Faculty Achievements & Milestones

prattAssistant Professor Wayne Pratt
Department of Psychology
Dunn-Riley Fellow

Dr. Wayne Pratt received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Utah in 2002 and joined the Wake Forest University faculty in 2006. His research examines the role of brain reward pathways in regulating motivation directed at food, and has generated several student-coauthored papers. Dr. Pratt’s research program is currently supported by an Academic Research Enrichment Award from the National Institutes of Health.

Sarah LischerAssociate Professor Sara Lischer
Department of Political Science
Robert and Debra Lee Fellow

Sarah Kenyon Lischer is an associate professor in the department of political science. She is the author of Dangerous Sanctuaries: Refugee Camps, Civil War, and the Dilemmas of Humanitarian Aid (Cornell University Press). Her research on humanitarian intervention, human rights, and forced migration has been published in journals such as International SecurityGlobal Governance, the Harvard International Review, and The American Scholar. Lischer has been awarded numerous fellowships and grants from organizations including the Peace Research Institute of Oslo, Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. Lischer received a BSFS from Georgetown University, an MPP from Harvard University, and her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Brook Davis

Associate Professor Brook Davis
Department of Theatre and Dance
Denton Family Fellow

Dr. Davis earned her undergraduate degrees in theatre and psychology at Wake Forest University, an MFA in Acting at Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Ph.D. in theatre history/theory and criticism at the University of Maryland, College Park. She regularly teaches Introduction to Theatre, Dramatic Literature, Acting One, Theatre in Education and upper level acting classes. She recently directed the University Theatre’s production of Eurydice in spring, 2011. Her current research interests include innovations in theatre education pedagogy, particularly in conjunction with community partnerships both locally and abroad. Dr. Davis also continues her research on theatre practitioner and playwright, Constance D’Arcy Mackay.

Timo ThonhauserAssistant Professor Timo Thonhauser
Department of Physics
Ranlet and Frank Bell Jr. Fellow

Dr. Thonhauser received his Ph.D. in solid state physics from the Institute for Theoretical Physics, Karl–Franzens–Universität Graz, Austria in 2001. He subsequently held postdoctoral position at The Pennsylvania State University and Rutgers. Before joining the faculty at WFU in 2008, he held a Research Associate position at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Thonhauser’s research is devoted to the application of condensed-matter theory to currently outstanding problems in physics, biophysics, chemistry, and materials science. His motivation is the desire to advance the exploration of materials in these fields by developing and applying new electronic-structure approaches, methods, and computational tools. Currently, he is working on an approach to calculate ab-initio NMR chemical shifts, and the description of van der Waals forces within density functional theory. Both research fields have direct applications to nano-, bio-, and energy-related materials.

Bruce KingProfessor S. Bruce King
Department of Chemistry
MacDonough Family Fellow

S. Bruce King earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in forestry and medicinal chemistry from West Virginia University and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Cornell University. Following a post-doctoral position at the Scripps Research Institute with K. Barry Sharpless, Dr. King joined the Wake Forest faculty in 1995. He teaches organic chemistry at the undergraduate and graduate level and his research, funded by the National Institutes of Health, focuses on the biological chemistry of nitric oxide. He currently is an assistant director of the Translational Science Center and the head of the Synthetic Core Lab of the Comprehensive Cancer Center of WFU.

Marina KrcmarAssociate Professor Marina Krcmar
Department of Communication
MacDonough Family Fellow

Dr. Krcmar (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) was recently awarded the MacDonough Family Fellowship for her excellence in teaching and scholarship. Her research focuses on children, adolescents and the media as well as selective exposure to violent media. Her current research examines the effect of videos targeting infants, (e.g., Baby Einstein) on preverbal children and the effect of violent video games on adolescents. Her research has appeared in Journal of Communication, Human Communication Research, Media Psychology, Communication Research, and other journals. Her book:Living Without the Screen was recently published by Routledge. She is on the editorial board of Media Psychology and the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media.

Kendall TarteAssociate Professor Kendall Tarte
Department of Romance Languages
Young Family Fellow

Kendall Tarte received her Ph.D. in French Renaissance literature from the University of Virginia. She is the author of numerous articles and a book, Writing Places: Sixteenth-Century City Culture and the Des Roches Salon. Her current research, which was supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, studies how geographers, historians, and visual artists depicted France during the Wars of Religion in the sixteenth century.

Miaohua JiangAssociate Professor Miaohua Jiang
Department of Mathematics
Gale Family Fellow

Dr. Jiang joined the Department of Mathematics in 1998, after obtaining his Ph.D. in mathematics at Pennsylvania State University in 1995. He continued with post-doctoral studies at Georgia Institute of Technology as well as the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications at University of Minnesota. His research is in the areas of dynamical systems theory and its applications in biology and economics. He is the co-advisor for the mathematical economics major.

Pat LordSenior Lecturer Pat C. Lord
Department of Biology
Kenyon Family Fellow

Dr. Lord joined the Department of Biology in the fall of 2009. She has taught BIO 101: Biology and the Human Experience, a course for non-majors. In this course, students have worked on a variety of public engagement projects including working in the campus garden, organized RAGE (Recycling at Greek Events), and designing nutritional educational brochures for Campus Kitchen clients. She also teaches upper level courses in genetics and virology. Virology is a course she designed which covers not only the basic life cycle of viruses but how viral infections can affect the economy, culture, and history. Currently, Dr. Lord is collaborating with Dr. Erik Johnson to develop a new, integrated genetics lab usingDrosophila behavioral mutants. In July 2011, she will become the director of health professions programs.

John DinanProfessor John Dinan
Department of Political Science
Promoted to Professor

John Dinan’s research focuses on federalism, state constitutionalism, and American political development. He is the author of several books, including The American State Constitutional Tradition and Keeping the People’s Liberties: Legislators, Citizens, and Judges as Guardians of Rights. He is currently the chair of the Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations Section of the American Political Science Association. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

Peter SiavelisProfessor Peter Siavelis
Department of Political Science
Promoted to Professor

Dr. Siavelis is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program at Wake Forest. He came to Wake Forest in 1996 after completing his Ph.D. in Government at Georgetown University. His research focuses on Latin American politics and political institutions including journal articles in Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Party Politics, Latin American Research Review and Latin American Politics and Society. His most recent edited book is entitled Pathways to Power: Political Recruitment and Candidate Selection in Latin America, with Scott Morgenstern. He was recipient of Wake Forest’s 2003 Reid-Doyle Prize for excellence in teaching.

joseph SoaresProfessor Joseph A. Soares
Department of Sociology
Promoted to Professor

Dr. Soares’ book The Power of Privilege (Stanford University Press 2007) was instrumental in Wake Forest’s decision to adopt the test-optional policy in undergraduate admissions. In April 2009, he organized a national conference on “rethinking admissions” at Wake Forest. Dr. Soares has presented his findings on standardized tests and college admissions at regional and national conferences of the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools, the College Board, the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling, and to the National Association for College Admission Counseling. An earlier book on universities in the UK, The Decline of Privilege(Stanford University Press 1999) won a national award from the American Sociological Association. While attending graduate school at Harvard University, Soares was a Krupp Fellow of the Center for European Studies; a US Congress Jacob Javits Fellow; and a Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford University. Before joining the Wake Forest faculty, Dr. Soares taught at at Harvard and Yale. During 2008, he was a member of the national education policy group for Barack Obama’s Presidential campaign. Dr. Soares’ next book will be an edited collection, SAT WARS: the case for test-optional admissions.

Tom BristerSenior Lecturer Tom Brister
Department of Political Science
Promoted to Senior Lecturer

Dr. Brister earned his B.A. at Georgetown University, his Ph.D. at the University of Virginia, and joined the faculty of Wake Forest University in 2005. His courses focus on comparative and international politics, with special interests in terrorism and counterterrorism, intelligence and globalization. He serves as faculty advisor for the Wake Forest Model United Nations Club and has been Director of the WFU Summer Program in Fez, Morocco.

Tom BristerAssociate Professor Robert Hellyer
Department of History
Promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure

Robert Hellyer grew up outside of Seattle, Washington. He served on the faculty of the University of Tokyo, taught at Allegheny College, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University before coming to Wake Forest. A historian of early modern and modern Japan, Professor Hellyer has explored foreign relations from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries, research presented in a monograph, Defining Engagement: Japan and Global Contexts, 1640-1868 (Harvard University Asia Center, 2009), and in several journal articles and book chapters. He is currently researching Japan’s role in the global tea trade of the late nineteenth century, a project for which he received Smithsonian and Japan Foundation fellowships to support research in Washington, D.C. and Japan. Professor Hellyer teaches courses on Japan, East Asia, and world economic history.

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