Faculty Member Appointments
Moravian College announces eight faculty appointments for the 2009-10 academic year:

Kristin Baxter, visiting assistant professor of art, completed her degrees at New York University (B.A., liberal arts), Case Western Reserve University in collaboration with the Cleveland Museum of Art (M.A., art history and museum studies), and Teachers College Columbia University (Ed.D., art and art education). Baxter has worked as an art educator in museums and schools, teaching art and art history to children, families, and teachers. In higher education, she has worked as an adjunct professor of art education and art history at universities in New York, New Jersey, and Ohio. She is the author of numerous articles on using studio-art-practice-as-research and the educational value of incorporating family snapshots in art education. Her first book, Recollections of Family Photographs from Five Generations: The Role of Narrative and Reflexivity in Organizing Experience is due out this fall. She lives in Bethlehem and Waldwick, New Jersey, with her husband and two young children.

Katie P. Desiderio, instructor of management, is a Ph.D. candidate in the field of leadership with a specialization in human resource development (HRD) from Barry University, Miami. Her current research is in the area of flow and finding happiness to optimize performance at work. Desiderio is also involved in research with fellow HRD scholars in the areas of physiognomy and perceived leader behavior. She most recently co-authored the article "Training's Woeful Countenance" (2009), published in the spring edition of HRD Quarterly; this work was also accepted to the conference proceedings at the 6th annual Critical Management Studies Conference in Warwick, U.K. Aside from her scholarship, she enjoys time with family including her husband, Andrew, and their dog, Baylie.

Frances J. Irish, visiting assistant professor of biological sciences, has taught at Lehigh University (most recently), Lafayette College, Harvard-M.I.T. Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard University. She was a postdoctoral research fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and a museum specialist at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Her research interests include functional morphology, systematics, and evolution of vertebrates, and she has presented her work in a wide range of professional publications and conferences. Irish obtained her Ph.D. from Harvard University's Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology.

Matthew A. Lang, instructor of computer science, received his Ph.D. in computer science and engineering in 2009 from Ohio State University. He also holds an M.S.  from Ohio State and a B.S. in computer science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. While at Ohio State, Lang received the Eleanor Quinlan Memorial Award for teaching. His research interests include the theoretical foundations of asynchronous distributed systems, specifically those related to specification and verification. His current work involves reasoning issues pertaining to the program property known as maximality.  

Arash Naraghi, assistant professor of religion and philosophy, received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Department of Philosophy of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He previously taught philosophy at California State University, San Bernardino. His areas of specialization include applied ethics, philosophy of rights, ancient philosophy, epistemology of religious experience, the problem of evil, Islamic theology and mysticism, contemporary Shi'ism, and modernism in Islam. His book Reason and Faith: A Philosophical Model for Understanding the Theistic Faith was published in 1999. Two other books, Ethics of Human Rights and Islam and Ethics in Practice: Essays on Applied Ethics, are forthcoming.

John F. Romano, visiting assistant professor of history, specializes in medieval history. He recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies in Toronto. Previously, he was visiting assistant professor in the history department at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. John is interested in the religion, ritual, and power of the Middle Ages. He completed his dissertation, "Ritual and Society in Early Medieval Rome," in 2007 at Harvard University, and he is revising it to become his first book. He has published articles on the sermons of twelfth-century preacher Julian of Vézelay and the liturgical parodies of the late Middle Ages. Romano is a native of Brooklyn, New York. He enjoys classic movies and running; he completed the 2008 New York City Marathon.

Nicole Malkin Tabor, assistant professor of English, received her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Oregon in 2009. Her dissertation was entitled "A Shimmering Doubleness: Community and Estrangement in Novelized Dramas and Dramatized Novels."  She has given papers on twentieth-century literature at the Northeast Modern Language Association, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf, Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, and others. After graduating from Smith College in 1995, she worked in theatre and film in San Francisco and New York. She was the co-founder and development director for Unconditional Theatre Company. The courses she teaches will emphasize dramatic literature; she begins this semester with "One Voice: The Monologue in Twentieth Century Drama."

Ian C. Wendt, visiting assistant professor of history, was most recently assistant professor of history at Washington State University. Previously, he was an instructor of history at Misericordia University, Kings College, Northampton Community College, and Brigham Young University. He obtained his Ph.D. and M.A. in history, with an emphasis on South Asia, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. in history from Brigham Young University. Ian has received numerous grants, fellowships, and awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship (Netherlands).  He has contributed several peer-reviewed chapters and more than fifteen conference papers. His research interests include textile production and trade in early modern South India; caste, gender, and profession in South India; and the ecology and social geography of rural and urban communities.