Affiliated Faculty

Economics:

  • Simon Bilo (Europe)
    Regional focus: Eastern Europe and its Roma ethnic minority. Areas of interest: international business cycles, foreign exchange rates, international monetary systems, monetary policy, history of economic thought.
  • Steve Onyeiwu  (Africa)
    Regional focus is Sub-Saharan Africa, with occasional forays into North Africa/the Middle East. Specific areas of interest include: structural adjustment, multinational corporations, globalization, economic/industrial development, and political economy.

History:

  • Kale Haywood (Latin America)
    Specialty in Latin American history. Research specializations include colonialism and the era of independence; Mexican history; and ecclesiastical and institutional history. Teaching areas include general surveys of Latin America; in-depth studies of Mexico; history of modern dictatorships (Guatemala, Cuba, and Argentina); conquest-era themes; and prehispanic societies.
  • Brian Miller (Germany)
    Specialty in Germany and the Middle EAst. Areas of interest: transnational migration; history of development; gender studies; nationalism; and press censorship.
  • Ken Pinnow (Russia, Eastern Europe)
    Specializations in Russia; Eastern Europe; history of medicine; global health; and the technologies of modern governance (statistics, censuses, social science criminology, etc.).
  • Barry Shapiro (France)
    Specializations in France; French Revolution; 17th/18th century Europe.  Additional areas of interest: South Africa, Israel/Palestine.
  • Guo Wu (China) 
    Specializations in Late Imperial China; 20th century Chinese intellectual history; print culture; nationalism, liberalism and anarchism; modern Chinese literature and film.

Modern and Classical Languages:

  • Verónica Dantán (Latin America)
    Areas of interest: transnational migration; history of development; gender studies; nationalism; and press censorship.
  • Peter Ensberg (Germany)
    Areas of research include German and European political/cultural history; European unification process; philosophy and literary theory.
  • Wilfredo Hernández (Latin America)
    Main area of research is gender studies in modern and contemporary Latin America with a focus on Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela.  Published work deals with same-sex issues in the Hispanic world. Teaching interests include: Latin American culture, cinema, and society; Latinos in the U.S.A.; illicit drugs in Latin America; Latin American politics, especially in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries; and youth issues in Latin America.
  • Teresa Herrera (Spain)
    Areas of research include nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Spanish theater, ideology studies, and Spanish television during the transition (media studies).
  • Reem M. Hilal (Middle East and North Africa)
    Research interests include contemporary Arabic Literature, Arab American Literature, Identity, Diasporic Muslim and Arab communities.
  • Briana Lewis (France) – on leave academic year 2017-18
    Research interests include nineteenth-century French literature, particularly the novel and the works of Victor Hugo; questions of individual, political, and social identity.
  • Julia Ludewig (German-speaking countries)
    Regional focus: German-speaking countries. Areas of interest: GDR history; current cultural and political developments in German speaking countries; popular culture, especially visual culture.
  • Laura Reeck (France, North Africa)  
    Research interests include: 1. postcolonial French literature, Beur and banlieue literature, Francophone North African literature;  2.  North African immigration to France, the harkis, ethnic minorities and social movements in France; 3. women and gender in the Middle East and North Africa, the practice of hijab.
  • Barbara Riess (Latin America)
    Region of specialty: Latin America. Particular focus: Cuba.  Approaches/areas of analysis: Translation Studies: theories and practice, Women’s Studies–feminism and feminist criticism, nationalisms and intellectual history, and Latino identity and cultural production in the U.S.
  • Xiaoling Shi (China)
    Research interests: Cross-cultural Studies, Chinese cinema and Chinese intellectual history.
  • Nancy Smith (Spain and South America)
    Area of Specialization: Contemporary culture of Spain and France; applied linguistics; bilingualism.

Political Science:

  • Shanna Kirschner (Middle East)
    Specialties include Middle Eastern politics, especially in the Levant, ethnic conflict, and civil wars.  Kirschner researches and teaches on international organizations, human rights, and democratization.
  • Shannan Mattiace (Latin America)
    Regional areas of interest: Social Movements in Mexico and in Latin America; immigration to the U.S.; U.S.-Mexican border issues; Latin American economic history.
  • Howard Tamashiro (U.S. Foreign Policy)
    Specialties include : 1.  US foreign policy, defense policy; 2. US-Japan relations, nuclear issues, political psychology; 3. philosophy of science.
  • Sharon Wesoky (China)
    Teaching interests include gender and globalization and state-society relations in China and East Asia.  Research interests include feminism, civil society, and intellectual criticism in contemporary China.

Religious Studies:

  • Rehenuma Asmi (Middle East and North Africa) – on leave academic year 2017-18
    Area of Specialization: Anthropology and Education, with special interest in language, socialization and schooling in the Middle East, North Africa and among Muslim minority communities in Europe and America.
  • Younus Mirza (Middle East and North Africa) – on leave academic year 2017-18
    Area of Specialization: Middle Eastern politics, Islamic movements, Islamic law and religion and politics.