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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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)
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.
Amanda Daniels enters her first season as the head women's lacrosse coach at Denison in 2014. Daniels comes to Denison after five seasons as the head women’s lacrosse coach at Morrisville State College (N.Y.).
At Morrisville State, Daniels posted a 41-41 record while leading the Mustangs to the program’s first North Eastern Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championship in 2012. That season she was named the NEAC Coach of the Year after her squad posted a program-best 13-6 record after going 9-0 in conference play.
Prior to her head coaching stint at Morrisville State, Daniels spent one year as the assistant women’s lacrosse coach and assistant women’s soccer coach at Hamilton College (N.Y.). While at Hamilton, Daniels helped guide the women’s lacrosse team to a 21-1 record and the program’s first NCAA Division III Championship in 2008. As a member of the women’s soccer coach staff at Hamilton in 2007 that team would go on to post a 16-2-2 record while advancing to the NCAA Division III Tournament quarterfinals.
A 2003 graduate of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., Daniels was a four-time first-team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference selection in women’s lacrosse. She was a part of two MAAC Tournament championship teams and two NCAA Division I Tournament teams in in 2002 and 2003. She served as a team captain in 2003 and left Le Moyne with 190 career points. Daniels was also a four-year member of the women’s soccer team at Le Moyne where she led the Dolphins in scoring as a senior.
After graduating Cum Laude with a bachelor of arts in English and communication, Daniels would go on to receive a masters’ degree in New Media from Syracuse University’s esteemed SI Newhouse School of Communications in 2004. While attending graduate school, Daniels spent one season as a part-time assistant coach at Le Moyne.
Following graduate school, Daniels would spend one year as the head lacrosse coach at Uppingham School in Rutland, England. After returning to the United States in the fall of 2005, Daniels accepted a position with Windstar Studios as an account executive, video editor and script writer. In 2007 Daniels would make her return to coaching at Hamilton.
Denison women’s lacrosse boasts one of the top winning percentages of any NCAA Division III program at 372-169-4 (.686). Daniels is the 10th head coach in the program’s 38-year history.
Adam Davis, currently Chair of Denison’s History Department, is a historian of medieval Europe with interests in medieval church reform and religious life, preaching, medieval universities, and the history of charity. He teaches survey courses on late antiquity and medieval Europe, as well as upper-level courses on religion and society in medieval Europe; the Crusades; Jews and Christians in the Middle Ages; the Renaissance/Reformation of the twelfth century; the history of the university; and Renaissance Italy.
Dr. Davis's research explores the interplay between medieval ideas and institutions, social values and practices. His first book, The Holy Bureaucrat: Eudes Rigaud and Religious Reform in Thirteenth-Century Normandy (Cornell University Press, 2006), explored the impact of a learned elite on the daily life of the medieval church. The book brought together the intellectual and theological world of the University of Paris with the administrative and moral challenges a Franciscan archbishop faced while trying to reform the French clergy and laity. Dr. Davis is currently working on a book on the rise of the hospital and the formation of a charitable society in 12th and 13th-century Champagne. He has received a year-long Fellowship (2014-15) from the National Endowment for the Humanities to complete this book. His recent publications include an essay on the economic power of a 13th-century hospital, in Center and Periphery: Studies on Power in the Medieval World in Honor of William Chester Jordan (Brill, 2013); a special issue of French Historical Studies he co-edited (with Bertrand Taithe), “Towards a French History of Universal Values: Charity, Human Rights and Humanitarianism” (2011); and an article in the Journal of Medieval History on “Preaching in Thirteenth-Century Hospitals” (2010). He recently completed a cultural history of medieval compassion, forthcoming in an edited collection on The Medieval Culture of Compassion and Its Demise. Dr. Davis has been the recipient of a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a Bourse Chateaubriand (given by the French Embassy), a Robert C. Good Fellowship, as well as grants from the Mellon Foundation and the Lilly Endowment.
Adam Davis received his B.A. from Yale University (1995) and his Ph.D. (2001) from Princeton University. Prior to coming to Denison in 2003, he taught as a Lecturer in the History Department at Yale.
James Davis has been teaching at Denison since 1985. The author of An Experimental Reading of Wordsworth's Prelude: The Poetics of Bimodal Consciousness (1995) and The Rowman & Littlefield Guide to Writing With Sources (fourth edition, 2011). He has published essays in Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, The Journal of Popular Culture, The Colby Quarterly, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, and The Journal of American & Comparative Cultures.
With a Ph.D. in 19th-Century British literature from the University of Illinois, he teaches courses in British literature, Romantic poetry and prose, British and American fiction, 20th-century literature, Gothic literature, popular culture, film, and both advanced and beginning workshops in writing nonfiction.
Assistant Professor John Davis joined the faculty at Denison in the fall of 2011. Prof. Davis is a socio-cultural anthropologist whose work explores the "social life" of rights by critically analyzing the processes by which transnational discourses and practices of human rights intersect with specific national and cultural contexts to shape everyday life. Prof. Davis's dissertation used ethnographic modes of inquiry to illuminate the cultural politics of human rights in Japan through an exploration of how the burakumin minority operationalized the idea of human rights within their movement for social change.
Prof. Davis is currently completing a book manuscript titled "Animating Rights in Japan: The Politics of Buraku Liberation". Prof. Davis has two new research projects underway. The first utilizes the case of burakumin as an opportunity to reconsider theories of race and minority subjectivity. It is at once an attempt to account for the wide-ranging and often conflicting narratives he encountered in Japan about what it meant to be "burakumin" and how his own positionality as an African American in Japan shaped his perspective on the topic. More often than not Prof. Davis became part of the focus of conversations with people as they invoked his status as a kokujin ("Black person") to illustrate points of difference or similarity "the nature of the comparison varied with the speaker" between racial minorities and burakumin. Prof. Davis's second line of research compares how concepts of race and ethnicity factor into genetics research in Japan and the United States respectively.
Mike Deegan has served as the head baseball coach at Denison since 2013. Prior to coming to Denison, Deegan spent nine seasons on the Marietta coaching staff, helping guide the Pioneers to three NCAA Division III national championships (2006, 2011, 2012), six NCAA regional berths, and four Division III championship appearances. In nine seasons with Deegan on staff, Marietta won 30 or more games eight times, and they posted an overall record of 326-111 (.745).
Deegan served as the recruiting coordinator at Marietta and was the team's hitting instructor. In 2012 the Pioneers hit .331 as a team with a .414 on-base percentage. Marietta outscored its opponents 419-152 last season. In addition to his responsibilities with the baseball program, he served as a special assistant to the athletics director and was the Marietta Student-Athlete Advisory Committee advisor. Deegan spent 2007 serving as the head coach of the Southern Ohio Copperheads of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. That season Deegan led the Copperheads to the most wins in franchise history (25), and the best postseason finish in franchise history. He was named the GLSCL Manager of the Year at the conclusion of the season.
A 2001 graduate of Marietta, Deegan was a two-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference first-team selection in 1999 and 2001. He was a major contributor on four OAC Championship teams, two NCAA Mideast Regional championships and two NCAA Division III Championship appearances. In his senior season, he started all 58 games, hit .393 with 46 RBI, seven home runs and a team-high 17 doubles. That season the Pioneers advanced to the national championship game. Prior to his graduation he was awarded the Way-Weigelt Award which goes to the top senior male student-athlete at Marietta. The award is based on scholarship, leadership, character and sportsmanship. Deegan received his bachelor's in management, and in 2006 he earned his master's degree in education from Marietta.
"My areas of specialization in anthropology include classical and contemporary theory, art and society, gender, political economy and Sub-Saharan Africa. My doctoral dissertation was an historical examination of gender among the Kedjom of the Republic of Cameroon, between female economic contributions and cultural ideologies which demeaned them. More recently, I have done research on the history of European alcohol in West Africa and the impact of transnational brewing corporations on the national and local economies of Cameroon. I am particularly interested in the relationship between rural communities and the African State. Presently, I am exploring indigenous knowledge around agricultural production and the religious significance of twinship in Sub-Saharan Africa."
I teach all levels of German language, German,Swiss and Austrian literature and culture. In my teaching I make use of newest technologies to enhance not only student learning in regards to all things German, but also for my students to learn skills in intercultural competencies and global learning. For example, I am globally networked with a German colleague at the American University in Bulgaria with a team-taught course in German studies. I am also very dedicated to CLAC (Cultures and Languages across the Curriculum) pedagogy and team-teaching as a pedagogical approach to higher learning. My scholarly interests are increasingly vested in how these technologies shape how we learn and teach now and in the near future. My more traditional scholarship is in the area of German Romanticism and psychoanalytic theory, specifically suicide studies. Last year, I was awarded the Julian H. Robertson Jr. Endowed Chair for my work in teaching, service, and scholarship.
Catherine Dollard is a historian of modern Europe with particular interest in the history of Imperial Germany. She teaches courses on modern Europe, modern Germany, gender history, World War I, Eastern Europe, and Myth & Personality in 19th-century Europe. Professor Dollard’s research engages historical questions related to gender, social movements, cultural identity, and the impact of war upon society. Her first book, The Surplus Woman: Unmarried in Imperial Germany, 1871-1918 (Berghahn, 2009), examines the ways in which anxiety over female marital status served as a central leitmotif in the culture and society of the Kaiserreich.
Dr. Dollard has published articles in German Studies Review, Women's History Review, and Women in Germany.She is currently working on a comparative analysis of the World War I correspondence of German and American soldiers. Dr. Dollard has been the recipient of a Chancellor’s Fellowship and a Renewal Grant from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, a Robert C. Good Fellowship, a Lilly Faculty Foundation Fellowship, and a Mellon Faculty Career Enhancement Grant.
Steven Doty is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Denison University. He teaches courses at all levels of physics and astronomy. His research centers on understanding the processes and environments of stellar birth and death. He also does work on understanding everyday phenomena.
Dr. Doty conducts research involving undergraduate students in a number of areas, including:
- Star and planet formation
- Stellar old-age and death
- Mathematical physics and ordering
- Everyday phenomena
- "Chemistry as a probe of the structures and evolution of massive star-forming regions", S. D. Doty, F. S. van der Tak, E. F. van Dishoeck, & A. M. S. Boonman, 2002, A&A, 389, 446-463
- “Constraining the Structure of the L1544 Star-Forming Region”, S. D. Doty, S. E. Everett*, N. J. Evans II., Y. L. Shirley, & M. L. Palotti*, 2005, MNRAS, 362, 737
- “Multidimensional chemical modeling of young stellar objects, II. Irradiated outflow walls in a high mass star forming region”, S. Bruderer, A. O. Benz, S. D. Doty, E. F. van Dishoeck, & T. L. Bourke, 2009, ApJ, 700, 872
- “Herschel-HIFI detections of hydrides towards AFGL 2591: envelope emission vs. tenuous cloud absorption”, S. Bruderer, A. O. Benz, E. F. van Dishoeck, M. Melchior, S. D. Doty, F. F. S. van der Tak, P. Staueber, S. F. Wampfler, C. Dedes, U. A. Yildiz, and 59 coauthors, 2010, A&AL, 521, 44.
- “Water in low-mass star-forming regions with Herschel: HIFI spectroscopy of NGC1333”, L.E. Kristensen, R. Visser, E.F. van Dishoeck, U.A. Yıldız, S.D. Doty, G.J. Herczeg, F.-C. Liu, B. Parise, J.K. Jørgensen, T.A. van Kempen, C. Brinch, S.F.Wampfler, S. Bruderer, A.O. Benz, M.R. Hogerheijde, E. Deul; and 51 coauthors, 2010, A&AL, 521, 30.
Dr. Dow is interested in various aspects of children's social cognitive development and functioning, particularly symbolic representation, memory, and literacy. Joining the faculty in 1993, she teaches courses in introductory psychology, child development, and adolescence.
My main area of interest is cognitive development, and in particularly memory and representational abilities. I am currently engaged in several projects exploring how a number of factors affect event memory in young children, including the structure of the to-be-remembered event, as well as the effect of delays, verbal reminders, and narrative experience. I am also interested in continuing to explore whether so-called "interactive" educational media (e.g., "Blues Clues") really facilitates concept learning in preschoolers.
Courses normally taught: Introduction to & Intermediate Macroeconomics, Introductory Microeconomics, Economic Development, Economic Growth & Environmental Sustainability
Research Interests: Culture, Development, and Economic Growth; the Determinants of Environmental Sustainability; Evolutionary Economics
Research Interests: Culture, Development, and Economic Growth; the Determinants of Environmental Sustainability; Evolutionary Economics
The research questions I am interested in focus on the molecular level details of surfaces and thin films in nature. As boundaries between two phases, surfaces and thin films provide unique environments for chemical reactions and molecular transport. The current focus of my research is water movement in very hydrophobic films, or model wax films that mimic the waxy outer layer of the plant cuticle. We use attenuated total reflection infrared spectroscopy to determine the hydrogen bonding environment of water molecules adsorbed into thin films. Our time-dependent measurements of the rate of water penetration allow us to further explore different molecular level mechanisms for water transport through the wax portion of the plant cuticle.
(Publications under Annabel H. Muenter.)
- Muenter, A.H., Hentschel, J., Borner, H. Brezesinski, G. 2008. Characterization of peptide-guided polymer assembly at the air/water interface. Langmuir. v. 24 no. 7 p. 3306-3316
- Olak, C., Muenter, A.H., Andra, J., Brezesinski, G. 2008. Interfacial properties and structural analysis of the antimicrobial peptide NK-2. Journal of Peptide Science. v. 14 no. 4 p. 510-517
- Muenter, A.H.; DeZwaan, J.L.; Nathanson, G.M. 2007. Interfacial interactions of DCl with salty glycerol solutions of KI, NaI, LiI, and NaBr. Journal of Physical Chemistry C . v. 111 no. 41 p. 15043-15052
- Lepere, M.; Muenter, A.H.; Chevallard, C.; Guenoun, P.; Brezesinski, G. 2007. Comparative IR and X-ray studies of natural and model amyloid peptides at the air/water interface. Colloids and Surfaces A. v. 303 no. 1-2 p. 3-78
- Muenter, A.H.; DeZwaan, J.L.; Nathanson, G.M. . 2006. Collisions of DCl with Liquid Glycerol: Evidence for Rapid, Near-Interfacial D → H Exchange and Desorption . Journal of Physical Chemistry B. v. 110 no. 10 p. 4881-4891
- Ringeisen, B.R.; Muenter, A.H.; Nathanson, G.M.. 2002. Collisions of HCl, DCl, and HBr with Liquid Glycerol: Gas Uptake, D → H Exchange, and Solution Thermodynamics . Journal of Physical Chemistry B. v. 106 no. 19 p. 4999-5010
- Ringeisen, B.R.; Muenter, A.H.; Nathanson, G.M.. 2002. Collisions of HCl, DCl, and HBr with Liquid Glycerol: Gas Uptake, D → H Exchange, and Solution Thermodynamics . Journal of Physical Chemistry B. v. 106 no. 19 p. 4988-4998
- Muenter, A.H.; Koehler, B.G.. 2000. Adsorption of Ammonia on Soot at Low Temperatures. Journal of Physical Chemistry A . v. 104 no. 37 p. 8527-8534
- Edwards, A.M. . 2009. Attenuated total reflection infrared spectroscopy studies of water transport in films inspired by plant cuticles. Poster Presentation at 13th IACIS International Conference on Surface and Colloid Science and the 83rd ACS Colloid & Surface Science Symposium. New York City, NY
Dr. Jacqueline Bretz Eichhorn is currently affiliate instructor of clarinet at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, adjunct instructor of clarinet and saxophone at Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and a woodwind and piano instructor at Music Royale in Powell, Ohio. She received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Eastern Illinois University where she studied with Richard Barta and Dr. Magie Smith, and a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in clarinet performance from The Ohio State University where she studied with James Pyne and Dr. Caroline Hartig. Dr. Eichhorn is an active chamber musician, performing in a reed trio and woodwind quintet that has played at colleges and universities throughout Ohio, and opened for such prestigious ensembles as the New York Woodwind Quintet and Eighth Blackbird. She also regularly performs with ensembles throughout the Columbus area, including the Central Ohio Symphony.
Beti Ellerson is founder and director of the Centre for the Study and Research of African Women in Cinema created in 2008, and an avid social media advocate for its public forum, the African Women in Cinema Blog. She was involved locally in community television and video production, and was executive producer and host of the 27-episode series, "Reels of Colour", which aired from 1997 to 2000 in the Washington DC area. Her research includes the book Sisters of the Screen: Women of Africa on Film, Video and Television (Africa World Press, 2000) and the film documentary, “Sisters of the Screen: African Women in the Cinema” released in 2002 and distributed by Women Make Movies.
She has spoken widely on African women in cinema, notably as keynote speaker at the Symposium on 40 years of African women francophone filmmakers in Paris in November 2012. She was the 2011 laureate of the Distinguished Woman of African Cinema Award presented by Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe (WFOZ). In addition, she was the president of the Diaspora Jury at the 2013 Fespaco (Pan African Film Festival in Burkina Faso). In September 2013 she was invited to moderate a panel at the African Women in Film Forum (AWIFF) held in Accra, Ghana.
Her recent work focuses on theoretical formulations toward an African Women in Cinema Studies, which has been recently published in the Journal of African Cinemas: "Towards an African women in cinema studies" and Feminist Africa: "Reflections on Cinema Criticism and African Women", among others.
Jordan L. Fantini, an organometallic chemist, is interested in the synthesis and characterization of methylene-bridge-substituted calixarenes. These molecules provide access to new structural motifs in calixarene chemistry. A methylene-bridge substituent allows for modification of the solubility, conformational rigidity, and conformational preferences of a calixarene in comparison to the unsubstituted species.
Mark FitzPatrick has served as the head men's and women's track and field coach and assistant cross country coach at Denison since the fall of 2010. FitzPatrick came to Denison from Washington & Jefferson where he has spent eight years as the head cross country and track and field coach. A six-time Presidents’ Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, FitzPatrick led his squads to four PAC championships during his tenure.
In 2011, FitzPatrick led his women’s track and field squad to its third PAC title. The Presidents’ captured nine event titles en route to a 10-point victory over Westminster. Following the meet FitzPatrick was presented with his sixth Coach of the Year award. At the conclusion of the 2011 season FitzPatrick was named the USTFCCCA Mid-East region women's track and Field Coach of the Year. He also guided the men’s track & field team to their first PAC Championship in 2010, powered by seven event championships.
Prior to accepting the position at Washington & Jefferson he spent three seasons as the head track & field coach at Hiram College. While at Hiram he led the Terriers to their best finish in conference history and coached five individual conference champions. Before taking over at Hiram, FitzPatrick served as the assistant women’s cross country and track and field coach at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse from 1998-2000 where he coached seven Division III All-Americans and helped the Eagles to three Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles. FitzPatrick also spent two seasons as the assistant cross country and track and field coach at Allegheny College from 1996-1998, helping train five national qualifiers in cross country and track.
A 1995 graduate of Fairfield (Conn.) with a double major in philosophy and political science, FitzPatrick went on to earn a master’s degree in exercise and sports science from UW-LaCrosse.
Evelyn Frolking is an instructor teaching a First Year Seminar course. She holds a master’s degree in journalism and a bachelor’s degree in English from the Ohio State University. She was head of school at The Welsh Hills School, a private preK – grade 8 day school for 15 years and has taught English and Journalism at the high school level. She writes freelance for newspapers and magazines and is a regular column writer for Broadway + Thresher, a new lifestyle magazine. Her first book, Homegrown: Stories from the Farm, published in February 2013, chronicles the lives of six local food farmers and producers as they enjoy new-found interest in a national movement to shop and eat local.
As the sole geographer at Denison, I teach several introductory and regional geography courses designed to spark student interest and broaden understanding of the diversity of environments and human/environment interactions around the world. These courses help to foster geographic (and environmental) literacy which I see as absolutely critical to our future. As human impacts on the planet continue to increase, we must have a citizenry that is knowledgeable and can make sound decisions about land and resource use. I also teach three intermediate to advanced courses concentrating on different groups of earth surface processes - Weather and Climate, Geomorphology, and Hydrogeology. We spend considerable time outside observing and measuring atmospheric, hydrologic and pedologic phenomena as well as computer times using spread sheets and gathering data from the web. All of my classes have a significant environmental focus and most are linked with Denison's Environmental Studies curriculum.
I have led some student trips to Cuba. We have studied both natural history and environmental issues in and around Havana and in the provinces of Pinar del Rio (west), Matanzas (central), and Santiago de Cuba (east). More information about the May Term 2000 trip can be obtained through the Cuba link.
In broad terms, my research focuses on the complex interactions among landforms, soils and climate. I study the dynamic environments along the margins of the former great Laurentide ice sheets, with particular emphasis on glacial deposits and the genesis of soils and paleosols. Lately much of my attention has been on the timing of drainage reversals associated with the advance of ice sheets into the Appalachain Plateau in East Central Ohio. In addition, I have conducted collaborative archaeological research at several sites in central Ohio and have worked on the biogeochemical modeling of soil nitrogen. Our discovery of gut contents (with living intestinal bacteria) with the recovery of the Burning Tree Mastodon has added important information about the late glacial environment and megafauna diets. Much of my research has involved students, both as field assistants and in independent senior projects that contribute to my research program. Other student research projects I have advised cover a wide range of topics. Examples of recent student research projects include a presettlement map of Licking County vegetation, the origin and mineralogy of beach sands on Kelley's Island, coastal zone management in southern Sri Lanka, an analysis of lacustrine sediments of Glacial Lake Licking, and an assessment of soil nutrient loading at the Buckeye Egg Farm.
- Frolking, T.A.. Holocene Hydrology, Soil Development and Landscape Evolution of the Bikeri Vésztö-Mágor Area in the Körös Basin of Eastern Hungary. Submitted for publication in monograph on the Körös Regional Archaeological Project in the Monumental Archaeologica Series, Costen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA.
- Gyucha, A., Duffy, P.R. and Frolking T.A. . The Körös Basin from the Neolithic to the Habsburgs: Linking settlement distributions with pre-regulation hydrology through multiple dataset overlay. In review. Geoarchaeology: An International Journal.
- Yerkes, R., Sarris, A., Frolking, T., Parkinson, W., Gyucha, A., Hardy, M. and Catanoso, L.. 2007. Geophysical and Geochemical Investigations at Two Early Copper Age Settlements in the Körös River Valley, Southeastern Hungary . Geoarchaeology: An International Journal. v. 22 no. 8 p. 845-871 View [pdf]
- Frolking, T.A. and M.A. Pachell*. 2006. Glacial Lake Licking: Late-Glacial Drainage Diversions and the Formation of Black Hand Gorge, Licking County, Ohio. Ohio Journal of Science. v. 106 no. 3 p. 103-111 View [pdf]
- Frolking, S., Frolking, T., Xiao, X., Boles, S. and Milliman, T. . 2005. A generalized methodology for mapping agricultural land use and management at sub-national scales, including a case study of combining census data and remote sensing data to map cropping intensity in Vietnam. Report prepared for Land and Water Division, Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations 75 p..
- Lepper, B.T. and Frolking, T.A.. 2003. Alligator Mound: Geoarchaeological and Iconographical Interpretations of a Late Prehistoric Effigy Mound in Central Ohio. Cambridge Archaological Journal. v. 13 no. 2 p. 147-167 View [pdf]
- Stam, A. and Frolking, T.A.. 2003. Environmental Status of Cuba: The Cuban View. A course book for Environmental issues of Cuba (Denison May Term) based largely on interviews with Cuban experts (1999-2001), being modified and added to on a continuous basis.
- Lepper, B.T., and Frolking, T.A.. 2003. Alligator Mound: Geoarchaeological and Iconographical Interpretations of a Late Prehistoric Effigy Mound in Central Ohio. Cambridge Archaelogical Journal. v. 13 no. 2 p. 147-167
- Frolking, T.A. and Lepper, B.T.. 2001. Geomorphic and pedogenic evidence for bioturbation of artifacts at a multi-component site in Licking County, Ohio, USA. Geoarchaeology: An International Journal. v. 16 no. 3 p. 243-262
Barbara Fultner, Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies, joined the faculty at Denison in 1995. She earned a B.A. from Simon Fraser University, an M.A. from McGill University and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. She teaches courses in philosophy of language, the history of modern philosophy, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of feminism among others. She served as chair of the department from 2004-2008 and is currently the Director of the Women’s Studies Program.
Field of Interest:
I am interested in internal motion in macromolecules, ranging from synthetic polymers to lipids and peptides. This interest began with my doctoral studies which used NMR spin relaxation to study molecular motion in model biomembranes. Such motions are involved in many of the functional properties of the membranes, such as permeation of small molecules and the interactions of the different membrane components. During my post-doctoral work I began studying the local motions of synthetic polymers in solution. Local motions in polymers are as fast as the motions of small molecules, which is interesting given the huge size of polymer molecules. My own work has focused on characterizing the anisotropy of that motion, with the hope of shedding light on the 3-D details of the motion. I spent the 1995-1996 school year at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where I became involved in doing computer simulations of the same dynamic processes I had been studying experimentally. Most recently, I have been using both spin relaxation and molecular dynamics simulation to study the internal motion of a small unstructured peptide, leucine enkephalin. It has been exciting to see how experimental and theoretical tools can complement each other in helping to understand molecular motions.
- M. M. FUSON and J. E. McFarland*. Concentration Dependence of Dipole-Dipole Cross-Correlation Spectral Densities in Polymer Solutions. Journal of Magnetic Resonance.
- J. L. Fantini, M. M. FUSON, and T. A. Evans. 2006. Popping Popcorn Kernels: Expanding Relevance with Linear Thinking. Journal of Chemical Education. v. 83 p. 414-416
- M. M. FUSON and M. D. Ediger. 1997. Dynamics of Poly(ethylene oxide) in Solution: 1. Localization of Chain Motion. Macromolecules. v. 30 p. 5704-5713
- M. M. FUSON, K. H. Hanser* and M. D. Ediger. 1997. Local Dynamics of Poly(ethylene oxide) in Solution: 2. Vector Autocorrelation Functions and Motional Anisotropy. Macromolecules. v. 30 p. 5714-5720
- M. M. FUSON and B. R. Klei*. 1996. Anisotropy of Local Dynamics of Polyethylene. v. 29 p. 5223-5227
- M. M. FUSON. Coupled Spin Relaxation in Polymers. Encyclopedia of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, D. M. Grant and R. K. Harris, ed., (John Wiley & Sons: Chichester, 1996) . v. 4 p. 1466-1472
(* signifies undergraduate co-author)
- M. M. FUSON . 2008. Comparison of Spin Relaxation and Molecular Dynamics Simulation Studies of the Dynamics of Leu5-Enkephalin. 49rd Experimental NMR Conference. Asilomar, CA
- M. M. FUSON. 2004. Anisotropic Motion in Leu-Enkephalin Studied Using Cross-Correlation Effects in Spin Relaxation. 45rd Experimental NMR Conference. Asilomar, CA
- M. M. FUSON. 2003. Dynamics Of Rubberlike Polymers In Solution Studied By Coupled Spin Relaxation And Molecular Dynamics Simulations. 44rd Experimental NMR Conference. Savannah, GA
- M. M. FUSON . 2002. Leu-Enkephalin Dynamics as Studied Using Coupled Spin Relaxation. 43rd Experimental NMR Conference. Asilomar, CA
- M. M. FUSON. 2001. Dynamics of Isobutylene in Solution Studied by Coupled Spin Relaxation. 42nd Experimental NMR Conference. Orlando, FL
- M. M. FUSON. 1999. Coupled Spin Relaxation Studies of Polymers in Solution. 31st ACS Central Regional Meeting. Columbus, OH
Recent Student Presentations
- Ryan Gingo* and M. M. Fuson. 2006. An Investigation of the Motions of Enkephalins Using NMR Spin Relaxation. 232nd American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition . San Francisco CA
- Emily F. Trunkely* and M. M. Fuson. 2004. NMR Spin Relaxation Studies of the Motional Dynamics of Leu-Enkephalin. 227th American Chemical Society National Meeting. San Francisco CA
(* signifies undergraduate co-author)
Bob Ghiloni has served as the head men’s basketball coach at Denison since 2002. During his tenure he has led the DU basketball program to a third-place finish in 2005 and an appearance in the NCAC Championship game in 2012. In 2005 he was named the NCAC’s Coach of the Year. Ghiloni came to Denison from Bishop Ready High School in Columbus (Ohio) where he was the head coach of the Silver Knights boys' basketball program for 15 seasons. In 2001-02, Ghiloni's Ready squad posted an impressive 23-5 record and reached the state tournament championship finals in Division III.
In his 15-year run at Ready, Ghiloni directed a dramatic turnaround in the boys' basketball program which resulted in six consecutive winning seasons, two district championships and the 2001-02 trip to the state championship. Along with his coaching duties, Ghiloni was director of admissions at Ready and also has served as director of student and academic affairs and director of guidance. He has also taught courses in world history and American history.
Prior to coaching at Ready, Ghiloni spent three seasons as an assistant basketball coach at Capital University in Columbus. Also included in Ghiloni's extensive professional background are two more Columbus coaching stints as an assistant with Ohio Dominican University (1983-1984) and St. Francis DeSales High School (1981-1983). Ghiloni has also served as an instructor and administrator for several local and regional basketball camps.
A native of nearby Newark, Ohio, Ghiloni graduated from Ohio State University in 1981 with a bachelor of science degree in secondary education. He earned his master of science in education from the University of Dayton in 1985.
I really enjoy teaching and working with students at Denison. I teach introductory physics, optics, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, modern physics, experimental physics, and the associated laboratories. My interests are in atomic, molecular and optical physics including measurements of fundamental properties such as absolute oscillator strengths and branching fractions, photodetachment cross sections, resonance features and bound-boundtransitions in negative ions.
My current research efforts includeboth laser photodetachment from negative ions in our lab in Olin Hall and inner-shell photodetachment from negative ions using the synchrotron at the Advanced Light Source in Berkeley CA. Dr. Walter and I, as well as numerous Denison students, are co-investigators on multiple projects at the ALS including recent studies of H-, Se-, Li-, Pt- and C60-. This research is funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Research Corporation, NASA and Denison University.
- "Inner-shell Photodetachment: Shape and Feshbach Resonances of anions"R.C. Bilodeau, N. D. Gibson, C. W. Walter, A. Aguilar and N. Berrah, Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena, 185(8-9), 219-225 (2012).
- “Experimental and theoretical study of bound and quasibound states of Ce– ,” C.W. Walter, N.D. Gibson, Y.-G. Li, D.J. Matyas, R.M. Alton, S.E. Lou, R.L. Field III, D. Hanstorp, Lin Pan and D. Beck, Physical Review A, 84, 032514 (2011).
- “Inner-Shell Photodetachment from Ru_” I. Dumitriu , R. C. Bilodeau, T. W. Gorczyca, C. W. Walter, N. D. Gibson, Z. D. Pešić, D. Rolles, and N. Berrah, , Physical Review A, 82, 043434 (2010).
- “Electron affinity of indium and the fine structure of In- measured using infrared photodetachment threshold spectroscopy” C.W. Walter, N.D. Gibson, D.J. Carman, Y.-G. Li, and D.J. Matyas, Physical Review A, 82, 032507 (2010).
Jill Gillespie came to Denison in 2003. At Denison, she has taught courses on German literature and cultural studies, feminism, fairy tales, gender, and the human/animal connection. She earned her A.B. in Humanities from Stanford University and did graduate work in Germanic Studies at Cornell University. Her dissertation addressed the gendering of World War II in recent German films. Current research areas include the cultural representations of animal/human relationships, the political uses of satire, and sexual violence.
Answering a question incorrectly sparked my love for geology and geoscience education. In the freshman year of my undergraduate career, I enrolled in my first geology class. Early in the semester, the professor, who later became my mentor and eventually a good friend, asked the class to explain why the Hawaiian Islands form a straight line. I raised my hand and confidently answered that the hot-spot moved under the crust thus creating the linear chain of islands. "Actually, Dave, that's not quite right," my professor corrected, "but I like the way you're thinking," and then he began my first introduction to plate tectonics. I was disappointed to be wrong but proud that the professor appreciated my creative thinking. This one remark encouraged me to learn more and has inspired and motivated me ever since. One of my many goals as a educator is provide this same kind of enthusiasm and encouragement for my own students, even if they don't get the answer right the first time.
My current research involves documenting and interpreting records of environmental variation archived in the hard parts of modern and fossil organisms. This is accomplished primarily through calibration of environmental conditions with skeletal archives: specifically, geochemical variations and patterns of shell growth. The geochemical component of my work revolves around light stable-isotopes, while the analysis of growth patterns focuses on periodic increments deposited in response to environmental and astronomical pacemakers. Together, these analytical techniques, commonly referred to as sclerochronology, have enabled me to work in several different research areas. While each has a different focus, they are connected by a common theme: how are environmental conditions recorded in the geologic record in general, and in the skeletons of organisms in particular? And, how can these archives be used to address a variety of biological and geological questions?
Visual Life in African Cities (ARTH 334), Arts of Post-Colonial Africa (ARTH 225), African Art and Visual Culture (ARTH 121), Representing Africa on Film (ARTH 222), Arts of Oceania (ARTH 223), Art History Senior Seminar (ARTH 408)
Research and Teaching
My scholarship and teaching focus on artistic propositions and visual culture in relation to urban life, especially in Senegal and Congo, where I have conducted research on individual artists, art institutions, and expressive production. My methodological orientation combines sustained ethnography, visual/textual analysis, and theorization to engage specificity of place as a modality through which to read the production and interpretation of creative projects. I have contributed to several edited collections and academic journals including African Arts, Art Journal, Fashion Theory, Nka, Présence Francophone, Social Dynamics, andAfrica Today. I was guest editor for a special issue of Africa Today (2007) dedicated to “Visual Experience in Urban Africa” and co-editor for African Art, Interviews, Narratives: Bodies of Knowledge at Work (2013), a volume exploring the productive work of interviews in creating scholarly narratives. My most recent project is Market Imaginary (2012), a feature length documentary film dealing with the concentric embedment of Dakar’s Colobane Market in its neighborhood, in the city, and in the imagination. My current project is a book manuscript about Dakar’s art world city.
My research has been supported by the Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship (2009-2010), the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship (1998-1999), the Doctoral Fellowship from the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institution (1999-2000), the GLCA New Directions Initiative Grant made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2011, 2012, 2013), the R. C. Good Faculty Fellowship (2006, 2013), and the Denison University Research Foundation. My article, “Urban Claims and Visual Sources in the Making of Dakar’s Art World City,” Art Journal 68, 1 (Spring 2009) received the Art Journal Award from the College Art Association in 2010.
Market Imaginary (Producer/Director for 53 minute film documenting/theorizing Dakar’s Colobane Market). DVD Available from Indiana University Press. http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/product_info.php?cPath=1037_1144&products_id=807288
Film website http://personal.denison.edu/~grabski/Market_Imaginary/Market_Imaginary.html
African Art, Interviews, Narratives: Bodies of Knowledge at Work, edited by Joanna Grabski and Carol Magee (edited volume with twelve contributors) Indiana University Press: 2013.
Art World City: The Making of Artists and Institutions in Cosmopolitan Dakar (book manuscript in progress).
Dakar’s Market Imaginary: Mobility, Visuality, and the Creative Economy of Second Chances,” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East (multi-media essay forthcoming 2013).
La Mobilité, Le Pouvoir de Visualisation, et L’Imaginaire du Marché à Dakar,” in Mamadou Diouf and Rosalind Fredericks, eds. Les Arts de la Citoyenneté au Sénégal: Espaces Contestés et Civilités Urbaines (Éditions Karthala: 2013).
Ghostly Stories: Interviews with Artists in Dakar and the Productive Space around Absence,” in Joanna Grabski and Carol Magee, eds. African Art, Interviews, Narratives: Bodies of Knowledge at Work (Indiana University Press: 2013).
The Work of Interviews,” co-authored with Carol Magee, in Joanna Grabski and Carol Magee, eds. African Art, Interviews, Narratives: Bodies of Knowledge at Work (Indiana University Press: 2013).
Interview with Cheikh Ndiaye,” Pulsations: The Journal of New African Writing 2 (2013): 35-57.
The École des Arts and Exhibitionary Platforms in Post Independence Senegal,” in Monica Blackmun Visonà and Gitti Salami, A Companion to Modern African Art (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming 2013).
Introductory Essay on Historicity and Urban Memory,” IN/FLUX, volume II, Mediatrips from the African World. Produced by SPARCK and Lowave (Paris), 2012.
Market Logics: How Locality and Mobility Make Artistic Livelihoods in Dakar,” Social Dynamics 37, 3 (2011): 321-331. Republished in Rogue Urbanism: Emergent African Cities, edited by E. Pieterse and A. Simone (Jacana Media and African Centre for Cities, 2013).
Urban Claims and Visual Sources in the Making of Dakar’s Art World City,” Art Journal 68, 1 (Spring 2009): 6-23. (Art Journal Award, College Art Association, 2010)
Pap Ba’s Haute-Couture Fashion Photography,” Critical Interventions 6 (Spring 2010): 77-90.
The Visual City: Tailors, Creativity, and Urban Life in Dakar, Senegal,” in Suzanne Gott and Krystine Loughran, eds. Contemporary African Fashion (Indiana University Press, 2010).
Traces and Echoes: Mixed Media Paintings of Kalidou Sy,” NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art, number 24 (Spring 2009): 82-91.
Making Fashion in the City: A Case Study of Tailors and Designers in Dakar, Senegal,” Fashion Theory: Special Issue on African Fashion, edited by Victoria Rovine,13, 2 (Spring 2009): 215-242.
The Dak’Art Biennale: Exhibiting Contemporary Art and Geopolitics in Africa,” NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art/Special Issue on the 21st Century and The Mega Shows, volume 22/23(Spring/Summer 2008): 104-113.
Projects of Collecting and Exhibition in Dakar: On Being a Mécéne d’art,” Présence Francophone, Special Issue on Art in Dakar, edited by Helene Tissieres, (Spring 2008): 93-111.
Guest Editor and Introduction,” Africa Today: Special Issue on Visual Experience in Urban Africa, 54, 2 (Winter 2007): vi-xii.
Painting Fictions/Painting History: Modernist Pioneers at Senegal’s Ecole des Arts,” African Arts: Special Issue on Art Historical Perspectives on African Modernists, edited by Chika Okeke, 39, 1 (2006): 38-49, 93.
Visual Experience and Fashion in Dakar: The City as Information Environment and Artistic Resource for Tailors,” in Mode in Afrika (Museum für Völkerkunde, Hamburg, Germany, 2005): 52-60.
Dakar’s Urban Landscapes: Locating Modern Art and Artists in the City,” African Arts 36, 4 (2003): 28-39, 93.
Pierre Lods and the Poto-Poto School,” in N’Goné Fall and Jean-Loup Pivin, eds. Anthologie de l’art africain du xx siècle. Paris: Éditions Revue Noire, 2001: 179-181.
Curatorial Projects/Exhibition Essays
Author of Exhibition Essay
Les Lettres de Verre de El Hadji Sy in
Exhibition Catalogue, Les Lettres de Verre,
Galerie BooKoo, Dakar, Senegal, June 2013
Exhibition Curator and Author of Exhibition Essay
Guissou Ma La Mbao: An Exhibition of Poesie Graphique by Abdoulaye Ndoye
Musee Boribana, Dak’Art Biennale Off 2010, Dakar, Senegal
Author of Exhibition Essay
Taking Off/L’Envol: A Mixed Media Installation by Ndary Lo
Eiffage, Dak’Art Biennale Off 2010, Dakar, Senegal
Author of Exhibition Essay, “The Harmonies of Becoming an Artist: Remembering the Artistic Practice of Seydou Barry,” in Catalogue of Seydou Barry’s Retrospective Exhibition at Dak’Art Off (Dakar: Impression Midi-Occident, 2008).
Author of Selected Essays, Trajectoires: Art Contemporain du Senegal; Collection Bassam Chaitou, Exposition Musee de l’Ifan de Dakar, (Dakar: Editions Kaani, 2007): 18-24, 74-75, 186-187.
Exhibition Co-Curator and Author of Exhibition Essay
Traces and Echoes: Mixed Media Paintings by Kalidou Sy
Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, IN, 2007
Exhibition Curator and Author of Exhibition Essay
La Peinture sans peinture: une selection d’oeuvres recentes de Abdoulaye Ndoye
West African Research Center, Dakar, Senegal, 1999
L’Oeil vif: une exposition individuelle de Cherif Thiam
West African Research Center, Dakar, Senegal, 1999
Peter Grandbois is the author of the novel The Gravedigger, selected by Barnes and Noble for its “Discover Great New Writers” program and Booklist as one of the best books of 2006, as well as The Arsenic Lobster: A Hybrid Memoir, chosen as one of the top five memoirs of 2009 by the Sacramento News and Review, and the novel, Nahoonkara, winner of the gold medal in literary fiction in ForeWord magazine's Book of the Year Awards for 2011. His essays and short stories have appeared in numerous journals and been shortlisted for both the Pushcart Prize and Best American Essays.
Peter is a graduate of the University of Denver (Ph.D. 2006) and Bennington College (M.F.A. 2003). Previously, he taught at California State University in Sacramento and is currently an Assistant Professor of creative writing and contemporary literature at Denison University.
Karen Graves (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, B.S. 1981, M.Ed. 1988, Ph.D. 1993) is Professor and Chair in the Department of Education at Denison University. She began her career as a mathematics teacher at Effingham (IL) High School. Professor Graves teaches courses in history and philosophy of education, queer studies, and educational policy. Her research addresses twentieth-century schooling in the United States with a focus on gender and sexuality, and legal policies concerning education. Her most recent book, And They Were Wonderful Teachers: Florida’s Purge of Gay and Lesbian Teachers, was awarded a 2010 Critics Choice Book Award from the American Educational Studies Association. Other publications include Girls' Schooling during the Progressive Era: From Female Scholar to Domesticated Citizen (Garland, 1998) and the co-edited volume, Inexcusable Omissions: Clarence Karier and the Critical Tradition in History of Education Scholarship (Peter Lang Publishing, 2001), with Timothy Glander and Christine Shea.
Professor Graves is a Past President of the History of Education Society and a former Vice-President in the American Educational Research Association, Division F: History and Historiography. She was honored to hold the Charles and Nancy Brickman Distinguished Service Chair at Denison from 2010 to 2013. In 2013 Graves was recognized as a recipient of the Education Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award at the University of Illinois.
Karen Graves is a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan with collegial respect for Cubs fans.
Hollis Griffin earned a doctorate in media and cultural theory at Northwestern University and was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in gender and sexuality studies at Colby College. His research and teaching interests include media historiography, narrative analysis, queer and critical theory, and issues related to emotion, citizenship, and consumer culture. He is currently at work on a book manuscript about queer media production in the context of digital media convergence, a project that was awarded the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Dissertation Prize. His research can be found in venues like Popular Communication, Television and New Media, Velvet Light Trap, Spectator, JumpCut, in Media Res, and the anthology Film and Sexual Politics.
Fareeda McClinton Griffith, PhD is an assistant professor of Sociology/ Anthropology at Denison University. As a quantitatively trained sociologist and demographer, Dr. Griffith advises students on research projects with interests in quantitative methods, and teaches courses on demographic changes in the continent of Africa, survey research methods and racial and ethnic relations around the globe. She received her B.A. in Sociology with summa cum laude honors from Paine College. She received a M.A. in Demography and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, Dr. Griffith has published on race relations and residential segregation patterns in South Africa and Somali immigrants and health perceptions in Columbus, Ohio. Her work appears in the Southern African Journal of Demography and is forthcoming in Health, Culture, and Society. Dr. Griffith has also received several grants to investigate racial residential segregation and chronic health outcomes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and health perceptions of Somali immigrants in Columbus, OH.
- Griffith, Fareeda M. and Tukufu Zuberi. Forthcoming. “ Demography of Race and Ethnicity in South Africa” in the International Handbook on Race and Ethnicity, Rogelio Saenz, Rodriguez, Nestor; Embrick, David (eds). Handbook 4, Springer Press: New York. Peer reviewed book chapter and invited
- Francis, Shelley and Kendall A. Leser and Emma E. Esmont and Fareeda Griffith. “An Analysis of Key Stakeholders Attitudes and Beliefs about Barriers and Facilitating Factors in the Development of a Cervical Cancer Prevention Program in South Africa.” African Journal of Reproductive Health. March 2013: 17:1. Peer reviewed article
- Griffith, Fareeda. " Intercensal Changes in Measures of Residential Segregation Among Population Groups in Gauteng, South Africa, 1996-2001." Southern African Journal of Demography. January 2013: Volume 14:1. Peer reviewed article
- Francis, Shelley and Fareeda Griffith and Kendall A. Leser .“An Investigation of Somali Women’s Beliefs, Practices, and Attitudes about Health, Health Promoting Behaviors and Cancer Prevention.” Health, Culture, and Society. Forthcoming 2014. Peer reviewed article
Amanda Gunn focuses her teaching and scholarship on the development of relationships and communities through engaged communication. Specifically, she explores questions of marginality, voice, and empowerment in a variety of communication context including interpersonal, small group, and organizational. She completed her BS at Appalachian State University, her MA and PhD at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Linda Habig, flute, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance from Baldwin-Wallace College (Ohio) and studied with prominent teachers in New York, Philadelphia and Chicago. A member of the Heisey Wind Ensemble, she has played with regional orchestras and ensembles in Chicago, New Jersey, and central Ohio. Linda has taken Suzuki teacher training at both the International Flute Institute at Eastern Tennessee State University, and the Berkshire Flute Institute at Williams College, Mass. Prior to 2004, Linda had an extensive career in corporate finance.
Alina Haliliuc earned her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Public Address from the University of Iowa. Her research and teaching are in the areas of public persuasion, rhetorical criticism, and mass mediated representations of gender, class, and ethnicity. She has worked on projects examining the role of television, film, music, and museums in negotiating social norms both in the U.S. and internationally. Her work may be found in such venues as Aspasia. The International Yearbook of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European Women's and Gender History (2013), Text and Performance Quarterly (2011), The Business of Entertainment–Television. Ed. Robert Sickels (2009), and Pimps, Wimps, Studs, Thugs and Gentlemen. Essays on Media Images of Masculinity. Ed. Elwood Watson (2009).
At Denison, Dr. Halilliuc has taught courses that mirror and expand her interest in public discourse: Rhetoric, Rhetorics of Hope, Rhetoric & Performance, Public Address, Exploring Masculinity, and Discourses of Authentic Experience. Her service to our community reflects Denison’s commitment to cultivating the whole person. She is dedicated to furthering international perspectives on campus by serving on the International Studies Committee. Her attention to public discourse in all its forms has made her an enthusiastic faculty leader for the Denison Experience in Urban Culture and Expression pre-orientation trip to Philadelphia. A practitioner of mindful meditation and yoga, Dr. Haliliuc works toward cultivating a more mindful community by teaching yoga at The Open House.
Pianist Nelson Harper is known for his versatility as both soloist and chamber musician. He has appeared in several summer music festivals, including the prestigious Grand Teton Music Festival, and for many years has been heard in both solo and chamber music performances at least twice yearly in live broadcasts on Chicago's Fine Arts Radio Station, WFMT. Among artists with whom he has performed in addition to his thirty-four year duo with violinist Michael Davis are the Chicago Symphony's principal flutist Donald Peck, trumpeter James Thompson, violinists MaxRostal and Yfrah Neaman, soprano Lucy Shelton, clarinetist Luis Rossi and numerous other singers and instrumentalists.
Nelson Harper made his London debut in December of 1989 at the Wigmore Hall in a program of British duo sonatas of the 20th century with violinist Michael Davis. That recital included the world premiere of the Third Sonata for violin and piano by Wilfred Josephs, dedicated to the two artists. The critic of the London Guardian wrote of that recital "both players are individually most sensitive and accomplished, while as a duo they seem to play with a single mind." When they repeated the program live over WFMT in Chicago, Robert Marsh of the Chicago Sun-Times called it "one of the most attractive recitals of the season" and praised the duo as "two superior, well-matched musicians who perform the violin and piano repertoire with sensitive, imaginative interaction."
Dr. Harper is featured on seven compact discs on the Vienna Modern Masters, Koch International, Orion, and d'Note labels. A recording of solo piano and chamber works by Welsh composer William Mathias, done at the request of Oxford University Press, was released on the Koch International label in the summer of 1996, with the American Record Guide review singling out “especially the elegant playing of pianist Nelson Harper.”
Nelson Harper’s principal teachers were Paul Strouse, Richard Tetley-Kardos, and Earl Wild. Dr. Harper was a recipient of The Ohio State University School of Music’s Distinguished Teaching Award while on the faculty there, and is currently Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Denison University.