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Faculty Research and Expertise

Saint Anselm College faculty are expert in a comprehensive range of disciplines including Politics, Education, Business and Economics, Religion, and more. Select faculty are regularly quoted by journalists on issues as diverse as medical ethics, getting older children to read, voter behavior, the authenticity of ancient movie sets, religion in popular fiction, love poetry for the novice writer, and chemicals in ground water.

For faculty experts, please contact Chip Underhill, Director of Media Relations & Editorial Services at (603) 641-7326 or cunderhill@anselm.edu.


Classics

  • David George, Department Chair, Ph.D.: Hebrew narrative in the Bible, Greek tragedy, Roman epic, Ancient philosophy
  • Matthew Gonzales, Ph.D.: Pre-history to Late Antiquity, Classical Greek and Hellenistic History, Epigraphy and Religion

Computer Science

  • Mihaela Malita, Ph.D.: Parallel computing and architectures, artificial intelligence programming, computer graphics, programming paradigms, operating systems
  • Rajesh Prasad, Ph.D.: Networks: Cellular, Wi-Fi, ad hoc wireless mesh, mobile and distributed computing
  • Carol Traynor, Department Chair, Ph.D.: Human computer interaction, end-user programming, programming-by-demonstration, and Geographic Information Systems

Criminal Justice

  • Christopher Bruell, Ph.D.: Social support effect on juvenile criminal/deviant behavior
  • Kaitlyn Clarke, Ph.D.: Criminology, social inequality, public policy
  • Peter Cordella, Department Chair, Ph.D.: Crime, models of social control, comparative criminal justice systems, violence studies, white collar crime
  • John Humphrey, Ph.D.: Wrongful conviction, deviant behavior, social control, police and society, global crime and justice
  • Liana Pennington, Ph.D.: Criminal law, procedure, and court process, technology challenges to criminal law
  • Elaine Rizzo, Ph.D.: Juvenile justice, and female offenders

Economics and Business

  • Dina Frutos Bencze, Ph.D.: System dynamics modeling to international business, exploring international business impacts on environmental sustainability
  • Jennifer Wells Kelber, Ph.D.: Financial markets
  • Kelly Lalonde, Department Chair, M.B.A., C.P.A.: High tech, utilities, leasing, and manufacturing companies
  • Mike McGuiness, M.B.A., C.P.A.: International economics
  • Luke Miller, Ph.D.: Financial planning, capital budgeting, replacement analysis, capital rationing, security analysis, risk management
  • Janet Romaine, Ph.D.: Management, motivation, reward
  • Amy Schmidt, Ph.D.: Labor Economics, environmental economics, econometrics
  • Stephan Unger, Ph.D.: High-frequency trading, Market microstructure, derivatives and international financial management
  • Srikant Vadali, Ph.D.: Analytics, marketing research

Education

  • Kelly Demers, Ph.D.: Curriculum and instruction, urban and multicultural education, arts integration in elementary education
  • Diana Sherman, Ph.D.: Elementary teacher preparation, mathematics teacher education
  • Dianna Gahlsdorf Terrell, Ph.D.: Education policy and civic education
  • Aubrey Scheopner Torres, Ph.D.: Competency education, competency-based reform, proficiency-based learning, teacher retention, Catholic Kindergarten-12th grade schools and education, K-12 assessment
  • Laura Wasielewski, Department Chair, M.Ed., Ed.D.: Clinical practice and partnerships, educator preparation, special education, post-secondary inclusion, support of students with disabilities

English

  • Gary Bouchard, Department Chair, Ph.D.: Poetry of 16th and 17th century England, public speaking
  • Meoghan Cronin, Ph.D.: Romantic and Victorian literature
  • Fr. Jerome Day, O.S.B.: Communications, journalism
  • Ann Holbrook, Ph.D., Professor: 19th and 20th century British literature
  • Jonathan Lupo, Ph.D.: Journalism, film and television studies, media aesthetics and taste cultures
  • Elona Lucas, Ph.D.: Linguistics, History of the English Language, Medieval Literature, Chaucer, Arthurian Legends in Literature, African American Literature
  • Bindu Malieckal, Ph.D.: Early modern literature with focus on Indians, Jews, Muslims, and women in 15th to early 18th century texts
  • Chani Marchiselli, Ph.D.: Rhetoric and human communication, media history and theory, gender, cultural studies, early 20th century music, sound culture
  • Carmen McLish, Ph.D.: Intersection of communication and culture
  • Sherry Shepler, Ph.D.: Rhetorical theory and criticism, the intersection of community conflict, ethnicity and communication
  • Jennifer Thorn, Ph.D.: Gender studies, transatlantic 18th century studies, race, reproduction, and time

Fine Arts

  • Katherine Bentz, Ph.D.: Art and architecture of Renaissance Italy
  • Kathrine Hoffmann, Department Chair, Ph.D.: 19th and 10th century art history, photography and film
  • Kimberly Kersey Asbury, M.F.A: Observational drawing, painting to mixed media, artist books, installation, photography, and printmaking
  • Rachelle Beaudoin, M.F.A: Use of video, performance, and photography
  • Megan Bogonovich, M.F.A: Clay sculptures
  • Josh Dannin, M.F.A: Letterpress, woodcut printmaking
  • Fr. Iain MacLellan, M.F.A, O.S.B.: Director of Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Arts Center, drawing, portraiture and Renaissance techniques
  • Elsa Voelcker, M.F.A: Black and white photography with film and gelatin silver papers
  • Sharon Baker, M.M.: Healthy singing and artistry, Baroque performance practices of 17th and 18th centuries, contemporary American music
  • Eric Bermani, M.A.: Music director for the Saint Anselm College Choir and the Diocese of Manchester, Director of Music and Organist at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph
  • Elizabeth Blood, M.M.: Pianist, chamber music and opera coaching
  • Heather Braun-Bakken, D.M.A.: First violinist, Arneis Quartet
  • Benjamin Fox, D.M.A.: Oboe Performance
  • Rebecca Jaffreys: M.M.: Flutist in solo and ensemble settings
  • Francis Kayali, D.M.A.: French-American composer
  • Molly Lozeau, M.M.: Collaborative Piano
  • Landis Magnuson, Ph.D.: Director of Abbey Players, theatre direction, acting for the stage, and American theatre history
  • Sean Parr, Ph.D.: Music history from Middle Ages to present; opera specialty, classical and American music, musical theater, rock and roll
  • Nicholas Pothier, M.M.: Pianist, vocal Accompanying

History

  • Hugh Dubrulle, Ph.D.: Modern European history, British opinion concerning American Civil War, British attitudes toward politics, society, nationalism, and military affairs
  • Sarah Hardin, Ph.D.: Modern African history, social history of Senegalese agricultural development in 20th century
    Matt Masur, Ph.D.: 
    U.S. Foreign Relations, Historical Context for Current Foreign Affairs, Previous U.S. Military Intervention
  • Andrew Moore, Ph.D.: U.S. history, Roman Catholics in Alabama and Georgia in the post-World War II period
  • Philip Pajakowski, Ph.D.: History of Central and Eastern Europe, history of the Habsburg Empire
  • Sean Perrone, Ph.D.: Early Modern European History and Atlantic World
  • Beth Salerno, Department Chair, Ph.D.: Antebellum period of U.S. history, role of women in abolishing southern slavery
  • Silvia Shannon, Ph.D.: Early European history, Renaissance, Reformation

Modern Languages and Literature

  • Nicole Leapley, Ph.D.: French Studies; literature, history, and religion in Middle Ages
  • Susanne Rosbach, Ph.D.: French studies, 19th and early 20th century French literature
  • Julia Feldhaus, Ph.D.: German studies, women's writing and aestheticism in the 20th century
  • Catherine Ann Spitzer, Ph.D.: Russian studies, 19th and 20th century Russian literature
  • Elizabeth Fouts, Ph.D.: Spanish studies; 20th and 21st century Spanish literature, effects of Spanish Civil War and Francisco Franco on Spanish literature
  • Lourdes Jimenez, Department Chair, Ph.D.: Spanish studies; Spanish female writers of 16th and 17th centuries
  • Jaime Orrego, Ph.D.: Spanish studies, violence in Colombian literature
  • Susan Castilo-Rodriguez, Ph.D.: Spanish studies, colonial glotopolitics in Equatorial Guinea

Nursing

  • Maureen O'Reilly, Ph.D., R.N.: Executive Director of Nursing
  • Susan Kinney, M.S.N., R.N.: Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (R.N. to B.S.N.)

Philosophy

  • Robert Anderson, Ph.D.: Agent-centered ethics, problem of evil
  • Robert Augros, Ph.D.: Beauty, definition, science and religion
  • David Banach, Ph.D.: Philosophy of science, modern philosophy, Camus, Dostoevsky, Simone Weil, Levinas, Feminism, philosophy of gender, philosophy of art, poetry
  • Montague Brown, Ph.D.: Medieval philosophy, metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of God
  • Susan Gabriel, Ph.D.: Franz Brentano, metaphysics, ethics
  • Sarah Glenn, Ph.D.: Ancient philosophy, American philosophy, philosophy of science
  • Kyle Hubbard, Ph.D.: Philosophy of religion, medieval philosophy, 20th century continental philosophy, philosophy of love
  • Thomas Larson, Ph.D.: Plutarch
  • Max Latona, Ph.D.:  Plato, Greek and Indian philosophy
  • James Maloney, Ph.D.: Existentialism, American philosophy, philosophy of culture
  • Joseph Spoerl, Department Chair, Ph.D.: Ethics, philosophy of religion, Islam, anti-semitism
  • Kevin Staley, Ph.D.: Classical and neo-Classical metaphysics; ancient, medieval and Islamic Philosophy
  • Joshua Tepley, Ph.D.: 20th century continental philosophy, analytic metaphysics, philosophy of mind

Politics

  • Erik Cleven, Ph.D.: Terrorism, political violence, African politics
  • Christopher Galdieri, Ph.D.: The U.S. Presidency, constitutional law, history of NH primary
  • Christine Gustafson, Ph. D.: Latin American and Sub-Saharan politics, comparative democracy
  • Neil Levesque: History of the NH primary, head-to-head matchup analysis, mechanics of polling
  • Ann Holthoefer, Ph.D.: State management of domestic and international order
  • Peter Josephson, Department Chair, Ph.D.: Political theory, John Locke, Plato, relation of philosophy and classic liberal policies
  • Dale Kuehne, Ph.D.: Christianity, Politics and Human Sexuality
  • Jennifer Lucas, Ph.D.: American government, women and politics, congressional politics, social justice, campaigns and elections
  • Chani Marchiselli, Ph.D.: Debate rhetoric
  • Elizabeth Ossoff, Ph.D.: Voter behavior, politics and the media

Psychology

  • Loretta Brady, Ph.D.: Diversity and inclusion, recovering from trauma
  • Paul Finn, Ph.D.: Health psychology, neuropsychology, forensic psychology
  • Kathleen Flannery, Ph.D.: Cognitive processes e.g., attention and memory
  • Maria McKenna, Ph.D.: Education psychology, child media literacy, family impact of incarceration
  • Elizabeth Ossoff, Department Chair, Ph.D.: Psychology of gender, media influences, voter behavior
  • Elizabeth Rickenbach, Ph.D.: Health and well-being of middle-aged and older adults
  • Joseph Troisi, Ph.D.: Behavioral analysis, associative learning and Pavlovian/operant interaction. behavioral pharmacology, environmental influences on drug tolerance, drug discrimination
  • Adam Wenzel, Ph.D.: Psychophysical methods to investigate function, sensitivity and health of sensory systems

Sociology and Social Work

  • Nihal Celik, Ph.D.: Stratification, theory, gender, feminism, immigration, and transnationalism
  • Kevin Doran, Ph.D.: Stratification, inequality, global and transnational sociology; peace, war, and conflict; development; race and ethnic relations; political sociology; quantitative research methods
  • Chih-Chien Huang, Ph.D.: Population health, obesity, Chinese health disparities, gender health differences, body image, Asian American Health
  • Sara Smits-Keeney, Ph.D.: peace, war and conflict studies; social movements and change, militarism, international sociology
  • Tauna Sisco, Department Chair, Ph.D.: Political sociology, media studies of social problems, wartime effects on patriotic sentiment, gender and politics, rhetoric of ambivalence and public policy for the homeless
  • Theology Bede Bidlack, Ph.D.: Creation and Resurrection, Daoist thought to inspire new interpretations of Christian revelation
  • Dan Daly, Department Chair, Ph.D.: Medical ethics, ethics of death and dying, moral scrutiny of global social structures
  • Rev. Benedict Guevin, O.S.B.: Medical ethics, sexual ethics, and general ethics
  • Ward Holder, Ph.D.: History of Christian doctrine in 15th-17th centuries, history of scripture interpretation, political theology, John Calvin
  • Kevin McMahon, Ph.D.: Systematic theology, sustained reflection on content of Catholic teaching and construction of intellectual framework for understanding of that teaching
  • Ahida Pilarski, Ph.D.: Intersection of gender and culture/ethnicity/race in Bible, Biblical hermeneutics, gender studies, feminist theory, Latina studies, cultural studies, ethnicity and race
  • Gilberto Ruiz, Ph.D.: New Testament writings and early Christian, the Gospel of John and intersection of his Gospel with social, economic, religious, and political realities of the 1st and 2nd centuries
  • Kelly Spoerl, Ph.D.: The Trinity and the person of Christ in 4th century Greek theology Patricia Sullivan, Ph.D.: Catholic systematic theology

Theology

  • Bede Bidlack, Ph.D.: Creation and Resurrection, Daoist thought to inspire new interpretations of Christian revelation
  • Dan Daly, Department Chair, Ph.D.: Medical ethics, ethics of death and dying, moral scrutiny of global social structures
  • Rev. Benedict Guevin, O.S.B.: Medical ethics, sexual ethics, and general ethics
  • Ward Holder, Ph.D.: History of Christian doctrine in 15th-17th centuries, history of scripture interpretation, political theology, John Calvin
  • Kevin McMahon, Ph.D.: Systematic theology, sustained reflection on content of Catholic teaching and construction of intellectual framework for understanding of that teaching
  • Ahida Pilarski, Ph.D.: Intersection of gender and culture/ethnicity/race in Bible, Biblical hermeneutics, gender studies, feminist theory, Latina studies, cultural studies, ethnicity and race
  • Gilberto Ruiz, Ph.D.: New Testament writings and early Christian, the Gospel of John and intersection of his Gospel with social, economic, religious, and political realities of the 1st and 2nd centuries
  • Kelly Spoerl, Ph.D.: The Trinity and the person of Christ in 4th century Greek theology Patricia Sullivan, Ph.D.: Catholic systematic theology

Sciences - Biology

  • Eric Berry, Ph.D.: Plant ecology, plant demography, life history, plant/animal interactions, and pollination biology
  • Daniel Broek, Ph.D.: Gene mutation, cancer biology
  • Elizabeth Greguske, Ph.D.: Immunology and infectious diseases
  • Lori LaPlante, Ph.D.: Ecology, evolution, behavior of organisms
  • Daniel Lavoie, Department Chair, Ph.D.: Biochemistry, physiology of enzyme alcohol and possible use of system in study of alcohol use/misuse/abuse in humans
  • Brian Penney, Ph.D.: Invertebrate ecology
  • Jay Pitochelli, Ph.D.: Avian behavior, ecology and evolution
  • Donald Rhodes, Ph.D.: physiology and biochemistry of sterol metabolism by Caenorhabditis elegans and potential use in study of endocrine disrupting chemicals
  • William Ryerson, Ph.D.: Ecology and evolution, vertebrate biology especially reptiles and amphibians
  • Stephen Tobin, Ph.D.: Cancer biochemistry
  • Robert Vallari, Ph.D.: BRCA1 tumor suppressor gene and its role in the prevention of human breast and ovarian cancers
  • Barry Wicklow, Ph.D.: Conservation biology, cell biology and field ecology

Chemistry

  • Mary Kate Donais, Ph.D.: Archaeometry
  • Nicole Eyet, Ph.D.: Physical chemistry
  • George Parodi, Ph.D.: Physical chemistry
  • Thomas Shell, Ph.D.: Organic chemistry
  • Carolyn Weinreb, Department Chair, Ph.D.: Organic chemistry
  • Derk Wierda, Ph.D.: Inorganic chemistry

Physics

  • Ian Durham, Department Chair, Ph.D.: Mathematical physics
  • David Guerra, Ph.D.: Laser systems for atmospheric sensing; GIS software and remote sensing data to study natural systems
  • Nicole Gugliucci, Ph.D.: Radio astronomy, science communication
  • Jeffrey Schnick, Ph.D.: Elementary particle physics, buoyancy and acoustics   
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