Two Faculty Members Receive Prestigious Awards

Associate Professor of Political Science and Law Elizabeth Wishnick and Professor of English Fawzia Afzal-Khan have received two of the nation’s most prestigious awards.

Last fall, Wishnick, learned of her four-month appointment as a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC while researching a book in Beijing. She will be affiliated with the Center’s Asia Program and Kissinger Institute. “It was so exciting. It’s just a fantastic opportunity,” says Wishnick, who celebrated with family and friends when she returned to the U.S.  

Wishnick, who is on a yearlong sabbatical from Montclair State, will spend through April at the Wilson Center, which brings the world’s leading scholars, journalists, and experts together to explore topics of national and international import and relevance. While there, she plans to complete her book, China As a Risk Society, which examines the ways issues like food safety, energy, climate change, and epidemics affect China’s relations with its neighbors.

Afzal-Khan was astounded in December to learn she had received a $70,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. “I was thrilled to death and couldn’t believe it. I really worked very hard for this,” she says.

Her grant supports work on a documentary film about the contribution women singers in Pakistan have made to the musical legacies of the Indo-Pakistani subcontinent. “We want to look at what the spectrum of sacred to secular music tells us about Pakistani society as it has evolved through the decades to the present day,” she explains.

Afzal-Khan, who brings her own training in North Indo-Pakistan classical singing to her project, plans to spend the month of May working with a documentary filmmaker in her native Pakistan to produce a fund-raising trailer for what will eventually be an hour-long film.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) Dean Marietta Morrissey applauds their achievements. “These scholars have made significant contributions to our understanding of globalization’s impact on other nations,” she says, proud that the University and CHSS encourage and support such meaningful research and creative work.