Experts

Allegheny College faculty and staff with expertise in a wide range of areas are available for media interview requests. Browse or search for an expert below, and please contact the Office of College Relations at (814) 332-2746 or news@allegheny.edu for assistance with finding an expert or scheduling an interview.

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Chris Allison

Entrepreneur In Residence

Department(s): economics
Expertise: Business

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David Anderson

Emeritus Professor

Department(s): Psychology
Expertise: History of Psychology

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Courtney Bailey

Associate Professor

Department(s): communication arts
Expertise: Current Events, Feminism, LGBTQ Issues, News Media, Politics, Race in the Media, Sexuality in Media, Social Movements, Visual Culture

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Terry Bensel

Associate Provost and Director of the Gateway

Department(s): administration
Expertise: Co-curricular Experiences

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Ian Binnington

Associate Professor

Department(s): history
Expertise: American History

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Andrew Bloeser

Assistant Professor

Department(s): Political Science
Expertise: Economic Inequality, Political Participation, Politics, Politics and Media, Public Opinion

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Kelly Boulton

Sustainability Coordinator

Department(s): Sustainability
Expertise: Renewable Energy, Student Organizations, Sustainability

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Richard Bowden

Professor

Department(s): environmental science
Expertise: Climate Change, Ecotourism, Forest Ecology, Global Warming, Sustainability

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Laura Branby

Pittsburgh Field Educator

Department(s): Creek Connections
Expertise: Creek Connections

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Jim Bulman

Henry B. and Patricia Bush Tippie Professor

Department(s): english
Expertise: Shakespeare

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M Soledad Caballero

Associate Professor

Department(s): english
Expertise: Travel Writing, Writing

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Tim Chapp

Assistant Professor

Department(s): chemistry
Expertise: Flouride in Water

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Beth Choate

Assistant Professor

Department(s): environmental science
Expertise: Insect Biology and Ecology, Sustainable Agriculture

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Rodney Clark

Professor

Department(s): Neuroscience, Psychology
Expertise: Drug Use, Social Issues

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Catharina Coenen

Associate Professor

Department(s): biochemistry, biology
Expertise: Plant Biology

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Ron Cole

Provost and Dean and Professor

Department(s): geology
Expertise: Earthquakes, Volcanoes

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Sarah Conklin

Associate Professor

Department(s): Global Health Studies, Neuroscience, Psychology
Expertise: Sleep, Stress, Women in the workplace

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Mark Cosdon

Associate Professor

Department(s): communication arts, Theatre
Expertise: Broadway, History of American Theatre and Drama, Italian Travel

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Amelia (Mia) Darrouzet-Nardi

Assistant Professor

Department(s): Global Health Studies
Expertise: Food and Nutrition Economics

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Becky Dawson

Assistant Professor

Department(s): biology, Global Health Studies
Expertise: Global Warming

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Darnell Epps

Associate Director

Department(s): IDEAS Center
Expertise: Diversity, Equity, Social Justice

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James Fadden

Director

Department(s): Information Technology Services
Expertise: Informational Technology Services

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Keri Fadden

Director

Department(s): alumni affairs
Expertise: Alumni, Social Media, Volunteers in Support of Allegheny

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Lauren French

Associate Professor/Chair of Biology

Department(s): biology, Neuroscience
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Amara Geffen

Professor and Director Art & Environment Initiative

Department(s): art
Expertise: Community-based Art, Contemporary Art, Ecological Art, Environmental Art, Public Art

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Alexis Hart

Associate Professor and Director of Writing

Department(s): english
Expertise: learning commons, Student Veterans, Writing

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Benjamin Haywood

Assistant Professor

Department(s): environmental science
Expertise:

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Jonathan Helmreich

Emeritus Professor and College Historian

Department(s): history
Expertise: Allegheny History, Meadville History, Small Power Diplomacy

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Wilfredo Hernandez

Associate Professor of Spanish

Department(s): Modern and Classical Languages
Expertise: Hispanic Cinema, Latin American Gender and Sexuality Issues, Spanish-American Poetry, Venezuelan Culture

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Juvia Heuchert

Professor

Department(s): Psychology
Expertise: Educational Travel, Psychopathology/Abnormal Behavior, South Africa

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Lydia Jackson

Assistant Professor

Department(s): Psychology
Expertise:

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Wendy Kedzierski

Director

Department(s): Creek Connections
Expertise: Aquatic Ecology, Citizen Science, Creek Connections, Water Quality

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Michael Keeley

Professor

Department(s): communication arts
Expertise: Documentary, Film, Television

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Shanna Kirschner

Assistant Professor

Department(s): Political Science
Expertise: Civil Wars (Syria, South Sudan, etc.), Middle East Affairs, Political Science>Global Conflict

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Aimee Knupsky

Associate Professor

Department(s): Psychology
Expertise: Bilingualism, Interdiscipline Programs, Technology, Undergraduate Research

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Jesse Lavery

Assistant Vice President of College Relations & Digital Strategy

Department(s): College Relations
Expertise: Online User Experience, Social Media, Website Design and Development

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Cornell LeSane

Dean of Admissions, Vice President for Enrollment

Department(s): Admissions
Expertise: Admissions

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James Lombardi

Associate Professor

Department(s): Physics
Expertise: Astronomy, Astrophysics

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Kerstin Martin

Garden Manager, Co-PI Community Wellness Initiative

Department(s): environmental science
Expertise: Agriculture, Food Preparation, Gardening

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Shannan Mattiace

Professor

Department(s): Political Science
Expertise: Latin America U.S. immigration Policy, Latin American Politics, Social Movements, U.S. Immigrations

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Melissa Mencotti

Director of Gift Planning

Department(s): alumni affairs
Expertise: Charity Giving, Gifts, Philanthropy

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David Miller

Professor

Department(s): english
Expertise: American Education

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Jim Mullen

President

Department(s): administration
Expertise: American Presidency, Higher Education Policy, U.S. Politics

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Ron Mumme

Professor

Department(s): biology
Expertise: Ornithology

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Jane Ellen Nickell

Chaplain

Department(s): gateway, Religious Studies, Spiritual & Religious Life
Expertise: Mountaintop Removal Mining, Religion, Religious Diversity

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Tomas Nonnenmacher

Professor

Department(s): economics
Expertise: Economic History, New Institutional Economics, Telegraph

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Milt Ostrofsky

Professor Emeritus

Department(s): biology
Expertise: Lake Ecology

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Eric Pallant

Department Chair, Professor, Christine Nelson Endowed Chair

Department(s): environmental science
Expertise: Environmental Education, Green Initiatives, Sustainable Agriculture, Sustainable Development, Water Resources

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Kirsten Peterson

Director of Pre-Professional Studies and FS Instructor

Department(s): gateway, Global Health Studies
Expertise: Health Professions, Public Health

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Barbara Riess

Associate Professor of Spanish, Chair

Department(s): Modern and Classical Languages
Expertise: Cuba, English/Spanish in U.S., Latinos in U.S., Spanish Language

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Dave Roncolato

Director

Department(s): Civic Engagement
Expertise: Civic Engagement

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Joshua Searle-White

Professor

Department(s): Psychology
Expertise: Clinical Psychology, Cross-cultural Psychology, Nationalism, Psychology of Happiness, Storytelling

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Barry Shapiro

Professor

Department(s): history
Expertise: French History, Israel/Palestine, South Africa

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Barbara Shaw

Assistant Professor

Department(s): Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Expertise: Gender & Sexuality Studies, Gendered Violence, Global Women's Health, Reproductive Politics, U.S. and Transnational Social Movements

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Vesta Silva

Associate Professor & Chair

Department(s): communication arts
Expertise: Issues of White Privilege in American Culture, Media Coverage of Health and Illness

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Ben Slote

Professor

Department(s): english
Expertise: Charles Chesnutt, Frederick Douglass, Journalism and Democracy, Mark Twain, Religious Identity, Sarah Orne Jewett, Wendell Berry

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Joe Tompkins

Assistant Professor

Department(s): communication arts
Expertise: Hollywood, Media and Communication Policy, Media and Social Change, Media Economics, Media History

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Paula Treckel

Emerita Professor

Department(s): history
Expertise: American Families, Colonial America, Ida Tarbell, Weddings, Women in American History

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Caryl Waggett

Chair, Global Health Studies; Associate Professor of Environmental Science

Department(s): environmental science, Global Health Studies
Expertise: Black Health Disparities, Children's Health, Environmental Health, Lead Poisoning

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Eleanor Weisman

Assoc. Professor, Director, DMS Program

Department(s): dance & movement studies
Expertise: Dance

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John Wenskovitch

Instructor (part time)

Department(s): Computer Science
Expertise: Computer Graphics, Computer Science, Information Visualization

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Sharon Wesoky

Professor

Department(s): Political Science
Expertise: Chinese Politics, Chinese Society, Women and Gender in China

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Linda Wetsell

CFO/Treasurer

Department(s): Financial Services
Expertise: Annual Financial Reporting, Auditing, Budget, Debt, Insurance

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Lisa Whitenack

Assistant Professor

Department(s): biology
Expertise: Paleontology, Sharks

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Daniel Willey

Professor

Department(s): Physics
Expertise: Science and Art Common Processes, Science and Religion (esp. from History Perspective)

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Julie Wilson

Assistant Professor

Department(s): communication arts, Theatre
Expertise: Celebrity Culture, Digital Media, Neoliberalism

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