New Faculty 2016-17 (A-G)

Hussein Awala

Teacher Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow; Mathematics and Statistics

Hussein comes to Wake Forest from Temple University, where he recently completed his PhD in Mathematics and dissertation titled Singular Integral Operations Associated with Elliptic Boundary Valve problems in Non-smooth domains. At Temple, Hussein earned his M.A. in Mathematics and obtained a Teaching in Higher Education Certificate. He attained his Master’s in Pure Mathematics from American University Beirut where he spent two years researching the ultra-products of Lie Algebra. Hussein has spent much of his career deconstructing the complexities of Partial Differential Equations, the Geometric Measure Theory, and Validated Numerics. From his findings, Hussein has several academic publications including, “On the Solvability of the Zaremba Problem in Infinite Sectors and the Invertibility of Associated Singular Integral Operators” andThe Spectrum of Biharmonic Layer Potentials on Curvilinear Polygons”.  He has presented his research findings at universities and conferences across the country.


Tonya Balan

Associate Teaching Professor; School of Business

Tonya brings with her to Wake Forest a passion for statistics, predictive modeling and years of teaching experience. Tonya earned her PhD in Statistics with a minor in Mathematics from NC-State and comes from her Alma mater after teaching graduate and undergraduate business students. She has over ten years of experience translating numerical data into tangible information used for software development and marketing products. She enjoys applying analytic thinking to help solve problems in other disciplines like the sciences, business, and finance. Tonya is excited to incorporate her educational background in statistics with her years of professional experience in the corporate sector in courses at Wake. She is a member of the American Statistical Association; and the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).

Elise Barrella

Assistant Professor; Engineering

Elise comes to Wake Forest from James Madison University where she revolutionized the Engineering department. Elise was the founder and steering committee member of the Applied Research Collaborative and the director and capstone coordinator of the NAE Grand Challenges Scholars program. She earned her PhD in Civil Engineering and Transportation Systems from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She continues to investigate the best practices in engineering education, the domain of sustainable design, and infrastructure planning. A Young Member of Transportation Research Board (TRB) Statewide Multi-modal Planning Committee and a research panelist for National Cooperative Highway Research Program. Part-time Consultant. Elise research and professional interests transcends throughout her personal life, she is a member of the Transportation Research Board, Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) International, American Society of Civil Engineers Transportation & Development Institute, and the Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society.

Lina Benabdallah

Assistant Professor; Politics and International Affairs

Lina comes from the University of Florida where she completed her PhD in International Relations and dissertation titled Relational Power in IR: Case of Chinese Investments in Human Resource Development in Africa. She has teaching and research interest in international relations theory, Global IT, international development, China-Africa relations, international organizations, and post-colonial theory. Lina has published a number of articles and peer reviewed papers including, “Explaining Attractiveness in South-South Relations: Power-Knowledge Nexus in Beijing’s Capacity Building Programs” in the Journal of International Relations and Development, “Is China Building an Empire in Rural Africa” in the International Studies Review, and the “China Syndrome,” which received the University of Florida Sahel Research Group Research Grant. Lina is the founding member of the UF China-Africa working group and the UF Women in Political Science group.

C48F6475Rory Bradley

Visiting Assistant Professor; German and Russian

Rory comes to Wake Forest from UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University where he obtained his Ph.D. in the Joint Graduate Program for German Studies. His dissertation is entitled The Enlightening Supernatural: Ghost Stories in Late Eighteenth Century Germany and traces the motif of ghostly apparitions and examines the multiplicity of responses to these phenomena. His teaching interests include German literature from the 18th-20th century as well as philosophy, aesthetics and intellectual history. Rory has several publications including “The Woman in White as a subtext in The Real Life of Sebastian Knight” in The Nabokovian. He is a member of the German Studies Association and the Modern Language Association.

C48F6475Christopher Brown

Assistant Professor; English

Christopher joins Wake Forest after serving as a lecturer in the Departments of English and African American Studies at Princeton University for the last three years. He holds a Ph. D. in English Language and Literature with a certificate in Critical Theory from the University of Maryland, College Park, an M.A. with a concentration in Arts in the Humanities and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Christopher’s teaching and research interests include African American Literature, Law and Literature, 19th and 20th Century American Literature, Critical Theory and Critical Race Theory. His publications include “Was Blind But Now I See: Post-Racial Justice in Edward P. Jones’ The Known World” in Passing While Post-Racial: Performance and Identity Construction in Neo-Passing Narratives and “’Every Tone was a Testimony’: Black Music, Literature and Law” in Law, Culture, and the Humanities. Christopher is also a member of the Modern Language Association, American Studies Association and the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities. He previously worked as an attorney in New York.

C48F6475Shanita Brown

Visiting Assistant Professor; Counseling

Shanita comes to Wake Forest from North Carolina State University, where she completed a Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education. Her dissertation is titled Intersections of Race, Spirituality and Domestic Violence: The Counternarratives of African American Women Survivors. She also holds a Masters of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from North Carolina State University. Shanita has previously taught courses in Crisis Counseling, Counseling Theories, Behavior, Adolescent Development, Sexual Violence Prevention, and Cross-Cultural Counseling. She has also worked as an outpatient therapist and counseling supervisor. Shanita has held several leadership roles in her field including serving as Secretary for the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development and as an Editorial Board Member for The Professional Counselor. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, National Certified Counselor and an Approved Clinical Supervisor.

Elena Pedigo Clark

Assistant Professor; German and Russian

Elena returns to Wake Forest after having served as a Postdoctoral Teacher-Scholar of Russian during the 2014-2015 year. She holds a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from UNC-Chapel Hill, having completed a dissertation entitled Sharp Rays of Thought: Psychological Conflict in the Poetry of E.A. Baratynsky. Elena also holds an MA in Russian Translation from Columbia University having completed a translation of Aleksandra Marinina’s Chain of Circumstances. Her research publications include “The Significance of Single-Syllable Words in E.A. Baratynsky’s Poetry of Thought” in Glossos and “Fixing a Deep Gaze: Baratynskii’s Trilogy of Miniatures as a Cycle of Seeing” in Ulbandus. Elena’s translation publications include “The Practice of Taking Communion Among Orthodox Parishioners in the Soviet Era” in State, Religion and Church. She has also had numerous short stories and novellas appear in online magazines and print anthologies. Her professional memberships include the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and Eastern European Languages, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the Modern Language Association.

C48F6577Richard Coble

Visiting Scholar; School of Divinity

Richard joins Wake Forest from Vanderbilt where he will receive his Ph.D. in Religion, Psychology and Culture in 2017. His dissertation is titled Chaplaincy in the Modern Health Care System: Presence, Dying, and Community in the Advance and Subversion of Biopolitics.  He also holds a graduate certificate in Women and Gender Studies from Vanderbilt and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. Richard has previously served as a Teaching Assistant for courses in Constructive Theology, Biblical Hebrew and Pastoral Theology and Care. He has also served as a Chaplain for Saint Thomas Health System and a Youth Minister at several churches. His publications include “From Web to Cyborg: Tracing Power in Care” in the Journal of Pastoral Theology and “Recognition and the Fleeting Glimpse of Intimacy: Tracing the Chaplain’s Response to Ungrieved Death” in the Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling. Richard is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

C48F6577Brooke Coe

Visiting Assistant Professor; Politics and International Affairs

Brooke joins Wake Forest University from the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science in Berlin. She holds a Ph. D. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota. Brooke has served as a Governing Council Member for the International Studies Association – Northeast Conference and as chair of the Minnesota International Relations Colloquium. She has previously taught Transitional Justice, Global Politics, and Human Rights as well as supervised undergraduate research. Her publications include “Sovereignty Regimes and the Norm of Non-Interference in the Global South: Regional and Temporal Variation” in Global Governance as well as a forthcoming book manuscript entitled Sovereignty in the South: the Uneven Rise of Intrusive Regionalism in Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia.

C48F6577Naima Coster

Visiting Lecturer; English

Naima holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Columbia University and an M.A. in English from Fordham University. She comes to Wake Forest after having served as an instructor at Columbia University where she taught university writing at the undergraduate level. Naima has also served as an Instructor with Prep for Prep where she taught leadership development workshops to talented high school students of color as well as updated curricula, coordinated role-plays, and led discussion about ethical and effective leadership. Previously, she was a graduate editor for CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action. Naima has won numerous awards including two Margaret Lamb Writing to the Right-Hand Margin Prizes for Fiction, Brooklyn Film and Arts Festival Non-Fiction Prize, and the Elmore A. Willets Prize for Fiction Writing. Her publications include “Albums of Our Lives: Nirvana’s Nevermind” in The Rumpus, “Fire Escape” in Arts and Letters, and “Riker’s Island: No Home for Immigrants” in Wiretap.

C48F6577Kimberly Creasap

Visiting Assistant Professor; Sociology

Kimberly joins Wake Forest from Colgate University where she was a Visiting Assistant Profressor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology with affiliations in Women’s Studies and LGBTQ Studies. She previously served as a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh. She obtained a Ph. D. in Sociology and a Certificate in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, where she completed her dissertation entitled Sweden Ends Here? Social Movement Scenes and the Right to the City. Kimberly also holds an M.A. in Women’s Studies from Eastern Michigan University with a concentration in Social and Political Activism as well as a Graduate Certificate in Sexuality, Culture and Society from the International School of Social Sciences and Humanities. She has many publications including “Finding the Movement: The Geographies of Social Movement Scenes” in the International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy and “Social Movement Scenes: Place-Based Politics and Everyday Resistance” in Sociology Compass. Kimberly previously won the Elizabeth Baranger Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. In the past, she has taught courses in introductory sociology, feminist theory, sociology of gender, social change and urban sociology.

C48F6425Edward Eaves

Visiting Assistant Professor; Health and Exercise Sciences

Edward joins Wake Forest as a Visiting Assistant Professor after previously serving as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Health and Exercise Science Department. Edward was also an instructor at High Point University where he taught Human Anatomy and labs in human physiology and anatomy. He holds a Doctorate of Education in Kinesiology and a post-Master’s certificate in College Teaching, Learning and Leadership from UNC Greensboro, having completed a dissertation entitled Spit Tobacco Use and Behavioral Intentions in North Carolina High School Baseball Coaches. He also holds an M.S. in Kinesiology with a concentration in athletic training from Michigan State University. Edward previously served at North Carolina A&T State University, where he taught psychosocial interactions of human movement, fitness and aging, and fitness testing and exercise prescription. Before his career in academia, Edward served as the Head Athletic Trainer of Greensboro College and Averett University. He is the author of the textbook The Practical Guide to Athletic Training, in addition to a variety of journal articles including “The Relationship between Spit Tobacco and Baseball” in the Journal of Sport and Social Issues. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association.

C48F6544Alice Eng

Associate Librarian; Z. Smith Reynolds Library

Alice joins Wake Forest from the University of North Florida, where she served as an Electronic Resources Librarian. She obtained a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Florida State University. Alice has presented “The Great Transition to Scholarly Communication at the Thomas G. Carpenter Library” and “Web-Scale Discovery Systems: Do They Deliver?” to the North American Serials Interest Group and the Electronic Resources and Libraries Conference. She also published “Disconnect Between Literature and Libraries: The Availability of Mentoring Programs for Academic Librarians” in Endnotes: The Journal of the New Members Round Table. Alice holds several awards including the 2014 Gale Cengage Learning Charleston Conference Scholarship Winner and the 2012 Merriman Award Winner.

C48F6636Erik Estrada

Post-doctoral Teaching and Research Fellow; School of Divinity

Erik joins Wake Forest from the Claremont School of Theology, where he served as a Postdoctoral fellow. He holds a Ph.D. from the Medieval Institute of Notre Dame with a Theology Specialization and completed a dissertation entitled Paul’s Divided Patrimony: How Late Antique Commentators on Galatians Shaped the Reformation Debate over Justification by Faith Alone. He also completed an STL at the Augustinianum Patristic Institute and an STB at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas. His research interests include soteriology, reception of patristic exegesis and history of biblical interpretation. Erik has previously taught courses in the History of Christianity, Christian Models of Church, the Reformation and Christology. His publications include the following: contributed to English translation of the Latin text and the Latin addition of the The Monk’s Haggadah: A Fifteenth-Century Illuminated Codex from the Monastery of Tegernsee, with a prologue by Friar Erhard von Pappenheim and the Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity (Penn State University Press, 2015), and English translations for the Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity (IVP, 2013). He is also a member of the North American Patristics Society, American Academy of Religion, Medieval Academy of America, Society of Biblical Literature, American Society of Church History and the Sixteenth Century Society.

C48F6498Kevin Frazier

Assistant Professor; Theater and Dance

Kevin Frazier joins Wake Forest from Furman University, where he taught Sound Design, Introduction to Theater, Sound Editing and Play for the Theater and Gobos for the Stage. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts from Furman University. He is a member of the Southeastern Theater Conference and a former member of USITT. Kevin previously won the New Hampshire Theater Award for Best Sound Design and was nominated for the New Hampshire Theater Award for Best Lighting Design and Suzi Bass Awards for Best Lighting Design for a Musical. He holds an abundance of professional experience in Lighting Design including: Wit, The Addams Family, Mary Poppins, Evita, A Street Car Named Desire, The Importance of Being Earnest and Waiting for Lefty. Kevin also possesses experience in Sound Design including work for: Stella and Lou, Born Yesterday, The Whipping Man, The Tempest and Little Men.

C48F6624John A. Gemmer

Assistant Professor; Mathematics and Statistics

John holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Arizona where he completed his dissertation entitled Shape Selection in Non-Euclidean Model of Elasticity. He comes to Wake Forest after serving as a NSF-RTG Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University. John has previously taught courses in methods of applied mathematics, mathematical modeling, and chaotic dynamics. He has won numerous awards including the University of Arizona Galileo Award and VIGRE Fellowship. His publications include “Optical Beam Shaping and Diffraction Free Waves: A Variational Approach” in Physica D. Nonlinear Phenomena and “Shape Transitions in Hyperbolic Non-Euclidean Plats” in Soft Matter. John also served as the co-organizer for an SIAM Conference on Analysis of Partial Differential Equations entitled Free Boundary Problems Involving Interfaces and/or Elastic Deformations.

Russell M. Gold

Associate Professor of Legal Analysis Writing and Research; School of Law

Russell joins Wake Forest from New York University, where he served as Associate Director of the Lawyering Program and Acting Assistant Professor. He taught a mandatory first-year course using a simulation-based approach to legal reasoning, research and writing, witness interviewing, client interviewing, negotiation, oral advocacy and professional responsibility. He holds a Juris Doctor from George Washington University Law School, where he won the John Ordronaux Award, Willard Waddington Gatchell Award, and the Imoghen Williford Constitutional Law Award. Prior to academia, he worked as an associate with Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher LLP, focusing on complex litigation and appellate matters as well as clerked for the Honorable Carlos F. Lucero on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. His publications include Compensation’s Role in Detterence and Beyond the Judicial Fourth Amendment: The Prosecutor’s Role.

C48F6624Jennifer Greiman

Associate Professor; English

Jennifer Greiman joins Wake Forest from the University of Albany, SUNY where she served as an Associate Professor. She holds a Ph. D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley and completed a dissertation entitled Theaters of Reform: Forms of the Public in Antebellum American Literature. Jennifer has taught a variety of courses including “Democracy and American Literature,” “Antebellum American Literature,” and “The Literature of Transatlantic Revolution and Empire.” Her publications include her book Democracy’s Spectacle: Sovereignty and Public Life in Antebellum American Writing and journal articles such as “Feeding Green: Goethe, Melville, and the Color of Democracy” in The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists and “Impossible Adjuncts: Democracy, Exceptionalism, and Pierre” in Facing Melville, Facing Italy. Jennifer has won several awards including the 2014 Hennig Cohen Prize for Best Article, Book Chapter or Essay. She also holds membership in the Modern Language Association, American Studies Association and the Melville Society.