Faculty Associates

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Paulina Alberto, AssociateProfessor of Spanish, Portuguese, and History | Faculty Associate in Latina/o Studies. Primary interests: modern Latin American history and historiography; Brazil; ideologies of race, nation, and citizenship; intellectual/cultural history; Afro-Latin American.

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.

José A. Bauermeister, Assistant Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health; Director of the Sexuality & Health Research Lab | Faculty Associate in Latina/o Studies. Primary interests: innovative technologies and HIV prevention and sexuality research; multilevel approaches to HIV/AIDS research; developmental perspectives on sexuality and health; psychosocial factors in sexual health behavior and health promotion theory; advanced quantitative and qualitative methods for the behavioral sciences.

Ruth Behar, Professor of Anthropology and Women's Studies | 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, Director of the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) | Faculty Associate in American Culture and Core Faculty in Native American Studies. 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 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.

David Cordova, Assistant Professor, Social Work | Faculty Associate in Latina/o Studies. Primary interests: Latino health inequities, particularly as they relate to the prevention of substance abuse and HIV in adolescents. 

Nilo Couret, Assistant Professor of Spanish | Faculty Associate in Latina/o Studies. Primary interests: Latin American cinema and popular culture; post-independence cinemas of Asia and Africa; theories of film, television and new media; postcolonial studies; trauma studies and affect 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.

Jason De León, Assistant Professor of Anthropology | Faculty Associate in Latina/o Studies. Primary interests: material culture, political economy, undocumented migration, deportation, archaeology of the contemporary, theories of violence, U.S./Mexico border.

María de Lourdes Dorantes, Lecturer IV in Spanish; Director of the Spanish Elementary Language Program | Faculty Associate in Latina/o Studies. Primary interests: teaching and coordinating elementary Spanish, using technology in the classroom, Spanish for business, and Spanish for the medical profession.

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, Professor of English Language & Literature | Faculty Associate in American Culture and Core Faculty in Native American Studies. 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 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.

John A. Garcia, Professor of Political Science, University of Arizona; Research Professor, Director of the Resource Center for Minority Data and Director of Community Outreach, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research/Current Population Survey, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan | Faculty Associate in Latina/o Studies. Primary interests: Minority politics (including Latino politics), urban politics, methodology, data analysis, sampling techniques, American government.

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.

Anita González, Professor of Global Theatre and Ethnic Studies Theatre & Drama, School of Music, Theatre and Dance. | Faculty Associate in Latina/o Studies. Primary interests: Intercultural performance and ethnic studies.

Héctor M. González, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Michigan State University; Adjunct Faculty Associate, University of Michigan, Institute of Social Research, Program for Research on Black Americans; Faculty Associate in Latina/o Studies. Primary interests: health disparities in ethnic populations, chronic disorders, dementia in the cultural and socioeconomic milieu of older Mexican-Americans.

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 | Faculty Associate in Latina/o Studies. 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.  

Shazia Iftkhar, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies | Faculty Associate in Arab American Studies. Primary interests: national debate around the Muslim headscarf in France, media and race, gender and religion, identity and citizenship, representations of minorities, particularly Muslims.

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. Primary interests: ritual, indigenous movements, mining ethnography, NGOs, political ecology, cultural property; Melanesia, Oceania.

Joseph S. C. Lam, Professor of Musicology, 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 Arab American Studies. Primary interests: Arab American literature, translation theory and practice, postcolonial literature and theory, contemporary American poetry.

Terrence McDonald, Professor of History; Dean of the College of Literature, Science, and Arts | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: American history; American urban history; economic history.

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

David Méndez, Associate Professor of Public Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health | Faculty Associate in Latina/o Studies. Primary interests: impact of product and service quality on demand, evaluation of residential radon policies and smoking cessation policies.

Victor Mendoza, Assistant Professor of Women's Studies, and English Language & Literature | Faculty Associate in American Culture. 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.

Elizabeth Birr Moje, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the School of Education; Associate Dean for Research | Faculty Associate in Latina/o Studies. Primary interests: secondary and adolescent literacy, literacy and cultural theory, qualitative and mixed research methods, urban youth culture, content area/disciplinary literacy.

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.

Lucila Nerenberg, Clinical Instructor and Lecturer in Psychology | Faculty Associate in Latina/o Studies. Primary interests: intercultural health and farmworker issues; community physician; substance abuse treatment and medical care for farmworkers in Lenawee County.

Robert M. Ortega, Associate Professor of Social Work,  School of Social Work | Faculty Associate in Latina/o Studies. Primary interests: areas of relationship development, treatment interventions, and service utilization, particularly in the realm of mental health, child welfare and juvenile justice, with a focus on race/ethnicity and gender issues.

Jonathan Ovalle, Assistant Professor of Percussion, Director Latin Jazz Ensemble, School of Music, Theatre & Dance | Faculty Associate in Latina/o Studies. Percussionist Jonathan Ovalle is Assistant Professor of Music and co-coordinator of the percussion program at the University of Michigan. In addition to his applied teaching duties, he is the co-director of the University’s famed percussion ensemble, as well as the director of the newly created Latin jazz ensemble. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance and his primary teachers include Michael Udow, Julie Spencer, Michael Gould, Gerald Cleaver and Salvatore Rabbio, as well as additional studies with Ted Piltzecker. 

Ivette Perfecto, Professor of Natural Resources & Environment | 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.

Deborah Rivas-Drake, Associate Professor of Education and Psychology | Faculty Associate in Latina/o Studies. Primary interests: Development of ethnic and racial identity; academic achievement; mental health; developmental perspectives that attend to cultural and ecological/contextual factors.

Ian Robinson, Lecturer IV in Sociology and at the Residential College; Associate Director of the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations' ILIR Labor and Global Change Program | Faculty Associate in Latina/o Studies. Primary interests: the impact of neoliberal economic restructuring on the living standards of workers, and the power resources, strategies, and character of unions in North America; the impact of neoliberal structuring on the state in North America; the formation of social movement coalitions seeking to change the institutions and rules that govern international economic integration processes and factor flows so as to make economic globalization more compatible with the values of social justice and environmental sustainability.

Jaime Rodríguez-Matos, Assistant Professor of Spanish | Faculty Associate in Latina/o Studies. Primary interests: Caribbean literature, Latin American poetry, Latino/a culture, political theory and philosophy.

Enid M. Rosario-Ramos, Assistant Professor, School of Education | Faculty Associate in Latina/o Studies. Research Interests: Intersections between adolescents' development of critical literacy skills and their participation in community activism, teacher education, disciplinary literacies, adolescents' civic engagement, and social justice education. 

Teresa Satterfield, Associate Professor of Spanish | Faculty Associate in Latina/o Studies. Primary interests: theoretical linguistics, first language acquisition, bilingualism, generative Romance syntax, complex adaptive systems.

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.

Luís Sfeir-Younis, Lecturer II in Sociology | Faculty Associate in Latina/o Studies. Primary interests: sexuality, multiculturalism, sociology of animals, marriages and families.

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 Arab 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.

Marie P. Ting, Program Manager of the Center for Educational Outreach | 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.

Antonia Villarruel, Professor of Nursing, Nola J. Pender Collegiate Chair, Associate Dean for Research and Global Affairs, Division of Health Promotion and Risk Reduction (Division II) | Faculty Associate in Latina/o Studies. Primary interests: HIV prevention among Latino and Mexican adolescents, care development and advancement of Latinos in health.

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

Frederick F. Wherry, Associate Professor of Sociology | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: economic sociology, culture, neighborhood revitalization in the Puerto Rican Philadelphia barrio.

Patricia Yaeger, Henry Simmons Frieze Collegiate Professor pf English Language & Literature, and Women's Studies | Faculty Associate in American Culture. Primary interests: women's studies and feminist theory; southern literature; southern women writers.

Jennifer Young Yim, Director of the Global Scholars Program | 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 Cutlure. 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.