Welcome New Faculty: 2018-2019

College of Arts & Sciences

College of Business and Economics

College of Education

PC Rossin College of Engineering and ApplieD Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences


Angela Brown


William Crow
Professor of Practice, Art, Architecture and Design
Director, Lehigh University Art Galleries

William Crow earned a doctorate in cognitive studies in education at Columbia University, a master's in leadership in museum education at Bank Street College, an MFA at The City University of New York and a bachelors' in romance languages and studio art at Wake Forest University. Before he was appointed the director of the Lehigh University Art Galleries and professor of practice, Crow served as Educator in Charge, Teaching and Learning at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He was a Fulbright Visiting Global Specialist in Peru and has published articles and chapters in Next Practices in Art Museums, Careers in Museum Education and Journal of Museum Education.

Angela Brown


Christopher Driscoll
Assistant Professor, Religion Studies and the Africana Studies Program

Christopher M. Driscoll, Ph.D. is assistant professor of Religion Studies, American Studies, and Africana Studies at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA (beginning Fall 2018). Driscoll is a scholar of race, religion, and culture, and historical and contemporary white U.S. and European religious, philosophical, and theological thought and traditions, hip hop culture, and existentialisms/ humanisms, and has lectured across the U.S. and Europe on these themes. His interdisciplinary work combines social, critical, philosophical, and hermeneutical theories and methods within the academic study of religion. Driscoll is author of White Lies: Race & Uncertainty in the Twilight of American Religion (Routledge, 2015), co-author (with Monica R. Miller) of the forthcoming Method as Identity in the Academic Study of Religion (under contract with Lexington Books); invited guest editor of a 2011 special issue of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion on the topic of hip hop and religion, co-editor (with Monica R. Miller and Anthony B. Pinn) of Kendrick Lamar and the Making of Black Meaning (under contract with Routledge), and co-editor (with The CERCL Writing Collective) of Breaking Bread, Breaking Beats: Churches and Hip Hop – A Guide to Key Issues (Fortress Press, 2014).

Serge Da Motta Veiga


Brian Fife
Department Chair and Professor, Political Science

Brian Fife earned a doctorate and a master’s in political science at the State University of New York at Binghamton and a bachelor’s in political science at University of Maine.  Before his appointment as chair of the Political Science Department, Fife served as professor and chair of the Department of Public Policy at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.  His research focuses on education policy, electoral reform, and the challenges of poverty in America. Fife has published several books and his articles have appeared in outlets such as Global Education Review, International Journal of Educational Reform, Urban Education, Equity and Excellence in Education, and The Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Boris Defourny


Ann Fink
Professor of Practice, Biological Sciences

Ann Fink earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience and a B.A. in psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles.  Before her appointment as a Professor of Practice, Fink was the Wittig Visiting Assistant Professor in Feminist Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Her research expertise is in the biological basis of memory, emotion and mental health. Her work has appeared in a variety of journals such as Molecular Psychiatry, Journal of Neuroscience and Journal of Neurophysiology.

Bridget Dever


Lisa Fredin
Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Lisa Fredin earned a doctorate in chemistry at Northwestern University, and a bachelor’s in chemistry, biochemistry and applied mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin.  Before coming to Lehigh, Fredin served as a research chemist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  Her research draws on her background combining experiment and theory to develop computational and theoretical models of fundamental electronic properties to design materials with targeted properties. The Fredin group will develop models for a broad range of surface science applications, bridging physical chemistry, material science, nanoscience, and computation; as well as, probing the boundaries of the particle and wave approximations of electrons in materials. She has published her work in Chemical Physical Letters, Nature and Chemical Science. 

Panos Diplas


Derek Handley
Assistant Professor, English

Derek G. Handley earned a doctorate and master’s in rhetoric at Carnegie Mellon University, an MFA in creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s in English at Hampton University.  Before coming to Lehigh, Handley was a Predoctoral Mellon Fellow at the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference at Emory University as well as an Officer-Instructor at the University States Naval Academy.   His research interests/areas of specialization include African American Rhetoric, Rhetorical History, and the Black Freedom Movement.  Handley has published his poetry in several literary journals as well as his research in Reflections - A Journal of Writing, Service-Learning, and Community Literacy and in Leadership and the Humanities.

Angela Brown


Santiago Herrera
Professor of Practice, Biological Sciences

Santiago Herrera earned a doctorate in biological oceanography at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a master's in biological sciences, a bachelor's in microbiology and a bachelor's in biology at the Universidad de los Andes. Before coming to Lehigh, Herrera was a visiting assistant professor at Lehigh and a guest researcher at Temple University.  He has published his work in Molecular Ecology Resources, BMC Medical Genomics and Frontiers in Environmental Science.

Angela Brown


Tong Soon Lee
Department Chair and Professor, Music

Tong Soon Lee earned a Ph.D. and MA in ethnomusicology at the University of Pittsburgh and a BA(Hons) in music and MBA at the University of Durham, United Kingdom.  Lee also earned piano performance diplomas at the Royal Schools of Music and Trinity College of Music, London.  Before joining Lehigh as the chair of the Music Department, Lee was a professor and chair of the Music Department at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  His research focuses on East Asian and Southeast Asian musical traditions and he has authored a book, Chinese Street Opera in Singapore.  Lee is currently working on another monograph on Peranakan Music and Multiculturalism in Singapore, editing the Routledge Handbook of Asian Music: Cultural Intersections, and is the General Editor of the Yearbook for Traditional Music, journal of the International Council for Traditional Music. 

Taewan Kim


Mary Anne Madeira
Assistant Professor, International Relations

Mary Anne Madeira earned a doctorate and master’s in political science at the University of Washington, and master’s in International and European Politics at the University of Edinburgh and a bachelor’s in political science at Johns Hopkins University.  Prior to joining Lehigh’s faculty, Madeira served as an assistant professor in political science at Queen’s College, City University of New York.  Her research focuses on the domestic politics of international trade and regional integration.  She has published a book, Globalization, Institutions and Governance and has also published in Asia-Pacific Journal of EU Studies, Review of International Political Economy and Research and Politics.

Angela Brown


Uğur Peçe
Assistant Professor, History and Global Islamic Studies

Uğur Peçe earned a doctorate in History at Stanford University, a master’s in Southeast European Studies at the University of Athens, a master’s in History at Sabanci University (Turkey) and a bachelor’s in Economics at Bogazici University (Turkey).  Before coming to Lehigh, Pece served as a lecturer in History and Literature at Harvard University and visiting assistant professor at Bard College. His research focuses on nineteenth century Ottoman history, with special emphasis on migration and Islamic mobilization from a transcontinental perspective.  He has presented his work widely and published in the journal of Middle Eastern Studies. 

Justin Jaworski


Si Tang
Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Si Tang is an applied probabilist and mathematical biologist. She earned a doctorate in Statistics and a doctorate in Ecology and Evolution, both from the University of Chicago.  Before coming to Lehigh in 2018, she was the William W. Elliott Assistant Research Professor at Duke University (2017-2018). Tang’s research interests focus on probability theory, stochastic processes, and their applications in biology, statistical physics and computer science. In particular, she has worked on large ecological networks, first passage percolation, and superprocesses. She has published her work in Nature, Ecology Letters, and Electronic Journal of Probability.

Justin Jaworski


Kyoko Taniguchi
Professor of Practice, Modern Languages and Literatures and the Asian Studies Program

Kyoko Taniguchi earned a doctorate in contemporary and modern Japanese literature, gender and psychoanalysis at Emory University, a master's in comparative literature at the University of Georgia, a master's at the University of Washington in international studies and a bachelor's in foreign affairs at the University of Virginia. Before her appointment as a professor of practice, she taught Japanese literature and language at Dickinson College and Gettysburg College. Taniguchi’s research interests include contemporary/modern Japanese literature, film, and popular culture.

Justin Jaworski


Valerie Jones Taylor
Assistant Professor, Psychology and the Africana Studies Program

Valerie Jones Taylor earned a doctorate in social psychology at Stanford University, and a B.A. in psychology and ethnic studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Taylor served as an assistant professor at Spelman College, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University. Her research areas include intergroup relations, social identity threat, stereotyping and discrimination, and cultural psychology. Specifically, she investigates how stereotyping and prejudice affect the academic performance of underrepresented groups, interracial interactions, and the treatment of minorities and racialized physical spaces. She has been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation and the Ford Foundation, presented her work widely, and published in journals including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology

Angela Brown


Lei Wu
Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Lei Wu earned a doctorate and master’s in applied mathematics at Brown University and a bachelor’s in mathematics at Peking University. Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Wu was a postdoc in the department of mathematical sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests include partial differential equations, calculus of variations, numerical analysis and mathematical physics. Wu has published his work in Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis, Communications in Mathematical Physics, and SIAM Journal on Mathematical Analysis. 

Angela Brown


David Zappulla
Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Before moving to Lehigh, Zappulla started as a faculty member at Johns Hopkins University in 2008. His research focuses on chromosomes and the molecules that maintain them in order to control cell proliferation. Primarily, his lab investigates the enzyme telomerase, which consists of RNA and protein components and is centrally important to human cancer and aging. Zappulla’s research has unveiled exceptional RNA flexibility in macromolecular complexes, new telomerase RNA functional elements, and a model for how telomeres are maintained in yeast. Prior to becoming a faculty member, Zappulla was a postdoctoral researcher at Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He received his doctorate in molecular and cellular biology from Stony Brook University and his bachelor’s in biology from Middlebury College.

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College of Business and Economics

Angela Brown


Ludovica Cesareo
Assistant Professor, Marketing

Ludovica Cesareo earned a doctorate in business management (marketing track), a master’s in innovation and internationalization of firms, and a bachelor’s in economics at Sapienza, University of Rome.  Before being appointed to Lehigh’s faculty, Cesareo served as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  Her research focuses on the psychological processes that influence consumer behavior toward authentic and counterfeit luxury products, as well as the integral role emotions play in consumer decision-making and marketing related outcomes. She has presented her work at national and international conferences, and has published many journals such as Journal of the Association for Consumer Research, Journal of Consumer Marketing, and Business Horizons.

Angela Brown


Phillip Coles
Professor of Practice, Management

Phillip Coles earned a Master of Science in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University, an MBA in Supply Chain Management at Lehigh University, and a B.S. in Entomology from The Pennsylvania State University. Before his appointment as a professor of practice, Coles held adjunct positions at Syracuse University and Penn State. His professional background includes 35 years in operations and supply chain management with his most recent experience serving as a Vice President and Project Manager at a Giorgi Global Holdings, Inc. subsidiary. Recently, he guest-lectured in the Penn State MBA program on designing employee compensation in companies using continuous improvement and presented his research at the NAREA conference in Rhode Island and Columbia University. He has given seminars at China Agricultural University and Shanxi University.   

Jayeon Lee


Yoonju Han
Assistant Professor, Marketing

Yoonju Han earned a doctorate in marketing at Indiana University, a master’s in marketing and a bachelor’s in business administration at Korea University.  Her research interests include quantitatively modeling consumers’ in-store shopping behavior, sales promotion, eye tracking data, and Bayesian applications in marketing. She has several papers under review and in progress and has published in Marketing Letters.

Angela Brown


Loren Keim
Professsor of Practice, Perella Department of Finance

Loren Keim earned his MBA and bachelor’s in management at Lehigh University.  Keim teaches Case Studies in Real Estate as well as the two-semester Real Estate Practicum.  Keim is also an author of real estate “How to” books and videos, has been an international speaker at numerous conference presentations and is the owner of a commercial and residential real estate firm, Century 21 Keim Realtors in Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. 

Angela Brown


Andreea Kiss
Frank L. Magee Professorship
Associate Professor, Management

Andreea Kiss earned a doctorate in strategic management and entrepreneurship at Georgia State University and a master's and bachelor's in international business at Babes Bolyai University (Romania).  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty Kiss was an associate professor at Iowa State University.  Her research interests include early firm adaptation, in particular the influence of founder and CEO cognition and social mechanisms on firm strategic actions.  Kiss has presented her work at numerous conferences and published in the Journal of Business VenturingEntrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Strategic Management Journal and Journal of Management. Prior to joining academia Andreea worked for new ventures and established firms that operate in the tourism industry, financial and educational services, and the medical devices industry in both Europe and the U.S.

Angela Brown


Olena Nikolsko-Rzhevska
Professor of Practice, Perella Department of Finance

Olena Nikolsko-Rzhevska earned her doctorate in finance and her bachelor’s in financial economics at the University of Memphis.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty as a professor of practice, Dr. Nikolsko-Rzhevska interned at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and Morgan Keegan as well as served as an adjunct at Lehigh.  Her research interests include market microstructure, high-frequency trading, investments and financial regulations.  She has presented her work in various venues and has several papers in progress.

Monica Miller


Ahmed Rahman
Associate Professor, Economics

Ahmed Rahman earned a doctorate and master’s in economics at the University of California at Davis, a master’s in international finance at Brandeis University, and a bachelor’s in economics and political science at the University of Connecticut.  Before coming to Lehigh, Rahman was an associate professor in the department of economics at the U.S. Naval Academy.  His research interests include economic growth, economic history, international economics and the economics of education. He has published his work in European Economic Review, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Economic History and the Journal of Economic Growth.

Monica Miller


Thomas Rees
Professor of Practice, Accounting

Thomas Rees earned an MBA at the University of Delaware and a Bachelor of Science in accounting at Arizona State University.   Mr. Rees is a Professor of Practice on Lehigh’s Accounting Faculty. Prior to joining Lehigh, he was a Senior Managing Director in FTI Consulting’s SEC and Accounting Advisory practice and Co-Leader of their Financial Institution Governance and Regulation practice.   Previously, Professor Rees held management positions at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, a division of the U.S. Treasury Department and MBNA America Corp. Professor Rees has been published in various industry journals, including the Journal of Accountancy, Bank Accounting and Finance, Pennsylvania CPA Journal and Commercial Lending Review. He has spoken at numerous industry conferences on accounting issues. He holds the CPA, CFA and CFE professional certifications.

Monica Miller


Patrick Zoro
Professor of Practice, Perella Department of Finance
Program Manager of M.S. in Analytical Finance

Patrick Zoro earned an MBA in finance at St John’s University.  Before his appointment as a professor of practice, Zoro was an adjunct professor at several universities and colleges including Scranton, Alvernia, Desales and Cedar Crest.  Prior he was a Managing Director at BNP Paribas’ Portfolio Management Group.

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College of Education

Angela Brown


Germán Cadenas
Assistant Professor, Counseling Psychology Program

Germán Cadenas earned a doctorate and a master’s in counseling psychology and two bachelor’s degrees at Arizona State University.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Cadenas held a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley.  His research interests include immigrant psychology and its intersection with educational attainment and critical consciousness development, and career and educational pathways for STEM and social entrepreneurship in underserved communities.  He has presented his work widely and published in Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology, Journal of Career Development, Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education and The Counseling Psychologist. He is active in policy advocacy and community organizing for immigrant rights and education equity, and currently serves on the Advocacy Workgroup of the American Psychological Association’s Division 17. 

Angela Brown


William Gaudelli
Dean and Professor, College of Education

William Gaudelli is the 8th Dean of the College of Education at Lehigh University. Dean Gaudelli’s career spans more than 25-years as a classroom teacher, researcher, professor, and seasoned administrator. A prominent international scholar, his research areas focus on global citizenship education and teacher education and development. Dr. Gaudelli most recently served as the Chair of the Department of Arts and Humanities, at Teachers College, Columbia University. Before joining Columbia in 2006, Dr. Gaudelli held the position of associate professor and program supervisor at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Gaudelli completed his master’s degree in 1995 and his doctoral degree in 2000 at Rutgers University – Graduate School of Education in social studies education.  He taught social studies in the Hunterdon Central Regional High School for ten years prior to moving into higher education.

Keith Moored III


Dr. Noor Syed
Professor of Practice, Special Education Program
Clinical Director for Lehigh University Autism Services

Dr. Noor Syed earned a doctorate and two master's in Applied Behavior Analysis at Teachers College, Columbia University and a bachelor's in Psychology Applied Behavior Analysis at Binghamton University.  Before her appointment as a Professor of Practice and Clinical Director for Lehigh University Autism Services, Dr. Syed was an Assistant Professor of Special Education at Manhattanville College.  She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral, general and special education teacher, and the Director of International Partnerships with the Global Autism Project, as well as an International Discovery Fellow.  Her research interests lie in verbal behavior, ethical practices in behavior analysis domestically and internationally, and the implementation of behavior analysis to teaching and curriculum development.

Keith Moored III


Ethan Van Norman
Assistant Professor, School Psychology Program

Ethan Van Norman earned a doctorate in Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with an emphasis in School Psychology and minor in Quantitative Methods. Before coming to Lehigh, Van Norman was as an assistant professor of School Psychology at Georgia State University.  His research interests include data based decision making, progress monitoring and universal screening within multi-tiered systems of support.  He recently received an early career research award from the Society for the Study of School Psychology.  His work has appeared, among other places, in Journal of School Psychology, School Psychology Review, School Psychology Quarterly and Remedial and Special Education.

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PC Rossin  College of Engineering and Applied Science

Spencer Quiel


Joshua Agar
Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Joshua Agar earned a doctorate and a bachelor’s in materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a master’s in materials science and engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Agar was a postdoctoral associate at the University of California, Berkeley.  His research interests focus on leveraging machine learning and artificial intelligence to accelerate the synthesis and understanding of coupled phenomena in strain-engineered multifunctional (electrical, thermal, mechanical, and sometimes magnetic) complex-oxide heterostructures using advanced experimental synthesis and spectroscopy.  His work has been featured in a range of journals including: Nature Materials, Advanced Materials, and ACS Nano.

Charles Stevens


Arielle Carr
Professor of Practice, Computer Science and Engineering

Arielle Carr is currently finishing her doctorate in mathematics at Virginia Tech, where she earned both her masters' and bachelor's in mathematics. She also holds a bachelor's in sociology and education from Roanoke College.   Before her appointment as a professor of practice at Lehigh, Carr held several teaching positions at Virginia Tech.  Her research interests include preconditioning techniques, Krylov iterative methods, algorithm development and implementation, and numerical analysis.

Kelly Schultz


Mark Erle
Professor of Practice, Computer Science and Engineering

Mark Erle earned a doctorate in computer engineering at Lehigh University, a master's in electrical engineering at the University of Vermont and a bachelor’s in electrical engineering at the Pennsylvania State University.  Before his appointment as a professor of practice, Erle worked with IBM designing microprocessors and Talen Energy architecting cloud-based applications.   He has several patents and has published in numerous conference proceedings.

Angela Brown


Luis Nunes Vicente
Timothy J. Wilmott '80 Endowed Faculty Chair in Industrial Engineering
Department Chair and Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Luis Nunes Vicente earned a doctorate and master’s in applied mathematics at Rice University, a master’s in optimization and a bachelor’s in mathematics at University of Coimbra, Portugal.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, L. N. Vincente was a professor of mathematics at the University of Coimbra.  His research interests include continuous optimization, computational science and engineering, and machine learning and data science.  His work has been published in Mathematical Programming, SIAM Journal on Optimization, and IMA Journal of Numerical Analysis.   

Kelly Schultz


E. Thomas Pashuck
Assistant Professor, Bioengineering

E. Thomas Pashuck earned a doctorate in materials science and engineering at Northwestern University, and a bachelor’s in materials science and engineering at the University of Florida.  Before coming to Lehigh, Pashuck had postdoctoral training at Rutgers University and Imperial College in London.  His research interests include regenerative medicine, cell-responsive materials, hydrogels, and self-assembly.  Pashuck has published his work in the Journal of the American Chemical Society and ACS Nano. 

Angela Brown


Xiu Yang
Assistant Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Xiu Yang earned a doctorate in applied mathematics at Brown University and a master's and bachelor's in computational mathematics at Peking University (China).  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Yang was a scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  Yang’s research interests include uncertainty quantifications and stochastic simulation, and inverse problem, model calibration and dimension reduction for multiscale modelings.  He has published his work in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing and Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation.

Tara Troy


Yahong Zheng
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Yahong Zheng earned a doctorate in system and computer engineering at Carleton University (Canada), a master’s in electronic engineering at Tsinghua University (China) and a bachelor’s in electrical engineering at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Zheng was the Wilkens Professor at the Missouri University of Science and Technology.  Her research interests include underwater cyber-physical systems, wireless communications and sensor networks, and embedded systems and signal processing. Her research has been funded by NSF, DoD, and DoT. She has published more than 70 journal papers in top IEEE Transactions and ACM journals. She was a recipient of an NSF Career award in 2009 and she has been an IEEE fellow since 2015.

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updated 10/10/2018

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