Academics

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.


Helen Ahearn

Assistant Professor of Nursing
M.S., Boston University; B.S., St. Joseph's College; Diploma, Catherine Laboure School of Nursing


Benjamin Allen

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


Jose Alvarez-Fernandez

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


Diane Arathuzik

Associate Professor of Nursing
Ph.D., The Catholic University of America; M.S., B.S.N., Boston College, ACNS-BS, CNE


Gouri Banerjee

Associate Professor, Math and Information Technology
Ph.D., M.A., Boston University; B.A., University of Delhi


Katherine Smith Barry

Lecturer, Foreign Languages
M.A., Simmons College en Córdoba, Spain; B.A., St. Lawrence University


Jacqueline Alfonso Barry

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., M.S., University of Central Florida; B.A., Florida International University


Joyce Benenson

Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., Harvard University; B.S., Duke University


Stace Budzko

Lecturer, English
M.F.A., Emerson College; B.A., St. Michael's College


Catherine Simpson Bueker

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


Todd Burus

Lecturer, Mathematics
B.S., Mathematics, B.S., Linguistics, M.S., Mathematics, Certificate, Cognitive Science, University of Kentucky; M.Div, Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


Liliana Busconi

Lecturer in Biology
Ph.D., M.S., B.S., Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires, Argentina


Monique-Adelle Callahan

Assistant Professor of English and Global Studies
Ph.D., M.A., Harvard University; B.A., Wellesley College


Patricia Clarke

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


David Corcoran

Visiting Assistant Professor of History
Ph.D., University of New Mexico; M.A., Salem State University; B.A., University of Southern Maine; B.S., Bentley University


Christopher Craig

Assistant Professor of English
Ph.D., M.A., Tufts University; B.A., University of Massachusetts Boston


Padraig Deighan

Assistant Professor of Biology
B.A. (mod), 1997, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, Ph.D., 2001, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland


Nola Della-Monica

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Ph.D., Boston College; M.S.N., California State University Dominguez Hills; B.S., San Francisco State University; Diploma, Mercy Hospital School of Nursing


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


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


Raymond Devettere

Professor of Philosophy; Director of Values-Based Education
Ph.L., Ph.D., University of Louvain; M.A., B.A., St. John's Seminary


Chad Diehl

Assistant Professor of History
Ph.D., M.A., Columbia University; B.A., Montana State University


James Doherty

Assistant Professor, Accounting
M.S., Bentley College; B.A., Merrimack College


Erich Doubek

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


Matthew Elliott

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


Fathi El-Shihibi

Visiting Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages
Ph.D., Boston University; M.A., Northeastern University; B.A., Benghazi University


Timothy Evans

Lecturer in Performing Arts
M.M., Michigan State University; B.A., Bryan College


Jeffrey Fortin

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


Cynthia Fowler

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


Janese Free

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


Scott Gagnon

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


Aren Gerdon

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


Emily Gould

Lecturer, Art
M.A., George Washington University; B.A., Emmanuel College


Kelly Grant

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


Mary Hines

Professor of Theology
Ph.D., M.A., University of St. Michael's College Toronto; B.A., Emmanuel College


Fiona Hughes-McDonnell

Chair, Department of Education; Associate Professor of Science Education; Director of the Center for Science Education
Ed. D, Harvard Graduate School of Education; M.A., Tufts University; B.A., University of New Hampshire


Terri Jabaley

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Lowell; M.S.N., Emory University; B.S.N., University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Stephan Jacobs

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


Michael Jarvinen

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


Christine Jaworek-Lopes

Chair, Department of Chemistry + Physics; Associate Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D., B.S., Tufts University


Shuyi Jiang

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


Laurie Johnston

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


Dean Kolbas

Instructor, Philosophy
Ph.D., M.Phil, Cambridge University (England); M.A., University of Kent at Canterbury (England); B.A., University of Southern California


Joel Kowit

Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Brandeis University; B.S., Columbia University


Katrin Kriz

Associate Professor of Sociology; Director of the College Honors Program
Ph.D., M.A., Brandeis University; M.A., Clark University; B.A., University of Vienna, Austria


Jason Kuehner

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


Christina Kulich-Vamvakas

Lecturer, Political Science
Ph.D., Brandeis University; B.A., Johns Hopkins University


Josef Kurtz

Chair, Department of Biology; Associate Professor of Biology; Chair of the Biochemistry Program
Ph.D., Harvard Medical School; B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Josef Kurtz

Chair, Department of Biology; Associate Professor of Biology; Chair of the Biochemistry Program
Ph.D., Harvard Medical School; B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Christine Leighton

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


William Leonard

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


Melanie Leussis

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


Linda Lin

Chair, Department of Psychology; Associate 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


Rose De Luca

Lecturer, Sociology
Ph.D. candidate, Brandeis University; M.A., Boston College; B.A., LaSalle University


Rev. Thomas Leclerc, M.S.

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


Helen MacDonald

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


Michelle Maiese

Chair, Department of Philosophy; Associate Professor of Philosophy; Coordinator of the Gender + Women's Studies Program
Ph.D., M.A., University of Colorado; B.A., Northwestern University


Paul March

Professor of Biology
Ph.D., M.A., University of Pennsylvania; B.Sc., Long Island University


Javier Marion

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


Lenore Martin

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


Andrea McDonnell

Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies, Department of English
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


Sharon McKechnie

Associate Professor of Management; Chair of the Leadership Studies Program
Ph.D., M.Sc., Boston College; M.Sc., University of Manchester Institute of Technology; B.Sc., Napier University, Edinburgh


Sharon McKechnie

Associate Professor of Management; Chair of the Leadership Studies Program
Ph.D., M.Sc., Boston College; M.Sc., University of Manchester Institute of Technology; B.Sc., Napier University, Edinburgh


Clare Mehta

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., M.S., West Virginia University; M.A., University of Bath, England; B.A., Suffolk University


Janice Bell Meisenhelder

Professor of Nursing
DNSc, Boston University; MS, Medical-Surgical Nursing, Boston University; BS, Nursing, Wagner College


Rebecca Moryl

Chair, Department of Management + Economics; Assistant Professor of Economics
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Boston; M.S., Suffolk University; B.A., Trinity College


Melanie Murphy

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


Megumi Naitoh

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


Marie Natoli

Professor of Political Science
J.D., Suffolk University; Ph.D., M.A., Tufts University; M.B.A., Suffolk University; B.A., Hunter College


Isa Orvieto

Lecturer, Foreign Languages; Italian Program Coordinator
M.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst; M.A., University La Sapienza Rome, Italy


Ana Otero

Lecturer, Biology; Coordinator, ecPULSE
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


Eustace Phillip

Associate Professor of Accounting
M.S.A., Bentley College; B.S., Suffolk 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
Ph.D., M.S., University of Washington; B.S., California Institute of Technology


Patterson Rogers

Lecturer, Mathematics
M.S. Education December 2009, Radford University – Radford, VA; M.S. Mathematics May 2006, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University – Blacksburg, VA; B.S. Mathematics May 2004, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Troy, NY


Regina Rutter

Lecturer, Management
M.B.A., Suffolk University; B.S., Boston College


Faina Ryvkin

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


Christine Sample

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


Thomas Schnauber

Chair, Department of Performing Arts; Associate Professor of Performing Arts
Ph.D., M.Mus., University of Michigan; B.Mus., University of Southern California; Adv. Stud. Cert. SMPTV


Lisa Schneier

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


R. Bryan Sears

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, The Ohio State University, B.S. in Chemistry, Georgia Southern University


Anupama Seshan

Assistant 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


Arlyn Sanchez Silva

Chair, Department of Foreign Languages; Associate Professor of Spanish
Ph.D., M.A., Harvard University; B.A., University of Puerto Rico


Adam Silver

Assistant Professor of Political Science; Coordinator of the American Studies Program
Ph.D., Boston University; M.A., B.A., State University of New York, Albany


Adam Silver

Assistant Professor of Political Science; Coordinator of the American Studies Program
Ph.D., Boston University; M.A., B.A., State University of New York, Albany


Kimberly Smirles

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


Sr. Karen Hokanson, SND

Assistant Professor of Education
Ed.D., University of Massachusetts Lowell; M.Ed., Boston University; B.S., Salem State College


Kimberly Sofronas

Associate Professor of Mathematics Education
Ph.D., M.A., B.A., University of Connecticut


Kathy Soles

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


Lisa Stepanski

Professor of English; Coordinator, First-Year Seminars and Writing Program
Ph.D., University of New Hampshire; M.A., B.A., Boston College


Brendan Sullivan

Lecturer, 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

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


Cheryl Tano

Lecturer, Foreign Languages
Ph.D. Candidate, Boston University; M.A., Boston College; B.S., Salem State College; Certificat de la Langue Française, Université de Caen, France


Petros Vamvakas

Chair, Department of Political Science; Associate Professor of Political Science; Chair of the Latin American Studies, Middle East Studies and Peace Studies Programs
Ph.D., Boston University; M.A., Northeastern University; B.A., Suffolk University


Petros Vamvakas

Chair, Department of Political Science; Associate Professor of Political Science; Chair of the Latin American Studies, Middle East Studies and Peace Studies Programs
Ph.D., Boston University; M.A., Northeastern University; B.A., Suffolk University


Jaime Vidaurrazaga

Assistant Professor of Theology + Religious Studies
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


Bette Weiss

Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; B.S., Simmons College


Todd Williams

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


Jing Yang

Assistant Professor of Marketing
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst; M.S., National University of Singapore; B.Eng., Wuhan University


Xiaowei Zhao

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