Fall 2008

Adam Barry

Assistant Professor, Health and Kinesiology, H&K/LAMB

aebarry@purdue.edu

Adam Barry

Adam Barry comes to Purdue University from Texas A&M University where he taught at the undergraduate and graduate level as a Lecturer in the Department of Health & Kinesiology. Originally from Tampa, Florida, Barry received his undergraduate degree in School Health and a Master's degree in Health Education from Florida State University. In addition, he earned his Doctoral degree in Health Education from Texas A&M University.

His primary research interest includes examining the alcohol-related behaviors, beliefs, perceptions and attitudes of college students. Furthermore, Adam has an interest in examining how technology can be utilized to enhance the delivery of health education content in a classroom setting.

 

Rebecca Bryant

Assistant Professor, Visual and Performing Arts, VPA/PAO

rgbryant@purdue.edu

Rebecca Bryant

Rebecca Bryant is an active performer and educator specializing in dance and interdisciplinary performance.  Her recent projects include collaborations with visual artists, poets, actors and musicians as well as solo works that combine text, technology and dance.  Bryant's research includes investigations in ensemble improvisation; she is interested in ensemble interaction as a training method, a performance practice and a model of collective action and consensus-building.  She also researches the applications of Alexander Technique in dance training and dance making.  She is a member of the Lower Left Performance Collective (dance/performance art) and co-founder of the Past Modern Performance Duo (music/dance/theater).  She holds an MFA in Dance from UCLA, a BA in Visual Art from the University of California at San Diego and comes to Purdue from Missouri State University's Department of Theatre and Dance.

 

Niambi Carter

Assistant Professor, Political Science/African American Studies, POL/BRNG

ncarter@purdue.edu

Niambi Carter

Niambi M. Carter received her Ph.D. in Political Science in 2007 from Duke University.  She completed her undergraduated degree in African American Studies with a minor in Political Science from Temple University (1999).  Her major areas of interest are American Politics and Political Theory.  Her dissertation "The Black/White Paradigm Revisited: African Americans, Immigration, Race, and Nation," examines African American attitudes toward immigration.   Dr. Carter's other research project explores the intersection of race, sexuality, and popular culture.

 

Laura Claxton

Assistant Professor, Health and Kinesiology, H&K/LAMB

ljclaxton@purdue.edu

Laura Claxton

Laura Jamie Claxton joins the Department of Health and Kinesiology as an assistant professor. She has a B.A. in Psychology and English from the University of Oregon and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Professor Claxton is member of the Cognitive Development Society and the Society for Research in Child Development. She was awarded a University of Massachusetts Psychology Department NIMH trainee fellowship.

Her research interests are motor and cognitive development. She investigates the integration of perception, action, and cognition in infants and young children.

 

H. Kory Cooper

Assistant Professor, Anthropology, ANTH/STON

hkcooper@purdue.edu

H. Kory Cooper

Kory Cooper is an archaeologist in the Department of Anthropology. Cooper received his BA in Anthropology from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1997, MA in Anthropology from the University of Arkansas Fayetteville in 2000, and his PhD from the University of Alberta in 2007. Cooper’s area of specialization within archaeology is archaeometallurgy, the study of the ancient and historic use of metal. Cooper has studied metal artifacts from Roman-Byzantine period sites in the Near East and historic Russian sites in Alaska, but his recent research has focused on the use of copper by the Native people of Alaska, the Yukon Territory, and greater northwestern North America. Though he has worked primarily in Alaska he has also conducted archaeological fieldwork in Jordan, Sudan, and California. Before coming to Purdue he taught at the University of Calgary in the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Archaeology.

Cooper is a member of several professional organizations including the Alaska Anthropological Association, the Canadian Archaeological Association, the Society for Archaeological Sciences, the Historical Metallurgy Society, and the Society for American Archaeology.

 

Alejandro Cuza-Blanco

Assistant Professor, Foreign Languages and Literatures, FLL/SC 168

acuza@purdue.edu

Alejandro Cuza-Blanco

Alejandro Cuza joins the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures as Assistant Professor of Spanish. He completed his Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Toronto in 2007 and his MA at the University of Ottawa. Prior to joining Purdue, Alejandro served as Assistant Professor of Hispanic Linguistics and Director of the Spanish Basic Language Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Alejandro's research interests include adult second language acquisition (morphosyntax & semantics), language attrition, child L1 bilingual acquisition, language transfer in bilingual grammars and syntax-semantics interface. While at the University of Toronto, Alejandro was awarded several graduate scholarships and a doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

 

Catherine Dossin

Assistant Professor, Visual and Performing Arts, VPA/PAO

cdossin@purdue.edu

Catherine Dossin

Catherine Dossin comes to Purdue from the University of Texas at Austin where she received a PhD in art history. She earned a Master’s degree from the Sorbonne in Paris, after studying literature and history in the French Hypokhâgne and Khâgne. She was recently awarded a Library Research Grant from the Getty Research Institute, and was a fellow at the Terra Foundation for American art’s Summer Residency in Giverny, France. In September 2007, the Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment of UT presented her with their inaugural Graduate Student Instructor Award.

Her research interests include the artistic exchanges and cultural relationships, the history and mechanisms of the Artworld, as well as the writing and rewriting of art history. At Purdue University, she will teach modern and contemporary art in an international perspective.

 

Ellen Gruenbaum

Professor and Head, Anthropology, ANTH/STON

gruenbaum@purdue.edu

Ellen Gruenbaum

Ellen Gruenbaum studied Anthropology at Stanford University (A.B.) and the University of Connecticut MA and Ph.D.). She is joining Purdue from California State University, Fresno, where she served as Professor of Anthropology and Dean of the College of Social Sciences. She has also held teaching positions at the California State University, San Bernardino, University of Wisconsin College in Manitowoc, and the University of Khartoum, Sudan. Gruenbaum is a medical anthropologist who has conducted research in Sudan and Sierra Leone on the practice of female genital cutting and the social movements against "harmful traditional practices," serving as a research consultant to UNICEF. Her interest in the controversies among cultural self-determination, international human rights, and women's rights led to her past service on the Committee for Human Rights of the American Anthropological Association and the Association for Feminist Anthropology. She currently serves as the secretary of the Society for Medical Anthropology. Gruenbaum is the author of The Female Circumcision Controversy: An Anthropological Perspective (Pennsylvania) and numerous articles and chapters. She serves on the editorial advisory board of The Journal of Middle East Women's Studies.

 

Tarra Hodge

Clinical Assistant Professor, Health and Kinesiology, H&K/LAMB

thodge@purdue.edu

Tarra Hodge

Tarra Hodge received her B.S. at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and her M.S. at Purdue University. Prior to her position as an Assistant Clinical Professor for Career Development with the Department of Health and Kinesiology, Tarra was the Assistant Director of Fitness/Wellness at Purdue’s Recreational Sports Center. Tarra’s focus has been working with students on practical/skill development within the health/fitness industry.

 

Haslyn Hunte

Assistant Professor, Health and Kinesiology, H&K/LAMB

hhunte@purdue.edu

Haslyn Hunte

Haslyn Hunte comes to the Department of Health and Kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar. He received his Ph.D. in Health Services Organization and Policy from the University of Michigan in 2006. Haslyn also received a Masters of Public Health in Community Health Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh.

Haslyn’s main area of research is social determinants of health, focusing on racial/ethnic disparities in health. Using a multidisciplinary system approach, Haslyn seeks to bridge the gap between the social and biological sciences by understanding health as a result of complex and dynamic interactions between physiological, behavioral, psychological, and sociodemographic factors.

Haslyn's current research activities include (a) studying the impact of perceived discrimination as a psychosocial stressor on health outcomes and on maladaptive coping health behaviors, such as smoking, drinking and substance use/abuse and (b) the impact that Black Caribbeans in the U.S. may have on the observed Black-White disparities in various health outcomes.

 

Michael Johnston

Assistant Professor, English, ENGL/HEAV

mjohnst@purdue.edu

Michael Johnston

Michael Johnston comes to the English Department at Purdue from the University of North Texas, where he has been a lecturer for the past academic year. He completed his BA in English at John Carroll University in 2000, his M.Litt. in Mediaeval English at the University of St Andrews (Scotland) in 2001, and his Ph.D. at The Ohio State University in 2007. He has published articles in Reformation, The Library, and Neophilologus. Mike’s research interests include medieval romance, late medieval manuscript culture, the history of the book, and Marxist literary theory. His teaching interests include Middle English literature, the History of the Book, Theories of Textual Editing, medieval romance, and William Langland’s Piers Plowman.

 

Jennifer King

Assistant Professor, Visual and Performing Arts, VPA/PAO

kingj@purdue.edu

Jennifer King

Jennifer L. King comes to Purdue’s College of Liberal Arts after two years as assistant professor at Texas Christian University’s School of Music in Fort Worth. Prior to her work in Texas, she was visiting lecturer at Purdue University and Indiana University where she earned her Ph.D. in musicology in August 2007 with her dissertation “The Proposta e Risposta Madrigal, Dialogue, Cultural Discourse, and the Issue of Imitatio.” In this study, King combined her interests in the Italian madrigal, poetry, Renaissance studies, and dialogue. She also has a B.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Illinois Wesleyan University and an M.M. in Musicology from Florida State University. Her other interests include music and humor, opera and politics, the nineteenth-century symphony, and the pedagogy of music history. King is currently writing a book based on her dissertation research as well as completing another edition of A Study and Listening Guide for A History of Western Music (W. W. Norton).

 

Lorraine Kisselburgh

Assistant Professor, Communication, COMM/BRNG

lorraine@purdue.edu

Lorraine Kisselburgh

Lorraine Kisselburgh joins the Department of Communication as an Assistant Professor after receiving her Ph.D. in 2008. She began her career in computer science and information technology, and directed the development and use of technologies and applications in higher education. She also holds an M.S. from Purdue University, and an A.B. from the University of Southern California.

Lorraine's research interests include the social implications of emerging technologies; privacy and digital identity; social networking; and the intersections of technology, organizations, and difference. Her current research projects include: a) social network analyses of the social structure of privacy in online communities; b) cross-cultural and gendered constructions of science, technology, and engineering work and careers; c) collaboration in games-based learning environments; and d) the assessment and development of health communities of practice. She is also currently developing an ethnography of cyborgian identity.

She has published in Communication Yearbook, Management Communication Quarterly, Communication Studies, the Journal of Motor Behavior,and Acta Psychologica.

 

Rebekah Klein-Pejšová

Assistant Professor, History, HIST/UNIV

rkleinpe@purdue.edu

Rebekah Klein-Pejšová

Rebekah Klein-Pejšová joins the faculty of the College of Liberal Arts as Jewish Studies Assistant Professor of History. She earned her Ph.D. in History from Columbia University, where her dissertation was nominated for the Baron prize. She completed her M.A. in History at the Central European University in Budapest, and her B.A. in History at Bard College. She has taught in the History and Jewish Studies Departments at Rutgers University, as well as at the City University of New York.

Klein-Pejšová is a member of several professional organizations including the Association for Jewish Studies, the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, and the Association for the Study of Nationalities. She specializes in Modern Jewish and Modern East Central European History (especially the region of today's Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic), with emphasis on questions of nation and state-building, practices and implications of identification and classification, and the dynamic of loyalty in state-society relations.

 

Seungyoon Lee

Assistant Professor, Communication, COMM/BRNG

seungyoon@purdue.edu

Seungyoon Lee

Seungyoon Lee is joining the Department of Communication at Purdue University in Fall 2008 after earning her MA and Ph. D. from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California. She received a BA in Communication from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. Seungyoon’s research interest focuses on the evolution of communication, knowledge, and collaboration networks in and across organizations over time. Her current research is situated in the context of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) for the Development community, with a particular focus on applying theories of social networks and sociocultural evolution to the dynamics of interorganizational networks.

 

Xin Luo

Assistant Professor, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, SLHS/HEAV

luo5@purdue.edu

Xin Luo

Xin Luo joins the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences as an assistant professor in the fall of 2008. Prior to coming to Purdue, he was a post-doc researcher in the Department of Auditory Implants and Perception at House Ear Institute. Dr. Luo received his PhD and BE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2005 and 1999, respectively. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the Acoustical Society of America and the Association for Research in Otolaryngology.

Dr. Luo's current research focuses on speech perception of cochlear implant users in challenging listening conditions. Specifically, he is interested in enhancing cochlear implant users’ recognition of supra-segmental speech information, such as lexical tones and vocal emotions. His research involves the design and evaluation of speech processing techniques and electrical stimulation strategies that may better transmit pitch cues to cochlear implant users. Dr. Luo’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health.

 

Roberta Malo

Assistant Professor, English, ENGL/HEAV

rmalo@purdue.edu

Roberta Malo

Robyn Malo joins the Department of English at Purdue this fall.  Originally from Kitchener, Ontario, Professor Malo completed her graduate work at the University of Toronto and The Ohio State University, and she is pleased to be joining a public research university with such a dynamic and rigorous community of scholars.  A medievalist specializing in Chaucer and later medieval religious culture and literature, Malo is currently working on a monograph, entitled Access and Encounter: Relic Discourse as Material, Social and Poetic Practice.  The book argues that many medieval writers, including Chaucer, were attentive to ways in which relics, and the highly politicized space at saints' shrines, often functioned as tools for articulating (hierarchical) social, political, and human relationships.  Other current research and teaching interests include Gower, Hoccleve, and medieval devotional literature.

 

Shannon McMullen

Assistant Professor, Visual and Performing Arts, VPA/PAO

smcmullen@purdue.edu

Shannon McMullen

Shannon McMullen joins Purdue as an Assistant Professor in Visual and Performing Arts after serving as a Visiting Scholar in the department for two years. She completed her PhD in sociology at the University of California, San Diego in 2007. Her dissertation entitled "Post-Industrial Nature and Culture in the Ruhr District, Germany, 1989-1999" considers an extreme example of how a rust belt region came back to vitality when its political and cultural elites jointly invented a new kind of aesthetic based on the material and "natural" legacy of more than a century of coal mining and steel production.

Based on her fieldwork experience in the Ruhr District of Germany and dissertation writing, Shannon has also developed an interest in art practice that engages and shapes the experience of urban spaces. She draws on her training in sociology and is influenced by landscape architecture and interactive art. Her artworks have been featured in exhibitions in Canada, Germany, South Korea and the USA.

Her current research interests include the role of artists and community members in redefining the relationships between nature and culture in postindustrial places, culture-led urban regeneration and electronic and time-based art in public space. At Purdue, Shannon will teach courses in the developing Electronic and Time-Based Art program.

 

Elizabeth McNie

Assistant Professor, Political Science, POL/BRNG

emcnie@purdue.edu

Elizabeth McNie

Elizabeth McNie is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Earth & Atmospheric Sciences. She received her PhD in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder and obtained a certificate in Science and Technology Policy Research. In 2007 Elizabeth was a fellow with the Sustainability Science Program at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Her primary area of research is climate services and how to improve the utility of climate science information for decision makers. She is also interested more broadly in linking knowledge with action, environmental and science policy, science and technology studies, and sustainability issues. Elizabeth received her BS and minor in Marine Transportation and engineering from the California Maritime Academy and an MA in Psychology - Organization Development from Sonoma State University.

 

Derek Pacheco

Assistant Professor, English, ENGL/HEAV

dpacheco@purdue.edu

Derek Pacheco

Derek Pacheco received his B.A. in American Literature and Culture from UCLA, an M.A. in English from the University of Washington, Seattle, and his Ph.D. (2006) in English from (once again) UCLA. He spent two years as an Assistant Professor at California State University, Fullerton, before joining the faculty at Purdue. His research and teaching interests include: gender and American Transcendentalism; gender and print culture; history of the book studies; popular culture; race, class, and gender in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American literature; American women's writing; and the early American novel. A recent article, “'Disorders of the Circulating Medium': Hawthorne's Early Children’s Literature,” is forthcoming in the next issue of the Emerson Society Quarterly. His current book project, "'One Great Moral Enterprise': Literature, Education, and the New England Marketplace, 1830-1845," examines the literary media and pedagogical strategies adopted by a "transcendental" circle of collaborators, including Horace Mann, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Elizabeth Peabody, Mary Peabody Mann, and Margaret Fuller, as they attempted to carve a niche in the protean realm of the antebellum marketplace.

 

Susan South

Assistant Professor, Psychological Sciences, PSYC/PSYC

ssouth@purdue.edu

Susan South

Education
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology (APA-Accredited)
Dissertation: Personality Pathology Assessed by Self- and Other Report: Implications for Marital Satisfaction and Conflict

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
M.A., Clinical Psychology
Title of Master’s Thesis: Interpersonal Perception and the Personality Disorders: Accuracy and Stability of Peer and Self-Report

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
B.A., Psychology, 1999
Distinguished Majors Program (with High Honors)

Research Focus
My research focuses on the transactions between personality, psychopathology, and interpersonal relationships. In particular, I am interested in the ways that personality traits can affect marital functioning, which can in turn impact the mental health of both spouses.

Teaching Interests
Personality psychology, Clinical/Abnormal psychology, Marital Functioning, Elementary Psychology

 

Matthias Steup

Professor and Head, Philosophy, PHIL/BRNG

steup@purdue.edu

Matthias Steup

Matthias Steup earned his MA in philosophy from J. W. Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, and his Ph.D. from Brown University. He comes to Purdue from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, where, after previous engagements at Grinnell College and the University of Wyoming, he taught for nineteen years and served six years as Department Chair. Steup’s primary area of research is epistemology. He is particularly interested in rebutting skepticism, the challenge of demonstrating the reliability of one’s faculties, and the issue of freedom and determinism with regard to belief. He is the author of An Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology (Prentice Hall), the editor of Knowledge, Truth and Duty (Oxford), and the co-editor (together with Ernest Sosa) of Contemporary Debates in Epistemology (Blackwell). Steup serves on the editorial boards of Grazer Philosophische Studien and Acta Analytica, and he is this year’s President of the Central States Philosophical Association.  

 

Anu Subramanian

Clinical Assistant Professor, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, SLHS/HEAV

subramaa@purdue.edu

Anu Subramanian

Anu Subramanian comes to the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences as a clinical assistant professor after working as a Speech –Language Pathologist in Massachusetts for 7 years. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001 in the area of Stuttering. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Universities of Mumbai and Mysore respectively, in India. Following her Ph.D., she earned her Clinical Competence Certificate in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. During her clinical work in Massachusetts, Anu Subramanian worked in an Early Intervention program, providing speech therapy, consultations and diagnostic evaluations for children between birth and 3 years of age. In addition, she held administrative responsibilities at the agency. She is currently licensed as a Speech–Language Pathologist in Indiana and is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Her research and clinical interests include Stuttering intervention in preschool children, Early Intervention and Speech-Language outcomes for toddlers following intervention.

 

Antonia Syson

Assistant Professor, Foreign Languages and Literatures, FLL/SC 123

asyson@purdue.edu

Antonia Syson

Antonia Syson joins Purdue's Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures after teaching Classics at Dartmouth College and the University of Chicago. She received her BA in Classics from Magdalen College, Oxford, and her MA and PhD from UC Berkeley. Syson’s research focuses on narrative, fiction, and rhetoric in Latin literature, but extends to the British 19th-century novel. She is nearing completion of the book project that originated in her PhD dissertation: “Reading for the Novel: Fiction and Transformation in Vergil’s Aeneid,” and is now developing a comparative project on rumor and gossip in Latin literature.

 

Emily Tyson

Clinical Assistant Professor, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, SLHS/HEAV

etyson@purdue.edu

Emily Tyson

Emily Tyson started as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences in January 2008. Tyson received her BS from Miami University (Ohio) in 1995, and her MS in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1997. Prior to joining Purdue, she supervised a program for promoting language and social communication skills in young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. Tyson is a member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association and holds a certificate of clinical competence in speech-language pathology. Her interest is Autism Spectrum Disorders.

 

Shannon Van Hyfte

Clinical Assistant Professor, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, SLHS/HEAV

svanhyff@purdue.edu

Shannon Van Hyfte

After serving as a clinical supervising audiologist since July of 2005, Dr. Shannon Van Hyfte is now a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. Prior to joining Purdue, she worked as a staff audiologist in a private practice in Bloomington, Illinois and in an ENT office in Lafayette, Indiana. Van Hyfte is a member of the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association and the Indiana Speech, Language, and Hearing Association. In 2003, she earned a certificate of clinical competence in audiology through the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association. In 2007, she completed requirements to become an Indiana First Steps service provider which serves the birth to three year old population.

 

Sigrid Zahner

Assistant Professor, Visual and Performing Arts, VPA/PAO

szahner@purdue.edu

Sigrid Zahner

Sigrid Zahner joins the College of Liberal Arts as an assistant professor after serving as visiting lecturer in the ceramics department for the past three years. During that time she has also taught classes in the sculpture department for Rick Paul and constructed textiles for Lisa Peterson. Born in London, England, Sigrid was raised and trained as a classical musician, attending the Royal Academy of Music as an undergraduate and the Lyon Conservatoire of music as a guest scholar of the French Government. She was principal flautist of the Aldeburgh festival orchestra and played for the Welsh National Opera while still an undergraduate. Moving to the USA, and prior to taking her BFA at Herron Art school, followed by her MA at Purdue and her MFA at Vermont College of Fine Art, Sigrid was a stage and film actor in Los Angeles, where she transcribed and directed Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsurfers for ‘Bard in the Yard’ on the Queen Mary, and is a card carrying member of the Screen Actor's Guild.

Her current research is based on the iconoclastic leadership of the Dada movement which she feels is a model and reminder that art, by definition, needs to be forever in a state of flux. Her work is materials based, but includes any medium or dimension that will lend itself to her interest in our attachment to religion, judgment and the constant sacrifice of our children to war. She was the recipient of both a creative renewal grant from the IAC in 2002, and an individual grant in 2005. Her work is in several collections, including that of Sandy Besser, a trustee of the De Young Museum in San Francisco, and the Copia Museum in Napa, and has been in invited to appear in shows by jurors such as Fong Choo, Virginia Scotchie and Melody Ellis. She has had work published in both 500 teapots and 500 cups by Lark books, and is proud to say she broke a barrier by being asked to be the first straight artist included in the quarterly publication Gertrude Press in Oregon as a featured artist.

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