Our Faculty

Our distinguished faculty publish, exhibit and research. Present, compose and chair. Inspire and collaborate.

At Emmanuel, classes are small enough for your professor to know who you are and what's important to you. Read our faculty biographies below to find out who they are and what's important to them.


Michelle Watt

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D., University of Oregon; M.S., B.S., St. Louis University


Benjamin Allen

Associate Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., Boston University; M.A., Bryn Mawr College; B.A., Haverford College


Jose Alvarez-Fernandez

Chair, Department of Modern Languages; Associate Professor of Modern Languages
Ph.D., Michigan State University; M.A., B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Kelly Basile

Assistant Professor of Management, Department of Business and Economics
Ph.D., London School of Economics; M.B.A., Babson College; M.S.W., Boston University; B.A. Sociology, Boston College


Catherine Simpson Bueker

Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., M.A. Brown University; B.A., Cornell University


Janel Cabrera

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
B.S., M.S., University of Texas at Dallas; Ph.D., Boston College


Monique-Adelle Callahan

Associate Professor of English
Ph.D., M.A., Harvard University; B.A., Wellesley College


Eric Camire

Lab Instructor, Department of Chemistry & Physics
M.A., Boston University; B.S. Chemistry, Emmanuel College


Patricia Clarke

Associate Professor of Management
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst; M.B.A., University of Illinois; B.A., Lawrence University


Padraig Deighan

Associate Professor of Biology
Ph.D., B.A. (mod), Trinity College Dublin, Ireland


Yulia Dementieva

Chair, Department of Mathematics; Professor of Mathematics; Chair of the Biostatistics Program
Ph.D. in Mathematics, Emory University; M.S. in Mathematics/Statistics, St. Petersburg State University, Russia


Erich Doubek

Chair, Department of Art; Associate Professor of Art
M.F.A., Massachusetts College of Art and Design; B.F.A., University of Connecticut


Matthew Elliott

Associate Professor of English
Ph.D., M.A., University of Maryland, College Park; B.A., Catholic University of America


Mark A. Flynn

Assistant Professor of Communication & Media Studies, Department of English
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University; M.A., University of Rhode Island; B.A., Roger Williams University


Jeffrey Fortin

Chair, Department of History; Associate Professor of History
Ph.D., M.A., The University of New Hampshire; B.A., Boston University


Cynthia Fowler

Professor of Art
Ph.D., University of Delaware; A.L.M, Harvard University; B.A., University of Massachusetts Boston


Janese Free

Associate Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., M.A., Northeastern University; B.A., Gettysburg College


Florencia Gabriele

Lecturer, Department of Business and Economics
Ph.D., Northeastern University; M.A., Northeastern University; M.Aief, Brandeis University; B.A., Emmanuel College


Scott Gagnon

Assistant Professor of Theater Arts; Director of Theater
M.A., Emerson College; B.A., Bridgewater State College


Aren Gerdon

Chair, Department of Chemistry and Physics; Associate Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, Vanderbilt University; B.A., Chemistry, Hanover College


Alicia Gram

Lecturer, Department of Mathematics
Ed.D, Math Education & Curriculum Development, in progress, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; S.M., Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health; M.A.T., Mathematics Teaching, Simmons College; B.S., Applied Mathematics & Statistics, SUNY Stony Brook


Kelly Grant

Lecturer of Management, Department of Business and Economics
M.S., University of Colorado; B.S., St. John Fisher College


Kaplan Hasanoglu

Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Ph.D., University of Iowa; M.A., B.A., Colorado State University


Carley Henderson

Lecturer, Department of Chemistry and Physics
Ph.D., University of New Hampshire; B.A., Connecticut College


Stephan Jacobs

Associate Professor of Art
M.F.A., Massachusetts College of Art and Design; B.F.A., San Francisco Art Institute


Michael Jarvinen

Chair, Department of Psychology; Associate Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., Dartmouth College; M.S., Purdue University; B.A., University of Michigan


Shuyi Jiang

Assistant Professor of Economics, Department of Business and Economics
Ph.D., Suffolk University; B.A., Tianjin Polytechnic University


Laurie Johnston

Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, Director of Fellowships and Scholarships
Ph.D., Boston College; M.Div., Harvard Divinity School; B.A. with distinction, University of Virginia


Natalie Karagodsky

Assistant Professor of Biology
Sci.B., Brown University; Ph.D. Harvard University


Katrin Kriz

Chair, Department of Sociology; Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., M.A., Brandeis University; M.A., Clark University; Mag. phil., University of Vienna, Austria


Ivy Krull

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., MPH, MSW, Boston University; ALB, Harvard University


Jason Kuehner

Associate Professor of Biology
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison; B.A., Cornell College


Josef Kurtz

Professor of Biology; Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer
Ph.D., Harvard Medical School; B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Alisa Lando

Lab Instructor, Department of Chemistry & Physics
B.S., Lafayette College; M.S., Boston College


Derek Lau

Lecturer in Residence, Department of Biology
Ph.D., Harvard University; B.S., University of Washington


Christine Leighton

Associate Professor of Education
Ed.D., Boston University; M.Ed., George Washington University; B.S.LA., Georgetown University


William Leonard

Associate Professor of History
Ph.D., Boston College; M.A., Northeastern University; B.S., B.A., University of Massachusetts at Lowell


Melanie Leussis

Associate Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., Boston College; B.S., University of Ottawa and Dalhousie University


Meryl Levin

Lecturer of Psychology; Internship Capstone Coordinator
Ph.D., University at Albany, SUNY; B.A., University of Michigan


Linda Lin

Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., M.S., University of Massachusetts Amherst; B.A., New York University


Brian Littlefield

Assistant Professor of Art
M.F.A., Massachusetts College of Art; B.F.A., University of Massachusetts Dartmouth


Rev. Thomas Leclerc, M.S.

Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies
Th.D., Harvard University; M.A. Washington Theological Union; B.A., Merrimack College


Helen MacDonald

Associate Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., M.A., Boston University; B.A., Wellesley College


Michelle Maiese

Chair, Department of Philosophy; Professor of Philosophy
Ph.D., M.A., University of Colorado; B.A., Northwestern University


Paul March

Associate Dean of Natural Sciences; Professor of Biochemistry, Department of Biology
Ph.D., M.A., University of Pennsylvania; B.Sc., Long Island University


Donna Marchand

Assistant Professor of Accounting
M.S. Accounting, Bridgewater State University; M.S. Education, Syracuse University; B.S. Education, Potsdam State University


Javier Marion

Associate Professor of History
Ph.D. History, B.A. Anthropology, University of New Mexico


Lenore Martin

Professor of Political Science
Ph.D., M.A., University of Chicago; B.A., Brooklyn College


Andrea McDonnell

Chair, Department of English; Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies
Ph.D., University of Michigan; B.A., Vassar College


Kelly McGuire

Associate Professor of English
Ph.D., M.A. Brandeis University; B.A., University of New Mexico


Clare Mehta

Associate Professor of Psychology
Ph.D. Psychology, Life Span Concentration, West Virginia University 2008; MS Psychology, Life Span Concentration, West Virginia University 2006; MRes Education, University of Bath, UK 2006


Janice Bell Meisenhelder

Professor of Nursing
DNSc from Boston University; MS in Nursing from Boston University; BS in Nursing from Wagner College, Staten Island, NY


Rebecca Moryl

Associate Professor of Economics, Department of Business and Economics
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Boston; M.S., Suffolk University; B.A., Trinity College


Samantha Moshier

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., M.A., Boston University; B.A., University of Pennsylvania


Ryan Mott

Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Ph.D., M.A, University of Colorado, Boulder; M.A., University of Massachusetts, Boston; B.A., Wheaton College


Idoia Martinez-del Mozo

Lecturer of Spanish, Department of Modern Languages
B.A., Universidad de Deusto (Bilbao, Spain); M.A., University of Illinois


Melanie Murphy

Associate Professor of History
Ph.D., Brandeis University; A.M., Boston College; B.A., Simmons College


Megumi Naitoh

Professor of Art
M.F.A., Massachusetts College of Art; B.S., San Diego State University


Marie Natoli

Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science and International Studies
Ph.D., M.A., Tufts University; J.D., Suffolk Law School; M.B.A., Sawyer School of Management


Ana Otero

Senior Lecturer of Biology; Animal Facility Director
Ph.D., M.S., B.S., D.V.M., University of Leon, Spain


David Palumbo

Associate Professor of English
Ph.D., Tufts University; M.A., State University of New York, Buffalo; B.M., Vanderbilt University


Anne Marie Pasquale

Chair, Department of Business and Economics; Assistant Professor of Management
J.D., Suffolk University Law School; B.A., Boston College


Heather Pierce

Lecturer, Department of Mathematics
M.S., Tufts University; B.S., Baylor University


Mary Elizabeth Pope

Professor of English
Ph.D., University of Iowa; M.A., B.S., Central Michigan University; Interdisciplinary Post-Graduate Diploma in African Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa


Allen Price

Associate Professor of Physics, Department of Chemistry & Physics
Ph.D., M.S., University of Washington; B.S., California Institute of Technology


Violetta Ravagnoli

Assistant Professor of History
Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo; M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology; B.A., University of Rome


Patterson Rogers

Assistant Professor of Math Education
Ph.D., University at Albany, M.S., Radford University; M.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Faina Ryvkin

Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry & Physics
Ph.D., M.A., Clark University; M.S., B.S., Pedagogical University, Moscow


Mustapha Sami

Lecturer, Department of Modern Languages
Ph.D., University of Florida; M.A., University of South Florida; B.A., Cadi Ayyad University, Morocco


Christine Sample

Associate Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., M.S. in Applied Mathematics, Northwestern University; B.A. in Mathematics and Computer Science, Boston College


Lisa Schneier

Assistant Professor of Education
Ed.D., Ed.M., Harvard University; B.A., Franklin and Marshall College


Anupama Seshan

Associate Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; B.A., Cornell University; Post-doctoral work (research), UCSF; Post-doctoral work (teaching), Harvard Medical School


Diane Shea

Associate Dean of Nursing and Professor of Nursing
Ph.D. and B.S.N., Boston College; M.S.N., University of California at Los Angeles


Mark Sherman

Assistant Professor of Computer Science; Director, Integrated Digital & Data Sciences Initiative
Ph.D., M.S., B.S., University of Massachusetts Lowell


Edwin Shriver

Lecturer of Psychology
Ph.D., M.A., Miami University; B.A., Kent State University


Sheila Silva

Assistant Professor of Nursing
D.N.P., Regis College; M.S.N., B.S.N., University of Massachusetts Boston


Adam Silver

Associate Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science and International Studies
Ph.D., Boston University; M.A., B.A., State University of New York, Albany


Veniamin Slavitskiy

Lab Instructor, Department of Biology
B.S., M.S., University of Texas at Dallas; Ph.D., Boston College


Kimberly Smirles

Associate Professor of Psychology; Coordinator of the Gender & Women's Studies Program
Ph.D., M.A., University of New Hampshire; B.A., Boston College


Sr. Karen Hokanson, SND

Associate Dean of Education; Chair, Department of Education; Director, Carolyn A. Lynch Institute; Assistant Professor of Education
Ed.D., University of Massachusetts, Lowell; M.Ed., Boston University; B.S., Salem State College


Kathy Soles

Professor of Art; Wyant Professor
M.F.A., American University; B.A., Emmanuel College; Maryland Institute College of Art, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture


Lisa Stepanski

Associate Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences; Professor of English
Ph.D., University of New Hampshire; M.A., B.A., Boston College


Brendan Sullivan

Lecturer, Department of Mathematics
D.A., Mathematics, Carnegie Mellon University, 2013; M.S., Mathematics, Carnegie Mellon University, 2010; B.A., Mathematics & Physics, Hamilton College, 2007


Jonathan Paul Sydnor

Chair, Department of Theology & Religious Studies, Associate Professor of Theology & Religious Studies
Ph.D., Boston College; M.Div., Th.M., Princeton Theological Seminary; B.A., University of Virginia


Lisa Thomas

Chair of BSN program and Associate Professor of Nursing
Ph.D, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth; MSN, Northeastern University; BSN from University of Massachusetts Lowell


Petros Vamvakas

Associate Professor of Political Science; Department of Political Science and International Studies
Ph.D., Boston University; M.A., Northeastern University; B.A., Suffolk University


Jaime Vidaurrazaga

Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies; Director of Honors Program
Ph.D., Boston College; S.T.L., Weston Jesuit School of Theology; S.T.B., Centro de Estudos Superiores da Companhia de Jesus, Brazil; Lic. Phil., Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru; B.A., E.S.P.F.L. Antonio Ruiz de Montoya, Peru.


Thomas Wall

Professor of Philosophy
Ph.D., M.A., Boston College; B.S., College of the Holy Cross


Todd Williams

Chair, Department of Biology; Associate Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Florida State University; M.S., Northeastern University; B.S., Springfield College


Whitney Wilson

Coordinator of First Year Writing/Lecturer of English
M.A. English, Tufts University, MSLIS Simmons College


Jing Yang

Assistant Professor of Management and Marketing, Department of Business and Economics
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst; M.S., National University of Singapore; B.Eng., Wuhan University


Elizabeth Young

Lecturer, Department of English
M.F.A., Lesley University; B.A., Boston College


Xiaowei Zhao

Associate Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., B.S., Nankai University, China


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