Curators Honor A&S Professors
The University of Missouri Board of Curators has named three professors in the College of Arts and Science as Curators' Professors, the university’s highest and most prestigious rank. These professorships acknowledge outstanding scholars with established reputations from the entire University of Missouri system. The three professors were recognized by Chancellor Alexander Cartwright Tuesday evening at a reception at the Reynolds Alumni Center.
Curators’ Distinguished Professors
Juanamaría Cordones-Cook—Romance Languages
Education: PhD, University of Kansas
Professor Cordones-Cook has published extensively in major national and international journals in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Latin America on contemporary Spanish-American literature and culture with special interest on Afro-Hispanic writers. She works on projects related to postcolonial theories and issues of identity, race, and gender as they relate to the Afro-Latin American Diaspora. Cordones-Cook also explores the way in which writers incorporate the cultural and political processes of their regions into their works.
David Singh—Physics & Astronomy
Education: PhD, University of Ottawa
Professor Singh’s research interests include electronic structure calculations, superconductivity and spin fluctuation models, thermoelectric materials, magnetism, and functional oxides. His primary focus is developing an understanding of the macroscopic properties of matter at the level of electrons and ions and using this understanding to guide the search for new materials. Singh and his colleagues use theoretical methods including first principles calculations, transport theory, and phenomenology to understand and predict properties of matter. They are actively studying thermoelectric, superconducting, and magnetic materials in developing methods for investigation of thermal and other properties.
Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor
Education: PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
Professor Prahlad teaches creative writing, folklore, Africana literature, and film studies. He specializes in contemporary poetry, folkloristics, and culture studies of the African Diaspora. His research and creative interests include poetry of the body, the convergence of popular and classical forms, the proverb and speech performances, and theories of race and gender. He is the author of Hear My Story and Other Poems and has published widely in American poetry journals. In addition to his poems, he has published two critical books, African American Proverbs in Context and Reggae Wisdom: Proverbs in Jamaican Music, and numerous articles on topics in folkloristics, literature, and culture studies.