INTERNATONAL STUDIES EXPERTS AT UK

Faculty and research experts at the University of Kentucky (UK) are available to speak to the news media about a variety of topics ranging from finance and economics to literature and the arts. Members of the media wishing to interview or consult with these individuals should call (859) 257-1754.


Categories:


Chinese Studies

Denise Ho, Assistant Professor, Department of History
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-1515
E-mail: dyho222@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Social and cultural history of modern China

Liang Luo, Assistant Professor of Chinese Literature and Culture, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Contact Phone: (859) 257-9139
E-mail: liang.luo@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Modern Chinese literature, performing arts, film and popular culture
    Modern Chinese and Japanese intellectual and cultural exchanges
    Gender politics in modern China
    East Asian cities (Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, Chongqing, and Hong Kong)
    International avant-garde and modern China

Classics

Ted Higgs, Lecturer, Classics Division, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257- 7037
E-mail: ted.higgs@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Latin
    Classical Studies
    Italian

Hubert Martin, Jr.,Professor of Classics and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Contact Phone(s): (859) 272-2387 or 257-3387
E-mail: hubertmart@gmail.com
Specialization:

  1. Ancient Greek language and literature
    All areas and aspects of Greek and Roman civilization
    Athenian democracy
    Plutarch’s Parallel Lives of the ancient Greeks and Romans
    Greek tragedy and comedy
    The Greek historians
    Plato
    The art and architecture of classical Greece
    Methodologies for teaching Greek and Latin

Milena Minkova, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Contact phone(s): (859)-257-5710
E-mail: mmink2@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Latin Language and Literature
    Medieval Latin and Neo-Latin
    Latin Composition
    Latin Pedagogy and Active Latin

Diplomacy

Carey Cavanaugh, Former Ambassador and Director of the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, Professor of Diplomacy
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257- 4666 or (859) 317-0975
E-mail: ambcavanaugh@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Conflict Resolution
    Diplomacy
    Mediation
    Assistance and Humanitarian Issues
    U.S. Foreign Policy, Arms Control
    Europe and Russia, the Middle East
    Congress
    Defense/Military
    Ethics
    Ethnic Conflict
    Foreign Policy

Stacy Closson, Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-5201
E-mail: stacy.closson@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Conflict Resolution
    Diplomacy
    Mediation
    Assistance and Humanitarian Issues
    U.S. Foreign Policy, Arms Control
    Europe and Russia, the Middle East
    Congress
    Defense/Military
    Ethics
    Ethnic Conflict
    Foreign Policy

Robert Farley, Assistant Professor, Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-4668
E-mail: robfarley@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Military Doctrine
    Transnational Politics
    National Security
    East Asia/Pacific
    Arms Control
    Defense/Military
    Foreign Policy
    Homeland Security

George Herring, Professor Emeritus, Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, Alumni Professor of History, Department of History
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-4666 or (859) 492-0332
E-mail: gherring@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. U.S. Foreign Relations
    Vietnam War
    History

Evan Hillebrand, Associate Professor, Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-6928
E-mail: Evan.Hillebrand@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. International Economics
    Economic Modeling
    Economic Relations
    Energy
    Modeling of Political Relationships
    Globalization

Karen Mingst, Lockwood Chair Professor, Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-7043
E-mail: kmingst@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. International Cooperation
    International Organization
    Non-government Organizations
    International Law
    Africa, Europe, Russia/Eurasia
    Development
    Environment
    Ethnic Conflict
    Foreign Policy
    Global Health
    Human Rights

Thomas McGinty, Adjunct Professor, Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-4671
E-mail: tamcgi2@email.uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Trade
    Export Assistance
    Economic Relations
    Globalization

George Staples, Adjunct Professor, Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257- 4666
E-mail: cameroonegamb@yahoo.com
Specialization:

  1. Diplomacy
    Foreign Policy
    Ethics
    African Assistance and Development
    Africa
    Cultural Relations
    Human Rights

John Stempel, Senior Professor of International Relations, Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce and Professor, Department of Political Science
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-8261
E-mail: stempeljd@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Diplomacy
    Foreign Policy
    Near Eastern Politics
    East Asia/Pacific, South Asia
    Cross Cultural Negotiation
    Conflict Resolution
    Cultural Relations
    Iran, India and the Middle East

Clayton Thyne, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257- 6958
E-mail: clayton.thyne@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Interstate conflicts, civil conflicts, coup d'etats
    International education policy
    Democratization

Geoffrey Wallace
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-2709
E-mail: Geoffrey.Wallace@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. International security
    International institutions
    International law
    Public attitudes toward foreign policy and experimental methods
    Democratization

French & Italian Studies

Gloria Allaire, Lecturer in Italian Studies, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-3761
E-mail:  allaire_students@insightbb.com
Specialization:

  1. Medieval Italian literature
    Chivalric literature
    Codicology
    Paleography
    "Manuscript studies"
    Medieval travel literature

Stephanie Coker, Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-3133
E-mail: coker.steph.d@gmail.com
Specialization

  1. Medieval French literature
    Joan of Arc
    Language pedagogy

 Jacqueline Couti, Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures 
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-3761
E-mail: jacqueline.couti@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Francophone Caribbean, African, and New World literatures and cultures

John Erickson, Professor of French and Francophone Studies, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures      
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-3761
E-mail: jeric1@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Twentieth-century and Francophone literatures and cultures

Julie Human, Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures  
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-3761
E-mail: julie.human@gmail.com
Specialization:

  1. Medieval French literature
    Arthurian literature

Ioana Larco, Lecturer in Italian Studies, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures   
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-3761
E-mail:  ioana.larco@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Twentieth-century Italian literature and culture
    Autobiography
    Italian women writers
    Italian film

Jeffrey Peters, Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-3761
E-mail:  jnp@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Early modern French literature and culture
    17th- and 16-century French literature and culture
    Critical theory
    Rhetoric and poetics
    Film studies

Rupert Pickens, Professor emeritus of French and Francophone Studies, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-3761
E-mail:  rtpickens@insightbb.com
Specialization:

  1. Medieval French Literature 

Leon Sachs, Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures  
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-1896
E-mail: leon.sachs@gmail.com
Specialization:

  1. Nineteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-first-century literature and culture
    Modern French literature and culture
    Science and the humanities
    Secularism and schooling
    The history of pedagogy and literary education
    The representation of war

Suzanne Pucci, Professor of French and Francophone Studies, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-1066
E-mail: pucci1@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Eighteenth-century French literature and culture         
    French and Italian language
    literature and art, particularly early modern literature and culture
    performance Studies
    Italian cuisine

Sadia Zoubir-Shaw, Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-5729
E-mail: szs.shaw@gmail.com
Specialization:

  1. Linguistics
    Translation (English/French)
    Conference Interpreting (English/French)

German Studies

Ted Fiedler, Professor of German Studies, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Contact phone(s): 859-257-4642
E-mail: tfiedler@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Literary and cultural studies of the German-speaking countries since 1870
    Yugoslavian wars of the 1990 and their aftermath

Harald Hobusch, Associate Professor, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Division of German Studies
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-1873
E-mail: hhoebu@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Thomas Mann
    Mountains in German Literature
    Culture Foreign Language
    Pedagogy
    TA Training and Mentoring

Globalization

Evan Hillebrand, Associate Professor, Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-6928
E-mail: Evan.Hillebrand@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. International Economics
    Economic Modeling
    Economic Relations
    Energy
    Modeling of Political Relationships
    Globalization

Ana S.Q. Liberato, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257- 6069
E-mail: ana.liberato@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Race, ethnicity and gender and interplay with political identity and political attitudes
    Cultural and political impacts of migration and the well-being of immigrant populations
    Political, cultural and socioeconomic processes of Caribbean and Latin American societies as a consequence of globalization and democratization

Sarah Lyon, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257- 5038 or (859) 539-1296
E-mail: sarah.lyon@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Economic anthropology
    Consumption
    Tourism
    Alternative markets and globalization
    Agricultural commodities (coffee)
    Central America and Mexico
    Anthropological perspectives on globalization

Thomas McGinty, Adjunct Professor, Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-4671
E-mail: tamcgi2@email.uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Trade
    Export Assistance
    Economic Relations
    Globalization

Hispanic Studies

Cristina Alcalde, Assistant Professor, Gender and Women's Studies and Affiliated Faculty, Latin American Studies and Co-director, A&S Wired
E-mail: cristina.alcalde@uky.edu
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-9719
Specialization:

  1. Latin America (with an emphasis on Peru and the Andean region)
    Latinos/as in the U.S
    Gender and race
    Intersections of state
    Institutional and interpersonal violence
    Domestic violence
    Migration
    Latino masculinities

Mariana Amato, Assistant Professor, Department of Hispanic Studies 
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-5756| 
E-mail: mariana.amato@uky.edu 
Specialization:

  1. 19th-21st Century Literature and Intellectual History
    Critical Theory (Psychoanalysis, Political Philosophy, Aesthetics)

Aníbal A. Biglieri, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Hispanic Studies
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-4640
E-mail: biglieri@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Medieval Studies
    Peninsular Spanish Literature and Culture

Alan V. Brown, Assistant Professor, Department of Hispanic Studies 
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-7093 
E-mail: avbrow2@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Second Language Acquisition
    Spanish Applied Linguistics

Heather Campbell-Speltz, Lecturer, Department of Hispanic Studies 
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-5763 
E-mail: heather.campbellspeltz@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. 20th-Century Theater
    20th-Century Latin American Literature
    Translation

Moises Castillo, Assistant Professor, Department of Hispanic Studies
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-5772 
E-mail: moises.castillo@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Early Modern and Colonial Studies

Francie Chassen-Lopez, Professor, Department of History and Support Faculty, Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-4344
E-mail: frclopz@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Latin American History
    Modern Mexico
    Women and Gender in Latin America Race
    Ethnicity in the Americas

Irene Chico-Wyatt, Senior Lecturer and Academic Coordinator, Elementary Language Instruction, Department of Hispanic Studies
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-2711
E-mail: iochic1@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Spanish Peninsular and Spanish American contemporary poetry
    Women’s poetry
    Golden Age poetry and drama
    Film studies
    Spanish American theater
    Contemporary women's fiction

Susan Larson, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Hispanic Studies
Peninsular Spanish Literature and Culture
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-1569
E-mail: slarson@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Modernity
    Urban Studies
    The Avant Garde
    Film Studies

Ana S.Q. Liberato, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257- 6069
E-mail: ana.liberato@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Race, ethnicity and gender and interplay with political identity and political attitudes
    Cultural/political impacts of migration and the well-being of immigrant populations
    Political, cultural and socioeconomic processes of Caribbean and Latin American societies as a consequence of globalization and democratization

Carmen Moreno-Nuno, Associate Professor, Department of Hispanic Studies and Director, Latin American Studies
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257- 7092
E-mail: morenonuno@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Cultural representation of historical memory
    Contemporary Spanish Literature and Culture
    Narrative
    Interdisciplinary Studies: Painting, Film, Comic-Strip
    Myth Theory
    War Studies
    Trauma Studies

Tad Mutersbaugh, Associate Professor, Department of Geography
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-1316
E-mail: mutersba@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Political ecology
    Rural development in Mexico

Yanira Paz, Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director of Elementary Language Instruction, Department of Hispanic Studies
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-7100
E-mail: yblaba0@email.uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Oral Traditions
    Sociolinguistics
    Discourse Analysis
    Teaching of Spanish

Ana Rueda, Professor and Chair, Peninsular Spanish Literature and Culture, Department of Hispanic Studies
Peninsular Spanish Literature and Culture
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-7091
E-mail: rueda@email.uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. 18th-21st Century Peninsular Literature
    Narrative (short story, novel, epistolary, travel writing, war literature)

Haralambos Symeonidis, Associate Professor, Hispanic Linguistics, Department of Hispanic Studies
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-7094
E-mail: haralambos.symeonidis@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Spanish and Portuguese in South America (Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil)
    Contact Languages
    Jewish Spanish

Indian Studies

Srimati Basu, Associate Professor, Gender and Women's Studies and Anthropology
E-mail: srimati.basu@uky.edu
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-4372
Specialization:

  1. Women and Law
    Violence against women
    Marriage, Kinship
    Mediation and Alternate Dispute Resolution (especially in marriage)
    Legal Anthropology
    Women in Development
    South Asia
    Feminist Theory and Methodology
    Work, Property and Women

International Studies

Carlos de la Torre, Professor, Department of Sociology; International Studies Program Director
Contact Phone(s): n/a
E-mail: c.delatorre@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Bolivia
    Ecuador
    Latin America
    Venezuela

Islamic Studies

Ihsan Bagby, Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-9638 (office), (859) 494-3743 (cell)
Email: iabagb2@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Islam
    Islam in America
    African American Muslims
    Mosques in America

Paul Chamberlin, Assistant Professor, Department of History
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257- 4346
E-mail: paul.chamberlin@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. International History
    Middle East History
    Foreign Relations

Hsain Ilahiane, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-6920 or (859) 539-4867
E-mail: Hsain.ilahiane@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Information and communication technologies for development
    Social and economic dynamics in the developing world
    Business anthropology
    Small-scale farming
    The Informal sector
    Anthropology of the Middle East and Africa
    Islam
    Philanthropy and Islamic Charitable institutions
    Politics of the Muslim/Arab world
    Applied Anthropology
    Social Change
    Development
    Global poverty
    Oasis agriculture and agrarian change
    Community-based resource management

Kristin Monroe, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-5390
E-mail: kristin.monroe@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Anthropology of the Middle East
    Urban anthropology
    Cultural geography
    Mobility and migration studies
    Political anthropology
    Built environment
    Youth culture
    Conflict studies
    Military culture

Robert Olson, Professor, Department of History and Support Faculty, Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-4346
E-mail: hisposta@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Ottoman Empire
    Islamic History
    The Kurdish people
    General contemporary politics of the Middle East

Michael Samers, Associate Professor, Department of Geography
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-6966
E-mail: michael.samers@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Economic and Urban Geography
    Immigration (especially political economy, labor markets and Islamic/Muslim issues)
    European Union, France, US

Anna J. Secor, Associate Professor, Department of Geography
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-1362
E-mail: ajseco2@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Space, subject and the state
    Turkey
    Islamic Studies

Gregory Stump, Director, Linguistics Program, Department of English
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257- 1184
E-mail: gstump@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Morphological Theory
    Typology
    Celtic languages
    Indo-Iranian languages

Japan Studies

Masamichi (Marro) Inoue, Associate Professor, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257- 7024
E-mail: msinoue@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Japan Studies
    Cultural Anthropology

Doug Slaymaker, Associate Professor, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257- 7557
E-mail: dslaym@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Japanese literature, society and culture since 1900
    Asia and travel
    Environment and agriculture in arts and culture

Akiko Takenaka, Assistant Professor, Department of History
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-3584
E-mail: ata225@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Social and cultural history of modern Japan
    Memory and historiography of the Asia-Pacific War
    War and society, nationalism, memory studies and visual culture

Judaic Studies

David Olster, Professor, Department of History and Judaic Studies
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-4348
E-mail: dmolst01@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Jewish History

Jeremy Popkin, Professor, Department of History and Judaic Studies
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-1415
E-mail: popkin@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Modern French History
    Jewish History
    Haitian History
    The French and Haitian Revolutions

Russian Studies

Victoria Ivleva, Lecturer, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Contact phone: (859)-257-1756
E-mail: viv222@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Eighteenth-Century Russian Culture
    Eighteenth-Century Russian and French Sartorial Culture Nabokov

Jeanmarie Rouhier-Willoughby, Professor and Chair, Department of Modern and Classical Languages,
Division of Russian and Eastern Studies
Contact Phone(s):  (859) 257- 1756
E-mail: j.rouhier@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Russian language
    Russian ritual
    Russian folk religion
    Verbal semantics
    Cognitive linguistics
    Intersection of language and culture

Dan Rowland, Associate Professor, Department of History
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257-2386
E-mail: hisdan@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Early modern Russian History
    Soviet History
    Investigation of rituals, art and architecture in the throne rooms of Russia

Cynthia Ruder, Associate Professor, Department of Modern & Classical Languages, Literatures, & Cultures
Contact Phone(s): (859) 257- 7026
E-mail: cynthia.ruder@uky.edu
Specialization:

  1. Russian Language Pedagogy
    Cultural Studies of Stalinism Russian Federation Higher Ed Russian Studies
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