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Research & Scholarship at Carleton

All around Carleton’s campus you’ll find faculty and students engaged in exciting, meaningful research and scholarship. Whether they are working to understand plant diseases, uncovering rural French life of the 19th century, or creating thought-provoking works of art, they are engaged together in the practice of deep inquiry and joy of learning that defines Carleton.

Three major types of research & scholarship take place at Carleton:

Research and Scholarship

1. Student Scholarship

Students are encouraged through Comps, independent study classes, and fellowship opportunities, to pursue significant scholarly work. More information can be found at Undergraduate Research. Examples of student work include:

  • Zhi You Koh ’19 traveled to Nanjing, China. Through an investigation of historical topography and local archives, he researched the extent and particularities of popular support for the Taiping and 1911 Revolutions. He received a Chang-Lan Fellowship to pursue this project.

    Urmila Kutikkad ’18 explored Siberian political resistance and cultural preservation in Buryatia through poetry. She worked closely with poet Bair Dugarov to translate his poetry into English in a way that retains his voice and cultural identity. Ultimately, she hopes to introduce indigenous voices into traditional Russian discourse. She received a Class of 1963 fellowship to pursue this project.

    Fiona Fraser ’18
    immersed herself in the works of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch by studying his original woodblocks and lesser-known prints in Oslo and Hamburg. She plans to create a collection of hand-printed fabric quilts inspired by Munch’s homeland, artistic process, and woodcut prints. She received an Independent Research fellowship to pursue this project.

    Cory Renay Friendshuh ’19
    visited alternative communities in Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia, immersing herself in each place and recording her experiences through visual art and journalistic writing. She plans to explore links between the psychology of alternative living and artistic expression, and to write a book about it. She received a Larson International fellowship to pursue this project.

    Gus Holley ’20
    presented his paper “Recapture the Ruanxian Techniques and Notation of the Medieval Round Lute” at the 20th International CHIME conference at UCLA, which draws presenters from around the world. He was funded by the Parents Fund for Academic Excellence.

Student Scholarship

Research and Scholarship

2. Faculty Scholarship

Carleton faculty pursue rigorous, in-depth research and study as an integral part of their faculty role. Examples of recent faculty scholarship include:

  • Knodell, Alex R.
    Knodell, Alex. Societies in Transition in Early Greece: An Archaeological History. University of California Press, 2021.
  • Khalid, Adeeb
    Khalid, Adeeb. Central Asia: A New History from the Imperial Conquests to the Present. Princeton University Press, 2021.
  • McCorkle Okazaki, Brooke
    McCorkle Okazaki, Brooke. Shonen Knife's Happy Hour: Food, Gender, Rock & Roll. Bloomsbury Press, 2021.
  • Grawe, Nathan
    Grawe, Nathan D. The Agile College: How Institutions Successfully Navigate Demographic Changes. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2021.
  • McNally, Michael
    McNally, Michael D. Defend the Sacred: Native American Religious Freedom Beyond the First Amendment. Princeton University Press, 2020.
  • Egge, Eric 
    Egge, Eric S. An Introduction to Symmetric Functions and Their Combinatorics. American Mathematical Society, 2019.
  • Perez, Yansi
    Perez, Yansi. Mas Alla Del Duello. UCA Editores, 2019.
  • Brioso, Jorge
    Brioso, Jorge and James Irby. A Poetic Order of Excess: Essays on Poets and Poetry. Green Integer 209, 2019
  • Carpenter, Scott and Helena Kaufman. Integrating Worlds: How Off-Campus Study Can Transform Undergraduate Education. Stylus Publishing, 2019.
  • Allen, Barbara
    Allen, Barbara and Daniel Stevens. Truth in Advertising? Lies in Political Advertising and How They Affect the Electorate. Lexington Books, 2019.
  • Jusova, Iveta
    Jusova, Iveta. Panel Story: Life of a Community. 2019
  • Appleman, Deborah.
    Appleman, Deborah. Words No Bars Can Hold. W. W. Norton & Company, 2019.
  • Smith, Kim
    Smith, Kimberly K. The Conservation Constitution. University Press of Kansas, 2019.
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3. Student-Faculty Scholarship

Carleton students regularly contribute to faculty scholarship, as Student Research Partners during break or as students enrolled in research courses during the term. More information can be found at Undergraduate Research. Examples of student-faculty collaborative work include:

  • Katerina Katakalides ’20
    Black, White, or Red: How Communism Turned Civil Rights into a Crime

During the Second Red Scare, Senator Joseph McCarthy fueled anti-communist fears by publicly declaring that disloyal employees worked for the federal government. In conjuncture with J. Edgar Hoover's already anti-radical FBI, McCarthy promoted the nationwide threat of a violent government revolution. This political climate enabled Hoover and McCarthy to establish or oversee federal committees with goals of monitoring, censoring, and stigmatizing "radical" groups, organizations, and individuals. In criminalizing radical activities and ideologies, McCarthy and Hoover established reasons for discrediting the Civil Rights movement and prosecuting Civil Rights leaders. The arrest and deportation of Communist leader and Civil Rights activist Claudia Jones exemplifies how the federal government, namely McCarthy and Hoover's FBI, successfully abused political power to hinder Civil Rights efforts. Other Authors /Contributors: Charisse Burden-Stelly and Guapo Banuelos '20

Supervised by: Charisse Burden-Stelly

  • Patrick Mullins ’20, Isabel McFadden '20, and Gabe Nass '20
    Marching with the Romans

In the years 171-168 BC, the Roman army waged war in Greece against the Macedonian empire. The first century BC Roman historian Livy recorded the efforts of the Romans to find a way into Macedonia from the south, across the ridges between Mount Olympus and the Vale of Tempe. There is scholarly debate concerning where exactly the Romans went and why. This research involved a geographical study of the area to see where it was possible for the Romans to go and how these routes align with descriptions in Livy. The research produced proposals for the Roman routes of each season's campaign, a new understanding of how the Macedonian forts worked as a system, how this system developed, and new readings of the Latin text of Livy.

Supervised by: Jake Morton

  •  Jacob Isaacs ’20
    Ancient Jewish Healing Incantations: a Review

Language was powerful in Ancient Judaism. This is apparent in the wide array of healing incantations that survive alongside more familiar institutionalized practices. These "magical" texts offer ways to effect material change through language. Magic, rather than existing outside tradition, reflects broader cultural trends alongside the endemic practices of "mainstream" Judaism. Through a review of the corpus of late ancient Jewish magic, informed by contemporary theories of language, we document the specific ways in which these texts act on the world. Selection of words, context, audience, execution, and purpose all play substantial roles in determining material effects.

Supervised by: Daniel Picus

  •  Alex Whitis ’20 and Maya Powell '20
    Effects of Flow and Temperature on Feeding and Respiration in Marine Mussels

The goal of this project was to investigate how the marine mussel Mytilus trossulus responds to environmental changes. The effects of flow and temperature were explored using two metrics: respiration and feeding. Individual mussels were placed in a closed-loop circulation tank. Respiration was recorded via ruthenium-based fluorescence for up to two hours, while feeding trials were analyzed using spectrophotometry. Computational analysis was performed with the RespR package (v. Response patterns of respiration and feeding to temperature and flow differed, suggesting that predictions regarding future climate change may be more complex than current models reflect. Other Authors /Contributors: Mike Nishizaki, Shawn Galdeen, and Maggy Osha '21

Supervised by: Mike Nishizaki

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