Program Director
Fait Muedini
Fait Muedini
Associate Professor – International Studies

Fait Muedini is a faculty member in the Department of International Studies at Butler University. He is also a Fellow at the Desmond Tutu Center for Peace, Reconciliation, and Global Justice at the Christian Theological Seminary and Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University at Buffalo, SUNY, an M.A. in International Affairs from the American University School of International Service, and a B.A. in Political Science from Wayne State University. His teaching and research interests are centered primarily on issues of human rights, Islam and politics, and the politics of the Middle East and North Africa.

Dr. Muedini is the author of two books: Sponsoring Sufism: How Governments Promote "Mystical Islam" in their Domestic and Foreign Policies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), and Human Rights and Universal Child Primary Education (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). He has also published peer-reviewed articles in PS: Political Science and Politics, Oxford Handbooks Online, The Muslim World, and The Muslim World Journal of Human Rights, along with other publication outlets.

His public speaking has included talks and presentations at different universities and conferences, as well as the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decision Series in Indianapolis.

Dr. Muedini has also published opinions in popular press outlets such as Foreign Affairs

In addition, Dr. Muedini founded and runs the website

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Jointly Appointed Faculty
Chad Bauman
Chad Bauman
Professor – Religion

Professor Bauman grew up in eastern Pennsylvania before going to Goshen College, in Northern Indiana, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree. After college, Professor Bauman went to Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS) and earned both an M.Div. and Ph.D. degree, while teaching courses on Buddhism and Islam at PTS, Princeton University, and The College of New Jersey.

Professor Bauman’s earliest research focused on the interaction of low-caste Christians and Hindus in colonial Chhattisgarh. His book on the topic, Christian Identity and Dalit Religion in Hindu India, 1868-1947 (Eerdmans Publishers, 2008) won the prize for Best Book in Hindu-Christian Studies, 2006-2008, from the Society for Hindu-Christian Studies. During this time period, Professor Bauman also conducted research on Sathya Sai Baba, a popular, miracle-working Indian guru with an international following that extends even to the city of Indianapolis. 

From 2008 to 2019, Professor Bauman conducted research on Hindu-Christian conflict. His most recent book, published by Cornell University Press, is Anti-Christian Violence in India, and earlier he published a book on the same topic with specific reference to Pentecostals and the public controversies surrounding conversion (called Pentecostals, Proselytization, and anti-Christian Violence in Contemporary India). Both this book and a volume he co-edited with Richard Fox Young (Constructing Indian Christianities) were named as prize finalists for the Best Book in Hindu-Christian Studies (History/Ethnography), 2013-17, by the Society for Hindu-Christian Studies. 

Another volume, The Routledge Handbook of Hindu-Christian Relations (co-edited with Michelle Voss Roberts) was published at the end of 2020.

His future projects will likely focus on religion and the law in Asia, and on the experiences and treatment of Hindu minorities in predominantly Christian countries.

Butler Teaching Assignment 

Professor Bauman teaches introductory surveys of the world’s religions as well as upper-level courses on Hinduism and Buddhism. He has recently taught topical courses such as "Religion, ‘Cults,’ and (In)Tolerance in America," “Religion, Politics and Conflict in South Asia,” “Religion, Gender, and the Goddess in Asia,” "Race and Religion in America," and “Theory and Method in the Study of Religion.” 

Marabeth Pereira
Marabeth Pereira
Administrative Specialist, Interdisciplinary Programs

Marabeth joined Butler’s Interdisciplinary Programs in August 2022. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Michael’s College and a Master of Arts from Sacred Heart University. She previously worked for Hamilton Southeastern Schools Corporation.

Affiliate Faculty
Terri Carney
Terri Carney
Professor – Spanish

Dr. Terri Carney

Professor of Spanish
Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures
Butler University, JH391A (940-8438)

Krista Cline
Krista Cline
Associate Professor – Sociology

I am Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Butler University. Before coming to Butler, I earned a dual-title Ph.D. from Purdue University in sociology and gerontology. I then spent at year at the University of Missouri as a postdoctoral scholar in the Research Center for Human Animal Interactions. 

My research interests include the roles of women and mothers, health and body weight issues, and social psychology. I teach a variety of courses including;  families, international crime, gender, race, and crime, health and society, aging and the life course, and gender and society.

My research is currently funded by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). This research examines mothers’ perspectives of the benefits of interscholastic activities of their high school students. This is a 10 year longitudinal study that begin in the fall of 2019. I also host the podcast, MOMent with Mom, with members of the NFHS. 

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John Cornell
John Cornell
Associate Professor – History

I teach modern European history, including "The Enlightenment and Romanticism," "Modern Germany," "Back in the USSR,"and "20th-Century Europe  I also offer courses  in Butler’s core program Global and Historical Studies, including Africa, the Caribbean, and Modern Middle East.  Recent specialty topics include "History and Fiction," "The History of Children and Youth," and "Walls."

Ryan Daugherty
Ryan Daugherty
Instructor – Political Science
Elise Edwards
Elise Edwards
Professor – Anthropology

My research interests include the history and culture of Japan, the anthropology of sport, the anthropology of science, gender studies, feminist theory, historical anthropology, mass/popular culture, theories of embodiment, urban anthropology, and visual culture. Most of my fieldwork has focused on cultures of sport in Japan and while I study and teach about all kinds of sport, football (soccer) is my ultimate passion. I continue to work on my primary project about soccer, corporate sport, the recession of the 1990s, and national identity in Japan, but have also written recently about the new professional women’s soccer league in Japan and the history of women’s professional soccer/football globally; I’m also interested in issues related to trans* athletes in Japan and the U.S.

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Melissa Etzler
Melissa Etzler
Senior Lecturer, German

Melissa Etzler received her Ph.D. in German with a Designated Emphasis in Film from the University of California, Berkeley in 2014 and her M.A. in German from California State University, Long Beach. Her dissertation, Writing from the Periphery: W. G. Sebald and Outsider Art, explores intersections of pathology, marginalization, creative production and politics. While her areas of specialization include contemporary German Film and visual culture as well as crime and psychology in 18th – 21st century literature; Melissa is equally passionate about foreign language pedagogy. In addition to her courses in German language and culture, Melissa also teaches in the Core Curriculum (FYS) on Breaking Bad, focusing on crime, madness and surveillance in German and American texts and Stranger Things, which analyzes the Weird Fiction genre and 1980s culture.

2018-2019 Outstanding Professor of the Year Award for Teaching
2018 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Outstanding Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching
2018 AATG Indiana Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year


Edited Volume

With Gabriele Maier. Outreach Strategies and Innovative Teaching Approaches for German Programs, Routledge, 2021.

With Priscilla Layne. Rebellion and Revolution: Defiance in German Language, History and Art, Cambridge Scholars, 2010.

Refereed Article

“Pernicious Plants: Imitation and Uncanny Ecocritical Thought in Gustav Meyrink’s ‘Die Pflanzen des Dr. Cinderella.’” German Quarterly, vol. 90, no. 4, Fall 2017, pp. 459-475.

Book Chapters

“Zombies in the Age of Digital Reproduction – Marvin Kren’s Rammbock: Berlin Undead,” edited by Carrie CollenbergGonzalez and Martin Sheehan, Berghahn Books (forthcoming)

“‘Mothered by the Arid Sand’: Hanns Heinz Ewers’ Alraune with an Ecofeminist Twist.” Ecofeminist Science Fiction:International Perspectives on Gender, Ecology, and Literature, edited by D.A. Vakoch, Routledge, 2021.

With Michelle Stigter-Hayden. “Branching Out with STEM inthe German Classroom.” Outreach Strategies and Innovative Teaching Approaches for German Programs, ed. by Melissa Etzler and Gabriele Maier, Routledge, 2021, pp. 172-88. 

“Peripheral Writing: Psychosis and Prose from Ernst Herbeck to W. G. Sebald.” Literature and Psychology: Writing, Trauma and the Self, edited by Önder Çakırtaş, Cambridge Scholars, 2019, pp. 18-48.

“So ein langes Leben. Rebellious Writing and Philosophical Meanderings in Sebald’s Juvenilia.” Über W. G. Sebald. Beiträge zu einem anderen Bild des Autors [On W. G. Sebald: The Author from a Different Point of View], edited by Uwe Schütte, de Gruyter, 2016, pp. 29-50.

Irune Gabiola
Irune Gabiola
Professor – Spanish


A native from Bilbao (Basque Country), I moved to the US in 2000 to pursue graduate studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. While I was growing up, I lived in France and Belgium which introduced me to different cultures and languages. From this exposure, I decided to study Latin American and Caribbean cultures while familiarizing myself with feminisms, queer studies, postcolonial and transatlantic studies.

Over my twelve years at Butler, I have developed numerous original courses including “Women on the Road: Representations on Women’s Migrations in Hispanic Cultures”, “Slavery in the New World”, “Revisiting History through Film”, or “The Role of Sports in the Construction of Gender, Sexuality, Race and National Identity”, “Women Going Green: Tales of Toxic Environment and Corporate Waste” among many others. These courses inform my students’ intellectual curiosity and expose them to a multiplicity of perspectives on identity, critical thinking, and sociocultural awareness. I am fortunate to work at a University where I can expand my desire to always learn new material through teaching courses that I am passionate about, and connecting them with research. Similarly, I have been able to intersect teaching interests with my research agenda on alternative family and nation formations in the Caribbean; what led to the publication of my first book.

Likewise, my area of research has been extended due to the flexibility offered by Butler to study new regions and topics of inquiry through Study Abroad programs, and instructional and research grants. My second books explores affect theory, ecofeminisms, intersectional struggles, and social activisms in Honduras, Central America. The tragic death of Berta Cáceres led me to develop an intellectual and critical mindset regarding extractivism in Latin America, which is one of the most violent forms of neocolonialism exercised upon indigenous communities whose land and human rights have been completely erased. Furthermore, the urgency to conceptualize and validate alternative ecological cosmologies based on affective relations with nature and with others presents potential for democratic encounters, radical transformation, and social justice.

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Margaretha Geertsema-Sligh
Margaretha Geertsema-Sligh
Professor – Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism and Creative Media

Margaretha Geertsema-Sligh is the Richard M. Fairbanks Professor of Communication and served as the Interim Dean from April 2021 to December 2022. Before her appointment as Interim Dean, Dr. Geertsema-Sligh served as Director of the Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism and Creative Media for five years. She joined Butler University in 2005 and has taught classes in news writing, gender and news, and global media. Dr. Geertsema-Sligh holds a doctorate in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree in Communication from Washington State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from North-West University in South Africa. She is a past chair of the International Communication Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and a past co-chair of the Gender and Communication section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research. Her research has been published in several leading academic journals.

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Marleen McCormick Pritchard
Marleen McCormick Pritchard
Associate Professor of Management

Dr. Marleen McCormick Pritchard is an Associate Professor of International Business and Strategy in the Lacy School of Business. She holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration (International Business) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. McCormick Pritchard’s primary teaching areas are International Business, Strategy Capstone, and International Strategy. Her main areas of research are on international entrepreneurship, international strategy in emerging markets, and international business education. Her research has been published in Global Strategy Journal, Small Business Economics, European Business Review, Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, and Journal of International Business Education. 

Dr. McCormick Pritchard is the Outreach Editor of the online academic community.


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Siobhan McEvoy-Levy
Siobhan McEvoy-Levy
Professor – Political Science

Siobhán McEvoy-Levy is Professor of Political Science and Peace and Conflict Studies and Director of The Desmond Tutu Peace Lab at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. Her current research focuses on ‘everyday’ sites of international relations, youth and peacebuilding, and critical studies of political violence and peace (formation). She the author of Peace and Resistance in Youth Cultures: Reading the Politics of Peacebuilding from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games (Palgrave, 2018), American Exceptionalism and US Foreign Policy (Palgrave, 2001); the editor of Troublemakers or Peacemakers? Youth and Post-Accord Peacebuilding (University of Notre Dame, 2006); and a co-author of Peacebuilding after Peace Accords (University of Notre Dame, 2007). She has also published articles on youth and conflict, and on pop culture, reconciliation and peacebuilding. McEvoy-Levy holds a B.A. Hons degree (Politics and English) from Queen’s University, Belfast, and M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.

At Butler she has taught:

  • Introductionto Peace Studies (PO 102)
  • Introduction to Politics (PO 101)
  • Activism (PO 230)
  • International Relations (PO 320)
  • International Conflict and Peacebuilding (PO 322)
  • Gender and Generation in War and Peace (SW 240 PO 01)
  • Change and Tradition (ID 202)
  • Politics of Youth and Conflict (PO 357)
  • Art and Politics (PO 380)
  • Understandingthe Israel-Palestine Conflict (PO 380)
  • Northern Ireland Between War and Peace (PO 380)
  • U.S.Foreign Policy (PO 355)
  • Ethics of Peacebuilding (PO 380)
  • The Politics of Harry Potter and the Hunger Games (PO 490)
  • Belfast and (London) Derry Field Seminar on Gender and Generation in ‘Post-Conflict’Northern Ireland, Global Adventures in the Liberal Arts (GALA).
  • She supervises undergraduate honors theses, independent studies, student apprenticeship and peace lab internships.


Gabriela Muniz
Gabriela Muniz
Associate Professor – Spanish


Ph.D. – Spanish Literature, University of California, Davis.      

M.A.  – Spanish, Texas A&MUniversity, Kingsville.     

Profesor en Letras. (Equivalent tobachelor’s degree.) Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Neuquén, Argentina.

Profesor Nacional de Pintura.  (Equivalent to bachelor’s degree.) Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes  Prilidiano Pueyrredón, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Courses Taught at Butler University:

SP 203-204 Intermediate Spanish

SP 330  Latin American Icons. (Visual Culture and Identity)

SP330 Avant-gardes and Experimentation (Art and Poetry)

SP 355 Spanish American Culture: South America

SP 365 Hispanic Short Stories

SP 370  Mexico Culture andtraditions. (Taught for Semester Abroad in Guadalajara, Mexico)

SP 370 Introductionto Transatlantic Studies 

SP 450 Detective Film and Literature in Latin America.

SP 460, Crime and Mystery in Latin America Literature

SP490 Latin American Cities

SP 490 Artistic Connections Between Spain and Latin America (Taught for Semester Abroad in Alcala de Henares, Spain.

SP 490 Travel Writing (Taught for Semester Abroad in Alcala de Henares,Spain).

PCA264  Nature, Art, and Craft inPeru (Taught Abroad in Cusco, Peru -GALA Program)

TI 260. Latin American Cities (Taugth Abroad in Cuernavaca and Mexico DF-GALA Program)  

Research Interest(s):

Latin American literatures and cultures with anemphasis on the19th and 20th centuries. Areas of interest include, SouthernCone cultures and literature,  Fear, Traumaand Violence, Literatures of Travel, Cities, Documentaries, and Visual Arts.

Katherine Novak
Katherine Novak
Professor – Sociology

Dr. Katherine (Kate) Novak is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology where she teaches courses in criminology, mental illness, social psychology, research methods and statistics. She holds a B.A  in sociology and in psychology, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology, with a concentration in criminology, and a Ph.D. minor in Criminal Justice from Indiana University-Bloomington. 

Much of Dr. Novak’s current research focuses on adolescent and college student substance use and delinquency and has been published in academic journals such as Crime & Delinquency, Addictive Behaviors, Journal of Criminal Justice, Sociological Inquiry, Journal of Social Psychology, The Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, The Journal of Family Issues, The Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, and The Journal of Primary Prevention. She is the co-author of two textbooks- Individual and Society:  Sociological Social Psychology (with Lizabeth A. Crawford) and Applied Communication Research (with Judith M. Buddenbaum).  Additionally, Dr. Novak has collaborated with other faculty on research projects focusing on homelessness in Indianapolis, perceptions of crime and safety in the local community, immigrants’ perceptions of prejudice and discrimination, faculty work-load satisfaction, and student learning in a topically-focused introductory sociology course. She has published several class assignments and activities in TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology and serves on the advisory board for the Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Dr. Novak regularly mentors students, supervising internships and directed research projects, and serving as the faculty advisor for department and university honors theses. Her students have presented their research at college and sociology conferences and to organizational leaders and administrators and have published papers in peer-reviewed research journals. 

Dr. Novak has received many internal grants for both research and teaching, and she has won a number of university awards.  She received the Liberal Arts and Sciences Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence in 2016 and the Liberal Arts and Sciences Outstanding Faculty Award in 2010 and 2003.

Recent Publications:

Crawford, Lizabeth A. and Novak, Katherine B.  2013.  Individual and Society: Sociological Social Psychology. Routledge/Taylor& Francis. [2nd edition released March 2018]

Crawford, Lizabeth A. and Novak, Katherine B. 2023. “Beliefs About Alcohol and the College Experience as Determinants of Academic and Social Outcomes Among Undergraduate Students.”  College Student Journal 56(4):371-381.

Kowalski, Jennifer R., Lineweaver, Tara L., and Novak, Katherine B.  2021.  “DevelopingIntegrative Thinking in Undergraduate Students through an Interdisciplinary General Education Course on Mental Illness.”  College Teaching.\

Crawford, Lizabeth A. and Novak, Katherine, B.  2020.  "College Student Activities, Social Capital, and Drinking Behavior."  Journal of Alcohol and Drug Eductation 64(1):9-32.

Crawford, Lizabeth A, Novak, Katherine B, and Rasitha R.Jayasekare.  2019. “Volunteerism, Alcohol Beliefs, and First-Year College Students’ Drinking Behaviors: Implications for Prevention.”  The Journal of Primary Prevention. Advanced On-line Publication.

Crawford, Lizabeth A. and Novak, Katherine B.  2018. “Being with Friends and the Potential for Binge Drinking During the First College Semester.”  Journal of the First-Year Experience & Students in Transition 30(2):79-96.

Crawford, Lizabeth A., Novak, Katherine B., and Foston, Amia K. 2016 (online)/ 2018 (print).“Routine Activities and Delinquency: The Significance of Bonds to Society and Peer Context.”  Crime & Delinquency 64(4):472-509.

Howard, Jay R., Novak, Katherine B., Scott, Marvin B. and Cline, Krista M.C.  2014. “Another Nibble at the Core: Student Learning in a Topically-Focused Introductory Sociology Course.”  Teaching Sociology 42(3):177-186.

Crawford, Lizabeth A. and Novak, Katherine B.  2013. “The Effects of Public Self-Consciousness and Embarrassability on College Student Drinking: Evidence in Support of a Protective Self-Presentational Model.”  The Journal of Social Psychology 153(1):109-122.

Crawford, Lizabeth A. and Novak, Katherine B.  2011.  “Beliefs about Alcohol and the College Experience, Locus of Self, and College Undergraduates’ Drinking Patterns.”  Sociological Inquiry 81(4):477-494.

Crawford, Lizabeth A., and Novak, Katherine B.  2010. “Beliefs about Alcohol and the College Experience as Moderators of the Effects of Perceived Campus Drinking Norms on Levels of Alcohol Use among College Undergraduates. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education. 54(3):69-96.

Novak, Katherine B.and Crawford, L. A.  2010.  “Routine Activities as Determinants of Gender Differences in Delinquency. Journal of Criminal Justice 38(5):913-920.

Menendez-Alarcon, Antonio V. and Novak, Katherine B.  2010. “Latin American Immigrants in Indianapolis: Perceptions of Prejudice and Discrimination.”  Latino Studies. 8:93-120.

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Su-Mei Ooi
Su-Mei Ooi
Associate Professor – Political Science

Director of Academic Affairs for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Faculty Director of Butler in Asia Program, Center for Global Education 

Su-Mei Ooi joined the Department of Political Science and Peace & Conflict Studies program in 2010, shortly before earning a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto with a joint specialty in international relations and comparative politics. 

Prior to settling down in Indianapolis, Ooi studied and worked in many different parts of Asia, Europe, and North America. Her lived experiences have shaped Ooi into a dedicated educator who believes strongly in the importance of critical global citizenship education in the United States. At Butler, she teaches courses in international relations and Asian politics with the express purpose of helping students to understand that there are many different ways of being in this world. She particularly encourages students to seek better solutions to global problems by re-imagining new possibilities for a better world. Ooi grew up in Singapore and Malaysia. Since 2017, Ooi has also led students to Malaysia and Singapore on the Butler in Asia program, which offers students the unique opportunity to live and work in Asia for 7 weeks in the summer.

As an affiliate faculty of the Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program, Ooi also believes in a diverse, inclusive, and equitable learning and working environment for all. At Butler, she works closely with senior administration in her role as the Director of Academic Affairs for DEI. In terms of curricular affairs, she is also responsible for Asian and Pacific American representation in the Core Curriculum, as she led a team of excellent colleagues in the development of GHS 212: Asian Americas. She works closely with students as well and is the faculty advisor of the student group Asian and Pacific Islander Alliance (APIA).

Although Ooi’s research expertise is in democratic development and human rights in East Asia, she has expanded the scope of her research in response to issues and problems beyond her core interest. More recently, her scholarship addresses peace on the Korean Peninsula, US-China relations, global education, and the well-being of faculty in teaching-focused institutions. She also believes in integrating teaching and scholarship and has mentored students in the research and publication process at Butler.

In her personal time, Ooi enjoys the company of her husband, daughter and a pet hamster named Mochi (aka Momo). She is also an active member of the Asian and Pacific American community in Indianapolis. She is on the Board of the Indianapolis Chinese Community Center, inc and is a member of the Indiana Association of Chinese Americans and the National Asian and Pacific American Women’s Forum.

Teaching Expertise:

International Relations, US-China Relations, East and Southeast Asian Politics, Chinese Politics, Human Rights and Humanitarianism, International Political Economy

Research Specialization:

Comparative Democratization, Transnational Activism, Human Rights, East Asian Politics and International Relations, Global Citizenship Education


PhD Political Science

University of Toronto (Canada)

MA (Southeast Asian Studies)

National University of Singapore (Singapore)

LLB (Bachelor of Laws, with Honors)

University College London (United Kingdom)



Korea Foundation Fellowship

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Fellowship

Taiwan Foundation for Democracy Fellowship

Dr. David Chu Scholarship

Political Science Award, University of Toronto 

Volkswagen Foundation Fellowship 

William Rieber
William Rieber
Professor of Economics

Professor Rieber currently teaches courses in international economics, intermediate macroeconomics, and principles of economics. Among other courses, he previously offered sections in managerial economics, international business, and Revolutionary Europe & Colonial Nigeria. He taught a course in International Economics to Butler University students at the American College of Thessaloniki in Greece in Summer, 2011. His current research interests are international economics and history of economic thought. Before coming to Butler University in 1989, he was a visiting fellow at the National University of Singapore. He has served in various administrative capacities at Butler University, including department chair and graduate program director.

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Larry Riggs
Professor – French
Juan Rodriguez
Juan Rodriguez
Associate Professor – Spanish

(2002) B.A. in English Philology at Universidad de Valladolid, in Spain.

(2004) M.A. in Foreign Languages (TESOL) at West Virginia University.

(2009) Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics (Spanish SLA) at the University of Florida.

>>> Research Interests: Hispanic Linguistics, Spanish second language acquisition, motivation, study abroad contexts, morphosyntax, emotional intelligence.

>>> COURSES while at Butler University: 

  • SP101/102 Beginning Spanish sequence
  • SP203/204 Intermediate Spanish sequence
  • SP300 Spanish Grammar in Context
  • SP305 Spanish for Oral Communication
  • SP310 Spanish for Written Communication
  • SP325 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
  • SP375 Spanish Pronunciation
  • SP380 Structure of Spanish
  • SP445 Topics: Varieties of Spanish in Spain
  • SP445 Topics: Spanish Second Language Acquisition in a Study Abroad Context
  • SP455 Spanish Second Language Acquisition
  • SP465 Bilingualism in the Hispanic World
  • SP485 History of the Spanish Language


PEER-REVIEWED MANUSCRIPTS while at Butler University:

Selected Recent CREATIVE WORK:

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Zachary Scarlett
Zachary Scarlett
Associate Professor – History

Zachary Scarlett is an assistant professor of modern Chinese history. He works on Maoist politics and culture. His current manuscript project focuses on the Chinese Communist Party’s understanding of radical political movements in the 1960s. He is specifically interested in how the Communist Party and the Red Guards incorporated events like the civil rights movement, anti-Vietnam war protests, and other revolutionary activism into everyday political discourse. He conducted research for the project in Beijing from 2010 to 2011, which was supported by a Fulbright grant. Professor Scarlett is also broadly interested in the Global Sixties. He is the co-editor of The Third World in the Global 1960s, which examines radical social movements in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Outside of his research, Professor Scarlett teaches classes on modern China, East Asia, the Cold War, and environmental history. He received his Ph.D. from Northeastern University in 2013. 

Sholeh Shahrokhi
Sholeh Shahrokhi
Professor – Anthropology

Sholeh Shahrokhi is a Professor in Anthropology in the Department of History, Anthropology, and Classics, at the college of LAS at Butler University.

Dr. Shahrokhi received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley in 2008.  In the same year, she began teaching at Butler in the Department of History and Anthropology, and across interdisciplinary programs such as Race Gender and Sexuality Studies; Peace Studies; International Studies; and Global and Historical Studies.

Her scholarship focuses on explorations of power as manifested in an intersectional and discursive expressions of gender, race, body, age, religion and ethnicity, urbanity, as socio-cultural frames of differences

Her research projects in Iran, France, the UK, and the United States have focused on the formation of gendered norms, ideas about sexuality, and most recently on the "crisis" of refugees in Europe and the political north. She has conducted research on art of/by refugees, creativity and aesthetics in political protest in Iran and across the Middle East; a gendered reading of visual politics of the body emerging from contemporary Iranian protest scene; alternative sexualities and lifestyles among young Iranians in the US; spatial claims to the city, the notion of trespass as resistance to urban violence among a category called "runaway daughters" in Tehran; contemporary trends in cosmetic surgeries, shifting ideals of masculinities, femininities, and beauty in Tehran. Her writing on Iran aims to diversify representation of the people, while remaining critical of strategies that exclude “others”.

Selected published works:

I. Book Chapters

Gender and Sexuality: An Anthropological Approach (2017), in Ethnology, Ethnography and Cultural Anthropology, [Eds. Paolo Barbaro], in Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), Developed under the Auspices of the UNESCO, Eolss Publishers, Oxford, UK, [] 

Iranian War Cinema: The Art of RememberingPain, in the Iranian War Cinema: National Identity, Ethnic Diversity, and Gender Issues, (2012). Edited book by P. Khosronejad. S. K. Publishing, Oxford:UK.

Beyond “tragedy”: A Cultural Critique of SexTrafficking of Young Iranian Women, in Sex Trafficking, Human Rights, andSocial Justice, (2010). Edited volume by T. Zheng. Routledge, NY.

II. Articles: 

Life jackets on shore: Anthropology, refugees, and the politics of belonging in Europe, in Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia 4(2):11-33. (2018). Sean KingstonPublishing. Oxford: UK.

Body Aesthetics and Protest Art In Contemporary Iran (2014)

Adolescents’ perspective on addiction (2005) co-author.

III. Selected Conference Papers: 

"Family Albums in Flux: Portraits of life and memory across borders." Photo Albums Twisted Meaning: Between nostalgia and trauma. Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences and DOX – Center for Contemporary Art. Prague, Cz. (November 2021).

"Life in Fragments: Anthropology and Art Across the Border". Hostile Terrain 94. Butler University. (October 2021). 

"Crossing the Border: Anthropology, identity politics, and the role of Art." A workshop organized by Zanan: Iranian Women in Northern California (April 2021).  

“Art-Activism – an exercise in love: Stories from Iranian refugees living in Europe.” Didar VaGoftar Seminar: A critical inquiry special group of Iranians in Indiana. Zionsville, Indiana. (2019)

“Between Lights andShadows: The art of ‘seeing’ refugees.” European Association of SocialAnthropologists (EASA). Staying, Moving, and Settling conference. StockholmUniversity. Stockholm, Sweden. (2018).

“Living as Trans*: The experiences from fieldwork in Tehran, Iran.” Transgender Lives in GlobalPerspective: Trans Lives in Iran. Religion Seminar by the Center for Faith andVocation at Butler University and the Desmond Tutu Center at the ChristianTheological Seminary. (2016)

Engendering the Protester: Body politics and sexual representation of the Iranian protests (2012)

Body Beautiful: Making the Figure of Women in Film, Contemplation on the Iranian New Wave Cinema of the Past Decade (2009)

Courses (Butler):

I. Core Courses in the Social World
            SW 215 Being Human: An Introduction to Anthropology (Social Justice Diversity approved)
            SW 233 Political Islam in Paris

II. Core Courses in Global and Historical Studies
            GHS207 Global Women: Rights and Resistance
                          (Cross-listed: Gender Women Sexuality Studies, Social Justice Diversity approved)
            GHS211 Modern Middle East and North Africa (Social Justice Diversity approved) 

II. Core Courses in Perspectives in the Creative Arts
            PCA 215 Art Across Borders: Refugees in Political North

IV. Courses in Anthropology (Majors/Minors)
            AN 311 Trespass: Anthropology of Power & Difference
                         (Cross-listed: Peace and Conflict Studies, International Studies)
            AN 315 Gender and Colonialism (Cross-listed: GWSS)
            AN 320 Gender and Sexuality Through Globalization (Cross-listed: GWSS)
            AN 326 Youth and Global Cinema (cross-listed: IS and PACS)
            AN 328 Popular Culture: Michael Jackson
            AN 340 Non-western Art: Ethnographic Art
            AN 345 Conflict Resolution Through Art (Cross-listed: PACS, IS)
            AN 352 Anthropological Method: Ethnography (Writing: WAC)
            AN 368 Coming of Age in the Middle East (Cross-listed: PACS)
            AN 390 Anthropological Theory

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Ageeth Sluis
Ageeth Sluis
Professor – History

I am a professor of Latin American History in the department of History and Anthropology, and affiliate faculty in Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (RGSS) and International Studies (IS). I am also currently the Director of Global and Historical Studies at Butler University.

I teach courses on a variety of subjects, but all deal in some way with the interplay of power, culture, identity formations and historical shifts. 

My scholarship generally lands at the intersections of gender, space, and the history of the Americas. You can find my articles in The Americas, the Journal of Urban History, and the Journal of Transnational American Studies (among others). My first book titled Deco Body/Deco City: Spectacle and Modernity in Mexico City (University of Nebraska Press, 2016) looks at how new ideas about femininity and female bodies influenced urban reform in Mexico’s capital city in the 1920s and 1930sMy new project, Warrior Power: Dreaming, Drugs, Death and the Search for Alternate Spirituality in Mexico during the Sixties and Seventies (tentative title), focuses on the interplay between the books and appeal of Carlos Castaneda, the history of anthropology, New Age sensibilities, popular imaginings of Mexico, and indigenismo.

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Ania Spyra
Ania Spyra
Professor, English

Ania Spyra grew up in a German and Polish speaking home in Upper Silesia in Southern Poland. She received her MA in Literature and Linguistics from the University of Silesia, and her PhD in English from the University of Iowa. Dr. Spyra’s research looks at the influence of migration on the language of literature. She has published articles on feminist contestations of cosmopolitanism, multilingualism and transnationalism, most recently in Studies in the Novel, Contemporary Literature and Comparative Literature. Dr. Spyra teaches a wide range of courses in Transnational and Postcolonial Literature, Translation and Creative Writing. In her commitment to Global Education, she twice directed Butler University’s Global Adventures in Liberal Arts (GALA) as well as taught short term study abroad courses in Cuba, Ireland, Scotland and Australia. 

Eloise Sureau
Eloise Sureau
Professor – French
Robin Turner
Robin Turner
Associate Professor, Political Science

Robin L. Turner is an Associate Professor of Political Science, Chair of the Department of Political Science, and Director of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at Butler University in the USA and an honorary research associate of the Society, Work, and Politics Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. Dr. Turner served as the founding director of the Social Justice and Diversity Butler University Core Curriculum requirement from 2017 to 2019.  She earned a master’s degree and doctorate in political science at the University of California, Berkeley and a masters degree in social science (African politics) from the University of Cape Town (South Africa). Her research, writing, and teaching span multiple fields, including political science, gender studies, African studies, development studies, tourism studies, political ecology, and geography.

Dr. Turner’s research focuses principally on how public policies shape rural political economies, influence identities, and affect people’s behavior in southern Africa. She uses interviews, ethnography, and archival research to examine the interplay between state policies and local practices over time and to look closely at how past and present ways of structuring property and authority shape local political economies and influence constructions of identity. She has published on topics ranging from the politics of tradition; dispossession, property, and nature tourism; and field research to decolonial pedagogy.

Dr. Turner teaches courses that help students better understand the perspectives, experiences, and political strategies of historically marginalized people in Africa, the United States, and elsewhere in the world. Her courses contribute to the political science major and minor, to the core curriculum, and to several interdisciplinary programs She led the the development of a new Global and Historical Studies course centered on the question, "What is Freedom," with grant support from the National Endowment for the Humanities,  Her recent course offerings include:

  • PO 151 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • PO 350-SAC African Politics
  • PO 351-SJD Politics of Gender & Sexuality in Africa
  • PO 352 Comparative Political Economy
  • PO 354-SJD Environmental Justice
  • PO 490 Senior Seminar on Women and Politics across the World
  • PO 490 Senior Seminar on Political Economy
  • GHS 206-SJD Resistance and Reaction: Resistance and Reaction: Colonialism and Post-Colonialism in Africa
  • GHS 210-SJD Freedom and Movement in the Transatlantic World

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Sylvie Vanbaelen
Sylvie Vanbaelen
Linda Willem
Linda Willem
Professor – Spanish

Linda M. Willem is the Betty Blades Lofton Professor of Spanish and teaches in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures.  She holds a PH.D. from UCLA in Spanish Language and Literature. Her primary area of specialization is 19th-century Spanish literature. with a secondary research focus on Spanish film.  Among her book-length publications are a monograph on the novels of Benito Pérez Galdós with the University of North Carolina Press and a collection of Carlos Saura’s interviews, which she compiled, translated, and edited for the University of Mississippi Press’s Conversations with Filmmakers Series.  Her latest book (Adapting Spanish Classics for the New Millennium: The Nineteenth-Century Novel Remediated) from Palgrave-Macmillan examines radical 21st-century adaptations (in film, television, theater, opera and the graphic novel) of 19th-century Spanish novels. She has published over 40 articles on Spanish literature, film, television, and adaptation in peer-reviewed journals and in book collections published by university presses.  She also has presented her work at numerous national and international conferences, and is the recipient of four NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) awards. 

She currently is a member of the Executive Board of the Asociación Internacional de Galdosistas (International Association of Galdós Scholars), having formerly served as that organization’s President (2018-2020), Secretary-Treasurer (2007-2016) and vocal (2002-2005).  She also is on the Editorial Board of Anales Galdosianos and has been named a Galdosiana de Honor by the Casa-Museo Pérez Galdós and the Cabildo de Gran Canaria.  She recently was elected as an Académica correspondiente of ANLE (Academia Norteamernicana de la Lengua Española/North-American Academy of the Spanish Language) and has received Butler University’s Distinguished Professor Award.

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Emeritus Faculty
Kwadwo Anokwa
Emeritus Faculty
Bruce Bigelow
Bruce Bigelow
Emeritus Faculty

My interest in teaching centers on the historical cultural geography of the US, especially the Midwest. I also teach courses on the Civil War, US Urban History, the American Empire since 1945, the American Midwest, and World History. I also teach Cultural Geography: Regions of the World for the core curriculum. My publications focus on Indiana during the Civil War, especially politics, and also the Midwest as a culture region.

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Peter Grossman
Emeritus Faculty
Paul Hanson
Antonio Menendez-Alarcon
Antonio Menendez-Alarcon
Emeritus Faculty
Faculty Retiree

Professor Menéndez is a comparative sociologist whose research and scholarship have examined issues of ethnicity, cultural identity, media and power, and the process of European integration using multiple research methods. His published books include French and US Approaches to Foreign Policy, Palgrave 2014, The Cultural Realm of European Integration. Greenwood Press, Power and Television in Latin America, which received the Choice Magazine’s 1994 Outstanding Academic Book Award. Previous books published in Spanish include The Dominican Student (Santo Domingo: Intec, 1987), Spanish Migration to the Dominican Republic (Oviedo: Consejo de Comunidades Asturanas, 1993). Iin addition he edited Safeguarding German-American Relations in the New Century: Understanding and Accepting Mutual Differences, in collaboration with Hermann Kurthen and Stefan Immerfall. Lanham, MD: Lexington Publishers: 2006, and an Human Being and Society. (Santo Domingo: Intec, 1987) in collaboration with Jose Alcantara Almanzar.  He has published many articles in professional journals in English, French, and Spanish, such as Research in Political Sociology, International Journal of Cultural Studies, International Review of Sociology, International Journal of Contemporary Sociology, and International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society as well as in edited volumes. Professor Menéndez’s current research interests lie in (1) investigating the cultural influences on international relations; namely, analyzing how conceptions of cultural identity, sense of belonging, and perceived national interests determine decision making in the international arena; (2) exploring ideologies of nationalism and the connections between popular culture, everyday life, and broader social processes such as globalization and transnationalism, particularly as these issues relate to the process of immigrants’s integration in Europe and the United States.

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Gregory Osland
Gregory Osland

Greg Osland, Professor Emeritus of Marketing, now enjoys the outdoor life in Fort Collins, Colorado.  He serves on the Board of Directors of Colorado Field Ornithologists and chairs the Communications Committee.

Harry van der Linden
Harry van der Linden
Emeritus Faculty

Harry van der Linden is Professor of Philosophy at Butler University. He studied chemistry at the University of Utrecht and philosophy at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands prior to receiving his PhD in philosophy at Washington University, St. Louis, in 1985. He taught at Colgate University and the University of North Carolina (at Chapel Hill) before coming to Butler University in 1990. He served for six years as department chair and is currently the director of the Ethics minor.

Van der Linden is the editor of Radical Philosophy Review. He has co-edited several books, including Rethinking the Just War Tradition and Philosophy Against Empire. He is the author of Kantian Ethics and Socialism, and his most recent research and publications are focused on the morality of warfare,covering such topics as preventive war, asymmetric warfare, combatant’s privilege, humanitarian intervention, and targeted killing by drones. Many of his publications can be found at

Van der Linden teaches courses in moral theory, applied ethics, international ethics, global justice, philosophy of law, the history of political philosophy,and contemporary social and political philosophy. His recent topical courses include “ Atrocity, Morality and Evil," "Expanding Circles of Responsibility," "The Ethics of Drone Warfare," and "Responsibility and Collective Harm."

Van der Linden has been the treasurer of the Radical Philosophy Association since 1998. He is interested in supporting progressive causes both on and off campus and served for several years as president of the Indianapolis Peace and Justice Center.

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