Emeriti Faculty

Mount Holyoke has a rich history of faculty who remain prestigious and productive not only throughout their careers but also into retirement.  Emeriti faculty remain an important part of Mount Holyoke’s intellectual community and enjoy privileges and benefits that continue after retirement.

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Emeriti listserv.  The Dean of Faculty’s office maintains a listserv for emeriti faculty, which includes retired, recently retired, and soon-to-be retired faculty at Mount Holyoke College.  If you are not on the listserv and wish to be, please contact the Dean of Faculty's office by phone at x3093 or via email.


Lawrence Fine

Professor Emeritus of Jewish Studies

Susan Barry

Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences

Debbora Battaglia

Professor Emerita of Anthropology

Debbora Battaglia has presented and published extensively on alterity, belonging, and future-making, most recently at intersections of science and technology, cosmopolitics, ethics, socioaesthetics, and nature/culture. Her books include E.T. Culture: Anthropology in Outerspaces (Duke UP), Rhetorics of Self-Making, ed. (University of California Press), and On the Bones of the Serpent: Person, Memory, and Mortality in Sabarl Island Society (University of Chicago Press), in addition to special issues and a monograph. Her current project moves into questions concerning interbeing ethics.

Contact: dbattagl@mtholyoke.edu

Peter Berek

Professor Emeritus of English

Specialty: Shakespeare; English Renaissance literature. Phone: 413-253-9166

Allen Bonde

Professor Emeritus of Music

Lee Bowie

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy

Professor Bowie has interests in logic, the philosophy of mind, of language, and the philosophy of logic.

Sheila Ewing Browne

Professor Emerita of Chemistry

Frank Brownlow

Professor Emeritus of English

Specialty: Shakespeare; English Renaissance literature

Jeanne Brownlow

Senior Lecturer Emeritus in Spanish

James Bruce

Professor Emeritus of Sociology

Jill L. Bubier

Professor Emerita of Environmental Studies

Jill L. Bubier is a field scientist who studies the responses of northern ecosystems to environmental change. She focuses on boreal and subarctic peatlands, measuring greenhouse gas exchanges and plant-soil interactions, in order to understand feedbacks to atmospheric nitrogen deposition and climate change. Bubier's research has taken her to peatlands of Canada, Alaska, and Scandinavia, and has been supported by NASA, the Department of Energy, and the National Science Foundation. Her work involves collaboration with an international team of scientists and training undergraduates, many of whom have co-authored scientific papers with her.

Jill L. Bubier

Michael Burns

Professor Emeritus of History

Nancy B. Campbell

Professor Emerita of Art

R. Alberto Castilla

Professor Emeritus of Spanish

James T. Cavanaugh

Professor Emeritus of Theatre Arts

Jens Christiansen

Professor Emeritus of Economics

Jen Christiansen’s major interest and concern is the politics and economics of global climate change. Other research interests and many of his recent publications focus on questions of comparative economic performance in the G-7 (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, and U.S.). Christiansen has a keen interest in environmental issues and is actively involved in Mount Holyoke’s Environmental Studies program, of which he is a founding member.

Joan Ciruti

Professor Emerita of Spanish

Edward Clancy

Professor Emeritus of Spanish

George Cobb

Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Statistics

Joan Cocks

Professor Emeritus of Politics

Joseph Cohen

Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Carolyn P. Collette

Professor Emeritus of English and Medieval Studies

Carolyn Collete's specialties include: Late Medieval Anglo-French culture; Chaucer; Multilingualism in later medieval England; Cilician Armenia; Semiotic theory; Christine de Pizan; Women writers of the Renaissance; nineteenth-century fiction

Joanne V. Creighton

Five College Fortieth Professor of English; President Emeritus of the College
Joanne Creighton

Jane F. Crosthwaite

Professor Emeritus of Religion

Sharon Crow

Professor Emerita of Physical Education and Athletics

Edwina J. Cruise

Professor Emerita of Russian

Tom R. Dennis

Professor Emeritus of Astronomy

Francis DeToma

Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences

Joyce Devlin

Professor Emerita of Theatre Arts

Paul Dobosh

Professor Emeritus of Computer Science

Alan H. Durfee

Professor Emeritus of Mathematics

Alan Durfee specializes in topology and algebraic geometry.

John Durso

Professor Emeritus of Physics

Stephen Ellenburg

Professor Emeritus of Politics

Joseph Ellis

Professor Emeritus of History
Joseph Ellis; Photo credit: Erik Jacobs.

Virginia Ellis

Professor Emeritus of English

Specialty: 19th-century poetry; British literature; Victorian Novel, especially Dickens and Eliot; Beckett; Greek tragedy; Joseph Conrad

Peter Enggass

Professor Emeritus of Geography

Claude Fennema

Professor Emeritus of Computer Science

Vincent A. Ferraro

Professor Emeritus of Politics

Harold Garrett-Goodyear

Professor Emeritus of History

Harold Garrett-Goodyear's specialties include: Women, spirituality, and power; medieval conflicts and boundaries; notions of justice in history.

Penny Gill

Professor Emeritus of Politics

Martha Godchaux

Professor Emerita of Geology

John T. Grayson

Professor Emeritus of Religion

Jean Grossholtz

Professor Emerita of Politics

Peter Gruber

Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences

Gruber's current research interests are programmed cell death in plants and examining the nucleoskeleton in plant cells. He is researching a primitive eukaryote, Giardia, conducting experiments to probe its nucleoskeleton.

Sue Ellen F. Gruber

Professor Emerita of Biological Sciences

Eugenia Herbert

Professor Emerita of History

Robert Herbert

Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts

Eugene D. Hill

Professor Emeritus of English

Carlyle Hodges

Professor Emeritus of Music

Karen Hollis

Professor Emerita of Psychology

Using an insect model of coevolution, Karen Hollis studies the predator-prey relationship between larval antlions, insects that capture prey in carefully constructed pit traps, and ants, which often stumble into those traps. Hollis and her students have shown that antlions can learn to anticipate prey arrival, providing them with an enormous predatory advantage. On the other side of this competition, some species of ants not only are able to rescue nestmates that fall into antlion pits using precisely directed and highly sophisticated maneuvers, but also learn to avoid pits after a single encounter with antlions. Currently, Hollis is investigating the genetic mediation of ants’ rescue behavior: It seems that some fathers produce kinder daughters.

Photograph of Karen Hollis

Kathleen Holt

Lecturer & Director of Laboratories Emeritus of Biological Sciences

Lilian Hsu

Professor Emerita of Biochemistry

Michael Hyer

Senior Lecturer Emeritus in Physical Education & Athletics

Mohammed Jiyad

Five College Senior Lecturer Emeritus in Arabic

Jane Kaltenbach-Townsend

Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences

Elizabeth Topham Kennan

President Emerita of the College; Professor Emerita of History

Jeffrey A. Knight

Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences

Jeffrey Knight is the editor of both volumes of Encyclopedia of Genetics, the author of numerous articles, and a contributor to many textbooks and encyclopedias. His current research interests include mitochondrial ribosomal biogenesis in yeast, the fine-structure analysis of mitochondrial genes in yeast, and genetically engineered ribozyme expression in yeast.

Jeffrey A. Knight Professor of Biological Sciences

John Lemly

Professor Emeritus of English

Specialty: American literature; late 19th century through early 20th century literature; women writers; nature writing; women's autobiography and biography.

Jonathan Lipman

Professor Emeritus of History

Louise Litterick

Professor Emerita of Music

Roberto Márquez

Professor Emeritus of Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Angelo Mazzocco

Professor Emeritus of Italian and Spanish

Angelo Mazzocco specializes in Medieval and Renaissance culture, with emphasis on Dante, antiquarianism, historical linguistics, and Renaissance humanism, as well as, the rapport between Italian and Spanish humanism.

Angelo Mazzocco, Professor Emeritus of Italian and Spanish

Frederick McGinness

Professor Emeritus of History

Frederick McGinness's specialties include European history, society, and culture.

Mary McHenry

Professor Emeritus of English

Catharine Melhorn

Professor Emeritus of Music

Will J. Millard

Professor Emeritus of Psychology
Photograph of Will Millard

Marion G. Miller

Professor Emerita of Art

Mary Morison

Professor Emerita of Physical Education and Athletics

Charlene Morrow

Lecturer Emerita of Psychology and Education

James Morrow

Lecturer Emeritus of Mathematics and Statistics

James Morrow specializes in Mathematics education.

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

Howard Nicholson

Professor Emeritus of Physics

Donal O'Shea

Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Statistics

John Osgood

Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Education

Jacques Perivier

Professor Emeritus of French

Harriet Pollatsek

Professor Emeritus of Mathematics

Harriet Pollatsek specializes in finite groups and finite geometries, difference sets, and quantum error correction.

Marilyn Pryor

Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences

William Quillian

Professor Emeritus of English

Specialty: 19th and 20th century British literature; History of criticism and critical theory; 20th century British, American and world fiction (in translation); Science Fiction; Computers and literature

Patricia Ramsey

Professor Emerita of Psychology and Education

Patricia Ramsey's research and teaching are focused on early social and attitudinal development. Along with her students, she has studied many aspects of young children's peer relationships: how they initiate contact, resolve conflicts, avoid cross-sex peers, and show concern for each other. They also studied how children develop early attitudes about gender, race, and social class and how teaching from a multicultural perspective affects children's early awareness and attitudes about groups of people that are unfamiliar to them. In addition, she is interested in the effects of media on children’s attitudes and children’s awareness of the natural environment.

Photograph of Patty Ramsey

John Rapoport

Professor Emeritus of Economics

Robert Robertson

Professor Emeritus of Economics

Robert Schwartz

Emeritus Professor of History

Robert Schwartz is a European historian keenly interested in the history of environmental change and public health. In his course,`Research Methods in History, Environmental Change and Public Health`, students explore how industrialization and the growth of cities in Victorian Britain affected infant mortality and the spread of infectious diseases; how the state, local governments, and medical professionals responded to these problems in public health; and how the history of environmental change and public health inform policy and practice today.

Bob Schwartz

Viktoria Schweitzer

Lecturer Emeritus of Russian

Lester Senechal

Professor Emeritus of Mathematics

Robert B. Shaw

Professor Emeritus of English

Specialty: Poetry writing; modern British and American poetry; 17th century literature; 20th century American Southern writing

Robert Shaw

Robert B. Shilkret

Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Robert Shilkret has specialized in personality development and abnormal psychology. His research focus has been exploring how students develop, accomplish goals and overcome unconscious obstructions. He is also interested in the connection between early parenting experiences and college adjustment. 

Curtis Smith

Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences

Susan Smith

Professor Emerita of Biological Sciences

Melinda Spratlan

Professor Emerita of Music

Gary Steigerwalt

Professor Emeritus of Music

Gary Steigerwalt performs in four-hand and duo-piano recitals with his wife, pianist Dana Muller. Together they have recorded four-hand works by Franz Schubert (a portion of which is heard on the soundtrack of the motion picture Good Will Hunting), works by three late nineteenth-century Romantic composers, and works by a number of early twentieth-century European composers for Centaur Records. In addition to teaching and performing, Steigerwalt is working on a biography of the Scottish American pianist and composer Helen Hopekirk (1856–1945).

Diana Stein

Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences

Carole E. Straw

Professor Emerita of History

Carole Straw's specialties include: Late antique and medieval history: church history, classical traditions and Christianity, martyrdom, monasticism.

Margaret L. Switten

Professor Emerita of French

Margaret Switten's specialities include: French and Occitan language and literature of the Middle Ages; music and poetry of the Middle Ages; French literature of the eighteenth century.

Nicole C. Vaget

Professor Emerita of French

Patricia VandenBerg

Executive Director of Communications and Marketing, Emerita

Indira Viswanathan Peterson

Professor Emerita of Asian Studies

Indira Peterson teaches The Classical Literature of India; Indian Women: Literary and Cultural Perspectives; The Great Epics of India: Representations and Interpretations; Hinduism; Sacred Narratives in the Hindu Tradition; Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore: Nonviolence, the Nation, and the World; Indian Civilization; Sanskrit language; and Modern Indian Fiction.


Barry Wadsworth

Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Education

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.

Robert Weaver

Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Computer Science

Gabriele Wittig Davis

Professor Emerita of German Studies

Gabriele Wittig Davis, retired in 2016,  taught courses in both German and English, in German area studies as well as European and film studies. Furthermore, her long-standing investigations into Romanticism and gender role redefinitions as well as her studies into concepts of race and ethnicity from the late 18th-century to the present contributed to offerings on gender and migration studies.


Alberto Sandoval

Professor Emeritus of Spanish