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Fadhel Kaboub dr. Kaboub, Fadhel Kaboub

Fadhel Kaboub
Associate Professor
Faculty  |  International Studies, Philosophy, Politics, & Economics, Economics
Higley Hall
B.S., Tunis University of Economics and Management, Tunisia; M.A., Ph.D., University of Missouri, Kansas City


  • Econ 101 - Intro Macroeconomics
  • Econ 301 - Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Econ 411 - Monetary Theory
  • Econ 440 - The Political Economy of Globalization
  • Econ 441 - The Political Economy of the Middle East
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Dima Kaedbey Kaedbey, Dima Kaedbey

Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Women’s Studies
Blair Knapp Hall
B.A., M.A., American University of Beirut, Lebanon; Ph.D., The Ohio State University
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April Kale Kale, April Kale

Kale, April Kale
Visiting Instructor (part-time)
Faculty  |  Physical Education
Mitchell Recreation and Athletics Center
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Abram Kaplan Kaplan, Abram Kaplan

Abram Kaplan
Associate Professor & Chair (Environmental Studies)
Faculty  |  Environmental Studies
Barney-Davis Hall
A.B., Oberlin College; M.S., University of Wisconsin; Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Dr. Kaplan started his environmental career at Oberlin College, where he was one of the very first ES majors, and he also majored in Poli Sci. After college, he went off to Northern Virginia to work for a quirky company as a computer systems analyst. After two years there, he moved on to the Institute for Environmental Studies at UW-Madison, where he earned his M.S. in Land Resources and a certificate in Energy Analysis and Planning. He was the computer techie guy for IES during that time as well. Then he was off to Chapel Hill for his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from UNC. His dissertation was about how to get electric utilities interested in solar (photovoltaic) technologies, relying on a national survey of managers. Dr. Kaplan was hired as the founding director of Denison's ENVS program in 1993, and finished his Ph.D. requirements just weeks before moving to Granville on New Year's Eve that year.

Kaplan's courses include Environmental Politics & Decision Making, Environmental Planning and Design, Environmental Dispute Resolution, the Practicum and Senior Project classes, and his new love, Farmscape: Artistic Perspectives on Farmland Preservation. His research spans a variety of areas that are all connected by the question, "How can we best relate to our environment?" In working with the U.S. Geological Survey, his efforts focus on creating an organizational culture that places this agency at the forefront of environmental science. In working with photography, his work deals with views of the environment that might make us think differently about who we are and where we fit in. In working with the spatial patterns of homeless people in Newark, Ohio, his interests are about designing urban communities to tolerate and encourage different peoples who perceive the environment differently.

Dr. Kaplan has two boys who love to explore and who care a great deal about the planet they're inheriting as they grow up. What can be more inspiring than that?

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Andrew Z. Katz Katz, Andrew Z. Z. Katz

Andrew Z. Katz
Associate Professor
Faculty  |  Political Science, Philosophy, Politics, & Economics
Blair Knapp Hall
B.A., Brandeis University; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Research Interests
International Politics

International Relations Theory
Liberalism and Peace

Foreign Policy

Domestic sources of U.S. foreign policy since the Vietnam War, especially the role of public opinion and Congress

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Jordan Katz dr. Katz, Jordan E. Katz

Jordan Katz
Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Chemistry & Biochemistry, Environmental Studies
Ebaugh Laboratories
B.A., Reed College; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology

Field of Interest:

The threat of climate change has made supplying energy cleanly and sustainably one of the most important challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. This area of research is not only of critical importance, but also provides a framework for a host of fascinating fundamental scientific questions. My research is focused on finding new, low-cost designs and materials for solar energy conversion devices that can meet the growing global demand for energy. This work draws from many different disciplines of chemistry, including physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, materials chemistry, inorganic chemistry, as well as nanotechnology. In my research I use a wide range of instruments and experimental methods, such as photo-electrochemistry, spectroscopy, microscopy, and diffraction.

Specifically, I am interested in finding ways to use materials such as iron oxide (Fe2O3, a.k.a. rust) for solar energy collection and conversion. Iron oxide is a semiconductor that is abundant, stable and environmentally friendly but in particular its properties are optimal for absorption of sunlight. Another promising material is pyrite, FeS2, which is also cheap and abundant and absorbs light strongly. When used in conventional designs, both of these materials suffer from poor transport and collection of charge carriers, resulting in low overall conversion efficiencies. However, by growing crystals in novel nano-structured geometries, thereby separating the axes for light absorption and charge collection, we hope to overcome these limitations while keeping the material's cost low. Simultaneously, we will explore other approaches to improve the photoelectrochemical properties of these and other related materials with the use of dopants (incorporating a low concentration of another element into the crystal structure). In our research we hope not only to find promising new materials, but also expand our understanding of the fundamental principles that determine the photoelectrochemical and physical properties of semiconducting materials in general.


  • General Chemistry II (Chem 122)
  • Principles of Chemistry: Atoms and Molecules (Chem 131)
  • Structure and Reactivity of Organic Molecules (Chem 132)
  • Analytical Chemistry (Chem 231)
  • Intermediate Analytical Chemistry (Chem 331)
  • Instrumental Analysis (Chem 431)


  • Gilbert, B.; Katz, J. E.; Huse, N.; Zhang, X.; Frandsen, C.; Falcone, R. W.; Waychunas, G. A. Ultrafast Electron and Energy Transfer in Dye-Sensitized Iron Oxide and Oxyhydroxide Nanoparticles.  Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics  2013, 15, 17303-17313.
  • Katz, J. E.; Zhang, X.; Attenkofer, K.; Chapman, K.; Frandsen, C.; Zarzycki, P.; Rosso, K.; Falcone, R.; Waychunas, G. A.; Gilbert, B. Electron Small Polarons and Their Mobility in Iron (Oxyhydr)oxide Nanoparticles.  Science  2012, 337, 1200-1203.
  • Gilbert, B.; Katz, J. E.; Rude, B.; Glover, T.; Hertlein, M.; Kurtz, C.; Zhang, X.  Thin Water Film Formation on Metal Oxide Crystal Surfaces, Langmuir  2012, 28, 14308-14312.
  • Gilbert, B.; Katz, J. E.; Denlinger, J. D.; Yin, Y; Falcone, R.; Waychunas, G. A. Soft X-ray Spectroscopy Study of the Electronic Structure of Oxidized and Partially Oxidized Magnetite Nanoparticles. Journal of Physical Chemistry C  2010, 114, 21994-22001.
  • Katz, J. E.; Gilbert, B.; Zhang, X.; Attenkofer, K.; Falcone, R.; Waychunas, G. A. Observation of Transient Iron(II) Formation in Dye-Sensitized Iron Oxide Nanoparticles by Time-Resolved X-ray Spectroscopy. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters  2010, 1, 1372-1376.
  • Paulauskas, I. E.; Katz, J. E.; Jellison, G. E. Jr.; Lewis, N. S.; Boatner, L.; Brown, G. Growth, Characterization, and Electrochemical Properties of Doped n-type KTaO3 Photoanodes. Journal of the Electrochemical Society  2009, 156, B580-B587.
  • Katz, J. E.; Gingrich, T. R.; Santori, E. A.; Lewis, N. S. Combinatorial Synthesis and High-Throughput Photovoltage and Photocurrent Screening of Mixed-Metal Oxides for Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting. Energy & Environmental Science  2009, 2, 103-112.


  • Inter-American Photochemical Society Meeting, Sarasota, FL, 1/2013
  • Global Studies Seminar, Denison University, Granville, OH, 9/2012
  • Denison Scientific Association, Denison University, Granville, OH, 11/2010
  • Invited Speaker, Geological Society of America Meeting, Portland, OR, 10/2010
  • Invited Speaker, American Chemical Society Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 3/2010
  • Invited Speaker, Reed College, Chemistry Department, Portland, OR, 9/2008
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, 7/2007
  • Materials Research Society Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 4/2007
  • NanoX Conference, Global School for Advanced Studies, Taipei, Taiwan, 9/2006
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Rebecca Futo Kennedy dr. Kennedy, Rebecca F. Futo Kennedy

Rebecca Futo Kennedy
Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Classics, Greek, Latin, Environmental Studies
Fellows Hall
B.A. in Classical Studies from Thurgood Marshall College at the University of California at San Diego, 1997 M.A. in Greek and Latin from The Ohio State University, 1999 Ph.D. in Greek and Latin from The Ohio State University, 2003
Since arriving at Denison 2009, Professor Kennedy has taught a wide range of course on the ancient world including both Greek and Latin language course from the beginning to advanced levels as well as courses in Greek history, Athenian tragedy, Greek and Roman art, and ethnicity and the environment in the classical world. Professor Kennedy enjoys teaching courses that allow her to bring her research into the classroom. She is also currently experimenting with role playing pedagogies. 
Professor Kennedy's research interests include the intellectual, political, and social history of Classical Athens, Athenian tragedy, and ethnicity and identity in the ancient world. Her current research projects include a monograph Immigrant Women in Athens: Gender, Ethnicity, and Citizenship in the Classical City (Routledge) and essays on the interactions between geography, ethnography and medicine in the Classical world and its modern reception. She is a co-author and translator of Race and Ethnicity in the Classical World: An Anthology of Primary Sources (Hackett, 2013) and is editor of Brill's Companion to the Reception of Aeschylus (Brill Academic Publishers) and The Handbook on identity and the Environment in the Classical and Medieval Worlds (Routledge). Other publications include articles on Aeschylus' tragedies and Athena’s Justice: Athena, Athens and the Concept of Justice in Greek Tragedy (Lang, 2009). 
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Susan Kennedy Kennedy, Susan Kennedy

Associate Professor
Faculty  |  Neuroscience, Psychology
Blair Knapp Hall
B.A., M.A., Florida Atlantic University; Ph.D., Ohio State University

Dr. Kennedy joined the faculty at Denison in 1992 following completion of a four-year post-doctoral fellowship in behavioral immunology at Ohio State's College of Medicine.  Dr. Kennedy teaches Physiological Psychology, Psychopharmacology, and Introductory Psychology, and is co-advisor to Denison's newly-formed Neuroscience Concentration.


Research Interests

My research interests are focused in two general areas of behavioral neuroscience and psychopharmacology.  The first area is concerned with how animals' behavioral responses to stimulant drugs such as amphetamine might abe modified by previous drug experience.  This work has implications for models of “addiction,” which maintain that early experiences (such as stress) may make an organism “at risk” for later stimulant addiction.  Secondly, I am interested in the historical and cultural contributions to current drug policy, and the role of science versus popular culture in defining public policy regarding licit and illicit drugs.

Student Research and Collaborations

  • Perlman, J. & Kennedy, S. Sensitization to amphetamine in the developing rat pup. (submitted for presentation at the Midwestern Psychological Association Meeting, April, 1999)
  • Hersman, M.N., Freeman, J.E. & Kennedy, S. (May, 1997) Short-term chronic fluoxetine treatment increases wheel-running of rats in the activity-stress paradigm.  Midwestern Psychological Association Meeting, Chicago, IL.
  • Perry, L. & Kennedy, S. (November, 1996) Endocrine responses to a metabolic stressor in the developing rat: Role of litter and maternal influences.  International Society for Neuroimmunomodulation, Bethesda, MD.
  • Kennedy, S., Collier, A.C., Bilio, D. & Perry, L. (April, 1996) Comparative effects of social and metabolic stressors during development: Role of age and maternal influences following reunion.  Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society Meeting, Santa Monica, CA.
  • Kennedy, S. Williams, J., Geiman, E. & Leccese, A.P. ( November, 1995).  Modulation of amphetamine-induced stereotypy in preweanling rat pups by 2-deoxy-D-glucose.  Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.
  • Molnar, S.A. & Kennedy, S. 2-deoxy-D-glucose modulation of hypothalamic norepinephrine in the developing rat pup.  (November, 1994).  Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society, Key Biscayne, FL.


  • Agha, S., Brooks, D. C., & Kennedy, S. (in preparation). College students' perceptions (and misperceptions) about alcohol and marijuana.
  • Kennedy, S. (in preparation). Psychopharmacology: An introduction to drugs and behavior. Wadsworth, Thomson Learning.
  • Kennedy, S. (in press).  The psychoneuroimmunology of AIDS:  Stress, personality factors and coping, interpersonal relationships and health outcomes.  In The Management of Stress and Anxiety in Medical Disorders (Mostovsky, D. & Barlow, D., Eds).
  • Kennedy, S. (1996).  Herpesvirus infections and psychoneuroimmunology.  In H. Friedman, et. al (Eds).  Psychoneuroimmunology, Stress and Infection.  Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
  • Kennedy, S. & Collier, A.C. (1994).  Stress-induced modulation of the immune response in the developing rat pup.  Physiology and Behavior, 56, 825-828.
  • Glaser, R., Kiecolt-Glaser, J.K., Bonneau, R.H., Malarkey, W., Kennedy, S. & Hughes, J. (1992). Stress-induced modulation of the immune response to recombinant hepatitis B vaccine.  Psychosomatic Medicine, 54, 22-29.
  • Glaser, R., Pearson, G.R., Jones, J.F., Hillhouse, J., Kennedy, S., Mao, H. & Kiecolt-glaser, J.K. (1991).  Stress-related activation of Epstein-Barr Virus.  Brain, Behavior and Immunity, 5, 219-232.
  • Kennedy, S., Glaser, R. &Kiecolt-Glaser, J.K. (1990).  Human psychoneuroimmunology.  In J.T. Caccioppo & R.E. Petty (Eds).  Principles of Psychophysiology:  Physical, social and Inferential Elements.  New York:  Cambridge University Press.
  • Kennedy, S., Kiecolt-Glaser, J.K. & Glaser, R. (1990).  Social Support, stress, and the immune system.  In B.R. Sarason, I.G. Sarason & G.R. Pierce (Eds).  Social Support:  An Interactional View.  New York: Wiley.
  • Tomei, L.D., Kiecolt-Glaser, J.K., Kennedy, S. & Glaser, R. (1990).  Psychological-stress and phorbol ester inhibition of radiation-induced apoptosis in human peripheral blood leukocytes.  Psychiatry Research, 33, 59-71.
  • Glaser, R., Kennedy, S., Lafuse, W.P., Bonneau, R.H., Speicher, C.E. & Kiecolt-Glaser, J.K. (1990).  Psychological stress-induced modulation of IL-2 receptor gene expression and IL-2 production in peripheral blood leukocytes.  Archives of General Psychiatry, 47, 707-712.
  • Kennedy, S., Kiecolt-Glaser, J.K. & Glaser, R. (1989).  Neuroimmunology of normal human behavior.  In E.J. Goetzl (Ed). Neuroimmune Networks: Physiology and  Diseases.  New York:  Alan Liss.
  • Kiecolt-Glaser, J.K., Kennedy, S., Malkoff, S., Speicher, C.E. & Glaser, R. (1988) Marital discord and immunity in males.  Psychosomatic Medicine, 50, 213-229.
  • Kennedy, S., Kiecolt-Glaser, J.K. & Glaser, R. (1988).  Immunological consequences of acute and chronic stressors:  Mediating role of interpersonal relationships.  British Journal of Medical Psychology, 61, 77-85.
  • Pellis, S.M., O?Brien, D.P., Pellis, V.C., Teitelbaum, P., Wolgin, D.L. & Kennedy, S. (1988).  Escalation of feline predation along a gradient from avoidance through “play” to “killing.”  Behavioral Neuroscience, 102, 760-777.
  • Alander, D.H., Servidio, S., Schallert, T. & Teitelbaum, P. (1983).  Possible vestibular involvement in behaviors induced by d-amphetamine.  Federation Proceedings, 1159.


  • Kennedy, S. Teaching brain-behavior relationships to undergraduates.  (March, 1994).  Midwest Institute for Teaching of Psychology, Chicago, IL
  • Collier, A.C., Kennedy, S., Glaser, R. & Hennessy, M.B. (July, 1990).  Developmental effects of mother-infant separation on immune functioning in rats.   International Society for Developmental Psychobiology Annual Meeting, London, England.
  • Glaser, R., Griffin, A., Bucci, D., Hillhouse, J., Kennedy, S., Kotur, M. & Kiecolt-Glaser, J.K. (November, 1989).  Psychological stress down-regulates IL-1 production in human macrophage/monocytes.  Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Kiecolt-Glaser, J.K., Dura, J.R., Kennedy, S., Speicher, C.E. & Glaser, R. (April, 1989).  Stress and immunity: Alzheimer family caregivers.  American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
  • Kennedy, S., Malarkey, W.B., Shaut, D. & Glaser, R. (November, 1988). Enhanced blasteogenesis of human lymphocytes by prolactin.  Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada.
  • Glaser, R., Tomei L.D., Kennedy, S. & Kiecolt-Glaser, J.K. (April 1988).  Cellular and molecular consequences of psychological stress.  Molecular Biology of Stress, Keystone, CO.
  • Kennedy, S., Kiecolt-Glaser, J.K., Malkoff, S., Fisher, L., Speicher, C.E. & Glaser, R. (November, 1987).  Changes in herpesvirus latency in a stressed population: Implications for psychological mediation of immune responses.  Society for Neuroscience and Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
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Toni King King, Toni C. King

Toni King
Associate Professor
Faculty  |  Black Studies, Women’s Studies
Doane Administration
B.A., Oklahoma State University; M.A., Ohio State University; Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University

Human Subjects Review (Denison University Institutional Review Board)

* Diversity Advisory Committee

Posse Liaison to the National Posse Foundation

Faculty Diversity (Recruitment, Hiring, Program Development)

Workshops and Trainings

Personnel Committee

Academic Awards Convocation

Commencement Committee

Working with faculty groups pertaining to diversity ( FOCIF: Faculty of Color/International Faculty Group,
the Black Caucus, Faculty Development Committee, Faculty Orientation Committee, Queer Studies Concentration.)

* The Diversity Advisory Committee Members are: Dosinda Alvite, Warren Hauk, Ching-Chu Hu, John Jackson, Toni King, Christine Pae

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Bill Kirkpatrick Kirkpatrick, Bill Kirkpatrick

Bill Kirkpatrick
Associate Professor
Faculty  |  Communication
Higley Hall
B.A., New York University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison

Bill Kirkpatrick earned his B.A. in Journalism and Cinema Studies at New York University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is currently working on a book about localism in American thought and media to 1934, exploring how regulators, the radio industry, and the public used discourses and structures of localism in a range of struggles to shape the media system. His publications include articles in Radio Journal, Journal of Popular Culture, the Journal of the Society for American Music, Community Media Review, and several forthcoming anthologies. His ongoing research and teaching interests include media history and cultural policy; impacts of popular culture on American public life; theories, practices, and future of citizen-produced media; and media and disability. More about his work, including links to his publications, can be found at

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Maryfrances Kirsh Kirsh, Maryfrances F. Kirsh

Suzuki Instructor
Faculty  |  Music
Burton Hall
B.S., West Chester University; M.A., Ohio State University

Maryfrances Kirsh, piano and violin, accompanist,  Publicity Support Coordinator, attended Agnes Scott College, holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education in piano and voice from West Chester University, PA, and a Master of Arts in Piano Pedagogy from The Ohio State University.  She received the bulk of her Suzuki training from Mary Craig Powell.  She has been on the piano faculty of the Columbus Suzuki Institute and is co-founder of “Suzuki Piano Friends,” a frequent gathering of Suzuki piano teachers in the Columbus area.  Maryfrances has been the parent/practice partner of three Suzuki violinists and has a passion for supporting other parent/practice partners.

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Erik Klemetti dr. Klemetti, Erik W. Klemetti

Erik Klemetti
Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Geosciences, Environmental Studies
F.W. Olin Science Hall
B.A., Williams College; Ph.D., Oregon State University

I'm a volcanologist/petrologist and I teach classes on the rocks and minerals that make up the planet, along with the magmatic processes that lead to volcanic eruptions. I’ve been fascinated by geology since I was young, either with the vast mineral collection my grandmother in Massachusetts had collected or with the vistas of Nevado del Ruiz from my grandparents home in Colombia. Every rock (or crystal) does tell its own story, and that is what geologist do: unlock the history recorded in the rocks. That is how I like to teach geology – by looking at the process the created the rock and then how we see the record of that process imparted on the physical and chemical characteristics of the rocks and crystals. In that way, geology tells us about the dynamic events that have created the Earth and will change the planet far into the future. I am also interested in how humans interact with geology, specifically how we alter the su rface environment when exploiting the multitude of resources within the Earth. If you’re interested in any of these topics, contact me via email or on Twitter (@eruptionsblog).


My research focuses on volcanism and magmatism, both modern and ancient. I examine these processes by looking at the information recorded in crystals erupted in lavas and ash. By measuring the ratios of radioactive isotopes in these minerals, you can answer questions about the timescales of magmatic processes at volcanoes, such as how long does it take to generate a body of magma, how long can you store magma in the crust and what are the rates of eruptions during the lifetime of a volcano. All of these question lead us to a greater understanding of what happens under a volcano before an eruption.

Currently, I have active research projects at Lassen Peak in northern California, Mineral King in the central Sierra Nevada, and the Okataina Caldera in New Zealand. I have had students work with me on these research projects, leading to presentations at major geology meetings and co-authorships on research papers. If you’re interested in working with me, send me an email.

I also strong believe in making science accessible to the general public. To that end, I write a blog on volcanism called Eruptions. I distill the sometimes-disparate information out there about current eruptions, discuss volcanic process and features and break down current volcano research so that anyone can understand why its so exciting. The blog is visited by thousands of readers a day that vary from casual readers to seasoned volcano researchers.

Here are a selection of recent research publications if you’re interested in my research:

Klemetti EW, Lackey JS, Starnes JK*, accepted, Magmatic lulls in the Sierra Nevada captured in zircon from rhyolite of the Mineral King pendant, California: Geosphere.

Walker BJ, Klemetti EW, Grunder AL, Dilles JH, Tepley III F, Giles D, 2013, Crystal reaming during the assembly, maturation, and waning of an eleven-million-year crustal magma cycle: thermobarometry of the Aucanquilcha Volcanic Cluster: Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, doi 10.1007/s00410-012-0829-2.

Klemetti EW, Deering CD, Cooper KM and Roeske SM, 2011, Magmatic perturbations in the Okataina Caldera Complex at thousand-year timescales recorded in single zircon crystals from the Mt. Tarawera region, New Zealand: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v.305, p. 184-194.

Klemetti EW and Grunder AL, 2008. Volcanic evolution of Volcán Aucanquilcha: a long lived dacite volcano in the Central Andes of northern Chile: Bulletin of Volcanology, v. 70, no. 5, p. 633-650.

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Susan Klemetti Klemetti, Susan Klemetti

Visiting Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Environmental Studies, First-Year Program
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Felice Knight Knight, Felice Knight

Visiting Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Black Studies
Blair Knapp Hall
B.A., Furman University; B.A., Rhodes University; M.A., The University of Charleston and The Citadel; Ph.D., The Ohio State University
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Maia Kotrosits Kotrosits, Maia Kotrosits

Maia Kotrosits
Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Religion, Queer Studies, Women’s Studies
Blair Knapp Hall
B.A., Binghamton University; M.Div., M.Phil., Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary

Maia Kotrosits' research finds points of contact between ancient Christian/diaspora Jewish literature and contemporary cultural studies, queer and feminist theories. Surfacing themes of violence, belonging, and collective experiences of pain and loss, she finds connections and disjoints between the ancient world and some worlds of the present. She has co-written books on the ancient Coptic poem The Thunder: Perfect Mind, as well as on the Gospel of Mark. Her forthcoming book, Rethinking Early Christian Identity: Affect, Violence, and Belonging (Fortress Press, 2015) is a re-examination of the centrality of the designation "Christian" in the doing of what is called early Christian history, and a set of proposals for how to understand some New Testament and affiliated literature without it.

Dr. Kotrosits edits the Bible and Cultural Studies series with Palgrave Macmillan.



Rethinking Early Christian Identity: Affect, Violence, and Belonging. Fortress Press (forthcoming in Spring 2015).

Re-Reading the Gospel of Mark Amidst Pain and Trauma (co-authored with Hal Taussig). Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

The Thunder: Perfect Mind: A New Translation and Introduction (co-authored with Hal Taussig, Jared Calaway, Justin Lasser and Celene Lillie). Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.


“Seeing is Feeling: Revelation’s Enthroned Lamb and Ancient Visual Affects,” Biblical Interpretation (forthcoming, 2014).

“The Queer Life of Christian Exceptionalism,” Culture and Religion 15.2 (June 2014): 156-185.

“Institutional Brokenness and Other Quandaries of Feminist Belonging,” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 29.2 (Fall 2013).

"The Ekklesia and the Politics of the Meal: Re-thinking 'Christian Identity' in and through Acts," in Mahl und religiöse Identität im frühen Christentum eds. Matthias Klinghardtand Hal Taussig, 241-278. Tanz Verlag (2012).

"Romance and Danger at Nag Hammadi" The Bible and Critical Theory 8.1 (March 2012): 39-52.

"The Rhetoric of Intimate Spaces: Affect and Performance in the Corinthian Correspondence" Union Seminary Quarterly Review Vol. 62, no. 3-4: 134-151.

"The Thunder: Perfect Mind and Early Christian Conflicts About Gender" The Fourth R Vol. 24, no.1. (January/February 2011): 7-12.

"Re-reading Canonical Identity: A Sexual Ethics of Bible Interpretation" Studies in Gender and Sexuality vol. 11, issue 2 (April 2010): 89-100.

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Matt Kretchmar dr. Kretchmar, Robert Matthew Kretchmar

Matt Kretchmar
Associate Professor
Faculty  |  Computer Science, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Computational Science
F.W. Olin Science Hall
B.S., Penn State University; M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Ph.D., Colorado State University

After graduating from Penn State with a degree in Computer Engineering and a minor in Philosophy, Dr. Kretchmar worked as a software engineer at IBM to develop their first data warehousing project. In his graduate programs at Rensselaer and Colorado State, Dr. Kretchmar focused on a variety of artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques. His Ph.D. dissertation analyzed a robust (fault tolerant) reinforcement learning controller for a large HVAC system. Dr. Kretchmar teaches a wide range of courses across the computer science curriculum as well as introductory liberal arts mathematics courses. Dr. Kretchmar's classes often experiment with non-traditional pedagogies including a portfolio based system in his Sophomore Data Structures class, and a research paper based Artificial Intelligence seminar. He is also very interested in writing pedagogy and in first year student experiences; he served as Denison's Dean of First Year Students from 2007 to 2012.

Selected Student Research Projects:

  • Text Message Authorship Classification Using Support Vector Machines, Yifu Zhou, 2013.
  • A Reinforcement Learning Robotic Arm Controller, Taylor Kessler Faulkner, 2013.
  • An Analysis of Ballot Ordering for Final Tribal Councils in the Television Series Survivor, Nat Kell. 2010.
  • Kernel Methods for Image Processing, Dan Bucatanschi, 2006.

My research area is machine learning techniques. I concentrate in Reinforcement Learning, especially in building controllers for various dynamic systems. Additionally I work in the area of classification techniques including Kernel Machines and Support Vector Machines. I also dabble in games and game theory, and in discrete and combinatorial mathematics. 

Selected Publications:

  • Suspense at the Ballot Box. (with Nat Kell) The College Mathematics Journal, Vol 44, No 1. 2013.
  • Tree Traversals and Permutations. (with Todd Feil and Kevin Hutson) Congressus Numerantium, Vol 172. 2005.
  • Improved Automatic Discovery of Subgoals for Options in Hierarchical Reinforcement Learning. (with Todd Feil and Rohit Bansal) Journal of Computer Science and Technology.  October, 2003.
  • A Neighborhood Search Technique for the Freeze Tag Problem. (with Dan Bucatanschi, Blaine Hoffman and Kevin Hutson) Extending the Gap: Advances in Computing, Optimization, and Decision Technologies. 2007.
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Joan Krone dr. Krone, Joan Krone

Joan Krone
Director of the Gilpatrick Center
Faculty  |  Computer Science, Mathematics, Gilpatrick Center for Student Research & Fellowships
Gilpatrick House
Degrees: B.S. Mathematics, West Liberty State College, M.S. Mathematics, M.S. Computer Science, Ph.D. Computer Science, the Ohio State University

Joan Krone joined the Denison faculty in 1990, having taught mathematics at Ohio Dominican College before earning her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Ohio State University, where she taught Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis before coming to Denison.

Her research is in the mathematical foundations of computer science, emphasizing mathematical reasoning about the formal specification and verification of software in the context of software engineering principles. Krone is a strong advocate of undergraduate research and has served as mentor to more than 30 undergraduate research students, many of whom have presented their work at professional conferences. She developed a discrete math course that introduced computer science applications of mathematical concepts and co-authored the textbook “Essential Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science” with Todd Feil. In addition to teaching computer science Krone is the Director of the Gilpatrick Center, which oversees the summer research program at Denison, as well as serving to advise students applying for a variety of prestigious scholarships such as Fulbright, Marshall, Rhodes, and others.


Selected Student Research Projects

Welch, D. 2011, 2012 “Modular Design and Verification in RESOLVE,”  NSF student.
Presentation at MCURCSM, November 2012.

Behrend, S. 2007. “Logic for Program Verification.” DURF student. Presentation at SIGCSE,
March, 2007. Presentation at MCURCSM, November, 2007.

Fressola, A. 2004. “Integers by Induction.” Anderson student. Presentation at the National American Mathematical Society Conference, Phoenix, Arizona.

Tawney,  M. 2003 Anderson student. “Algorithm Analysis for the Object Oriented Paradigm.”
2002. Invited talk at The Ohio State University, March 13, 2003. Posters on the Hill, April 1, 2003.

Dimitrov, V. summer 2001. “Zero-Divisor Graphs.” Presented at the ACM-SIGCSE Conference, February, 2002.


My research lies in the field of formal methods for software engineering. The focus is on the formal specification of software in the context of software engineering principles developed by experts in the field over decades of research and practice. Recent NSF funding has supported the design and development of a new language, RESOLVE (REusable SOftware Language with VErification), that includes constructs for formal mathematical specifications to promote mathematical reasoning and proofs of program correctness. Krone’s work has included both the development of logic for reasoning about program correctness and the development of material needed in the computer science curriculum to support mathematical reasoning about programs.

Selected Publications

1. Gregory Kulczycki, Murali Sitaraman, Joan Krone, Joseph E. Hollingsworth, William F. Ogden, Bruce W. Weide, Paolo Bucci, Charles T. Cook, Svetlana Drachova, Blair Durkee, Heather Harton, Wayne Heym, Dustin Hoffman, Hampton Smith, Yu-Shan Sun, Aditi Tagore, Nighat Yasmin, and Diego Zaccai, A Language for Building Verified Software Components, Proceedings of ICSR, Pisa, Italy, July 2013.

2. Joan Krone, Jason Hallstrom, Murali Sitaraman, CCSC 2011 Proceedings, “Mathematics throughout the CS Curriculum.”

3. Murali Sitaraman, Bruce Adcock, Jeremy Avigad, Derek Bronish, Paolo Bucci, David Frazier, Harvey M. Friedman, Heather Harton, Wayne Heym, Jason Kirschenbaum, Joan Krone, Hampton Smith, and Bruce W. Weide, “Building a Push-Button RESOLVE Verifier: Progress and Challenges,” Formal Aspects of Computing, 2010, 34 pages.

4. J. Krone, J.E. Hollingsworth, M. Sitaraman, and J.O. Hallstrom, “A Reasoning Concept Inventory for Computer Science,” Technical Report RSRG-10-01, School of Computing, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634-0974, September, 2010, 6 pages.

5. Sitaraman, Hallstrom, White, Drachova-Strang, harton, Leonard, Krone, Pak, “Engaging Students in Specification and Reasoning: Hands on Experimentation and Evaluation,” Proceedings of ITiCSE, July 5-8, 2009.

6. Keown, H., Krone, J., & Sitaraman, M. , “Formal Program Verification.” The Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering. Wiley, 2008.

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Linda Krumholz dr. Krumholz, Linda J. Krumholz

Linda Krumholz
Associate Professor & Chair (Black Studies)
Faculty  |  English, Black Studies, Women’s Studies
Barney-Davis Hall
B.A., Reed College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison

Linda Krumholz is Associate Professor of English and Director of Black Studies. She teaches Twentieth and Twenty-first Century African American, Native American, and Ethnic American literature as well as literary theory and composition. She currently holds the Lorena Woodrow Burke Chair of English.

Krumholz is interested in the ways fiction can transform social representations and beliefs about race, history, economics, power, and cultural identities. Her research focuses on novels by contemporary African American and Native American authors such as Toni Morrison, Leslie Marmon Silko, Louise Erdrich, and Paule Marshall. In her recent work, she also considers how teaching can transform U.S. discourses and contemporary conversations about race. Her essays have appeared in Ariel, Contemporary Literature, African American Review, Modern Fiction Studies, and various anthologies.

Courses Taught:

FYS 101: Autobiography and Identity; FYS 101: Contemporary Identities: Autobiography and Comics (with Ron Abram); FYS 101: Toni Morrison’s Novels
HONORS 167: Twentieth-Century Literary and Performing Arts: Roots in Blues and Jazz (with April Berry)
ENGLISH 202: Introduction to Literary Studies: Literary Theory and Critical Methods
ENGLISH 237: Introduction to Creative Writing
ENGLISH/BLACK STUDIES 255: Ethnic Literature
BLACK STUDIES 235: Introduction to Black Studies
ENGLISH/BLACK STUDIES/WOMEN’S STUDIES 325: African American Women’s Novels
ENGLISH 326: Contemporary Native American Literature
ENGLISH/BLACK STUDIES 355: The Harlem Renaissance
ENGLISH/BLACK STUDIES 356: Narratives of Slavery
ENGLISH 400: Toni Morrison and Black Feminist Theory; ENGLISH 400: Literary Criticism; ENGLISH 400: Race and the American Literary Imagination; ENGLISH 400: From Theory to Fiction: Literary Theory and the Novels of Louise Erdrich and Toni Morrison; ENGLISH 400: Rewriting America: Race, Gender, History, and Power in Toni Morrison’s Novels

Positions Held:

Director of Black Studies (2013-present)
Lorena Woodrow Burke Chair of English (2010-2015)
Co-Chair of the Homestead Advisory Board (2013-present)
Chair of Homestead Advisory Board (2000-2005, 2008-2013)
Chair of the Faculty (2011-2012)
Chair of English (2007-2010)
Co-Chair of MLK Day of Learning Committee (2002-2004)


Selected Publications:

  • From Mysteries to Manidoos: Language and Transformation in Louise Erdrich’s The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse.” Western American Literature, forthcoming.
  • Blackness and Art in Toni Morrison’s Tar Baby.” Contemporary Literature 49.2 (Summer 2008): 262-291.
  • Tar is Art: Blackness and the Power of Fiction in Tar Baby.” The Fiction of Toni Morrison: Teaching and Writing on Race, Identity, and Culture. Ed. Jami L. Carlacio. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 2007. 77-84.
  • Reading and Insight in Toni Morrison’s Paradise.” African American Review 36 (2002): 21-34.
  • Native Designs: Silko’s Storyteller and the Reader’s Initiation.” Leslie Marmon Silko: A Collection of Critical Essays. Ed. Louise K. Barnett and James L. Thorson. Albuquerque NM: U of NM Press, 1999. 63-86.
  • Reading in the Dark: Knowledge and Vision in Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon.” Approaches to Teaching the Novels of Toni Morrison. Ed. Nellie Y. McKay and Kathryn Earle. New York: MLA, 1997. 106-112.
  • ‘To Understand This World Differently’: Reading and Subversion in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Storyteller.” Critical Visions: Contemporary North American Native Writing. Ed. Jeanne Perreault and Joseph Bruchac. Ariel 25 (1994): 89-113.
  • Dead Teachers: Rituals of Manhood and Rituals of Reading in Song of Solomon.” Toni Morrison. Ed. Nancy J. Peterson. Modern Fiction Studies 39 (1993): 551-574.
  • The Ghosts of Slavery: Historical Recovery in Toni Morrison’s Beloved.” African American Review 26 (1992): 395-408.
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Peter Kuhlman Kuhlman, Peter L. Kuhlman

Peter Kuhlman
Associate Professor
Faculty  |  Chemistry & Biochemistry, Neuroscience
B.A., St. Olaf College; Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Field of Interest:

I think of myself as something of an intellectual vampire -- I feed off of the different aspects of my job. My research feeds my intellectual curiosity and helps keep my scientific knowledge current and well grounded in experience. Teaching is my passion, a real source of emotional energy. On this page, I've tried to give you an overview of both my teaching and research interests. I encourage you to look elsewhere on my web pages to find out more, and to email me or stop by to talk about anything here that intrigues you.

Broadly, my research interests lie in the area of Molecular Evolution. Specifically, I'm interested in the rates at which biological macromolecules evolve and the forces, both at the level of molecule and of organism, which constrain the rate of evolution of individual molecules.

The past decade has seen a true revolution in the technology of biomolecular sequence determination, and a corresponding explosion in the magnitude of sequence information available for analysis. This wealth of information has given us an increasingly clear picture of how and why biological macromolecules change over time. But it also highlights our ignorance. For example, virtually every large scale molecular evolutionary tree shows one or more groups of organisms with aberrant rates of evolution -- which shows up as unusually long or short branches. Yet no one is able to predict these rate hiccups, or even to explain them post-facto, and that intrigues me. But rather than simply looking for these cases of bizarre evolutionary rate, my interest is with the forces involved; I seek to explicitly test hypotheses about causal events that can drive rate abnormalities.

The goal of my research program is therefore to explore cases of altered evolutionary rate and to generate biochemical systems for testing hypotheses about the consequences of the rate acceleration. My focus for the last several years has been on one such case study: describing and exploring the accelerated evolution of the genes encoding the subunits of the RNA polymerase in chloroplasts of plants in the genus Pelargonium. To learn more about my research interests, and the projects that students have pursued in my lab, please see my research page.



  • P. Kuhlman, H.L. Duff*, and A. Galant*. 2004. A fluorescence-based assay for multi-subunit DNA-dependent RNA polymerases. Analytical Biochemistry. v. 324 p. 183-190
  • C. K. Brown, P. L. Kuhlman, S. Mattingly, K. Slates, P. J. Calie, and W. W. Farrar. 1998. A model of the quaternary structure of enolases, based on structural and evolutionary analysis of the octameric enolase from Bacillus subtilis. J. Prot. Chem.. v. 17 p. 855-866
  • Y. Cho, Y.-L. Qiu, P. Kuhlman, and J. D. Palmer . 1998. Explosive invasion of plant mitochondria by a group I intron.. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci USA. v. 95 p. 14244-14249
  • J.C. Vaughn, M. T. Mason, G. L. Sper-Whitis, P. Kuhlman, and J. D. Palmer. 1995. Fungal origin by horizontal transfer of a plant mitochondrial group I intron in the chimeric coxI gene of Peperomia. J. Mol. Evol.. v. 41 p. 563-572
  • P. Kuhlman and J. D. Palmer. 1995. Isolation, expression, and evolution of the gene encoding mitochondrial elongation factor Tu in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Mol. Biol.. v. 29 p. 1057-1070
  • P. Kuhlman, V. T. Moy, B. A. Lollo, and A. A. Brian. 1991. The accessory function of murine ICAM-1 in T lymphocyte activation: Contributions of adhesion and activation. J. Immunol. v. 146 p. 1773-1782

[* denotes an undergraduate student working under my guidance]


  • S. Stefanović, P. Kuhlman, P. Calie, and J. Palmer. 2007. Rapid evolution of plastid RNA polymerases in three unrelated flowering plant lineages. Platform talk at the joint annual meetings of the Botanical Society of America and the American Society for Plant Biologists.
  • P. Kuhlman and P. Calie. 2006. Accelerated sequence evolution of the four proteins comprising the core complex of the bacterial-derived DNA-dependant RNA polymerase in the plant family Geraniaceae. Poster presentation at the National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence.
  • S. Hoskins, J. Hogan, D. Bautista, P. Kuhlman and P. Calie. 2004. Modeling studies suggest that the accelerated sequence evolution in the a-subunit of the Geraniaceae DNA-dependant RNA polymerase is accompanied by a high level of conservation of secondary structure. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the American Society of Plant Biologists.
  • P. Kuhlman and H.L. Duff*. 2003. A fluorescence-based assay for RNA Polymerase activity. Poster presentation at Experimental Biology 2003, the combined annual meeting of several national societies for experimental biologists, including the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
  • C. N. Gorman*, H. L. Duff*, and P. Kuhlman . 2000. Investigations into the function of the rapidly evolving RNA Polymerase in Pelargonium chloroplasts. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the (international) Protein Society.
  • H. Duff*, T. Wine*, and P. Kuhlman . 1999. Investigation of the rapidly evolving plastid RNA polymerase in Pelargonium. Poster presentation at the International Botanical Congress.
  • P. Kuhlman, P. J. Calie, J. M. Logsdon, A. Z. Wang*, G. Vora*, B. Thomason*, and J. D. Palmer . 1998. Accelerated evolution of the chloroplast-encoded RNA polymerase driven by positive Darwinian selection. Talk given at the 1998 international meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution.
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Sangeet Kumar dr. Kumar, Sangeet Kumar

Sangeet Kumar
Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  International Studies, Communication
Higley Hall
B.A., Delhi University, India; M.A., University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; Ph.D., University of Iowa

Sangeet Kumar earned his PhD from the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa where his dissertation studied the construction of postcolonial identities through the consumption and production of western popular culture in India. His current research interests are focused on two distinct but connected dimensions of the globalization of media and culture. The first interrogates power and resistance within global digital media networks from the perspective of postcoloniality, critical theories of technology and parody/satire. The second uses theories of human desire to reimagine power and identity within global popular cultural texts and practices. In addition to the Communication Department, he also serves on the International Studies committee at Denison. He has a background as a newspaper journalist with a daily in New Delhi prior to his academic career.

His research has appeared in journals including Popular Communication, Journal of Communication Inquiry, Global Media and Communication and Journal of South Asian History and Culture among others as well as in anthologies such as News Parody and Political Satire Across the Globe and Television at Large in South Asia among others.

At Denison his courses explore media, technology and popular culture from critical, theoretical and global perspectives. The courses he teaches are:

  • Media and Modernity
  • Global Digital Networks
  • Cultural Globalization and Identity
  • Democracy, Liberalism and the Mass Media
  • Critical Cultural Approaches to Advertising
  • The Politics of Popular Culture
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Jeff Kurtz dr. Kurtz, Jeffrey Brian Kurtz

Jeff Kurtz
Associate Professor
Faculty  |  Communication
Higley Hall
B.A., Mount Union College; M.A., Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Kurtz's teaching and research interests circle around issues of textual interpretation and rhetorics of reform and advocacy, particularly from the antebellum era, the African-American civil rights movement, and the intersection of religious and civic discourse in American public life. His articles and review essays have appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, The Review of Communication, Rhetoric and Public Affairs and the Journal of Communication and Religion.

Dr. Kurtz teaches classes across the Department's spectrum of offerings, including Rhetoric and the American Experience; The Rhetoric of Citizenship; Public Address; and Research Methods.

Jeff lives in Granville with his wife, Laura, and their daughters Eliza and Emerson. He enjoys sports, movies, and chasing after his kids.

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Cora Kuyvenhoven dr. Kuyvenhoven, Cora Ena Kuyvenhoven

Cora Kuyvenhoven
String Chamber Music Instructor
Faculty  |  Music  |  Cello
Burton Hall
A.R.C.T., Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto); M.F.A., University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; D.M.A., University of Iowa

Cora Kuyvenhoven is assistant principal cellist of ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, and adjunct cello professor and co-director of chamber music at Denison University.

She recently taught at Otterbein University for five years and is a founding member of QUBE, the university's artist-in residence string quartet. Cora has been soloist with Kalistos, Welsh Hills Symphony, Plymouth Symphony, National Arts Chamber Orchestra, and the Windsor Symphony. She will be performing Haydn’s D Major Cello concerto with the Denison University Orchestra on May 2nd. The Windsor Star heralded her last performance of this piece as expressing a great “joie de vivre.” As a member of the Toronto Symphony (1990-1997) she recorded and broadcast extensively, and toured in Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America.

Cora obtained her A.R.C.T. licentiate from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto with first class honours, studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts, and was a national finalist in the Canadian Music Competition. She received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee where she performed in the Advendo String Trio, under the tutelage of the Fine Arts Quartet. Cora received a post master’s degree at University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Her DMA is from the University of Iowa (2000) where she was the recipient of the Iowa Performance Fellowship, and the Peltzer Award.

Cora’s new passions are dancing Zumba and learning Yoga. For upcoming concerts and events please go to:

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