New faculty members for 2010-11
September 14, 2010Tweet
Sonia Arellano-Lopez, a research assistant professor in the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, earned her master’s and doctorate in sociology from Binghamton University.
Originally from Bolivia, Arellano-Lopez did her undergraduate work in political science and sociology at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador.
She specializes in how social issues influence land use and class, gender and ethnicity as organizing principles of production. Her articles have been featured in the Encyclopedia of Urban Cultures; Development and Change; and Nueva Sociedad.
Arenallo-Lopez, who will teach courses on human rights, environment and development, enjoys reading, hiking, tennis and photography.
Jennifer Hsu, a visiting assistant professor in the Sociology Department, will teach urban sociology and Chinese society and politics at Binghamton.
Hsu, who specializes in social development and civil society in China, received her undergraduate degrees in history and comparative development from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. She did her graduate work at the University of Cambridge in Great Britain.
She has taught at the University of Sydney in Australia and is the co-editor of China in an Era of Transition: Understanding Contemporary State and Society Actors.
Hsu enjoys cooking and traveling.
Liza Moscovice, a visiting assistant professor in the Biology Department, specializes in the social behavior of primates.
Moscovice, from Minneapolis, Minn., received her undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Oberlin College and her graduate degree in primatology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
She has conducted postdoctoral research on baboon social behavior at the University of Pennsylvania and has been published in Current Biology, Biological Conservation and other journals.
Moscovice, who enjoys skiing and hiking, will teach Current Topics in Evolutionary Studies, Evolution and Human Affairs, and Animal Behavior at Binghamton.
Louis Piper, an assistant professor in the Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy Department, specializes in experimental condensed matter physics.
Piper previously worked as a research assistant professor in the Physics Department at Boston University. He received his undergraduate degree and doctorate in physics from Warwick University.
He will teach physics topics at Binghamton.
Piper enjoys reading and thrift-store hunting for books. His son Henry was born on July 30.
Xingye Qiao, an assistant professor in the Mathematical Sciences Department, will teach courses on probability and interest theory at Binghamton.
Qiao, from Shanghai, China, received his undergraduate degree in mathematics and applied mathematics from Fudan University in China. He received his graduate degree in statistics from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Qiao, who specializes in statistics, has had his work published in the Journal of the American Statistical Association.
He enjoys traveling, hiking, tennis and soccer.
Eric Swartz, a visiting assistant professor in the Mathematical Sciences Department, will teach calculus and number systems at Binghamton.
Swartz, from Vienna, W. Va., received his undergraduate degree in math from Harvard University and his doctorate in math from Ohio State University.
His specialty and research interest is algebraic graph theory.
Swartz enjoys watching football and brews his own beer.
Wendy Wall, an associate professor in the History Department, has taught at Queen’s University, Colgate University and Duke University.
Originally from Malibu, Calif., Wall received undergraduate degrees in government and Slavic from Harvard University. She received her master’s and doctorate in U.S. history from Stanford University.
Wall’s 2008 book, Inventing the “American Way”: The Politics of Consensus from the New Deal to the Civil Rights Movement, was the co-winner of the Organization of American Historians’ 2008 Ellis Hawley Prize; winner of the 2008 Phi Alpha Theta Best First Book Award; and a semifinalist for the 2010 Harry S. Truman Book Award.
At Binghamton, Wall will teach a U.S. history survey; a senior seminar/graduate course on Cold War America; and courses on the American West and the U.S. during the Great Depression and World War II.
Wall enjoys hiking, jogging, jazz, musicals and photography.