The College of the Holy Cross welcomed seven new faculty members this academic year. The new faculty members include two postdoctoral teaching fellows and five tenure-track professors.
Nurhaizatul Jamil is a postdoctoral teaching fellow in sociology and anthropology. Sheteaches courses on the anthropological perspective and Islam, gender, and globalization. Jamil earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in sociology from the National University of Singapore and a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Northwestern University. Her research interests include religious studies, ethnographies of education, postcolonial theory, consumption and popular culture, social media, and gender and sexuality studies.
Ke Ren is a postdoctoral teaching fellow in history. He teaches classes on World War II in East Asia and China and the world. Ren earned his bachelor’s degree in history and economics from the University of California, Berkeley and his master’s degree and Ph.D. in history from Johns Hopkins University. His research interests include the cultural and intellectual history of late imperial and modern China, Sino-Western relations, and transnationalism.
Gregory Burnep ‘09 joins the political science department as an assistant professor. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from Boston College. Burnep received the Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award in 2014 and the Presidential Fellowship from 2010-2015 at Boston College. He specializes in American politics and public policy. “I love this place. During my time here as a student, I had so many wonderful professors—professors who were not only excellent teachers, but who were mentors outside of the classroom, too,” said Burnep. “Now I have a chance to be a teacher and mentor to students of my own.”
Rodrigo Fuentes, assistant professor of Spanish, earned a B.A. in comparative literature and politics, philosophy, and economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in romance studies from Cornell University. He taught at Southern Connecticut State University for two years. Fuentes received the short story award II Premio Centroamericano de Carátula de Cuento Breve in 2014. He recently published a collection of short stories in French and the Spanish edition will be published later this year and in 2017. Fuentes specializes in contemporary Central American literature. “I want to help students build their confidence communicating in Spanish, so that they can use the language in their travels, creative pursuits, and lives,” said Fuentes. “I also hope to strengthen connections between the Spanish curriculum and contemporary art and fiction from Latin America. I love the liberal arts model and the close relationship between faculty and students at Holy Cross.”
Karen Guth joins the religious studies department as an assistant professor. She earned a B.A. in religion from Furman University, a M.Th. with a concentration in literature, theology, and the arts from the University of Glasgow, and a M.T.S. with a concentration in religion and society from Harvard University Divinity School. She earned her Ph.D. in religious ethics from the University of Virginia. She is the author of “Christian Ethics at the Boundary: Feminism and Theologies of Public Life,” and she has contributed articles to Theology Today and the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics. Professor Guth’s research interests include Christian social ethics, political theology, feminist ethics and theologies, and religion in the American public life.
Madigan Haley, assistant professor of English, earned his B.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master’s degree in literature, theories, and modernity from the Universite de Paris 7, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia. He co-edited “A Companion to the English Novel” and has published articles in the Minnesota Review and in Novel: A Forum on Fiction. Haley’s research interests include the global novel in the 20th and 21st century British literature, comparative world literatures, and transnational modernism.
Oliver Francisco de la Paz also joins the English Department as an associate professor. He earned his B.A. in English and B.S. in biology from Loyola Marymount University and his M.F.A. in poetry from Arizona State University. He has published four books of poetry, including “Post Subject: A Fable,” and the “Requiem for the Orchard.” He is the recipient of the Akron Poetry Prize and the NYFA Fellowship Award. His focus is in the field of creative writing, specifically in poetry and hybrid genres, contemporary American poetry, and Asian American poetry.