoted in an article in the Los Angeles Times, “In Arizona, Native Americans try to boost turnout:  ‘Our ancestors couldn’t vote, but we can.’”  She is an advisor to the Native American Voting Rights Coalition and co-author of a January 2018 coalition report, “Voting Barriers Encountered by Native Americans in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and South Dakota.”

Claudia Strauss (Anthropology, Pitzer) has co-edited a new anthology, Political Sentiments and Social Movements:  The Person in Politics and Culture.

Valorie Thomas (English, Pomona) was featured in a Morning Edition story, “When the ‘White Tears’ Just Keep Coming,” available at:

Stacey Wood (Psychology, Scripps) was recently named the Molly Mason Jones Chair in Psychology, which was designed to support the teaching and research activities of a senior member of the psychology faculty.

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JungJa Joy Yu, PhD in Religion (Women’s Studies), CGU
Author of Breaking the Glass Box: A Korean Woman’s Experiences of Conscientization and Spiritual Formation

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