Faculty & Staff

Kathryn Moncrief
Professor & Department Head, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8316316

 Kathryn M. Moncrief is Paris Fletcher Distinguished Professor of Humanities and Head of Humanities and Arts at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, MA. She was previously Professor and Chair of English at Washington College, in Chestertown, MD where she taught courses in Shakespeare, Milton, and early modern literature and culture and received the Washington College Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Teaching. She serves as co-editor of the Shakespeare Life and Times section of the Internet Shakespeare Editions and has published widely on Shakespeare and ...

view profile
Joseph Aguilar
Assistant Professor of Teaching, Humanities & Arts

Joe Aguilar's teaching and research interests include creative writing, Chicano literature, folklore, science fiction, and the contemporary American novel. He’s the author of Half Out Where and has work in Strange Horizons, Conjunctions, and Threepenny Review. He also serves as a board member of the Worcester County Poetry Association, a co-editor of hex, and the art editor of The Worcester Review.

view profile
Gizem Arslan
Assistant Professor of Teaching, Humanities & Arts

Gizem Arslan's research and teaching interests include post-war literatures in German, French and Turkish, translation studies, migration studies, theories of language, literary-mathematical experiments, and writing systems of the world. She enjoys teaching German at all levels and learning new languages. Particularly important to her teaching are exploring connections between German and other languages, integrating culture and intercultural learning into her courses, and continually educating herself on diversity, equity and inclusion issues in language programs. Her current work in ...

view profile
Scott Barton
Associate Professor, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5620

I compose, perform, record, mix and produce electroacoustic music; I am interested in how we can use the tools and techniques of audio production to explore new musical territory. I build mechatronic and robotic musical instruments; I am interested in how we can free electronic music from the world of speakers through computer-controlled automatic mechanical instruments. I conduct research and experiments that explore how our cognitive and perceptual processes affect our musical experience; I am interested in how we can use such research to guide our compositional and analytic activities. I am ...

view profile
Frederick Bianchi
Professor, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5053

Professor Frederick Bianchi works in the area of music technology. As the director of music technology research, Bianchi works with students from all disciplines. His particular focus is Virtual Orchestra technology, multichannel sound design, and neuroscience research. In addition to overseeing the Media Arts Group Innovation Center (MAGIC), Professor Bianchi is also the director of the Bar Harbor, Maine Project Center and the Glacier National Park Project Center.

view profile
Roshanak Bigonah
Senior Instructor, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6131

Roshanak Bigonah has studied Education and Technology, and Media with concentration in Video Production and Advertising. For the past 13 years, she has taught a wide range of courses in Digital Arts including  Graphic Arts, Web Design,  Photography, Videography and 3D Design. Roshanak Bigonah has worked as a freelance graphic and web designer.  In addition to her teaching interests Roshanak Bigonah, is a poet and has published four poetry books in her native language, Farsi. A collection of her works has been translated and published in Dutch and German. She is the founder and editor of an ...

view profile
Esther Boucher-Yip
Professor of Teaching, Humanities & Arts

Dr. Boucher-Yip has taught in many parts of the world including Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, China, Laos, the United Kingdom, and the United States. She has taught communication skills and writing courses at university level for over a decade. Her teaching approach is informed by her own experience in language learning and with theories of second language acquisition and their pedagogical applications. Both her studies and her experience have taught her that there is no one method or idea that guarantees successful language learning. While the mastery of standard English is necessary, she ...

view profile
Kristin Boudreau
Professor, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x4191

My research interests include literature and culture, humanities and STEM integration, and engineering education. These areas are unified by broad concerns for justice, inclusion, and social progress. My literary scholarship considers the ways literature helps to advance social progress and justice. My educational scholarship is aimed at advancing more inclusive, fair, and effective education for all people.  WPI's unusually trans-disciplinary and collaborative environment inspires my teaching, research, and service. I collaborate with engineering faculty, students, and middle school STEM ...

view profile
Joel Brattin
Professor, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5572

Born in Michigan in 1956, I graduated from the University of Michigan in 1978, earning my PhD at Stanford University in 1985. I have enjoyed teaching British literature at WPI since 1990. I like the intelligence and good work ethic of WPI students; I especially enjoy the opportunity to meet and interact with students in small groups and on an individual basis. The bulk of my scholarly work falls into three principal areas. I work on the Victorian novelist Charles Dickens (1812-1870), on textual scholarship (especially textual editing and manuscript work), and on the American guitarist and ...

view profile
Steven Bullock
Professor, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5482

Steven C. Bullock is professor of history at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he was a recipient of the Trustees' Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Scholarship. He has also served as a Fulbright Lecturer in Okinawa, Japan. He is the author of Tea Sets and Tyranny: The Politics of Politeness in Early America (University of Pennsylvania, 2017), Revolutionary Brotherhood: Freemasonry and the Transformation of the American Social Order, 1730-1840 (University of North Carolina Press, 1996), and The American Revolution: A History in Documents (Oxford University Press, 2003). He ...

view profile
Lucy Caplan
Assistant Professor, Humanities & Arts

Lucy Caplan is an interdisciplinary historian of music, race, and culture in the United States. Her research and teaching interests include African American music, opera and musical theater, and cultural criticism. At present, she is writing a book about how early-twentieth-century African Americans redefined the genre of opera as a wellspring of antiracist activism, collective sociality, and aesthetic innovation. In conjunction with her academic work, Prof. Caplan enjoys writing program notes, creating educational materials for arts organizations, and speaking for public ...

view profile
Constance Clark
Associate Professor, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5712

In addition to teaching the history of science and technology, I have at various times in the past raised baby birds at the Bronx Zoo and the Baltimore Aquarium, curated and inventoried mammal skeletons in attics at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, designed biology teaching labs at the University of Colorado, and collected dinosaurs and other fossils while camping in the Wyoming badlands with paleontology field crews. These experiences have shaped my research interests in the history of life sciences and evolutionary thought, the history of natural history museums and science ...

view profile
Jim Cocola
Professor, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5104

In research and in teaching, Jim Cocola focuses on intersections between geography and the humanities, primarily in the field of modern and contemporary American literature and culture. His most recent study examines place making in American poetry and poetics through a comparative, multiethnic, and transnational lens. His newest project reflects on cultural production by Americans and others of Mediterranean descent, looking mainly at literary and visual artifacts. He is also interested in experiential and experimental forms of writing. Professor Cocola's primary teaching opportunities have ...

view profile
Joseph Cullon
Professor of Teaching, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5919

One of Professor Cullon's students recently called him "strangely fascinating." He knew that he was strange but he was happy to learn that a student found his approach to teaching fascinating. He likes to encourage students to see history not as a mass of dead facts but as a vital mode of inquiry and a moral project that has the potential to inform the present as much as illuminate the past. Having previously taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dartmouth College and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he finds teaching WPI students especially invigorating because of their abiding ...

view profile
Althea Danielski
Associate Teaching Professor, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5734

Althea started teaching English as a second language in 2000, when she moved to West Africa. Over the next seven years she lived and taught in Senegal, Niger and Benin. In 2007 she moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she taught ESL to immigrants and refugees at the Hubbs Center and developmental reading at St. Paul College. Her teaching passions include integrating culture and social justice issues in the classroom, building critical thinking skills in her students, and teaching with technology. Althea also serves as an Insight Advisor for new freshman and particularly enjoys welcoming ...

view profile
Lindsay Davis
Assistant Professor of Teaching, Humanities & Arts

Dr. Lindsay Davis is a broadly trained interdisciplinary historian whose research interrogates the gendered, racial, and cultural foundations of the American prison state. Her current book project, "Lessons in Captivity: A Cultural History of Gender and Criminality During the Transitional Carceral Era, 1930-1973," examines the cultural coverage of women prisoners - in "real life" and in film - in an era preceding mass incarceration. In the classroom, Dr. Davis teaches a variety of courses on late 19th and 20th century American social, cultural, and legal history and seeks to incorporate a ...

view profile
Jennifer deWinter
Professor, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6679

Jennifer deWinter has long been interested in how culture (which is local) moves internationally. She has spent a number of years analyzing anime, comics, and computer games as part of global media flows in order to understand how concepts such as "art," "culture," and "entertainment" are negotiated. In 2003, Professor deWinter joined the Learning Games Initiative, a group of scholars and game designers dedicated to the general study of games and the use of games to teach concepts and skills in particular. Since joining WPI, she has been an active faculty member in the Interactive Media  Game ...

view profile
Daniel DiMassa
Associate Professor, Humanities & Arts

Daniel DiMassa is a scholar of German literature and culture from the eighteenth century to the present. His research resides at the intersection of literature, religion, and aesthetics in the wake of the Enlightenment, with a particular interest in how literary texts participate in religious and mythical enterprises. His book, Dante in Deutschland: An Itinerary of Romantic Myth (Bucknell/Rutgers), is forthcoming in 2022.  In addition to teaching courses in German language, literature, and film, DiMassa is an avid participant in WPI's Global Projects Program. He has twice advised projects ...

view profile
Holger Droessler
Assistant Professor, Humanities & Arts

I am an historian of 19th- and 20th-century U.S. history, with a special focus on imperialism, capitalism, and the Pacific Ocean. In my book, Coconut Colonialism: Workers and the Globalization of Samoa (Harvard University Press, 2022), I argue that the globalization of Samoa at the turn of the twentieth century was driven by a diverse group of working people on and off the islands. Currently, I am doing research for my next book, "War Workers," which tells the global story of non-citizen civilians working for the U.S. military from the Civil War to Iraq. I have published on a variety ...

view profile
Wen-Hua Du
Associate Professor of Teaching, Humanities & Arts

  Wen-Hua Du is an assistant teaching professor of Chinese in the Department of Humanities and Arts. Prior to joining WPI, she worked as a senior lecturer and coordinator of the Chinese Program at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park (2010-2017), and a visiting assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (2009-2010). Her expertise is in the areas of language teaching, curriculum design, and program development. Dr. Du has been an active participant in the SoTL communities in the field of Chinese as a Foreign Language (CFL). She has also collaborated on two ...

view profile
Laura Eckelman
Associate Professor, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8315618

Laura J. Eckelman is a theatrical lighting designer, production manager, and educator. She has worked professionally with theater companies, schools, and other institutions across the country, including Yale Repertory Theatre, Studio Theatre, Theater J, Keegan Theater, Triad Stage, The Welders, Perseverance Theatre, the Bearded Ladies Cabaret, Bang on a Can’s Asphalt Orchestra, Capital Fringe, the New York Urban Theatre Festival, PTP NYC, the Byrdliffe Arts Festival, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, University of the Incarnate Word, Connecticut College, the Bard College ...

view profile
Mohammed El Hamzaoui
Instructor, Humanities & Arts

Mohammed El Hamzaoui teaches academic writing to native and non-native speakers of English, Arabic as a foreign language to non-native speakers and ISE (Integrated Skills of English) courses to international students. Mohammed adopts an eclectic approach to teaching languages; he uses a communicative and interactive methodology to help students overcome persistent fears related to learning, speaking and writing in foreign languages. Also, as a first-generation college graduate, Mohammed relies on the intellectual and practical obstacles he faced to help students acclimate to different learning ...

view profile
Michelle Ephraim
Professor, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6129

 Michelle Ephraim is a Shakespeare scholar and a Professor of English. Her book GREEN WORLD: A Tragicomic Memoir of Love and Shakespeare was awarded the 2023 Juniper Prize in Creative Nonfiction by the University of Massachusetts Press and was published by them in 2024.Professor Ephraim is the author of Reading the Jewish Woman on the Elizabethan Stage (Routledge, 2008) and numerous articles on Shakespeare and other early modern dramatists. At WPI, she teaches literature courses, as well as memoir and speculative fiction writing.She and Caroline Bicks ...

view profile
Jeanne Essame
Assistant Professor, Humanities & Arts

I am a scholar of the black experience in the Americas, with specialization in the movement of people and ideas, cultural productions, gendered experiences, and oral history. I use an interdisciplinary methodology grounded in historical analysis, my research examines how the racialization of people of African descent operates transnationally and asks how these people, regardless of national histories, have rallied against racial marginalization on a global scale. I completed my doctoral degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in African Diaspora History, Caribbean History, and Visual ...

view profile
Brenton Faber
Professor, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x4930

In my lab we study medical writing and the human factors that influence medical diagnosis, treatment, and patient care. I am a practicing paramedic who volunteers with a rural ambulance squad and at a free urban clinic. My current research is focused on three areas: 1) Improving healthcare for uninsured and underinsured at-risk patients; 2) Alternative systems for healthcare delivery; and 3) Clinical reports in pre-hospital care. An ongoing topic of interest that links my research, teaching, and clinical practice is the concept of "allostasis" and "allostatic load." The terms have ...

view profile
John Galante
Associate Professor of Teaching, Humanities & Arts

John Galante’s interests are primarily in Atlantic History, Latin America, and Global Studies. At WPI, he teaches courses in History, International and Global Studies, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies programs. In addition to introductory level courses, he has designed and taught specialized courses and capstone Humanities seminars on Migration, Ethnicity and Race in the Americas, and Global Energy. His research primarily focuses on international migration and the patterns of homeland connection, diasporic consciousness, receiving-country adaptation, and ethnic notions of belonging ...

view profile
Emily Gioielli
Assistant Professor of Teaching, Humanities & Arts

Emily Gioielli is a historian of modern European history, with a special focus on Central and Eastern European history, the history of gender and sexuality, and the history of violence. I am currently finishing a social history that traces women's involvement and the role of gender in the social and political revolutions that took place in Hungary during the long World War One period. I am also working on a project that brings together the social and environmental history of the Holocaust in Central Europe entitled "Cataclysm: An Environmental History of the Holocaust in Central Europe." ...

view profile
Roger Gottlieb
Professor, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5439

Roger S. Gottlieb is a William B. Smith Professor at WPI, and the author or editor of over twenty books and more than 150 articles. He is internationally known for his work on religious environmentalism, spirituality in an age of environmental crisis, environmental ethics, and the role of religion in a democratic society. He has edited six academic book series, serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals, is contributing editor to Tikkun Magazine, and has appeared online on Patheos, Huffington, Grist, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Real Clear Religion, and many ...

view profile
Edward Gutierrez
Assistant Professor, Humanities & Arts

Edward R. Gutierrez comes to WPI from a long and illustrious career in the animated feature film industry; having worked on films such as The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), The Lion King (1994) and many others. With degrees in both 2D Traditional Animation and 3D Animation and Visual Effects he has transitioned into independent filmmaking and dedicating his life to sharing his knowledge, love, and passion for drawing with new generations of students interested in drawing and storytelling. His most recent animated short film ESCAPE has made its way through the film ...

view profile
James Hanlan
Professor, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5438

James Hanlan teaches courses in American urban history, American labor history, and the American History survey sequence. His book-length publications include a study of 19th-century textile workers in Manchester, NH; a two-volume encyclopedia of American labor history; and a study of a 20th-century printing firm. Professor Hanlan serves as executive secretary of the New England Historical Association, a professional society with approximately 700 members. He also serves on the board of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association and the Friends of the Goddard Library at Clark ...

view profile
Peter Hansen
Professor, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5481

Peter H. Hansen is Professor of History and Director of International and Global Studies at WPI. In this role, responsibilities include enhancing the curricular components of WPI’s global programs, exploring new partnerships, and advising students in global projects. International and Global Studies brings together faculty from arts and sciences, business, and the global school to enrich students' experience of global engagement on campus and around the world. He enjoys teaching courses in history or international and global studies, seminars on sports or global studies, and working with ...

view profile
Alexander Herbert
Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Humanities & Arts

Alexander Herbert is an expert in the history of the Soviet Union and Global Environmental History. His research examines the interrelations of science, technology, and environmental change in the late USSR. Alexander is additionally interested in the intersection of popular culture and education and has published two books: the first on the history of punk rock in the Soviet Union and Russia, and another that uses horror films in the late USSR to examine the anxieties and fears of late Soviet society. He has also taught classes on the history of capitalism, radical politics in Europe, film ...

view profile
Hsinhan Hung
Instructor, Humanities & Arts

 Hsin-han Hung is a Fulbright FLTA Scholar (2020-2022) who taught Chinese language skills and promoted intercultural communication at the University of Miami. She also served as the military language instructor (2019-2024) for the United States Department of Defense’s summer overseas Chinese program (Project Go).Before graduating from Kaohsiung Normal University-Graduate Institute of Teaching Chinese as a Second/Foreign Language, she served as an Event General Coordinator leading Taiwan’s folk-dance representatives at the National Festival in Spain and Italy.  Ms. Hung believes cultures ...

view profile
David Ibbett
Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor, Humanities & Arts

Professor David Ibbett is a composer, educator, and musical advocate for science. He directs the Multiverse Concert Series, a project that combines music and science in live performance - and thus he has found the perfect home in WPI's unique STEAM culture. Together, David and his students develop the music, techniques, technologies and performance practices to unite the arts and sciences as an immersive experience for audiences of all ages.Ibbett composes electrosymphonic music: a fusion of classical and electronic styles that interweaves influences from songs, symphonies, pop, rock and ...

view profile
Assistant Teaching Professor, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5436

WPI provides opportunities to investigate worlds beyond your major, and one of those worlds might be art. It might seem an alien world, but many art skills can be useful beyond making art. Drawing enhances spatial perception. Solving design problems hones communication skills. Dreaming up impossible ideas can illuminate what is possible.Sometimes students show up the first day of my course worried that they lack talent or experience. Instead, I recommend committing to practice the skills presented in class, as if approaching music or engineering studies. I am here to help you surprise yourself ...

view profile
Kevin Lewis
Assistant Professor of Teaching, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8315441

My primary focus is technical and professional writing, though I also teach other writing courses less technical in nature. Having spent over 20 years in industry as a professional writer, I tend to think about how I can help students become stronger writers in the workplace. My background as a practitioner has instilled in me the simple concept of learning by doing, so my courses are mostly based on the practice of writing. I also believe that, in becoming stronger writers, students should enjoy the process. So I try to structure my classes in a way that allows students to improve their ...

view profile
Sarah Lucie
Visiting Assistant Professor, Humanities & Arts

Sarah Lucie earned her PhD in Theater and Performance from The Graduate Center, City University of New York, and MA in Performance Studies from New York University. Her research approaches contemporary performance and digital art through new materialism, ecocritical theory, and posthumanism. Her current book project, Acting Objects: Staging New Materialism, Posthumanism and the Ecocritical Crisis in Contemporary Performance, explores the critical eco-conscious potential of the human–non-human relationships on the contemporary stage. Her writing has appeared in Theatre Journal, ...

view profile
Aarti Madan
Associate Professor, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8316587

Aarti Smith Madan is an Associate Professor of Spanish & International Studies in WPI’s Department of Humanities & Arts. In addition to directing the Buenos Aires Project Center and co-directing Latin American & Caribbean Studies, she’s advised three cohorts of junior-year IQPs in Puerto Rico (2012), Costa Rica (2015), and Australia (2023) as well as a number of Minor and Major Capstone projects in Spanish and International Studies. Aarti completed her undergraduate degrees in Spanish and English from Birmingham-Southern College, where she had her first forays into experiential ...

view profile
Ryan Madan
Associate Professor of Teaching, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6561

  When new acquaintances find out I teach writing, it’s not unusual for them to lament a broad decline in the nation’s writing skills. How does it make me feel, they ask, that students, say, don’t know the difference between adjectives and adverbs? Or, can I believe it that people hardly even know what apostrophes do, let alone where to put them? As someone who treasures good, careful prose, I’m sympathetic to these worries. But as an educator, I think it’s important to steer the conversation in a different direction. What makes us think that students’ knowledge of the parts of speech ...

view profile
V Manzo
Associate Professor, Humanities & Arts

V.J. Manzo (Ph.D. Temple University, M.M. New York University) is Associate Professor of Music at WPI. He is a composer and guitarist with research interests in theory and composition, artificial intelligence, interactive music systems, and music cognition. V.J. is author of several books published by Oxford University Press including Max/MSP/Jitter for Music, Foundations of Music Technology, and co-author of Interactive Composition and Environmental Sound Artists. He has created numerous software projects including the Modal Object Library, a collection of programming objects to control ...

view profile
Ingrid Matos-Nin
Professor of Teaching, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5356

One of the most rewarding pleasures of teaching at WPI is the diversity of cultures you find in and around campus. So, besides teaching Spanish, I make my goal to broaden my students’ knowledge of Hispanic countries and to promote cultural understanding inside and outside the classroom. I teach the importance of understanding different lifestyles and ways of expression in other parts of the world-differences that we can find in each of the Hispanic countries. In order to accomplish this, I include role-plays, team work, films, presentations and group activities that combine oral and written ...

view profile
Kate McIntyre
Assistant Professor, Humanities & Arts

Dr. McIntyre’s research interests include fiction and creative nonfiction, collaborative writing, narrative theory, literary magazine publishing, the contemporary novel, the intersection of literary and genre fiction, and the gothic. Her short story collection, Mad Prairie, was selected by Roxane Gay as the winner of the 2020 Flannery O'Connor Award and is out now from University of Georgia Press.  Learn more about WPI's new minor in creative writing!

view profile
Jennifer McWeeny
Professor, Humanities & Arts

Professor McWeeny’s research emerges at the intersections of the philosophy of mind, phenomenology, and philosophies of gender and race. Her work explores the bodily, historical, and social dimensions of mental phenomena such as consciousness, emotion, and perception, and attends to the ways that living within social categories such as gender, race, class, and ability affects the content and perspectival structure of experience. She has also developed cross-cultural philosophical methodologies that engage diverse perspectives along multiple axes (cultural, historical, social, political, and ...

view profile
Rebecca Moody
Assistant Professor of Teaching, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8316918

My research centers around religion in North Africa and the Middle East with a focus on Islam; I approach the study of Islam through its representation in visual culture. My first book project, an outgrowth of my dissertation, focuses on recent fiction film by Moroccan women filmmakers as oblique forms of resistance to dominant narratives about Muslim women. My research tends to be very interdisciplinary: I draw on religion, cultural studies, feminist theory, film theory and affect theory. I hope that, in doing so, I can help introduce diversity into conversations about Islam, particularly the ...

view profile
Svetlana Nikitina
Teaching Professor, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5939

My scholarly and professional interests lie in three areas: new forms of narrative emerging in our multi-media age; comparative and environmental literature; and interdisciplinary pedagogy. Over the years, I have taught teaches a variety of writing and literature courses from The Elements of Writing and Introduction to Literature, to Moral Issues in the Modern Novel and The American Literature and the Environment. With Diran Apelian, I co-teach a Great Problem Seminar on Sustainable Development, currently focusing on Recycling of all classes of materials. As I enjoy interdisciplinary modes of ...

view profile
Geoffrey Pfeifer
Associate Professor of Teaching, The Global School

My areas of expertise in philosophy and social theory are in social and political philosophy, Marxism, global justice, development ethics, and also Critical Pedagogies. I teach philosophy courses, global studies courses, and for the Great Problems Seminars program (currently I co-teach the Seeking Sustainability and the Climate Change courses for this program).  In addition to a number of chapters in edited collections, my work can be found in journals such as Human Studies, The European Legacy, Crisis and Critique, Continental Thought and Theory, Current Perspectives in Social Theory, ...

view profile
R. Maxwell Racine
Visiting Assistant Professor, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5087

R. Maxwell Racine is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion in the Department of Humanities & Arts. His research takes an interdisciplinary approach to philosophy, examining the way that stories in life and literature can be sources of understanding. In particular, his work focuses on the benefits and pitfalls of narrative understanding in contexts of structural oppression. He has taught introductory courses in philosophy as well as upper-level electives in ethics and social and political philosophy. Before joining WPI, he earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy at Fordham ...

view profile
Angel Rivera
Professor, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5779

Professor Rivera has been conducting research on 19th- and 20th-century Spanish Caribbean literature and theories related to the exploration of limits or borders (i.e., the edges or places where multiple cultures touch or come into contact). He has been exploring how Caribbean traditional modes of representation have been restructured to significant changes in cultural, literary, and historical contexts. Professor Rivera’s focus is on studying how "marginal" groups (radical Caribbean male intellectuals and women writers) view themselves within those borders and devising new representational ...

view profile
Joshua Rohde
Associate Professor of Teaching, Humanities & Arts

Dr. Joshua W. Rohde is the Director of Choral Activities at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he conducts all four of the university’s choral ensembles – Men’s Glee Club, Women’s Alden Voices, Festival Chorus, and the Chamber Choir. He is also the Music Director of both the Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra and the Quincy Choral Society, and performs as an active professional cellist throughout the Boston area. Dr. Rohde’s work spans multiple musical genres, with an emphasis on new music from living composers. This is seen in his dissertation on living Scottish composer Sir ...

view profile
Joshua Rosenstock
Professor, Humanities & Arts

Born to an artist mother and a musician father, Josh was destined from a young age for a life in the arts. An early interest in black and white darkroom photography and art-house cinema led him to study film and video art at Brown University. Fortuitously stumbling on a new course in multimedia art in his last term as an undergraduate, his zeal for digital media was unleashed. The next formative episode in Josh's career found him designing interactive exhibits, such as the claymation studio at Zeum, a hands-on, multimedia arts and technology museum for kids in San Francisco. While working at ...

view profile
Jennifer Rudolph
Professor, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6739

By training, I am a political historian of China and Japan. Coming to WPI has expanded how I view my own research and teaching and what can be done with them. I’ve led WPI’s efforts to build China-related programs for STEM students on campus and off. With like-minded colleagues I helped establish and now direct WPI’s East Asia Hub (formally China Hub), established and co-direct WPI’s Hangzhou and Taiwan Project Centers, and advise the Chinese Studies minor. With WPI’s student body in mind, I’ve worked to integrate science and technology into my teaching on the histories and cultures of East ...

view profile
David Samson
Associate Professor, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5370

Professor Samson teaches art history, and his scholarship is in the history of architecture, especially the modern period. He studies and explains the moments of transition when styles change, and the spread of avant-garde creations into general currency. He is also interested in the history of industrial design, and enjoys introducing his students to it, revealing the complex background of forms and ideas behind common household objects. His architectural history courses explore both the left- and right-brain aspects of built form. Expression and function are intimately intertwined in all the ...

view profile
William San Martín
Assistant Professor, The Global School

William San Martín (He/Him/El) is Assistant Professor of Global Environmental Science, Technology, and Governance in the Department of Integrative and Global Studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and a Research Fellow at the Earth Systems Governance Project at Utrecht University, The Netherlands.He is an interdisciplinary scholar of earth-systems sciences and global environmental governance trained in history, international politics & relations, and science & technology studies (STS). His work focuses on international development; Latin America & the Global ...

view profile
John Sanbonmatsu
Associate Professor, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5226

John Sanbonmatsu received his BA from Hampshire College and his PhD in the History of Consciousness from the University of California at Santa Cruz.  His scholarly interests, which include critical theory, Marxism, Critical Animal Studies, existential phenomenology, Gramscian studies, and the sociology of intellectuals, reflect his personal commitment to social justice and to a politics of universal liberation.

view profile
Lance Schachterle
Professor, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5514

Lance Schachterle enjoys the excitement of the classroom--meeting new students each term, sharing ideas about works of literature that matter, and learning to communicate more effectively. He teaches courses at the 1000 and 2000 levels, mostly in modern literature, but also really likes interdisciplinary courses that involve science. WPI students work harder than most, and students pursuing their minor in literature often really get intellectually and emotionally involved in what they are studying.Professor Schachterle has published on the postmodern novelist--also a great student of ...

view profile
Matthew Scinto
Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor and Director of Orchestra, Humanities & Arts

Matthew Scinto is an emerging conductor based in Cape Cod, where he currently serves as Founder and Music Director of the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra and Visiting Director of Orchestra at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He has twice studied conducting at the Tanglewood Music Center, was recently finalist for the Assistant Conductor of the San Antonio Symphony, and also currently serves as a cover conductor for the Portland (ME) Symphony. He received his Doctor of Musical Art's degree from Boston University, where he received the Conducting Department Award for Excellence in ...

view profile
David Spanagel
Associate Professor, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6403

The history of science is a well recognized branch of inquiry about the past that concerns itself with interesting and significant questions about humans and their knowledge and beliefs about nature over the past few thousand years. As such, the history of science is neither a branch of science nor a simplified form of “history for scientists.” Instead, historians of science use the tools and methods of historical questioning and analysis to examine details about past scientific ideas and practices that their colleagues and predecessors have worked long and hard to uncover and document.More ...

view profile
Adrien Stoloff
Assistant Teaching Professor, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8314938

Professor Stoloff’s research focuses on Chinese religious beliefs and practices from the late Warring States Period (ca. 475-221 BCE) to the Western Han dynasty (202 BCE-9 CE). Specifically, he studies the classical Daoist idea of wuwei (effortless action)

view profile
Yunus Telliel
Assistant Professor, Humanities & Arts

I am an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Rhetoric. Before joining WPI, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. My work is animated by an intellectual curiosity with how ideas travel across time and space, and generate diverse practices of acting, seeing, and being in the world. I am especially intrigued by situations in which people come to ask new questions about themselves and others, in ways that require reconsideration of past experiences and imagining of future possibilities. Such situations, I believe, capture an important aspect of the human ...

view profile
Huili Zheng
Associate Teaching Professor, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5780

Huili Zheng is a scholar on late imperial Chinese literature and culture (1500-1895). Her research interests focus on late imperial Chinese literary culture and development of social, cultural and intellectual history, with a particular interest in issues of gender, ethnic/cultural identity, cultural politics of representation, and the relations of late imperial China to the formation of modern China. She is finishing a book manuscript on late imperial Chinese intellectuals’ changing conceptualizations of the world and China’s place in it. Professor Zheng is also interested in pedagogy of ...

view profile

Staff

Pamela Paskalis
Administrative Assistant VI, Humanities & Arts

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6832

Pam joined the WPI family in 2011. Pam provides administrative support for both the Data Science program and the School of Arts & Sciences. She grew up in Worcester and graduated at nearby Assumption College.  She now resides in Holden with her family.  A mom to three adult sons, Pam is aware of what families go through during the financial aid process and sacrifices parents make to allow their child to obtain a college degree.  During the summer months she enjoys going to the beach and or relaxing by her pool.  She is an avid sports fan, especially when cheering on the New England ...

view profile

Associated Faculty

Please note: All phone extensions start with 508-831-.

Faculty E-mail Ext. Office Title
Barkhimer, Steve sbarkhimer   Salisbury Laboratories SL 114 Adjunct Instructor 
Blumhofer, Jonathan jblumhofer 5140 Alden Hall 215 Adjunct Instructor
Borowski, Michelle mkborowski 6376 Unity Hall 435B Adjunct Instructor
Burton, Scott sbburton 6575 Alden Memorial 209 Adjunct Instructor
Carter, Nick ncarter   Salisbury Laboratories 114 Adjunct Instructor
Crowe, Patrick pcrowe 5682 Salisbury Laboratories 017 Instructor/Lecturer
Davis Jason jdavis5 5475 Salisbury Laboratories 114  
Duguay, Sandy sduguay 5513 Salisbury Laboratories 114 Adjunct Instructor
Fobare, Christopher cfobare   Salisbury Laboratories 114 Adjunct Intsructor
Foley, Daniel dfoley     Instructor/Lecturer
Gelinas, Will   5269 Salisbury Laboratories 114 Adjunct Instructor VOX
Gillis, Clare cgillis   Salisbury Laboratories 114 Adjunct Instructor
Gregoire, Katherine kgregorie   Salisbury Laboratories 114 Adjunct Instructor
Hatch Moysey, Monica monicahatch 5197 Salisbury Laboratories 114 Adjunct Instructor
Hong-Sammons, Susan shongsammons 5475 Salisbury Laboratories 114 Adjunct Instructor
Hunt, Shamim shunt 5269 Salisbury Laboratories 114 Adjunct Instructor
Mandell, Daniel dmandell   Salisbury Laboratories 114 Adjunct Instructor
McKenna, Ryan rpmckenna   Alden Memorial Non-Faculty Research Associate
Minichiello, Stephen sminichiello 5513 Salisbury Laboratories 114 Adjunct Instructor/Lecturer
Rafique, Emiko erafique 5436 Salisbury Laboratories 114 Adjunct Instructor
Ringler, Andrew aringler   Salisbury Labortories 114 Adjunct Instructor
Poku, Emmanuel Attah   5197 Salisbury Laboratories 114  
Runstrom, Scott runstrom 5436 Salisbury Laboratories 114  
Scanlon, Olivia   5190 Salisbury Laboratories 114  
Schimmel, Daniel dschimmel   Innovation Studio  
Sethi, Megan msethi 5475 Salisbury Laboratories 114  
Steinke, Matt msteinke 6369 Salisbury Laboratories 114 Adjunct Instructor
Struyk, Pieter   5306 Salisbury Laboratories 114 Adjunct Instructor
Taylor, Steven sst   Washburn 202  
Thomas, Robyn rthomas   Salisbury Labs 114 Adjunct Instructor
Torres Mesa, Nelson ntorresmesa 5513 Salisbury Laboratories 114 Adjunct Instructor
Vaudreuil, Alan anvaudreuil 5140 Alden Memorial 215 Adjunct Instructor
Victor, Elizabeth evictor 5145 Salisbury Laboratories 114 Adjunct Instructor
Weeks, Douglas dweeks   Alden Memorial 215 Adjunct Instructor/Lecturer
Welu, James jawelu 2254 Salisbury Laboratories 114 Adjunct Teaching Professor
Wetters, Brent bawetters 5306 Salisbury Laboratories 114 Adjunct Instructor
Young, Benjamin byoung2 4981 Alden Memorial B35 Director Jazz History Database

Faculty Emeritus

Faculty E-mail Ext. Office Title
Addison, W. A. Bland addison     Professor Emeritus of History
Dollenmayer, David B. dbd     Professor Emeritus of German
Fontanella, Lee lf     Professor Emeritus of Spanish
Hayes, Edmund M. ehayes     Professor Emeritus of English
Heventhal, Charles R. crh     Professor Emeritus of English
Ljungquist, Kent kpl     Professor Emeritus of English
Manfra, JoAnn jmanfra     Professor Emeritus of History
Mott, Wesley wmott     Professor Emeritus of English
Parkinson, E. Malcolm emp     Professor Emeritus of History
Shannon, Thomas A. tshannon     Professor Emeritus of Religion
Smith, Ruth rsmith     Professor Emeritus of Religion
Sokal, Michael M. msokal     Professor Emeritus of History
Vick, Susan svick     Professor Emeritus of Drama/Theatre
Zeugner, John jzeugner     Professor Emeritus of History