Recent Accomplishments


Marcela Perett

Dr. Marcela Perett's book, Preachers, Partisans, and Rebellious Religion: Vernacular Writing in the Hussite Movement, was published by University of Pennsylvania Press in October, 2018. Dr. Perett's book "examines the early phases of the so-called Hussite revolution in fifteenth-century Bohemia and illustrates how vernacular discourse diverged from Latin debates on the same issues, often appealing to emotion rather than doctrinal positions" ( ).

Rebecca Weaver-Hightower

Dr. Rebecca Weaver-Hightower's book, Frontier Fictions (, was published by Palgrave press. Frontier Fictions compares the nineteenth-century settler literatures of Australia, Canada, South Africa, and the United States in order to examine how they enable readers to manage guilt accompanying European settlement. Reading canonical texts such as Last of the Mohicans and Backwoods of Canada against underanalyzed texts such as Adventures in Canada and George Linton or the First Years of a British Colony, it demonstrates how tropes like the settler hero and his indigenous servant, the animal hunt, the indigenous attack, and the lost child cross national boundaries. Settlers similarly responded to the stressors of taking another’s land through the stories they told about themselves, which functioned to defend against uncomfortable feelings of guilt and ambivalence by creating new versions of reality. This book traces parallels in 20th and 21st century texts to ultimately argue that contemporary settlers continue to fight similar psychological and cultural battles since settlement is never complete. 


Mariane Lemieux

Dr. Mariane Lemieux performed in the 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert of Fargo Moorhead Opera. The concert was presented on October 20 in Festival Concert Hall and featured international artists such as Korliss Uecker, Stella Zambalis, and Michael Ching. Dr. Lemieux has sung at several major events with FM Opera, including the leading roles in Donizetti’s La fille du Régiment (2014) and Pirates of Penzance (2016).  She will also be featured with the company this season in a Cabaret evening on January 20-21

Faculty Grants and Fellowships

Robert Mejia + Melissa Vosen Callens

Department of Communication faculty, Robert Mejia (Assistant Professor) and Melissa Vosen Callens (Assistant Professor of Practice) collaborated to offer a series of anti-harassment programming for the Fargo-Moorhead area. This programming was funded by the FM Area Foundation. The first program was a free K-12 professional development class via NDSU’s Office of Teaching and Learning on the topic of “Online Harassment and Bullying Prevention.” Taught by Dr. Callens, this 5-week course offered area educators from across the state of North Dakota the opportunity to learn more about the factors influencing online bullying, how policy and bystander behavior can amplify or mitigate harassment, and how their school anti-harassment policies relate to existing research. The class included a workshop from nationally recognized social media experts, Whitney Phillips (Assistant Professor of Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University) and Ryan Milner (Associate Professor of Communication at the College of Charleston). The class concluded with students developing action plans for how to improve anti-harassment policies in their school districts. 

In addition to the K-12 professional development class, the project included two public lectures. The first, by Whitney Phillips and Ryan Milner, was delivered on October 23, 2018 at the NDSU Memorial Union, and discussed how contemporary media practices amplify trolling behavior in politics. The second, by Robert Mejia, was delivered on November 19, 2018 to the Fargo Lions Club at the Radisson, and discussed what makes online harassment unique from other forms of harassment. The next step for the project is to develop a report for North Dakota educators and administrators about best practices for recognizing, preventing, and addressing online harassment.

Community and Student Engagement Projects

Jess Jung
Theatre Arts

Jess Jung worked with her storytelling students, who completed two performances over the course of the fall 2018 semester. First, students "slammed", or told personal stories a la The Moth Radio Hour, at a late night StorySLAM event open to the campus community. For their final project, students worked in groups to create original fairytales. Fairytales were performed for the kindergarten class at Longfellow Elementary School. Below is a picture of the students who performed at the Longfellow event. 

Dan Pemstein
Political Science

Dan Pemstein (Associate Professor of Political Science) directs the measurement methods group, and sits on the steering committee, of the Variety of Democracy (V-Dem) project. V-Dem is a collaboration between more than 3000 scholars across the world to collect cross-national and historical (1789-present) data on over 450 indicators of democratic performance. These public data now inform a host of scholarly works, policy analysis and decision-making at organizations like USAID and the World Bank, and data-driven journalism by outlets like Bloomberg and the New York Times. Its online graphing tools also provide a fantastic educational resource for high school and college instructors. V-Dem, which won the American Political Science Association's 2016 award for the best dataset in comparative politics, also produces regular policy briefs, a graph of the week, a series that highlights timely trends in V-Dem data, and annual report that summarizes the global state of democracy.

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