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Rhodes welcomes 23 new faculty this fall....

Stuart Allen, assistant professor of English, received his B.A. in English with honors from the University of Leeds, M.A. in 20th-century literature from the University of Sussex and Ph.D. in English from Wolfson College, Oxford. He served as lecturer to overseas students at Hertford College, Oxford. He also taught at Corpus Christi, University and Green colleges at Oxford. He has published numerous articles in his fields of interest including Wordsworth, aesthetics, Romanticism and Modernism.

Mauricio Cafiero, assistant professor of chemistry. A native of Lima, Peru, Cafiero received his B.S. in chemistry from the University of North Florida and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from the University of Arizona. Prior to joining the Rhodes faculty, he worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the computational chemistry group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He has published several articles in his field of study and is currently preparing papers on non-Born-Oppenheimer molecular structure, self-interaction corrected density functional theory, and the mechanism of oxidation of solid Cr2O3.

Rosanna Cappellato, assistant professor of biology, received her B.S. from the University of Rome, doctorandus in biology from the University of Amsterdam and Ph.D. in biology from Emory University. She has taught courses in environmental sciences at Allegheny College, Alfred University and Emory University. She has conducted field research in the U.S. and across the world and has also worked as an associate expert in ecology for the United Nations. She has co-authored articles in Water, Air and Soil Pollution, Journal of Hydrology and Canadian Journal of Forest Research.

Margaret Carne, assistant professor of political science, holds her B.A. in politics (high honors) from Oberlin College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining the Rhodes faculty, she served as an instructor at UC-Berkeley, teaching courses in politics, ethics and leadership. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, her teaching interests include American politics, campaigns and elections, political parties and interest groups, public opinion and quantitative methods.

Winnie Chan, assistant professor of English, received her A.B. in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Ph.D. in English language and literature from the University of Virginia. She has served as an instructor at the University of Virginia, teaching courses in accelerated academic writing, studies in British literature and Shakespearian drama and advanced expository writing. Her teaching and research interests include Victorian literary and cultural studies, modernism, colonial and postcolonial studies, humanities computing, composition, textual studies and the history of the book and women’s studies.

John Chesley, instructor, Greek and Roman Studies, received his B.A. in classics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and M.A. from the University of Washington, Seattle. He has served as an instructor at the University of Washington, teaching courses in Greek and Latin, Homer and Greek and Roman mythology. He currently is taking part in the Tel-Dor Archaeological Project. His research interests include Latin and Greek historiography, Roman social history and topography of Greece and Rome.

Ellen Daugherty, assistant professor of art, received her B.A. (highest distinction) in art history with a minor in architectural history from the University of Virginia and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in art history and American art from the University of Virginia. A recipient of the Luce/ACLS Fellowship in American Art, she has recently presented papers on “Refiguring African-American Public Memory: The Monuments of Lincoln Park, Washington, DC” and “The Booker T. Washington Monument at Tuskegee University and the Imagery of Racial Uplift.”

Anna Dronzek, assistant professor of history, holds her B.A. in history (cum laude with highest honors) from Williams College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in medieval and early modern European history from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She has served as assistant professor of history at the University of Minnesota-Morris, teaching courses in world history, medieval Europe and women in the Middle Ages. The recipient of numerous fellowships and grants, she has published articles on gender roles in the 15th century, and is currently at work on a book manuscript, To Win Worship: Middle Class Identity and Gender in Late Medieval England.

Regina Gee, assistant professor of art, received B.A. and M.A. degrees from Vanderbilt University and her Ph.D. in Roman art and architecture from the University of Texas. She has served as visiting associate professor of art history at Millsaps College, teaching courses in Roman, Baroque, Minoan and Italian Renaissance art and architecture, realism and impressionism and modernism. A Fulbright Scholar, she is currently at work on a paper titled “Being Greek in Rome: The Tomb of Gaius Valerius Herma in the Vatican Necropolis.”

Ron Gelleny rejoins the Department of International Studies as assistant professor. A former visiting assistant professor at Rhodes, Gelleny received his B.A. in economics and B.A. and M.A. in political science from McMaster University. He has a Ph.D. from Binghamton University-SUNY. He has served as a visiting instructor at East Stroudsburg University and assistant professor at California State University. His research and teaching interests include international relations, globalization and policy making, international organizations, comparative politics, American foreign policy and West European politics. The author of numerous scholarly papers, he is currently at work on a forthcoming article with Rhodes Profs. Karl Kaltenthaler and Steve Ceccoli titled “Explaining Public Support for Trade Globalization.”

Lisa Kadlec, assistant professor of biology, received her B.A. in biology (magna cum laude, with departmental high honors) from Haverford College and Ph.D. in the cell and molecular biology program at Duke University Medical Center. A member of Phi Beta Kappa and an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellow, she most recently served as a visiting research fellow in the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University where she has been a lecturer and an instructor in the Summer Research Program. She is currently researching targets of the epidermal growth factor receptor in the Drosophila ovary.

Steven Lloyd, instructor of psychology, holds his B.S. in psychology from the University of Georgia and M.S. in experimental psychology from The University of Memphis. His Ph.D. in anatomy and neurobiology is currently under review at the University of Tennessee, Memphis. He has served as a part-time instructor in Rhodes’ Psychology Department, teaching courses in sensation and perception and physiological psychology. His most recent research involves examining the consequences of psychostimulant exposure on the developing and adult mouse brain with a special emphasis on neurodegenerative disorders.

David Mason, assistant professor of theater, received his B.A. in comparative literature (cum laude) from Brigham Young University, M.A. in South Asian Studies and Ph.D. in theater research from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The recipient of a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship for Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad, he has taught courses in theater at Georgia College & State University. The author of numerous articles and scholarly papers, he has directed several productions including original work. His current research interests include the nature of theatrical performance as a function of religious practice.

Michelle Mattson, associate professor and chair, modern languages and literatures, received her B.A. in German and Latin (summa cum laude) from the University of Minnesota and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in German studies from Stanford University. She has taught courses at Princeton, Columbia and Iowa State universities, and most recently served as associate department chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Iowa State University. A member of Phi Beta Kappa and author of one book and numerous articles, she currently is working on a book-length project that examines, through post-war German literature, how people see their role in history and determine the spectrum of their personal responsibilities.

Charles McKinney will join the Department of History as assistant professor in the spring semester. McKinney received his B.A. from Morehouse College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from Duke University. A recipient of a Mellon Foundation Dissertation Seminar Grant and Samuel DuBois Cook Award, he served as research associate, director of undergraduate studies and program coordinator for the African and African-American Studies Program at Duke University. His teaching interests include 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century African-American history, the civil rights movement, American social and political history, black church studies, U.S. social movements, the 20th-century U.S. South, oral history, the history of black activism and African-American legal history.

Katherine Panagakos, visiting assistant professor of Greek and Roman Studies, holds her B.S. in environmental policy, institutions and behaviors from Rutgers University, M.A. in classics from Tulane University and Ph.D. in Greek and Latin from The Ohio State University. Her areas of interest include Greco-Roman novels, late antiquity, Byzantium, Augustan poetry and material culture.

Timothy Powell, assistant professor of music, received his B.M. (cum laude) and M.M. in church music from Belmont University and D.M.A. in conducting from the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining the Rhodes faculty, he served as director of the Honors College Choir at the University of South Carolina, and, more recently, received a Fulbright Award to Bulgaria to study the music of composer Dobri Hristov.

Rob Robinson ’97, assistant professor of political science, received his B.A. in political science (summa cum laude with honors) from Rhodes and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Robinson’s research interests include American political institutions, judicial politics, law and science, constitutional law, civil liberties, law and epistemology and law and political theory.

Rebecca Blume Rothman, curator of visual resources and instructor of art, received her B.A. from the University of Colorado and M.F.A. in photographic studies from Arizona State University. Her research topics have included marketing and self-promotion in the arts, historic photographic processes in the digital age and studio techniques. She has taught courses in photography and photographic history at the Memphis College of Art, Maricopa County Community Colleges, Arizona State University and the New School for the Arts in Scottsdale, AZ. She also has experience in gallery management and has exhibited her work in galleries throughout the United States and abroad.

Jon Russ, associate professor and chair, chemistry, holds his B.S. in chemistry from Corpus Christi State University and Ph.D. in chemistry from Texas A&M University. A former associate professor at Arkansas State University, he is the author of numerous scholarly articles. His research is focused primarily on chemical analyses of prehistoric rock paints, paleoclimate studies using biogeochemical rock coatings as climate proxies and method development for analyzing components in/from tobacco smoke.

Chris Seaton, assistant professor of mathematics and computer science, received his B.A. in mathematics (cum laude with honors) from Kalamazoo College and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he served as an instructor. His research interests include differential geometry and K-theory of orbifolds.

Susan Uselmann, assistant professor of English, received her B.A. in English literature (with honors) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has served as a part-time assistant professor in the Rhodes English Department and specializes in teaching medieval literature, including Old and Middle English literature in relation to works from the continent, and women’s literature. Her scholarly work includes a book in progress as well as forthcoming book reviews and an article on early scribal perceptions of women’s literacy.

Elizabeth Webb, assistant professor, religious studies, holds her B.A. in religious studies from William Jewell College, M.T.S. from Duke University Divinity School (summa cum laude) and Ph.D. in theological studies from Emory University. Prior to joining the Rhodes faculty, she served as an instructor of religion at Augustana College. Her teaching interests include systematic and constructive Christian theology, theological responses to evil and suffering, feminist, womanist and liberation theologies, theology and literary theory, Christian theological ethics and history of Christian thought.