Local partnership work with an international focus
Walter Commons for Global Study and Engagement
Coordinator Blaustein Humanities Center
Directors & Steering Committee Members
Associate Professor of Theater
Virginia (Ginny) Anderson joined the theater faculty in 2013 after four years at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where she directed for the main stage and taught a variety of theater history courses including theater history survey courses, Women in Theater, African American Theater History, Children’s Theater, Theater in the United States, and LGBTQ Theater.
Program Coordinator, Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy
Joyce Bennett is an anthropologist whose research and teaching focus on sociocultural and sociolinguistic issues in Central and North America, especially as they relate to social justice. She mostly focuses on the Kaqchikel-speaking population of the Western highlands of Guatemala, but she is also interested in other ethnolinguistic groups in the country and, most recently, some of their indigenous counterparts in North America. She is an advocate of community engaged learning and regularly connects her courses to local communities in Southeastern Connecticut. Professor Bennett is an avid supporter of multi-method and cross-disciplinary approaches. She firmly believes that learning and scholarship must be connected to the people and places academics study through mutual collaboration, service, and respect.
Professor of Human Development, Chair of the Human Development Department
Acting Chair of the Education Department
Sunil Bhatia is an internationally known professor in the field of psychology and human development. He specializes in understanding the development of self and identity within the context of racism, migration, globalization and formation of transnational diasporas.
Ana Lilia Campos Manzo
Associate Professor of Sociology
Ana Lilia Campos Manzo, Ph.D., formerly Campos-Holland, teaches Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of Childhood and Adolescence, Law and Society, Drugs and Society, Punishment and Society and Field Work. Her research areas of expertise are childhood/adolescence and law/crime/punishment.
Associate Professor of Economics, Entrepreneurship Pathway Co-Coordinator
David Chavanne teaches courses in behavioral finance, experimental economics, law and economics, and microeconomic theory. He is interested in how economics can be integrated with other social sciences, philosophy and law – and how economic ideas can be communicated to people unfamiliar with, and resistant to, the economic way of thinking. His research focuses on the ways in which people's policy preferences are affected by perceptions of how luck and personal responsibility shape life situations.
Associate Professor of History
Sheetal Chhabria (Ph.D. Columbia University) is a historian of South Asia whose research and teaching focus on the production of poverty and inequality. Her research has been funded by the Social Science Research Council, the American Institute of Pakistan Studies, and the American Historical Association.
Dean of Strategic and Global Initiatives, Director of The Walter Commons for Global Study and Engagement, Professor of Chinese
A scholar of modern Chinese literature, Amy Dooling has published books on 20th century women’s writing and feminist literary culture. As Associate Dean of Global Initiatives, Dooling works with offices and individuals across campus to coordinate the College’s global education efforts.
Michelle R. Dunlap
Professor of Human Development
Michelle Dunlap teaches Introduction to Human (Lifespan) Development; Adolescent Development; Children and Families in a Multicultural Society; Social and Personality Development; and Basic Applied Statistical Analyses. She has more than 40 publications, having written books, journal articles, chapters, and essays, about her research and experiences involving college students working in community service-learning settings; intergroup relations; and perceptions and misperceptions of African American child rearing; and most recently, Black and minority bodies shopping and other consumer marketplace experiences.
Director of Gender and Sexuality Programs, Director of the LGBTQIA Center
Fuller-Maathai Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Intersectionality Studies, Chair of the Gender, Sexuality and Intersectionality Studies Department
Danielle Egan’s research examines the social construction of sexual “problems.” She is fascinated by the ways in which cultural institutions (medical, religious, political, psychological, scholarly disciplines) create and defend norms of social and sexual acceptability. She is also particularly interested in the creative ways people negotiate, resist and are, at times, complicit with sexual hegemony.
Leo J. Garofalo
Associate Professor of History, Chair of the History Department
Leo Garofalo teaches a first-year seminar: Castro, Che Guevara and Fifty Years of the Cuban Revolution, Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean History, Modern Latin American History: Nation and the Poverty of Progress, Rebellion and Revolutions in Latin America: Tupac Amaru to Subcomandante Marcos, History of Gender in Mexico and the Andes, Migration and Immigration in Latin America, and "Race" in Colonial Latin America.
Dean of academic support, Executive Director of the academic resource center, Entrepreneurship pathway co-coordinator, Adjunct assistant professor of economics
Professor Heredia’s teaching and research interests include Latin American and Caribbean literary and cultural production, Caribbean intellectual history, Haitian visual arts and literature, the Haitian Revolution, comparative postcolonial studies in light of ancestral communities in Latin America, and the African Diaspora. She has authored three books, De la recta a las cajas chinas: la poesía de José Kozer, La representación del haitiano en las letras dominicanas, Providential Narrative en la isla de Santo Domingo. She has published scholarly articles that explore the philosophical, historical and literary interpretations of colonial plantations in the Americas. In addition, her written work examines the interplay between history, legal systems and spiritual conscience anchored in social justice.
Professor of Psychology, Data, Information, and Society Pathway Coordinator
Jason Nier is a social psychologist whose research focuses primarily on intergroup relations. As a result, he is concerned with the psychological processes that are responsible for prejudice and discrimination, and the processes through which biases may be reduced.
Interim Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion, Vandana Shiva Associate Professor of Gender Sexuality and Intersectionality Studies
As of August 1, 2021, Ariella R. Rotramel is currently serving as the Interim Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion. Ari joined the College in 2012 and is the Vandana Shiva Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Intersectionality Studies. They are an interdisciplinary scholar committed to bridging theoretical and practical engagements of identity and social justice issues.
Associate Professor of Psychology, Director of the Behavioral Neuroscience Program
Joseph Schroeder has a diverse background in psychology, neuroscience, cell biology, neuropathology and pharmacology. Understanding the neurobiological mechanisms of behavior has been the unifying theme of his research interests from the beginning of his career.
Jefferson A. Singer
Faulk Foundation Professor of Psychology
Jefferson A. Singer, Faulk Foundation Professor of Psychology, also served as Dean of the College from 2015-2021. He is the author of six books and over 100 articles, chapters, and book reviews in the fields of personality, autobiographical memory, and clinical psychology.
C. Mara Suttmann-Lea
Assistant Professor of Government
Mara Suttmann-Lea hails from the Midwest, growing up in Leland, Michigan, and earning her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Chicago, Illinois. She studies American politics, and is primarily interested in the relationship between election laws, political parties and campaigns, and political participation. Her research aims to develop concrete ways to improve the electoral process and increase access to participation in politics, particularly for vulnerable populations.
Audrey L. Zakriski
Professor of Psychology, Director of the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy
Co-Chair of the Psychology Department
Audrey Zakriski teaches courses in clinical, developmental and general psychology, with an emphasis on community-based learning. To facilitate an understanding of normative development and the development of psychopathology, students in her Developmental Psychopathology course work with typically developing youth, at-risk youth, and youth with psychological disturbances in a range of community settings.
Associate Director, Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy