Saint Louis University

New Faculty & Staff


Dr. Pamela Hesker received her B.S. from Bradley University and her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina.
Her thesis research incorporated mouse models to study molecular pathways regulating inflammation in disease. 
Dr. Hesker conducted postdoctoral research focusing on immune cell biology at Washington University, and has
been involved in the biotechnology startup community in Saint Louis, while teaching courses in Biology and Genetics
at Maryville University and Saint Louis University since 2013.

Dr. Fenglian Xu obtained her Ph.D from the University of Alberta in Canada and did her postdoctoral work at the
University of Calgary in Canada where she was actively involved in teaching neuroscience courses and mentoring
students in research laboratory. Dr. Xu's research focuses on cellular and molecular mechanisms of brain
development.  Her research has appeared in various academic journals including Journal of neuroscience, Journal
of neurophysiology, European Journal of Neuroscience, PLoS ONE, and molecule brain. 


Ms. Marleen Albers joined the Biology Department as an administrative secretary  in February 2015.  New to Saint
Louis University, she has worked as a Financial Analyst with a local Financial Group and a Project Manager with
TWA and American Airlines.  Marleen earned her Bachelors degree from SIU-E in Business Administration.


Dr. Christopher Arnatt graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 2005 with a B.S.
in chemistry with honors. His love for research led him to earn a PhD in medicinal chemistry
from Virginia Commonwealth University. After graduating in 2013 he received a National
Research Council postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Science and
Technology to work on fluorescent probes targeting engineered stem cells (induced pluripotent
stem cells). He now is an Assistant Professor in the Department of chemistry continuing his
work in chemical probes for engineered stem cells and specific cancers.


Dr. Timothy Huffman is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication. He teaches classes in
organizational communication and social justice communication. Tim's research focuses on social justice
organizing, particularly around issues of homelessness. He takes a community-based approach to understanding
and promoting socially just communication, like compassion, community, and altruism. 

Dr. Amber Johnson merges qualitative and rhetorical methods with a focus on digital narratives. She studies
"messy"  intersections of sexuality, race, class, geography, education, religion, and beauty. Dr. Johnson is
an award winning author and has published articles in Critical Studies in Media and Communication, Text
and Performance Quarterly Communication Quarterly, Howard Journal of Communication, Qualitative Inquiry,
Departures in Critical Qualitative Research and Health Communication Journal. She is a graduate from
The Pennsylvania State University Department of Communication Arts and Sciences.

Jon Mabee (M.F.A., SIUC) teaches courses on media production, theory, and analysis. Having served in the
U.S. Navy during the start of the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq, his work and research have primarily
focused on veterans issues like: PTSD, veteran suicide, and the inadequate veterans healthcare system.

His resear
ch interests also include politics and political communication; race, gender, stereotypes, class,
and its construction and representation in media; and nerd culture. He has worked as a production
assistant and manager on several feature films and TV shows, as a professional photographer and
videographer, and has written and directed several films.

Dr. Nancy Wilson holds a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri (Journalism) and has taught marketing
communication courses for over 15 years. Her interests lie in the areas of strategic communication,
creativity and entrepreneurship. Prior to joining SLU, she taught at the graduate level at USC. Before that,
she was Associate Professor of Advertising at Webster University. There, in addition to teaching over a
dozen courses within the major, she coached many of the school's campaign teams to prominence in the
American Advertising Federation's National Student Advertising Competition.

Communication Sciences & Disorders

Ms. Tara Battles, M.A. is a clinical instructor and audiologist.  She received her bachelor's and master's
degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Her previous audiology experiences
include a not-for-profit speech and hearing clinic, otolaryngology practice, intraoperative monitoring,
and most recently as an educational audiologist serving the birth - 21 population.  Her areas of
expertise include diagnostic pediatric hearing evaluation, pediatric amplification and hearing assistive

Maureen Fischer, M.A.,CCC/A has become a full time 12 month clinical faculty member and the new
Audiology Coordinator.  Maureen Fischer has been a part time adjunct audiology faculty member
in the Department for the past 5 years.  Maureen received her masters degree in audiology from
Washington University in St. Louis in 2000.    She is looking forward to expanding the audiological
services in the department's Clinic and in the community

Rebecca Frisella, M.S.CCC-SLP, Clinical Instructor/Early Childhood Language Literacy Center (ECLC)
Coordinator, has her Master's of Science in Communication Disorders from Fontbonne University where
she also received her Bachelor's degree.  She has worked with all age levels and a variety of disorders
although specializes in preschool aged children.   Also has previous experience in managing a speech
department and community outreach as well as maintaining a caseload at the Center for Hearing
& Speech.  Special interests include working with early childhood and early literacy/language.

Whitney Postman is a clinical researcher investigating neuro-rehabilitation in people with neurogenic
communication disorders due to stroke, trauma or degeneration. As a proponent of interdisciplinary
research and its potential for optimizing clinical interventions conducted by speech-language pathologists,
She has thus far dedicated her career to integrating the related fields of cross-linguistic scholarship,
neuroscience and speech-language therapy. Currently, She is experimenting with applications of innovative
computer-assisted language interventions in medically underserved urban communities throughout St. Louis.

Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

Mrs. Carolyn Fernandez arrived at SLU in February 2015 as Administrative Secretary where she has since
fulfilled a variety of roles. Born and raised in London, England, Carolyn graduated in 2001 from University of
Westminster with a Bachelor's in English & Cultural Studies. She arrived in the U.S. in 2009 with a solid 16
years of marketing, PR, buying and supply management experience behind her.

Dr. Cathy Finley arrives to SLU from Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Upon completing her Ph.D in Atmospheric
Sciences at Colorado State University in 1998, she went on to work for Windlogics as Senior Atmospheric
Scientist. As part of her ongoing research, Dr. Finley specializes in numerical modeling and observations
of severe storms and tornado dynamics, atmospheric dynamics (baroclinic instability), and wind energy
prospecting and forecasting.

Dr. Adam Pearson graduated from University of Delaware in August 2015 with a Ph.D. in Geology. His
dissertation topic focused on how mill dams influence sediment transport and ecosystem processes
within the floodplains. Dr. Pearson joins the department this Fall working with Dr. Hanes to understand
the speed of lead contaminated sediment transport in local rivers and the depositional history of contaminated

Dr. Valorie Wilmoth graduated from SLU in May 2015 with a PhD in Meteorology.  Her dissertation research
focused on long-term trends of surface wind speed and stability of the Planetary Boundary Layer. Dr.
Wilmoth joins the department this Fall where she is currently teaching Meteorological Analysis.


Juliana Chow's teaching and research focus on nineteenth-century American literature and culture, natural
history, environmental literature, and regionalism. Her first book project, "Literature of Diminishment,"
will examine diminishment in biological concepts of succession and epistemological relations in nineteenth-
century literary engagements with natural history.

Holly James-Maddocks graduated with a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the University of York in 2014.
Her dissertation was in the field of Book History and investigated the identities of the scribes and illuminators
involved in making manuscripts in 15th-century England. Holly joins SLU's English department as The New
Chaucer Society Postdoctoral Fellow. She will analyse the production and dissemination of illuminated
manuscripts of Middle English poetry, including multiple copies of Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury

Mr. Ted Mathys is the author of three books of poetry, Null Set, The Spoils, and Forge, all published by
Coffee House Press. The recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and Poetry
Society of America, he earned his MFA in creative writing at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and also holds
an MA in international environmental policy from Tufts University. His areas of specialization include
contemporary American poetry, ecopoetics, and film. 

Ms. Leslie Neal is the new Administrative Secretary for the English Department.  She holds a B.A.
in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from Webster University, and constantly argues with
herself about furthering her education.  She hopes one day to write spectacular novels, but is currently
content to procrastinate and play with her husband, three cats, ferret.

English As A Second Language

Ms. Natasha Mokeyeva is the new Administrative Secretary in the English as a Second Language
Program. Natasha graduated from Webster University with a BA in Sociology and Spanish and a Certificate
in Latin American Studies. Previously, she has worked for the International Institute of St. Louis, helping
newly arrived immigrants and refugees. In her free time, Natasha enjoys traveling, playing piano and playing

Angela Hakim received a Master of Education focused in Teaching English as a Second Language from the
University of Missouri-St. Louis. Ms. Hakim is the coordinator of the English Language Center, SLU's writing
center for international students. In addition to coordinating the ELC, she teaches reading, writing,
and grammar within SLU's ESL Program and has taught Cross-Cultural Communication for Educators,
Contemporary Global Issues, and English as a foreign language in Lebanon, Mexico, and Russia. 

Fine & Performing Arts

Ms. Deborah Douglas is an Associate Professor in Fine and Performing Arts. She received her Master of Fine
Arts in painting and printmaking from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Beginning as an adjunct at
Saint Louis University in 2001, she is currently the Director of Art History and teaches in that program while
maintaining an active exhibition record.

Lucy Cashion is a multi-disciplinary theatre-artist and founder of Equally Represented Arts, an
independent, experimental theatre company. Her most recent works include Trash Macbeth, Moscow!,
and R + J: A Telephone Play. She is a Theatre Artist-in-Residence at Saint Louis University, and a
Guest Director and Teaching Artist at Prison Performing Arts and Shakespeare Festival St. Louis.
Lucy received her MFA from Columbia University, studied at l'École d'art dramatique Eva St-Paul,
and trained with SITI Company.

Dr. Katherine Jolly, Assistant Professor of Music, recently completed her Doctoral of Musical Arts
(D.M.A.), from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, in Voice, with a cognate
in Vocal Pedagogy. She has performed leading roles extensively throughout the United States, with
companies including New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Florida Grand Opera, and Opera
Theatre St Louis, among others. Her areas of study include performance anxiety in high-level singers,
and the use of speech therapy in undergraduate voice lessons.


Dr. Fabian Montcher
After defending his European Ph.D. at the Complutense University in 2013 in
Madrid, he held an Ahmanson-Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles
(UCLA), as well as a Fellowship of the Château de Versailles Research Center. Dr. Montcher is currently
a Visiting Assistant Professor in the History Department at Saint Louis University. his current research
focuses on politics and the socio-cultural history of administrative and knowledge systems in the early
modern Iberian worlds.

International Studies

Ms. Lori Corzine joined SLU in February of this year as the Administrative Secretary in the Center for
International Studies. Lori began her career in higher education at Washington University in St. Louis
where she worked from 1996 - 2010, then worked at Webster University as the assistant to the Chair
of the Electronic and Photographic Media Department. Prior to Washington University, Lori worked
for the St. Louis Baseball Cardinals in Sales and Stadium Club Management. Go Cards!

Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Dr. Christina Garcia, Assistant Professor, joins the LLC faculty to teach Spanish and Linguistics.
Dr. Garcia graduated with a PhD in Hispanic Linguistics from Ohio State University. Her research
focuses on sociolinguistics and phonetics, with a particular emphasis on how sounds are socially
meaningful. Dr. Garcia's dissertation work examined the Spanish spoken in Highland Ecuador, and
she has also done fieldwork in Argentina. 

Dr. Kelly Lovejoy is an Assistant Professor of Spanish and Linguistics. She recently received her
Ph.D. from Rutgers University. Her primary areas of research are Spanish pragmatics and second
language acquisition.

Mathematics and Computer Science

Dr. Tae-Hyuk (Ted) Ahn received the Ph.D. degree in computer science from the Virginia Tech, in 2012.
After he worked in the Division of Computer Science and Mathematics at Oak Ridge National Laboratory,
he joined the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Saint Louis University in 2015
where he is currently an assistant professor. His research interests include bioinformatics, high-performance
computing, big data analysis, and computational science.

Dr. Benjamin Hutz completed his Ph.D. in mathematics at Brown University in 2007 in the arithmetic of
dynamical systems, a combination of number theory and dynamical systems. He is currently heavily involved
in computational aspects and developing the computer algebra system Sage for use with dynamical systems.
Dr. Hutz is coming to SLU from the Florida Institute of Technology.

Dr. Theresa Jeevanjee earned her Ph.D. from Saint Louis University in 2000.  Theresa came to SLU after
her BS in Math/CS and a career in computer science and engineering, including work at Monsanto (Fisher
Controls) and Washington University Medical School.   Prior to joining SLU as a visiting Associate Professor
in Mathematics and Computer Science, she worked at Fontbonne, achieving the rank of full professor. Theresa's
research interests include Algebraic Topology, Knot Theory (applied to DNA knots), and Physics. 

Philosophy- Res Philosophica

Ms. Christy Pogue is the new Editorial Coordinator for Res Philosophica, the University's philosophy journal.
Christy graduated from Fontbonne University with a bachelor of arts in communications, a concentration in public
relations and a minor in journalism. She began her professional career in the media services department at
the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where she worked as a special section copywriter and editor for 11 years, and following,
took up freelance writing, editing and proofreading.

Political Science

Dr. Noriyuki Katagiri is assistant professor of political science. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the
University of Pennsylvania. He joins SLU after five years of federal service teaching at Air War College, a joint
military graduate school for senior officers and officials of the US government and international military officers, located
at Maxwell Air Force Base.


Dr. Annie Garner is a Tenure Track Assistant Professor. She received both her Master's degree and her Ph.D.
from University of Alabama at Birmingham and completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship and postdoctoral research
training at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Her research focuses on the impact of Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) on the functioning of children and adolescents. Of particular interest is the impact of
ADHD on driving safety and outcomes in adolescence as well as the impact of ADHD on the transition into adulthood.

Dr. Jill Waring earned her PhD in Psychology from Boston College in the Cognitive,
Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience program, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship
at the Palo Alto VA Medical Center and Stanford University School of Medicine.  Her
research focus is the interaction of cognition and emotion processing, with an eye toward identifying
behavioral and neural markers that may influence or precede cognitive decline or symptoms of anxiety
and depression in late life. 

Psychology- Psychological Services Center

Ms. Cathy Donaldson was Born and raised in Decatur, IL. She went to a small town
school in Argenta. She is a current student in the SLU SPS Program for Security and
Strategic Intelligence. Cathy plays 1st base in a kickball league from late March to
October in Troy, IL. She is the proud Aunt CeCe of 3 nephews and 5 nieces. Cathy
loves the Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs, Captain America and most things music,
especially Imagine Dragons.

Sociology and Anthropology

Dr. Amy Cooper is a cultural and medical anthropologist and an Assistant Professor
of Anthropology. A graduate of Georgetown University (B.A.) and the University of Chicago
(Ph.D.), her research and teaching focus on the political significance of health care from
a cross-cultural perspective. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Cuba, Venezuela,
and urban North America. Her research has appeared in American Ethnologist; Culture, Medicine,
and Psychiatry; and Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.

Dr. Christopher Prener (Ph.D., Northeastern University, 2015) is an urban and
medical sociologist with an interest in mixed methods research designs that
incorporate spatial data. His dissertation examined the effect of neighborhood context and
conditions on emergency medical services work, particularly with patients who have mental
illnesses or substance use disorders. He is also part of a research team examining the effect
of literacy on mental health service use and recovery.

Theological Studies

Dr. Alden Bass holds a B.A. from Yale University, an M.T.S. from Vanderbilt Divinity, and a
Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Saint Louis University. His specialization is preaching and
biblical interpretation in late antiquity and his research has focused on Christians in Roman
North Africa. He is also engaged in conversations concerning race and theology, and he is active in
social justice causes in North St. Louis.

Erick Hedrick-Moser is a native of Louisville, Kentucky and attended Indiana Wesleyan University
before completing an MA and PhD in historical theology at Saint Louis University. He recently
successfully defended his dissertation entitled, "The Formation of Jean Daniélou's Vision for Catholicism
in Secular France, 1925-1950." His research specializes in twentieth-century French Catholicism,
mystical theology, and secularism. This work utilizes archival material he has documented during research
trips to Paris, France. 

Dr. Leonard McKinnis holds a Ph.D. in Constructive Theology From Loyola University of Chicago and a
M.T.S from Harvard Divinity School.  His dissertation, under review for publication, presented the first-ever
theological examination of the Black Coptic Church in conversation with classical thinkers in Christian Theology.  
The broader argument of his project argued that in the Black Coptic Church one finds a tradition whose
theological program serves as a precursor to Black Liberation Theology.   Dr. McKinnis' research agenda includes
exploring the possibility of Gnosticism present in certain Black church traditions. 












































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