You are here


New Faculty Group Photo
College of Arts & Humanities welcomes new cohort of faculty to campus.

American Studies | Art | Art History & ArchaeologyEnglish | History | Linguistics | Music | Philosophy | SLLCWomen's Studies



American Studies

Jason Farman: Joining the department of American Studies this fall is Assistant Professor Jason Farman. In 2006, Farman earned his doctorate in Digital Media and Performance Studies from the University of California at Los Angeles. Since that time he has served as Assistant Professor and Director of the Digital Technology and Culture program at Washington State University. Professor Farman’s research centers on digital culture as manifest particularly in video gaming and the interface of virtual and real worlds. Farman’s dissertation, “Pixilated Performances” is being published by Palgrave Macmillan. His research has yielded articles such as “Mapping the Digital Empire: Google Earth and the Process of Postmodern Cartography” (in New Media and Society) and “Hypermediating the Game Interface: The Alienation Effect in Violent Videogames and the Problem of Serious Play” (in Communication Quarterly). His current book project, entitled Mobile Interface Theory: Embodiment in Locative Art, Gaming, and Pervasive Computing Culture, is under contract to Routledge Press with publication projected in 2011. back to top


Hasan Elahi: Hasan Elahi earned his MFA in 1996 from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. In the past decade he has held positions at West Virginia University, the University of South Florida, Rutgers University, and San Jose State University where he was Chair for digital Media Art. Over the years he has clearly emerged as a rising star in the rapidly changing field of digital art. He has more than seventy exhibitions (solo and group) of both national and international (in Rumania, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Peru, and many, many other destinations) scope. He has shown his work at The Venice Biennial (2007), The George Pompidou Centre in Paris (2007), the Park Avenue Armory in New York (2008), the Sundance Film Festival (2008), and Site Santa Fe (2010). His work has frequently been discussed on radio and television – I invite you to look on YouTube for his appearance on The Colbert Report -- and has frequently appeared as the subject of books and journal articles on contemporary art. Not surprisingly, Hasan has received numerous (22) nominations for awards and fellowships and he has won a Creative Capital Grant from the Creative Capital Foundation and won an Honorary Mention, Prix Ars Electronica at the Ars Electronica International Exhibition in Linz, Austria in 2006. back to top

Art History and Archaeology

Dr. Abigail McEwen: The successful Candidate in this search was Abigail McEwen whose appointment in Art History and Archaeology will commence this August. In May Assistant Professor McEwen completed her doctoral study at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. Dr. McEwen produced a dissertation entitled “The Practice and Politics of Cuban Abstraction, c1925-1963” under the direction of Edward Sullivan. Her research focus centers on the arts of twentieth-century Cuba, geometric abstraction and conceptualism generally, and transnational exchange within the Americas. back to top




Edlie Wong: Newly appointed Associate Professor Edlie Wong earned her 2003 from the University of California, Berkeley. Since 2003 she has taught at Rutgers, earning promotion to Associate Professor in 2009. She is a specialist in nineteenth-century African American Literature. Wong’s first book, Neither Fugitive nor Free: Atlantic Slavery, Freedom Suits, and the Legal Culture of Travel, was published by New York University Press in 2009. She has been awarded an NEH Fellowship for next year to continue work on her current book project, a transnational and intercultural study of west coast immigration from Asia with the working title “From Emancipation to Exclusion: Contract, Citizens and Coolies.” Last year Rutgers honored Wong by awarding her a Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. back to top


Stefano Villani: Joining the Department of History this fall is Assistant Professor Stefano Villani. Professor Villani earned his doctorate in 1999 at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, working on the history of relations between England and Italy during the Interregnum (1649-1663), focusing especially on British-Italian diplomatic relations. Since 2003 he has taught a broad range of courses at the University of Pisa – courses in media studies, and seminars on History and Cinema, as well as courses in his area of specialization, Early Modern British History. Villani works on issues concerning English radical Protestants such as Quakers, Levelers, and the like. He has studied Italian translations of the English Book of Common Prayer, and published essays such as “People of Every Mixture: Immigration Tolerance, and Religious Conflicts in Early Modern Livorno.” Last spring he lectured at the Center for Early Modern Studies at Oxford on “Tuscan Readings of the English Revolution” as reflected in the correspondence of Amerigo Salvette and Giovanni Salvetti Antelminelli. Professor Villani interviewed in 2008 and now joins the Department of History after a year’s delay. back to top

School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Sayed Elsisi: The successful candidate in the search for a Specialist in Arabic Language, Literature, and Culture is Sayed Elsisi, a Doctoral Candidate at the American University in Cairo who will defend his dissertation in August, 2010. Since 2007, Elsisi has taught Intermediate Egyptian Arabic, Advanced Modern Standard (Written) Arabic and Advanced (Spoken) Modern Standard Spoken Arabic and Written Arabic at Harvard University. His doctoral research has focused on the modern Arabic Prose Poem in general and on the work of poet Osama Al-Dinasoory in particular. He is the author of publications and presentations on the poetry of Al-Dinasoory, of Salah Abdul Sabour, and of Sa’di Yussuf, among other writings. back to top

Satoko Naito: Joining the faculty of East Asian Languages and Cultures in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, is Assistant Professor Satoko Naito. Professor Naito received her doctorate in Japanese this spring from Columbia University. Dr. Naito’s research interests include pre-modern, early-modern, and modern Japanese literature with a particular focus on issues of authorship, readership, and gender. She has a strong concentration on narrative fiction and autobiographical writing of the Heian period (c.794-1185), especially The Tale of Genji (c.1108) considered the earliest psychological novel ever written, and the Diary of Murasaki Shikibu, author of The Tale of Gengi. Dr. Naito has published several articles and translations focused on The Tale of Gengi and Heian women’s literature. back to top

Women's Studies

Tara Rodgers: Tara Rodgers is in the process of completing her Ph.D. in Communication Studies at McGill University. Her dissertation, “Synthesis: Technologies and Others in the Evolution of Synthesized Sound” is a history of synthesized sound, focusing on how audio-technical language is invested with notions of identity and difference. Rogers holds the B.A. in American Civilization from Brown University and the MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College. Rodgers works both as a feminist scholar, whose work has been referred to as musical anthropology, and as an internationally-recognized, award-winning composer, musician, and sound artist. She has exhibited in significant Canadian, U.S. and European galleries, has participated in prestigious popular music festivals in New York, San Francisco, Chicago Austin, Seattle and Montreal, and been awarded numerous residencies -- in New York, Montreal, Boston, Cambridge (MA), and Vancouver. In 2000 Rodgers developed a website for female musicians – – to promote women in electronic music and make information about music production more accessible to women. That website has now developed into a book, an oral history of women in electronic music and sound production, Pink Noises: Women on electronic Music and Sound, published earlier this year by Duke University Press. back to top

Arriving Spring 2011

Holly Brewer: Emerging as the successful candidate in this search is Dr. Holly Brewer, currently a tenured Associate Professor at North Carolina State University. Brewer holds the Ph.D. from UCLA (1994). Dr. Brewer’s work in the social, cultural, intellectual and legal history of Colonial America has begun to recast the ongoing discussion about the cultural and political worlds of early America and early modern Britain and the transitions toward capitalism and political equality that transformed those political worlds. Her 2005 book By Birth or Consent: Children, Law, and the Anglo-American Revolution in Authority, brought out by North Carolina University Press and the Omohundro Institute, deals with the idea of “consent” in British and American law and ideology and with the question of whether children are capable of giving meaningful consent. Her equally influential journal article “Entailing Aristocracy in Colonial Virginia” (William and Mary Quarterly, 1997) offers an explanation – centering on land law, and perpetual inheritance and entail -- for why a kind of feudalism was able to flourish in colonial Virginia. Dr Brewer will join the Department of History in January. back to top

Naomi Feldman: Joining the department of Linguistics as a new Assistant Professor for the spring term 1011 will be Naomi Feldman (a local girl from Wilde Lake HS in Columbia). Feldman will completed her doctoral work at Brown University in December in the highly quantitative field of Computational Psycholinguistics, an area that marries computational modeling approaches to the study of human language comprehension, production, acquisition, and representation. The working title of Feldman’s dissertation is “Interactions between word and speech sound categorization in language acquisition.” To date Feldman has published her research findings (representative title “Exemplar models as a mechanism for performing Baysean inference”) in journals such as Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, Psychological Review, and Developmental Science. back to top

Mayron Tsong: Pianist Mayron Tsong served since 2003 as a tenured Associate Professor of Piano and Head of Keyboard Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Prior to 2003 she was Assistant Professor and Head of the Piano Department at Lethbridge University in Canada. She holds the D.M.A. in Piano from Rice University. During the Fall of 2009, Dr. Tsong was named Featured Fellow by the institute for Arts and Humanities at UNC for her work in lecture-recitals. Tsong has appeared as soloist with orchestras in Russia, Canada and the United States. Her recording of the works of Scriabin, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev came out from Centaur Records in 2008. Reviewers have compared her CD recording of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Sonata to that of Horowitz. Tsong is currently undergoing APT review for appointment as tenured Associate Professor. In January 2011, once that process is successfully completed, she will join our faculty as Associate Professor. back to top

Aidan Lyon: The newest appointee in the Department of Philosophy, Dr. Aidan Lyon, will join the department for the spring semester. Lyon, a specialist in Probability Theory, earned his doctorate in 2009 the Australian National University, producing a dissertation entitled Three Concepts of Probability. Lyon spent the 2009-2010 academic year as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Sydney University Centre for the Foundations of Science & Australian Centre of Excellence for Risk Analysis at Sydney University. Representative publications include “The Philosophy of Probability,” an invited publication in Philosophy of the Special Sciences, edited by F. Allhoff and published by Blackwell, and “The Explanatory Power of Phase Spaces,” by Lyon and Colvin, in Philosophia Mathematica (3), Vol. 16. back to top