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.

Experts with last names starting with A

Chris Allison

Entrepreneur In Residence

Department(s): economics
Expertise: Business

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Experts with last names starting with B

Courtney Bailey

Associate Professor

Department(s): communication arts
Expertise: Current Events, Disability Studies, 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 Allegheny Gateway, Professor of Environmental Science

Department(s): Administration, Environmental Science & Sustainability
Expertise: Co-curricular Experiences, Environmental Issues

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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: Climate Neutrality, Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Resilience, Sustainability, Waste Minimization

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Richard Bowden

Professor

Department(s): Environmental Science & Sustainability
Expertise: Acid Rain, Biofuels, Climate Change, Ecotourism, Forest Ecology, Forest Management, Global Warming, Hands-on Environmental Education, Sustainability, Sustainable Forestry, Switchgrass

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Laura Branby

Pittsburgh Field Educator & Camp Director

Department(s): Creek Connections
Expertise: Environmental Education, Watershed Studies

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Jim Bulman

Henry B. and Patricia Bush Tippie Professor

Department(s): english
Expertise: Shakespeare

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Experts with last names starting with C

M Soledad Caballero

Professor of English

Department(s): english, Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Expertise: British Romanticism, Interdisciplinary connections between sciences/arts/humanities, Poetry, Travel Writing, Undergraduate education in the Humanities

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Tim Chapp

Assistant Professor

Department(s): chemistry
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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

Professor, Director of Faculty Development

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

Professor

Department(s): Communication Arts and Theater
Expertise: Broadway musicals, Italian Travel, Popular Entertainment, The American Stage

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Experts with last names starting with D

Becky Dawson

Assistant Professor

Department(s): biology, Global Health Studies
Expertise: Community Health, Disease Outbreaks, Emerging Infections

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Amelia B. Finaret

Assistant Professor

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

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Experts with last names starting with E

Lydia Eckstein

Assistant Professor

Department(s): Psychology
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Experts with last names starting with F

James Fadden

Associate Chief Information Officer

Department(s): Library and Information Technology Services (LITS)
Expertise: Communications Information Technology, Higher Education Information Technology, Project Management Information Technology

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Lauren French

Associate Professor/Chair of Biology

Department(s): biology, Neuroscience
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Experts with last names starting with G

Amara Geffen

Eila V. Bush Endowed Professor of Art (Emeritus)

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

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Experts with last names starting with H

D. Alexis Hart

Associate Professor of English, Director of Writing, Director of First Year Experience

Department(s): english, The Learning Commons
Expertise: Peer Tutoring, Undergraduate Research, Veteran Studies, Writing Centers, Writing Studies

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Benjamin Haywood

Assistant Professor

Department(s): Environmental Science & Sustainability
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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 Emerita

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

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Experts with last names starting with K

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

Associate 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, Emotion Expression, Emotion Regulation, Interdiscipline Programs, Technology, Undergraduate Research

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Experts with last names starting with L

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 B. LeSane II

Vice President for Enrollment, Dean of Admissions

Department(s): Admissions, Enrollment, financial aid
Expertise: Admissions, Enrollment, financial aid

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James Lombardi

Professor

Department(s): Physics
Expertise: Astronomy, Astrophysics

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Experts with last names starting with M

Kerstin Martin

Garden Manager

Department(s): Environmental Science & Sustainability
Expertise: Agriculture, Food Preparation, Gardening

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Shannan Mattiace

Professor

Department(s): international studies, Political Science
Expertise: Latin American Politics, Mexican Politics, Social Movements, U.S. Immigration Policy

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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 Emeritus

Department(s): english
Expertise: American Education

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Jim Mullen

President Emeritus

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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Experts with last names starting with N

Jane Ellen Nickell

Chaplain

Department(s): Religious Studies, Spiritual & Religious Life
Expertise: LGBTQ Inclusion in the United Methodist Church, Religion and Ecology, Religious Diversity in Higher Education

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Tomas Nonnenmacher

Professor

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

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Experts with last names starting with P

Eric Pallant

Department Chair, Professor, Christine Nelson Endowed Chair

Department(s): Environmental Science & Sustainability
Expertise: Bread, Bread History, Bread Science, Environmental Education, Green Initiatives, Sourdough Bread, Sourdough Bread History, Sourdough Bread Science, 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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Experts with last names starting with R

Professor Laura Reeck

Laura Reeck

Professor of French and International Studies

Department(s): Modern and Classical Languages
Expertise: Contemporary French Society and Culture, Francophone Postcolonial Studies, Global Learning, Internationalization

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Barbara Riess

Professor of Spanish

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

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Dave Roncolato

Director

Department(s): Civic Engagement
Expertise: Civic Engagement

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Experts with last names starting with S

Joshua Searle-White

Professor Emeritus

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

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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, Global Health Studies
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: 19th and 20th Century American Literature an Culture, Journalism and Democracy, To Kill a Mocking Bird, Toni Morrison, Wendell Berry

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Experts with last names starting with T

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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Experts with last names starting with W

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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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

Associate Professor

Department(s): biology, geology
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

Associate Professor

Department(s): Communication Arts and Theater, Community and Justice Studies, Integrative Informatics
Expertise: Celebrity Culture, Community Organizing, Cooperatives, Digital Media, Neoliberalism

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