Marcus Transformative Research Awards 2021-22

Awardees from left to right: Cristina Azocar, Trevor Getz, and Brad Hogarth

Three Professors Win Marcus Transformative Research Award for 2021-22

Three College of Liberal & Creative Arts faculty members are this year's recipients of the Marcus Transformative Research Award and will support research in topics spanning the decolonizing of communication research, empowering history collection in Ghana and recovering the works of a 19th century composer.

The Marcus Transformative Research Award provides one semester leave with pay and a $3,000 research budget. The award is made possible by the George and Judy Marcus Funds for Excellence in the Liberal Arts, which was established in 2018 with a $25 million gift to SF State.

 

Cristina Azocar

Journalism Professor Cristina Azocar will produce an edited book that seeks to shift the focus of Eurocentric methodologies and theories within the discipline of mass communication. With "Decolonizing Mass Communication Research," Azocar will place Indigenous voices and epistemologies at the center of the research process, providing communication scholars of color with a research pathway to include the inherent knowledge of their lived reality.

The book will be targeted for researchers, providing a framework for graduate students and academics as well as a resource in theory classes in mass communication, journalism, and other related disciplines.

Trevor Getz

"Youth Participatory Action History in Ghana" is a research and curricular framework planned by History professor Trevor Getz that employs community-engaged methodologies to empower and train youth in Ghana to collect, interpret, and direct publication related to their own community's history. It's a novel approach that positions students as expert history researchers, exploring the potential for historian-assisted communities to use this method to understand their relationship over time to the spaces and networks in which they live.

The output generated by students is meant to be open-ended but it's anticipated that a variety of public-facing works will be created including video documentaries in short format like TikTok, as well as uploaded to YouTube.

Brad Hogarth

With "The Music of Francis Johnson," Music professor Brad Hogarth plans to transcribe the works of prolific 19th Century African American composer and performer, Francis Johnson (1794 –1844). Johnson, whose music has largely been lost to time, wrote more than two hundred compositions of various styles—operatic airs, Ethiopian minstrel songs, patriotic marches, ballads, cotillions, quadrilles, quicksteps and other dances.

Working with manuscripts provided by the University of Pennsylvania's Kurt Stein collection of Francis Johnson, Hogarth will adapt and transcribe these works for modern ensembles ranging in size and difficulty; from collegiate and professional ensembles to more accessible forms so that public schools in the United States can easily add more under represented composers into their curriculum.

 

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Amanda Todd

Director of Development
(Creative Arts)
College of Liberal & Creative Arts
Email: amandatodd@sfsu.edu
Phone: (415) 405-3827

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Bonnie Feinberg

Senior Director of Development
(Liberal Arts)
College of Liberal & Creative Arts
Email: bfeinberg@sfsu.edu
Phone: (415) 338-6363

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