Texas Tech University

A&S Welcomes New Faculty, Fall 2012

Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures (CMLL)

Peter Barta, Professor
Russian Literature and Languages. Dr. Barta was the Chair in Comparative Literature at the University of Surrey.

Hannah Friedman, Assistant Professor
Archeology, with an emphasis in sustainable societies. PhD in Archaeology and Ancient History, the University of Leicester.

Natalia Matta-Jara, Assistant Professor
Spanish, with research in the areas of Andean historical novel and Latin American travel literature. PhD in Hispanic Studies, Brown University.

Department of Communication Studies

Gina Castle Bell, Assistant Professor
Critical, sociocultural, and interpretive approaches to studying intercultural communication, race and rhetoric. PhD in Communication Studies, George Mason University.

Department of Economics

Armando Lopez-Velasco, Assistant Professor
Macroeconomic and International Economics with an emphasis on the economics of immigration and demographic changes. PhD in Economics, The University of Santa Barbara.

Salem Abo Zaid, Assistant Professor
Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics with an emphasis on Optimal Monetary Policy. PhD in Economics, The University of Maryland, College Park.

Department of English

Kristin Moore, Assistant Professor
Understanding the struggles of minority and female students in having representation and success in scientific and technical spaces and the development of classroom pedagogies that address these issues. PhD in English, Composition and Rhetoric, Purdue University.

Department of Environmental Toxicology

David Klein, Associate Professor
Chemical Terrorism Response Coordination and understanding occurrences and fate of pharmaceuticals in surface waters. PhD in Chemistry, University of Hawaii. Dr. Klein previously was the Chemical Terrorism Response Laboratory Team Leader for the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Department of Health, Exercise & Sport Sciences

Calvin Nite, Assistant Professor
Managerial issues within intercollegiate athletics and issues impacting the success of student athletes. PhD in Sport Management, Texas A &M University.

Matt Stock, Assistant Professor
Neural adaptations to strength training, muscle fatigue and factors that influence force production along with EMG signal decomposition in Parkinson patients. PhD in Exercise Physiology, The University of Oklahoma.

Masataka Umeda, Assistant Professor
Examination of the influence of exercise on pain perception in healthy adults and the underlying mechanisms for fibromyalgia. PhD from the Department of Kinesiology, The University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Department of History

Erin-Marie Legacey, Assistant Professor
Studies how Parisians used the dead to process and respond to the upheaval and trauma of the French Revolution and in its aftermath. PhD in History, Northwestern University.

Department of Political Science

Stephen Meserve, Assistant Professor
Studies European politics and has expertise in the use of Bayesian Statistics. PhD in Political Science, The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work (SASW)

Jennifer Dunn, Chair and Professor Research efforts concern women’s issues in our society, particularly the sociology of regret, gender violence, abortion, and adoption issues. Dr. Dunn was previously a Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Southern Illinois, Carbondale.


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