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Two Faculty Recognized by College of Arts & Sciences for Publication, Creative Work

KINGSVILLE - April 29, 2010

Contact: Adriana Garza
adriana.garza@tamuk.edu or 361.593.4979

Political Science and Theatre Arts professors receive new awards

KINGSVILLE (April 29, 2010) – Texas A&M University-Kingsville Political Science Professor Dr. Mario Carranza and Communications/Theatre Arts Assistant Professor Corey Ranson have been recognized by the College of Arts and Sciences for their scholarly and creative works with two new awards.

Carranza was awarded the Best Publication Award for his book South Asian Security and International Nuclear Order and Ranson received the Best Creative Work Award for his role as artistic director of Nunsense—a theatre production.

Carranza and Ranson are the first two recipients of the annual awards aimed at acknowledging the high-quality research and creative activity produced by College of Arts and Science faculty. Both will receive a modest cash prize and their names will be included on a perpetual plaque to be displayed in the College of Arts and Sciences offices.

About the Recipients
Corey Ranson

As artistic director and co-founder of the Aurora Arts Theatre (AAT) in Corpus Christi, Ranson oversees the theatre’s productions and directed and designed the theatre’s first show, Nunsense earlier this year. The Best Creative Work award is in recognition of Ranson’s work on the production. The AAT is a non-profit community theatre that served as a place for artists to come together and be creative.  The theatre’s productions include contract musicians, directors and students, including some of Ranson’s A&M-Kingsville theatre students.

“My reason for helping in this project was to help put a Texas A&M University-Kingsville face in a Corpus Christi market,” Ranson said. “I hope and expect this to provide outside performance and theatre working possibilities for our theatre students.”

Ranson has a master’s degree in Drama and Directing from Texas Woman’s University and a bachelor’s degree in Theatre from Texas Wesleyan University.

Dr. Mario Carranza

South Asian Security and International Nuclear Order: Creating a Robust Indo-Pakistani Nuclear Arms Control Regime is Carranza’s third book highlighting a major global issue. It represents the culmination of more than 20 years observing the nuclear developments in South Asia. Published in 2009, the book is analysis of the relationship between nuclear states India and Pakistan—nations at conflict over the territory of neighboring Kashmir— and their role in the post-September 11 International Nuclear Order.
Carranza asserts nuclear proliferation is a matter of global interest and advocates for denuclearization of South Asia. Carranza is also the author of South American Free Trade Area or Free Trade Area of the Americas?: Open Regionalism and the Future of Regional Economic Integration in South America  and Fuerzas Armadas y Estado de Excepción en América Latina.

Carranza has a doctorate degree in Political Science from the University of Chicago and bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Law from the University of Buenos Aires.

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