Three faculty members in the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences have been named 2010 Magellan Circle Earl H. Carroll Fellows.
Professors David Gibbs, Heidi Harley, and Robin Stryker are receiving one of the highest honors that SBS can bestow on its faculty. Each award consists of a one-time stipend of $5,000. This award is made possible by the generosity of Magellan Circle member U.S. District Court Judge Earl H. Carroll.
"Professors Gibbs, Harley and Stryker exemplify both the excellence and diversity of research in our College,” said John Paul Jones III, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. “These faculty are leaders in their fields. They regularly bring honor to SBS and to the University of Arizona, and the projects being supported are important to our quest to improve understanding of history, language, and social problems. We are ever grateful to Judge Carroll for giving us a significant way to appreciate our faculty.”
The Magellan Circle is the College's donor society, which provides financial support for students and faculty. Membership in the Circle begins at $1,000 per year.
2010 Magellan Circle Earl H. Carroll Fellows
Professor David Gibbs is a scholar of 20th century international relations who has written extensively on the history of the Cold War in Africa, and more recently, on United States intervention in Eastern Europe and Afghanistan. He published the book “First Do No Harm: Humanitarian Intervention and the Destruction of Yugoslavia” in 2009, and is now starting a new project on post-Cold War global politics.
Gibbs, whose scholarship bridges the worlds of academics, government policy-makers, and citizens, has made extensive contributions in national public media and as an invited lecturer in public forums.
Gibbs plans to use his Magellan stipend to support his travels to archival sources in the United States and Great Britain related to his study of U.S. foreign policy during the 1970s. He will focus on the shift from the relatively restrained policies that prevailed at the beginning of the decade to the much more assertive and militarized policies that were evident by the end of the decade.
Professor Heidi Harley’s research focuses on the principles that govern how meaningful elements are combined to form words and what those combinations mean. She is prolific and respected throughout the world as a pioneer in this field. Beyond Harley’s core work in morphological theory, she also does research in syntax, semantics, psycholinguistics, and language documentation. Harley has written the book “English Words: A Linguistic Introduction.”
Harley, who is in demand as a speaker, chapter author and teacher, has also served on the National Science Foundation linguistics panel and the Linguistics Society of America’s program committee.
Harley plans to use her Magellan stipend to continue her study of the grammar of the endangered Hiaki language (Yaqui); the funds will help her compensate her primary language consultants and travel to conferences to report on her work.
Professor Robin Stryker is a leader in sociology and interdisciplinary socio-legal and socio-economic studies. For her socio-legal scholarship on U.S. regulation of employment discrimination, Stryker recently received a National Science Foundation grant and Guggenheim Fellowship. For her research on comparative welfare state and inequality, she received a Jean Monnet Fellowship. She has written on many topics, including globalization and the welfare state; cross-national family policy and gendered labor markets; antitrust and employment regulation; and affirmative action and pay equity.
Stryker has held many elected professional offices; she was president of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics and is currently the chair of the political sociology section of the American Sociology Association.
Stryker plans to use her Magellan stipend on travel to conduct in-depth interviews for her project on social science in government regulation of equal employment opportunities.