Assistant Professor, Philosophy
Patrick Connolly earned a doctorate and master’s at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s at Georgetown University. Before coming to Lehigh, Connolly was an assistant professor of philosophy at Iowa State University. His areas of interest include early modern philosophy, medieval philosophy and applied ethics. He has special research interests in the thought of John Locke and Isaac Newton. He has presented his work in many venues and published in the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Philosophical Studies, and History of Philosophy Quarterly.
Mariana De Maio
Assistant Professor, Journalism and Communication
Mariana De Maio earned a doctorate in mass communications at the University of Florida, a master’s and bachelor’s in communications at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a master’s in journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Before coming to Lehigh, she served as an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Media Studies at San Diego State University. Her research interests include online and multimedia journalism, political communication, media influence on political attitudes and behavior, and media ownership and democracy. De Maio has published her work in the Journal of Media and Religion as well as presenting her work in many international venues.
Katie M. Hoffman
Professor of Practice, Biological Sciences
Katie M. Hoffman earned a doctorate in neuroscience, a bachelor’s in microbiology and a bachelor’s in psychology at the University of Montana. Before coming to Lehigh, Hoffman served as a Chem/Bio Defense Post-Doctoral Fellow at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense. Her research focuses on neuroscience and understanding at a cellular level what occurs in the brain when we are processing information. Hoffman has presented her work in numerous venues and has published in Toxicological Sciences and Neuropharmacology.
Assistant Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures
Olivia Landry earned a doctorate in Germanic studies at Indiana University with minors in communication and culture and gender studies, and a master’s and bachelor’s in German studies at McGill University. Before coming to Lehigh, she was an acting assistant professor of German at Stanford University and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on all periods of German cinema, contemporary theater and LGBTQ and transnational performance. Landry has published her work in Film-Philosophy, TRANSIT, Women and Performance, Colloquia Germanica, Seminar, Germanic Review, Türkisch-deutsche Studien, and Women in German yearbook, with articles forthcoming in Black Camera and Transgender Quarterly. Her first book is currently under review with Indiana University Press.
Professor of Practice, Mathematics
Peter Lusch earned an MFA in graphic design at Michigan State University, and a bachelor’s in graphic design at Eastern Michigan University. Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Lusch was an assistant professor of graphic design at Penn State University. He has presented his work in numerous venues as well as exhibiting and publishing his work in Graphic Design USA, Communications Arts, and journal Design and Culture.
Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology
Allison Mickel earned her doctorate and master’s in anthropology at Stanford University and her bachelor’s in anthropology and linguistics at the College of William and Mary. Before coming to Lehigh, Mickel was a lecturer at Stanford University. Her research interests include cultural heritage, ethnography of archaeology, heritage tourism and public engagement. Her current research takes place in Jordan, and she has conducted archaeological excavation as well in Turkey, Kenya, and the United States. Mickel has one book in print and is finishing a second and has published her work in World Archaeology, Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory and Journal of Field Archaeology.
Lindsey Reuben Muñoz
Assistant Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures
Lindsey Reuben Muñoz earned a doctorate in Hispanic studies at the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s in Hispanic cultural studies at Columbia University, and a bachelor’s in Spanish at Bowdoin College. Her research interests lie in twentieth and twenty-first century Spanish cultural production, and engage with questions of gender, violence, and urban studies. Muñoz’s current research attends to the roles of the home space throughout the uneven processes of Spanish modernization by questioning the dichotomy between public and private spheres by which the home has traditionally been understood. She has taught at Shippensburg University, the University of Pennsylvania, has written a book chapter, and presented her work at the North East Modern Language Association and the American Comparative Literature Association.
Professor of Practice, English
Mark Ouellette earned a doctorate in educational linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s in language education and bachelor’s in English at Temple University. Before coming to Lehigh, Ouellette was the director of the English Language Institute at Arcadia University. He has published his work in Journal of Second Language Writing. Ouellette has also published a book, Voices on the Landscape: Plagiarism, Voice Appropriation, and Academic Competence in ESL Freshman Composition.
Assistant Professor, English
Lorenzo Servitje earned a doctorate and master’s in English at the University of California, Riverside and a bachelor’s in English at California State University. Servitje’s research focuses on medical history and the Victorian era, science and technology studies, and biopolitical theory. He has presented his work in varied venues and published in Literature and Medicine, Science Fiction Studies, and Journal of Medical Humanities. Servitje has co-edited two collections: The Walking Med: Zombies and the Medical Image and Endemic: Essays in Contagion Theory. His third collection, Syphilis and Subjectivity is forthcoming in December 2017 from Palgrave.
Assistant Professor, Physics
Ariel Sommer earned a doctorate in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s in physics at Stanford University. Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Sommer held postdoctoral research positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago. His research in experimental atomic, molecular, and optical (AMO) physics investigates novel quantum states of matter that occur when strongly-interacting particles are cooled to low temperatures. He has presented his work at international conferences and published in several journals, including Physical Review Letters, Science, and Nature.
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Elizabeth Young earned a doctorate in physical chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s in chemistry at Haverford College. Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Young served as an assistant professor of chemistry at Amherst College. She received an NSF American Competitiveness in Chemistry Fellowship at MIT to sponsor her postdoctoral work. Her research involves photo-induced proton-coupled electron transfer reactions in model systems and studies of charge transfer in molecules and materials of interest for next generation photovoltaics. She has presented her work in various venues and published in journals such as the Journal of Physical Chemistry A, Chemical Science and the Journal of Chemical Education. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation as well as the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund.
Professor of Practice, Management
James Brennan earned a doctorate in adult learning/educational foundations, a master’s in adult learning, a bachelor’s in secondary education, and a bachelor’s in psychology at the University of Wyoming. Prior to his appointment as a professor of practice, Brennan was a visiting professor of management at Lehigh as well as an affiliated expert at the College of Operational and Strategic Leadership at the US Naval War College. He has extensive management experience and is accomplished in the areas of organizational behavior, strategic development, emotional intelligence and performance consulting.
Assistant Professor, Accounting
Raluca Chiorean earned a doctorate in accounting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s and bachelor’s in accounting at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Chiorean was a visiting assistant professor at Lehigh before being appointed to the faculty. Her research interests include financial accounting and capital markets, voluntary and mandatory disclosures, and financial derivatives and hedge accounting. She has presented her work at several institutions including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Toledo, and Kent State University.
Jae Bum Kim
Assistant Professor, Accounting
Jae Bum Kim earned a doctorate in accounting at the University of Minnesota, a master’s in management engineering at KAIST Graduate School of Management, Korea, and a bachelor’s in economics and applied statistics at Yonsei University, Korea. Before coming to Lehigh, Kim served as an assistant professor of accounting at the Singapore Management University. His research interests include voluntary disclosure, earnings management, security valuation, financial analysts’ forecasts, and audit. He has presented his work internationally and his research has been published or accepted in academic journals such as Review of Accounting Studies, Contemporary Accounting Research, and European Accounting Review.
Professor of Practice, Marketing
Assistant Professor, Perella Department of Finance
Ke Shen earned a doctorate in finance at the University of Iowa, a master’s in statistics at Northern Illinois University, and a bachelor’s in computer science from Shanghai University, China. Before beginning his doctoral studies, Shen was a credit risk analyst at Bank of America and analyst at Goldman Sachs. Shen’s research interests include investments, mutual funds, institutional investors and IPOs. Shen teaches corporate finance and introductory financial management and has several papers in progress.
Assistant Professor, Management
Haoyan Sun received her Ph.D. in information systems from Forster School of Business at University of Washington. Her research applies empirical methods to study the problems related to the effect of emerging technologies on user behavior, business strategy, and platform dynamics. She applies econometric modeling, Bayesian analysis, and social network analysis in different topics of research. Sun has several articles under review, and has published and presented her work at various premier IS conferences such as International Conference of Information Systems (ICIS) and Conference on Information Systems and Technology (CIST). She has had various consulting experiences in different organizations and industries. She also worked as a research scientist at Amazon, where she built economic models to optimize Amazon outbound shipping costs for their supply chain network.
Assistant Professor, Perella Department of Finance
Qianqian Yu earned a doctorate in finance at Boston College, a master’s in finance and a master’s in economics at the University of British Columbia and a bachelor’s in economics at Beijing Foreign Studies University. Prior to coming to Lehigh, Yu served as a research and teaching assistant at Boston College. Her research interests include corporate finance, entrepreneurial finance, venture capital and innovation. Yu has presented her work at the Kauffman Emerging Scholars Conference, the American Finance Association Meeting and the Financial Management Association Annual Meeting.
Assistant Professor, Education and Human Services/Educational Leadership
Jihyun Kim earned a doctorate in educational policy at Michigan State University, a master’s in elementary educational administration and a bachelor’s in elementary education at Seoul National University of Education, Korea. Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, she served as a research assistant for the Study of Ambitious Math Instruction at Michigan State University. Kim’s research interests include teachers’ social networks, teaching quality, teacher turnover, teacher burnout, principal leadership and teacher evaluation. She has presented her work nationally and internationally and published in Teaching and Teacher Education, Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education and Asian Pacific Journal of Education.
Assistant Professor, Education and Human Services/Special Education
Esther Lindström earned a doctorate and master’s in special education from Vanderbilt University and a bachelor’s in English language and literature from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining Lehigh’s faculty, Lindström was a doctoral student and research project coordinator at Vanderbilt University. Her research interests include reading instruction for students with disabilities, supporting special educators in the classroom, and academic assessment. She has presented her work nationally and internationally, has co-authored several book chapters, and has published in Journal of Educational Psychology and Journal of Learning Disabilities.
Professor of Practice, Education and Human Services/Learning and Technology
Farah Vallera earned a doctorate in teaching, learning and technology and a master’s in Sociology at Lehigh University, has completed sociology doctoral coursework at Rutgers University, and holds a bachelor’s in sociology from Centenary College in New Jersey. Prior to accepting the professor of practice position, Vallera taught at several colleges and was a practicing instructional designer and institutional researcher. Her research interests include using innovative instructional technology to improve teaching and learning and bridging the gap between formal and informal education, especially in STEM, agriculture, and environmental education, as well as issues relating to diversity and multicultural competence. She has published her work in Computers in Schools, Journal of Agricultural Education, and The Agricultural Education Magazine.
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics
Ganesh Balasubramanian earned a doctorate in engineering mechanics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering at Jadavpur University (India). Before joining the Lehigh faculty, Balasubramanian was an assistant professor at Iowa State University. His research interests are in computational materials science, materials for energy systems, and nanoscale transport and mechanics. His work has been published in Nanoscale, Journal of Materials Chemistry and Applied Physics Letters.
Professor of Practice, Materials Science and Engineering
Eric Daniels earned a doctorate in polymer science and engineering, a master’s and bachelor’s in chemical engineering, and a master’s in biology at Lehigh University and a bachelor’s in biology at Muhlenberg College. He has been serving as principal research scientist of the Emulsion Polymers Institute at Lehigh. He holds 4 patents, has co-edited 2 books, and has co-authored 82 publications in journals such as Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Colloid Polymer Science and Langmuir.
Professor of Practice, Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics
Christina Haden earned a doctorate in mechanical and aerospace engineering, a master’s in biomedical engineering and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering at the University of Virginia. Before becoming a professor of practice, Haden was a postdoctoral research associate at Lehigh University. Her research focuses on the probability and statistics modeling of Ti6A14V additive manufacturing. She has published her work in The Journal of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, the Society of Advance Materials and Processes Engineeringand Fatigue & Fracture of Engineering Materials & Structures.
Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering
Roberto Palmieri earned a doctorate and master’s in computer engineering from Sapienza University of Rome. Before coming to Lehigh, Palmieri was a research assistant professor at Virginia Tech. His research interests include distributed computing, theory and practice, distributed systems, transactional memory, concurrency, cloud computing and operating systems. He has authored several book chapters and has published his work in many prestigious ACM and IEEE conferences and journals.
Professor of Practice, Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics
Marsha Timmerman earned a master’s in biology at Rutgers University and a bachelor’s in zoology at Michigan State University. Before coming to Lehigh, Timmerman taught in the Integrated Science, Business and Technology Program at LaSalle University, pioneering the development of the program. Prior to La Salle, Timmerman founded and was president of JWT, Inc., a start-up biotechnology company that produced LacTest™, a lactic acid test for endurance athletes. Before JWT, Timmerman was a founding scientist at Enzymatics where she developed their first product, a saliva alcohol test to measure intoxication. Throughout her career she has advised and mentored many early stage companies.
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Chengshan Xiao earned a doctorate in electrical engineering at the University of Sydney (Australia), a master’s in electronic engineering at Tsinghua University (China) and a bachelor’s in electronic engineering at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. Before joining Lehigh as the chairperson of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Xiao served as program director for Communications, Circuits, and Sensing Systems at the National Science Foundation. He has extensive grant experience and holds several patents. Xiao is a Fellow of the IEEE and Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He received a Humboldt Research Award. Xiao has published his work in IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, and IEEE Transactions on Information Theory.
Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Yi-Chen Yang earned a doctorate in civil and environmental engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, a master’s in bioenvironmental systems engineering and a bachelor’s in geography at National Taiwan University. Before coming to Lehigh, Yang was a research assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Yang’s research interests include coupled natural-human systems, water-food-energy-environment nexus, agent-based modeling and climate risk assessment. He has extensive research experiences in the Himalayan region and Sub-Saharan Africa. Yang has published in Water Resources Research, Hydrology, Earth System Sciences and Global Environmental Change. He served as an associate editor for the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management-ASCE.
Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering
Miaomiao Zhang earned a doctorate in computing at the University of Utah, a master’s in computer science at East China Normal University and a bachelor’s in computer science at Henan Normal University. Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Zhang served as a postdoctoral associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research emphasizes developing advanced statistical models to solve challenging problems in medical imagining and machine learning. Zhang has published her work in Riemannian Computing in Computer Vision, Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems and Medical Image Analysis.