University of South Carolina

College of Arts and Sciences scholars garner honors

By Peggy Binette, peggy@mailbox.sc.edu, 803-777-7704

Two professors in the College of Arts and Sciences have been recognized for their scholarship and service to their profession.

Stanley Dubinsky, a professor of linguistics, has been chosen as the first executive editor of “Language,” the premiere journal of the Linguistic Society of America and will provide editorial oversight of its print article content, working with the general editor of LSA publications. Laura Woliver, a political science professor, was awarded the Erika Fairchild Award at the annual meeting the Southern Political Science Association, held in New Orleans, earlier this month.


Dubinsky, who joined USC’s faculty in 1991 and also directs the university’s Jewish Studies Program, is an expert in syntax, semantics and linguistic theory. A prolific writer, Dubinsky has written two books, including “Understanding Language through Humor,” which was released last year, three edited volumes and more than 50 journal articles. He previously served as book review editor for LSA’s journal “Language.”

Woliver, who has a joint appointment in Women’s and Gender Studies, conducts
research in American politics that focuses on gender and politics and interest groups and social movements.

The Erika Fairchild Award has been given every two years by the Women’s Caucus for Political Science- South since 1995 and honors the memory of a past president. It is awarded to an individual with a strong record of scholarship, commitment to students and teaching, service to the profession and who embodies a collegial spirit.

Woliver has been active in the Women’s Caucus for Political Science, including as the organization’s president in 2004 – 2005. She has written two books, “The Political Geographies of Pregnancy” and “From Outrage to Action: The Politics of Grass-Roots Dissent” and dozens of journal articles as well as dozens of book chapters, reviews and essays on women’s rights, reproductive politics, grass-roots organizing and political protest. She joined USC’s faculty in 1985.

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