Meet Franklin & Marshall College's new faculty for the 2020-21 academic year:
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance
B.F.A, New York University, 2005; M.F.A., Brooklyn College, 2009.
Professor Barbagallo received his M.F.A. in Playwriting from Brooklyn College. His scholarship has concentrated in the areas of experimental theatre and performance texts; contemporary arts criticism; and performance in the visual art world. As an actor, he has performed on, off and off-off Broadway. Collaborators include Tania Bruguera, Andrea Geyer, Half Straddle, the Builders Association, Big Dance Theater, and Theater of a Two-Headed Calf. With the Dyke Division, he co-created the long-running live lesbian serial Room for Cream at LaMama ETC. Currently, he is a contributing writer at Artforum.
Lee C. Barrett
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
BA, Yale (1972); MDiv, Yale (1975); MA, Yale (1980); PhD, Yale (1984).
Lee is a professor of theology at Lancaster Theological Seminary. His research interests include the writings of Søren Kierkegaard, religious thought in the nineteenth century, the contemporary significance of theological traditions, and religion and the visual arts. He is the author and editor of several books and articles on Kierkegaard, and has been the past president of the Søren Kierkegaard Society. Currently he is working on a volume concerning Kierkegaard’s analysis of the spiritual origins of hyper-nationalism.
Yohana Gil Berrio
Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish & Linguistics
Ph.D., Temple University, 2019
Professor Gil Berrio received her Ph.D. in Spanish Applied Linguistics from Temple University. Her research addresses heritage and second language acquisition and education with a focus on analyzing learners’ individual differences, language maintenance in Latino families, and community-based language education. Her current projects investigate the ways in which diverse teaching methods, tools, and peer contributions influence students’ learning processes.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art & Art History
B.A. York College of Pennsylvania, concentration in sculpture; M.F.A., sculpture, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
Bishop's work is largely influenced by the natural world, more specifically fungi and slime molds. Growing up in a household where both of her parents are horticulturists, plant life and growth has been a staple throughout her life. In 2011, Caitlyn served on a panel discussion called, “Women, Science and Art” with artist Madeline Schwartzman and author Kim Todd. She has also helped to create many symposiums, such as the annual Sculpture X symposium, as well as create and conduct multiple types of workshops throughout her career. Her many years of various types of work have allowed for her to be a well diverse individual and have helped to expand her with her studio practices. Caitlyn resides in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where she continues to create work and is an adjunct professor.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
B.S., UMBC, 1999; M.A. University of Maryland 2004; Ph.D., 2009
Justin Brody is a new assistant professor in Computer Science, having previously served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Mathematics at F&M and Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Goucher College. Dr. Brody's research is in Artificial Intelligence, with particular interest in models of subjectivity, enactive approaches to perception and issues of intentionality and representation.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry
B.S., Saint Francis University, 2012; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2019.
Professor Burkert received his Ph.D. in physical and materials chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh, where his research focused on the use of carbon nanomaterials for a wide range of applications including drug delivery, electrocatalysis, and chemical sensors. His current research endeavors include exploring how carbon materials can be selectively decorated with metal nanoparticles with controlled shape, size, and composition for applications in gas phase reduction reactions. Additionally, he is exploring how the functionalization of carbon nanomaterials can affect their degradation in an effort to understand biocompatibility and possible applications in drug delivery.
Instructor of Economics
B.A., Renmin University of China, 2013; M.A., Renmin University of China, 2015; Ph.D., University of Utah, anticipated September, 2020.
Professor Cheng will receive his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Utah in September, 2020. His scholarship has concentrated in Macroeconomics, Political Economy, and Chinese Economy. His current research focuses on the flow of unpaid labor through global trade.
Elena Clare Cuffari
Assistant Professor of Psychology
B.A. Swarthmore College, 2005; Ph.D. University of Oregon, 2011
Professor Cuffari (she/her) received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Oregon in 2011, held a research postdoc in the interdisciplinary Marie Curie network TESIS (Towards an Embodied Science of InterSubjectivity) at the University of the Basque Country in Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain, and subsequently taught at Worcester State University in Massachusetts as Assistant Professor of Philosophy. Her work investigates bodies and minds as continuous yet uneven, situated, and social practices. Current work concerns interactional asymmetries, the cognitive affordances of interspecies interactions and living/non-living interactions, and why we sometimes sustain unwanted interactions. She is co-author of Linguistic Bodies: The Continuity Between Life and Language (2018) and publishes on enactive and embodied approaches to gesture, language, social interaction, habit, metaphor, and decision making.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Business, Organization, and Society
B.A., Dickinson College, 1961; M.S. N.C. State University, 1963; Ph.D., Purdue University, 1967
Following the Ph.D., Al joined the psychology department at University of New Hampshire, next served as a dean of arts and sciences and an academic vice president in the PA State System of Higher Ed., then was professor of psychology at Millersville University through 2003 when he officially retired from meetings and became Professor emeritus at Millersville University. Scholarship included co-authoring books in developmental psychology and quantitative research methods with research and teaching in quantitative research methods, developmental psychology, psychology of adjustment, and social psychology. He has been a psychology adjunct faculty at Harrisburg Area Community College 2004-2019, and has also been an adjunct as needed in BOS at Franklin and Marshall College, in psychology at Millersville University, and in psychology at Penn State-York.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Government
Ph.D. University of Oregon (2014), B.A. University of San Francisco (2007)
Professor Fourlas (he/him/his) received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Oregon, completing most of his dissertation work in a predoctoral residence with The Institute for Democratic Governance, Globernance, in Donostia, Euskal Herria/Spain. His work is transdisciplinary and problem-focused, specifically reflecting on the possibility of a world wherein presently subjugated peoples can exist in self-determined communities without fear of violence or the objectification that affords violence. To that end, his teaching and research take place at the intersection of social-political theory, applied ethics, critical race theory, conflict resolution, decolonial theory, and global studies. Professor Fourlas has numerous publications related to these themes and is currently finishing a book, tentatively titled Anti-Colonial Solidarity, that is under contract with Rowman and Littlefield. You can visit his website to learn more: gnfourlas.com
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Government
B.A. West Chester University, 2013; M.A. University of Delaware, 2015; PhD (ABD) University of Delaware.
Professor Jenks is a scholar of Disability Politics and his research interests cross-cut Political Science, Social Policy, and Disability Studies. Some of his recently published and forthcoming research focuses on the politics of disability identity, the effects of single-use plastics bans on marginalized people, and the ways in which university classrooms can be made more accessible for all. Jenks is a scholar-advocate around issues of access and social inclusion through sport and regularly speaks, teaches, and participates in awareness-raising events and sports camps for blind and visually impaired children and adults. A Paralympic medalist, he is currently training for the postponed Tokyo 2020 games.
Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies
B.A., American Studies and History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1998; M.A., History, UNC, 2004; Ph.D., History, UNC, 2008.
Greg Kaliss earned his Ph.D. in History from the University of North Carolina. He has previously taught American Studies and American History at Franklin & Marshall College, Dickinson College, and Towson University. He is the author of Men's College Athletics and the Politics of Racial Equality (2012). Research interests include the intersections of American sports with public discussions of race, gender, citizenship, and sexuality. His current book focuses on U.S. athlete activism between 1964 and 1976.
Julia Jordan Kamanda
Adjunct Instructor, Department of Theatre and Dance
Bachelor of Arts, Northern Arizona University, 2005; Minority Performance and Politics, Cultural Anthropology
Professor Kamanda's scholarship concentrates on ways that human beings express themselves through the arts around the world, and how those artistic expressions both represent and shape the cultures from which they originate. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology with an emphasis on Minority Performance and Politics from Northern Arizona University. Her professional work has been in the areas of composition for film and stage, music teaching artistry, and international arts curriculum development. She is the author and composer of Musical Tales for Modern Minds, and has produced an original album of music, Urban Legacy, which she performed throughout southwestern United States. She is a frequent performer in Lancaster, PA and in the northeast, and has performed as well in Brazil and Egypt. Mrs. Kamanda is currently composing music for two main stage productions in Washington, D.C. and New York City. She is also developing a cross-cultural arts enrichment program for Mamaland, an emerging children’s community located in rural Sierra Leon.
Visiting Instructor, Department of Government
Ph.D. Temple University - Political Science (expected 2020), Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education, Temple University (2016), M.A. Temple University - Political Science (2015), M.A. Tuebingen University - American Studies, Political Science and International Law (2013)
Stefanie Kasparek is a visiting faculty member in the Government Department. Her research focuses primarily on international organizations and decision-making processes, with particular interests in how state actors strategically advance their interests through the use of formal and informal governance procedures. Currently, her work concentrates on the United Nations Security Council and how the organization selects issues to discuss and promote on the world’s stage. In this work she applies quantitative research methods as well as game-theoretical models and elite interviews. Stefanie teaches classes in international relations as well as quantitative research methods.
Assistant Professor of Economics
B.S., University of Utah, 2012; M.A., University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 2016; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 2020
Danish Khan has received his doctoral degree in Economics from University of Massachusetts-Amherst. His work has received John Kenneth Galbraith and Solomon Barkin dissertation awards. Danish’s research is focused on urban inequality, informal labor processes and political economy of dispossession. He has published peer-reviewed journal articles in Labor History and Studies in Political Economy. Previously, he has taught at Bucknell University and consulted Asian Development Bank and United Nations Development Programme on inclusive and sustainable economic development.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
B.S. Wake Forest University, 2010; M.S. Wake Forest University, 2012; Ph.D. Harvard University, 2019.
Professor McDanel received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Harvard University and his M.S. and B.S. in Computer Science from Wake Forest University. His current research is on designing specialized algorithms and hardware architectures to make deep learning more energy efficient. More broadly, he works across the areas of deep learning, computer vision, hardware architecture, and computer networks. He regularly publishes his research in leading computer systems and computer vision conferences.
Heather Uljon Pasewicz
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D. , Materials Science and Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University 1996; Ph.D. Thesis: Mathematical and Physical Modeling of Nitrogen Removal in the Ladle; M.S. , Materials Science and Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University 1992; B.S. , Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, Carnegie Mellon University 1991;
Dr. Pasewicz received her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1996, where she was part of the Center for Iron and Steelmaking Research (CISR). After working in industry, she has taught locally at Pennsylvania State University (Harrisburg and York Campuses) and at Harrisburg Area Community College, in engineering and mathematics departments.
Cristina Jo Pérez
Assistant Professor of American Studies, Latin American Studies
B.A., Willamette University, 2006; M.A.T. Western New Mexico University, 2009; Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park, 2016.
Professor Pérez studies the violence of US immigration policy and practices. Her current book project, On Border Time: Chrononationalism and the Rise of the Border Industrial Complex, traces the state’s discourses of national (un)belonging, acts of epistemic and physical harm against Mexican migrants, and commitments to private interests in border policing. Her teaching and research interests include Latinx studies, border and immigration studies, queer of color critique, and temporality studies. She comes to F&M after having served as a National Center for Institutional Diversity Research Postdoctoral Fellow in Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, the Mellon/ACLS Visiting Assistant Professor in Comparative Border Studies at the University of California, Davis, and a SHASS Diversity Predoctoral Fellow in Women’s Studies at MIT. Cristina was raised in El Paso, Texas.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
B.A., Louisiana State University, 2007; M.A., University of California, Riverside, 2010; Ph.D. University of California, Riverside, 2015.
Professor Rawal received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Riverside. In addition to university teaching, Professor Rawal has worked as a consultant for BBC Media Action Network and as a researcher for a small global-south focused think tank, Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. With a profound understanding of issues impacting the daily lives of women, youth, and marginalized communities in poorer areas and the global south, Rawal is able to develop the curriculums and provide the communication tools needed to promote equity.
Samuel Antonio Reyes
Adjunct Instructor, Department of Theatre and Dance
BFA, University of the Arts, 2001.
Reyes has been a Philadelphia artist for more than 20 years. He received his BFA in Performing Arts from the University of the Arts in 2001, where he was the recipient of the Cushman Acting Award and The Theater Ensemble Award. He went on to study dance under the training of Ronen Koresh (Koresh Dance Co.) and Renni Harris (RenniHarrisPuremovment). Reyes has been an artist-in-residence and adjunct faculty member at Muhlenberg College and Lehigh University. He has choreographed work for a wide variety of productions, including as artistic director for his company SANBROOKA Productions.
Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy
B.A., Franklin & Marshall College, 2012; Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2019.
Professor Schmidt performed her graduate work in an astrochemistry research group at the University of Arizona, where she received her Ph.D. in Astronomy & Astrophysics in 2019. Before returning to her undergraduate alma mater, she taught as a Visiting Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Swarthmore College. Her research is focused on the study of the molecular and isotopic content of stars in the late stages of evolution, including asymptotic giant branch stars, supergiant stars, and planetary nebulae, and the role that these objects play in supplying the surrounding space with molecular material. This work, observational in nature, involves the use of radio telescopes around the globe, including Arizona, Spain, and Chile.
Jason R. Wilson
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
B.S., Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2001; M.S., Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2008; Ph.D., Tufts University, 2017.
Jason “Willie” Wilson received his joint Ph.D. in Computer Science and Cognitive Science at Tufts University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University. His scholarship is concentrated in the areas of human-robot interaction, affective computing, and machine ethics. His current research focuses on social factors, such as emotions, nonverbal communication, and dignity, in the design of socially assistive robots, particularly in regards to vulnerable populations. Current projects include investigating the design considerations for human autonomy in human-robot interactions and developing a multimodal interface to detect, portray, and reason about emotions.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology
B.A., University of Mary Washington, 2010; M.S., DePaul University, 2012; M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2015; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2018.
Professor Yantis received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her expertise includes identity, stereotyping, prejudice, and interracial interactions. Her current research examines the content of White Americans’ racial identity, and the presence of privilege beliefs therein. She is also currently studying how White Americans communicate their awareness of racial privilege, and how racial minority group members respond to Whites’ expressions of privilege awareness