Richard A. Dunn, Full Time Lecturer, Medical Laboratory Sciences

Richard A. Dunn, Jr., is a Full-Time Lecturer in the Medical Laboratory Sciences Department. He will teach Immunology Lecture and Lab, and Introduction to the Clinical Laboratory. He is a lifelong resident of the city of Warwick, Rhode Island, a Veteran of the U.S. Navy, a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and a Mayflower Descendant. He received his B.A. in Biology from R.I. College in 1985 and M.B.A. in Healthcare Administration from Bryant College (now University) in 1993. He has worked as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist for over 30 years. He has previously taught Jr. High School and High School Science, and taught at Gibbs College. He has been married for 17 years to his wife Martine, with whom he has three children: Scout, a Yellow Lab; Gracie, a white Boxer; and Teddy, a puggle.

Jennifer Fugate, Full Time Lecturer, Psychology

 Jennifer Fugate is a full time lecturer in the Psychology department and currently teaching General Psychology, Social Psychology, and Child Psychology. She has also taught and is interested in teaching cognition, comparative psychology, emotion, language, and courses related to the relationship between brain and mind. Her research examines how language affects the brain's ability to categorize social information, such as emotion. She received her PhD from Emory University, where she studied the relationship between facial expressions and emotion from an evolutionary perspective. During her postdoctoral research at Boston College and Northeastern University, she studied how language shapes the ability of people to "see" an emotion in another individual. Dr. Fugate continues to collaborate on this research and recently completed a series of eye tracking studies that examine how people look at facial expressions when they are asked to explicitly categorize them with emotion words.


 Jeremiah Ho, Assistant Profressor, Law School

Jeremiah Ho joins the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth this fall as an Assistant Professor at the School of Law. Professor Ho received his bachelor’s degree from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and his law degree from Whittier Law School in California. Prior to joining UMass Dartmouth, Professor Ho taught at Washburn University School of Law in Kansas as a visiting associate professor, and at Whittier Law School as an assistant professor. Before coming to academia, Professor Ho was a Los Angeles-based attorney, handling complex civil litigation cases in employment law and wage-and-hour matters. Professor Ho has written on various topics including First Amendment issues, intellectual property, employment law, and legal education.



Crystal Lubinsky, Full Time Lecturer, History and Religious Studies

Crystal Lubinsky received her Ph.D. in Ecclesiastical History from the University of Edinburgh in 2012. Her dissertation entitled, “Removing Masculine Layers to Reveal a Holy Womanhood: The Female Transvestite Saints of Late Antique Byzantine Christianity,” examines the motivations for the production and reproduction of Christian hagiographies that praise gender bending holy women. This study focuses on the theological and performative functions of these religious legends while exploring issues found in late antique Christian monasticism, patristic opinions on holiness and reversal, and both ancient and modern issues concerning gender identity. She is interested in the field of gender studies without the gynocentric or feminist thrust that has inundated it at times and feels that this can be done without belittling the situation of women within pre-Christian and Christian cultural mindsets and social realities.

Her overall research focuses along three related avenues: the contextual history of patristic and monastic literature, theologies, and ideologies; the ancient common culture or popular mind as it can be detected through religious literature; and the gendered and sexual issues of both Eastern and Western Christian churches. Due to these foci, she also undertakes research and has taught courses on ancient Greek and Roman social history, the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, Christian apocryphal literature, and general Christian history, i.e. its formative period through the medieval period and also its later American context.


Sarah Malakoff, Assistant Professor, Design

Sarah Malakoff received her B.A. in studio art from Smith College and M.F.A. in photography from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has been a full-time lecturer in Photography at UMass Dartmouth since 2008. Previously, she taught at institutions such as Bowdoin College, Brown University, Maine College of Art, and Rhode Island School of Design.

Malakoff's large-scale color photographs are examinations of the home and its psychologically charged, uncanny spaces and objects. They have been shown in solo exhibitions at Howard Yezerski Galley in Boston, Plane Space in New York, the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA, and the Sol Mednick Gallery in Philadelphia. Her work has also been shown recently at the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Flash Forward festival, the DeCordova Museum, the Portland Museum of Art, the Danforth Museum of Art, the Smith College Museum of Art, and San Francisco Camerawork.


Kristen Abatsis McHenry, Full Time Lecturer, Women's and Gender Studies

Kristen Abatsis McHenry currently teaches in the Women and Gender Studies Department. She has taught courses on women's health and environment, women and international politics, and feminist research methods. Her dissertation examined the breast cancer movement in the United States and the nature of political advocacy at the nexus of women's health, environmental issues, and social activism. Her research interests include women's health, environmental justice, motherhood studies, and transnational feminism. She received her B.A. in Women's Studies from Ithaca College and finished her Masters degree at the Women's Studies Institute at Georgia State University. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in the Political Science Department.


Hallie Meredith, Full Time Lecturer, History

Hallie Meredith joined the Art History department in the autumn of 2012. She was awarded her D.Phil. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Oxford, an MA from the University of Durham, England and her BA from the University of Chicago. She is fascinated by the cultural choices inherent in the production of an object as a way of identifying and focusing on period-specific concerns and meaning; how inscriptions and texts more broadly inform ancient visual art; and how inscribed visual culture was viewed and interpreted.

Professor Meredith trained as a studio artist concentrating in hot glass, and incorporates a continued interest in materiality in her classes. She has taught courses on viewing and the ancient world in the UK and US at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Oxford, the University of Warwick and the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Meredith was a Research Fellow at the Bard Graduate Center, NY, NY, in short-term residency at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC, the British School at Rome, and has received grants and awards from the University of Oxford, Lincoln College, Oxford, and Oxford’s Institute of Archaeology. She recently edited a volume entitled Objects in Motion: The Circulation of Religion and Sacred Objects in the Late Antique and Medieval World. She has published and given papers on cultural differences in Roman and Sasanian Late Antique glassware, trade in open-work vessels, and most recently, on Byzantine art and text inherited from the Graeco-Roman world. Professor Meredith is completing a monograph on open-work vessels that contextualizes a type of vessel characterized by the use of a shared carving technique, the majority of which are made of glass. In it she argues that in antiquity – as today – the process of making art is fundamental to approaching and understanding ancient art.


Akil Narayan, Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Akil Narayan is an Assistant Professor in the Mathematics Department. He received his B.S. from Northwestern University in 2003, and his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University in 2009. From 2009-2012 he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Purdue University.

His research interests are numerical analysis and scientific computing and their applications to uncertainty quantification. He has worked on various approximation methods: interpolation, orthogonal polynomial expansions, spectral and high-order methods. He is interested in robust approximation for unstructured meshes on unbounded multivariate domains. Along the same trajectory he investigates the role orthogonal polynomials play in developing robust grids for interpolation and quadrature. His main areas of application are in differential systems for large-scale computations in physics and engineering, and non-intrusive uncertainty quantification for complex systems. He also works on diffeomorphic matching for shape contours on manifolds equipped with a Riemannian metric.


Aminda O’Hare, Assistant Professor, Psychology

Aminda O’Hare is an Assistant Professor of Psychology. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology in 2010 from the University of Kansas. Her area of specialization is cognitive neuroscience, with broad interest in the intersection of cognition and emotion. Specifically, her research examines how individual differences in sensitivity to emotion bias cognitive processing. For example, she has found that different types of anxiety and different genotypes can predict differences in cognitive processing at early stimulus detection, attentional shifting, attentional inhibition, and much later information search and decision-making, using behavioral measures and event-related potentials (ERPs). Prior to joining UMass Dartmouth, Dr. O’Hare complete two years of postdoctoral training at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Dr. O’Hare will be teaching General Psychology, Biological Bases of Behavior, and other courses related to her expertise.


Elena Peteva,Assistant Professor, Fine Arts

Elena Peteva is an Assistant Professor of Painting and 2D Studies. She received her MFA in Painting from Syracuse University in 2007 and her undergraduate degree in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2004. Prior to joining the UMass Dartmouth faculty she taught painting, drawing and printmaking as an Assistant Professor at Dominican University in River Forest, IL.

Peteva’s paintings and drawings explore our contemporary individual and social states through allegorical representations of the human figure and other subjects. Her work is exhibited nationally, and is included in many art publications and public and private collections. Some of her recent exhibitions include Elena Peteva and Brett Eberhardt: Recent Work, a two-person exhibition at Artists’ House Gallery, which represents her work, in Philadelphia, PA; Axis Gallery 6th National Juried Exhibition in Sacramento, CA; Tapped and Head First: Exploring the Human Head at Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center in Cincinnati, OH; Contemporary Realism Biennial at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Fort Wayne, IN; and Legacies at the Museum of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA. She is a recipient of three Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grants for representational art, a Leslie and Frances Posey Foundation grant, a fellowship at the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts’ arts colony and a Shaffer Fellowship in Fine Arts.


Amy Reichbach, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

Amy Reichbach is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law. She teaches Civil Procedure. Throughout her career as an urban public school teacher, delinquency-prevention program director, and lawyer, Professor Reichbach has focused her work and her scholarship on the interrelated issues of access to quality education and the continuum of policies and practices that push youth – particularly poor youth of color – out of school and in to the juvenile and criminal justice systems, also known as the school-to-prison pipeline. Reichbach regularly conducts workshops and trainings on these issues for a variety of audiences and has published several articles in law reviews. Reichbach clerked for Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall at the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and for the late Judge Reginald C. Lindsay at the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. She was an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the ACLU of Massachusetts and most recently worked as a trial attorney with the Child & Family Law Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services. Reichbach received her law degree from Boston College Law School, her Master’s in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and her bachelor’s degree from Brown University. SSRN web page:


Suzanne Schireson, Assistant Professor, Fine Arts

Suzanne Schireson is Assistant Professor of Painting and 2D Studies. She is an artist who specializes in painting and drawing. Schireson received an MFA from Indiana University in 2008, a BFA from The University of Pennsylvania in 2004, and a Certificate in Painting from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2003.

This year Suzanne Schireson is participating in the 2012 Ecorea Jeonbuk Biennale with three exhibitions throughout Jeollabuk-do, Korea. Her most recent solo exhibitions are As Others See You at Buoy Gallery, Kittery, ME (2012) and Summer Sick as Love at Bromfield Gallery, Boston, MA (2010). She has also participated in national exhibitions including, Odd Jobs, Berea College, Berea, KY (2012), Found Uniforms, University of Louisiana at Monroe, Monroe, LA (2011), Alternate Selves, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY, (2010); Drawings That Work: The BCA Annual Drawing Show, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, Mass. (2009); American and International Artists, Hrefna Jonsdottir, Lambertville, N.J. (2007); Recent Travels: Iceland and Norway, Twenty-Two Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa. (2005); and Emerging Artists, Artist’s House Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa. (2003). Before joining UMD, Professor Schireson was full-time faculty in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of New Hampshire (2009-2012). She is the recipient of two Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grants (2007 and 2009).

Starting with family narratives, Schireson expands the proportion of these stories to create a new fiction in her paintings. Her most recent body of work addresses her great grandfather’s medical practice during the infancy of plastic surgery. These paintings explore inherent contradictions that underlie his work: the necessity of precision vs. the risk of invention and the power to heal vs. the fostering of insecurity. As a painter, she is fascinated by his surgical obsession with the aesthetics of the head and figure.


Nichalin Summerfield, Full Time Lecturer, Decision and Information Sciences

Dr. Nichalin Summerfield joins the Decision and Information Sciences department at UMass Dartmouth as a Full Time Lecturer starting Fall 2012. She received her Ph.D. in Management with a concentration in Operations Management and a master’s degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona. She has taught courses in operations management, project management, and information systems. Her main research interests are in the area of multi-stage competitive and cooperative games encountered in supply chain management. Her published articles have appeared in International Journal of Production Economics, Journal of the Spanish Society of Statistics and Operations Research, and Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. Before pursuing her Ph.D., she worked for five years at Accenture (Thailand) where she was involved in IT process re-design projects and various system integration projects. She had also developed the image compression software used on the Phoenix Mars Lander while working as a part-time software engineer at the University of Arizona.


Amanda M. Spratley, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Community Development Clinic

Amanda M. Spratley is an Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Community Development Clinic. Prior to joining UMass School of Law, Professor Spratley was a Visiting Associate Professor of Clinical Law and the inaugural Friedman Fellow in the Small Business & Community Economic Development Clinic at The George Washington University Law School. At GW, she co-taught and co-supervised law students providing pro-bono legal services to small businesses and nonprofit organizations in the Washington, DC area. She is the current Publications Sub-Committee Chair and Co-Editor of the electronic Newsletter for the ABA Business Law Section’s Committee on Community Economic Development. She has presented and moderated at events, including a panel on “Creativity, Innovation, and Working in the Arts” at the 8th Annual Transactional Law Clinic Conference and Workshop, and co-hosted events with the ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law’s Young Lawyers Division and community arts organizations.

Professor Spratley obtained her LL.M. degree focusing in Small Business Law and Clinical Legal Education and her J.D. degree from The George Washington University Law School. She obtained her B.B.A. degree from The College of William and Mary. Her recent publications include a co-authored book chapter, “How Microenterprise Development Contributes to CED,” in Building Healthy Communities: A Guide to Community Economic Development for Advocates, Lawyers, and Policymakers, and the article, “Connecting Law and Creativity: The Role of Lawyers in Supporting Creative and Innovative Economic Development.” Her research interests include community economic development, entrepreneurship and small business law, creativity and innovation, art and entertainment law, nonprofit organizations, and intellectual property law.


Jing Wang, Assistant Professor, Music

Jing Wang, a composer and virtuoso erhu artist, was born in China. Ms. Wang has participated in numerous musical communities, as a composer and a performer of diverse styles of music. Her compositions have been selected and presented in China, Spain, France, Italy, Canada, and throughout the United States. They have also been recognized by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers and Electro-acoustic Miniatures International Contest, Spain. One of her compositions, “Weathered Edges of Time,” has been selected for inclusion in the collection of the French National Library. She was the winner of the 2006 Pauline Oliveros Prize given by the International Alliance for Women in Music. As an active erhu performer, she has introduced Chinese indigenous erhu into the Western contemporary music scene with her wide array of compositions for chamber ensemble, avant-garde jazz improvisations and multicultural ensembles. She has also successfully performed erhu concertos with several symphony orchestras in the United States.

Prior to joining the music faculty at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in Fall 2008, Ms. Wang served as a teaching fellow for Composition Division at the University of North Texas College of Music.