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Grant Recipients

2017-18 Faculty Innovation Grant Recipient

A list of the proposals that were awarded a 2017-18 Luigi Einaudi Faculty Innovation Grant [in alphabetical order]:

Annetta Alexandridis (Classics & History of Art) and Benjamin Anderson (History of Art)

Corinth: Monumentality and Mobility

A lecture series to promote a semester-long conversation about the mutual entaglements of monumentality and mobility. It is made to complement a traveling seminar co-taught by Alexandridis and Anderson which has a fully funded excursion to Corinth over Spring Break.




2016-17 Faculty Innovation Grant Recipient

A list of the proposals that were awarded a 2016-17 Luigi Einaudi Faculty Innovation Grant [in alphabetical order]:

Michael Fontaine (Classics)

The Italia of Ortelius

The acquisition of 4 early modern maps depicting Roman Italy as it was in antiquity, in the 1500’s AD. Maps by the early modern geographer, Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598) of Italy and the Mediterranean covering the legend of Aeneas’ 7 years of travel. Due to the constant and significant change of Italy’s geography and shorelines over the past 500 years, these maps are instrumental. They are able to more accurately show students the locations and relationships among places in history that no longer look the way that they did.

Valentina Fulginiti (Romance Studies)

A Hands-On Study of Italian-Language Periodics in the US: The Case of “Il Progresso Italo-Americano”

A course that is part of ITAL 2400 (The Italian American Experience), a class that examines novels, memoirs and cinematic depictions of the Italian-American experience. Works by Louise De Salvo, Helen Barolini, Kym Ragusa, and films by Spike Lee, Emanuele Crialese, and Paolo and Vittorio Taviani. The course focuses on the intersection between ethnic identity, race and gender. The course promotes an international gaze, encouraging conversations related to transnationalism, minority and migration; exploring the complex relation between the Italian national identity and the discourse of “Italianness” in the United States.

Roger Moseley (Music)

Ghosts in the Machine: Technologies, Histories, and Aesthetics of the Player Piano

A cutting-edge conference on player-pianos to take place at Cornell, organized by an interdisciplinary team. Player-pianos are instruments that are able to “play themselves” via the incorporation of complex mechanisms inside acoustic pianos. They were developed in parallel in Europe and the United States in the early twentieth century. They helped revolutionize how people made and listened to music, later becoming the preserve of the odd collector, mechanic, or avant-garde composer. They have recently re-emerged as an object of scholarly inquiry that can offer significant insights into histories of technology, mediation, digitization, computation, globalization, and modernism.

Mildred Warner (Development Sociology)

Social Impact Bonds – Comparing US and European Experience

Research focused on Social Impact Bonds (SIB) and why their popularity is gaining rapidly despite early failures. SIBs are an innovative new approach to financing social programs focused on prevention, linking payment for services to success in achieving clearly identified outcomes. Research on SIB’s is of critical importance to both US and European social policy because the concern is that the operations of SIBs may lead to financialzed, networked governance strategy that produces returnable value over social need.




2015-16 Faculty Innovation Grant Recipients

A list of the proposals that were awarded a 2015-16 Luigi Einaudi Faculty Innovation Grant [in alphabetical order]:

Mabel Berezin (Sociology)

Travel to Paris for Collaboration with Sciences Po

A project based in Paris, France in June 2016 to explore possibilties for establishing formal collaborative exchanges between Sciences Po and Cornell University. Sciences Po is the leadering research university in the social sciences in France. The purpose of the trip is to set up new institutional and international connections for Cornell.

Michael Fontaine (Classics)

The Rebirth of Living Latin: Strengthening ties between Cornell University and The Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study

A project based in Rome, Italy with the purpose of strengthening ties between Cornell University and The Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study through teaching the summer program. The Paideia Institute is a wildly successful startup out of Princeton that is devoted to the teaching of active Latin and Greek, in Rome and Greece, at the highest possible level. Additionally, the project includes funding for a second tuition scholarship for a student to attend the Living Latin in Rome program.

Maria Goula (Landscape Architecture)

Connecting Undergraduate students with excellent professional practice in the field of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design

A course to be held in the fall semester every two years that will bring students to actively participate in the Symposium of the International Landscape Architecture Biennial in Barcelona, Spain. The aim of the project is to connect them with some of the best practitioners and academics basically through a series of interviews: a rigorous and challenging format for debate on the awarded practitioners practice. The output of this conversation will become part of the Biennial's reflective platform as a means of interactive and open-ended communication on excellent practice as well as creation of critical knowledge on international innovative landscape works. The Biennial, founded in 1999, is a renown disciplinary platform (linked to all professional associations internationally and to many Universities worldwide), where every two years some of the most renown (and emerging) practitioners, relevant academics and researchers debate on the works selected and awarded by and International Jury, creating thus a thriving environment for connecting LA students to professional practice.

Raissa Krivitsky (Comparative Literature/Russian Language Program)

RUSSL2000, Reading and Cooking Russian Style

A project to develop and to teach a new course that will explore various aspects of culinary tradition and culture in Russia and the role of food in a variety of discourses from the lavish life of Russian VXIII century aristocracy to the hardship and austerity of GULAG prison, thoruhg the lens of Russian classic literary pieces in English translation, works of contemporary Russian-American writers, visual art, and international film. The course includes 3 "labs," each focused on the cuisine of a particular region. All reading and instruction will be held in English. The course will be open to all interested students at Cornell, and will help promote cultural awareness, and better understanding of everyday lives of people in Russia and the former Soviet Union.

Mona Anita K. Olsen (Hospitality Entrepreneurship) 

International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP) Norway at Cornell

Mona Anita Olsen was awarded the Luigi Einaudi Chair Innovation Grant for her proposal to increase the amount of higher-education connections between Cornell and Norway and promote interdisciplinary study of Norway. Some of the activities planned to reach these objective include, but are not limited to, organizing speaker series focusing on Norway, providing a study tour opportunity to Norway and developing a suite of information resources. 

Stephan Schmidt (City and Regional Planning)

The Changing Role of Regional Level Planning in Germany

A project involving exploratory research in the German city of Stuttgart to create a framework for understanding how regions develop the institutional capacity, tools and techniques to meet the myriad of challenges facing them, and ultimately hope to expand the research to additional German metropolitan areas. The aim of this research is to create a better understanding of how local and regional governance institutions are planning for the future, in particular the tools, methods, and institutional arrangements being implemented, given the magnitude of the recent shift away from the traditional system.

Daniel Selva (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

Training the Next Generation of Global Engineers: Lessons Learned From Top Universities Around the World

A workshop at Cornell to discuss differences in the way engineering education is planned and conducted in top engineering schools around the world, with an emphasis on how internationalization is being fostered. The workshop will bring together students and faculty from schools in Barcelona, Toulouse, Paris, Zurich, Moscow, Singapore, and the United States, all of which have experienced engineering education in at least two different countries. In particular, students and faculty from the newly created Cornell-Barcelona program will share their experience with the attendants. This workshop may have strong and long-term positive impacts on the internationalization of Cornell students’ experience by promoting the creation of new programs at selected elite research universities. Furthermore, it has great potential to generate insights that can lead to substantial improvements to our engineering education. The results of this workshop will be disseminated as a journal paper submitted to the Journal of Engineering Education (Impact Factor 2.059).




2014-15 Faculty Innovation Grant Recipients

A list of the proposals that were awarded a 2014-15 Luigi Einaudi Faculty Innovation Grant [in alphabetical order]:


Andrew Chignell (Philosophy)

Speaker Series on philosophers G.W. Leibniz and Immanuel Kant

A speaker series incorporated into a seminar on philosopher, mathematician, and historian G.W. Leibniz and upcoming 300-level course on philosopher Immanuel Kant, Leibniz's successor.


Laurent Ferri (Cornell University Library) & Andrew Weislogel (Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art)

Surrealism and Magic: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, August 30-December 21, 2014

A joint venture of the Johnson Museum and the Cornell University Library's Rare and Manuscripts Collection, this exhibition explores magic as a source of inspiration for both art and thought among the intellectual and international surrealist movement. Approximately one hundred objects will include rare books on magic and witchcraft from the fifteenth through twentieth centuries from the Cornell-held library of artist Kurt Seligmann, as well as magic-themed surrealist paintings, drawings, and prints from the Johnson’s collection and other museums, galleries, and private collections in the U.S. and abroad, documenting the group’s activities on both sides of the Atlantic. The exhibition will culminate in an exploration of the surrealists’ reactions to the American landscape and Native American and Caribbean traditions. Accompanying programs will include lectures by experts on Surrealism; a cinema-concert screening of the influential 1922 film Häxan (Witchcraft through the Ages), with a live score performance is also planned.


Sarah How (Cornell University Library), Susette Newberry (Cornell University Library) & Boris Michev (Cornell University Library)

Foreign Fields: Perspectives on the Great War

A project that comprises an exhibition and multimedia, a commemorative event in Olin and Uris Libraries, and an online study guide. Together, the activities explore the cultural and political frontiers of World War I, examining its effects from a variety of national and transnational viewpoints. Highlights of the exhibition include a series of historic cartographic materials and original maps created using GIS to demonstrate the extent of the war’s reach. Other materials—diaries, letters, posters, historical news—reveal cross-cultural exchanges that reflect the war’s broad geographical scope, from Ottoman to Irish, Portuguese to Bulgarian.


Mostafa Minawi (History, Director of the Ottoman & Turkish Studies Initiative [OTSI]) 

Speaker Series: WWI and the Ottoman Empire

A speaker series that will examine the impact of World War I on the Middle East and the Balkans on the centennial anniversary of "The Great War," focusing on the rarely discussed experience and impact of the war in the Ottoman Empire.


Kelly Musick (Policy Analysis & Management)

Field Research at the University of Stockholm to expand work in family demography in a US-European comparative direction

Musick will spend the 2014-15 academic year as visiting faculty at Stockholm University’s Linnaeus Center for Social Policy and Family Dynamics in Europe (SPaDE), with two overarching goals: 1) to bring an international perspective to her research on family demography and social inequality, comparing patterns of family change in the U.S. and Europe; 2) to build new collaborative relationships in research and teaching with European demographers, working to develop externally funded comparative projects and academic programs abroad for undergraduate and graduate students in demography.


Patrick Stevens (Cornell University Library, Fiske Icelandic Collection)

Memorial Brochures in the Pamphlet Collections of the Fiske Icelandic Collection

Memorial Brochures in the Pamphlet Collections of the Fiske Icelandic Collection envisages the compilation of, and access to, demographic and cultural data from a large collection of memorial brochures in the Fiske Icelandic Collection of the Cornell University Library. Personal data of potential genealogical value populate each brochure. In addition, nearly all these brochures include memorial poems (erfiljóð in Icelandic), reflecting a culture of commemoration through the services of professional poets.


Mildred Warner (City & Regional Planning), Rick Geddes (Policy Analysis & Management), Judith Clifton (University of Cantabria, Spain) and Daniel Diaz-Fuentes (University of Cantabria, Spain)

Addressing the Public Infrastructure Crisis: Comparative US and European Perspectives

This project will comparatively analyze the global crisis in infrastructure finance and delivery from the US and European perspectives. Major infrastructure investments made after WWII now need renovation, yet a lack of public will to invest and tax predominates. Private investment promised to solve this but brings a new set of concerns. The task of this project is to identify how the US can learn from European experiences, with a richer history of public investment, and how Europe can learn from the US, with its longer trajectory of private infrastructure interest.




2013-2014 Faculty Innovation Grant Recipients

A list of the proposals that were awarded a 2013-14 Luigi Einaudi Faculty Innovation Grant [in alphabetical order]:


Raissa Krivitsky (Russian Language Program)

The Basics of Russian for Aerospace Specialist

A language course designed to introduce students to the basics of the Russian language with a special focus on vocabulary related to aerospace studies and research. 


Verity Platt (Classics) & Jeffrey Rusten (Classics)

Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum

The development of a new disciplinary course based on the Villa of the Papri at Herculaneum.


Sarah How (Cornell University Library)

Salon du Livre International Publishing Exposition

Archival research and participation in the annual Salon du Livre International Publishing Exposition in Paris.


Benjamin Anderson (History of Art), Andrew Hicks (Music) & Courtney Roby (Classics)

Medieval Cosmologies: Text, Image, Music

A combination of speaker series, a university-wide working group, and a graduate seminar aimed to better understand the history of cosmology and its material traces in monuments an dminiatures that embrace the productions of literature and rhetoric, art and architecture, and sound and music.


John Sipple (Development Sociology) & David Brown (Development Sociology)

Towards an Era of a New Progressivism: A New Agenda for the Trans-Atlantic Rural Research Network (TARRN)

Research in preparation for a 2014 TARRN conference in Newcastle, UK.


Alex Kuo (Government)

Preferences of Firms During Economic Crisis: Evidence from Spain

Research and data colleciton supporting project on firm preferences during the economic crisis.




2012-13 Faculty Innovation Grant Recipients

A list of the proposals that were awarded a 2012-13 Luigi Einaudi Faculty Innovation Grant [in alphabetical order]:


 Raissa Krivitsky (Russian Language Program)

The Basics of Russian for Aerospace Specialists

A language course designed to introduce students to the basics of the Russian language with a special focus on vocabulary related to aerospace studies and research.


Kathleen Vogel (Science & Tech. Studies) & Slava Paperno (Russian Language Program)

The Anthrax Diaries

A one-hour documentary exploring the social and ethical context of weapons-making and the instrumental use of science and technology for national security.


Sarah How & Susette Newberry (Cornell University Library)

Europe in the World: Perspectives on Communities

Designed to stimulate student scholarship and creative works and tie into Cornell’s university-wide international studies and engagement initiative.


Kizer Walker & John Saylor (Cornell University Library)

A Multi-Institutional Approach to European Language Library Collections

A two-day Borrow Direct Summit, scheduled for spring 2013, which will plan for systematically sharing collection responsibilities focusing on German-language and former Soviet Union scholarly publications.


John Sipple & David Brown (Development Sociology)

Towards an Era of a New Progressivism: A New Agenda for the Trans-Atlantic Rural Research Network (TARRN)

A two-day workshop to establish a new conceptual and research agenda for (TARRN).


Annetta Alexandridis (History of Art), Katherine JarrielCarrie Fulton, & Jenny Carrington (Classics)

Wax: A Material of Presence, Remembrance, Preservation, & Destruction in Ancient Rome

A lecture series encompassing a wide array of disciplines—archaeology, classics, art history, anthropology, and fine arts —that will enrich our understanding of the lives of the ancient Romans through the materials that surrounded them.


Matt Evangelista (Government)

Bombing Among Friends

Archival research for the proposed book, Bombing Among Friends, a study of the Allied air campaigns against Italy during World War II.


Michael Jones-Correa (Government) & Alex Street (CIES Visiting Scholar)

What Immigration Can Teach Us About Democracy

A speaker series on immigration that will address key questions in democratic politics.


Lori Khatchadourian (Near Eastern Studies) & Adam Smith (Anthropology)

Caucasus Panorama

A speaker series on the archaeology, anthropology, literature, history, music, and films of the Caucasus region.