Shawn Smallman named College of Urban & Public Affairs Researcher of the Year
Author: Erin Sutherland
Posted: May 3, 2019
Shawn SmallmanShawn Smallman has been selected as CUPA’s 2018 College Researcher of the Year. Smallman is a professor in PSU’s Department of International & Global Studies and the former chair of the department. His research focuses on global health and infectious disease, indigenous issues and civil-military relations, and he has conducted fieldwork related to these topics on three different continents. In addition to traditional archival work and field research, Smallman incorporates data visualization into his projects, with a particular focus on digital maps. With three books and 14 articles to his name, he is a highly-regarded scholar in the field of global public health. He began his scholarly path with research on Brazil’s military and social history, which was published in his 2002 book, “Fear and Memory in the Brazilian Army and Society, 1889-1954,” He followed that publication with two more books, “AIDS Pandemic in Latin America” and “Dangerous Spirits: The Windigo in Myth and History.” In 2018 alone, he published three peer-reviewed articles on the outbreak of avian influenza in China, which is considered one of the greatest global health threats. To deepen his understanding of the local context, he has also been studying Mandarin for the last four years. He is currently co-authoring the third edition of “Introduction to International and Global Studies”—a textbook used throughout the country—with fellow faculty member, Kimberley Brown. Smallman is an active participant in public scholarship through his blog on International and Global Studies, which was visited by more than 18,000 users in the last year.

Professor Smallman was nominated by his colleague, Evguenia Davidova, the current Chair of International and Global Studies. She says, “I wish to express my strongest support for Dr. Shawn Smallman who is a well-known scholar in the field of global public health and richly deserves recognition in his home institution as well.”