New Faculty Profiles 2013-2014 (H-P)

Harris-LaMothe, Jasmine

Jasmine Harris-LaMothe

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of Sociology

Jasmine recently received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota with her dissertation, “The Negotiators: Black Professional Women, Professional Success and the Management of Competing Identities”. For the past year, she has been an Instructor in Introduction to Sociology and Women and Men in Society at Augustana College, as well as a contributing writer at Litt magazine. Prior to that, Jasmine had various teaching roles at Rasmussen College and the University of Minnesota. She completed her M.S. in Public Communications from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, and graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies. Jasmine’s research interests include race, class, and gender, and the intersectionality of those identities, particularly as they pertain to minority experiences. Before going back to school to pursue her Ph.D., Jasmine worked in San Francisco as a Public Relations Executive representing clean energy companies. Originally from Minneapolis, MN, Jasmine was never a fan of the long, cold, snowy Minnesota winters and is looking forward to the coming mild North Carolina winter. She is a former athlete having played Division I rugby in college, and loves all things rugby, basketball, football or track.


Hogan, Sarah

Sarah Hogan

Assistant Professor

Department of English

Sarah joins the ranks at Wake Forest after three years of teaching as a Visiting and then Assistant Professor at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. A native of Western New York, she earned her B.A. (summa cum laude) and M.A. in English from Syracuse University before pursuing her Ph.D. at the University at Buffalo where she graduated in 2010. Sarah works primarily in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century British literature, specializing in non-dramatic poetry and prose of the Renaissance.  Her other research and teaching interests include cultural theory, historical materialism, and the study of the past as it impacts and shapes contemporary readers. She is currently at work on a book that considers the origins of the English utopian literary genre in the context of emergent capitalism. Her writing on lived and literary utopias has appeared in The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern StudiesThe Journal of Early Modern Cultural StudiesUpstart: A Journal of English Renaissance Studies, and The Rumpus. Before coming to Wake, Sarah was selected for two teaching awards and an Honors faculty fellowship for innovative course design. 


Johnson, James

Visiting Instructor

James JohnsonVisiting Instructor

School of Business

James received his B.A. in Psychology from Baylor University and his M.B.A. from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. He is finishing his dissertation in the Terry School of Business at the University of Georgia, where he specializes in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and microstructure. Prior to Wake Forest, James taught Investments, Financial Modeling and Introductory Finance at UGA. Furthermore, he worked for ten years in database programming and software development before taking a job with Citigroup where he was a Consultant/Senior Financial Analyst and then Vice-President of Finance. James will teach core finance classes for the MA program in the Fall, as well as corporate finance electives in the MA and MBA programs in the Spring.


Judy, Tiffany

Assistant Professor

Tiffany JudyAssistant Professor

Department of Romance Languages

Tiffany graduated summa cum laude from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in Spanish before completing her M.A. and Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Iowa and the University of Florida, respectively. Her research on second language acquisition has provided ample opportunity for travel in Latin America and Europe; in addition to projects conducted in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and Colombia, she served as a research fellow in linguistic labs at the University of Manchester and the University of the Basque Country. Current research projects include examining the acquisition of English as a second language by native speakers of Farsi, and an edited volume regarding the acquisition of Spanish by native speakers of less-commonly studied languages. Tiffany is also active in serving the field of second language acquisition and has taught a variety of Spanish language and linguistic courses. She has served as a peer-reviewer for leading linguistics journals, aided in the organization of several linguistics conferences, and mentored undergraduate linguistics students.


Kinberg, Leah

Leah Kinberg

Visiting Professor

Department of Religion

Born and raised in Israel, Leah comes to Winston Salem to share her knowledge of Islamic culture and traditions with the Wake Forest community. For the past 27 years, Leah has been at Tel Aviv University in Israel teaching in the Department of History of the Middle East & African Studies. She received both her B.A. in Biblical Studies: Arabic Language & Literature and her M.A. in Islamic Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Later, she received her Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. Over the years, Leah has been affiliated with several universities as a Visiting Professor: The University of Calgary in Calgary, Canada, The University of New South Wails in Sydney, Australia, and Simon Frazer University in Vancouver, Canada. Her research and writing interests include classical Islam in the service of contemporary issues, modern Islamic rhetoric, Islam and gender, Muslim minorities in the West, the function of dreams in Medieval Islamic literature, and Qur’an hermeneutics. Leah joins the Department of Religion and will be teaching Topics in Islam: Islam and Gender and Intro to Islamic Traditions.


Klarr, Lisa

Lisa Klarr

Visiting Instructor 

Department of English

Lisa is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Program in Literature at Duke University, completing her dissertation Useless: The Aesthetics of Obsolescence in Twentieth Century U.S. Culture under the co-direction of Fredric Jameson and Robyn Wiegman. Her writing has been published in Berfois, HASTAC, The Information Society, and Polygraph. Lisa earned her M.A. in English at Georgetown University and her B.A. in English and French at University of Michigan. She joins the faculty as a Visiting Instructor in the Department of English and will teach Studies in American Literature this Fall.


Kocze, Angela

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of Sociology

For the past year, Angela served as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Wake Forest University. This year, she will join the community as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology. Prior to her Fulbright experience, Angela spent time in Budapest as a research fellow at the Central European University in the Center for Policy Studies, as a Visiting Professor at the Eotvos Lorand University in the Department of Sociology, and as a Research Fellow at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Her research focuses on the intersection between gender ethnicity and class regarding minority and migrant population in Europe, as well as the social and legal inequalities of Roma in various European counties. Outside of her academic career, Angela worked as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Hungarian government for four years, was a director of the human rights education program at the European Roma Rights Center, and was the founding director of the Romaversitas program in Budapest, which offers scholarship and mentorship for underprivileged students. Anegla is a first-generation high-school and college graduate. She received her B.A. from the Teacher-Training College in Budapest, her M.A. in Sociology at the University of Eotvos, and both her M.A. in Human Rights and Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Anthropology from the Central European University.


Kulstad, Tess

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of Anthropology

Tess is a sociocultural anthropologist specializing in family systems, disasters, and border life.  Her current work examines how the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the subsequent cholera epidemic impacted displaced families and childrearing practices on the border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.  Tess received her Ph.D. in Anthropology and her M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida. She earned her B.A. in business administration from the Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. Prior to coming to Wake Forest University, Tess taught a variety of courses in anthropology at Sacred Heart University and Fairfield University, as well as Haitian Creole at Dartmouth College.


McNabb, Mark

Mark McNabb

Visiting Professor of Practice

School of Business

From UVA and American to Tulane and Virginia Tech, Mark has taught undergraduate and graduate finance classes at many leading schools around the Southeast. After years of exploring blue highways for food, music and interesting sights, almost 700,000 miles has been put on his 1989 GMC pickup truck. This sure makes him well-schooled in good BBQ and diners across the southern half of the country! Prior to his teaching history, Mark received his B.S. in Finance and Marketing from University of North Carolina, his M.S. in Accounting and Taxation from University of Virginia, and his Ph.D. in Finance at University of Texas at Austin. Not only is Wake Forest excited to welcome Mark to this close-knit community, but Mark and his wife, Elena, are equally as thrilled: “Having just moved from Dallas, we are in awe of the size of the trees and the beauty of the Wake Forest campus.”


Meyer, Thomas

Assistant Professor

Department of Politics and International Affairs

Thomas Meyer

Thomas comes to Winston Salem from Nashville, TN: Music City, where he was a Fellow in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages at Vanderbilt University for one year. Prior to that, he was a Fellow in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. Thomas received both his B.A. and his M.A. in Philosophy at Hochschule für Philosophie in Munich. After graduating in 1996, he taught at the Adult Education Center in Munich, Toulouse University and Marseille University in France, and Tel Aviv University in Israel. In 2003, Thomas obtained his Dr.Phil. from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munch and in 2009, his Habilitation—the highest academic qualification a scholar can achieve in Europe, Central Asia and Caucasus. He has taught courses, lectures and seminars at universities such as Harvard, Duke, Chapel Hill, Boston and Wake Forest. Now, he joins the Wake Forest community as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Politics and International Affairs.


Murphy, Caitlin

Caitlin Murphy

Teacher-Scholar Postgraduate Fellow

Department of Theatre and Dance

Caitlin is a Costume Designer from Minnesota. She received her M.F.A in Costume Design from Northern Illinois University and her B.A. in Theater Arts and English from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She has worked professionally with American Players Theatre, The Organic Theater Company, Festival 56 Theatre, and others. Teaching experience includes an Introduction to Design Theater class at Northern Illinois, assisting in the Costume Shop at Northern Illinois, and directing children ages 7-11 at the Young People’s Theater in Northfield, MN. Throughout Caitlin’s undergraduate and graduate education, she was the costume designer for many productions as well as a costume and makeup assistant for the independent film; The $30,000 Bequest.


Naor, Michael

Visiting Assistant Professor

School of Business

Michael received his B.S.C. in Electrical and Civil Engineering from the Israel Institute of Technology, and went on to complete his M.B.A. in the Recanati School of Business from Tel-Aviv University. A few years later, Michael received a Ph.D. in Operations and Management Science from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota; his dissertation received the Buffa Award from the Decision Science Institute. Prior to beginning his career in education, Michael worked in project management for the Ashtrom Group in Tel-Aviv, Israel. His primary areas of research are global operations strategy, quality management in healthcare, theory of constrains, and sustainable operations. His research was supported by grants and has been published in the Journal of Operations Management, International Journal of Operations Research, and others.


Nicolle, Michelle

Visiting Assistant Professor 

Department of Psychology

Michelle graduated with Highest Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Psychology. In 1996, she received her Ph.D. from UNC in Neurobiology with her dissertation, Hippocampal Glutamate Receptors in Normal Aging. Upon the completion of her doctorate, Michelle worked as the Postdoctoral Fellow in the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida before becoming an Assistant Professor there in 2000. For the past eight years, Michelle has been at the Wake Forest Health Medical School lecturing in areas such as Internal Medicine-Gerontology and Physiology & Pharmacology. Her previous area of research was in the neurobiology of memory decline in aging with a focus on signal transduction systems. Michelle joins Wake Forest Faculty as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology.


Niesel, Zoe

Visiting Assistnat Professor

School of Law

Zoe returns to Wake Forest after graduating summa cum laude from the School of Law in May 2012. Throughout her graduate education, she was honored with the Order of the Coif, Order of Barristers, and ALI-ABA Scholarship and Leadership award.  Prior to Wake, Zoe graduated magna cum laude from Southern Methodist University where she received her B.A. in Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology. At SMU she was the chair of the Women’s Symposium for two years, an active member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society, and the recipient of the Dorothy Amann Award for Outstanding Service to the University, among many other accolades. This past year Zoe served as a law clerk for the Honorable Thomas D. Schroeder in the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina and was a guest lecturer in the Art & Cultural Property Law course in Wake Forest’s School of Law.


Ortiz, Jayne

Jayne Ortiz

Visiting Instructor 

Department of Romance Languages

Jayne obtained her B.A. from St. Xavier College in Chicago before going on to receive her M.A. in English Literature from Loyola University. Upon completion, she moved to Mexico for seven years where she taught English Literature, Journalism, American and English Theatre, and Language and Linguistics to Mexican students, as well as Spanish to American students. Coming back to the United States, Jayne lived in Massachusetts for about 27 years where she was a Spanish Instructor at various high schools and colleges in Worcester, Newton, Paxton and Shrewsbury. In 2004, Jayne moved to North Carolina where she taught Spanish at both Myers Park High School and the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. During that time period, she received her M.A. in Spanish from Winthrop University. This past year, Jayne taught first and second year Spanish in Salisbury, NC at Livingstone College and Catawba College. She has also been a translator/interpreter for 30 + years in fields such as educational textbooks, legal documents, and business documents. Wake Forest is excited to have Jayne in the Department of Romance Languages.


Price, Geoff

Geoff Price

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of Education

Geoff received his B.B.A. in Performance Improvement Technologies from Baylor University before pursuing his M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Instructional Technology. He recently finished his Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership at the University of Alabama where he was honored in 2012 as the most outstanding graduate student in the Instructional Leadership program. For the past four years, Geoff has worked as an instructor in the College of Education at the University of Alabama teaching various instructional technology courses for pre-service teachers. Prior to serving in those roles, Geoff was an instructional technology specialist at a middle school in Waco, TX. His research interests include the alignment of digital technologies with content-specific pedagogical strategies in K-12 education, the preparation of pre-service and in-service teachers for integrating technology, and scholarship pertaining to the TPACK theoretical framework.


Otteson, James (Jim)

Executive Director of the BB&T Center and Teaching Professor

School of Business

Jim received his B.A. from Notre Dame and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Upon completion of his Ph.D., Jim taught for ten years at the University of Alabama. During that time, he was a visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, and the Elphinstone Visiting Research Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Scottish Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen. Before coming to Wake Forest, he was Joint Professor of Philosophy and Economics at Yeshiva University in New York, and Adjunct Professor of Economics at NYU. Jim’s areas of interest and expertise include: political economy, political philosophy, history of modern philosophy, history of economic thought, and philosophy of economics. His most recent book, The End of Socialism, will be published by Cambridge University Press early in 2014. Jim joins the School of Business at Wake Forest University as the Executive Director of the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism and as the University’s first Teaching Professor.