Faculty & Staff

Ron Abram Abram, Ron Abram

Abram, Ron Abram
Associate Professor
Faculty  |  Studio Art, Queer Studies
Bryant Arts Center
B.F.A., University of Central Florida; M.F.A., Tyler School of Art of Temple University

Professor Abram joined the faculty in 1995. He earned his MFA from Tyler School of Art of Temple University and received his BFA from the University of Central Florida. His recent work combines the traditional mediums of drawing and printmaking with other forms of artistic endeavor. As an artist and curator, he addresses the relationship of popular culture, community and personal expression in many of these ventures. He has exhibited his work in numerous solo/group exhibitions, here and abroad.

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Robin Bartlett Bartlett, Robin Bartlett

Robin Bartlett
Faculty  |  Queer Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, Economics, Philosophy, Politics, & Economics
Higley Hall
B.A., Western College; M.A., Michigan State University; Ph.D., Michigan State University

Courses normally taught: Intermediate Macroeconomics, Women in Labor Force, Forensic Economics, Introduction to Queer Studies

Research Keywords: 
Executive Compensation, Earnings Differentials, Pedagogy, Clubs
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Brenda Boyle Boyle, Brenda Boyle

Brenda Boyle
Associate Professor, English/Writing Center Director
Faculty  |  English, International Studies, Queer Studies, Writing Center
Barney-Davis Hall
A.B., Davidson College; M.A., University of Southern California; M.A., Ph.D., Ohio State University

As a member of the English faculty and Director of the Writing Center, Brenda Boyle is interested in American literature of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with a special focus on issues of rhetoric, race, gender, sexuality, and disability. Her research and publications extend from the study of American masculinity's formations in war, especially the Vietnam War, to representations of gender and sexuality through disability, to gender in The Gilmore Girls. She teaches classes in composition and rhetoric, British and American modernism, the contemporary novel, fiction and non-fiction war narratives, and academic writing.

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Marlaine Browning Browning, Marlaine Browning

Marlaine Browning
Assistant Director of the Writing Center
Staff  |  Queer Studies, Writing Center
Barney-Davis Hall
B.A., University of Florida; M.F.A., Indiana University
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Christopher Bruhn dr. Bruhn, Christopher E. Bruhn

Christopher Bruhn
Assistant Professor, Music History Coordinator
Music History
Faculty  |  Music, Queer Studies
Burton Hall
B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison; M.A., Hunter College, CUNY; Ph.D., CUNY

Christopher Bruhn is Assistant Professor of Music History at Denison University. He holds the PhD in musicology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he also received a certificate in American Studies. He has a Master of Arts degree in piano performance from Hunter College, CUNY, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Bruhn’s current research interests include 20th-century music in the United States and the intersections between music, literature, and philosophy, with particular focus on the music of Charles Ives and the philosophy of William James. In addition to music history survey courses, Dr. Bruhn teaches Music and Spirituality, Music and Sexuality, Globalization and Music, and The Aesthetics of Silence. Dr. Bruhn is also beginning research into aspects of musical life in Mexico.


Selected Publications:

  • The Transitive Multiverse of Charles Ives’s ‘Concord’ Sonata.” The Journal of Musicology 28, no. 2 (2011): 166-94.
  • Signifyin(g) on the South: Interpreting Creamer and Layton’s ‘Dear Old Southland.’” In Music, American Made: Essays in Honor of John Graziano, ed. by John Koegel, 581-602. Detroit Monographs in Musicology/Studies in Music, no. 58. Sterling Heights, MI:  Harmonie Park Press, 2011.
  • Between the Old World and the New: William Steinway and the New York Liederkranz.”  In European Music and Musicians in New York City, 1840-90, ed. by John Graziano, 135-48. Eastman Studies in Music. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2006.
  • Taking the Private Public: Amateur Music Making and the Musical Audience in 1860s New York.” American Music 21, no. 3 (2003): 260-290.
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Barbara Fultner dr. Fultner, Barbara Fultner

Barbara Fultner
Professor & Chair (Women's Studies)
Faculty  |  Philosophy, Philosophy, Politics, & Economics, Queer Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, Neuroscience
Blair Knapp Hall
B.A., Simon Fraser University; M.A., McGill University; Ph.D., Northwestern University

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.

Dr. Fultner was the recipient of a 2008-2009 University of Connecticut Humanities Institute Fellowship, as well as Denison University's R.C. Good Fellowship for 2008-2009. In 2000, she received Denison's Feminist Teaching Award. Most recently, she has been awarded a “New Directions Initiative” grant by the GLCA to pursue yoga teacher training as part of her research on embodiment, practice, and intersubjectivity.

Research Details: 

Dr. Fultner's research interests lie at the cross-roads of analytic and continental philosophy, with a focus on theories of meaning and social practice. She is interested in the nature of normativity and its relationship to the social aspects of language. In her recent work, she has been examining the connections between semantic normativity and the development of inter-subjectivity in early childhood as well as the relationship between convention and creativity in dialogue. She also has strong interests in feminist philosophy. Her articles have appeared in journals including Philosophical Studies, Philosophy and Social Criticism, and The International Journal of Philosophical Studies and in several edited collections. She is translator of Jürgen Habermas Truth and Justification (MIT Press 2003) and his On the Pragmatics of Social Interaction (MIT Press 2000). She is the editor of Habermas: Key Concepts (Acumen 2011).

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Karen Graves Graves, Karen L. Graves

Karen Graves
Professor & Chair (Education)
Faculty  |  Queer Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, Education
Blair Knapp Hall
B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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.

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Hollis Griffin Griffin, Hollis Griffin

Hollis Griffin
Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Queer Studies, Communication
Higley Hall
B.S., Cornell University, M.A., University of Texas, Austin; Ph.D., Northwestern University

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.

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Amanda M. Gunn Gunn, Amanda Meris M. Gunn

Amanda M. Gunn
Associate Professor
Faculty  |  Communication, Environmental Studies, Queer Studies, Women's and Gender Studies
Higley Hall
B.S., Appalachian State University; M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Greensboro

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.

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Warren D. Hauk dr. Hauk, Warren Douglas D. Hauk

Warren D. Hauk
Associate Professor
Faculty  |  Biology, Queer Studies
Samson Talbot Hall of Biological Science
B.A., Baylor University; M.A., University of Kansas, Lawrence; Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Academic Positions: 
  • Associate Professor of Biology, Department of Biology at Denison University, 2004 to present
  • Assistant Professor of Biology, Department of Biology at Denison University, 1998 - 2004
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, ex. Department of Political Science at Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO, 1996 - 1998
  • QS 100 - Introduction to Queer Studies
  • BIOL 150 - Introduction to the Science of Biology
  • BIOL 202 - Ecology & Evolution
  • BIOL 320 - Plant Systematics
  • BIOL 380 - Evolutionary Biology
Research Keywords: 
Molecular Plant Systematist
Research Overview: 
Evolution and classification of the Adder’s Tongue fern family, focusing on the population-species boundary.
Research Details: 

Molecular Systematics of the Ophioglossaceae (Adder's Tongue Fern Family)

  • Phylogeny of Ophioglossaceae based on morphological and molecular data
  • Phylogenetic relationships in Botrychium s.s., the moonworts
  • ISSR variation within and among North American species of Sceptridium, the grapeferns, using ISSR markers and DNA sequences
  • Phylogenetic relationships among species of Ophioglossum s.s., the adder's tongue ferns
  • ISSR variation within Florida populations of Cheiroglossa palmata, the hand fern
  • ISSR variation within and between Australian and Hawaiian populations of Ophioglossum (Ophioderma) pendulum, the ribbon fern
  • ISSR variation within populations of Helmithostachys zeylanica

As a plant systematist my main research focus is the fern family Ophioglossaceae, commonly called the adder's tongue ferns. I use both molecular and morphological evidence to infer evolutionary patterns and processes within the family and to establish classifications that reflect evolutionary history. Currently my research focuses mainly on projects in the adder’s tongue half of the family, although I am still involved with research on Sceptridium (the grapeferns) and Botrychium s.s. (the moonworts). I use DNA sequences to examine phylogenetic relationships among species of Ophioglossum s.s. (the adder’s tongue ferns) and to explore within-species variation in Ophioderma pendula (the ribbon fern). Central to nearly all of my research projects is the difficult to define interface between species and populations.

  • Hauk, W. D., L. Kennedy, and H. M. Hawke. 2012. A phylogenetic analysis of Botrychium s.s. (Ophioglossaceae): evidence from three plastid DNA sequence datasets. Systematic Botany 37: 320-330.
  • Small, R.B., E.B. Lickey, J. Shaw, and W.D. Hauk. 2005. Amplification of non-coding chloroplast DNA for phylogenetic studies in Lycophytes and Pteridophytes with a comparative example of relative phylogenetic utility from Ophioglossaceae. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. no. 36 p. 509-522
  • Hauk, W. D., C. R. Parks, and M.W. Chase. 2003. Phylogenetic studies of Ophioglossaceae: Evidence from rbcL and trnL-F plastid DNA sequences and morphology. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. v. 28 no. 1 p. 131-151
  • Hauk, W. D. and M. S. Barker. 2003. Botrychium lanceolatum subsp. angustisegmentum in Ohio. American Fern Journal. v. 93 no. 2 p. 93-94
  • Harker, M. S. and W. D. Hauk. 2003. An evaluation of Sceptridium dissectum (Ophioglossaceae) with ISSR markers: implications for Sceptridium systematics. American Fern Journal. v. 93 no. 1 p. 1-19
  • Hauk, W.D. A review of the genus Memora (Bignoniaceae). Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden.
  • Hauk, W.D. 2002. Revisions of the genera Potamoganos and Roentgenia (Bignoniaceae). Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden. v. 89 p. 77-87
  • Hauk, W.D. and M.S. Barker. 2000. Larch Mountain, 2000 AFS Foray. Fiddlehead Forum: Bulletin of the American Fern Society. v. 27 no. 5 p. 26-27
  • Hauk, W.D. and C.H. Haufler. 1999. Isozyme variation and species relationships within the moonworts (Botrychium subgenus Botrychium). American Journal of Botany. v. 86 no. 5 p. 614-633
  • Hauk, W.D.. 1999. Four new species of Memora (Bignoniaceae) from South America. Novon. v. 9 no. 1 p. 48-54
  • Hauk, W.D.. 1998. A review of the genus Paragonia (Bignoniaceae). Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden. v. 85 p. 460-474
  • Hauk, W.D. . 1998. A review of the genus Cydista (Bignoniaceae). Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden. v. 85 p. 815-840
  • Hauk, W.D.. 1995. A molecular assessment of species relationships among cryptic species of Botrychium subgenus Botrychium (Ophioglossaceae). American Fern Journal. v. 85 no. 4 p. 375-394
  • Hasebe, M., P.G. Wolf, K.M. Pryer, K. Ueda, M. Ito, R. Sano, G.J. Gastony, J. Yokoyama, J.R. Manhart, N. Murakami, E.R. Crane, C.H. Haufler, and W.D. Hauk. 1995. Fern phylogeny based on rbcL nucleotide sequences. American Fern Journal. v. 85 no. 4 p. 134-181


  • Lee, N., A. Fults-Ganey, and W.D. Hauk. 2013. Phylogenetic relationships among species of Ophioglossum s.s. (Ophioglossaceae). Botany 2013, New Orleans, LA. July 28-31, 2013.
  • Cao, D., and W.D. Hauk. 2011. An ISSR investigation of North American grapefern species (Sceptridium; Ophioglossaceae). International Botanical Congress, Melbourne, Australia. July 23-20, 2011.
  • Coneybeer, M.M., and W.D. Hauk. 2007. An Assessment of Genetic Variation within Cheiroglossa palmata (Ophioglossaceae) Using ISSR-PCR: Implications for Conservation. Botany 2007, Chicago, IL.
  • Hauk, W. D.. 2005. Phylogenetic studies of Ophioglossaceae based on analyses of three plastid DNA data sets and morphology. Botanical Society of America, Botany 2005>.
  • Hauk, W. D., K.B. Gibson, and T.C. Masters. 2004. An evaluation of genetic variation in Sceptridium biternatum and S. lunarioides using ISSR markers. Botanical Society of America, Botany 2004.
  • Hauk, W. D., L. F. Kennedy and H.M. Hawke. 2003. Phylogenetic relationships among species of Botrychium s.s. (Ophioglossaceae) based on three plastid DNA sequence data sets. Botanical Society of America, Botany 2003.
  • Kennedy, L. F., H. M. Hawke, and W. D. Hauk. 2003. A Phylogenetic Analysis of Cryptic Moonwort Species (Botrychium s.s.: Ophioglossaceae) Using rbcL and trnL-F cpDNA Sequences. Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference of University of Akron.
  • Hauk, W. D. and H. M. Hawke. 2002. Phylogenetic relationships in Botrychium s.s. (Ophioglossaceae) based on rbcL and trnL-F cpDNA sequences. Botanical Society of America, Botany 2002.
  • Hawke, H.M. (W.D. Hauk). 2001. A phylogenetic analysis of cryptic moonwort species (Botrychium s.s.: Ophioglossacae) using rbcL and trnL-F DNA sequences. Ohio Academy of Sciences.
  • Barker, M.S. and W.D. Hauk. 2001. An evaluation of Sceptridium dissectum and S. oneidense (Ophioglossacae) using ISSR markers: implications for Sceptridium species circumscriptions. Botanical Society of America, Botany 2001.
  • Barker, M.S., and W.D. Hauk. 2001. Genetic variation of Sceptridium dissectum (Ophioglossaceae) assessed by ISSR (Inter-Simple Sequence Repeat) markers. The Ohio Journal of Science. v. 101 no. 1 p. 43
  • Hauk, W.D.. 2000. Phylogeny of the Ophioglossaceae based on molecular and morphological characters. American Journal of Botany. v. 87 no. 6 p. 90
  • Farrar, D.R., C.L. Johnson-Groh, and W.D. Hauk. 2000. Biology and conservation of the Ophioglossaceae: A tribute to Warren “Herb” Wagner. American Journal of Botany. v. 87 no. 6 p. 89
  • Barker, M.S. (W.D. Hauk). 2000. Genetic Variation in Botrychium dissectum Sprengel (Ophioglossaceae) Assessed by ISSR (Inter-Simple Sequence Repeat) Markers. The Ohio Journal of Science. v. 100 no. 1 p. A8
  • Barker, M.S. (W.D. Hauk) . 2000. A molecular assessment of infraspecific genetic variation in Draba verna L. using ISSR (Inter-Simple Sequence Repeat) Markers. The Ohio Journal of Science. v. 100 no. 1 p. A37
  • Robie, A.C. and W.D. Hauk. 1999. Evolutionary relationships among species of tropical lianas: assembling a molecular phylogeny of the tribe Bignonieae (Bignoniaceae). The Ohio Journal of Science. v. 99 no. 1 p. A8
  • Hauk, W.D., and S.S. Renner. 1999. Phylogenetic relationships among genera of the liana tribe Bignonieae (Bignoniaceae). Published by the XVI International Botanical Congress, Missouri Botanical Garden Press.
  • Hauk, W.D., L.G. Lohmann, and S.S. Renner. 1997. Indels of the trnL-F intergenic spacer as generic markers in woody tropical lianas (Bignoniaceae tribe Bignonieae). American Journal of Botany. v. 84 no. 6 p. 201
  • Hauk, W.D., C.R. Parks, and M. W. Chase. 1996. A comparison between trnL-F intergenic spacer and rbcL DNA sequence data: an example from Ophioglossaceae. American Journal of Botany. v. 83 no. 6 p. 126
  • Hauk, W.D.. 1994. A molecular assessment of cryptic speciation in Botrychium subgenus Botrychium. American Journal of Botany (supplement). v. 81 no. 6 p. 121
  • Hauk, W.D. and M.W. Chase. 1993. Molecular systematics of the Ophioglossaceae. American Journal of Botany (supplement). v. 80 no. 6 p. 109
  • Hauk, W.D. and M. W. Chase. 1991. Gene sequence systematics of the Ophioglossaceae. American Journal Botany (supplement). v. 78 no. 6 p. 153
  • Hauk, W.D., C.H. Haufler, and P. G. Gegenheimer. 1989. Systematics of the genus Botrychium: the molecular story. American Journal of Botany (supplement). v. 76 no. 6 p. 204
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Ching-chu Hu dr. Hu, Ching-chu Hu

Ching-chu Hu
Richard Lucier Endowed Professor, Professor of Music
Composition & Music Theory
Faculty  |  Music, East Asian Studies, Queer Studies
Burton Hall
B.A., Yale University; M.A., M.F.A., University of Iowa; D.M.A., University of Michigan

Ching-chu Hu’s music has been performed in the United States, England, Germany, Russia, Austria, China, Taiwan, and Australia, and reviews have described his music as “incredible” and “deeply moving.” Recent honors have included composer-in-residence at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and guest composer at the American Music Week Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria. Hu has been a composition fellow at the Aspen and Bowdoin Music Festivals, Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. He has received performances in various national and international festivals and concerts, including the Alternativa Festival (Center “DOM”) in Moscow.

Born in Iowa City, Iowa, Ching-chu Hu studied at Yale University, Freiburg Musikhochschule in Freiburg, Germany, The University of Iowa, and the University of Michigan, where he earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition. His composition teachers included William Bolcom, William Albright, Michael Daugherty, Leslie Bassett, Bright Sheng, Evan Chambers, and David Gompper. His conducting teachers included Alastair Neale, David Stern, and James Dixon. He also studied piano with Donald Currier, Stéphane Lemelin, and Logan Skelton and bass with Diana Gannett and Eldon Oberecht. He is active as a pianist and conductor, and wrote the scores for several short award-winning films. Recent commissions include works for the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, the Granville (Ohio) Bicentennial Committee, the University of Iowa School of Music’s Centennial celebration, the Greater Columbus Community Orchestra, the Newark Granville Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Children’s Choir and the Chamber Music Connection, string duo Low and Lower, Western Springs Suzuki Talent Education Program’s 30th Anniversary Concert in Chicago Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall as well as Newark Granville Youth Symphony’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts performance. Upcoming premieres include commissioned work by the University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra, West Texas A&M orchestra, marimbist Mayumi Hama and pianist Minju Choi.

Conductor Donald Portnoy and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra performed In Frozen Distance and violinist Wolfgang David premiered Passions at Wigmore Hall in London, England. Other notable performers include flutist Betty Bang Mather, bassists Robert Black and Anthony Stoops, violinists Scott Conklin and Gabe Bolkosky, Moscow Conservatory’s Studio New Music Ensemble, Brave New Works New Music Ensemble, Brooklyn Rider String Quartet, the National Dance and Opera Orchestra of China, and the Kiev Philharmonic. His music can be heard on the ERM Media’s “Masterworks of the New Era” CD series (vol. 4), Albany Records CD “Finnegan’s Wake” (Troy 680), “Star of the County Down” (Troy 937), “Spirals: American Music in Moscow” (Troy 1095), “Vive Concertante” (Troy 1110-11), “Violinguistics” (Troy 1138) “Insights: New Music for Double Bass” (Troy 1457) and Capstone Records’ “Journeys” (CPS-8809), with an upcoming CD release from Scott Conklin.

He was the first recipient of the Bayley-Bowen Fellowship, Denison University’s first endowed fellowship for a junior faculty member and it is a three-year fellowship for 2004-07. Ching-chu Hu is Associate Professor of Composition and Theory and is the Richard Luicer Distinguished Professor. More information can be found at: www.chingchuhu.com

Research Details: 

My goal as a composer is to create music that is lyrical and driven by narrative. My music tends to be tonal centric, yet filtered through a contemporary lens. I write both instrumental and vocal music in many different genres for solo, chamber, and large ensembles. Currently, most of my work tends to be commissioned for specific performers or ensembles. I write for young musicians and professional artists for a variety of occasions, including solo recitals, centennial/bicentennial celebrations, festivals, and international tours. Each composition clearly expresses my “voice,” reveals my “fingerprint.” Being raised in an artistic Chinese family in the middle of the United States has influenced my music, just as my formal training has refined my compositional skills.

  • Insights (contrabass and piano) and Beyond (contrabass) on Albany Records Insights: New American Music for Double Bass, recorded by bassist Anthony Stoops (Albany Records Troy 1457)
  • In Frozen Distance (orchestra) on Journeys, Capstone’s Society of Composers, Inc. CD Series, recorded by the National Chinese Dance and Opera Orchestra (Volume 23)
  • The Swash of Water and Red (string) on Albany Records Spirals: American Music in Moscow, recorded by Moscow Conservatory Studio of New Music (Albany Records Troy 1095)
  • Snow Ash (violin and piano) on Albany Records Violinguistics, recorded by Scott Conklin and Alan Huckleberry (Albany Records Troy 1138)
  • A Tempered Wish (violin and chamber orchestra) on Albany Records Viva Concertante, recorded The University of Iowa Center for New Music (Troy 1110-11)
  • Glaciers Red: Vistas Veiled (violin and piano) on Albany Records Star of the County Down, recorded by Wolfgang David and David Gompper (Albany Records Troy 937)
  • In Frozen Distance (orchestra) on ERM Media’s Masterworks of the New Era CD Series, vol. 4, recorded by the Kiev Philharmonic
  • Passions (violin and piano) on Albany Records Finnegan’s Wak,e recorded by Wolfgang David and David Gompper (Albany Records Troy 680)
  • Performed on accompanying CD for Proof Through the Night: Music and the Great War, by Glenn Watkins (UC Berkeley Press). Ravel, “Frontispice” (Gompper, Lecuona, Hu)
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Maia Kotrosits Kotrosits, Maia Kotrosits

Maia Kotrosits
Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Religion, Queer Studies, Women's and Gender 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.

Research Overview: 
Diaspora Jewish social formation; "Christian identity"; constructions of orthodoxy/heresy; Nag Hammadi literature; formation of the biblical canon; queer and feminist theories; postcolonial and diaspora studies.


  • 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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Anna E. Nekola Nekola, Anna E. E. Nekola

Anna E. Nekola
Visiting Assistant Professor
Music History
Faculty  |  Music, Queer Studies, Communication
Higley Hall
B.A., St. Olaf College; M.M., Wichita State University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison

Anna earned her B.A. at St. Olaf College, her M.M in oboe performance at Wichita State University where she studied with Emily Pailthorpe, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in musicology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her ongoing research centers on disputes over ideas of music's moral and cultural value; religious practice and musical meaning; and music and media. She is co-editing a collection of essays, Singing a New Song: Congregational Music Making and Community in a Mediated Age, which is slated for publication by Ashgate in 2015. She has contributed several entries to the second edition of the Grove Dictionary of American Music, as well as The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology.

Her chapter “Negotiating the Tensions of U.S. Worship Music in the Marketplace” will appear in The Oxford Handbook of Music and World Christianities, and she is currently authoring several entries on music for the Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States.

She was recently invited to join the Editorial Board for the new Congregational Music Studies Series with Ashgate Press.

Anna also maintains an active career as an oboist and reedmaker, and has held positions with professional orchestras in Kansas and Wisconsin.


Anna teaches courses in Music, Communication, and Queer Studies.


  • 20th-Century Music (MUS 229-329)
  • History of Rock: “Investigating Rock's Storied Past, 1960-1995” (MUS 239-339, crosslisted with BLST 239)
  • History of Gospel Music (MUS 234-334, crosslisted with BLST 234)
  • Introduction to World Music


  • Why Does Music Communicate? Musical Meaning as Cultural Experience (COMM 115)

Queer Studies

  • Intro to Queer Studies (QS 101)
  • Queer Theory (QS201, crosslisted with WMST 379)

First Year Seminars

  • Music and Transcendence
  • From Holy Sabbath to Black Sabbath: Religion and Popular Music in 20th-Century America
  • Commemoration and History: Investigating the Politics of Memory
  • 20th-Century Images of Women (in connection with WMST)

Additional recent publications include:

  • “'More than just a music': Conservative Christian Anti-Rock Discourse and the U.S. Culture Wars.” Popular Music 32:3 (October 2013): 407-426.
  • “'I'll Take You There': The Promise of Transformation in the Marketing of Worship Media,” Christian Congregational Music: Performance, Identity and Experience. Ed. Monique Ingalls, Carolyn Landau, and Thomas Wagner. Farnham, Surrey, U.K.: Ashgate, 2013.
  • “U.S. Evangelicals and the Redefinition of Worship Music.” Mediating Faiths: Religion, Media and Popular Culture. Ed. Michael Bailey, Anthony McNicholas, and Guy Redden. Aldershot, U.K.: Ashgate, 2011
  • (with Bill Kirkpatrick) “Cultural Policy In American Music History: Sammy Davis, Jr. vs. Juvenile Delinquency.” Journal of the Society for American Music 4:1 (February 2010): 33-58.
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Keun-Joo Christine Pae dr. Pae, Christine K. Pae

Keun-Joo Christine Pae
Associate Professor
Faculty  |  Religion, Queer Studies, Women's and Gender Studies
Blair Knapp Hall
B.Ed., Seoul National University of Education, Seoul; M.Th., Yonsei University, Seoul; M.Div., Yale University, M.Phil, Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary in NYC

Dr. K. Christine Pae joined the faculty at the Department of Religion in Fall 2008. Since then, she has taught religious ethics, Christian social ethics, and transnational feminist ethics for both the Department of Religion and the Women’s Studies Program. As a Christian feminist ethicist, Christine’s academic interests include feminist peacemaking and interfaith spiritual activism, transnationalized militarism with focus on intersection between gender and race, transnational feminist ethics, and Asian/Asian-American perspectives on post-colonial racial relations. Currently Christine is working on her manuscript, Sex and War: A Christian Feminist Ethic of War and Peace. She has published and presented several essays concerning war, women, Asian American Christianity, and religious ethics. As a co-convener, she serves the Asian American Ethics Working Group at the Society of Christian Ethics (2011-2013).

  • Minjung Theology and Transnational Militarism.”  Ahn Byung-Mu and Minjung (eds.), Theology in the 21st Century.  Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2012. (Forthcoming)
  • Asian Ethics.”  Edited by Miguel De La Torre (ed.), Ethics: A Liberative Approach.  Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress, 2012 (Forthcoming).
  • Will to Power, Divided Self: Valerie Saiving and Reinhold Niebuhr on Sin.” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, 2012 (Forthcoming).
  • Making an Asian American Christian Public Ethic: Unavoidable Burden of Race.” Journal of Society of Christian Ethics, Spring 2012 (Forthcoming).
  • Korean American Churches’ Negotiating Spaces in Flushing, the Queens of New York City.”  Nadia Mian, Richard Cimino, and Wei-Shan Huang (eds.),  Religions and New York City: An Ecological Frame.  Bloomington:  Indiana University Press, 2011 (Forthcoming).
  • A Solidary-Talk among Women of Color: Creating the “We” Category.” Keeping the Light: Faith, Feminism, and Scholarship.  Kate Ott and Melanie Harris (eds.). New York: Palgrave McMillan, 2011.
  • Feminist Theo-Ethical Reflection on War: In Remembrance of ‘Comfort Women.’”  Yale University Divinity School. Reflections.
  • Western Princesses—a Missing Story:   in the Borderlands: A Christian Feminist Ethical Analysis of U.S. Military Prostitution in South Korea.”  Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 29, no.2 (2009), 121-39.
  • Negotiated or Negotiating Spaces: Korean Churches in Flushing, Queens of New York City.” Cross Currents: Religious Communities and Global Cities 58, no. 4 (2008), 456-74.
  • We Are Asian and Asian-American Women—Generation X: A Post- Colonial Feminist Liturgy in North America.” New and Borrowed Rites: Liturgy 23,no. 1(2007).
  • Allergy: Killing the Other vs. God: Liberating the Other—A Theological Reflection toward Liberation of the Korean Military Wives” Doing Theology from Korean Women’s Perspectives: Ewha Journal of Feminist Theology 4 (2006).
Community Service: 
  • 2011-Present: Convener, Asian and Asian American Working Group, Society of Christian Ethics
  • 2009-Present: Denison University Diversity Advisory Committee
  • Hosted a teaching workshop for the junior faculty of color.  
  • 2009-Present: Denison Museum Board
  • 2008-Present: Women’s Studies Committee, and Queer Studies Committee, Denison University
  • Hosted two campus-wide public events on religion and sexuality.
  • 2009: Women of Color Leadership Project National Women’s Studies Association
  • 2009-2010: Program Committee, Peace for Life: World without Empire International Conference in New York City 
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Sandy Runzo dr. Runzo, Sandra R. Runzo

Sandy Runzo
Associate Professor & Chair (English), Director of (Queer Studies)
Faculty  |  English, Queer Studies, Women's and Gender Studies
Barney-Davis Hall
B.A., West Virginia University; M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University

Sandy Runzo has been teaching at Denison since 1986.  With a Ph.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington, she teaches courses in American literature and culture, women writers, and modern and contemporary poetry and fiction. She has published essays on American women poets in American Literature, ESQ: Journal of the American Renaissance, The Emily Dickinson Journal, Genders, and Women’s Studies, and is working on a study of Emily Dickinson and 19th-century American popular culture.  She has been a member of the editorial collective of the journal Feminist Teacher since 1984.  She served as Department Chair from 2002 to 2007. 

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Sheilah A. Wilson Wilson, Sheilah A. Wilson

Sheilah A. Wilson
Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Studio Art, Queer Studies
Bryant Arts Center
B.A., Mount Allison University; B.F.A., NSCAD University, Nova Scotia; M.F.A., Goldsmiths College, London

Sheilah Wilson was born in Caribou River, Nova Scotia. She earned a BA at Mount Allison University in English/French (1999), BFA in Photography at NSCAD University (2002) and MFA Studio Arts at Goldsmiths College (2004).

Wilson has exhibited her work nationally in Canada and the US, as well as England, New Zealand and Israel. Awards include CBC Aural Recall winner (2002), Nova Scotia Talent Trust recipient (2002-4), Creative Capital Foundation Scholarship (2007), Canada Council Travel Grant (2008), Denison University Research Funding (2010, 2013), Banff Center thematic residency scholarship with Adam Chodzko (2011) and Canada Council Project Grant (2012). Wilson’s recent work has been commissioned for the Museum of Fine Arts of Santa Fe, Balloon Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico, OSU Urban Art Spaces, W(here) festival in Pictou County, Columbia College Chicago and Ross Creek Center for the Arts in Canning, Nova Scotia. Wilson has curated and published ‘The Golden Egg’, on humor in art, as well as forthcoming essay in Performing Motherhood by York University Press. Wilson was the winner of Judy Chicago’s Through the Flower Foundation ‘Feminists Under Forty’ competition in 2008.

Most recently she has been working on projects analyzing the traces between history, story and the land. The Invisible Inside the Visible was commissioned for the W(here) festival, curated by Mary MacDonald and A line drawn continuously and without looking was completed at NSCAD University as an artist in residence. Recent solo shows include If Becoming This at Antioch College (Fall 2012), Build Your Altar to this Moment at Enjoy Gallery, New Zealand (Spring 2013) and Despair/Despair Not (Fall 2013) Nuit Blanche, Toronto, Ontario.

Research Overview: 
Professor Wilson joined the Art Department faculty at Denison in Fall 2009. Her photographic, video, social practice and performance work is interested in narrative and how to create ruptures in our understandings of narrative.
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Dave O. Woodyard ’54 dr. Woodyard, David O. Woodyard ’54

Dave O. Woodyard '54
Faculty  |  Religion, Queer Studies
Blair Knapp Hall
B.A., Denison University; M.Div., Union Theological Seminary; D.Min., Vanderbilt University

David Woodyard's personal and professional interests focus on the intersection of religion and society. As a theologian he is interested in developing–and helping students to develop–a public theology. He aspires to explore the Christian tradition as it addresses the personal sphere but also as it makes claims upon the social realm. Authentic faith leads to civic responsibility as well as spiritual fulfillment. In the classroom Woodyard is interested in enabling students both to come to a clearer understanding of their identity and to challenge the ways in which they have understood the world. As an academic advisor, he is committed to creating an environment for students in which they can explore why they are in a liberal arts institution and how they may relate that to a vocation and a meaningful life. Woodyard's scholarly interests in recent decades have been in collaborative work with a colleague in economics. Their most recent book relates religion and economics to ecological issues.

Honors & Awards: 
  • Denison Alumni Chair (2009-2014)
  • Charles and Nancy Brickman Distinguished Service Chair (1998-2003)
  • Denison, Teaching Excellence Award
  • National Center for Study of Freshman Year, Outstanding Freshman Advocate
  • Crossed Keys, Teacher of the Year
  • Mortar Board, Faculty Service Award
  • Delta Gamma, Teacher of the Year
  • Delta Chi, Teacher of the Year

Books Published

  • The Church in the Time of Empire. Circle Books (U.K), 2011.
  • Liberating Nature: Theology and Economics in the New Order. With Paul King. Pilgrim Press, 1999.
  • Risking Liberation: Middle Class Powerlessness and Social Heroism. With Paul King and Kent Maynard. John Knox Press, 1988.
  • Journey Toward Freedom: Economic Structures and Theological Perspectives. With Paul King. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1982.
  • Strangers and Exiles: Living By Promises. Westminster Press, 1974.
  • Beyond Cynicism: The Practice of Hope. Westminster Press, 1972.
  • The Opaqueness of God. Westminster Press, 1970.
  • To Be Human Now. Westminster Press, 1969.
  • Living Without God-Before God. Westminster Press, 1968.
Student Collaborations: 

During the first decade of the twenty-first century, Dave Woodyard supervised thirty-three senior research projects. Topics selected by students include the following:

  • Helping or Hurting: Exploring the Role of the Virgin Mary in the Catholic Church”
  • A Theology of Culture: An Examination of the Relationship Between the Demonic, the Kairos, and Religious Socialism in Paul Tillich’s Theology”
  • Desmond M. Tutu and James H. Cone: Theological Standpoints on Racial Injustice”
  • From a Wealth of Gospel to a Gospel of Wealth: Poverty to Prosperity”
  • How Does Religion Affect the Social Order? A Study of the Impact of Liberation Theology on the Catholic Church in El Salvador”
  • Secular Messages in Religious Settings: A Theological Critique of Rod Parsley’s Political Agenda”
  • Building a Relationship with the Earth”
  • Hijacking the Holy: Reclaiming the Female Voice in Christianity”
  • Claiming a Space of Empowerment”
  • Beyond Pacifism: A Theological Debate Between Reinhold Niebuhr, Karl Barth, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer”
  • The Many Faces of Hagar”
  • Walter Brueggemann and the Prophetic Tradition: The Prophet on the College Campus”
  • Cultivating Contemporary Spiritual Awareness and the Theology of Paul Tillich”
  • Spousal Abuse in the Church? Religious Ideologies, Biblical Interpretations, and Their Implications for Marriage”
Professional Service (includes Denison Service): 
  • Director of Freshman Studies
  • Chair, Department of Religion
  • Advisory Committee on Presidential Selection
  • President's Advisory Board
  • Chair of Faculty (three times)
  • General Education Revision Committee
  • Committee on Sexual Harassment
  • North Central Review Committee
  • Committee on Re-establishing the Honors Program
  • Latin American Studies Committee
  • Classics Committee
  • Committee on the Status of Women
  • Chair, Dunbar Humanities Scholarship
  • Chair, Goodspeed Lecture Series
  • Women’s Studies Committee
  • Faculty Appeals Committee
  • Queer Studies Committee
  • C-Smart Committee
  • Faculty Advisor for Lambda Chi Alpha
Community Service: 
  • Board of Directors, Union Theological Seminary, New York City
  • President, Hospice Services of Licking County
  • President, Planned Parenthood of East Central Ohio
  • Advisory Committee, Battered Women's Shelter
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • President, Partners United (Youth at Risk)
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