Faculty

Associated Faculty

Catherine Benoit, Professor of Anthropology

Catherine Benoit

Professor of Anthropology

(On sabbatical Academic Year 2016-2017)

Migration and border reinforcement • Anthropology of gardens and landscape • Health inequalities • Areas of interest: Haiti, Sint Maarten, Guadeloupe, European overseas territories


Sunil Bhatia, Professor of Human Development

Sunil Bhatia

Professor of Human Development

Racial, ethnic and migrant identity in global and transnational cultures • Cultural psychology and narrative theory • Ethnography and qualitative methods


MaryAnne Borrelli, Professor of Government

MaryAnne Borrelli

Professor of Government

United States politics and government • Gender and United States politics • The Presidency • Congress


Ana Campos-Holland, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Ana Campos-Holland

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Law and society • Crime, drugs and society • Punishment and its consequences • Families and parenthood • Childhood and adolescence • Youth peer culture


David Canton, Associate Professor of History, Director of the Africana Studies Program

David Canton

Associate Professor of History, Director of the Africana Studies Program

20th-Century American social history • Civil rights movement • Urban history • Hip Hop music and Black culture in post-industrial America




James T. Downs, Associate Professor of History, Interim Director of the American Studies Program

James T. Downs

Associate Professor of History, Interim Director of the American Studies Program

U.S. History • African-American Studies • History of medicine and public health


Michelle R. Dunlap, Professor of Human Development, Chair of the Human Development Department

Michelle R. Dunlap

Professor of Human Development, Chair of the Human Development Department

Improving college student coping and skills in community service learning settings • Social and personality development • Contemporary family issues (e.g. single parent families, kinship care families) • Multicultural issues and methods for increasing service provider cultural competency


Jennifer Fredricks, Professor of Human Development, Director of the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy

Jennifer Fredricks

Professor of Human Development, Director of the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy

Human development • Adolescence • Child and family policy • Social policy • Educational psychology


Eugene V.  Gallagher, Rosemary Park Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Founding director, 1996, the Joy Shechtman Mankoff Center for Teaching & Learning

Eugene V.  Gallagher

Rosemary Park Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Founding director, 1996, the Joy Shechtman Mankoff Center for Teaching & Learning

History of religion • New religious movements • New Testament and early Christianity • Western scriptures and traditions


Karen  Gonzalez Rice, Sue and Eugene Mercy Assistant Professor of Art History

Karen  Gonzalez Rice

Sue and Eugene Mercy Assistant Professor of Art History

Contemporary art (1945-present) • Experimental art • Performance studies • Contemporary art and the body • American studies; contemporary art in America • Religion in contemporary art • Trauma studies • Art and ethics


Sandy Grande, Professor of Education, Director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE)

Sandy Grande

Professor of Education, Director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE)

(On sabbatical Spring 2017)

Native American/Indigenous education • Critical Indigenous theory


Cherise Harris, Associate Professor of Sociology

Cherise Harris

Associate Professor of Sociology

Race, class and gender • Marriage and the family • Social psychology


Dorothy James, Professor of Government and International Relations

Dorothy James

Professor of Government and International Relations

U. S. Politics (especially presidential politics, political parties, campaigns and elections, and the impact of the media and interest groups on politics) • Constitutional Law, civil liberties, judicial behavior • Balancing National Security with Individual Freedom • American Political Thought



David K. Kim, Professor of Religious Studies, Chair of the Religious Studies Department, Spring 2017

David K. Kim

Professor of Religious Studies, Chair of the Religious Studies Department, Spring 2017

(On sabbatical Fall 2016)

Philosophy of religion • Critical theory • Political theory • Modern and contemporary religious thought • Human agency, moral philosophy, and ethics • Religious theory • Asian American studies


Michelle Neely, Assistant Professor of English

Michelle Neely

Assistant Professor of English

(On sabbatical Spring 2017)

American literature to 1900 • Animal studies • Environmental humanities • Food studies • African-American literature • Women's literature • Literary and political theory


Denise Pelletier, Professor of Art

Denise Pelletier

Professor of Art

Ceramics • Sculpture • Site-specific art


Julie Rivkin, Professor of English

Julie Rivkin

Professor of English

American literature • Gender studies and contemporary literature • Literary theory • Henry James


Rosemarie Roberts, Associate Professor of Dance

Rosemarie Roberts

Associate Professor of Dance

Body, knowledge, power and difference • Dance studies • Intersection of arts and social justice in education • Social psychology of performance and dance


Christopher B.  Steiner, Lucy C. McDannel '22 Professor of Art History and Anthropology, Director of the Museum Studies Program

Christopher B.  Steiner

Lucy C. McDannel '22 Professor of Art History and Anthropology, Director of the Museum Studies Program

African art and material culture • Art market and collecting • Images of race and "otherness" in visual culture • Offbeat museums and visionary art • Censorship and museum controversies


Larry Vogel, Professor of Philosophy

Larry Vogel

Professor of Philosophy

Ethics • Applied ethics • Phenomenology and existentialism


James Dale Wilson, Associate Professor of Music, Ethnomusicologist, Jazz Composer/Arranger

James Dale Wilson

Associate Professor of Music, Ethnomusicologist, Jazz Composer/Arranger

Ethnomusicology • Jazz • Guangdong ritual and ritual music • Southeast Chinese perspectives on migration and transnationalism



George J. Willauer, Professor Emeritus of English, Charles J. MacCurdy Professor Emeritus of American Studies