Department Chair
Marie Helweg-Larsen
Professor of Psychology (2002).
Kaufman Building Room 168
(717) 245-1562
Contributing Faculty
Shamma Adeeb Alam
Assistant Professor of International Studies (2014).
Althouse Hall Room 115
(717) 254-8167 |
B.A., Franklin & Marshall College, 2009; M.A., University of Washington-Seattle, 2011; Ph.D., 2014.

Shamma Alam received his Ph.D. in Economics in June 2014 from University of Washington – Seattle. He received his B.A in Economics from Franklin & Marshall College, and M.A. in Economics from University of Washington. His research interests are in Development, Health, and Population Economics with focuses on Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. In the past, he has worked for the development organizations Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Bank.
Suman Ambwani
Associate Professor of Psychology (2008).
Kaufman Building Room 164
(717) 245-1022 |
B.A., Macalester College, 2003; M.S., Texas A&M University, 2005; Ph.D., 2008.
Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 2015-16.

Professor Ambwani's scholarship broadly examines emotion, social perception, personality, and interpersonal factors across the range of normal and abnormal human functioning. Her current research focuses on 1) the development and evaluation of guided self-help interventions for people with anorexia nervosa, and 2) understanding etiological and maintenance factors for eating-related psychopathology.
Amy E. Farrell
Professor of American Studies and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies; John J. Curley '60 and Ann Conser Curley '63 Faculty Chair in the Liberal Arts; Executive Director of the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues (1991).
255 W Louther St
(717) 245-1869 |
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, Gender and Sexuality 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).
Susan M. Feldman
Professor of Philosophy (1980).
East College Room 211
(717) 245-1226 |
B.A., Case Western Reserve University, 1974; M.A., 1976; M.A., University of Rochester, 1978; Ph.D., 1980.

Her interests include the history of modern philosophy, the problem of knowledge and skepticism, philosophy of science and ethics, both pure" and "applied" to such areas as the environment, the status of women, medicine and public policy."
Marie Helweg-Larsen
Professor of Psychology (2002).
Kaufman Building Room 168
(717) 245-1562 |
B.A., California State University - Northridge, 1989; M.A., University of California - Los Angeles, 1990; Ph.D., 1994.
Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2015-16.

Professor Helweg-Larsen's research is in the areas of social psychology, health psychology and cross-cultural psychology – specifically why smart people do dumb thing and how to make them stop. She is currently examining in the US and Denmark how smokers react to being stigmatized.
John H. Henson
Senior Associate Provost for Academic Affairs; Charles A. Dana Professor of Biology (1989).
West College (Old West) Room 8
(717) 245-1434 |
B.A., University of Virginia, 1979; M.S., Florida State University, 1983; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1989.

He teaches courses in cell biology, immunology, animal development, marine science, and health studies. His research program utilizes marine orgnisms as model experimental systems for studying basic aspects of cell structure and function, particularly how cells move, change shape, and divide.
James M. Hoefler
Professor of Political Science (1989).
Denny Hall Room 206
(717) 245-1311 |
B.S., Syracuse University, 1977; M.A., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1987; Ph.D., 1988.
Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2003-04

Professor Hoefler specializes in American politics and public policy. His research areas are end-of-life decision making and the right to die, in both the U.S. and western Europe.
Sharon Kingston
Associate Professor of Psychology (2009).
Kaufman Building Room 170
(717) 245-1076 |
B.A., State University of New York at Purchase, 1989; M.A., University of Rhode Island, 1996; Ph.D., 2001.

Sharon Kingston is a clinical community psychologist. Her research interests include neighborhood effects on individual and family well-being with particular emphasis on identifying aspects of successful parenting in high-risk urban neighborhoods, prevention and health promotion in low-income communities and factors related to early initiation of substance use among children and adolescents.
Ebru Kongar
Associate Professor of Economics (2003).
Althouse Hall Room 212
(717) 245-1529 |
B.S., Bogazici University-Turkey, 1996; Ph.D., University of Utah, 2003.

Sharon J. O'Brien
Professor of English and American Studies; James Hope Caldwell Professor of American Cultures (1975).
Denny Hall Room 316
(717) 245-1497 |
B.A., Radcliffe College, 1967; M.A., Harvard University, 1969; Ph.D., 1975.
Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1985-1986.

Sharon O'Brien teaches interdisciplinary courses in the American Studies and English Departments, looking at the multiplicity of American cultures through the lenses of race, class, gender, and ethnicity. The author of a biography of Willa Cather and of a family memoir, she is now teaching and writing memoir and personal essay. Teaching and research interests include the politics of memory; illness and narrative; and lifewriting.
Susan D. Rose
(on sabbatical Fall 2016)
Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology; Director of the Community Studies Center (1984).
239 W Louther St Room 301
(717) 245-1244 |
B.A., Dickinson College, 1977; M.A., Cornell University, 1982; Ph.D., 1984.
Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2000-2001.

Susan Rose is interested in life course studies, inequality, and systems of socialization (family, education, and religion), with a particular emphasis on comparative family systems and the interaction of gender, class, and race. Her research has focused on cross-cultural studies of the political economy of religious fundamentalisms, gender violence, sexuality education, and immigration. Other areas of interest include: indigenous studies, social policy, and qualitative research methods..
David M. Sarcone
Associate Professor of International Business and Management (2001).
Althouse Hall Room 218
(717) 245-1261 |
B.S., Pennsylvania State University, 1975; M.B.A., University of Pittsburgh, 1978; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 2008.

Dan Schubert
Associate Professor of Sociology (1996).
Denny Hall Room 314
(717) 245-1227 |
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.
Karen J. Weinstein
Professor of Anthropology (2001).
Denny Hall Room 215
(717) 245-1281 |
B.A., Washington University, 1991; M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago, 1994; Ph.D., University of Florida, 2001.

Human variation and adaptation, human osteology, human evolution with an emphasis on the evolution of body size and shape and postcranial anatomy in genus Homo, comparative primate skeletal biology, nutritional anthropology
Charles F. Zwemer
Associate Professor of Biology (1995).
James Hall - Rector Complex Room 1217
(717) 245-1293 |
B.A., Hope College, 1987; Ph.D., Indiana University Medical Sciences Program, 1993; Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Michigan Medical School, 1995.
Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 1999-2000.

He teaches courses in physiology, microanatomy, and vertebrate biology. His research addresses issues of cardiovascular, respiratory, and renal function in normal and diseased states.