Meet Our Visiting Scholars


Dr. Diego Baldi

  • Institute: Center for Heritage and Archaeological Studies
  • Host: Professor Deborah Chatr Aryamontri
  • Dates in the U.S.: September 2021 – October 2021
  •  Home Institution: Institute of Heritage Science – National Research Council (ISPC-CNR), Italy

Dr. Baldi is a Researcher in the prestigious Institute of Heritage Science (ISPC) at the Italian National Research Council (CNR), Italy. He received his B.A./M.A. in Classics and Classical Philology from the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Italy and his Ph.D. in Librarianship and Archival Sciences at the University of Udine, Italy. Dr. Baldi also earned an M.S. in Paleography and Archival Sciences, an M.S. in Multi-Media Archival Sciences and an M.S. in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy. His research interests include Library History, Antiquarianism, Private Libraries and History of Archeology. Dr. Baldi is conducting a preliminary stage of a long-term project, in co directorship with Prof. Deborah ChatrAryamontri, about the life and work of John Cotton Dana, a pioneer in the fields of library and museum practice and one of the most influential American figures in the democratization of education and cultural fruition as a means to fight social inequality and injustice.

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Dr. Jaerim Lee

  • Department: Family Sciences and Human Development
  • Host: Dr. Soyoung Lee
  • Dates in the U.S.: September 2021 – February 2022
  •  Home University: Seoul National University

Dr. Jaerim is a 2021-2022 Fulbright Visiting Scholar in the Department of Family Science and Human Development at Montclair State University. She is an associate professor in the Department of Child Development and Family Studies at Seoul National University, South Korea. She earned her doctoral degree in Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota. Her research interests include emerging and young adulthood in the context of families, intergenerational, and preventive family life education. As a visiting scholar at Montclair State University, Dr. Lee will conduct a research project with her host,  Dr. Soyoung Lee, that explores the lived experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic among Korean American and Korean mothers with school-aged children in the U.S. The project aims to explain what parental involvement in children’s education means to the mothers and how their mothering experiences during the pandemic have reconstructed the meaning of parental involvement. The implications of this research relate not only to Korean  American mothers but also to other immigrant and multicultural mothers and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Anastasiia Bashmakova

  • Department: Linguistics
  • Host: Dr. Anna Feldman
  • Dates in the U.S.: May 2021 – December 2021
  •  Home University: University of Tyumen

Anastasiia Bashmakova is a Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher at Montclair State University. She is a postgraduate student and a Teaching Assistant in the Department of English Philology and Translation Studies at the University of Tyumen (Russia). She received her BA and MA in Linguistics, with a concentration in Intercultural Communication and TESOL. She is currently interested in semantic changes in the English language and their representation by means of computational lexicographic tools. During her studies, she took part in the Erasmus+ Program at Aston University (UK) in 2017 and received the DAAD Scholarship for Summer Language Courses at Saarland University (Germany) in 2015.

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Dr. Ritwij Bhowmik

  • Department: Art and Design
  • Host: Dr. Livia Alexander
  • Dates in the U.S.: April 2021 – December 2021
  • Home University: Indian Institute of Technology

Dr. Ritwij Bhowmik is an Associate Professor and the Convener of the Fine-Arts Discipline at the Department of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS), Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India. Trained as a visual artist, Ritwij obtained his MFA from Visva-Bharati University (Santiniketan); later, he studied Chinese Art and Calligraphy from Northeast Normal University (China), where he was awarded a PG. Dip. He earned his Doctorate in Visual-Culture from National Chiao-Tung University (Taiwan).

In 2017, he spent a tenure serving as a Guest-Professor at the Department of Asian and Islamic Art-History at the University of Bonn (Germany). He also delivered several invited lectures on Indian Cinema and Art at renowned European universities, including the Universität zu Köln (Germany), University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), Universität Duisburg-Essen (Germany), University of Split (Croatia), and the Aalto University (Finland).

Dr. Bhowmik joined IIT Kanpur in 2013, where he currently teaches Art-History, Art-Education, Art-Appreciation, Cinema-Study, Design Theory, Visual-Art, and Visual-Culture, and simultaneously works as a professional painter and researcher.


Isin Öno (Azazi) Noebauerl

  • College: College of the Arts
  • Department: Art and Design
  • Host: Livia Alexander, Professor, Art and Design
  • Dates in the U.S: September 2017 to September 20210
  • Home University: University of Applied Arts, Vienna

Isin Öno Azazi Noebauerl is a curator based in Vienna and New York. SheÖnol is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Cultural Studies at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria. She has completed her Masters of Advance Studies on Curating at Zürcher Hochschule der Kunst in Zürich, Switzerland. She received her M.F.A. in Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design from Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey and her B.A. in Art Education from Marmara University in Istanbul. Önol has been working as a visiting lecturer at Montclair State in the department of Art and Design and a guest critic at the Art and Design M.F.A. program at Montclair State. In 2016, she worked as a visiting curator and critic at the Social Design – Art as Urban Innovation MA Program at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria. Along with teaching, Önol has given lectures at the School of Visual Arts, in New York, New York University, NY, Parson School of Arts and Columbia University as well as at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna.

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Maria Papthanasiou

  • College: College of Education and Human Services
  • Department: Educational Foundations
  • Hosts: Maughn Gregory & David Kennedy Professors, Educational Foundations
  • Dates in the U.S: August 2019 to July 20210
  • Home University: Naples University, Italy

Maria Papthanasiou is a Doctoral student at University of Naples Federico II. Papthanasiou received a B.A. in Education from the National University of Athens, Greece and a B.A. in Psychology from San Jose State University in the U.S..Papthanasiou also studied in Athens, Greece, London, United Kingdom and Munich, Germany for her M.A. Graduate studies in Comparative Education, Human Rights, and School Psychology. Papthanasiou has been working as a teacher, special educator, and family counselor for several years. Her fields of research are Philosophy for/with Children & Communities, adult’s / teachers’ training, children’s rights, gifted education, and counseling. Her dissertation is an action research project on parents’ relationship with school in the U.S. and Italy.

Recent Visiting Scholars

Qian BAI

  • Department: Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children
  • Host: David Kennedy, Professor, Educational Foundations
  • Dates in the U.S: October 2019 to March 2020
  • Home University: College of Education of Northeast Normal University, China

Guangdong HUANG

  • College: College of Science and Mathematics
  • Department: Mathematical Sciences
  • Host: Aihua Li, Professor, Mathematical Sciences
  • Dates in the U.S: September 2019 to September 2020
  • Home University: China University of Geosciences, China

Anikó ILLÉS

  • College: College of Education and Human Services
  • Department: Educational Foundations
  • Host: Pablo Tinio, Associate Professor, Educational Foundations
  • Dates in the U.S: February 2020 to May 2020
  • Home University: Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Hungary

Doris JEANNOTTE

  • College: College of Science and Mathematics
  • Department: Mathematical Sciences
  • Host: Steven Greenstein, Associate Professor, Mathematical Sciences
  • Dates in the U.S: September 2019 to June 2020
  • Home University: Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada

Meili LI

  • College: College of Science and Mathematics
  • Department: Mathematical Sciences
  • Host: Baojun Song, Associate Professor, Mathematical Sciences
  • Dates in the U.S: September 2019 to September 2020
  • Home University: Donghua University, China

Ippolita RAIMONDO

  • College: College of Humanities and Social Sciences/College of Science and Mathematics
  • Department: Classics and General Humanities/Earth and Environmental Studies
  • Hosts: Deborah Chatr Aryamontri, Assistant Professor, Classics and General Humanities and Danlin Yu, Professor, Earth and Environmental Studies
  • Dates in the U.S: January 2020 to June 2020
  • Home University: University of Pisa, Italy

Yongqiang WANG

  • College: College of Science and Mathematics
  • Department: Computer Science
  • Host: Michelle Zhu, Associate Professor, Computer Science
  • Dates in the U.S: August 2019 to August 2020
  • Home University: Northwest University, China

Yuyang WU

  • College: College of Science and Mathematics
  • Department: Earth and Environmental Studies
  • Host: Ying Cui, Assistant Professor, Earth and Environmental Studies
  • Dates in the U.S: December 2019 to December 2020
  • Home University: China University of Geosciences, China

Yixin DONG

  • College: College of Science and Mathematics
  • Department: Earth and Environmental Studies
  • Host: Ying Cui, Assistant Professor, Earth and Environmental Studies
  • Dates in the U.S: February 2019 to February 2020
  • Home University: Chengdu University of Information Technology, China

Panpan GAO

  • College: College of Science and Mathematics
  • Department: Earth and Environmental Studies
  • Host: Yang Deng, Professor, Earth and Environmental Studies
  • Dates in the U.S: February 2019 to February 2020
  • Home University: China University of Geological Sciences, China

Ying HOU

  • College: Feliciano School of Business
  • Department: Management
  • Host: Yanli Zhang, Associate Professor, Management
  • Dates in the U.S: October 2019 to October 2020
  • Home University: Shaanxi University of Chinese Medicine, China

Naoki KONDO

  • College: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department: English
  • Host: David Galef, Professor, English
  • Dates in the U.S: April 2019 to March 2020
  • Home University: Nihon University, Japan

Maria KONDO

  • College: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department: English
  • Host: Jeffrey Gonzalez, Assistant Professor, English
  • Dates in the U.S: April 2019 to March 2020
  • Home University: Chuo University, Japan

Shu LIU

  • College: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department: Writing Studies,
  • Host: Caroline Dadas, Associate Professor, Writing Studies
  • Dates in the U.S: September 2019 to September 2020
  • Home University: Suzhou University of Science and Technology, China

Xuehua TANG

  • College: Academic Affairs
  • Department: Research Academy
  • Host: Julie Dalley, Associate Director, Research Academy for University Learning, Academic Affairs
  • Dates in the U.S: August 2019 to August 2020
  • Home University: Beijing Jiaotong University, China

Wenxia WANG

  • College: College of the Arts
  • Department: Art and Design
  • Host: Jun Hierholzer, Associate Professor, Art and Design
  • Dates in the U.S: January 2019 to January 2020
  • Home University: Shanghai Institute of Technology, China

Zhiyong WANG

  • College: College of Science and Mathematics
  • Department: Biology
  • Host: Charles Du, Professor, Biology
  • Dates in the U.S: March 2018 to March 2020
  • Home University: Henan Agricultural University, China

Caiyun WEI

  • College: College of Education and Human Services
  • Department: Educational Foundations
  • Hosts: Maughn Gregory & David Kennedy Professors, Educational Foundations
  • Dates in the U.S: October 2019 to October 2020
  • Home University: Nanjing Normal University, China

Wenquan WU

  • College: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department: Linguistics
  • Host: Longxing Wei, Professor, Linguistics
  • Dates in the U.S: September 2019 to September 2020
  • Home University: Qingdao University of Science and Technology, China

Ruonan ZHOU

  • College: College of Science and Mathematics
  • Department: Earth and Environmental Studies
  • Host: Yang Deng, Professor, Earth and Environmental Studies
  • Dates in the U.S: October 2019 to January 2020
  • Home University: Zhejiang University of Technology, China