Affiliated Faculty


  • Steve Onyeiwu  (Africa)
    Specializations: 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.


  • Kalé Haywood (Latin America) – on leave academic year 2018-19
    Specializations: 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)
    Specializations: 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: Russia; Eastern Europe; history of medicine; global health; and the technologies of modern governance (statistics, censuses, social science criminology, etc.).
  • Guo Wu (China) 
    Specializations: 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)
    Specializations: Transnational migration; history of development; gender studies; nationalism; and press censorship.
  • Wilfredo Hernández (Latin America)
    Specializations: 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)
    Specializations: 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)
    Specializations: Contemporary Arabic Literature, Arab American Literature, Identity, Diasporic Muslim and Arab communities.
  • Briana Lewis (France)
    Specializations: 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)
    Specializations: 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)  
    Specializations: 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)
    Specializations: 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)
    Specializations: Cross-cultural Studies, Chinese cinema and Chinese intellectual history.
  • Nancy Smith (Spain and South America)
    Specializations: Contemporary culture of Spain and France; applied linguistics; bilingualism.

Political Science:

  • Shanna Kirschner (Middle East)
    Specializations: 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)
    Specializations: Social Movements in Mexico and in Latin America; immigration to the U.S.; U.S.-Mexican border issues; Latin American economic history.
  • Sharon Wesoky (China)
    Specializations: 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.