NCAS in the News...

Lawrence Lerner


JULY 2014
Brenda Shaughnessy, assistant professor in the MFA Creative Writing Progam, has recently received media attention: Oprah magazine has just recommended Shaughnessy’s collection of poems, Our Andromeda (Copper Canyon Press), as one of five “Life-Changing Poems Every Woman Should Read.”
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James Goodman's book, But Where Is The Lamb? Imagining The Story Of Abraham And Isaac, tops Canada's Maclean's magazine's list of best nonfiction books of the year.
Economics Professor Peter Loeb is featured prominently in an article on cell phones and traffic fatalities in a recent issue of The Economist.
Poet and MFA Professor Brenda Shaughnessy wrote a review of an edition of Emily Dickinson's hand-written poems, Gorgeous Nothings, for the Los Angeles Times. Meanwhile, The New York Times has named Shaughnessy's Our Andromeda as one of the 100 notable books of 2013!
History prof. James Goodman has been quoted by CNN about the posthumous pardon of the "Scottsboro Boys," the subject of his first book. Meantime, Goodman also recently penned an op-ed for about remembering Kennedy's assassination.
History Professor Whitney Strub’s new book, Obscenity Rules, has been getting much press, including this review in the Wall Street Journal.
Novelist and MFA Professor Akhil Sharma’s moving, personal essay, titled "Butter," is in a recent issue of The New Yorker.
MFA Director and Professor of English Jayne Anne Phillips’ new novel, Quite Dell, has received rave reviews in several publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and The New York Times. The LA Review of Books has a nice Q&A with Phillips here.
Novelist and MFA Professor Akhil Sharma has a charming article about hunting mushrooms in Russia in The New York Times Travel section.
In The New York Times Book Review, Poet and MFA Professor Brenda Shaughnessy answers the question "So, what makes a good sex scene?" in a feature on writing about sex,
HIstory Professor James Goodman has a timely essay in the Huffington Post on The 5 Most Terrifying Words in the Bible.
Anthropology Professor Alex Hinton, director of the Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution and Human Rights, is quoted prominently in this article on the recent Cambodian elections in World Politics Review.
History Professor Clem Price was recently quoted in this New York Magaine article on Newark Mayor and U.S. Senate hopeful Cory Booker.
HIstory Professor Timothy Stewart-Winter holds forth on the growing clout of Chigago-area LGBT businesses in this article in the Chicago Sun-Times.
Publishers Weekly interviews MFA Director and Professor of English Jayne Anne Phillips about her soon-to-be-published novel, Quite Dell.
The work of Vanessa Lobue, assistant professor of Psychology at Rutgers-Newark, was featured in a recent issue of Science magazine (June 7, 2013, "Frown for the Camera"). Lobue created her own updated version of psychologist Paul Ekman's "Pictures of Facial Affect" to examine human responses to "universal" facial expressions and emotions. She then received an NSF grant to conduct validation experiments of her new photo set. 
Rutgers-Newark Anthropology Professor Brian Ferguson recently served as guest blogger on the Miramax Films website, offering a historical account of the Five Points district in New York City. His piece comes on the heels of Martin Scorsese recently announcing his new Gangs of New York TV series, based on his feature film of the same name. Ferguson was also recently mentioned in The Economist and quoted in a recent Science News article on the origins of war.
Rutgers-Newark's MFA Program in Creative Writing has been getting a lot of press lately. The works of Program Director Jayne Anne Phillips (Machine Dreams) and faculty member Akhil Sharma (An Obedient Father) were recently cited in The New York Times and Publishers Weekly, respectively. MFA faculty member Rachal Hadas' most recent collection of poems, The Golden Road, received a rave review in The New York Times Book Review. And recent MFA graduate Christina Parravani's memoir, Her, made a big splash, garnering abundant praise and landing on Oprah magazine's list of 16 Books to Read Now.
Psychology Professor Barry Komisaruk, a behavioral neuroscientist, was quoted in a New York TImes article about a new drug called Lybrido, designed to stoke female sexual desire. Komisaruk's work focuses on human sexual response.
Beryl Satter's Family Properties, a compelling look at race and housing discrimination in 1950s-'60s Chicago, has garnered wide praise, including these reviews in The New York Times and the Atlantic Monthly.