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Kelly Hayes McAlonie, receives lifetime achievement award from AIA New York State

Kelly Hayes McAlonie and Elizabeth Chu Richter.

Kelly Hayes McAlonie and Elizabeth Chu Richter by Louise Bethune memorial marker (Forest Lawn Cemetery)

Kelly Hayes McAlonie, architect and director of Campus Planning at UB, was recognized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York State as a 2021 James William Kideney Award recipient.

She has been part of the UB community since 2010. As director of campus planning, she oversees development of the university’s built environment and has been instrumental in leading multiple planning efforts...

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Jeehyun Lim, GI Affiliate and Associate Professor of English, recently published a chapter "Cross-racial Solidarities and Asian American Literature" in Asian American Literature in Transition, 1965–1996.

Lim, J., 2021. Cross-racial Solidarities and Asian American Literature. In: A. Nadkarni and C. Schlund-Vials, ed., Asian American Literature in Transition, 1965–1996. Cambridge University Press, pp.126-143.

Christopher Mele, GI Affiliate and Professor of Sociology, received the 2022 National Endowment for the Humanities-Mellon Fellowship for Digital Publication. 

His project uses recent advances in digital story creation and community-based archiving to enhance already existing practices of local knowledge construction  as a sustainable asset for historically disadvantaged urban neighborhoods. Chris received a 2020 DSSN Enabling Grant to pilot a digital storytelling project, which served as the basis for his NEH-Mellon proposal.​

The Palah Light Lab, has receieved a sub award from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Foundation grant. 

“Given what we’ve accomplished already, the Mellon resources can further strengthen and support our work. It’s great to be part of this community that values the trans, feminist and queer perspective. ” -Margaret Rhee, co-director, Palah Light Lab, University at Buffalo

The Palah Light Lab, based in the Department of Media Study in the UB College of Arts and Sciences, utilizes a feminist and queer-centered approach as part of an interdisciplinary mission of political engagement and social justice through instruction, poetry and gaming. 

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Despina Stratigakos, Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence, Professor, School of Architecture and Urban planning and Gender Institute Executive Committee member, received a review from The Washington Post on her new book, “Hitler’s Northern Utopia.”

Jo Freudenheim, Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health and Gender Institute Affiliate, was recently awarded the title of SUNY Distiguished Professor
In addition, Professor Freudenheim published an invited review on alcohol and breast cancer. It was published in Alcohol Research Current Reviews, which is a peer-reviewed journal of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) of the NIH.
The reveiw can be found by clicking here.

Victoria Wolcott, Professor, Department of History and Gender Institute Affiliate, has a new article published in The Conversation about the history of hunger strikes as a tool of feminist resistance from the suffragists to the current hunger strike seeking justice for Breonna Taylor.

Melinda Lemke, Assistant Professor, Program Advisor for Equity Minor in the Department of Education Leadership and Policy and Gender Institute Affiliate, has published six articles over the past year.

Lemke, M. & Nickerson, A. (2020). Educating refugee and hurricane displaced youth in troubled times: Countering the politics of fear through culturally responsive and trauma-informed schooling. Children’s Geographies. (Advanced online publication). doi: 10.1080/14733285.2020.1740650

Murshid, N. S., Lemke, M., Hussain, A., & Siddiqui, S. (2020). Combating gender-based violence: Perspectives from Social Work, Education, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Medical Anthropology. In P. K. Ram & K. Smith (Eds). Transforming global health: Interdisciplinary challenges, perspectives, and strategies (pp. 83-96). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Shubin, S. & Lemke, M. (2020). Introduction to children displaced across borders: Charting new directions for research from interdisciplinary perspectives. Children’s Geographies, (Online first). doi: 10.1080/14733285.2020.1781061

Vahapoğlu, L. & Lemke, M. (2020). The emplacement of the displaced in U.S. classrooms: Rethinking policy to reframe practice. Global Health Equity Research in Translation, 8, In E. Frimpong Boamah, K. Kordas, & S. Raja (Eds). Buffalo, NY: University at Buffalo, SUNY, Community of Excellence in Global Health Equity.

Lemke, M. (2019). Educators as the “front line” of human trafficking prevention: An analysis of state-level educational policy. Leadership and Policy in Schools, 18(3), 284-304. doi:10.1080/15700763.2017.1398337

Lemke, M. (2019). The politics of ‘giving student victims a voice’: A feminist analysis of state trafficking policy implementation. American Journal of Sexuality Education, 14(1), 74-108. doi:10.1080/15546128.2018.1524805

Elizabeth Otto, Associate Professor of the Department of Modern & Contemporary Art History and Gender Institute Affiliate, has published four books in the last year.
Otto was the single author of Haunted Bauhaus: Occult Spirituality, Gender Fluidity, Queer Identities, and Radical Politics, MIT Press (2019).
Bauhaus Women: A Global Perspective, Bloomsbury (2019) was coauthored.
 4 “Bauhausmädels”:  Gertrud Arndt, Marianne Brandt, Margarete Heymann, Margaretha Reichardt, Sandstein (2019) was edited and accompanied Otto's co-curated exhibition in Germany.
Bauhaus Bodies: Gender, Sexuality, and Body Culture in Modernism’s Legendary Art School
, Bloomsbury (2019) was also edited.
The previous year, Otto published, Art and Resistance in Germany, co-edited with Deborah Ascher Barnstone.
In addition, Otto has published several articles, with the latest coming out in October in one of the top journals in the fiield.

Theresa McCarthy, Professor of Transnational Studies and Gender Institute Affiliate won a Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant to support the development of a new Indigenous Studies Department.

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