Welcome New Faculty - 2015-2016

Angela BrownSirry Alang
Assistant Professor, Sociology & Anthropology

Sirry Alang earned her doctorate in health services research, policy and administration at the University of Minnesota, her master’s in sociology from Lehigh University and her bachelor’s in sociology and anthropology from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Prior to joining Lehigh’s faculty, Alang was principal planning analyst at the Hennepin County Public Health Department and a teaching fellow at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Alang’s research interests include mental health and illness, mental health services, health disparities, and social determinants of health. She has several publications, some of which have appeared in journals such as Society and Mental Health, Mental Health and Prevention, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, and Journal of Race and Ethnic Health Disparities.

Serge Da Motta VeigaAna-lulia Alexandrescu
Professor of Practice and Director of HSE Program, Industrial & Systems Engineerin

Ana-lulia Alexandrescu earned her master’s degree in industrial systems engineering and her bachelor’s in Integrated Business and Engineering at Lehigh University. Before coming to Lehigh Alexandrescu served as a business analyst at Netsoft, within the Healthcare Solutions Design and Delivery Group. She has presented at several conferences and was appointed a Rossin Junior Fellow at Lehigh.

Boris DefournySean Beienburg
Assistant Professor, Political Science

Sean Beienburg earned his doctorate at Princeton University and his bachelor’s at Pomona College. Prior to coming to Lehigh, Beienburg was a visiting instructor at Haverford College. His research interests include American constitutional development and public law. He has several papers in process and has presented his work at conferences for the American Political Science Association, the Law and Society Association, and the New England Political Science Association, and has published in Political Science Quarterly and PopMatters.

Bridget DeverClaudio Berti
Professor of Practice, Earth & Environmental Sciences

Claudio Berti earned his doctorate in geology and evolution of the lithosphere at G. D’Annunzio in Italy and his bachelor’s and master’s in geology at Roma Tre University in Italy. Before coming to Lehigh, Berti served as an assistant professor in geological sciences at the University of Delaware. His research interests include fluvial and tectonic geomorphology, active tectonics, and landscape evolution with applications to active mountain belts. He has presented his work in several venues and has received several research data and training grants.

Panos DiplasKeith A. Botner
Assistant Professor, Marketing

Keith Botner earned his doctorate in business administration at the University of Utah, his M.B.A. at Michigan State University and his bachelor’s in business administration at the University of Louisville. Before receiving his Ph.D., his professional experience included marketing and brand management roles within Fortune 500 corporations (P&G, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Yum! Brands and Eli Lilly). His research interests include marketing decision making, consumer behavior, behavioral economics, message framing, and compliance effects. He has presented his work at national conferences and has several research projects in process.

Craig HochbeinJessica R. Brandt
Lecturer, Modern Languages & Literatures

Jessica Brandt earned her master’s in education from Lehigh University, and her bachelor’s in Spanish literature from Cornell University. She has been serving as an adjunct Spanish professor at Lehigh. Brandt has taught Spanish on many different educational levels and developed programs such as World Language Week and a bullfighting workshop.

Heather JaegerYinzhi Cao
Assistant Professor, Computer Science & Engineering

Yinzhi Cao earned a doctorate in computer science at Northwestern University, and a bachelor’s in electronic engineering at Tsinghua University in China. Before joining Lehigh’s faculty Cao served as a postdoctoral scientist at Columbia University. His current research spans web security and language-based security to adversarial machine learning. He has presented his work at top-tier security conferences, such as IEEE Security and Privacy (Oakland) and NDSS. His JShield system has been adopted by Huawei, the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker.

Justin JaworskiNancy B. Carlisle
Assistant Professor, Psychology

Nancy Carlisle earned her doctorate at Vanderbilt University, and her bachelor’s at Michigan State University. Prior to joining Lehigh’s faculty, Carlisle served as an assistant professor at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. Her research interests revolve around cognitive neuroscience, with an emphasis on utilizing event-related potential techniques to address questions about visual attention. She has published her work in Psychophysiology, Journal of Vision, and Journal of Neuroscience.

Susan KartMichael R. Catalano
Professor of Practice, Economics

Michael Catalano earned his MBA from Cornell University and his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Albany College of Pharmacy. Before coming to Lehigh, Catalano served as executive director and head of corporate business development for Merck Vaccines at Merck and Co., Inc. He has a broad range of experience in marketing in the health care industry.

Martin KavkaLesley W. Chow
Assistant Professor, Materials Science & Engineering

Leslie Chow earned her Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Samuel Stupp from Northwestern University and holds a bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Florida. Before coming to Lehigh, she completed her postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Prof. Molly Stevens at Imperial College London. Her research interests include self-assembly, supramolecular materials, polymer conjugates, and biomaterials design for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. She has presented her work both nationally and internationally and published in leading journals such as Biomaterials, Small, and Advanced Healthcare Materials. Her current work involves creating multifunctional and hierarchically organized biomaterials that mimic the architecture and composition of native biological tissues.

Taewan KimCalvin B. Cloyd
Professor & Joseph H. and Amy M. Perella Endowed Chair, Accounting

Calvin Cloyd earned his doctorate at Indiana University and his bachelor’s in accounting at the University of Kentucky. Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Cloyd served as the John E. Peterson, Jr. Professor of Accounting at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He also held faculty positions at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, and the University of Texas at Austin. His research has been published in The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of the American Taxation Association, National Tax Journal, Journal of Law & Economics, and other journals.

Brandon KrickSera Cremonini
Assistant Professor, Physics

Sera Cremonini earned her doctorate in physics at Brown University, her master’s in physics at Columbia University and her bachelor’s in physics and mathematics at The City College of New York. Before coming to Lehigh, Cremonini served as the Mitchell Postdoctoral Fellow at Texas A&M University and at Cambridge University. Her research interests are in theoretical particle physics, with a focus on string theory and its applications to cosmology and quantum field theories. She has presented her work nationally and internationally and has published in journals such as Journal of High Energy Physics, Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics and Physical Review.

Tamara LambertWeijia Dai
Assistant Professor, Economics

Weijia Dai earned her doctorate in economics at the University of Maryland at College Park, her master’s in economics at the University of Southern California and her bachelor’s in economics and law at Wuhan University in China. Her current research interests include informational economics, the economics of matching, and marketing. She has several research projects in progress.

Gregory LangHannah L. Dailey
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics

Hannah Dailey earned her doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering at Lehigh University. Subsequently, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Cork Institute of Technology in Cork, Ireland. Since returning to Lehigh to serve as an adjunct professor in 2013, she also became a founder and chief scientific officer of a startup medical device company. Her research interests include orthopaedic biomechanics, design and manufacture of medical devices, translational research, product design, and intellectual property development. She has published a book chapter as well as in journals such as Clinical Biomechanics, Journal of Applied Physiology, and Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology.

Jayeon LeeNatanya Duncan
Assistant Professor, History and Africana Studies Program

Natanya Duncan earned her doctorate in twentieth century American history at the University of Florida and her bachelor’s of arts in history at Clark Atlanta University. Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Duncan served as an assistant professor at Morgan State University. Her research interests include twentieth century African American women and gender, black nationalism and diaspora studies. She has published her work in the Journal of New York History and has forthcoming work in Women Gender and Families.

JuYeon LeeJodi Eichler-Levine
Associate Professor and Berman Professor of Jewish Civilization, Religion Studies

Jodi Eichler-Levine earned her doctorate and master’s in religion at Columbia University and her bachelor’s in Near Eastern and Judaic studies at Brandeis University. Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Eichler-Levine served as an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Her research revolves around Jewish children’s literature in America and the intersections between women’s religious practices, material culture, and interfaith activism. She has presented her work at numerous venues and has published a book, Suffer the Little Children: Uses of the Past in Jewish and African American Children’s Literature. She has also published in journals such as Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, American Quarterly and Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts and Contemporary Worlds. Eichler-Levine also serves on the Jewish Women’s Archive’s academic advisory council and on several steering committees of the American Academy of Religion.

Monica MillerJerome A. Farrell
Professor of Practice, Education & Human Services

Jerome Farrell has been appointed as professor of practice and clinical coordinator in the counseling psychology program in the College of Education. Farrell earned his doctorate in counseling psychology at the University at Albany, State University of New York, and his master’s in counseling psychology and his bachelor’s in psychology at McGill University. Before coming to Lehigh, Farrell served as a staff psychologist in behavioral health at Albany Stratton VA Medical Center. He has served as an adjunct instructor at University at Albany and Sage College, presented his work at national and international conferences, and has published in American Journal of Orthopsychiatry and Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.

Keith Moored IIISuzanne Fernandez
Professor of Practice, Chemistry & Director of Organic Chemistry

Suzanne Fernandez earned her doctorate in chemistry at the University of Utah and her bachelor’s in chemistry at The City University of New York, The College of Staten Island. Before coming to Lehigh, Fernandez served as an assistant professor of chemistry at Delaware County Community College. She has presented her work in various venues and has published in Phytochemistry and Biochemisty.

Irina PanovskaEric Fouh Mbindi
Professor of Practice, Computer Science & Engineering

Eric Fouh Mbindi earned his doctorate in computer science at Virginia Tech and his master’s and bachelor’s in computer science at University of Picardie Jules Verne in France. Before coming to Lehigh, Fouh Mbindi served as a lecturer in software design and data structures at Virginia Tech. He has published his work in Computers in Human Behavior, Science of Computer Programming and Computers in the Schools. His research interests include computer science education, learning technologies and learning analytics.

Joshua PepperVincent G. Grassi
Professor of Practice, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Vincent Grassi earned his doctorate and master’s in chemical engineering at Lehigh and his bachelor’s in chemical engineering at the University of Rochester. Before assuming the professor of practice position, Grassi served as the director of learning and employee development at Air Products and as an adjunct professor of chemical engineering at Lehigh.

Spencer QuielXiaochen Guo
Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Xiaochen Guo earned her doctorate and master’s in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Rochester and her bachelor’s in computer science and engineering at Beihang University. She held teaching assistant positions at Beihang University and the University of Rochester. She interned at Samsung Research America in the summer of 2011 and at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in the summers of 2012 and 2013. She is a two-time recipient of the IBM Ph.D. Fellowship. She has published her work in Proceedings of the International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA), Proceedings of the International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO), and IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration Systems (TVLSI).

Kelly SchultzKathleen Weiss Hanley
Professor and Bolton-Perella Endowed Chair, Perella Department of Finance

Kathleen Weiss Hanley recently joined the faculty as the Bolton–Perella Endowed Chair in Finance. From 2011 to 2013, she was the deputy chief economist of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the deputy director in the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis. Prior to that time, she was a senior economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and a senior financial economist at the SEC. She has also been on the faculty at the University of Maryland and the University of Michigan. Her research has been published in leading finance journals such as The Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and The Review of Financial Studies. She received her B.S. from Indiana University and her Ph.D. from the University of Florida.

Charles StevensDanielle J. Lindemann
Assistant Professor, Sociology & Anthropology

Danielle Lindemann earned her doctorate and two master’s degrees in sociology at Columbia University, a master’s at New York University, and a bachelor’s in English/creative writing at Princeton University. Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Lindemann served as an assistant research professor and research director for the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers University. Her research interests include gender, sexuality, deviance and work/occupations. She has written a book, Dominatrix: Gender, Eroticism and Control in the Dungeon, and has published in journals such as Social Science and Medicine, Work and Occupations and Sociological Forum.

Tara TroyJason Loew
Professor of Practice, Computer Science & Engineering

Jason Loew earned his doctorate, master’s, and bachelor’s in computer science and bachelor’s in psychology at SUNY Binghamton. Before coming to Lehigh, Loew served as an assistant professor of computer science at Valdosta State University. He has published his work in 28th IEEE International Conference on Computer Design, 8th IEEE Symposium on Application Specific Processors and 42nd International Symposium on Microarchitecture.

Natasha VermaakAnnabella Pitkin
Assistant Professor, Religion Studies

Annabella Pitkin earned her doctorate in religion at Columbia University, and her bachelor’s in social studies at Harvard College. Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Pitkin served as term assistant professor at Barnard College at Columbia University, and as a Social Science Research Council postdoctoral fellow for transregional research in Asia. Her research interests include Tibetan Buddhism; religion, gender and environment in East Asia; transnational social and religious networks in Asia; and the impact of modernity in the Himalayan region and China. Her current projects focus on Tibetan Buddhist biography and accounts of visionary or miraculous experience. She has presented her work in numerous venues nationally and internationally. Pitkin has two book-length works in progress and has published in Journal of Consciousness Studies and Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions.

Darius Omar WilliamsRosi Jan Reed
Assistant Professor, Physics

Rosi Jan Reed earned her doctorate and her master’s in physics at the University of California, Davis, and her bachelor’s in physics at San Jose State University. Before coming to Lehigh, Reed was an assistant professor of research at Wayne State University. Her research interests revolve around high-energy nuclear physics, specifically measuring the properties of the Quark Gluon Plasma (QGP), a deconfined state of quarks and gluons, which is formed in heavy ion collisions. Reed uses high momentum or high mass particles that are produced in the collisions as probes of the QGP. She has presented her research at national and international venues and has published her work in Journal of High Energy Physics, Physics Letters B and International Journal of Modern Physics A.

Maria Barbara Zepeda CortesSeth Richards-Shubik
Assistant Professor, Economics

Seth Richards-Shubik earned a doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania, an MPA at Syracuse University and a bachelor’s in history and science at Harvard University. Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Richards-Shubik served as an assistant professor of economics and public policy at the School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests include health economics, applied econometrics, network models, medical service markets, and health inequality. He has published his work in Quantitative Economics, Journal of Human Resources and Journal of Health Economics.

Darius Omar WilliamsJohn D. Simon
Professor, Chemistry & President of Lehigh University

John Simon earned his doctorate and master’s degrees at Harvard University and his bachelor’s at Williams College. Prior to his appointment as president of Lehigh University, Simon served as executive vice president and provost and Robert C. Taylor Professor at the University of Virginia. His research interests have focused on understanding the structure and function of human pigmentation. More recently, he has been collaborating with scientists internationally to study the only known intact pigments recovered from the Jurassic period. He has authored or coauthored nearly 250 academic papers and four books.

Maria Barbara Zepeda CortesNeal M. Snow
Assistant Professor, Accounting

Neal Snow earned his doctorate in accounting at the University of South Florida, and a master’s and bachelor’s in accounting at Utah State University. Before earning his doctorate, Snow worked at Deloitte in Houston, and Goldman Sachs and Co. in New York, London and Salt Lake City. His research interests include behavioral accounting, social media, communication channels, crowdfunding, content analysis, XBRL, and design science. He has several working papers under review. His research has been featured in IR Magazine and the Yale School of Management website. He was also part of the inter-departmental team that was awarded a $25,000 PwC INQuires Grant to develop a data analytics course at Lehigh.

Maria Barbara Zepeda CortesSarah E. Stanlick
Professor of Practice, Sociology & Anthropology and Director of the Center for Community Engagement

Sarah Stanlick earned a doctorate in learning sciences and technology at Lehigh, a master’s in coexistence and conflict studies at Brandeis University, and a bachelor’s in international affairs at Lafayette College. Stanlick served as an adjunct professor in sociology at Centenary College, as well as a research program development officer in Lehigh’s Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Studies before joining the faculty. She has presented her work in many venues and has published in journals such as The Social Studies, Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, and Journal of Global Citizenship and Equity Education.

Maria Barbara Zepeda CortesMiranda I. Teboh-Ewungkem
Professor of Practice, Mathematics

Miranda Teboh-Ewungkem earned a doctorate in mathematics/applied mathematics, and a master’s in statistics at Lehigh, and a master’s and bachelor’s in mathematics at the University of Buea, Cameroon. Before assuming the professor of practice position, Teboh-Ewungkem served as a visiting senior research scholar/adjunct professor at Lehigh. Prior to joining Lehigh, she was an assistant professor of mathematics at Lafayette College. She has presented her work widely and has published in various respected journals including BMC Medicine, Journal of Mathematical Biology, Journal of Theoretical Biology, Bulletin of Mathematical Biology and Mathematical Biosciences. She has also co-organized NSF-funded international conferences and workshops in mathematics and its applications.

Maria Barbara Zepeda CortesTing Wang
Assistant Professor, Computer Science & Engineering

Ting Wang earned a doctorate in computer science at Georgia Institute of Technology, a master’s in computer science at the University of British Columbia, and a bachelor’s in computer science at Zhejiang University. Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Wang was a research staff member and security analytics lead at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center. His research invents new concepts and methods empowering large-scale data mining as well as bridges disciplinary boundaries for application of these advances to privacy, security, and trust issues. His work has been published in many premier data mining and management venues as well as top privacy and security forums.

Maria Barbara Zepeda CortesJonathan J. Wierer, Jr.
Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Jonathan Wierer earned his doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, at Urbana-Champaign. Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Wierer served as a principal member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories, and as a senior scientist in the Advanced Laboratories of Philips-Lumileds. His research interests include semiconductor materials and device physics, as well as developing novel devices such as light-emitting diodes and laser diodes. He has authored or coauthored over 100 journal publications and conference presentations, and holds 29 patents.

Maria Barbara Zepeda CortesNobuko Yamasaki
Assistant Professor, Modern Languages & Literatures

Nobuko Yamasaki earned her doctorate in comparative literature at the University of Washington, her master’s in Asian Studies at Cornell University, and her master’s in English and bachelor’s in Russian at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. Before coming to Lehigh, she served as a visiting assistant professor of Japanese at Kenyon College. She is currently working on a book manuscript, titled Fragmenting History: Prostitutes, Hostesses, and Actresses at the Edge of Empire, which reveals that women’s bodies were highly contested battlefields in the Japanese Empire and that the Empire’s legacies prevail even today. As a translator, she contributed to the reproduction of a series of Japanese language textbooks by Bunsei Shoin, a publisher in Tokyo. These textbooks had originally been compiled and published between the 1920s and 1940s for Japanese communities in Seattle.

Maria Barbara Zepeda CortesDawei (David) Zhang
Assistant Professor, Management

Dawei Zhang earned a doctorate in management information systems at the University of Calgary, Canada, a master’s in economics at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong and a bachelor’s in computer science at Sun Yat-sen University, China. Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, David served as an assistant professor at the University of Scranton. His research interests include economics of information systems, big data analytics and information systems, and supply chains. He has presented his work at numerous venues, and has a published book chapter and several papers in progress.

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