Evans School of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences

Evans School of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences Faculty & Staff

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Dean of the Evans School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
Evans Building, 202

Gabriel Barreneche is the Dean of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences, here at Berry College. Prior to coming to Berry, Dr. Barreneche was a Professor of Spanish and Associate Dean for Advising at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where he taught for 18 years.

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Associate Professor of Art
Moon 109
Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing
Evans Hall 230

Whitney Jordan Adams is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing. She studies the rhetorical construction of white supremacy, focusing on the Alt-Right, Accelerationism, and the rise in white nationalism.

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Associate Professor of Sociology
Evans 221A
Professor of German
EVA 102 C

Christine Anton is Professor of German at Berry College. In her research she focuses on nineteenth and twentieth-century German and Austrian literature and culture, Holocaust studies, migrant literature, as well as on second language learning and teaching methodology.

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Professor of History; Department Chair of History
Evans 113

Dr. Jonathan Atkins’ teaching interests specialize in American History 1607-1877, Southern History and English History.

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Associate Professor of Political Science
Evans 125
Associate Professor of Spanish; Department Chair of World Languages and Cultures
EVA 206 D

Dr. Julia Barnes is Associate Professor of Spanish and currently serves as department chair of World Languages and Cultures. Her research specialties are contemporary Spain, gender studies, film, and the novel.

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Visiting Assistant Professor
Blackstone Hall, 205

Jennifer Bradford is a performer, teacher, and project manager from the Bay Area in California. She is a member of the Actors Reading Collective and previously taught theatre at her alma mater, Santa Clara University. Her focus is on acting, voice, and musical theatre. She is currently a visiting assistant professor in theatre at Berry.

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Associate Professor of Theatre
Blackstone Costume Production Studio

Alice Bristow received her MFA in Costume Design from Indiana University and her B.F.A. from Missouri State University. She has produced costumes for various theatres including La Jolla Playhouse, Indiana Repertory Theatre, University of Michigan, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Indianapolis Opera, University of Colorado at Boulder. Nationally and internationally, Alice’s designs have appeared on stage at the Pittsburg Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Central City Opera, Vancouver Opera, Shreveport Opera, and most recently Utah Opera’s production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida.

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Associate Professor of English, Rhetoric and Writing; Department Chair
Evans 225A

Christina Bucher joined the Berry faculty in 1995 as a Visiting Assistant Professor of English. She currently is a tenured Associate Professor of English and is serving as department chair.

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Associate Professor-Environmental Studies & Anthropology; Department Chair of Environmental Science and Studies
Evans 212

Dr. Campbell engages in the propagation, saving and distribution of open-pollinated, “heirloom” seeds and the care and observation of an array of small livestock through the ABC Project and in the documentation of environmental problems and solutions through film-making. His research engages the intersection of human and environment, focusing on strategies and traditional practices for sustainable co-existence.

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Professor of Music (piano)
Ford 201

Kris Carlisle is a professional pianist and educator. A native of California, he has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Asia.

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Professor of Communication; Department Chair
Laughlin 100

A reporter, editor and photographer before joining the academy, Brian Carroll is author of six books. His most recent book explores the role of Shakespeare in inventing a nation.

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Associate Professor of Music; Director of Music Education
Ford 218

Dr. Stefanie Cash is Director of Music Education at Berry College. Dr. Cash is responsible for teaching methods and techniques classes, conducting the Berry Women's Choir as well as supervising student teachers.

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Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing
Evans Hall 227

Mark Celeste is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing. He studies British literature of the long nineteenth century, with a particular focus on oceanic networks, histories, and ecologies. His courses take up questions of connectivity, examining the cultural transformations and political frictions that accompany circulations, exchanges, and mobilities.

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Associate Professor of Spanish
Evans 127

Dr. Jen Corry received her PhD in Spanish medieval literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also holds an MBA from Berry College. Her interests include medieval and Golden Age Spanish literature, modern Spanish theater, translation, and Spanish for business, medical, and legal professionals.

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Artist-in-residence: Director of Jazz and Percussion Studies
Ford 316

John David is Artist-in-Residence and Director of Jazz and Percussion Studies at Berry College in Rome, GA.  Appointed to this position in Fall 2013, Mr. David is the director of the Berry Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Percussion Ensemble, Steel Band and Viking Drumline.

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Lecturer of Communication; Director of Forensics
Laughlin 209
Professor of English
Evans 215

Christopher Diller began his Berry career as Assistant Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing in 1999 and then became an Associate Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing in 2005. He also took on the title of the Writing Center Director in 2005 as well. He became a full professor in 2014.

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Associate Professor of English; Creative Writing
Evans 230

Will Donnelly is an associate professor of English whose short stories and creative essays have appeared widely in print and online. His teaching focuses on fiction writing and on writing for online environments, in addition to courses in composition and rhetoric. He joined the Berry College faculty in 2013.

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Adjunct Instructor of Religion
Evans 208
Assistant Professor of Communication
Laughlin 112

Dr. Kimberly Field-Springer is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Department at Berry College. She graduated with her Ph.D. in 2013 from the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University with an emphasis on Health Communication and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

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Associate Professor, Director of Theatre
Blackstone 208

Peter Friedrich's acting credits include the national tour of Wendy Wasserstein’s The Sisters Rosensweig, Saturday Night Live and Sesame Street and an LA Outer Critics Circle Nomination for Best Featured Actor in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

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Visiting Instructor of Communication
Laughlin 109B
Nichols Professor of French
EVA 102 B

Dr. Vincent Grégoire is a native of Mansigné, France, and Professor of French. He holds a M.A. degree in history from the Université François Rabelais, Tours, France, and received his PhD in French literature from Rutgers University.

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Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music Education; Director of Wind Studies
Ford 216

Dr. Alyssa Grey is an active musician, educator, and conductor. She completed undergraduate degrees in Music Education and Music Theory & Composition from the University of Miami where she studied with GRAMMY-Award Winning composer Lansing McLoskey.

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Visiting Instructor
LAU 108

Sarah Grizzle specializes in environmental communication, film studies, and television production. She is a former reality television producer and also has over twenty years of outdoor education, wilderness guiding, and environmental activism experience. She is currently finishing her Ph.D. at the University of Georgia (Spring 22).

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Technology Specialist; Department of Communication
Laughlin 207
Lecturer in French and German
Evans 102E

As a native from Switzerland, polyglot by family background and academic pursuit, Mrs. Hanle-Daniels teaches German and French classes. Her research interests are in language pedagogy, songs and games.

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Artist Affiliate, low strings; Director of the Berry College Symphony Orchestra
Ford 206

Eric Hanson has been a member of the Chattanooga Symphony since 1994. Prior to coming to Chattanooga Mr. Hanson served as Principal Bassist with the Huntsville Symphony and was an active musician in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, performing frequently as a substitute with the Milwaukee Symphony.

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Professor of Music (trumpet); Department Chair of Fine Arts
Ford 217

Adam Hayes is an internationally recognized performer, educator, and clinician.

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Assistant Professor of Communication
Laughlin 123

Curt Hersey (PhD, Georgia State University) primarily teaches courses in the Visual Communication concentration, which includes filmmaking, media criticism, scriptwriting, and the economics of the contemporary media industry, as well as courses in American media history and visual rhetoric.

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Professor of International Affairs
Evans 111
Chaplain; Adjunct Instructor of Religion
Krannert 328

Dr. Huggins is the College Chaplain and leads Mount Berry Chapel. He has Academic Graduate degrees from Wheaton College, Reformed Theological Seminary, and the University of Stellenbosch. He is also an ordained Priest in the Anglican Church in North America.

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A native of coastal Georgia, Ellie Jenkins (horn) has been visiting Berry College since she was seven years old, and joined the faculty in 2009. She is an active performer, playing principal horn in the Carroll Symphony, second horn with the Rome Symphony, and performing frequently with the Chamber Players of the South.

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Professor of Philosophy
Evans 202

Tom Kennedy is Professor of Philosophy and Dean of the Evans School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. His scholarly interests lie at the intersection of religion and morality and in eighteenth-century Scottish thought.

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Senior Lecturer of Communication and Student Publications Advisor
Laughlin 109A

Kevin Kleine is a senior lecturer of communication and student publications advisor. During his years in higher education Kleine has been teaching students to communicate clearly, effectively and with purpose.

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Professor of Anthropology
Evans 214

I am an anthropologist interested in cultural aspects of communication, religion and the sciences. As a teacher, I'm passionate about empowering the students in my classes by mentoring them in how to conduct their own original social science research.

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Visiting Instructor, English, Rhetoric, and Writing
Evans Hall 213
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Evans 128

Matthew Lee regularly teaches Introduction to Philosophy, Critical Thinking, and the Philosophy of C. S. Lewis. He has also taught Symbolic Logic, Early Modern Philosophy, God & Evolution, and Weapons Ethics. He will soon introduce a course on Happiness, Well-Being, and the Meaning of Life.

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Associate Professor of Anthropology
Evans 221B

I have done ethnographic field research in Dar es Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania (on the coast of the eastern Africa). My research looks at how Tanzanians' expectations of city life and urban culture have transformed over the past 20 years as their society moved from African socialism to a liberalized, more globally-interwoven economy.

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Professor of Religious Studies
Evans 129

Dr. Lidke earned his M.A. (1996) and Ph.D.(2000) in South Asia Religion and Philosophy from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Colorado (1990). He was a Fulbright Dissertation Fellow to Nepal in the 1996-97 academic year.

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Associate Professor of Spanish
EVA 102A

Dr. Lucia Llorente is a native of Bilbao, Spain. Philologist by training, she is interested in both linguistics and literature.

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Professor of History
Evans 124

As Professor of History at Berry College, Laurence W. Marvin teaches both halves of the Foundations world history surveys (History 154 and History 155), as well as upper division level European history courses before 1300 (History 307: Meet the Romans and History 311: Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages).

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Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair
Evans 210
Dana Professor in English; Creative Writing
Evans 219
Visiting Lecturer of English, Rhetoric and Writing; Director of the Writing Center
Evans 204

MELISSA MULLINS is the Director of the Writing Center and a Lecturer in the Department of English, Rhetoric and Writing. Her research interests are in European fairy tales and folk texts, Illustration, and Translation Theory, as well as the role of Writing Centers in carceral settings.

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Associate Professor of Music; Director of Choral Activities
Ford 220

A native of Louisiana, Dr. Paul Neal is currently the Director of Choral Activities at Berry College where he oversees the choral program and serves as Associate Professor of Music.

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Adjunct Instructor of Music (piano); Director of Kindermusik
Ford 306

Kathryn Nobles holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Berry College, and did graduate studies at Georgia State University in Piano Pedagogy. She has been an Adjunct Lecturer in the Berry music department since August 1986, teaching class piano and private lessons. She also serves as an accompanist for vocal and instrumental students.

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Professor of Religion and Philosophy
Evans 126

Michael Papazian has been at Berry since 1998. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Virginia in 1995 and specializes in ancient philosophy, logic, and the medieval Armenian tradition of translations of Greek philosophical and theological texts.

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Assistant Professor of Religion
Evans 112B

Jonathan Parker teaches Bible and theology at Berry. He completed his Ph.D. in Old Testament at the University of Durham (England), with special emphasis on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture. His research interests include the use of the Bible's history of reception in comparative Jewish and Christian interpretation.

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Artist Affiliate, saxophone
Ford 218

Gary Paulo is Artist Affiliate of Saxophones at Berry College. Gary is a D'Addario Reserve Method Artist. He has performed with artists spanning many different genres of music. He is regularly called to play saxophone in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony and Albany Symphony.

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Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance; Director of Dance
Richards 264

Sara Pecina received her MFA in Dance from the University of Oklahoma and graduated with a BA in Dance and minor in Arts Administration from Western Kentucky University. She has taught a variety of forms of dance in the university system and private sector in Indiana, Kentucky and Oklahoma, and guest taught at the American College Dance Association Regional Conference.

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Assistant Professor of English; Creative Writing
Evans 213

Clinton Crockett Peters is the author of two books and over fifty published creative nonfiction essays, short stories, and long-form journalism articles. His teaching focus is creative writing, with an emphasis on nonfiction as well as environmental literature. He also teaches YA Literature and RHW courses.

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Production Manager; Technical Director of Theatre
Blackstone 101

Logan received his MFA from Southern Illinois University with an emphasis in Scenic Design and Technical Direction. He has served as Assistant Professor and Technical Director at Missouri Southern State University, Technical Director and Scenic Designer for Market House Theatre, Properties Master for Des Moines Metro Opera, Scenic Designer and Charge Artist for McLeod Summer Playhouse, and an on board Entertainment Technician with Carnival Cruise Lines.

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Assistant Professor of History
Evans 112C

Dr. Kelsey Rice is a historian of the modern Middle East and Central Eurasia whose research focuses on the cultural history of Azerbaijan and Iran.

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Assistant Professor of Religion
Evans 136

Jordan Rowan Fannin teaches theology at Berry. She completed her Ph.D. in theology at Baylor University, with special emphasis in theology and literature. In addition to literature (and in particular the work of Flannery O’Connor), her research interests include the significance of place and displacement in the Christian tradition and contemporary moral theology, as well as theology of material culture and the lived environment.

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Associate Professor of Political Science; Department Chair of Political Science and International Affairs
Evans 117
Assistant Professor of Communication
Laughlin 110

Dr. Sipocz's research focuses on the representation of women and minorities in sports media as well as popular culture.

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Associate Professor of Spanish; Associate Provost
Hermann 242
Associate Professor of History
Evans 107A
Professor of Spanish
EVA 206 B

Dr. Julee Tate is a Latin Americanist with a focus on twentieth and twenty-first century cultural productions. She is also interested in and practices community-engaged pedagogies.

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Professor of International Affairs
Evans 109A
Associate Professor of English
Evans 231
Artist Affiliate - Guitar
Ford 205C

Sean Thrower is a guitarist with interest and versatility in an eclectic mix of playing styles and genres, which has led him to perform in a wide variety of settings and venues across the world.

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Artist Affiliate (double reeds)
Ford 206
Professor of Art History
Moon 204B

Virginia Gardner Troy is a scholar of twentieth century art and design. She has a secondary field of expertise in Pre-Columbian art and architecture. She is particularly interested in textiles; her scholarship examines the role and significance of textiles, including non-Western textiles, in shaping modernism.

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Assistant Professor of Political Science
Evans 112A
Visiting Assistant Professor, English, Rhetoric, and Writing
Evans Hall 206F

Dr. Vespa considers himself a poetry teacher who works in the classroom as writing professor as well as on the air and onstage as Jack of Hearts.

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Associate Professor of English
Evans 217
Artist Affiliate (violin, viola)
Ford 215
Lecturer of Communication; Assistant Director of Forensics
Laughlin 208

Hope Willoughby is a critical rhetorician with a passion for mentoring students. She also serves as the Assistant Director of Berry’s national award-winning forensics team.

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Artist Affiliate, organ; Staff Accompanist; Instructor in Music Technology
Ford 215
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