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.
Rani T. Alexander, Professor, Anthropology
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.
Isabela Quintana, Assistant Professor, History
Isabela Seong Leong Quintana is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and the Honors College at New Mexico State University. Her general research and teaching interests include U.S. History; Asian American HIstory; Chicano/Latino History; Women’s and Gender History; the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands and the Pacific World; Urbanization and Empire.
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.
Lowell Catlett, Regents Professor, Agricultural Economics and Dean, College of Agriculture and Home Economics
Dr. Catlett has extensive publications, teaching and public speaking experience concerning science and technology. His interests include the application and impacts of scientific advancement and new technology on society. He won the Roush Award for excellence in teaching in 1984 and 1988, and received the Westhafer Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1990-91.
Timothy Cleveland, Professor, Philosophy
Dr. Cleveland’s research and teaching areas include the philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and logic. He won the Roush Award for excellence in teaching in 2003.
Nina Compton, Professor Emerita, Finance
Compton is an attorney and an associate professor in the Department of Finance. Her areas of research interest are discrimination in the work place and medical malpractice. She has received the Roush Award for excellence in teaching.
William Eamon, Dean of the Honors College; Regents Professor of History, Distinguished Achievement Professor
A specialist in the history of science and medicine and the Italian Renaissance, Dr. Eamon is the author of Science and the Secrets of Nature and more that fifty articles on the history of early modern science and Renaissance history. He teaches an honors course on the history of the relations between science and religion. He currently holds the S. P. and Margaret Manasse Chair in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Personal website: http://williameamon.com
Michael Ellis, Professor Emeritus, Economics
Dr. Ellis’s major areas of publication and research include Navajo tribal economic development and the economics of health and medical are.
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.
Judith Flores Carmona, Assistant Professor
Judith Flores Carmona is an Assistant Professor in the Honors College and in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at New Mexico State University. Her research interests include Chicana/Latina feminist theory, critical race feminism, oral history, social justice education, and testimonio methodology and pedagogy. She is one of the editors of the Equity and Excellence in Education Special Issue, “Chicana/Latina Testimonios: Methodologies, Pedagogies, and Political Urgency.” She is also working on two books: Burciaga, R., Flores Carmona, J., Delgado Bernal, D., & Yosso, T. (under contract). Educación In Nepantla: Living and Learning in Latina/o Borderlands. Routledge. & Flores Carmona, J. & Luschen, K. (Eds.) (under contract) Critical (Hi)Stories: Crafting Pedagogies of Collaboration, Inclusion, Re(presentation) and Voice. Peter Lang. Email: email@example.com
Tara Gray, Professor, Criminal Justice and Director of the Teaching Academy
Dr. Gray has a longstanding interest in both crime and equality. She currently directs the NMSU Teaching Academy. She has been honored at NMSU and nationally with six awards for teaching or service.
Elvira A. Hammond, College Associate Professor, History
Elvira Hammond is a college assistant professor in the Department of History. She has an M.A. in Chinese Language and Literature from Stanford University, is fluent in Chinese, and has traveled widely in China.
Kenneth Hammond, Professor, History
Dr. Hammond teaches East and Southeast Asian history. His field of specialization is the cultural and intellectual history of China, in particular the Ming Dynasty from the fifteenth through the seventeenth centuries.
Neil Harvey, Professor, Government
Dr. Harvey teaches comparative politics and Latin American politics. His research interests include rural social movements, political change in Chiapas and Mexico, and human rights and democratization in Latin America. Dr. Harvey is also the Director of the Center for Latin American and Border Studies.
Liz Horodowich, Professor of History
Professor Horodowich teaches early modern European history. Her current research deals with obscenity, language and state formation in Renaissance Venice, and with Italian representations of the New World discoveries.
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.
Harriet Linkin, Professor, English
Dr. Linkin specializes in nineteenth- century British literature and gender and language studies. Her publications include work on British Romantic poets, women writers in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and approaches to teaching literature. She is currently working on a project that seeks to recover the lost writings of women poets of the British Romantic period. She received the Patricia Christmore Faculty Teaching Award in 18988-89.
Dr. Jennie Luna, Assistant Professor
Dr. Jennie Luna was born and raised in East San José, California. Grand-daughter of migrant farm and cannery workers, she is first in her family to attend and graduate from a four-year university. She received her B.A. in Chicana/o Studies and Mass Communications from U.C. Berkeley and Ed.M. in Philosophies in Education from Teachers College,Columbia University. Dr. Luna’s PhD in Native American Studies is from U.C. Davis, focusing her ethnographic research on her own Caxcan/Nahua people, the history of Danza Mexica/Azteca in California, and Xicana Indígena identity formation. Dr. Luna’s research incorporates Nahuatl language study, representations of indigeneity, and the role of women in the Intercontinental and global Indigenous movements. Her other research interests include Indigenous women’s reproductive rights, traditional birthing methods, urban Indigenous experiences, educational reform, and social justice inquiry.
Margaret Malamud, Professor, History
Dr. Malamud is a specialist in the history of religions and in the cultures of the Mediterranean world.
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.
Richard Rundell, Professor Emeritus, Languages and Linguistics
Dr. Rundell teaches German language, literature, and culture in Department of Languages and Linguistics. Dr. Rundell has recently published in the area of film studies.
Danny Scoccia, Professor and Department Head, Philosophy
Dr. Scoccia’s research and teaching areas are social and political philosophy and ethics.
Elba Serrano, Regents Professor, Biology
Dr. Serrano is a neurobiologist and biophysicist. Her interdisciplinary research program is funded by the National Institutes of Health and focuses on the development of sensory systems and the brain. Undergraduate students are key participants in her research. Dr. Serrano has received the NMSU Roush Award for Excellence in Teaching and a AAAS International Lectureship in Science and Engineering.
James Shearer, Regents Professor, Music
Dr. Shearer teaches music history, theory, and tuba/euphonium. He has recorded with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Creole Jazz Band, and the Canterbury Brass.
Tom Smith, Professor, Theatre Arts
Professor Smith’s focus is directing, playwriting and improvisation. He is the author of more than 25 plays, 9 of which are published. He is also the recipient of numerous national and international playwriting awards.
William Storm, Associate Professor, Theatre Arts
William Storm is an associate professor in the Department of Theatre Arts, where he teaches theatre history, dramatic literature and theory.
Mary Wolf, Professor Emerita, Languages and Linguistics
Dr. Wolf teaches French and women’s studies. She publishes on North African literature written in French and is currently working on a series of photo essays dealing with identities and transnational decolonization.