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.
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, Assistant Professor, Curriculum + Instructor
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 coeditor (with Kristen V. Luschen) of the book Crafting Critical Stories: Toward Pedagogies and Methodologies of Collaboration, Inclusion, and Voice (2014).
Dr. Gavin Clarkson, Assistant Professor, Finance
Dr. Gavin Clarkson is an associate professor in the Finance Department of the College of Business at New Mexico State University where he teaches business courses as well as Federal Indian Law and Policy. An enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Dr. Clarkson has consulted, written, and published extensively on tribal finance and economic development and has conducted significant research on the empirical data on Indian mascots. Dr. Clarkson was also a contributing author for the most recent edition Felix Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law, providing material on tribal finance, economic development, and intellectual property.
In 2005, Dr. Clarkson received the first ever grant from the National Science Foundation to study the dynamics of tribal finance. His research and Congressional testimony on tribal access to the capital markets helped lead to the inclusion of $2B of Tribal Economic Development Bonds in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Dr. Clarkson holds both a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Rice University, a doctorate from the Harvard Business School in Technology and Operations Management, and is a cum laude graduate of the Harvard Law School, where he was the managing editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology and president of the Native American Law Students Association.
Dr. Clarkson was on the Computer Science faculty at Rice University from 1991 until 1998 and was a KPMG Fellow at the Harvard Business School from 1998 until 2003. While at Harvard he was also the John M. Olin Research Fellow in Law, Economics, and Business, the Reginald F. Lewis Fellow for Law Teaching, and held a university-wide fellowship, the 1665 Harvard University Native American Program Fellowship. From 2003 until 2008, Dr. Clarkson was an assistant professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan, with simultaneous appointments at the Law School and in Native American Studies, where he grew the Indian Law program from 5 students in 2003 to more than 60 by 2008. He was on the faculty at the University of Houston Law Center from 2008 to 2012.
Dr. Clarkson holds the Series 7, Series 24, and Series 66 Securities licenses from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). He has helped tribes raise more than $700 million for tribal governmental and entrepreneurial enterprises using a variety of financial mechanisms including taxable and tax-exempt bonds, bank credit facilities, and New Markets Tax Credits.
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.
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 that 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.
Personal website: http://williameamon.com
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.
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.
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 ofLanguage 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.
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.
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.
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 Associate Professor, History
Elvira Masson 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.
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.
Matt Reynolds, Theatre Manager/Resident Lighting & Sound Designer, Theatre Arts
Matt designs theatrical lighting and sound around the country. In addition to his alma maters, Indiana University (B.A. ’08) and Michigan State University (M.F.A. ’12), his work has been enjoyed at Phoenix Theatre, Cardinal Theatre, and Brown County Playhouse, among others. He has taught theatrical practices for New Mexico State University, Indiana University, Michigan State University, Michigan Educational Theatre Association, Lansing Media Theatre Project, and Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
Father Gabriel Rochelle, Professor, Religious Studies
Father Gabriel earned a PhD in theology and literature. He has done extensive work in Greek, Hebrew, Biblical Studies and, perhaps strange to some, Celtic Studies. Father Gabriel is actively engaged as an Orthodox Christian priest, serving St. Anthony of the Desert Orthodox Mission in Las Cruces. Besides teaching at NMSU, he has been teaching at St. Sophia Orthodox Seminary in New Jersey for 13 years, and prior to that in Chicago for 14 years. He maintains a long dual career in both ministry and teaching.
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, 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 particular focus on the U.S.-Mexico border region. Her work engages 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.
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 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
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 PhD 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.