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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. Examples of student works include:

  • Sophie Buchmueller ’16 investigated the potential of public art as a form of community building and as a catalyst for urban revitalization by examining public art projects in Detroit, Chicago, and Houston in which an individual artist uses art and architecture to spur community interest and urban revitalization in poor, marginalized neighborhoods.  The projects transformed houses in rundown neighborhoods to encourage a rethinking of space and an increased neighborhood valuation and local commitment. She received a Class of 1963 Fellowship to pursue this project.

    Ruiqi Geng ’16 held a 6-week long “Peace through Art” workshop in Little Swan Elementary School for marginalized migrant children in suburban Beijing, where she taught migrant children Drama, Music, Visual Arts, and Dance with the help of public high school volunteers, and held weekly meetings called “Friends of Migrant Children” to educate the community on important issues in their life. She received a Professor Roy Grow Fellowship to pursue this project.

    Caleb Rakestraw-Morn ’17 conducted research at the Nietzsche Documentation Centre in Naumburg, Germany to study the works, correspondence and notebooks of Nietzsche to investigate the reasons why and the methods by which he writes with “reverse esotericism” and burying his intended meaning under his explicitly stated radicalism. He received a Hanson Ethics fellowship to pursue this project.

    Gretchen Fernholz ’16, as a continuation of her and Almeda Moree-Sanders ’16’s translation of “Where Are You?,” Russian author Lidia Golovkova’s book about cremation in the Soviet Union, visited and photographed sites in Russia, and interviewed the book’s author.  She received the Kelley International Fellowship to pursue this project.

    Grace Davis '16 attended and presented her research at the 42nd annual Undergraduate Honors Conference in Communication and Theater at DePaw University.  She 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:

  • Beck, Jay
    Beck Jay. Designing Sound: Audiovisual Aesthetics in 1970s American Cinema. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2016.
  • Dobrow, Bob
    Dobrow, Robert R. Introduction to Stochastic Processes with R. Wiley, 2016.
  • Feldman-Savelsberg, Pamela
    Feldman-Savelsberg, Pamela.  Mothers on the Move: Reproducing Belonging Between Africa and Europe. University of Chicago Press, 2016.
  • Flory, Andy
    Covach, John and Andrew Flory.  What's That Sound?: An Introduction to Rock and Its History, 4th Edition. W. W. Norton, 2015.
  • Galotti, Kathie
    Glotti, Kathleen M. Cognitive Development: Infancy Through Adolescence, 2nd Edition. Sage Publishing, 2016. 
  • Khalid, Adeeb 
    Khalid, Adeeb. Making Uzbekistan. Cornell University Press, 2015.
  • Liben-Nowell, David
    Liben-Nowell, David. Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2016. 
  • Nelson, Gail 
    Nelson, Gail S. A User-Friendly Introduction to Lebesgue Measure and Integration. The American Mathematical Society, 2015.
  • Salomon, Noah
    Salomon, Noah. For Love of the Prophet: An Ethnography of Sudan's Islamic State.  Princeton University Press, 2016.
  • Schier, Steve
    Polsby, Nelson W.; Wildavsky, Aaron; Schier, Steven E.; Hopkins, David A. Presidential Elections: Strategies and Structures of American Politics, 13th Edition. Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.

Research and Scholarship

3. Student-Faculty Scholarship

Carleton students and faculty regularly collaborate on research. Students may assist faculty in their work, or faculty may advise student-directed scholarship.

  • Alex Claman '17 and Julia Miller '18
    MAP-ping Land Occupation in Border Regions of Ancient Greece: Mazi Archaeological Project 2016
    This project used survey archaeology methods to examine diachronic occupation and land usage in the area of the Maxi Plain, a valley on the border between ancient Attica and Boeotia.

    Supervised by Alex Knodell.

    Michael Hoffert '18
    Developing Visualization Schemes for Reconstructed Tumor Phylogenies

    This project involving developing a method of visualizing tree structures using Python and CytoscapeJS in order to streamline the comparison and analysis of phylogenetic trees from reconstructed tumors.

    Supervised by Layla Oesper.

  • Susie Perez '17
    Solidarity in Mistrust: Exploring Complex Relationships Among Salvadoran Immigrants in Milan

    This research project delved into the ways relationships among Salvadoran women immigrants helps or hurts them when they need support, and investigated whether mistrust and the resultant social hierarchy serves as a disadvantage to the women who partake in the Salvadoran community of Milan.

    Supervised by Constanza Ocampo-Raeder.

    Clarissa Smith '19
    Aerosol Particle Emissions and Efficiency of Cookstove Prototypes for Use in Ethiopia

    This cookstove project seeks to create an affordable stove that will heat efficiently and have reduced emissions for families in Ethiopia. Controlled cooking tests and water boiling tests were conducted on seven different Top-Lit Updraft stoves; concentrations were measured and aerosol particle composition measurements were made.

Supervised by Deborah Gross.

Student-Faculty Scholarship