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ENVS Faculty Affiliates

Affiliates for the 2022-2023 Academic Year

Syon Bhanot

Associate Professor

On leave 2022/2023 academic year



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

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:

    By appointment or email
    Tuesdays, 1:00- 2:30pm
    Thursdays, 2:00- 3:30pm

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Vince Formica

Associate Professor & Department Chair



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

Bethany Formica Bender


Music & Dance


  1. Phone: (610) 690-2019
  2. Lang Performing Arts Center 006A
  3. Office Hours:

    By appointment

Contemporary Modern Dance

Sibelan Forrester

Professor of Russian, Russian Section Head

Coordinator of Interpretation Theory


  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

Christopher Green

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History


  1. Phone: (610) 690-3339
  2. Beardsley 203
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History Christopher Green

K. David Harrison


On leave Fall 2022 and Spring 2023



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:

    By appointment only, Wednesdays 4-5:15. Sign up for a slot here:

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

Interim Multilingual Writing Specialist '22-'23

Writing Associates Program

English Literature


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



Benjamin Ridgway

Assistant Professor



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

Kathryn Riley

Assistant Professor

Analytical Chemistry


  1. Phone: (610) 690-3904
  2. Science Center 284

Research interests: nanomaterial surface properties and interactions with biomolecules

Kathryn Riley

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.
    (in person or via Zoom)

Sunka Simon


Chair, Film & 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

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

Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies

Pronouns: He/Him

Peace & Conflict Studies


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

    By appointment
    Tuesdays, 4:15- 5:00pm and Wednesdays, 1:30- 3:00pm

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Tracey Stewart

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 156

Steve Wang


Mathematics and Statistics


  1. Phone: (610) 690-5769
  2. Science Center 159

Area of research: paleobiology, macroevolution, and statistics.

Steve C Wang