Faculty Awards and Distinctions

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Mark Costanzo.

Mark Costanzo

Prof. Mark Costanzo has been elected President of the Western Psychological Association (WPA). Costanzo, a psychological science professor,  will serve a three-year term as President-Elect in 2024, President in 2025, and Past-President in 2026. WPA was founded more than a century ago and represents California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Alaska, and Hawaii. WPA facilitates the exchange of ideas between psychological researchers, mentors, and students interested in psychological science and practice.

Esther Chung Kim.

Esther Chung-Kim

Religious Studies Professor Esther Chung-Kim was awarded a 2024 National Library of Medicine (NLM) Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine for her research project, “Democratization of Medicine—Access to Health Care in Early Modern Europe.”

Branwen Williams.

Branwen Williams

Prof. Branwen Williams was awarded the National Science Foundation’s Mid-Career Advancement Award. This is the second year of a new NSF program that supports mid-career faculty. The distinction will enable Williams to launch her research program at CMC’s new Kravis Department of Integrated Sciences. It will also connect the Roberts Environmental Center, which Williams directs, with collaborators at UC Irvine to learn new techniques that will further enhance our understanding of climate science.

Sharda Umanath.

Sharda Umanath

Prof. Sharda Umanath was awarded the 2023 Mentorship Award in Aging winner by the American Psychological Association’s Division 20 – Adult Development and Aging. She was selected in part thanks to the efforts of eight former CMC and Scripps students led by Madeline Valdez ’21. Umanath also received an Honorable Mention for the J. Don Read Early Career Award from the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition.

Sharda Umanath.

Sharda Umanath

Prof. Sharda Umanath is a recipient of the Psychonomic Society 2023 Early Career Award. The Psychonomic Society, the preeminent society for the experimental study of cognition, confers scientific awards each year upon young scientists who have made excellent research contributions to the field of cognitive psychology early in their careers. She is the first awardee from a small liberal arts college in the history of the award.

Stacy Doan.

Stacey Doan

Prof. Stacey Doan was recently awarded two major grants to support her research on resilience in youth, including $250,000 from the Ho Foundation and 3.5 million from the National Institute of Mental Health. Project PRISM will support Claremont College students in testing and evaluating the effectiveness of a resilience intervention in local high schools, aiding CMC to apply its principles of responsible leadership and community engagement. The project will impact hundreds of adolescents in the LA and San Bernardino communities.

Amy Kind.

Amy Kind

Prof. Amy Kind was recently elected to a three-year leadership term of the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association (APA). The APA promotes the discipline and profession of philosophy. Kind will be serving one year as vice-president, one year as president, and one year as past-president.

Chelsea Wang.

Chelsea Wang

Prof. Chelsea Wang, a historian of late imperial China, won a prestigious early career fellowship through the Henry Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Program in China Studies. This grant will enable Wang to complete her first book, “Logistics of Empire: Governance and Spatial Friction in Ming China, 1368-1644.” Through this work, Wang hopes to answer longstanding questions about the seemingly counterintuitive bureaucratic practices of this vast and powerful imperial dynasty.

Jeho Park

Jeho Park

Prof. Jeho Park been elected as the Vice President of the Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA) for the 52nd term (2023-2024). The KSEA is one of the largest and oldest professional societies outside South Korea. Its mission is to provide and promote international cooperation, career development, and community service in science, technology, and entrepreneurship.

Lisa Cody

Prof. Lisa Cody was honored by the Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies for best article, “Marriage is No Protection for Crime”: Coverture, Sex, and Marital Rape in Eighteenth-Century England.” Cody is a cultural historian of Britain and Northern Europe. Her teaching specializes in the history of the human body, including abortion, reproduction, sexuality, gender, and violence across the Atlantic and Northern European worlds.