Tulane University New Faculty, 2021-2022

School of Liberal Arts

Thomas J. Adams
Visiting Assistant Professor

Belinda Andrews-Smith
Visiting Assistant Professor

Belinda Andrews-Smith is the new director of musical theater at Tulane University. She has held previous positions at both Denison University and Ohio University. During her career she has directed over 40 musicals and opera/operetta productions. Her productions of Spring Awakening, Chicago and The Pirates of Penance in particular garnered national awards for excellence from The American Prize Competition. In 2020, Andrews-Smith was also honored by The American Prize, winning first place nationally for outstanding stage direction. In addition to directing, Andrews-Smith is an innovative voice teacher. Her vast knowledge of musical theater and classical singing styles transform her actors’ experiences on the stage and in the classroom. Her former students have won numerous awards at state and national musical theater singing competitions, and many of her students perform on Broadway and in national Broadway tours. Andrews-Smith herself is an accomplished soprano with opera roles, concert performances and recital credits on her résumé.

Diana Antohe
Visiting Assistant Professor

Casey Beck
Professor of Practice

Casey Beck is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, producer and photographer. Her debut short film “Mongolia: Land Without Fences” premiered online on FRONTLINE/World in 2007. After completing a Fulbright scholarship in Argentina, she was the First Unit Director of Ballplayer: Pelotero, a New York Times’ Critics Pick. She was a recent finalist for the KQED Homemade Film Festival and has produced films for “NowThis,” MTV, FoodMattersTV and The Documentary Channel (Pivot). Beck premiered her feature documentary directorial debut, “The Organic Life,” at the 36th Mill Valley Film Festival in 2013. The film won Best Documentary Feature at the Santa Cruz Film Festival and was streamed on Hulu, FoodMattersTV, Amazon and iTunes. Beck screened her short film “Shades” at the Academy Award-qualifying festival Cinequest in 2019 and another documentary short, “Legion,” in 2020. Her two films about water contamination, “Downstream” (2018) and “The Great Divide” (2020) have won numerous awards and screened around the globe. She is currently developing a series of short films for Public Health Watch.

Simran Bhalla
Visiting Assistant Professor

Simran Bhalla holds a PhD in screen cultures from Northwestern University. Her research interests include institutional films from the Global South, experimental documentary and global modernisms. Her book project focuses on development and modernity in state-sponsored films from India and Iran. Bhalla’s research has been published in Iran Namag and the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies (forthcoming). She is the curator of multiple film series, including “Morning Will Come: Modernity in Indian Cinema,” which was supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. She is from New Delhi, India.

Patrick J. Butler
Visiting Assistant Professor

Patrick Butler earned a PhD in medieval studies from the University of Connecticut in 2018. His specialty is examining depictions of vulnerability and community building in medieval romance. Currently, his research interests focus on highlighting pieces of contemporary media that undermine white supremacist misappropriations of medieval history and culture.

Nicolas Campisi
Visiting Assistant Professor

Jonathan "Jon" Chambers
Professor of Practice

Jon Chambers holds an MFA in new media art from the University of Illinois – Chicago and has shown work nationally and internationally, and in screening venues, galleries, and online, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Athens Digital Arts Festival in Athens, Greece, Powrplnt in New York City, and ProgramaLaPlaza in Madrid, Spain. He has held residencies at the p5.js Contributors Conference, the International Museum of Surgical Science, and the Media Archeology Lab. He has taught courses on games, data visualization, creative coding for the internet and physical computing.

Marcus A. Coleman
Visiting Assistant Professor

Marcus A. Coleman is an experienced educator with administrative, teaching, research and outreach experiences at 1862 and 1890 land-grant universities, focusing on agriculture and food systems. In a professional career defined by a mixture of agriculture, food system and engagement roles, Coleman engages diverse communities by following the core themes of respect, integrity, service and unity. Coleman seeks to foster healthy, strong and sustainable community food systems that are inclusively beneficial to all, economically and socially.

William C. Dodds
Assistant Professor

William C. Dodds has joined the Department of Economics.

Sarah R. Dowman
Visiting Assistant Professor

Sarah Dowman is currently a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Tulane. She completed her PhD in Spanish at the University of Maryland in 2019. Her dissertation was titled "Change Is Sound: Resistance and Activism in Queer Latinx Punk." Her research and teaching interests include Latinx and Latin American literature and cultural studies, transnationalism, subcultures, and gender and sexuality studies.

Gaia Gianni
Visiting Assistant Professor

Gaia Gianni received her PhD from Brown University with a dissertation titled “Fictive Kinship and Roman Childhood: A Social History.” She works primarily on the Roman family, Latin epigraphy and Roman social history. Before joining the Department of Classical Studies at Tulane, Gianni taught at the University of Alabama and Brown University. She is currently working on a book, Children in Ancient Rome: Social Relations and Familial Networks.

Louis R. Gularte
Visiting Assistant Professor

Louis Gularte’s academic interests are in philosophy and cognitive science, as they relate to emotions — especially suffering — and evaluative concepts such as “good,” “wrong” and “required.” He also has strong academic and non-academic interests in music and for years has played in a mariachi group.

Allyson J. Heumann
Professor of Practice

Allyson Heumann began her career trading derivatives at the Chicago Board Options Exchange, during which time she developed an expertise in financial technology and real-time risk management. Heumann converted her experience into a consulting business, Allyson Heumann & Associates, which employs macroeconomic modeling to develop and implement comprehensive solutions for financial, healthcare and manufacturing firms. After teaching finance at the University of Louisiana – Monroe, Heumann joined the Strategy, Leadership and Analytics Minor at Tulane. Heumann’s academic interests lie in the soft side of businesses, such as the responsible use of financial technology, deployment of sustainable strategies, ethical leadership and governance, and conscientious use of data analytics. Heumann holds a BA in economics and an MBA from Tulane, as well as a reading certificate in political economics/game theory from the University of Cambridge and a Master of Accountancy from the University of Scranton.

Gary A. Hoover
Executive Director, Murphy Institute

Gary Hoover is the executive director of the Murphy Institute and a professor in the Department of Economics. Since 2012, Hoover has served as co-chair of the American Economic Association Committee on the Status of Minority Groups in the Economics Profession. He is also the current and founding editor of the Journal of Economics, Race and Policy, past vice-president of the Southern Economic Association, and a fellow of CESifo Group Munich. Hoover was previously appointed a President's Associates Presidential Professor at the University of Oklahoma and chair of the university’s Department of Economics. Prior to that, Hoover served as the William White McDonald Family Distinguished Faculty Fellow at the University of Alabama and assistant dean for faculty and graduate student development in the Culverhouse College of Business Administration.

Ilana Horwitz
Assistant Professor

Ilana Horwitz is a sociologist of religion and education who examines how people’s gender, ethnicity, race, social class and religious upbringing shape their life. Horwitz is trained in both qualitative and quantitative research methods. In her new book, God, Grades, and Graduation: Religion's Surprising Impact on Academic Success (Oxford University Press, January 2022), Horwitz examines the surprising ways in which a religious upbringing shapes the academic lives of teens. Before coming to Tulane, she earned her PhD in sociology of education and Jewish studies from Stanford University, where she was also a postdoctoral fellow at the Stanford Center on Longevity. Horwitz also earned a master’s degree in international education development from Columbia University’s Teachers College, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Emory University. She is a former Institute for Education Sciences fellow and Wexner/Davidson fellow, and she worked for several years as a management consultant and program evaluator. Horwitz recently served on the Board of the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education and is an affiliate of the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis University.

Ilia D. Loomis
Visiting Assistant Professor

Dodd Loomis is a director, writer and producer for some of the largest live event producers in the world, including Disney Cruise Lines, Disney Theatrics, Dick Clark Productions/“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” Major League Soccer, ESPN, The Rose Bowl, College Football Playoffs, The Public Theater and Shakespeare in the Park. Loomis has written and directed in 36 countries, as well as on and off-Broadway. He is thrilled to be production managing live theater back home in his hometown.

Corey J. Miles
Assistant Professor

Corey J. Miles is an assistant professor in both the sociology and Africana studies departments. His research interests are situated at the nexus of Black performativity and carcerality, with a regional focus on the U.S. South. His forthcoming book, published by the University Press of Mississippi, is titled Hip-Hop’s Vibe: Rural Black Aesthetics and Racialized Emotions in the Carceral South, in which he maps the ways the South itself is a site of carcerality, and how trap music is used as a relational space to contest and make sense of emotional and spatial violence. Miles is the recipient of the American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship, Augustana College Diversity Fellowship, and numerous other awards that he has used to support his research on Black aesthetics and criminal justice. Miles has taught in juvenile justice facilities, worked with public school systems on equity work, and done organizing work in communities. Above all, Miles has a commitment to Black life and Black living.

Bruce "Toby" Miller
Visiting Assistant Professor

Toby Miller is Stuart Hall Professor of Cultural Studies, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana—Cuajimalpa (Mexico) and Sir Walter Murdoch Distinguished Collaborator, Murdoch University (Australia). He was a professor at the University of California – Riverside for a decade and New York University for 11 years. Miller is author and editor of over 50 books, and his work has been translated into multiple languages. His most recent volumes include A COVID Charter, a Better Future (2021), Violence (2021), The Persistence of Violence (2020), How Green is Your Smartphone? (with Richard Maxwell, 2020), El trabajo cultural (2018), Greenwashing Culture (2018), Greenwashing Sport (2018), and The Routledge Companion to Global Cultural Policy (edited with Victoria Durrer and Dave O’Brien, 2018), among others. Formerly the editor of the Journal of Sport & Social Issues, Social Text, and Television & New Media, he currently edits Open Cultural Studies and is co-editor of Social Identities: Journal of Race, Nation and Culture. Miller is past president of the Cultural Studies Association (U.S.).

Joshua R. Mund
Visiting Assistant Professor

Joshua Mund is a philosopher who studies ethical issues involving non-human animals.

Barbara E. Mundy

Ana M. Ochoa

Jolene B. Pinder
Visiting Assistant Professor

Jolene Pinder is a seasoned documentary producer and veteran arts administrator with 15 years of experience in the independent film space. She has served as executive director at three media arts organizations — the New Orleans Film Society (producer of the Oscar-qualifying New Orleans Film Festival); #CreateLouisiana (a new grantmaking initiative for Louisiana filmmakers); and Kartemquin Films (a prominent 55-year-old nonfiction film organization in Chicago). Prior to these roles, Pinder worked at Arts Engine/Big Mouth Productions in New York as a documentary film producer and as director of the Media That Matters Film Festival. She has produced and executive produced short and feature-length documentary projects that have aired on PBS, National Geographic, Netflix and Al Jazeera. Her graduate thesis film, “Bismillah,” (co-directed with Sarah Zaman) won a student Emmy in the documentary category in 2008. Pinder’s work has been shown at venues and festivals including DOCNYC, Frameline, NewFest, Sarasota Film Festival, and MoMA. Pinder also has worked as a digital media and documentary consultant and has also taught film studies courses at Loyola University New Orleans.

Thomas P. Pringle
Assistant Professor

Thomas Patrick Pringle researches the relationship between media technology, culture and the environment. Before joining Tulane as an assistant professor of environmental communication, he was a postdoctoral researcher with the Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago and received a PhD in modern culture and media from Brown University. Pringle has held research fellowships with the SenseLab at Concordia, the Digital Cultures Research Lab at Leuphana University, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. His research focuses on historical case studies that show how the production and circulation of documentary and digital media participates in political contests of ecological knowledge, especially instances shaped by considerations of risk, inequality and state violence. Pringle’s book in progress, The Climate Proxy, develops this approach by analyzing the mediation of climate crises in Canada, the United States and South Africa, such as wildfires and droughts. Considering how communities and institutions use digital media to depict these crises, the book explains how a climate comes to be known as an economic, security or health risk. This work reflects Pringle’s interest in the historical relationships between capitalism, empire and what counts as an environment in a given place and time. His writing appears in Journal of Film and Video, NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies, and a book, Machine (2019, Minnesota UP) — co-authored with Bernard Stiegler and Gertrud Koch.

Romy Rajan
Visiting Assistant Professor

Romy Rajan is a visiting assistant professor working with literatures of the Global South, particularly from East Africa and South Asia. His research looks at postcolonial responses to contemporary forms of globalization and the ways in which such forms exacerbate existing vulnerabilities. His work stands at the intersection of postcolonial studies and critical finance studies, and studies the utopian possibilities embedded in work by contemporary postcolonial novelists. His essays have appeared in the journals Ariel and Mediations, and he has presented in multiple national and regional conferences. Apart from courses engaging these core research areas, Rajan also teaches introductory courses to literature and composition.

William Saas
Professor of Practice

William O. Saas is cohost and producer of the podcast “Money on the Left,” presented in partnership with Monthly Review Online. He is also co-founder and co-director of the Money on the Left Editorial Collective, which maintains a platform for publishing digital work that explores the historical and contemporary overlap between cultural practice, public policy and political economy. Saas is jointly appointed as professor of practice in communication and digital media practices and serves as research scholar with the Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity. He received his PhD in communication arts and sciences at Pennsylvania State University.

School of Medicine

Norah Alghamdi
Assistant Professor

Wael S. Almajed

Dr. Wael Almajed acquired his medical degree at King Saud University in Riyadh. Subsequently he joined McGill University’s (Canada) urology program. He began his fellowship training in andrology this year.

Flor E. Alvarado
Assistant Professor

Dr. Flor Alvarado completed her medical school training and a Master of Public Health at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, followed by residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She completed her nephrology fellowship at Johns Hopkins University; during this time, she also obtained a Master of Health Science in cardiovascular and clinical epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is an assistant professor of medicine in the Section of Nephrology and Hypertension. She is a clinician investigator centered on addressing health disparities among individuals with chronic kidney disease, particularly focused on advocating for historically underserved populations such as Hispanic/Latinx and African American communities. She is also interested in outcomes research related to home dialysis modalities and issues surrounding disparities in access to care and patient activation.

Samir N. Anadkat
Professor of Practice

Dr. Samir Anadkat graduated from Baroda Medical College, Maharaja Sayajirao University, in 1994. After completing a one-year internship, he joined the same medical school as a junior lecturer in anatomy. While teaching first-year medical students, he completed his postgraduate training and also earned a Master of Surgery. At Medical University of the Americas (West Indies) Anadkat has taught courses on gross anatomy, histology, embryology and neuroscience as well as foundations of clinical medicine, research literature review and analysis, and various systems and diseases courses. He has also been a course director, dean, department chair (anatomy) and executive chief proctor for the National Board of Medical Examiners. Combining traditional teaching with more modern pedagogy like active learning, peer teaching, small group and case-based learning) is Anadkat’s main strength. He has a special interest in lifestyle medicine and mind-body medicine in the treatment of non-communicable chronic diseases. He has also earned a fellowship in diabetes and multiple certifications in professional training programs in mind-body medicine.

Andrew E. Apple
Assistant Professor

Lisa M. Barbiero
Assistant Professor

Jennifer Bass
Assistant Professor

Rhea Bhargava
Assistant Professor

Alex C. Birdsill
Assistant Professor

Carole Bitar
Assistant Professor

Alexandra Blaney

Dr. Alexandra Blaney received a DVM from the University of California – Davis before completing a residency in laboratory animal medicine at Stanford University. Blaney joined the Tulane National Primate Research Center as a clinical veterinarian in May.

Michelle L. Blazek

Michael Z. Caposole

Originally from New Jersey, Dr. Michael Caposole earned a bachelor’s degree at Drexel University, a master’s degree at Rutgers University and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. Caposole recently completed surgery residency at the University of South Alabama in Mobile.

Craig J. Conard
Assistant Professor

David R. Crosslin
Associate Professor

David Crosslin’s research is focused in the area of precision medicine, with a combination of statistical genetics, biomedical informatics, implementation science and computational/bioinformatics tools development.

Joseph A. DeFraites

Johnny B. Delashaw

Bruna Delima-Mujica

Pamela Derbins

Brian J. Deskin
Assistant Professor

Matthew Dooley

Youssef Errami
Assistant Professor

Jennifer FitzGibbons
Clinical Instructor

Jennifer Forstall

Himmat Grewal
Assistant Professor

Neel D. Gupta
Assistant Professor

David M. Hinkle
Professor and Chair

Robert S. Hoover
Professor and Chair

Chiung-Kuei "CK" Huang
Assistant Professor

CK Huang obtained his PhD from the University of Rochester completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University. His long-term career goals are to clarify the molecular pathogenesis of liver disease progression with a specific focus on alcoholic liver disease and identify potential therapeutic targets for these patients. During his off-work hours, he likes to spend time with family, watch movies, swim and jog.

Jun-yuan Ji

Jun-yuan Ji received a BSc in cell biology in 1994 from Lanzhou University and an MSc in developmental biology from the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, in 1997. He obtained a PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in 2003, studying the role of CDK1-Cyclin B in regulating the early embryonic cycles in Drosophila. From 2004 to 2009, Ji was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, where he studied mechanisms that control the G1 to S-phase cell-cycle transition. From 2009 to 2021, he was a professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Medicine at Texas A&M University Health Science Center. Ji moved his laboratory to Tulane University in March 2021, as a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology in the School of Medicine. Current studies in his lab focus on understanding the molecular and genetic regulatory circuits that control lipid homeostasis and transcription during development and tumorigenesis.

Adam B. Lawson
Assistant Professor

Adam Lawson worked for nearly a decade developing medical education software and simulators for private industry before pursuing a PhD in clinical anatomy. Lawson’s primary professional goals have always been to educate while pursuing research that informs his educational approach.

Crystal Le
Assistant Professor

Chenzhong Li

Chenzhong Li is a professor of biochemistry and biomedical engineering in the Center for Cellular and Molecular Diagnostics at the School of Medicine. Previously he was a professor of biomedical engineering, immunology and chemistry at Florida International University in Miami. He also served as the program director of biosensing program at the National Science Foundation. He holds 16 granted patents and has written about 150 peer-reviewed journal papers, two books and seven book chapters. Li is an expert in bioanalytical chemistry, specifically in the development of bioanalytical approaches such as biosensors and nanoprobes for the study of disease pathology and for disease diagnosis and therapy. His research interests include IVD diagnosis, point-of-care testing, single cell analysis, neuron-device interface, cell/organ on a chip and cancer electric therapy, as well as electron transfer study of various biomaterials. Li has received awards and honors including the Kauffman Entrepreneurship Professor Award in 2009 and 2011, 2012 International Resource Award from Indian National Dairy Institute, the 2013 FIU College of Engineering and Computing Outstanding Faculty Award in Research, 2014 JSPS (Japan) Professor Fellowship Award, 2014 Excellent Faculty Award in Research and Creative Activities, 2016 Pioneer in Technology Development Award by the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics, 2016 FIU President’s Council Worlds Ahead Award (finalist), and 2016 Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Award in Cancer Research by the American Association for Cancer Research.

Xiaowen "Kevin" Liu

Kevin Liu is a professor of bioinformatics in the Division of Biomedical Informatics and Genomics at the School of Medicine. He did postdoctoral training at the University of Western Ontario, the University of Waterloo, and the University of California–San Diego from 2008 to 2012. Before joining Tulane, he worked at the Department of BioHealth Informatics, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis for nine years. Liu’s research focuses on computational proteomics, especially mass spectrometry-based top-down proteomics, which can identify various proteoforms with alterations in biological samples. Liu’s lab has developed powerful software for top-down mass spectrometry-based proteoform identification, characterization and quantitation. These efficient tools, including TopFD, TopPIC and TopMG, have been widely used in the proteomics community. They facilitate the application of top-down mass spectrometry in disease biomarker discovery, proteoform database annotation and protein function studies.

Richard H. Marshall
Assistant Professor

Kelli C. Morrell

Kelli Morrell has joined the Department of Pathology at the School of Medicine as an instructor. Morrell earned a medical degree at Xi'an Medical University (China) and a PhD in pathology from Xi'an Jiaotong University (China). Morrell’s experience includes pathology fellowships at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.

Majd Mustafa

Majd Mustafa is a cornea fellow at Tulane. He completed his medical school in Vancouver, British Columbia, and his residency training at McGill University in Montreal. Mustafa has an interest in dry eye research, endothelial keratoplasty outcomes and autoimmune ocular surface diseases.

Christina "Tina" M. O’Grady

Tina O'Grady joins the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. She received her PhD from Tulane’s biomedical sciences program and completed her postdoctoral training as a Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique “Chargé de Recherches” fellow at the GIGA Institute, University of Liège, Belgium.

Manesh Kumar Panner Selvam

Manesh Kumar Panner Selvam recently joined the School of Medicine as a research instructor in the Department of Urology. He received his PhD in animal biotechnology from the Madras Veterinary College in Chennai, India, and completed four years of a postdoctoral fellowship in andrology at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. His research focus has been in reproductive biology, with expertise in sperm and seminal plasma proteomics. Selvam authored 65 peer-reviewed articles and 25 abstracts, presented his research at both national and international scientific meetings, and co-authored 12 book chapters in the field of male reproduction, molecular science and proteomics. He was elected as vice chair of the Andrology Laboratory Workshop 2022, organized by American Society of Andrology. Selvam has also received an Early Stage Investigator Award 2021 from the American Society of Andrology and an Early-Career Investigator Travel Award 2021 from the American Urological Association.

Liya Pi
Assistant Professor

Liya Pi has worked on liver progenitor/oval cell activation, liver fibrosis and liver cancer development since 2002. Pi’s works have resulted in principal investigator awards from the Children’s Miracle Network Foundation and the American Cancer Society as well as NIH KO1 and RO1 grants.

David T. Pointer
Assistant Professor

Ahmad Saied
Assistant Professor

School of Architecture

Syed O. Ali
Visiting Assistant Professor

Dallas native Omar Ali is a designer, educator and the 2021-23 Tulane Architecture and Urbanism Fellow. He is also co-founder of table of co., a cloud-based design and research practice. Ali has practiced architecture and urban design at UrbanLab in Chicago, MOS Architects in New York City, and John McMorrough/studioAPT in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His work has been written about in Metropolis Magazine, published in Architecture and Surrealism (Thames and Hudson), Fresh Meat Journal (University of Illinois – Chicago), and LUNCH Journal (University of Virginia). He has recently exhibited at a83 Gallery in New York City and Banvard Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, and has a forthcoming installation at Space p11 in Chicago. Awards include an honorable mention for the Burnham Prize Competition: Burnham 20/20 and a finalist proposal for the 8x8x300 Competition; Ali was recently shortlisted for the 2021 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. Ali holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Architectural History from the University of Texas – Arlington. He has taught at design studios and representation seminars at Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Texas – Arlington, and served as a graduate student instructor and a graduate student research assistant while attending the University of Michigan.

Andrea Bardon de Tena
Research Assistant Professor

Brent R. Fortenberry
Associate Professor and Director of Preservation Studies

Emmanuel A. Osorno
Visiting Assistant Professor

Emmanuel Osorno is an architect, designer, educator and the founder of EOstudio. He is Tulane’s 2021-23 Architecture and Social Innovation Fellow at the School of Architecture. His most recent work aims to recalibrate the public’s view toward building preservation and social services, leveraging the power of images to infiltrate existing forms of media through which buildings circulate and gain value. At Princeton University, he was a research assistant at the c.r.e.A.te Lab, where his work focused on computer vision and robotic operation, and he held teaching assistant positions for multiple design and social innovation studios. Prior to his graduate studies, Osorno practiced for several years at Eric Owen Moss Architects in Culver City, California, where he was involved in the design and construction of renowned projects. His work has been published in ACADIA and Pidgin, and was exhibited in San Francisco; San Luis Obispo, California, and Chicago, and at Princeton. He also contributed to the design and publication of the book L.A. [TEN]: Interviews on Los Angeles Architecture, 1970s-1990s, edited by Stephen Phillips. Osorno holds a post-professional Master of Architecture and a certificate in Media and Modernity from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo and is a registered architect in the state of California.

School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Christine M. Arcari
Clinical Professor

Ochoa Cheng
Clinical Associate Professor

Melissa Fuster
Associate Professor

Berlin L. Londono-Renteria
Assistant Professor

Berlin Londono-Renteria is a microbiologist who works with vector-borne pathogens.

School of Law

Paulina D. Arnold

Paulina Arnold joins Tulane Law School as a Forrester Fellow after working as a movement lawyer at CASA, a grassroots immigrant advocacy organization. Her research focuses on the intersection of immigration and prison law — including civil detention, habeas and constitutional law. She received her BA from Yale College and her JD from Harvard Law School. After law school, Arnold clerked for the Hon. Paul A. Engelmayer of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the Hon. Cornelia T.L. Pillard of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Maybell Romero
Associate Professor

A.B. Freeman School of Business

Nikolaos Artavanis
Visiting Assistant Professor

Nikos Artavanis is a visiting assistant professor in finance at Tulane. He completed his BA and MSc in finance and banking at the University of Piraeus (Greece), and holds master’s degrees in economics and mathematics and a PhD in finance from Virginia Tech. His research interests lie in the fields of asset pricing, financial intermediation and public economics. His research is published in top scientific journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics and his work has been featured extensively in the U.S. and international financial press, including The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Economist, among others. He is the recipient of the 2013 Wharton Research Data Services-Wharton Best Empirical Paper in Finance Award and has received many other awards, honors and grants for his research and teaching.

Brian J. Bergman Jr.
Assistant Professor

Brian Bergman is an assistant professor of management in the A.B. Freeman School of Business. Drawing from a background in international development, his research broadly examines how entrepreneurs innovate to address systemic problems (e.g., poverty, climate change, etc.) and how others support and/or challenge them in those efforts. His research can be found in top management and entrepreneurship journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. Prior to joining Tulane, he completed his PhD in entrepreneurship at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

Goeun Choi
Visiting Assistant Professor

Goeun Choi joins the A.B. Freeman School of Business from W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, where she earned her PhD in finance. Prior to the doctoral program, she completed an MS in management engineering at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and studied business administration and statistics as an undergraduate at Korea University. Her research interests include political economy, corporate finance, and long-term shareholder returns.

Fariba Farajbakhsh Mamaghani
Visiting Assistant Professor

Abhishek Ghosh
Visiting Assistant Professor

Abhishek Ghosh completed a PhD in operations management in 2021 from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Ghosh’s research interests lie in management of retail service operations, particularly the role of information sharing in service systems with strategic customers. Ghosh holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics and computing from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

Paulo B. Goes
Dean, A.B. Freeman School of Business

Paulo Goes became the 14th dean of the Freeman School in August 2021. A native of Brazil, Goes earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, and a master’s in production engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. After immigrating to the United States, Goes earned a master’s in operations research and a PhD in business administration from the University of Rochester. Goes’ work regularly appears in leading academic journals, and he often presents and delivers keynote addresses at national conferences in the field of information systems. From 2013 to 2015, he was editor-in-chief of Management Information Systems Quarterly, one of the most prestigious journals in that field. Prior to joining Freeman, Goes served for five years as the Dean and Halle Chair in Leadership at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management. Previously, he served nearly eight years as head of the nationally ranked Department of Management Information Systems and the Salter Distinguished Professor of Management and Technology at the University of Arizona.

Hongseok Jang
Assistant Professor

Hongseok Jang joins A.B. Freeman School of Business from Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida, where he earned his PhD in business administration from University of Florida in 2021. He holds a Master of Science in industrial and management engineering from Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) in Korea; a Bachelor of Science in electrical and computer engineering, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Seoul in Korea. His primary research interests are retail operations, e-commerce, OM-IS/marketing interface with an emphasis on retailing in supply chains, supply chain management and business analytics.

School of Science and Engineering

Olivia D. Beckwith
Assistant Professor

Olivia Beckwith is a number theorist whose research focuses on modular forms and their connections to algebraic number theory and combinatorics. Beckwith became interested in number theory after attending a summer math program at the Ohio State University. Later Beckwith completed a bachelor’s degree at Harvey Mudd College and a PhD at Emory University before moving on to postdoctoral positions at the University of Bristol (England) and the University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign. Beckwith, who lives with her husband, Hudson, and a black Labrador named Homer, enjoys running, attending live music shows, and taking Homer to the park.

Daniel I. Bernstein
Assistant Professor

Daniel Bernstein is interested in geometric and combinatorial structures that arise in areas of science and engineering including structural rigidity, artificial intelligence and bioinformatics. His non-professional interests include music, powerlifting, mountain biking and the trading card game Magic the Gathering.

William J. Billingsley Jr.
Visiting Assistant Professor

Joseph Billingsley, PhD, fuses social psychology, cognitive science and evolutionary biology in an effort to understand the psychological mechanisms that regulate cooperation and altruism. His research investigates cooperation and altruism along several distinct but related lines of inquiry: the mechanisms underlying reconciliation and relationship repair; how kinship influences cooperation; religiosity and prosocial behavior; and social categorization. Billingsley’s research has been published in such journals as the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Royal Society Open Science, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, and Evolution and Human Behavior. Billingsley received his PhD in psychology from the University of Miami, with a concentration in quantitative psychology. He served as research assistant professor at North Carolina State University, where he investigated the social networks of entrepreneurs, before accepting his current position as visiting assistant professor in Tulane’s Department of Psychology.

Zhengming Ding
Assistant Professor

Zhengming Ding received a BEng degree in information security and a MEng degree in computer software and theory from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in 2010 and 2013, respectively. He received a PhD from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University 2018. Prior to joining Tulane’s Department of Computer Science, he was a faculty member affiliated with the Department of Computer, Information and Technology, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. His research interests include transfer learning, multiview learning and deep learning. He received the National Institute of Justice Fellowship during 2016-2018. He was the recipient of the Best Paper Award (SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, 2016). He is currently an associate editor of the Journal of Electronic Imaging and IET Image Processing. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and other groups.

Xin Lu
Assistant Professor

Puminan Punthasee
Visiting Professor

Academic Centers

Robert C. Daemmrich
Visiting Assistant Professor

Michael Hannon
Visiting Research Professor

Suzanne M. Love
Visiting Research Professor

Fabienne A. Peter
Visiting Research Professor

School of Social Work

Hang Hai
Assistant Professor

Evan A. Krueger
Assistant Professor

School of Professional Advancement

Brian K. McNamara
Professor of Practice

Brian McNamara, JD, MPA, has more than 20 years of experience as a military officer, judge advocate and instructor. He graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a BS in government, from Old Dominion University with an MPA, from Tulane with an LLM, and William and Mary School of Law with a JD. He is a post-coursework doctoral student in public administration at Old Dominion University, and has taught on the faculties of Tulane Law School and Stetson College of Law in Gulfport, Florida. He joined the School of Professional Advancement in May 2021 as a professor of practice in public administration.

Office of Research

Patrick O. Mills
Assistant Professor

Dr. Patrick Mills is a clinical veterinarian in the Department of Comparative Medicine at the School of Medicine. He is from Raleigh, North Carolina, and attended North Carolina A&T State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in animal science, and then Tuskegee University for his doctorate in veterinary medicine. Thereafter, he completed a two-year residency and assistant clinical veterinarian position at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and specializes in infectious disease research.

John L. Sabo
Professor and Director, ByWater Institute

John Sabo is a professor in the Department of Coastal and River Science and Engineering in the School of Science and Engineering. He also directs Tulane’s ByWater Institute. As a river food web ecologist, Sabo has designed and implemented large-scale field experiments to understand the role of aquatic-terrestrial energy flow on terrestrial food web dynamics as well as the dynamic effects of groundwater on surface water food webs. This research has been published in top journals including Ecology, Global Change Biology, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, and Science. Sabo’s work has been supported by over $14 million in research grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Defense, MacArthur Foundation, and private sector companies like Intel Corp. and Levi Strauss & Co. Sabo has degrees in fisheries (University of Washington) and ecology (University of California– Berkeley). He is also founder and CEO of Future H2O-B, a private-sector benefit corporation that serves science to Fortune 500 companies and transboundary river organizations worldwide.