Research Update – March 2017

Faculty member awarded fellowship: Dr. Anne Verplanck, associate professor of American studies and heritage studies, has received a four-month research fellowship for fall 2017 through the Program in Early American Economy and Society at the Library Company of Philadelphia. The fellowship supports her book project, “The Business of Art: Transforming the Graphic Arts in an Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” which analyzes how the art world functioned in the context of changing business structures, technological innovations, and rapid urban development.

Research article published: Dr. Eileen Ahlin, assistant professor of criminal justice, recently completed research that was featured in the NIJ Journal and published in The Prison Journal titled “Automated Kiosks Can help Community Supervision Agencies Manage High Caseloads of Low-risk Clients.” This research found that probation officer caseloads could be reduced through the use of kiosk reporting rather than traditional face-to-face reporting for low-risk offenders. Given the large case-loads experienced by probation officers, and the focus of many states to reduce prison populations, this research has direct policy implications.

Encyclopedia publication: Dr. Simon Bronner, distinguished professor of American studies and folklore, and Josh Brown, associate professor of languages at University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, have co-authored "Pennsylvania Germans: An Interpretative Encyclopedia." This book is the first survey of the “Pennsylvania Dutch” in nearly seventy-five years. Nineteen broad interpretive essays written by a distinguished group of historians, anthropologists, sociologists, linguists, and folklorists tell the rich and nuanced story of Pennsylvania German history and culture.