CHID Community News and Achievements - Spring 2018

Submitted by Nat Mengist on

To celebrate the many accomplishments of CHIDdies of all types—students, faculty, alumni—we have compiled below a sampling of recent honors and news items - and there is a lot to celebrate!!

Do you have news that you want to share with your CHID community? An award or recognition? A great gig? Going to grad school? Life event to share? Let us know – send a short description and any web links to CHID Outreach Coordinator Nat Mengist, We want to hear from you!


Current Students

Sophomore Jag Bains has been awarded the Herman S. & Dorothy B. Lederman Endowed Scholarship for the 2018-19 academic year. The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to highly deserving students in the Humanities. Great work, Jag!

Senior Michael Beach has been accepted into the Human Centered Design and Engineering doctoral program at the University of Washington. He will continue to work closely with Charlotte P. Lee in the Computer Supported Collaboration Lab where he has worked as a research assistant for 3 years. Killin’ it, Michael!


Kathleen Belew (‘05), assistant professor of U.S. History at the University of Chicago, published her first book with Harvard University Press titled Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America. Her insights were recently featured as a New York Times Op-Ed and serve as a call to action for our country. Kathleen has also been interviewed by NPR and Vox:

Katie Bethell (‘06) has been named one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” of 2018 by Fortune magazine for her work as the founder and executive director of PL+US. Ranked 17th—above mayors, CEOs, and famous actors—Katie has made enormous strides in the fight for high-quality paid family leave. Another CHID Alum, Bri Barnett ('12), serves as development manager for PL+US.

Claire Dederer ('93) was featured in Columns magazine for her art and recent book, Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning. CHID Professor Emeritus John Toews noted her fascination with thinkers like Hegel, like whom Claire aspired to become. She also writes for The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Times.

Silvi Goldstein (‘15) has been accepted into the University of Rhode Island's Clinical Psychology doctoral program. She will be working closely with assistant professor Nichea Spillane who runs the Positive Approaches to Health Disparities and Substance Use Lab, and has received four years of guaranteed research assistant funding.

Nara Hohensee (‘07), also a former CHID part-time lecturer, has been working as the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at since January 2017 and has recently been hired into a permanent position! She has also published original work in The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy and has reviewed the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History for

Heather Moore (‘07), developer and co-founder of Citizen Code, recently wrote a piece entitled Predictability of Gay for the online publishing platform Medium, in which she critiques recent research promoting the use of Artificial Intelligence as a means to determine sexual orientation from photographs.

Jason Sondhi (‘09), Short of the Week co-founder/editor and curator of Vimeo Staff Picks, was interviewed by IndieWire in an article entitled Facebook was Vital for Indie Filmmakers…. In the piece, Jason shares reasoning for his reluctance to bring Short of the Week to Facebook in the midst of criticism for the Cambridge Analytica scandal. 

Camille Trummer (‘09), an account manager with BRINK, was featured in a One Oregon story about the challenges of our immigration system. Even as English speakers with college degrees, Camille and Daniel, her German-born husband, struggled for five years to secure a permanent green card. The need for immigration reform is abundantly clear.

Faculty & Staff

María Elena García, director and associate professor, has been selected as a 2018-2020 Joff Hanauer Honors Professor in Western Civilization. In addition, Professor García recently received a contract from the University of California Press for her forthcoming book, Culinary Spectacles: Gastro-politics and Other Tales of Race and Species in Peru. Congratulations, María Elena!

July Hazard, lecturer, will attend the 2018 Human-Animal Studies Summer Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, after being selected as a fellow for the program by the Animals & Society Institute. Congratulations, July!

Logan O'Laughlin, pre-doctoral instructor, has been awarded a post-doctoral fellowship in Feminist Environmental Studies through the Program of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at Duke University. Congratulations, Logan, on both the fellowship and completing your PhD!

Phillip Thurtle, associate professor, has been promoted to full professor effective this September, and has a new book being published through the University of Minnesota Press Posthumanities series titled Biology in the Grid: Graphic Design and the Envisioning of Life. According to the publishers, the book is “bristling with insight and potential.” Congratulations, Phillip!