Hunter Welcomes 49 New Faculty

All of Hunter’s new faculty bring with them impressive backgrounds in teaching and research. They include artists and anthropologists, chemists and classicists, poets and physicists — along with a host of experts in urban affairs, urban planning, and urban public health. Below is a full list:

Arts and Sciences | Education | Library | Health Professions

Ahmed Cassim Bawa, Distinguished Lecturer (Physics); PhD, University of Durham. A theoretical physicist, was most recently program officer (higher education) of the Southern Africa Office of the Ford Foundation. Was previously deputy vice chancellor, University of Nepal.

Eva Bellin, Assistant Professor (Political Science); PhD, Princeton. Comes to us from Harvard, where she was associate professor of government; has also taught at Johns Hopkins. Has published widely on Middle East politics and other international issues.

Peter Carey, Professor of English and Director, MFA Program in Creative Writing. Prizewinning author of novels, short stories, nonfiction, has taught fiction at New School University, Barnard, Columbia, Princeton, NYU. Holds three honorary doctorates. Native of Australia, in New York since 1990.

Roberto Delgado, Assistant Professor (Anthropology); PhD, Duke. Has received research grants from National Science Foundation and Leakey Foundation, taught at Duke. Studies great apes in the wild.

Tracy A. Dennis, Assistant Professor (Psychology); PhD, Penn State. Comes to us from NYU School of Medicine, where she worked at the Institute for Children at Risk.

Sam Di Iorio, Assistant Professor (Romance Languages); PhD, University of Pennsylvania. Has taught in U.S., France, and Japan. Has done research on French literature and film.

Dai Fang, Assistant Professor (Classics); PhD, Michigan. Has taught Chinese, translated Chinese poetry into English, and published fiction and poetry in Chinese.

Mary Flanagan, Assistant Professor (Film and Media); MFA, Iowa. Her interactive art, installations, and other works have been widely exhibited/performed. She comes to us from the University of Oregon.

Gregory Foster, Assistant Professor (Physics); PhD, SUNY/Stony Brook. Was most recently a post-doctoral research associate at Yale; works in the burgeoning field of photonics.

Lisa Megargle George, Assistant Professor (Economics); PhD, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Taught at Michigan State before joining us. Investigates industrial organization and political economy of print media.

Michael Gitlin, Assistant Professor (Film and Media); MFA, Bard. Has taught at New School, NYU, and Pratt; his films and videos have been shown at film festivals in U.S., Canada, and Europe.

Mitchell Goldfarb, Professor (Biological Sciences); PhD, MIT. Most recently a professor at Daniel Ruttenberg Cancer Center of Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, has also taught at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Benjamin Hett, Assistant Professor (History); PhD, Harvard; JD, Toronto. Comes to us from Harvard, where he has been advising doctoral law students and teaching a class exploring historical relationship between law and literature.

Shirzad Jenab, Assistant Professor (Psychology); PhD, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. Has been a researcher and adjunct professor at Hunter and a researcher at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Conducts research in molecular neuroscience.

Frida Kleiman, Assistant Professor (Chemistry); PhD, National University of Cordoba, Argentina. Before joining us, was a researcher at Columbia. Investigates genetic factors that contribute to risk of getting breast cancer.

Reiner Leist, Assistant Professor (Art); MFA, School of Visual Arts. His photography has been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, and Johannesburg, among others. Prior to Hunter he taught photography at MIT.

Neepa T. Maitra, Assistant Professor (Physics); PhD, Harvard. Comes to us from Rutgers, where she held a postdoctoral fellowship. Previously held a postdoctoral position in theoretical chemical physics at the University of California/Berkeley.

Douglas McBride, Assistant Professor (German); PhD, Indiana. Comes to us from St. John’s University in Minneapolis, where he teaches German and has been the director of a study-abroad program.

Nancy Milford, Distinguished Lecturer (English); PhD, Columbia. Author of highly acclaimed biographies, has taught at Princeton, Bennington, Brown, NYU, and Michigan. Was a NY Public Library Literary Lion, has received Fulbright, Guggenheim, other awards.

Lina Newton, Assistant Professor (Political Science); PhD, University of California/Irvine. Comes to us from UC/Irvine, where she was a faculty fellow in urban and regional planning responsible for courses in public policy analysis, urban sociology, immigration.

Wenge Ni-Meister, Assistant Professor (Geography); PhD, Boston. Comes to us from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, where she has been working at the earth sciences and technology center. Has taught at University of Maryland.

Karen Phillips, Assistant Professor (Chemistry); PhD, Columbia. Has been teaching at Hunter on a substitute line, is now doing research on how to teach chemistry more effectively. Has also taught at Columbia and Miami-Dade Community College.

Weigang Qiu, Assistant Professor (Biological Sciences); PhD, SUNY/Stony Brook. Has taught at Hunter and SUNY/Stony Brook and conducted research at the Center for Advanced Research in Biotechnology in Maryland.

Angela Reyes, Assistant Professor (English); PhD, University of Pennsylvania. Specializations include sociolinguistics, Asian American studies, applied linguistics. Comes to us from teaching at University of Pennsylvania.

Nicholas Ross, Assistant Professor (Music); Doctor of Musical Arts, Arizona State. Most recently has been assistant conductor in Arizona State University Orchestra Program. A violinist, has performed with the Glimmerglass Opera Company and the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.

William Solecki, Professor (Geography); PhD, Rutgers. Comes to us from Montclair State University, where he has been a professor in the department of earth and environmental studies. Has conducted research on biodiversity and regional environmental problems.

Michael Steiper, Assistant Professor (Anthropology); PhD, Harvard. Most recently a researcher at Harvard Molecular Anthropology Laboratory. Works at the molecular level on questions that shed light on the role malaria may have played in hominid evolution.

Makram Talih, Assistant Professor (Mathematics and Statistics); PhD, Yale. A specialist in biostatistics, he develops statistical programs for biological analysis. Has taught at Yale and McGill, served as consulting statistician at Yale School of Medicine’s substance abuse treatment unit.

Joseph Viteritti, Professor (Urban Affairs and Planning); PhD, CUNY. Comes to Hunter from NYU, where he has been research professor of public policy at Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service as well as co-chair and director of Program on Education and Civil Society.

William Walters, Assistant Professor (Theatre); MFA, Southern Methodist University. Internationally recognized as a director and choreographer, has taught theater and dance at Tulane, where he headed MFA program in directing. Has also taught at Yale and Wisconsin.

Brian Wood, Associate Professor (Art); MA, Hunter. His artwork is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, and Los Angeles County Museum, among many others. Has been teaching at Hunter; has also taught at Yale, Fordham, Sarah Lawrence, NYU, Pratt.

Yujia Xu, Assistant Professor (Chemistry); PhD, University of Connecticut. Most recently a research associate at Rutgers; has also done research at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. Has taught biophysical chemistry at Princeton and Rutgers.

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Robert Gyles, Professor (Curriculum and Teaching); PhD, NYU. Has been adjunct professor of mathematics education at Hunter and Bank Street College; co-authored numerous math texts; held supervisory positions with NYC Department of Education.

Marcia Knoll, Assistant Professor (Curriculum and Teaching); EdD, St. John’s University. An adjunct professor at Hunter and St. John’s; a longtime teacher, principal, and high-level administrator in New York City and New York State school systems; author or co-author of 11 books on educational issues.

Dona Matthews, Associate Professor (Special Education); PhD, University of Toronto. Comes to us from teaching posts at University of Toronto. Author or co-author of more than 20 articles or book chapters; specializes in education of gifted children.

Laurance Splitter, Professor (Curriculum and Teaching); DPhil, Oxford. Pioneered the introduction of philosophy for children in Australia and was director of a national center for philosophy at the Australian Council for Educational Research. Has conducted workshops related to philosophy in schools on five continents.

Diane C. Taranto, Assistant Professor (Special Education); PhD, St. John’s University. Has been an adjunct at Hunter specializing in early childhood special education, and at Bergen Community College, where she taught psychology.

Jenny Tuten, Assistant Professor (Curriculum and Teaching); MA, University College London. Most recently, an adjunct at Hunter and at Fordham, teaching courses in curriculum and reading and writing methods. Has taught in elementary and middle schools in New York, New Jersey, and London.

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Lauren Yanotta, Instructor; MLIS, University of Texas. At Hunter since winter 2002, previously an information services librarian at the University of Houston. Has also worked at libraries at St. Edward’s University in Austin and Fairleigh Dickinson.

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Health Sciences
Barbara Berney,
Assistant Professor (Community Health Education/Urban Public Health); PhD, Boston. Most recently a researcher at Harvard and a Hunter substitute assistant professor. Research interests include effects of toxins on health of communities.

Steven Einheber, Assistant Professor (Medical Laboratory Sciences); PhD, Cornell. Comes to us from teaching at NYU School of Medicine. Has also taught at Cornell, Hunter; conducted research funded by Epilepsy Foundation of America, National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Dennis Kodner, Professor of Health Sciences and Rose Dobrof Executive Director, Brookdale Center on Aging; PhD, Union Institute Graduate School. Founded and headed an international consulting firm specializing in issues related to aging. Was senior vice president of research and innovation at Metropolitan Jewish Health System. Has taught at New York Medical College, NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, McGill University Faculty of Medicine, Maastricht Faculty of Health Sciences (Netherlands).

Robert Raffaniello, Assistant Professor (Medical Laboratory Sciences); PhD, NYU. Comes to us from SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn, where he taught medical students and residents and conducted research. Has also taught and/or done research at NYU School of Dentistry and Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research.

Anahi Viladrich, Assistant Professor (Community Health Education/Urban Public Health); PhD, Columbia. Has taught in CUNY International Fellows Program, Columbia, University of Buenos Aires. Research interests include immigrants’ access to health care, women’s health, and AIDS.

Donald Vogel, Assistant Professor (Communication Sciences) and director, Center for Communication Disorders; AuD, Central Michigan. Most recently, coordinator of audiology for Center for Communication Disorders at Lenox Hill Hospital and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. Has taught at Hunter and NYU.

Ming-Chin Yeh, Assistant Professor (Nutrition and Food Sciences/Urban Public Health); PhD, North Carolina/Chapel Hill. Comes to us from research position at Yale Prevention Research Center. Has also taught/conducted research at Westchester Medical Center and University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill.

Mary T. Hickey, Instructor; MSN, Adelphi. Has taught at SUNY/Farmingdale, Adelphi, Queensborough Community College. Is certified in inpatient obstetric nursing and as a women’s health nurse practitioner and a childbirth educator, and has held several positions as a nurse practitioner in the area of women’s health.

Mary Frances McGibbon, Instructor; MSN, Hunter-Bellevue. Certified as a family nurse practitioner; has been an adjunct lecturer and substitute instructor at Hunter. In 2002 received Distinguished Service Recognition from U.S. Army Nurse Corps.

Patricia F. St. Hill, Associate Professor; PhD, University of California/San Francisco. Has taught at Texas Women’s University, California State/San Bernardino, and University of Washington, among others; has conducted research on both men’s and women’s health issues, including those affecting African-Americans, immigrants, and refugees.