College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

CAHS Faculty Research

Liz Peavey, part-time Lecturer of Theatre, publishes book, is featured on WCSH's "207"

Celebrated Maine painter Marguerite Robichaux joins her friend, award-winning Maine writer Elizabeth Peavey, on adventures through the woods and towns in their home state of Maine. Glorious Slow Going consists of nine stories of their various adventures written in Peavey’s humorous voice and is illustrated with Robichaux’s oil paintings and watercolors. The book is divided by seasons and relates tales from staying in a yurt for the first time to spiraling into a crazy bargain addiction while on an antiquing road trip. All the while, the descriptions of their natural surroundings, both in paint and in words, are the artist’s and writer’s way of raising awareness about the slow development of, and ultimately the destruction of, the beauty of Maine.

Watch the "207" interview to learn more about their book and what prompted them to write it.


Annie Finch, Stonecoast MFA Director, has two books released this month

Annie Finch, Director of the Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing has published two books, A Poet's Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry, from University of Michigan and the anthology Villanelles, from Random House/Everyman's Library. Both are available now.





John Muthyala, Chair of the English Department, will have his new book released July 2012

 Dissent, Empire, and Globalization

An original critique of the idea of American empire in the twenty-first century


Globalization is not the Americanization of the world, argues John Muthyala. Rather, it is an uneven social, cultural, economic, and political process in which the policies and aspirations of powerful nation-states are entangled with the interests of other empires, nation-states, and communities. Dwelling in American: Dissent, Empire, and Globalization takes up a bold challenge, critiquing scholarship on American empire that views the United States as either an exceptional threat to the world or the only hope for the future. 


Michael Hillard, Economics Faculty, Appointed 2011-2012 USM Trustee Professor

Professor Michael Hillard of Economics, whose passion is Maine labor history, has been awarded the 2011-12 USM Trustee Professorship. The Professorship is devoted exclusively to honoring and supporting University of Maine System faculty already making noteworthy contributions to academic excellence on their campus. Dr. Hillard is using the time awarded him by the position to turn his research on Maine's labor history into a book. 



Luisa Deprez, Professor of Sociology and Women and Gender Studies, has Three Articles Forthcoming in 2012.

Luisa Deprez, professor of sociology, focuses her research on the broad arenas of social (welfare) policy including the politics of policy-making; the impact of ideology and public opinion in policy; poverty; women and welfare; and women, welfare and higher education. She has three articles pending publication in 2012: "The Capability Approach and Education" with Diane Wood.  Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, Special Edition, forthcoming 2012. "Back from the Brink: Unemployed Women in Maine Get a Second Chance" in a Special Edition of the Journal of Women, Politics and Policy on "Women and Workforce Development" with Sandy Butler, forthcoming 2012. “The Declining Significance of Race – Revisited” (Edited with Richard Caputo, Yeshiva University). Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, forthcoming 2012.


James Messerschmidt's Book is Accepted for 2012 Publication

James Messerschmidt, professor of criminology, completed five publications this past year.  His book,Gender, Heterosexuality, and Youth Violence: The Struggle for Recognition, will be published in March 2012 by Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group.  Messerschmidt had two works accepted as chapters in books: “Masculinities” in the “Handbook of Critical Criminology” (New York: Routledge, 2011); and “Hegemonic Masculinities and the ‘Selling’ of War: Lessons from George W. Bush” in “Rethinking Transnational Men: Beyond, Between, and Within Nations” (New York: Routledge, 2012).  In April 2012, Messerschmidt’s article, “Engendering Gendered Knowledge: Assessing the Academic Appropriation of Hegemonic Masculinity,” will appear in Men and Masculinities (Vol. 15, No. 1), and his other article, “The Struggle for Heterofeminine Recognition: Bullying, Embodiment, and Reactive Sexual Offending by Adolescent Girls,” was published in Feminist Criminology (Vol. 6, No. 3, pp. 203-233).


Distinguished Professor Emeritus Joseph Conforti presents at New England American Studies Association Conference

Joseph Conforti, distinguished professor emeritus of American and New England Studies, participated in a plenary panel on the mythologies of Plymouth, Plimouth and New England at the New England American Studies Association conference in November at Plimouth Plantation, Plymouth, Mass. Four American and New England Studies students also presented at the conference.