College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Assistant Professor, Psychology
ext. 7379
Office Location: Dickson Hall 253

DR. FOX received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University at Albany, SUNY in 2010.  From 2009 to 2010, Dr. Fox completed a predoctoral clinical internship at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital.  Dr. Fox’s masters and dissertation research examined the roles of temperament and emotion regulation in developmental pathways to anxiety and depressive symptoms.  Following completion of his doctoral studies, Dr. Fox completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the New York University Child Study Center, where he coordinated an NIMH-funded research project to evaluate the effectiveness of training school counselors to deliver cognitive-behavioral therapy for adolescents with social anxiety disorder.  Dr. Fox has authored and co-authored articles published in high-level psychology journals, including Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, Journal of Adolescence, and School Mental Health.  He also authored a chapter recently published in the Handbook of School Mental Health.  Dr. Fox’s research program focuses on translating developmental psychopathology research to the design of interventions that are transportable and sustainable within schools and communities.  


Assistant Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures
ext. 7694
Office Location: Schmitt Hall 241R

DR. HO received her Ph.D. in Chinese Literature from the University of Oregon in 2012.   Entitled "How Far Can We Go: Popular Film and TV Drama in Post-1989 China," Dr. Ho's dissertation focused on the expansion of expressive forms of subjective identity and the state's effort at regulation.  Her principle objective was to articulate an understanding of the politics of the screen in the context of post-1989 China, with all that implies of freedom and restraint on the part of the Chinese Communist Party.  Dr. Ho's areas of research include, in addition to Chinese cinema and television, contemporary Chinese literature, gender studies, identity politics, and nation and subjectivity.  She has taught at the University of Oregon and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


Assistant Professor, Linguistics
ext. 7505
Office Location:  Schmitt Hall 240C

Dr. Howell received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from Cornell University in 2011. His dissertation entailed the study of prosody the use of large, web-harvested speech datasets and machine learning techniques to model the correlation between the semantic-pragmatic conditioning of international focus and its acoustic-phonetic realization. He was a collaborator in the NSF- and SSHRC-funded project “Digging into Data: Harvesting Speech Datasets for Linguistic Research on the Web.”  Dr. Howell continued this project as a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Research on Language, Mind and Brain at McGill University. Just prior to joining the Montclair faculty, he was a visiting assistant professor of linguistics at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Assistant Professor, English
ext. 5151
Office Location: Dickson Hall 459

Dr. Jones’ recently completed dissertation, Minding the Gap: A Rhetorical History of the Achievement Gap, draws on her expertise and interest in educational policy, rhetorical analysis, and social justice.  Through her research she traces the roots of the term “achievement gap,” revealing biological and social deterministic rhetoric embedded within the political and educational discourse of several key moments in the term’s history.  Dr. Jones comes to her examination of educational policies and reform movements, including No Child Left Behind, from many years of experience in K-12 education, as a classroom teacher and administrator. She has published in peer-reviewed journals including Post Modern Culture, American Literature, and Humanities and Social Sciences On-Line, presented papers at conferences held by the American Research Educational Association and the College English Association, and offered an impressive array of invited talks and guest lectures.  Dr. Jones co-wrote and directed a grant for the Baton Rouge Arts Council and was a guest host for "Morning Edition" on Baton Rouge's NPR affiliate WRKF.  She joins the department as the new Associate Director of English Education and will teach a variety of courses in English education.


Assistant Professor, Justice Studies
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Office Location: Dickson Hall 316

DR. LAGUARDIA received her Ph.D. in Law and Society at New York University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 2012. Her dissertation examined counterterrorism policies as outgrowth of late 20th century crime control.  She was awarded her Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law in 2007 and was admitted to the New York Bar in 2009.  From 2008 to 2010 she was the Director of Research at the Center of Law and Security at New York University School of Law where she authored reports in criminal law, civil rights, human rights, international law as well as the Terrorist Trials Report Card project.  Her research interests include counterterrorism policies, culture of national security and civil liberties. 


Assistant Professor, Psychology
ext. 7381
Office Location: Dickson Hall 228

DR. LeBel received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Western Ontario. Following the completion of his doctoral studies he completed post-doctoral training in Social Psychology at the University of Western Ontario where he focused his research on a number of areas including racial bias, moral reasoning, and attitudes.  His recent activities have focused on replication of scientific findings and he has worked extensively on behalf of this cause to help decrease the occurrence of fraudulent scientific claims and help journals develop standards of practice to improve the scientific validity or findings. Dr. LeBel founded and leads PSYCHDISCLOSURE.ORG, a platform for authors to disclose methodological details not required for journal publication but necessary to understand scientific findings.  This work has been influential in developing stronger publication and editorial standards for leading psychological journals. 



Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders
ext. 3919
Office Location: 1515 Broad Street

Dr. Musacchia investigates the neural mechanisms of speech and music perception with an emphasis on the development of these faculties in early childhood. Her dissertation focused on Music-related brain plasticity. Postdoctoral fellowships included work at the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience at Rutgers University and at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research.  Additional scientific experience includes a research assistantship at N.A.S.A. Ames Research Center in the Brain-Computer Interfaces Division. Dr. Musacchia has a steady, collaborative publication record in national and international peer-reviewed journals. Her current work focuses on the neurobiology of speech and language development in the first years of life.  She is also the developer and director of a music program for infants and toddlers (Baby RhythmsTM) which translates her scientific work to caregiver and classroom environments.


Assistant Professor, English
ext. 7646
Office Location: Dickson Hall 309

Dr. Rzepka’s work is focused on Shakespeare and other early modern dramatists, with emphases including stage violence, classical (mainly Lucretian) influences in university drama in the sixteenth century, and theories of audience reception grounded in Renaissance Aristotelian “faculty” psychology. Dr. Rzepka’s dissertation, “The Production of Experience: Early English Theater and the Sensible Soul,” shows how faculty psychology implicates matters of perception and memory in the period, and models the ways in which the theater worked upon the brains as well as the bodies of its audiences. Dr. Rzepka has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago, a B.A. in English from Harvard, and has recently been teaching courses at Berkeley and Stanford on subjects including early modern drama, early American poetry, utopian literatures, and the role of visual arts in psychoanalytic theory.