Spring 2020

On any given day in social isolation, we are confronted with moments that remind us of life before the COVID-19 pandemic. Media, conversations, Zoom classes, and even Mother Nature’s transit of seasons all inspire a longing to return to the normalcy of friendship, commerce, education, and research. Meanwhile, time passes as though we were heating water on Schrödinger’s stove — from one point of view, the watched pot never boils, and from another, it happens in a flash. Perspectives are distorted in this reality that we endure together.

Regardless, I remind myself that research efforts were in full force at Colgate University mere weeks ago, and it will not be long — especially in the grand history of a 200-year-old institution — before they are thriving again. As proof, we offer the spring edition of Colgate Research. These stories underscore the University’s unwavering purpose as an institution of higher education, the remarkable work that has been done recently by Colgate’s gifted faculty members, and the creativity that will carry humanity forward into a brighter future. Enjoy and be well.

Tracey E. Hucks
Provost and Dean of the Faculty
James A. Storing Professor of Religion and Africana & Latin American Studies

All Stories

individuals at work in pond

A Sense of History

In his new book, Empires of the Senses, published by Oxford University Press, Rotter offers a study of the ways that English-speaking powers — the British in India, the Americans in the Philippines — experienced the landscapes they had conquered, and how those experiences colored their beliefs about them.
child wearing hockey gear skates in rink

Moving the Puck

Colgate Assistant Women’s Ice Hockey Coach Stefan Decosse is attempting to answer questions about the geography of hockey itself — how 21st-century economics and infrastructure are remapping the sport.
La Borinqueña transforms from grad student to superhero

Heroic Effort

In a paper published in the latest edition of Studies in Comics, Assistant Professor Paul Humphrey traces the ways that American comics have depicted characters from Afro-Caribbean identities and religions.