INSIDE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
NEW FACULTY MEMBERS
Christopher Bishop, an assistant professor of psychology, is teaching an upper-level undergraduate class called The Diseased Brain.
He received his doctorate in psychology in 2001 at Wayne State University and spent the last few years studying Parkinson’s disease at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. By employing a rodent model and various behavioral, neuroanatomical and histological methods, his work has explored disease-induced neuroplasticity within the central nervous system. He hopes to reduce movement disability and treatment-related side effects that transpire as Parkinson’s disease progresses. Bishop, a 33-yea
r-old Michigan native, enjoys jazz music, traveling, camping and crossword puzzles. He and his wife have a 20-month-old daughter named Anna.
Stephen Boehm II is teaching graduate-level neurochemistry. He holds a doctorate in behavioral neuroscience from Oregon Health and Science University as well as a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. He did postdoctoral work at the University of Texas at Austin.
Boehm is interested in the rewarding/motivational effects of alcohol and other abused drugs. He uses genetic mouse models to identify key proteins and brain structures underlying the rewarding/motiv
ational effects of alcohol. Mice exhibit many of the same behavioral effects of alcohol seen in humans, making them good models of human alcohol abuse and dependence. The 33-year-old Denver Broncos fan and his wife live in Vestal with two sons, two cats and a dog.
Stephen Boehm II
Stephen Boehm II
Elizabeth Cohen will be teaching an advanced creative writing poetry workshop focusing on Judaic themes. She is an author and local newspaper reporter as well as the mother of a 6-year-old. Cohen, 46, has published one book of poems, one biography and one memoir and she’s now at work on a book of non-fiction essays.
She holds a master’s in fine arts from Columbia
University as well as a master’s degree from Temple University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico.
Cohen grew up in Albuquerque, N.M. She enjoys fine art, museums, movies, reading, hiking, kayaking and traveling. She and her family live on a 120-year-old farm in Port Crane with one dog and four cats.
Heather DeHaan, 31, will teach classes on imperial Russia, Soviet Russia and East-Central Europe in the 20th century, as well as a graduate seminar on com-parative urban history. The assistant professor of history received her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Toronto and her underg
raduate degree from Redeemer University College in Ontario.
DeHaan, who enjoys playing the piano, lives on Binghamton’s West Side. The daughter of a dairy farmer, she grew up in Smithville, Ontario, which is about half an hour from Niagara Falls.
Texas native Holly Hansen-Thomas will be teaching an English as a second lan-guage class for gradate stu-dents in education as well as a class on foundations of secondary education. Her research deals with how ESL students learn in mainstream content classes.
She earned a doctorate in culture, literacy and language from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She also holds a mas
ter’s degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Hansen-Thomas enjoys travel and has lived in Hungary, Germany and Spain. She is big sister to a set of identical quadruplets. Hansen-Thomas lives on Binghamton’s West Side with her husband, a rock musician.
Bi-Zhong Hu is teaching Calculus III this semester. His research focuses on topology, which is about finding all of the geometric objects that ever exist.
Bi-Zhong received his doctorate in mathematics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
He likes old-style mu
sic and is interested in ancient East Asian history.
Tongshu Ma, the Osterhout Professor of Entrepreneur-ship and an assistant professor of finance in the School of Management, will teach entrepreneurship and investments. His research includes asset pricing and market microstructure.
He was previously an assistant professor at the University of Utah. Tongshu obtained a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from East China Normal University in 1983, and a master’s degree in industrial management from Jiao Tong University in 1986. Both universities are in Shanghai.
Between 1986 and 1991, Tongshu worked for the State Pla
nning Commission of China as an economist. This experience led him to pursue graduate studies in economics. In 1998, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
Tongshu grew up in a small village on the east coast of China. He likes traveling, hiking, jogging, reading and classic and pop music.
Monika Mehta is affiliated with the Asian and Asian-American Studies Program at Binghamton University.
She received her doctorate in comparative literature with concentrations in film and feminist studies from the University of Minnesota in 2001. She was a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University
of California, Berkeley, from 2002-2004. Before coming to Binghamton University, she was an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin.
Her research and teaching interests include postcolonial literature and film; globalization, diaspora and cultural pro-duction; and South Asian cinema. Mehta is working on an examination of the censorship of sex in Bombay cinema as well as a look at the way globalization has changed relations among Bombay cinema, the Indian state and diasporic communities.
Mehta lives in Ithaca with her husband, Rajesh Bhaskaran, who teaches at Cornell University. She enjoys watching films from Asia and British television serials.