Announcing Pitzer’s first ACE Fellow and other faculty highlights


Menna Bizuneh

ACE Fellow Recipient: Associate Professor of Economics Menna Bizuneh.

Associate Professor of Economics Menna Bizuneh has been selected as a 2023 Fellow of the American Council on Education (ACE). She is the first Pitzer faculty member ever chosen for this highly competitive, highly prestigious program. ACE Fellows study another institution’s best practices before returning to their own school and putting these lessons into action. Bizuneh joins 35 other Fellows who were selected after being nominated by the senior administration of their institutions and undergoing a rigorous application process.


Earlier this year a coalition of more than 60 Southland environmental and social justice groups and organizations sent a report and letter to California Gov. Gavin Newsom asking for a halt on the construction of new warehouses until the health and environmental impact can be better understood. Spearheading that effort was the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice, the Sierra Club (San Gorgonio Chapter), and the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability at Pitzer College, led by Director Susan Phillips. Her research on warehouse sprawl and its potential public health threat forms the core of “A Region in Crisis,” the massive report sent to Newsom that has generated much attention and coverage, including major reports in Cal Matters, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and other print and broadcast media outlets.


illustration of a pregnant woman with words uncared for above herProfessor of Sociology Alicia Bonaparte co-organized this spring’s Midwifery is Public Health two-day conference (featured in The Claremont Courier) and appeared on the “Uncared For” podcast. She discussed the historical role of midwives in laying the prenatal care groundwork for midwifery as it’s known today.


Professor of Political Studies Hanzhang Liu talked to Bloomberg News in two separate reports on Chinese unrest over President Xi’s mishandling of Covid-19 restrictions and how the abrupt ending of these restrictions has left citizens struggling to figure out how to survive on their own.


Fletcher Jones Associate Professor of Political Studies Geoffrey Herrera has been chosen to serve as scholar-in-residence at the U.S. Cyber Command to provide his strategic perspective on that agency’s performance. Herrera’s coursework at Pitzer includes The War on Terror (POST 128) and the senior seminar Technology and Politics (POST 196).


Professor of Psychology David Moore recently published the paper “Leveraging Developmental Psychology to Evaluate Artificial Intelligence” and was selected to serve as a Fellow with the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. He is director of the Claremont Infant Study Center.


Visiting Professor Asiya Daud took students from her course International Relations of the Middle East (CGS 146) to meet with Qatar’s Consul General in Los Angeles, Mansour bin Abdulla al- Sulaitin. A Critical Global Studies field group member, Daud arranged the trip so her students could gain an international perspective on world and Middle East affairs by talking to al-Sulaitin, who described various initiatives that Qatar has with the U.S.