Meet Our New Faculty

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The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to welcome 12 new tenure-track faculty members.

Read their bios below:

Department of Classics and General Humanities

Deborah Chatr-Aryamontri

Ph.D.               Consortium of the Universities of Rome, Salerno
M.A.               Sapienza – Università di Roma

Dr. Deborah Chatr-Aryamontri received her M.A. in Classical Archaeology from the Sapienza – Università di Roma and her Ph.D. in Landscape Archaeology from the Consortium of the Universities of Rome, Salerno, Viterbo and Lecce. She has been teaching in the Department of Classics and General Humanities at Montclair State University since 2006, and is a Research Associate at the Center for Heritage and Archaeological Studies at MSU. She has also been a lecturer in the College for Arts and Letters at Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey.  Her research interests include Roman landscape archaeology and urban planning, ancient technology and engineering, archaeometry, and practice and issues related to the management, safeguarding and promotion of Cultural Heritage.  Since 2010 she has been directing the 'Villa of the Antonines' Research Project in Italy, on which she has published preliminary articles.  She has authored several additional scientific papers and articles, and she is currently working on a co-authored book concerning the legacy of ancient Greco-Roman libraries in connection with the birth, during the Renaissance, of the idea of the modern library.

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Rachel Scheperle

Ph.D.               University of Iowa
Au.D.              Missouri State University
B.S.                 Truman State University

Dr. Rachel Scheperle is an audiologist with research interests in physiological measures of auditory function. She received an Au.D. from Missouri State University in 2009. In 2013 she received a Ph.D. in hearing science from the University of Iowa. Prior to joining Montclair State University, Dr. Scheperle was a postdoctoral fellow at Boys Town National Research Hospital (2014-2015) and at the University of Iowa (2015-2016). During the postdoctoral years, she had the opportunity to provide audiological care in the Dominican Republic as a participant in a pediatric ENT mission. Dr. Scheperle’s research explores both normal hearing and hearing impaired auditory systems, with a specialization in auditory function following cochlear implantation. Her most recent work involves topics related to hearing preservation with a cochlear implant. She is published and has received funding from the National Institutes of Health. She is excited to teach in the areas of auditory physiology, electrophysiological measures, and cochlear implants, and the ways in which research translate to clinical practice.

Department of English

Jeffery Gonazalez

B.A.                Rutgers College
M.A.               Rutgers University, Newark
Ph.D.               Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Jeffery Gonazalez received his Ph.D. in English from the Pennsylvania State University in 2011. He comes to Montclair State University from the Borough of Manhattan Community College, where he was an Assistant Professor for four years. Prior to that position, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the English department of Oberlin College. Dr. Gonzalez research focuses on twentieth century and contemporary U.S. fiction; he studies and writes on trends in American writing, tracing the relationships between novels and political and economic contexts. He has published literary criticism in Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction and Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature.

Department of Justice Studies

Elenice De Souza Oliveira

B.A.                Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte Brazil
M.A.               Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte Brazil
Ph.D.               Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice, Newark, NJ

Dr. Elenice De Souza Oliveira received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University the in 2010. He comes to MSU from Saint Joseph College in Long Island, where she was an Assistant Professor attaining tenure in 2016. She has also taught at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New Jersey City University and Rutgers Newark. Prior to that position, she was a Research Assistant  at the Center on Crime and Public Safety as well as public policy analyst for the municipality of Belo Horizonte Brazil. Dr. De Souza Oliveira’s research focuses on analyzing crime, policing and prevention strategies in US and developing countries. She has published in British Journal of Criminology as well as peer reviewed publication in Brazil (Teoria e Sociedade, Revista de Administracao, Analise Criminal e o Planejamento Operacional)

Jason Williams

B.S.                 New Jersey City University
M.S.                New Jersey City University
Ph.D.               Texas Southern University

Dr. Jason Williams received his Ph.D. in Administration of Justice from Texas Southern University in 2013. He comes to MSU from Farleigh Dickinson University, where he was an Assistant Professor. He has also taught at New Jersey City University, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Texas Southern University. Dr. Williams is an activist scholar and his research focuses on critical policing, race, social control, and criminal justice policy. He has published book chapters on “Race, Ethnicity, Crime and Justice”, “Public Policy and Social Development in the Post Civil Rights Era: Through the Prism of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Dream” and “Blacks Behind Bars: African Americans, Policing and the Prison Boom.” He is also co-editor of, A Critical Analysis of Race and the Administration of Justice published by Cognella. Furthermore, he has two books forthcoming with Routledge: Policing and Race: A Criminological Conception of #BlackLivesMatter and Black Males and the Criminal Justice System.  In addition, he is also conducting on-the-ground critical ethnographic research in Ferguson MO and Baltimore MD following the deaths of Michael Brown and Freddie Gray.

Department of Philosophy

Meghan Robison

B.A.                 Eugene Lang College
M.A.                The New School for Social Research
Ph.D.               The New School for Social Research

Dr. Meghan Robison received her Ph.D. in Philosophy at The New School for Social Research in 2016. She specializes in modern philosophy and political philosophy, in particular, the work of Thomas Hobbes. Her dissertation, “The Birth of Political Life in Hobbes’ Leviathan,” offers an original interpretation of the emergence of the Commonwealth out of the State of Nature. Dr. Robison is especially interested in the relationship between human agency and embodiment, and the implications of this relationship for social and ethical responsibility. 

Department of Psychology

John Paul Wilson

Ph.D                University of Toronto
B.S.                 Birmingham-Southern College

Dr. John Paul Wilson received a B.S. in Psychology from Birmingham-Southern College, and his PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Toronto, where he also served as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Social Perception and Cognition Lab.  His research is broadly focused on the interplay of perceiver and target identities in social perception. Dr. Wilson’s research also focuses on first impressions, face memory, and social judgments.

Christopher Michael King

Ph.D                Drexel University
M.A.               Drexel University
B.S.                 University of Florida

Dr. Christopher Michael King received his M.A and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Drexel University; he received his J.D. from Drexel University and earned a B.S in Psychology from the University of Florida. Dr. King has conducted research and pursued clinical interests in general forensic mental health assessment, assessment and treatment services for criminal offenders and individuals with severe mental illness (including therapeutic assessment and psychotherapy integration), and at the intersections of law and public policy, particularly as they pertain to oft-institutionalized populations.

Department of Religion

Kate E. Temoney

Ph.D.               Florida State University
M.A.               Florida State University
M.Ed.              College of William and Mary
B.A.                Wake Forest University

Dr. Kate E. Temoney is broadly trained as a comparative religious ethicist and is interested in patterns of reasoning and behavior that are coded as "religious," especially among individuals and groups seeking to justify violent actions.  Her current research focuses on the intersections of genocide, religion, and sexual violence during the Rwandan and Bosnian genocides.  Other  areas of interest include human rights, the just war tradition, Buddhist applied ethics, Jewish applied ethics, and the problem of evil.  Dr. Temoney has taught courses on Religion and Genocide, The Holocaust, Comparative Religious Ethics, Human Rights and Crimes against Humanity, Religions of the World, Introduction to Religious Studies, Multicultural Film, and Leadership.  She joins the Montclair State faculty after several years of experience in higher education, including work in student affairs, where she served as an assistant dean of students. Dr. Temoney recently published an article in The Routledge History of Genocide (Routledge, 2015) and a chapter on the intersections of religion and genocide as well as a contributing chapter to Unchained: The Continuation of Metacinema (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014) on human rights and film. 

John Soboslai

Ph.D.              University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A.               Columbia University
B.A.                Central Connecticut State University

Dr. John Soboslai specializes in the comparative study of religious violence, and the relationship between religion and the state in an increasingly interconnected global society. His dissertation was titled "Performing One’s Own Death: Martyrdom, Sovereignty and Truth.” He recently co-authored the book God in the Tumult of the Global Square with Mark Juergensmeyer and Dinah Griego (University of California Press, 2015). While at UCSB, he served as Editor-In-Chief of the Global Societies Journal. This fall, he will hold a non-resident visiting scholar position, leading seminar discussions and giving a guest lecture, at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. As an assistant professor in the Department of Religion at Montclair State University, he will teach courses on Religion & Culture, and Religion & Politics.

Department of Sociology

Stephen Ruszczyk

B.A.                Columbia University
M.S. Ed.          Long Island University
M.A.               City University of New York
M.Phil.            City University of New York
Ph.D.               City University of New York

Dr. Stephen Ruszczyk is an ethnographer whose research has focused on immigrant youth, largely the undocumented, in two of the world’s greatest cities -- Paris and New York. He has worked with North African, African, and Chinese immigrants in the neighborhoods of east Paris. In New York, he has spent much time among Mexicans and Dominicans in Brooklyn, Upper Manhattan, and the Bronx. His work shows the important role that schools, community-based organizations, and cities play in shaping their lives. His research has received funding from the Bucerius Program at the Zeit-Stiftung and the Center for Latin American, Caribbean & Latino Studies at the City University of New York. As a teacher, his broad experience includes positions at universities, teacher colleges, community colleges, and high schools. He has two peer-reviewed publications, one in a journal devoted to immigration, the other in the more general (and prestigious) American Behavioral Scientist. At Montclair, in addition to teaching traditional courses (Urban Sociology, Sociology of Education), he may also create courses on immigration, ethnic gangs, and Latinos.

Robert D. McCormick Center for Child Advocacy and Policy

Wendy Zeitlin

Ph.D.              Yeshiva University
M.S.W.           Yeshiva University
B.S                  University of Finance

Dr. Wendy Zeitlin earned her Masters in Social Work and her PhD in Social Welfare from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University in 2008 and 2012, respectively. Since 2013 she has served as an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Yeshiva and is a licensed social worker in New York and New Jersey. Academia is Dr. Zeitlin’s second career. Prior to entering the field she earned a BS in finance from the University of Maryland and was employed in information technology. Dr. Zeitlin currently pursues several areas of research, including child welfare worker retention/turnover and cultural competency. Despite having earned her PhD only recently, she has amassed an impressive publication record. Her CV lists 21 peer-reviewed publications and she has also published two books on R, a statistical analysis software package similar to SPSS. In 2012 she co-wrote and was awarded a $1.4 million dollar grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to provide training to social work students working with at-risk adolescents and transition age youth. Dr. Zeitlin will teach courses on research methods, cultural competency, and child abuse and neglect.