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Keeping Up With CLASS, Spring 2021

Issue 2, Volume 1 || May 2021

Keeping Up With CLASS

Spring 2021 Full-time Faculty Highlights

Baskind.jpgSamantha Baskind, Professor; Department of Art & Design


Bercovici.jpgToby Vera Bercovici, Assistant Professor of Practice; Department of Theatre and Dance

Professor Bercovici was one of four Recipients of the 2020/2021 Premiere Fellowship from Cleveland Public Theatre. The purpose of the Premiere Fellowship is to celebrate, reward, and support artists who have demonstrated excellence in and are committed to new play development.

RachelCarnellRachel K. Carnell, Professor; Department of English
Opinion – February 14, 2021
Impeachment and Electoral Politics: Lessons from a 1710 Impeachment Trial

Dyer.jpgGary Dyer, Professor; Department of English


  • "Lord Byron's Trademark."  ELH 87.3 (2020): 679-705.  
  • "Thomas De Quincey's Opium-Eaters and the Art of Making Applications." European Romantic Review 32.1 (2021): 23-39.   

Editor, Melincourt by Thomas Love Peacock. The Cambridge Edition of the Novels of Thomas Love Peacock. Gen ed. Freya Johnston. Forthcoming, Cambridge University Press.

Anita Gabrosek, Assistant Professor of Practice in Post Production; School of Film & Media Arts


  • University of Washington’s Lux Student Film Club (December of 2020)

Richard Sherman, Associate Professor in the School of Film & Media Arts, and Anita Gabrosek worked on a feature documentary––Franklin Manor––about the lack of low-income housing, that is currently making the festival rounds. Richard shot and directed the film and Anita wrote and edited it.


  • Winner, Best Film Made in PA, Centre Film Festival
  • Bronze Award Winner, Spotlight Documentary Film Awards
  • Official Selection, Kansas City FilmFest International

Hoffman.jpgBarbara G. Hoffman, Professor, Director of Anthropology, and Director of Visual and Linguistic Anthropology Center; Department of Criminology, Anthropology, and Sociology

Invited chapter:

  • Understanding Contemporary Africa, 6th edition; Peter J. Schraeder, editor. "Family and Kinship," in Understanding Contemporary Africa, Peter Schraeder, editor. Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 6th edition. (2020) pp. 261-282.

Book Reviews:

Lewis.jpgJeffrey Lewis, Professor, Department of Political Science


  • The Institutions of the European Union, Fifth Edition (Oxford University Press).
  • Routledge Handbook of Differentiation in the European Union (Routledge Press).
  • Politics in the European Union, Seventh Edition (Oxford University Press).

Manning.jpgPhilip Manning, Professor; Department of Criminology, Anthropology, and Sociology


  • 'Erving Goffman and Dramaturgical Sociology' in Peter Kivisto (Ed.). The Cambridge Handbook of Social Theory. Cambridge University Press. (January 2021)

Neuendorf.jpgKimberly Neuendorf, Professor; School of Communication

Two feature documentaries for which she served as associate/executive producer and in additional capacities are now streaming nationally. "White Boy," focusing on teen FBI informant and alleged cocaine kingpin Rick Wershe, who was sentenced to life in prison in 1988, hit the #4 most popular film slot on Netflix in its fourth day on the platform (4/4/21). The film previously won the Audience Choice award at the FREEP Film Festival in Detroit. "Woman in Motion: Star Trek and the Remaking of NASA," the true story of how Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek’s Lt. Uhura, helped NASA recruit its first female astronauts and astronauts of color, is now available streaming on multiple platforms (e.g., iTunes, AmazonPrime) after screening at ten film festivals around the U.S. 

  • "White Boy" was produced by Transition Studios, with Shawn Rech directing
  • "Woman in Motion" was produced by Stars North Productions, with Todd Thompson directing
  • CBS This Morning Saturday coverage of "Woman in Motion" (3/27/21)
  • "Woman in Motion" has been picked up by Paramount+ to stream there starting in June 2021

Novisky.jpgMeghan Novisky, Assistant Professor; Department of Criminology, Anthropology, and Sociology

Dr. Novisky received a $33,808 grant from the NIH’s Aging Research in Criminal Justice & Health (ARCH) Network. The project, titled "A Multi-Methods Study of Barriers and Facilitators of Compassionate Release During COVID-19," is a collaboration with Co-PI Dr. Jennifer James from the University of California – San Francisco. Drs. Novisky and James will gather in-depth interview and survey data from corrections officials and legal policy experts across the U.S. about compassionate release efforts during the pandemic.


Perloff.jpgRichard M. Perloff, Professor; School of Communication

Dr. Perloff earned statewide recognition from the Press Club of Cleveland for three essays he wrote. The Press Club praised Dr. Perloff's opinion pieces, which were published in The Plain Dealer in 2019, and presented him a Best in Ohio Essay Writing award at its recent All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards event.

cleveland.comOpinion – December 13, 2020
PR push needed to sell young people on wearing masks
Richard M. Perloff and Andrianna D. Peterson

Rose.jpgShelley Rose, Associate Professor; Department of History and Molly Buckley-Marudas; College of Education and Human Services

Cleveland Teaching Collaborative (

Sonstegard.jpgAdam Sonstegard, Professor; Department of English

Dr. Sonstegard is the winner of the Twenty-Eighth Annual Victor J. Emmett, Jr., Memorial Award for his essay, "Outing the Midwestern Bachers of Garland's A Little Norsk," which was judged the outstanding essay on a literary topic in The Midwest Quarterly for 2021. The award is sponsored by the Emmett family, The Midwest Quarterly, and the English and Modern Languages Department of Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. Along with the award, which will be announced in the fall issue of MWQ, Adam has been invited to deliver the annual Emmett Memorial Lecture at the University next fall.

Taysom.jpgStephen C. Taysom, Associate Professor; Department of Philosophy and Comparative Religion

Dr. Taysom was recently featured in a University of Virginia Podcast about a book manuscript he has produced.
Season 2, Episode 2 | Mormon Studies

Wanyerka.jpgPhillip J. Wanyerka, Senior College Lecturer; Department of Criminology, Anthropology, and Sociology

For a number of years, Phillip J. Wanyerka, along with students in the Anthropology Program, has been working on an earthworks complex in the Cleveland Metroparks, Rocky River Reservation. This year he will be submitting a 406 page report, Archaeological & Geophysical Investigations at 33CU1, the Fort Hill Earthwork Complex, Cleveland Metroparks, Rocky River Reservation: A Summary of the 2017-2019 Cleveland State University Archaeological Field Schools to the Cleveland Metroparks, Cleveland, Ohio. The geophysical survey of this earthworks has resulted in the discovery of a possible prehistoric woodhenge.

Highlighted CLASS Events

11th Annual Ways of Knowing
Public Opinion and the Fracturing of Democracy

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm


  • Qingshan Tan, Department of Political Science

  • Richard M. Perloff, School of Communication

Spring 2021 CLASS Events

There was a huge amount of events this semester––too many to list! Please check out all CLASS events here:

CLASS Book Releases

BingeWatching.pngCheryl Bracken
Interim Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor; School of Communication
Binge Watching
Published 2020

laguerredesgriotsdekita.jpgBarbara G. Hoffman
Professor, Director of Anthropology, and Director of Visual and Linguistic Anthropology Center; Department of Criminology, Anthropology, and Sociology

La Guerre des Griots de Kita 1985
Published 2020