Five members of the Hamilton faculty were recognized for their research and creative successes through the Dean's Scholarly Achievement Awards at Class & Charter Day on Friday, May 7. The Awards were established in three categories by Dean of Faculty Joe Urgo in 2008.
Professor of Comparative Literature Peter Rabinowitz received the Career Achievement Award, which marks significant achievement over the course of a career. Assistant Professor of Government Peter Cannavo was awarded the Early Career Achievement Award, which recognizes significant achievement at the advanced assistant or associate level. Maynard-Knox Professor of Government and Law Frank Anechiarico '71, Assistant Professor of English Tina Hall and Professor of History Thomas Wilson received the Notable Year Achievement awards, which honor up to three faculty members for particular accomplishments in the past year.
Peter Rabinowitz, who earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, began teaching at Kirkland College in 1974 and joined the Hamilton faculty in 1978 when the two schools merged. He is the author of Before Reading: Narrative Conventions and The Politics of Interpretation (1987); co-author (with Michael Smith) of Authorizing Readers: Resistance and Respect in the Teaching of Literature (1998); and co-editor (with James Phelan) of Understanding Narrative (1994) and The Blackwell Companion to Narrative Theory (2005). Rabinowitz's essays have appeared in a wide range of books and journals, including PMLA, Critical Inquiry, Black Music Research Journal and 19th-Century Music. Rabinowitz is also co-editor of the Ohio State University Press Series on Theory and Interpretation of Narrative. An active music critic as well, he is a contributing editor of Fanfare and a regular contributor to International Record Review.
Peter F. Cannavò, assistant professor of government, received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2000, an M.P.A. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School in 1992, and an A.B. from Harvard University in 1986. He is the author of The Working Landscape: Founding, Preservation, and the Politics of Place (MIT Press, July, 2007), in which he examines the conflict between development and preservation as a major factor behind our contemporary crisis of place. Cannavò's work and teaching are in areas of political theory, environmental politics, and ethics and public policy. He is currently writing a book on conceptions of place and work in contemporary environmental politics.
Frank Anechiarico ‘71 studies constitutional law and public administration. He is the co-author (with Eugene Lewis) of Urban America: Politics and Policy (2nd ed., 1983) and the author of Suing the Philadelphia Police: The Case for an Institutional Approach, and Remembering Corruption: The Elusive Lessons of Scandal in New York City. Anechiarico and James Jacobs' book, The Pursuit of Absolute Integrity: How Corruption Control Makes Government Ineffective, was published by University of Chicago Press in 1996. Anechiarico's latest project is a book on the relationship between ethics and the quality of performance in public management. In 2009 he published “Protecting Integrity at the Local Level: The Role of Anticorruption and Public Management Networks,” in the journal Crime, Law, and Social Change, and "The Ethical Pothole: The Wages of Tolerating Corruption,” was published in The Public Manager in October. Also in 2009 Anechiarico published a review essay on public integrity in national policy, “Ambition Must Be Made to Counteract Ambition,” in Election Law Review, and The Election Law Journal published a book review of Getting the Government America Deserves: How Ethics Reform Can Make A Difference written by Anechiarico.
A member of the Hamilton faculty since 2001, Tina Hall earned an M.F.A. in fiction from Bowling Green State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. Her novella, All the Day's Sad Stories, was published by Caketrain Press in the spring of 2009. Her fiction has appeared in 3rd bed, Quarterly West, Black Warrior Review, descant, Water-Stone Review and other literary journals. She has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize. Hall's teaching interests include monsters, the gothic, technology's relationship with the body, contemporary fiction, and experimental women writers.
In February Hall was named the 2010 winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, one of the nation’ s most prestigious awards for a book of short stories. Hall’s manuscript, The Physics of Imaginary Objects, was selected from a field of nearly 350 entries by esteemed author and film critic Renata Adler. The book will be published by the University of Pittsburgh Press this fall.
Thomas Wilson, who joined the Hamilton faculty in 1989, earned a master's and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He also studied in Taiwan, at the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies (or Stanford Center), and in the graduate department of history at the National Taiwan University. He has written extensively on Confucian orthodoxy and is a board member of the Society for the Study of Chinese Religions. Wilson edited On Sacred Grounds: Culture, Society, Politics, and the Formation of the Cult of Confucius (Harvard, 2003), to which he also contributed two chapters. In March his book, Lives of Confucius: Civilization's Greatest Sage Through the Ages (Doubleday Religion, 4/10), with co-author University of California Berkeley Professor Michael Nylan, was published.