Duke Award Faculty Awards

Duke Award for 2011: Mike Blum

Mike Blum

Senior Academic Technologist for the Humanities, has an MA in English Literature from the College of William and Mary and an MA in Medieval English Literature from the University of Virginia. Mike has a wide variety of interests in the field of academic computing. Recent projects have involved the design of collaborative learning spaces, designing course websites, and film production.

Faculty Awards Plumeri

Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence for 2011: Rachel DiNitto

Rachel DiNitto is an Associate Professor of Japanese Studies at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. She is also currently the Co-director for Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES) and the Associate Departmental Chair for the Modern Languages & Literatures Department.

She got her Ph.D. in Modern Japanese Literature from the University of Washington in Seattle and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies. She studied in Japan at International Christian University and the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies (Stanford Center), and was a visiting researcher at Keio University. Professor DiNitto teaches classes on Japanese literature, film, nationalism and contemporary culture, as well as courses on language and translation. She works on the literary and cultural studies of Japan’s prewar (1910s-1930s), and postbubble eras (1990-2000s). In addition to her monograph, Uchida Hyakken: A Critique of Modernity and Militarism in Prewar Japan, publications include articles on depictions of the Asia-Pacific War in the work of manga artist Maruo Suehiro; Kanehara Hitomi, the young, female writer whose controversial novel Snakes and Earrings won Japan’s most prestigious literary award in 2004; and cult director Suzuki Seijun’s return to the cinema in the 1980s. Professor DiNitto manages a website on postbubble culture, and is currently working on a new book project, “The Politics of Postbubble Culture: Cultural Production and Political Discourse in Nationalist Japan (1990s-2000s).

Faculty Awards Plumeri

Plumeri Award for 2010: Maryse Fauvel

Professor Maryse Fauvel (MLL Francophone studies) has won a 2010 Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence.

Created by alumnus and former Board of Visitor member Joseph J. Plumeri (’66), the Plumeri Awards are given annually and recognize faculty who demonstrate exceptional performance in research, teaching and service over a number of years.

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