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November 26, 2001

Emory College: New Faculty 2001-02


Stephan Anagnostaras
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Stephan Anagnostaras comes to Emory from Ph.D. and postdoctoral work at University of California-Los Angeles, following undergraduate study at Michigan State. He has broad research interests in molecular genetics and neuroscience with a focus on memory, where he is winning attention for his work on fear conditioning in mice. Anagnostaras’ teaching interests include learning theory and addiction study.

Geoffrey Bennington
Asa Griggs Candler Professor of French

Geoffrey Bennington earned his degrees at Oxford University, receiving his doctorate in 1984. His scholarly record includes seven books, two edited volumes and more than 70 articles. The books attest to his intellectual breadth, ranging from the 18th century French novel to contributions on Rousseau, Kant, Lyotard and Derrida. Bennington’s faculty service to date has been at the University of Sussex, where he established a fine record in teaching and academic leadership.

Marcus Collins
Assistant Professor of History

Marcus Collins grew up in England and did his undergraduate work at Cambridge, followed by graduate study at Harvard and Columbia universities. His scholarly interests include Oswald Mosley fascism, West Indian immigration and sexuality issues, such as British masculinity hangups. His first book, forthcoming from Oxford, is on the ideal of companionate marriage and the enemies of that ideal in modern England. Collins’ teaching interests include India and the British empire. He is currently completing postdoctoral work at the University of Newcastle and will arrive at Emory in January.

Lisa Dillman
Lecturer in Spanish

Lisa Dillman earned her B.A. from University of California-San Diego and holds master’s degrees from Emory and from Middlesex University. She has taught in Spain and England as well as in the United States. Dillman has worked as a translator on such diverse projects as a soccer World Cup bid, legal contracts for Soul Jazz Records and website editing for a British multimedia company.

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson
Associate Professor of Women’s Studies

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson comes to Emory from nine years’ faculty service at Howard University. Previously she earned a doctorate in English at Brandeis University following undergraduate work at University of Nevada-Reno. Garland-Thomson’s research field is feminist theory with an emphasis on disability studies; she is the author of two books on treatments of physical disability in American culture and literature. Her work at Emory will begin in 2002.

Elena Glazov-Corrigan
Associate Professor of Russian Studies

Elena Glazov-Corrigan earned a B.A. in classics and English at Canada’s Dalhousie University, then a Ph.D. in comparative literature at the University of Toronto. She is a specialist in literary theory; her publications include articles on Pasternak and Shakespeare, and a recent book on the poetics of Osip Mandelstam. An award-winning teacher, Glazov-Corrigan comes to Emory from St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan, where she has been serving as chair of the English department. She begins service here immediately as chair of the Department of Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures.

Wan-li Ho
Lecturer in Chinese

Wan-li Ho did undergraduate and master’s studies in her native Taiwan. She has just completed doctoral work at Temple University in comparative religion. Her publications in that field include a book, The Tao of Jesus; her dissertation focuses on ecofeminism in China. Ho comes to Emory following two years of teaching at Williams College.

Seiko Horibe
Lecturer in Japanese

Seiko Horibe began by majoring in Danish at Osaka University. Now in the final stage of doctoral work at Purdue University in linguistics, she specializes in applied linguistics with a focus on second language pedagogy. Horibe is an experienced teacher of Japanese and served on a temporary appointment last year. She has won several grants for her research on cognitive processes in language acquisition.

James Kindt
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

James Kindt graduated with highest honors from Haverford College and won research prizes and NSF funding as a Yale doctoral student. His field is computational chemistry with a focus on simulation and theory of lipid bilayer systems. Kindt is interested particularly in membrane proteins, useful in pharmaceutical work and possibly in attacking cancer cells. A dedicated teacher, he has been active in high school tutoring and enjoys working with scientific “slow learners.”

Tong Soon Lee
Assistant Professor of Music

Tong Soon Lee grew up in Singapore and received his training as an ethnomusicologist at the universities of Durham (England) and Pittsburgh. His interests include the musical cultures of East and Southeast Asia, musical anthropology and popular culture. He is also an accomplished classical pianist. Lee presently is completing a study of how the Singapore state has tried to use street theater to help create “nationality” in its varied population. Other interesting projects include research on the music of Muslim prayer calls and on the musical life of Chinese communities in the United Kingdom.

Zheng Liu
Assistant Professor of Economics

Zheng Liu grew up in coal mining country in Shanxi province, north China. After college and master’s work in Beijing, he earned his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. Liu is a macroeconomist with wide interests, including microeconomics, public finance and international trade. He specializes in business cycle analysis, developing quantitative monetary cycle models that have attracted attention, particularly for their inclusion of seasonal influences. Liu won four teaching awards at Minnesota as a teaching assistant. He comes to us with four years of additional experience from Clark University.

James Lu
Associate Professor of Computer Science

James Lu grew up in Taiwan and Iowa. Following college at the University of Iowa, he earned graduate degrees in computer science at Syracuse and Northwestern universities. His research interests involve automated reasoning, probabilistic object bases and multiple-valued logics. Lu comes to Emory from Bucknell University, where he was an award-winning teacher with success involving students in National Science Foundation research projects.

Mahmoud Madani
Lecturer in Physics

Mahmoud Madani holds a bachelor’s degree from Pars College, Iran, and a doctorate from Bedford College, University of London. His research centers on spectroscopic study of polymers. Madani has taught previously in South Africa and at Duquesne, Lehigh and Florida Atlantic universities in this country. At Emory he will teach modern physics and optics laboratories and will help develop advanced courses for both undergraduate and graduate labs.

Catherine Manegold
James M. Cox Jr. Professor of Journalism (ILA)

Boston native Catherine Manegold comes to Emory from 20 years as a reporter and editor with The New York Times, Newsweek, Philadelphia Inquirer and several smaller papers. She is a seven-time Pulitzer Prize nominee and was a member of the Times team awarded a Pulitzer for coverage of the 1992 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Other award-winning work includes reporting on events in the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Most recently, Manegold has published a book titled In Glory’s Shadow: Shannon Faulkner, The Citadel, and a Changing America.

Debra Mills
Associate Professor of Psychology

Debbie Mills grew up near Los Angeles and earned her academic degrees at UCLA, University of California-Santa Barbara and UCSD. Her field of research is developmental cognitive neuroscience, where she uses the event-related potential (ERP) technique to study development of cerebral specializations for language and other cognitive functions. Mills has become well known for work on patterns of change and brain response to linguistic stimuli in children to age 3. This is her first regular faculty appointment, but she has taught courses and directed research at UCSD and Cal State-Fullerton.

Kazuyuki Miyagiwa
Associate Professor of Economics

Kaz Miyagiwa comes from the Osaka area and earned his B.A. at Kobe University. Since doctoral work at the University of Texas, he has taught at Dayton, the University of Washington and most recently at Louisiana State University. Miyagiwa specializes in international trade theory. From earlier studies that examined topics such as capital mobility, technology transfers and “brain drain” problems, he has moved to issues in research and development. Miyagiwa brings a teaching record that similarly has covered a broad range of subjects.

Hudita Mustafa
Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Born in London, Hudita Mustafa did her undergraduate and doctoral work at Yale and Harvard, respectively. Her research interests center on economics and sociocultural anthropology, gender and West Africa. These interests come together in her work on changes in Senegalese society, as reflected by the success of women entrepreneurs in the Dakar clothing industry. Mustafa has won a number of prestigious grants and postdocs and has traveled widely in Europe, Africa, Latin America and South Asia.

Elizabeth Noell
Lecturer in Physical Education

Betsy Noell grew up in Winston-Salem, N.C., and did undergraduate work in psychology at nearby Guilford College. She then earned a master’s in exercise science at Georgia State University. After an internship with Emory’s Cardiac Risk Reduction Program, Noell came to the Department of Health, Physical Education and Dance, where for the past two years she has been visiting lecturer in the principles of physical fitness programs.

Karla Oeler
Assistant Professor of Film Studies (ILA)

Karla Oeler grew up in the Pittsburgh area. After attending Oberlin College, she taught Russian in Baltimore middle schools before entering the graduate program in comparative literature at Yale. Her research and teaching now bring together interests in literary theory plus film theory and aesthetics, Soviet and post-Soviet cinema, and feminist theory. Last year Oeler held a Mellon postdoc at Emory.

Ana Santos Olmsted
Lecturer in Portuguese

Ana Santos Olmsted did undergraduate work in social science at the Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro. Now completing a Ph.D. in Brazilian literature at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, she has taught at that school and at Smith College and has worked as a freelance translator. Olmsted brings a wealth of cultural knowledge to Emory’s new Portuguese program, from growing up in Brazil to her experiences in Spain, Portugal and with the Luso-African (Cape Verde) immigrant population in Massachusetts.

Lisa Paulsen
Lecturer in Theater Studies

Lisa Paulsen grew up in Ames, Iowa, and earned her degrees at the University of Northern Iowa and Southern Methodist University. She brings teaching expertise in acting, movement and Shakespeare, gained from acting and directing Shakespeare festivals in California, Utah, Oregon, Texas and Georgia, and from service on the acting faculty at the University of Alabama.

Bianca Premo
Instructor in History

Bianca Premo received her B.A. from her home state’s University of South Carolina; she is finishing up Ph.D. requirements at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She is a specialist in colonial Latin America; her research has centered on childhood in 18th century Lima (Peru), specifically on how growing up was affected by race, social class and gender heirarchies. Premo also has written in the areas of women’s history and on sports as popular culture. At Chapel Hill, she won the history department’s 1996 award for best graduate student teacher.

Lore Ruttan
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

Lore Ruttan grew up in Minnesota, New York and Singapore and earned academic degrees at the universities of Chicago, Minnesota and UC-Davis. She has studied diverse organisms including viruses, spiders and ducks. As a human ecologist, Ruttan has primarily sought to identify ecological conditions that favor human cooperation. To that end she has examined the rules and institutions of subsistence fishermen in Indonesia and pastoralists in East Africa. She has become increasingly interested in how differences among individuals hinder and otherwise affect ability to cooperate.

Iain Shepherd
Assistant Professor of Biology

Scottish biologist Iain Shepherd got his doctorate at Oxford after earning a B.S. at London University. Iain is a zebrafish specialist, with a particular interest in how certain genetic mutations affect development of the zebrafish enteric nervous system. Discoveries here may have application to human problems such as Hirschsprung’s disease, a congenital deformity in the lower intestinal tract. Shepherd currently is completing a postdoc at the University of Washington; he will begin work at Emory in January.

George Staib
Lecturer in Dance

George Staib was born in Iran but claims Waynesboro, Pa., as home. He majored in political science at Dickinson College and then went on to a MFA in dance at Temple University. Staib’s interests include choreography, theater and voice. For the last 16 years, he has supported himself by doing choreography for award-winning colorguard groups.

Diane Steward
Assistant Professor of Religion

A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Dianne Stewart grew up in Hartford, Conn.. She has a B.A. from Colgate and a Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary, N.Y. Steward’s scholarly interests have centered on theologies and religious practices of the African diaspora, particularly in the Caribbean. She comes to us from three years’ faculty service at Holy Cross University.

Paul Talcott
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Born in Iowa, Paul Talcott graduated from Swarthmore College and earned his doctorate at Harvard. He is an East Asianist who focuses on the politics of Japan, with a research focus on identity and group politics; Talcott is completing a book on health care politics, especially on how elderly Japanese, despite no AARP-type lobby or visible representation in politics, have remained fairly well taken care of in the face of efforts by various groups to reduce their benefits. Talcott will arrive at Emory in January, upon return from a postdoc in Tokyo.

Jerry Thursby
Professor of Economics

Jerry Thursby grew up in eastern North Carolina and received all his degrees at UNC-Chapel Hill. His research areas are econometrics, international trade and the licensing of university technologies. He comes to us from previous faculty appointments at Syracuse, Ohio State and most recently Purdue. Thursby’s Emory appointment includes chairing the Department of Economics.

Natasha Trethewey
Assistant Professor of English

Natasha Trethewey grew up in the Atlanta area, graduating from Redan High School and the University of Georgia. She earned a MFA in poetry at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and comes to us from four years’ teaching of poetry and other topics in creative writing at Auburn University. Natasha has won numerous awards and prizes and has a second book of poems coming out soon. Last year she was a Bunting Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard.

Deborah White
Assistant Professor of English

Born and raised in the Washington area, Deborah White holds all her degrees from Yale. She is a specialist in British Romantic poetry and has published articles on Shelley and Wordsworth. Last year she published a book with Stanford Press on Romantic concepts of imagination. According to reports from previous faculty service at Northwestern and Columbia universities, White is a versatile, highly regarded teacher.

Tracy Yandle
Instructor in Environmental Studies

Another product of a Washington upbringing, Tracy Yandle’s professional interests center on policy problems in environmental issues. Following college and master’s study at Franklin and Marshall College and Baylor University, Yandle worked for an environmental consulting firm. Now she is completing an Indiana University Ph.D. program in public policy. She has three areas of research concern; the first two are market-based and state-level approaches to environmental management, and the third is how institutions influence people’s access to environmental resources.

—all information courtesy of the Office of the Provost.


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