New Faculty at the University at Albany
Published on August 27, 2012

Please welcome our newly hired full-time faculty in the 2012 - 13 academic year! We urge you to say "hello" if you see them in the halls of the Uptown Campus, Downtown Campus or East Campus, and to help them find their way around UAlbany and the city of Albany as they get settled into our community.

Joseph Abisaid

Dr. Joseph Abisaid joins the Department of Communication as a visiting assistant professor after teaching at UW-Madison and Marquette University. He received his doctorate in Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  His research and teaching interests include media effects, framing, political communication, and the animal rights movement.

 
Dr. Bethany Aery-Clerico

Dr. Bethany Aery-Clerico is joining the Department of English as visiting assistant professor.  She recently received her PhD from the University at Albany, winning the university’s Distinguished Dissertation Award.  Her research interests focus on Caribbean and Transnational Regionalism in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century American Literature.  She has taught expository and creative writing and Caribbean and American literature classes.

 
Lena Andersson

Dr. Lena Andersson joins the department of Health Policy and Behavior at the School of Public Health as a visiting lecturer from her former position at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She received her Ph.D. degree in Social Medicine from the University of Gothenburg. She has studied geographical differences in disability pensions and work absence due to psychiatric disorders. Her current research concerns mental health, suicide, help-seeking behavior, barriers to care, the right to health, global health and social inequalities in health.

 
Michitake Aso

Dr. Michitake Aso joins our Department of History as an assistant professor from his former position at the Asia Research Institute. He received his doctorate in the History of Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  His research and teaching interests include the global environment and environmental history, with a specific focus on how colonialism, science, technology, politics and a region’s natural and social landscapes affect the natural environment and human health.

 
Michele Bleuze

Dr. Michele Bleuze joins the faculty of the Department of Anthropology as a visiting assistant professor. She received her doctorate in the Anthropological Sciences from the University of Western Ontario. Her research focuses on the structure and shape of hominid limb bones, body size and body proportions, with a focus on their implications for locomotion, taxonomy, behavior and health of early hominids.

 
Christine Bozlak

Dr. Christine Bozlak joins the faculty of the Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior at the School of Public Health as an assistant professor from her former position in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She received her doctorate from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research and teaching interests focus on policy initiatives on childhood obesity, youth participation in community health efforts, public health and family, and social representations of wellness.

 
Tamika Carey

Dr. Tamika Carey is joining the faculty in the Department of English as an assistant professor. She comes to us from her former position at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.  Dr. Carey received her doctorate in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric from Syracuse University.  Her research and teaching interests are in women and gender studies, African-American rhetoric and Black women’s writing and intellectual traditions.

 
Guy Cortessi

Dr. Guy Cortesi joins the Department of Informatics as a visiting assistant professor. He will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Information Science and Technology, focusing on Network Systems, Computer Hardware and Software Architecture and Design, and Information Systems.  He received his PhD in Information Science from the University at Albany. He develops web-based work environments providing dispersed teams ways to work on projects anytime, anyplace. 

 
Nicholas Creary

Dr. Nicholas Creary is joining the Department of Africana Studies as a full-time lecturer from his former position in the Department of History at Ohio University. He received his PhD in History from Michigan State.  He will teach core courses in African history, history of African religion, and African cultures.   His research interests focus on decolonization of African literature, media and the arts, African indigenous knowledge systems and intellectual traditions and the interaction between African cultures and Catholicism.

 
Aiguo Dai

Dr. Aiguo Dai joins the department of Atmospheric and Environmental Studies as an associate professor from his former position with the Climate and Global Dynamics Division of the National Center for Atmospheric Research.  He received his doctorate in Atmospheric Sciences from Columbia University. In his distinguished career he has improved our understanding of the global water cycle, atmospheric convection and precipitation processes, atmospheric tides, climate model diagnostics and evaluation, long-term climate change, climate data analysis, hydrometeorology, and drought. 

 
Margaret Gates

Dr. Margaret Gates joins the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the School of Public Health as an assistant professor from her former position as Research Scientist at the New England Research Institutes. She received her doctorate of Science in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. Her research and teaching interests are in epidemiology, with a specific focus on genetic and behavioral/substance risks for epithelial ovarian cancer.

 
Kori Graves

Dr. Kori Graves joins the Department of History as an assistant professor from her former position at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She received her doctorate in History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research and teaching interests include intercultural gender and women’s history, and the history of the African-American family—specifically, the interplay between cultural, social and political dimensions of inter-ethnic adoptions.

 
Julia Hastings

Dr. Julia Hastings joins the faculty in the Department of Health Policy, Management & Behavior at the School of Public Health and the School of Social Welfare as an assistant professor from her former position at the School of Social Welfare, UC Berkeley.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.  Her research focuses on poverty issues among ethnic minority populations; mental health and welfare participation dynamics; African American health and mental health; ethnic minority women’s health issues; program evaluation; and service delivery to adolescents.

 
Julia Hormes

Dr. Julia Hormes joins the faculty in the Department of Psychology as an assistant professor from her previous position in the School of Public Health at Tulane University. She received her doctorate in Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.  Her research and teaching interests focus on social and behavioral aspects of global health, with a special interest in identifying factors involved in the etiology of cravings for alcohol, drugs and food with an emphasis on the role of affective and attitudinal ambivalence.  

 
Matthew Ingram

Dr. Matthew Ingram is joining the Department of Political Science as an assistant professor from his former position as a Visiting Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.  He received his doctorate in Political Science from the University of New Mexico.  His research and teaching focus on comparative politics, public law, judicial reform, Latin-America, Mexican and Brazilian politics, democracy and development, and quantitative and qualitative research methods.

 
Ryan Irwin

Dr. Ryan Irwin is joining the Department of History in January 2013 as assistant professor from his current position at Yale University.  He received his doctorate in History at Ohio State University.  His research interests include U.S. and world history, human rights, apartheid and the history of race, decolonization and nationalism, geopolitics and territorialism, political economy, the legacies of colonialism in race and ethnicities and transnational social activism.

 
Joshua Isralowitz

Dr. Joshua Isralowitz joins the Department of Mathematics and Statistics as an assistant professor from his previous position at the Universität Göttingen, Germany.  He received his doctorate in Mathematics at the University at Buffalo. His teaching expertise is in calculus, and single and multivariable real analysis and his research interests focus on boundedness, compactness and Schatten class membership of Toeplitz and Hankel operators on the weighted Bergman Space and Segal-Bergman Space.

 
Vivek Jain

Dr. Vivek Jain joins the faculty of Department of Physics as an assistant professor from his prior position at Indiana University, Bloomington. He received his doctorate in Physics from the University of Hawaii.  His research focuses on the search for particles predicted by BSM theories such as Supersymmetry and measuring the properties of the recently discovered Higgs Boson. He has studied charms, bottom mesons, and Kaon decay. He brings an understanding of high energy physics and enthusiasm for student engagement.

 
Roberta Johnson

Dr. Roberta Johnson joins the faculty of the Department of Atmospheric & Environmental Sciences as a clinical professor from her former positions at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA). She received her doctorate in Earth & Space Science from University of California at Los Angeles. In addition to her scientific interests in the geosciences and climate change, her activities will focus on the area of science education and outreach.  She will continue her role as Executive Director of NESTA, as a component of her activities at UAlbany.

 
Monica Kim

Dr. Monica Kim joins the Department of History as an assistant professor from her former position at the University of Chicago.  She received her doctorate in History from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.  Her research interests include Comparative imperialisms; history of Asian-Americans; colonialism in Korea in the context of the Korean War and interrogation practices in prisoner of war camps; and the history of race in the American military.

 
Chad Larrabee

Chad Larrabee joins the Theatre program as a visiting assistant professor after having served as a guest artist at UAlbany since 2008.  His interests and MFA degree from Florida State University focus on directing, and he has directed 42 plays in city and university theaters in Michigan, Iowa, Florida, New York (State and City), and Virginia.  He teaches History of Musical Theatre, Introduction to Theatre, Directing and Acting.

 
Johana Londono

Dr. Johana Londono joins the Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies as assistant professor. She received her doctorate in American Studies from New York University. Her research interests include urban studies, political economy, representations of poverty, social welfare, Latino and Latin American Studies, comparative ethnic studies, the cultural politics of architecture and urban design, and aesthetics and visual culture.

 
Andrea Angela Lopez Lang

Dr. Andrea Angela Lopez Lang joins the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences as an assistant professor after a postdoctoral position in the department. She received her doctorate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Her research focuses on synoptic dynamics, dynamics of the jets, the tropopause and lower stratosphere regions, and the impact of convection on those regions.  She works on changes to midlatitude jet circulations during the extra-tropical transition of tropical cyclones in the western North Pacific.  

 
Eunju Lee

Dr. Eunju Lee joins the School of Social Welfare as an assistant professor from her previous position as Senior Research Scientist in UAlbany’s Center for Human Services Research. She received her doctorate from UAlbany’s Department of Sociology in 2003.  Her scholarship has focused on the health of disadvantaged children and families and she has taught graduate level research methods, quantitative data analysis, and issues around race and ethnicity.

 
Zhongwen Liang

Dr. Zhongwen Liang joins the faculty in the Department of Economics as an assistant professor.  He received his doctorate in Economics from Texas A & M University. His research focuses on non-parametric Econometric Models, Panel Data Models, Diffusion Models, Nonstationary Time Series and Applied Econometrics. His teaching interests include financial and applied econometrics, financial economics and micro-economics.

 
David Lisenby

Dr. David Lisenby is joining the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures as an assistant professor. He received his doctorate in Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies from the University of Kansas. His research and teaching interests include 19th -21st Century Latin American narrative and theater, including the Caribbean, Andean Region, Brazil and Mexico;  theories of race, ethnicity, nation and diaspora; and Cuban literature and culture.

 
 
Alfred Liu

Dr. Alfred Liu joins our Department of Accounting and Law in the School of Business as an assistant professor from his former position in the Department of Accounting, School of Business of the University of Connecticut. He received his doctorate in Accounting from the University of California at Irvine. Dr. Liu research interests include credit risk assessment; corporate risk management, financial reporting and disclosure; analyst forecast, and corporate governance.

 
Jiping Liu

Dr. Jiping Liu will join the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences in January 2013 from his current position in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  He received his doctorate in Atmospheric Sciences from Columbia University. Dr. Liu’s research is focused on climate dynamics, particularly on sea ice, polar climates, and air/sea interactions.  His work involves climate modeling, conducting climate model experiments, and integrating satellite data sets.

 
Tao Lu

Dr. Tao Lu will join the faculty in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the School of Public Health in January from his current position at the University of Rochester.  He received his doctorate in Statistics from the University at Rochester. His research interests include infectious diseases and immunology modeling; HIV dynamical modeling; gene regulatory network modeling; Bayesian methodology; longitudinal data analysis, parametric and non-parametric mixed effects models; and high dimensional dynamic model selection.

 
Justin Minder

Dr. Justin Minder joins the faculty in the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences as an assistant professor from his previous position at Yale University. He received his doctorate in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington. Dr. Minder’s research has extended the relatively new field of mesoscale climate dynamics by deploying observational networks and employing regional climate models to understand precipitation processes near mountain ranges.  He studies hydrological cycles, climate dynamics, rain-triggered landslides, and snowpacks. 

 
Cynthia Najdowski

Cynthia Najdowski will join the School of Criminal Justice as an assistant professor in January of 2013. She expects to receive her doctorate in Social and Personality Psychology, with a minor area of study in Psychology and Law, from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests include psychology and the law; jury decision making; social psychology; juvenile justice; race, psychology, and law; and victimology.

 
Cara Pager

Dr. Cara Pager joins the Department of Biological Sciences as assistant professor from her previous position at Stanford University. She received her doctoral degree in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Pager’s research interests include virus gene expression, the Hepatitis C virus, immunology, microbiology, virology, and viral infections in neonatal and pediatric patients.

 
Veronica Perez Rodriguez

Dr. Veronica Perez Rodriguez will join the Department of Anthropology in January 2013 as an assistant professor from her previous position at Northern Arizona University. She received her doctoral degree in Ecological and Environmental Anthropology from the University of Georgia. Dr. Perez Rodriguez’s research interests include ecological and environmental anthropology; Mesoamerican archaeology; complex societies and urbanism; landscape and regional studies; and agriculture and terracing.

 
Justin Pickett

Dr. Justin Pickett joins the School of Criminal Justice as an assistant professor after receiving his doctoral degree in criminology from Florida State University. Dr. Pickett’s research interests include social threat and social control; public opinion on crime and justice issues; juvenile justice policy; sociology of punishment; and community influences on attitudes and behavior.

 
 

Dr. Georges Potworowski joins the School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior at the School of Public Health as an assistant professor from his former position at the University of Michigan’s Department of Family Medicine. He received his doctorate from the University of Michigan. Dr. Potworowski’s research interests center around how individuals, teams, and organizations improve their sub-optimal decision-making and professional practices.

 
Prashanth Rangan

Dr. Prashanth Rangan is joining the faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences as an assistant professor from his previous position at the New York University Medical School.  He received his doctorate from Johns Hopkins University in Biophysics. His research interests focus on RNA, Chromatin, Epigenetics, Gene Regulation, and Stem Cells. He has been working on germ cells (the ‘stem cells of the next generation’) and specifically on translational control and transcriptional silencing in germline stem cells.

 
Ibram H. Rogers

Dr. Ibram H. Rogers joins the Department of Africana Studies as an assistant professor from his current position at the State University of New York College at Oneonta’s Department of Africana and Latino Studies and History. He received his doctorate in African American Studies from Temple University. His research interests include African American history, American social history, civil rights and Black Power studies, student activism and the Long Sixties, history of Africana studies, and Africana intellectual history.

 
Laney Salisbury

Dr. Laney Salisbury is joining the Journalism Program as visiting assistant professor. She received her doctorate from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and has extensive experience as a foreign correspondent, New York editor and reporter, and is the author of award-winning non-fiction books. She has covered the culture and politics of the Middle East from Amman, Jordan, worked as an editor for the Associated Press in New York and as a reporter for Reuters, covering breaking news and features.

 
Halimah Sayahi

Dr. Halimah Sayahi will join the Department of Chemistry as full-time lecturer from her current position at SUNY Oneonta.  She received her doctorate in Chemistry from the University at Albany. Her research has focused on how anti-tuberculosis drugs work at the molecular level.  She has worked on isolation, purification and structural characterization of M. tuberculosis fatty acid synthase I, enzyme kinetics and expression cloning.

 
Maksim Royzen

Dr. Maksim Royzen will join the Department of Chemistry in January 2013 as an assistant professor from his current position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his doctorate in Physical Organic Chemistry from New York University. His research has focused on in vivo fluorescence imaging, development of blood-brain barrier MRI contrast agents and synthesis of cyclooctenes.

 
Feng Qian

Dr. Feng Qian joins the School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior as an assistant professor from his current position at the University of Rochester’s School of Medicine and Dentistry. He received his doctorate from the University of Rochester. His research interests include clinical outcomes research, quality and disparities, medical technology assessment, and medical decision making.

 
Douglas Stinnett

Dr. Douglas Stinnett joins Rockefeller College’s Department of Political Science as visiting assistant professor from his current position at the University of Georgia’s Department of International Affairs. His research interests include international cooperation theory, international institutions, foreign policy and international economic relations.

 
Brian Tang

Dr. Brian Tang is joining the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences as an assistant professor from his previous position at the Advanced Study Program of the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He received his doctorate in Atmospheric Sciences from MIT. His research program addresses the climatology of tropical disturbances that might have potential to become tropical cyclones, and effects of moisture in the lower atmosphere on tropical cyclone development.  His work has improved understanding of the interactions between extreme weather events and the broader climate system.

 
Julio Torres

Mr. Julio Torres joins the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures as assistant professor. He is expecting to receive his doctoral degree in Spanish linguistics from Georgetown University in January 2013. Mr. Torres’ research interests include second and heritage language acquisition, bilingualism, cognition, psycholinguistics, task-based language learning, and curriculum development and instruction.

 
Junhong Wang

Dr. Junhong Wang joins the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences as research associate professor from her current position at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. She earned her doctoral degree in atmospheric science from Columbia University. Her research interests include the global water cycle, in-situ sounding data quality and technology, Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), climate observations, climate datasets, cloud vertical structure observations and variability, and long-term climate changes in water vapor.

 
Heather Washington

Heather Washington joins the School of Criminal Justice as assistant professor. She anticipates receiving her doctoral degree in sociology from The Ohio State University. Ms. Washington’s research interests include crime and punishment, the family, neighborhoods and crime, and race and inequality.

 
Mehmet Yigit

Dr. Mehmet Yigit joins the Department of Chemistry as an assistant professor from his previous position at the Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital’s Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. He received his doctorate in Biophysics and Computational Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests focus on the development and application of metallic and polymeric nanomaterials for diagnosis, imaging, and treatment of cancer.

 

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