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October 2014 faculty and staff kudos

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Gregory T. Cushman, associate professor in the Department of History and Environmental Studies Program, has been named the inaugural recipient of the Bentley Prize in World History from the American Historical Association. Cushman received the honor for his book "Guano and the Opening of the Pacific World," which also received the Agricultural History Society prize in June.


Lynn Davidman, the Robert M. Beren Distinguished Professor of Modern Jewish Studies and professor of sociology, published a new book, "Becoming Un-Orthodox: Stories of Ex-Hasidic Jews" (Oxford). The book was recently featured in Publishers Weekly. "Becoming Un-Orthodox" reports a series of conversations with "defectors" from Hasidic and other ultra-Orthodox communities.


Reggie Robinson, director and professor of the School of Public Affairs & Administration, has been elected to the National Academy of Public Administration board of directors. The academy is an independent, non-profit, and non-partisan organization established by Congress in 1967 to assist government leaders in building more effective, efficient, accountable, and transparent organizations.