Dr. Charissa Threat, Assistant Professor of History, received a Faculty Fellowship award from NEH, an award which funds less than 10% of applicants. She has been awarded $25,200 to continue her research and writing of her article “Searching for Colored Pin-Up Girls: Race, Gender, and Sexuality during World War II”. This article explores how the availability of African American women’s images shaped understandings about race and gendered identities during World War II. Her work will examine the link between African American soldiers abroad and discourses on race and sexuality at home. The utilization of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Auburn Avenue Research Center and the Atlanta History Center will give Dr. Threat the opportunity to investigate the personal stories and images of the black pin ups and soldiers during World War II. The completion of her work will allow her to publish her article to inform and educate the public from veterans’ groups to students in classrooms.
Dr. Angelino Viceisza, Assistant Professor of Economics, has received an award of $2,857 from SIFE entitled “An experiment on framing and referrals to boost impact investing “. Together with Dr. Emilia Tjernström (UW Madison), Dr. Viceisza will be partnering with VestedWorld (VW) – a US-based venture capital fund that exclusively focuses on impact investing in emerging markets, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa. This project will experimentally test ways to expand VW’s investor pool and, in the long run, boost the welfare of those in emerging markets.
Dr. Natalie Watson-Singleton, Assistant Professor of Psychology, has received a one-year subaward through a Small Business Innovation Research grant with IRIS Educational Media from the National Institutions of Health in the amount of $246,443. The project entitled “Culturally Responsive Stress Reduction: A Mobile Mindfulness Application to Support Health Promotion for African Americans” is designed to create a mHealth mobile app to encourage accessibility of the health solution as well as frequency of use by aligning app content with the personal and social values of the user. By designing this formative and developmental evaluation around understanding the distinctive needs of the population, CRSR will be inclusive and attentive to the community’s culture, aiming to increase the acceptance of mindfulness as a method of self-care.