Maxwell names Montgomery Gruber Professor, O'Hanley Faculty Scholars
Cohen Awarded Montgomery Gruber Professorship
The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at
Syracuse University is pleased to announce Andrew Wender Cohen as the new Dr.
Walter Montgomery and Marian Gruber Professor of History. Dr. Walter Montgomery
’67 BA (PSc) and his wife, Marian Gruber, established the professorship out of
“deep appreciation for the importance to our education system of teaching,
research, and scholarship,” Montgomery said.
Cohen received a PhD from the University of Chicago in 1999. He
specializes in the history of law, crime, and society in the United States. He
has numerous publications, including two books, Contraband: Smuggling and the Birth of the American Century (W.W.
Norton & Co., 2015) and The
Racketeer’s Progress: Chicago and the Struggle for the Modern American Economy,
1900-1940 (Cambridge University Press, 2004). Currently a professor of
history at the Maxwell School, he has won fellowships from the Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, the American Council of Learned Societies, the
National Humanities Center, and the Institute for Legal Studies at the
University of Wisconsin Law School. He edits a book series for the University
of Pennsylvania Press and serves on the editorial board of the Law and History Review. In 2005, the
Maxwell School awarded him the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Award for Teaching and
Koch, and Schewe Named O’Hanley Faculty Scholars
The Maxwell School is also pleased to announce three new O’Hanley
Faculty Scholars: Azra Hromadžić, associate professor of anthropology, Natalie
Koch, associate professor of geography, and Rebecca Schewe, assistant professor
of sociology. Each were selected on the basis of outstanding teaching and
scholarship, and other accomplishments including success with external grant
support and service to the institution. Holding
the title for the next three years, the recognized scholars will receive
supplemental financial support for teaching and research.
The O’Hanley Faculty Endowed Fund for Faculty Excellence was
created with a major gift from Ron O’Hanley, CEO of State Street Global Advisors and a 1980 graduate of the Maxwell School with a BA in
political science. For O’Hanley, who is currently chair of the Maxwell Advisory
Board and a Trustee of the University, the fund serves to help recognize,
reward, and retain excellent teachers at the school.
Azra Hromadžić is a cultural anthropologist with research
interests in the anthropology of international policy in the context of
state-making in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina. She obtained a PhD from the
University of Pennsylvania in 2009. Her book, Citizens of an Empty Nation: Youth and State-making in Postwar Bosnia
and Herzegovina (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015), is an
ethnographic investigation of the internationally directed postwar intervention
policies in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the response of local people, especially
youth, to these policy efforts. The book was translated into Serbian in 2017. Recently,
Azra initiated a new project that ethnographically researches aging, care, and
social services in the context of postwar and post-socialist Bosnia and Herzegovina. She co-edited
(with Monika Palmberger) a volume titled Care Across Distance:
Ethnographic Explorations of Aging and Migration which is forthcoming with Berghahn Books.
Azra is the recipient of the 2017 Daniel Patrick Moynihan Award for Teaching
and Research, the 2017 Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition
Award, and the 2014 Meredith Professors’ Teaching Recognition Award.
Natalie Koch is an associate professor of
geography at the Maxwell School, having joined Syracuse University upon completing
her PhD at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2012. Her research focuses
on political geography, nationalism, urban geography, and authoritarian
state-making. Her regional expertise is in the resource-rich countries of the
Arabian Peninsula and post-Soviet Central Asia, where she is particularly
interested in analyzing alternative sites of geopolitical analysis such as
sport, spectacle, urban planning, and other allegedly positive expressions of
authoritarian state power. Natalie’s research has been supported by various
external grants, including from the U.S. National Science Foundation and the
Social Sciences Research Council. In addition to numerous journal articles, she
is the author of The Geopolitics of Spectacle:
Space, Synecdoche, and the New Capitals of Asia (Cornell University Press,
2018) and editor of the book, Critical Geographies
of Sport: Space, Power, and Sport in Global Perspective (Routledge, 2017).
She is a member of PONARS-Eurasia, which is a network of scholars committed to
advancing critical analyses of security, politics, economics, and society in
Eurasia through engaging the policy community. In 2016, she received the
Maxwell School’s Daniel Patrick Moynihan Award for Outstanding Teaching and
Research, as well as the Meredith Professors’ Teaching Recognition Award.
Schewe is an assistant
professor of sociology at Maxwell and a senior research associate at the Center
for Policy Research. She received a PhD in sociology and a master’s degree in rural
sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and specializes in
environmental and natural resource sociology. After completing a postdoctoral
fellowship at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Biological Station, she was
an assistant professor at Mississippi State University for three years before
joining the Maxwell faculty at Syracuse University. Through interdisciplinary
partnerships, her research examines how the major social institutions of the
state, economy, and community structure our human interactions with ecosystems.
She has received several research grants from the United States Department of
Agriculture and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and is the
author of the recent papers "Why don’t they just change? Contract farming,
informational influence, and barriers to agricultural climate change mitigation,”
and “Who Works Here? Non-family Labor and Immigrant Labor on U.S. Dairy
The three join Mehrzad
Boroujerdi, professor of political science, who was named in a prior year.