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Beloit College

New Faculty 2013-14





Kevin Braun, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, completed his Ph.D. in physical chemistry at the University of Arizona.  He graduated from Beloit College with a B.S. in chemistry and a B.A. in anthropology.  Kevin’s research interests include forensic and archaeological applications of electrophoretic separations, wavelet transforms, and chemical education.  Kevin has served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Beloit College since Fall of 2007. 

Amy Briggs, Assistant Professor of Biology, earned her Ph.D. in biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her B.A. in biology at Lawrence University.  Amy’s research focuses on the molecular genetic basis of plant immunity.  Amy has served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology at Beloit College since Fall of 2011. 

Susan Furukawa, Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures, holds a Ph.D. in Japanese literature from Indiana University, an M.A. in Anthropology and Japanese Literature from Stanford University, and a B.A. in Japanese literature from DePauw University.  Her research focuses on re-imaginings of the sixteenth-century Japanese samurai Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537-1598) in twentieth-century popular historical fiction. 

Matthew Vadnais, Assistant Professor of English, completed his Ph.D. in theatre history, literature, and criticism at the Ohio State University.  He also holds an M.F.A in creative writing from the University of Idaho, an M.A. in English from Iowa State University, and a B.A. in English and theatre arts from the University of North Dakota.  His research introduces the speech as a basic unit of dramatic composition in early modern plays.



David Boffa, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History, earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in art history at Rutgers University, and his B.A. in art history at Drew University. 

Daniel Crow, Visiting Instructor of Philosophy, is a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He completed his M.A. in philosophy at Northern Illinois University and his B.A. in philosophy at Wheaton College. 

Ryan Doering, Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, completed his M.A. and Ph.D. in physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his B.A. in physics at Valparaiso University. 

Laura Grube, Visiting Instructor of Economics, is a Ph.D. candidate in economics at George Mason University.  She graduated from Beloit College with a major in economics and management. 

Parimah Kazemi, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics, earned her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of North Texas.  

Anna Leeper, Visiting Instructor of German Studies, completed her M.A. in German studies at Washington University in St. Louis, where she is currently completing her Ph.D.  She earned her B.A. in English and German at the University of Memphis. 

Tom Owenby, Visiting Instructor of Education and Youth Studies, is currently a Ph.D. candidate in curriculum and instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He earned his M.A. in international politics at the Kyung Hee University Graduate Institute of Peace Studies in Seoul, South Korea, and his B.A. in history at Beloit College. 

Kylie Quave, Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology, joined the Beloit College faculty in January 2013.  She completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology at Southern Methodist University, and her B.A. in art history at Emory University. 

Meredith Root, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art, holds an M.F.A in film from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a B.A. in filmmaking from Bard College. 

Kendra Schiffman, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology,earned her Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University, and her M.A. and B.A. in sociology from Brigham Young University. 

Adam Ziegfeld, Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science, holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an A.B. in government from Dartmouth College.