New faculty members for 2013-14: Part 2Tweet
Emre Demirezen, assistant professor, School of Management
Emre Demirezen, assistant professor in the School of Management, will teach course on spreadsheet modeling, business analytics and data mining at the undergraduate and graduate level at Binghamton University.
Demirezen, from Kayseri, Turkey, received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial engineering from Bogazici University. He received his doctorate in operations management from Texas A&M University.
He specializes in healthcare supply chains and information exchange, scheduling in healthcare settings, value co-creation, contracts, coordination, retailing, and electronic business.
Demirezen enjoys hiking, sightseeing and photography.
Amanda Licht, assistant professor, political science
Amanda Licht, assistant professor of political science, has research interests ranging from domestic politics, foreign aid and economic sanctions to repression and protest dynamics and event history models.
Licht, from Wahpeton, N.D., received her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of North Dakota and her graduate degree in international relations and political methodology from the University of Iowa.
She previously served as an assistant professor of political science at the University of South Carolina.
At Binghamton, she will teach International Cooperation Theory; Domestic Politics and International Relations;America the Powerful; and International Cooperation.
Licht enjoys cooking and baking, mystery novels, good television, and dogs.
Claudia Marques, assistant professor, biological sciences
Claudia Marques, assistant professor of biological sciences, will teach Microbiology Laboratory and Basic Microbiology at Binghamton University.
Marques, from Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal, received her bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Oporto Biotechnology School. She received her master’s degree in medical microbiology from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, and her doctorate in microbial biofilms from the University of the West of England in Bristol.
She has served as a visiting assistant professor and as a postdoctorate and research scientist at Binghamton University.
Marques’ research works to understand the tolerance of bacterial biofilms and persister cells to antimicrobials to enable an improvement of the treatment of chronic and resilient infections.
She enjoys reading, hiking, traveling and spending time with her family.
Samuel Elikem Kwame Nyamuame, visiting assistant professor, music and theatre
Samuel Elikem Kwame Nyamuame, visiting assistant professor of music and theatre, will teach courses on beginning and advanced African dance and African drumming at Binghamton University.
Nyamuame, from Whuti-Anloga, Ghana, received his bachelor’s degree in music and dance from the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana-Legon. He received his master’s degree in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University, and earned his doctorate in ethnomusicology from the University of Florida.
He specializes in sub-Saharan African music and dance traditions; African and African Diaspora musical cultures; traditional religious music and dance of Ghana; and African drumming.
Nyamuame has taught at the University of Florida and has served as director of the Agbedidi African Music and Dance Ensemble at the school.
He likes to cook, play music, sing and walk.
Jeffrey Pietras, assistant professor, geological sciences
Jeffrey Pietras, assistant professor of geological sciences, previously worked in the oil and gas industry as an exploration geologist.
Pietras, from Massena, N.Y., received his bachelor’s degree in geology from Binghamton University. He received his master’s and doctorate in geology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
His research interests include sedimentology, stratigraphy, tectonics, and petroleum geology of sedimentary basins.
Pietras will teach Basin Analysis and Structural Geology at Binghamton.
James Sobel, assistant professor, biological sciences
James Sobel, assistant professor of biological sciences, specializes in evolutionary genetics/genomics of adaptation and speciation in plants.
Sobel, from Marshall, Mich., received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Western Michigan University. He earned his doctorate in plant biology and ecology, evolutionary biology and behavior from Michigan State University.
He previously served as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Oregon.
At Binghamton, Sobel will teach Seminar: Genetics of Adaptation and Speciation and Mechanisms of Evolution
Sobel enjoys natural history, fly-fishing, woodworking, photography and spending time with his family.
Heather Welland, assistant professor, history
Heather Welland, assistant professor of history, spent the past two years as an assistant professor of history at Wake Forest University.
Welland received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from the University of Toronto. She received her doctorate in British history from the University of Chicago.
She has presented research at conferences such as the Organization of American Historians and the Midwestern Conference on British Studies.
Welland served as an adjunct instructor at DePaul University and Saint Xavier University before teaching at Wake Forest.
Alexi Zentner, assistant professor, English
Alexi Zentner, assistant professor of English, is the author of the novels The Lobster Kings (May 2014) and Touch. The latter has been published or is forthcoming in a dozen countries and 10 languages, and was named one of the “best books” of 2011 from The National Post, Kobo, and Amazon.ca.
Zentner, from Waterloo, Canada, received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Grinnell College. He received his master’s degree in fiction from Cornell University.
He has taught at Sierra Nevada College, Brooklyn College and Cornell University.
Zentner’s fiction has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Narrative Magazine, Tin House, Glimmer Train, The Southern Review and many other publications.
His hobbies include cooking, soccer, running, hiking, swimming, kayaking, guitar and reading.
Read Part 1 of the new faculty profiles