Profiling Notre Dame’s new faculty

Author: Carol Bradley

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Arriving from points as far away as Australia, England, Spain and China, 40 new members of Notre Dames teaching and research faculty have come to the University for their own, unique reasons.

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College of Arts and Letters*

Ann W. Astell
Professor, Department of Theology

Area of research interest: Christian spirituality, medieval and modern; literature and theology; theological aesthetics; medieval Biblical exegesis
Teaching: Foundations of Theology, Mysticism in the Monastic Tradition
Most recent position: Department of English, Purdue University
Education: B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.A., Marquette University; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

The future of Catholic higher education is important to me. The University of Notre Dame is the flagship institution for the Church in the United States. Its Medieval Institute is also arguably the finest in North America. Notre Dame is simply the place where I can best do the scholarly work—the research, writing, and teaching—that I feel called to do at present.

Christopher Baron
Assistant Professor, Department of Classics

Area of research interest: Greek history; Greek and Roman historiography, the Hellenistic period, and ethnic identity in the ancient world.
Teaching: Ancient Greek 101, Alexander the Great
Most recent position: Visiting assistant professor in Classics, University of Notre Dame
Education: B.A., Illinois Wesleyan University; M.A., University of Chicago; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

I chose to stay at Notre Dame because of the quality of the undergraduates, and the interest and work ethic that they bring to classes. I hope to increase student interest in the ancient world and in the languages of the ancient world.

Tobias Boes
Assistant Professor, Department of German and Russian Languages and Literature

Area of research interest: Comparative approaches to the study of the novel and to early 20th-century German Culture
Teaching: The Crises of Modernity in German Culture, 1900-1933.
Most recent position: Lecturer of English and Comparative Literature at Yale University.
Education: B.A., Reed College; M.Phil., Yale University; Ph.D., Yale University

I chose Notre Dame because it is a preeminent research university with a demonstrated commitment to promoting inter-cultural understanding.

Richard Cross
The Rev. John A. OBrien Chair in Philosophy

Area of research interest: Medieval philosophy and theology, history of philosophical theology
Teaching: Introduction to Philosophy
Most recent position: Professor of Medieval Theology, University of Oxford and Fellow in Theology, Oriel College, Oxford (joint appointment).
Education: B.A., M.A., D.Phil. University of Oxford

I hope to continue working to the best of my ability on the history of medieval philosophy and philosophical theology.

Darren Davis
Professor, Department of Political Science

Area of research interest: Public opinion, political psychology, elections and voting behavior, race and ethnicity, research methods
Teaching: Political Psychology
Most recent position: Professor, Department of Political Science, Michigan State University
Education: B.S., Lamar University; M.A., Louisiana State University; Ph.D., University of Houston

I chose to come to Notre Dame for its serious and engaging intellectual environment. From its students to faculty colleagues, Notre Dame aspires to be the best.

Kirk Doran
Instructor, Department of Economics and Econometrics

Area of research interest: applied microeconomics, specifically child labor, development, labor markets and market equilibration
Teaching: Principles of Microeconomics
Most recent position: Ph.D. candidate, Princeton University
Education: A.B., Harvard University; S.M., Harvard University; Ph.D., Princeton University

I chose Notre Dame because it was the perfect place to help me achieve my goals: to do cutting edge research in applied microeconomics, to teach some of the best students in the nation, and to live out my faith every day.

Erica Doss
Professor and Chair, Department of American Studies

Area of research interest: Modern and contemporary American visual and material cultures
Teaching: American Art and Culture, 1945-1970
Most recent position: professor of art history at University of Colorado
Education: B.A., Ripon College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Minnesota.

Im delighted to be back in an American Studies program. Notre Dame has a strong program, and Im looking forward to the opportunity to build an even stronger American Studies program.

William Evans
Keogh-Hesburgh Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and Econometrics

Area of research interest: Economic determinants of health and the effectivenessof more medical spending
Teaching: Econometrics II, Health Economics
Most recent position: professor of economics, University of Maryland
Education: B.A., Wake Forest University; M.A., Ph.D., Duke University

I came to Notre Dame because I believe in the Catholic mission of the school, and I wanted my family to be part of the Notre Dame community. I am also excited about the possibilities in the new department of economics and econometrics.

Larissa Fast
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology; Visiting Fellow, Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Area of research interest: Peace building, conflict transformation, reflective practice, and humanitarian politics and security
Teaching: Politics of Humanitarianism, Peace Studies
Most recent position: Visiting assistant professor, University of Notre Dame
Education: B.A., Bethel College, Kansas; M.A., University of Notre Dame; Ph.D., George Mason University

I am excited to be a part of a collection of scholars from a variety of disciplines working on issues of peace and conflict.

Donna Marie Glowacki
John Cardinal OHara C.S.C. Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

Area of research interest: Archaeology, U.S. Southwest and Midwest, social changes leading to regional depopulation and migration, pottery production and exchange, and the formation of large, aggregated villages
Teaching: Fundamentals of Archaeology, Origins of Human Civilization
Most recent position: Research archaeologist, Mesa Verde National Park; research associate, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
Education: B.A., Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; M.A., University of Missouri, Columbia; Ph.D., Arizona State University

I was attracted to Notre Dame by the balance between doing good research and good teaching, and how both are supported.

Karen Graubert
Associate Professor, Department of History

Area of research interest: Colonial Latin America
Teaching: Colonial Latin America, Chronicles of the Conquest of Latin America
Most recent position: Assistant professor, Department of History, Cornell University
Education: B.A., Barnard College; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst

I came to Notre Dame because of its commitment to excellence in Latin American studies, as well as in history. Also, the Universitys joint commitment to scholarship and promoting a socially-award and family-friendly environment means a great deal to me.

Danielle Joyner
Assistant Professor, Department of Art, Art History and Design

Area of research interest: Medieval European art with a focus on manuscripts, including medieval conceptions and visual representations of time
Teaching: Gothic Art, Visualizing Time in the Middle Ages
Most recent position: Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art, Art History and Architecture, Harvard University
Education: B.A., University of Utah; M.A., University of Toronto, A.M., Harvard University, Ph.D., Harvard University

I hope to eliminate the termDark Agesfrom common parlance, weave art historical studies more firmly into medieval studies and inspire a better understanding and appreciation of the middle ages in undergraduates.

Susannah Monta
John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C, Associate Professor of English

Area of research interest: The relationships between Reformation-era religious change and literary culture.
Teaching: Graduate seminar on English Catholicism and early modern literature
Most recent position: Associate professor of English, Louisiana State University
Education: B.A., B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

I chose Notre Dame because of the immense resources here for the study of religion and culture. I look forward to working with scholars across campus who are engaged in this field of study.

Marisel Moreno
Assistant Professor, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

Area of research interest: U.S. Latino/a literature and culture, with a particular interest in the production of Puerto Rican, Cuban and Dominican authors in the United States
Teaching: Self, Family, Nation: Insular and U.S. Hispanic Caribbean Women Writers; Survey of Spanish-American Literature II
Most recent position: Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame
Education: B.A., University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D., Georgetown University

“I have been teaching at Notre Dame for nine years and consider this place my home.After working as an adjunct instructor and visiting assistant professor, I am thrilled to have become a more permanent member of the Notre Dame family, and I look forward to contributing in whatever way I can to the community that has already given me so much.”

Jaime Pensado
Associate Professor, Department of History

Area of research interest: Contemporary Mexican History
Teaching: On campus Fall 2008
Most recent position: Ph.D. candidate, University of Chicago
Education: B.A., M.A., California State University Los Angeles; Ph.D., University of Chicago

Michael Pries
Associate Professor, Department of Economics and Econometrics

Area of research interest: macroeconomics, focusing on amplification andpersistence of shocks to the labor market and on cross-country differences in labor market performance
Teaching: Principles of Macroeconomics, Macroeconomic Theory I
Most recent position: assistant professor of economics, University of Maryland at College Park
Education: B.A., University of Notre Dame; Ph.D., Stanford University

I am thrilled about moving to Notre Dame and joining the Department of Economics and Econometrics. I was an undergraduate at Notre Dame, and my return is in many ways a dream come true for me.

Grant Ramsey
Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy

Area of research interest: The philosophy of biology, including topics such as selection, fitness, drift, altruism and culture
Teaching: Introduction to Philosophy of Biology
Most recent position: Ph.D. candidate, Duke University
Education: B.A., B.S., The Evergreen State College; Ph.D., Duke University

I have strong interests in interdisciplinary work, and at Notre Dame I hope to build bridges between philosophy and the sciences, in particular the departments of Anthropology and the Biological Sciences. In the classroom, I am especially interested in having my students think carefully about what evolution is, how it occurs, and what the relationship is between evolution and religion.

Jayanta Sengupta
Assistant Professor, Department of History

Area of research interest: The social and cultural history of modern South Asia, intellectual interactions between India and the United States, and contemporary political Islam
Teaching: The Idea of India; Modern South Asia
Most recent position: Reader in History, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India
Education: B.A., Presidency College, University of Calcutta; M.A., University of Calcutta; Ph.D., University of Cambridge

I chose Notre Dame because I found in it an irresistible combination of collegiality and criticality.

Isabelle Torrance
Assistant Professor, Department of Classics

Area of research interest: Classical Greek literature and culture, both within the ancient context and within the later political and historical contexts which have engaged with them.
Teaching: Homer, Greek Epic, Greek Literature and Culture
Most recent position: Research fellow on Leverhulme-funded database projectThe Oath in Archaic and Classical Greececonducted at the University of Notthingham, UK.
Education: B.A., Trinity College, Dublin; Ph.D., Trinity College Dublin 2.

The support given to the arts at Notre Dame, and the funding available for research in this area, make this university an extremely attractive institution for a young scholar in the field of Classics. While I am here I hope to represent Notre Dame in producing and publishing original research, thus strengthening the profile of an already distinguished Classics department, and to provide excellent teaching and support to Notre Dame students.

Juan Vitulli
Assistant Professor, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

Area of research interest: Early modern Spanish literature/transatlantic studies
Teaching: Textual Analysis, Survey of Spanish Literature
Most recent position: Ph.D. candidate, Vanderbilt University
Education: B.A., University of Rosario, Argentina; M.A., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

I am more than pleased to teach and research in such a great institution.

Vineeta Yadav
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Area of research interest: Comparative politics, international economics, and the political economy of economic development; Indian and Chinese politics
Teaching: Comparative Study of Business/Government Relations; Comparative Public Policy Seminar
Most recent position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Globalization and Governance, Wilson School, Princeton University
Education: B.S., M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison; Ph.D., Yale University

“The University of Notre Dame’s reputation as both an intellectual center of excellence and as a close-knit social community were the most important reasons in my decision to join the faculty. I look forward to participating as a scholar and as a Notre Dame citizen.”

Guangjian Zhang
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology

Area of research interest: developing and evaluating statistical models forpsychological data
Teaching: Multivariate Analysis
Most recent position: Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Notre Dame
Education: B.M., Tianjin Medical University; M.Ed., Ph.D., Ohio State University

I chose Notre Dame because our quantitative program is one of the best in the country. I hope that I can make a substantial contribution to the field of quantitative psychology and provide my students with the best methodology training.

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College of Engineering*

Marina Blanton
Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering

Area of research interest: Security, privacy and applied cryptography
Teaching: Cryptography and Data Security
Most recent position: Ph.D. candidate, Purdue University
Education: B.S., Tyumen State Oil and Gas University, Russia; M.S., Ohio University, M.S., Purdue University; Ph.D., Purdue University

What attracted me to Notre Dame is its collegial and friendly atmosphere and
an opportunity to work with and educate bright students. I am looking forward to advancing in my field and envisioning fruitful collaborations with my colleagues at Notre Dame.

Scott Emrich
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Area of research interest: Bioinformatics and computational biology
Teaching: Introduction to Parallel Algorithms and Programming
Most recent position: Research assistant, Iowa State University
Education: B.S., Loyola College in Maryland; Ph.D., Iowa State University

Notre Dame was highly appealing because of its history and its aspiration to become a great Catholic research university.My subsequent interactions with students, faculty and administration assured me that coming to ND was the perfect choice.During my time here, I am looking forward to performing interdisciplinary research and strengthening connections between the computer and life sciences on campus.

Andrew Kennedy
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences

Area of research interest: Coastal engineering, nearshore waves, currents, storm surge and morphological change
Teaching: On campus Spring 2008
Most recent position: Assistant professor, Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering, University of Florida.
Education: B.S.cE., Queens University; M.A.Sc., University of British Columbia, Ph.D., Monash University, Australia

Joshua D. Shrout
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences

Area of research interest: Understanding the development of biofilms in engineered systems such as drinking water pipes and other municipal and industrial systems, and their impact upon the environment and public health
Teaching: Environmental Microbiology
Most recent position: Senior fellow in the department of microbiology at the University of Washington
Education: B.S., Northwestern University; M.S., Marquette University; Ph.D., University of Iowa

I chose to join the faculty at Notre Dame because of the engaging nature and productivity of my new faculty colleagues; the excellent students I met during my interview, the outstanding resources and commitment to research; and the opportunity to return to the Midwest and a quality of life that is unavailable elsewhere.

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College of Science*

Brandon Ashfeld
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Area of research interest: Organic synthesis, the design of novel synthetic processes
Teaching: Advanced Organic Chemistry II
Most recent position: Department of Chemistry, Stanford University
Education: B.S., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

“I chose to come to Notre Dame because of the University’s commitment to maintaining a reputation of excellence as a world-renowned research institution, as well as the level of quality in the undergraduate and graduate students who matriculate.”

Mark Caprio
Assistant Professor, Department of Physics

Area of research interest: Research focuses on the structure of the atomic nucleus and on phenomena which occur in quantum systems consisting of small numbers of particles
Teaching: Electricity and Magnetism
Most recent position: Postdoctoral associate, Yale University
Education: B.S., Oglethorpe University; M.S., Yale University; M.Phil., Yale University; Ph.D., Yale University

“Notre Dame was especially appealing as a place to come to, since it has a vibrant physics research community, with a long history in nuclear physics, and yet it also places a strong emphasis on undergraduate teaching. It therefore combines some of the best aspects of the research and liberal arts worlds.”

Antonio Delgado
Assistant Professor, Department of Physics

Area of research interest: Theoretical particle physics
Teaching: Quantum Field Theory, Spring 2008
Most recent position: Postdoctoral Fellow CERN Geneva Switzerland
Education: B.Sc., Universidad Autónoma de Madrid; Ph.D., Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

I chose Notre Dame because of the good atmosphere I found when I visited, and also the quality of the High Energy group."

David Galvin
Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics

Area of research interest: discrete probability, combinatorics and graph theory
Teaching: Operations Research
Most recent position: Lecturer, Department of Mathematics, University of Pennsylvania
Education: B.A., Part III of Mathematical Tripos, Peterhouse, University of Cambridge; Ph.D., Rutgers University.

I am excited to join the Notre Dame family. I am looking forward to the opportunities and challenges associated with working alongside a world-class research faculty, and an intellectually curious and socially aware student body.

Karsten Grove
The Rev. Howard J. Kenna, C.S.C. Professor of Mathematics

Area of research interest: Geometry
Teaching: Analysis
Most recent position: Professor of Mathematics, University of Maryland
Education: Cand. Scient., Lic. Scient., University of Aarhus., Denmark.

I thought it was an exciting opportunity. In my area of research, its already a very strong department, and I think I can help make it even stronger.

Robert A. Schulz
Professor and University of Notre Dame Chair in Biological Sciences

Area of research interest: Generate and study genetic models of human disease especially as they relate to abnormalities in heart, blood cell and muscle development.
Teaching: Topics in Developmental Biology, Heart Development and Disease
Most recent position: Ashbel Smith Professor and Deputy Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
Education: B.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Ph.D., Georgetown University

I look forward to the challenge of being an educator, scientist, and service contributor at the University of Notre Dame. It is my goal that over time, my contributions will be significant and increase the research profile of this already great university.

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Mendoza College of Business*

Corey Angst
Assistant professor of Management

Area of research interest: transformational effect of information technology, technology usage, and IT value, particularly in the healthcare industry.
Teaching: Strategic use of IT in business
Most recent position: Research Assistant Professor and Associate Director, Center for Health Information and Decision Systems, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland.
Education: B.S.M.E., Western Michigan University; M.B.A., University of Delaware, Ph.D., Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

Being on the faculty at Notre Dame is truly an honor. It has always been my dream to be part of a world-renowned university. Im looking forward to collaborating with both the faculty and students in this great institution.

Brad A. Badertscher
Assistant Professor of Accountancy

Area of research interest: Financial capital markets, including areas such as earnings management, financial restatements, quality of book-tax conformity issues.
Teaching: Accountancy I
Most recent position: PhD. candidate, University of Iowa
Education: B.A., University of Nebraska-Kearney; M.B.A., University of Iowa; Ph.D., University of Iowa

I chose the University of Notre Dame for its reputation for exellence in research and teaching. The unwavering support Notre Dame provides its commitment to producing high-quality research and teaching initiatives were critical factors in my decision to join the faculty here.

Jeffrey Burks
Assistant Professor of Accountancy

Area of research interest: Financial accounting and corporate governance
Teaching: Measurement and Disclosure I
Most recent position: University of Iowa
Education: B.B.A., University of Notre Dame; M.B.A., Creighton University; Ph.D., University of Iowa

I came here for the chance to work with top-notch faculty and students, and for the love of the University that I developed as a Notre Dame undergraduate.

Carrie Crystal
Assistant Professor of Operations Management

Area of research interest: The drivers of effective revenue management
Teaching: Introductory Operations Management, MBA and undergraduate
Most recent position: Earned Ph.D. at Georgia Tech in 2007
Education: B.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute; M.S., Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology

Notre Dame Uniquely blends high caliber students, quality faculty, and an environment conducive to junior faculty development. I look forward to developing thoughtful, inquisitive students and bringing my perspective to the Mendoza College of Business.

John DArcy
Assistant Professor of Management

Area of research interest: Information assurance and security and computer ethics
Teaching: Technology of Risk Management
Most recent position: Assistant Professor, Department of Computer&
Information Sciences, Towson University, Towson, Maryland
Education: B.S., Pennsylvania State University; M.B.A., LaSalle University; Ph.D., Temple University

I chose to work at Notre Dame because of its rich history, and for the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty who share similar research interests. I hope to further my research in the areas of information assurance and security through collaborative efforts with Notre Dame faculty from the college of business and throughout the University.

PengjiePaulGao
Assistant Professor of Finance

Area of research interest: Asset pricing, market microstructure, and house financial decisions
Teaching: Spring 2008, Advanced Investment Strategies
Most recent position: Ph.D. candidate, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Education: B.S.E., Qingdao University of Science and Technology; M.S., University of Tennessee; Ph.D., Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

The finance department at Mendoza is undoubtedly one of the best finance departments in the country in terms of research productivities and impact. I truly enjoy the collegiate research atmosphere in the department. Mendoza also has an exceptional strong undergraduate business program, and I hope to contribute to this program.

Diana Jimeno-Ingrum
Assistant Professor of Management

Area of research interest: Employee creativity, innovation, knowledge acquisition through communication, and diverse/multicultural work groups and social networks
Teaching: Organizational Innovation, Organizational Behavior/Human Resources
Most recent position: Ph.D. candidate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Education: B.S., Colorado State University; M.A., California State University, Northridge; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The opportunity to work at Notre Dame is unmatched. My colleagues are outstanding scholars and absolutely phenomenal individuals. I’m truly excited to work in such a fertile research environment while teaching and inspiring students of exceptional quality.

Tonya Williams Bradford
Assistant Professor of Marketing

Area of research interest: Consumer behaviors emphasizing money, gifting and families
Teaching: Principles of Marketing, Brand Strategy
Most recent position: Graduate research/teaching assistant, Northwestern University
Education: B.A., M.M., Ph.D., Northwestern University

In choosing a career as an academic, I chose to be a professional student dedicated to creating new knowledge through research and to challenge individuals to wrestle with the complexities of an ever-changing business environment. I believe learning is a collaborative venture where all members of a community can participate as teachers and students. I am excited about the opportunities to construct and engage in learning opportunities with students in the classroom and in the community. I chose Notre Dame because the energy for research and learning is palpable!

Xuying Zhao
Assistant Professor of Management

Area of research interest: Supply chain optimization through production, marketing, and logistics intervention
Teaching: Operations Management
Most recent position: Doctoral candidate, University of Texas at Dallas
Education: B.S., Zhejiang University, China; M.S., Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas

_In Notre Dame, I find everything I wanted: colleagues who have common research interests, a department chair and senior professors who create the best working environment, a collegial atmosphere, convenient location and easy life in a nice town. I can see myself working very happily and productively at Notre Dame.
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