Iyko Day

Associate Professor of English & Chair of Critical Social Thought

Iyko Day's research and teaching focus on race, capitalism, settler colonialism and Asian American literature and visual culture. She is the author of Alien Capital: Asian Racialization and the Logic of Settler Colonial Capitalism (Duke University Press, 2016).

Iyko Day

Nigel Alderman

Associate Professor of English & Director of Studies for the Department

Donald Cotter

Chair and Associate Professor of Chemistry, Co-Chair of Conceptual Foundations of Science

Donnie Cotter's scientific research focuses on the mechanism of transmetalation. Recently, he has turned his scholarly attentions to the study the history of chemistry, focusing on the American chemical community between 1890 and 1920. Cotter is the author of numerous scholarly papers and presentations, many of them coauthored by Mount Holyoke students.

Justin Crumbaugh

Chair and Associate Professor of Spanish, Latina/o and Latin American Studies

Justin Crumbaugh teaches courses on contemporary Latin America and Spain, addressing topics such as the idea of "(under)development" as it has been questioned in the Global South, or the films of Pedro Almodóvar. Crumbaugh is also the author of Destination Dictatorship: The Spectacle of Spain’s Tourist Boom and the Reinvention of Difference (SUNY Press 2009) as well as numerous journal articles.

Jina Kim

Mount Holyoke Fellow, Visiting Lecturer in Critical Social Thought

Jo-Jo Koo

Mount Holyoke Fellow & Visiting Lecturer of Philosophy

Jo-Jo Koo’s current research focuses on the social constitution of the human being and articulating its interdisciplinary significance. His areas of specialization are 19th and 20th century “continental” European philosophy, the philosophy of the social sciences, and social ontology (broadly construed, including the philosophy of race and gender). In addition, he has teaching interests in the philosophy of interpretation and language, early modern Western philosophy, ethics, and theories of human nature.

Amy Martin

Professor of English and Chair

Amy Martin teaches Victorian literature, Irish studies, postcolonial studies, and visual culture. Her first book, Alter-Nations, provides a genealogy of the modern idea of terrorism as it emerges in nineteenth century representations of Ireland, and has published articles and book chapters on Victorian Ireland. She has been lectured at Notre Dame’s Irish Studies Summer Seminar, the James Joyce Summer School, and Princeton’s Fund for Irish Studies.  She is working on a book on Irish internationalism and critiques of empire.

Karen Remmler

Professor and Chair of German Studies, Professor and Chair of Gender Studies, Professor of Critical Social Thought

Karen Remmler’s interdisciplinary research and teaching in English and German focuses on the politics and culture of memory in the aftermath of atrocity and war in European and Asian contexts; German literature, film, and sites of memory within transnational contexts; 19th century critical social thought through the lens of contemporary social critics; and the interrelationship between national processes of transitional justice and the work of memory in films by the descendants of genocide survivors and perpetrators in non-western contexts.

Professor Remmler in the CIruti Courtyard

Vanessa Rosa

Visiting Lecturer in Latina/o Studies

Vanessa Rosa is a Mount Holyoke Fellow and Visiting Lecturer in Latina Studies. Her research interests include the study of race and ethnicity, citizenship and national identities, and social stratification in cities. Rosa is currently completing a book manuscript titled Between Gentrification and Revitalization: Rethinking Urban Diversity, Participation, and Surveillance.

Vanessa Rose, Visiting Lecturer

Erika Rundle

Associate Professor in Theatre Arts and Gender Studies, Dramaturg

Erika Rundle's research interests include theatre history; dramatic theory; performance studies; critical animal studies; Darwinian literary criticism; translation

Kate Singer

Associate Professor of English, Co-Chair of Conceptual Foundations of Science

Ana Soltero-López

Visiting Lecturer in Latina/o Studies

Ana Soltero López is a Mount Holyoke Fellow and Visiting Lecturer in Latina/o Studies. Her current research project focuses on undocumented Latina/o youth identity sense-making, stigmatization, and socialization practices. Lópezes research interests include Latina/o educational access, retention and persistence, identity development and negotiation, and Critical Race Theory.

Ana Soltero-Lopez Visiting Lecturer in Latina/o Studies

Mathew C Watson

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Matthew C. Watson works at the nexus of the anthropology of science and the history of anthropology. His publications have explored the artistic, spiritual, and scientific bases of Maya hieroglyphic decipherment. This research raises questions concerning spirits and cosmology, language ideology, secularism, empire, the politics of science, and ethnographic form. Watson teaches courses on anthropological theory, linguistic anthropology, science studies, the anthropology of religion, and ethnographic writing.

Lucas Wilson

Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Economics

Lucas Wilson focuses much of his work on the philosophy and methodology of economics, Marxism, the political economy of race, and exploring the various economic and noneconomic conditions that restrict opportunities and inhibit social progress for African-Americans.

Affiliated Faculty

Robin Blaetz

Chair and Professor of Film Studies, Film Studies Steering Committee, on leave Spring 2017

Robin Blaetz teaches Introduction to Film, History of World Cinema, Film Theory, and Experimental Film, as well as courses in various genres, including the Musical and Documentary. Her scholarly work centers on women and film; she has published an anthology called Women’s Experimental Cinema: Critical Frameworks (Duke University Press, 2007) and Visions of the Maid: Joan of Arc in American Film and Culture (Virginia University Press, 2001). Her current project explores the connections between the films of Joseph Cornell and his better known boxes.

Professor Robin Blaetz in the Williston Library reading room

Kavita Datla

Associate Professor of History, Member of International Relations and Asian Studies, on leave fall 2016

Kavita Datla’s research focuses on colonial Hyderabad and explores what the histories of South Asia might tell us about larger shared experiences, be they colonialism, secularization, or democracy. In her writing and teaching, Datla examines the emergence of new political forms in the modern British Empire and hopes to animate the discussions and debates that have characterized South Asian publics. She is the author of The Language of Secular Islam: Urdu Nationalism and Colonial India (2013).

Kavita Datla Associate Professor of History, Member of International Relations and Asian Studies

Michael T. Davis

Chair of Architectural Studies, Professor of Art History

Michael Davis teaches the art of the Middle Ages, the arts of Islam, and modern architecture. His research centers on French Gothic architecture including Notre-Dame, Paris and the cathedrals of Clermont-Ferrand and Limoges. Recently, he has been at work reconstructing lost buildings in medieval Paris (early video). Featured in seminars on Paris, these projects actively engage students in the evaluation of evidence, medieval design techniques, and the use of digital media.

Michael T. Davis Chair of Architectural Studies, Professor of Art History

Amber Douglas

Associate Professor of Psychology and Education; Associate Professor of Gender Studies
Amber Douglas

Satyananda J. Gabriel

Professor of Economics

Satyananda Gabriel's dedication to improving the world is visible not only in his commitment to education but also through his numerous community development projects, which have included positions with the Urban League of Portland, Oregon; the First Nations Development Institute; and the United Nations Development Program. Gabriel is currently involved in the Rural Development Leadership Network, which is designed to train rural professionals to be more effective leaders.

Satyananda J. Gabriel, Professor of Economics

Lowell Gudmundson

Professor of Latin American Studies and History

Lowell Gudmundson focuses on coffee, Central America, and Afro-Latin America.  His students have earned graduate and professional degrees in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe.  They have turned their own research interests, as diverse as history, immigration, ethnomusicology, health care, and food studies, into career paths in politics, publishing, medicine, public health, urban planning or ecotourism.  Gudmundson maintains close ties and joint research projects with Costa Rica’s public universities where he began his career.

 Lowell Gudmundson Professor of Latin American Studies and History, on leave Spring 2016

Christian Gundermann

Associate Professor of Gender Studies, on leave Fall 2016

Christian Gundermann understands theory as a daily practice like breathing and eating. He teaches students in different contexts as diverse as the interpretation of films, the history of the queer movement, the questioning of the human/animal boundary, the historical study of horsemanship, the practice of body modifications, the connections between feminism and the sciences, the nexuses of power, knowledge, pleasure, and suffering etc. that there is no practice without theory, and that every theory is always already a practice.

James Hartley

Chair, Professor of Economics

James E. Hartley is Professor of Economics, regularly teaching courses on Macroeconomics, Money and Banking, Leadership, and the Great Books of Western Civilization. He earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Davis. He spent six months as a Fulbright Fellow in Kolkata, India, and returned to India a second time, lecturing throughout northeastern India in events organized by the U.S. Consulate. Hartley is currently at work on a NEH-funded project, “Is Business Moral?”

James Hartley, Professor of Economics

Gail A. Hornstein

Professor of Psychology and Education

Gail Hornstein’s research focuses on the history and practice of 20th-century psychology, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis; the psychotherapy of psychosis; first-person narratives of madness; and the psychiatric survivor movement. Unlike most scholars who study psychopathology, she has always been as interested in the ideas of those with first-hand experience as in doctors’ theories, and her research and teaching highlight the contributions that people with lived experience can make to understanding psychology.  She works closely with psychiatric survivor groups, is actively involved in training and research to expand the Hearing Voices Network in the US, and speaks widely about mental health issues across the US, UK, and Europe.

Image of Gail Hornstein.

Sandra M. Lawrence

Professor of Psychology and Education; Thematic Minors Co-chair
Photograph of Sandra Lawrence

Elizabeth K. Markovits

Associate Professor of Politics

Elizabeth Markovits teaches courses in political theory, ranging from ancient Greek thought to contemporary feminist and democratic theory. She is the author of The Politics of Sincerity: Frank Speech, Plato, and Democratic Judgment. She has published articles on Greek comedy and tragedy, and on women, carework, and democracy in the contemporary United States. Her current research focuses on problems of intergenerational justice in contemporary democratic theory and ancient Greek literature, as well as the intersections between citizenship, art, and responsibility.

Mary Renda

Chair of History, Professor of History

U.S. Historian Mary Renda continually pushes the boundaries of her discipline through her focus on the role of women and gender, the multicultural nature of U.S. history, and the international contexts in which that history has taken shape. In addition to her course offerings in U.S. women's history, U.S. imperialism, and other areas of United States history, Renda teaches interdisciplinary women's studies courses. It's not a vacation from her area of specialty, however. "When I teach women's studies," says Renda, "it brings into sharper relief the importance of history."

Mary Renda

Lauret Savoy

Professor of Environmental Studies, on leave Fall 2016

A writer, photographer, pilot, and Earth historian, Lauret Savoy is also a woman of mixed African American, Native American, and Euro-American heritage. Her work explores the complex intertwinings of natural and cultural histories. She writes about the stories we tell of the American landscape's origins and the stories we tell of ourselves in this land. Each of her courses challenges students to examine their assumptions about the world.

Preston H. Smith II

Professor of Politics, on leave Fall 2016

Preston H. Smith II regularly teaches courses on Urban Policy, Black Migrations, Black Metropolis, and American Politics. He received a Whiting fellowship to study race and social housing in the Netherlands. His research interests include class and African-American politics, neoliberalism, and urban policy, and affordable housing policy. He is the author of Racial Democracy and the Black Metropolis: Housing Policy in Postwar Chicago as well as numerous articles and book chapters.

Kenneth H. Tucker

Chair, Professor of Sociology


Joan Cocks

Professor Emeritus of Politics

Fred Moseley

Professor Emeritus of Economics

Fred Moseley is one of the foremost scholars in the world today on Marxian economic theory (as a theory of capitalism). His works have been translated into nine languages. He especially enjoys teaching economics at Mount Holyoke, because the students are very intelligent young women from all over the world, who are eager to learn.

Fred Moseley, Professor of Economics

Thomas E. Wartenberg

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Film Studies Steering Committee

Thomas Wartenberg specializes in the philosophy of film. He has written and edited a number of books in this area, including Thinking on Screen: Film as Philosophy and Fight Club, both published by Routledge. Among the courses he teaches are: The Philosophy of Film and Film Theory and Philosophy. Wartenberg's other areas of expertise include philosophy for children and aesthetics.


Patricia Ware

Academic Department Coordinator