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ENVS Faculty Affiliates

Affiliates for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

Syon Bhanot

Associate Professor



  1. Phone: (610) 328-8369
  2. Kohlberg 206
  3. Office Hours:

     Mondays in person (starting 1/31) 1:30pm-2:45pm (on Zoom on 1/24 at & Fridays on Zoom 2:30pm-3:30pm at

Areas of Interest: Behavioral Economics, Public Economics, Experimental Economics, Public Policy 

Paloma Checa-Gismero

Assistant Professor of Art History

On leave Fall 2022-Spring 2023


  1. Phone: (610) 690-5671
  2. Beardsley 203

James Fenelon

Lang Visiting Professor for Issues of Social Change

Professor of Sociology

Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility

Sociology and Anthropology


  1. Phone: (610) 328-7334
  2. Lang Center 202
  3. Office Hours:

    Tuesdays and Wednesdays 1:30- 2:30pm
    by appointment

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Vince Formica

Associate Professor



  1. Phone: (610) 328-8621
  2. Singer 405

Bethany Formica Bender

Associate in Performance

Music & Dance


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8233
  2. Lang Performing Arts Center 006A
  3. Office Hours:

    By appointment

Contemporary Modern Dance

Sibelan Forrester

Professor of Russian, Russian Section Head

On leave Fall 2021-Spring 2022


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8162
  2. Kohlberg 340

Interests: Russian and East European women writers; gender and sexuality in language and literature; Modernism; literary and scholarly translation and translation theory

Joshua Goldwyn

Assistant Professor

Mathematics & Statistics


  1. Phone: (610) 957-6059
  2. Science Center 154

Areas of Research: Applied mathematics, mathematical neuroscience

K. David Harrison




  1. On leave 2022

Nick Kaplinsky


(on leave F'21-S'22)

Plant Molecular Genetics


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8039
  2. Singer 402

Research: Molecular genetics of plant abiotic stress response

Ayse Kaya

Professor of Political Science

Program Coordinator for Global Studies


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8471
  2. Trotter 311
  3. Office Hours:

    Wednesdays 10-11am

Madalina Meirosu

Visiting Assistant Professor

Modern Languages & Literatures

Gender & Sexuality Studies


  1. Phone: (610) 957-6491
  2. Parrish 209
  3. Office Hours:

    Online: T/W/R/F 11:30am-12:30pm

Madalina Meirosu specializes in comparative approaches to nineteenth-century political and social thought in German literature.  She also has expertise in contemporary migration literature, the Medical Humanities, and Women and Gender Studies.  Her current research project explores the political undertones of nineteenth-century literature featuring artificial humanoids.

Shailen Mishra

Visiting Assistant Professor

Writing Associates Program


  1. Phone: (610) 690-5641
  2. Trotter Hall 105



Benjamin Ridgway

Assistant Professor



  1. Phone: (610) 328-7675
  2. Kohlberg 305

Peter Schmidt

William R. Kenan Jr., Professor

English Literature


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8156
  2. Lang Performing Arts Center 206
  3. Office Hours:

    Tues and Thurs 11:15 to 12:00
    and by appointment.

Sunka Simon

Professor of German, Film and Media Studies

On leave Spring '22


  1. Phone: (610) 328-7354
  2. Kohlberg 312

Sunka Simon's research focuses on the intersections of gender, race, and place in postwar German popular culture. She is the author of the book Mail-Orders: The Fiction of Letters in Postmodern Culture (2002) and eighteen scholarly articles on German literature, film and popular German culture. She is currently working on a manuscript entitled Euro-Eyes: Regionalism and Globalization in German TV Formats.

Professor Sunka Simon

Hillary Smith

Assistant Professor of Physics

Physics & Astronomy


  1. Phone: (610) 690-5521
  2. Science Center 121

Research Interests: materials physics, energy storage materials, phonon dynamics, scattering

Hilary Smith

Lee Smithey

Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies and Sociology

Peace & Conflict Studies


  1. Phone: (610) 690-2064
  2. Kohlberg 241
  3. Office Hours:

    Pronouns: he/him


    Tuesdays, 3- 4:30pm ET
    Fridays, 10- 11:30am ET
    Please make an appointment.

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Tracey Stewart

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music

Music & Dance


  1. Phone: (610) 957-6266
  2. Lang Music 404

K. Elizabeth Stevens

Associate Professor and Chair



  1. Phone: (610) 690-6889
  2. LPAC 308

Suzy Thornton

Assistant Professor

Mathematics & Statistics


  1. Phone: (610) 690-6857
  2. Science Center 136

Lucas Van Meter

Visiting Assistant Professor

Mathematics and Statistics


  1. Phone: (610) 957-6258
  2. Science Center 153

Steve Wang


On leave 2021-2022

Mathematics and Statistics


  1. Phone: (610) 690-5769

Area of research: paleobiology, macroevolution, and statistics.

Steve C Wang