People

Faculty

Holly Hanson

Co-Chair of the Development Studies Nexus, Professor of History and Africana Studies

Holly Hanson is a social historian of Africa whose research and publications focus on Uganda. Her interests include the history of democracy and political accountability in East Africa over the last five hundred years, land tenure, the role of farming in building prosperous communities, and economic history. Many of her classes incorporate community-based learning opportunities with recently resettled African immigrant in the area and "Education and Capacity in African History includes a collaboration with the Springfield Renaissance School.

Holly Hanson

Katherine Aidala

Chair and Associate Professor of Physics, Chair of Engineering

Katherine Aidala employs creative techniques with the atomic force microscope to study a wide range of nanoscale devices and materials, with applications in solar energy, data storage, and biotechnology.  Her work has been supported by grants from the NSF and she received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2010.  Beyond the standard physics curriculum, she teaches Gender in Science and Science in the Media, and regularly gives talks on the under-representation of women in science.

Katherine Aidala

Catherine Corson

Miller Worley Associate Professor of Environmental Studies; Leslie and Sarah Miller Director of the Miller Worley Center for the Environment

Catherine Corson is the Miller Worley Associate Professor of Environmental Studies. As a political ecologist, she uses ethnography to explore questions of power, knowledge, and justice in case studies from rural villages to international policy arenas. Her current research focuses on the rise of market-based environmentalism, popular resistance to it, and associated shifts in environmental governance. Prior to receiving her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, Corson spent a decade as an environment and development policy analyst. Her interdisciplinary academic training, in biology, development studies, and environmental economics, as well as political ecology, underpins an interest in interdisciplinary teaching and research.

Catherine Corson

Christine DeLucia

Assistant Professor of History

Christine DeLucia specializes in the indigenous and colonial histories of North America, particularly in the Northeast/New England. Researching in an interdisciplinary manner, she works extensively with local, regional, and transatlantic archives and museums, as well as with material and visual culture, archaeological sources, oral history, and the land itself. She has published on topics of memorialization, environmental history, and indigenous literary networks. In all her work she examines enduring connections between past and present, and how the places we inhabit can convey alternative narratives about diverse peoples.

Christine DeLucia

Amber Douglas

Associate Professor of Psychology and Education; 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.

Amber Douglas

Sarah Frenette

Visiting Instructor in Psychology and Education; Director of Early Childhood and Elementary Teacher Licensure Programs; Teacher Licensure Coordinator

Sarah Frenette is an early childhood educator, and a teacher educator. She serves as the Director of Early Childhood and Elementary Teacher Education and is the Coordinator of Teacher Licensure for Five Colleges, Inc. She takes pride in working with pre-service teachers that aspire to teach learners of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in literacy, inclusion, curriculum design and reflective practice. Frenette is also the track chair for the Education Policy and Practice Nexus. She learns something new about teaching and learning, and about herself each day.

Photograph of Sarah Frenette

Martha Hoopes

Professor of Biological Sciences

Ecologist Martha Hoopes is interested in how species coexist and even more in why they don't. Her research focuses on invasion ecology and conservation biology and the human interactions with the environment that lead to interactions between invasive species and rare species. Hoopes and her students study invasive plant species in the Quabbin, Harvard Forest, and on Mount Holyoke property, using fieldwork, mathematical models, and statistical approaches to explore spatial dynamics and metacommunities, or how communities interact through dispersal.

Martha Hoopes

Eitan Mendelowitz

Visiting Assistant Professor of Data Science

Eitan Mendelowitz’s work is situated at the intersection of computer science and the arts. His research focus is on authoring systems for physically interactive media environments. Mendelowitz creates data-driven interactive media art, realtime-media for performance, and public art installations. His transdisciplinary practice blends performance, installation, and generative literature, with embodied interaction, physical interfaces, sensing, data science, and artificial intelligence. Mendelowitz has contributed to permanent architectural-scale public artworks and is currently working on the Global Proverbs Project, an aesthetically motivated digital humanities research initiative.

Eitan Mendolwitz

Andrew G. Reiter

Assistant Professor of Politics and International Relations

Andrew G. Reiter’s teaching and research focus on conflict resolution, post-conflict peacebuilding, and transitional justice. Broadly, he aims to understand how societies can end political violence, maintain peace, and recover from past atrocities. He has published widely on these topics and is the author of Fighting Over Peace: Spoilers, Peace Agreements, and the Strategic Use of Violence (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) and co-author of Transitional Justice in Balance: Comparing Processes, Weighing Efficacy (United States Institute of Peace Press, 2010).

Andrew G. Reiter Assistant Professor of Politics

Michael D. Robinson

Professor of Economics

As an applied econometrician, Mike Robinson uses economic analysis to answer questions about the world. The author of many articles, book chapters, and reviews, Robinson is primarily interested in labor economics. Much of his research has centered on wages and income, with a focus on the economics of discrimination.

Michael D. Robinson Chair of Complex Organizations, Chair and Professor of Economics

Steven Schmeiser

Associate Professor of Economics

Steven Schmeiser uses game theory and microeconomic theory to study a wide variety of topics including group formation, regulation, internet advertising, consumer behavior, and corporate law. Schmeiser has published in journals such as The International Journal of Industrial Organization, The Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and Economics Letters. At Mount Holyoke, Schmeiser teaches courses on game theory, accounting, and corporate governance.

Steven Schmeiser

Eleanor R. Townsley

Professor of Sociology, Director of Nexus

Eleanor Townsley is interested in the role of intellectuals in social life. She teaches a range of courses in social theory, media, gender, and social science research methods. Her recent work considers the rise of media meta-commentary in democratic deliberation, the social reorganization of expertise, and the changing social roles of academics as public intellectuals. Townsley served as associate dean of faculty from 2012 to 2016 and is the faculty director of the Nexus Curriculum to Career program.

Kenneth H. Tucker

Chair, Professor of Sociology & Anthropology
Kenneth H. Tucker

Samuel Tuttle

Visiting Assistant Professor of Data Science, Geology and Geography

Samuel Tuttle is a hydrologist who examines interrelationships between hydrological, atmospheric, and land surface processes, especially at large scales using satellite remote sensing. His research mainly consists of statistical analyses of observational data, modeling, and simulation studies, including recent projects on identification of feedbacks between soil moisture and next-day precipitation, and improvement of snowmelt flood prediction modeling in the north central U.S. using satellite observations of snow and soil moisture. Tuttle teaches courses on hydrology and data science.

Samuel Tuttle