Administration and Faculty

American Studies Administration:

Dean of Arts and Humanities; Professor of Literature – Lisa Honaker, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Enrollment Management – AmyBeth Glass
Director of the MAAS Program – John O’Hara

American Studies Faculty

Jennifer Forestal: Assistant Professor of Political Science; Ph.D., Northwestern University; M.A., Northwestern University; B.A., The Ohio State University; Political theory, political potential of social media.

Robert Gregg: Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities; Professor of History; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania; M.A., Edinburgh University; American history 1865-present, African-American history, comparative history.

Deborah Gussman: Professor of Literature; Ph.D., Rutgers, The State University; M.A., Rutgers, The State University; B.A., Temple University; colonial and 19th-century American literature, American Indian literature, women’s literature and feminist studies.

Adalaine B. Holton: Associate Professor of Literature; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz; M.A., University of California, Santa Cruz; B.A., University of Maryland;  19th-and 20th-century American literature, African-American literature.

Kristin J. Jacobson: Professor of Literature; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University; M.A., University of Colorado, Boulder; B.A., Carthage College; 20th – and 21st -century American literature and culture, popular culture, feminist theory and pedagogy, environmental and geographic approaches to literature, ecofeminism.

Nazia Kazi: Assistant Professor of Anthropology; Ph.D., The Graduate Center, City University of New York; M.S.W., Columbia University; B.A., Northwestern University; Race, ethnicity, immigration, imperialism, Islamophobia.

Thomas Kinsella: Professor of Literature; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania; B.A., Bucknell University, Restoration and 18th-century British literature, Milton, history of the book, medieval Irish literature, grammar and punctuation, South Jersey studies.

Nathan Long: Associate Professor of Creative Writing; M.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University; M.A., Carnegie Mellon University; B.A., University of Maryland; gender studies, history of the LGBT movement, intersexuality, queer theory.

Joe’l Ludovich: Associate Professor of Communication, M.F.A. Savannah College of Art and Design, Film and Television; Rowan University; B.A.; Radio/TV/Film; documentary film, Pre-Code Hollywood films, television, audio production and steadicam operation.

Gorica MajstorovicAssociate Professor of Spanish; Ph.D., New York University, New York; M.A., University of Southern California; B.A., University of Belgrade, Serbia; Latin American Studies, literature of the Americas, visual arts and theatre, cultures of cosmopolitanism, comparative literature, postcolonial studies.

Mark Mallet: Associate Professor of Theatre; Ph.D., University of Illinois; M.A., University of Maryland; B.A. University of Akron; theatre crafts, lighting design, scenic design, theatre history.

Michelle McDonald: Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs; Associate Professor of History; Ph.D., University of Michigan; M.A., George Washington University; M.A., St. John’s College; B.A.; University of California, Los Angeles; Atlantic history, comparative Caribbean history, business and economic history, public history, early American history.

Daniel Moscovici: Associate Professor of Environmental Studies & Sustainability; PhD, University of Pennsylvania; M.S., University of Pennsylvania; M.B.A., Villanova University; B.S. Lehigh University; environmental/regional planning,  natural resource management, energy and conflict, environmental/sustainability pedagogy, international sustainability.

Sharon Ann Musher: Associate Professor of History; Ph.D., Columbia University; M.A., Columbia University; M.Phil., Columbia University; M.Phil., Oxford University; B.A., University of Michigan; 20th century US  history, modern social-cultural history, women’s history, African-American history.

Robert Nichols: Professor of History; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania; Indian Ocean history, South Asian history, social movements, historiography.

Sara Nović: Assistant Professor of Creative Writing; MFA, Columbia University; BFA, Emerson College; fiction and essay writing, human rights and genocide studies, disability studies, literary translation.

Kate Nearpass Ogden: Associate Professor of Art History; Ph.D., Columbia University; M.Phil., Columbia University; B.A., Gettysburg College; American and modern art, history of photography.

John O’Hara: Associate Professor of Critical Thinking, Reading and Writing; Ph.D., M.A., University of Miami; B.A., Kent State University: 20th-century and contemporary American literature, war literature and arts, gender studies, critical and interpretive theory.

Patricia Reid-Merritt: Distinguished Professor of Social Work and Africana Studies; DSW, University of Pennsylvania; MSW, Temple University; B.A., Cabrini College; Africana culture and Diaspora issues, African-American families, African-American social policy and leadership issues, African, Afro-Caribbean and African-American dance.

Michael S. Rodriguez: Associate Professor of Political Science: Washington Internship Program; Ph.D., Temple University; M.A., University of Texas at Austin; B.A., Princeton University; race and politics, constitutional law, political theory, American government, public administration, politics of diversity.

Francisco Javier Sánchez: Associate Professor of Spanish; Ph.D., The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; M.A., North Carolina Central University; B.A., Universidad de Salamanca, Spain; Spanish language and literature, comparative literature, 20th century narrative.

Wendel White: Distinguished Professor of Art; M.F.A., University of Texas at Austin; B.F.A., School of Visual Arts, New York; photography, digital imaging.