Meet the newest members of the faculty in the College of Liberal Arts

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

They research African American women's activism, environmental history in the Middle East, nationalism in global media, and sexual violence in the Rwandan genocide. They specialize in orchestral music and architectural history. They teach the language and culture of modern China and ancient Rome. These are scholars and teachers of high achievement who already have packed CVs. We can't wait to see what they accomplish at UNH.

Assistant Professors

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Kabria Baumgartner
Assistant Professor
Department of English

Kabria Baumgartner is an assistant professor of American studies, a core faculty member in the Women’s Studies Program and a faculty affiliate in the History Department. She earned her Ph.D. in African American studies and a graduate certificate in feminist studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses on topics such as slave narratives, American protest literature, early African American culture and history, and black feminism. Her research focuses on the social and political realities of African American women’s activism in the United States, from the late eighteenth century to the present. She has earned numerous awards to support her research, including fellowships from the Library Company of Philadelphia, the American Antiquarian Society, the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation and the Massachusetts Historical Society. Her book, “Right To Learn: African American Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America” (under contract with NYU Press) tells the story of African American women writers, students and teachers who fostered black educational opportunity in the Northeast between 1820 and 1860. It argues that a group of women activists launched a series of local educational campaigns, from establishing literary societies to desegregating female seminaries, in order to create a self-perpetuating system of black intellectual achievement. Baumgartner’s publications include recent scholarly articles in the New England Quarterly and the Journal of the Early Republic as well as a book chapter on the female seminary movement in Margaret Nash’s edited volume, “Women’s Higher Education in the United States: New Historical Perspectives” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

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Tina Beyene
Assistant Professor
Women's Studies Program

Tina Beyene is an interdisciplinary scholar with research and teaching interests in postcolonial studies, transnational and women of color feminisms, gender-based violence and conflict zones in Africa, gender and development studies, and women in the horn and central Africa. She is currently working on her first book, a colonial genealogy of sexual violence in the 1994 Rwandan genocide and in the wars of the Democratic Republic of Congo between 1996-2003, two conflicts that took place in former Belgian colonies. She is also working on projects on Ethiopia, analyzing gender-based violence and transitional justice and exploring the politics of state feminism and grassroots gender activism. She has taught courses on gender and conflict zones, feminist epistemology, intersectional feminisms as well as English composition. Prior to joining UNH, she was a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Irvine (2015-2017). She has worked as a consultant in the field of gender and development, publishing in 2015 a national assessment of barriers to gender equality in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields in Ethiopia. Prior to beginning an academic career, she was a book editor and publisher at South End Press, where she worked on projects in areas such as reproductive, racial and criminal justice; global environmental movements and U.S. foreign policy.

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Aria Halliday
Assistant Professor
Women's Studies Program

Aria S. Halliday is assistant professor of Africana feminisms in women’s studies at the University of New Hampshire. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in American studies with a graduate certificate in women’s, gender and sexuality studies from Purdue University. Halliday’s research spans the interdisciplinary fields of American studies; African American studies; women’s, gender, and sexuality studies; and cultural studies, focusing on Black American and Caribbean women’s visual and material cultural production. Black feminist theory informs her current research, in which she examines the representation of Black women’s and girls’ sexual expression in popular culture and the ways in which those expressions shape radicalism, consumerism and new media cultures.  She is the founder of Ruthless — a blog on Black women, feminism and Christianity — and the Digital Black Girls, a digital humanities project that documents representations of Black girls in popular culture. She is also a regular contributor to The Ebony Tower, a blog dedicated to the experience of graduate students of color. She was raised in Durham, North Carolina and is a proud alumna of Davidson College.

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Fredrik Meiton
Assistant Professor
Department of History

Fredrik Meiton is a historian of the modern Middle East. He studies the intersection of politics, science and the environment, especially in the context of colonial development. He teaches courses in global and Middle Eastern history, often with a focus on science, technology, energy and the environment. Meiton has a B.A. in history from Lund University, an M.Phil. in Middle East studies from St Antony’s College, Oxford, and a Ph.D. from New York University. Before taking up his position at UNH, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Science in Human Culture Program and Department of History at Northwestern University. Meiton has published widely for scholarly and general audiences on a range of topics, from electrification in Mandate Palestine to energy politics, capitalism and political theory, in publications that include Past & Present, Comparative Studies in Society & History, Respons and Dissent.

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David Upham
Assistant Professor
Department of Music

David Upham is the director of orchestral activities and assistant professor of music education at the University of New Hampshire, as well as the founding music director of the UNH Youth Symphony Orchestras. Prior to his arrival in New England, he was active in Seattle, Wash., as a conductor of professional, community and student ensembles. He served as the music director of the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, taught at the Seattle Conservatory of Music, and worked with the Rainier Symphony Orchestra, the Northwest Mahler Festival and various professional ballet orchestras. In November 2009, he made his international debut at the French contemporary music festival, Aujourd’hui Musiques. Upham’s work also focuses on orchestral music education at all levels, preparing students for careers as public school orchestra directors and teaching graduate conducting. In 2013, he founded the UNH Youth Symphony Orchestra program, which provides local school children with opportunities to study and perform string instruments while also providing UNH music education students with practical teaching experience. Upham appears frequently as an educator and clinician at festivals across the country, including the Summer Youth Music School at UNH. His background as a music educator also includes a tenure with the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras and a successful ten-year career as a public school music educator. Upham received a B.A. in music from Luther College, an M.M. in conducting from the University of Northern Colorado and a D.M.A. in conducting from the University of Washington.

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Anna Wainwright
Assistant Professor
Department of Classics, Humanities and Italian Studies

Anna Wainwright is assistant professor of Italian. She completed her Ph.D. in Italian studies at New York University. She also holds an M.A. from NYU, and an A.B. in comparative literature from the University of Chicago. Her work focuses on the intersection of gender, politics and emotion in medieval and early modern Italian literature. Her current book project, Widow City, investigates the cultural and political significance of literary widowhood in the Italian tradition, stretching from Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio, to the women poets of the Counter-Reformation. She is the author of “A Simple Virgin Speaks: Isabella Cervoni’s Oration to Pope Clement VIII” (Italianist, 2017), and translator of Leonora Bernardi’s untitled pastoral tragicomedy, to be published with introduction and notes by Virginia Cox and Lisa Sampson with the Other Voice Series in 2018; she is at work on a digital humanities site to accompany the translation. She is co-editor of “Innovation in the Italian Counter-Reformation” and at work on a multi-year collaborative research project entitled The Legacy of Birgitta of Sweden: Women, Politics and Reform in Renaissance Italy. She has held awards and grants from the American Foundation of Savoy Orders, the Renaissance Society of America and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

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Kate Zambom
Assistant Professor
Department of Communication

Kate Zambon earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (2017) after completing her bachelor’s degree in Italian and German studies from Vassar College (2007) in Poughkeepsie, New York. Her research in global media studies focuses on the cultural politics of nationalism and migration in the media. Her current research project analyzes how the rejection of multiculturalism across Europe has paved the way for the rise of “integration” as a new paradigm for managing transnational and multiethnic populations. Other areas of interest include the political economy of representations of culture in global media flows including international sporting events, news and entertainment media. Zambon’s research takes a historically grounded and critical approach to analyzing media, connecting representation in news and entertainment media to political and economic logics as they develop over time. Her work also involves the development and promotion of multimodal approaches to scholarship. She is a founding member and former director of CAMRA Penn, an interdisciplinary group dedicated to conducting and supporting research that goes beyond the written word, including digital, film, audio and web-based scholarship. Her research has been published in Media, Culture & Society, the International Journal of Communication and Popular Communication.

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Lin Zhang
Assistant Professor
Department of Communication

Lin Zhang earned a M.A. in media, culture and communication from NYU, and a Ph.D. in communication from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism from the University of Southern California. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on the cultural economy of digital capitalism as it intersects with issues of class, gender, nation and race in an age of globalization. Her work has been published in journals such as New Media and Society, Journal of Consumer Culture, International Journal of Cultural Studies, China Information and Inter-Asia Cultural Studies. She is currently working on a book about digital labor, entrepreneurship and China’s economic and social restructuring. At UNH, she teaches courses that include Introduction to Media Studies and Global Digital Capitalism.

Clinical Faculty

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Cecile Gunn Desmond
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology

B.A., Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, 1993
M.Div., Boston University, 1998
Ph.D., ibid., 2012

Courses: Counseling, Abnormal Behavior


Research Faculty

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Bethany Silva
Research Assistant Professor, Community Literacy Center Director
Department of Education

B.A., Middlebury College, 1998
M.F.A., Vermont College of Fine Arts, 2005
Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2017

Research: literacy studies, place-based pedagogies, practitioner research methodologies


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Lindsey Cole
Department of Psychology

B.A., University of Massachusetts, 2007
M.A., Southern Connecticut State University, 2010
M.A., University of New Hampshire, 2012
Ph.D., ibid., 2015

Courses: Justice Studies Internship, Proseminar: Introduction to Justice Studies

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Nicole Gercke
Department of Classics, Humanities and Italian Studies

B.A., Dartmouth College, 1998
M.A., Middlebury College, 2008
Ph.D., Brown University, 2015

Courses: Elementary Italian, and Advanced Italian Conversation and Composition

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Rebecca Gibson
Department of Anthropology

B.A., Indiana University South Bend, 2011
M.A., Brandeis University, 2013

Courses: Human Evolution, Fossils & DNA; Intro to Forensic Anthropology; Topics/Blood, Bones & Burials

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Alex Holznienkemper
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

B.A., University of Arizona, 2006
M.A., ibid., 2008
Ph.D., Ohio State University, 2014

Courses: Elementary German I and II, Intermediate German I, Advanced Communications Skills I, Contemporary German Literature

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Joanna Kenty
Department of Classics, Humanities and Italian Studies

B.A., Wesleyan University, 2008
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2014

Courses: Roman Civilization; Athens, Rome, and the Birth of the USA; Individual and Society in the Ancient World;  Intermediate Greek; Elementary Latin I and II; Intermediate Latin I and II

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Kathy Kiely
Department of English

B.A., Princeton University, 1977
M.A., American University, 2008

Courses: Writing and Reporting News I, Entrepreneurial Journalism

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Paul Robertson
Department of Classics, Humanities and Italian Studies

B.A., Reed College, 2006
Ph.D., Brown University, 2012

Courses: Greek & Roman Religion; Intro to Humanities: Power & Responsibility

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Nina Windgätter
Department of Philosophy

B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2009
M.A., ibid., 2009
Ph.D., University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 2017

Courses: Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics and Society

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Hyewon Yoon
Department of Art and Art History

B.A., Seoul National University, South Korea, 2005
M.A., Harvard University, 2009
Ph.D., ibid., 2016

Courses: Introduction to Art History, Intro to Architectural History, Independent Study/Art History

Visiting Faculty

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Xin Mai
Visiting Faculty
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

B.A., Chengdu University, 2011
M.A., Guangxi University, 2013

Courses: Chinese language and culture

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