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.
Dr. John Arthos teaches rhetorical studies courses such as rhetoric of film, argumentation & debate, rhetorical criticism, public speaking, and propaganda. He also teaches courses in hermeneutics, narrative theory, and new media. His research focuses on the relationship between rhetoric and hermeneutics as the foundation of a liberal education. Dr. Arthos has also been honored with the title of John & Christine Warner Chair. He has written over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and several books, including Gadamer's Poetics: A Critique of Modern Aesthetics, Speaking Hermeneutically: The Art of Understanding in the Conduct of a Life, and The Inner Word in Gadamer’s Hermeneutics
Courses normally taught: Intermediate Macroeconomics, Women in Labor Force, Forensic Economics, Introduction to Queer Studies
Research Interests: Executive Compensation, Earnings Differentials, Pedagogy, Clubs
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.
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.
- “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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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
Ching-chu Hu’s music has been performed in the United States, England, Germany, Russia, Austria, China, Taiwan, and Australia. 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, 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 Granville (Ohio) Bicentennial Committee, the University of Iowa School of Music’s Centennial celebration, and the Greater Columbus Community Orchestra.
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, 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) and on the Albany Records CD “Finnegan’s Wake” and “Star of the County Down.”
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 at and Chair of the Music Department
Anna joined the Communication Department Fall 2012 to teach a special topics course, Music as a Form of Communication. 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 the moral and cultural value of popular musics, and she co-authored the article "Cultural Policy in American Music History: Sammy Davis, Jr., vs. Juvenile Delinquency" which appeared in the February 2010 Journal of the Society of American Music. She also authored a chapter, "U.S. Evangelicals and the Redefinition of Worship Music," in the anthology Mediating Faiths: Religion, Media and Popular Culture (Ashgate, 2011).
She has contributed several entries to the forthcoming second edition of the Grove Dictionary of American Music and her chapter "Negotiating the Tensions of U.S. Worship Music in the Marketplace" will appear in The Oxford Handbook of Music and World Christianities.
Previous Denison classes taught by Dr. Nekola include: Intro to Queer Studies, Queer Theory, 20th c. Music History, History of Rock, Intro to World Music, FYS 101: "Music and Transcendence", FYS 101: From Holy Sabbath to Black Sabbath: Religion and Popular Music in 20th-Century America," FYS 101: "Commemoration and History: Investigating the Politics of Memory," and FYS 102: 20th-Century Images of Women."
Anna also maintains an active career as an oboist and reedmaker, and has held positions with professional orchestras in Kansas and Wisconsin.
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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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)
- “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”