Leslie Sprout, Program Director, Fine Arts and Media Studies, Historical Studies
Leslie Sprout (PhD, University of California, Berkeley) is the author of The Musical Legacy of Wartime France, which won the Béla Kornitzer Award for the best Drew faculty book published in 2013-15. Her scholarship focuses on music, modernism, and national identity in twentieth-century France. Additional research interests include the film music of Arthur Honegger and the engagement of European composers with American popular music and jazz between the two world wars. Dr. Sprout’s work has been supported by a Fulbright fellowship to France and by travel grants from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris.
Matthew Ayres, Teaching in the Two-Year College
Matthew Ayres is associate professor of English and Philosophy at County College of Morris and says: “I have always been moved by the written word. Great writers are able to give voice to some of the most significant moments of the human experience. I remember reading James Joyce’s “The Dead” for the first time and being touched by his description of the snow falling ‘generally all over Ireland’ and of Gabriel’s epiphany, as he ruminates about life and death at the end of the story. I love what I teach, and I hope this passion is evident to anyone who walks into my classroom.”
Robert W. Butts, Fine Arts and Media
Robert W. Butts has shared his passion, enthusiasm and knowledge of music through his work as conductor, composer, educator, writer and lecturer. He was the 2011 recipient of the American Prize Citation for educational excellence and was the 2012 American Prize second-place winner for community opera conducting, for his critically acclaimed performance of Mozart’s <em>Don Giovanni</em> with BONJ Opera. He was nominated for the 2013 prize for his conducting of Donizetti’s <em>L’elisir d’amore</em> and Mozart’s <em>The</em> <em>Magic Flute</em>. Butts has also conducted the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey since its founding in 1996. He has developed the orchestra into one of New Jersey’s leading ensembles, expanding the repertoire to include major works of all periods.
Robert Carnevale, Writing, Literary Studies
Sloane Drayson-Knigge, Historical Studies; Literary Studies
Sloane’s interest in the arts, history and culture was engendered by the diversity of people and communities she encountered on childhood trips in the family’s Studebakers. Her courses engage a spectrum of experiences and events in these academic fields. Among them are: Women in the Holocaust; Staging the Nation: The Presentation of Ourselves in American Drama; and Graphic Medicine: Embodiment, Illness, Health and the Visual Narrative. Sloane enjoys the rigor of independent studies. Material Culture and Memory Studies are particular areas of application.
Ron Felber, Literary Studies; Writing
Bill Gordon, Writing
Bill Gordon’s first novel, Mary After All, was published by Random House to positive reviews. His short stories and essays have been published in such outlets as The New York Times Magazine, Mississippi Review, New York Press, Newark Star-Ledger, Christopher Street, Downtown, and Men on Men 2000, an anthology by Plume/Penguin. He received an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from Syracuse University. Since 2006, he has taught creative writing (literary fiction and memoir) at Drew University’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, Arts and Letters Program. He lives in New York City.
Sandra Jamieson, Teaching in the Two-Year College, Teaching Writing
Jens Lloyd, Literary Studies, Teaching Writing
Jesse Mann, Historical Studies, Studies in Religion
Karen Pechilis, Historical Studies, Global Studies
Liana Piehler, Fine Arts and Media; Writing
Liana Piehler (PhD, Drew University) teaches courses that have blended literature and the visual arts. Recent courses have included focus on Watercolor as a creative medium in the Humanities (The Watercolorist’s Craft–a recurring topic-based course); the Victorian landscape as seen by novelists, poets and artists; Victorian women artists and their twentieth-century descendants; Provincetown’s arts colony (1900-1950) as a reflection of American culture; and poets as observers of the natural world (from Emily Dickinson in the nineteenth century to Mary Oliver in the twentieth); as well as participation in ARLT 801–the interdisciplinary introduction to the program. Piehler regularly teaches the Joy of Scholarly Writing to students in the Arts and Letters and Medical Humanities programs, guiding and mentoring them on the dissertation journey. In addition to scholarly and creative writing, Liana Piehler is a visual artist specializing in watercolor, printmaking, collage, book arts, and other 2-and 3-D mediums. Along with her work in the A&L program, she serves as a faculty writing consultant at the CAE for graduate students and a writing instructor in Drew’s Theological School.
Ben Pranger, Fine Arts and Media
Robert Ready, Literary Studies, Historical Studies
William B. Rogers, Historical Studies, Irish Studies, Global Studies
Jonathan Rose, Historical Studies
Erin Sheehan, Studies in Religion
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Billy Tooma, Fine Arts and Media
Laura Winters, Literary Studies, Writing, Studies in Religion
Jonathan Golden, Program Director, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Darrell Cole, Professor of Comparative Religion
Allan C. Dawson, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Caitlin Killian, Professor of Sociology
Jinee Lokaneeta, Professor of Political Science
Sangay Mishra, Assistant Professor
Jennifer Olmsted, Professor of Economics
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David Thaler, Adjunct Professor of Arts and Letters
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Carlos Yordan, Associate Professor of Political Science
Sarah Abramowitz, Program Director, John H. Evans Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Mathematics and Computer Science
Prasad Kothapalli, Adjunct Professor
Diane Liporace, Adjunct Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science
Yi Lu, Norma Gilbert Junior Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science
Elizabeth Pemberton, Adjunct Professor
Alexander Rudniy, Assistant Professor
Ellie Small, Norma Gilbert Junior Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science
Steve Firestone, Program Director and Assistant Teaching Professor
Steve Firestone is an Associate Teaching Professor of Finance, Associate Chair of the Department of Business, and the Director of the Master of Science in Finance program at Drew University. His research focuses on market and credit risk, fixed income valuation, behavioral finance, and real estate economics. Steve worked for over seven years at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency as a capital markets and credit team leader. His tenure in the federal service followed a twenty-year career in the financial markets as a fixed income trader, portfolio manager, and investment banker. Steve has also been committed to public service, recently serving on the Site Plan Review Advisory Board in Princeton, N.J. He has also previously served on the Zoning Board of Adjustment in Hoboken, N.J. and both the Planning Commission and Zoning Board in Charlotte, N.C. He received a B.A. in Economics from Bucknell University, an M.B.A in Finance and Public Policy from Indiana University, and is working towards his Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) at Drexel University. Steve completed his Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation in 2009 and is active in the CAIA Association where he serves on the Standards Committee and the International Association for Quantitative Finance. He is also an avid runner, completing two TCS NYC Marathons.
David Anderson, Adjunct Professor
F. Michael Hussain, Adjunct Professor
For the last 9 years he has been employed with IHS Markit (under proposed Merger with S&P Global; expected to close in Q2’22) covering a variety of roles including Quantitative Models, Factors and Research Product Specialist, IHS Markit PMI Product Specialist, built out the vendor community for a new compliance and due diligence software solution (KY3P), and has most recently served as an Executive Director leading a US Client Success team for the Enterprise Data Management (EDM) software application & now serves as the Global Head of Private Capital Markets for the iLevel, Qval, Credit, and Full Service Valuations product lines within the Financial Services Solutions division.
Michael has previously co-founded a non-profit foundation raising funds for local cancer related charities and causes in San Diego and continues to volunteer his time and give to causes serving to alleviate children’s illnesses, promote animal welfare, and support for post action military related issues. Michael is currently on the Advisory Panel for the Managing a Remote Workforce program at the Pace University Lubin School of Business. He enjoys martial arts, is currently kick boxing (yellow belt), a licensed sky diver, and an avid student of self mastery, spirituality, self awareness, conscious based living as well as discovering, nurturing and promoting the inherent power that lies within each and every one of us as individuals.