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Alumni Fellowship Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2017: Jorge Terukina

Prof. Jorge Terukina

Prof. Terukina specializes in the transatlantic Hispanic world (Spain & the New World) during the early modern period (16th and 17th centuries).  His teaching and research pay due attention to the relations between pre-modern disciplines, political context, and cultural production.  He is the author of El imperio de la virtud. Grandeza mexicana (1604) de Bernardo de Balbuena y el discurso criollo novohispano [The Empire of Virtue: Bernardo de Balbuena’s Mexican Grandeur (1604) and Creole Discourse in Colonial Mexico], an interdisciplinary study of one of the most canonical pieces of cultural production in Colonial Mexico that invites us to reassess the role that Balbuena and Grandeza mexicana play in the cultural history of present-day Mexico.

In an interview with the W&M Alumni Magazine, Prof. Terukina explains that he is “impressed with the intellectual curiosity of William & Mary students.” [PDF: WMAM_Fall2017] In his remarks upon receiving this honor at a special ceremony, Prof. Terukina explained that the award belongs to his students, “for unfailingly embarking with me in the scary, unsettling adventure of questioning all we know and how we know it, and hence accepting our historical contingency.  I’d like to think that my students find the chance to design themselves anew with even stronger convictions, with deliberate agency, and with a clear understanding of their role as political animals.”

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Alumni Fellowship Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2012: Elena Prokhorova

Elena Prokhorova: Associate Professor of Russian, Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, Film & Cultural Studies Program


  • Soviet and post-Soviet television
  • Visual representations of national identity
  • Genre theory
  • Gender Theory


Teaching Experience:

  • Russian language
  • Russian literature and media (in Russian)
  • 19th and 20th-century Rusn lit.
  • Russian cinema
  • The Eastern Front
  • Dostoevsky
  • Media and Communism
  • Intro to film studies
  • World cinema
  • Vampires and popular culture
  • Contemporary Russian television
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Class of 1963 Distinguished Professor for 2010: Regina Root

Areas of Specialization

Root’s research interests include the material and environmental culture of the Americas. She is the editor of The Latin American Fashion Reader (Berg Publishers 2005), which takes a broad look at the influence of Latin American culture on global fashion trends. The volume was awarded the 2006 Arthur P. Whitaker Prize, shortlisted for the 2006 Costume Society of America Millia L. Davenport Award, and chosen as Elle’s book of the month in June 2005 (Argentine edition) and lead title in Berg’s new online library. Couture and Consensus: Fashion and Politics in Postcolonial Argentina, which began as an archival project conducted under the auspices of a Fulbright research grant, was published in 2010 as part of the University of Minnesota Press’s Cultural Studies of the Americas series. In recent years, Root has served as consulting editor of Latin American Women Writers: An Encyclopedia (Routledge 2008), guest editor of Fashion Theory, and as a reviewer or consultant to various agencies, museums, NGOs and publishers. She currently serves on the research council of Raíz Diseño, a transnational network of Latin American designers; as President Ad Honorem of Ixel Moda; and as Past President of the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies.

Originally trained as a journalist, Regina Root went on to complete her Master’s in Spanish at the University of Iowa and Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures at the University of California at Berkeley (1997). She teaches courses at all levels, including Words of the Earth, Cultural Constructions of the Environment, and Fashioning the Nation. She is also a core faculty member of the Environmental Science and Policy, Latin American Studies, and the Sharpe community scholars program. Her work with students in the field of environmental culture, new media and creative agency are featured in a university documentary on innovations in teaching with technology (scroll to 6:28):

For the past two years, she has taught a two-semester service-learning course on Ethical Fashion for the Sharpe Community Scholars Program, inspired by work conducted in the field of fashion studies currently. She is also interviewed regularly by the international fashion press, with Canal 23 of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, having dedicated a half hour television show to her research.

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Alumni Fellowship Award for 2009: Rob Leventhal

Rob Leventhal an Associate Professor of German Studies at the College of William and Mary, where I teach German language, literature, thought and culture from the 18th century to the present.

1975-1982 Stanford University, Ph.D. in German Thought and Literature (1982)1976 Stanford University, M.A. in German Literature, with Distinction (September, 1976)
1979-1980 Institut für deutsche Philologie, Ludwig-Maximillian-Universität, Munich, West Germany. DAAD Research Fellow
1975-1976 Fellowship of the Foreign Academic Office (Akademisches Auslandsamt), Friedrich-Wilhelm-Universität, Bonn, West Germany
1971-1975 Grinnell College. B.A. in German and Philosophy, with Honors. Phi Beta Kappa, Grinnell College
1973-1974 Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, Germany
1973 Goethe Institut, Freiburg, Germany

2012 Section Head, German Studies
2009-Present Associate Professor of German Studies, The College of William and Mary
2004-2009 Assistant Professor of German Studies, The College of William and Mary
1988-95 Assistant Professor of German, University of Virginia
1986-88 Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies, University of Virginia
1982-86 Assistant Professor of German, Washington University in St. Louis
1984 Director, Summer Language Institute of Washington University at the Goethe Institute, Göttingen
1982 Instructor in German, San Francisco State University
1981 Lecturer in German, University of California at Santa Cruz

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Alumni Fellowship Award for 2008: Alexander Prokhorov

Alexander Prokhorov is Associate Professor of Russian and Film Studies at College of William and Mary. His research interests include Russian visual culture, genre theory, and film history.

He is the author of Inherited Discourse: Paradigms of Stalinist Culture in Literature and Cinema of the Thaw (Akademicheskii proekt, 2007) and the editor of Springtime for Soviet Cinema: Re/viewing the 1960s (Pittsburgh Film Symposium, 2001). His articles and reviews have been published in Kinokultura, Russian Review, Slavic Review, Slavic and East European Journal, Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema, Art of Cinema (Iskusstvo kino), and Wiener Slawistische Almanach.

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Alumni Fellowship Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2000: Jonathan Arries


Jonathan Arries, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies, received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialty in Foreign Language Education. His dissertation title was “Ideology and Social Studies Textbooks Used in the Education of Hispanic Americans,” and his current area of research is the scholarship of teaching and learning, focusing on service-learning in two different locations: in the Latino community in the U.S. and also in Nicaragua. His most recent contribution to that field is an article titled Searching for Conscientização: Mentoring Fieldwork in International Service-learning, coauthored with alumna Lauren Jones and accepted by the online journal Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture. For the complete article, see . Professor Arries was also associate editor of Juntos: Communty Partnerships in Spanish and Portuguese, Heinle, 2004. Professor Arries’ courses address such topics as action research in Nicaraguan schools, Hispanic Cultural Studies and service-learning in the Latino community, dialects of Spanish and national identity, farm worker culture and art, and medical interpretation for clinics that serve farm workers on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

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Alumni Society of William and Mary Teaching Award for 1998: Jennifer Taylor

Jennifer Taylor received her Ph.D. in German Studies from Cornell University and is an Associate Professor of German Studies in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the College of William and Mary. Her research areas include German Film, Holocaust Studies and Women’s Studies. During her career she has given numerous scholarly talks and presentations at national and international German and Film Studies conferences, and she has published articles about the works of German Jewish Holocaust survivor authors Edgar Hilsenrath, Ruth Klueger and Jurek Becker. She has also published on German and Austrian film, including a chapter on the contemporary German filmmaker, Doris Doerrie, ”American Influences on Doris Doerrie’s Screenplays,” in Straight Through the Heart: Doris Dörrie, German Filmmaker and Author (2004). Professor Taylor has also taken part in nationally competitive faculty development seminars on German cinema and on Holocaust Studies. Her forthcoming edited volume, National Responses to the Holocaust, is being published by the University of Delaware Press.

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Alumni Fellowship Award for Excellence in Teaching for 1992: Francie Cate-Arries

Francie Cate-Arries completed her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and joined the faculty of the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures at the College of William & Mary in 1986. She is a professor of contemporary Spanish cultural and literary studies, and teaches courses at all levels of the curriculum, including Fundamentals of Literary Criticism; The Art & Literature of the Spanish Civil War; Film under Franco; Literary Landscapes of Spain, 1800-2012; Phantasms of Francoism: History, Literature, Memory; and language courses at all levels.

Prof. Cate-Arries regularly serves as a faculty adviser for W&M’s Semester in Sevilla program (est. 2007), which includes an innovative “International Service-Learning Internship” opportunity for qualified students. She also frequently directs the W&M Summer in Cádiz, Spain program, celebrating its 10 year anniversary in 2013. She supervises on-site undergraduate research projects about contemporary topics in today´s Spain related to, for example, women´s issues, cinema, immigration, historical memory, music, commemorative cultures, and youth cultures.

She is a 2007 recipient of the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia´s Outstanding Faculty Award, and received the Plumeri Award for faculty excellence in 2010.

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