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New Tenure-track Faculty

Ten new tenure-track faculty are joining the College for the 2015-16 academic year.  Please drop by to welcome them this year.

New Tenure Track Faculty

Jessica Santone, Assistant Professor, Department of Art: Dr. Santone received her PhD in Art History from McGill University in 2011. She has an MA in Humanities from University of Chicago and a BA in History from the University of Maryland College Park. Her teaching addresses topics including: twentieth century art, histories of performance art and its audiences, gender and sexuality, postwar archival and information systems, and the impact of globalization on contemporary art.

Albert Gonzalez, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Geography and Environmental Studies- Dr. Gonzalez received his Ph.D. in Anthropology at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas in 2015 and in 2009 completed his MA in Anthropology. He also graduated from the University of Texas, Dallas with BA and MA in History.  His areas of specialization include Historical Archeology, 19th century Southwest, US Latin American Borderlands, Political Ecology, Memory and Materiality, Latino/a and Chicano/a Studies.

Pradeep Ramanathan, Assistant Professor, Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders: Pradeep Ramanathan earned his bachelor’s degree in Physics at the University of California at Berkeley, and his master’s degree in Physics at San Francisco State University. He worked as an engineer in Silicon Valley for several years before going to the University of Minnesota to pursue a clinical Master’s degree and subsequently a Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology.  Dr. Ramanathan's research interests span multiple areas in cognitive neuroscience, studying correspondences between brain structure and cognitive function and impairment, as well as treatment of cognitive and communicative disorders.

Elizabeth McGuire, Assistant Professor, Department of History: Dr. McGuire earned her PH. D from the University of California, Berkeley in 2010. Her main fields of study include Late Modern Europe, Modern China and Russian Literature. She was a lecturer at San Francisco State University prior and taught World History.  She attended Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Study receiving her M.A. in History, focusing on Russian Area Studies and International Economics graduating with Distinction in 2000 and attended Harvard University, studying History and Literature earning her A.B. in 1993.

Craig Derksen, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy : Dr. Derksen received his Ph.D from the University of Maryland in 2006 and his MA in Philosophy in 2004. In 1997 he graduated from the University of Manitoba with B.A. in Philosophy. Dr. Derksen’s areas of specialization include Aesthetics, Ethics and Philosophy of Science. He also is interested in Environmental Philosophy, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Mind

Omri Shimron, Assistant Professor, Department of Music: Dr. Shimron holds a D.M.A. in Performance and Literature (Piano), as well as a Master of Music (Piano) and Master of Arts (Music Theory Pedagogy) from the Eastman School of Music. He completed additional training at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau (France) and the Jerusalem Music Center (Israel). A Phi Beta Kappa member, his work focuses on solo and collaborative performance, contemporary classical music, music theory pedagogy, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Jeremiah Garretson, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science: Dr. Garretson graduated with M.A. and Ph. D. in Political Science in 2009 from Vanderbilt University. His research on Sexuality and Politics focused on elections and the support of gay rights in the media. Other areas of research include Public Opinion, Campaigns and Elections, Legislative Politics, Race and Politics, Social Change and Political and Social Psychology.

Nicole Diggs, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Affairs and Administration: Dr. Diggs received her Ph. D in Public Administration in 2015 from Florida Atlantic University.  In 2010, she graduated from Old Dominion University with her MPA, concentrating in Urban Research and Planning and in 2003, graduating from North Carolina Central University. Her research interests are directly focused on social justice issues and interrelated areas like Environmental Justice, Housing Policy, Planning, Urban Policy, and Health Disparities

Toni Naccarato, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work: Dr. Naccarato received her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of California Berkeley in 2005. In 1994 she graduated San Jose State University with a Masters of Social Work, with a concentration in Children and Families. In 1992, graduating from the State University of New York, Brockport, she received her B.S. in Social Work.

Donovon Ceaser, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Services: Dr. Ceaser graduated Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge in 2013 with his Ph. D in Sociology and a minor in Women and Gender Studies where he specialized in Environmental Justice Education. In 2011, he received a M.A in Sociology from LSU as well. In 2007 he graduated with a M.A in Psychology from the University of Toronto and in 2005 earned his B.A in Music from Loyola University in New Orleans. His research interests include Environmental Sociology, Intersectionality (Race/Class/Gender/Sexuality), Feminist Theory, and Qualitative Methodology. He is an accomplished classical pianist, speaks German, French and Spanish and describes himself as an amateur painter, urban farmer and surfer.

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