Meet the seven new full-time faculty who have joined the College of Liberal Arts, from a native of Ho Chi Minh City who’s studied the economics of Vietnam’s motorcycle industry to a mohawked professor who subjects videogames to critical analysis.

Brianne Barker


Field: Biology
Speciality: Immunology, microbiology and infectious disease
Research: How cells sense infection with retroviruses, like HIV, and start an immune response.
PhD: Harvard
Taught at: Hamilton College
Hometown: Camden, N.Y.
You should know: I love movies, baking and Duke basketball

Edmond Chang


Field: English
Speciality: Technoculture, gender and sexuality, and 20th and 21st-century American literature
I’m in the classroom: Because teaching is about inspiration, mentorship, direct action and stand-up comedy
PhD: University of Washington
Taught at: Ditto
Hometown: Silver Spring, Maryland
In my spare time: I play video games and watch Top Chef

Summer Gioia Harrison


Field: English and environmental studies
Speciality: 20th century American literature, with an emphasis on environmental justice
PhD: University of Wisconsin
Taught at: University of Tulsa
Hometown: Outside Dallas
Hidden talents: Sewing, growing plants and playing the washboard suit, aka the  instrument found at Texas hoedowns

Lawrence Kramer


Field: Biology
Speciality: Anatomy and physiology
Motivating passion: I want my students to see the relevance of science to their lives.
PhD: Rutgers
Taught at: Raritan Valley Community College
Hometown: Manalapan, N.J.
You should know: I love the outdoors… hiking, cycling or camping

Christopher Medvecky


Field: Psychology
Speciality: Biopsychology
Research: The role of fish oil as a preventative agent against Parkinson’s disease; the study of animal models of alcohol abuse
PhD: Rutgers
Taught at: The College of New Jersey
Hometown: Edison, N.J.
Obsession: Volleyball, as beach tournament player and as coach 

Sangay Mishra

Field: Political science
Speciality: The ways in which social and political systems deal with the global flow of people, with a focus on South Asian and Muslim communities
PhD: University of Southern California
Postdoctoral fellowship: Center for Global Islamic Studies, Lehigh University
Hometown: Gaya, India, just south of Nepal
In my spare time: I like long walks, jazz, Bollywood flix 

Christine Ngo


Field: Economics
Speciality: Emerging economies
JD: University of California, Hastings College of the Law
PhD: University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies
Former gigs: World Bank, United Nations
Hometown: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Passions: Sports, especially mountain biking and indoor rock climbing