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St. Lawrence Appoints New Faculty for 2018-19

St. Lawrence University appointed seven new tenure-track faculty, who will began teaching in the Fall 2018 semester. The new teaching faculty bring with them areas of expertise that include the sociology, psychology, government and economics.

The University also hired several visiting assistant professors for the 2018-19 academic year. Jac Jemc was appointed as this year’s Viebranz Visiting Professor of Creative Writing, after serving as a visiting assistant professor at Illinois Wesleyan University, and Rachel Maina will serve a two-year appointment as a visiting Swahili teaching fellow. Matthew O'Neil was also hired as the Discovery Services librarian. 

Classes begin at St. Lawrence University on Wednesday, Aug. 29.

Newly Appointed Tenure-Track Faculty

Arun Brahmbhatt joins St. Lawrence as assistant professor of South Asian religions. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto's Department for the Study of Religion and Centre for South Asian Studies. His research examines language and modernity in the context of Hindu religious traditions in colonial and contemporary India. He will be teaching introductory and upper-level courses in the Department of Religious Studies and the Asian Studies Program. 

Megan Carpenter comes to St. Lawrence as an assistant professor in psychology from a three-year visiting position at the University of Puget Sound. Carpenter received her Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Hawaii in 2015. Her research focuses on human sexual strategies and gender norms. She will be teaching an introductory course in psychology as well as upper-level courses in human sexuality and the psychology of gender.

James Ryan Hickey will begin as an instructor of economics, as he completes his doctorate at the University of New Hampshire. His research focuses on stock price movements and efficiencies, and he has taught courses in macroecnomics, microeconomics, and international trade.

LeAnn Holland joins St. Lawrence as an assistant professor of education and coordinator of the Educational Leadership program. She has taught a number of courses in philosophy in education and most recently worked at Discover Outdoors in New York City, creating wilderness educational curriculum for a summer youth program. She earned her Ph.D. in philosophy and education at Columbia University and has published on the philosophy in education in several peer-reviewed journals.

Rosa Williams returns to St Lawrence as an assistant professor in history and African studies. Williams earned her Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago in 2013. She has been a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of the Free State, in South Africa, and has taught at St. Lawrence in the First-Year Program and in history. Her research focuses on histories of medicine, migration and humanitarianism in South East Africa. Williams will teach courses on the histories of Africa, empire, and public health, and she will serve as the coordinator for the African studies program.

Guanyi Yang comes to St. Lawrence as an assistant professor in economics. Yang earned his Ph.D. in economics from Ohio State University in 2018. His research examines the distributional effect and business cycle fluctuations of the macroeconomy with concerns on inequality, education, human capital theories and allocation of production factors in the labor market. He will teach courses in macroeconomics and labor economics.

Mahrou Zhaf moves into an instructor role in gender and sexuality studies, after having taught in the St. Lawrence program since 2013. She will defend her doctoral degree in psychosocial studies at Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. Her research focuses on the gender, culture and media in the Middle East. She teaches introductory courses in gender studies as well as advanced seminars on transnational feminism, gender and psychoanalysis, and gender in the Middle East.


Visiting Faculty and Scholars

Katherine Cleary is a broadly trained conservation biologist and has extensive experience working in tropical ecosystems, first as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and more recently as a Fulbright Scholar in Costa Rica. Cleary’s research project in Costa Rica investigated the impact of intensive pineapple plantations on connectivity for bats in a biological corridor linking two national parks. Here in the North Country, she is building a research agenda focused on evaluating the impact of agriculture on biodiversity in the Adirondack to Algonquin biological corridor.

Joshua Goodman received his Ph.D. in spring 2018 in political science from Yale University. He studied the politics of counterinsurgency, examining the ways in which policymakers’ political interests and the foreign policy pressures they face shape the strategies they adopt. His research also focuses on regional conflict and cooperation in the Middle East, especially in the Persian Gulf, as well as the long-term effects of colonial state-building on contemporary politics in the Middle East.

Paul Goulet comes to St. Lawrence as a visiting assistant professor of chemistry. He earned his bachelor’s and doctorate degrees in chemistry from the University of Windsor and was a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University in Montreal. From 2012 to 2018, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Science at Clarkson University. His research is focused on the synthesis, characterization, and application of metallic and semiconductor nanoparticles. He will teach courses in the areas of general, analytical, physical and materials chemistry.

Rachael Marne Jones was invited to St. Lawrence as a visiting assistant professor in ceramics and drawing and earned her MFA from Montana State University. This summer, she participated in the Global Sustainability Fellows Program, an initiative of the Sustainability Laboratory. She is the founder of the Seed Bank Project, a global social initiative to create a network of stored seeds that have ecological and cultural. She will teach ceramics I and II and drawing I in the fall and spring semesters.

Kyu Young Lee comes to St. Lawrence as a visiting assistant professor in government from a visiting stint at Cornell College. Lee earned her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Iowa in 2017. Her research focus is international and comparative political economy. She will teach introductory courses as well as advanced-level seminars on political economy.

Kristen Loutensock joins St. Lawrence University as the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in health humanities from a visiting position in disability studies and gender studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She received her Ph.D. in film and media from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2016. Her work focuses on the history and depiction of autism and empathy in American medicine and popular culture. Loutensock will teach courses on disability, medicine and gender in popular culture as well as on health and the body in the arts.

Carlos Andrés Paredes comes to St. Lawrence as a Fulbright visiting scholar-in-residence in global studies. Paredes is finishing his Ph.D. in International Studies from the Latin American School of Social Sciences (FLACSO-Ecuador), focusing on the Colombian conflict, human rights and peace processes. He holds a master’s degree in international relations from the same institution and a bachelor’s degree in politics and French from Earlham College.

Carolyn Twomey joins St. Lawrence as a visiting assistant professor of European history. She completed a masters in medieval studies at the University of York, United Kingdom, and received her Ph.D. in history last year from Boston College with research focusing on ritual, religion, and material objects in early medieval England. Twomey will teach introductory courses on European studies, medieval and early modern Europe, and an advanced seminar on the history of the Vikings.

Fei Wang comes to St. Lawrence as a visiting instructor in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is completing his Ph.D. in chemistry. Wang’s research focus is in quantum dynamics. He will teach general chemistry and physical chemistry.

Yuhua (Irene) Wen comes to St. Lawrence as primary teacher in Chinese from the Inner Mongolian Agricultural University. Wen earned her master’s degree in foreign language and applied linguistics from China in 2009. Wen’s research focus is English teaching methodologies. As a Fulbright foreign language teaching assistant, she will teach Chinese 201 and 202.

Amanda Wyant earned her Ph.D. in sociology from North Carolina State University in 2018. She will join St. Lawrence as a visiting assistant professor in sociology. Her research and teaching cover a range of subjects, including work and employment, international development and sociology of food.

Also appointed visiting faculty positions were Samuel Dira, visiting assistant professor of cultural anthropology and African studies; Zenel Garcia, visiting assistant professor of government; Abdul Alim Habib, visiting assistant professor of global studies; Kristine Hoffmann, visiting assistant professor of biology; and, J. Michael Martinez, visiting assistant professor of poetry. 

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