School of Interdisciplinary Studies


Becky Brown   BBrown

Becky Brown, is a Professor of Linguistics and a 2015-2016 Center for Undergraduate Instructional Excellence Awardee for her project titled:  À Table:  The Gourmet Culture of France.

À Table! is a unique content-based book covering French Culture through the highly motivational use of French cuisine.  It is organized much like a French menu, with each chapter including prose essays, poetry, grammatical points, a degustation exercise, and a recipe for students.  Although it is not a culinary book, it integrates a variety of cultural issues into each section.  It requires no special knowledge of cuisine.  Much of French culture, history, and regionalism are covered, along with motivated work in language, grammar, and idioms.

Nadia Brown   NBrown

Nadia E. Brown, is an Associate Professor in Political Science and African American studies, who recently won two awards for her book Sisters in the Statehouse: Black women and Legislative Decision Making (Oxford University Press).

The National Conference of Black Political Scientists chose Professor Brown's book for the DuBois Book Award.  Sisters in the Statehouse has also been awarded the 2015 Anna Julia Cooper Best Publication Award from the Association for the Study of Black Women in Politics. 

This award-winning book uses both humanistic and social science techniques to look at how Black women legislators have been influenced by their own experiences with racism and sexism.  The London School of Economics (LSE) chose a review by Muireann O’Dwyer  as one of its Editor’s Picks: Ten Favourite Book Reviews from 2014.  O'Dwyer declares that Brown “…has delivered an answer to the enduring question of how exactly intersectionality can be brought to bear on the empirical questions of social science.”

Olga Dmitrieva   ODmitrieva

Olga Dmitrieva is an Assistant Professor of Russian and Linguistics in the School of Languages and Cultures and awardee of a 2015 PRF Summer Faculty Research Grant for her project titled:  “Second Language Perceptual Experience and First Language Sound Identification”. 

Professor Dmitrieva’s research interests lie in acoustic phonetics, cross-linguistic speech perception, and laboratory phonology.  She is also involved in research on second language acquisition, in particular the interaction between the phonologies of the first and second language in bilingual individuals.  Recent projects have focused on experimental evidence for the perceptual optimization in phonology and production of voicing in languages such as Russian, English, and Spanish.

Professor Dmitrieva teaches courses in both theoretical and experimental linguistics, specifically in the areas of phonetics and phonology.  Some of the previously taught courses are Introduction to Phonology, Acoustics of Speech, and Phonetics of Second Language Acquisition.

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