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Dean Karin Ruhlandt of the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) welcomes 11 new professors this fall. Rising stars of their fields, Ruhlandt says they bring about unsurpassed scholarship and revolutionary instruction to assist college students put together to tackle the challenges of right now and the long run. “I am delighted and proud that this talented and diverse group of scholars has joined us this fall,” she says.  “Each of them brings contemporary perspectives and expertise that will enhance the liberal arts experience for students in the College and further strengthen A&S’ areas of focus, especially in intercultural competency and social justice.”

Chanelle Benz G’12, Assistant Professor, English

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Chanelle Benz

“My pedagogical focus is twofold: to develop cohorts of writers who support and challenge each other with rigor and generosity, and to construct courses that examine texts that run counter to master narratives, especially those which engage with issues of gender, place and race.”

  • M.F.A. in inventive writing, fiction, Syracuse University
  • Specialization: fiction, inventive writing, modern literature, Black voices
  • Previous place: assistant professor of English at Rhodes College
  • Key honor/award: longlisted for the 2020 PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel and the 2019 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize

Mariaelena HuambachanoAssistant Professor, Religion and Native American and Indigenous Studies

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Mariaelena Huambachano

“My teaching philosophy is informed and shaped by my cross-cultural experience as a Native Peruvian Indigenous scholar who has lived from a young age in Aotearoa, New Zealand, the home of the Indigenous Māori culture. Focusing on the richness and breadth of cultural diversity and humility, I seek to address environmental and food justice issues, providing my students with a vibrant, inclusive, collective and creative learning environment.”

  • Ph.D. in worldwide enterprise majoring in world sustainable growth, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Specialization: Indigenous research, environmental research, meals safety/sovereignty, Indigenous analysis methodologies, Indigenous philosophies of well-being and public coverage.
  • Previous place: assistant professor, civil society and neighborhood research, School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Key honor/award: presidential variety postdoctoral fellowship, Brown University

Delali KumavieAssistant Professor, English

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Delali Kumavie (Photo credit score: Ben Cleeton)

“I aim to cultivate the critical reading, writing and thinking tools that allow my students to assess and intervene in the ongoing histories and struggles against systems of oppression, slavery, subjugation and colonialism in our world. I believe that literary inquiry and study help students to understand the structures of domination and oppression, and their continuing presence in our lives today. As a result, I design my classrooms as a space to develop critical thinking, experiment with learning and writing, debate ideas and discover ways of being in the world.”

  • Ph.D. in English, Northwestern University
  • Specialization: African and African diasporic literature, crucial race principle, research in science and know-how
  • Previous place: postdoctoral fellow on the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University
  • Key honor/award: Carter G. Woodson Predoctoral Fellowship, 2018-20; Gwendolen M. Carter and Kofi Annan Fellowship

Ethan MadarietaAssistant Professor, English

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Ethan Madarieta (Photo credit score: Ben Cleeton)

“Each of my classes incorporates forms of embodied, experiential pedagogy as a way of cultivating a learning environment that facilitates the relationships needed for engaging in the demanding but necessary work of critical self-reflection and social analysis. I encourage students to be bold in their analyses so as to contend with the ongoing violent legacies of slavery, colonialism and dispossession in their many forms. I teach the importance of relationality in knowledge production and identify pedagogy as a methodology for political, social and self-transformation.”

  • Ph.D. in comparative literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (graduate minor in Latina/o research; certificates in Holocaust, genocide and reminiscence research)
  • Specialization: Latin American and Latina/o/x literature; Pan-American Indigenous literatures; Latina/o/x research; Indigenous research; reminiscence research; gender and sexuality research; queer principle; efficiency research; crucial race and ethnicity research
  • Previous place: assistant professor of English and program for Latin American and Caribbean Studies on the State University of New York at New Paltz
  • Key honor/award: SUNY Prodig Scholar

Mirna Mihovilovic SkanataAssistant Professor, Physics

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Mirna Mihovilovic Skanata

“Throughout my career, I have developed novel technologies to tackle questions at the interface of physics and life. As I transition into the next stage of my career, I look forward to tapping into the diverse scientific community at Syracuse University, with the goal of forging collaborations across departments and institutes.”

  • Ph.D. in physics, Brown University
  • Specialization: biophysics, in vivo imaging, programs neuroscience
  • Previous place: postdoctoral fellow, Department of Physics, New York University
  • Key honor/award: The New York Academy of Sciences Magazine, cowl story (Spring 2016 difficulty)

Warrick MosesAssistant Professor, Art and Music Histories

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Warrick Moses

“I am deeply committed to an interdisciplinary teaching approach, one that helps students develop the critical skills necessary to interrogate music as a cultural practice. I look forward to working collaboratively with community members in fostering an inclusive environment of learning and discovery that emphasizes social justice and social difference perspectives.”

  • Ph.D. in African and African American research with a secondary subject in ethnomusicology, Harvard University
  • Specialization: racial and linguistic id in well-liked music; hip-hop research; music of the African diaspora; Afrofuturism and African futurities
  • Previous place: Postdoctoral researcher with the CIPHER Hip-hop Initiative hosted by University College Cork, Ireland, and funded by the European Research Council
  • Key honor/award: Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Harvard University, 2017

Karin NisenbaumAssistant Professor, Philosophy

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Karin Nisenbaum

“I will continue to work on a manuscript about post-Kantian moral perfectionism, which says our good, ultimately, is realizing our true nature. My aim is a new way to think about the ethical outlook developed by some post-Kantian thinkers, and to show how their views might enable us to address some of the problems confronting contemporary neo-Aristotelian ethical naturalism. During the spring, I will teach a graduate seminar on Kantian and post-Kantian ethics. I look forward to discussing some of the ideas I am working out in the book with students and colleagues.”

  • Ph.D. in philosophy, University of Toronto
  • Specialization: Kant, German Idealism, Nineteenth- and Twentieth-century Jewish thought
  • Previous place: assistant professor, Department of Philosophy, Boston College
  • Key honor/award: Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship for Advanced Researchers 2019–22

Corrine OcchinoAssistant Professor, Languages, Literatures and Linguistics (A&S) and Teaching and Leadership within the School of Education

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Corrine Occhino

“I am excited to relocate the Multimodal Language Lab to Syracuse and continue my work on language processing and organization in signed and spoken language. I look forward to training the next generation of scholars in ethical and inclusive research practices, and to growing the presence of ASL on the SU campus.”

  • Ph.D. in linguistics, University of New Mexico
  • Specialization: signed languages, multimodal language, phonology, language processing, language variation and change
  • Previous place: assistant analysis professor, Center on Culture and Language on the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Key honor/award: Society of Family Planning analysis grant: “Reproductive Health Experiences of Deaf Women: A Mixed Methods Study”

Ruth OparaAssistant Professor, Art and Music Histories

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Ruth Opara

“My pedagogy emphasizes critical thinking, creativity and diversity. As a teacher, I strive to help students see how they can interact with Africa, Black Atlantic and other world cultures through music. I do this by creating a learning environment that facilitates collaboration between me and students, grounds itself in mutual respect and trust, and provides students with new avenues for communication.”

  • Ph.D. in musicology, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Specialization: music in Africa and the manufacturing of data, music and the worldwide girl, music and gender, Black Atlantic music, African music and transnational encounters
  • Previous place: Mellon postdoctoral educating fellow, Department of Music, Columbia University
  • Key honor/award: at the moment writing “Music, Motherhood, and Transnationalism: The Igbo, Nigerian Perspective”

Ivan PechenezhskiyAssistant Professor, Physics

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Ivan Pechenezhskiy

“I’m looking forward to building a superconducting quantum device research group and setting up the lab space by bringing together my academic and industry experiences in the field. I believe that understanding students’ aspirations and dreams is the key to help them realize their fullest potential along any career path they choose.”

  • Ph.D. in physics, University of California, Berkeley
  • Specialization: quantum data science, condensed matter physics
  • Previous place: senior quantum engineer at Seeqc, Inc.
  • Key honor/award: bettering quantum take a look at infrastructure at Seeqc, Inc.

Yiming Zhao, Assistant Professor, Mathematics

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Yiming Zhao

“I work in convex geometric analysis, where geometric intuitions guide mathematical abstractions. I believe we can make mathematics less daunting for our students by engaging them more in the class and visualizing examples and concepts whenever possible. In all my classes, I aim to foster an environment in which students learn not only the knowledge, but more importantly how to make discoveries on their own.”

  • Ph.D. in arithmetic, New York University
  • Specialization: convex geometric evaluation, partial differential equations,
  • Previous place: assistant professor at St. John’s University
  • Key honor/award: P.I., three-year NSF grant


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