2011-2012 New Faculty Profiles (H-P)

Hashemi, Ali

Ali Hashemi

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of Economics

Ali received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology and his M.A. in Management of Information Technology from Allame Tabatabaei University in Iran.  He completed both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics at Virginia Tech University where he was nominated for the Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award.  His areas of expertise include Health and Development, and he has worked as a consultant for the World Bank and as a research assistant for the Economic Research Forum (ERF).  His most recent article, “From Health Service Delivery to Family Planning: The Changing Impact of Health Clinics on Fertility in Rural Iran,” is forthcoming in the Journal of Economic Development and Cultural Change.

Hassler, Clay

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of Communication

Clay received his B.A. in English Literature and Theatre & Cinema Performance from Asbury University and his M.F.A. in Film Production from Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture Arts, where he served as a Teaching Assistant. While completing his M.F.A., Clay was awarded with a National Student Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Program for his thesis film, “The Planeteer” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1731670/). He has performed leading roles in numerous theatre productions including Hamlet in Hamlet and John the Baptist/Judas in Godspell at the Kennedy Center National College Theatre Festival. Clay continues to work producing film and video content for short films, documentaries, feature films, and the web.

Henary, Sara

Sara Henary

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science

Sara received her B.A. in Political Science from Rhodes College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Virginia. Her teaching and research interests include modern political theory, American political thought, religion and politics, and politics and literature. Her dissertation, “Nature and Convention in Locke’s Political Philosophy,” examined the theoretical foundations of John Locke’s political thought, and she is currently revising it for publication. Sara has recently written on the political thought of Alexis de Tocqueville and is also developing a project on Anthony Trollope’s ‘political’ novels. Before coming to Wake Forest, she was the 2010-2011 Olin-Lehrman Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University’s James Madison Program.

Hicks, Derek

Derek Hicks

Luce Diversity Fellow

Wake Forest University School of Divinity (WFUSC)

Derek received his B.A. in English from Grambling State University and his M.A. in Biblical Studies from the Dallas Theological Seminary. He completed his Ph.D. in Religious Studies at Rice University where he was awarded fellowships from the Ford Foundation and the Fund for Theological Education. Derek has lectured on topics including religion in America, African American religious history, race and culture in the study of religion, and academic diversity.  He has published numerous articles and book chapters including a chapter for the forthcoming book entitled, Blacks and Whites in Christian America: How the Legacy of Racial Discrimination has Shaped Religious Thoughts and Practices. Derek served as assistant editor of the volume entitled African American Religious Cultures (ABC-CLIO Press, 2010). He comes to Wake Forest University from Lancaster Theological Seminary.

Hood, Woodrow

Woodrow Hood

Associate Professor

Departments of Communication, Theatre, and Dance

Woodrow received his B.A. in Journalism from Northwestern State University, his M.A. in Speech at Louisiana Tech University, and his Ph.D. in Theatre at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has written and contributed to several books, including the co-authored 4th, 5th, and 6th editions of “Theatre: Its Art and Craft,” and numerous articles, such as “Memories of the Future: Technology and the Body in dumb type’s memorandum.”  Woodrow has taught Theatre courses at several universities and most recently served as Dean of Shuford School of Performing Arts at Catawba College.

Janke, Tim

Tim Janke

Visiting Professor of Practice

Schools of Business

Tim received his B.S. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, his J.D. and LL.M. from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, and his M.B.A. from Wake Forest University. He has over 30 years of experience with companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 50 firms, most recently having founded six committed angel funds in North Carolina while working as State Program Director for Private Equity Initiatives at UNC’s Small Business and Technology Development Center. Tim’s expertise is in management, administration, private equity, operations, and law, and he has taught classes in Business Law at N.C. A & T State University and Wake Forest University.

Johnston, Lucas

Lucas Johnston

Lucas Johnston

Assistant Professor

Departments of Religion and Environmental Studies

Lucas received his B.A. in Psychology at Wake Forest University, his M.A. from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, his Graduate Certificate in Environmental Ethics at the University of Georgia, and his Ph.D. in Religion at the University of Florida. Lucas is the author of “Environmental Sustainability and the Ethic of Personal Risk” (forthcoming, Equinox Press) and is the Book Reviews Editor and Assistant Editor of the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture. He is a core faculty member of the Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability at Wake Forest, and he sits on the Board of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, and the Religion and Ecology Group of the American Academy of Religion.

Kammrath, Lara

Lara Kammrath

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology

Lara received her B.A. in Psychology at the University of Chicago and completed both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology at Columbia University. She served as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Management for Columbia Business School, during which time she taught courses in Executive Managerial Negotiations. Lara has published a variety of articles concerning personality, social cognition, and self-regulation in close relationships, and recently co-authored “Not so fast: The (not-quite-complete) dissociation between accuracy and confidence in thin slice impressions” for the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Lara comes to Wake Forest University from Wilfrid Laurier University, where has been teaching courses in Social/Personality Psychology.

Knight, Mary

Mary Knight

Visiting Professor

Departments of German and Russian

Molly graduated summa cum laude from Clemson University where she received her B.A. in English with a minor in German. She completed her Ph.D. in German Studies at Duke University. While at Duke University, Molly spent one year at the Freie Universität Berlin as part of a competitive graduate fellowship exchange. She has published several articles and given a number of presentations in both the U.S. and abroad.

Lanier, Danny

Visiting Assistant Professor

Schools of Business

Danny completed his B.S. in Accounting at Tuskegee University and his Ph.D. in Business Administration (Accounting) at the University of Georgia where he received the KPMG Doctoral Scholar Award. He is a Certified Public Accountant and gained professional experience at Arthur Andersen LLP, American Standard Companies, and AT&T before teaching Accounting courses at Texas Christian University and Syracuse University. The focus of Danny’s research is the accounting implications of significant seller-buyer relationships, and he recently published “Concentrated Supply Chain Membership and Financial Performance: Chain- and Firm-Level Perspectives” for the Journal of Operations Management.

Lari, Alireza

Alireza Lari

Visiting Professor

Schools of Business

Alireza received his M.B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas in Austin. He has authored numerous articles and books, and his most recent research is published in the European Journal of Operational Research and the Computers and Industrial Engineering Journal. His international consulting experiences are in the areas of reengineering and change management, process management and design of total quality systems. He led several projects of technology transfer, total quality systems, integrated information systems, and process improvement. He is an ASQ Certified Quality Manager; Certified Quality Auditor, and an ISO9001 Lead Auditor. He has served as a Member of 2008, and 2010 Board of Examiners of Malcolm Baldrige Excellence Award, and as an annual reviewer and systems appraiser for The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools- Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) since January 2007. He taught at the University of Texas at Austin, Towson University, Amirkabir University of Technology, Susquehanna University, and Fayetteville State University before joining Wake forest University.

Martin, Chris

Visiting Instructor

Departments of Theatre and Dance

Chris is a former professional ballet dancer who trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts, School of American Ballet, and the Chautauqua Institute. During his dance career, Chris performed with American Ballet Theatre, Miami City Ballet, and the Washington Ballet. He has taught dance technique classes for ten years at various schools, including the North Carolina School of the Arts, Chautauqua Institute and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.  Chris has also gained experience working behind-the-scenes on television and film productions, most recently with Moving Portrait, Inc. on the project Portraits in Dramatic Time.

Masicampo, E.J.

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology

E.J. received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and both his M.S. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Florida State University. He has published articles in top psychology journals such as the Annual Review of PsychologyPsychological ReviewPsychological Science, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and his research has been selected as an Editor’s Choice feature in Science. E.J. has presented at a number of conferences such as the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and as a graduate student received the Brigham Award for Excellence in Research. He comes to Wake Forest University from Tufts University where he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow.

Moore, W. Frank

W. Frank Moore

Assistant Professor

Department of Mathematics

Frank received his B.S. in Mathematics with honors at the University of Texas, Arlington and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While completing his Ph.D., Frank was honored with the Outstanding Teaching by a GTA Award as well as the Emeritus Faculty Fellowship. He has published a variety of articles, including “Cohomology over Fiber Products of Local Rings” for the Journal of Algebra, and has been invited to give several talks, recently presenting “Hochster’s Theta Function and the Hodge-Riemann Bilinear Relations” at the 1053rd AMS Meeting. He comes to Wake Forest University from Cornell University where he has been serving as an H.C. Wang Assistant Professor.

Mover, Clinton

Postdoctoral Fellow in Hebrew Bible

Wake Forest University School of Divinity (WFUSC)

Clinton received his B.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations with a minor in Music at the University of Washington, and he completed his M.A. and Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University. He has written several articles and conference papers, including “Israelite History in the Mouth of a Foreigner: A Literary Approach to Chronology and Geography in Balaam’s Oracles,” which he delivered at the Association for Jewish Studies in Boston. Clinton’s teaching and research interests include the literary sophistication of the Old Testament corpus, the development of a distinctive Israelite identity within the context of the ancient Near East, and biblical prophecy as a literary phenomenon. He studies several languages, including Hebrew, Aramaic, Ugaritic, and Akkadian.

Murdock, Scott

Assistant Professor

Department of Economics

Scott received his B.S. in Mathematics at Brigham Young University before completing his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. (expected in December) in Economics at Yale University. While attending Yale, Scott was awarded with the Yale University Doctoral Fellowship as well as the Cowles Foundation Prize. His fields of interest include econometrics and macroeconomics, and his dissertation is entitled “Essays on Inference for Economic Data with Temporal and Cross Sectional Dependence.”

Moreno De Nicolas, Sara

Sara Moreno De Nicolas

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of Romance Languages

Sara studied at the Department of Linguistics at Georgetown University before she completed her B.A. in English Philology, her M.A. in Linguistics, and her Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics and Literary Theory at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (UAM). She has published several articles in international peer reviewed journals and taught advanced Spanish courses at schools in both the U.S. and Spain, including Georgetown University and the Private Secondary School Principe de Asturias.  Recently, Sara has been serving as a volunteer at Faith Action in Greensboro where she teaches Spanish to students who work in non-profit organizations.

Mulcahy, Donal

Donal Mulcahy


Department of Education

Donal received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Music in Violin Performance from the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut. He has played professionally in New York and Connecticut. While teaching in the New York City Public Schools, he earned his Master of Science in Childhood Education at Brooklyn College. He completed both his Master of Philosophy and Ph.D. in Urban Education at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he was honored with the University Fellowship: CUNY Graduate Center’s Annual Award four years in a row. He has authored numerous publications, most recently publishing “Chester Finn and the Future of the Teaching Profession” in The Educational Forum.

Oksanish, John

John Oksanish

Assistant Professor

Department of Classical Languages

John received his B.A. in Classics and his M.A.T. in Latin and Classical Humanities from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst before completing his Ph.D. in Classical Philology at Yale University. His research interests involve Latin prose, Augustan literature, and the pastoral tradition, and he is preparing a book manuscript on the literary design of Vitruvius’ De Architectura. John has given several professional talks, most recently on bodily metaphors in De Architectura at the Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association in San Antonio and at Columbia University. John was an active member of the Graduate Teaching Center at Yale through which he offered workshops on “Forming Students as Good Readers” and “The Fundamentals of Teaching Texts in the Humanities.” He recently received the Samuel K. Bushnell Dissertation Fellowship.

Pace, Leann

Teacher-Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow

Departments of History and Religion

Leann received her B.A. in History and Theology from the University of Notre Dame and her M.A.R. in Church History from the Yale Divinity School. She attended the University of Chicago to complete her M.A. and Ph.D. in Syro-Palestinian Archaeology, during which time she traveled to Turkey for archaeological fieldwork. Leann has authored several publications, including “Consuming Transitions: What can a foodways approach tell us about the 3rd-2nd millennium transition in the Levant?” – an article she recently presented in London. Her teaching and research interests include history and archaeology of the ancient Near East, archaeological method and theory, and archaeology of the Biblical world.

Parks, Gregory

Assistant Professor

Wake Forest University School of Law

Gregory received his B.S. in Psychology at Howard University and his M.S. in Forensic Psychology at CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He completed his M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Kentucky, graduating summa cum laude, and his J.D. at Cornell University. While completing his J.D., Gregory received two CALI Awards for having the highest course grade and served as the Acquisitions Editor of the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy. He has published numerous chapters, articles, and books, including the co-edited “12 Angry Men: True Stories of Being a Black Man in America Today.” In 2011, Gregory had three books published, with a fourth slated for release in late 2011. His current work is a book project on implicit (automatic/unconscious) racial biases and what they mean for the law.

Pereira, Marcelo

Marcelo Pereira

Visiting Instructor

Department of Romance Languages

Marcelo received his B.A. in Economics at the Universidade de São Paulo in Brazil and his M.A. in Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona. While completing his Associate Certificate in Entrepreneurship at the University of Arizona, Marcelo wrote an award winning business plan which resulted in the launch of the stock footage company BigfootHD for which he served as a Finance Manager. Marcelo has taught upper-level language courses at the University of Arizona, including Spanish for Business and Economics, and he is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Petersen, Rebecca

Rebecca Petersen

Visiting Assistant Librarian, Access Archivist

ZSR Library

Rebecca received her B.A. in American Studies, with a minor in Art History, at the George Washington University, and her Masters in Library and Information Studies at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. After graduating from George Washington University, Rebecca gained experience working at the Library of Congress, where she was involved with the LOOK Magazine Photo Project and the Veteran’s History Project. She served as a Processing Technician at the Library of Congress’s American Folklife Center before coming to Wake Forest University in 2010 as part of a Special Collections Internship to act as Library Specialist.

Petzel, Tripp

Visiting Lecturer

Schools of Business

Tripp received his B.S. in Accounting at Clemson University and his M.S. in Accountancy at Wake Forest University. Upon graduation from Wake Forest University, Tripp joined the Financial Services Office of Ernst & Young LLP where he worked as a Tax Senior Accountant and engaged in various corporate and partnership tax projects. After leaving Ernst & Young, he served as an Adjunct Tax Instructor of Tax Research Methods at Wake Forest University while working at Novant Health, Inc. as a Tax Senior Accountant. He is actively involved in the local community, working with the United Way Young Leaders and Habitat for Humanity.

Pigott, Brian

Brian Pigott

Teacher-Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Mathematics

Brian received his B.Sc. Honors of Pure Mathematics at the University of Calgary in Canada and both his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Toronto. While completing his Ph.D., he taught several upper-level Math courses, including Advanced Engineering Mathematics, and in 2007 he received the Daniel B. DeLury Teaching Award. Brian’s research primarily focuses on nonlinear dispersive partial differential equations, and he has attended a variety of conferences, including Schrodinger Evolution Equations at the Banff International Research Station. He comes to Wake Forest University from the University of Toronto where he has been teaching and serving as the Course Coordinator for MAT137, a large multi-section calculus course.