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Bethlehem, Pa., September 21, 2010—Two new full-time faculty members recently joined the Moravian College community for the 2010-11 academic year. Sandra Aguilar-Rodríguez is assistant professor of history, and Jean L. DesJardin is assistant professor of education.
Dr. Aguilar is teaching Latin American history. She was born and raised in Mexico City. Between 2002 and 2008, she lived and studied in the United Kingdom, obtaining graduate degrees from the University of Oxford and the University of Manchester. Before arriving at Moravian, she taught two years at Lehigh University. She specializes in modern Latin America, particularly Mexico, with an emphasis on class and gender. Her work has been published in various journals, both in the United States and Latin America. She is currently working on a book chapter about domestic technology and an article on milk consumption in Mexico during the 1940s and 1950s. She enjoys cooking and eating, reading, traveling, and learning from other cultures.
Dr. DesJardin was a teacher of deaf and hard of hearing students, as well as those with communicative disabilities, for 13 years before she obtained her Ph.D. in educational psychology and special education in 2004 from the Joint Doctoral Program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and California State University at Los Angeles. She also holds a M.S. in deaf education and a B.S. in elementary education and special education. Her research interests include parental involvement in early intervention and the home literacy environment, school readiness skills, and literacy development for children who are at-risk for academic challenges and their families.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.