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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:

    Tuesdays 11:20am-1:00pm and by appointment

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

Paloma Checa-Gismero

Assistant Professor of Art History


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

    Tuesdays, 1.30 - 3 pm - Schedule an appointment

Vince Formica

Associate Professor



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

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

Areas of Research: Applied mathematics, mathematical neuroscience

K. David Harrison


Provost's Office



  1. Phone: (610) 690-5785
  2. Pearson 116

Nick Kaplinsky

Professor & Department Chair

(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

Associate Professor of Political Science

Program Coordinator for Global Studies


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

    Fall 2021

    Tuesday/Thursday 1:00-2:00pm

Ayse Kaya

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.

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


  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

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.

picture of Lee Smithey

K. Elizabeth Stevens

Associate Professor and Chair



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

Steve Wang


Mathematics and Statistics


  1. Phone: (610) 690-5769

Area of research: paleobiology, macroevolution, and statistics.

Steve C Wang