Texas Tech University

New Faculty, Fall 2012

Department of CMLL


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

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

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

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Department of Communication Studies


Gina Castle Bell, Assistant Professor, pursu4es critical, sociocultural, and interpretive approaches to studying intercultural communication, race and rhetoric. PhD in Communication Studies, George Mason University.

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Department of Economics


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

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

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Department of English


Kristin Moore, Assistant Professor, seeks to understand 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.

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Department of Environmental Toxicology


David Klein, Associate Professor, is a researcher in 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.

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Department of Health, Exercise & Sport Sciences


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

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Matt Stock, Assistant Professor, studies 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.

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Masataka Umeda, Assistant Professor, examines 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.

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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.

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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.

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Department of SASW


Jennifer Dunn, Chair and Professor, focuses her research efforts on 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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