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Outstanding Researchers 2021

The University of Tulsa is honored to announce the recipients of the 2021 Outstanding Researcher Award – a lifetime distinction that is received only once in an individual’s career. It is intended to honor achievements that have been validated in the scholar’s professional fields.

Man with goatee wearing a grey shirt and blazer and a blue tieProfessor of Law Russell Christopher

Christopher’s work takes a theoretical approach to legal issues, blending the disciplines of philosophy and criminal law. His research appears in both legal and philosophy journals, as well as interdisciplinary philosophy and law and philosophy of law publications.





Man smiling and wearing glasses, brown blazer, blue shirt and striped tieAssociate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Michael Keller

Keller’s research has been a blending of cross-department and cross-college collaboration with independent research. This is inherent in his research field of materials science, where a combination of chemistry, physics, and engineering is required to develop new materials.


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Stanley Rutland Professor of American History Andrew Wood

Wood’s research ranges across a wide variety of Mexican history and cultural subjects/approaches, including urbanization, state politics, social movements, women’s activism, popular housing, public health, music, biography, photography, film literature, civic festivals, tourism, transportation, sound studies and immigration.


Candidates for the Outstanding Researcher Awards were nominated by deans from Kendall College of Arts & Sciences, Collins College of Business, Oxley College of Health Sciences, the College of Engineering & Natural Sciences and the College of Law. Nominees were selected in recognition of their outstanding research and scholarly achievements. Other considerations included pedagogical awards, honors from scholarly societies, grants, publication citation counts or other forms of public recognition. External recognition of a faculty member’s work also factored into the selection process.