Research in Arts and Letters


Professor Michael Zager, the Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in Performing Arts and the Director of the Commercial Music program, awarded his fourth Fulbright Specialist Grant. In addition to many other awards, Professor Zager is a Grammy nominee and Daytime Emmy award winner. He was recently awarded his fourth prestigious Fulbright Specialist Grant. Fulbright is the “flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government”, with the goal of increasing “mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” In May 2018, Professor Zager will begin his Fulbright Specialist Grant at the Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. During his six week, fully funded stay, Professor Zager will help develop a Commercial Music Curriculum, deliver lectures and organize workshops, and help develop a Conservatory Record label.

Hough article

Dr. Phillip Hough, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, was awarded a 2018-2019 Fellowship for $50,000 from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). In its effort to advance scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences, the ACLS has provided fellowships for almost 100 years to support the production of major pieces of scholarly work in these disciplines. READ MORE


Barbara Ganson, Professor of History and Director of Caribbean and Latin American Studies, spent the spring semester as a Research Fellow at Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College where she completed a book to be published by Jesuit Sources in 2017. This first bilingual English and Spanish edition of Peruvian Jesuit Antonio Ruiz de Montoya’s The Spiritual Conquest (1639) is one of the most important sources for understanding the encounters in seventeenth-century Paraguay, Rio de la Plata, and southern Brazil. READ MORE


On Monday, February 19th, FAU hosted a workshop with a senior program officer, Stefanie Walker, Ph.D. from the National Endowment for the Humanities, one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the U.S. College of Arts and Letters faculty and students participated in the workshop, which provided an overview of the types of funding offered, highlighting programs in research and original scholarship, lifelong learning opportunities and teaching and learning in schools and colleges, and more.  READ MORE














Marin to Speak at Columbia University

Dr. Noemi Marin will speak at Columbia University on April 25th about her work involving the history of political discourse. This talk, entitled "Why 1989 Still Matters: Post-Communist Rhetoric, Romanian Discourse and European Identity as Public Arguments of Democracy," will take place a week before Dr. Marin’s participation in Columbia University’s Nationalities Convention, for which she is the representative of rhetorical perspectives. In her talk, she will discuss her work including her most recent co-edited collection with Cezar Ornatowski, entitled Rhetorics of 1989: Rhetorical Archaeologies of Political Transitions (Routledge, 2015). A related talk was delivered by Dr. Marin at Harvard University, Davis Center in spring 2014. Dr. Marin is currently working toward a larger publication on the taxonomy of communist rhetoric. Her work sheds light on the lack of East and Central European studies in communication scholarship in the United States, particularly from the perspective of rhetoric. READ MORE

Engle Honored for Publication on Civil War

Dr. Stephen Engle was honored recently at the 55th Annual Barondess/Lincoln Award ceremony in Manhattan for his recent publication, Gathering to Save a Nation: Lincoln & the Union’s War Governors. Engle’s work examines nation-state politics during the Civil War and argues that during a period of immense conflict, the Union and the federal system prevailed because the alliance between Lincoln and his loyal governors reinforced the cooperative nature of our political culture. Past recipients of this award include Doris Kearns Goodwin, David Donald, Harold Holzer, William Saphire, Tony Kushner, and Eric Foner.

Martin Receives Award for Article on Edmund Spenser and Jacques Lacan

Dr. Tom Martin, associate professor in FAU’s English department, has been awarded the Beverly Rogers Literary Essay Award for his co-written article, "'All for Love, and Nothing for Reward': Psyche from Spenser to Lacan, and the Loss of Critical Values." The article stems from a larger work that he co-authored with Duke Pesta, entitled The Renaissance and the Postmodern (Routledge Press, 2016).

The Beverly Rogers Literary Award is the highest award given by the esteemed Ben Jonson Journal, a peer-reviewed twice-a-year review dedicated to works featuring Ben Jonson and his surrounding culture. The journal awards one Beverly Rogers Award per publication, and the recipient is honored with the sum of $1,000. READ MORE

Charbonneau Publishes First Book-Length Study, Projecting Race

Dr. Stephen Charbonneau, Associate Director of the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, published his first book-length study, entitled Projecting Race: Postwar America, Civil Rights, and Documentary Film, in the Spring of 2016 with Wallflower Press. Dr. Charbonneau has been teaching film and media studies, with a main emphasis in documentary film and theory, at FAU as an Associate Professor since Fall 2007, and he started his position as Associate Director in 2015. Projecting Race inspects documentary filmmaking in the postwar era, and pays particular attention to the way these documentaries deal with race. READ MORE