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Mona Bhan, Anthropology

2012-2013 Exemplary Teaching Award, George and Virginia Crane Distinguished Teaching Award Fund


Rebecca L. Bordt, Sociology

Otto L. Sonder, Jr. Professor of Sociology & Anthropology, 2013-2018

Teaching Award:

John F. Schnabel Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award. Presented by the North Central Sociological Association, 2012

Recent Publications:

Bordt, Rebecca L. 2013. "Snapshots on Teaching and Aging." Sociological Focus 46:261-266.

Bordt, Rebecca L. and K.C. Carceral. 2012. “A Teaching Collaboration with a Prison Writer.” Radical Teacher 94:24-33.

Bordt, Rebecca L.  2012. “From Angela Davis to 'Long Island Lolita': An Analysis of  Contemporary Women’s Prison Narratives.” Women & Criminal Justice 22(2): 135-155.

 Recent Presentations:

 Bordt, Rebecca L. 2014. “‘Making a Lotus Grow from the Mud:’ How Prisoners Create Meaning from their Prison Experience.” Paper presented at the 15th International Conference on Penal Abolition, Ottawa, Ontario, June 13-15.

 Bordt, Rebecca L. 2014. “Writing from Death Row: Monsters, Mothers, and Mobilization,”Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North Central Sociological Association, Cincinnati, April 10-13.


Angela Castaneda, Anthropology

Edward Myers Dolan Professor and Associate Professor of Anthropology

“Mothers, Doulas, Flexible Labour and Embodied Care in the United States.” with Julie Searcy, Editor Melinda Vandenbeld Giles, Mothering in the Age of Neoliberalism, Demeter Press, 2014.

  •  “Moved by the Spirit: The Role of Performance in Teaching African Diasporic Religions.” Journal of Africana Religions, Penn State University Press, Volume 1, No. 2, 2013.

“Performing the African Diaspora in Mexico.”  Eds. Kwame Dixon and John Burdick, Comparative Perspectives on Afro-Latin America, University Press of Florida, 2012.


Recent Presentations:

“Doulas, Dollars, and Intimate Labor: Mothering the Mother in a Neoliberal World.” Co-authored with Julie Searcy and presented at the Museum of Motherhood, Making Motherhood Visible Conference, New York City, March 6-8 2014. 

“They’re Not on My Team”: Navigating Collaborative Practices Between Nurses and Doulas in Birth Work.” Co-authored with Julie Searcy and presented at the American Anthropological Association annual meetings in Chicago, November 2013.


Nancy J. Davis, Sociology (Emeritus)

Professor Nancy Davis Receives Distinguished Article Award

Nancy Davis and her co-author Robert Robinson have been awarded the Distinguished Article Award by the American Sociological Association Section on Religion for their article “Overcoming Movement Obstacles by the Religiously Orthodox: The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Shas in Israel, Comunione e Liberazione in Italy, and the Salvation Army in the United States.” The article, published in the American   Journal of Sociology (March 2009) also received honorary mention (second place) in the best article competition from the American Sociological Association Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements.

Earlier in the summer, she and her co-author presented an invited paper in Cairo on support for political activism in Muslim-majority countries at the Workshop on Theoretical and Methodological Issues in the Study of Values in Islamic Countries. Contrary to the imagery of many Westerners of a highly politicized Muslim world, Professors Davis and Robinson show that few residents of these countries are willing to take political engagement much beyond merely discussing politics.

Currently, Professors Davis and Robinson are working on a book-length manuscript, Sacralizing Society: Religiously Orthodox Movements in Egypt, Israel, Italy and the United States Battle Modernity. This research chronicles how four religious movements with morally absolutist ideologies, a reluctance to compromise, and broad, multi-pronged agendas--factors that normally cause social movements to fail--have overcome these obstacles by creating a parallel society--a vast network of schools, religious institutions, medical services, businesses, and social service agencies--that has effectively bypassed secular states in their countries.

"Freedom on the March? Bush's Democracy Doctrine for the Muslim World" Paper with Robert V. Robinson presented at the Symposium on Islam at Indiana University-Bloomington,
September 15, 2006. In Contexts, 6 (2) Spring 2007, 22-27. 

"The Egalitarian Face of Islamic Orthodoxy: Support for Islamic Law and Economic Justice in Seven Muslim-Majority Nations" (with Robert V. Robinson)/ 2006.American Sociological Review 71:167-190.  

To be reprinted in Mansoor Moaddel, ed. Values and Perceptions of the Middle Eastern Publics. NY: Palgrave Macmillan Press.    

 “Using a Research Article to Foster Moral Reflection and Global Awareness in Teaching about Religion and Politics, Theory Testing, and Democracy in the Muslim World" (with Robert V. Robinson). 2006. Teaching Sociology 34:296-312.

"How Polling in the Muslim World Can Inform U.S. Foreign Policy" Paper with Robert V. Robinson to be presented at the annual meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Portland OR, October 21, 2006.

 “Taking Sex Seriously: Challenges in Teaching about Sexuality.”  Teaching Sociology. 33 (January) 2005: pp. 16-31


 Thomas D. Hall, Sociology (Emeritus)

2004-2008 University Professor
2006-2007 Chair, Political Economy of the World-System, a section of the American Sociological Association
2007- Book Review editor for Journal of World-Systems Research
2007-2008 Chair, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, DePauw University
2007-2009 Edward Myers Dolan Professor of Anthropology
2009 Edwin L. Minar Jr. Scholarship Award
Fall 2009, Visiting Professor of Native American Studies, Colgate University,
and Director of the Santa Fe Study Group


Hall, Thomas D. and James V. Fenelon. 2009. Indigenous Peoples and Globalization: Resistance and Revitalization. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Press.

Hall, Thomas D. 2009. “Puzzles in the Comparative Study of Frontiers: Problems, Some Solutions, and Methodological Implications.” Journal of World-Systems Research 15:1:25-47 [Special Issue: Methodological Issues in Macro Comparative Research, Edited by: Jeffrey Kentor & Timothy Patrick Moran, on line:].
Kardulias, P. Nick and Thomas D. Hall. 2008. “Archaeology and World-Systems Analysis.” World Archaeology: Debates in World Archaeology 40:4:572-583.
Fenelon, James V. and Thomas D. Hall. 2008. “Revitalization and Indigenous Resistance
to Globalization and Neo-liberalism.” American Behavioral Scientist 51:12(Aug):1867-1901.
Hall, Thomas D. and James V. Fenelon. 2008. “Indigenous Movements and Globalization: What is Different? What is the Same?” Globalizations 5:1(March):1-11.
Chase-Dunn, Christopher and Thomas D. Hall. 2009. “Changement social et intégration des réseaux d’échange dans la longue durée” [Global Social Change and Integration of Exchange Networks in the Long Run]. Pp. 159 – 188 in Histoire Globale, Mondialisation et Capitalismes [Global History, Globalization and Capitalisms], Edited By Philippe Beaujard, Laurent Berger & Philippe Norel. Paris: Éditions La Découverte.

Hall, Thomas D., Christopher Chase-Dunn and Richard Niemeyer. 2009. “The Roles of Central Asian Middlemen and Marcher States in Afro-Eurasian World-System Synchrony.” Pp. 69-82 in The Rise of Asia and the Transformation of the World-System, Political Economy of the World-System Annuals. Vol XXX, edited by Ganesh K. Trinchur. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Press.


Introduction: Review Symposium on Giovanni Arrighi’s Adam Smith in Beijing. Journal of World-Systems Research 15:2:219 [editor for symposium, pp. 220-263].

La Lone, Darrell and Thomas D. Hall. 2008. "The Revolution in Evolution: Evolution for Everyone: A Review Essay." Evolution and Sociology Newsletter 5:1(Spring): 8 –11.


David M. Newman, Sociology

Lester M. Jones Professor of Sociology, 2012-2017

Professor Newman received the Edwin L. Minar Jr. Scholarship Award in 2006. Established in 1981, the award is presented in recognition of exceptional scholarly achievement and is named in honor of its first recipient, a former professor in the department of classical studies.

Professor Newman received a New Directions Initiative Grant from the Great Lakes College Association as well as a Fisher Time-Out from DePauw in spring 2011 to work on his new project, " Second Chances: Identity Reclamation and Stigma Impermanence in the Age of Entitlement."

 Recent Books:

Families: A Sociological Perspective (McGraw-Hill) 2009

 Identities and Inequalities:
Exploring the Intersections of Race, Class, Gender & Sexuality 3rd edition (McGraw-Hill, forthcoming)

Sociology: Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life 10th edition (Sage, 2014)

Sociology: Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life Brief Edition, 4th edition (Sage, 2015)

 Sociology: Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life Readings, 9th edition (co-edited with Jodi O’Brien; Sage, 2013)

Recent Presentations:

Panelist, “Public Sociology in Action: Honoring the Contributions of Ira Glass and This American Life.” Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, New York, August, 2013.

“Identities and inequalities: Exploring the intersections of race, class, gender, & sexuality” National Conference on Race and Ethnic Relations in Higher Education. New York, NY. May, 2012.

“Semantic Salvation or Permanent Stigma? The Price and Promise of a Second Chance In American Culture.” Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Montreal, Quebec, November 2011.

Author-meets-critic session: “The use of Sociology: Exploring the architecture of everyday life in introductory courses” Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association, Seattle, WA, March 2011.


Matthew Oware, Sociology

2008 Exemplary Teaching Award, George and Virginia Crane Distinguished Teaching Award Fund

2008 Faculty Fellowship Award, 2009-2012

Oware, Matthew “A ‘Man’s Woman’?: Contradictory Messages in the Songs of Female Rappers,
1992-2000.” Forthcoming Journal of Black Studies Oware, Matthew.

“Status Maximization, Hypodescent Theory, or Social Identity Theory? A Theoretical Approach to Understanding the Racial Identification of Multiracial Adolescents.” in Biculturalism, Self Identity and Societal Development edited by Rutledge Dennis. Emerald Publishing Forthcoming Oware, Matthew. 2008.

“Code of The Street” Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society edited by Richard Schaefer. Sage Publication. Oware, Matthew. 2008.

“Hip Hop” Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society edited by Richard Schaefer. Sage Publication.


Alicia Suarez, Sociology

Suarez, Alicia E. and Ann. A. Shindo. “Silence and Stigma: The Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Epidemic" in Agenda for Social Justice: Solutions 2008 edited by R. Perrucci, K. Ferraro, J. Miller, G.W. Muschert, P.C. Rodriguez Rust, and C.H. Trent. Knoxville, TN: Society for the Study of Social Problems.

Suarez, Alicia E. Pornography. In Encyclopedia of Social Problems, edited by V. Parillo.
Thousand Oaks:Sage.

Spirit of Diversity Award 2008 at Pacific Lutheran University and
Inspirational Woman of the Year in 2008 also at P.L.U.


Rebecca Upton, Anthropology

Rebecca L. Upton currently holds the Edward Myers Dolan chair in Sociology and Anthropology at DePauw University. She researches and writes on infertility and HIV/AIDS in northern Botswana, on the construction of work and family among contemporary American families and the intersections of qualitative and quantitative methodologies in her work in Africa and the U.S. 

She teaches courses at DePauw, including Gender & Anthropology and Culture, Medicine & Health: an Introduction to Medical Anthropology in addition to courses in Ethnographic Methods, American Culture, African Cultures, African Art and Museum Studies and the Anthropology of Death. 

She was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Faculty member in 2009 - 2010 and carried this emphasis on gender and health to courses at the University of Botswana and the Centre for the Study of HIV and AIDS in Gaborone. She currently serves as a Fulbright reviewer for CIES.  In between teaching and research she is currently pursuing an MPH degree at Emory University and at work on a book for Oxford University Press on gender and the failure of public health in Botswana. 

Recent awards:

New Directions Initiative Award (GLCA/Mellon Foundation) – “Mastering the Art of Public Health: An Anthropologist Goes to the ‘Field’ of Medicine” - 2012

DePauw University Faculty Fellowship – 2011-2014

U.S. Fulbright Scholar – Teaching/Research – Botswana 2009-2010

Select recent publications: 

“Fat Eggs: Gender and Fertility as Important Factors in HIV/AIDS Prevention in Botswana”, Gender & Development. Vol 18, issue 3, November 2010, pages 515-524. 

“Promising the Permanent Condom: Cautionary Notes on Infertility and Male Circumcision in an Era of HIV and AIDS”, Pula: Botswana Journal of African Studies Vol. 24 No. 1. 2010, pages 101-117.

“Using Fertility, Useful Infertility” in The End of Children, Universityof British Columbia Press, 2011. 

“Pedagogy of the Obsessed: Infertility, IVF and How the Search for Maternity Affects Teaching, Learning and a Feminist Self” in Maternal Pedagogies, Byrd and Green eds., 2011.