Welcome Professor Louis Fucilla

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Dr. Louis Fucilla has recently been hired as an Assistant Professor and will be teaching for the Department of Political Science. Dr. Fucilla graduated from Willamette University with a BA in Politics, the University of Oregon with an MPA, and Indiana University-Bloomington with a PhD in Public Policy.

 

Hobbies:  My hobbies include cooking, going to the local farmer’s market, volunteering, rooting for the Geelong Cats in Australian Rules Football and now trying to find the best beer, cheese and fish fry in Wisconsin!

Research:  Overall, I study citizens’ attitudes towards government including what factors shape those assessments and how those attitudes affect the people and organizations that implement and administer public policy.

Personal Life:  My father and his extended family are from Racine, WI. As a native Californian, my first memory of snow comes from visiting my grandparents in the winter. I’ve had many family members go to or earn their degrees from UW-Whitewater including my dad who went here for a year before finishing at Madison. He said one of the best teachers he ever had in college was from the Department of Political Science.

Welcome Professor Andrea Romero

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Dr. Andrea Romero has recently been hired as a tenure track faculty member, and will be teaching for the Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences, and Gender and Women’s Studies departments. Dr. Romero graduated from the University of Kansas with a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

 

 

Hobbies:  My hobbies include travel; traveling to new places, as well as playing games with and enjoying the company of family and friends.

Research:  I have two active lines of research. First, I am interested in understanding how mammal communities respond to human-induced changes to the environment. Second, I look at issues of women and people of color in the sciences, and aim to inform practices to create a more inclusive scientific community.

Personal Life:  My family consists of my spouse (Brian), and my recently born son (Jordi). An interesting fact about me is that my friends can rarely beat me at a game of Scrabble or Boggle: challenge issued!

Welcome Professor Nathan McGovern

picDr. Nathan McGovern joins us as an Assistant Professor in Philosophy & Religious Studies. Dr. McGovern graduated from Franklin and Marshall College (MA) with a BA in Physics & Religious Studies as well as from the University of California-Santa Barbara with an MA and PhD in Religious Studies.

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Hobbies:  In my free time my wife and I enjoy hiking and traveling.

Research:  My research focuses on early Indian religion, as well as religion in Thailand.

Personal Life:  My family consists of my spouse (Nanda Raksakhom) and myself. An interesting fact about me is that I am a convert to Religious Studies from Physics, which I majored in during my undergraduate years.

Welcome Professor Jim Coons

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Dr. Jim Coons has recently been hired as an Assistant Professor in the Department of History. Dr. Coons graduated from Miami (OH) University with a BA in History and a PhD from UW-Madison in History and a specialization in early modern Europe

 

 

 

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Research:  My research deals with early modern Europe in general, and specifically political culture and gender in 17th-century France. My focus is currently on a failed rebellion in the early years of Louis XIV’s reign, through the lens of a famous Prince whose reputation went from hero, to rebel, to traitor over the course of a few years. I’m particularly interested in the ways in which his rapid fall was portraye din popular political pamphlets, and how his image as a national savior and honorable nobleman decayed (or sometimes didn’t), and what that all meant for the development of royal absolutism under the Sun King.

Personal Life:  My family consists of one wife (Eileen Zeiger), and one 3-month old daughter (Vera Louise Zeiger). I’m a big soccer fan, and I try my best to play (although I think I missed my window to actually be any good). Also an avid disc sports, broomball, and general obscure-athletics enthusiast. Badly novice, but eager gardener, as well.

Welcome Professor Michael Friedson

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Dr. Michael Friedson has recently been hired as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Criminology & Anthropology. Dr. Friedson graduated from New York University with a PhD in Sociology and also has a JD from NYU School of Law.

 

 

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Research:  My research focuses on the war on drugs, the national decline in violent crimes, and the relationship of poverty and other forms of disadvantages in childhood health.

Personal Life:  An interesting aspect of my life is that I studied abroad in India as an undergraduate, without previously knowing much about that society. All the questions that experience raised for me, in terms of trying to better understand India, helped me realize my interests and lead me down the path of becoming a social scientist.

Hobbies:  My hobbies include; traveling, hiking, listening to jazz, alternative, and experimental music, and trying new food from different cultures.

Welcome Professor Kristen Seas Trader

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Dr. Kristen Seas Trader has recently been hired as an Assistant Professor in the Professional Writing and Publishing program with an emphasis on digital rhetoric and writing. Dr. Trader graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a BA in Creative Writing and an MA in Literature, and a PhD from Purdue University in Rhetoric and Composition.

 

 

Here is some interesting information provided by our new colleague:

Research:  My research deals with the impact of digital networks on theories of rhetoric. My focus is currently on a how rhetorical practices influence identity, and the application of learner-centered teaching in higher education (particularly writing courses).

Personal Life:  My family consists of my spouse (Michael), and my nearly 3-year old son (Duncan). My hobbies include travel, gardening, nature photography and reading for my book club. In addition, another interest I have is karaoke. I love singing karaoke when I get the chance and cheering on those who are brave enough to do the same.