Department Chair
Stephen Weinberger
Robert Coleman Professor of History (1969).
Denny Hall Room 217
weinberg@dickinson.edu
(717) 245-1500
Contributing Faculty
Alex Bates
Associate Professor of Japanese Language and Literature (2006).
Stern Center for Global Educ Room 009
(717) 245-1127 | batesa@dickinson.edu
B.A., Brigham Young University, 1998; M.A., University of Michigan, 2001; Ph.D., 2006.

Professor Bates is a specialist in modern Japanese literature and film. In addition to survey courses in these areas, he has taught courses in Japanese youth culture, war in fiction and film, ecocriticism, East Asian film, and cinematic adaptations of Japanese literature. Professor Bates' book on representations of the 1923 earthquake that destroyed Tokyo is forthcoming from the University of Michigan, Center for Japanese Studies Press. His research in this area has continued into Japan's 2011 tsunami disaster. Other research interests include urban modernism and early post-war Japanese literature and film.
Marcelo Borges
Professor of History (1997).
Denny Hall Room 111
(717) 245-1186 | borges@dickinson.edu
Licenciado en Historia, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, 1988; Profesor en Historia, 1988; Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1997.

He teaches Latin American, Iberian, and comparative history. His current research deals with transatlantic migration from Portugal to Latin America in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, particularly to Argentina; and with migration, identity and community formation in the oil fields of Patagonia, Argentina.
Carolina Castellanos
(on sabbatical 2014-15)
Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese (2010).

castellc@dickinson.edu
Literata, Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, 2000; M.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2004; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 2007; Ph.D., 2010.

Alyssa DeBlasio
(on leave of absence Fall 2014; on sabbatical Spring 2015)
Assistant Professor of Russian (2010).

deblasia@dickinson.edu
M.A., University of Pittsburgh, 2006; Ph.D., 2010.

Her teaching interests include Russian literature of the 19th century, Russian language learning through blogging, Russo-Soviet and Central European cinema, and Russian intellectual history. At the present, her research addresses philosophical schools and traditions in Russia in the 1990s and 2000s.
Mara E. Donaldson
(on sabbatical Spring 2015)
Professor of Religion (1990).
East College Room 207
(717) 245-1228 | donaldsm@dickinson.edu
B.A., Wilson College, 1971; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1974; Ph.D., Emory University, 1984.
Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1998-1999. Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 2000-2001.

Her teaching focuses on contemporary religious thought, especially feminist and liberation theologies, and religion and art, including contemporary fantasy literature, film, and popular culture.
Amy E. Farrell
(on sabbatical 2014-15)
Professor of American Studies and Women's and Gender Studies; John J. Curley '60 and Ann Conser Curley '63 Faculty Chair in the Liberal Arts (1991).

farrell@dickinson.edu
B.A., Ohio University, 1985; M.A., University of Minnesota, 1988; Ph.D., 1991.
Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2005-06

Amy E. Farrell is the Ann and John Curley Chair of Liberal Arts and Professor of American Studies and Women's and Gender Studies at Dickinson College. Her research focuses on the history of second wave feminism, representations of gender and feminism in popular culture, and the history and representation of the body and fatness. She is the author of two books: Yours in Sisterhood: Ms. Magazine and the Promise of Popular Feminism (University of North Carolina Press, 1998) and Fat Shame: Stigma and the fat Body in American Culture (New York University Press, 2011).
Margaret G. Frohlich
Assistant Professor of Spanish (2007).
Bosler Hall Room 5M
(717) 245-1155 | frohlicm@dickinson.edu
B.A., University of Colorado-Denver, 2001; Ph.D., Stony Brook University, 2006.

She specializes in 20th century and contemporary literature and film with a focus on the construction of national and sexual identities. Her book, Framing the Margin: Nationality and Sexuality across Borders, won the international competition for the Victoria Urbano Monograph Prize of the Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica. Her articles have appeared in Studies in Documentary Film; Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas (formerly Studies in Hispanic Cinemas); Letras Femeninas; and Romance Review.
Kamaal Haque
Assistant Professor of German (2008).
Bosler Hall Room 6M
(717) 245-1283 | haquek@dickinson.edu
B.A., Drew University, 1997; M.A., Washington University in St. Louis, 2000; Ph.D., 2006.

His research interests include German film, the literature and culture of the German-speaking Alps, and the influence of the Middle East in German culture. He has published on such diverse topics as the German mountain film, the poetry of Goethe, and Muslim minorities in Germany today. In addition to courses at all levels of German language and culture, he has taught recent courses such as The Mountain in the German Cultural Imagination, Minority Cultures in the German Context and Modern German Film.
Nitsa Kann
Associate Professor of Judaic Studies (2005).
East College Room 208
(717) 254-8977 | kannn@dickinson.edu
B.A., Hebrew University, 1982; M.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1984; Ph.D., 2005.

Her teaching interests include Hebrew language, Hebrew Literature, Kabbalah, and Middle Eastern Cinema. She is the author of two Hebrew books of poems, 'Black Soul Singer' (1989), and 'A Woman With Child' (1992), and the author of two Hebrew novels, 'Gazelle of Love' (1995), and 'Herotica' (1998).
Nicoletta Marini-Maio
Associate Professor of Italian (2007).
Bosler Hall Room 219
(717) 245-1592 | marinin@dickinson.edu
B.A., University of Perugia, Italy, 1986; M.A., University of Rome, 1998; M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2001; Ph.D., 2006.

Professor Marini-Maio completed her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in Italian cinema. She is the Editor of the international online journal gender/sexuality/italy. Her main fields of research are film studies, Italian cinema, and theater, particularly the intersections between politics, gender, cultural representations, popular culture, the narrative mode, and collective memory. Her monograph on the representation of left-wing terrorism in Italian film and theatre is near to completion. She is currently working on a book on Silvio Berlusconi in the cinema and doing research on the "decamerotici," a series of movies inspired by Boccaccio's Decameron produced in Italy in the 1970s. She has published articles on Italian cinema and theatre, Italian teaching pedagogy, and technology-enhanced language learning. In this areas, she has also co-edited the scholarly volumes "Set the Stage! Teaching Italian through Theater" (Yale University Press, 2009) and "Dramatic Interactions" (Cambridge Scholars, 2011). At Dickinson, she is sharing with her students her passion for film and theater.
Edward P. Merwin
Part-time Associate Professor of Religion; Director of The Milton B. Asbell Center for Jewish Life(2001).
Asbell Center
(717) 245-1636 | merwin@dickinson.edu
B.A., Amherst College, 1990; M.A., Hunter College of the City University of New York, 1998; Ph.D., 2002.

His teaching interests are in American Jewish history and popular culture, with a particular focus on the Lower East Side and Yiddish culture. His current research centers on Jewish-themed Broadway plays, and on the history of the Jewish deli in America.
Tullio Pagano
(on sabbatical Spring 2015)
Associate Professor of Italian (1991).
Bosler Hall Room 203
(717) 245-1274 | paganot@dickinson.edu
Laurea in Lettere, Universita di Genova, 1981; M.A., University of Oregon, 1987; Ph.D., 1991.

His current research focuses on the representation of landscape in Italian literature and society. Other interests include: diasporic and Italian American studies, theories of modern allegory and symbol, and simulation in modern and postmodern literature.
Antje Pfannkuchen
(on sabbatical 2014-15)
Assistant Professor of German (2009).

pfannkua@dickinson.edu
M.A., FU Berlin, 2000; M.P.S., New York University, 2002; Ph.D., 2010.

The mutual influences between media-technology, science, literature and art are at the focus of her work. She has published on German Enlightenment poet and scientist Georg Christoph Lichtenberg as well as on Ezra Pound's interests in 19th century German science. Her current research concerns the conditions of the invention of photography around 1800. Courses she has been and will be teaching include the culture of the two Germanies, German Romanticism, German-Jewish relations and all levels of German language.
Jerry Philogene
Associate Professor of American Studies (2005).
Denny Hall Room 16
(717) 254-8953 | philogej@dickinson.edu
B.A., New School University, 1989; M.A., New York University, 1993; Ph.D., 2009.

Jerry Philogene specializes in 20th century African American and Afro Caribbean visual arts and cultural history. Her teaching interests include interdisciplinary American cultural history and black cultural and identity politics. Her research interests explore the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, and gender as articulated in contemporary visual and popular culture.
Thomas L. Reed, Jr.
Professor of English (1977).
East College Room 306
(717) 245-1216 | reedt@dickinson.edu
B.A., Yale University, 1969; M.A., University of Virginia, 1971; Ph.D., 1978.
Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 1997-1998.

His field is medieval literature, with special emphasis on Chaucer and Marie de France. Other research interests include the Victorian novel and film adaptations of classic English and American texts. He is the author of two books -- "Middle English Debate Poetry and the Aesthetics of Irresolution" and "The Transforming Draught: 'Jekyll and Hyde,' Robert Louis Stevenson, and the Victorian Alcohol Debate" - and he is currently revising an historical novel about Stevenson.
Dan Schubert
Associate Professor of Sociology (1996).
Denny Hall Room 314
(717) 245-1227 | schubert@dickinson.edu
B.A., Towson State University, 1983; M.A., University of Maryland, 1989; Ph.D., 1995.

He is interested in social theory, cultural studies, gender, health and illness, and the sociology of knowledge. Publications have focused on the ethics of academic practice and poststructuralist thought. Current research focuses on the lives of adults with long-term chronic illness.
Gregory Steirer
Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies (2013).
East College Room 409
(717) 254-8095 | steirerg@dickinson.edu
B.A. University of Pennsylvania, 2001; Ph.D., 2010.

Professor Steirer's teaching and research interests include film and television, media industries, genre fiction, and digital culture. He has twice served as a researcher for the Connected Viewing Initiative of the Carsey-Wolf Center in Santa Barbara and his recent scholarship has appeared in the journals Postmodern Culture, Television and New Media, The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, and Creative Industries. In the coming semesters, he plans to teach courses on auteurism, the sitcom, the fantasy genre, media change, and video games.
Edward Webb
Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies (2007).
Denny Hall Room 202
(717) 245-1009 | webbe@dickinson.edu
B.A., Cambridge University, 1992; M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2003; Ph.D., 2007.

His teaching and research activities are mainly in Middle East politics, comparative politics and international relations. He contributes to Middle East Studies and Security Studies. He has particular interests in the interaction of religions and politics and the politics of education, as well as authoritarianism and empire. His interest in pedagogical applications of new technologies, including simulations, games, and social media, has led to him being appointed to the Advisory Board of the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education. A former diplomat, he has lived and worked in the Middle East and Europe. Recent publications: Professor Webb contributed a chapter on “Totalitarianism and Authoritarianism” to 21st Century Political Science: A Reference Handbook, edited by Ishiyama & Breuning (2011) and a chapter, “Should the Daleks Be Exterminated?” (with Mark Wardecker) to Doctor Who and Philosophy, edited by Smithka & Lewis (2010). His article “Engaging Students with Engaging Tools” was published in Educause Quarterly in 2009.
Stephen Weinberger
Robert Coleman Professor of History (1969).
Denny Hall Room 217
(717) 245-1500 | weinberg@dickinson.edu
B.A., Northeastern University, 1965; M.A., University of Wisconsin, 1966; Ph.D., 1969.

His teaching interests center on medieval and Renaissance history, European intellectual history, and the history of film. His current research involves conflict in medieval society, and censorship in the American film industry.
Blake M. Wilson
Professor of Music (1993).
Weiss Center for the Arts Room 210
(717) 245-1297 | wilson@dickinson.edu
B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1978; M.M., Indiana University, 1982; Ph.D., 1987.

Blake Wilson teaches courses in music history, film music, and directs the Dickinson Collegium. Both as performer and scholar, he specializes in music of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance, and his research interests include the music of renaissance Italy (especially Florence), performance practice, compositional process, and the relationship between music and other disciplines (rhetoric, poetry, visual art). His current work concerns the interaction of oral and written musical traditions in the culture of Renaissance Florence, the early madrigal, and the works of Heinrich Isaac (the primary recipient of Medici musical patronage).