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Laudations: Spotlight on Faculty Work
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Laudations is an online collection spotlighting the professional contributions Muskingum University faculty and staff make to their respective disciplines.


Professor of Art Yan Sun has two oil paintings featured in two national juried art exhibitions:

  • Peaceful Harbor is included in “Best of America 2020,” the major annual exhibition of the National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS)

  • Sunlit Lake is juried into the “2020 Eastern Regional Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils” of the Oil Painters of America (OPA).

Assistant Professor of Art Brittany Sievers has works represented in three national juried art shows:

  • The “2020 Sculpture National” presented by the Clay Center of New Orleans, Louisiana

  • “Art for Detritus: Recycling with Imagination” presented by Viridian Artists of New York, New York

  • “Art in the Time of Corona” presented by Secret Studio of Columbus, Ohio.


Vivian Wagner, Associate Professor of English, published a poetry chapbook Spells of the Apocalypse (Thirty West Publishing House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2020), which includes a variety of poems about apocalypse and survival.


Professor of History Laura Hilton co-edited Understanding and Teaching the Holocaust (University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, Wisconsin, 2020). Using a vast array of source materials – from literature and film to survivor testimonies and interviews – the book provides a starting point for instructors in multiple disciplines to explain this crucial event and guide students through these sensitive and painful subjects within their specific historical and social contexts.


Interim Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities Tim Sarsany has recently published 3 works:

  • A chapter, “Schumann’s Part-Songs for Men’s Chorus,” in Conducting Men’s Choirs, edited by Donald L. Trott (GIA Publications, Chicago, Illinois, 2020)

  • A musical work “Cry Out and Shout,” written by Knut Nystedt and arranged by Tim Sarsany for SSAA and TTBB voices (Alfred Music Publishing, Los Angeles, California, 2020)

  • A musical work, “Friendship Dance,” written by Tim Sarsany for SSAA chorus and percussion (Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Santa Barbara, California, 2020).

Political Science and Criminal Justice

Assistant Professor of Political Science and Criminal Justice Jason Kehrberg published “Authoritarianism, Prejudice, and Support for Welfare Chauvinism in the United States,” in the July 2020 issue of Statistics, Politics, and Policy. The article examines the connection between authoritarianism and prejudice in influencing public opinion on welfare chauvinism.

Associate Professor of Political Science Richard Arnold recently published two articles for Nationalities Papers (Cambridge University Press):

  • “Nationalism and Sport: A Review of the Field,” which features a contribution from Muskingum student Lauren Wisenbarger

  • “Reflections from a Political Scientist,” a contribution to a book symposium on Mischa Gabowitsch’s Protest in Putin’s Russia.

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