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Faculty Publications, Presentations and Honors

Congratulations to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences faculty for their notable publications, presentations and honors.


Lecturer Brett Barry (Digital Media and Journalism) produced an audiobook of Mary Austin’s The Land of Little Rain, a classic of nature writing, with the help of several New Paltz interns, including Nick Wagner and Zach Bell.


Assistant Professor Nathen Clerici (Languages, Literatures & Cultures) published the article “Yumeno Kyusaku and the Spirit of the Local” in Japanese Studies.



Professor Victor de Munck (Anthropology) published the article “‘Disciplining Culture’: a Socio-Cognitive Approach” in Current Anthropology and his book, Cultural Models of Romantic Love in America, was published in April by Lexington Press.


Associate Professor Heinz Insu Fenkl (English) published a translation of Kim Man-Jung’s The Nine Cloud Dream.



Lecturer Paul Fenouillet (Languages, Literatures & Cultures; Latin American and Caribbean Studies) published poetry in the November 2018 and March 2019 issues of the French literary review Filigranes.


Professor Glenn Geher (Psychology) co-edited, with David Sloan Wilson (Binghamton University), Hadassah Mativesky (Universal Instruments), and Andrew Gallup (SUNY Polytechnic Institute) the book Darwin’s Roadmap to the Curriculum: Evolutionary Studies in Higher Education, published by Oxford University Press. The book was largely inspired by the EvoS programs at New Paltz and Binghamton, and it’s primary goal is to highlight the many ways that an evolutionary approach can illuminate content across academic disciplines. Several contributors have connections with SUNY New Paltz, including Kian Betancourt ’15 (Psychology); Richard H. Holler ‘17g (Psychology); Thomas Nolen, Associate Dean of Science and Engineering and Academic Director of EvoS; Vania Rolón ‘17g (Psychology); Hamilton M. Stapell, associate professor of history; Aileen Toback, alumna of 2015 New Paltz Summer Institute in Evolutionary Studies; Jennifer Waldo, associate professor of biology; and Nicole Wedberg ‘16g (Psychology). Geher also published the book Own Your Psychology Major! A Guide to Student Success, as well as the articles “The Dark Triad and the Evolution of Jerks” in the Wall Street Journal and “Psychological Outcomes Associated with CrossFit” (with co-author J. Fell) in the Journal of Evolution and Health.

Professor Giordana Grossi (Psychology) co-edited, with Rebecca Jordan-Young (Barnard College) and Gina Rippon (Aston University), a special issue of The Scholar & Feminist Online (15.2 Spring 2019 issue) on NeuroGenderings, an international and transdisciplinary group of scholars who critically examine the neuroscientific production of knowledge, along with its practices and methodologies, and aims to improve them making research in the field more gender-informed and gender-adequate. She co-authored the introduction to the issue (“Fifty Shades of Grey Matter,” with Jordan-Young and Rippon) and the peer-reviewed article “Feminist Interventions on the Sex/Gender Question in Neuroimaging Research,” written with Katherine Bryant (Radboud University) and Anelis Kaiser (University of Freiburg). All the contributions in the issue are from NeuroGenderings scholars and are available at http://sfonline.barnard.edu/neurogenderings/. Professor Grossi also presented the work “An Exploration of Hand Proximity Effects in Three Linguistic Tasks” at the 59th Psychonomic Society Conference in New Orleans. The project is in collaboration with Dr. Annie Olmstead (Penn State) and three psychology students, Danielle Lukaszewski, Katrina Stevens and Sarah Stoudt.

Assistant Professor Jenna Grzeslo (Digital Media and Journalism) coauthored, with Y. Bai, B. Min and K. Jayakar, the article “Is the 2014 E-Rate Reform a Game Changer? An Empirical Analysis of Pennsylvania Data” in Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance.  She also published the article “M-Pesa Adoption and Usage: A Qualitative Study of Young Kenyan Entreprenuers” in the Association for Computing Machinery, and coauthored, with A. Hoag, the article “Awareness of and Experience with Online Outsourcing Journalism Labor Markets: A Survey of Freelance Journalists” in First Monday.

IDMH Founding Director and Professor Emeritus James Halpern (Psychology), IDMH Director Amy Nitza (Psychology) and IDMH Deputy Director and Associate Professor Karla Vermeulen (Psychology) co-edited the book Disaster Mental Health Case Studies: Lessons Learned from Counseling in Chaos, published by Routledge. Halpern, Nitza and Vermeulen worked with mental health professionals who responded to disasters including Hurricane Katrina, the Joplin tornado, the mass shootings in Newtown and Las Vegas, and the Guinea Ebola outbreak, who each contributed a chapter about their experiences on the ground. The resulting collection of 17 case studies by master clinicians reveals how disaster mental health interventions must be tailored to meet the needs of survivors.

Vermeulen also co-authored, with Guthrie S. Birkhead, the article “Sustainability of Psychological First Aid Training for the Disaster Response Workforce” in the American Journal of Public Health.

Professor Eugene Heath (Philosophy) published “The Poor Lady Immured: Notes on Public Philosophy,” in Metaphilosophy, as well as two articles, “Ambition” and “Sympathie,” in the collection Passions Sociales, edited by Gloria Origgi.


Associate Professor Benjamin Junge (Anthropology), along with co-authors Charles H. Klein (Portland State University) and Sean T. Mitchell (Rutgers University), won a 2019 Brazil Section Prize for “Best Article in Social Sciences (Sérgio Buarque de Holanda prize)” for their article, “Naming Brazil’s Previously Poor: ‘New Middle Class’ as an Economic, Political, and Experiential Category,” published in Economic Anthropology.

Professor Nancy Kassop (Political Science) earned a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.



Assistant Professor Dan Li (Psychology) coauthored, with D. K. Duys and D. H. Granello, the article “Interactional Patterns of Clinical Supervision: Using Sequential Analysis” in Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy. She also published, with Y. Liu, R. Jacoby and H. Jang, “A Content Analysis of Adoption Research in Counseling Journals: A 30-year Review” in The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Family, and the article “Supervising Asian International Counseling Students: Using the Integrative Developmental Model (IDM)” (coauthored with Y. Liu and I. Lee) in the Journal of International Students. Liu received the 2018 Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Research Grant Award.

Associate Professor Bruce Milem (Philosophy) published the article “Two Myths of Sisyphus” in Philosophy and Literature. Though philosophers often interpret the myth of Sisyphus as an expression of absurdity and meaninglessness, Milem offers two ways of seeing a meaning or point in Sisyphus’ labors.


Assistant Professor Simin Mozayeni (Economics) earned a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. Mozayeni also coauthored, with Uni Pillai (SUNY Polytechnic) and New Paltz alumni Rui Wang ’15 (Economics), the invited publication “Consumers Behind Solar Energy: A Case Study of Households’ Demand for Four OECD Countries” in the Journal of Strategy and Innovation and Sustainability.

Associate Professor Cyrus Mulready (English) published the essay “From Table Books to Tumblr: Recollecting the Microgenres of the Early Modern Stage in Social Media,” in Shakespeare Survey.


Associate Professor Lisa Phillips (Digital Media and Journalism) published “On Being Unfair: The Ethics of the Memoir-Journalism Hybrid” in Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics.


Lecturer Vanessa Plumly (Languages, Literatures & Culures) published the article “Heimat Transgressions, Transgressing Heimat: Black/Afro-German Diasporic (Per)Formative Acts in the Decolonization of the German Heimat Landscape as a White National Spacetime,” in The Berlin Republic: 25 Years on/of German Reunification.


Distinguished Professor Louis Roper (History) gave the invited talk “Colonial New York and the World of Jacob Leisler,” for the Hudson Area Library Lecture Series in March (in collaboration with Greenport Historical Society, the Jacob Leisler Center for the Study of Early New York History and the Gotham Center for New York City History). Roper also gave the annual Mary Young Alumni Lecture, “Global Pursuits: English Overseas Initiatives of the Long Seventeenth Century” at the University of Rochester in April.

Professor Anne Roschelle (Sociology; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) received the 2018-19 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Excellence in Service Award. Roschelle also appeared on the April 29 edition of WAMC’s nationally-syndicated program “The Academic Minute,” to discuss the humanitarian crisis involving unaccompanied minors at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Associate Professor Vicki Tromanhauser (English) was named the 2018-19 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Teacher of the Year.



Associate Professor Roberto Vélez‑Vélez (Sociology) and co-author Jacqueline Villarrubia‑Mendoza published the article “Cambio Desde Abajo y Desde Adentro: Notes on Centros de Apoyo Mutuo in Post‑María Puerto Rico” in Latino Studies.