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Faculty news/ Recent Hires

Sixteen New Faces Join Pomona Faculty

Mark Allen
Assistant Professor of Art
Courses: Digital Art I; Electron Wrangling for Beginners
Research: As founder and director of the Machine Project, Allen provides educational resources to artists working with technology and promotes conversations between artists, scientists, poets, technicians and performers.
Degree: M.F.A., California Institute of the Arts

Kim B. Bruce ’70
Reuben C. and Eleanor Winslow Memorial Professor of Computer Science
Courses: Introduction to Computer Science; Mathematical & Computational Foundations of Linguistics; senior seminar in computer science
Books: Foundations of Object-Oriented Languages: Types and Semantics (2002) and co-authored Java: An Eventful Approach (2005)
Research: Modeling multi-party discourse in order to better understand the dynamic structure of conversations and to explain why conversations proceed the way they do.
Degree: Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

Andre R.O. Cavalcanti
Assistant Professor of Biology
Courses: Introductory Genetics; Genomics and Bioinformatics with Laboratory
Research: By comparing the genetic code that almost all organisms share, he is trying to decipher how the “universal” genetic code could have been created in a pre-biotic world.
Degree: Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Eileen J. Cheng
Assistant Professor of Chinese
Courses: Elementary Chinese; Advanced Readings in Modern Chinese Literature; Urban Imaginations: The City in Chinese Literature and Film; Gender and Sexuality in Modern Chinese Literature
Research: Focuses on Lu Xun, who is regarded as a forefather of modern Chinese literature, particularly his writing on modern culture and technology.
Degree: Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Vin de Silva
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Courses: Combinatorial Mathematics; Calculus III
Research: Building the 20th-century theory of algebraic topology into a more robust computational topology theory for the 21st-century, making it easier to explain why a bagel is like a tea cup.
Book in Progress: co-authoring “Nonlinear Dimensionality Reduction”
Degree: D. Phil., Oxford University

Karl G. Johnson
Sarah Rempel and Herbert S. Rempel Professor of Neuroscience and Assistant Professor of Biology
Courses: Cell Chemistry and Cell Biology; Vertebrate Sensory Systems
Research: How simple nervous systems are built in fruit flies, as a stepping stone to understanding how humans learn and remember
Degree: Ph.D., Cambridge University

Aaron Kunin
Assistant Professor of English
Courses: Literary Interpretation; English Lyric Before 1700; Pre-Modern Psychology; Milton and Visual Culture
Research: 17th-century English literature, with an emphasis on Milton, political and poetic experimentation; and preservation in color theory and food studies
Book: Folding Ruler Star: Poems (2005)
Degree: Ph.D., Duke University

Fernando A. Lozano
Assistant Professor of Economics
Courses: Principles of Microeconomics; Immigrants and the Economy; Urban and Regional Economics
Research: The evolution of working hours of American males by level of education, and the connection between high school leadership activities and success of Latino students in college
Degree: Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

Kenneth E. Miller
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Courses: Abnormal Psychology; Seminar in Clinical Psychology
Research: Under¬standing the psychological and psychosocial needs and challenges of communities affected by war and other forms of political violence and forced migration
Degree: Ph.D., University of Michigan

Dara Rossman Regaignon
Assistant Professor of English and Director of College Writing
Course: Elements of Argument
Research: The Victorian novel, women’s and gender studies, colonial discourse studies and postcolonial literature
Book in Progress: “Writing About Literature: A Guide for College Writers”
Degree: Ph.D., Brandeis University

Alexander J. Rodriguez
Instructor of Physical Education and Coach, Men’s and Women’s Water Polo
Courses: Swimming, intermediate and fitness; Men’s Water Polo
Degree: M.A. candidate, Azusa Pacific University


Erin Runions
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Courses: Messiahs and the Millennium; Bible and Film; Gender and Religion
Research: How the Bible comes into culture and politics, with an emphasis on the Hebrew Bible and prophetic texts
Books: How Hysterical: Identification and Resistance in the Bible and Film Critique (2003) and Changing Subjects: Gender, Nation and Future in Micah (2001)
Degree: Ph.D., McGill University

Darryl A. Smith
Instructor of Religious Studies
Courses: The Problem of Evil: African-American Engagements With(in) Western Thought
Research: The “art of living,” an idea beginning with Greek philosophers of making one’s life a work of art and tracing that theme in an American context
Degree: Ph.D., candidate, Princeton University

Tomás F. Summers Sandoval Jr.
Assistant Professor of History and Chicano Studies
Courses: The Latina/o Diaspora; Chicana/o Latina Feminist Traditions
Research: The development of Chicano/Latino identity in the 19th and 20th centuries, with a focus on historical moments when Chicano/Latino people express a united community identity
Degree: Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Michael D. Steinberger
Assistant Professor of Economics
Courses: Macroeconomic Theory; Poverty and Income Distribution; Senior Seminar in Economics
Research: Income inequality, what causes it, its consequences, possible policy responses and changes in income inequality in the last 30-40 years
Degree: Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Hung Cam Thai
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Asian American Studies
Courses: Contemporary Asian American Issues; Asian American Sociology.
Research: The impact of globalization in Vietnam and the Vietnamese diaspora on individuals and familial relationships
Book in Progress: “For Better or For Worse: Marriage and Migration in the New Global Economy”
Degree: Ph.D., UC, Berkeley
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