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Department of American Indian Studies

Brendan Fairbanks
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2009, Linguistics, University of Minnesota
Dissertation: "Ojibwe Discourse Markers"

Professor Fairbanks' research focus is on the documentation and preservation of the Ojibwe Language. His research includes discourse markers, reduplication, grammar patterns, and syntax. Professor Fairbanks works closely with Ojibwe Elders in the region to address the challenge in becoming fluent in an endangered language which has very few speakers left.


Department of American Studies

Pamela Butler
Assistant Professor, 2013/14
Ph.D. 2010, American Studies, University of Minnesota
Dissertation: "Global Chicks: The Politics of Transnational Travel in 21st Century Feminisms"

Professor Butler just completed a three-year visiting assistant professorship in American Studies at University of Notre Dame. She received her B.A. from Michigan State University in Women's Studies and her Ph.D. in American Studies in 2010 from University of Minnesota. Her research uses postfeminist media and cultural studies to explore the connections between race, empire, and political economy in United States feminisms since 1965. More broadly, Professor Butler's research has focused on the areas of media and popular culture; race, gender, and empire; and feminist theories, with a particular emphasis on critical race, postcolonial, and transnational work. Professor Butler will teach courses on American popular culture.


Department of Art

Hartmut Austen
Assistant Professor, 2013/14
Meisterschüler 1997, Fine Arts, Hochschule der Künste (University of the Arts) Berlin

Professor Austen is a painter whose works of varying scale and tonality are installed in groupings that respond to the space in which they are presented. Austen's work is exhibited internationally, most recently in solo shows at Paul Kotula Projects (Ferndale, Michigan) and Sasaki Associates (Watertown, Massachusetts) as well as the group exhibitions Lost and Found: Belief and Doubt in Contemporary Pictures at Passenger Project Space (Detroit) and Opening Lines: Telegraph in Berlin at Milchhof Pavilion in Berlin. In 2009 Professor Austen was the recipient of the Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellowship, and in 2012 he received the Grant Wood Fellowship for Painting and Drawing at the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History. Together with Lynn Crawford, Professor Austen edited the second issue of Detroit: Telegraph, a literary and visual arts journal published by the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. He is represented by The Butchers Daughter Contemporary Art in Detroit, where he will present a solo exhibition this fall.

Teri Fullerton
Assistant Professor, 2013/14
M.F.A. 2008, Photography, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Through the medium of photography, Professor Fullerton compares the experiences of veterans and military families with the landscape of internet dating to explore overarching themes such as vulnerability, loneliness, the search for home, and the impact of contemporary society on one's interior landscape. Her brother was an Apache helicopter pilot and served two tours of duty in Iraq. At the same time that he was fighting in that war, she was going on first dates with strangers. Professor Fullerton's work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across the U.S. and internationally. Her photographs have appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times Magazine. She is a recipient of the 2012/13 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Photographers, the 2011/12 Minnesota State Artist Initiative Grant and the 2010/11 Jerome Fellowship for Emerging Artists.

Nick Satinover
Assistant Professor, 2013/14
M.F.A. 2010, Studio Art/Printmaking, Illinois State University
Thesis Exhibition: "The Same Smoke Still Fills This Room"

Professor Satinover investigates the physical and psychological experiences of space through varied printmaking media, writing, and sound. Satinover has been an artist-in-residence at the Kala Artist Institute (Berkeley, California), Dayton Printmakers Cooperative (Dayton, Ohio), and the Frans Masereel Centrum (Kasterlee, Belgium). In September 2013 he will travel to Ely, Minnesota to participate in the Lake Tofte Center Emerging Artists program, funded by the Jerome Foundation. Satinover has shown his work both nationally and internationally in group, juried, and solo exhibitions. His most recent solo exhibition, Nineteen, Thirteen, at Invisible Hand in Lawrence, Kansas coincided with the publication of his first book of prose poetry of the same title.

Natalie Tornatore
Assistant Professor, 2013/14
M.F.A. 2010, Ceramics, Ohio University

Professor Tornatore is a ceramic artist whose work resides within the expanded terrain of sculpture, drawing, and mixed media. Through the lens of phenomenology, she constructs site-specific installations that evoke the liminal spaces and shifting temporalities of human experience. Prior to her graduate education, Tornatore completed a two-year fellowship at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and she has served as an invited artist at the Arrowmont School of Craft, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Bellarmine University in Louisville. Professor Tornatore's work was most recently exhibited in La Mesa: A National Invitational Dinnerware Exhibition presented by Santa Fe Clay, and in The Air and The Ground at Indiana University Southeast.


Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies

Hanne Løland Levinson
Assistant Professor
Th.D. 2007, Theology, MF Norwegian School of Theology
Dissertation: "Silent or Salient Gender? The Interpretation of Gendered God-Language in the Hebrew Bible, Exemplified in Isaiah 42, 46, and 49"

Hanne Løland Levinson's dissertation was published as the book, Silent or Salient Gender? The Interpretation of Gendered God-Language in the Hebrew Bible, Exemplified in Isaiah 42, 46, and 49 (Tuebingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2008), which was awarded the John Templeton Award for Theological Promise in 2008. Her field is academic studies of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, and her research areas include metaphor studies, gender studies, and the studies of biblical narratives. She is currently working on a book entitled Wishing for Death or Fighting for Life? Death Wishes in Hebrew Bible Narratives. Professor Levinson is chair of the Society of Biblical Literature consultation unit Metaphor Theory and the Hebrew Bible, and member of the steering committee of the Society of Biblical Literature program unit Formation of Isaiah.


Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature

Michael Gallope
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2011, Historical Musicology, New York University
Dissertation: "Musical Technique and Metaphysical Singularity in Bloch, Adorno, Jankélévitch, and Deleuze"

Professor Gallope's research lies at the intersection of music, sound, and intellectual history. His current book manuscript, Deep Refrains: Music and Sound Beyond the Linguistic Turn, offers a comparative analysis of several themes in 20th-century musical thought, including the metaphysical tone, music's turn towards language, music's inconsistency and ineffability, its rhythm and vitality, and its relationship to sorrow, suffering, and ecstasy. Professor Gallope also has deep secondary interests in popular culture, visual culture, and music of the African diaspora. He taught previously at the University of Chicago where he was a member of the Society of Fellows, and at New York University where he completed his Ph.D.

Rainer Koeppl
Visiting Austrian Fulbright Professor, Fall 2013
Ph.D. 1985, University of Vienna

Professor Koeppl is visiting from the University of Vienna where he is professor in the Institute for Theatre, Film and Media Studies, specializing in popular culture and semiotics, media and communication, translation and politics, and psychoanalysis. He is the author of numerous publications and documentaries including Chaotic Comedians: The Marx Brothers and Jewish Humor; Why Hitchcock is still haunting me; and Austrian Theatre: Structures, Developments and Politics. Professor Koeppl will be teaching a course based on research for his 2010 monograph Der Vampir sind wir, which addresses issues of vampirology, semiotics, popular culture, dramaturgy, and psychoanalysis.


Department of English

Elaine Auyoung
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2011, English, Harvard University
Dissertation: "Partial Cues and the Promise of More in Nineteenth-Century Realism"
Professor Auyoung specializes in 19th-century literature and culture, the history and theory of the novel, and cognitive and aesthetic approaches to the arts. Her book manuscript, Missing Fiction: The Feeling of Realism, reveals how 19th-century novels prompt readers to feel as if vibrant fictional worlds exist beyond the printed page, even while they know that nothing in the text exists at all. Realism creates heightened instances of this cognitive dissonance, which is a major source of its aesthetic complexity. Her second major project recuperates Victorian accounts of aesthetic absorption in response to three categories of stimuli: nature, music, and representational art. Professor Auyoung was awarded the inaugural Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in English at Rutgers University (2011 - 2013).


Amit Yahav

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2005, English Literature, Johns Hopkins University
Dissertation: "Narrative Justice"

Professor Yahav's current book project, Moments: Duration and the English Novel, is a study of the 18th-century interest in qualitative time--experiential duration defined in contrast to chronometry (e.g., Locke's discussion of duration in The Essay Concerning Human Understanding and Addison's reply in Spectator 94). Following Addison, Yahav makes the case for the rise of leisure reading as legitimizing an absorptive temporality understood as an alternative to regularized and conventional schedules. Through brief readings of Addison, Richardson, and Sterne, Yahav sketches the tenets of such qualitative time and the ways by which reading has been imagined to formalize it. Yahav was a 2011/12 Affiliate Scholar at Rutgers University's Center for Cultural Analysis. Professor Yahav's appointment begins spring semester 2014.


Department of French and Italian

Lorenzo Fabbri
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., History of Philosophical, Literary, and Scientific Texts, University of Cassino, Italy
Dissertation: "History of Philosophical, Literary, and Scientific Texts from the Modern Era to the Contemporary Era"
Ph.D. 2013, Italian Studies, Cornell University
Dissertation: "Beyond Neorealism. Cinema, Biopolitics, and Fascism."

Lorenzo Fabbri's research interests are in contemporary Italian Studies, film theory, and postcolonial critique. His publications include The Domestication of Derrida: Rorty, Pragmatism, and Deconstruction (New York: Continuum, 2008). His work has appeared in Diacritics, California Italian Studies Journal, Res Publica, Radical Philosophy Review, and Critical Inquiry.

Caroline Ferraris-Besso
Assistant Professor, 2013/14
Ph.D. 2012, French Studies, Cornell University
Dissertation: "Postcards from Tahiti: Images of the Other from William Hodges to Pierre Loti and Paul Gauguin"

Caroline Ferraris-Besso's research interests and publications focus on anthropological and travel writing; visual studies; autobiography, biography, and memoirs; and post-World War II European literary and intellectual history. She has taught at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Miami University.


Department of Geography, Environment, and Society

Kate Derickson
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2011, Geography and Women's Studies, Pennsylvania State University
Dissertation: "The cultural politics of neoliberal regulation in post-Katrina Mississippi"

Professor Derickson earned a dual Ph.D. in Geography and Women's Studies from Pennsylvania State University in 2011. She was awarded the Urban Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship in Urban Political Economy at the University of Glasgow from 2010 - 2011, and an assistant professor in Geosciences at Georgia State University from 2011 - 2013. Professor Derickson's research explores the intersections of politics, difference, political economy, and the ethical practice of academic research. She has worked with communities in coastal Mississippi, West Atlanta, and the Govan neighborhood of Glasgow, Scotland.


Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch

Hildegard Hoffmann
Assistant Professor, DAAD Visiting Professor, 2013/14 - 2015/16
Ph.D. 2005, Film and Media Studies, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Dissertation: "Fernsehen und Ereignis. Die Mediatisierung von ›Wende‹ und ›Wiedervereinigung‹ (Television and Historical Event: Media Representation of "The Fall of the Wall" and "Reunification")"

Professor Hoffmann is a scholar in media studies. Her first book is an analysis of the politics of the media's representation of the "Wende" (the "change" of 1989-90, the equivalent cliché in English being "the fall of the Wall") and "Wiedervereinigung" (the "reunification") of West and East Germany, which are both terms that she problematizes. Her current research project involves the production of stereotypes in the German media, focusing on the situation of the Sinti and Roma (the peoples traditionally--and inaccurately--called "the gypsies"). She is very much a public intellectual who likes to engage the community outside the university; she would like to organize film festivals and conferences on topics of artistic and political interest to an audience beyond the academy.

Falko Schmieder
DAAD Visiting Professor, Fall 2013
Ph.D. 2004, Freie Universität, Berlin

Professor Schmieder is the author or co-author of numerous works including Freud und Adorno: Zur Urgeschichte der Moderne; and Ludwig Feuerbach und der Eingang der klassischen Fotografie. Zum Verhältnis von anthropologischem und Historischem Materialismus. Professor Schmieder comes to us from the Center for Literary and Cultural Research, Berlin, where he leads a project on theorizing an interdisciplinary history of ideas.


Department of History

Katharine Gerbner
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2013, History of American Civilization, Harvard University
Dissertation: "Christian Slavery: Protestant Missions and Slave Conversion in the Atlantic World, 1660-1760"

Katharine Gerbner studies the religious dimensions of race, authority, and freedom in the early modern Atlantic world. Her dissertation asked why enslaved and free Africans participated in Christian rituals in the Protestant Caribbean. She argues that their conversion conditioned the emergence of whiteness, transformed the practice of religion, and redefined the idea of freedom in both Europe and the Americas. Professor Gerbner looks particularly at the Moravian missionaries and has also published on Quakers and antislavery. She has held fellowships for her archival work from the American Philosophical Society, the John Carter Brown Library, the Library Company of Philadelphia, Haverford College, and the DAAD. She will be active in the Center for Early Modern History.

Austin Mason
Assistant Professor, 2013/14 - 2015/16
Ph.D. 2012, Medieval History, Boston College
Dissertation: "Listening to the Early Medieval Dead: Religious Practices in Eastern Britain, 400-900CE"

Austin Mason's interests lie in Anglo-Saxon England, Early Medieval Religious Practice, visual and material culture, and historical archaeology. His dissertation used a number of digital techniques to draw conclusions about religion from the placement and contents of Anglo-Saxon graves, including using GIS to reconstruct the views that the dead would have had from their graves. In so doing he raised new questions about what it meant to "convert" to Christianity. He held an Andrew W. Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for this project, after which he served as postdoctoral fellow at Boston College. He won the Denis Bethell Prize from the Charles Homer Haskins Society for his first published article.


Department of History & Minnesota Population Center
J. David Hacker

Associate Professor
Ph.D. 1999, History, University of Minnesota
Dissertation: "The Human Cost of War: White Population in the United States 1850-1880"

J. David Hacker comes to the U of M from Binghamton University. A demographic historian, he specializes in the time period around the U.S. Civil War. Professor Hacker's work has shown that the death toll from the Civil War was considerably higher than previously thought. In 2012, he received the John T. Hubbell Prize for the best article published in Civil War History for this work. He is working on a book that will discuss the demographic consequences of this death toll and other aspects of the Civil War. He studies birth as well as death, with a second major project on the decline of fertility in the U.S. from 1790 to 2000. Professor Hacker holds a joint appointment in the Department of History and the Minnesota Population Center.


School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Rebekah Nagler
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2010, Communication, University of Pennsylvania
Dissertation: "Steady diet of confusion: Contradictory nutrition messages in the public information environment"

Professor Nagler's research interests include media effects on health behavior, cancer communication, and health communication campaigns. Since September 2010, Professor Nagler has served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard Education Program in Cancer Prevention, situated within the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. Here, she was involved in the design of Project IMPACT, a study that assesses public opinion and media discussion of tobacco-related health disparities. She has previously held roles at the Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research at the University of Pennsylvania and at the Center for Applied Behavioral and Evaluation Research at the Academy for Educational Development in Washington, D.C. In 2013, Professor Nagler was selected as the first CLA faculty member to be a BIRCHWH Scholar by the Deborah E. Powell Center for Women's Health at the University of Minnesota. Professor Nagler's appointment begins spring semester 2014.

Hyejoon Rim

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2013, Public Relations, University of Florida
Dissertation: "The effects of proactive versus reactive CSR on corporate reputation in a crisis situation: the mediating role of the perceived motives of CSR"

Professor Rim's research focuses on corporate communications, including strategic management of corporate social responsibility, reputation management, and crisis communications. Her research interests also center on digital media and health communication. She previously held roles as an account executive at McCann-Erickson Worldwide and as a senior account executive at InComm Brodeur, both located in Seoul, Korea.


Institute of Linguistics

Timothy Hunter
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2010, Linguistics, University of Maryland, College Park
Dissertation: "Relating Movement and Adjunction in Syntax and Semantics"

Professor Hunter's research investigates the cognitive structures and processes that comprise our ability to speak and understand human languages. He focuses on the level of syntax and semantics, and the benefits that computational and mathematical perspectives can bring to the study of these topics. One primary line of theoretical work addresses the relationship between predicate-argument relations and modification (or adjunction) relations. In other work he looks at how such abstract grammatical systems are integrated into cognition more generally, asking what kinds of mental algorithms we use to analyze the syntactic structure of a sentence or judge a sentence to be true or false. Professor Hunter is originally from Sydney, Australia, and moved to the U.S. to begin his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland in 2005.


School of Music

Adriana Zabala
Assistant Professor
M.M. 1999, Vocal Performance, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Adriana Zabala enjoys a career that spans traditional operatic roles and new works, like the recent critically acclaimed world premiere of Doubt, for which she created the role of Sister James, with Minnesota Opera. She has performed operatically throughout the United States, and in Canada, Mexico, Israel and Europe. In recital Professor Zabala has sung at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, the Barns at Wolf Trap, with the New York Festival of Song, and on the Salzburg International Chamber Music Series. She earned her degrees at Louisiana State University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the Mozarteum in Austria. Professor Zabala is a proud member of the voice faculty at the University of Minnesota, where, in addition to her voice studio, she teaches a freshman seminar called Shakespeare in Film and Music, and leads a global seminar, Vive Les Arts!, in Paris.


Department of Political Science

Benjamin Bagozzi
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2013, Political Science, Pennsylvania State University
Dissertation: "Strategies of Environmental Treaty Participation by Authoritarian Regimes"

Professor Bagozzi specializes in political methodology and international relations. Within international relations, his research and teaching interests include international organization, international political economy, and environmental politics. Methodologically, he teaches and conducts research in maximum likelihood estimation, limited dependent variable models, text analysis, big data social science, event data, and rare events. He is a member of APSA, IPES, and the Society for Political Methodology. Professor Bagozzi's work has appeared in international relations and political methodology journals such as Political Analysis, International Interactions, and Foreign Policy Analysis.

Daniel Berliner
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2012, Political Science, University of Washington, Seattle
Dissertation: "Institutionalizing Transparency: The Global Spread of Freedom of Information in Law and Practice"

Professor Berliner's research focuses on the spread of transparency and accountability policies around the world, policy diffusion and transnational advocacy networks, and issues of governance in global supply chains. During the 2012-2013 academic year, Professor Berliner was a post-doctoral fellow at Freie Universität Berlin, in the Research College The Transformative Power of Europe.

Jeff Gill
Visiting Professor, Spring 2014
Ph.D. 1996, School of Public Affairs and Department of Mathematics and Statistics, American University
Dissertation: "A Probabilistic Distribution Theory Model of Bureaucratic Behavior: Policy Preferences as Random Variables"

Major areas of research and interest are in Methodology and Statistics: Bayesian approaches, Markov chain Monte Carlo, queuing theory, nonparametrics, missing data, generalized linear model theory, model selection, circular data, and general problems in statistical computing. In Epidemiology: mental health outcomes for children exposed to war, foot-and-mouth disease, containment policy, and measurement/data issues. In Medicine: pediatric traumatic brain injury, linkages between obesity and cancer (including human energetics and mouse models), models of Warfarin dosage, psychiatric trauma, physiological effects of stress. And in Political Science: voting, terrorism, Scottish politics, expert elicitation, and bureaucracy. Professor Gill is the author of Essential Mathematics for Political and Social Research, with Cambridge University Press, and is the author of five other books including the forthcoming second edition of Bayesian Methods for the Social and Behavioral Sciences(Chapman & Hall/CRC), which is the leading Bayesian text for these disciplines. His journal work has appeared in the Lancet-Neurology, Journal of Politics, Electoral Studies, Statistical Science, Political Research Quarterly, Quarterly Journal of Political Science, Sociological Methods and Research, Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Annals of Statistics, JASA, Journal of Statistical Software, Political Analysis, and elsewhere.

Kathleen Marchetti
Assistant Professor, 2013/14 - 2014/15
Dual Ph.D. 2013, Political Science and Women's Studies, Pennsylvania State University
Dissertation: "Crossing the Intersection: Diversity in Interest Group Advocacy and Representation"

Kathleen (Katie) Marchetti's interdisciplinary research and teaching interests span the fields of political science and women's studies. Much of her research focuses on how advocacy organizations represent disadvantaged individuals in the U.S. political process and how differences in political context shape organizational behavior. Her work on advocacy organizations has appeared in interdisciplinary outlets such as Gender, Place & Culture as well as the interest group subfield journal, Interest Groups & Advocacy. In addition to her research, Professor Marchetti enjoys teaching classes on gender and politics, interest groups, and political representation. As a graduate student, she was the recipient of the political science department's Robert S. Friedman Award for Excellence in Teaching and was the 2012/13 Outstanding Graduate Student in Penn State's Department of Women's Studies.

C. Daniel Myers
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2011, Politics, Princeton University
Dissertation: "Information Use in Small Group Deliberation"

Professor Myers is interested in political psychology, political communication, and experimental methods. His research focuses on democratic deliberation as a form of civic engagement. This work draws on psychological and rational choice theory to examine what happens when citizens deliberate and how to design deliberative institutions. His second line of research examines how stories are used to advance political arguments, and how the inclusion of personal stories in political communication affects the persuasiveness of that communication. He is also involved in several projects investigating the use of deliberative public engagement to address bioethical questions. Previously, Professor Myers was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan.

Jaime Yaffé

Visiting Professor, Fall 2013
M.A. 2005, Political Science, Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay
Dissertation: "Party Adaptation and Political Competition in Uruguay. Lett Transformation and the Electoral Victory of Frente Amplio (1971 - 2005)"

Professor Yaffé is in residence at University of Minnesota as a visiting scholar in the Department of Political Science. His current research project is focused on left wing parties and democracy in the context of the Latin American Cold War. Previously he had collaborated in research about human rights violations, political violence, and state terrorism under authoritarian rule in Uruguay. During fall semester Professor Yaffé is teaching a course in Spanish about the relation between ideas, interests, and institutions in Latin American political and economic history.


Department of Psychology

Jill Allen
Assistant Professor, 2013/14
Ph.D. 2013, Psychology, University of Nebraska- Lincoln
Dissertation: "The Drive to be Sexy: Belonging Motivation and Optimal Distinctiveness in Women's Self-Sexualization"

Professor Allen's research integrates social psychological and diversity principles to focus on when and why objectification and stereotyping negatively influence the motivation and behavior of stigmatized individuals. From the target's perspective, her self-sexualization line of research examines how women anticipate others' reactions and shape their impression management styles to maximize interpersonal benefits. From the perceiver's perspective, her research delineates for whom and with what social and mental health consequences sexual objectification occurs, as well as the cognitive processes underlying sexual objectification. Her work links objectification and stereotyping to legal issues (e.g., sex-based discrimination). Professor Allen is the recipient of the 2011 Georgia Babladelis Best Psychology of Women Quarterly Paper Award.

James Lee
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2011, Psychology, Harvard University
Dissertation: "The Causes of Individual Differences"

Professor Lee specializes in individual differences and behavioral genetics with an emphasis on human mental abilities. He is currently involved in several genotyping and sequencing studies of perceptual and cognitive abilities. Professor Lee is also interested in the neural and cognitive bases of individual differences. His research has been published in European Journal of Psychology, Psychological Science, and Genetics Research.

Mark Stellmack
Assistant Professor, 2013/14
Ph.D. 1992, Psychology, Loyola University of Chicago
Dissertation: "Lateralization of Asynchronous Stimuli"

Professor Stellmack held a post-doctoral position at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before coming to the University of Minnesota. Professor Stellmack has published extensively in the area of auditory perception with a focus on binaural hearing. His research has explored the ability of listeners to perceptually separate spatial information in multiple sound sources, and he has conducted and published research on the effectiveness of various teaching strategies, in particular, writing instruction. Professor Stellmack is currently the instructor and coordinator of the introductory statistics and research methods courses in the Department of Psychology. He established Sentience, the department's online journal of undergraduate research, and has been its editor for the past five years.


Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

Sheri Stronach
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2013, Communication Science and Disorders, Florida State University
Dissertation: "Social communication profiles of toddlers with and without autism spectrum disorder from three racial/ethnic groups"
Professor Stronach received her B.A. and M.S. degrees in Communicative Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Ph.D. from Florida State University under the direction of Dr. Amy M. Wetherby. She has had a variety of clinical and research experiences working with adults and children with communication disorders, and has presented research at national and international levels. Professor Stronach's primary research interests include typical and atypical social communication development across cultures, early identification of autism spectrum disorder, and cultural adaptations for early intervention services.


Department of Sociology

Michelle Phelps
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2013, Sociology and Social Policy, Princeton University
Dissertation: "The Paradox of Probation - Understanding the Expansion of an Alternative to Incarceration During the Prison Boom"

Michelle Phelps' research is in the sociology of punishment, focusing in particular on the punitive turn in the U.S. Her dissertation work focused on the rise of probation supervision as a criminal justice sanction and its relationship to mass incarceration. Professor Phelps also has projects looking at the changes in rehabilitative programming in U.S. prisons since the 1970s, the recent decarceration trend and its implications for inequality, and inmates' trajectories across prison contexts. She is published in Law & Policy, Journal of Criminal Justice, and Law & Society Review.


Department of Sociology & Minnesota Population Center

Jack DeWaard
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2013, Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dissertation: "The temporal dynamics of international migration and linkages to anti-foreigner sentiment"

Professor DeWaard will be joining our department through a hiring initiative instigated by the Minnesota Population Center. He completed his Ph.D. in Sociology and was a NICHD Trainee in the Center for Demography and Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research explores the relationships between migration, ethnic and racial stratification and inequality, and public perceptions of and policies towards immigrants. In his dissertation, Professor DeWaard investigated the association between country-level patterns of international migration and the prevalence of anti-foreigner sentiment in Europe. His work appears in Demography, Demographic Research, and International Migration Review.


Department of Sociology & School of Statistics

Zack Almquist
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2013, Sociology, University of California, Irvine
Dissertation: "Vertex Processes in Social Networks"

Professor Almquist will be joining Sociology as well as the School of Statistics as an assistant professor. He was a graduate student fellow in the Center for Networks and Relational Analysis. He also has an M.A. in Demography from UCI and an M.S. in Statistics from Northwestern University. Professor Almquist's research lies at the intersection of sociology, social network analysis, and demography and has been published in such journals as Sociological Methodology, the Journal of Statistical Software, Demographic Research, and Social Networks.


Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies

Marianela Rivera
Assistant Professor, 2013/14
Ph.D. 2009, Hispanic Studies, University of California, Riverside
Dissertation: "North African immigration in contemporary Spain: Representations of the struggle for integration and power"

Professor Rivera's research focuses on the representation of contemporary North African immigration in Peninsular Spanish literature and film. Her other areas of interest include cultural/language production, national/regional identities, responses to globalization, emigration/immigration and integration, representation of women in Spanish film, and Spain's dictatorship and its transition to democracy. Professor Rivera has designed and developed undergraduate and online Spanish courses in the United States and has taught Spanish and cultural studies courses in the Netherlands and Qatar where she served as faculty coordinator of the Languages Department and coordinated a study abroad program. Professor Rivera's current research projects include topics such as socio-economic integration of immigrants in Spain, (re)definition of immigrants' national identity in contemporary Spanish literature, and humanistic values and belief structure in the GCC region.


School of Statistics

Charles Doss
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2013, Statistics, University of Washington
Dissertation: "Shape-Constrained Inference for Concave-Transformed Densities and their Modes."

Professor Doss' research interests lie in the area of shape-constrained function estimation, and, specifically, on developing nonparametric likelihood ratio tests to construct confidence intervals for the location of the mode of a log-concave density or other function in a concavity-based class. Professor Doss' research involves using tools from the theory of nonparametric function estimation, empirical process theory, convex analysis, and the theory of nonparametric likelihood ratio tests.

Gongjun Xu

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2013, Statistics, Columbia University
Dissertation: "Statistical Inference for Diagnostic Classification Models"

Professor Xu's research is on three different topics: first, statistical problems arising from educational and psychological assessment; second, the area of survival analysis, including sequential and adaptive designs of clinical trials, spatially correlated failure time data, and change-point problems; and third, applied probability involving asymptotic analysis and efficient simulation of rare events in various application areas.


Department of Theatre Arts and Dance

Sonali Pahwa
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2007, Anthropology, Columbia University
Dissertation: "Staging Difference: An Ethnography of New Generation Theatre in Egypt"

Sonali Pahwa is an anthropologist of theatre and performance in Egypt and the Arab world. Her Ph.D. at Columbia University focused on youth theatre and self-help performance in pre-revolution Egypt, culminating in a book manuscript titled Theatres of Citizenship: Youth, Performance and Identity in Egypt. Her recent research is on new genres of digital performance in the Arab world, with a focus on blogs and vlogs by activist women. Professor Pahwa's work has been published in African Theatre and Middle East Research and Information Project. Teaching interests include theatre in transnational context, political performance, youth cultures, and digital embodiment and affect. She held a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCLA, and a fellowship at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Professor Pahwa's appointment begins spring semester 2014.

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