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Department of Sociology and Anthropology

International and Global Studies BS - Faculty Affiliates

Carl J. Atkins, Professor and Chair, Department of Performing Arts & Visual Culture
DMA, Eastman School of Music
Office: 1112 Liberal Arts Hall
Tel. 585-475-4439
Research locations: Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Turkey, India, Japan, China, Indonesia, Russia, Argentina, United States
Research topics: Processional Music in the African Diaspora, Music as Social Protest and Commentary, Jazz in Russia, African Influences in the Tango, The Blues.
Courses: Studies in World Music; Blues as Social and Personal Commentary; The Sounds of Protest; African Music Cultures; Tango: The Dance, the Mystery; A History of Afro-American Music.

Amit Batabyal Amit Batabyal, Arthur J. Gosnell Professor of Economics, Department of Economics
Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California at Berkeley
Office: 1345 Eastman
Tel. 585-475-2805
Research locations: USA, India, and Japan
Research topics: Applied Microeconomics, Environmental Economics, Natural Resource Economics, Ecological Economics, Development Economics, International Trade Theory, Regional Economics, and Entrepreneurship.
Courses: International Trade & Finance, Economics of Sustainability

Silvia Benso Silvia Benso, Professor, Department of Philosophy
Ph.D. in Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University
Office: 1118 Liberal Arts Hall
Tel. 585-475-4116
Research locations: Italy, France, Germany, Western Europe
Research topics: Greek and Roman philosophy; contemporary European (German, French, and Italian) philosophy; 19th century philosophy; history of Western philosophy; Plato, Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, and Emmanuel Levinas.
Courses: Ancient Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, 19th Century Philosophy, Contemporary Philosophy, Great Thinkers, Introduction to Philosophy

Conerly Casey Conerly Casey, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles
Office: 3189 Eastman
Tel. 585-475-7467
Research locations: Urban Africa (Nigeria-Hausa), Middle East (Kuwait)
Research topics: Cultural and psychological anthropology, social suffering, violence and trauma, health and emotions, human security and rights, social justice, self-other, urban Africa
Courses: Global Studies, Genocide and Post-Conflict Justice, African Popular Cultures, Muslim Youth Cultures, Cultural Anthropology

Philippe Chavasse Philippe Chavasse, Associate Professor of French, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
Ph.D. University of Oregon
Office: 3233 Eastman
Tel. 585-475-3156
Research locations: France, Belgium, Quebec, Haiti
Research topics: French and Francophone literatures, naturalism, national identities, racial theories, queer studies
Teaching specialties: French language and culture, French and Francophone literatures, French cinema

Diane Forbes Diane Forbes, Associate Professor of Spanish, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
Office: 3197 Eastman
Tel. 585-475-6765
Research Locations: Mexico
Research topics: Modern Poetry
Courses: Intermediate Spanish 1 & 2, Beginning Spanish 1 & 2

Joseph Henning Joseph M. Henning, Associate Professor, Department of History
Ph.D. in History, American University
Office: 3311 Liberal Arts Hall
Tel. 585-475-2451
Research locations: United States, Japan
Research topics: History of U.S. foreign relations, U.S.-Japanese relations, Cultural discourses in U.S. foreign relations
Courses: Origins of U.S. Foreign Relations, Modern U.S. Foreign Relations, Terrorism, Intelligence, and War, The United States and Japan

Andrea Hickerson Andrea Hickerson, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication
Ph.D. in Communication, University of Washington
Office: 3182 Eastman
Tel. 585-475-6129
Research locations: U.S., Kurdistan, Mexico
Research topics: Immigration, transnationalism, diaspora, media, journalism, civic engagement, political communication
Courses: Reporting and Writing I; Law & Ethics of the Press; History of Journalism; Reporting in Specialized Fields

Ray Kim Ray Dongryul Kim, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Ph.D. University of Virginia
Office: 1328 Eastman
Tel. 585-475-4194
Research Locations: Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan
Research topics: East Asian security, East Asian economy, economic development/reform, public policy/bureaucracy, democratization
Teaching Specialties: Introduction to International Relations, Comparative Politics, Global Political Economy, Government and Politics in East Asia, Modern Korea, Politics in China, Politics in Japan, Comparative Public Policy

Ammina kothari Ammina Kothari, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication
Ph.D., Indiana University
Office: 3176 Eastman
Tel. 585-475-6129

Research Locations: Tanzania, Kenya, United States, and Middle East
Research Topics: journalism, media studies, health communication, social movements, gender and violence, globalization, African and Islamic Studies
Courses: Reporting and Writing I; Introduction to Journalism; Computer Assisted Reporting; News Editing; Reporting in Specialized Fields.

Christine Kray Christine Kray, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
Office: 3169 Eastman
Tel. 585-475-4686
Research locations: Mexico, Belize
Research topics: Economic globalization, colonialism, religion and evangelization, social movements
Courses: Global Economy and the Grassroots; Immigration to the U.S.; Culture and Power in Latin America; Cuisine, Culture, and Power; Ritual and Performance (WI); Writing about Society and Culture (WI); Qualitative Research

Michael Laver Michael Laver, Associate Professor of History, Department of History
Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania
Office: 3104 Liberal Arts Hall
Tel. 585-475-6629
Research locations: Japan, The Netherlands
Research topics: East-West Historical Interactions; Dutch East India Company; Pre-modern Japanese History; East Asian History; Japanese Baseball.
Courses: History of Japan; History of China; East-West Encounters; Conflict in Modern East Asia; Samurai in Word and Image; Histories of Christianity; Baseball East and West.

Benjamin Lawrance Benjamin N. Lawrance, Hon. Barber B. Conable, Jr. Endowed Chair of International and Global Studies, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Ph.D. in History, Stanford University
Office: 3167 Eastman
Tel. 585-475-4768
Research locations: Africa
Research topics: African and African Diaspora Studies, child trafficking, slavery and abolition, globalization, human rights, asylum and immigration
Courses: Global Slavery and Human Trafficking; Africa and the Diaspora; Cuisine, Culture, and Power; Global Exiles of War and Terror

Uli Linke Uli Linke, Professor of Anthropology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of California at Berkeley
Office: 3151 Eastman
Tel. 585-475-4389
Research locations: Germany, Europe
Research topics: Cultural anthropology, gender, visual culture and violence, racism and nationalism, political anthropology of the body, political technology of the senses in modern states
Courses: Culture and Globalization, Visual Anthropology, Global Sexualities, Global Cities, Cultural Anthropology, Divided Europe, Anthropology of Mass Media, Bodies and Culture

Laverne Williams LaVerne McQuiller Williams, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice
Ph.D. in Sociology, State University of New York at Buffalo
Office: 2186 Eastman
Tel. 585-475-2935
Research locations: Italy, Spain
Research topics: Violence against women, interpersonal violence
Courses: Women and Crime, Domestic Violence, Criminal Law, Evidence, Prostitution and Vice, Current Issues in CJ, Pro-Seminar in Law and Policy, Pro-Seminar in Criminal Justice Theory

William Middleton William D. Middleton, Associate Professor of Archaeology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Wisconsin at Madison
Office: 3173 Eastman
Tel. 585-475-5756
Research locations: Mesoamerica, Anatolia, China
Research topics: Complex societies, craft specialization, interregional exchange, early agriculture, archaeometry, archaeological chemistry, ethnoarchaeology, geoarchaeology-geomorphology, paleoecology
Courses: Archaeology and the Human Past, Archaeological Science, Great Discoveries in Archaeology, Archaeology of Cities, Exploring Ancient Technology, Humans and the Environment

Cecilia Alm Cecilia Ovesdotter Alm, Assistant Professor, Department of English
Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Illinois
Office: 2110 Liberal Arts Hall
Tel. 585-475-7327
Research locations: US, Sweden, Ecuador
Research topics: Language science, computational linguistics, corpus linguistics, digital humanities, Scandinavian culture
Courses: Introduction to Natural Language Processing, Computational Linguistics, Introduction to Language Science, Language Technology, Language and Brain

Michael Ruhling Michael E. Ruhling, Professor of Performing Arts, Music Director of the RIT Orchestra, Department of Performing Arts and Visual Culture
Ph.D. Catholic University of America
Office: 1110 Liberal Arts Hall
Tel. 585-475-2014
Research locations: Great Britain, Austria, Russia (as a topic, but haven't been there . . . yet)
Research topics: Orchestral literature, 18th century music performance practices, Joseph Haydn, Michael Haydn, Beethoven, the symphony in the 18th century, late 18th century aesthetics, 19th century Russian music, music and liturgy
Courses: Music history courses (Haydn, Mozart, & Beethoven; Bach, Handel and the Baroque; Romanticism in Music; History of Musical Instruments), RIT Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, special topics in music and culture (e.g. Russian Music, Italian Opera, Music and the Stage)

Danielle Smith Danielle Taana Smith, Associate Professor of Sociology (Director, Honors Program)
Ph.D. University of South Carolina
Orange Hall (Building 13), Room 1322
(585) 475-5133
Research locations: US and Liberia
Research topics: Economic sociology, entrepreneurship in African American communities, use of internet technologies among small businesses, refugee communities
Courses: Gender and Health (WI), Global Exiles of War & Terror, Global Slavery and Human Trafficking, Globalization and Security, Population and Society, Diversity in the City, Disaster! Assessing Vulnerabilities and Response to Global States of Emergency, Foundations of Sociology

Elena Sommers Elena Sommers, Senior Lecturer in Global/Russian Literature, Department of English
Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, University of Rochester
Office: 1315 Liberal Arts Hall
Tel. 585-475-4417
Research locations: Russia
Research topics: Russian (Russian, Soviet, Post-Soviet) Literature, Culture, Politics and Film (Russian Advertising Industry; Russian "Boost the Birthrate" Campaign), Vladimir Nabokov - Female Images of Death/The Mermaid Figure
Courses: Dangerous Texts, Global Cinema, Global Literature, Great Authors: Dostoevsky, Great Authors: Tolstoy, The Short Story, The Novel, Women's Studies in Language and Literature, The Future of Writing

Ulrike Stroszeck Ulrike Stroszeck, Senior Lecturer, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Office: 3156 Eastman
Tel. 585-475-2921
Research locations: France, Germany
Research topics: Francophone North Africa, Camus Studies, Francophone Women Writers, Franco-German Literature and Film, Women's Studies, 20th Century French and German poetry
Courses: Beginning German I and II, Intermediate German I and II, Advanced German I and II, Modern German Culture through Film

Robert C. Ulin Robert Ulin, Professor of Anthropology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Ph.D. in Anthropology, New School for Social Research
Office: 2136 Eastman
Tel. 585-475-3969
Research locations: France
Research topics: Anthropology of Europe and North America, critical theory, political economy, history of anthropology, historical anthropology, globalization, wine and food
Courses: Cultural Anthropology, Social and Cultural Theory, Nationalism and Identity

Hiroko Yamashita Hiroko Yamashita, Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literatures, The Ohio State University
Office: 3239 Eastman
Tel. 585-475-6074
Research locations: US, Japan
Research topics: Sentence Production, Sentence Processing, Second Language Acquisition, Technology-assisted Language Teaching
Courses: Japanese (all levels), Psycholinguistics, Structure of Japanese Language, Languages in Japanese Society