New Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty 2017

Alan Allgeier
Alan Allgeier Associate Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Alan Allgeier, Associate Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, was most recently a Senior Principal Scientist for E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. Corporate Center for Analytical Sciences. He earned his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Northwestern University. Trained as an organometallic chemist, he seeks to enhance sustainability in society through chemical process and materials technologies with an emphasis on catalysis and porous materials.

Neal Axton
Neal Axton Assistant Professor of KU Libraries

Neal Axton, Assistant Professor of KU Libraries, was most recently President of the Minnesota Association of Law Libraries. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kansas and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a legal research expert who specializes in administrative law and emergency management.

Andrea Back
Andrea Back Assistant Librarian for KU Libraries

Andrea Back, Assistant Librarian for KU Libraries, was recently Library Manager at the Murphy Art and Architecture Library at The University of Kansas. She earned her Master of Science in Library and Information Science at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and her Master of Arts in History of Art at The University of Kansas. As the Fine Arts and Humanities Librarian, Andi oversees collections supporting the curricular needs in art, art history, design, architecture, and urban planning, as well as other assigned disciplines in the humanities, providing in-depth research consultations and advanced information literacy workshops. 

Hyejin Bang
Hyejin Bang Assistant Professor of Journalism

Hyejin Bang, Assistant Professor of Journalism, was most recently an instructor at the University of Georgia. She earned her Ph.D. in Mass Communications from the University of Georgia. Under the broad rubric of digital advertising and consumer psychology, a main line of Dr. Bang’s research deals with how the digital technologies and human-technology interactions shape consumers’ visual, emotional, and behavioral engagement with marketing messages. 

Alexandru Bardas
Alexandru Bardas Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Alexandru Bardas, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was most recently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Kansas State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Kansas State University. Dr. Bardas’ research interests are focused on bringing anthropology into cybersecurity regarding moving target defenses and cloud security. 

Jill Becker
Jill Becker Assistant Librarian for KU Libraries

Jill Becker, Assistant Librarian for KU Libraries, is the head of the Center for Undergraduate Initiatives and Engagement at The University of Kansas. She is currently in progress of earning her Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration at The University of Kansas. Her research interests include information literacy integration, faculty and instructor development, and academic integrity. 

Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd Associate scientist in the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies

Brian Boyd, Associate Scientist in the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies, Director of the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, and Associate Professor in Applied Behavioral Science, was most recently an Associate Professor at the Department of Allied Health Sciences within the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. He earned his Ph.D. in Special Education at the University of Florida and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the specialty of autism. Dr. Boyd’s research interests center on the repetitive and inflexible patterns of behavior displayed by young children with autism.

Callie Wiygul Branstiter
Callie Wiygul Branstiter Assistant Librarian for KU Libraries

Callie Wiygul Branstiter, Assistant Librarian for KU Libraries, was recently a Reference and Instruction Librarian for the University of Southern California. She earned her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Southern Mississippi. 

Nicholas Britt
Nicholas Britt Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Nicholas Britt, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, was most recently Adjunct Clinical Instructor at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. He earned his Doctorate of Pharmacy from The University of Kansas. Dr. Britt researches infectious diseases, including the management of multidrug-resistant pathogens. 

Sherri Brown
Sherri Brown Associate Librarian for KU Libraries

Sherri Brown, Associate Librarian for KU Libraries, was recently an Instruction Unit Head at Georgia Tech Library at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She earned a Master of Science in Information Science from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts in English from North Carolina State University. Her current research interests include Gothic literature, electronic Demand Driven Acquisition (eDDA), and the Libraries' contemporary poetry collection.

Ben Caplan
Ben Caplan Professor of Philosophy

Ben Caplan, Professor of Philosophy, was recently a Professor at The Ohio State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Caplan works mainly in metaphysics, on things like propositions, sets, fictional characters, works of fiction, and musical works. 

Michelle Carney
Michelle Carney Professor and Dean of Social Welfare

Michelle Carney, Professor and Dean of Social Welfare, was recently the Director of the School of Social Work at The Arizona State University. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work from The Ohio State University. Her research expertise includes intimate partner violence, at-risk youth, community practice, leadership development, and collaboration and conflict resolution.

Brittnee Carter
Brittnee Carter Assistant Professor of Political Science

Brittnee Carter, Assistant Professor of Political Science, was recently an Instructor at Rockhurst University. She earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from The University of Kansas. Her research and teaching interests include terrorism and counterterrorism, political violence, interstate conflict, state and global security, military studies, alliances, foreign policy, and political methodology. 

Sarah Deer
Sarah Deer Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Law

Sarah Deer, Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Law, was recently a Professor of Law at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law and a Langston Hughes Visiting Professor at The University of Kansas. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from The University of Kansas School of Law. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of federal Indian law and victims’ rights, and she has worked to end violence against women for over 20 years.

Brandon DeKosky
Brandon DeKosky Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Brandon DeKosky, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, was recently a Graduate Teaching Assistant at UT-Austin. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and was a Postdoctoral Fellow for Immunology and Vaccinology at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Bethesda, MD. His research interests are vaccines, immunology, virology, disease correlates, molecular biotechnology, therapeutic proteins, and antibody discovery.

Mark Farrell
Mark Farrell Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry

Mark Farrell, Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, was recently a Postdoctoral Researcher in the laboratory of Professor Amos B. Smith, III at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Dr. Farrell researches the development of new linchpins for Anion Relay Chemistry and a medical chemistry-based project directed towards the inhibition of HIV-1 fusion to lymphocytes.

Paige Fields
Paige Fields Professor and Dean of Business

Paige Fields, Professor and Dean of Business, was recently the Dean for the School of Business at Trinity University. She earned her Ph.D. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from the University of South Carolina. Her research interests are corporate governance, banking, insurance, and capital structure. 

Corinne Forstot-Burke
Corinne Forstot-Burke Assistant librarian for KU Libraries

Corinne Forstot-Burke, Assistant Librarian for KU Libraries, was recently a Philanthropic Services Administrator for the Jewish Community Federation Endowment Department in San Francisco, CA. She earned her Master of Science in Information, Library and Information Science from the University of Michigan School of Information. 

Randall Fuller
Randall Fuller Herman Melville Distinguished Professor of American Literature

Randall Fuller, Herman Melville Distinguished Professor of American Literature, was recently the Chapman Professor of English and Chair of the English Department at the University of Tulsa. He earned his Ph.D. in English at Washington University and is a Guggenheim Fellow. Dr. Fuller’s research interest is in nineteenth-century American literature and culture, including Henry James and the theater.

Michael Hageman
Michael Hageman Valentino J. Stella Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Michael Hageman, Valentino J. Stella Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, was recently an Executive Director at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. in Discovery Pharmaceutics. He earned his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at The University of Kansas. His research interest includes application of metastable amorphous drug solids to enhance oral bioavailability and targeting to specific areas of the gastrointestinal tract.

Marcella Huggard
Marcella Huggard Assistant Librarian for KU Libraries

Marcella Huggard, Assistant Librarian for KU Libraries, was recently an Archive and Manuscripts Coordinator for The University of Kansas. She earned her Master of Arts in History from Colorado State University. 

Meg Jamieson
Meg Jamieson Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies

Meg Jamieson, Assistant Professor of Film & Media Studies, was recently a Lecturer for Film & Media Studies at The University of Kansas. She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production and a Master of Arts in Film Theory from the University of Iowa. Her personal films, a poetic blend of document and experiment, have played at museums and festivals around the world and her film work with community groups has been used to give voice to histories which run parallel to the dominant narrative. She is interested in the intersection of experience and memory, and finds the film medium perfect for this exploration. At present, she is working on a feature length documentary about American combat veterans from Vietnam to Afghanistan.

Taejoon Kim
Taejoon Kim Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Taejoon Kim, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was recently an Assistant Professor of Electronic Engineering at the City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon. He earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Purdue University. His general research interests are communication theory, large array and feedback communications, multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) communications, millimeter wave MIMO systems, statistical signal processing, and wireless sensor networks.

Christopher Kirchgasler
Christopher Kirchgasler Acting Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Teaching

Christopher Kirchgasler, Acting Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Teaching, was recently an Instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a minor in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He studies the comparative, historical, and cultural qualities of education research, policy, and reform.

Zhipeng Liu
Zhipeng Liu Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Zhipeng Liu, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, was recently a Courant Instructor at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. He earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Michigan. His main research interests are on probability and mathematical physics, more explicitly, the asymptotic analysis of mathematical physics models and the study of the properties of universal distributions and processes behind these models.

Dionyssios Mantzavinos
Dionyssios Mantzavinos Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Dionyssios Mantzavinos, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, was recently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Mathematics at The State University of New York at Buffalo. He earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge. His research interests include partial differential equations arising in any area of mathematics and science. 

Areli Marina
Areli Marina Associate Professor for History of Art

Areli Marina, Associate Professor for History of Art, was recently an Associate Professor of the Art History Program and the Medieval Studies Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She earned her Ph.D. in History of Art and Architecture from New York University. Her research focuses on the intersection of public rhetoric, national identity, and civic art production in northern Italy between the medieval and the early modern eras, especially in relation to the spatial arts: urbanism, architecture, and sculpture. 

Jose Martinez
Jose Martinez Assistant Professor of Special Education

Jose Martinez, Assistant Professor of Special Education, was recently an affiliated doctoral student for the Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies at the University of Florida. He earned his Ph.D in Special Education at the University of Florida. His research interests include the effects of a peer-mediated intervention on the peer-related social competence skills of young children with autism spectrum disorder. 

Andrea Meyertholen
Andrea Meyertholen Assistant Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures

Andrea Meyertholen, Assistant Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures, was recently an Associate Instructor at Indiana University. She earned her Ph.D. in Modern German Literature and Culture at Indiana University. Her research interests include German and European visual culture and literature since 1700, intermedial encounters of literature and art, representation and narrative in museums, monuments, and tourist spaces, and the discourses of pathology, gender, and the body from Romanticism to the Weimar Republic.

Yinglong Miao
Yinglong Miao Assistant Professor of Molecular Biosciences and Computational Biology

Yinglong Miao, Assistant Professor of Molecular Biosciences and Computational Biology, was recently an Assistant Project Scientist in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of California, San Diego and a Research Specialist I at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He earned his Ph.D. in Computational Chemistry from Indiana University. His research interests include computer-aided drug discovery, cellular signaling, membrane proteins, G protein-coupled receptors, protein folding, protein-ligand binding, protein-protein interactions, and enhanced simulations of biomolecular diffusion, dynamics, recognition, and function. 

Garrett Morris
Garrett Morris Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Garrett Morris, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was recently a Research Associate for the Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Portland State University. His research interest includes studying the use of type systems and logic in proving computer programs secure and correct. 

Yasuyuki Motoyama
Yasuyuki Motoyama Assistant Professor of Geography & Atmospheric Science and Business

Yasuyuki Motoyama, Assistant Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Science and Business, was recently Director of Research and Policy for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He earned his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. He studies local systems of innovation and entrepreneurship. 

Rebecca Orozco
Rebecca Orozco Assistant Librarian for KU Libraries

Rebecca Orozco, Assistant Librarian for KU Libraries, was recently a Museum Evaluator for the Department of Evaluation and Research in Learning at the Science Museum of Minnesota. She earned a Master of Library and Information Science from St. Catherine University and a Master of Science in Biology from Saint Joseph’s University. She is interested in learning more about the experience of women STEM librarians of color.

Carmen Orth-Alfie
Carmen Orth-Alfie Assistant Librarian for KU Libraries

Carmen Orth-Alfie, Assistant Librarian for KU Libraries, was recently a Government Information Services and Engagement Coordinator in the Center for Graduate Initiatives and Engagement in the Research & Learning Division at The University of Kansas Libraries. She earned her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is interested in information literacy and Google’s impact on the academic researcher’s information seeking behavior. 

Michael Peper
Michael Peper Assistant Librarian for KU Libraries

Michael Peper, Assistant Librarian for KU Libraries, was recently the Head of the Natural Science and Engineering Section at Duke University Libraries. He earned a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Angela Rathmel
Angela Rathmel Associate Librarian for KU Libraries

Angela Rathmel, Associate Librarian for KU Libraries, was recently Interim Head of Acquisitions at The University of Kansas libraries. She earned her Master of Library Science from Emporia State University. Her research focuses on organizational responses to changes in scholarly publishing, acquisition, and access, particularly with respect to organizational communication and the individual information seeking and knowledge management behaviors in organizations.

Christopher Rogan
Christopher Rogan Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Christopher Rogan, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, was recently a Research Associate for the Harvard Department of Physics. He earned his Ph.D. in Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy from the California Institute of Technology. He focuses on high energy physics research at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

Sean Seyer
Sean Seyer Assistant Professor of Humanities

Sean Seyer, Assistant Professor of Humanities, was recently a Lecturer and Academic Program Associate for the Humanities program for The University of Kansas. He earned his Ph.D. in the History of Technology from Auburn University. He held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and has presented at numerous academic conferences. His research focuses on how political ideology and cultural values influence and are influenced by technoregulatory regimes.

Sarah Shrader
Sarah Shrader Associate Professor and Director of Pharmacy Practice

Sarah Shrader, Associate Professor and Director of Pharmacy Practice, was recently a Clinical Associate Professor at The University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy at The University of Kansas. She completed PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and PGY2 in Family Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. Her clinical areas of interest includes most anything related to primary care/family medicine with a particular interest in diabetes and women’s health.

Kwangok Song
Kwangok Song Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction

Kwangok Song, Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, was recently an Assistant Professor of Reading and Literacy Studies at Arkansas State University. She received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include the bilingual children’s language and literacy practices. 

Jai Subramanian
Jai Subramanian Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Jai Subramanian, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, was recently a Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at the University of Southern California and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institutes of Health. His research interests include understanding the biological underpinnings of learning and memory and their dysfunction in disease states. 

Nicholas Syrett
Nicholas Syrett Professor and Chair of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Nicholas Syrett, Professor and Chair of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, was recently Chair of the History Department at the University of Northern Colorado. He received his Ph.D. in American Culture at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on gender, sexuality, and childhood in the nineteenth and twentieth-century United States. He is currently writing a biography of a woman named Madame Restell, the most famous abortionist in nineteenth-century America. 

Alcides Perilla Velasquez
Alcides Perilla Velasquez Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Alcides Perilla Velasquez, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, was recently an Assistant Professor for the Department of Communication in Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. He earned his Ph.D. in Media and Information Studies from Michigan State University. His research is focused on social media, political communication, and digital divide.

Michael Wilkins
Michael Wilkins Professor of Business

Michael Wilkins, Professor of Business, was recently the Jesse H. Jones Distinguished Professor at Trinity University. He earned his Ph.D. in Accounting at the University of Arizona. His primary research specialization is in the field of auditing, with particular emphasis on audit fees, accounting restatements, and internal control weaknesses. 

Andrew Williams
Andrew Williams Associate Dean and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Andrew Williams, Associate Dean and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was recently a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Kansas. His research interests include humanoid robotics and AI, cooperative autonomous systems, multi-agent systems learning, healthcare robotics, intelligent humanoid coaches, and computing and STEM education.

Erin Wolfe
Erin Wolfe Assistant Librarian for KU Libraries

Erin Wolfe, Assistant Librarian for KU Libraries, was recently a Digital Archivist at the Robert J. Dole Archive and Special Collections at The University of Kansas. She earned her Master of Library Science from Emporia State University. 

Michael S. Wolfe
Michael S. Wolfe Mathias P. Mertes Professor of Medicinal Chemistry

Michael S. Wolfe, Mathias P. Mertes Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, was recently a Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. He earned his Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from The University of Kansas. His interests include the Wolfe lab studies intramembrane-cleaving proteases (I-CLiPs) that play critical roles both in normal biology and in human disease.

Michael Wuthrich
Michael Wuthrich Assistant Professor of Political Science

Michael Wuthrich, Assistant Professor of Political Science, received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. He conducts research on Turkey and Middle East politics with regards to elections, public opinion, political organizations, and identity politics. 

Karna Younger
Karna Younger Assistant Librarian for KU Libraries

Karna Younger, Assistant Librarian for KU Libraries, was recently an Atkins Library Summer Fellow at the University of North Carolina. She earned a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Master of Art in American History from George Mason University.  

Omaris Zamora
Omaris Zamora Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

Omaris Zamora, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, was recently a Visiting Assistant Professor of the Africana Studies program at Lehigh University. She earned her Ph.D. in Iberian and Latin American Literatures and Cultures at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include 20th to 21st century Hispanic Caribbean, critical race theory, Hispanic Caribbean transnational migration, Dominican studies, and race, gender, and sexuality studies.

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