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Biology Graduate Program

John Dighton, PhD
Soil nutrient dynamics; forestry; mycorrhizae, fungi, environmental pollution

Angélica L. González, PhD

Andrey Grigoriev, PhD
Genome organization, evolution and manifestation; cancer

Eric Klein, PhD
Bacterial pathogenesis and microbial adhesion

Simeon Kotchoni, PhD
Plant Science

Kwangwon Lee, PhD
Circadian clock/light regulation, fungal genetics, fungal ecology, systems biology

Joseph V. Martin, PhD
Hormonal regulation of GABAa receptor, brain activity and sleep

Jongmin Nam, PhD
Molecular regulatory biology and evolution, cellular and embryonic development

Jennifer Oberle, PhD
Fungal and microbial ecology, trends in evolutionary ecology, invertebrate zoology

Tracie L. Paulson, M.S
Biology Education

William M. Saidel, PhD
Visual sensory physiology, neuroethology, neuroanatomy

Amy Savage, PhD

Charlene Sayers, M.S.
Anatomy and Physiology

Daniel Shain, PhD
Annelid development and evolution

Ruth Sporer, PhD

Nir Yakoby, PhD
Developmental genetics

Associate Members of the Biology Faculty

Rocco V. Carsia, PhD
Comparative endocrinology, adrenal function, modulation of apoptosis

Robery Nagele, PhD
Structural/functional organization of the nucleus

Alejandro A. Vagelli, PhD
Reproductive biology, ecology, and evolution of cardinalfishes (Apogonidae); Aquaculture of marine ornamentals; Conservation

Chemistry Graduate Program

Georgia A. Arubckle-Keil, PhD
The synthesis and thermal, optical, and electronic characterization of several conducting polymers, such as polyacetylene, poly(p-phenylene vinylene) and polyazulene for specific device applications

Daniel M. Bubb, PhD
Laser processing. Laser-materials interactions, thin film deposition and characterization, non-linear optical properties of nanoparticles and nanocomposites, ferroelectricity, superconductivity, and properties of novel oxides.

Grace Brannigan, PhD
Complex signaling mechanisms in the central nervous system

Mary Craig, M.S.

Jinglin Fu, PhD
Self-assembled molecular scaffolds to the organization of biomoleuclar networks with the intention of understanding fundamental mechanisms for biochemistry reactions as well as developing novel regulatory biocircuits

Catherine Grgicak, PhD
Biomedical Forensic Science

George Kumi, PhD
Non-linear and linear spectroscopy; microfluidics; biomineralization; microfabrication. The design of microfluidic systems by two-photon laser microfabrication and the integration of current and new analytical methods to microfluidic systems. mauris non blandit.

Kimberlee Sue Moran, M.S.

Alex J. Roche, PhD
Design, synthesis and characterization of fluorinated organic molecules

David Salas-de la Cruz, PhD
Develop polymeric bio-films from various polysaccharides, such as cellulose and lignin, xylan, proteins, and ionic liquids using cost efficient techniques to study the structure property relationships using microscopic, macroscopic, spectroscopic and thermal analyses

Hao Zhu, PhD
Cheminformatics, Computational Toxicology, Computational material design, Big data in chemistry

Childhood Studies Graduate Program

Meredith A. Bak, PhD
Children’s film, media, visual, and material cultures from the nineteenth century to the present

Sarada Balagopalan, PhD
Postcolonial childhoods, the ‘developmental’ nation-state, late capitalism and current transnational efforts around children’s rights play out

Kate Cairns, PhD
Dynamics of gender, culture and inequality, with particular focus on the construction of children and youth as the promise of collective futures; rural schooling, maternal foodwork, and urban agriculture

Daniel T. Cook, PhD
How children’s market research professionals (e.g., marketers, market researchers, digital developers) and others in the “kids’ space” conceptualize their practices in relation to deployed notions of childhood

Daniel Hart, PhD
Personality, moral, and civic development in context

Wenhua Lu, PhD
Child and adolescent health disparities, with a focus on minority and underserved populations

Susan A. Miller, PhD
Children’s patriotism and nationalism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the ways in which nineteenth-century female reformers and suffragists included younger girls in their political campaigns

Lauren J. Silver, PhD
Youth identities, urban education, gender & education, child welfare, and comparative urban

Lynne Vallone, PhD
Children’s literature and culture, the visual and material cultures of childhood and girlhood, and the Victorian Age

John Wall, PhD
Post-structuralist ethical theory as well as philosophies of childhood and children’s rights

Associate Faculty of the Childhood Studies Department

Bob Atkins, PhD, RN, Program Director, NJ Health Initiative
Effects of urban poverty on child and adolescent health and development

Joseph Barbarese, Professor of English & Creative Writing
Children’s literature, creative writing, poetry, essays

Laurie Bernstein, Associate Professor of History
European women’s history; Adoption law, foster care, and custody battles and dependent children in Soviet Russia

Holly Blackford, Professor of English
Interests: 19th/20th Cent. American Literature, Children’s Literature, Meanings that children create from literature

Cati Coe, Professor of Anthropology
Care across the life course, nationalism, politics of culture, educational anthropology, West Africa

Lauren Grodstein, Associate Professor of English
Creative writing, narrative nonfiction, and English literature

Charlotte N. Markey, Professor of Psychology
Health Psychology, Psychology of Eating-Related Behaviors, Psychology of Adolescence, and Child Development

Naomi Marmorstein, Professor of Psychology
Psychopathology in children and adolescents

Margaret Marsh, University Professor of History
Reproductive Medicine and Technology, Reproductive Sexuality, Women’s and Gender History, the History of Medicine in the United States

Jane A. Siegel, Professor of Criminal Justice
Impact of incarceration on children; family factors in crime and delinquency

Carol J. Singley, Professor of English
American Literature, Children’s Literature, Literary & Cultural Representations of Childhood, Kinship and Adoption

Tetsuji Yamada, Professor of Health Economics
Health economics, health care services, access to health care services, health disparity, health behavior & health education, and cost benefit/effective analysis

Computational & Integrative Biology Graduate Program

Grace Brannigan, PhD
Complex signaling mechanisms in the central nervous system

Jean-Camille Birget, PhD
Computational complexity, cryptography and computer security (graphical passwords), automata theory, complexity of problems in combinatorial group theory.

Nawaf Bou-Rabee, PhD
Stochastic Differential Equations, Coarse-Graining, Computational Statistical and Geometric Mechanics

Daniel Bubb, PhD
Laser processing. Laser-materials interactions. Thin film deposition and characterization. Non-linear optical properties of nanoparticles and nanocomposites. Ferroelectricity, Superconductivity, and properties of novel oxides. 

John Dighton, PhD
Current research topics at the station include biogeochemical cycling in soil and freshwater systems; the role of mycorrhizal and saprotrophic fungi in ecosystem functioning; studies of soil fauna; and an emphasis on human impacts on ecosystems.

Jinglin Fu, PhD
Applying self-assembled molecular scaffolds to the organization of biomoleuclar networks with the intention of understanding fundamental mechanisms for biochemistry reactions as well as developing novel regulatory biocircuits.

Siqi Fu, PhD
Geometric analysis in several complex variables

Rajiv Gandhi, PhD
Approximation algorithms for NP-hard problems, particularly problems with applications in areas such as scheduling, wireless networks, communication networks, clustering, and related areas

Angélica L. González, PhD
How the theory of “ecological stoichiometry” (i.e., the balance of multiple chemical substances in ecological processes) and scaling principles (i.e., body size) can be applied to better understand the structure and function of food webs and ecosystems

Catherine Grgicak, PhD
Dr. Grgicak is the team leader and principal investigator of the Laboratory for Forensic Technology Development & Integration, wherein we focus on developing methods to optimize forensic DNA signal and simplify the interpretation of low-level signal obtained from complex environments. We are the stewards of the PROVEDIt software and database, and the developers of ValiDNA – a systems approach to forensic optimization and validation. 

Andrey Grigoriev, PhD 
Biological evolution

Dawei Hong, PhD
Modelling and analysis of biological network by stochastic calculus

Howard Jacobowitz, PhD
Involutive Structures, Several Complex Variables, Differential Geometry and Partial Differential Equations

Eric Klein, PhD
Bacterial mechanotransduction

Simeon Kotchoni, PhD
Adaptation of plants to a wide range of environmental stresses (drought, salt, cold, and pathogens) in order to improve agricultural sustainability; harnessing the beneficial properties of plants to address the urgent need of our century such as renewable energy, and alternative natural plant-derive medicinal products

Luca Larini, PhD
Developing theoretical and computational models able to describe biological systems quantitatively

Kwangwon Lee, PhD
Identifying the multiple genetic loci responsible for a complex phenotype and characterizing the interactions between them

Desmond Lun, PhD
Biological signal processing and systems biology

Joseph V. Martin, PhD
Clarifying how thyroid hormones influence the adult mammalian brain

Jongmin Nam, PhD
Developing ultra-high throughput reporter assay tools for functional annotation and characterization of CRMs by expanding the principles of ‘barcoded’ reporter assays

Sean O’Malley, PhD
Growth and characterization of novel solid state materials

Michael Palis, PhD
Parallel and distributed computing, real-time systems, design and analysis of algorithms, and computational complexity

Benedetto Piccoli, PhD
Control and optimization of network flow

Suneeta Ramaswami, PhD
Computational geometry and the design, analysis and implementation of algorithms for geometric problems that arise in varied applications such as mesh generation, robotics, and computer graphics

Alex Roche, PhD
Design, synthesis and characterization of fluorinated organic molecules

William M. Saidel, PhD
Studies with Pantodon buchholzi, the African butterfly fish. Physiological basis of neuronal algorithms, modeling underwater vision, neuroethology

David Salas-de la Cruz, PhD
Physical characterization and thermal properties of plant cell wall composition as function of cell wall lignin degree of polymerization, gene manipulation, percent relative humidity and percent ionic liquid content 

Amy M. Savage, PhD
Species interactions in an urban context, arthropod diversity, composition and resilience across acute & chronic stress mosaics, nutritional ecology of urban ants, community ecology of ant-protective mutualisms

Daniel H. Shain, PhD
Annelid development and evolution, stem cells

Sunil Shende, PhD
Algorithms – theory, analysis and design

Gabor Toth, PhD
Geometry of eigenmaps and spherical minimal immersions, visualizing mathematics 

William Whitlow, Jr., PhD
Psychobiology of  learning, evolution of cognition, implicit memory, causal reasoning, science education, metamemory and cognition

Nir Yakoby, PhD
Developmental genetics

Hao Zhu, PhD
Design and provide useful cheminformatics tools to answer the above challenges

Associate Members of the Center for Computational & Integrative Biology 

Sarah Allred, PhD
Color perception and color memory, Bayesian modeling of perception, color constancy, philosophy of perception, neural basis of visual object recognition, and evolutionary psychology

Haydee Herrera, PhD
Differential Topology, Riemannian Geometry

Yuchung J. Wang, PhD

Robrecht van der Wel, PhD
Psychological mechanisms underlying everyday physical actions, motor control, object manipulation, sequence planning, interpersonal action planning and coordination (joint action), belief representations in action, and the sense of agency

Patrick J. McIlroy, PhD
Mechanism of action of polypeptide hormones; how they interact with their receptors, the second messenger systems they use and how these systems interact. The primary focus is on gonadotropin (hCG and LH) action in the ovary.

Creative Writing Graduate Program

J.T. Barbarese, PhD, Temple University
Barbarese has published five books of poems, his most recent, Sweet Spot (Northwestern University Press, 2012). His poems and translations have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Boulevard, Poetry, The New Yorker and The Times Literary Supplement, and his literary journalism in Tri-Quarterly, boundary 2, The Sewanee Review, Studies in English Literature, and The Journal of Modern Literature. Since 2008 he has been the editor of StoryQuarterly. 

Robin Black, MFA, Warren Wilson
Black is the author of the story collection, If I loved you, I would tell you this, which was a finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Story Prize, and named a Best Book of 2010 by numerous publications, including the Irish Times. Her novel, Life Drawing, was longlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the Impac Dublin Literature Prize, and the Folio Prize.  Her most recent book is, Crash Course: Essays From Where Writing And Life Collide. Robin’s work can be found in such publications as One Story, The New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Tribune, Southern Review, The Rumpus, O. MagazineConde Nast Traveler UK, and numerous anthologies, including The Best Creative Nonfiction Vol. I and The Best of the Bellevue Literary Review 

Lise Funderburg, MSJ, Columbia University
Funderburg’s first nonfiction book, Blck, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk About Race and Identity was a collection of oral histories. She is also the author of Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home.

Lauren Grodstein, MFA, Columbia University
Grodstein is the author, most recently, of Our Short History (Algonquin, 2017).  Other novels include the Washington Post Book of the Year The Explanation for Everything and A Friend of the Family (Algonquin, 2009), a Washington Post Book of the Year, a New York Times Editor’s Pick, and an Spotlight Pick and Best Book of the Month, among others.  Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Elle, Rhapsody, Post Road, Alimentum, Columbia, and various other publications, and her work has been translated into German, Italian, French, Turkish, and other languages.

Paul Lisicky, MFA, University of Iowa
Lisicky is the author of the novel Lawnboy, the memoir Famous Builder, the story collection The Burning House, and the genre-bending Unbuilt Projects, and most recently The Narrow Door, a memoir. He is the recipient of a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.

Gregory Pardlo, MFA-poetry, New York University; MFA Columbia-nonfiction, Columbia University
Pardlo’s collection Digest won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Other honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. His first collection Totem won the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. He is Poetry Editor of Virginia Quarterly ReviewAir Traffic, a memoir, is forthcoming from Knopf.

Patrick Rosal, MFA, Sarah Lawrence College
Rosal is the author of four books, most recently Brooklyn Antediluvian, which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award and winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. His work has been honored by the Association of Asian American Studies, the Asian American Writers Workshop, and Best American Poetry. He is a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the Fulbright Scholar’s Program.

Lisa Zeidner, MA, Johns Hopkins
Lisa Zeidner is the author of five novels, most recently Love Bomb, and two books of poems.  She is also a screenwriter who has worked for Universal Studios and Focus Feaures.  Her stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Salon, Slate, GQ and elsewhere.

Criminal Justice Graduate Program

Ross Allen, M.A, J.D.
Organized crime, white-collar crime, and varieties of crime

Gail A. Caputo, PhD
Moral reasoning and intermediate sanctions programs, with a particular focus on shoplifters and community service sentencing; employs a rich intellectual tradition of ethnography to study social issues relevant to criminology and public policy, particularly women in conflict with the law

Cati Coe, PhD
The way ideas and discourses gain currency in and become routinized by institutions—whether in school curricula, immigration laws, or nursing homes—and how people experience these institutionalized discourses and routines through perspectives and bodily habits developed in other social fields, their repertoire; African immigrants’ participation in eldercare work in the United States is affecting the meaning of care in nursing homes as well as the care of elderly in their own families

Cindy Dell Clark, PhD
Privileges the vantage points of children

Kurt Fowler, M.S.
Issues of safety and security in sexual commerce, as well as, theoretical topics surrounding legitimacy and procedural justice

Katrina Hazzard-Donald, PhD
Racial and ethnic relations, dance

Nathan Link, PhD
Corrections and sentencing, legal financial obligations and debt, and mental illness and substance abuse

Joan Maya Mazelis, PhD
Study of urban poverty and social ties, using qualitative interview methods to explore the meaning and understanding people have of their own situations

Michelle Meloy, PhD
Intimate partner violence, socio-legal analysis, sex crimes and sexual offenders, and criminal justice policy. 

Laura Napolitano, PhD
Work examines middle-income families, young adults and marriage, plus homeless youth and the transition to adulthood

Chinyere Osuji, PhD
Immigration and low wage work as well as social reactions to black-white interracial couples

Harry Rhea, PhD
United States foreign policy and international criminal justice 

Jane A. Siegel, PhD
Children of incarcerated parents, families and crime, the long-term consequences of child maltreatment and juvenile justice 

Richard Stansfield, PhD
Recidivism and reentry; and race, ethnicity, and immigration, intimate partner violence and homicide

English Graduate Program

Lisa Zeidner
Author of five novels: Customs (Knopf, l98l); Alexandra Freed (Knopf, l983); Limited Partnerships (North Point, l989), Layover (1999) and most recently Love Bomb (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2012).  She has also published two books of poetry, Talking Cure (Texas Tech, l982); and Pocket Sundial (Wisconsin), which won the 1988 Brittingham Prize in Poetry. A screenwriter, she has been commissioned for screenplays by Universal Studios and Focus Features. Fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews in GQ, Mademoiselle, The New York Times, Boulevard, Poetry, The Washington Post and other publications.  Recipient of the 1993 Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Provost’s Teaching Award and the Lindback Award.

J.T. Barbarese
J.T. Barbarese has published five books of poems, his most recent, Sweet Spot (Northwestern University Press, 2012). His poems and translations have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Boulevard, Poetry, The New Yorker and The Times Literary Supplement, and his literary journalism in Tri-Quarterly, boundary 2, The Sewanee Review, Studies in English Literature, and The Journal of Modern Literature. Since 2008 he has been the editor of StoryQuarterly.

Holly Blackford
Holly Blackford has recently published articles, and written a manuscript, on Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird in relation to the American canon; and the inception of developmental psychology (1870-1910) in relation to Lewis Carroll’s Alice, Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, Henry James’s What Maisie Knew, and L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. She has also written literary-critical articles on coming-of-age writers Susanna Rowson, Harriet Jacobs, Edith Wharton, Louisa May Alcott, Emily Brontë, J.M. Barrie, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Carlo Collodi, Jamaica Kincaid, Anita Diamont, Julia Alvarez, Shirley Jackson, and Margaret Atwood. Her book Out of This World: Why Literature Matters to Girls (Teachers College Press, education division of Columbia, 2004) analyzes the empirical reader-responses of girls to literature, and her collection 100 Years of Anne with an “e”: The Centennial Study of Anne of Green Gables (University of Calgary Press, 2009) gathers scholars from Canada, Germany, Australia, Ireland, and the United States to situate the beloved novel. Chair of the International Children’s Literature Association Article Award Committee (2008-2011), she was also the 2008 recipient of Rutgers’ Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence in Children’s Literature and Culture ($2000) and the 2004 winner of the multiyear International Reading Association’s Elva P. Knight research award ($9600) for her study of responses to Adventures of Huck Finn and To Kill A Mockingbird in New Jersey, Alabama, and Missouri.

James Brown
Jim specializes in rhetoric, writing, and new media, and he has published in journals such as Philosophy & Rhetoric, College Composition and Communication, and Computers and Composition. His work also appears in various edited collections, including Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities and Creative Writing in the Digital Age. His book, Ethical Programs: Hospitality and the Rhetorics of Software (University of Michigan Press, 2015) examines the ethical and rhetorical underpinnings of networked software environments. He is also Director of the Rutgers-Camden Digital Studies Center. 

Jill Capuzzo
Jill Capuzzo has been teaching journalism and writing courses at Rutgers-Camden for the last 10 years. Recently, she was named a full-time faculty member of the English Department, where she will continue to head up the school’s expanding journalism program. A firm believer in the value of practicing what you teach, Jill has been a working journalist for more than 30 years, writing for the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, New Jersey Monthly Magazine, the Miami Herald, the Trenton Times and other publications.

In the last dozen years, Jill has written articles for many sections of the New York Times, and in early 2012 she was named the New Jersey real estate reporter, writing a weekly column in the Sunday paper covering real estate issues throughout New Jersey. Jill also continues to write restaurant reviews and feature stories for New Jersey Monthly Magazine. She was co-author of the book Philadelphia: First Class, and a contributing writer to the book Weekend Journeys: 62 Getaways within a Day’s Drive of Philadelphia. She has a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College of Columbia University.

Travis DuBose
Travis teaches classes focused on digital media and professional writing at Rutgers-Camden and serves as faculty adviser to the campus’s digital literary magazine The Scarlet Review. His current research interests include the ideologies of interface and experience design and the rhetoric of typography. He also maintains creative interests in hypertext narratives and procedural generation. An alumnus of the Rutgers University Graduate School–Camden, Travis earned his master’s degree in English in 2014. That same year, he received the James Sanderson Graduate Award, which is awarded to the student who wrote the best graduate paper in the previous academic year.

Richard Epstein
Author of papers on the semantics, pragmatics and discourse structures of English, medieval French and Tiipay (a Native American language spoken in San Diego county and Baja California, also known as Diegueño), including the journal articles “The definite article, accessibility, and the construction of discourse referents” (in Cognitive Linguistics, 2001), “Reference and Definite Referring Expressions” (in Pragmatics and Cognition, 1998); “L’article défini en ancien français: l’expression de la subjectivité” (in Langue française, 1995), as well as chapters in books such as Grounding (Mouton de Gruyter, 2002); Discourse Studies in Cognitive Linguistics (John Benjamins, 1999); Conceptual Structure, Discourse and Language (Cambridge, 1996); Perspectives on Grammaticalization (John Benjamins, 1994). He is currently researching the use of the definite article in some of the earliest Old English texts as well as the use of language in current discussions of environmental issues.

Shanyn Fiske
Shanyn Fiske specializes in Victorian literature and culture and the history of classical reception in nineteenth-century England. She is the author of Heretical Hellenism: Woman Writers, Ancient Greece, and the Victorian Popular Imagination (Ohio, 2008). She has published articles on Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, Jane Ellen Harrison, Alicia Little, and others. She is currently working on a book project that examines literary relations between England and China in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Dr. Fiske directed the Writing Program and the Classical Studies Minor at Rutgers Camden.

Christopher Fitter
Chris Fitter received his D.Phil. from St. John’s College, Oxford in 1989, and has given guest seminars at Columbia, Oxford and Yale. His first book, Poetry, Space, Landscape: Toward a New Theory (Cambridge: 1995) discussed representations of the natural world from Homer to Milton in literature, art, and formal thought, and suggested some foundational sociological principles behind the conceptualization of nature as landscape. Radical Shakespeare: Politics and Stagecraft in the Early Career (Routledge: 2012) placed Shakespeare’s early plays within contexts of political opposition and debate normally overlooked in the field, arguing for the playwright’s alignment with popular sufferings and populist politics. Following this he edited the pioneering volume Shakespeare and the Politics of Commoners: Digesting the New Social History (Oxford, 2017), which introduces to Shakespeare studies the political culture, often skeptical and combative, of the mass of ordinary commoners in contemporary England. His current book, nearly complete, is Activist Shakespeare: Politics and Stagecraft in the Second Tetralogy and King Lear, which examines these dramas as further examples of Shakespeare’s risk-taking involvement in hot political topics of those years. He has published nearly twenty essays and book chapters, along with many reviews.

William FitzGerald
Bill FitzGerald specializes in rhetoric and writing studies with particular interests in the rhetoric or religion, Kenneth Burke and the rhetoric of style. At Rutgers, he also teaches undergraduate courses in media and literacy studies and graduate courses in genre, composition theory and research methods. His book Spiritual Modalities: Prayer as Rhetoric and Performance (Penn State Press 2012) is part of a larger project on the relationship between speech in general and speech addressed to God. Finally, Bill directs the Teaching Matters and Assessment Center in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Keith Green
Keith Green’s main research and teaching interests lie in African American literature, with more specific investments in the study of the antebellum era, self-referential writing, African-Native American literature, and slave narratives. He has delivered papers on Nat Turner, Harriet Jacobs, Henry Bibb, and William Wells Brown. His current book project, Not Just Slavery: African Americans Write Captivity Narratives, Too: 1816-1879, explores the various kinds of bondage and confinement–specifically Indian slavery, Barbary captivity, and state imprisonment–African Americans experienced and recounted in the nineteenth century.

Lauren Grodstein
Lauren Grodstein is the author of A Friend of the Family (Algonquin, 2009), a Washington Post Book of the Year, a New York Times Editor’s Pick, and an Spotlight Pick and Best Book of the Month. Her previous works include “Reproduction is the Flaw of Love,” (Dial, 2004) an Breakout Book and a Borders Original Voices pick, along with the story collection, The Best of Animals (Persea, 2002) and the pseudonymous Girls Dinner Club (Harper Collins, 2005) which was a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. Her work has been translated into German, Italian, French, Turkish, and other languages, and her essays and stories have been widely anthologized.

M.A. “Rafey” Habib
Rafey’s latest books are Hegel and the Foundations of Literary Theory (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press, 2018) and Hegel and Empire: From Postcolonialism to Globalism (Palgrave MacMillan, 2017). He has also published Shades of Islam: Poems for a New Century( Kube, 2010); Literary Criticism: From Plato to the Present: An Introduction (Blackwell, 2010); Modern Literary Criticism and Theory: A History (Blackwell, 2007); A History of Literary Criticism: From Plato to the Present (Blackwell, 2005); An Anthology of Modern Urdu Poetry in Translation (MLA, 2003); The Early T.S. Eliot and Western Philosophy (Cambridge, 1999); and The Dissident Voice: Poems of N.M. Rashed: Translated from the Urdu (Oxford, 1991). He has also newly edited the Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory (Penguin, 2015).

Tyler Hoffman
Author of three books: Robert Frost and the Politics of Poetry (University Press of New England, 2001; winner of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association Studies Book Award); Teaching with The Norton Anthology of Poetry: A Guide for Instructors (Norton, 2005); and American Poetry in Performance: From Walt Whitman to Hip Hop (University of Michigan Press, 2011). He has published many articles and book chapters, including on John Brown and children’s literature; American Civil War verse; American political poets and naturalism; Walt Whitman; Emily Dickinson; Vachel Lindsay; Robert Frost; Wallace Stevens; Elizabeth Bishop; Gary Snyder; Thom Gunn; and the contemporary slam poetry scene. He is past president of the International Robert Frost Society, and currently serves as editor of the electronic Whitman Studies journal The Mickle Street Review and associate editor of the Robert Frost Review.

Aaron Hostetter
Aaron Hostetter specializes in Old and Middle English literature and culture. His book, Political Appetites: Food in Medieval English Literature, explores the political aspects of the representation of eating and cooking in the medieval English romance from the tenth to the fifteenth centuries, and will be published in October 2017. He has published articles in The Journal of English and Germanic Philology (2011), e-Humanista (2013), New Medieval Literatures (2017), and Studies in Philology (2017), as well as delivered papers on subjects including Piers Plowman, Middle English incest narratives, and medieval romance. He is also the founder and translator of the Anglo-Saxon Narrative Poetry Project (2007-present), an ambitious re-working of extant Old English poetry into modern English verse. His current teaching interests include Chaucer and other Ricardian poetry, medieval romance, Beowulf and other Anglo-Saxon literature, the literature of heroism and travel, translations and translation theory, Marxist and cultural theories of consumption, materialism (New and otherwise), and global medieval literatures. He is currently planning two new books: the first is a set of essays on practical approaches to teaching Beowulf in secondary and university classrooms; the second is an examination of the deadly sin of Avarice (the excessive desire for material objects) across a swath of English literary history from the Anglo-Saxons to the Jacobean era.

Ellen Malenas Ledoux
Ellen Malenas Ledoux is an Associate Professor at Rutgers University, Camden.  She specializes in Romantic and Gothic literature. Her recent book, Social Reform in Gothic Writing: Fantastic Forms of Change, 1764-1834 (Palgrave Macmillan 2013), examines the relationship between Gothic texts and social reform in transatlantic writers of the Revolutionary period.  Her current project, Laboring Mothers: Reproducing Women and Work in the Romantic Era, focuses on the material challenges of motherhood faced by women working in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries as represented in literature, art, and popular culture.  She has published articles in Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture and Women’s Writing.  Her most recent article on Mary Robinson and George IV appeared in Britain, Representation, and Nineteenth-Century History (BRANCH).

Paul Lisicky
Paul Lisicky’s books include Lawnboy (Turtle Point, 1999; Graywolf, 2006); Famous Builder (Graywolf, 2002); The Burning House (Etruscan 2011); and Unbuilt Projects (Four Way, 2012).  His work has appeared in Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, Fence, Gulf Coast, The Iowa Review, Ploughshares, Tin House, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere.  His awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Michener/Copernicus Society, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and residencies from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. Since 2013, he has been the editor of StoryQuarterly. His most recent book, The Narrow Door, was released by Graywolf Press in 2015.

Howard Marchitello
Author of Narrative and Meaning in Early Modern England (Cambridge University Press, 1997) and editor of Thomas Middleton’s The Mayor of Queenborough (Globe Quartos/Nick Hern Books, 2005) and What Happens to History: The Renewal of Ethics in Contemporary Thought (Routledge, 2001). He has published articles on Shakespeare, early modern garden theory, science studies, and early modern travel writing in English Literary History, Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, New Centennial Review, and English Literary Renaissance, as well as book chapters in Printing and Parenting in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2005), and Reimagining Shakespeare for Children and Young Adults (Routledge, 2002). He serves as Associate Editor of the South Central Review (published by Johns Hopkins University Press) and a member of the editorial board of Literature Compass (Blackwell). His current book project—“Hamlet Machine: Early Modernity, Literature, and the Cultures of Science, 1585-1623”—is a study of the intimate relationship between literature and science and addresses such writers as Thomas Harriot, Shakespeare, Tycho Brahe, John Donne, and Galileo, among others.

Timothy Martin
Author of Joyce and Wagner: A Study of Influence (Cambridge, 1991) and co-editor of Joyce in Context (Cambridge, 1992) and of Joyce on the Threshold (Florida UP, 2005). Guest editor of a special double issue of the James Joyce Quarterly on “Joyce and Opera” (2001). Presenter at numerous conferences and international symposiums; frequent invited lecturer at the James Joyce Summer School in Dublin and the Trieste (Italy) James Joyce Summer School. Professional service includes directing the 1989 national Joyce conference in Philadelphia and co-chairing the academic program of the 2000 International Joyce Symposium in London. Member, Board of Trustees, International James Joyce Foundation (2004-10). Recent publications include an essay on “Elegiac Ulysses,” published in the Joyce Studies Annual.  

Gregory Pardlo
Gregory Pardlo’s ​collection​ Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His other honors​ include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection Totem was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. He is also the author of Air Traffic, a memoir in essays forthcoming from Knopf. Pardlo is a faculty member of the M.F.A. program in creative writing at Rutgers University-Camden.  He lives with his family in Brooklyn.

Patrick Rosal
Patrick Rosal is the author of Boneshepherds, named one of the best small-press books of 2011 by the National Book Critics Circle, My American Kundiman, and Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive. He has won, among other honors, a Fulbright Fellowship, the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award, the Global Filipino Literary Award, and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop Members’ Choice Award. His writing has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Tin House, American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, Drunken Boat, and Language for a New Century.

Jillian Sayre
Her research focuses on narrative theory, affect, and community in early national American literatures. She has published on translation in James Fenimore Cooper’s The Prairie and has forthcoming work on The Book of Mormon, spatializing practices in the American West, and digital humanities practices and pedagogies. She is currently working on her manuscript Mourning the Nation to Come: The Scryptural Economy of Post-Revolutionary American Literatures, a comparative study of early national romances in North and South America. She teaches courses on postcolonial literatures, women’s writing, horror, and literary theory.

Carol J. Singley
Author of Adopting America: Childhood, Kinship, and National Identity in Literature (Oxford, 2011) and Edith Wharton: Matters of Mind and Spirit (Cambridge, 1995). Editor/co-editor of seven volumes: Ethan Frome (Broadview, 2013); The American Child: A Cultural Studies Reader (Rutgers, 2003); Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth: A Casebook (Oxford, 2003); A Historical Guide to Edith Wharton (Oxford, 2002); The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (Houghton Mifflin, 2000); Anxious Power: Reading, Writing, and Ambivalence in Narrative by Women (SUNY, 1993); and The Calvinist Roots of the Modern Era (New England, 1997). Articles on 19th- and 20th-century American literature and culture; feminist collaboration, and the theory and practice of teaching of writing. Co-founder of Alliance for the Study of Adoption, Kinship, and Identity. Former president of the Northeast Modern Language Association, the Edith Wharton Society, and the Women’s Caucus of NEMLA.

History Graduate Program

Laurie Bernstein, PhD
Russian and Soviet history; European women’s history; Jewish history.

Katherine Epstein, PhD
Military history; International relations: Late 19th-early 20th century American history

Wayne Glasker, PhD
African-American history; 20th Century U.S. history; Africa

Janet Golden, PhD 
Medical history; Women’s history; U.S. social history

Nick Kapur, PhD
East Asian history; Japan; China; global/transnational history; environmental history

Kriste Lindenmeyer, PhD
Women and gender; Childhood studies; U.S. social history

Emily Marker, PhD
Modern Europe, France and Francophone Africa, Empire, Race, Religion, Youth

Margaret Marsh, PhD
Women and gender; American culture; Gender and medicine

Charlene Mires, PhD
Public history; Material culture; Urban history (Philadelphia); 19th and 20th-century U.S. history

Susan Mokhberi, PhD
Early modern European diplomatic and cultural history; Encounters between East and West

Andrew Shankman, PhD
Colonial British North America; Revolutionary and early national U.S.; Early modern England

Lorrin Thomas, PhD 
Latin American history; U.S. immigration and urban history; citizenship and human rights

Wendy Woloson, PhD
American popular culture; Public history; U.S. economic history

Liberal Studies Graduate Program

Associated Faculty of the Graduate Liberal Studies Program

T. Barbarese, PhD, Department of English

Laurie Bernstein, PhD, Department of History

Holly Blackford, PhD, Department of English

James Brown, PhD, Department of English

Stuart Z. Charmé, PhD, Department of Philosophy and Religion

Elizabeth Demaray, PhD, Department of Fine Arts

Richard Epstein, PhD, Department of English

Christopher J. Fitter, PhD, Department of English

William FitzGerald, PhD, Department of English

Shanyn Fiske, PhD, Department of English

Janet Golden, PhD, Department of History

Keith Green, PhD, Department of English

Richard A. Harris, PhD, Department of Political Science

A.R. Habib, PhD, Department of English

Tyler Hoffman, PhD, Department of English

Jean-Louis Hippolyte, PhD, Department of French

Susan Jones, Department of Fine Arts

Howard Marchitello, PhD, Department of English

Ellen Malenas-Ledoux, PhD, Department of English

Tim Martin, PhD, Department of English

Susan Miller, PhD, Department of Childhood Studies

Charlene Mires, PhD, Department of History

Cyril Reade, PhD, Department of Fine Arts

Andrew Shankman, PhD, Department of History

Lauren Silver, PhD, Department of Childhood Studies

Carol Singley, PhD, Department of English

Lynne Vallone, PhD, Department of Childhood Studies

John Wall, PhD, Department of Philosophy and Religion

Jesse William Whitlow, Jr., PhD, Department of Psychology

Mathematical Science Graduate Program

Dinesh D. Bhoj, PhD

Nawaf Bou-Rabee, PhD 

Siqi Fu, PhD
Geometric analysis in several complex variables

Haydee Herrera, PhD
Differential Topology, Riemannian Geometry

Howard Jacobowitz, PhD

Josephine Johansen, Assistant Teaching Professor

Debashis Kushary,PhD

Will Y.K. Lee, PhD

Haisheng Li, PhD
Vertex algebras, quantum vertex algebras, and Kac-Moody Lie algebras

Christopher Lim, Teaching Instructor

Mahesh G. Nerurkar, PhD

Benedetto Piccoli, PhD
Social Dynamics and Networks

Gabor Toth, PhD
Differential Geometry, Harmonic Maps, Minimal Immersions, Convex Geometry, Measures of symmetry, Middle Egyptian Grammar

Yuchung Wang, PhD

Psychology Graduate Program

Andrew Abeyta, PhD
Effective, cognitive, and motivational underpinnings of these needs with the goal of identifying psychological experiences/factors that contribute to their satisfaction

Sarah Allred, PhD
Color perception and color memory, Bayesian modeling of perception, natural image recognition, philosophy of perception, neural basis of visual object recognition, and evolutionary psychology.

Kristin August, PhD
Interpersonal processes and health; physical and mental health in later life; psychosocial aspects of chronic disease management; racial/ethnic disparities in health.

Courtenay Cavanaugh, PhD
The impact of violence on women and children’s health and development including risk and resilience for psychiatric disorders, substance abuse, and HIV/STIs.

J.J. Cutuli, PhD
Resilience in development: Processes of positive adaptation and maladaptation among children and families who experience adversity; Multiple levels of analysis.

Lauren Daniel, PhD
Impact of Sleep on Health and Quality of Life in Children with Chronic Health Conditions, Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology, Behavioral Sleep Medicine.

Sean Duffy, PhD
Experimental psychology: Memory, Self, and Cultural Identity; Spatial reasoning; Humor; Environments.

Daniel Hart, PhD
Cognitive, civic, moral, and personality development in childhood and adolescence, particularly in urban contexts.

Rufan Luo, PhD
Research aims to understand how children’s home learning experiences and parent-child interactions influence and support early language and cognitive development, with a focus on children and families from socioeconomically, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. 

Charlotte Markey, PhD
Eating behaviors, body image, dieting, and obesity risk; romantic partners’ influence on health; relations between personality and health.

Naomi Marmorstein, PhD
Associations between internalizing disorders (depression and anxiety) and externalizing behavior and substance use disorders among youth.

Ira Roseman, PhD
Causes of emotions, emotional responses, emotion regulation, emotional disorders, political psychology, belief systems, human motivation, cross-cultural psychology.

Robrecht van der Wel, PhD
Psychological mechanisms underlying everyday physical actions, motor control, object manipulation, sequence planning, interpersonal action planning and coordination (joint action), belief representations in action, and the sense of agency.

Bill Whitlow, PhD
Theories of learning complex discriminations; computational models of learning and memory; science education; beliefs and health; evolution of memory.

Public Administration/Public Affairs Graduate Programs

Brandi Blessett, PhD
Administrative responsibility, health disparities, and urban inequality.

Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, PhD
Leadership, school leadership and partnerships, charter schools, communities and poverty, children and families, early childhood and literacy, migration and migrant workers, women and leadership

Melanie Bowers, PhD
Urban and minority politics and policy in the United States

Marie Isabelle Chevrier, PhD
Arms control, chemical and biological weapons policy, international negotiations, conflict and conflict resolution

Stephen Danley, PhD
Local knowledge, informal organizations, local networks, urban neighborhoods, urban policy, New Orleans, Camden, Philadelphia

Maureen M. Donaghy, PhD
Development and civil society, with an emphasis on participatory governance, urban politics and Latin America

Richard A. Harris, PhD
Government/business relations, regulatory policy, environmental policy

Michael Hayes, PhD
Public finance and budgeting, education finance and policy, public management, tax policy

Paul Jargowsky, PhD
Inequality, geographic concentration of poverty, residential segregation by race and class, educational attainment and economic mobility

Patrice M. Mareschal, PhD
Conflict resolution, labor unions, public policy

Angie McGuire, PhD
Economic development, local government

Lorraine C. Minnite, PhD
Inequality and poverty; American and urban politics and policy; voting rights; social movements; race, ethnicity and class; immigration

Adam Okulicz-Kozaryn, PhD
Inequality, preferences for redistribution, urban and rural issues, cultural, values and religion, happiness, quality of life, life satisfaction

Beth Rabinowitz, PhD
Regime strategies and political stability in sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular focus on rural alliances

Zachary D. Wood, MA
Nonprofit advocacy, urban revitalization, community development, homeless policy

Scientific Computing Graduate Program

Jean-Camille Birget, PhD
Cryptography and computer security, algorithms and complexity, automata theory, algorithmic problems in algebra.

Rajiv Gandhi, PhD
Approximation algorithms, randomized algorithms, computational geometry,

Dawei Hong, PhD
Mathematical modeling of biological network via stochastic differential equations, probabilistic methods in fields related to computer science and engineering such as combinatorial optimization and signal processing.

Guy Kortsarz, PhD
Approximation algorithms, randomized algorithms, combinatorial optimization and lower bounds on approximation.

Desmond Lun, PhD
Biological signal processing and systems biology

Michael Palis, PhD
High-performance computing, parallel programming environments, resource management and scheduling, optical networks and wireless communications, parallel and distributed algorithms.

Brian Russell, PhD
Software engineering, operating systems, distributed algorithms and symbollic debuggers

Suneeta Ramaswami, PhD
Computational geometry and applications, mesh generation, computational statistics, algorithms.

Sunil Shende, PhD
Algorithms for resource management in optical and cellular networks, mobile computing, network configuration and scheduling; online algorithms, combinatorial optimization, data compression and encoding.

Teacher Education Graduate Program

Sara Becker, PhD
Ann Heidelberg, M.Ed.
Anne McGeehan, Ed.S.

Teaching Spanish Graduate Program

Próspero N. García, PhD
Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Learning, Spanish Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy, Second Language Evaluation and Assessment, Technology Enhanced Language Learning

Carla Giaudrone, PhD
Fin-de-siècle Spanish American literatures, Southern Cone literature and culture, Latin American Modernismo, Post-colonial theory, Feminist Theory, and Gender Studies 

Ana María G. Laguna, PhD
Early Modern Literature and Culture, Visual Studies, Race Theory, and Material Culture

Silvia Perez-Cortes, PhD 
Heritage and Second Language Acquisition, Spanish-English bilinguals, child and adult language development, Language attrition, Bilingual education, English Language Learners (ELLs).