Department Chair
Carol Ann Johnston
Professor of English; Martha Porter Sellers Chair of Rhetoric and the English Language (1990).
East College Room 410
(717) 245-1268
Contributing Faculty
Christopher J. Bilodeau
(on sabbatical Spring 2017)
Associate Professor of History (2006).
Denny Hall Room 302
(717) 245-1385 |
B.A., University of Vermont, 1991; M.A., Brown University, 1994; M.A., Columbia University, 1998; Ph.D., Cornell University, 2006.

He focuses his research on the history of American Indian-European interaction during the American colonial period, paying particular attention to the French, English, and Indian interaction. He teaches courses on Colonial America, the American Revolution, American Indian History, and the roles that violence plays in colonial situations.
Mara E. Donaldson
Professor of Religion (1990).
East College Room 207
(717) 245-1228 |
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.
Phillip J. Earenfight
Director of the Trout Gallery; Associate Professor of Art and Art History (2002).
Weiss Center for the Arts Room 102B
(717) 245-1709 |
B.A., University of Washington, 1985; M.A., Rutgers University, 1990; Ph.D., 1999.

He specializes in the art, architecture, and urban planning of late medieval Italy. He is currently working on a study of the Misericordia confraternity and its place on the Piazza del Duomo in Florence during the late thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Other projects include books and articles on the Carlisle Indian School, Richard Henry Pratt, and the drawings and photographs of the Plains Indians who held captive at Ft. Marion (St. Augustine, Florida: 1875-1877). Recently he completed a study on the works of contemporary painter Joyce Kozloff.
Christopher A. Francese
The Asbury J. Clarke Professor of Classical Studies (1996).
East College Room 110
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B.A., Oberlin College, 1987; M.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1989; Ph.D., 1993.

He specializes in Roman literature and culture, and Greek mythography. He is the project director of Dickinson College Commentaries, a series of online multimedia editions of classical texts, and is the author of three books: Ancient Rome: An Anthology of Sources (Hackett, 2014), Ancient Rome in So Many Words (Hippocrene, 2007), and Parthenius of Nicaea and Roman Poetry (Peter Lang, 2001). He also produces the Latin Poetry Podcast, and directs a series of professional development workshops for Latin teachers, the Dickinson Latin Workshops. With student and faculty collaborators he created the Latin and Greek Core Vocabularies, the thousand most common words in Latin and the 500 most common words in ancient Greek, collated and edited on the basis of large samples.
Lila Ellen Gray
Associate Professor of Music (2016).
Weiss Center for the Arts Room 210
(717) 254-8718 |
B.A., New College of Florida, 1993; M.A., Duke University, 2000; Ph.D., 2005.

Lila Ellen Gray holds a PhD in cultural anthropology (2005), a MA in music (2000), and a graduate certificate in Women's Studies from Duke University and a BA in humanities from New College of Florida (1993). Her teaching and research interests include: urban ethnomusicology; sound studies; gender; peripheral early musics; vocality; Portugal; the Lusophone world; and Europe's South. Her book, Fado Resounding: Affective Politics and Urban Life (2013 Duke University Press), is a musical ethnography of fado, Portugal's most celebrated musical genre, and was the recipient of the 2014 Woody Guthrie Award of the International Association for Popular Music (IASPM-US). Her present work concerns European early music communities, amateur musicianship and mass tourism, and the labors of sound, heritage, and the senses in the context of multiple forms of precarity across Europe's South. Publications include articles in Ethnomusicology, History and Anthropology, and Anthropology and Humanism. She has previously taught at Columbia University and at the University of Amsterdam. At Dickinson, she teaches in both the fields of early music and ethnomusicology. Her courses are informed by longstanding commitments to interdisciplinary scholarship and emphasize the role of sound and music in shaping socio-cultural life.
Carol Ann Johnston
Professor of English; Martha Porter Sellers Chair of Rhetoric and the English Language (1990).
East College Room 410
(717) 245-1268 |
B.A., Baylor University, 1978; M.A., 1980; M.A., Harvard University, 1983; Ph.D., 1992.

Her teaching interests include literature of the Early Modern period, poetry workshop, and Southern Women Writers. Her current research investigates subjectivity and agency in seventeenth-century English poetry. She has written a book on Eudora Welty and is working on a manuscript placing poet Thomas Traherne in the context of seventeenth-century visual traditions.
Andrea B. Lieber
(on sabbatical Fall 2016)
Professor of Religion; Sophia Ava Asbell Chair in Judaic Studies (1998).
East College Room 106
(717) 245-1482 |
B.A., Vassar College, 1989; M.A., Columbia University, 1993; M.Phil., 1995; Ph.D., 1998.

Her courses explore the transformations of Judaism as a living religion and evolving culture from its origins in antiquity through its varied manifestations in the 20th century. Special interests include: Judaism and early Christianity, Jewish mysticism (kabbalah), women and gender in Jewish tradition.
Marc Mastrangelo
Professor of Classical Studies (1997).
East College Room 101
(717) 245-1387 |
B.A., Amherst College, 1985; M.A., Wadham College, Oxford University, 1988; M.A., Brown University, 1995; Ph.D., 1996.

Prof. Mastrangelo's publications have focused on Early Christian Latin poetry, Greek tragedy, and Greco-Roman intellectual history. He is a co-editor of The Unknown Socrates (Bolchazy-Carducci, 2002) and the author of The Roman Self in Late Antiquity (Johns Hopkins, 2008). His most recent publications include two forthcoming articles: "Towards a Poetics of Late Latin Reuse," in Tradition and Innovation in the Latin Poetry of Late Antiquity (WinterVerlag); and "The Early Christian Response to Platonist Poetics: Boethius, Prudentius, and the Poeta Theologus," in The Poetics of Late Latin Literature (Oxford). Prof. Mastrangelo teaches courses at all levels of Classical language and civilization. He is co-founder of The Humanities Collective at Dickinson and is currently Visiting Professor in Anglophone Studies at the Université Jean Jaurès, Toulouse.
James F. McMenamin
Associate Professor of Italian (2009).
Bosler Hall Room 116
(717) 254-8444 |
B.A., Middlebury College, 1996; M.A., 1997; Laurea, Università degli Studi di Firenze, 2001; Ph.D., Harvard University, 2008.

Prof. McMenamin specializes in medieval and renaissance Italian literature. He has published articles on Dante, Petrarch, and Italian lyric poetry and is interested in questions concerning medieval philosophy. In the fall, Prof. McMenamin will be teaching a medieval/renaissance survey of Italian literature (IT301: The Discourse of Love) and a beginner Italian language course (IT102). Prof. McMenamin has participated in the LGBTQQIA Pride@Dickinson Safe Zone Training.
Theodore Pulcini
Thomas Bowman Professor of Religion and Philosophy (1995).
East College Room 203A
(717) 245-1208 |
B.A., Harvard College, 1976; M.A., University of Notre Dame, 1979; Th.M., Harvard Divinity School, 1982; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1994.
Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 1998-1999; Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2002-03.

His teaching responsibilities focus on exploring the Biblical texts in their historical, social, and comparative contexts. He also specializes in Islam, early Christianity, and Eastern Orthodox Christianity. Research interests include relations between Islam and Christianity, both past and present.
Abraham Quintanar
Associate Professor of Spanish (2001).
Bosler Hall Room 205
(717) 245-1884 |
B.A., University of Scranton, 1993; M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1995, Ph.D., 2002.

Alberto J. Rodríguez
(on sabbatical Spring 2017)
Professor of Spanish (1990).
Bosler Hall Room 220
(717) 245-1278 |
B.A., Clark University, 1974; M.A., 1976; Ph.D., Brown University, 1987.

His scholarship has focused on the Spanish novel of the Golden Age, particularly Cervantes. The subject of his research is the study of narrative discourse in Don Quixote. Besides his work on Cervantes, he has published on other authors of the Spanish Golden Age, and also on Cuban literature.
Melinda W. Schlitt
Professor of Art History; William W. Edel Professor of Humanities (1990).
Weiss Center for the Arts Room 202
(717) 245-1245 |
B.A., State University of New York at Purchase, 1981; M.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1983; Ph.D., 1991.

Professor Schlitt teaches courses in art and architecture of the Italian Renaissance and ancient Greek and Roman art and architecture. Her current research focuses on 15th and 16th-century Italian art and criticism. She has published several articles on Francesco Salviati, Giorgio Vasari, Michelangelo, and the relationship between language and imagery in the Renaissance, and has edited (and contributed to) two books of new essays: "Perspectives on Early Modern and Modern Intellectual History," (Univ. of Rochester Press, 2001) and "Gifts in Return: Essays in Honour of Charles Dempsey," (Univ of Toronto Press, 2012). Prof. Schlitt is currently completing a monograph on Francesco Salviati and a study on the Arch of Constantine. Awards include the Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome; Resident Fellowship, Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities; Research Fellowship, American Philosophical Society; Fulbright Foundation Research Fellowship; Lila Acheson Wallace-Reader's Digest Publications Grant, Villa I Tatti, Florence.
Jacob Sider Jost
Assistant Professor of English (2011; 2013).
East College Room 309
(717) 254-8950 |
B.A., Goshen College, 2002; B.A., University of Oxford, 2005; M.A., 2009; Ph.D., Harvard University, 2011.

Sider Jost's research and teaching interests include the long eighteenth century, Shakespeare, Austen, and Hume. His first book, Prose Immortality, 1711-1819, was published by Virginia in 2015, and he has work published in RES, Modern Philology, ELH, SEL, Modern Intellectual History, and elsewhere. He is currently writing a book about interest.
Chelsea L. Skalak
Assistant Professor of English (2015).
East College Rooom 306
(717) 245-1064 |
B.A., Northwestern University, 2008; M.A., University of Virginia, 2011; Ph.D., 2015.

Stephen Weinberger
(on sabbatical Fall 2016)
Robert Coleman Professor of History (1969).
Denny Hall Room 217
(717) 245-1500 |
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
(on sabbatical 2016-17)
Professor of Music (1993).

(717) 245-1297 |
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).