Fellows Program 2010-2011

Faye Allard, Assistant Professor, Sociology

Dr. Faye Allard is an assistant professor in the Sociology Department at Montclair State University. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and her BA in Human Sciences from Oxford University. Dr. Allard’s research focuses on the intersection of race, gender and class in educational settings as exemplified by her dissertation “Mind the Gap; Examining the Gender Differences in African American Educational Achievement.” At Montclair State University, Dr. Allard has taught a range of sociology courses including Race and Ethnic Relations, Urban Sociology, Sociology of Mass Media, Sociology of Education and the upcoming interdisciplinary Race and the Media.

Esmilda Abreu, Director of Equity and Diversity

Esmilda Abreu received her Master's Degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at the Capella University Business School in Organization and Management. Her Dissertation is on Women and Mentoring. As Director of Equity and Diversity at Montclair State University, supervises The Women’s Center, The LGBT Center and The Center for Non-Violence. In her role as Chair of the Council for Faith and Spirituality, Ms. Abreu aims to foster an environment of inclusion, tolerance and understanding. She created and facilitates the Building Bridges Interfaith Dialogues on campus.

Deborah Chatr Aryamontri, Adjunct Professor, General Humanities and Archaeological Research

Dr. Deborah Chatr Aryamontri is Adjunct Professor in the Classics & General Humanities Department and Archaeological Researcher at the Center for Heritage and Archaeological Studies at Montclair State University. She is also currently visiting lecturer in the College for Arts and Letters at the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey where she teaches a course on ancient Greek and Roman technologies. She holds a B.A. and a M.A. in Classical Archaeology from La Sapienza University of Rome, and a Ph.D. in Ancient Topography from the University of Salerno. She is a field archaeologist and has participated in excavations and laboratory activities with several archaeological projects.

Yasemin Besen-Cassino, Associate Professor, Sociology

Dr. Yasemin Besen-Cassino is Associate Professor of Sociology at Montclair State University. She received her Ph.D. at SUNY Stony Brook in 2005. Her research focuses on gender, work and politics. Her work has appeared in numerous prestigious journals such as National Women’s Studies Association Journal(NWSAJ), Berkeley Journal of Sociology, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Theory and Society and Contexts. She has served as the managing editor of a the prominent gender journal, Men and Masculinities, published by Sage(2003-2005). Her most recent books include Jessie Bernard (with Michael Kimmel), which is about the life and works of the prominent feminist scholar, Jessie Bernard and Consuming Politics: Jon Stewart, Branding and Youth Vote in America (with Dan Cassino), which studies the political attitudes and voting patterns of young people in America. She has won the Dean’s Award in Excellence in Teaching at SUNY Stony Brook in 2004 and the Dean’s Award in Teaching at Montclair State University in 2008.

Aihua Li, Associate Professor, Mathematical Sciences  

Dr. Aihua Li earned her Ph. D. in mathematics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her primary research is in commutative algebra, specialized in ring theory and ideal theory. In recent years, she has done research in number theory, difference equations, matrix theory, discrete dynamical systems, graph theory, and mathematics applications in biology and materials science. She is also interested in research on "globalization of higher education". With grants from NSF, MAA, and NSA, she has directed several REU programs in mathematics at Montclair State University. Recently she has also been involved in educational activities with international educators through an NSF GK-12 program at Montclair State and the faculty training program offered by the Global Education Center. Dr. Li is currently the vice chair for student activities of the Mathematical Association of America New Jersey Section and a co-director for the annual Garden State Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (GSUMC).  

Lisa Lieberman, Assistant Professor of Public Health,Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences.

Dr.Lisa Lieberman received her PhD in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan in 1986. Formerly, she was adjunct lecturer of public health at New York Medical College and was Assistant Professor in the graduate program of Health Studies at New York University. Dr. Lieberman has also been President of Healthy Concepts Research, Inc. a consulting company providing program development, evaluation, research, and grant writing services, since 1983. Her research has included study of varying approaches to school-based pregnancy prevention, the impact of New York City Public High Schools’ condom availability program, as well as a wide variety of studies related to maternal and child health, pregnancy and HIV/STD prevention, the controversy of abstinence education vs. comprehensive sex education, and community-based tobacco control and prevention.

Yam Limbu, Assistant Professor, Marketing

Dr. Yam Limbu is an Assistant Professor in the Marketing Department at Montclair State University. He received his Ph.D. in Marketing from the New Mexico State University. He taught fifteen years in Nepal at various institutions and levels. Also, he taught about three years at New Mexico State University, USA as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. He was the founder president of the Higher Secondary Teachers' Association, Nepal (HISTAN). He authored or co-authored six texts or reference books in Nepal. His research interests include pharmaceutical marketing, healthcare marketing, consumer behavior, marketing ethics, and marketing finance interface.

Jay Livingston, Professor, Sociology

Jay Livingston is chair of the Sociology department, a position he has held since the previous century. His early work was in deviance, and he published a book on compulsive gamblers, titled, imaginatively, Compulsive Gamblers (Harper and Row), which sold literally dozens of copies nationwide. At Montclair, where student demand for the criminology course ran high, he began to teach that course and then other courses related to criminal justice. He eventually published a textbook, Crime and Criminology (Prentice-Hall, later Pearson, later still Cengage). Since 2006, he has kept the Montclair Socioblog (http://montclairsoci.blogspot.com), the unofficial department blog, which bills itself as a sociological perspective applied to "what we've been thinking, reading, seeing, or doing." His academic areas of interest remain crime and deviance, social psychology, and culture.

Yi Luo, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

DR. LUO joins the Montclair faculty as an assistant professor at the Department of Communication Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her dissertation examined how members of multinational organizations in China made sense of change and how these multinationals managed communication programs during these chaotic periods of time. Her primary research interests include: organizational communication, change management, public relations management, global public relations, and social cognition.

Kirk McDermid, Professor, Philosophy

Kird Mcdermid recieved his Ph.D. in Philosophy in 2003 from the University of Western Ontario. his current research is focused on the nature of plagiarism from an epistemological, rather than ethical, perspective. He also do research in scientific explanations, philosophical pedagogy , and miracles. Dr.Mcdermid has taught a good variety of philosophy courses (Introductory Philosophy, Introductory Decision Theory, Introductory Logic, Biomedical Ethics, Philosophy of Economics, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Quantum Physics, Creationism & Evolution, Philosophy of Mind, Epistemology (Theory of Knowledge), as well as Critical Thinking.

Avinandan Mukherjee, Professor and Chair, Marketing

Dr. Avinandan (Avi) Mukherjee is Professor and Chair of the Marketing Department in the School of Business. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing published by Emerald Publishers. Before joining Montclair State, Dr. Mukherjee has been a full-time faculty member of Marketing at the Pennsylvania State University (USA), University of Bradford (UK), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and Indian Institute of Management (India). Over the years, Dr. Mukherjee has taught extensively at the undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA and doctoral programs. He has published more than 100 scholarly articles in refereed journals, conference proceedings, and edited books and monographs. His current research interests are in the areas of healthcare management, services marketing, consumer behavior, and management pedagogy.

Deniz Ozenbas, Associate Professor, Finance

Deniz Ozenbas is an Associate Professor of Finance at Montclair State University School of Business. Her research is mainly in the field of market microstructure and market efficiency. Her work has been published in journals that include International Finance, Journal of Portfolio Management, Economics Letters, BE Press Journal of Macroeconomics, and was presented at domestic and international conferences. She has been awarded the Nasdaq Dissertation Fellowship by the Nasdaq Stock Market, and received the Oscar Lasdon Award for best dissertation in the area of Finance from Baruch College, City University of New York. Her joint work with Robert A Schwartz and Robert A. Wood has received the Award for Excellence / Outstanding Paper award at the Global Conference on Business and Economics annual meeting in London, England. Dr. Ozenbas holds a PhD in Finance from Baruch College, City University of New York, and a BA from Bogazici University, Turkey.

Sangeeta Parashar, Assistant Professor, Sociology

Dr. Sangeeta Parashar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she was trained in the broad fields of social demography and international development. Her research interests are structured around social inequalities in work and health, located within the political economy of the region. Current research projects examine occupational segregation by sex and race in South Africa, the emergence of a growing class difference in social networks among Black Africans in Cape Town, and social inequalities in health and access to health services among Muslims and non-Muslims in India. Dr. Parashar has published in a wide range of journals including Social Science & Medicine, Journal of Marriage and the Family, Journal of Population Research, and Monthly Labor Review. Along with Prof. Yong Wang (Sociology, Montclair State), she is also co-editing a textbook tentatively titled Inequality in a Globalizing World: Perspectives, Processes, and Experiences, scheduled to be published by Kendall-Hunt (Dubuque, IA) in December 2010.

Antoinette Pole, Assistant Professor, Political Science & Law

Antoinette Pole is an Assistant Professor of Political Science & Law. She earned her doctoral degree at CUNY, Graduate School and University Center in political science. Professor Pole studies the intersection of information technology and politics, and state politics, exploring theoretical questions related to representation and political participation. She recently authored Blogging the Political: Politics and Participation in a Networked Society (Routledge, 2010) and coauthored New York Politics: A Tale to Two States, Second Edition (ME Sharpe, 2010). Her work appears in peer-reviewed journals such as Public Choice, American Journal Public Health, Journal of Health Communication, International Journal of E-Politics, and International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society. An expert on political blogs, she has been interviewed for her work by the Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Tribune, Boston Globe, and Rhode Island Monthly Magazine.

Timothy Renner, Professor, Classics and General Humanities

Timothy Renner, who received his B.A. from Yale University and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in ancient Mediterranean studies, is professor of Classics and General Humanities and Montclair State’s most senior ancient historian. His more than two decades of teaching at Montclair State University include courses at all levels of Latin and Greek, classical language teaching, humanities, Classical archaeology, and especially the history of ancient Greece and Rome. His teaching load this year includes a survey course in Roman history, the history of the Hellenistic world, and a section of Beginning Latin I. He has chaired the Department of Classics and General Humanities numerous times and founded (and currently co-directs) the Institute for the Humanities. He serves as the director of the Center for Heritage and Archaeological Studies, which brings together anthropologists, classicists, geoscientists, art historians, and others interested in the past and our relationship to it. Professor Renner’s publication interests center particularly on the study of Greek papyri which concern the social history and the literary culture of Egypt from the time of Alexander the Great through the Roman empire. He has just begun, with Dr. Deborah Chatr Aryamontri, a project to investigate a probable Roman imperial villa of the second century CE located about 20 miles southeast of the center of modern Rome.

Tiger C. Roholt, Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Religion

Dr. Roholt earned his Ph.D. in philosophy at Columbia University in 2007. Two years of his graduate study were partially devoted to teaching "Contemporary Civilization," the flagship course of the Columbia College Core Curriculum. Prior to joining Montclair State University in the Fall of 2009, he was Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Rowan University (2006-2007) and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2007-2009). Dr. Roholt’s research interests center on the philosophy of art, especially the philosophy of music. His invocation of Continental philosophy in his writing about art engages him with Existentialism and Continental phenomenology, which continually broadens the scope of his teaching. His publications include "Musical Musical Nuance," The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 68: 1 (2010), and the essay, “Philosophy of Music,” in The Grove Dictionary of American Music, second edition, Ed., C.H. Garrett (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). Dr. Roholt is co-organizer of the 2010 and 2011 American Society for Aesthetics Eastern Division Conference.

Gabriel Rubin, Assistant Professor, Justice Studies Department

Dr. Rubin earned his Ph.D. in Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His main teaching areas are political theory and theories of justice, terrorism, international justice, and quantitative and qualitative methods. His forthcoming book seeks to explain variation in legislative reactions to terror attacks. His research interests include ethnic politics, terrorism, political psychology, public opinion, and global justice.

Stephanie Silvera, Associate Professor, Health and Nutrition Science

Dr. Stephanie Silvera is an associate professor in the health and nutrition science department. After receiving her PhD in public health from Yale University, she worked as an epidemiologist at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine working on an analysis of date from a prospective cohort study of Canadian women. Since coming to Montclair State, Dr. Silvera has developed and taught a variety of courses in the health and nutrition sciences department and helped to develop the Master in Public Health program within that department. Her research is in the area of determinants of cancer, with a focus on racial/ethnic disparities in cancer outcomes. Specifically, Dr. Silvera has examined the association between dietary and other lifestyle behaviors and risk of multiple cancers as well as the association between race/ethnicity and later stage at cancer diagnosis. Dr. Silveras’s research has been published in leading journals, including Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, International Journal of Cancer, and the European Journal of Cancer Prevention. Her research has also been reviewed and included the World Cancer Research Fund/ American Institute for Cancer Research (WCRF/AICR) Second Expert Report on Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective.

Marissa Silverman, Assistant Professor, Music Education

Marissa Silverman (BA, MFA, MST, PhD) is Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator of Music Education at the John J. Cali School of Music. She has taught at New York University (2000-2009), Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, Rutgers University, and Long Island City High School (Queens, New York). She has published in the International Journal of Music Education, Research Studies in Music Education, Music Education Research, the International Journal of Community Music, Visions of Research in Music Education, and the New York Times. Her research interests include music education philosophy, general music, artistic interpretation, teacher education, and interdisciplinary curriculum development. She is presently at work on two music education texts for Oxford University Press, as well as several book chapters.

Haiyan Su, Assistant Professor, Statistics

Haiyan Su is an assistant professor of statistics in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. She received her Ph.D degree of Statistics from the Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology in University of Rochester Medical Center. Her teaching involves both undergraduate introductory level courses and graduate level advanced courses in statistics. Her research interest lies in statistical methodology development and biostatistics application. The general goal of her research is to develop flexible statistical methods for complex data and to gain better inference. In particular she is interested in pursuing research in empirical likelihood-based method, partially linear models, survival analysis, nonparametric and semi-parametric regression. Her collaborative research focuses on environmental studies, nutritional studies, public health and medical studies.

William Vincenti, Assistant Professor, Library

William Vincenti has been a professional librarian for over 15 years. My MLS degree is from Rutgers University and my BA in History is from Rowan University. I've also taken graduate courses in medieval history and educational technology and instructional design. As a librarian I have taught library research skills to classes in a wide variety of fields including English, business and history along with working on the design of library research tutorials and subject websites.