Holy Cross Hires 14 New Faculty Members for 2012-13 Academic Year

The Office of the Dean at the College of the Holy Cross announces the hiring of 14 new faculty members—one endowed chair, 11 tenure-track positions and two postdoctoral teaching fellows—for the 2012-13 academic year. They are:

Stephenie R. Chaudoir (assistant professor, psychology) earned her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Connecticut, and B.A. from Butler University. Prior to Holy Cross, she taught at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., and was an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the University of llinois School of Medicine at Peoria. She continues to hold an appointment as an associate research scientist at the Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention (CHIP) at the University of Connecticut.  Her research focuses on understanding the psychological, behavioral, and health consequences of having a concealable stigmatized identity including HIV/AIDS, mental illness and chronic illness.  She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Catepillar Inc. Faculty Award for Scholarship, the First Year Faculty Award at Bradley University, and the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Marc Goodwin (postdoctoral teaching fellow, sociology and anthropology) earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in social and cultural anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and his B.A. from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He is a cultural and medical anthropologist who studies Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children and adults. His dissertation “On the Other Side of Hyperactivity” gives close attention and conceptual reflection to the problem of hyperactivity. He recently completed a collaborative research project and article with two gerontologists that examines issues around ADHD, time, and indebtedness in adults over the age of 60.  Prior to Holy Cross, he was the James R. Gray Lecturer in the anthropology department at the University of California.

Ji Hao (assistant professor, modern languages and literatures) earned his Ph.D. in Chinese literature at the University of Minnesota, an M.A. in Chinese literature from both the University of Minnesota and the University of Southern California, and his B.A. from Renmin University in Beijing, China.  Prior to Holy Cross, he instructed at the University of Minnesota and the University of Southern California, where he taught classes in beginning and advanced modern Chinese, East Asian ethical thought and East Asian humanities. A member of the Association of Asian Studies and the Asian History and Studies, Hao has developed tests and course materials in language proficiency.

Daina Harvey (instructor, sociology and anthropology), a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Rutgers University, earned his M.A. in sociology from the University of Houston, his B.A. in philosophy and economics and his B.B.A. in finance from the University of Texas. His research interests include urban and environmental conditions that result in both acute and chronic suffering, social policy and justice, and marginality; his dissertation focuses on the trauma and suffering of Katrina victims, specifically the cultural and cognitive response to social disruption. He is the recipient of numerous awards and grants including a National Periship Award and awards from The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy and the Rutgers University Initiative on Climate and Social Policy. From 2008-10 he served as a Presidential Fellow for the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Andre Isaacs ’05 (assistant professor, chemistry) received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and his B.A. in chemistry from the College of the Holy Cross. Prior to returning to the College, Isaacs was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of California, Berkeley; a visiting research assistant at Genentech in San Francisco; and a graduate research assistant at the University of Pennsylvania. While at Holy Cross, he was the recipient of numerous awards and grants including the Presidential Medal of Service Award, the America Chemical Society Undergraduate Award for Achievement in Analytical Chemistry, and was a member of the Holy Cross Board of Trustees from 2005-07. Issacs is from Portmore, Jamaica.

Patricia Johnston (Rev. J. Gerard Mears, S.J., Chair in Fine Arts, visual arts) is a nationally recognized scholar of American art. Her first book, “Real Fantasies: Edward Steichen’s Advertising Photography” (University of California, 1997), won three book awards for its study of the relationship between fine art and commercial photography.  Her edited volume “Seeing High and Low: Representing Social Conflict in American Visual Culture” (University of California, 2006) compares the depiction of social issues in different media from the 18th to the 20th centuries and has been widely adopted as a textbook in American art courses across the country. She has held research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University, and the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester. Prior to Holy Cross, she was a professor of art history at Salem State University, and holds a Ph.D. in art history from Boston University.  From 2004-10, Johnston directed five National Endowment for the Humanities summer institutes for school teachers, which focused on integrating American art into teaching the arts, humanities, and social studies.  She is currently writing a book titled "Art and Global Knowledge in the Early American Republic," which will be published by the University Press of New England.

Souleymane Konate (Bishop James A. Healy Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship, mathematics and computer science) earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in mathematics from the University of Central Florida and his B.S. from the Université Dakar-Bourguiba in Dakar, Senegal.  He is one the recipients of the Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference Trainee Award and the American Mathematical Society Workshop on Inverse Problems Trainee Award. Since 2009, he has been a postdoctoral research fellow in the department of radiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester.  A member of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, his research interests include medical imaging precisely computed tomography (CT) and single photon emission tomography (SPECT), in which he designs efficient methods capable of reducing the time it takes to image a patient, and/or the radiation dose administered to a patient without compromising image quality.

Elizabeth Landis (assistant professor, chemistry) earned her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her B.A. from Williams College. Since 2010, she has been the Henson Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment. She is a recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Leah Cohodas Berk Award for Excellence in Chemistry Research, The Charles and Martha Casey Excellence in Materials Research Award, and a Vilas Travel Fellowship. She has published articles in many scholarly journals including ChemSusChem, Chemistry of Materials, and the Journal of Physical Chemistry.

Justin McAlister (assistant professor, biology) received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his M.S. from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, and his B.S. from the University of Richmond. Since 2008, he served as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biological Sciences at Clemson University, where he and his co-investigator received a National Science Foundation Grant of nearly $450,000 to study the evolution of life histories in marine animals. He has also worked as a marine biologist at the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources in Charleston, S.C., and as an environmental biologist at Syracuse Research Corporation in Arlington, Va. His research interests include marine larval and invertebrate biology, evolutionary ecology, and ecotoxicology, and he has been published in many scholarly journals including PLoS One, Evolution, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, and Biological Bulletin.

Olga Partan (assistant professor, modern languages and literatures) received her Ph.D. in Slavic languages and her CACT Teaching Certificate from Brown University, her M.A. in foreign literature from Harvard University Extension School and her B.A. in dramatic arts from the Moscow Shchukin Theater School.  Since 2005, she has worked at Holy Cross as a visiting assistant professor and a lecturer, teaching classes in Russian literature, Russian cinema and elementary and advanced Russian. She is fluent in Russian (her native language), English and French, and has working knowledge of Italian, German and Polish.  She is the author of “You are right, FILUMENA!” (Prozaik, 2012) which was the number one bestselling memoir during its debut in Moscow last month.

Julia Paxson (assistant professor, biology) received her D.V.M. from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, her Ph.D. from Yale University and her B.A. from Swarthmore College.  She has served as a research assistant professor, a postdoctoral research fellow, and a clinical instructor at Tufts Cumings School of Veterinary Medicine. An expert in developmental and regenerative biology and veterinary internal medicine, she has been published in numerous scholarly journals, including PLoS One, Respiratory Research, and Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

K.J. Rawson (assistant professor, English) earned his Ph.D. in composition and cultural rhetoric and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in women’s and gender studies from Syracuse University; his M.A. in English literature from the University of Colorado, Boulder; and his B.A. from Cornell University. Since 2010, he has been a lecturer in the Division of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Media at the University of Kentucky. He is co-editor of “Rhetorica In Motion: Feminist Rhetorical Methods and Methodologies” (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010) and he has published several articles.

Jack Schneider (assistant professor, education) received his Ph.D. in the history of education and his M.A. in history from Stanford University, and his B.A. in political science from Haverford College. Since 2010, he has taught at Carleton College as the Robert A. Oden, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellow for Innovation in the Liberal Arts. Schneider is a former high school teacher and is the founder of University Paideia—a pre-college program for under-served students in the San Francisco Bay Area. His research focuses on educational policymaking and school reform in the 20th century. He is the author of “Excellence for All: How a New Breed of Reformers Is Transforming America's Public Schools” (Vanderbilt University Press, 2011) and is working on a new book about scholarship in education.  His op-eds have been published in numerous media outlets including USA Today, the Christian Science Monitor and the Los Angeles Times.

Alison Smith Mangiero (instructor, political science), a Ph.D. candidate at Boston College where she also earned her M.A., received her B.A. from the University of Richmond. She taught in the political science department at Holy Cross in the 2009-10 academic year, served as a predoctoral fellow in the Department of Leadership and American Studies at Christopher Newport University and was a visiting scholar at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond. Most recently she worked in New York City as the director of the Center for the American University at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including a Clough Center for Constitutional Democracy Fellowship, a Jack Miller Center Fellowship, and Boston College’s Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. Fellowship.