Faculty members put their knowledge into action so students and others are able to benefit from it. Recently, faculty published book chapters and journal articles and used their expertise to provide insight into personal finance options.
Associate Professor of Education Jeff Frank published a chapter in the edited volume of “The Contemporary Relevance of John Dewey’s Theories on Teaching and Learning.” The chapter, “John Dewey on the Long Look Ahead: Reconstructing How We Approach Assessment in Teacher Education Programs Through the Democratic Cultivation of the Purposes of Education,” examines how teacher education programs can be more intentional about framing the purposes of education to develop more closely aligned assessments. According to Frank, a critical step includes visioning the type of work teachers how their graduates will do once they have a classroom of their own.
Frank has taught a First-Year Seminar (FYS) titled What Does it Mean to be Educated and courses in Contemporary Educational policy, Teaching and Teachers, and American Philosophies of Education. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Education from Columbia University and a B.A. in Philosophy from Middlebury College.
Professor of Philosophy Jennifer Hansen published a paper in the Journal of Speculative Philosophy. Her paper, "Truth and Discursive Activism: The Promise and Perils of Hashtag Feminism," explores the use of Twitter as a space for people to receive, respond to, and resist sexual violation.
Hansen’s research interests include the philosophy of psychiatry, feminist philosophy, American pragmatism (John Dewey and William James), and phenomenology. At St. Lawrence, she regularly teaches Ancient Greek Philosophy, Africana Philosophy, Introduction to Philosophy, and in the First-Year Program. She holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from SUNY Stony Brook and an M.A. in Philosophy from Boston College.
Rafael Castillo Bejarano
Visiting Assistant Professor Rafael Castillo Bejarano’s article, "The letter of Lope de Vega to the Prince of Esquilache and the funeral poems to Catalina de la Cerda," was recently published in the journal Criticón. In the piece, he uses new archival evidence to challenge who a funeral sonnet and letter in the “Laurel de Apolo” (1630) were intended for.
Castillo Bejarano’s research focuses on medieval and early modern Iberia, early modern subjectivity and transatlantic connection, 16th and 17th Hispanic poetry, theory of the lyric, and poetry and music. He regularly teaches Spanish courses at St. Lawrence and is currently working on a book manuscript. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Hispanic Studies from Brown University.
Associate Professor of Economics Sahar Milani has been involved in personal finance education for over a decade. She recently provided commentary on charge cards and how they differ from traditional credit cards in a piece published by WalletHub.com.
Milani is an innovation economist with research interests in environmental economics, macroeconomics, and the financing of innovation. In the summer of 2021, she taught a personal finance sophomore seminar at St. Lawrence called Money Management Matters: Financial Literacy in a Dynamic World. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics and an M.S. in Management Science (Financial Analysis) from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, and a B.B.A. in Finance, Investment, and Banking from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Associate Professor of History Howard Eissenstat’s essay, “Recep Tayyip Erdogan: From “Illiberal Democracy” to Electoral Authoritarianism” was published as a chapter in the book “Dictators and Autocrats: Securing Power across Global Politics.” According to Routledge, the book’s publisher, “this volume of engaging essays explores how autocratic power is acquired, exercised, and transferred or abruptly ended through the careers and politics of influential figures in more than 20 countries and six regions.”
Eissenstat's research focuses on nationalism and Islam in the 19th century Ottoman Empire and the history of the Turkish Republic. His recent work has focused increasingly on contemporary Turkish domestic and foreign policy, especially on issues of rule-of-law, minority rights, and the reshaping of political culture under the Justice and Development Party (AKP). In addition to traditional academic work, Eissenstat served for over a decade as a Turkey Country Specialist for Amnesty International-USA. He has lectured at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. military, and the Canadian Foreign Service Institute, as well as given testimony to the Canadian Senate and offered briefings to Congressional Committees.
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