Ann Saltzman

Ann Saltzman, Professor Emerita of Psychology and Director of Drew’s Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study, has dedicated her career to exploring the interface between psychology and Holocaust Studies.  Author of numerous presentations made at  both Psychology and Holocaust Studies conferences and in community forums, her Holocaust Studies publications include:  a co-authored chapter in New Perspectives on the Holocaust:  A Guide for Teachers and Scholars; an invited chapter in Obedience to Authority: Current Perspectives on the Milgram Paradigm; “’Obedience to Authority’ in Understanding Genocide (in Clio’s Psyche) and a review of Approaching an Auschwitz Survivor (in the journal Biography).  She has been teaching Holocaust courses since 1990 and serves as the faculty coordinator for the Minor in Holocaust Studies.  Her other research and teaching interests include History of Psychology, Psychology of Women, and social issues psychology.

Caoimhín De Barra

KM_0814_DeBarra098Caoimhín De Barra is the Assistant Professor for Irish History and Culture. He joined the Drew University faculty in the fall of 2014. A native of Blarney in Cork, Ireland, De Barra studied History and English at University College Cork before earning his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. His doctoral research focused on how nationalists in Wales and Ireland defined themselves in relation to their Celtic “other” at the turn of the twentieth century, studying each other and borrowing ideas from one another in seeking to forge new political and cultural movements in their respective nations. His scholarly areas of interest are in the field of identity formation, especially the development and evolution of national and regional identities in Ireland, Britain and Europe, on the basis of different accents, dialects and languages. He also has a strong interest in comparative and transnational history. His published research has compared efforts to revive the Hebrew and Irish languages, as well as the influence of the Welsh language on the development of Irish cultural nationalism.

Christine Kinealy

Christine Kinealy is currently the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Irish Studies at the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, where she completed a Ph.D. on the introduction of the Poor Law to Ireland. She has published extensively on the impact of the Great Irish Famine and has lectured on the relationship between poverty, famine, and emigration in Ireland, India, Spain, Canada, France, Finland, the United States, and New Zealand. In 1997 she was invited to speak on the Irish Famine in both the United States Congress and the British Parliament. Her other areas of specialization are nineteenth-century Ireland, the 1848 revolutions, Daniel O’Connell, Young Ireland, Irish-American nationalism, and memory and commemoration in Irish history. Her book This Great Calamity: The Irish Famine 1845-52 (2nd ed. 2006) was named the Irish Post book of year in 1995. Her other publications include Lives of Victorian Politicians: Daniel O’Connell (Pickering and Chatto, 2008); A New History of Ireland (2nd ed. 2004); 1848: The Year the World Turned?, ed. with Kay Boardman (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007); Teaching and Learning History (with Geoff Timmins and Keith Vernon; Sage Publications, 2005); The Great Famine in Ireland: Impact, Ideology and Rebellion (Palgrave, 2002); Ireland: A Photohistory 1840-1940 (with Sean Sexton; Thames and Hudson, 2002); Memory, Silence and Commemoration: Ireland’s Great Hunger (ed. with David Valone; University Press of America, 2002); The Forgotten Famine: Hunger and Poverty in Belfast 1840-50 (with Gerard MacAtasney; Pluto Press, 2000); A Disunited Kingdom: England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, 1800-1949 (Cambridge University Press, 1999), and A Death-Dealing Famine: The Great Hunger in Ireland (Pluto Press, 1997). Her latest book, Repeal and Revolution: The 1848 Uprising in Ireland, is forthcoming from Manchester University Press. Currently she is exploring the role played by the Irish nationalist Daniel O’Connell in the antislavery movement in Europe and North America.

Fr. Gabriel Coless O.S.B.

Fall 2008.  This is my 40th year at Drew.  I was one of the founding members of the M.Litt. program in the graduate school, specializing in “The Medieval Mind,” a rubric that allows me to teach a different topic each semester.  Since 1968 I have been Adjunct Professor of Church History in the T.R. program and taught courses in the college in the Religion department.  Dante’s Divine Comedy is a standard course taught in a cycle.  My most recent course was “The Carolingian Renaissance.”  I am a Benedictine monk at St. Mary’s Abbey, Morristown and this brings to Drew a monastic perspective, with a 1500 year tradition.

James Hala

James Hala, a Professor of English, came to Drew in 1986.  He specializes in the areas of Old & Middle English Literature; Celtic and Continental European Medieval Literatures; Linguistics; Critical theory; Gender studies; Film.  His most recent publications include a study of Grendel’s mother from Beowulf and a biographical essay on Bernard of Clairvaux.  Hala is also the founder of That Medieval Thing (Med Fest).

James Pain

James Pain has been affiliated with Drew University since the fall of 1951 when he enrolled in the Theological Schools Bachelor of Divinity program. Upon completion of that degree in 1954 he was appointed to the CLA Religion Department and as Director of Religious Life. In the intervening years he has held many posts on campus, including Chaplain, Chair of the Religion Department, Convenor of the Theological and Religious Studies Area in the Graduate School, holder of the Henry and Annie M. Pfeiffer Chair in Religion, and Dean of the Graduate, now the Caspersen, School.
The term Renaissance man is too often used these days, but he certainly qualifies. He is an ordained Methodist minister who can say the Latin Mass; his doctorate from Oxford is in Orthodox Theology, but he teaches courses in the early church fathers, St. Patrick, Charles Wesley, Chaucer, Charles Williams, and C.S. Lewis; he feels at home ordering wine at the finest restaurants and is the closest thing Drew has to a media star with his ads on WQXR for the Caspersen Schools programs. As one member of the community has said, If he found himself in Papua-New Guinea, not only would he know the marriage ceremony, but he has the license to perform it!
He was the first faculty member to be elected to the faculties of all three schools of the University, and continues to have students from all schools in his classes.

Jennifer Holly Wells

Jennifer Holly Wells is a Ph.D. candidate in Drew University’s Modern History and Literature program, with degree expected May 2009. She earned her B.A. in English literature from the College of Saint Benedict in 1998, her M.A. in Modern History and Literature from Drew in 2001, and her M.Phil. from Drew in 2003.  Jennifer studies American 20th century literature in its historical context, focusing her research on Midwestern regionalism.  Her work centers on the connections between early and late 20th century literary movements, using an interdisciplinary approach to examine the role of history, community, and even meteorology in literary texts.  Prior to joining the Caspersen School faculty in 2006, she was a part-time lecturer for the English department at Drew, teaching both writing and literature courses.  In 2005, Jennifer won the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies Teaching-Mentoring award.

Jonathan Golden

Jonathan Golden (Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, 1998) teaches at Drew University, where he is Associate Director of the Caspersen Centers, working closely with Drew’s Center for Civic Engagement, while serving as Assoc. Director for the Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict.  Golden teaches in the Department of Religious Studies, the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies and the Theology School, specializing in the areas of Religion, Anthropology, and the Middle East – ancient and modern.  He is the author of Ancient Canaan and Israel: New Perspectives and the forthcoming Dawn of the Metal Age.  Golden offers courses and has written on such topics as religious conflict and terrorism, world archaeology, Jewish diaspora communities, ethnography of the Middle East and Latin America, and human evolution, with a special focus on the inter-face between science and religion.  Golden is also Faculty Advisor to Drew Hillel and S.T.A.N.D. and is an active member of the Drew Disaster Relief Project; he also serves on the Religious Life Council and Diversity Committee.  Golden lives in Florham Park, NJ, where he also enjoys playing soccer and performing/writing music.

Jonathan Rose

Jonathan Rose (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania) is the William R. Kenan Professor of History. His fields of study are British history, intellectual history, and the history of the book. He served as the founding president of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing, and as the president of the Northeast Victorian Studies Association. His book The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (2001) won the Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History, the Longman-History Today Historical Book of the Year Prize, and the British Council Prize. He has also published The Literary Churchill: Author, Reader, Actor (2014), A Companion to the History of the Book (2007), The Holocaust and the Book: Destruction and Preservation (2001), The Revised Orwell (1992), British Literary Publishing Houses 1820-1965 (1991), and The Edwardian Temperament 1895-1919 (1986). He is coeditor of the journal Book History, which won the Council of Editors of Learned Journals award for the Best New Journal of 1999. He reviews books for the Wall Street Journal. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Cambridge and Princeton University, and he reviews books for the Times Literary Supplement and the Daily Telegraph (London).

Karen Pechilis

Professor Pechilis explores issues of interpreting the embodied self through poetry, biography, and practice in devotional traditions of Hinduism.  She understands `devotion’ to be a site for the intersection of wonder and self-expression, and for an exquisitely participatory impulse, especially in the arts and letters.  Over the past twenty years she has conducted research in Chennai (Madras), south India through grants from the American Institute of Indian Studies, the Fulbright Program, and the Asian Cultural Council.  Her published work, both independent and collaborative, engages many scholarly discussions about the making of religious tradition, including interpretive history, translation, cultural analysis, and feminist and gender studies.

Liana Piehler

Within the Arts and Letters program, Dr. Liana Piehler has often taught courses that have blended literature and the visual arts.  Recent courses have included focus on the Victorian lnadscape as seen by novelists, poets and artists; Victorian women artists and their twentieth century descendants; Provincetown’s arts colony (1900-1950) as a reflection of American culture; and poets as observers of the natural world (from Emily Dickinson in the nineteenth century to Mary Oliver in the twentieth).  Dr. Piehler has also frequently taught The Joy of Scholarly Writing to students in the Arts and Letters and Medical Humanities programs, guiding them on the dissertation journey.

Nancy Noguera

Dr. Noguera has been an Associate Professor of Spanish at Drew since 2005. She obtained a Ph.D in Latin American Literature from New York University in 2000 and has since published numerous scholarly pieces and presented at a litany of academic conferences.

Robert Butts

Dr. Robert W. Butts has shared his passion, enthusiasm and knowledge of music through his work as conductor, composer, educator, writer, and lecturer. He was the 2011 recipient of the American Prize Citation for educational excellence and was the 2012 American Prize 2nd place winner for community opera conducting, for his critically acclaimed performance of Mozart’s Don Giovanni with BONJ Opera.   He was nominated for the 2013 prize for his conducting of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Dr. Butts has also conducted The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey since its founding in 1996. He has developed the orchestra into one of New Jersey’s leading ensembles, expanding the repertoire to include major works of all periods.

Robert Carnevale

Robert Carnevale is the co-translator (with Drew colleague Carol Ueland) of the internationally celebrated Russian poet Aleksandr Kushner (Apollo in the Grass, Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2015). Their translations have also appeared in The Kenyon Review, Agni, World Literature Today, The Anthology of Jewish-Russian Literature, and twice on Poetry Daily, and were supported by an NEA Literary Translation Fellowship. Carnevale’s own poems have been published in the The Paris Review, The New Yorker, Sidereal Times, The Alaska Quarterly and various other magazines. He has been teaching at Drew for 20 years, most of them in the Arts and Letters Program. Earlier, he was Assistant Coordinator of the Dodge Foundation Poetry Program for six years and also worked on the Voices & Visions film series on American poets.

Robert Osti

Professor Osti has taught courses at Drew since 2002. His history as an illustrator is splendid, including pieces in Natural History Magazine, Scientific American Magazine, New York Times-Science Times, among other publications. He holds degrees from the New York Academy of Art and Bologna University in Italy.

Robert Ready

Bob Ready is the Dean of the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies and the Donald R. and Winifred B. Baldwin Professor of Humanities and Professor of English. A member of the Drew faculty since 1970, he has been convener or co-convener of the Caspersen School’s Ph.D. programs and chair of the English Department in the College of Liberal Arts, where he was the NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor 1996-2000. Since 1996 he has taught an Arts and Letters fiction workshop and organized the annual  A & L student summer reading.  He is currently convener of the Arts and Letters Program as it enters a new period of growth on campus and outreach to the community.

Sandra Jamieson

Sandra Jamieson, a Professor of English, ​came to Drew in 1993. She specializes in Writing Studies, specifically writing across the curriculum, contemporary rhetorical theory, social media communications, information literacy, composition theory and pedagogy, and​ creative non-fiction. Popular classes include Writing for Social Media, Introduction to Writing and Communication Studies, and Travel Writing. She serves as a consultant and reviewer for writing programs and facilitates faculty development workshops around the country; she has also served on various committees of the National Council of Teachers of English, including as Chair of the Committee on the Major in Rhetoric and Writing. A Principle Investigator with the Citation Project (, she is working on a book discussing the research findings, Struggling with Sources (with Rebecca Moore Howard for Parlor Press) and an edited collection on information literacy, Not Just for Librarians (with Janice Walker, Barry Maid, & Barbara D’Angelo — WAC Clearinghouse Perspectives on Writing Series). ​Her publications include Coming of Age: The Advanced Writing Curriculum (​co-edited​ with Linda Shamoon, Robert Schwegler, and Rebecca Moore Howard–2000), Winner of the WPA Best Book Award for 2000-2001; The Bedford Guide to Teaching Writing in the Disciplines: An Instructor’s Desk Reference (with Rebecca Moore Howard –1995), and journal articles and book chapters in ​authorship and writing studies published in ATD and Praxis, and by Oxford University Press, MLA, NCTE, Heinemann-Boynton/Cook, and Greenwood Press.

Virgina Phelan

After earning a Ph.D. (Comparative Literature) at Rutgers, Virginia Phelan taught at Rutgers, Monmouth and Princeton before coming to Drew. She joined the Caspersen School’s Arts and Letters Program in 1992, became its Director (part-time in 1997 and full-time in 1999), and presided over the institution and development of the Doctor of Letters. Her special interests include the links between ancient and modern literatures and mythology, especially in its contemporary manifestations, such as in “The Journey Back to Self.” She also created “Writing to Heal” for Medical Humanities and several courses for the Irish Studies Concentration, including ‘Joyce’s Journey,” and “The Importance of Being Witty.” Publications include her dissertation, Two Ways of Life and Death, (Garland, 1990), Praying in Your Own Voice through Writing (Liguori, 1994), and articles in journals such as the Yeats-Eliot Review, America, and The New York Times. Current projects include a manuscript of “Writing to Heal” and on-going research on mythology and the journey and Charles Williams.

William B. Rogers

William Rogers (Ph.D. Drew University) is Associate Dean of the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. He teaches nineteenth-century American history (particularly antebellum reform movements and the Civil War), the impact of war on American society, and Irish/Irish-American history and literature. His publications include “The Great Hunger: Act of God or Acts of Man,” in Ireland’s Great Hunger: Silence, Memory and Commemoration (2002); “Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, and the Prophetic Tradition in Nineteenth Century America,” in Let Justice Roll (1996); and “We Are All Together Now”: Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison and the Prophetic Tradition (1995).

Wyatt Evans


LD_1015_WEvans_0024 CroppedPrior to re-entering academe, Wyatt Evans served in the Peace Corps and as a Civil Affairs officer in the U.S. Army.  He currently directs the History & Culture graduate program at Drew University where he teaches history at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He is a 2015/16 member of the Council of Independent Colleges’ Senior Leadership Academy and is very involved with developing digital scholarship and literacy initiatives at Drew.  His research areas include the Civil War and the use of historical memory in politics.  His first book, The Legend of John Wilkes Booth, won the 2005 OAH Avery O. Craven award and he is currently at work on a study of domestic security in the Civil War North.