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Two UNLV Researchers Named Emerging Scholars

William Bauer Jr. and Julia Sun-Joo Lee Named Emerging Scholars Under 40 by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education Magazine.
Research  |  Jan 2, 2014  |  By Afsha Bawany
Media Contact: Afsha Bawany, UNLV Office of Media Relations, (702) 895-5515

Two UNLV researchers have been named as emerging scholars by the magazine Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

William J. Bauer Jr., associate professor of history; and Julia Sun-Joo Lee, assistant professor of English were named “emerging scholars under 40.” Lee is featured on the cover of the January 2014 edition.

According to the magazine, 12 scholars under the age of 40 were selected from around the country and are “making their mark in the academy through teaching, research and service. These outstanding scholars serve as an inspiration to both students and colleagues.”

Bauer studies American-Indian history, California history and the American West and has taught at UNLV since 2009.  Lee finished her first semester in fall 2013 at UNLV and specializes in African-American literature and transatlantic studies.

Additional criteria included research, educational background, publishing record, teaching record, competitiveness of field of study, and uniqueness of field of study. Magazine editors selected honorees from a pool of candidates recommended by various scholars, department chairs, university public information officers, and others.

“Receipt of the 2014 Emerging Scholar award is a distinct honor for Doctors Lee and Bauer, and the UNLV campus community is extremely proud to have these two individuals representing our faculty,” said John White, executive vice president and provost. “UNLV continues to strive to ensure an array of diversity of our population with our faculty, students and staff. Through Doctors Lee and Bauer, we are certainly one step closer to our goals.”

About William J. Bauer Jr.

William J. Bauer Jr. studies American-Indian history, California history and the American West. He is a member of the Wailacki and Concow of the Round Valley Indian Tribes and grew up on the Round Valley Reservation in northern California. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Oklahoma. He joined the UNLV faculty in 2009. He is also UNLV's faculty liaison to the Newberry Library's Consortium on American Indian Studies.

Bauer is the author of "We Were All Like Migrant Workers Here:” Work, Community and Memory on California's Round Valley Reservation, 1850-1941 (University of North Carolina Press, 2009).

He has also published essays on California’s American-Indian history in the journal Western Historical Quarterly including “Native Pathways; American Indian Culture and Economic Change in the Twentieth Century (University of Colorado Press), and “A Companion to California History” (Wiley-Blackwell). He is currently researching the ways in which California American-Indians used oral traditions to discuss California in the 19th and early 20th centuries. He is also working on a family biography, based on the life of his great-grandfather.

About Julia Sun-Joo Lee

Julia Sun-Joo Lee is an assistant professor of English who teaches African-American literature and transatlantic studies.  Lee finished her first semester in fall 2013 at UNLV. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Princeton University and Ph.D. in English and American language and literature from Harvard University. She is author of the book, “The American Slave Narrative and the Victorian Novel,” (Oxford University Press, 2010.). She has published articles in the journals African-American Review, Symbiosis, Nineteenth-Century Literature, and Victorian Literature and Culture. Her current project is on racial representations in the comedy series, “Our Gang.”

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UNLV assistant professor of English Julia Sun-Joo Lee. (R. Marsh Starks / UNLV Photo Services)

UNLV associate professor of history William J. Bauer Jr. (Aaron Mayes / UNLV Photo Services)