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CLAS Welcomes New Faculty

This article was originally published in the October 2005 issue of CLASnotes

More than 50 new faculty members join CLAS this year. In the next few issues, CLASnotes will introduce these new names and faces.

Sean AdamsSean Adams, an assistant professor of history, received his bachelor’s degree in history from Purdue University in 1990 and his master’s and PhD in US History from the University of Wisconsin in 1992 and 1999, respectively. His specialization is in 19th-century US History, with a particular emphasis on political economy. Adams was a fellow with the National Historical and Public Records Commission and has taught at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Central Florida.

His current book project is a study of the consumption of heat in early America. He is teaching The Age of Jackson, America’s Industrial Revolution, and the History of American Capitalism. He also plans to teach classes on the history of technology and a course on American slavery and abolition.

Luis Alverez-CastroLuis Alvarez-Castro is an assistant professor in the Romance languages and literatures department. His specialization is 19th-century Spanish literature and culture, and he earned a PhD from the University of Valladolid in Spain in 2002 and a second PhD from The Ohio State University in 2005. Both of his dissertations dealt with the works of Spanish writer and thinker Miguel de Unamuno, and he also is interested in literary representations of national identity, metafiction, and reader-response approaches to literature.

Alvarez-Castro is teaching an undergraduate and graduate course on 19th-century Spanish novels. His new book, The Word and the Being in Unamuno’s Poetics, will be released this fall.

Catherine CottrellCatherine Cottrell, an assistant professor of psychology, received her PhD from Arizona State University in August 2005. She specializes in social psychology, and her research interests focus on prejudice and emotions, stereotyping, discrimination and stigma.

Much of her current research involves specific emotions—such as respect, anger and envy—that members of different ethnic, religious, political and social groups may feel toward each other, and the positive beliefs that members of different groups may hold for one another. Cottrell is teaching Research Methods in Social Psychology.

Stewart DuncanStewart Duncan is an assistant professor of philosophy who earned his PhD from Rutgers University in 2003 and his master’s degree from the University of St Andrews in Scotland in 1997. He works primarily on the history of philosophy, focusing on the 17th and 18th centuries. Prior to coming to UF, he was a lecturer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for two years.

His research focuses on the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes and the ways in which other 17th-century philosophers such as Cudworth, Leibniz, and Locke reacted to Hobbes’ materialist views. He is teaching Introduction to Philosophy for honors students and Skepticism in Modern Philosophy, an upper-level special topics course.

James EssegbeyJames Essegbey is an assistant professor in the African and Asian languages and literatures department. He earned his PhD from Leiden University in The Netherlands in 1999 and specializes in descriptive linguistics, syntax-semantics interface, pragmatics and contact linguistics. He came to UF last year as a visiting assistant professor after serving as a lecturer and postdoctoral researcher at Leiden.

He is researching the influence of the Gbe languages of West Africa on the syntax and semantics of Surinamese Creoles and documenting the use of Nyangbo—a minority language spoken in Ghana. Essegbey is teaching Akan, a Ghanaian language.

James GilloolyJames Gillooly is an assistant professor of zoology. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Michigan in 1988 and completed his PhD in zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a specialty in ecology. Before joining UF, he was a postdoctoral associate and research assistant professor at the University of New Mexico.

Gillooly’s research interests span the subdisciplines of physiological ecology, community and ecosystem ecology, and evolution. He examines how physical constraints on the survival, growth and reproduction of individual organisms influence the ecology and evolution of populations, communities and ecosystems. Most recently, he has been developing what is referred to as the metabolic theory of ecology.

Anthony GonzalezAnthony Gonzalez is an assistant professor of astronomy. He received his PhD in astronomy and astrophysics from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2000.

Prior to taking a faculty postion in the astronomy department, Gonzalez was a postdoctoral fellow at UF and at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. His research focuses on galaxy cluster evolution and observational cosmology. This semester, he is teaching a graduate course, Physical Cosmology.

Micheal T. HeaneyMichael T. Heaney is an assistant professor in the political science department. He earned his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2004 and specializes in political science and public policy. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University during 2004–2005.

Heaney’s research focuses on organizational processes in American politics and public policy, with particular attention to interest groups, political parties, social movements, bureaucracies and legislatures. He has completed studies on the role of lobbyist networks in shaping federal health care policy and the organizational politics of the anti-Iraq war movement in the US. He is teaching Current Controversies in Public Policy, Bureaucratic Politics and Interest Group Politics.

Sukwon HongSukwon Hong, an assistant professor of chemistry, earned his PhD in organometallic chemistry with a specialization in asymmetric catalysis, in 2003 from Northwestern University. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry from Seoul National University in South Korea.

Hong was a postdoctoral research associate at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California before coming to UF. His research focuses on the development of new asymmetric catalysts for use in the total synthesis of biologically important natural products and in olefin polymerization. Hong teaches Organic Spectroscopy.

Julie KimJulie Kim, an assistant professor of English, completed her PhD this year at Duke University. Her research interests include early American and 18th-century British literature and culture, theories of race and ethnicity, Asian American studies, and the history of anthropology, food and consumption, and postcolonial studies.

Her current book project, Consumer Anthropology: New World Foods and Identities in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Empire, examines the relationship between descriptions of New World foods and attitudes towards racial and cultural difference in 18th-century Britain, North America and the Caribbean. She is teaching Strange Attractions in Early American Literature and Theories of the Human.

Lora LevettLora Levett is an assistant professor in the criminology, law and society department. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Central Michigan University in 2001 and her graduate education through Florida International University, earning a PhD in legal psychology with a minor in social psychology, in 2005. She has taught at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Barnard College at Columbia University.

Levett’s research interests are juror and jury decision making, scientific evidence, eyewitness testimony, juveniles and the justice system and persuasion theory. She is teaching Law and Society and Psychology and the Law.

Victoria PaganVictoria Pagán is an associate professor of classics. She earned her PhD from the University of Chicago in 1997 in classical languages and literatures with an emphasis on Latin literature and Roman historiography. Pagán taught at UF from 1997–1998 and then spent seven years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Her research focuses primarily on Latin prose authors of the classical period, from Cato to Augustine. She is finishing Rome and the Literature of Gardens, a book that explores the way Romans wrote about gardens in a wide variety of genres. She is teaching Sallust’s Conspiracy of Catiline and The Letters of Pliny.

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