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MALS Faculty Biographies

Raúl Bueno, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, received his Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from the University of San Agustín (Peru) and made post-graduate studies in semiotics in Paris, at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. He specializes in 19th and 20th century Spanish American literature, culture and literary theory. He published the following books: Metodología del Análisis Semiótico (with D. Blanco, Lima, 1980), Poesía Hispanoamericana de Vanguardia (Lima, 1985), Escribir en Hispanoamérica (Lima/Pittsburgh, 1992) and Antonio Cornejo Polar y los avatares de la cultura latinoamericana (Lima, 2004). He is currently reviewing some of his published material (articles) for a volume on Latin American cultures and literatures facing modernization and globalization. He is the editor of Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, now hosted by Dartmouth College.

Ronald Edsforth, Chair of the Globalization Studies Concentration, is a Distinguished Senior Lecturer in the Department of History.  He majored in history at Georgetown University, and received his Ph.D. in comparative political-economic history from Michigan State University in 1982. He is the author of Class Conflict and Cultural Consensus (1987) and The New Deal: America's Response to the Great Depression (2000); and co-editor of Popular Culture and Political Change in Modern America (1991) and Autowork (1995). Ron directed Dartmouth’s War and Peace Studies program from 1997 to 2004.  Since 2000 he has concentrated his scholarly work on peace history.  He is currently the General Editor of a six volume series of essays titled A Cultural History of Peace (forthcoming in 2016), as well as the Editor of volume six in that series, The Modern Era: 1920 to the Present.  Ron is also writing a book of essays on the history of Save the Children.

Harvey Frommer received his Ph.D. from NYU. Professor Emeritus, Distinguished Professor nominee, and recipient of the "Salute to Scholars Award" at CUNY where he taught writing for many years, he was cited in the Congressional Record and by the NYS Legislature as a sports historian and journalist. His many sports books include: New York City Baseball: 1947-1957, Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball, the New York Yankee Encyclopedia, and autobiographies of sports legends Nolan Ryan, Red Holzman and Tony Dorsett. He is currently at work on A Yankee Century: the Hundredth Anniversary Book. Together with Myrna Katz Frommer, he has written the oral histories: It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing up Jewish in America, and It Happened on Broadway and the forthcoming It Happened in Manhattan.

Myrna Katz Frommer received a Ph.D. in Communications from New York University and taught media, public speaking and rhetoric at CUNY and NYU before turning to the genre of oral history which she has been teaching (together with Harvey Frommer) in MALS since 1994. The course has led to a community of oral historians who gather annually, contribute work to the Oral History Reader, and stay in touch via the Oral History Newsletter which reveals, among other things, the role of oral history in life after MALS.
Co-author of the interactive oral histories: "It Happened in the Catskills," "It Happened in Brooklyn," "It Happened on Broadway," "It Happened in Manhattan," and "Growing up Jewish in America," Professor Frommer also wrote the oral biography: "Always Up Front." Her poetry appears in "The Still Puddle Poets" and "The City Review." Her many articles, which feature oral history and focus on Jewish communities world-wide, have been published in such outlets as "The Forward," "Midstream," "Ha'aretz," and "The B'nai Brith Jewish Monthly." She has also been published in "The New York Times," "Etc.: The Journal of General Semantics," "The Encyclopedia of Jewish Women," and "The Jewish Week." Currently, she is at work on a book documenting the history of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee which grew out of her visit to Ukraine in 2007.

Barbara Kreiger Creative Writing Concentration Chair, Adjunct Associate Professor in MALS. She received her Ph.D. in English from Brandeis University and is the author of The Dead Sea: Myth, History and Politics, and Divine Expectations: An American Woman in Nineteenth-Century Palestine. She has written introductions for new editions of travel classics, and her work has appeared in various publications, including The New York Times and The Boston Globe. Her article on the discovery of Herod's tomb was featured on the cover of the Smithsonian magazine. She was the recipient of a Fulbright Award in Rome in 2004-2005, and has since been invited back to the University of Rome as visiting professor.

Evelyn Lechner received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Jena, Germany where she received the first Hayek Prize given by F.A. Hayek Gesellschaft in 2001.  She joined the Dartmouth faculty in 2004 as Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics. Her research covers cognitive economics, history of economic thought, cultural ethics and public choice. Her latest book The Evolution of Morality in Economics: A Hayekian View is to be published in Routledge, Abington, UK and New York, NY.   She has also written and co-authored several other treatises on F. A. Hayek and his economic perspectives.

Alan Lelchuk received his BA from Brooklyn College and his Ph.D. in English from Stanford University. He has been a professor and Writer-in-Residence at Brandeis University and Visiting Writer at Amherst College, C.C.N.Y, and The University of Rome. He has won Guggenheim and Fulbright Awards. In 1999-2000 he held the Otto Salgo Chair in American Literature at Eotvos Lorand Univ. in Budapest. Since 2005, he has been a Fulbright Senior Specialist, teaching at Moscow State and the University of Napoli, and in 2009 at the Free University in Berlin. His short fiction has appeared in various magazines, and his novels include American Mischief, Miriam at Thirty-Four, Shrinking, Miriam in Her Forties, Brooklyn Boy, Playing the Game, and Ziff: A Life?.  He is also co-founder of the Steerforth Press.

Gary Lenhart is the author of six collections of poetry, including The World in a Minute (2010), Father and Son Night (1999), and Light Heart (1991) from Hanging Loose Press and One at a Time (United Artists, 1983). His published prose includes The Stamp of Class: Reflections on Poetry and Social Class (University of Michigan Press, 2006) and Another Look: Selected Prose (Subpress, 2010). He was also an editor of Clinch: Selected Poems of Michael Scholnick (Coffee House, 1998) and The Teachers & Writers Guide to Classic American Literature (T&W, 2001), and edited The Teachers & Writers Guide to William Carlos Williams (1998). He has contributed poems, essays, and reviews to many magazines and anthologies, and edited the magazines Mag City and Transfer. He has taught at Columbia University, the Community College of Vermont, the College of Lifelong Learning (NH), Mercy College, LIU-Brooklyn, and, since 1996, at Dartmouth College.

Patricia McKee is a Professor of English and focuses in her teaching and writing on two fields: the British novel of the nineteenth century and U.S. fiction of the twentieth century. She is the author of Heroic Commitment in Richardson, Eliot, and James; Public and Private: Gender, Class, and the British Novel (1764-1878); and Producing American Races: Henry James, William Faulkner, Toni Morrison. She holds a Ph.D. from Brandeis University.

Klaus J. Milich received his PhD in American literary and cultural studies from Humboldt University in Berlin, where he was assistant professor in the Institute for English and American Studies and the Gender Studies program. Before pursuing a career in the humanities, he worked for German National Public Radio, where he broadcasted numerous essays, features and documentaries on a variety of cultural and social topics. He also received a degree in economics and worked as a management consultant. Klaus Milich is the author and editor of four books and numerous articles, among them Early Postmodernity: History of a European-American Cultural Conflict; Multiculturalism in Transit: A German-American Exchange (with Jeffrey M. Peck); American Studies in Germany: European Contexts and Intercultural Relations (with Günter H. Lenz); Reading the Foreign Signifier (with Ulla Haselstein). He is currently working on two books: American Belief Cultures and Race, Gender and Civilization in the Age of American Realism.

Misagh Parsa received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and is Chair of Sociology at Dartmouth College. His research interests include the study of economic and political development in the Third World. He is the author of The Social Origins of the Iranian Revolution, named by the American Historical Association's Guide to Historical Literature as one of the three most significant books on the Iranian Revolution. He has published articles in Theory and Society, Sociological Forum, Political Power and Social Theory, and The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World. His most recent project is a comparative analysis of the Russian, Iranian, and Nicaraguan revolutions as well as conflicts in the Philippines.

Donald Pease, professor of English, Ted and Helen Geisel Third Century Professor in the Humanities, Chair of the Dartmouth Liberal Studies Program and winner of the 1981 Distinguished Teaching Award at Dartmouth, is an authority on nineteenth and twentieth-century American literature and literary theory. In the summer of 1986 he brought the School of Criticism and Theory to Dartmouth. In 1996 he founded the Dartmouth Institute in American Studies and in 1997 he has also served as Academic Director of the Alumni College program. A recipient of a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, he is the author of Visionary Compacts: American Renaissance Writings in Cultural Context (which won the Mark Ingraham Prize for the best new book in the Humanities in 1987) and of over seventy articles on figures in American and British literature and The Culture of United States Imperialism. He is the co-editor of American Renaissance Rediscovered and the editor of seven other volumes including The Futures of American Studies, which will be published next year by Duke University Press. Professor Pease is general editor of a series of books by Duke University Press called "The New Americanists." He has been awarded Guggenheim, Mellon and Hewlett fellowships and has twice received an NEH Directorship to teach college teachers about nineteenth-century American Literature. Professor Pease received the Faculty Award for Service to Alumni Continuing Education in 1999, awarded by Dartmouth's Alumni Council. In 2000 he was the Drue Heinz Visiting Professor at Oxford University. In the Summer of 2007, he directed a Seminar in Trans-Atlantic American Studies at the Clinton institute in American Studies at University College, Dublin. In the Fall of 2007, he will serve as a guest Professor in American Studies at the JFK Institute in Nothat American Studies at the Freie Universitaett in Berlin.

David Peritz is Professor and Chair of the Politics Department at Sarah Lawrence College. He earned his BA from Occidental College and his D. Phil. in Politics from Oxford University, where his studies were supported by a Marshal Scholarship. He has taught at Harvard University, Deep Springs College, and Cornell University, and been a visiting scholar at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, and the London School of Economics. His research focuses on the theory and practice of democracy in conditions of cultural diversity, social complexity and political dispersal, and draws on the traditions of critical social theory, social contract theory, and radical democratic thought.  Recent publications include "A Deliberative and Democratic Response to Multicultural Politics" and "Making Space for Deliberative Democracy." He is currently working on a book titled Constructions of Reason, Constructions of Power: Democratic Cooperation in an Era of Diversity and Complexity.

Bill Phillips,a Visiting Associate Professor of Film, holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.F.A. from the University of Southern California. Professor Phillips teaches screenwriting and film adaptation at Dartmouth College and HAS WRITTEN for most of the major studios, networks and cable companies. He has writing credits in comedy, drama, horror, romance, western, and police drama, and he wrote and directed the Paramount feature "There Goes the Neighborhood." He has done both original screenplays and adaptations, including John Carpenter's "Christine "by Stephen King, "The Beans of Egypt, Maine" by Carolyn Chute and "In a Child's Name" by Peter Maas. His work has been nominated for the Edgar, the Emmy, and he has won the Cable Ace Award for Best Screenplay for "El Diablo." His first major credit was "Summer Solstice," shot on Cape Cod by Boston's WCVB-TV, starring Henry Fonda and Myrna Loy. Lately, he has resumed filmmaking working on a 32-year-old documentary he shot on Windsor Prison and working locally on producing short films.

Thomas Powers has been a writer by profession since 1970. His seven books include The Man Who Kept the Secrets: Richard Helms and the CIA (published by Alfred Knopf in 1979) and Heisenberg's War: The Secret History of the German Bomb (Knopf, 1993), which sparked a continuing controversy and inspired the British playwright Michael Frayn to write Copenhagen, the Tony-award winning play about the 1941 wartime encounter of physicists Werner Heisenberg and Niels Bohr. Powers often writes about the history of Intelligence organizations and is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and the New York Times. Other books include The Confirmation (Knopf, 2000), a novel. A paperback edition of Intelligence Wars: American Secret History from Hitler to Al Qaeda, was published in June 2004. Currently Powers is working on a narrative history of the killing of the Oglala Sioux chief Crazy Horse by the U.S. Army in 1877. He and his wife Candace have lived in South Royalton, Vermont since 1982.

Julia Rabig's interests include urban history and globalization, African American history, and social movement theory. She received a Ph.D. in history from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007 and completed post-doctoral fellowships at the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African American Studies at the University of Rochester. She is co-editor (with Laura Warren Hill) of The Business of Black Power: Corporate Responsibility, Community Development, and Capitalism (forthcoming, University of Rochester Press). She's completing a manuscript on the relationship between the Black Freedom Movement, community economic development, and neoliberalism since the 1960s.

Regine Rosenthal is a literary scholar in American Studies who received her BA from the University of Massachusetts Boston and her MA and PhD from the University of Munich, Germany. For many years, she taught American and Comparative Literature at the Universities of Munich and Augsburg, Germany. She was a fellow at the Salzburg Seminar in Salzburg, Austria, in 1985; held research appointments at Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, and Dartmouth College; and participated in the School of Criticism and Theory at Dartmouth College in 1996. She has published widely in the fields of American, Comparative, Jewish, Holocaust, and Women's literature with a special research interest in the figure of the Wandering Jew in Jewish literature and criticism. Her current interdisciplinary teaching in Cultural Studies addresses literary, theoretical, sociological, historical, and philosophical perspectives on the intersection of ethnicity, race, diaspora, and gender.

Keith L. Walker, Professor of French and Italian, received his Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Princeton University. His areas of specialization include 19th and 20th century French literature; the intersection of French and Francophone literary cultures; the vision and legacy of the literary generation of the Martinican writer, theoretician and political figure, Aimé Césaire; poetry; colonial and postcolonial studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He has published numerous works including “Edouard Glissant: Caribbean Discourse”; Immigritude or the Pitfalls of Haitian Exilic Experience: The Cases of Gérard Étienne and Émile Ollivier”; “Not to Exist Without Interpretation of Meaning: The Countermodernist Challenge of Sylvia Wynter”; and Countermodernism and Francophone Literary Culture: The Game of Slipknot. Professor Walker is currently working on a project with filmmaker Euzhan Palcy, “ABCésaire”, which is an alphabetical guide to pronouncements by Césaire on topics from Africa to the novelist Zobel, with his English translation. Additionally he is writing an introduction to an English translation of the Haitian novel “Le Nègre Crucifié” by Gérard Étienne, as well as a post-face in French to a new French edition.

Christopher Wren worked for The New York Times for 28 and a half years, including 17 years abroad as a foreign correspondent. He was chief of the Times news bureaus in Moscow, Cairo, Beijing, Ottawa and Johannesburg, later covered the United Nations, and also was assistant foreign editor and new projects editor, among other assignments for the Times. He was also an editor at Look and Newsweek magazines and the International Herald Tribune in Paris. Wren graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College and earned an M.S. with honors from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He also studied at the University of Edinburgh, Stanford University, and Cambridge University. He taught seminars at Princeton University as Ferris Professor of Journalism in 1997 and Stuart Professor of Communications in 2001. He lived in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2002 and 2003, training Russian journalists as a Knight International Press Fellow. He traveled through Central Asia in April and May 2002, assisting newspaper editors in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan and was invited back to Kazakhstan to train Kazakh journalists in December 2003 and February and June 2004. Wren has written five books and co-authored three others. The End of the Line: The Failure of Communism in the Soviet Union and China, was designated a notable book of 1990 by the Times Book Review. The Cat Who Covered the World, became a national bestseller in 2001. His latest book, Walking to Vermont, has recently been issued in paperback.

Last Updated: 3/24/15