Dr. Dobranski with rare books at the Harry Ransom Center.
Dr. Stephen Dobranski, Professor in the English Department, will begin a five-year appointment July 1st , 2014 as Distinguished University Professor. He has been appointed in recognition of his outstanding records in research, teaching, and mentoring students in research. Professors are nominated by their deans and reviewed by an ad hoc committee of Regents Professors, then approved by President Mark Becker and Provost Risa Palm.
Dr. Dobranski received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996 and was hired at Georgia State University the same year. During his time at Georgia State University he achieved the rank of Professor and is now the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the English Department. Even with these responsibilities, he continues to teach graduate and undergraduate courses in John Milton, early modern literature, and textual studies as well as introductory courses in British and world literature. Dr. Dobranski also serves as the English Department’s library liaison and has contributed to the University Library collections’ development and management.
Dr. Dobranksi has received several awards for his scholarship and has published many books and articles. Books he has won awards for include:
He received the Pforzheimer Fellowship from the Harry Ransom Center and a Seminar Fellowship to the Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies. He is the author of The Cambridge Introduction to Milton (2012) and his articles on early modern literature have appeared in various multi-authored collections as well as ELR, Milton Quarterly, Milton Studies, Modern Philology, PMLA, RES, The Seventeenth Century, and SEL. Congratulations Dr. Dobranski!
Congratulations to Dr. Monique Moultrie, Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies, who has been selected as an awardee in the Ford Foundation 2014 Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition. Dr. Moultrie’s proposed research project is a book manuscript focused on African American televangelism and women’s sexual agency. She will spend the 2014-2015 academic year at Harvard University.
The fellowship is sponsored by the Ford Foundation and administered by the National Research Council of the National Academies. Her selection for this prestigious award reflects Ford review panelists’ judgment of her scholarly promise for future achievement as a scholar, researcher, and teacher in an institution of higher education. The Ford Foundation seeks to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
Recent publications by Dr. Moultrie, available through the University Library, include:
“After the Thrill is Gone: Married to the Holy Spirit but Still Sleeping Alone.” Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies 33.1 (2011): 237-253.
“New Perspectives On The Montgomery Bus Boycott.” Journal Of African American History 94.1 (2009): 92-96.
GSU Sociology Professor Ben Kail
Meet Professor Ben Kail, who joined the GSU Sociology Department faculty in 2012. He is also an Affiliate Faculty Member of the Gerontology Institute.
According to his departmental profile, Dr. Kail’s research falls within two areas: one “focuses on the relationships between public and private benefits, work, unpaid work, and health throughout the life course,” while the other “explores state experimentation with welfare policies and the subsequent impact of these policies on the expansion of benefits.” His teaching interests include “aging and the life course, welfare state/social policy, work, health, research methods, and statistics.”
Check out some of Dr. Kail’s recent publications:
- Kail, Ben Lennox and David F. Warner. (2013) “Leaving Retirement: Age-Graded Relative Risks of Transitioning Back to Work or Dying.” Population Research and Policy Review 32(2):159-182.
- Carr, Dawn C., and Ben Lennox Kail. (2013) “The Influence of Unpaid Work on the Transition Out of Full-Time Paid Work.” The Gerontologist 53(1):92-101.
- Gayman, Mattew D., Manacy, Pai, Ben Lennox Kail, and Miles G. Taylor. (2013). “Reciprocity between Depressive Symptoms and Physical Limitations: Pre- and Post-Retirement: Exploring Racial Differences.” Journal of Aging and Health 25(4):555-573. *Article notes that all authors contributed equally to this study.
- Dixon, Marc, William F. Danaher, and Ben Lennox Kail. (2013). “Allies, Targets and the Effectiveness of Coalition Protest: A Comparative Analysis of Labor Unrest in the US South.” Mobilization 18(3):331-350.
- Kail, Ben Lennox. (2012). “Coverage or Costs: The Role of Health Insurance on Labor Market Reentry among Early Retirees.” Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences 67B (1):113-120.
GSU Sociology Professor Tomeka Davis
Congratulations to GSU Sociology Professor Dr. Tomeka Davis, who has just received a research grant from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Grant Program, sponsored by National Science Foundation (NSF), for her research project titled “Explaining the Black Gender Gap in College Enrollment and Completion.” PhD candidate Bobby Jo Otto will serve as Co-Principal Investigator with Dr. Davis.
The following are some of Dr. Davis’s related publications:
- Davis, T., & Oakley, D. (2013). Linking charter school emergence to urban revitalization and gentrification: A socio-spatial analysis of three cities. Journal Of Urban Affairs, 35(1), 81-102.
- Davis, T. M., & Welcher, A. N. (2013). School quality and the vulnerability of the black middle class: The continuing significance of race as a predictor of disparate schooling environments. Sociological Perspectives, 56(4), 467-493.
- Davis, T. M. (2012). School choice and segregation: “Tracking” racial equity in magnet schools. Education and Urban Society, 20(10), 1-35.
Web of Science is a great research tool for information in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. It offers a unified platform that integrates all data and search terms together so that you can conduct one search to find all relevant items. Other benefits of this database are citation analysis and cover-to-cover indexing.
The Library will be hosting three workshops to assist you in learning how to use
Workshops will be held:
- Tuesday, 1 April, 9am-10am
- Wednesday, 2 April, noon -1pm
- Thursday, 3 April, 3pm -4pm
All workshops will be held in Library Classroom 2, located on the second floor of Library North.
Georgia State University Library has purchased new archival journal content in JSTOR with funds from the library’s NEH endowment.
Now the GSU community has access to an additional 558 full-text archival journals in JSTOR. The journals cover a wide variety of disciplines including philosophy, classical studies, art history, music, architecture, film studies, religion, language and linguistics, and history.
New journal highlights include:
The Department of Religious Studies and the Middle East Institute are proud to co-sponsor a lecture by Nadia Latif, Assistant Professor in Religious Studies and an affiliate faculty member of the Middle East Institute.
Time: Wednesday, March 26 from 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Place: Department of History Conference Room 2131 in the 34 Peachtree Building
Title: Do you think we are happy here? Operational narrative in Palestine refugee imaginaries of home.
Dr. Latif’s research interests include: political struggles in the modern Middle East, humanitarian assistance and the refugee subject, digital media and representations of violence, human rights, and gender and structural violence. Selected publications include:
“‘it was better during the war’: narratives of everyday violence in a Palestinian refugee camp.” Feminist Review (2012) 101, 24–40.
“Fellahin, fidaʾyīn, lājaʾyīn: Palestinian camp refugees in Lebanon as autochthons.” Journal of Arab Studies 19.1 (2011): 46-77.
“Making Refugees.” The New Centennial Review 8.2 (2008): 253-272.
Are you into social science data? If you are, ICPSR, the world’s largest social science data archive, annually hosts a summer program in quantitative methods of social science research. As a member institution, GSU students, faculty and staff receive a substantially reduced registration fee, and there are also fee-waiver scholarships available.
Participants have the option of enrolling in summer programs that range from three-day workshops to four-week sessions. Most workshops are held in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on the University of Michigan campus, but a few workshops are also offered in Chapel Hill, NC, Amherst, MA, Boulder, CO, New York, NY, and even Montreal, Canada. See the full Summer Course Schedule here, but here are some highlights:
For more information, see the ICPSR Summer Program website. Also, if you’re looking for social science data, the ICPSR database is available through the GSU Library.
Web of Science, a Thomson-Reuters database, is now connected to Google Scholar–and vice versa.
Here’s how: In Web of Science, the full record of the citation includes a link to Google Scholar. This is useful to view Google Scholar counts of times cited articles in addition to the Web of Science counts for those preparing for promotion & tenure reviews, or researching an article’s impact. It also offers the potential to access freely available content from a variety of sources. Conversely, Google Scholar search results will indicate a link within each citation to the Web of Science database, and also list number of times cited article counts.
This linkage will allow the researcher to instantaneously access Web of Science and Google Scholar, and explore potentially valuable sources that may not have been discoverable by using only one.
For more information and screenshot views of this exciting connection, visit this page.