Public Health Faculty

Mary Allen
Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Florida State University
Areas of expertise:
general microbiology, allied-health microbiology, microbial ecology, microbiology education
Connie Anderson
Professor of Anthropology
Ph.D. , University of California, Riverside
Areas of expertise:
Biological anthropology, particularly selection and behavior; the intersection of culture and biology; war and conflict resolution; the role of sports in interracial interactions, identity, and reconciliation; South Africa.
James Buthman
Associate Professor of Political Science & Coordinator of Environment, Sustainability & Society
Ph.D., Northern Arizona University
Areas of expertise:
Public policy and American government with an emphasis on environmental and energy policy.
Stephanie Carr '06
Assistant Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines
Areas of expertise:
geomicrobiology, bioinformatics, subsurface microbiology
Elena Chernyak
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Areas of expertise:
sociology, social work, women’s studies, gender-based violence and inequality, social theories, feminist theories, social psychology, family studies, Soviet/post-Soviet societies.
Carlena Cochi Ficano
Professor of Economics and Business Administration and Accounting Department Chair
Ph.D., Cornell University
Areas of expertise:
labor economics, applied econometrics, social policy on low income family well-being, the economics of higher education and, most recently, local economic development.
Lisle W. Dalton
Professor of Religious Studies
Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara
Areas of expertise:
American religious history, cults and new religions, religion and modern culture, religion and healthcare, religion and science, religion and politics
Joshua Garrett
Assistant Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Albany Medical College
Areas of expertise:
anatomy and physiology, cardiovascular physiology, endothelial barrier function, angiogenesis
Kristin Jones
Associate Professor of Economics
Ph.D., University of Connecticut at Storrs
Areas of expertise:
Industrial organization, public economics, mathematical economics, environmental economics, law and economics, education policy.
Malissa Kano-White
Chair and Associate Professor of Theatre Arts
MFA, Illinois State University
Areas of expertise:
acting, musical theatre production, playwriting, theatre for young audiences.
William Kowalczyk
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Areas of expertise:
substance use, research methods and statistics, clinical psychology, neuropsychology, health psychology and environmental psychology.
Cherilyn Lacy
Professor of History & Coordinator of Public Health Program
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Areas of expertise:
Modern Europe, Women and Gender, Medicine and Public Health
Karl Seeley
Associate Professor of Economics and Department Chair
Ph.D., University of Washington
Areas of expertise:
ecological macroeconomics, environmental economics and economic development, small-scale, sustainable farming and local food-supply issues.
Melonie Walcott
Assistant Professor of Public Health
DrPH, University of Alabama-Birmingham; MPH, University of the West Indies (Jamaica)
Areas of expertise:
research methods, community health, health promotion, HIV/STI prevention.
Karina Walker
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany
Areas of expertise:
Spanish peninsular literature: baroque, twentieth, and twenty-first-century narrative, poetry, and film. Spanish cultural studies, women’s, gender and sexuality studies, translation and interpretation.
Justin Wellman
Associate Professor and Chair of Psychology Department
Ph.D., University of Toledo
Areas of expertise:
social psychology, personality, health psychology, motivation and emotion, experimental statistics.
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