Professors of the future
At a recent faculty meeting, Provost Kim Coplin announced the eight faculty members who have received tenure this year. The professors represent a diverse group of academic disciplines including political science, English, history, economics, communication, philosophy, international studies, religion, women’s studies, and queer studies. Welcome, professors, into the ranks of the senior faculty — we’re glad to know you’ll be sticking around for a while.
Kate Crossley-Frolick joined Denison’s Department of Political Science in 2007. She holds a doctorate and a master’s from Loyola University Chicago and a bachelor’s from North Central College. She teaches courses in comparative politics, international relations, democratization, the United Nations, the European Union, and human rights. Her publications include articles in German Politics and Society, European Security, and the Journal of Intervention and Peace Building. Her current research focuses on German foreign and security policy and its contributions to peace-building in post-conflict settings.
Peter Grandbois joined the Department of English at Denison in 2010 and holds a doctorate from the University of Denver, a Master of Fine Arts from Bennington College, and a bachelor’s and a master’s from the University of Colorado. Grandbois is the author of the novel The Gravedigger (selected by Barnes and Noble for its “Discover Great New Writers” program and by Booklist as one of the best books of 2006); The Arsenic Lobster: A Hybrid Memoir (chosen as one of the top five memoirs of 2009 by the Sacramento News and Review); and the novel, Nahoonkara (winner of the gold medal in literary fiction in ForeWord magazine’s Book of the Year Awards for 2011). His essays and short stories have appeared in numerous journals and have been shortlisted for both the Pushcart Prize and Best American Essays.
Fadhel Kaboub joined Denison in 2008 and is a member of three departments here: the Department of Economics, the Department of International Studies, and the Department of Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics. He holds a doctorate and a master’s from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and a bachelor’s from the Tunis University of Economics and Management, Tunisia. Kaboub teaches classes in macroeconomics, monetary theory, the political economy of globalization and the political economy of the Middle East. Kaboub is a research associate at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College in New York and at the Center for Full Employment and Price Stability. His work focuses on job creation programs and on the role of fiscal and monetary policies in promoting a better quality of life for all.
Bill Kirkpatrick has been a member of the Department of Communication at Denison since 2007. He holds a doctorate and a master’s from the University of Wisconsin and a bachelor’s from New York University. He currently is working on two books, an anthology on media and disability, and a monograph on the intersection of radio and disability in the 1920s and ’30s. His publications include articles in Critical Studies in Media Communication, Radio Journal, Journal of Popular Culture, The Journal of the Society for American Music, and several anthologies. His ongoing research and teaching interests include media history and cultural policy; impacts of popular culture on American public life; theories, practices, and the future of citizen-produced media; and media and disability.
Keun-Joo Christine Pae has been a member of the Department of Religion, as well as the women’s studies, and queer studies programs since 2008. She holds a doctorate and a Master of Philosophy from the Union Theological Seminary in New York City, a Master of Divinity from Yale University, a Master of Christian Ethics from Yonsei University, Seoul, and a Bachelor of Education from Seoul National University of Education. Pae teaches classes in religious ethics, Christian social ethics, ethics of peace and war, and transnational feminist ethics. Her academic interests include feminist peacemaking and interfaith spiritual activism, transnationalized militarism with a focus on intersection between gender and race, transnational feminist ethics, and Asian/Asian-American perspectives on post-colonial racial relations. Currently Pae is working on her manuscript, Sex and War: A Christian Feminist Ethic of War and Peace. She has published and presented various journal articles and book chapters concerning war, women, Asian American Christianity, and religious ethics. As a co-convener, she served the Asian American Ethics Working Group at the Society of Christian Ethics.
Joe Reczek joined the Denison department of chemistry and biochemistry in 2008. He holds a doctorate from The University of Texas, Austin, and a bachelor’s from Cornell University. His teaching and research interests include several areas of organic and materials chemistry, including organic synthesis, supramolecular chemistry, crystal and liquid crystal design, and organic photovoltaics. Reczek’s research is focused broadly on the design, synthesis, and study of molecules which self-assemble to exhibit new and unique properties. These properties are studied for potential application in new materials, specifically in the areas of molecular electronics and photovoltaics. He volunteers extensively with The Works museum in Newark, Ohio, working especially as a partner in their STEM education programs.
Karen Spierling has been a member of the Denison Department of History since 2010. She holds a doctorate and a master’s from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a bachelor’s from Yale University. Spierling teaches courses on early modern European topics, including the Renaissance and the Reformation, the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment, riots and revolutions, the era of the great “witch hunts,” and European travelers in their increasingly global contexts. Her research interests focus on the history of the Reformation, in particular the interplay among religious, social, and political concerns in the development and spread of Reformed (Calvinist) Protestantism. Her first book, Infant Baptism in Reformation Geneva: The Shaping of a Community, 1536–1564, examined the ways that negotiations among reformers, civic leaders, and church members influenced the Reformed practice of baptism, a fundamental ritual in any Christian society. Her current book project, Love Thy Neighbor, focuses on the perpetuation of Protestant-Catholic relations in 16th-century Geneva.
Megan Threlkeld, who has been a member of the Department of History and the women’s studies program since 2008, holds a doctorate and a master’s from the University of Iowa and a bachelor’s from Lawrence University. She regularly teaches courses on the United States since the Civil War, U.S. women’s history, and U.S. foreign relations. Her other teaching interests include legal history, progressivism, manifest destiny and U.S. expansion, and international feminism. Her research focuses on U.S. women’s international activism in the first half of the 20th century. Her book, Pan American Women: U.S. Internationalists and Revolutionary Mexico, is forthcoming in September 2014 from the University of Pennsylvania Press.