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Art and Archaeology

Martha Bari, Ph.D.

is assistant professor of art history in the art and archaeology department, where since 2008 she has taught classes in European, American and Asian art. She also acts as the director of First-Year Experience, managing the First-Year Seminar, Living Learning Communities and First-Year Read programs. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in art history from George Washington University and master of arts and doctoral degrees in art history from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her current research focuses on the highly complex events of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1969 Year of Peace. Her published work concentrates on American and Japanese women artists.

Fred Bohrer, Ph.D.

is professor of art, where since 1989 he has taught Baroque and modern art history, museum studies and visual culture. He is currently serving as chair of the department. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from St. John’s College and master of arts and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago. He is the author of Orientalism and Visual Culture: Imagining Mesopotamia in 19th-Century Europe (2003) and Photography and Archaeology (2011), as well as curator of Sevruguin and the Persian Image: Photographs from Iran, 1870-1930, an exhibition held at the Freer/Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., in 1999.

Genevieve Gessert, Ph.D.

is associate professor of art and archaeology, and has taught at Hood since 2002. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in classical languages from Berkeley in 1994, and her doctoral degree in classical art and archaeology from Yale in 2001. She specializes in courses on classical archaeology and Greco-Roman culture and reception, and is the coordinator of the classical studies minor. Her scholarly work focuses on the art and archaeology of Roman Italy, and the appropriation and reception of Roman art and archaeology in the Italian Fascist period.

Tammy Krygier, Ph.D.

is an adjunct instructor of the art and archaeology department, where she has been teaching since 2005. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in ancient history and anthropology, with a concentration in archaeology from The State University of New York at Buffalo (1990) and her master of arts (2001) and doctoral degrees (2005) in Egyptian art and archaeology are from The Johns Hopkins University. Her courses include The Art of Egypt and Mesopotamia, Archaeology, Archaeological Methods, The Valley of the Kings, The Archaeology of Death: Egyptology, Archaeology of the Sudan, Middle Egyptian Hieroglyphs I and II, The Pyramids to Tutankhamun, Pharaohs of the Sun: Akhenaten to Tutankhamun, Egypt Out of Egypt: Egyptian Art in European and American Museums, and Mythology Death in the Ancient World. She has led two study-abroad trips for Hood students, including an archaeological tour of Egypt in 2010 and a museum trip to London, Paris and Berlin in 2011. Her published work focuses on the production and interpretation of faience jewelry and amulets from the Eighteenth Dynasty palace of Amenhotep III. Her current research interests include images of women in the Amarna Period and the representations of the goddesses Bastet and Sakhmet in Egyptian Art.

Jennifer Ross, Ph.D.

is professor of art and archaeology. She teaches classes in the archaeology and art history of ancient Mesopotamia, Israel and the Aegean world, as well as courses in mythology, archaeological methods and ancient language (Akkadian). She earned an bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College, and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of California at Berkeley in Near Eastern studies. Her research focuses on the origins of urbanism and the technologies that supported it; she excavates at the site of Çadir Höyük in Turkey.

English/Communication Arts

Trevor Dodman, Ph.D.

an assistant professor of English, joined Hood’s faculty in 2009. Prior to coming to Hood, he taught for two years at Wake Forest University. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College (1995), a master’s degree from Carleton University (1999) and a doctoral degree from Boston College (2007). He teaches British literature classes from the Romantic era to the present day. His published work explores trauma theory, masculinity studies and war literature. His current book project reads British and American World War I novels in shell shock terms.

Amy Gottfried, Ph.D.

is professor of English; since 1998 she has taught creative writing and advanced fiction writing, African American and ethnic literatures, environmental writing and courses in the short story and novel. She advises Hood’s literary and arts magazine, Wisteria, and directs the master of arts in humanities graduate program. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in English and a master of arts degree in creative writing from Syracuse University (1982, 1984), and her doctorate from Tufts University (1994). She has twice been awarded Hood’s Mortarboard Excellence in Teaching Award. Her published work includes Historical Nightmares and Imaginative Violence in American Women’s Writings (Greenwood Press) and several articles in African American Review, Studies in American Jewish Literature and two Oxford Companions anthologies. Her fiction has appeared in Adirondack Review, Quarry West and Glimmer Train.

Elizabeth Knapp, Ph.D.

an assistant professor of English, is the author of The Spite House (C&R Press, 2011), winner of the 2010 De Novo Prize for Poetry. The recipient of the 2007 Discovered Voices Award from Iron Horse Literary Review, she has published poems in, Best New Poets 2007, The Massachusetts Review, Mid-American Review, Barrow Street and many other journals. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from Amherst College, an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and a doctorate from Western Michigan University. Her areas of specialization include American literature and modern and contemporary poetry. She joined the faculty in 2008.

Carol Kolmerten, Ph.D.

is professor of English, who joined the faculty in 1978, earned a doctorate in American studies from Purdue University (1978). She has acted as assistant dean (1985-87), director of the Honors Program (1990-96), director of major and planned gifts (1999-01) and academic grants officer (1986-present) in her 34 years at Hood College. Her first book, Women in Utopia: The Ideology of Gender in the American Owenite Communities, was cited by Phi Beta Kappa as one of the 20 best books in the humanities in 1990. Her biography of women’s rights activist Ernestine L. Rose (The American Life of Ernestine L. Rose, 1990) inaugurated the Syracuse University Press's Women in America series, of which she is the editor. Her edited book on William Faulkner and Toni Morrison received the "Best Book on Toni Morrison" award for 1996.

Heather Mitchell-Buck, Ph.D.

an assistant professor of English whose primary teaching specialties are medieval and early modern British literature. She encourages her students to explore both the foreignness and familiarity of the past. She also teaches the theories and practices of popular culture. Whether it’s medieval street theater, vampire films or Harry Potter, she is always ready to talk about what “the masses” enjoy and why certain genres are able to attract a large audience at a given cultural moment. In all of her work, she remains fascinated by the ways that our language has changed across time and continues to develop today. Before coming to Hood, Mitchell-Buck taught at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., and completed her doctoral degree in English at Duke University. Her dissertation explored the symbiotic relationship between theater and tyranny in one of history’s most socially transgressive genres, early English vernacular drama. Her current research focuses on the changing conceptions of kingship in the city of Chester, England, and its cycle of Biblical plays throughout the 16th century.

Mark Sandona, Ph.D.

is professor of English and the chair of the English department. While completing his dissertation, taught at Bates and Bowdoin colleges before joining the Hood College faculty in 1990. His undergraduate degree (Northwestern 1977) and graduate degree (Harvard 1989) are in comparative literature with a focus on Renaissance literature. He has served as department chair since 2001; from 2002 to 2005 he served as director of the master of arts in humanities program. His scholarship has been on the relations between literature and art; he has collaborated on several projects with Anne Derbes, Ph.D., a former Hood art department faculty member—most notably on their monograph, The Usurer’s Heart: Giotto, Enrico Scrovegni and the Arena Chapel in Padua, 2008.

Foreign Languages and Literature

Lisa Algazi Marcus, Ph.D.

earned her doctoral degree from Stanford University in 1992 and has been teaching at Hood since 1994. Her research focuses on representations of motherhood in 19th century French literature. She has published numerous articles in journals such as L'année stendhalienne and Nineteenth-Century French Studies and has contributed chapters to several collections of essays. Her first book, Maternal Subjectivity in the Works of Stendhal, was published in 2001. She is currently working on a book on representations of breastfeeding in 19th century France. Professor Algazi Marcus teaches a variety of courses on French literature, language and culture, as well as interdisciplinary courses for the Honors Program and the women’s studies minor.

Roser Caminals-Heath, Ph.D.

earned her master of arts and doctoral degrees at the University of Barcelona. A native of Barcelona, Spain, she is the author of six novels and one nonfiction book. Her work, published in three languages and in paperback, hardback and digital form, has been featured at the International Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany. In 1996 she won an award for Les herbes secretes (The Secret Herbs). Since then she has received critical acclaim in the Spanish media, as well as in the Mexican newspaper La Jornada. She also has a special interest in literary translation. Her English rendition of a classic Spanish novel, Emilia Pardo Bazán’s The House of Ulloa, published by The University of Georgia Press, won a grant award from the Spanish Embassy. A Matter of Self-Esteem and Other Stories, published in 2001 in collaboration with former Hood student Holly Cashman '94, is a translation of selected stories by contemporary Catalan writer Carmen Riera.

Didier Course, Ph.D.

earned his master of arts degree from the Université de Nancy II-France and his doctorate in 1995 from the University of Pittsburgh. His research has focused primarily on the relationship between literature and the visual arts. He is a specialist in early modern French literature and culture and his field of research includes religious literature of the counter-reformation and the politics of appearances in the French court. He has published numerous articles on France in the early modern times and was invited to participate in a National Endowment for the Humanities seminar at Harvard University-Hougton Library. He also received a NEH summer grant to continue his research on images of power in 16th and 17th century France. He has published two books; the first one, D'Or et de pierres précieuses. Les Paradis artificiels de la Contre Réforme en France (Payot: Lausanne, 2205), is a study on the representation of the Catholic church in the early modern period. The second one is a critical edition of the French writing of Queen of France and Scotland, Marie Stuart, En ma Fin est mon Commencement (L'Harmattan: Paris, 2008). He received the Hood College Faculty Adviser of the Year award (in 1997 and in 2006) and in 2009 was awarded the Dr. Henry P. and Page Laughlin Faculty Professional Achievement Award. In 2011 he was invited to participate again in a seminar with the National Endowment for the Humanities at the American Academy in Rome.

Scott E. Pincikowski, Ph.D.

is professor of German and chair of the department of foreign languages and literatures. Professor Pincikowski teaches German language and literature courses at all levels. He specializes in medieval German literature, focusing on issues of pain, violence and the relationship between space and memory. He has published widely on these topics, including a book, Bodies of Pain: Suffering in the Works of Hartmann of Aue (Routledge, 2002). He has two forthcoming articles, one on lies and dissimulation in German epics and the other on the destruction of architecture in the Nibelungenlied and its variants. His most current work is a book-length project exploring the art of memory in the German Middle Ages. Pincikowski has lectured on these topics in the United States, Great Britain, Italy, Germany and Austria.

Donald Wright, Ph.D.

an assistant professor of French and Arabic and also director of the Middle Eastern studies program. Professor Wright earned a diplôme d’études approfondies degree in art history and archaeology—a tertiary education degree higher than a master's degree but lower than a doctorate—and a doctoral degree from the Sorbonne in Paris. He has taught at a number of universities in France and the United States and has worked in many museums, including the Louvre. He is the author of a book on Proust and medicine, Du discours medical dans a la recherché du temps perdu, and has been invited to give lectures at various conferences in the United States, Europe and Asia. His research focuses on the construction of identity in Europe and North Africa and has published one other book, L’Antiquité moderne.

Griselda Zuffi, Ph.D.

earned her doctoral degree in Hispanic languages and literatures from the University of Pittsburgh in 1996. Her research focuses on post-dictatorship testimonial narratives of the Southern Cone. She has published articles, reviews and interviews in books, literary journals and actas in the U.S., Cuba and Argentina. Her book on Tomás Eloy Martínez’s narratives was published in 2007 by Corregidor Press and it is the first complete study on the author. In 2010, she completed a collection of chronicles based on Martínez’s life and creative work, and is currently working on transatlantic migration narratives.


Emilie Amt, Ph.D.

earned her bachelor of arts degree from Swarthmore College and her doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Oxford. Prior to her arrival at Hood in 1999, she taught at Washington College in Chestertown, Md., and was an instructor at the Oxford Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Oxford, England. She is the author of six books, including The Accession of Henry II in England: Royal Government Restored, 1149-1159 (Boydell & Brewer, 1993) and The Dialogus de Scaccario: The Dialogue of the Exchequer, recently translated with Stephen Church for Oxford Medieval Texts (Oxford University Press, 2007). Professor Amt has also compiled three document readers and essay collections, which have been invaluable in supporting the study of medieval history throughout the profession. Among the most important of these has been Women’s Lives in Medieval Europe: A Sourcebook, a revised edition of which came out in 2010 (First edition, 1993). Her writings include articles published in Traditio: Studies in Ancient and Medieval Thought, History, and Religion, The Economic History Review and Medieval Prosopography. She has been very active in her field, presenting papers at the Fordham University Center for Medieval Studies, the Haskins Society Conference and the International Congress on Medieval Studies. Amt has also shared her expertise with the general public through dozens of talks and lectures on medieval history given throughout the greater Frederick area. Among the many awards she has received for her work while at Hood are the Dr. Henry P. and Page Laughlin Faculty Professional Achievement Award, a board of associates grant and a Hodson Faculty Fellowship. In 2003, she won a highly competitive fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Jay Driskell, Ph.D.

earned his bachelor of arts degree from University of Wisconsin and his doctor of philosophy degree from Yale University. Prior to his arrival at Hood in 2010, he taught at the University of Arizona in Tucson. His first book, entitled First-Class Citizens: Rights, Respectability and the Making of Modern Black Politics, is under contract with the University of Virginia Press and should be on bookshelves by fall of 2014. His publications include a chapter in The Human Tradition and the Civil Rights Movement, 1865-1980 (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006) and reviews published in The Journal of International Labor and Working Class History and on H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences. He has been very active in his field, presenting papers at the annual meetings of the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association and the Association of American Geographers. His teaching expertise has recently been tapped by the AFL-CIO’s National Labor College in Silver Spring, where he spent the summer of 2012 helping design the NLC’s online labor history offerings. In support of his work, he has won several grants and awards, including a faculty enrichment grant from the Association of American Geographers, a MARBL Research Fellowship from Emory University in Atlanta, the Albert J. Beveridge Grant for Research in the History of the Western Hemisphere from the American Historical Association, and a Gilder Lehrman Fellowship from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New York City.

Len Latkovski, Ph.D.

earned his bachelor of arts degree from Bellarmine College and his doctor of philosophy degree from the Georgetown University. Prior to his arrival at Hood in 1968, he taught at Montgomery College in Rockville, Md., and has also taught part time at Frederick Community College. He is the author of Aglona: The History of the Church and Monastery (Latgale Cultural Center Publishers, 2009), which has been recently translated into Latvian, as well as the biography of Helena Latkovska Wojtuskiewicz, I Lived Through Hell On Earth: Sixteen Years in the Gulag (Gateway Press, 1998). In addition to these books, Professor Latkovski has played an important role in preserving the history of the Gulag, lending his editorial expertise to the publication of Michael Adler’s book, Dreaded Island: the History of Novaya Zemlya. He has also written and spoken extensively about Latvian history, including articles in journals such as Lituanus and Dzeive, and has given talks before the First World Congress of Latvian Scientists, the Baltic Studies Conference and the International Conference on Tolerance and Intolerance in Modern Society held in St. Petersburg, Russia. He has also shared his knowledge with both the international community, participating in UNESCO conferences in Ekaterinberg, Russia; Paris; and Hanoi, Vietnam, as well as locally through radio, television and press appearances throughout the greater Frederick area. Among the honors he has received while at Hood are the Hodson-Beneficial Scholarship, the Excellence in Teaching award and an honorable mention for the Woodrow Wilson Scholarship.

Corey Campion, Ph.D.

(humanities adjunct instructor: HUM 502; Humanities Colloquia) earned his bachelor of arts degree from Washington State University, and his master of arts and doctor of philosophy degrees in history from Georgetown University. He is a scholar of modern European history and specializes in the history of Franco-German and trans-Atlantic relations. He teaches a variety of undergraduate courses on medieval, early modern and modern Europe; the history of war and society; African history; world history; and the history of globalization. At the graduate level he teaches courses on modern Germany and the history of the modern West. His current research concerns the occupation of Germany by the western Allies after 1945 and explores the differences and similarities among French and American cultural occupation policies. At present, he is at work on a historiographical review of the post-1945 Allied-occupation missions in addition to a monographic study of daily life in French- and American-occupied Germany. Beyond the College, Corey has lived and worked extensively in both France and Germany and maintains an interest in the study of French and German language, culture and politics.


Noel Verzosa, Ph.D.

an assistant professor of music. He earned his doctoral degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and his bachelor of arts degree from Bowdoin College. He is a music historian with a special interest in French music of the 19th and 20th centuries. His work concerns the ways in which French music reflected the cultural, political and intellectual trends of this period: 19th century philosophy, the French Third Republic, the birth of abstract painting, the two World Wars, etc.

Wayne L. Wold, DMA

an associate professor of music, college organist and chair of the music department, and an active composer, author, performer, church musician and clinician. He earned a bachelor of music degree from Concordia College, a master of sacred music degree from Wittenberg University and a doctor of musical arts degree from Shenandoah Conservatory/University. He also holds the certification of AAGO—Associate of the American Guild of Organists. A frequent performer on organ and harpsichord, he has presented recitals in the U.S. and Europe and has performed in Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center in New York City and several times with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Widely known for his skills as an improviser and workshop leader, he has served as clinician and hymn festival leader across the U.S. Wold is the composer of more than 300 published compositions, many of which were commissioned by individuals or organizations, and he is the author of 10 journal articles and three books.


David Hein, Ph.D.

was educated at St. Paul's School (Brooklandville, Md.), the University of Virginia and the University of Chicago. His doctoral degree thesis became the first of his 10 books: Essays on Lincoln's Faith and Politics (coauthor with Hans J. Morgenthau, 1983). Prior to coming to Hood, he was an English master and lacrosse coach at Blue Ridge School in Virginia. His most recent books are C. S. Lewis and Friends (coeditor with E. Henderson; SPCK/Cascade, 2011); Geoffrey Fisher: Archbishop of Canterbury, 1945–1961 (Pickwick Publications, 2007; James Clarke & Co., 2008); Noble Powell and the Episcopal Establishment in the Twentieth Century (University of Illinois Press, 2001; Wipf & Stock, 2007); and The Episcopalians (coauthor with Gardiner H. Shattuck Jr.; Praeger, 2004). His writings also include more than 40 articles in the Mississippi Quarterly, Cross Currents, The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, The Christian Century, Theology and other distinguished journals. A well-known historian of Christianity, Professor Hein has been interviewed by the New York Times, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Associated Press, Religion News Service and other media outlets. In 2011, on the basis of his “original” and “significant” publications in the field of history, David was nominated and elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (UK).

Karen Hoffman, Ph.D.

was educated at Hendrix College, Baylor University and Saint Louis University. Specializing in ethics, with a particular interest in the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, her research interests include the virtuousness of forgiveness and questions about the possibility of the unforgivable. Her work on the unforgivable has led her to an interest in work on evil, particularly with respect to the Holocaust. Her publications include several articles on these topics. Hoffman also has an interest in the connections between philosophy and film and has recently published several articles discussing philosophical themes and issues in the films of Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, the Coen brothers and Spike Lee. She also has an interest in philosophical issues in feminism, particularly concerning issues concerning objectification and those of adaptive preferences. Hoffman regularly teaches courses in ethics, logic, feminism, existentialism, and modern and 19th century philosophy.

Caroline Reichard, Ph.D.

earned her bachelor’s degree in religious studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her doctorate in religious studies from Stanford University. Her doctoral dissertation explored the importance of courage in the good life. Specializing in ancient ethics, her interests focus on the development of character, especially in the ethics of Aristotle and the Roman stoics.

Steve Wilson, Ph.D.

was educated at Brown and at Stanford universities. His research interests engage both the history of religious ethics and the theory of religion, with a particular emphasis on the Anglo-American enlightenment. His publications include a book (Brill, 2005) as well as a co-edited edition of the Journal of Religious Ethics (2003) on the colonial American theologian and philosopher Jonathan Edwards. He served as colonial America subject editor and multi-entry contributor to the Dictionary of Early American Philosophers (Continuum, 2012). His current book project concerns the ideal of liberal religion in the Anglo-American enlightenment. He plans a further book on how this ideal was both shaped by and shaped the encounter of Christianity with world religions in the context of Anglo-American empire and globalization. The latter will be informed by archival work on colonial Sierra Leone undertaken in a 2011 fellowship at the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation at the University of Hull, U.K. In addition to publishing an article on Confucian ritual that draws on his training in comparative religious ethics, Wilson regularly teaches a course on classical Chinese philosophy and contemporary Confucianism. He has also taught courses exploring the history of religious thought and ethics in Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism, as well as regularly offering courses in the theory of religion and topical courses in various intersections of religion and politics.

Political Science

Hoda Zaki, Ph.D.

earned her bachelor's degree in political science from The American University in Cairo and her master's and doctoral degrees at Atlanta University. She specializes in 20th century utopian and African American political thought. She teaches courses in African and African American political thought, autobiography and politics, theories of democracy and African American women’s political and social thought. Her publications focus on utopian thought in popular culture, black science fiction and the intersection of race, education and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s. She directs the African Studies and African American Studies programs at Hood, and has published Civil Rights and Politics at Hampton Institute: The Legacy of Alonzo G. Moron (Urbana: University of Illinois P, 2007); “Orientalism in Science Fiction” in Food for Our Grandmothers: Writings by Arab-Americans and Arab-Canadian Feminists (Boston: South End Press, 1994); and “Utopia, Dystopia, and Ideology in the Science Fiction of Octavia Butler” in Science-Fiction Studies 17 (1990):239-51. She received the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award in 1993; as well as the Outstanding Teaching in Political Science from The American Political Science Association and the Pi Sigma Alpha, The National Political Science Honor Society in 2003.


Roger Reitman, Ph.D.

earned his bachelor’s degree and doctorate in sociology from University of Maryland. For the last 15 years, sub-Saharan Africa has been his research interest. He studies the effect of global and local government policies at the village level. He and his family lived for two years in the rural areas of a small country in sub-Saharan Africa called Malawi (the country made famous by Madonna's adoption of two children). During the first year he lived in Malawi he was supported by a Fulbright Fellowship and during the second year (2003-04) two students from Hood spent the summer in Malawi with the Reitman family. He has written, presented and published articles on the effect of international financial policies on gender, work, social services, health care and transportation. Most recently, Professor Reitman presented a paper on the relationship between local politics and the availability of water. He is currently working on two articles. The first is an analysis of the emergence and continued existence of village dependency and the second is a critical review of a recent book by William Kamkwamba entitled The Boy who Harnessed the Wind. During both years he lived in Malawi, he taught at Chancellor's College, the liberal arts component of the University of Malawi. His upcoming sabbatical plans include a return trip to Malawi to add to more than 20 years of data collected in rural villages in a nonindustrialized country.