Faculty Profiles

African Studies

David Blaney, professor of political science, teaches courses on international politics, global political economy, and development. His research centers on the political theory and political economy of international relations. He is currently working on two edited books that explore the state of international relations as a global discipline. He serves on the editorial board of the Routledge Press series Worlding Beyond the West, and the Iranian Review of Foreign Affairs. Professor Blaney teaches courses on international relations, global political economy, development, political economic thought, and global citizenship.
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Jean-Pierre Karegeye, assistant professor of French and francophone studies, focuses his research and teaching on African francophone literature and genocide studies, especially the Rwandan Genocide. He is particularly interested in the growing body of African francophone literary texts and other artistic works in dialogue with other disciplines. His publications include two edited books and more than 30 articles and book chapters. His recent article, “Rwanda. Littérature post-génocide, écritures itinérantes: témoignage ou engagement?” was published by the International Journal of Semiotics “Protée.” He also serves as director for the Interdisciplinary Genocide Studies Center, an international scholarly association.
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Erik Larson, associate professor of sociology, pursues research in political sociology, economic sociology, and the sociology of law by examining patterns of uniformity and diversity in globalized institutions. To this end, he has studied the formation and operation of new stock exchanges in Ghana, Fiji, and Iceland. A second collaborative project examines political contention and policy formation about indigenous rights, with a focus on economic affirmative action.
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Sowah Mensah, instructor of music, is an ethnomusicologist, composer, and master drummer from Ghana. As director of the popular African Music Ensemble, he gives private lessons in African drumming, xylophone, singing, and flute.
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Jamie Monson, professor of history, teaches African History, African Environmental History, Ethics of Volunteer Service, and African Life History Narratives. Her current research studies technology and labor during the construction of Chinese infrastructure projects in Africa during the Cold War. Her book Africa’s Freedom Railway was recently re-released in paperback by Indiana University Press. Her latest publication, Maji Maji: Lifting the Fog of War, is a co-edited volume about colonial warfare in German East Africa, published by Brill Press.
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David Chioni Moore, associate professor of international studies and English, focuses on the literatures and cultures of the Black Atlantic world, with interests in both Africa and African America. He maintains allied interests in post-coloniality, the post-Soviet world, and globalization. He edited Martin Bernal’s 2001 Black Athena Writes Back, is completing an edition of Langston Hughes’s lost 1934 book A Negro Looks at Soviet Central Asia, and has been published in journals such as Transition, Diaspora, PMLA, Frontiers, Genre, Research in African Literatures, and Callaloo.
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William Moseley, professor of geography, is a development and humanenvironment geographer. He teaches Human Geography; People, Agriculture, and the Environment; Geography of Africa; Geography of Development; and Comparative Environment and Development Studies. Most of his fieldwork has been in West and Southern Africa. He is the author of more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and is the editor of four books: Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial African Issues; Hanging by a Thread: Cotton, Globalization and Poverty in Africa; The Introductory Reader in Human Geography: Contemporary Debates and Classic Writings; and African Environment and Development: Rhetoric, Programs, Realities.
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Ahmed Samatar, James Wallace Professor of International Studies, is the author and editor of five books that include The African State: Reconsiderations; Somalia: State Collapse, Multilateral Intervention, and Strategies for Political Reconstruction; The Somali Challenge: From Catastrophe to Renewal?; African Studies and Undergraduate Education: Ideas Toward the 21st Century; and Socialist Somalia: Rhetoric and Reality, as well as dozens of scholarly articles. He is a member of the editorial board of the International Studies Review and editor of Macalester International and Bildhaan: An International Journal of Somali Studies.
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Dianna Shandy, professor of anthropology, is a sociocultural anthropologist whose work spans U.S. and international settings, with broad research and teaching interests in gender, migration, political conflict and violence, human rights and humanitarianism, and research methods. Specific research projects have explored post-conflict Namibia; African asylum seekers in Ireland; the Nuer (South Sudanese) diaspora in Ethiopia, Egypt, and the United States; Darfur and the International Criminal Court; and the representation of violence in Africa. She is the author/co-author of three books, including Nuer-American Passages: Globalizing Sudanese Migration; Rethinking Refuge and Displacement ;and The Cultural Experience: Ethnography in Complex Society.
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Joëlle Vitiello, associate professor of French and Francophone studies, teaches 20th- and 21st-century French literature; Haitian literature and culture; North African Cinema; Immigration in Literature and Cinema; and French language. She is currently working on a manuscript on the transformation of Haitian intellectuals and writers (1946–2006). Her publications include co-edited volumes on Francophone Caribbean women writers and on women writing in French; her articles have appeared in Contemporary French and Francophone Studies , Journal of Haitian Studies , Présence francophone , Etudes littéraires, and Women in French Studies , among others, and various peer-reviewed collections of essays.
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Karl Wirth, associate professor of geology, does research using geochemistry to study the origins of igneous rocks and the evolution of continental and oceanic crust. Recent research with students has focused on rocks in the Bering Sea region, southern Ontario and northern Minnesota, the Galapagos Islands, Tanzania, and Cozumel.
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American Studies

Karin Aguilar-San Juan, associate professor, is an urban sociologist with a special interest in Asian American studies. She is the recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowship and a Woodrow Wilson National Foundation Fellowship. She is the editor of The State of Asian America: Activism and Resistance in the 1990s (South End Press, 1994), and author of Little Saigons: Staying Vietnamese in America (University of Minnesota Press, 2009).
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Duchess Harris, associate professor, teaches courses in African American studies and is a specialist on 20th-century African American political history. Within that broad subject, she is specifically interested in the civil rights movement, the contributions of women of color to feminist theory post-1970, autobiography, and critical legal studies. She is the author of Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Obama (Palgrave Macmillan; Reissue edition, March, 2011) and co-editor of Racially Writing the Republic: Racists, Race Rebels, and Transformations of American Identity (Duke, 2009). In 2010, she earned a JD from William Mitchell College of Law where she held a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship.
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SooJin Pate, visiting assistant professor, earned a PhD in American Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2010. Her research focuses on transracial and transnational child adoption, paying particular attention to the case of Korean adoption. She also teaches about mixedrace identities and cultures, and about United States empire and global politics.


Juliana Hu Pegues, is the Consortium for Faculty Diversity pre-doctoral fellow in American Studies. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota, and her interests include comparative analysis of Asian American and Native American colonial histories, and gender and sexuality studies.


Jane Rhodes is Macalester's Dean for the Study of Race and Ethnicity as well as professor and chair of the American Studies Department. She teaches courses on race, ethnicity, gender, social movements, transnationality, and mass media. As dean she provides leadership on curricular and co-curricular matters related to multiculturalism across the college. Among her publications are Mary Ann Shadd Cary: The Black Press and Protest in the Nineteenth Century (Indiana University Press, 1998) and Framing the Black Panthers: The Spectacular Rise of a Black Power Icon (New Press, 2007).
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Anthropology

Ron Barrett, assistant professor, is a cultural and medical anthropologist whose research is on religious healing, the social aspects of infectious diseases, and the ways that human beings come to terms with their own mortality. He is the author of Aghor Medicine: Pollution, Death, and Healing in Northern India. He has conducted fieldwork in Northern and Western India as well as in the United States.
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Olga Gonzalez, assistant professor, teaches courses on Latin America, psychological anthropology, violence, and anthropological theory. Her work studies the relationship between memory and secrecy in the context of war and violence, which she explores in her book Unveiling Secrets of War in the Peruvian Andes.
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Arjun Guneratne, professor and chair, teaches courses on South Asian society and culture, the anthropology of development, environmental anthropology, and ethnographic interviewing. He is the author of Many Tongues, One People: The Making of Tharu Identity in Nepal and Culture and the Environment in the Himalaya. His current research examines the relationship of biodiversity conservation in Sri Lanka to neo-liberal economic reforms and globalization.
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Scott Legge, assistant professor, is a biological anthropologist with research interests in human and non-human primate skeletal biology as well as areas of growth and development in both skeletal and living populations. He has academic and research experience in human variation, human population biology, bioarchaeology, and skeletal biology, as well as extensive experience in historic and prehistoric archaeology.
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Dianna Shandy, professor, is asociocultural anthropologist whose research projects span southern Sudanese(Nuer) diaspora, African asylum seekers in Ireland, and negotiating work and family in America. She is the author/co-author of three books: Nuer-American Passages: Globalizing Sudanese Migration; Glass Ceilings and 100-Hour Couples (with Karine Moe); and The Cultural Experience: Ethnography in Complex Society, 2nd edition (with David McCurdy and James Spradley), which features the work of 10 Macalester students
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Jack Weatherford, DeWitt Wallace Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and 2012 recipient of Mongolia’s first annual “Jack Weatherford Prize,” holds an honorary doctorate from Chinggis Khan College of Mongolia. His most recent book is The Secret History of the Mongol Queens. His book Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World was a New York Times best seller.
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Architecture Program

Stanton Sears, associate professor and program advisor, teaches sculpture and 3-D design. His professional career includes public sculpture throughout the United States. He and his collaborative partner Andrea Myklebust ’95 completed architecturally integrated artworks for the new microbial sciences building at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2007 and the World War II memorial at the Minnesota State Capitol. Their mosaic floor inlays can be seen at the Lindbergh Terminal at the Minneapolis–St. Paul International Airport. Works in progress include wall-mounted sculptural works based on maps and aerial landscapes for the ticket lobby of Anchorage International Airport, Alaska.
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Gary Erickson, visiting assistant professor, teaches ceramics. He has been awarded both a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship and a McKnight Artist Fellowship for ceramic artists. He was one of only four international ceramic artists accepted for a residency at the Taller Cultural in Santiago de Cuba. On a Freeman grant in 2007, he traveled to Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute in Jingdezhen, China, the city where porcelain was invented. His work is included in the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution.
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Ruthann Godollei, professor, teaches printmaking, senior seminar and a new course titled Dissent. A seven-time resident artist at the Frans Masereel Print Centre in Belgium, her prints about social justice are in many collections, including the Denver Art Museum, the Polish National Museum of Art and the Estonian Art Museum KUMU. Her work will be in “Global Print 2013,” the Biennial Douro in Portugal. In 2012 she was in “Art of Democracy,” a New York Society of Etchers juried exhibition. Her book on D.I.Y. printing came out in 2013, coinciding with an exhibit at the Minnesota Museum of American Art. Her book, Road Show: Art Cars & the Museum of the Streets, co-authored with Eric Dregni ’90, was released in 2009..
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Art and Art History

Joanna Inglot, chair of the Art and Art History Department, associate professor, and Edith M. Kelso Chair of Art History, has an expertise in modern and contemporary art. She has received grants and awards from the Fulbright Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies, International Exchanges Commission, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Curator and author of several exhibition catalogs, Inglot has also written two books: The Figurative Sculpture of Magdalena Abakanowicz: Bodies, Environments, and Myths and WARM: A Feminist Art Collective in Minnesota.
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Gary Erickson, visiting assistant professor, teaches ceramics. He won a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant in 2013. He had a solo exhibition at the Jingdezhen International Academy of Ceramics in China in 2011. Other exhibitions have been at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Galeria Oriente in Santiago de Cuba. His work has been collected by the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, and the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the People. He has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists.
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Ruthann Godollei, professor, teaches printmaking and a senior seminar. A seven-time resident artist at the Frans Masereel Print Centre in Belgium, her prints about social justice are in many collections, including the Denver Art Museum and the Polish National Museum of Art. Her work was in the Clemson University Juried National Print Exhibit, 2011, and the 2010 Penang International Print Exhibition in Malaysia. She was in Political/Poetical, an international printmaking triennial in Tallinn, Estonia, in 2007 and a twoperson exhibit at the MAEP gallery of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in 2008. Her book Road Show: Art Cars & the Museum of the Streets, co-authored with Eric Dregni ’90, was released in 2009.
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Gudrun Lock, visiting assistant professor, teaches 2-D Design. She has installed her work in foreclosed homes, storefronts, a houseboat and a soon-to-be demolished apartment building as well as in Union Square Park and the Atlantic Ocean. Her video work has been shown at the Montréal Underground Film Festival, on MNTV and at the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth, as well as at the 2013 Feminist Art Conference in Toronto.


Justin Newhall, visiting assistant professor, teaches Introduction to Digital Photography. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Galerie Lichtblick in Cologne, Jen Bekman Gallery in New York, and Franklin Art Works and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, both in Minneapolis. Newhall is the recipient of fellowships and grants from the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Jerome Foundation.


Vanessa Rousseau, visiting assistant professor, teaches Art of the West I. She specializes in the art and archaeology of the Ancient and Late Antique Mediterranean. She is also the specialist for wall paintings with the Archaeological Exploration of Sardis, president of the Minnesota chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America, and antiquities consultant for the Weisman Art Museum.


Stanton Sears, associate professor, teaches sculpture and 3-D design. His recent projects include the World War II Memorial at the Minnesota State Capitol and artworks for the Central Corridor Light Rail line in St. Paul. His mosaic-floor inlays can be seen at the Minneapolis–St. Paul International Airport and in the Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons, at Macalester College. He and collaborative partner Andrea Myklebust ’95 have completed more than 40 large-scale commissioned works for public spaces over the past 18 years. Their 37-acre studio in rural Wisconsin serves as a sculpture lab.
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Kari Sheperdson-Scott, assistant professor, teaches Introduction to Visual Culture and Asian Art History. A recipient of Fulbright grants, she specializes in Japanese visual culture from the 19th and 20th centuries. Her current research examines how Japanese media and exhibitions during the 1930s and early 1940s presented Manchuria. Her work on the art photographer Fuchikami Hakuyo is featured in the anthology, Art and War in Japan and Its Empire: 1931–1960.


Megan Vossler, visiting assistant professor, teaches drawing. In 2012, her work was featured in the solo exhibition Overlook: Landscape Studies in the Macalester College Art Gallery. Her works are exhibited in venues such as Franklin Art Works in Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the de Young Museum in San Francisco. She has been the recipient of a Jerome Foundation Fellowship, a McKnight Artists Fellowship, and a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study grant.


Christine Willcox, associate professor, teaches painting, figure painting, and mural painting. Recently she had two solo exhibitions, one at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts titled “90° South” and another, “Into the Woods,” at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin. She has had many solo exhibitions and has been included in several group painting exhibits including shows at Oberlin College, University of Minnesota, Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis, and Arthouse gallery in Austin, Texas. In 2005 she won a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant.
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Asian Languages and Cultures

Satoko Suzuki, DeWitt Wallace Professor and department chair, is a specialist in Japanese linguistics and teaches all levels of the language courses as well as Japanese linguistics courses. Her research interests are in linguistic pragmatics and discourse analysis. She is the editor of Emotive Communication in Japanese and is the author of a number of journal articles and book chapters.
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Patricia Anderson, visiting instructor, teaches intermediate and advanced Chinese. Her research interests include feminist writings, primarily of the 20th and 21st centuries, and issues of translation. Her doctoral work involves a comparative study of Chinese women writers of the modern and contemporary periods, with a focus on how the mother figure is portrayed.


Sachiko Dorsey, visiting instructor, teaches advanced Japanese and teaches topics courses such as Bad Women: Female Villains in Japanese Literature and Culture; and Love and Death in 18th–20th Century Japanese Literature.


Miaki Habuka, visiting instructor, teaches upper levels of Japanese courses. Her interests include interactive teaching, reading instruction, content-based instruction, connections with the outside world, learning styles and strategies, and national standards for foreign language education.


Rivi Handler-Spitz, assistant professor, teaches first-year Chinese and Chinese culture courses. She completed her PhD at the University of Chicago. She comes to Macalester after teaching at Middlebury College and Brown University.


Arthur Mitchell, assistant professor, spent several years living in Japan where he studied at the Inter-University Center and Sophia University. He received his PhD from Yale University and his courses examine Japanese modern narratives in literature, film, animation, and politics. His research is on literary modernism in Japan as well as Japanese language pedagogy.


Ritsuko Narita, visiting assistant professor, teaches intermediate and advanced Japanese. She completed her PhD in Japanese linguistics. Her dissertation is titled “The Effects of Pragmatic Consciousness-Raising Activities on the Development of Pragmatic Awareness and Use of Hearsay Evidential Markers for Learners of Japanese as a Foreign Language.”


Jin Stone, visiting assistant professor, instructs all levels of Chinese. His research interests include Asian American literature, international relations, and foreign language instruction and acquisition. As a Chinese instructor, he is particularly interested in exploring dynamic and interactive teaching approaches to develop students’ communication skills in Chinese.


Xin Yang, assistant professor, received her PhD in Chinese literature from the University of Oregon. She specializes in modern and contemporary Chinese literature, culture and film, women’s writing, cyber fiction, urban culture, and gender and sexuality. Her book, From Beauty Fear to Beauty Fever: A Critical Study of Contemporary Chinese Female Writers.
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Biology

Mark Davis, DeWitt Wallace Professor and chair of the Biology Department, is an ecologist with teaching interests in regional and global ecological issues. His research, writings, presentations, and interviews on invasive species have attracted international attention. He has involved more than 60 Macalester students in his research, which has resulted in numerous co-authored publications with students. Currently, he collaborates with students on invasive species research at Macalester’s Ordway field station.
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Lin Aanonsen, O.T. Walter Professor of Biology and director of the Health Professions Advisory Committee, is a neurobiologist who regularly teaches Cell Biology, Human Physiology, various neurobiology courses and additional new non-majors courses exploring science and spirituality. Her research focuses on elucidating the mechanisms of pain transmission in the spinal cord, in particular, the molecular changes underlying chronic pain. Students are actively engaged in her research during the summer and academic year and have co-authored publications. She received the 2003 Macalester College Excellence in Teaching Award.
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Mike Anderson, laboratory supervisor, is a terrestrial plant ecologist. His research examines the nature of the symbiosis between alder shrubs and the nitrogenfixing bacterium Frankia, and the effects of this partnership on ecosystem function in Alaskan boreal forests.


Sarah Boyer, associate professor, is an evolutionary biologist with interests in animal diversity and biogeography. Her research uses phylogenetic analysis of DNA sequences and morphology to reconstruct evolutionary trees. She works closely with undergraduate researchers in both lab and field settings. Her current project, which involves fieldwork in the rainforests of eastern Australia, has been funded by the National Geographic Society and the National Science Foundation.
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Devavani Chatterjea, assistant professor, is an immunologist and director of the interdisciplinary concentration in Community and Global Health. She teaches courses in cell biology, immunology and public health. Her research focuses on the immune mechanisms underlying inflammatory pain and actively engages student collaborators, with eight to ten students working in the laboratory each year. She works on immune reconstitution mechanisms underlying opportunistic fungal meningitis in Uganda in collaboration with researchers at the University of Minnesota and Makarere University, Kampala, Uganda.
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Kristi Curry Rogers, assistant professor, is a vertebrate paleontologist who also has a joint appointment in the Geology Department. Her research focuses on dinosaur paleobiology, evolution, and biogeography, and she employs a number of techniques including bone histology, comparative anatomy, and phylogenetic analysis. Her research is nationally funded and includes Macalester students in laboratory, field, and museum-based projects.


Jerald Dosch, visiting assistant professor and director of Macalester’ s Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area, is a terrestrial ecologist with interests in ornithology, restoration ecology, and environmental science. His research interests include non-native species, postagricultural succession in abandoned cattle pastures in southern Costa Rica, and historic heavy metal impacts on Common Loons in Minnesota.


Daniel Hornbach, DeWitt Wallace Professor and chair of the Environmental Studies Department, is a freshwater ecologist. His research focuses on factors that influence freshwater mussels in large river systems and involves many students, some of whom have co-authored papers with him. His work also involves collaboration with government agencies on managing and recovering endangered species.


Elizabeth Jansen, adjunct professor of biology, is a neuroscientist with expertise in the areas of neural regeneration and plasticity and neuroprotective drug therapies. She has employed behavioral, neurochemical, and molecular biological techniques in her research on ischemic stroke. She serves on the steering committee for Macalester’s concentration in Community and Global Health and directs the Taylor Fellowship Program.
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Mary Montgomery, associate professor, examines the evolution of the molecular genetic pathways that direct the earliest stages of animal development. Grants from the National Science Foundation have allowed her to purchase equipment related to this research. Students participating in her research program often present their work at national conferences. She also serves as a health professions advisor.
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Marcos Eduardo Ortega, assistant professor, is a biochemist who utilizes X-ray crystallography, biophysics, and biochemistry to try to elucidate the connection between protein structure and function in virus replication. Current projects involve trying to understand the molecular interactions of viral proteins and viral DNA to initiate replication through a process called DNA packaging.


Paul Overvoorde, professor, has teaching interests in genetics, cell biology, synthetic biology, genomics, and plant physiology. His research examines the role of the plant hormone auxin during root development. A collaboration with colleagues in the chemistry department and in Ghent, Belgium, involves Macalester students in a “chemical genetics” project that aims to define the role of auxin during lateral root formation. Overvoorde also serves as the program director of the Macalester-Howard Hughes Medical Institute science education award.
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Steve Sundby, instructor and laboratory supervior, is a microbiologist with an emphasis in virology. He has been on the steering committeee of the Community and Global Health concentration since its inception, and has a special interest in helping students pursue health-related careers.


Chemistry

Rebecca Hoye, professor and chair, is an organic chemist with a background in strained ring chemistry and natural product synthesis. Her current research encompasses new synthetic methodology, natural product synthesis, and stereochemistry, and the investigation of organic reaction mechanisms. Recently, work in her laboratory has centered on the synthesis of biologically active marine natural products and other small molecules for chemical genetics assays.
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Ronald Brisbois, professor, is a synthetic chemist. His varied research interests include synthetic methodology development, ligand and catalyst design, cyclophane construction, and transition metal-mediated supramolecular self-assembly. On a sabbatical in the Biomaterials Technology Center at 3M, he initiated and continues investigations regarding highly fluorescent hexaazaanthracene derivatives. In 1993, President Clinton designated him a Presidential Faculty Fellow.
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Paul Fischer, professor, is an organometallic chemist. His research targets transition metal complexes with novel properties. His research students recently synthesized and studied new catalysts for olefin epoxidation and complexes with metal-metal bonds that exhibit interesting reactivity toward organic radicals. The National Science Foundation currently funds his research program. He is co-author (with Gary L. Miessler and Donald A. Tarr) of the textbook Inorganic Chemistry (Prentice Hall, 2014).
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Susan Green, visiting assistant professor, teaches introductory general chemistry. She is co-author (with Robert M. Hanson) of the textbook Introduction to Molecular Thermodynamics (University Science Books, 2008).
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Keith Kuwata, professor, has a background in spectroscopy, atmospheric chemistry, and computation. His main research interests include simulations of oxidation reactions in the troposphere and modeling organic and inorganic systems in collaboration with experimentalists. His research students use quantum chemistry and statistical rate theory for these studies, which have been supported by grants from the American Chemical Society, the Dreyfus Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.
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Kathryn Splan, assistant professor, is a bioinorganic chemist with a background in porphyrin chemistry and medicinal biochemistry. She teaches in both the biochemistry and introductory chemistry sequences. Her current research focuses on Inhibitor of Apoptosis Proteins (IAPs), which play a key role in the control of programmed cell death. Specifically, her current work focuses on the development and characterization of multivalent peptide inhibitors that target IAP.
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Thomas D. Varberg, DeWitt Wallace Professor of Chemistry, is a physical chemist. Trained at MIT, he was a NATO Fellow at Oxford University before coming to Macalester in 1993. He teaches introductory and physical chemistry. His collaborative research with students is focused on the spectroscopy of gas-phase free radicals. To support this work, he has, since 2000, received over $1,000,000 in funding through six different research grants from NSF and ACS. He will be on sabbatical in fall 2013 at ETH Zürich and the University of Florence, Italy.
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Classics

Beth Severy-Hoven, associate professor, has a PhD from the University of California–Berkeley, and degrees from Oxford and Bryn Mawr College. Her research focuses on Rome in the Age of Augustus and the history of gender. She has taught in Rome at the Intercollegiate Center, and at Macalester teaches Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome; Greek Myths; Roman World; as well as Greek and Latin courses. She directs January in Rome and helped develop the program in Egypt.
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Nanette Scott Goldman, senior lecturer of classics, specializes in Latin poetry, documentary, and literary texts from the Greco-Roman Near East. Her current research focuses on Jewish poetry of crisis in the Second Temple period. Professor Goldman coordinates the Hebrew language program, teaches all levels of Greek, Latin and Hebrew, as well as research seminars in classical literature and archaeology. Professor Goldman is a supervisor at the Omrit archaeological excavation in Israel and, with departmental colleagues Severy-Hoven and Overman, runs January studies abroad in Italy, Turkey and Egypt.
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Brian Lush, assistant professor, completed his PhD in 2008 at the University of Wisconsin–Madison on the subject of recognition and epistemology in Euripides. His research deals with issues of identity, perception and recognition in Greek tragedy and epic, and he teaches Greek and Latin language courses; Greek World; Greek Myths; and a seminar on Athenian Tragedy.
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Andrew Overman, Harry Drake Distinguished Professor in Humanities and Fine Arts and chair, specializes in religion, culture, and ethnicity in the Greco-Roman world, having earned a PhD at Boston University. His courses include Pagans, Christians, and Jews; India and Rome; Introduction to Archaeology; and Greek language. He directs Macalester’s archaeological excavations in Israel, which began in 1999.
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Wessam El-Meligi, visiting assistant professor, has a doctorate from the University of Alexandria in Egypt. He taught Arabic, Comparative Literature, English, and Arabic Translation at Pharos University, the University of Alexandria, and the Middlebury College Study Abroad Program in the Middle East before coming to Macalester in the fall of 2012. He is the core of Macalester’s Arabic language program, and also helps coordinate January in Egypt.


Computer Science

Susan Fox, (PhD, Indiana University) works in the area of artificial intelligence, programming robots that can navigate in the world and learn from their experiences. She enjoys working one-onone with students from both MSCS and the neuroscience studies program, doing independent projects, capstone projects, and summer research.
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Shilad Sen, (PhD, University of Minnesota) helps people become more effective contributors to online communities such as Facebook, Wikipedia, and YouTube. Professor Sen teaches a variety of classes including object-oriented programming, algorithms, Internet programming, and collective intelligence.
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Libby Shoop, (PhD, University of Minnesota) conducts research with students in bioinformatics, data visualization, and parallel computation over very large datasets, using cluster and cloud computing. She teaches courses in software development, parallel computing, databases, operating systems, and computational biology.
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Economics

Gary Krueger, professor, studies reforms in Russian industrial enterprises. He teaches classes in econometrics, comparative economic systems, and the economics of transition.
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Paul Aslanian ,,professor emeritus, is a former treasurer of Macalester College. He teaches Principles of Economics, Economics of Not-For-Profit, and Applied Economics.
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Karl Egge, professor emeritus, is an expert in the area of forensic economics. His primary teaching and research interests involve entrepreneurship and finance. He received the college’s Thomas Jefferson Award in 2000 for lifetime teaching, research, and service contributions to the college.
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Amy Damon, assistant professor, has research interests that include investigating the impact of international migration from Central America to the United States and the impact that this migration process has on families living in Central America. She teaches principles of economics, international economic development, and a course on the economics of global food problems.
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Liang Ding, professor, is a financial economist with research interests in financial economics and monetary economics. He teaches principles of economics, finance, and capital markets.
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Jeffery Evans, adjunct professor, is a certified public accountant and computerized accounting systems consultant to small businesses throughout the Twin Cities. He teaches financial accounting, managerial accounting, and investments.


Peter Ferderer, professor, is a macroeconomist whose teaching interests include international finance, macroeconomics, and behavioral economics. His research is in economic history, financial markets, and business cycles.
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Joyce Minor ’88, Karl Egge Professor in Economics, earned her MBA from Harvard Business School in 1993. She has worked at several companies including her last position at Lehman Brothers in New York as a senior vice president, Equity Research. She teaches classes in investment banking, securities analysis, and business communications.


Karine Moe, F. R. Bigelow Professor and chair, has research and teaching interests in labor and demographic economics. She teaches courses on economics of gender, economics of poverty in the United States, and labor economics.
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Raymond Robertson, professor, researches the effects of globalization on labor markets. He teaches courses in international economics, econometrics, and economic restructuring in Latin America.
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Mario Solis-Garcia, assistant professor, has research interests in macroeconomics, business cycles, and economic growth and development. He teaches intermediate macroeconomics and quantitative macroeconomic analysis.


Vasant Sukhatme, Edward J. Noble Professor of Economics, is interested in microeconomics and the economic prospects of developing countries. He was given the college’s Thomas Jefferson Award in 2002 for lifetime teaching, research, and service contributions to the college.
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Sarah West ’91, professor, has teaching and research interests in the areas of environmental economics, public finance, and microeconomics. She teaches courses in those areas as well as principles of economics.
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Educational Studies

Ruthanne Kurth-Schai, professor and chair, teaches courses on social, philosophical, and political issues in education and teacher preparation. Her scholarly interests include philosophic and policy analyses of the role of public education in addressing social justice, environmental, aesthetic, and spiritual issues, and in promoting democratic civic participation.
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Tina Kruse, visiting assistant professor, teaches educational psychology as well as other courses focusing on educational theory and classroom practice. Her teaching and research interests include teacher preparation, culturally responsive classrooms, early childhood learning, youth development, and the evaluation of educational programs.


English

James Dawes, professor, teaches classes on American literature; countercultures; human rights; literary and language theory; violence and trauma; and literature and philosophy. He is the author of That the World May Know: Bearing Witness to Atrocity; The Language of War; and Evil Men, as well as numerous articles on topics including narrative theory, human rights law, and pedagogical technique. His teaching interests include interdisciplinary approaches to literary studies (ethics, law, psychology, sociology) and U.S. literature. He is the founder of Macalester’s human rights and humanitarianism concentration.
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Peter Bognanni assistant professor, teaches classes on fiction writing, especially contemporary; creative writing; screenwriting and film studies; humor writing; and the contemporary novel. His first novel, The House of Tomorrow, won the L.A. Times Book Award for First Fiction, the Emerging Author Prize at the Iowa Author Awards, and an American Library Association Alex Award. His short fiction, essays, and humor pieces have appeared in the New York Times Book Blog, the Huffington Post, Large-Hearted Boy, and more. He is a 2008 Pushcart Prize nominee and his work was listed in the “100 Distinguished Stories of 2006” in The Best American Short Stories 2007.


Neil Chudgar, assistant professor, studies the British literature of the 18th century. In his scholarship and teaching, he is most interested in understanding the relationships between modern people and the objects that surround them. His essays have appeared in ELH and The Eighteenth Century, and in a volume of essays about the playwright Naomi Wallace. He is the recipient of several honors and teaching fellowships, notably the Karen Dinal Award for Excellence in Teaching Academic Writing.
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Daylanne English, associate professor, teaches classes on African American literature and culture; Afrofuturism; the digital humanities; the Harlem Renaissance; history of the novel; literature and legal studies; literature and medicine; race and visual culture; apocalyptic literature; and detective fiction. She has published essays on African American literature in scholarly journals such as American Literature and Critical Inquiry. She is the author of Unnatural Selections: Eugenics in American Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance (an ALA Outstanding Academic Book in 2004) and Each Hour Redeem: Time and Justice in African American Literature.
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Marlon James, assistant professor, teaches classes on creative writing, fiction, post-colonial literature, southern literature, Latin American fiction, criticism and blogs. His first novel, John Crow’s Devil, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize, and was a New York Times Editors’ Choice. His second novel, The Book of Night Women, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the NAACP Image Award, and the Minnesota Book Award, and was New York Magazine’s third best book of the year.
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Casey Jarrin, assistant professor, teaches courses on modern/postmodern British and Irish literature; postwar film and photography; queer modernisms; prison art/writing; and youth subcultures, with a focus on the ethics and aesthetics of representing violence (particularly responses to the world wars and conflicts in Vietnam, Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan). Recent creative projects include a novel, Incarnate; a documentary photography project on urban landscapes of political violence, “Jumping the Fence”; and short films, The Hunt and Share.
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Theresa Krier, professor and chair, teaches classes on poetry and poetics; religion and literature; Shakespeare; genre; and nature writing. Her scholarship is in ancient, medieval, and Renaissance poetry. She is the author of Birth Passages: Maternity and Nostalgia, Antiquity to Shakespeare and Gazing on Secret Sights: Spenser, Classical Imitation, and the Decorums of Vision. She is the editor of Refiguring Chaucer in the Renaissance; co-editor, with Elizabeth D. Harvey, of Luce Irigaray and Premodern Culture: Thresholds of History; and co-editor of two special issues of Spenser Studies: A Renaissance Poetry Annual.
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Kristin Naca, assistant professor, teaches creative writing and 20th-century American, Latino, and Asian American literature. Her first collection of poems, Bird Eating Bird, was a finalist for the Audre Lorde Prize and Lambda Literary Award. It was chosen by Yusef Komunyakaa as winner of the National Poetry Series mtvU Prize. Naca has received fellowships from the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund, Minnesota Arts Board, Breadloaf Writers Conference, and the Lannan Foundation.


Wang Ping, professor, teaches creative writing, poetry, and fiction with special interests in environment, public health and social justice; the Chinese-American immigrant experience; footbinding, sexuality and eroticism in Chinese culture; and women in modern China. She is a poet, fiction writer, photographer, and translator. Her Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China won the Eugene Kayden Award for the Best Book in Humanities. The Last Communist Virgin won the 2008 Minnesota Book Award and Asian American Studies Award. She is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council of the Arts, Minnesota State Arts Board, as well as the Bush Artist Fellowship, Lannan Foundation Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, and the McKnight Artist Fellowship.
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David Chioni Moore, associate professor of English and international studies, focuses on the literatures of the Black Atlantic world (most notably the global Langston Hughes) and has allied interests in postcolonial theory, globalization, and cultural critique. He is widely published in journals such as Transition, Diaspora, and PMLA.


Sonita Sarker, professor, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies and English departments, has published books and articles on cultural globalization, women’s writings, and literary and cultural theory. She is currently writing on transnational receptions of fascism and empire by women writers of the 1920s and 1930s. She has received awards from several foundations. She offers courses in feminist postmodern and postcolonial theories, and in 20th- and 21st-century transnational comparative women’s writing.


Environmental Studies

Dan Hornbach, DeWitt Wallace Professor of Biology and chair of the Environmental Studies Department, is an aquatic ecologist. His research focuses on freshwater ecology, and he works closely with the National Park Service. He teaches Environmental Science; Lakes, Streams and Rivers; Ecology; and Aquatic Ecology.
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Louisa Bradtmiller, assistant professor, is a climate scientist and geochemist whose research focuses on global climate changes since the last ice age. She teaches Environmental Science, Earth’s Climate System, Climate and Society, Paleoclimate, and the department’s senior seminar.


Jerald Dosch,visiting assistant professor of environmental studies and biology and director of Macalester’s Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area, is an ecologist with research interests in nonnative species, restoration ecology, and ornithology. He teaches Environmental Science and Ecology.


Christie Manning, visiting assistant professor of environmental studies and psychology, is an experimental and cognitive psychologist. Her research investigates the role of psychological distance in people’s response to information about environmental issues, particularly global climate change. She teaches Environmental Classics, Psychology of Sustainable Behavior, and Psychology in the Material World.


Marianne Milligan, visiting assistant professor of environmental studies and linguistics, does fieldwork on Menominee, an Algonquian language spoken in Wisconsin. She teaches Endangered and Minority Languages; 100 Words for Snow: Language and Nature; and Sociolinguistics.


Roopali Phadke, associate professor, teaches in the area of environmental policy and politics. Her research is at the nexus of environmental studies, international development, and science and technology studies. Her current research focuses on water and wind energy development. She teaches Environmental Politics and Policy, the Environmental Leadership Seminar and Practicum, Water and Power, Science and Citizenship, and Sustainable Development and the Global Future.
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Chris Wells, associate professor, is an environmental historian whose research focuses on 20th-century U.S. environmental history. He combines the perspectives of environmental history, intellectual and cultural history, and the history of technology to examine the history of human interactions with the natural world. He teaches American Environmental History, Environmental Justice, Consumer Nation, Imperial Nature, U.S. Urban Environmental History, Car Country, and Three Rivers Environmental History.
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French and Francophone Studies

Joëlle Vitiello, associate professor, received her PhD in French and Italian from Stanford University. She specializes in 20th-century French literature and culture. She teaches contemporary French culture and literature; cinema (French, North African, and Caribbean); and Haitian literature and culture. She has co-edited two books/special issues on women writers, including Elles écrivent des Antilles: Haiti, Guadeloupe, Martinique, and co-authored a book on American culture. Recent publications include articles and book chapters on Haitian writers and artists, representations of shantytowns in Haitian literature, the teaching of African literature, Algerian women writers, and representations of violence in contemporary literature and cinema. She is completing a book-length manuscript on Haitian literature.
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Andrew Billing, assistant professor, recently completed his PhD at the University of California–Irvine, and was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Macalester in 2008–09. His current research explores the “animal/human relation” as well as intersections between literary fiction and moral and political philosophy in the French Enlightenment. His teaching interests include 18th-century French literature, Enlightenment political and moral philosophy, colonialism, and critical theory.
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Annick Fritz-Smead, visiting assistant professor, teaches French at all levels. She specializes in 20th-century French literature and culture, with research interests in poetry, women writers, and cinema. She has published a book on the poetry of Francis Ponge, Francis Ponge: De l’écriture à l’oeuvre.
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Jean-Pierre Karegeye, assistant professor, recently completed his PhD at the University of California–Berkeley. Trained in social ethics, philosophy, African linguistics, and literary analysis and theory, he specializes in African literature. His research focuses on the 1994 Rwandan Genocide in literature in dialogue with ethical, political, and philosophical discourses. He is the cofounder of the Interdisciplinary Genocide Studies Center in Kigali, Rwanda. Publications include edited books: L’Eglise catholique à l’épreuve du génocide and Récits du génocide, traversée de la mémoire. His teaching interests include testimonial literature, children and war, and genocide studies.
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Juliette Rogers, associate professor and chair, received her PhD from Duke University. She specializes in 19th-century French literature and in Quebec literature. She is the author of Career Stories: Belle Epoque Novels of Professional Development and the guest co-editor of Eclectic Expressions: Selected Essays of the 2006 Women in French Conference. She is currently working on a book length manuscript titled Travailler et vivre: Recent Women’s Fiction from Quebec and France. She was recently president of the Women in French organization.


Martine Sauret, visiting assistant professor, received her PhD from the University of Minnesota. She has published Les voies cartographiques and “Gargantua” et les délits du corps, as well as the French translation of The Graphic Unconscious in Early Modern French Writing, by Tom Conley. She is working on diaries of French Norman explorers and on Montaigne and the New World.


Geography

David Lanegran, John S. Holl Professor of Geography, teaches courses in human and urban geography. His interests have led to extensive studies and comparisons of urban planning processes around the world. He has published several books, including Minnesota on the Map: A Historical Atlas, and articles on urban and cultural geography. He is also the coordinator of the Minnesota Alliance for Geographical Education.
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Sanchayeeta Adhikari, Berg Postdoctoral Fellow, is an environmental geographer. She teaches Introduction to Environmental Remote Sensing and Environmental GIS. Her research focuses on human-environment interactions, conservation policies, landscape ecology, and application of spatial tools such as remote sensing, GIS and spatial statistics in land-cover/land-use change studies.


Holly Barcus, associate professor, is a population geographer with interests in rural environments around the globe. She teaches Population 7 Billion; Rural Landscapes and Livelihoods; Migrants and Migrancy; Introduction to GIS, and GIS and Community Partnerships. Her recent projects focus on the intersection between migration and identity among ethnic minorities in rural Mongolia and the migration induced changes in ethnic diversity of rural communities in the United States.
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Eric Carter, Edens Professor in Global Health and assistant professor, teaches Medical Geography, Geography of Environmental Hazards, Geography of Latin America, Advanced GIS for Health Applications, and a senior seminar on the human ecology of infectious and vector- borne diseases.
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Laura Smith, associate professor, teaches courses in urban economic geography, transportation, the regional geography of the U.S. and Canada, and statistical methods. She also teaches an urban GIS seminar that connects the class with a community project. Her recent research projects have focused on mortgage foreclosures in the Twin Cities and on issues of American Indian land ownership.
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Daniel Trudeau, associate professor, teaches Urban Social Geography; Qualitative Methods; Political Geography; Introduction to Urban Studies; and Cities of the 21st-century. His research focuses on urban governance, racial segregation and integration, and sustainable urban planning movements.
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William Moseley, professor and chair, is a development and environment geographer. He teaches Human Geography; People, Agriculture and the Environment; The Geography of Development and Underdevelopment; Geography of Africa; and a senior seminar in Comparative Environment and Development Studies. His research focuses on tropical agriculture, food security, environment and development policy, and Africa.


Geology

Kelly MacGregor, associate professor and chair, joined the department in 2003. She earned her PhD from the University of California–Santa Cruz, where she studied glacial geomorphology. She regularly conducts fieldwork in Montana, British Columbia and Minnesota.
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John Craddock ’80, professor, came to Macalester in 1989 from the University of Michigan, where he obtained his PhD. He is a structural geologist and his research interests include the mechanics of mountain belt formation, rock strain analysis, the Keweenawan rift, and Antarctic geology.
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Raymond Rogers,professor, received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1995 and came to Macalester in 1997. He studies the stratigraphy, sedimentology, and taphonomy of fossil-rich rocks, with field areas in Montana and Madagascar.
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Kristi Curry Rogers, assistant professor, received her PhD from Stony Brook University in 2001 and came to Macalester in 2008. She is a vertebrate paleontologist specializing in the largest of all dinosaurs, the sauropods. She is also an assistant professor in the Biology Department.
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Karl Wirth, associate professor, came to Macalester in 1990 from Cornell University, where he earned his PhD. He is an igneous petrologist with research interests that focus on the origin of igneous rocks and the chemical evolution of the Earth’s crust.
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German Studies

Linda Schulte-Sasse, DeWitt Wallace Professor and chair, teaches 18th- and 20th-century literature and specializes in film and cultural studies. She has written widely on German and American cinema and political discourses. In 1996 Duke University Press published her book on Nazi cinema, Entertaining the Third Reich.
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Brigetta Abel, visiting assistant professor, has research and teaching interests focused primarily on 20th-century film, literature, and culture, with emphasis on exile history and literature, and German and American feminisms. She is also interested in the use of educational technology in both language and culture classes.


Rachael Huener, visiting assistant professor, teaches late 19th- and early 20th-century literature and culture, and specializes in media studies. She has been active in the areas of computer-assisted language learning and German cultural studies, and she researches pre-World War I German advertising.


Kiarina Kordela, professor and director of the critical theory concentration, writes on and teaches critical theory and the relationships among philosophy, literature, psychoanalysis, social and political theory, cultural studies, ideology, and biopolitics. She has published numerous articles in academic journals, as well as the books Being, Time, Bios: Capitalism and Ontology(SUNY Press, 2013), Surplus: Spinoza, Lacan(SUNY Press, 2007), and the co-edited collection of essays, Freedom and Confinement in Modernity: Kafka’s Cages (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011).
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David Martyn, professor, teaches 18th and 19th-century German literature and cultural studies. He has published numerous articles on German and French literature and philosophy of the romantic period and on literary theory. His book, Sublime Failures: The Ethics of Kant and Sade, was published in 2003 by Wayne State University Press.
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Gisela Peters, instructor, teaches upper-level grammar and conversation composition courses, as well as courses on media and culture. She specializes in cultural studies and foreign language acquisition.


Hispanic and Latin American Studies

Margaret (Molly) Olsen, associate professor and chair, specializes in Trans- Atlantic literatures of the 16th and 17th centuries, as well as Afro-Caribbean texts of the colonial and contemporary periods.
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Susana Blanco-Iglesias is a visiting instructor from Bilbao, Spain. Her research focuses on Spanish language acquisition, with an interest in sociolinguistics, dialectology, and language contact issues (Spanish/English in the U.S. and Basque/Spanish).
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Antonio Dorca, professor, is from Barcelona, Spain. His interests include peninsular prose fiction, modern Catalán literature, Spanish intellectual history, and critical theory and narrative techniques.
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Galo Gonzalez, professor, is from Quito, Ecuador. He teaches and researches primarily 20th-century Latin American literatures and cultures, especially the literature of social protest movements, the study of race relations in Latin American narrative fiction, and the study of Hispanic/Latino literature and culture in the U.S.
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Cynthia Kauffeld, assistant professor, teaches Hispanic linguistics. Her interests include Spanish and Latin American dialectology, phonology, historical linguistics, and paleography. Her current research focuses on documents relating to the settlement of New Mexico during the colonial period.
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Teresa Mesa, senior lecturer, from Granada, Spain, specializes in contemporary Latin American literature, especially women’s writing, subaltern studies with an emphasis on U.S. Latino and Latin American testimonial and cultural production, feminist theory, and research ethics.


Alicia Muñoz, assistant professor, teaches 20th-century Latin American literature and U.S. Latino Studies. Her research is on representations of women who kill in Latin American literature and popular culture, and articulations of urban space in Latino literature. Areas of interest include border studies, the Latino immigrant experience, and crime fiction.
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J. Ernesto Ortiz-Díaz, assistant professor from Monclova, Mexico, studies representations of nature in modern Latin American literature, and contemporary historical phenomena that affect the region, such as drug trafficking, and revolutionary, activist, and environmental movements.


History

Lynn M. Hudson, associate professor, teaches courses on slavery and abolition in the United States, western history, social movements, and the history of gender and sexuality. She specializes in African American history and U.S. women’s history. Her recent research investigates legal, cultural, and social manifestations of Jim Crow discrimination in California in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
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Ernesto Capello, associate professor, teaches courses on Latin American cultural and social history, comparative urban history, and transnationalism. He has written a book on the impact of early 20th-century constructions of collective memory on the spatial and social map of his hometown of Quito, Ecuador.
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Jamie Monson, professor and chair, teaches courses on African history and on the history of China-Africa relations. She is currently completing a book and film project on China’s Cold War engagement with Africa, and is researching a second project on African women’s diplomatic visits to China in the 1960s. She has broader interests in eastern and southern African history; African environmental history; Maji Maji War; and memory and narrative in African history.
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Yue-him Tam, professor, researches modern Japanese intellectual history and Sino-Japanese relations. He teaches modern and traditional periods of China and Japan, East Asian civilizations, and war crime and memory in contemporary East Asia. He holds visiting professorships in China, Japan, and the United States.
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Karin Vélez, assistant professor, teaches courses on world history, popular religion, and comparative Atlantic empires. Her research and teaching interests also include first contact at frontier zones, the spread of religion, transoceanic exchange, and the communal formulation of myth.


Peter Weisensel, professor, specializes in modern Russian history. He wrote two monographs on Russia in the 19th century and is at work on another about Central Asia through Russian eyes. In addition to courses in Russian/Soviet history and film in the USSR, he teaches courses in modern German history, the history and philosophy of socialism, and survey courses on Europe.
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Chris Wells, associate professor, is an environmental historian whose research focuses on 20th-century U.S. environmental history. He combines the perspectives of environmental history, intellectual and cultural history, and the history of technology to examine the history of human interactions with the natural world.


International Studies

David Chioni Moore, associate professor of international studies and English, focuses on the literatures and cultures of the black Atlantic world, with interests in both Africa and African America. He maintains allied interests in postcoloniality, the post-Soviet world, and globalization. He has published a score of articles and four dozen reviews in journals such as Transition, Diaspora, PMLA, Frontiers, Genre, Research in African Literatures, and Callaloo.
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Zeynep Gürsel's assistant professor, is a cultural anthropologist. She is currently completing a manuscript,“Image Brokers,” on the production, distribution,and circulation of international news images. She is also the director and co-producer of Coffee Futures, the first in a series of short ethnographic films that explore contemporary Turkish politics through the prism of the everyday life of women.


Nadya Nedelsky, associate professor and chair, is a specialist in the areas of human and minority rights, comparative nationalisms, and transitional justice. She has authored multiple essays on comparative Czech and Slovak nationalisms, and is leading a multinational, multi-scholar Cambridge University Press research project on transitional justice. Her book on Central European nationalisms, Defining the Sovereign Community: The Czech and Slovak Republics, was recently published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.
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James von Geldern, professor of international studies and of Russian studies, holds a PhD from Brown University and a JD from the University of Minnesota Law School. As a Russianist, he is a widely published author on Soviet mass and popular culture and, more broadly, a cultural historian. As a legal scholar and practitioner, his work focuses on international codes of conduct, immigration, and transborder rights. His courses include focused offerings on the European Union as well as the post- Soviet sphere.
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Ahmed Samatar, James Wallace Professor of International Studies, is the author and editor of five books including Socialist Somalia: Rhetoric and Reality; The Somali Challenge: From Catastrophe to Renewal?; African Studies and Undergraduate Education; and The State in Africa: Reconsiderations, as well as several dozen scholarly articles. He is a member of the editorial board of the International Studies Review and editor of Macalester International and Bildhaan: An International Journal of Somali Studies. His current research is on two tracks: leadership in Africa, and Muslims in the age of globalization.


Christy Hanson, distinguished lecturer and dean of the Institute for Global Citizenship, received her MPH from the University of Minnesota, and her PhD in international health systems, with a concentration in health economics, from Johns Hopkins University. Her independent research focuses on the dynamics between poverty, health care- seeking behavior and health system response, particularly for the care of infectious diseases.


Linguistics

John Haiman, professor and chair, has done research on syntactic change in Germanic languages, the grammar of Hua (Papua New Guinea) and Khmer (Cambodia), iconicity in syntax, and the Rhaeto-Romance languages of Switzerland and Italy. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1989 for the study of sarcasm. His latest book, a grammar of Cambodian, was published in 2011.
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Christina Esposito, assistant professor, is a specialist in acoustic and articulatory phonetics. She has done fieldwork on Zapotec, a language of Southern Mexico.
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Marianne Milligan, adjunct assistant professor of linguistics, is a phonologist specializing in disappearing languages of Native America. She has done fieldwork on Menomini in Wisconsin.
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Mathematics

Karen Saxe (PhD, University of Oregon) teaches all calculus and analysis courses. She is especially interested in operator theory, functional analysis, the mathematics of elections and voting, and the history of mathematics.
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Andrew Beveridge (PhD, Yale University) is interested in the intersection of combinatorics and probability. He studies random walks, random graphs, and their applications to real-world networks, such as the Internet and ad-hoc wireless networks.
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David Bressoud (PhD, Temple University) is past president of the Mathematical Association of America, author of six textbooks in number theory, combinatorics, vector calculus, and analysis, and of many research and expository articles in mathematics. He is particularly interested in using the history of mathematics to motivate and illuminate its important ideas.
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Daniel Flath (PhD, Harvard University) has research and teaching experience ranging from algebra to applications, with research expertise in group representations, and often engages in collaborative projects. A permanent interest in curricular reform has led him to collaborate in the writing of several popular calculus textbooks.
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Tom Halverson (PhD, University of Wisconsin–Madison) teaches courses in linear and abstract algebra, discrete math, and calculus. His research on interactions between algebra and combinatorics is often done in collaboration with others— including students—and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
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Danny Kaplan (PhD, Harvard University) coordinates the Applied Math and Statistics major. He comes from a background in biomedical engineering. He’s the author of several textbooks on scientific computing, statistical modeling, and nonlinear dynamics.
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Chad Topaz (PhD, Northwestern University) uses mathematical tools to study spontaneous emergence of patterns in biological swarms, chemical reactions, and other natural systems. He teaches mathematical modeling, differential equations, and calculus.
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David Shuman (PhD, University of Michigan) is interested in signal processing and stochastic processes. He teaches calculus, linear algebra, advanced courses in analysis and linear algebra, as well as statistics courses.


Media and Cultural Studies

Morgan Adamson, assistant professor, comes to Macalester this year from Duke University, where she was ACLS New Faculty Fellow in the Literature and Arts of the Moving Image Department. Her interests are in avant-garde film and new media, critical theory and digital video production. She will be teaching Documentary Film/Video.


Leola Johnson, associate professor and chair, teaches courses on television, the press, and other mass media as social and cultural institutions. Her most recent publication, in the spring 2010 issue of the International Journal of Communication, is “Barack Obama’s Body and the Body Politic.” She is currently editing an essay about representations of Michelle Obama’s body, based on a paper she presented at the American Studies Association conference in November 2009
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John Kim, assistant professor, came to Macalester after teaching at the University of San Francisco, Stanford University, and Williams College. He is a theorist and practitioner of new media who has exhibited interactive installations at museums and galleries across the country. Before returning to teaching, he also worked as a programmer and designer at a handful of Internet startups.
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Howard Sinker, a Macalester graduate, teaches news reporting. He has authored chapters in the textbooks Real Sports Reporting and Real Feature Writing, has run workshops for journalists through the Poynter Institute’s National Writers Workshops, the Associated Press and other organizations, and is a frequent contributor to Minnesota Public Radio’s Morning Edition program. His areas of interest and expertise include digital media, trauma journalism and media ethics.


Clay Steinman, professor of media and cultural studies, was a journalist for Ralph Nader’s Capitol Hill News Service in the early 1970s after studying at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He received his PhD in Cinema Studies from New York University, with a focus on U.S. Film History and Critical Theory. He has worked as an editor and writer for the Associated Press, The Nation, and Xinhua/the New China News Agency, among others. In 2012–2013, he taught U.S. film history in relation to modernity and race as a Fulbright Scholar at Southwest University in Beibei,Chongqing, China.


Music

Mark Mazullo, professor and chair, is a musicologist and pianist. His writing on wide-ranging subjects has appeared in The Yale Review, The Musical Quarterly, American Music, Popular Music, and other publications. His book Shostakovich’s Preludes and Fugues: Contexts, Style, Performance was published by Yale University Press in 2010. Mazullo appears regularly as a pianist in solo, chamber, and concerto settings in the Twin Cities. He teaches piano as well as courses in the history of Western art music and American popular music.
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Randall Bauer, assistant professor, teaches music theory, ear training, and composition, as well as courses on jazz and improvisation. He holds a PhD from Princeton University, where he completed a dissertation on Keith Jarrett. Bauer is a recognized composer in both Western classical and jazz idioms.


Victoria Malawey, assistant professor, holds a PhD in music theory from Indiana University. Her research interests include analysis of contemporary pop-rock music, the music of Björk, music theory pedagogy, and gender studies. She has given papers at regional and international conferences on musical borrowing in the music of Paul Simon and Bob Dylan; embodiment and gender in teaching aural skills; and temporal effects in Björk’s Medúlla. She teaches music theory, ear training, and topics courses.


Mark Mandarano, assistant professor, is the conductor of the Macalester Orchestra and director of instrumental music. He has conducted numerous orchestras across the U.S. and abroad and has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center. He has conducted premieres by composers such as John Corigliano, Melinda Wagner, and Karel Husa, and has conducted recordings for Bridge Records and Arabesque Recordings. He holds degrees from the Peabody Institute and Cornell University.


Michael McGaghie, assistant professor, conducts the Macalester Concert Choir and Highland Camerata. He holds a DMA in choral conducting from Boston University. His dissertation on Minnesotan composer Dominick Argento received the 2010 Julius Herford Prize from the American Choral Directors Association. Prior to his appointment at Macalester he taught and conducted ensembles at The Boston Conservatory and Harvard University.


Chuen-Fung Wong, associate professor, was a Chancellor’s Fellow at UCLA, where his dissertation focused on the music and culture of the Uyghur people of northwest China. He teaches courses in ethnomusicology and world music topics. Wong recently received a highly competitive fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies to complete his book on Uyghur music.
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Philosophy

Martin Gunderson, DeWitt Wallace Professor of Philosophy and chair, specializes in ethics. He is also interested in philosophy of law and bioethics. Within these areas he is especially interested in right-to-die issues, civil liberties, and human rights. He is co-author of AIDS: Testing and Privacy and has published numerous articles in the areas of bioethics and ethics.
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Janet Folina, professor, specializes in the philosophy of mathematics. She also works on the philosophy of science and on the epistemological foundations of science. She is the author of Poincaré and the Philosophy of Mathematics. Her current research interests include the philosophy of mathematics of the 19th and 20th centuries, and the concept of proof in mathematics.
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Geoffrey Gorham, associate professor and chair, specializes in the history of philosophy, metaphysics, and epistemology. His recent articles include “The Theological Foundations of Hobbesian Physics: A Defense of Corporeal God”(British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 2013); “‘The Twin-Brother of Space’: Spatial Analogy in the Emergence of Absolute Time” (Intellectual History Review, 2012); and “How Newton Solved the Mind-Body Problem” (History of Philosophy Quarterly, 2011). He also published Philosophy of Science: A Beginner’s Guide (2009). Professor Gorham enjoys collaborating with students. For example, in summer 2013 he worked with philosophy senior Samuel Eklund on the project “The Emancipation of Time in the Seventeenth Century,” funded by the Keck Foundation.
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Joy Laine, adjunct professor, specializes in the philosophy of mind and language. Her work in these areas encompasses both Western and Indian philosophical traditions. She has published articles in the areas of personal identity and Indian philosophy, and has written entries for the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy on topics in Indian philosophy. She is currently working on a book, Philosophical Persons, in which she examines the development of philosophical theories of personal identity and how such theories relate to broader cultural concerns.
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diane michelfelder

Diane Michelfelder, is professor and former provost and dean of the faculty at Macalester. Her teaching and research unfold at the intersection of 20th-century European philosophy and the philosophy of technology. Much of her current and published work focuses on the ethical and social implications of emerging technologies, particularly the Internet. In 2012–2013 she taught Ethics: Happiness and Philosophy Inquiry; Critical Thinking; Ethics and the Internet; Environmental Ethics; and 20th Century Continental Philosophy: Phenomenology. A past president of the Society for Philosophy and Technology, she was instrumental in forming fPET (the Forum on Philosophy, Engineering and Technology) and is a member of the scientific advisory board of the journal Philosophy and Technology.
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tonnis ter veldhuis

William Wilcox, visiting associate professor, specializes in philosophy of law, political philosophy, and ethics. His current research interest is political philosophy, moral theory, applied ethics, philosophy and psychiatry, and philosophy of law.


Physics and Astronomy

tonnis ter veldhuis

Tonnis ter Veldhuis, associate professor and chair, is a theoretical elementary particle physicist. He investigates the basic interactions between the fundamental constituents of matter. Macalester undergraduate students frequently work with him on research projects with the aim to use data produced at the Large Hadron Collider and other experimental facilities to test and constrain extensions of the standard model of elementary particle physics.
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John Cannon, assistant professor, is an observational astronomer with a focus on nearby, low-mass galaxies. Using data from a variety of ground-based (e.g., the Jansky Very Large Array) and space-based (e.g., the Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope) observatories, he works with students to understand the nature and evolution of these galaxies in the local universe.
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James Doyle, professor, is an experimentalist in plasma and materials physics with an emphasis on materials used in thin film solar cells. Students are regular participants in his studies of reactive sputtering, computer modeling of plasma systems, plasmaenhanced chemical vapor deposition, and electrodeposition.
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Sung Kyu Kim, professor, is the author of Physics: The Fabric of Reality and coauthor of Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers. He directs the Macalester Summer Physics Institute for pre-medical students. He is the recipient of the 1993 Burlington Northern Excellence in Teaching Award.
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James Heyman, professor, is interested in experimental condensed matter physics and ultrafast laser spectroscopy. Students regularly collaborate with him in his research on ultrafast processes in semiconductors and the generation of picosecond pulses of electromagnetic radiation.
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Political Science

Julie Dolan, associate professor, teaches courses on American politics, legislative politics, women and politics and political participation. Her research focuses on public administration, representative bureaucracy, and women in politics.
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Franklin Adler, G. Theodore Mitau Professor, is interested in political and social theory and the comparative politics of Europe.
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David Blaney, James Wallace Professor, teaches courses on international politics, global political economy, and development. His research centers on the political theory and political economy of international relations.
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Adrienne Christiansen, associate professor, teaches courses on political communication, campaign rhetoric, and the rhetoric of social movements. She has published work on AIDS activists, contemporary conservatism, and the Persian Gulf War.


Paul Dosh, associate professor, teaches courses on comparative politics and Latin America. He recently published a book about urban social movements in the shantytowns of Peru and Ecuador.
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Zornitsa Keremidchieva, visiting professor, teaches courses in political communication and feminist political theory. Her published scholarship concerns relationships between women’s status, immigration politics, and citizenship.


Andrew Latham, professor and chair, teaches courses on international politics, comparative foreign policy, international security and medieval political thought. His research is currently focused on late medieval international relations and the historical evolution of sovereignty.
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Lesley Lavery, associate professor, teaches courses on U.S. politics and politics and policymaking. Research interests include public and social policy, education policy, political behavior and civic participation.


Patrick Schmidt, associate professor, teaches courses on American politics and law. His research focuses on lawyers in America, judicial politics, and the Supreme Court. He is currently writing a book on disclosure laws in the United States.
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Wendy Weber, visiting instructor, teaches courses on global governance, gender and global politics, and humanitarianism. Her research focuses on changing patterns of governance in the contemporary era, especially in the areas of international law and human rights.
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Michael Zis, visiting instructor, teaches American politics, public policy, and health policy. His research focuses on health care and public policy.


Psychology

Brooke Lea, professor and chair, teaches courses in cognitive psychology, psychology of language, and research methods and statistics. He specializes in human cognition. His research interests include theories of discourse comprehension, models of human logical competence, and the interaction between literary devices and memory.
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Kendrick Brown, associate professor, teaches courses on social psychology, understanding and confronting racism, psychology of multiculturalism, and research methods and statistics. His research interests focus on intergroup contact experiences of people of color, racial prejudice and racism, and the psychological consequences of perceiving oneself to be the target of discrimination.


E. Darcy Burgund, assistant professor, teaches courses on cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging techniques, and research methods. Her research specializes in highlevel visual cognition and memory, with a particular focus on object recognition and reading.
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Steve Guglielmo, assistant professor, teaches courses in social psychology, moral judgment, decision making, and research methods and statistics. His research examines moral and social cognition, specifically focusing on how people make judgments of blame and praise, how people understand others’ minds, and how emotions and reasoning play a role in shaping moral judgments.


Joan Ostrove, professor, teaches courses in psychology of gender, and psychology and social structure. Her research addresses the qualities that facilitate building alliances across differences of identity and the role of social class background in students’ experience of college.
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Jaine Strauss, professor, teaches courses in clinical and community psychology. She studies gender and mental health with a particular focus on body image, eating concerns, and depression. Her recent research focuses on women’s internalization of body ideals throughout the lifespan.
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Eric Wiertelak, DeWitt Wallace Professor of Psychology, teaches courses in behavioral neuroscience, drugs and society, and sensation and perception. He conducts behavioral and physiological research to investigate the role of environmental stressors and learning in neurophysiological response mechanisms such as pain modulation.
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Religious Studies

James Laine, Arnold C. Lowe Professor and chair, specializes in the religions of South Asia and Islam. He works with the study abroad program in India sponsored by the Associated Colleges of the Midwest and is writing a book on religion and power in world history.
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Paula Cooey, Margaret W. Harmon Professor of Christian Theology and Culture, teaches courses on the history of Christian traditions, comparative ethics, theory and method, religion and environmental ethics, and religion and globalization. Her scholarly expertise lies at the intersection of history of Christian thought, theory of religion, and gender studies. She is currently working on a project on the role of asceticism in ethics.
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Erik Davis, assistant professor, teaches courses on Buddhism, Asian religions, and concepts in theory of religion. His research focuses on Buddhism and religion in Cambodia; thematically, he focuses on funerals, memory, ritual, and the connection between agriculture and the religious imagination.


Susanna Drake, assistant professor, offers courses in biblical studies and early Christian history. Special interests include early Christian and Jewish relations, the construction of orthodoxy and heresy, and gender studies. Her book, Slandering the Jew: Sexuality and Difference in Early Christian Texts,is forthcoming from University of Pennsylvania Press.


Brett Wilson, assistant professor, specializes in Islamic Studies, focusing on intellectual transformations, the Qur’an, and Sufism (Islamic mysticism in modern Turkey), the Ottoman Empire, and Egypt. He has published several academic articles and is completing a book on the cultural politics and history of translating the Qur’an into Turkish.
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Russian Studies

James von Geldern, professor and chair, is an expert on Soviet mass culture and society. He has published a monograph, Bolshevik Festivals, 1917–1920, and two anthologies, Mass Culture in Soviet Russia and Entertaining Tsarist Russia. His latest project is Seventeen Moments in Soviet History, a digital sourcebook on Soviet history accessible at soviethistory.org.
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Julia Bekman Chadaga, assistant professor, works on Russian visual art, architecture, film, and literature from the 18th century to the present day. She has published articles on the relationship between material culture and the law; illusion and ideology in Soviet subterranean spaces; and mirrors as windows on Russian culture. Her book Optical Play: Glass, Vision, and Spectacle in Russian Culture is forthcoming from Northwestern University Press. She is working on a book on creativity and crime in 19th- and 20th-century Russia.
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Anastasia Kayiatos, visiting assistant professor, explores the conditions of speech and speechlessness under which the Soviet Union’s “others”—those marginalized by bodily differences of sexuality, gender, race, and disability—came to be as subjects and came together as socialities within late socialism. Analyzing such styles of “silence” as censorship; pantomime; deaf theater; racially inflected speech; and periphrastic poetics in queer and “women’s prose,” Kayiatos offsets stories of suppressed and strained speech with the counter conduct—that is, creative re/appropriations of silences—performed by some Soviet actors.


Sociology

Khaldoun Samman, associate professor, specializes in world historical-comparative sociology, urban sociology, globalization, the sociology of religion, and classical and modern sociological theory. His latest book is The Clash of Modernities: The Islamist Challenge to Jewish, Turkish and Arab Nationalism. His research explores three modes of identities in the Middle East: occidentalizing, modernizing, and orientalizing nationalist identities. Drawing comparisons between Turkey, Israel, and the Arab World, his research surveys the origins of the present strife in the region and suggests alternative strategies that may help peacefully resolve conflicts in the Middle East.
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Terry Boychuk, associate professor, specializes in comparative-historical sociology, social policies, and nonprofit organizations. His latest publication, The Making and Meaning of Hospital Policy in the United States and Canada, is a comparative study of why movements to establish national health insurance failed in the United States and succeeded in Canada. More recently, he has devoted his attention to a study of the historical origins of the legal frameworks that define the nature and scope of the charitable nonprofit sector in the United Kingdom, the United States, and the British Commonwealth.
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Mahnaz Kousha, professor, specializes in the sociology of race, ethnicity, and immigration, and sociology of the family. Her latest book, Voices from Iran: The Changing Lives of Iranian Women, explores intimate family relationships between parents and daughters within the context of broader sociocultural changes during the last three to four decades. Her most recent publication is a translation of the novel My Bird, by Fariba Vafi, one of the most acclaimed contemporary Iranian writers. Her current work explores issues regarding men’s gender roles, and family relationships.
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Erik Larson, associate professor and chair, specializes in economic sociology, political sociology, and the sociology of law. His research focuses on the emergence and transformation of legal, economic, and political institutions in relation to global and national developments. For this research, he has traveled to Fiji, Ghana, Iceland, Switzerland, Japan, China, and Taiwan. Three of his projects have received funding from the National Science Foundation. His publications include “Institutionalizing Legal Consciousness: Regulation and the Embedding of Market Participants in the Securities Industry in Ghana and Fiji” in the Law & Society Review and “Emerging Indigenous Governance: Ainu Rights at the Intersection of Global Norms and Domestic Institutions” in Alternatives: Global, Local, Political (co-authored with two Macalester students).
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Theatre and Dance

Beth Cleary, chair, associate professor, teaches at the intersection of theatre history, performance theory, and playmaking. During the 2012–13 season, she co-devised “RATIONS: a new performance about food and eating,” with Wynn Fricke of THDA and 25 students.
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Thomas C. Barrett technical director and adjunct professor of design, teaches Technical Theatre and Makeup Design and Application. He is a professional scenic designer in the Twin Cities, working regularly at Mixed Blood and Stages Theatre Company among others.


Wynn Fricke, director of the dance program, is a prominent member of the Twin Cities dance community, as a choreographer, dancer, director, and teacher. At Macalester, she choreographs new work for the concerts and teaches Experiential Anatomy and Cultures of Dance.


Becky Heist, director of the dance program, teaches Modern Technique and Dance Composition, and in 2012 piloted a new course, Dance for the Camera, based on her current passion. Her new dance film, The Klatch, follows five women who continue to dance in their golden years.
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Dan Keyser, associate professor and resident designer, has designed over 100 shows at Macalester. A professional scenic and lighting designer, Dan teaches several levels of design courses, and designs for both theatre and dance productions.
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Lara D. Nielsen, assistant professor, teaches courses on critical theory in performance and theatre studies, with an emphasis on the transnational Americas; gender and feminist criticism; and orality, experimental ethnography, and multimedia documentary methodologies. Her co-edited volume, Neoliberalism and Global Theatres: Performance Permutations, was published in fall 2012.
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Harry Waters, Jr., associate professor, teaches Acting I and II, Community-Based Theatres, Hip Hop Performance, and African American Theatre. In fall 2013, Waters will be acting in the Pillsbury House Theatre production of The Road Weeps, the Well Runs Dry, directed by Marion McClinton.
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Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Lin Aanonsen, chair of WGSS and O.T. Walter Professor of Biology, focuses her research on spinal mechanisms by which chronic pain is transmitted and induced. She involves students in every aspect of her research. Aanonsen teaches courses in cell biology, neurobiology, human physiology, and pharmacology. She chairs the Health Professions Advisory Committee and was awarded the 2003 Macalester Teaching Award.


Corie Hammers, assistant professor in WGSS, has published essays in a variety of journals such as Body & Society, Sexualities and The Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. Her main research project has been one of examining lesbian/queer public sexual cultures and sexual spaces in Canada and the U.S. Her latest project explores lesbian/queer S/M, with a particular focus on sadomasochism’s impact on the body and the types of relationality generated through the queer S/M exchange. Her core courses include Race, Sex and Work in the Global Economy; Feminist/Queer Theories and Methodologies; and Sexuality, Race and Nation: Introduction to LGBT Studies.
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Sonita Sarker, professor in WGSS and the English department, co-edited Trans- Status Subjects: Gender in the Globalization of South and Southeast Asia (2002) and is sole editor of Sustainable Feminisms (2007). She is currently writing a book on transnational receptions of fascism and empire by women writers of the 1920s and 1930s. She has published essays on Shashi Deshpande, Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, and Virginia Woolf in publications by The Feminist Press, in Archiv Orientalni, and in the National Women’s Studies Association Journal, Modernism/Modernity, and other journals. She is the recipient of awards from the Ford, Mellon, Bush, Hewlett, and Wallace foundations. She offers courses in feminist postmodern and postcolonial theories, 20th- and 21st-century transnational comparative women’s writing, and sociopolitical activism.
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