Department Chair
Melinda W. Schlitt
Professor of Art History, William W. Edel Professor of Humanities (1990).
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Department Faculty
Christopher J. Bilodeau
Associate Professor of History (2006).
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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.
Sylvie G. Davidson
(on sabbatical 2014-15)
Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures; John J. Curley '60 and Ann Conser Curley '63 Faculty Chair in Global Education (1979).
Licence-ès-Lettres, Université de Montpellier, 1967; Maîtrise d'Italien, 1968; Doctorat ès Lettres, 1978.
Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 1995-1996; Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2004-2005.

Professor Davidson has directed the Toulouse year program and the Bologna Summer Immersion program on several occasions and is engaged in issues related to global education. Her scholarship has concentrated on French and Italian literatures, fine arts, and music of the Renaissance and 17th century. Her current research is centered on Humanism in Southern France.
Alyssa DeBlasio
(on leave of absence Fall 2014; on sabbatical Spring 2015)
Assistant Professor of Russian (2010).
M.A., University of Pittsburgh, 2006; Ph.D., 2010.

Her teaching and research interests fall primarily along the intersections of philosophy, Russian literature, and Russo-Soviet cinema. She is also interested in language learning through blogging and media, as well as practical translation skills for advanced language courses. Before coming to Dickinson, Prof. DeBlasio taught in the Department of Philosophy at the Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia). In 2014 she published a book titled The End of Russian Philosophy (Palgrave), which looks at the transition of the discipline of philosophy in Russia from the 1990s through the 2000s. She also contributes to the Philosophy Department and the Film Studies Program.
Mara E. Donaldson
(on sabbatical Spring 2015)
Professor of Religion (1990).
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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.
Lucile Duperron
Associate Professor of French; Director of the Dickinson Toulouse Center and Program, 2014-15 (2000; 2002).
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B.A., Université; Lumière-Lyon, 1988; M.A., 1991; M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997; Ph.D., 2003.

Her research is in the field of Second Language Acquisition (SLA). It focuses on the psycholinguistic factors involved in language learning, especially how input (the linguistic data that learners receive) shapes second language (L2) learners' evolving grammar. She is currently working on the role of input in the L2 acquisition of tense and aspect in the classroom and the study abroad environments.
Elena Dúzs
Associate Professor of Russian (1997).
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M.A., Moscow State University, 1985; M.A., Ohio State University, 1988; Ph.D., 1996.

Her teaching interests include Russian and Hungarian languages and Russian literature and culture of all periods. Her scholarly interests focus on Mikhail Kuzmin, Russian symbolist poet, and the contemporary poet and artist Prygov.
Douglas E. Edlin
Associate Professor of Political Science (2004).
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B.A., Hobart College, 1988; M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1990; J.D., Cornell Law School, 1993; Ph.D., Oxford University, 2002.
Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 2007-08; Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2013-14.

His research and teaching interests are in comparative constitutionalism, the judicial process and judicial review, the legal and policy issues raised by developments in assisted reproductive technology, and the politics of race and gender in the United States.
Christopher A. Francese
The Asbury J. Clarke Professor of Classical Studies (1996).
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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.
Kamaal Haque
Assistant Professor of German (2008).
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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.
Carol Ann Johnston
(on sabbatical 2014-15)
Professor of English, Martha Porter Sellers Chair of Rhetoric and the English Language (1990).
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.
Nitsa Kann
Associate Professor of Judaic Studies (2005).
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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).
Andrea B. Lieber
Associate Professor of Religion, Sophia Ava Asbell Chair in Judaic Studies (1998).
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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.
John P. MacCormick
Associate Professor of Computer Science (2007).
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B.A., University of Cambridge, 1993; M.S., University of Auckland, 1996; Ph.D., University of Oxford, 2000.

John MacCormick has degrees in mathematics from the University of Cambridge and the University of Auckland, and a doctorate in computer vision from the University of Oxford. He was a research fellow at Linacre College, Oxford from 1999-2000, a research scientist at HP Labs from 2000-2003, and a computer scientist with Microsoft Research from 2003-2007. Professor MacCormick joined the faculty of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Dickinson College in Fall 2007. He is the author of two books (Stochastic Algorithms for Visual Tracking, and Nine Algorithms That Changed the Future: The Ingenious Ideas That Drive Today's Computers), has filed over a dozen US patents on novel computer technologies, and is the author of numerous peer-reviewed academic conference and journal papers. His work spans several sub-fields of computer science, including computer vision, large-scale distributed systems, computer science education, and the public understanding of computer science.
Marc Mastrangelo
(on leave of absence 2014-15)
Professor of Classical Studies (1997).
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.
B. Ashton Nichols
Professor of English and Environmental Studies; Walter E. Beach '56 Distinguished Chair in Sustainability Studies (1988).
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B.A., University of Virginia, 1975; M.A., 1979; Ph.D., 1984.
Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1992-1993. Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 1993-1994.

His fields include 19th- and 20th-century British literature and contemporary ecocriticism, with an emphasis on Romantic poetry and American nature writing. He also regularly teaches courses in nature writing. His current research focuses on Romantic natural history, 1750-1850 and urbanatural roosting.
Antje Pfannkuchen
(on sabbatical 2014-15)
Assistant Professor of German (2009).
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.
Siobhan K. Phillips
Assistant Professor of English (2011).
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B.A., Yale University, 1999; M.Phil., Oxford University, 2001; M.A., University of East Anglia, 2002; Ph.D., Yale University, 2007.

She teaches and writes about poetry, modernism, and contemporary literature, particularly American literature of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Her book, The Poetics of the Everyday: Creative Repetition in Modern American Verse, was published by Columbia University Press in 2010. Her current scholarly project is a literary history of the personal letter. She has published poems and essays in Harvard Review, Modernism/modernity, PMLA, Southwest Review, Twentieth Century Literature, and other journals.
Robert W. Pound
(on sabbatical Spring 2015)
Professor of Music (1998).
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B.M., University of North Texas, 1992; M.M., The Juilliard School, 1994; D.M.A., 1998.

Composer and conductor Robert Pound teaches courses in theory, composition, and conducting. He is Director of the Dickinson Orchestra. Pound's numerous compositions include orchestral works for the Atlanta Symphony and the Columbus (GA) Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus. He has received commissions from such distinguished ensembles as the Corigliano Quartet, the Timaeus Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, and the Florestan Recital Project. Pound has also written music for professional stage productions, including Eurydice, Moby Dick Rehearsed, Oedipus at Colonus, André Gregory's Bone Songs and Strindberg's The Dance of Death. In March 2002, Pound was Composer in Residence at Columbus State University. He was guest composer and lecturer at the University of North Texas in April 2010. Pound has guest conducted with Verge (the performing ensemble of the Contemporary Music Forum, Washington, DC) with whom he performed at the June in Buffalo Festival in 2009. He was Music Director of the West Shore Symphony Orchestra (New Cumberland, PA) from 2000 to 2002. As a Fellow at Tanglewood Music Center in the summer of 2003, he participated in master classes with Robert Spano, Christoph von Dohnányi and Kurt Masur and conducted Peter Lieberson's Razing the Gaze in Seiji Ozawa Hall as part of the Festival of Contemporary Music.
Theodore Pulcini
Thomas Bowman Professor of Religion and Philosophy (1995).
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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.
Karl D. Qualls
Professor of History (2000).
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B.A., University of Missouri at Columbia, 1993; Ph.D., Georgetown University, 1998.
Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 2003-04.

His teaching interests include Russian and German history, comparative revolutions (political, social, and cultural), dictators, urban history, and more. His book "From Ruins to Reconstruction: Urban Identity in Soviet Sevastopol after World War II" (Cornell, 2009) challenges notions of totalitarianism, investigates the creation of historical myths, and outlines the role of monuments and urban space in identity formation in a city torn between Ukraine and Russia. He is currently working on a new book about children who fled the Spanish Civil War and were raised in the Soviet Union.
Meghan Newell Reedy
Assistant Professor of Classical Studies (2007).
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B.A., Whitman College, 1996; M.A., University of Durham, England, 2000; D.Phil., University of Oxford, England, 2007.

Since arriving at Dickinson, she has expanded her teaching interests to include Roman history alongside Greek and Latin language. Her current research is on emotional display in Roman poetry, particularly in the moody love poems of Propertius.
Crispin Sartwell
Associate Professor of Philosophy (2004).
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B.A., University of Maryland, 1980; M.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1985; Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1989.

Author of "Political Aesthetics" (Cornell University Press, 2010), "Six Names of Beauty" (Routledge 2004), and many other books. Interests include hip hop and other popular musics, anarchist political theory, epistemology, Asian philosophy.
Melinda W. Schlitt
Professor of Art History, William W. Edel Professor of Humanities (1990).
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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.
Claire Seiler
(on sabbatical 2014-15)
Assistant Professor of English (2010).
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B.A., Middlebury College, 2002; M.Phil., Trinity College, Dublin, 2004; Ph.D., Stanford University, 2010.

Professor Seiler's current book project is "Midcentury Suspension," a new literary history of the transatlantic mid-20th century. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Twentieth-Century Literature, Modernism/modernity, and Contemporary Literature. Her courses include Modern Women Writing War, Poetry of the Mad Men Era, and The Generational.
Cotten Seiler
(on leave of absence 2014-15)
Associate Professor of American Studies (2008).
B.A., Northwestern University, 1990; Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2002.

U.S. cultural and intellectual history, critical race theory, cultural studies.
Blake M. Wilson
Professor of Music (1993).
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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).