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.
Jason Ackleson Associate Professor, Government
Dr. Ackleson teaches courses in international relations, comparative politics, and political science. He directs the university’s Model United Nations program and teaches honors courses in scholarship preparation. A graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science, he publishes on questions of security, borders, and globalization. His publications include articles in Political Geography, Journal of Borderland Studies, and The Social Science Journal.
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.
Jeffrey Amato Associate 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.
Nancy Baker Regents Professor, Government
Dr. Baker’s research focuses on the law and the American presidency. She is the author of two scholarly books on the office of the U.S. attorney general, including General Ashcroft: Attorney at War (2006), which examines the impact of domestic anti-terrorism policies on the constitutional system and presidential power. Dr. Baker has won two departmental, six university-wide, and three national teaching awards, including the Westhafer Award for Teaching Excellence, the highest faculty award given by New Mexico State University.
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
Lizbeth Ellis, Professor and Department Head, Finance
Professor Ellis is an attorney and an associate professor in the Department of Finance. Her research interests include alternative dispute resolution and health care law.
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.
Constance L. Falk Professor, Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business
Dr. Falk is a professor in agricultural economics and has lived and worked in Central America. Her research interests focus on rural economic development, sustainable organic agriculture, and agricultural cooperatives.
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.
Claude Fouillade, Professor, Languages and Linguistics
Dr. Fouillade teaches French in the Department of Languages and Linguistics. He has a long-standing interest in the study of film.
Frank Gilpin, Assistant Professor, Dance
Mr. Gilpin, whose professional name is Paco Antonio, has performed several times in Festival Flamenco Internacional, has lived and studied in Spain, and has performed and taught internationally. Most recently he was a special guest artist for Maria Benitez Teatro Flamenco Benefit Gala, opening her 2002 summer season, and was a featured dancer at the Santa Fe Opera’s 2002 productions of La Traviata and Eugene Onegin.
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.
Peter Gregware, Professor Emeritus, Criminal Justice
Dr. Gregware has worked as an attorney for numerous legal institutions, ranging from the ACLU and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund to the Office of State Prosecutor. He also has done graduate work in psychology and has a Ph.D. in Justice Studies. He is currently researching socio legal issues concerning AIDS and legal decision-making. He received the Patricia Christmore Faculty Teaching Award in 1994-95, and won a Roush Award for excellence in teaching in 1996.
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, Associate 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.
Timothy Lawton, Professor Emeritus, Geological Sciences
Dr. Lawton studies the geologic history of the western United States and Mexico.
Adrienne Lee, Associate Professor, Psychology
Dr. Lee’s research interests are in the area of human problem-solving, with a focus on learning, transfer, and expertise.
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.
Jerry Lodder, Professor, Mathematical Sciences
Dr. Lodder’s areas of research are algebraic topology, differential geometry, and the history of mathematics. He has incorporated historical sources in teaching mathematics courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Presently he is involved in a project with colleagues from the Departments of Computer Science and Mathematical Sciences to teach courses in discrete mathematics, logic and algorithm design from an historical perspective.
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 Associate Professor, 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.
Lois Stanford, Professor, Anthropology
Dr. Stanford is a cultural anthropologist with field experience in the Philippines, Mexico, California, and the U.S.-Mexico border region. Her research areas include agricultural development, sociocultural change, political resistance, and social impact studies.
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.