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” and “The Spectrum of Biharmonic Layer Potentials on Curvilinear Polygons”. He has presented his research findings at universities and conferences across the country.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
John 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.
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.
Daniel J. Helm
Visiting Lecturer; English
Daniel comes to Wake Forest from Forsyth Technical Community College, where he taught literature-based research, writing and inquiry. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in English at the University of Rochester, where he has taught writing pedagogy and studies in modern and contemporary poetry as an instructor in the Department of English. His forthcoming dissertation is entitled Conversation in the Poetic Sequences of Niedecker, Oppen, Berryman, and Rich. Daniel is a former winner of the Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student. He is a member of the Modern Language Association, Modernist Studies Association, National Council of Teachers of English and the Southeastern Writing Center Association.
Visiting Assistant Professor; History
Derek comes to Wake Forest from UNC-Greensboro where he taught “European Revolutions from 1789 to 1989.” He holds a Ph. D. in History from UNC-Chapel Hill, where he also taught courses on 20th Century Europe and the World since 1945. His dissertation is titled Gateway to Freedom: The Friedland Refugee Camps as Regulating Humanitarianism, 1945-1960. Derek received a Fulbright Research Grant that he completed in Germany. He previously served as an Editorial Assistant for the Oxford Handbook Gender, War and the Western World since 1600 and as the organizer of The Holocaust as History: A Symposium in Honor of Christopher Browning. He is a member of the American Historical Association, German Studies Association and the Central European History Society.
Visiting Instructor; School of Business
Philip comes to Wake Forest from UNC – Chapel Hill where he received his Ph. D. in Finance and M.S. in Statistics and Operations Research from the Kenan-Flagler Business School. His teaching background includes courses in corporate finance and introductory statistics. Philip has presented at the National Bureau of Economic Research International Asset Pricing Session, the Western Finance Association and the North American Summer Meeting of the Econometric Society. His research portfolio includes “Asset Pricing at the Zero Lower Bound,” “BKK the EZ Way: International Long-Run Growth News and Capital Flows” and “International Equity Term Structures and Current Account.”
Visiting Lecturer; School of Business
Jennifer joins her alma mater faculty after having previously served as an Adjunct Instructor of Accounting. While a student at Wake Forest, she completed a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy. During her previous years teaching, Jennifer has taught courses in introductory financial accounting and financial accounting theory. Before academia, she served as the Manager of Financial Systems and Treasury Services at Inmar as well as the Manager for Arthur Andersen Business Consulting and Audit Division. In addition, she has experience serving on the Board of Trustees and Finance Committee of the Summit School, Finance Committee of Imprints, as well as the Treasurer of Mill House Place Homeowners Association, Girl Scout Troop 02333, Fleetwood Farms Homeowners Association, and Brenner Hospital Festival of Trees.
Jennifer Isabelle Ong
Visiting Assistant Professor; Counseling
Jennifer joins Wake Forest from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she completed a Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education. She also holds a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling and Elementary School Counseling from the University of North Texas as well as an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Nanyang Technological University. Jennifer has previously served as a practicum and internship instructor for UNC-Pembroke and UNC-Greensboro. She has also taught courses in social justice advocacy and helping skills. Her publications include “Linking research and practice to address domestic and sexual violence: lessons learned from a statewide conference with researchers and practitioners” in Journal of Aggression, Conflict, and Peace Research and “Reconceptualizing pedagogical usability of and teachers’ roles in computer game-based learning in school” in Educational Research and Reviews. She is a National Certified Counselor and LPC-Associate.
Visiting Assistant Professor; Philosophy
Justin returns to his alma mater from UCLA, where he served as a Visiting Lecturer. He holds a Ph. D. in Philosophy from UCLA and an M. Div. from Harvard Divinity School. At Wake, he double-majored in Philosophy and English. He has previously taught courses in contemporary ethical theory, existentialism, and Kant’s ethical theory. His dissertation Right Action and Integrity addressed the general structure of normativity and practical rationality.
Rowena (Rowie) Kirby-Straker
Assistant Teaching Professor; Communication
Rowena comes to Wake Forest from the University of Maryland, College Park where she served as a lecturer and Director of the Oral Communication Center. She holds a Ph. D. in Communication from the University of Maryland, College Park and completed a dissertation entitled Scene Matters: Strategic Use of Similarity and Framing in Narrative Risk Communication. She also holds an M.A. in Communication and Development from Ohio University, having completed a thesis entitled The Power of a Child’s Voice: Comparing the Effectiveness of Children and Adult Spokespersons in an Environmental Campaign. Rowena has previously taught public speaking, communication practicums and supervised undergraduate research. She has affiliations with the Center for Health and Risk Communication at the University of Maryland, College Park, National Communication Association and the Society for Risk Analysis. Her industry experience includes serving as a Public Education Officer for the St. Vincent and Grenadines Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, where she designed scores of education materials, radio jingles, radio programs, songs, poetry, and television promos on the nutritional value of fish, marine life conservation, and environmental sustainability.
University Scholar in Residence and Fellow; OPCD
Michael joins Wake Forest from the University of Oxford and the Rhodes Trust, where he served as the McDonald-Templeton Postdoctoral Fellow in the McDonald Center for Theology, Ethics, and Public Life and Dean of Leadership, Service and Character Development. He holds a Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University and completed his dissertation entitled A Commonwealth of Hope: Virtue, Rhetoric, and Religion in Augustine’s Political Thought. His research and teaching interests include history of political thought, religion and politics, ethics and public policy, democratic education, civic republicanism, virtue ethics and environmental ethics. He previously won the George Kateb Teaching Award for Best Preceptor in Politics at Princeton University and the Laurence S. Rockefeller Graduate Prize Fellow at the University Center for Human Values. Michael holds several publications including “Aristotle on the Ethics of Communicating Climate Change” in Justice in a Non-Ideal World and “Aquinas and the Virtues of Hope: Theological and Democratic” in the Journal of Religious Ethics. He is a member of the American Political Science Association, Association for Political Theory, American Academy of Political and Legal Philosophy, International Conference for the Study of Political Thought and American Academy of Religion.
Amy Kathleen Lather
Assistant Professor; Classical Languages
Amy joins Wake Forest from the University of Texas at Austin where she completed a Ph. D. in Classics and a dissertation entitled Sense and Sensibility: The Experience of Poikilia in Archaic and Classical Greek Thought. Her areas of interest include archaic and classical Greek poetry and music, ancient epic, ancient and modern aesthetics and Greek literature under Rome. Previously, Amy was a Fellow for the Advanced Seminar in the Humanities at Venice International University. She has taught courses in beginning Greek, intermediate Greek and first year Latin. She has several forthcoming publications including “Taking Pleasure Seriously: Plutarch on the Benefits of Poetry and Philosophy” in Classical World and “Eastern Women and Western Imperialism: Vergil’s Dido and Flaubert’s Salammbo” in Mujeres en Grecia y Roma y su trascendencia. Amy is a member of the Society for Classical Studies and the Classical Association of the Middle West and South.
Tin Cheuk Leung
Assistant Professor; Economics
Tin comes to Wake Forest from the Department of Economics at Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he was an Assistant Professor. He previously served as a Visiting Scholar at Wake Forest for the 2011-2012 year. Tin holds a Ph. D. in Economics from the University of Minnesota and completed a dissertation entitled Essays on the Economics of Intellectual Property. He has won several awards including the University of Minnesota Distinguished Instructor Award twice. Among his many publications are “Dispersion and Distortions in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade” in the Journal of International Economics and “Anchoring and Loss Aversion in the Housing Market: Implications on Price Dynamics” in the China Economic Review. He has also served as a reviewer for the B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, Contemporary Economic Policy, Economic Journal and the Journal of Cultural Economics.
Visiting Lecturer; School of Business
Thad joins Wake Forest after having served as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Business. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Lenoir Rhyne University and is a Licensed Real Estate Broker in North Carolina. He brings a wealth of professional experience including serving as President and CEO of To the Point, Inc., Vice President of Marketing and Managing Director of Goody’s Pharmaceuticals Inc., and the Director of Stewardship and Planned Giving for Centenary United Methodist Church. Thad has previously taught courses in strategic management, sports administration and facilities management. He has also served on the Board of Trustees of Lenoir Rhyne University, the Advisory Board of Brenner Children’s Hospital, and the Board of Directors of the Winston Salem Hospice and Palliative Care Center.
Visiting Assistant Professor; Psychology
Danielle comes to Wake Forest from Louisiana State University where she completed a Ph. D. in Psychology and a dissertation entitled The Mechanisms of Auditory Distraction: The Roles of Interference-By-Process and Attention Capture. She has previously taught developmental psychology of the lifespan, cognition and intermediate statistics and served as a lab instructor for experimental psychology. Her publications include “The role of the visual stimulus on cross-modal Stroop interference” in Psych and “The role of modality: Auditory and visual distractors in Stroop interference” in the Journal of Cognitive Psychology. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, LSU Life Course and Aging Center, Psychonomic Society, Southeastern Psychological Association and the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Legal Analysis and Research; School of Law
Ruth joins the faculty after previously serving as a Writing Specialist and Bar Counselor at the School of Law. Earlier in her career, she served as the Associate Director and Associate Professor for the Legal Analysis, Writing and Research Program. She holds a J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law and an M.A.T. from Salem College. She previously clerked for the Honorable Judge Cecil Hill of the NC Court of Appeals and as a supervisory attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Northwest NC.
Visiting Teaching Professor; School of Business
Xia brings to Wake Forest an abundance of teaching experience having taught operations management, supply chain management, business statistics and Corporate Finance at both the undergraduate and graduate level at Lingnan College Sun Yat-sen University in China. He completed a Ph. D. in Business Administration at the University of Rhode Island and an MS in Electronic Engineering at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. His publications have been cited over 100 times by nearly 80 articles, including his book entitled SPC for Quality and Risk: Monitoring processes with cross-sectional and serial interdependence, and higher moments. Xia has also served as reviewer for the European Journal of Operational Research, the International Journal of Production Economics, and the Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation.
James B. Pease
Assistant Professor; Biology
James joins Wake Forest from the University of Michigan, where he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He holds a Ph. D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Indiana State and completed his dissertation entitled Phylogenomics of Closely Related Species. James won the Best Talk Award for the Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference at Purdue University and an NIH Genetics, Cellular, and Molecular Sciences Training Grant. He currently serves as a reviewer for BMC Evolutionary Biology, Journal of Molecular Evolution, Systematic Biology. James has a multitude of publications including “Detection and polarization of introgression in five-taxon phylogeny” in Systematic Biology and “More accurate phylogenies inferred from low-recombination regions in the presence of incomplete lineage sorting” in Evolution. He is a member of the Society for Systematic Biologists and the International Society for Computational Biology.
Visiting Assistant Professor; Romance Languages
Carmen comes to Wake Forest from the Department of Classical and Modern Languages at Truman State University, where she taught elementary and intermediate Spanish as well as Spanish grammar and composition. She previously taught medical Spanish at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine and School of Public Health. Carmen received a Ph. D. in Romance Languages and Literatures and an M.A. in Hispanic Literature from UNC-Chapel Hill as well as a Certificate in Latin American Studies from the Institute for the Study of the Americas. She completed her dissertation entitled Leer la nación: pedagogía fundacional en Colombia (1870-1898) and a thesis entitled La metáfora de la niñez como recurso literario: de la cuentística decimonónica a la narrativa del siglo XX. Her other publications include “La alteración de la realidad en Niebla” in Philologia and History Lessons: Refiguring the Nineteenth Century Historical Novel in Spanish America in Hispanófila. She is a member of the Hispanic National Honor Society and a former member of the Future Faculty Fellowship Program at the UNC-Chapel Hill Center for Faculty Excellence. Carmen also holds membership in the Modern Languages Association and the Latin American Studies Association.
Associate Librarian; Z. Smith Reynolds Library
Kathy holds a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She joins Wake Forest from High Point University, where she served as Head of Reference and Instructional Service, teaching approximately 100 one-shot library research sessions per academic year across 20 disciplines. Kathy has also taught as an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Library and Information Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She holds several publications including “Research partners, teaching partners: A collaboration between FYC faculty and librarians to study students’ research and writing habits” in Internet Reference Services Quarterly and “Generation X mentoring Millenials” in The Generation X librarian: Essays in leadership, technology, pop culture, social responsibility, and professional identity.
Jonathan W. Smart
Assistant Teaching Professor; English
Jonathan comes to Wake Forest from the University of Pittsburgh, where he served in the Department of Linguistics as Lecturer, University Assessment Supervisor, and Coordinator of ESL Credit Courses. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics and an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from Northern Arizona University, where he also served as Visiting Assistant Professor. Jonathan also received an M.A. in English with an emphasis in applied linguistics from the University of North Caroline at Charlotte after serving as a Rotary Cultural Scholar in Granada, Spain. Previously, he has taught courses in ESL reading, vocabulary, speaking, listening and writing as well as computer applications in linguistics, cross-cultural aspects of language learning, and introductory linguistics. Jonathan has won several awards including the Speaking in the Disciplines Fellowship at the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh and the Dissertation Research Award in the Department of English at Northern Arizona University. He is member of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
Teacher-Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow; Psychology
Michael joins Wake Forest from Hershey Medical Center at Penn State University, where he served as a Post-Doctoral Scholar at the Center for NMR Research. He previously served as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Systems Neuroscience at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf in Germany and the Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory in the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences at the University of Trento, Italy. Michael holds a Ph. D. in Psychology and Neuroscience from Temple University and an M.A. in Psychological Science from James Madison University. His research interests include mind/brain relationships, tool selection and tool-related knowledge, resting state networks, multimodal data analysis, and neuronal current fMRI. Michael has many publications including “Altered Behavioral and Neural Responsiveness to Counterfactual Gains in the Elderly” in Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience and “Neural Systems Mediating Recognition of Changes in Statistical Regularities” in NeuroImage. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Society for Neuroscience, Organization for Human Brain Mapping, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, and Cognitive Neuroscience Society.
Presidential Chair; History
Barry joins Wake Forest as the Presidential Chair of Jewish History from the University at Albany where he served as Associate Professor and Director of Programs in Judaic Studies and Hebrew Studies. He was previously the Interim Director of the University at Albany Center for Jewish Studies. Barry completed a Ph. D. in History at UCLA with a concentration in European Jewish History and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Jewish Studies at Oxford University’s Oxford Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. He has taught courses such as: Secular Jewish Identity and Culture, Jewish Civilization from the Birth of the Israelites until the Present, The American Jewish Experience and Holocaust in History. Previously he served as Senior Research Fellow for the Kiev Judaica Collection at the Gelman Library of George Washington University and as a Research Fellow for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as well as Visiting Research Fellow for the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Barry has multiple publications including his book The Revolutionary Roots of Modern Yiddish, 1903-1917 and journal articles such as “From Edification to Commemoration: Di Algemeyne Entiklopedye, the Holocaust, and the Changing Mission of Yiddish Scholarship” in the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies. He has served as an external reviewer for the National Endowment for the Humanities grants and for pedagogical materials of Facing History and Ourselves: Holocaust and Human Behavior.
Amanda Shoaf Vincent
Assistant Professor; Romance Languages
Amanda comes to Wake Forest from the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Florida, where she taught intermediate and advanced Business French, intercultural competency for management, French grammar and composition and corrective phonetics. She obtained a Ph. D. in French Civilization from the Department of French and Francophone Studies at Pennsylvania State University, where she previously taught introduction to French culture and civilization, advanced writing and grammar and multiple levels of French language. Her publications include “Bercy’s ‘Jardin de la Memoire’: Ruin, Allegory, Memory.” In Landscape Journal and “Bercy’s ‘Jardin de la Memoire’ Landscape as a Language of Memory” in Contemporary French and Francophone Studies. Amanda also has submitted a book manuscript entitled Constructing Nature, Cultivating Meaning: Paris Park in the Late Twentieth Century. She is a member of the Modern Languages Association, the Society for French Historical Studies and the American Association of Teachers of French.
Laura Marie Weltie
Visiting Lecturer; Health and Exercise Science
Laura joins the faculty of Wake Forest after completing her M.S. in Health and Exercise Sciences as a student. Her thesis is titled Weight Fluctuation and Cancer Risk in Post-Menopausal Women: The Women’s Health Initiative. She holds certifications as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist with the American College of Sports Medicine and as a Healthcare Provider of Basic Life Support with the American Heart Association. She has also won the Althea Loose Johnson Award for Kinesiology and the Bruce Crawford Morrison Rummel Scholarship for Kinesiology, both at James Madison University. Laura has given several presentations including “Aging and Exercise: How Much is Enough?” at the Translational Science Institute of Wake Forest Baptist Health and “Physical Activity and Type 2 Diabetes: An Epidemiological Review” at Wake Forest University.
Nicholas A. Wolters
Assistant Professor; Romance Languages
Nicholas joins Wake Forest from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville where he recently completed his Ph. D. in Spanish and a dissertation entitled Men of the Cloth: Fashioning the Priest in the Restoration in Novel in Spain. His examination fields included Enlightenment and Romanticism, Realism and Generation of 1898, and modernism. Nicholas also holds an M.A. from the University of Delaware, Newark in Foreign Languages and Literatures, with concentrations in Spanish and French. He has previously taught intermediate Spanish, intensive grammar, and Business Spanish. Other teaching interests include Spanish peninsular film, gender and sexuality studies, priesthood in Spain and Spanish for marketing. Nicholas has several publications including “Fashioning the Deviant Male Body in Tomás de Iriarte’s El señorito mimado o la mala educación” in Romance Notes and “Las joyas de la Marquesa: agencia femenina en Un matrimonio a la moda de Ramón de Navarrete” in Decimonónica. He is a member of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the International Association of Galdós Scholas, Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies and the Modern Languages Association.
Robert J. Won
Teaching-Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow; Mathematics and Statistics
Robert comes to Wake Forest from the University of California, San Diego, where he completed a Ph. D. in Mathematics and an M.A. in Pure Mathematics. His dissertation is entitled The graded module category of a generalized Weyl algebra. His research interests include noncommutative algebra, specifically noncommutative ring theory and noncommutative projective algebraic geometry. Robert’s previous publications include “Partitions of AG (4,3) into maximal caps” in Discrete Mathematics. He has previously taught precalculus, multivariable calculus and graduate algebra as well as given talks on Z-graded noncommutative geometry, Hopf algebras, SET and AG (4,3). In addition to his mathematic publications, Robert has published outside of the field including “The Dynamics of Proactive and Reactive Cognitive Control Processes in the Human Brain” and “Strategic Allocation of Attention Reduces Temporally Predictable Stimulus Conflict” in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.
Abbie P. Wrights
Visiting Lecturer; Health and Exercise Science
Abbie joins the Wake Forest Faculty after having previously served as the Lead Physical Activity Interventionist for the LIFE Randomized Controlled Trial and Exercise Coordinator for the Wake Seniors Research Study in the Department of Health and Exercise Sciences. She completed an M.S. in Health and Exercise Sciences at Wake Forest University and a B.A. in Athletic Training at Messiah College. She holds certifications as an American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Specialist and American Heart Association- Basic Life Support. She previously taught weight training and water aerobics as well as served as an Exercise Leader for the Health, Exercise and Lifestyle Programs. Her publications include “Pilot Studies for Developing Clinical Trials of Cognitive and Behavioral Interventions: The Seniors Health and Activity Research Program in Clinical Trials: Journal of the Society for Clinical Trials and “The Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders Pilot: Two Year Folow-Up” in the Journal of Gerontology Medical Sciences.
Part-time Lecturer; East Asian Languages and Cultures
Qing joins Wake Forest from the University of Oregon, where she completed a Ph. D. in Chinese Language and Literature and a dissertation entitled Reading Bodies: Aesthetics, Gender and Family in the 18th Century Chinese Novel: Guwangyan (Preposterous Words). She also holds an M.A. in East Asian Studies, with a major in Chinese Literature and Culture from McGill University. Her research interests include Late Imperial and Modern Chinese Literature, gender and sexuality, and intellectual history. Qing has previously taught Chinese language at both the first and second level. Her publications include “Secuality, Politics and Sorrow: Reading the Rear Courtyard (Hou Ting) in Jin Ping Mei (The Plum in the Golden Vase)” in the Virginia Review of Asian Studies.
Visiting Assistant Professor; East Asian Languages and Cultures
Qiaona joins Wake Forest from the University of Hawaii Manoa, where she completed a Ph.D. in Chinese Linguistics and Pedagogy and a dissertation entitled Assessing Chinese Syntactic Complexity via TC-Units. She also holds an M.A. in Chinese Linguistics and Philology with a Teaching Chinese as a Second Language Specialization from the Peking University. Qiaona has previously taught courses at all levels of Mandarin language and Business Chinese as well as served as the coordinator for Graduate Assistants. Her publications include The Experiencing Chinese Picture Dictionary and “Assessment of Students’ Understanding” in Science Teacher. She is also a member of the Chinese Language Teachers Association.