New faculty profiles for 2016-17: Part 4
September 30, 2016Tweet
Jeffrey Becker, visiting assistant professor of classical and near eastern studies, Harpur College
Jeffrey Becker, a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies, will teach courses on art in the ancient Greek world; ancient cities; and urbanism and cities in antiquity at Binghamton University.
Becker, from West Chester, Pa., received his bachelor’s degree in classics and Latin from Franklin and Marshall College. He received his master’s degree and doctorate in classical archeology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
He specializes in Mediterranean archaeology and urbanism; Graeco-Roman architecture; archaeological methodology; and ancient geography.
Becker has taught as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Mississippi; Brown University; McMaster University; Boston University; and the College of William and Mary.
He is also a contributing editor and reviewer (Etruscan and Roman art) for “Smarthistory” and an associate editor and reviewer for “The Pleiades Project.”
Luis Castañeda, adjunct lecturer, romance languages and literatures, Harpur College
Luis Castañeda, an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, will teach Spanish classes at Binghamton University.
Castañeda received his bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Texas at-Brownsville. He received his doctorate in comparative literature from the University of Texas-Brownsville.
His research and teaching focuses on the study of Chicanismo, particularly the aesthetic portrayal and dissemination of the Chicano/a identity through literature written during the Chicano/a Renaissance. Theoretical interests integrate U.S.-Mexico border studies, borderlands theory and epistemology, colonial and post-colonial studies, interior diaspora, Mexicanism and Indigenism.
Louisa Holmes, assistant professor of geography, Harpur College
Louisa Holmes, an assistant professor of geography, previously served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education / Department of Medicine at the University of California-San Francisco.
Holmes, from Seattle, received her undergraduate degree in English and political science from Seattle University. She received her doctorate in geography from the University of Southern California.
Her research interests include health disparities; migrant health; biodemography; and geospatial and quantitative methods.
At Binghamton University, Holmes will teach Environmental Health; Health Disparities; and Population Health.
She enjoys travel; hiking and generally being outdoors; live music; and sports.
Erin Jant, visiting assistant professor of psychology, Harpur College
Erin Jant, a visiting assistant professor of psychology, previously served as an assistant professor at Penn State University and as a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University.
Jant, from Columbus, Ind., received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Indiana University and her graduate degree in developmental psychology from Loyola University in Chicago.
At Loyola University, Jant received the Dissertation of the Year Award in 2012.
Her research interests include the cognitive and social foundations of young children’s learning and remembering. Her current area of research explores ways that parents and educators can encourage children’s understanding of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts in museums and classrooms.
At Binghamton, she will teach Research Methods; Seminar in Advanced Child Development; and Statistics.
Jant’s hobbies include spending time with her family; playing sports, hiking, biking, and swimming.
Clarice Kelleher, lecturer of chemistry, Harpur College
Clarice Kelleher, a lecturer in the Chemistry Department, will teach Introductory Chemistry and Chemical Principles at Binghamton University.
Kelleher, from Dryden, N.Y., received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from the College of the Holy Cross and her doctorate in chemistry from Cornell University.
She previously served as a visiting assistant professor at SUNY Geneseo.
Maike Rocker, visiting lecturer in German and Russian Studies, Harpur College
Maike Rocker, a visiting lecturer in the Department of German and Russian Studies, specializes in second language learning and teaching, and language and gender.
Rocker, from Leer, Germany, received her undergraduate degree in English-speaking cultures and her graduate degree in education (German and English) from the University of Bremen in Germany.
She has taught at the University of Waterloo, Canada, and at the CASA International Language School in Bremen, Germany.
At Binghamton, Rocker will teach Elementary German and Intermediate German.
She enjoys soccer, hiking, biking and acrylic painting.