Faculty Focus - Feb. 15, 2021 | St. Lawrence University

Faculty Focus - Feb. 15, 2021

Faculty members put their knowledge into action so students and others are able to benefit from it. Recently, faculty published research, shared their experiences, and spoke with industry experts through webinars and podcasts. 

Professor of History Matt Carotenuto recently published a chapter in an edited volume of Sports in Africa: Past and Present. In the chapter, Carotenuto draws directly from his work teaching first-year and sophomore seminars to examine the pedagogy of teaching African sports history within the liberal arts curriculum. The chapter originates from a paper Carotenuto presented at a Sport in Africa Conference in South Africa.

Carotenuto’s teaching and research interests are rooted in African history and the experience of people of African descent around the world. He teaches survey courses on African history and African studies, upper-division classes on constructions of identity and conflict, and seminars on colonial and urban history.

Michael W. and Virginia R. Ranger Professor of Government Alan Draper served as a member of a panel titled "American Politics: The 2020 Elections and Their Aftermath." The webinar was broadcasted for Italian professors and graduate students in American Studies and was hosted by the University of Rome and the U.S. Embassy in Italy.

Draper's work covers American political development, labor history, and the civil rights movement. He is a two-time U.S. Fulbright Scholar Award recipient and has published op-eds in the New York Times, USA TODAY, and other newspapers, and has authored and co-authored several publications.

Associate Professor of Middle East History Howard Eissenstat recently discussed the Biden Administration’s new approach Turkish human rights with Henri Barkey, professor of international relations at Lehigh University.

Eissenstat's research focuses on nationalism and Islam in the 19th century Ottoman Empire as well as the history of the Turkish Republic.  His recent work has focused increasingly on contemporary Turkish domestic and foreign policy, especially on issues of rule-of-law, minority rights, and the reshaping of political culture under the Justice and Development Party (AKP). In addition to traditional academic work, Eissenstat served for over a decade as a Turkey Country Specialist for Amnesty International-USA. He has lectured at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. military, and the Canadian Foreign Service Institute, as well as given testimony to the Canadian Senate and offered briefings to Congressional Committees.

Associate Professor of Government Ronnie Olesker recently wrote a perspective piece titled The Unfinished Study Abroad Experience. In the piece published by the Association for Jewish Studies, Olesker reflects on leading a London-based program during the COVID-19 pandemic and how students felt when the program transitioned to an online format.

“While moving to online teaching was challenging for most faculty and students, it presented a unique challenge to our abroad programs that use their location’s architecture, museums, foods, smells, and people, to teach about globalization and multiculturalism,” wrote Olesker.

Olesker’s work focuses on international relations and security studies. Courses she regularly teaches at St. Lawrence include Introduction to International Relations, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, and Middle East Politics.

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