Recent News

Venetria K. Patton named head of School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Alfred Lopez promoted to Associate Head of School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Ronnie Wilbur, Professor of Linguistics & Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences receives 2015 Research & Scholarship Distinction Award

Sundquist receives Murphy Award

Upcoming Events

Spring 2017

American Studies
Tuesday, September 13, 6:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion
Fowler Hall, Stewart Center

American Studies
Wednesday, September 14, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
LGBTQ Rainbow Callout
PMU - North/South Ballrooms
AMST will be hosting a table - come out to see us!

African American Studies 
Friday, September 23, 7:00 p.m.
“In His Own Home”
Film Documentary
Malini Schueller
WTHR 172

Jewish Studies and Religious Studies
Monday, September 26, 8:00 p.m.
9th Annual Larry Axel Memorial Lecture in Religion
Tzvi Novick, Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame, "God in the Lab: Technical Expertise and Rabbinic Authority"
Krannert Auditorium

Thursday, March 30, 2017, 3:00 pm: "
Linguistic Inequality and Sociolinguistic Justice in Campus Life" in LWSN 1142.  The speaker is Dr. Walt Wolframwho has pioneered research on social and ethnic dislects since the 1960s and published more than 20 books and 300 articles.

Religious Studies

March 2017 Monday, March 6: "Mouride Muslims in South Africa" Exhibition opens at the Black Cultural Center.  Ms. Iris Parker's series 'Mouride Muslims in South Africa' documents a celebration of Chaikh AamaduBakke by one of the Mouride Muslim Mosques in Johnnesburg.  Parker seeks to demystify this particular branch of Islam, provide insight into their religious practices, and unpack the xenophobia they face as immigrants. 

Tuesday, March 7: 5:30-6:30 PM - Honors College STEAM Lab Join Iris Parker in 'The Kiss Series' using Gustav Klimt Painting - The Kiss- to contextualize and compare the historic social movements of resistance, love, and coming together.  Focusing on The Peoples' Pride movement in South Africa, Ms. Parker documents groups with diverse interests uniting to strive for equality and respect.  She will also address working overseas and using photography as a medium for social change.

Wednesday, March 8: Gallery Talk with Iris Dawn Parker 4:00 PM and Documentary photography workshop at 6:30 PM at the Black Cultural Center

Thursday, March 23, 2017: 3:30 - 4:30 PM ~ Jerry S. Rawls Hall, Room 1071

"The Case for Stability - Alasdair Macintyre, The Benedictine Tradition, and Qualitative Research on Catholic Parishes" Dr. Swendolen Adams recently conducted a study at three Catholic parishes in the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana, exploring parish life and experience of long term members.

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Honors & Awards

Student Awards

Katie Martin (American Studies) was selected for the SIS Outstanding Senior Award for 2015.


Lynn Fellowships

Andrea Adomako (American Studies)

Pin-hsi Chen (Linguistics)

Margaret Crabtree (Linguistics)

Fan Jiacheng (Comparative Literature)

Michelle Lee (American Studies)

Lang Wang (Comparative Literature)

Purdue Doctoral Fellowship

Maria Cupery (Linguistics)

PRF Research Grant

Yi-hui Chen (Linguistics)

Matthew Kroll (Philosophy & Literature)

Hana Lee (American Studies)

Christina Weiler (Comparative Literature)

Annagul Yariyeva (American Studies)

Carol Zheng (Linguistics)

Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship

Emma Bertolaet (American Studies)

Donovan Irven (Philosophy & Literature)

Frederick N. Andrews Fellowship

Javier Cienfuegos (Amrerican Studies)

Roderick Clare (Linguistics)

Faculty Awards & Promotions


Beate Allert (Languages & Cultures) to Professor

Patricia Boling (Political Science) to Professor

Thomas Broden (Languages & Cultures) to Professor

Michele Buzon (Anthropology) to Professor

Alejandro Cuza-Blanco (Languages & Cultures) to Professor

Michael Jacovides (Philosophy) to Professor

Maren Linett (English) to Professor

Sharon Solwitz (English) to Professor

Mangala Subramaniam (Sociology) to Professor

Dwayne Woods (Political Science) to Professor

David Atkinson (History) to Associate Professor

Su'ad Abdul Khabeer (Anthropology) to Associate Professor

Michael T. Light (Sociology) to Associate Professor

Thomas Mustillo (Political Science) to Associate Professor

Min Kim Park (Visual & Performing Arts) to Associate Professor

Monica Trieu (Interdisciplinary Studies) to Associate Professor

Douglas C. Osman (Communication) to Clinical Associate Professor

W. Bart Collins (Communication) to Clinical Professor

Daniel P. Aldrich (Political Science and Asian Studies) to Professor

S. Dorsey Armstrong (English and Medieval & Renaissance Studies) to Professor

Nadia E. Brown (Political Science and African American Studies) to Associate Professor

Marlo D. David (English and Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies) to Associate Professor

Rachel L. Einwohner (Sociology and Jewish Studies) to Professor

Rebekah A. Klein-Pejsova (History and Jewish Studies) to Associate Professor

Daniel V.A. Olson (Sociology and Religious Studies) to Professor

Felicia Roberts (Communication and Linguistics) to Professor

Jessica L. Sturm (French and Linguistics) to Associate Professor

Jennifer M. William (German and Comparative Literature) to Professor

Laura C. Zanotti (Anthropology and American Studies) to Associate Professor

Awards//Additions to The Book of Great Teachers

Margie Berns (English and Linguistics)

Patricia Boling (Political Science and Women's Studies)

Kristina Bross (English and American Studies)

Susan Curtis (English and American Studies)

Joel Ebarb (VPA and Film/Video Studies)

Rachel Einwohner (Sociology and Jewish Studies)

Nancy Peterson (English and American Studies)

Charles Ross (English and Comparative Literature)

Mariko Wei (SLC and Linguistics)

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Coming Soon.

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SIS Newsletters

Each year, the School of Interdisciplinary Studies produces a newsletter detailing the students and the events of the programs.

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