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From top, left: Sarah Rundell, Jack Shuler, Lauren Araiza, Nida Bikmen, Andrew McCall, and Taku Suzuki.

The newest cadre of tenured faculty members represents a diverse group of academic disciplines—and, as President Knobel says, “It’s always exciting to welcome young colleagues into the ranks of senior faculty and to celebrate the energy they bring to teaching, scholarship, and campus activities.”


Lauren Araiza joined the Department of History and the Black Studies Program in 2007. She holds a Master of Arts and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College. She’s currently preparing a manuscript for publication, titled “To March for Others: The Black Freedom Struggle and the United Farm Workers.” Araiza teaches courses in African American history and the Civil Rights Movement, the intellectual history of Black Power, immigration and migrations in U.S. history, and comparative social movements. Her other teaching interests include labor history, comparative race and ethnicity, and oral history.


Nida Bikmen joined the Department of Psychology in 2007 and holds a Ph.D. from City University of New York and an undergraduate degree from Bogazici University in Turkey. She is a social/personality psychologist interested in studying issues of diversity and intergroup relations. Bikmen conducts research on representations of group history, social identity and intergroup contact among various populations including immigrant communities as well as college students. She teaches courses in introductory psychology, research methods, social psychology, psychology of diversity and a seminar on psychology of power relations.


Andrew McCall joined the Department of Biology in the fall of 2006 and holds a Master of Science and Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis; a Master of Science from the University of Canterbury; and a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College. He is a plant ecologist with special interests in pollination biology and plant-herbivore interactions. His current topics of research include how variability in herbivore pressure affects the evolution of induced resistance in wild radish; how and why florivores (things that eat flowers) choose which flowers to eat in Datura wrightii, commonly known as sacred datura; and the factors that affect butterfly species richness and diversity in Northern California. McCall teaches introduction to the science of biology, evolution and ecology, plant ecology and plant evolution and reproduction.


Sarah Rundell joined the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Denison in 2007 and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and an Artium Baccalaureatus from Bryn Mawr College. Her research is in algebraic and topological combinatorics. Recently, she has been particularly interested in mathematical coloring complexes. Rundell teaches essentials of calculus, calculus II, combinatorics, abstract algebra II, introduction to proofs and a first-year studies course titled “Mathematical Perspective Drawing.”


Jack Shuler joined the Department of English in 2007 and holds a Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, a Masters of Fine Arts from Brooklyn College and a Bachelor of Arts from Guilford College. He has published two books, “Calling Out Liberty: The Stono Slave Rebellion and the Universal Struggle for Human Rights” and “Blood and Bone: Truth and Reconciliation in a Southern Town.” Shuler teaches American literature before 1900, writing and human rights, and special topics courses on American literature and slavery.


Taku Suzuki joined the International Studies Program in 2007 and holds a Master of Arts and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts from Meiji Gakuin University in Yokohama, Japan. He has conducted field research in the Okinawan immigrant communities in eastern Bolivia and Okinawan-Bolivian immigrant communities in eastern Japan. The research resulted in the publication of “Embodying Belonging: Racializing Okinawan Diaspora in Bolivia and Japan” in 2010. He is currently interested in transnational peace activism and tourism in Okinawa and teaches courses in introductory international studies, themes and approaches in international studies, globalization and diversification of Japanese society, trans-Pacific Asian communities and identities, sociocultural analysis of travel and tourism, and formations of collective memory in society.

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