New Faculty & Staff 2017

We are pleased to introduce introduce the new faculty and staff to the College of Arts and Sciences.

Department of Art & Art History

Melissa Thorne
Assistant Professor
Area of Expertise: Painting
M.F.A. California Institute of the Arts

Department of Biological Sciences

Alex Valm
Assistant Professor
Area of Expertise: Microbiome
Ph.D. Brown University

Department of Chemistry

Jeremy Feldblyum
Assistant Professor
Area of Expertise: Materials/Biomaterial Chemistry
Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Stephanie Waltersdorf
Secretary I

Department of Communication

Fan Yang
Assistant Professor
Area of Expertise: New Media & Technology
Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University

Katie Sechler
Academic Advisement Assistant

Department of East Asian Studies

Dorothy Chauvin
Secretary I

Joyce Salazar
Office Assistant 2

Department of Economics

Ulrich Hounyo
Assistant Professor
Area of Expertise: Financial economics/econometrics
Ph.D. Universit´e de Montr´eal

Runie Mensche
Academic Advisement Assistant

Stephanie White
Secretary I

Daiqiang Zhang
Assistant Professor
Area of Expertise: Econometrics
Ph.D. Texas A&M University

Department of English

Aashish Kaul
Assistant Professor
Area of Expertise: Creative Writing - Fiction
D.Arts University of Sydney

Department of Geography & Planning

Ashley Weatherwax
Secretary I

Department of History

Cristina Florea
Assistant Professor
Area of Expertise: 19th & 20th Century Germany
Ph. D. Princeton University

Alexander Dawson
Associate Professor
Area of Expertise: Colonial and Modern Latin America
Ph. D. Stony Brook University, SUNY

Federica Francesconi
Assistant Professor
Area of Expertise: Judaic Studies Program (Director)

Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Mia Mauro
Secretary I

Department of Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latino Studies

Alejandra Bronfman
Associate Professor
Area of Expertise: Caribbean/Spanish Speaking

Mathematics & Statistics

Michael Zaremsky
Assistant Professor
Area of Expertise: Topological Data Analysis

Michael Lesnick
Assistant Professor
Area of Expertise: Topological Data Analysis
Ph. D. University at Albany, State University of New York

Justin Curry
Assistant Professor
Area of Expertise: Applied Topology
Ph. D. University of Pennsylvania 

Yunlong Feng
Assistant Professor
Area of Expertise: Machine Learning
Ph. D. University of Science and Technology of China, jointly awarded by City University of Hong Kong

Department of Music & Theatre

Kyra Gaunt
Assistant Professor
Area of Expertise: Ethnomusicology
Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Karla Kash
Associate Professor
Area of Expertise: Theatre Program Director
M.F.A Brandeis University

Department of Physics

Cecilia Levy
Assistant Professor
Area of Expertise: Experimental Physics
Ph.D. University of Muenster (Germany)

Ben Rekemeyer
Administrative Manager

Department of Psychology

Annie Connors
Academic Advisement Assistant

Vicki Loubier
Secretary I

Department of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Wen Liu
Assistant Professor
Area of Expertise: LGBT/Queer Studies
Ph.D. City University of New York

Dean's Office

Jaime Knoblauch
Secretary I

Performing Arts Center

Rachel Bratager
Technical Supervisor

The RNA Institute

Leah Scott
Staff Assistant / Program Coordinator

University in the High School

Kristine Newson
Staff Assistant