Noteworthy: Research grants, awards and publications

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Kathryn Walat, a playwright and associate professor in UAlbany’s Theatre Program, has earned a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Adaptation for her play, Arden of Faversham, which she adapted with Jeffrey Hatcher.

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 25, 2023) The latest developments on University at Albany faculty and staff who are receiving research grants, awards and other noteworthy attention.

  • Louise Burkhart, professor emerita in the Anthropology Department, has a new book out, Staging Christ's Passion in Eighteenth-Century Nahua Mexico. Co-published by the University Press of Colorado and the Institute for Mesoamerican Studies at UAlbany and part of the IMS Monograph Series, the book explores the Passion plays performed in Nahuatl (Aztec) by Indigenous Mexicans living under Spanish colonial occupation. A companion source is available here.
  • Zawadi Rucks-Ahidiana, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, was awarded $30,000 from the Russell Sage Foundation for her project, “Measuring Racialized Labor Markets.” The funding period runs through May 31, 2024.
  • Barbara Sutton’s new book, Bulletproof Fashion: Security, Emotions and the Fortress (Routledge, 2023) was released this week. Sutton is a professor and chair of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and a professor in Sociology and Latin American, Caribbean & U.S. Latino Studies.
  • Kathryn Walat, a playwright and associate professor in UAlbany’s Theatre Program, had her Off-Broadway premiere in March of Arden of Faversham, a true crime thriller from the Elizabethan Era that she adapted with Jeffrey Hatcher into a two-act comedy-drama. The play has since earned a Drama Desk Award nomination from the Theatre Development Fund for Outstanding Adaptation.