W&L Welcomes New Faculty
Washington and Lee University has welcomed 23 new faculty members who will instruct classes in the College, the Williams School and the Law School this fall.
The new members of the faculty are:
Christopher Brown, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Brown earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from The Ohio State University, and he most recently served as an instructor in global studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His teaching and research interests include African political cultures, social-ecological systems, subjectivity and global education, ethnographic methods, and migration.
Lubabah Chowdhury, Assistant Professor of English
Chowdhury earned a Ph.D. in English from Brown University. Her teaching and research interests include Caribbean women’s literature, Caribbean feminisms and affect theory.
Mattie Clear, Assistant Professor and Archivist in the Library
Clear received a M.A. in history and M.L.I.S. in archives management from Simmons University. Most recently, she worked as a reference associate in the department of distinctive collections at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research interests include university history, material culture and surfacing marginalized voices in the archives.
Maddie Coleman, Assistant Professor of Physical Education/Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach
Maddie earned a M.Ed. degree in sport leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University and most recently served as associate head women’s lacrosse coach at Denison University. Her interests include women’s lacrosse, leadership, spinning and lifetime fitness.
Michelle Cosby, Assistant Dean of Legal Information Services and Professor of Practice
Cosby received J.D. and M.S.L. degrees from the University of Indiana and her subject expertise is in legal research and law office technology.
Justin Davis, Assistant Professor of Business Administration
Davis holds a Ph.D. from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. His research and teaching interests are in data science, corporate governance and financial reporting.
Nathan Dean, Assistant Professor of Law, Justice & Society/Delaney Faculty Fellow
Dean earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina and a J.D. from the University of Virginia. Most recently, he served as an assistant professor of political science at Western New England University. His research and teaching interests include political philosophy, theories of justice, critical race theory/race and the law, and civil rights litigation.
Dave Forman, Assistant Professor of Physical Education/Head Coach of Strength & Conditioning
Forman received a M.S. in exercise science from the University of Mississippi and most recently, he served as the director of strength & conditioning at Virginia Military Institute.
K. Avvirin Gray, Assistant Professor of English
Gray holds a Ph.D. in American studies and ethnicity from the University of Southern California. Her research and teaching interests include 19th and 20th century Native American and African American literature.
Romina Green, Assistant Professor of History
Green received a Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Irvine and was most recently a visiting assistant professor of Latin American history at Claremont McKenna College. Her teaching and research interests include 19th Century Chilean history with a focus on race, gender and labor.
Jimmie Johnson III, Assistant Professor of Physical Education/Assistant Football Coach
Johnson earned a B.A. in history from Washington and Lee and his areas of interest include leadership development and the intersection of athletics and diversity, inclusion and engagement.
Jared Macary, Assistant Professor of Strategic Communications
Macary holds a Ph.D. in media and communications from the University of Oregon. His prior experiences include serving as a health communicator for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Washington, D.C. His research and teaching interests are visual, environmental and strategic communications, journalism, and critical and cultural studies in media and communications.
Tom McClain, Assistant Professor of Physics
McClain received a Ph.D. from the University of Texas and he remains at Washington and Lee after recently serving as a visiting assistant professor of physics. His research interests include geometric quantization, polysymplectic field theory and computational gravitational wave astronomy.
Catlin Meade, Professor of Practice
Meade earned a J.D. from American University and her professional experience includes serving as cybersecurity and data privacy counsel at Accenture Federal Services LLC and as an associate attorney with Covington & Burling LLP. Her subject expertise is in legal writing, as well as cybersecurity and data privacy.
Tiffany Pins, Assistant Professor of Physical Education/Head Women’s Soccer Coach
Pins earned a M.A. in physical education from the University of Northern Iowa and recently served as the head women’s soccer coach at Wartburg College. Her areas of interest include leadership, sports psychology and health/wellness.
Ehi Rajsky, Assistant Professor of Accounting
Rajsky received a Ph.D. in business administration from Temple University and her research and teaching interests include tax compliance, and government and non-profit organizations.
Kristina Roney, Assistant Professor of French
Roney holds a Ph.D. in French from the University of Kansas and she had previously served as a visiting assistant professor of French at Washington and Lee since 2019. Her research interests include 19th-20th century French literature, Honoré de Balzac, French for business purposes, industrial revolution, economic history and finance, and women, gender and sexuality studies.
Holly Shablack, Assistant Professor of Cognitive and Behavorial Science
Shablack earned a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of North Carolina and her research and teaching interests include language, sociocultural environment, emotions, physical well-being, mixed methods and multi-methods.
Emma Steinkraus, Assistant Professor of Art
Steinkraus received a M.F.A. in painting and drawing from the University of Iowa and most recently, she was an assistant professor of fine arts at Hampden-Sydney College. Her interests include figurative painting, mural installations, feminist art history, and natural history and ecology.
Angela Sun, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Sun holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Michigan and her research interests include ethics, philosophy of action and decision theory.
Patrick Walters, Assistant Professor of Journalism
Walters earned a Ph.D. in media & communication from Temple University and most recently, he served as an associate professor of journalism at Kutztown University. His research interests include media gatekeeping, journalistic collaboration, media ecology, platforms, journalism history and literary journalism.
Melanie D. Wilson, Dean and Professor of Law
Wilson received a J.D. from the University of Georgia and most recently, she had served as dean of the law school at the University of Tennessee. Wilson’s subject expertise is in criminal procedure, prosecutors and juries, and the fourth/sixth amendments.
Joy Yang, Assistant Professor of Finance
Yang earned a Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine. Her research and teaching interests are in managerial finance and financial risk management.
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