Research Made Possible by University Internal Grants

Dr. Chris Schaberg, Department of English 
2014-2015 Faculty Research Grant 
"The End of Airports"  

"If air travel was once the bold future, it has now settled into a mundane, on-going present. We no longer expect romantic experiences or sublime views, but just hope that we get from here to there with minimal hassle. In The End of Airports, Christopher Schaberg suggests that even as the epoch of flight approaches a threshold of banality, there are still mysteries to be unraveled around our aircraft and airfields. Drawing from his own experiences working at an airport, as well as interpreting these spaces from the perspective of a cultural critic, Schaberg explores the secret lives of jet bridges, seating areas, concourses, and tarmac vehicles, showing how the ordinary objects of flight call for wonder and inquiry. The End of Airports is not an obituary- it's more like an ode to terminals in the digital age." 

Dr. Mark Yakich, Department of English 
2015 Marquette Faculty Fellow 
"Poetry: A Surivior's Guide"  

"Playful and serious, unforgiving and compassionate, Poetry: A Survivor's Guide offers an original take on a subject both loved and feared. In a series of provocative and inspiring propositions, the act of reading a poem is made new, and the act of writing one is made over. Questions of poetry's difficulty, pretension, and relevance are explored with insight and daring. In an age of new media and social networking, this handbook-cum-manifesto provides fresh reverence for one of our oldest forms of art."

Dr. Hillary Eklund, Department of English 
2013-2014 Faculty Research Grant 
"Literature and Moral Economy in the Early Modern Atlantic"  


"Literature and Moral Economy in the Early Modern Atlantic traces how early modern English authors improvised new models of sufficiency that pushed back the threshold of excess to the frontier of the literature moved itself. The book argues that standards of economic sufficiency as expressed through and plantation. Author Hillary Eklund describes what it means to have enough in the moral economies of eating, travel, trade, and land use and public policy."

Dr. James Wee, Department of Biological Sciences 
2013-2014 Faculty Development Grant

Dr. Aimee K. Thomas, Department of Biological Sciences 
"Adubon Park Laggon Nanosarfari App"

Dr. Rae Taylor, Department of Criminal Justice
2014 Marquette Faculty Fellow 

Dr. Laura Murphy, Department of English 
2013-2014 Faculty Research Grant  
"Trafficking and Exploitative Labor Among Homeless Youth in New Orleans"


The Modern Slavery Research Project at Loyola University New Orleans produces thoughtful, geographically-informed, data-driven, community-based collaborative research that meets the needs of survivors and community stakeholders in addressing human trafficking in New Orleans, the US, and internationally. 

Dr. Christopher Schaberg, Department of English 
2013-2014 Faculty Research Grant 
" Deconstructing Brad Pitt"

"Co-editors Christopher Schaberg and Robert Bennett have shaped a book that is not simply a multifaceted analysis of Brad Pitt as an actor and as a celebrity, but which is also a personal inquiry into how we are drawn to, turned on, or otherwise piqued by Pitt's performances and personae. Written in accessible prose and culled from the expertise of scholars across different fields, _Deconstructing Brad Pitt lingers on this iconic actor and elucidates his powerful influence on contemporary culture. The editors will be donating a portion of their royalties to Pitt's Make It Right foundation."

Dr. Daniella Zsupan-Jerome, Loyola Institute for Ministry     
2013-2014 Faculty Research Grant 
"Connected Toward Communion: The Church and Social Communication in the Digital Age

"In Connected toward Communion, Daniella Zsupan-Jerome traces the Roman Catholic Church's contemporary thought and practice of social communication, from Inter Mirifica of the Second Vatican Council to the church's approach to communicating faith through social networking today. Throughout, a key question forms a common thread: how might we form pastoral ministers today for serving the church in the digital age and beyond?"

Dr. Laura Murphy , Department of English    
2013 Marquette Fellow; 2011-2012 Faculty Research Grant
"Survivors of Slavery: Modern Day Slave Narratives"

"Slavery is not a crime confined to the far reaches of history. It is an injustice that continues to entrap twenty-seven million people across the globe. Laura Murphy offers close to forty survivor narratives from Cambodia, Ghana, Lebanon, Macedonia, Mexico, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine, and the United States, detailing the horrors of a system that forces people to work without pay and against their will, under the threat of violence, with little or no means of escape. Representing a variety of circumstances in diverse contexts, these survivors are the Frederick Douglasses, Sojourner Truths, and Olaudah Equianos of our time, testifying to the widespread existence of a human rights tragedy and the urgent need to address it."

Dr. Jeremy Thibodeaux, Department of Mathematics 
2013 Marquette Fellow  
"A Within-host Model of Dengue Infection with a Non-constant Monocyte Production Rate"

Abstract: In this paper we modify previous models to develop a new model of within-host dengue infection without the assumption that monocyte production is constant. We then proceed by obtaining an expression for the net reproductive rate of the virus and thus establish a stability result. We also perform a sensitivity analysis to test various treatment strategies and find that treatments that reduce the number of new viruses per infected monocyte are the most efficient. 

Dr. Lynn Vogel Koplitz, Department of Chemistry 
2013 Marquette Fellow  
"New C7H7N2X Crystal Structures and Computed Non-Covalent Interaction Energies for Supramolecular Design" 

       “4-Cyano-1-methylpyridinium nitrate,” Cameron A. McCormick*, Vu Nguyen*, Heather E. Renfro*, Lynn V. Koplitz, Joel T. Mague, Acta Crystallographica E69, o981 (2013). 

      “2-Cyano-1-methylpyridinium iodide,” Michael N. Kammer*, Lynn V. Koplitz, Joel T. Mague, Acta Crystallographica, E69, o1281 (2013).

      “2-Cyanoanilinium iodide,” David J. Vumbaco*, Michael N. Kammer*, Lynn V. Koplitz, Joel T. Mague, Acta Crystallographica, E69, o1288 (2013). 


Dr. Carol Ann Macgregor, Sociology 
2013 Marquette Fellow  
"School's Out Forever: The Decline of Catholic Education in the United States" 

 Dr. Laura Murphy, Department of English 
2010-2011 Grants and Leaves 
"Metaphor and the Slave Trade in West African Literature"  

"Metaphor and the Slave Trade, provides compelling evidence of the hidden but unmistakable traces of the transatlantic slave trade that persist in West African discourse. Through an examination of metaphors that describe the trauma, loss, and suffering associated with the commerce in human lives, this book shows how the horrors of slavery are communicated from generation to generation." 

 Dr. Christopher Schaberg, Department of English 
2010-2011 Grants and Leaves
"The Textual Life of Airports: Reading the Culture of Flight"

Media of The Textual Life of Airports

"The Textual Life of Airportsshows how airports demand to be read. Working at the intersection of literary studies and cultural theory, Schaberg tracks airport stories in American literature, as well as in a range of visual texts (film, airport art, magazine illustrations). It accounts for how airports appear in literature throughout the twentieth-century, while also examining the influx of airport figures in markedly post-9/11 literature and culture. These literary and cultural representations work together to form 'the textual life of airports.'"

Dr. John Biguenet, Department of English 
2011 Marquette Fellow

"In Mold, John Biguenet completes his award-winning Rising Water Trilogy, examining the shattered lives of survivors the summer after the collapse of Federal levees in New Orleans.  At the mercy of both an inept government and a bottom-line insurance company, a young husband is forced to choose between his wife and the city he loves."

Mold premiered at Southern Rep Theatre in 2013.

 Dr. Trimiko Melancon, Department of English
 2011 Marquette Fellow
"Unbought and Unbossed: Transgressive Black Women and the Politics of Representation

"Unbought and Unbossed: Transgressive Black Women and the Politics of Representation, critically examines the ways black women writers in the 1970s and early 1980s deploy black female characters that transgress racial, gender, and especially sexual boundaries. Trimiko Melancon analyzes literary and cultural texts, including Toni Morrison’s Sula and Gloria Naylor’s The Women of Brewster Place, in the socio-cultural and historical moments of their production. She shows how representations of black women in the American literary and cultural imagination diverge from stereotypes and constructions of “whiteness,” as well as constructions of female identity imposed by black nationalism."

Dr. Rian Thum, Department of History 
Faculty Research Grant 2012-2013; Faculty Research Grant 2011-2012; 2011 Marquette Fellow
"The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History(Winner of the 2015 Fairbank Prize, American Historical Association; Winner of the 2015 Central Eurasian Studies Society Book Prize)

"For 250 years, the Turkic Muslims of Altishahr—the vast desert region to the northwest of Tibet—have led an uneasy existence under Chinese rule. Today they call themselves Uyghurs, and they have cultivated a sense of history and identity that challenges Beijing’s official national narrative. Rian Thum argues that the roots of this history run deeper than recent conflicts, to a time when manuscripts and pilgrimage dominated understandings of the past. Beyond broadening our knowledge of tensions between the Uyghurs and the Chinese government, this meditation on the very concept of history probes the limits of human interaction with the past."

Dr. Nathan Henne, Department of Languages and Cultures 
2010 Marquette Fellow 
"Time Commences in Xibalbá'"

"Time Commences in Xibalbá by Luis de Lión, translated by Professor Henne, tells the story of a violent village crisis in Guatemala sparked by the return of a prodigal son, Pascual. He had been raised tough by a poor, single mother in the village before going off with the military. When Pascual comes back, he is changed—both scarred and “enlightened” by his experiences. To his eyes, the village has remained frozen in time. After experiencing alternative cultures in the wider world, he finds that he is both comforted and disgusted by the village’s lingering “indigenous” characteristics."

Dr. Behrooz Moazami, Department of History 
2009 Marquette Fellow  
"State, Religion, and Revolution in Iran, 1796 to the Present
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"Two basic assumptions have shaped understanding of recent Iranian history. One is that Shi'ism is an integral part of Iran's religious and cultural landscape. The other is that the ulama (religious scholars) have always played a crucial role. This book challenges these assumptions and constructs a new synthesis of the history of state and religion in Iran from 1796 to the present while challenging existing theories of large-scale political transformation. Arguing that the 1979 revolution has not ended, Behrooz Moazami relates political and religious transformations in Iran to the larger instability of the Middle East region and concludes that turmoil will continue until a new regional configuration evolves."

Dr. Eileen Doll, Department of Languages and Cultures 
2008-2009 Grants and Leaves   
"Inmigrantes en la escena española. Buscando una nueva identidad española"

“'Inmigrantes en la escena española. Buscando una nueva identidad española(Immigrants on the Spanish Stage. Seeking a New Spanish Identity), was recently published in Madrid, Spain. In particular, Doll highlights the African immigrant character in plays, which dramatists use to call for justice for the new members of Spanish society. In the book, Doll examines the use of language, the positioning of the audience in relation to the immigrant and various dramatic devices."