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Kate Singer

Chair of Critical Social Thought; Associate Professor of English
Kate Singer

Nigel Alderman

Chair of English; Associate Professor of English
 Nigel Alderman

Kimberly Juanita Brown

Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies, on leave fall 2018

Kimberly Juanita Brown's research engages the site of the visual as a way to negotiate the parameters of race, gender, and belonging.  Her book, The Repeating Body: Slavery’s Visual Resonance in the Contemporary (Duke University Press) examines slavery’s profound ocular construction and the presence and absence of seeing in relation to the plantation space and the women who exist there. She is currently at work on her second book, tentatively titled “Their Dead Among Us: Photography, Melancholy, and the Politics of the Visual.”  This project examines images of the dead in The New York Times in 1994 from four geographies: South Africa, Rwanda, Sudan, and Haiti. 

W. Donald Cotter

Chair of Chemistry; Associate Professor of Chemistry, on leave fall 2018

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.

W. Donald Cotter

Justin Crumbaugh

Associate Professor of Spanish, Latina/o and Latin American Studies; Study Abroad Advisor for Spain and Latin America

Professor Crumbaugh’s research focuses on contemporary Spain. He is the author of Destination Dictatorship: The Spectacle of Spain’s Tourist Boom and the Reinvention of Difference (SUNY Press 2009) and co-author of Spanish Fascist Writing (U of Toronto Press forthcoming). Professor Crumbaugh’s articles have appeared in the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, the Hispanic Review, the Hispanic Research Journal, the Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, and other scholarly venues. His publications include studies on the cultural formations surrounding the Franco dictatorship, tourism, terrorism, and political victimhood.

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Iyko Day

Associate Professor of English

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

David Hernández

Associate Professor of Latina/o Studies

David Hernández is Associate Professor of Latina/o Studies at Mount Holyoke College. His research focuses on immigration enforcement, in particular, the U.S. detention regime. He is completing a book manuscript on this institution, titled "Alien Incarcerations: Immigrant Detention and Lesser Citizenship," and he is also the co-editor of Critical Ethnic Studies: A Reader (Duke University Press 2016). His work has appeared journals such as Border-Lines, Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy, Journal of Race and Policy, Latina/o Studies, and NACLA: Report on the Americas.

David Hernández

Ren-yo Hwang

Assistant Professor of Gender Studies and Critical Social Thought

Ren-yo Hwang’s interdisciplinary teaching and research focus is queer- and transgender-of-color critique, feminist-of-color anti-violence initiatives, and genealogies, and transformative justice and community accountability. Overall, Hwang questions strategies and responses to intersectional state violence, incarceration and punishment by both social justice movements and reform-based partnerships of the late 20th century. 

Ren-yo Hwang, Assistant Professor of Gender Studies

Amy E. Martin

Director, Weissman Center for Leadership; Professor of English on the Emma B. Kennedy Foundation; Faculty Director for SAW
Amy E. Martin

Karen Remmler

Chair of German Studies and Gender Studies; Professor of German Studies

Karen Remmler’s interdisciplinary research and teaching in English and German focuses on the politics and cultures of memory in the aftermath of atrocity and war in European and transnational 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.

Karen Remmler

Vanessa Rosa

Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies

Vanessa Rosa is an assistant professor of Latina/o 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 Diversifying Cities: Between Gentrification and Revitalization which investigates the national-identity making effects of the urban revitalization of two public housing projects in Toronto, Ontario. Rosa teaches courses on housing, cities, and Latina feminism and incorporates community-based learning and civic engagement in her teaching, including projects with various local organizations in Holyoke and Springfield.

Vanessa Rosa, Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies

Erika Rundle

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and Gender Studies, on leave 2018-19

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

Erika Rundle

Matthew 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.

Lucas Wilson

Affiliated Faculty

Robin Blaetz

Chair of Film Studies; Professor of Film Studies

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

Michael T. Davis

Chair of Architectural Studies, Professor of Art History

Michael Davis teaches courses on 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 reconstructing lost buildings in medieval Paris (early video). Used in his 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; Dean of Studies; Director of Student Success Initiatives

Amber Douglas is a licensed clinical psychologist. She teaches courses related to psychological distress, mental health, trauma, resilience and research methods. Her work lies at the intersection of social psychology and clinical psychology, specifically the interactions between social contexts and individual differences. She examines the impact of traumatic stress on cognitive processes, interpersonal health, and mental health in her work. In addition, Douglas investigates how race and other aspects of identity intersect with one’s appraisal and experience of stress, trauma and psychological well-being. Most recently, her work examines the role of psychological distress and resilience in academic contexts.

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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

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

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 of Economics; 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

Gail A. Hornstein

Professor of Psychology and Education; on leave fall 2018, retiring spring

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.

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Elizabeth K. Markovits

Professor of Politics; Director of First-Year Seminars; Director of the Teaching and Learning Initiative

Elizabeth Markovits teaches courses in political theory, ranging from ancient Greek thought to contemporary feminist and democratic theory. She is the author of Future Freedoms: Intergenerational Justice, Democratic Theory, and Ancient Greek Tragedy & Comedy (2018) and The Politics of Sincerity: Frank Speech, Plato, and Democratic Judgment (2008). She has published academic articles on rhetoric and politics, on Greek comedy and tragedy, and on women, carework, and democracy in the contemporary United States, as well as numerous op-eds. 

Mary Renda

Chair of History; Professor of History

A historian who continually pushes the boundaries of her discipline, Mary Renda focuses her teaching and research on US empire, women and gender, racism, activism, and the transnational contexts in which histories of North America and the Caribbean have taken shape. In addition to her course offerings on U.S. women's history, African-American women, and histories of empire, Renda teaches interdisciplinary gender studies courses. It's not a vacation from her area of specialty, however. "When I teach gender studies," says Renda, "it brings into sharper relief the importance of history."

Mary Renda

Lauret Savoy

David B. Truman Professor of Environmental Studies

A writer, teacher, photographer, and pilot, Lauret Savoy is also a woman of multiracial heritage. Her courses and writings explore the narratives we tell of the American land’s origins — and the narratives we tell of ourselves in this land, including the place of race. Winner of Mount Holyoke College’s Distinguished Teaching Award and an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, Lauret has also held fellowships from the Smithsonian Institution and Yale University. She is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America. Senior classes have chosen her to be a Baccalaureate speaker and Last Lecturer.

Preston H. Smith II

Chair of Africana Studies and Politics; Professor of Politics

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.

Preston H. Smith II

Kenneth H. Tucker, Jr.

Chair of Sociology and Anthropology; Helen P. Bibbero Professor of Sociology

Kenneth Tucker’s teaching and research interests include sociological theory, historical sociology, social movements, social inequality, and contemporary media.  He is the author of five books, most recently Workers of the World Enjoy! (2010), and many articles, including The Political is Personal, Expressive, Aesthetic, and Networked: Contemporary American Languages of the Self from Trump to Black Lives Matter (2017).  His current research focuses on the creation of a distinctive upper class culture in late nineteenth century New England and an exploration of the rise and cultural significance of contemporary populism, in particular the appeal of Donald Trump.

Kenneth H. Tucker

Staff

Sue Rusiecki

Academic Department Coordinator