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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:

  • 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:

  • Flory, Andy
    Flory, Andrew. I Hear a Symphony. University of Michigan Press, 2017.

  • Vrtis, George
    McNeill, J.R. and George Vrtis. Mining North America: An Environmental History since 1522. University of California Press, 2017. 

  • 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.
  • Hewett Greg
    Hewett, Greg. Blindsight. Coffee House Press, 2016.
  • Galotti, Kathie
    Glotti, Kathleen M. Cognitive Development: Infancy Through Adolescence, 2nd Edition. Sage Publishing, 2016.
  • Liben-Nowell, David
    Liben-Nowell, David. Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2016.
  • Salomon, Noah
    Salomon, Noah. For Love of the Prophet: An Ethnography of Sudan's Islamic State.  Princeton University Press, 2016.

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