The University Honors College faculty represent academic departments from throughout the university. The Honors faculty include many of New Mexico State University’s most distinguished teachers and researchers.
Dr. Alexander is an archaeologist with field experience in Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula, Honduras, and the American Southwest. Her research interests include prehistoric complex societies of Mesoamerica, the Spanish conquest and colonization of the Yucatán peninsula, native resistance and rebellions, colonial ethnohistory and political economy, quantitative analysis, and fauna analysis.
Jeffrey Amato, Professor, Geological Sciences
Dr. Amato is a structural geologist studying the formation and deformation of mountains and continents. His research includes projects in northern Alaska, eastern Russia, Mexico, and New Mexico. Currently, he and his students are investigating the earliest history of the southwest United States by analyzing the ages of rocks using U-Pb isotopes. In 2004 he received the New Mexico State University Research Council Award for Exceptional Achievements in Creative Scholarly Activity.
Jamie Bronstein, Professor, History
Dr. Bronstein teaches American social and cultural history. Her current research deals with the impact of the Industrial Revolution on working people in nineteenth-century Britain and the United States.
Gregory Butler, Professor, Government
Dr. Butler teaches in the areas of political theory and American government. His current research interests include nineteenth-century American political thought and the role of religion and morality in contemporary liberal thought and practice.
Judith Flores Carmona is Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and in the Honors College at New Mexico State University. Her work has appeared in Race Ethnicity and Education, Equity and Excellence in Education, and Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social. She is co-editor (with Kristen V. Luschen) of the book Crafting Critical Stories: Toward Pedagogies and Methodologies of Collaboration, Inclusion, and Voice (2014).
William Eamon, Dean Emeritus of the Honors College; Regents and Distinguished Achievement Professor of History, Emeritus
A specialist in the history of science and medicine in Renaissance Italy and Spain, Dr. Eamon is the author of Science and the Secrets of Nature: Books of Secrets in Medieval and Early Modern Culture (1994); The Professor of Secrets: Mystery, Medicine and Alchemy in Renaissance Italy (2010); and more than sixty articles on the history of early modern science and Renaissance history. He is also co-editor of the book, Beyond the Black Legend: Spain and the Scientific Revolution (2007). He teaches an honors course on the history of magic and witchcraft in medieval and Renaissance Europe.
Chris Erickson, Professor, Economics
Interim Department head of the NMSU College of Business, Doctor Erikson’s research focuses include macroeconomics, banking, Latin America, and economic development.
Claude J. Fouillade, Professor, French
Professor Fouillade’s research interests range from Francophone in the Americas, medieval literature, 19th century France, creative writing, translation and film studies.
Julie Fitzsimmons, College Assistant Professor, Art
Professor Fitzsimmons has a broad area of current research interests ranging from her original specialty of 19th-century art to issues pertinent to the 20th century to classical studies.
Frank Gilpin, Professor, Dance
Professor Frank Gilpin ( Paco Antonio) has trained extensively in Spanish Dance, Modern, and Ballet. He has studied and performed around the world in a verity of venues including Festivals, Benefit Galas and as a member of Dance España
Manal Hamzeh, Professor, Women’s Studies
Dr. Manal Hamzeh is an associate professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies/Women’s Studies Program. She holds a Ph.D. in Critical Pedagogy (Social Justice Education.
Dr. Manal’s research draws on anti-racist/decolonizing educational and Arab-Muslim feminist theories. She is the sole-author of DeVeiling Pedagogies: Muslim Girls and the Hijab Discourse (2012). The theory in her book was represented/adapted in a short animation film (12 minutes)—The Four Hijabs. This is collaborative work with playwright Jamil Khoury, of Chicago’s Silk Road Rising Theater. It aims to advance the understanding of the effects of hijabophobia and Islamophobia on young Muslims, particularly in North America.
Dr. Manal holds New Mexico State University’s wide Christmore Teaching Award (2102) and the Roush Teaching Award (2015). Both awards are driven by student nominations.
Neil Harvey, Professor, Government
Dr. Harvey teaches in the area of comparative politics, with a particular focus on democratization in Latin America. His research interests include indigenous peoples and political change in Chiapas and Mexico.
Matt Holt, Assistant Professor, Finance
Dr. Holt teaches courses in commercial law, sports law, business law and employment relationship. He has 29 years of private practice experience.
Liz Horodowich, History
Professor Horodowich teaches and researches early modern European history with a focus on sixteenth-century Italy and Venice. She is the author of Language and Statecraft in Early Modern Venice (Cambridge, 2008), A Brief History of Venice (Constable and Robinson, 2009), and has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from a variety of institutions, including The American Historical Association, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Newberry Library, The Renaissance Society of America, and Harvard University’s Villa I Tatti. Her present research examines how sixteenth-century Venetian print culture and cartography played a crucial role in the invention of America. Her book manuscript in progress is entitled Armchair Travelers and the Venetian Discovery of the New World, and she is also co-editing a volume entitled The Discovery of the New World in Renaissance Italy.
Dr. Anne Hubbell ‘s communications research focuses on marginalized populations such as 1st or 2nd generation Mexican American youth and Women in areas of breast cancer detection, as well as the in studying the correlations between trust violations and increased anti-social behavior. Dr. Hubble has published several works on those aforementioned topics.
Kelly Jenks, Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Dr. Jenks is an archaeologist whose research focuses on Hispanic colonization and settlement of the American Southwest and Southern Plains. She currently teaches historical archaeology, cultural resource management, and introductory classes in anthropology and archaeology.
Lori Keleher, Associate Professor, Philosophy
Dr. Keleher’s research topics include ethics and moral philosophy as well as in international ethics economic development and historical philosophy.
Dr. Timothy Ketelaar, Associate Dean,
Dr. Tim Ketelaar is the Director of the Office of National Scholarships and International Education(Conroy Honors Center room 204) and the Associate Dean of the Honors College.
Dr. Ketelaar works with NMSU students who are applying for national scholarships at all stages of the process. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and has been teaching in the honors college since 2003.
Yosef Lapid, Regents Professor, Government
Dr. Lapid teaches in the Department of Government. He has research interests in social theory, international relations, and comparative politics.
Gail Lavender, Adjunct Professor, English
Professor Lavender is teaching Hon.243G, The Worlds of Arthur, Fall 2017.
Margaret Malamud, Professor, Margaret Manasse Research Chair, History
Greek and Roman history; medieval European history; Islamic history (pre-1800); and the classical tradition in Europe and the United States.
Elvira A. Masson, College Professor, History
Elvira Masson is College Professor in the Department of History and US-Side Director of the Confucius Institute at NMSU. A specialist in modern Chinese culture, she is fluent in Chinese and is widely traveled throughout East and Southeast Asia.
The Confucius Institute: http://confucius.nmsu.edu/
Tracey Miller-Tomlinson, Associate Professor, English
Dr. Miller-Tomlinson directs the Office of National Scholarships and International Education. A specialist in the literature and drama of the English Renaissance, her research and teaching interests include Shakespeare, Renaissance poetry and prose, Restoration comedy, literature and subjectivity, and literature and the rise of nationalism. Her publications include articles in Studies in English Literature, Restoration and 18th-Century Theatre Research, Etudes Theatrales, and Research Opportunities in Medieval and Renaissance Drama.
Bruce Olberding, Associate Professor, Mathematical Sciences
Bruce Olberding, an associate professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, specializes in Commutative Algebra.
Nancy Oretskin, Professor, Finance
Dr. Oretskin is a professor in the NMSU Finance Department as well as the Marketing department’s Interim Department Head. She teaches Business law, real-estate, and negation and conflict resolution.
Dr. Richard Pratt, Professor, Plant and Environmental Sciences
Professor Pratt Researches Maize and bean germplasm development, grain quality, crop adaptation and production and environmental sciences. He has released several germplasms, received awards and recognition for his work and is a member of a number of academic societies.
Father Gabriel Rochelle, Professor, Religious Studies
Fr Gabriel Rochelle is the priest of St Anthony of the Desert Orthodox Mission, Las Cruces NM. He holds advanced degrees in theology (M.Div.), literary studies, biblical languages and literature (Th.M., Ph.D.) and Celtic Studies (M.A.). Fr Gabriel has taught in colleges and seminaries for over three decades. He is also currently professor of Biblical Studies at St Sophia Theological Seminary, South Bound Brook NJ. Fr Gabriel served as an editor for several journals and has published many articles, reviews, and nine books (including one translation from German). He has an ongoing broadcast series under the title “Musings from the High Desert” on the online station AncientFaith.com. He is married to Susan Steinhaus and has five adult children who live all over the US and in the Czech Republic.
Danny Scoccia, Professor, Philosophy
Dr. Scoccia’s research and teaching areas are social and political philosophy and ethics.
Mary Alice Scott, Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Dr. Scott is a medical anthropologist whose research interests include critical ethnographic analysis of health, health care, and health policy in the United States, with a particular focus on the U.S.-Mexico border region. Her work engages in participatory methodologies and action-oriented research. Dr. Scott’s current research is an ethnographic study of teaching and learning medicine in a family medicine residency program. Drawing on critical and applied medical anthropology, she works with an interdisciplinary team of students and faculty to both describe and critique the “culture of medicine” in this particular location and to develop strategies to better focus training on upstream medicine and to address issues related to physician depression, burn-out, and suicide.
Elba Serrano, Regents Professor, Biology
Dr. Serrano is a neuroscientist and biophysicist. Her interdisciplinary research program focuses on the development of mechanosensory neural systems, traumatic brain injury, and neuroinformatics. Students with interests in the physical and mathematical sciences, neurobiology, data science, neuroethics, science policy, research education, and the intersection between art and science are encouraged to contact Dr. Serrano about working with her research team. Dr. Serrano has received the NMSU Roush Award for Excellence in Teaching.
James Shearer, Regents Professor, Music
Jim Shearer is the Regents Professor of Music at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where he also holds the title Distinguished Achievement Professor. He holds both the D.M.A. in Performance and Literature and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Dr. Shearer has toured the United States, Europe, South America, and the Far East as a member of the NMSU Faculty Brass Quintet, El Paso Brass, and the Eastman Wind Ensemble, and as a soloist with many other ensembles both large and small. Having recorded with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Creole Dixieland Jazz Band, blues artist Eric Bibb, bluegrass musician Steve Smith, and Memphis Beale Street legend Charlie Wood, Jim demonstrates equal familiarity in a number of diverse musical settings. He is the author of two textbooks, Jazz Basics and MUSIC 101, and he has two commercial CD releases on the Summit Records label, The Memphis Hang and Haunted America Suite (Music for Horn, Tuba, and Piano). Jim Shearer is a Yamaha Performing Artist.
Dr. Christa Slaton, Professor, Government
Professor Slaton is specialized in the topics of American politics and political thought, university and community engagement, public administration, and conflict resolution. Her publications include: The Future of Teledemocracy; Transformational Politics: Theory, Study and Practice; and Televote: Expanding Citizen Participation In a Quantum Age.
William Storm, Professor, Theatre Arts
Dr. Storm teaches theatre history, dramatic literature, and theory. He is the author of After Dionysus: A Theory of the Tragic and Irony and the Modern Theatre, as well as numerous essays and plays. He worked in the professional theatre in Los Angeles for many years, including at the Mark Taper Forum where he was a literary manager. Areas of scholarly specialization include dramatic theory and dramaturgy, the history and theory of the tragic form and sensibility, art in relation to literature and performance, and connections of science with theatre and literary studies.
Laura A. Thompson, Distinguished Achievement Professor, Psychology
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Dr. Thompson’s most recent research focuses on how the human physiological and emotional stress response affects cognition. She is also interested in how psychological science can be applied to achieve a greater understanding of cognition and performance in real-world contexts, such as musical performance and medical practice. She is the winner of a Dennis W. Darnall Faculty Achievement Award and a Margaret Manasse Endowed Fund Award.
Jean-Paul Vessel, Professor, Philosophy
An alumnus of New Mexico State University (BA-Philosophy, 1993), Jean-Paul Vessel returned to the NMSU Philosophy Department after securing a Ph.D. in Philosophy, and then serving as a faculty member, at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Jean-Paul is intrigued by virtually every aspect of moral philosophy, pursing in his research the conceptual overlap between moral philosophy and the philosophy of language, consequentialist moral insights, and the logic that undergirds consequentialist moral theories. In addition to his interests in moral philosophy, Jean-Paul is attracted to a host of controversies in metaphysics, the philosophy of language, and logic with keen interests in Ancient Greek philosophy, especially Plato.
Mary Wolf, Professor Emeritus, French
Professor Wolf’s research interests include Nineteenth-Century French literature, Francophone African literature, and postcolonial/ immigration studies.