Welcome New Faculty: 2016-2017

College of Arts & Sciences

College of Business and Economics

College of Education

PC Rossin College of Engineering and Applies Science

Data X Initiative

 

College of Arts and Sciences

 

Angela BrownDaniel Babcock
Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Daniel Babcock  earned his doctorate in neuroscience at the University of Texas Health Science Center and his bachelor’s also in neuroscience at the University of Delaware. Before coming to Lehigh, he held a postdoctoral position at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  His research revolves around the synaptic degeneration in neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. He was awarded the Presidents’ Research Scholar Award at the University of Texas Health Science Center and has published his work in Genetics, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Current Biology.

Angela BrownKaren Beck Pooley
Professor of Practice, Political Science

Karen Beck Pooley earned her doctorate in city planning at the University of Pennsylvania, her master’s in urban planning and policy at New School University and her bachelor’s in political science at Wellesley College.   Before being appointed as a professor of practice at Lehigh, she served as an adjunct professor at Lehigh University and Muhlenberg College.  She serves as a senior associate at czb LLC, an urban planning and neighborhood development consulting firm.  She has published in Housing Policy Debate and Southern Spaces.

Serge Da Motta VeigaThomas Chen
Assistant Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures

Thomas Chen earned his doctorate and master’s in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles, and his bachelor’s in Comparative Literature and English at Cornell University. He has presented his work at national conferences and has published in China Perspectives, Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies, and Chinese Literature Today. His research interests include modern and contemporary Chinese literature and film, Chinese popular and internet culture, and translation and transnational studies.

Boris DefournyAnthony DiMaggio
Assistant Professor, Political Science

Anthony DiMaggio earned his doctorate in political science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and his master’s and bachelor’s at Illinois State University.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, DiMaggio served as an associate professor at Lincoln Land Community College and taught at North Central College and Illinois State University.  DiMaggio has several books in print including The Politics of Persuasion:  Media Bias and Economic Policy in the Modern Era and Selling War, Mass Media, Mass Propaganda:  Examining American News in the War on Terror, When Media Goes to War: Hegemonic Discourse, Public Opinion and the Limits of Dissent, and Selling Hope: Presidential Rhetoric and Mass Media in U.S. Foreign Policy after 9/11.  His research emphasizes mass media and social movements and civic engagement and political behavior. 

Bridget DeverAngela Hicks
Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Angela Hicks earned her doctorate and master’s in mathematics at the University of California, San Diego, and her bachelor’s in mathematics and Latin at Furman University.  Before coming to Lehigh, she served as a National Science Foundation Fellow at Stanford University.  Hicks’ primary research interest lies in the areas of algebraic combinatorics and symmetric function theory, and in particular symmetric and quasisymmetric functions.  Hicks has presented her work both nationally and internationally and has published in Operator Theory: Advances and Applications, Discrete Mathematics and Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series A.

Panos DiplasAurelia Honerkamp-Smith
Assistant Professor, Physics

Aurelia Honerkamp-Smith earned a doctorate and master’s in chemistry at the University of Washington and a bachelor’s in chemistry at the University of Oregon. Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Honerkamp-Smith served as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Cambridge.  An experimental biophysicist, her research to investigate flow-mediated membrane protein sorting is at the intersection of fluid mechanics and membrane physical chemistry.  She has published her work in Biophysical Journal, ACS Chemical Biology and Physical Review Letters. 

Tamara LambertWonpil Im
Professor, Biological Sciences

Wonpil Im earned his doctorate in biochemistry at Cornell University and his masters and bachelors in chemistry at Hanyang University, Korea.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, he served as a professor in the department of molecular biosciences at the University of Kansas.  Im is the inaugural appointee to the Presidential Chair in Health, Science and Engineering at Lehigh.  Im’s research interests include modeling and simulations of (1) biological membranes and associated proteins, (2) glycoconjugates, and (3) protein-ligand (drug) interactions. In addition, his lab has been developing CHARMM-GUI (www.charmm-gui.org) for biomolecular modeling and simulation community.  He has published his work in the Biophysical Journal, Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation, Glycobiology, Bioinformatics etc. For more information in his research and publication, please visit http://compbio.lehigh.edu.

Craig HochbeinMarilisa Jimenez-Garcia
Assistant Professor, English

Marilisa Jimenez-Garcia earned her doctorate in English at the University of Florida, and her master’s in English and bachelor’s in communication at the University of Miami.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, she served as a research associate at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, City University of New York and an adjunct assistant professor in the Africana/Puerto Rican/Latino Studies department at Hunter. Her primary research areas include critical race theory, post-colonial theory, childhood studies, and Latino/a literature, theatre and television.  Jimenez-Garcia has a book in process titled American Childhood:  U.S. Empire, Puerto Rico, and American Children’s Culture and has published in the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, Centro Journal and Latino Studies

Taewan KimChad Kautzer
Associate Professor, Philosophy

Chad Kautzer earned a doctorate in philosophy at Stony Brook University, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and German at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Before coming to Lehigh, Kautzer served as an associate professor in the philosophy department and director of the Social Justice Minor at the University of Colorado, Denver.  His research interests include contemporary critical theory, German Idealism, theories of race and gender, as well as normative economic philosophy. He has published two books, the latest being Radical Philosophy:  An Introduction and has two others in preparation.  He has published his work in journals such as Philosophy and Social Criticism, Law and Critique, and the Online Journal of Hegelian Studies. 

Heather JaegerWill Lowry
Assistant Professor, Theatre

Will Lowry earned his Master of Fine Arts in Design from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts and Computer Science at Furman University. Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Lowry served in a postdoctoral fellowship for scenography at Furman University. Prior to teaching, he contributed to a dozen Broadway shows as an assistant, many while working in the studio of six-time Tony Award-winner William Ivey Long. He has extensive experience in lighting, scene, and costume design as well as digital graphics and rendering for theatre. Lowry also remains as a resident designer and Creative Partner with Flux Theatre Ensemble, an award-winning non-profit theatre company in NYC. 

Justin JaworskiJill McDermott
Assistant Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Jill McDermott  earned her doctorate in chemical oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, her master’s in earth science at University of New Hampshire and her bachelor’s in chemistry at Dartmouth College.  Before coming to Lehigh, McDermott served as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Toronto.  McDermott has presented her work at numerous professional meetings and has published in Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesGeochimica Cosmochimica Acta, and Nature Communications.  Dr. McDermott’s research emphasizes aqueous and volatile geochemistry and biogeochemistry of seafloor hydrothermal vents and ancient terrestrial fracture waters tapped by deep mines.  

Brandon KrickTamara Myers
Associate Professor, History

Tamara Myers earned her doctorate in history at McGill University. Before joining Lehigh's faculty, Myers served as an associate professor at the University of British Columbia.  Her research emphasizes modern North American society, policing, urban space, gender and youth, and activism and visual culture.   She is the author of Caught: Montreal’s Modern Girls and the Law, 1869-1945, co-editor of Rethinking Canada: The Promise of Women’s History, 6th and 7th editions, and is a member of the research collective, The Montreal History Group. She has written numerous book chapters and has published in Diplomatic History, Journal of the History of Sexuality, and the Journal of the History of Children and Youth.

Gregory LangNorrin Ripsman
Professor, International Relations

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. 

Susan KartEmily Weissbourd
Assistant Professor, English

Emily Weissbourd earned her doctorate and master’s in comparative literature at the University of Pennsylvania and her bachelor’s also in comparative literature at Brown University.  Before coming to Lehigh, Weissbourd served as a visiting assistant professor of English at Bryn Mawr College.   Her research emphasizes transnational networks that influence early modern English literature.  She has a book in progress and has published in Huntington Library Quarterly, Comparative Drama and Renaissance Quarterly.  Weissbourd has also published an edited collection, Representing Imperial Rivalry in the Early Modern Mediterranean, which was co-edited with Barbara Fuchs.

Martin KavkaNathan Wittenberg
Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Nathan Wittenberg  earned his doctorate in chemistry at the Pennsylvania State University and his bachelor’s in chemistry at the University of Minnesota.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Wittenberg served as a research fellow at the University of Minnesota and at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  His research involves sensors, nanotechnology, neuroscience and the chemistry of biological interfaces.  He has published his work in Nano Letters, the Journal of the American Chemical Society and Nature Communications. 

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College of Business and Economics

 

Angela BrownMarija Baltrusaitiene
Professor of Practice, Economics

Marija Baltrusaitiene arned a master’s and bachelors in economics at the University of Iowa.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty as a professor of practice, Baltrusaitiene served as a lecturer at Saxion University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, as well as an instructor at the University of Iowa.  She is multi-lingual and has taught courses in the areas of financial management, international business and economics and accounting information systems. 

Angela BrownRobert E. Duquette, CPA
Professor of Practice, Accounting

Robert E. Duquette, CPA earned an M.B.A. and a bachelor’s in economics at the University of Maine.  Before his appointment as Professor of Practice, Duquette was a Lecturer here at Lehigh, as well as an instructor at Kutztown University.  He has served as Senior Partner and Practice Leader of the Mergers and Acquisitions Tax Practice of Ernst and Young LLP Philadelphia Area.  Over his career, Professor Duquette advised on over 300 global corporate transactions, aggregating over $50 billion in volume for large Fortune 1000 companies, and middle market companies.  He has served as a National Director of the AICPA and the IMA, has published in the Pennsylvania CPA Journal, WalletHub.com, and other media, and is a recognized expert in matters dealing with the Federal debt and tax reform. 

Jayeon LeeOzias A. Moore
Assistant Professor, Management

Ozias A. Moore earned his doctorate and master’s in industrial and labor relations at Cornell University, a master’s in engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh. His major research interests focus on team and multi-team effectiveness. He is particularly interested in the multi-level effects of multiple team membership on team processes. He has published his work in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Small Group Research and the Handbook of Industrial, Work and Organizational Psychology. Prior to his time in academia, Ozias’ work experience was inclusive of key management and executive-level positions at Westinghouse Electric Corp, IBM Corp, American Express, and Pfizer, Inc.  Ozias is an active member of the Academy of Management, Southern Management Association, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research. 

Angela BrownPrasad Nanisetty
Professor of Practice, Perella Department of Finance

Prasad Nanisetty earned a doctorate in business administration at the University of Michigan, a master’s in statistics and operations research at Bowling Green State University and a bachelors in mathematics and statistics at the Indian Statistical Institute.  Before being appointed as a professor of practice, Nanisetty served as executive director, risk management at Indus Capital Partners, LLC.  His interests include enterprise risk management, quantitative analysis and investment risk management.  He has published in the Review of Financial Studies and the Quarterly Journal of Finance and Accounting.

Angela BrownVijay Singh
Professor of Practice, Perella Department of Finance

Vijay Singh earned a doctorate in finance from the Ohio State University, an MBA from the Asian Institute of Management and a bachelor’s in economics from the University of Delhi.  Before being appointed as a professor of practice Singh served in several industry positions, most recently as Chief Operations and Finance Officer at Al Rawafed Holdings in Abu Dhabi. 

JuYeon LeeLeo Tang
Assistant Professor, Accounting

Leo Tang earned his doctorate in accounting and bachelor’s in finance at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and his master’s in international affairs from Columbia University.  Professor Tang’s research interests include empirical financial accounting, debt markets, credit rating agencies and municipal accounting.  He has published in the Journal of Financial Economics and the Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance

Monica MillerHaibei Zhao
Assistant Professor, Perella Department of Finance

Haibei Zhao earned his doctorate in finance at Georgia State University, a master’s in accounting at Virginia Tech, a master’s in atmospheric physics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing and a bachelor’s in mathematics at Shandong University in Jinan, China.   He has published in premier finance journal and has several academic papers in progress, and has presented his work at numerous finance conferences and meetings.

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College of Education

Angela BrownLisa Damaschke-Deitrick
Professor of Practice, Education and Human Services

Lisa Damaschke-Deitrick earned a doctorate at the University of Tubingen, Germany, a masters in international relations and transnational governance at the Free University, Netherlands, and a bachelors in political science at the University of Blelfeld, Germany.  Before being appointed as a professor of practice she worked in the International and Comparative Research on Education and Education Policy in the Welfare State at the University of Tubingen.  Damaschke-Deitrick is multi-lingual and has published in several publications in Germany.

Angela BrownQiong (Joan) Fu
Professor of Practice, Education and Human Services

Qiong (Joan) Fu earned a doctorate in educational psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Her Ph.D. area was Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment (MESA). She has been serving as a research scientist at Lehigh University before being appointed as a professor of practice. Her job duties include teaching graduate-level research and statistics, providing consultation to faculty and students in the College of Education, and collaborating for grant proposals and funded projects.

Keith Moored IIINicole Johnson
Assistant Professor, Education and Human Services

Nicole Johnson earned her doctorate and master’s in counseling psychology from the University of Akron and a bachelor’s in psychology from John Carroll University.  Before coming to Lehigh she served as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Akron.  Her research emphasizes gender-based violence prevention and sexual trauma.  Johnson has presented her work at numerous academic conferences and has published in Psychological Services, Women and Health and the Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology

Irina PanovskaSara E. N. Kangas
Assistant Professor, Education and Human Services

Sara E. N. Kangas earned a doctorate in education with an applied linguistics concentration, a master’s in TESOL and a bachelor’s in psychology from Temple University.  Before coming to Lehigh, Kangas was a lecturer in the TESOL program at the University of Pennsylvania and an adjunct assistant professor at Temple University.  Her research emphasizes the education of English learners with disabilities.  She has presented her work both nationally and internationally and has published in journals such as Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, American Educational Research Journal and the Journal of Language and Politics. 

Joshua PepperJulia Lechuga
Assistant Professor, Education and Human Services and The Community Health Research Group

Julia Lechuga earned her doctorate in health psychology, her master’s in experimental psychology and her bachelor’s in psychology/communication at the University of Texas at El Paso.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty she served as an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Texas at El Paso. Her research consists of developing and testing behavior change interventions for ethnic minority communities using community based participatory research methods.  She has presented her work at numerous conferences and has published in Social Science & Medicine, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Clinical Nursing, Health Promotion and Practice and the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.  

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PC Rossin  College of Engineering and Applied Science

Spencer QuielSubhrajit Bhattacharya
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics

Subhrajit Bhattacharya earned a doctorate and masters in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics at the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, he served as a postdoctoral researcher in the department of mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania.  Bhattacharya’s research interests include topological motion planning which is the application of topological techniques to solving problems in robot motion planning, coverage, sensor networks and control theory.  He has published his work in the International Journal of Robotics Research, Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence and Acta Applicandae Mathematicae.

Charles StevensStephen P. DeWeerth
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Stephen P. DeWeerth is the Dean of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science. DeWeerth earned a doctorate in computational and neural systems at the California Institute of Technology.  Prior to his arrival at Lehigh, DeWeerth was a professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory and in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech.  His research is focused on the development of microelectronic/robotic biointerfacing technologies and optimization/control approaches to address neuromuscular disorders and to augment human movement.  DeWeerth is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

Kelly SchultzSiddha Pimputkar
Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Siddha Pimputkar earned a doctorate in materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, he served as a researcher and team leader for the Bulk GaN Crystal Growth Research Group at the University of California, Santa Barbara working closely with Nobel Laureate Shuji Nakamura.  His research involves exploring the growth of technologically important single crystals using ammonothermal and flux-based methods for electronic and optoelectronic applications.  Pimputkar has been awarded 3 patents (with 21 additional outstanding patent applications) and has published in Applied Physics Letters, the Journal of Supercritical Fluids, the Journal of Crystal Growth, Acta Materialia, and Nature Photonics.

Angela BrownJanos D. Pinter
Professor of Practice, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Janos D. Pinter earned a D.Sc. in mathematics at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, a Ph.D. in probability theory / stochastic optimization at Moscow State University, and a M.Sc. in applied mathematics / operations research at Eotvos University of Sciences in Budapest, Hungary.  His research interests are primarily related to operations research and business analytics, with a focus on nonlinear optimization algorithms, software, and applications.  He is the author and editor of several internationally published books and more than 200 other research publications.  Dr. Pinter is the owner of PCS, Inc. (Canada): PCS is a provider of nonlinear optimization software products and related consulting services.

Kelly SchultzSrinivas Rangarajan
Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Srinivas Rangarajan earned a doctorate in chemical engineering at the University of Minnesota and a bachelor of technology in chemical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, he served as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Wisconsin. Research interests include computational catalysis, kinetic modeling, complex networks, applied mathematics, reaction engineering, and process design. Srinivas has published his work in ACS Catalysis, Green Chemistry, and Computers and Chemical Engineering.

Angela BrownRamesh ("Rudy") Shankar
Professor of Practice, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ramesh ("Rudy") Shankar earned a doctorate in electrical engineering at the University of Delaware, an MBA at Queens University, a master’s in electrical engineering at the University of Delaware and a bachelors at the Indian Institute of Technology.  Shankar presently serves as the Director, Energy Systems Engineering Institute at Lehigh University after more than 40 years in the energy industry including as the Vice President for technology innovation at a major U.S. utility.

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DATA X Initiative

Tara TroyEric P. S. Baumer
Assistant Professor, Computer Science & Engineering

Eric P. S. Baumer earned his doctorate and master’s in information and computer sciences at the University of California, Irvine and his bachelors in computer science at the University of Central Florida.  Before coming to Lehigh, Baumer served as a research associate at Cornell University and an assistant project scientist at the University of California, Irvine.  He has presented his work at numerous conferences and published in ACM CHI Conference, New Media and Society, and the Journal of Information Technology and Politics. 

Natasha VermaakHaiyan Jia
Assistant Professor, Journalism/Computer Science and Engineering

Haiyan Jia earned her doctorate in mass communications at the Pennsylvania State University, and bachelor’s in atmospheric sciences at Peking University in China.  Before joining Lehigh’s Data X Digital Media faculty, Jia served as a post-doctoral scholar at Penn State.  Her research is primarily focused on the psychological and social effects of information and communication technology, ranging from social media to the Internet of Things. Jia has published her work in Communication Research, Human-Computer Interaction, and in numerous conference proceedings publications.

Darius Omar WilliamsRebecca Jen-Hui Wang
Assistant Professor, Marketing

Rebecca Jen-Hui Wang earned her doctorate in management at Northwestern University, her master’s in engineering management and bachelor’s in engineering sciences/electrical engineering from Dartmouth College.  Before coming to Lehigh, Wang was a data engineer at Connance, Inc. in Waltham Massachusetts.  Her research interests include mobile and digital marketing, customer relationship management, social media and technology and causal inference methods.   She has published her work in the Journal of Retailing, Journal of Interactive Marketing, Computers in Human Behavior and The New Advertising: Branding, Content, and Consumer Relationships in the Data-Driven Social Media Era. 

Maria Barbara Zepeda CortesSihong Xie
Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering/Marketing

Sihong Xie earned a doctorate in computer science at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a masters and bachelors in software engineering at Sun Yat-Sen University, China.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty Xie served as a research assistant at the University of Illinois at Chicago.   Xie’s research emphasizes models and algorithms addressing challenges in big data, such as multiple data  source aggregation, human-in-the-loop data mining and trustworthiness.   He has published his work in ACM SIGKDD, WWW, IEEE ICDM, etc. 

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