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Jose Manuel Cañibano Cañibano, Jose Manuel Cañibano

Jose Manuel Cañibano
Visiting Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Modern Languages, Spanish
Fellows Hall
B.A., B.A., Universidad de Valladolid, Spain; Ph.D. candidate, University of Kentucky
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Mike Caravana Caravana, Michael Caravana

Mike Caravana
Assistant Professor
Faculty, Staff  |  Physical Education, Big Red Athletics
Mitchell Recreation and Athletics Center
B.S., University of Virginia; M.S.F., U.S. Sports Academy

Michael Caravana has been the head men’s lacrosse coach at Denison on two separate occasions. He began at Denison in 1990 and coached the team until 2005.  He would return three years later and resume his post.  Under Caravana’s direction Denison men’s lacrosse has become one of the elite programs in all of NCAA Division III. A 1983 graduate of the University of Virginia, Caravana was a four-time All-American attackman for the Cavaliers. He earned a bachelor's degree in education and was a captain during his senior season. Caravana led Virginia in scoring three times and in assists all four seasons.

Following graduation, Caravana spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Brown University, then returned to Virgina., where he served as assistant head coach under Jim "Ace" Adams before accepting the head coaching position at Denison in the fall of 1990. In 1998, Caravana earned his master's degree in sport management from the United States Sports Academy. Caravana ranks second in all-time victories at Denison, trailing only his predecessor, Ferris "Tommy" Thomsen, Jr., who guided DU to 255 wins over the course of 25 seasons (1966-1990). In 1994 he was named the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s Division III Coach of the Year. He has also been the recipient of the NCAC Coach of the Year award on multiple occasions.  In 2003 he began a four-year commitment as the assistant coach for the United States lacrosse national team which earned a silver medal at the 2006 International Lacrosse Federation World Championships.

He is a member of the Charlottesville Chapter Lacrosse Hall of Fame, the Ohio Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame and the Long Island Metro Chapter Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

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Andy Carlson Carlson, Andrew Carlson

Andy Carlson
Professor, Strings Coordinator & Chair (Music)
Violin, Bluegrass - Mandolin & Fiddle
Faculty  |  Music
Burton Hall
B.Mus., M.M., University of Georgia; D.M.A., University of Iowa

Andrew Carlson has performed as a soloist and as a chamber musician throughout the United States. Of his 1998 Merkin Hall performance the New York Times wrote, “Mr. Carlson is a demon fiddler and his performance here was serious and concentrated.” He has earned both a MM and BMUS from the University of Georgia and a DMA in Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa. While earning his DMA, he was the recipient of the Iowa Performance Fellowship and the Pelzer Competition Fellowship. As a soloist he has performed with orchestras including The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, The Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra, The Ohio State University Marching Band, The Huntington West Virginia Symphony, The Welsh Hills Symphony, The Land of Legend Philharmonic, and The University of Iowa Symphony. Andrew has studied with Leopold La Fosse and Thomas Joiner.

An active teacher, Andrew has previously served as a faculty member at Morehead State University and the Preucil School of Music. He has served as a faculty member at Suzuki institutes including Ithaca, NY, The University of Memphis, Capital University (Columbus, OH), and South Carolina (Furman University). Currently a Professor of Music at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, he teaches violin, conducts the chamber orchestra and directs the bluegrass ensemble. He also serves as the Concertmaster of the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to his experience as a classical violinist, Andy began learning traditional fiddle music from his grandfather at age 5. He has won numerous fiddle contests and has twice been named the Georgia State Champion Fiddler and was named the 2000 Ohio Grand Champion fiddler. His book entitled “A Guide to American Fiddling” has been published by Mel Bay Publishers, Inc. As a studio musician and string arranger he has recorded for Warner Bros., Atlantic, Elektra, Geffen, Polydor, and Capricorn and with artists including R.E.M., Nanci Griffith, Billy Bragg, and the Cowboy Junkies.

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Nan Carney-DeBord ’80 Carney-DeBord, Nancy Carney-DeBord ’80

Nan Carney-DeBord '80
Associate Professor, Director of Athletics & Chair (Physical Education)
Faculty, Staff  |  Athletic Training, Physical Education, Big Red Athletics
Mitchell Recreation and Athletics Center
B.A., Denison University; M.A., Kent State University

Nan Carney-DeBord has served as the Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation and the faculty chair of the Department of Physical Education since 2011-12. A 1980 graduate of Denison University and a member of the college's Athletic Hall of Fame, she returned to her alma mater in 2011 after spending 25 years as the head women's basketball coach and faculty member at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Prior to accepting the post to guide Denison's athletic department, Carney-DeBord was one of the winningest coaches in Division III women's basketball history, posting a career record of 433-227 while guiding Ohio Wesleyan to six NCAA Division III Tournament berths.  The Battling Bishops captured five NCAC championships and she was a seven-time conference Coach of the Year.  In 2001, she guided her team to the national semifinals of the NCAA Division III Tournament and was named the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Division III National Coach of the Year.

In 2009, Carney-DeBord became only the 33rd coach in Division III history to reach the 400-win mark. In addition to her time as the head women's basketball coach at Ohio Wesleyan, she spent six seasons (1985-1990) as the head field hockey coach at OWU where her teams posted a .714 winning percentage and began a streak of seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances that would eventually conclude in 1993. At Ohio Wesleyan, she also served as assistant athletics director from 1987 to 1993 and associate athletics director from 1993 through 2003.

Carney-DeBord was a four-year letter winner in basketball and field hockey at Denison. A wing and point guard in basketball, she was team captain and was named the team's Most Valuable Player as a senior. As a back on the Denison field hockey squad, she was a three-year captain and helped lead the 1979 team to a 12-3-1 record. In 1998, she was inducted in the Varsity D Association Athletics Hall of Fame at Denison. In addition to her bachelor's degree in physical education from Denison, Carney-DeBord earned a master's of arts in athletics administration from Kent State University.

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Timothy Carpenter Carpenter, Timothy W. Carpenter

Timothy Carpenter
Affiliated Studio Instructor
Choral Studies, Gospel Choir
Faculty  |  Music
Burton Hall

Timothy Carpenter began playing piano at the age of three. He took his first formal lesson at age four and continued his studies resulting in a piano scholarship to The University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music.

While studying classical piano he continued his love for Gospel music. He has worked with many of the legendary gospel artist including, Pastor Marvin Winans, Vicki Winans, Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Bishop Walter Hawkins, Lady Tramaine Hawkins, Donald Lawrence, Fred Hammond, Commissioned, and The Clark Sisters.

T.W. is an accomplished song writer penning songs recorded by Bishop Norman L. Wagner and The Mt. Calvary Concert Choir, which landed his first Stellar Award nomination, Tramaine Hawkins, on her Grammy winning “Live” recording and the “Hit” song “Jesus Promised”, recorded by the Chicago Mass Choir and Rev. Daryl Coley.

He has also been heralded as a master studio musician. His work on Fred Hammond’s “Lift Up Your Heads” on the Grammy Award winning, “Handel’s Soulful Messiah” showcased his masterful ability to arrange classical strings and piano over stylish synths peppered with a traditional gospel Hammond organ.

T.W. has won critical acclaim as a Musical Director for several professional theatres. He has directed such musicals as “Oklahoma”, “South Pacific”, “The Wiz”, “Purlie”, and his band direction of Donald Lawrence’s, “Sing Hallelujah”, was a part of the Tony Award winning season at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. He was also nominated for the “Kevin Klein Award” for his music direction of “Crowns” at the St. Louis Repertory Theatre, that same production was a part of the 2007 Tony Award winning season of the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

Tim’s abilities have taken him to many countries including England, Canada, Scotland, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Jamaica and Switzerland.

Currently T.W. is the Pastor of God’s Way Ministries International and serves as a member of the faculty of the Music Department of Denison University.

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Tom Carroll Carroll, Thomas John Carroll

Tom Carroll
Instructor, Jazz Coordinator
Jazz - Guitar
Faculty  |  Music
Mulberry House

Tom Carroll has been Instructor of Guitar at Denison University since 1980. Since 2000 he has also been Coordinator of Jazz Studies.

Besides leading his own trio, featuring organist Hank Marr, he has played with a wide variety of artists in the world of jazz and the entertainment world. Some of the jazz artists he has performed with are Louis Bellson, Jack McDuff, Rusty Bryant, Hank Marr, Bobby Pierce, Jimmy Heath, Ernie Watts, Frank Foster, Cal Collins, Gene Bertoncini and Howard Alden. He has performed at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston,S.C. with Violinist Ola Hanson, Mansfield Jazz Festival with the RUSTY BRYANT/HANK MARR QUARTET, the Columbus Jazz and Ribs Fest and JAZZ-ON -THE GREEN in Parkersburg, W.V. as well as several I.A.J.E. Conventions with Hank Marr.

As a teacher he has also serves on the faculties of The Ohio State University and Capital University.

His first recording as a leader is, “CITY LIGHTS”, featuring Hank Marr, Gary Carney and Jim Rupp. A live disc will be released in spring 2002. Both discs are available on the COJAZZ label. Tom is also an affiliate artist with the JAZZ ARTS GROUP of Columbus.

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Robin Chapdelaine Chapdelaine, Robin Chapdelaine

Robin Chapdelaine
Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Women's and Gender Studies, International Studies
Blair Knapp Hall
B.A., Santa Clara University; M.A., Ph.D., Rutgers University
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Wei Cheng dr. Cheng, Wei Cheng

Wei Cheng
Assistant Professor, Choral Studies Coordinator
Choral Studies
Faculty  |  Music, East Asian Studies
Burton Hall
B.M., Central Conservatory of Music, Bejing; M.M., D.M.A., College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati

Dr. Wei Cheng is the Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Denison University. She was born in Beijing, China where she studied conducting at the Central Conservatory of Music. She earned both her masters and doctoral degrees in choral conducting at the College Conservatory of Music-University of Cincinnati. She is an active clinician and guest conductor in Ohio, Indiana, and in Beijing, China.

Dr. Cheng has served as music director of the University of Cincinnati Women's Chorus, directed Earlham College choirs, interned at the Chicago Symphony Chorus, was a Conducting Fellow in the Chorus America Conducting Workshops; conducted the Oregon Bach Festival and National Conductor’s Symposium with Vancouver Chamber Choir (Canada).

Her recent engagements include guest conducting with the Young People’s Chorus at National Center of Performing Arts, Beijing China; China’s national opera company (Central Opera); and Beijing International Children’s Chorus.

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Tabitha Chester Chester, Tabitha Chester

Tabitha Chester
Visiting Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Black Studies, Women's and Gender Studies
B.A. Florida State University; M.A., Temple University; Ph.D., Arizona State University
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Seth Chin-Parker dr. Chin-Parker, Seth Chin-Parker

Seth Chin-Parker
Associate Professor
Faculty  |  Neuroscience, Psychology
Blair Knapp Hall
B.A., University of Vermont; M.A., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Chin-Parker began teaching at Denison in the fall of 2004. He teaches Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods, Cognitive Psychology, Research in Cognitive Psychology, and a seminar titled “Creativity and Cognition”. When he is not in the classroom (or his lab), Dr. Chin-Parker enjoys spending time with his family, running on the trails of the Denison Biological Reserve, and attempting to play the guitar.

Research Details: 

My research program focuses on the interplay between conceptual knowledge and experience: Conceptual knowledge plays a critical role in shaping the interactions we have with the world, and it is correspondingly shaped by those interactions. Reflecting this interplay, I have adopted two perspectives that frame my research:

  • Access to relevant conceptual knowledge can change the processing associated with a given behavior, and so cognitive functions (e.g. category learning and explanation) that tap into conceptual knowledge should be studied in situations where relevant knowledge is available.
  • The acquisition of conceptual knowledge, or category learning, should be studied in context. People learn about categories of items as they complete other tasks – the processing associated with these tasks, as well as the goals of the individual, affect what is learned about the categories to which the items belong.

By taking this stance, I am able to examine several important issues that have been overlooked by much of the research in the area. Because there is a tendency in experimental work to isolate cognitive functioning in order to get a “cleaner” view of the processes involved, we sometimes inadvertently change the nature of the processing by removing it from the context in which it typically occurs. This is especially a concern when studying cognitive processes that link up with conceptual knowledge.

Ultimately, my research interests stem from a desire to better appreciate what it means to “understand”. I consider our behaviors, especially cognitive processes, to be largely dedicated to meaning making – seen in the constant questions of a three year old and extending to the way that we reflect on our world and ourselves through art, literature, science. I have selected to study the cognitive processes and structures that underlie the acquisition and use of conceptual knowledge because they are so intimately tied to how we make sense of the world.


Selected Publications

  • Chin-Parker, S., & Bradner, A. (2010). Background shifts affect explanatory style: How a pragmatic theory of explanation accounts for background effects in the generation of explanations. Cognitive Processing, 11, 227-249.
  • Chin-Parker, S. (2010). (Category) Learning by Doing: How Goal Directed Tasks Constrain Conceptual Acquisition. In S. Ohlsson & R. Catrambone (Eds.), Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
  • Patalano, A. L., Chin-Parker, S., & Ross, B. H. (2006). The importance of being coherent: The role of category coherence in reasoning about cross-classified entities. Journal of Memory and Language, 54, 407-424.
  • Chin-Parker, S., Hernandez, O., & Matens, M. (2006). Explanation in Category Learning. In R. Sun & N. Miyake (Eds.), Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
  • Ross, B. H., Chin-Parker, S., & Diaz, M. (2005). Beyond classification learning: A broader view of category learning and category use. In W. Ahn, R. L. Goldstone, B. C. Love, A. B. Markman, & P. Wolff (Eds.), Categorization inside and outside the lab: Festschrift in honor of Douglas L. Medin. Washington, DC: APA.
  • Erickson, J., Chin-Parker, S., & Ross, B. H. (2005). Inference and classification learning of abstract coherent categories. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 31, 86-99.
  • Chin-Parker, S., & Ross, B. H. (2004). Diagnosticity and prototypicality in category learning: A comparison of inference learning and classification learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 30, 216-226.
  • Chin-Parker, S., & Ross, B. H. (2002). The effect of category learning on sensitivity to within-category correlations. Memory & Cognition, 30, 353-362.
  • Anderson, A. L., Ross, B. H., & Chin-Parker, S. (2002). A further investigation of category learning by inference. Memory & Cognition, 30, 119-128.

Selected Presentations

  • Chin-Parker, S. (July 2011). What Varying the Category Structure and Learning Task Reveal About Inference Learning. Poster presented at the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Boston, MA.
  • Chin-Parker, S. (August 2010). (Category) Learning by Doing: How Goal Directed Tasks Constrain Conceptual Acquisition. Poster presented at the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Portland, OR.
  • Chin-Parker, S. (May 2010). Use-Relevant Features Constrain Category Learning. Paper presented at the 80th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Chin-Parker, S. & Bradner, A. (September 2009). A Philosopher and a Psychologist Walk Into a Lab…: An Interdisciplinary Study of Explanation. Talk presented to the Denison Scientific Association. Granville, OH.
  • Birdwhistell, J. & Chin-Parker, S. (November 2008). Beyond the Solution: Problem Solving as Category Learning. Poster presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomics Society. Chicago, IL.
  • Chin-Parker, S. & Bradner, A. (August 2008). The Pragmatics of Explanation. Paper presented at the 30th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Washington, D.C.
  • Bradner, A. & Chin-Parker, S. (July 2008). An Empirical Constraint on the Pragmatic Theory of Explanation. Poster presented at the 34th Annual Meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Chin-Parker, S., Hernandez, O., & Matens, M. (November 2006). Explanation as Category Learning. Poster presented at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomics Society. Houston, TX.
  • Chin-Parker, S., Hernandez, O., & Matens, M. (August 2006). Explanation in Category Learning. Poster presented at the 28th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
  • Chin-Parker, S. (October 2005). An Explanation (and Exploration) of Category Learning. Denison University Department of Psychology Colloquium. Granville, OH.
  • Chin-Parker, S., & Ross, B. H. (May 2005). Category Learning (Not) Made Simple: The Effect of Learning Two Category Sets on Classification Performance. Paper presented at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Effland, K. J., Lancaster, K., Polovick, M. A., Welker, K. G., & Chin-Parker, S. (May 2005). The Effect of Abstract Knowledge on a Category Construction Task. Paper presented at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
Student Collaborations: 
  • Avraham Baranes, Summer 2010, Anderson Summer Research Assistantship
    Title: Working memory and decision making: A look at the somatic marker hypothesis
  • Amy Milewski, Summer 2010, Denison University Research Funded Assistantship
    Title: The effects of use-relevant information and diagnosticity on conceptual organization
  • Elizabeth Cummings, Summer 2008, Anderson Summer Research Assistantship
    Title: Coherence effects in naturally occurring knowledge
  • Julie Tucker, Summer 2008, Anderson Summer Research Assistantship
    Title: Coherence in real world categories in natural groups
  • Jessie Birdwhistell, Summer 2007 and Spring 2008, Anderson Summer Research Assistantship
    Title: Beyond the solution: Learning about categories during problem solving
  • Amber Hill, Summer 2006, Hughes Summer Research Assistantship
    Title: The interaction of knowledge and learning with cross-classified items
  • Robert Horn, Summer 2006, Denison University Research Funded Assistantship
    Title: Constraints on explanations: Empirically testing philosophical theories of explanation
  • Catherine Mehta, Summer 2006, Anderson Summer Research Assistantship
    Title: Structural alignment across category learning paradigms
  • Olivia Hernandez, Summer 2005, Hughes Summer Research Assistantship
    Title: A process model of explanation-based learning
  • Murray Matens, Summer 2005, Anderson Summer Research Assistantship
    Title: A comparative study of category learning through classification and explanation
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Isabelle Choquet dr. Choquet, Isabelle Choquet

Isabelle Choquet
Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  French, Modern Languages
Fellows Hall
M.A., Maîtrise from the Université de Poitiers, France; M.A., Michigan State University; Ph.D., University of Virginia

A native of France, I have lived in several French speaking countries and my interest in these francophone cultures enhances both my teaching and my scholarship. My goal in the classroom is to share my enthusiasm with my students and help them acquire the skills necessary to communicate with people from different countries as well as gain a lens for alternate perspectives. I enjoy teaching French language, literature and culture at all levels and always rely on a broad range of audiovisual media (feature films, documentaries, music, news reports, images) in addition to textual material. I also love to hear my students discuss contemporary issues.

Being part of the French professors’ team at Denison is great as I see my students in all kind of fun activities which we organize with the help of our French assistant. From pétanque game to raclette dinner to lectures or café francophone, I have many opportunities to interact with my students outside of the classroom. I also like to organize francophone film festivals at Denison with the financial support of the cultural services of the French embassy.

My scholarship focuses on the French speaking Caribbean (Haiti, Martinique and Guadeloupe). I investigate how writers use spatial representations to convey their sense of belonging. I regularly teach courses based on my research. For instance, I recently taught a seminar entitled “World Literature in French?” and a course on Francophone Caribbean childhood narratives.

When I am not at Denison, I love to spend time with my son Mathéo and my husband Pierre. Hiking, cooking, eating, reading, watching films are all part of les petits plaisirs de ma vie.

  • « Montréal, espace à consommer dans Chronique de la dérive douce de Dany Laferrière et Les Aurores montréales de Monique Proulx », dans Interférences littéraires/Literaire interferenties, n° 13, « L’espace et le quotidien dans le roman contemporain », s. dir. Liesbeth Francois & María Pas Olivier, juin 2014.
  • Choquet, Isabelle et Pierre Dairon. “Antonine Maillet, conteuse et raconteuse de l’Acadie”, Oralité et modernité : Le conte d’hier aujourd’hui. Paris: L'Harmattan. (forthcoming, spring 2015)
  • Babel à Montréal : ces nomades qui ‘tropicalisent’ la planète”. Metropolitan Mosaics and Melting-pot: Paris and Montreal in Francophone Literatures. Ed by Pascale De Souza and Adlai Murdoch. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.
  • Espace, temps et quête identitaire dans l’œuvre de Maryse Condé : l’Amérique du Nord dans Desirada” MaComère.12.1 (2010) : 30-44.
  • L'espace/temps de l'origine : reflets identitaires dans les récits d'enfance de Confiant, Chamoiseau (de Martinique), Laferrière et Ollivier (d'Haïti)” Canadian Review of Comparative Literature/Revue Canadienne de Littérature Comparée. 38.1. (2011) : 25-39.
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Kristen Cole Cole, Kristen Cole

Kristen Cole
Visiting Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Communication
Higley Hall
B.A., San Diego State University; M.A., Colorado State University; Ph.D., University of New Mexico

Dr. Kristen Cole earned her PhD from the University of New Mexico with emphases in Rhetoric, Media and Cultural Studies. She is interested in constructions of identity and enactments of agency within marginalized communities and how these are represented in publicly mediated spaces. She utilizes feminist, queer, critical/cultural and rhetorical approaches to media texts in order to understand the ways power is exerted and negotiated and the ways change is enacted. Her research and teaching focus on how communication at interpersonal, social, and cultural levels restricts and promotes social justice.

Dr. Cole has researched topics such as citizenship and immigration, race and ethnicity, science and technology, and gender and sexuality. Her dissertation project focused on the ways that the Objectùm Sexuality community (a term that indicates identification with emotional and sexual ties or longings toward objects) communicates various feelings and experiences within an online forum in hopes of facilitating understanding and respect for their beliefs and desires. Other research projects include rhetorical analyses of mediated representations of identical twins in film and advertising and analyses of communicative conflict within feminist perspectives on pornography and public perspectives on plural marriage.


Dr. Cole teaches COMM 115: Race and Communication and COMM 320: Language, Culture, and Communication.

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Kirk Combe dr. Combe, Kirk Combe

Kirk Combe
Professor & Chair (Theatre)
Faculty  |  Theatre, English
Barney-Davis Hall
B.A. from Davidson College M.A. from Middlebury College D.Phil. from Oxford University

Kirk Combe teaches literature, critical theory, and writing at Denison University. His specialty area is Restoration and 18th-Century British literature, with an emphasis on satire and stage comedy. He teaches upper-level courses in the poetry, prose, drama, and culture of the early modern period. He also teaches survey courses in early British literature. In addition to these literature courses, he teaches upper-level courses in critical and cultural theory as well as first-year composition. He won the Charles A. Brickman Teaching Excellence Award, Denison University, 2011.

Combe has published A Martyr for Sin: Rochester’s Critique of Polity, Sexuality, and Society (University of Delaware Press, 1998) and co-edited Theorizing Satire: Essays in Literary Criticism (St. Martins Press, 1995). He has published as well numerous articles on satire, drama, literary history, popular culture, pedagogy, and aging in academic journals such as Modern Philology; Texas Studies in Literature and Language; Restoration: Studies in English Literary Culture, 1660-1700; The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation; Notes and Queries; Pretexts: Studies in Writing and Culture; Eighteen-Century Life; Journal of Aging and Identity; and The Journal of Popular Culture. Some of his essays have been anthologized. He has also edited Restoration drama in The Broadview Anthology of Restoration and Early Eighteenth-Century Drama (2001) and contributed a chapter entitled “The Sentimental and the Satirical” to The Blackwell Companion to Restoration Drama (2001). He regularly reviews scholarly books for academic journals such as Notes and Queries; Scriblerian; Restoration: Studies in English Literary culture, 1660-1700; and 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era. He’s also published short fiction in literary journals, and his first novel, entitled 2084, came out in 2009 from Mayhaven Publishing.

Combe received his B.A. from Davidson College (North Carolina) and his M.A. from the Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College (Vermont). He completed his D.Phil. in literature at Oxford University, England. He has taught at universities in both Europe and the United States. Prior to becoming a career egghead, he spent several years playing professional basketball in Switzerland and Germany.

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Suzanne Condray Condray, Suzanne Elizabeth Condray

Suzanne Condray
Faculty  |  Communication
Higley Hall
B.A., East Texas Baptist College; M.A., Colorado State University; Ph.D., Louisiana State University

Suzanne Condray brings eclectic interests in politics, law, rhetoric, gender and documentary to her study of communication. Consequently, she teaches a range of courses that intersect those topics. As an independent videographer, Suzanne has produced documentaries about women's professional basketball and the first woman to run for the U.S. presidency in 1872, Victoria Woodhull. She's passionate about her family, cooking, travelling, a good visual story and trying to live more serenely.

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Casey Cook Cook, Casey Powers Cook

Casey Cook
Ensemble Instructor (part-time)
Bluegrass - Guitar & Banjo
Faculty  |  Music
Mulberry House

Guitarist Casey Cook has been a musician all of his life. His parents were professional bluegrass musicians, touring the country when Casey was just three years old.  At the age of four Casey recorded his first album with their band, Special Cooking. He was then inducted into the Florida Country Music hall of fame as the youngest touring bluegrass musician to perform and record professionally. In 1999 Casey moved to Atlanta, GA as a founding member of The Dappled Grays.  After releasing their first studio project In the Gait, The Dappled Grays were given the coveted title of Atlanta's Best Bluegrass Band by Creative Loafing Magazine. Casey was soon featured in the nationally distributed publication, Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, and had his original work published before he was 21.  The Dappled Grays next project was the critically acclaimed “ Doin My Job” released in 2006. Since then the group has had major airplay on radio stations around the world. Casey’s original song “The Night Life” was a top five hit on the Sirius/XM radio program “Bluegrass Junction”. The band was honored by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2008, performing an official showcase.

Casey joined the Andy Carlson Band in 2002, recording on two studio projects, one of which was voted in the top 50 bluegrass releases of 2005. Casey has shared the stage and taught along side some of the greatest artists in the business including Ricky Scaggs, The Del McCoury Band, David Grier, Mountain Heart, and Claire Lynch. His songs have been featured by MTV, appearing on sound tracks for several television programs.

Casey joined the Music Faculty at Denison University in Granville, Ohio as the bluegrass guitar instructor in 2007.  He also serves as the co-director of the Denison Bluegrass Program. Since joining Denison, Casey has enjoyed working closely with Fiddler/Violinist Andy Carlson. The two travel regularly together in a duo configuration throughout the country. He has taught and performed at The University of Texas at Austin String project, SXSW music festival, the Preucil School of music, and most recently a ten-day tour of China. (Performing in Shanghai, Xian, and Beijing) Highlights of this tour include Performing at The Beijing Opera House and The Great Wall of China.

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Kim Coplin ’85 Coplin, Kim A. Coplin ’85

Kim Coplin '85
Provost and Associate Professor
Faculty, Senior Administration  |  Astronomy, Physics, Provost's Office
Doane Administration
B.A., Denison University; M.A., Johns Hopkins University; Ph.D., Ohio State University

Kim Coplin has done research in experimental condensed matter physics, especially concentrating on conducting polymers, and in the biophysics of human movement. She most recently taught Introductory Physics, Modern Physics, and 'Physics and the Sound of Music'. Kim served as an Associate Provost from 2006 to 2013, and as Provost since 2013.

Research Keywords: 
Condensed Matter
Research Overview: 
Experimental research on conductive polymers and soliton formation.
Research Details: 

Selected Publications

  • R", S. Quillard, G. Louarn, K. Berrada, S. Lefrant, K.A. Coplin, S.W. Jessen, and A.J. Epstein. 1995. Resonance Raman Scattering and Photoinduced Infrared Absorption in Different Forms of Polyanilines and Substituted Polyanilines .Nonlinear Optics. v. 10 p. 253
  • A.J. Epstein, J.W. Blatchford, K. Kim, L.-B. Lin, T.L. Gustafson, K.A.Coplin, and A.G. MacDiarmid. 1994. Long Lived Neutral Solitons in Pernigraniline Base. Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals. v. 256 p. 399
  • K.A. Coplin, S. Jasty, S.M. Long, S.K. Manohar, Y. Sun, A.G. MacDiarmid, and A.J. Epstein. 1994. Neutral Soliton Formation and Disorder in Pernigraniline Base. Physical Review Letters. v. 72 p. 3206
  • K.A. Coplin, J.M. Leng, R.P. McCall, A.J. Epstein, S.K. Manohar, Y. Sun, and A.G. MacDiarmid. 1993. Photoexcitation Spectroscopy: Solitons in Pernigraniline Base. Synthetic Metals. v. 55 p. 7
  • R.P. McCall, J.M. Ginder, J.M. Leng, K.A. Coplin, H.J. Ye, A.J. Epstein, G.E. Asturias, S.K. Manohar, J.G. Masters, E.M. Scherr, and A.G. MacDiarmid. 1991. Photoinduced Absorption and Erasable Optical Information Storage in Polyanilines.Synthetic Metals. v. 41 p. 1329
  • T.E. Skinner, M. T. DeLand, G.E. Ballester, K.A. Coplin, P.D. Feldman, and H.W. Moos, J. Geophys. 1988. Temporal Variation of the Jovian H I Lyman Alpha Emission. Res.. v. 93 p. 29
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John E. Cort dr. Cort, John Edward E. Cort

John E. Cort
Professor of Asian and Comparative Religions & Chair (Religion)
Faculty  |  Religion, East Asian Studies, Environmental Studies, International Studies
Blair Knapp Hall
B.A., M.A., University of Wisconsin; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

John E. Cort has degrees in South Asian Studies from the University of Wisconsin (B.A., 1974; M.A., 1982), and in the Study of Religion from Harvard University (A.M., 1984; Ph.D., 1989). He teaches our courses on religions of Asia, as well as comparative courses on issues such as environmentalism, art, human rights and nonviolence. He is also on the East Asian Studies, Environmental Studies and International Studies program committees, and regularly teaches courses that cross-list in these programs.

John is a scholar of India, where he has lived for seven years over the past four decades. Before entering graduate school, he worked as a community organizer on issues of disarmament and social justice in Washington, D.C. He also enjoys translating poetry from several Indian languages into American English.

Research Details: 

John’s research focuses on the Jain traditions of South Asia, and religion, society, culture and history more broadly in western India, in particular Gujarat and Rajasthan. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in India. He is currently working on two book on Jain devotional texts and practices, with working titles of Naked Devotion and Devotion to the Dispassionate Lord. His research has been supported by grants from the American Institute of Indian Studies, the American Philosophical Society, the Asian Cultural Council, Denison University, the Freeman Foundation, Fulbright-Hays, the Getty Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

He is very active in service to the profession. He is an elected member of the American Society for the Study of Religion. He has served as the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Indian Studies since 1998, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Council on Southern Asian Art twice, in 2000 to 2003, and 2010 to 2014. He served as co-chair of the Steering Committee of the Religion in South Asia Section of the American Academy of Religion in 2008-11, and has served as co-chair of the Jain Studies Group of AAR since 2011.


He has written, edited and translated the following books and special journal issues:

  • (Co-editor, with Andrea Luithle-Hardenberg and Leslie C. Orr), Cooperation and Competition, Conflict and Contribution: The Jaina Community, British Expansion and Scholarship during the 19th and Early 20th Century. Berlin: EB-Verlag, forthcoming.
  • Framing the Jina: Narratives of Icons and Idols in Jain History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • (With Lawrence A. Babb and Michael W. Meister), Desert Temples: Sacred Centers of Rajasthan in Historical, Art-Historical and Social Contexts. Jaipur: Rawat, 2008.
  • (Translator), Jagannātha Panditaraja, The Saving Waves of the Milk-White Ganga. Calcutta: Writers Workshop, 2007.
  • (Guest Editor), American Studies of the Jains. Jinamañjari 34:2 (October 2006).
  • Jains in the World: Religious Values and Ideology in India. New York and Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2001. Paperback edition 2011.
  • (Editor) Open Boundaries: Jain Communities and Cultures in Indian History. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1998. Reprint Delhi: Sri Satguru Publications, 1999.
  • (Editor) Kendall W. Folkert. Scripture and Community: Collected Essays on the Jains. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1993.
  • (Translator) Bhartrhari, An Old Tree Living by the River. Calcutta: Writers Workshop, 1983.

Recent and forthcoming articles include the following:

  • Defending Jainism against Christianity and Colonialism: Jains and Presbyterian Missionaries in Colonial Gujarat.” Cooperation and Competition, Conflict and Contribution.
  • God's Eyes: The Manufacture, Installation and Experience of External Eyes on Jain Icons.” Corinne Dempsey and Tracy Pintchman (eds.), Sacred Matters: Material Religion in South Asian Traditions. Albany: SUNY Press, forthcoming.
  • In Search of 'Hindu Fiction': The First 'American School' of Jain Studies.” Cooperation and Competition, Conflict and Contribution.
  • Jain Identity and the Public Sphere in Nineteenth-Century India.” Vasudha Dalmia and Martin Fuchs (eds.), Multiplicity and Monoliths: Religious Interactions in India, 18th-20th Centuries. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
  • Making it Vernacular in Agra: The Practice of Translation by Seventeenth-century Digambar Jains.” Francesca Orsini (ed.), Tellings Not Texts: Singing, Story-telling and Performance in North India. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
  • ’This is How We Play Holi’: Allegory in North Indian Digambar Jain Holī Songs.” John Stratton Hawley, Anshu Malhotra and Tyler Williams (eds.), Texts and Traditions in Early Modern North India: Selected Essays from the Eleventh International Conference on Early Modern Literatures in North India. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
  • When Will I Meet Such a Guru? Images of the Yogi in Digambar Hymns.” Christopher Key Chapple and Olle Qvarnstöm (eds.), Jaina Yoga. London: Routledge, forthcoming.
  • Daulatram Plays Holi: Digambar Bhakti Songs of Springtime.” Jaina Studies: Newsletter of the Centre of Jaina Studies 8 (2013), 33-35.
  • A Digambar Icon of the Goddess Jvalamalini.” Jaina Studies: Newsletter of the Centre of Jaina Studies 8 (2013), 42-43.
  • “God Outside and God Inside: North Indian Digambar Jain Performance of Bhakti.” Imre Bangha (ed.), Bhakti Beyond the Forest: Current Research on Early Modern Literatures in North India, 2003-2009, 255-86. New Delhi: Manohar, 2013.
  • ’Today I Play Holi in My City’: Digambar Jain Holi Songs from Jaipur.” International Journal of Jaina Studies (online), 9:7 (2013), 1-50.
  • “Situating Darsan: Seeing the Digambar Jina Icon in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century North India.” International Journal of Hindu Studies 16 (2012), 1-56.
  • A Digambar Icon of Twenty-Four Jinas in the Ackland Museum, University of North Carolina.” Jaina Studies: Newsletter of the Centre of Jaina Studies 7 (2012), 30-33.
  • Four Japanese Derivations: Haibun.” Abraxas 48 (2012), 82-88.
  • History and Indology as Authoritative Knowledge: Debates about Jain Icons in Colonial India.” Brian Hatcher and Michael Dodson (eds.), Trans-Colonial Modernities in South Asia, 137-61. London: Routledge, 2012.
  • “The Goddesses of Sravana Belgola.” Nalini Balbir (ed.), Svasti: Essays in Honour of Prof. Hampa Nagarajaiah for his 75th Birthday, 346-53. Krishnapuradoddi: K. S. Muddappa Smaraka Trust, 2010.
  • “In Defense of Icons in Three Languages: The Iconophilic Writings of Yasovijaya.” International Journal of Jaina Studies (Online) 6:2 (2010), 1-45.
  • (With Lawrence A. Babb and Michael W. Meister), “Desert Temples: Archaeology in Present Time.” Pierfrancesco Callieri and Luca Colliva (eds.), South Asian Archaeology 2007: Proceedings of the 19th Meeting of the European Association of South Asian Archaeology in Ravenna, July 2007. Volume II: Historic Periods, 19-26. Oxford: Archaeopress, 2010.
  • “World Renouncing Monks and World Celebrating Temples and Icons: The Ritual Culture of Temples and Icons in Jainism.” Himanshu Prabha Ray (ed.), Archaeology and Text: The Temple in South Asia, 268-95. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • “Budhjan's Petition: Digambar Bhakti in Nineteenth-Century Jaipur.” Jaina Studies: Newsletter of the Centre of Jaina Studies 4 (2009), 39-42.
  • “Jains and Jainism in Patan.” Manibhai K. Prajapati (ed.), The Glorious History and Culture of Anhilwad Patan (Gujarat) (Prof. Mukundbhai P. Brahmakshatriya Felicitation Volume), 540-88. Patan: Prof. Mukundbhai P. Brahmakshatriya Sanman Samiti, 2009.
  • “Contemporary Jain Mandala Rituals.” Phyllis Granoff (ed.), Victorious Ones: Jain Images of Perfection, 140-57. New York: Rubin Museum of Art; and Ahmedabad: Mapin Publishing, 2009.
  • “The Cosmic Man and the Human Condition.” Phyllis Granoff (ed.), Victorious Ones: Jain Images of Perfection, 34-47. New York: Rubin Museum of Art; and Ahmedabad: Mapin Publishing, 2009.
  • “An Epitome of Medieval Svetambara Jain Literary Culture: A Review and Study of Jinaratnasuri's Lilavatisara.” International Journal of Jaina Studies (online) 5 (2009), 1-33.
  • “Green Pratikraman: A Friendly Proposal for Global Jains.” Ecology—the Jain Way (15th Biennial JAINA Convention 2009 Souvenir), 122-23.
  • “Helen M. Johnson: The First American Woman Scholar of Sanskrit.” Journal of the Johnson Library and Museum 3 (2009), 31-47.
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Sam Cowling Cowling, Sam Cowling

Sam Cowling
Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Philosophy, Philosophy, Politics, & Economics
Blair Knapp Hall
B.A. University of Victoria (2004), M.A. University of Manitoba (2005), Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2011)

Sam Cowling joined the Philosophy Department at Denison University in 2013. He received his B.A. from the University of Victoria (2004), his M.A. from the University of Manitoba (2005), and his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2011). Prior to moving to Denison, Dr. Cowling was Visiting Assistant Professor at Western Michigan University.

Dr. Cowling's research focuses on metaphysics, philosophy of science, and philosophy of language. He has published articles in Analysis, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Erkenntnis, Philosophical Studies, Philosophical Quarterly, and Synthese. His current projects include papers on the metaphysics of time, modality, causation, and ontology as well as a book on abstract entities like numbers, possibilities, and properties. In addition to his areas of research, Dr. Cowling has taught courses on American Philosophy, Biomedical Ethics, Environmental Ethics, Nietzsche, and the History of Analytic Philosophy.

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Michael Croley dr. Croley, Michael J. Croley

Michael Croley
Visiting Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  English
Barney-Davis Hall
B.A., Western Kentucky University; M.A., Florida State University; M.F.A., University of Memphis

Michael Croley was born in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Corbin, Kentucky. A graduate of the creative writing programs at Florida State and the University of Memphis, his work has won awards from the Kentucky Arts Council, the Key West Literary Seminars and the Sewanee Writers' Conference. His stories have regularly appeared in Narrative where he was named to their list of "Best New Writers" in 2011. His other fiction and criticism has been published in The Paris Review Daily, Blackbird, The Louisville Review, The Southern Review, Fourth Genre, and the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

Research Keywords: 
Creative Writing (Fiction and Nonfiction)
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Katy Crossley-Frolick Crossley-Frolick, Katy Crossley-Frolick

Katy Crossley-Frolick
Associate Professor
Faculty  |  Political Science, International Studies, Philosophy, Politics, & Economics, Lugar Program in Politics and Public Service
Blair Knapp Hall
B.A., North Central College; M.A., Ph.D., Loyola University

I joined the faculty at Denison in 2007 holding a doctorate in political science from Loyola University Chicago. My current research interests focus on post-conflict peacebuilding and statebuilding, transitional justice, international organizations, human rights, and German foreign and security policy. I serve as the faculty advisor to several student organizations, including the Denison Democrats, Denison’s Model United Nations Club and Denison University’s UNICEF Chapter.

Every other fall I supervise the preparation of students to participate in the American Model United Nations (AMUN) simulation. Attendance at this simulation is part of my course, POSC 344, the United Nations and World Problems. The simulation gives students the opportunity to apply what they learn in the course over several days. Over the past few years Denison students have represented Lithuania, Zimbabwe, Malaysia, Serbia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Spain, Tunisia, and Colombia. Students have won numerous awards at the conference recognizing their excellence in representing these various countries. Over 1500 university students from the U.S and abroad attended the AMUN conference, representing approximately 100 UN Member States.

I have also supervised several senior and summer research projects, including: 

"The Czech Presidency of the European Union and the Lisbon Treaty: Critical Junctures and the Challenge of Leadership," Michelle Tverdosi ’10; "Recognition as Intervention in Civil Conflict: The Case Studies of Kosovo and East Timor," Leslie Marshall ’10; “The Responsibility to Protect and US Foreign Policy Decision-Making,” Evan Johnson ’11; “The Role of Artists in Political Change in Northern Ireland During the Troubles,” Erin Saul ’11; “Processes of Democratization, Peacebuilding, and Transitional Justice in Guatemala,” Sydni Franks ’13 [in collaboration with Dr. Gladys Mitchell-Walthour], “Breaking Borders: Computer Mediated Communication and Transnational Activism” Brenda Falkenstein ‘14.

  • Comparing Democratic States and Societies (POSC 120)

  • Introduction to International Politics (POSC 122)

  • Selected Topics in International Politics (POSC 141)
  • Transitions to Democracy (POSC 330)
  • The United Nations and World Problems (POSC 344)

  • Human Rights in Global Perspective (POSC 345)

  • European Union (POSC 346)

  • Foreign and Security Policy in Western Europe (POSC 348)

  • The Iraq War (POSC 402)

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