Queens College Welcomes Our New Faculty for 2013
Division of Arts and Humanities
Andrew DeRosa (Assistant Professor, Art) is a Brooklyn-based communication designer. He received an MFA in 2D Design from Cranbook Academy of Art, and a BFA from the University of Colorado–Boulder. He has completed projects for IDEO, Jerry Seinfeld, Whole Foods Market, Showtime Networks, and the Tribeca Film Festival, among others. His work has been featured nationally in exhibitions at venues such as Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, MI and Autzen Gallery in Portland, OR, as well as in publications such as Guide to Graphic Design by Scott W. Santoro, and Type Object by Barbara Brownie. He has lectured on a variety of design-related topics, most recently at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He has taught courses at Queens College since 2009, as well as at New York University and University of Detroit Mercy.
Megan Dunn Davison (Assistant Professor, Linguistics and Communication Disorders) received her BA in Communication Disorders from Truman State University, where she was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. Dr. Dunn Davison attended Purdue University for her MS degree and Pennsylvania State University for a PhD in Communication Disorders. She is a certified speech-language pathologist (CCC-SLP) whose research has focused on the contributions of early language development to later reading outcomes in at-risk preschool children and school-age children with language-based learning disabilities. Current research projects include examining the language outcomes of a written language intervention and investigating the use of complex syntax by preschool teachers in classrooms serving at-risk populations and its relationship to child vocabulary and early literacy outcomes.
Kevin L. Ferguson (Assistant Professor, English) is currently the Assistant Director of Writing at Queens. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on writing, literature, and film adaptation. His first book project, Eighties People: A Dictionary of a Decade, demonstrates how new types of individuals were labeled in the U.S. during the 1980s. He argues that the discursive formulation of seemingly simple cultural stereotypes actually concealed newly organized boundaries of ethical behavior, particularly concerning children and parents. His second book project, Moving into Wonder, treats the entwined history of cinematic and literary representations of culturally significant types of space—such as the attic, boarding school, or riverfront—that create sites of autobiographical memory for three experimental women writers: Virginia Woolf, Marguerite Duras, and Kathy Acker. He maintains a blog, Typecast, at http://www.kevinlferguson.com, and can be found on Twitter at @ProfFerguson.
Mari Fujimoto (Lecturer, Classical, Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures) earned a PhD in Linguistics at the City University Graduate Center. A psycholinguist who specializes in first-language acquisition of Japanese particles and their syntactic and pragmatic analyses, her current research centers on formulating a cohesive account of particle omissions and subcategorization of Japanese verbs. She incorporates her research into her pedagogy in order to expedite the learning of Japanese by her students. Dr. Fujimoto has taught undergraduate linguistics classes and all levels of Japanese language classes, as well as East Asian Literature in Translation on Manga/Anime. She is the faculty advisor to the Sci-Fi Anime Club of Queens College.
Natalie M. Léger (Assistant Professor, English) received her PhD in English Literature from Cornell University. Before arriving at Queens, she completed an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Tufts University. Her primary research and teaching interests include Caribbean literature as well as post-Colonial literature and theory, with a particular emphasis on the historical narrative and poetics. Her scholarship and teaching interests also include the literature of the Black Diaspora, Haitian literature and culture, Black women writers and feminist theory, as well as tragedy and anti-blackness. She is currently completing a book manuscript concerning the theoretical and artistic importance of Haiti and the Haitian Revolution to the Caribbean literary imaginary.
William Orchard (Assistant Professor, English) received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2012. He was the César Chávez Dissertation Fellow at Dartmouth and Arnold Mitchem Dissertation Fellow at Marquette University. Prior to arriving at Queens College, he taught at Colby College in Waterville, ME. His research and teaching interests include Latino/a literature, contemporary American literature, visual culture, ethnic studies, and gender and sexuality studies. He is coeditor of The Selected Plays of Josefina Niggli, which the American Library Association named one of the “best of the best books published by university presses” in 2007. He is currently working on two projects: a monograph entitled The Pedagogy of Pictures: Latino Graphic Novels and the Politics of Representation and an edited collection of essays entitled Forms of Engagement: Chicano Narrative in the Twenty-First Century.
Beatriz Peña (Assistant Professor, Hispanic Languages and Literatures) received her BA in Spanish in Caracas, and her PhD from the City University Graduate Center. Before joining the faculty at Queens College in 2011, she taught at many institutions in Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Spain, and the U.S., including several CUNY campuses, Yale, and St. Lawrence University. Her research focuses primarily on Colonial Latin American Literature, analyzing the meaningful intersections of drawings, maps, and prose in travel accounts. Her book on Diego de Ocaña (2011) has been an international success, receiving several prizes and honorary mentions.
Noah Tsika (Assistant Professor, Media Studies) received his BA in Film and Television Studies from Dartmouth College, and his MA and PhD in Cinema Studies from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He previously taught in the Film Studies Program at CUNY’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and in the Film and Media Studies and African Studies programs at Colgate University, where he was Visiting Assistant Professor and the recipient of a Torch Medal for teaching and service. He is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post, and he has served on the jury of the NYC PictureStart Film Festival. Dr. Tsika’s research and teaching interests include Nollywood, Nigerian television, and West African documentary traditions. He has published articles on Nollywood’s star system; the exhibition history of Kajola, Nollywood’s first theatrically released science-fiction film; Nigeria’s top telecommunications provider (Globacom) and its rapid regional growth; the role of British Petroleum in documentary film production and education reform in pre- and post-independence Nigeria; and Nollywood’s cycle of “anti-biopics.” He also has published short biographies of Uche Jombo, Funke Akindele, and Peace Anyiam-Osigwe. He recently completed a book manuscript on Nollywood stardom, and is currently at work on a book project on the Cold War, corporate citizenship, and documentary cinema in West Africa, especially Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and the Gambia.
Laura Villa (Assistant Professor, Hispanic Languages and Literatures) received her BA in Romance Languages from the University of Oviedo (Spain) and her PhD in Linguistics from the City University Graduate Center. She has taught at several CUNY campuses and for three years at the University of Dayton. Her work explores the history and politics of Spanish language, particularly the intersections between language and politics in the standardization process that took place on both sides of the Atlantic in the 19th century. This approach has led her to examine the present debates over Spanish language policies as well.
Division of Education
Stephen J. Farenga (Professor, Secondary Education and Youth Services) earned his doctorate at Columbia University, and comes to Queens from Dowling College in Oakdale, NY, where he was a member of the Departments of Human Development and Learning and Earth and Marine Sciences. His research and writing interests involve making science content accessible and comprehensible to the general public. In particular, his areas of specialization include science knowledge acquisition, cognition in science, the development of STEM-related dispositions, education policy, and the role of national standards with regard to impact on instruction. His research has appeared in major journals in science education, technology, and education of the gifted, as well as topics in teacher education. Dr. Farenga has served as a consultant for the National Science Teachers Association as well as for urban and suburban school districts, and was editor of the science column entitled “After the Bell” in the journal Science Scope. He is the lead author of The Importance of Average: Playing the Game of School to Increase Success and Achievement and coauthor of Knowledge Under Construction: The Importance of Play in Developing Children’s Spatial and Geometric Thinking and Trivializing Teacher Education: The Accreditation Squeeze. He also coedited the Encyclopedia of Education and Human Development.
Lenwood Gibson, Jr. (Assistant Professor, Educational and Community Programs) received his MS in Applied Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University (2002) and his PhD in Special Education from Ohio State University (2009). He has been a faculty member at the City College–CUNY School of Education for the past three years. Dr. Gibson holds professional certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and has worked within school systems as both a behavior analyst and an educational consultant. His research interests include closing the research-to-practice gap between effective research-based strategies and the degree to which special education teachers use them in their daily instruction; closing the academic-achievement gap that exists between minority students and their grade-level peers; the use and effectiveness of computer-assisted instruction as a supplemental tool for students at-risk for academic failure, particularly in urban schools; and ways to develop strong collaborative partnerships between university special-education programs and neighboring schools.
Sara B. Woolf (Assistant Professor, Educational and Community Programs) received her EdD from C.W. Post University. Her primary research focuses on helping novice special-education teachers acquire the expertise needed to competently fulfill their diverse professional roles and ensuring that their professional performance is fairly and accurately evaluated in P–12 school contexts. She has expertise in applied behavior analytic approaches to support youngsters with significant behavioral and learning challenges, and team training and facilitation to enhance P–12 students’ outcomes and home-school-community partnerships. Dr. Woolf has worked full time at Queens College in the graduate programs for Special Education since 2003, first as an adjunct instructor, and later as a full-time lecturer. She is the coauthor of a five-year $1.25 million federally funded grant to recruit and prepare early-childhood special-education teachers. In addition to her work at Queens College, she has over 25 years of experience in the metropolitan New York area working directly with individuals with disabilities, school teams, and families. A credentialed personal coach and person-centered planning facilitator, Dr. Woolf draws from her interdisciplinary training and experiences to encourage graduate teacher candidates to acquire and apply the wide range of skills needed to meaningfully support students with disabilities and engage in ongoing professional development.
Division of Social Sciences
Sherry Baron (Professor, Urban Studies) has been working for the past 25 years at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, where she was the Coordinator of Occupational Health Disparities. Her research focuses on using a mixture of quantitative and qualitative methods to explore the associations between work and health, especially for low-wage and immigrant workers, including the use of community-based participatory approaches to develop intervention programs to improve health equity of home health aides, farmworkers, and construction day laborers. Since 2001 she has been part of the federally funded health monitoring and research program for the rescue and recovery workers and volunteers who responded to the World Trade Center disaster. She received her BA in History and Science from Harvard, MD from Case Western Reserve University, and MPH from the University of Illinois–Chicago, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Environmental Epidemiology at UCLA. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Preventive (Occupational) Medicine.
Pamela Bennett (Associate Professor of Sociology) received her PhD from the University of Michigan (2002). She comes to Queens from Johns Hopkins University, where she did research and served first as a Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow and then as an Assistant Professor. Last year, after formally joining the Queens College faculty, she was at the Russell Sage Foundation on a Fellowship. She recently received a National Science Foundation grant to investigate the impact of the Supreme Court’s recent decisions on affirmative action in the United States. At Russell Sage, she is coauthoring a book with Amy Lutz, tentatively titled Parenting and Schooling in Diverse Families. She is the author of many scholarly articles examining the relationship of race, schooling, and achievement, and also has written pieces discussing policy in that area.
Vincent Carey (Macaulay Visiting Professor, History) is a scholar of early modern Ireland and England with voluminous and multifaceted research to his credit, ranging from single-authored books, to museum exhibitions, to editions of primary texts, to dozens of essays and articles. He received his PhD from SUNY–Stony Brook (1991), after earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the National University in Ireland. He has held fellowships from the University of Notre Dame, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, and in 2003 was awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Carey is currently Professor of History at SUNY–Plattsburgh, but will be at Queens College for the coming academic year as the Macaulay Honors College Visiting Professor. This is a homecoming of sorts, as Professor Carey taught as an Adjunct Lecturer here over 20 years ago, when he was a graduate student.
Georges Courtadon (Distinguished Lecturer, Economics) holds a PhD in Finance from Northwestern University. He started his career as an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Stern School of Business at New York University where he published many articles in refereed academic journals and technical books. Since then he has had 20 years of experience in the valuation, trading, structuring, and risk management of derivative products. He is presently a managing member of GRC Consultants and an adjunct professor of finance at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Previously Dr. Courtadon was an examining officer in the Bank Supervision Group of the New York Federal Reserve Bank. Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Bank, he held executive positions in risk management and product development in a leading asset management firm.
Desiree Fields (Visiting Assistant Professor, Urban Studies) received her PhD in environmental psychology from the City University Graduate Center (2013). Her research addresses how financial actors, processes, and imperatives produce urban space through the housing market, and how activists and community-based organizations might contest this financialization. Dr. Fields has published in the Journal of Urban Affairs, Emotion, Space and Society, and Housing Policy Debate as well as other journals. She is the 2013 Alma H. Young Emerging Scholar, an honor awarded by the Urban Affairs Association.
Bruce Jones (Distinguished
Lecturer, Entrepreneurship/Sociology) received his MBA from Ohio State University (1976). His college faculty experience includes Miami
University (Ohio), University of Dayton, and Fordham Graduate School.
Recently he has been associated with Baruch College–CUNY in both the
Lawrence Field Center of Entrepreneurship
and EOC Advisory Board. He also has served as a consultant for Antioch
College during its restart phase. In the corporate world he has been a
lobbyist in Washington, DC, corporate officer, and turnaround consultant
for multinationals and family-owned businesses.
His experience covers eleven industry sectors, with companies ranging
in size from startup to Fortune 40, of which he participated in the sale
of six firms. As Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, Mr. Jones
will be responsible for building the long-term
vision for the center and executing a strategic plan that partners with
Scott Larson, (Lecturer, Urban Studies) is an urban geographer who has studied and written about immigration, transnationalism, urbanism, and the historical evolution of the built environment, as well as issues of inequality, gentrification, and marginalization. He is the author of Building Like Moses with Jacobs in Mind: Contemporary Planning in New York City (2012, Temple University Press). He received his PhD in geography from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the City University Graduate Center, and he previously taught geography and urban studies at Vassar College and Hunter College–CUNY.
Natalia Candelo Londoño (Assistant Professor, Economics) graduated from the University of Texas–Dallas (2012) with a specialization in experimental and behavioral economics. She comes to Queens from SUNY–Purchase. Her research uses field experiments to investigate economic decision-making by low-income populations. She has conducted field experiments in Bogota, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Lima, Montevideo, and San Jose de Costa Rica, in 11 rural villages and Ocampo in Mexico, as well as in multiple low-income neighborhoods in the U.S.
Felicia Madimenos (Assistant Professor, Anthropology) was recently awarded a PhD at the University of Oregon. Her research focuses on the influence of human reproductive ecology, skeletal health, and energetics, and is strongly rooted in life history theory. Specifically, her research uses an integrative, biocultural approach to explore the physiological and behavioral strategies that Indigenous Ecuadorian Shuar women adopt to meet the elevated costs of reproduction.
Karine Taché (Assistant Professor, Anthropology) was awarded a PhD in Archaeology at Simon Fraser University (British Columbia, Canada). Her doctoral dissertation, “Structure and Regional Diversity of the Meadowood Interaction Sphere,” focused on one of the earliest and largest interaction spheres established in Northeastern North America and highlighted the important relationship between socioeconomic inequalities under certain ecological conditions. Her research combines archaeological and environmental data with organic residue analysis in order to investigate early pottery uses in Northeastern North America.
Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Jeff Beeler (Associate Professor, Psychology) came to neuroscience from a background in clinical social work and psychiatry. He received his MSW from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois–Chicago. After working for a few years with children and adolescents and then chronically mentally ill adults, he returned to graduate school at the University of Chicago to complete a PhD in Neurobiology. With interests in Parkinson’s disease, addiction, and obesity, his work centers on the role of the basal ganglia, corticostriatal plasticity, and dopamine in behavioral and motivational flexibility. Core methods include mouse behavioral analysis and genetics, with an emphasis on home-cage behavioral paradigms and genetic tools that allow temporal and spatial experimental control of specific neural substrates. He will set up cyclic voltammetry and optogenetics facilities, and hopes to establish collaborative electrophysiology projects.
William Blanford (Assistant Professor, Earth and Environmental Science) received his PhD from the University of Arizona (2001), and was a faculty member in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at Louisiana State University. His research program is directed toward preserving and protecting the quality and quantity of water resources. As part of that effort, he evaluates the factors governing the circulation of water and the transport, fate, and remediation of waterborne microbial pathogens and chemicals in subsurface and surface environments. His work integrates elements of hydrology, geology, microbiology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and environmental engineering. His recent research has primarily focused on improving the efficacy of cyclodextrin, a cyclic sugar, as an agent for remediation of hazardous waste sites.
Alexander Khanikaev (Assistant Professor, Physics) earned his PhD degree in Physics from Moscow State University (2002). After graduation Dr. Khanikaev worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of the Toyohashi University of Technology (Japan), where he also was involved in several joint projects with leading industrial companies, including SONY, OMRON, and OptWare. In 2008 Dr. Khanikaev joined the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence node at Macquarie University (Sydney) as a research fellow. In 2009 he joined the Physics Department of the University of Texas–Austin, where he held a permanent research position. Dr. Khanikaev’s research is focused on optics of metamaterials and developing integrated photonic and plasmonic devices for optical information processing, light harvesting, sensing, and biosensing. Dr. Khanikaev has pioneered research on nonreciprocal photonic nanostructures and metamaterials. He also introduced a concept of topologically nontrivial metamaterials. He is the coauthor of over 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals and several book chapters.
Fei Liu (Assistant Professor, Mathematics) earned a PhD in statistics from Duke University (2007). She was an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri–Columbia (2007–2010), and worked as a Research Staff Member at IBM Watson Research Center (2010–2013). Her research focuses on statistical methodology developments in Bayesian statistics, functional data analysis, and high-dimensional data analysis.
Marc-Antoine Longpré (Assistant Professor, Earth and Environmental Science) obtained his BSc at McGill University (2003). He earned a PhD at the University of Dublin, Trinity College (2009), working on the geology of volcanoes of the Canary Islands. He then returned to McGill as a postdoctoral fellow working on the volcanoes of Nicaragua.
Kathleen Mangiapanello (Substitute Assistant Professor, Psychology) earned her BA in Psychology at Queens College, and her PhD in Psychology at the City University Graduate Center. She has been an adjunct in the Psychology Department since 2001, teaching undergraduate courses in Statistics and Experimental Psychology and graduate courses in Research Design and Ethics. During the course of her graduate studies, she twice served as co-chair for the department’s annual conference on Behavior Analysis in Developmental Disabilities. For the past three semesters she has served as the adjunct representative to the department, working closely with both the chair and deputy chair to find ways in which to improve the adjunct teaching experience. In addition, since fall 2001 she has worked as project manager on the Queens College Preschool Project, an NIH-funded longitudinal study focusing on the developmental course of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHA). Her current research interests are varied, and include performance feedback and developmental neuropsychology.
Jeff Marsh (Assistant Professor, Earth and Environmental Science) graduated from the University of California–Santa Barbara (2001), with a BS in both Geological Sciences and Physical Geography. In 2003 he received his MS in Geological Sciences from San Diego State University, completing a thesis on the structural and geochemical character of an extensional fault system in eastern California, and then worked as a geologist for the environmental engineering and consulting company URS in Santa Barbara for 2-1/2 years. In 2006 he returned to academia, starting PhD work at the University of Maine on interactions between physical and chemical processes in the deeper parts of the Earth’s crust. He completed his doctoral thesis in 2010, and became a visiting Assistant Professor of Structural Geology at Colby College in Waterville, ME until 2011. From 2011 to 2013 Dr. Marsh worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Texas, studying collisional tectonics and developing new chemical and isotopic analytical techniques.
Elizabeth M. Riina (Assistant Professor, Family, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences) recently completed a productive two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the National Center for Children and Families, Teachers College, Columbia University, focusing on neighborhood discrimination and cohesion in adolescent adjustment. She received her doctoral degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Pennsylvania State University, where she was a project manager of the Penn State Family Relationship project. Her dissertation examined co-parenting during adolescence from ecological and family systems perspectives. Her scholarship includes factors of race and sociocultural aspects on child development. She will teach in the certificate program in Family Life Education as part of the bachelor’s degree program in Family and Consumer Sciences.