2009-2010 New Faculty Profiles (H-P)

Annegret HannawaAnnegret Hannawa

Assistant Professor

Department of Communication

Annegret Hannawa graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Communication from San Diego State University. She also received a M.A. from San Diego University and a Ph.D. from Arizona State University in Communication. Her scholarly interests include health communication and empirical research methods. Her dissertation, entitled “When the Truth Hurts: Toward a Validation of the Physician Mistake Disclosure (PMD) Model” suggests that competent disclosure skills may prevent detrimental medical mistake outcomes such as litigations and prolonged feelings of guilt. Annegret has presented numerous competitively selected conference papers and published several journal articles.

Susan HarlanSusan E. Harlan

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of English

Susan Harlan received her Ph.D. in English and American Literature from New York University.  She also holds M.A. degrees in English from New York University and King’s College of the University of London as well as a B.A. in English from the Columbia College at Columbia University.  Her dissertation, Habiliments of War: Military Dress and the Construction of the Early Modern English Subject, studies how early modern English writers employed armor as an object upon which crucial relationships were literally and figuratively inscribed.  She has published articles in both the Early Theatre and The Wordsworth Circle journals and has presented papers at more than ten conferences and venues across the United States.  In 2008 Susan received the Shakespeare Association of America Graduate Student Travel Award, and she has received many other awards and grants from New York University.

Omaar Hena

Assistant Professor

Department of English

Omaar Hena graduated magna cum laude and with English Honors with a B.A. in English from Wake Forest University. He earned a M.A. in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama with Honors from University College in Dublin, Ireland and a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Virginia, with specialization in modern and contemporary poetry, postcolonial and global studies, and literary theory. Omaar believes “the global vision of his research and teaching derives from his own hybrid cultural background, having grown up in a Bengali-Irish-American family.”

Nathaniel IversNathaniel N. Ivers


Department of Counseling

Nathaniel Ivers earned his Ph.D. in counseling and educational development from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  He also holds a M.A. in counseling from Wake Forest University and a B.S. in Psychology from Brigham Young University.  Nathaniel is a National Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor with experience in alcohol counseling and bilingual counseling at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and Host Homes of Catholic Social Services in Winston-Salem, NC, respectively.  He has teaching experience at both Wake Forest University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has published more than twenty-five articles in counseling and mental health journals.

Lucas JohnstonLucas F. Johnston

Teacher-Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Religion

Environmental Studies Program

Lucas Johnston earned his Ph.D.in religion from the University of Florida with concentrations in sustainability, environmental ethics, religious dimensions of contemporary social movements, and contested spaces.  He also holds a graduate certificate in environmental ethics from the University of Georgia, a M.A. in theology from the Graduate Theological Union of Berkeley, CA, and a B.A. in psychology from Wake Forest University.  He currently serves as the assistant editor of the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture and is the associate director of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture.  Lucas has almost ten publications in journals and reference texts and five other projects in progress or submitted for publication.

Eric JonesEric E. Jones


Department of Anthropology

Eric Jones earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in anthropology from The Pennsylvania State University.  He also holds a B.A. in anthropology from Hamilton College.  Eric has held previous academic posts as a lecturer at the State University of New York at Cortland and at the University of Albany.  He has published two articles in American Antiquity and has two other articles submitted for publication.  Eric’s research has focused on the American Iroquois civilizations, and he has received five different grants and awards to support his scholarship.  In addition to his scholarly research endeavors, Eric has made contributions to his field through professional service as a reviewer for the journals American Antiquity and Current Anthropology.

Oana JurchescuOana D. Jurchescu

Assistant Professor

Department of Physics

Oana D. Jurchescu earned her B.S. in Physics and Chemistry at The West University of Timisoara (Romania), and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands).  Her research interests include organic and flexible electronics, and organic spintronics. She has demonstrated record electronic mobilities in organic semiconductors and has managed to grow and characterize for the first time single crystals of soluble small molecules organic semiconductors.  Since 2007, she has been a Post-doctoral Researcher in the Semiconductor Electronics Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (Gaithersburg, MD).

Andrea KeltonAndrea Kelton

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Schools of Business

Andrea Kelton earned her B.B.A. and M.S. in Accounting from James Madison University and her Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee.  Her research interests include accounting information systems and human decision processes. Andrea has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in accounting information systems at the University of South Florida and the University of Tennessee.  Additionally, Andrea has professional experience as an Assurance Staff Accountant and an Assurance Senior Associate at KPMG LLP in Washington, DC and Denver, CO, respectively. Andrea and her husband, Rhett, have a son Wyatt.  Her hobbies include hiking, cooking and reading.

Jay B. Kesten

Visiting Assistant Professor

School of Law

Jay Kesten received his Master of Laws from Harvard University and his Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia.  He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of British Columbia.  Jay has a publication in an anthology called Corporations Stories forthcoming in 2009 and has professional experience as a litigation associate at the law firms Cooley, Godward, and Kronish, LLP, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, and Testa, Hurwitz, and Thibeault LLP.  He served as a law clerk for the British Columbia Supreme Court and was named a “Rising Star” in the areas of corporate and securities litigation by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2006).

Remi Lanzoni

Assistant Professor of Italian

Department of Romance Languages

Remi Lanzoni earned his M.A. in French from the University of South Carolina and his Ph. D. in French from the Florida State University. He also earned a second Ph.D. in Italian from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He has teaching experience at the Florida State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Clemson University, Monmouth University, and, most recently, Elon University where he has been since 2001.  Remi has written two books, French Cinema: From its Beginnings to Present (2002) and Comedy Italian Style: The Golden Age of Italian Film Comedies (2008) and numerous articles.

Sandeep MazumderSandeep Mazumder


Department of Economics

Sandeep Mazumder received his B.A. with honors in Economics from St. Catharine’s College at Cambridge University.  He earned his M.A. in Economics from Johns Hopkins University, where he also is currenlty completing his Ph.D. His research and teaching interests include macroeconomics, monetary economics, international monetary economics, and time-series econometrics.  Sandeep’s dissertation was entitled “Essays on Marginal Cost and Inflation.”

Christopher MellingerChristopher Mellinger

Visiting Instructor

Department of Romance Languages

Christopher Mellinger earned his B.A. in Spanish with Honors from Wake Forest University (magna cum laude) and his M.A. in Spanish Translation from Kent State University. He has extensive translation/interpreting experience and has international teaching experience as well. During his undergraduate tenure at Wake Forest, Christopher served as a projection manager for the Old Gold & Black Newspaper and a Spanish language tutor in the Learning Assistance Center.

Patrick MoranPatrick Moran

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of English

Patrick Moran graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a B.A. in English. He received his Ph.D. in English from Boston College. His dissertation was titled A World of Objects: Materiality and Aesthetics in Joyce, Bowen, and Beckett.  His teaching and research interests include nineteenth and twentieth-century British and Irish literature, and interdisciplinary approaching to modernism, and nineteenth and twentieth century American and French Literature. His publication, “An Obsession with Plenitude: The Aesthetics of Hoarding in Finnegans Wake,” is forthcoming.

Daniela Orlandi


Department of Romance Languages

Daniela Orlandi earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Italian literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She also holds a Laurea with summa cum laude honors from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano in Italy.  She has amassed a wealth of teaching experience through posts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dominican University, Elon University, and Wake Forest University.  Daniela has published seven referred articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as two entries in The Encyclopedia of Italian Literary Studies (Routledge 2006).  She expects her book, L’arte di Alda Merini, to be completed in December 2009.

Len Preslar

Executive Director of Health Management Programs and Distinguished Professor of Practice

Schools of Business

Len B. Preslar Jr., former chief executive officer of the North Carolina Baptist Hospital Preslar will be responsible for launching the new MBA Health Concentration at the Schools of Business. He will also oversee the growth of degree programs, as well as other educational and outreach /service initiatives with the goal of establishing Wake Forest as an educational leader for health care management and related industries. Additionally, he will be responsible for leading all academic activities at the intersection of the medical and business schools at the University. Preslar holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Wake Forest University and a M.B.A. in Finance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Joshua PutnamJoshua Putnam

Visiting Instructor

Department of Political Science

Joshua Putnam received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina and his M.A. in political science from the University of Georgia, where he also is currently completing his Ph.D. His research interests include American government: campaigns and elections, presidential nomination politics, legislative process, and politics of race and ethnicity. Joshua has extensive teaching and research experience. His publication titled, “Jimmy Carter’s Presidential Nomination Campaigns: Setting Precedent for Future Campaigns” is forthcoming.

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