Affiliated Faculty

David P. Baker, Professor of Education and Sociology. Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University. Education and society; neo-institutional theory, institutions and world culture

Thomas W. Benson, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Rhetoric; Department of Communication Arts and Sciences; Ph.D., Cornell University.  Rhetorical criticism of film and political discourse.

Stephen H. Browne,  Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison. History of rhetoric; rhetoric of political thought; language of politics. 

Christopher Castiglia, Liberal Arts Research Professor of English.  Ph.D. Columbia Univvversity.  Ninteteenth-century United States literature and culture, queer theory and sexuality studies, cultural theory, affect studies.

John Christman, Professor of Philosophy, Political Science and Women's Studies; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago. Social and Political Philosophy, History of political thought, aesthetics.

Christine Clark-Evans, Associate Professor of French and Women's Studies; Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College. Intellectual history, poetics, and gender in the Renaissance; Diderot; philosophy and language in the eighteenth century.

Vincent Colapietro, Liberal Arts Research Professor of Philosophy.  PhD, Marquette University.  American Philosophy, Semiotics, the philosophy of Charles Peirce. 

Clair Colebrook, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English. PhD, University of Edinburgh; Contemporary European philosophy, feminist theory, literary theory, contemporary music, dance, visual culture and political theory.

Gary Cross, Distinguished Professor of Modern History; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison. Technology and American society; social history of leisure.

Sophie de Schaepdrijver. Associate Professor of Modern European History. PhD. University of Amsterdam. Social and Cultural History of Western Europe.

Mark Dirsmith, Professor of Accounting; Ph.D., Northwestern University. Expanding boundaries of the audit function. 

Richard Doyle, Liberal Arts Professor of English; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley. Rhetorics of technoscience, corporeality, theory, and science fiction.

Rosa Eberly.Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences, and English; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University. Histories of Rhetorical Theory; Rhetoric and Democracy, Civic Engagement, Ancient Rhetorics, Gender and Discourse.


Jonathan Eburne, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and English; P.D., University of Pennsylvania. Surrealism and the Avant-Garde; Critical Theory; International Modernism. 

Greg Eghigian, Associate Professor of Modern European History; Ph.D., University of Chicago. Modern European Social and Political Theory; History and Theory of the Human Sciences; Modern European Historiography.

Jeremy Engels, Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Science; Ph.D., University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign.  Rhetorical foundations of democratic practices.

Roger Geiger, Distinguished Professor of Higher Education; Ph.D., University of Michigan. History of U.S. Universities and Science Policy

Debra Hawhee, Professor of English, Ph.D. Penn State, history of rhetoric (ancient and modern), rhetorical theory, materiality, animals and rhetoric.

Eric Hayot, Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and Asian Studies, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; modernism and modernity; East-West comparison; narrative; virtual worlds; and comparative poetics.

J. Philip Jenkins, Sparks Professor of Religious Studies and History; Ph.D., Cambridge University. Means by which social problems are constructed and presented in politics and the media; history of fascist, Nazi, and anti-semitic movements in Pennsylvania circa 1925-1950.

Matt Jordan, Associate Professor of Communications; Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University. Media studies; film studies; cultural studies; and critical theory.

Djelal Kadir, The Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Comparative Literature; Post-colonialism; multi-culturalism; Latin American literature.


Jonathan H. Marks, Director, Bioethics Program; Associate Director, Rock Ethics Institute.  Ethics, Human Rights, Institutional Corruption, Law and Regulation.


Matt McAllister, Professor of Communications; Ph.D. University of Illinois; advertising criticism; popular culture; the political economy of the mass media; and consumer and popular culture.

John McCarthy, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Graduate Officer; Ph.D., University of Oregon.  Social movements; political sociology; formal organizations.


John Marsh.  Assistant Professor of English; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Modern and contemporary American Poetry; the 1930s; class and higher education.  

Wilson J. Moses, Ferree Professor of American History; Fellow, Institute for the Arts and Humanistic Studies; Ph.D., Brown University. The myth of moral progress; African American ideology; the historiography of decline in American popular culture.

Mark Munn, Professor of History, and Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania. Ancient Greek history and thought, ancient Mediterranean religions, classical archaeology.

Jeffrey Nealon, Liberal Arts Research Professor of English; Ph.D., Loyola University. Contemporary literary theory.

Aldon Nielsen, Kelly Professor of American Literature; Ph.D. George Washington University;  Cultural studies; race and ethnicity;  ethics; African American literature and music;  literary theory; and philosophy.

Sanford Schwartz, Associate Professor of English; Modernism, postmodernism, and film.

Alan Sica, Professor of Sociology. Ph.D., University of Massachusetts. Classical and contemporary social theory; hermeneutics; rhetoric of social thought.

Susan Merrill Squier, Brill Professor of Women's Studies and English; Ph.D., Stanford University. Feminist theory; the cultural studies of science; literature and medicine.

Allan Stoekl, Professor of French and Comparative Literature; Ph.D., SUNY at Buffalo. Post-World War II philosophy, sociology, and literature.

Shannon Sullivan, Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies and Associate Director of the Rock Ethics Institute; Ph.D. Vanderbilt University. Feminist theory, American pragmatism, 19th & 20th C.  European philosophy, and critical race theory.

Nancy Tuana, DuPont/Class of 1949 Professor of Philosophy; Director, Rock Ethics Institute; Ph.D. University of California. Science Studies with an emphasis on epistemological and ethical issues; Feminist Philosophy 

Melissa Wright, Professor of Geography and Women's Studies. Ph.D., Johns Hopkins. Political Economy, Gender, Urban and Economic Geography, Mexico, The Mexico-U.S. Borderlands