Faculty Associates

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William Alexander, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of English Language & Literature | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: prisons & juvenile facilities in the U.S.; prison arts; pedagogy; community organizing.

Naomi André, Associate Professor of Women's Studies | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: opera and issues surrounding gender, voice, and race. Professor André's publications include topics on Italian opera, Schoenberg, women composers, and teaching opera in prisons. Her books, Voicing Gender: Castrati, Travesti, and the Second Woman in Early Nineteenth-Century Italian Opera (2006) and Blackness in Opera (2012 edited collection) focus on opera from the 19th to the mid-20h centuries and explore constructions of gender, race and identity.  Her current research interests extend to opera today in the United States and South Africa.

Ruth Behar, Professor of Anthropology and Women's Studies | Faculty Associate in American Culture and Faculty Associate in Latina/o Studies. Primary interests: self-narratives, autobiographies and life histories of Latin American and Latina women; ethnicity and narrative in American personal ethnographies; Cuba and Cuban Americans; diaspora Jewish cultures.

Giorgio Bertellini, Associate Professor of Screen Arts & Cultures, and Romance Languages & Literatures | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: silent film, early 20th century film viewership, Italian and Italian-American cinema.

Crisca Bierwert, Core Faculty in the Native American Studies program | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: Native American cultures, women's health, environmental studies, cultural and ritual performance.

Sara B. Blair, Professor of English Language & Literature | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: American literature and culture 1890–present; U.S. modernism and modernity; photography and visual cultures.

Francis Blouin, Professor of Information, School of Information; and Professor of History, Director of the Bentley Historical Library | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: archival theory and practice, U.S. social history.

Charles Bright, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of History and in the Residential College | Faculty Associate in American Culture.  Primary interests:  20th century history, world history, Michigan history, Detroit history, prison history.

John Carson, Associate Professor of History | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: American intellectual/cultural history; history of science; history of the human sciences.

Rosario Ceballo, Associate Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies | Faculty Associate in American Culture and Faculty Associate in Latina/o Studies. Primary interest: the impact of poverty and community violence on child development.

Edward C. Chang, Professor of Psychology | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: cognitive-behavioral processes, stress, and coping in general; correlates of heightened pessimism among Asian Americans compared to Caucasian Americans; intersections between clinical, social, and personality psychology, particularly concerning optimism, pessimism, social problem solving, and perfectionism as predictors of psychological and physical well-being.

Barry Checkoway, Professor of Urban Planning | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: community organization and community development; social policy and planning; urban affairs and neighborhood practice.

Mark Clague, Associate Professor of Musicology, School of Music, Theatre & Dance; Associate Director of the American Music Institute; Director of Research for the School of Music, Theatre & Dance; Interim Chair of Musicology  | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: all periods and styles of American music (classical, popular, sacred, and folk), especially cultural institutions in American cities, symphony orchestras, Motown, discourse on social function of music especially concerning class, film music (esp. Copland), patriotic song especially "The Star-Spangled Banner," band music especially by Alton Augustus Adams, Sr., first black bandmaster of the U.S. Navy, music in everyday life, cultural economics.

Santiago Colas, Associate Professor of Spanish, Latin American Literature and Comparative Literature | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: Latin American culture; critical theory and marxism; theories of modernity and postmodernity.

Clare Croft, Assistant Professor of Dance in the School of Music, Theater and Dance | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: 20th and 21st century American dance, cultural policy, feminist and queer theory, and critical race theory.

Deborah Dash Moore, Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of History and Director of the Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies | Faculty Associate in American Culture.

Susan Douglas, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Catherine Neafie Kellogg Professor and Chair of Communication Studies | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: media studies, gender studies.

Herbert Eagle, Associate Professor and Chair of Slavic Languages & Literatures and Associate Professor in the Residential College | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: Russian and Eastern European film.

Lincoln Faller, Emeritus Professor of English Language & Literature; Core Faculty in the Native American Studies program | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: 18th century prose narrative (novels, travel books, captivity narratives, criminal biography especially); Defoe; contemporary Native American literature; the history and cultures of the American Southwest, particularly the Santa Fe Trail as a zone of cultural exchange and interaction from before the arrival of the Spanish to the present day; George Bent; the early ethnography and historiography of the Southern Cheyennes.

Thomas Fricke, Professor and Director of Anthropology; Senior Research Scientist at the Population Studies Center and SRC Family Demography | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: marriage, family work, social change; moral identities in American; rural American transition; anthropologies of American place and identity.

Joseph A. Galura, Lecturer in Social Work and LSA; Advisor, undergraduate minor in Community Action and Social Change | Faculty Associate in American Culture and Faculty Associate in Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies. Primary interests: community service learning, especially how this pedagogy affects student outcomes; diversity, spirituality, and social work practice; the experiences of Filipino Americans, particularly in metropolitan Detroit.

Charles Hiroshi Garrett, Associate Professor of Musicology, School of Music, Theatre & Dance | Faculty Associate in American Culture.

Laurence Goldstein, Professor of English Language & Literature | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: romantic literature; modern and contemporary poetry; relation of technology and literature; film (especially fiction and poetry about movies and movie-making); creative writing; the history of literary journals; topics associated with Wordsworth: landscape, nostalgia, reverie, ruins, the French Revolution and its impact.

Lorraine Gutierrez, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Psychology; Professor of Social Work; Academic Program Director in the School of Social Work and Director of the Center for Community Learning, Core Faculty in the Latina/o Studies program | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: community psychology, multicultural community participation and social action; empowerment processes on the individual and community levels.

Jarrod Hayes, Professor of French | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: Francophone literatures and cultures (Maghreb, Sub-Saharan, Caribbean, Quebec); post-colonial studies; queer-studies.

Anne Herrmann, Emeritus Professor of English Language & Literature, and Women's Studies | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: gender studies (feminist and queer theory); literary and cultural theory; interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to modernism and post modernism.

Don Herzog, Edson R. Sunderland Professor of Law, U-M Law School | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: political, legal, social and moral theory.

Joel Howell, Victor Vaughan Professor of the History of Medicine, Professor of Health Management and Policy, History, and Internal MedicineDirector of the Clinical Scholars Program; Director of the Program in Society and Medicine | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: The history of medical technology and medical care in late-19th and early-20th century U.S.; the history and sociology of science and technology.

Nadine Hubbs, Professor of Women's Studies, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Professor of Music, School of Music, Theatre & Dance; Director of the Lesbian-Gay-Queer Research Initiative | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: postwar pop-rock and country music, twentieth-century American concert music, gender and sexuality studies, U.S. cultural history, class studies.  

Carol Jacobsen, Professor of Art & Design, and Women's Studies | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: contemporary art, feminism, social documentary film/video, photography, issues of women's criminalization and censorship.

Susan Juster, Professor of History | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: colonial and revolutionary America; religion in America; women in early America.

Howard Kimeldorf, Professor and Chair of Sociology | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: politics, class formation, globalization, historical method.

Stuart Kirsch, Associate Professor in Anthropology | Faculty Associate in American Culture and Faculty Associate in Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies. Primary interests: ritual, indigenous movements, mining ethnography, NGOs, political ecology, cultural property; Melanesia, Oceania.

Joseph S. C. Lam, Professor of Musicology in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: ethnomusicology, music historiography, East Asian music, Asian American music.

Kerry Larson, Associate Professor in English Language & Literature; Associate Professor and Senior Associate Dean of Graduate School Administration | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: American literature; contemporary American poetry.

Howard Markel, George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine, Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases; Director of the Center for the History of Medicine | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: history and sociology of medicine, health care, and public health in 19th and 20th century U.S.; immigration.

Khaled Mattawa, Associate Professor of English Language & Literature | Faculty Associate in American Culture and Faculty Associate in Arab & Muslim American Studies. Primary interests: Arab American literature, translation theory and practice, postcolonial literature and theory, contemporary American poetry.

Terrence McDonald, Professor of History | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: American history; American urban history; economic history.

Barbra Meek, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Core Faculty in the Native American Studies program | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: linguistic anthropology, endangered languages and language revitalization, Athabaskan.

Victor Mendoza, Assistant Professor of Women's Studies, and English Language & Literature | Faculty Associate in American Culture and Faculty Associate in Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies. Primary interests: Asian American literature and culture, Philippine American literature and culture, U.S. minority literature and culture, queer of color critique, queer studies, transnational feminist and gender studies, postcolonial studies, critical race theory, cultures of U.S, imperialism, interdisciplinary approaches to literature, performance studies, visual culture.

Joshua L. Miller, Associate Professor of English Language & Literature | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: 20th century U.S. literature, modernism/modernity, language politics, visual cultures, comparative race and ethnic studies, mixed media art.

Lester Monts, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Music (Ethnomusicology) in the School of Music, Theater and Dance | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: music and culture in the Guinea coast region of West Africa, China, and Michigan, diversity in education. Monts is past Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Senior Counselor to the President for the Arts, Diversity and Undergraduate Affairs at the University of Michigan. 

Regina Morantz-Sanchez, Professor of History | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: American women's history; social history of medicine; history of the family; gender, race, class; 19th & 20th century American social and cultural history.

Donna Nagata, Professor, Psychology | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: psychosocial consequences of the Japanese American internment; Asian American mental health, multicultural issues in psychotherapy; intergenerational and family relations.

Ivette Perfecto, Professor of Natural Resources & Environment | Faculty Associate in American Culture and Faculty Associate in Latina/o Studies. Primary interests: agricultural ecology and tropical ecology in Latin America; natural resources and sustainability issues in the Tropics; conservation of biodiversity.

Alisse Portnoy, Associate Professor of English Language & Literature | Faculty Associate in American Culture.

Richard Primus, Professor of Law, U-M Law School | Faculty Associate in American Culture.

David Schoem, Adjunct Associate Professor of Sociology; Director Michigan Community Scholars Program | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: intergroup relations; conflict and community; Jewish identity and the American Jewish community; multicultural organizational change; higher education reform; multicultural teaching.

Margaret Shih, Associate Professor of Psychology | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: stereotypes, social identities and behavior of individuals being stereotyped, Asian Americans and stereotypes.

Andrew J. Shryock, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Anthropology | Faculty Associate in American Culture and Faculty Associate in Arab & Muslim American Studies.

Naomi Eavana Silver, Lecturer IV at the Sweetland Writing Center | Faculty Associate in American Culture.

Michael S. Spencer, Professor of Social Work and Associate Dean of Educational Programs, School of Social Work | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: race/ethnicity and physical and mental health disparities, community organizing, social justice education.

Megan Sweeney, Associate Professor of English Language & Literature, and Afroamerican & African Studies | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: 20th to 21st century African American literature and culture; inter-American literatures; U.S. Latina/o literature; critical race studies; transnational feminist and gender studies, critical prison studies, cultural studies and ethnography.

Ruby Tapia, Associate Professor of English and Women's Studies | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: race and visual culture, photography, comparative ethnic studies, feminist theory.

Marie P. Ting, Program Manager of the Center for Educational Outreach | Faculty Associate in American Culture and Faculty Associate in Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies.

John Tropman, Professor of Social Work,  School of Social Work; Adjunct Professor of Business, School of Business | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: effective group decision-making; effective meetings; values and value structure; executive calamity.

Derek Vaillant, Associate Professor of Communication Studies | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: U.S. media and communication history; late 19th and early 20th century urban social and cultural history; music and popular culture, ethnicity, race, and gender.

John Vandermeer, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Margaret Davis Collegiate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Acting Chair and Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Bio, Professor of Natural Resources & Environment | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: environmental sciences; environmental justice; race, class, gender and the environment; sustainable development; Latino/as and third world issues; science and society.

Gustavo Verdesio, Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures; Core Faculty in the Native American Studies program | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: colonial studies, Native American studies, American culture, cultural studies, material culture. 

Stephen Ward, Associate Professor in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: recent American history, African American political thought and social movements, grassroots activism and community-based approaches to urban development. 

Edward West, Professor of Art & Design | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: perception and notation; light, space, and time.

E.J. Westlake, Associate Professor of English; and Associate Professor of Music in the School of Music, Theater and Dance | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: nationalism, postcolonialism, Nicaraguan drama, dance, postmodernism, pedagogy.

Jennifer Young Yim, Director of the Global Scholars Program | Faculty Associate in American Culture and Faculty Associate in Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies. Primary interests: Asian American masculinities, social justice pedagogy, intergroup dialogue, intercultural and multicultural education.

Rebecca Zurier, Associate Professor of History of Art | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: American art, material culture, architecture from colonial times to the present; art and the mass media; American culture at the turn of the 20th century; realism and representation; urban culture; histography.