Recently Promoted & Tenured Faculty Members

Tenure at the Rank of Professor

Promotion to the Rank of Full Professor

Promotion to the Rank of Associate Professor with Tenure

Tenure at the Rank of Professor

 

Erica HoelscherNorrin Ripsman
Department of International Relations
College of Arts and Sciences

Norrin Ripsman earned his doctorate in political science at the University of Pennsylvania, and his master’s and bachelor’s in political science at the University of Toronto.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Ripsman served as professor of political science at Concordia University.  His research emphasizes the politics of peacemaking and the dynamics of regional transitions from conflict to stability.  He has published nine books, most recently Peacemaking from Above, Peace from Below: Ending Conflict Between Regional Rivals (Ithaca, NY: Cornell Studies in Security, Cornell University Press, 2016) and (with Jeffrey W. Taliaferro and Steven E. Lobell), Neoclassical Realist Theory of International Politics (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016), and over 25 peer-reviewed articles in International Security, International Studies Quarterly, Security Studies, and other high quality outlets.

Promotion to the Rank of Full Professor

Erica HoelscherBerrisford Boothe
Department of Art, Architecture and Design
College of Arts and Sciences


Berrisford Boothe earned a Master in Fine Art at Maryland Institute College of Art where he was also the sole recipient of a graduate traveling fellowship. He earned a Bachelor’s in art at Lafayette College where he was also a Visiting Assistant professor before joining Lehigh’s faculty. Boothe has a growing national and international reputation as a painter, exhibits and is collected as a printmaker and photographer. He has also a performance and conceptual artist.  Boothe has had numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the Woodmere Museum, the African American Museum of Philadelphia, the Albright Knox Museum and the June Kelly Gallery, NYC. He was among the core faculty that developed Lehigh’s Integrated, multi-disciplinary programs, the Design Arts major and has taught Africana Studies. He currently curates a private collection and exhibits African American art nationally.

 

Erica HoelscherMatthias Falk
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Matthias Falk earned his doctorate at the University of Heidelberg, Germany and equivalents of master’s and bachelor’s degrees (Diploma) in biology at the University of Giessen, Germany.  Before coming to Lehigh, Falk was an assistant professor at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in La Jolla, California.  His research emphasizes cell biology and in particular the biosynthesis structure and function of gap junctions.  He has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles in esteemed scientific journals, a book, several book chapters, as well as comprehensive review and methods articles. 

 

Erica HoelscherDawn Keetley
Department of English
College of Arts and Sciences

Dawn Keetley earned a doctorate in English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master’s degree in English at Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor’s in English and French at the University of South Alabama. Her research interests include: television, film and popular culture, gothic/horror, and nineteenth century American literature and culture.  She has edited several books, including a collection of essays on AMC's The Walking Dead, and has published in numerous journal, among them American Quarterly, Gothic Studies, and The Journal of Film and Video. She has a book forthcoming on a nineteenth-century Boston murderer from the University of Massachusetts Press and just over a year ago she co-founded the website, HorrorHomeroom.com

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Erica HoelscherShalinee Kishore
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
PC Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Shalinee Kishore obtained the Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University and the M.S. and B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University. She was a visiting researcher at Princeton University in 2013-2014. She is the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (highest award given the U.S. Government to a scientist or engineer at the start of their career), the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the P.C. Rossin Assistant Professorship, and the AT&T Labs Fellowship Award. Her research has been supported by a number of sources include grants from industry and from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

 

Erica HoelscherHector Munoz-Avila
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
PC Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Hector Munoz-Avila research focuses on intelligent systems that can assist people solving complex problems, including cognitive systems that introspectively reason about its own actions. He earned a doctorate in computer science at the University of Kaiserslautern (Germany), a master’s degree in computer science and a bachelor’s in mathematics and a bachelor’s in computer science at Andes University (Colombia).  He is currently serving as a program director at the National Science Foundation’s Robust Intelligence Program.  He has been chair for various international scientific meetings including the twenty-fifth Innovative Applications of AI Conference (IAAI-13). Dr. Munoz-Avila has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

 

Erica HoelscherClay Naito
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
PC Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Clay Naito earned a doctorate and master’s degree in civil engineering at the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor’s in civil engineering at the University of Hawaii Manoa. Before coming to Lehigh, Naito served as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley.  His research emphasizes the fundamental and applied aspects of protection engineering, earthquake hazard mitigation and bridge engineering. Naito has published his work in the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, Journal of the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, International Journal of Protective Structures and ACI Structural Journal.

 

Erica HoelscherMary Nicholas
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
College of Arts and Sciences

Mary Nicholas earned a doctorate in Russian literature at University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in Slavic languages and literature at University of Illinois, and a bachelor’s in Russian area studies at University of Wyoming.  Before coming to Lehigh, Nicholas served as the Associate Director, Center for Soviet and East European Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.  Her research emphasizes contemporary Russian literature, culture, and the visual arts.  An award-winning teacher, Nicholas is the author of the monographs Writers at Work: Russian Production Novels and the Construction of Soviet Culture and Moscow Conceptualism: Words and Deeds of a Radical Art Movement (forthcoming), as well articles in Slavic Review, Slavic and East European Journal, Russian Literature, Canadian Slavonic Papers, Slavonic and East European Review, and numerous other scholarly journals.

 

Erica HoelscherJohn Pettegrew
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences

John Pettegrew earned a doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master’s degree at the University of Chicago, a JD at Marquette University Law School and a bachelor’s at Valparaiso University.  Pettegrew’s research areas include twentieth century U.S intellectual history, gender, violence, and the visual culture of war.  He has written several books, most recently, “Light It Up: The Marine Eye for
Battle in the War for Iraq”.  He is currently studying the big history of sports, culture, and evolution; and his new book project is on the thought and feeling of love in twentieth-century U.S. progressive politics.

 

Erica HoelscherEugenio Schuster
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics
PC Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Eugenio Schuster earned his doctorate and master’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of California, San Diego, a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering at the Balseiro Institute (Argentina) and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina). Prof. Schuster is an expert in nonlinear distributed-parameter control of nuclear-fusion plasmas and leads the internationally recognized Lehigh University Plasma Control Laboratory. He is the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award and Lehigh’s Eleanor and Joseph F. Libsch Early Career Research Award. Prof. Schuster is the founding chair of the Technical Committee on Power Generation Control within the IEEE Control System Society. He is currently a U.S.-DOE-designated member of the International Tokamak Physical Activity and also the Deputy Leader of the Operations and Control Topical Group within the U.S. Burning Plasma Organization.

 

Erica HoelscherDimitrios Vavylonis
Department of Physics
College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Vavylonis received his doctorate and master's degree in physics from Columbia University and his bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Athens. He joined Lehigh following postdoctoral work in
Columbia's department of chemical engineering and Yale's department of molecular, cellular, and developmental biology. During his sabbatical leave he had visiting positions at the University of Lausanne, AMOLF (Amsterdam), and Kyoto University. His research focuses on quantitative analysis and modeling of the biophysics of cell movement and division, in collaboration with experimentalists and computer
scientists. His work has been supported by NIH and HFSP. He has presented his work extensively and published in journals such as Biophysical Journal, Current Biology, Science and PLOS Computational
Biology. 

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Promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure

Erica HoelscherArindam Banerjee
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics
PC Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Arindam Banerjee earned a doctorate in mechanical engineering at Texas A&M University, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering at Florida Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering at Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India.  Before coming to Lehigh in 2012, Banerjee was an assistant professor at the University of Missouri at Rolla. His research is in fluid mechanics; hydrodynamics of inertial confinement fusion, tidal and wave energy harvesting and pulmonary biomechanics.  He has published over 25 journal articles in leading fluid mechanics, renewable energy and biomedicine journals that include Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Physical Review E, Experiments in Fluids, Medical Engineering & Physics, Journal of Biomechanics, Journal of Aerosol Science, Journal of Applied Energy and Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy.

 

Erica HoelscherAmanda Brandone
Department of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences

Amanda Brandone earned a doctorate and master’s degree in developmental psychology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a bachelor’s in psychology at Boston College. Her research examines the development of conceptual knowledge in infancy and early childhood, including questions related to where conceptual knowledge originates, how it is structured, and how it is constructed and revised across development. Brandone’s work has been funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and has been published in leading psychology journals including Developmental Psychology, Child Development, and Cognitive Science

 

Erica HoelscherWilliam Bulman
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences

William Bulman earned doctorate and master’s degrees in history at Princeton University and a four-year joint bachelor’s and master's degree in history at Washington University in St. Louis. Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Bulman served as a Postdoctoral Associate in British Studies at Yale University.  His research focuses on British history in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, including the English Revolution of 1649 and our understanding of its causes and consequences. Bulman’s first book, Anglican Enlightenment: Orientalism, Religion and Politics in England and its Empire, 1648-1715, was published by Cambridge University Press; and he is co-editor of God in the Enlightenment, published by Oxford University Press. He has also published in Past and Present, Historical Journal, The Journal of British Studies, and many other venues.

 

Erica HoelscherChristopher Burke
Department of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences

Christopher Burke earned a doctorate in social psychology with a quantitative minor at New York University and a bachelor’s in physics and psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. His research program focuses on how psychological and contextual factors impact the experience of stress and its downstream consequences. A separate body of work focuses on the development and assessment of statistical methods for use in social science research. His work has been published in journals such as Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Personal Relationships. Burke serves on the Council for Equity and Community and is the director of the Community Health Research Group, which is working to better understand health processes in South Bethlehem through multi-disciplinary, participatory research.

 

Erica HoelscherBrian Chen
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
PC Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Brian Chen earned a doctorate and master’s degree in computer science at Rice University and a bachelor’s in mathematics and computer science at Rutgers University.  Before coming to Lehigh, Chen was a postdoctoral research scientist at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Columbia University.  Chen studies algorithms for examining the relationship between molecular structure and function, with a focus on the biochemical mechanisms of binding specificity.  He has presented his work at many conferences and has published in PLOS Computational Biology, IEEE Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, and BMC Structural Biology. 

 

Erica HoelscherBeibei Dong
Department of Marketing
College of Business and Economics

Beibei Dong earned a doctorate in marketing at the University of Missouri and a bachelor’s in economic law at Tongji University, Shanghai, China. Her research is in services marketing with interests in customer participation and service failure and recovery. Dong has presented her work in numerous venues and published in leading journals such as Journal of Marketing, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, and Journal of Service Research. Dong has received research grants from National Natural Science Foundation of China, and awards such as Juran Doctoral Award from University of Minnesota in 2007, the “Best Services Article Award” from American Marketing Association Services Marketing SIG in 2014, the “Best Reviewer Award” from Journal of Service Research in 2015, and Thomas J. Campbell '80 Professorship from Lehigh University in 2014. 

 

Erica HoelscherDinissa Duvanova
Department of International Relations
College of Arts and Sciences

Dinissa Duvanova earned a doctorate in political science and a master’s degree in Slavic and East European studies at the Ohio State University, a master’s degree in political science at Utah State University and a bachelor’s in political science at Kazakh State University.  Before coming to Lehigh, she served as an assistant professor at the University at Buffalo.  Her research emphasizes the international political economy of the post-Soviet and East European nations, interest group dynamics, and business-government interactions.  She has published a book, “Building Business in Post-Communist Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia:  Collective Goods, Selective Incentives, and Predatory States" and articles in British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics, Journal of Comparative Economics, World Development, and other journals.

 

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Erica HoelscherMary Foltz
Department of English
College of Arts and Sciences

Mary Foltz (English) earned a doctorate and master’s degree in English at the University of Buffalo and a bachelor’s in women’s studies and theology at Georgetown University. Before joining Lehigh’s faculty Foltz served as a graduate assistant at the Gender Institute at the University of Buffalo.  Her research interests emphasize American literature, especially novelists of the last half of the twentieth century and examine “excremental culture” in contemporary novels.  She has a book under contract and has published in Annals of Scholarship and Inter/alia:  A Journal of Queer Studies. 

 

Erica HoelscherWilliam Forster
Department of Management
College of Business and Economics

William Forster earned a doctorate in entrepreneurship, strategy and business ethics from the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business, an MBA from the University of Colorado, a master’s degree in cost analysis from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s in management from the United States Air Force Academy. Before joining academia, he managed numerous high technology development programs for the Air Force. He researches in the areas of entrepreneurship, business ethics, and social entrepreneurship and has published in leading journals including the Academy of Management Review, the Journal of Business Venturing, and Journal of Business Ethics. Bill has received numerous research and teaching awards and currently serves on the editorial review board of the Academy of Management Review.

 

Erica HoelscherSabrina Jedlicka
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
PC Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Sabrina Jedlicka (Materials Science and Engineering) earned a doctorate and master’s degree in agricultural and biological engineering at Purdue University, and a bachelor’s degree in biological and agricultural engineering and women’s studies at Kansas State University.  She served as a research assistant at Purdue University and senior scientist at EcoTech Marine LLC.  Jedlicka’s research includes stem cell/material interfaces, dynamic sensing of neural stem cell in vitro differentiation and biofilm mimicry.  She has published her work in Cytoskeleton, Journal of Micro and NanoManufacturing, and the Journal of Applied Polymer Science. 

 

Erica HoelscherSushil Kumar
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
PC Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Sushil Kumar earned a doctorate in electrical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in electrical engineering at University of Michigan and a bachelor’s at Delhi College of Engineering, Delhi, India. Before coming to Lehigh, Kumar was a postdoctoral associate at MIT. His research is on the development of terahertz and mid-infrared quantum-cascade lasers, which are high-power, coherent, compact and narrowband radiation sources based on nanostructured semiconductor superlattices. His long-term interests are in addressing terahertz and mid-infrared applications in sensing, imaging, and spectroscopy using high-power quantum-cascade lasers and intersubband detectors. He received the National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2014. Kumar has published his work in Optics Express, Optica, Applied Physics Letters, Nature Physics, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics among other reputed academic journals.

 

Erica HoelscherJenna Lay
Department of English
College of Arts and Sciences

Jenna Lay earned a doctorate and master’s degree in English literature at Stanford University and a bachelor’s in English literature at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Before coming to Lehigh, she held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin. Lay's research explores the intersection of gender, religion, and literature in early modern England, focusing on the writings of Catholic Englishwomen and their influence on canonical literary texts. Her work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Renaissance Society of America, among other organizations. She has published in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, has written chapters for several edited collections, and is the author of Beyond the Cloister: Catholic Englishwomen and Early Modern Literary Culture (2016).

 

Erica HoelscherNitzan Lebovic
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences

Nitzan Lebovic earned a doctorate in history at the University of California, Los Angeles and a bachelor’s in general history and theory of literature at Tel Aviv University.  His research emphasizes the intellectual history of Jews and Germans during the twentieth century, especially where a pre-Nazi rhetoric and the rise of radical nationalism is concerned.  Lebovic has authored several books, including “The Philosophy of Life and Death: Ludwig Klages and a Nazi Biopolitics” and "On Zionism and Melancholy: The Short History of Israel Zarchi," and published leading articles in prestigious jounrals such as the New German Critique, Critical Inquiry, Postmodern Culture and th German Quarterly. 

 

Erica HoelscherMonica Miller
Department of Religion Studies
College of Arts and Sciences

Monica Miller (Religion Studies) earned a doctorate in theology, ethics and human science at the Chicago Theological Seminary, a master’s in theological studies at Drew University and a bachelor’s in religious studies at Fordham University.  Prior to coming to Lehigh, Miller served as a visiting assistant professor and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Lewis and Clark College.  Miller has published a book, “Religion and Hip Hop” and has several books forthcoming and under contract.  She has published her work in the Journal of Africana Religions, the Journal for Hip Hop Studies and Critical Research on Religion. second request 7/1/16

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Erica HoelscherRobert Neel
Department of Mathematics
College of Arts and Sciences

Robert Neel earned a doctorate and master’s degree in mathematics at Harvard University and a bachelor’s in mathematics at Stanford University. Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Neel held a postdoctoral position at Columbia University, where he was supported in part by an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. His research is in the fields of geometry and probability, centered on the interaction between geometric analysis and stochastic analysis. Neel has presented his work at various conferences and seminars in the US and Europe and has published in journals including Annals of Probability, Potential Analysis, Journal of Geometric Analysis, and Journal of Differential Geometry.  

 

Erica HoelscherMarietta Peytcheva
Department of Accounting
College of Business and Economics

Marietta Peytcheva earned a doctorate and bachelors in accounting at Rutgers University.  Before entering academia and joining Lehigh’s faculty, Peytcheva worked as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers in New Jersey.  Her research interests include: audit judgement and decision making, business ethics, and financial statement disclosure. Peytcheva has presented her work in numerous venues and has published in Accounting, Organizations and Society, Business Ethics Quarterly, Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, Behavioral Research in Accounting, and Accounting Horizons. One of her papers received the 2014 Behavioral Research in Accounting Best Paper Award, and another paper was named one of two finalists for the Business Ethics Quarterly Best Article Award for 2015. Peytcheva has served on the editorial boards of Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory and Issues in Accounting Education

 

Erica HoelscherS. McKay Price
Perella Department of Finance
College of Business and Economics

S. McKay Price earned a doctorate in finance at Florida State University, master’s degree in real estate development at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s in finance at the University of Utah.  His research interests include real estate and finance.  He has published in outlets such as the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, the Journal of Real Estate Research, the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of Corporate Finance, and the Financial Analysts Journal. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics and as an elected member of the board of directors of the American Real Estate Society.

 

Erica HoelscherMichael Spear
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
PC Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Michael Spear earned doctorate and master’s degrees in computer science at the University of Rochester, an MBA at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and a bachelor’s in computer science at the United States Military Academy.  His research interests are exploiting concurrency and simplifying the development of correct multithreaded applications, with a focus on transactional memory, concurrent data structures, and distributed systems.  He is also an active member of the ISO C++ Study Group that is adding Transactional Memory to the C++ programming language.  

 

Erica HoelscherBrenna Wood
Department of Education and Human Services
Special Education Program
College of Education

After earning a doctorate in special education at the University of Arizona, Brenna Wood joined the faculty and the College of Education, Lehigh University. A driving force for Dr Wood’s research in the areas of social emotional competence and interventions for decreasing the challenging behavior of young children is the concern for the amount of young children suspended and/or expelled from their early childhood programs. Dr. Wood’s research focuses on the implementation of positive behavior support strategies to decrease challenging behavior and increase the pro-social behavior of young children.  During her time at Lehigh, Dr. Wood received the First Annual Ted Carr Initial Researcher Award (Association for Positive Behavior Support, APBS) for her research in this area.  

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