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New Tenure Track Faculty 2014-15

2alhouti.gifSarah Alhouti
Assistant Professor, Marketing
Ph.D., University of Alabama, 2013
Most Recent Professional Experience:
University of Alabama, graduate teaching assistant, graduate research assistant
The Public Authority for Applied Education and Training, teacher’s assistant,
Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, sales administrator
Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Consumer Behavior, Corporate Social Responsibility, Retail, Internet Marketing
salhouti@providence.edu

calitri.gifJames Calitri
Assistant Professor, Theatre/Managing Director of Theatre
M.F.A., Rhode Island College, 2007
Most Recent Professional Experience:
Director at The Dreamland Film and Performing Arts Center in Nantucket for their production of Seussical the Musical and their educational outreach Master Class Series
Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Directing, Theatre for Social Change, and Playwriting. 
jcalitri@providence.edu

espach.gifAlison Espach
Assistant Professor, English
M.F.A, Washington University, 2009
Most Recent Professional Experience:
Taught fiction at Hunter College and Gotham Writer’s Workshop in New York City
Taught fiction, creative non-fiction, and screenwriting at Washington University in St. Louisaught fiction, creative non-fiction, and screenwriting at Washington University in St. Louis
Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
The Novel, Humor Writing
aespach@providence.edu

faivre.gifCyrielle Faivre
Assistant Professor, French
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2014
Most Recent Professional Experience:
Teaching assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Nineteenth-Century French Literature; Penal Colonies and Prisons; French Literature and Art and Visual Culture; Nineteenth-Century French Popular Songs; French Contemporary Songs
cfaivre@providence.edu

toby-harper.gifTobias (Toby) Harper
Assistant Professor, History
Ph.D., Columbia University, 2014
Most Recent Professional Experience:
Ph.D. student, Columbia University, 2007-May 2014
Fall 2013-Spring 2014, GSAS Teaching Scholar, Columbia University
Fall 2013, Adjunct teaching, Barnard College
Fall 2012-Spring 2013, Contemporary Civilization Preceptor, Columbia University
Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Modern Britain; British Imperial History; Social History; New Zealand History; Twentieth-Century Europe; History of Monarchy
tharper1@providence.edu

king.gifColin Guthrie King
Assistant Professor, Philosophy
Ph.D., Humboldt–Universität zu Berlin, 2009
Most Recent Professional Experience:
Coordinator of the August-Boeckh-Antikezentrum der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, member of the Institut für Philosophie and the Institut für Klassische Philologie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 2009–2014
Member, TOPOI Excellence Cluster, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin & Freie Universität Berlin, 2009–present
Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Logic, Theory of Argumentation, Epistemology, History of Science, Theory of Interpretation colin.king@providence.edu

krolikowski.gifMarcin Krolikowski
Assistant Professor, Finance
Ph.D., University of South Florida, 2014
Most Recent Professional Experience:
Worked on the Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) trading desk for Citigroup - 2003-2006
Areas of Academic Expertise:
Mergers & Acquisitions, Executive Compensation, Corporate Finance   
mkroliko@providence.edu

Smendoza.gifaaid A. Mendoza
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Ph.D., New York University, 2010
Most Recent Professional Experience:
Amherst College (2010-2014) – Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology
Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Stereotypes & Prejudice, Intergroup Bias, Implicit Attitudes, Group Norms, Goal Setting
smendoza@providence.edu

myers.gifAdam Myers
Assistant Professor, Political Science
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2013
Most Recent Professional Experience:
Visiting Assistant Professor, Saint Louis University, 2013-2014 academic year
Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
State Politics, Political Parties, Political Geography, Federalism, American Political Development
amyers2@providence.edu

newman.gifKevin Newman
Assistant Professor, Marketing
Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2014
Most Recent Professional Experience:
Teaching and research assistant and Instructor at the University of Arizona
Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Consumer Behavior with specific interests relating to Corporate Social Responsibility, Moral Identity and Behavior, Self-Control, and Goals and Self-Regulation.   
knewman4@providence.edu

porter.gifAnne E. Porter
Assistant Professor, English
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2014
Most Recent Professional Experience:
Graduate student instructor, Univ. of Michigan, English Dept. Writing Program
Graduate student research assistant, Univ. of Michigan, Sweetland Center for Writing
Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Composition, Rhetoric, and Literacy
aporter1@providence.edu

richardson.gifJonathan Richardson
Assistant Professor, Biology
Ph.D., Yale University, 2012
Most Recent Professional Experience:
University of Connecticut, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Evolutionary Ecology, Conservation Genetics, Landscape Ecology
jricha10@providence.edu

setayeshgar.gifLeila Setayeshgar
Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Ph.D., Brown University, 2012
Most Recent Professional Experience:
Assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Alabama, Huntsville
Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Probability and Stochastic Processes
lsetayes@providence.edu

snyder.gifDeirdre G. Snyder
Assistant Professor, Management
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014
Most Recent Professional Experience:
Lecturer, MBA@UNC
Assistant Director of Public Relations, Johnson School, Cornell University
Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Organizational Behaviour, Loneliness at Work, Unethical Decision Making, Power and Status
dsnyder1@providence.edu

Edward Szabo
Assistant Professor, Finance
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2012
Most Recent Professional Experience:
Trader, commodity futures options consultant
Areas of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Derivatives, Options, Risk Management
eszado@providence.edu

templer.gifVictoria Templer
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Ph.D., Emory University, 2014
Most Recent Professional Experience:
Graduate school, Emory University
Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Comparative Cognition, Neuroscience/Biopsychology, Evolutionary Psychology, Animal Behavior, Cognitive Science
vtempler@providence.edu

vithayathil.gifTrina Vithayathil
Assistant Professor, Global Studies
Ph.D., Brown University, 2014
Most Recent Professional Experience:
Prior to starting my Ph.D. at Brown, I was a Program Officer at the Program on Forced Migration and Health at Columbia University.
Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Political Sociology, Demography, Caste, Social Inequality, India
tvithaya@providence.edu

waters.gifJames S. Waters
Assistant Professor, Biology
Ph. D., Arizona State University, 2012
Most Recent Professional Experience:
Visiting scientist, The Field Museum of Natural History
Postdoctoral research associate, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University
Postdoctoral fellowship in complexity science, The James S. McDonnell Foundation
Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Physiological Ecology, Collective Behavior, Complex Systems, Comparative Biomechanics, Entomology, Myrmecology, Mathematical Biology, Bioimaging
jwaters2@providence.edu

williams.gifLaura Williams
Assistant Professor, Biology
Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2009
Most Recent Professional Experience:
Postdoctoral associate, Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, Duke University 2010-2013
Research microbiologist, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2013-2014
Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Genomics, Bioinformatics, Symbiosis, Molecular Evolution, Bacterial Lifestyle, Antibiotic Resistance

zhang.gifLin Zhang
Assistant Professor, Education
Ph.D, Boston College, 2014
Area(s) of Academic Expertise/Interests:
Research on Teaching Hands-on Scientific Investigations, Scientific Practical Work in School Science, STEM Education with a Focus on Interdisciplinary Connections
STEM-related Career Pathways, Learning Sciences and Cognitive Resources for Understanding Science Concepts and Relationships, Large-scale Data Set Analysis on Students’ Science Achievement
lzhang@providence.edu

2013-14 New Faculty

  • ​Heather Allcock
  • Seth Ashman
  • Wendy Chen
  • M. Cary Collins
  • Vefa Erginbas
  • Stephen Perreault
  • Michael Shafer
  • Steven Smith
  • Marla Tipping
  • F. Gizem Zencirci
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