Cultural Studies and Communication

Mosiac of Knowledge

Program Faculty

Michael Bamberg, Ph.D.
Professor, Hiatt School of Psychology; Adjunct Professor, Department of English
Michael Bamberg, Ph.D., Psychology, received degrees in German (language and literature), Political Science, and Theology before he became a high school teacher in Germany. He taught German in the UK and PR of China, and collected his M.Phil. in Linguistics at the University of New York, as well as his Ph.D. in Psychology at UC Berkeley. He has been teaching Psychology at Clark since 1986, and Cultural Studies and Communication since 2000. His areas of interest are Identity and Narrative.
Tel: 1-508-793-7135

Parminder Bhachu, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Sociology
Dr. Bhachu is interested in emergent cultural forms and cultural identitities in border zones and niche markets innovated from the margins by multiply-moved new global citizens. Her work deals with the production, circulation, and marketing of cultural products and commodities in multiple sites around the globe and their interpretation in local contexts. These research topics build on her long term interests in immigrant enterprises, multiple migrations and diasporas, race and ethnicity, cultural nationalisms, and consumer and popular cultures in global markets.
Tel: 1-508-793-7599

Odile Ferly, Ph.D.
Associate Professor (French), Language, Literature and Culture Department
Dr. Ferly's research interests are Caribbean literatures and cultures from a comparative perspective, including the Anglophone, Francophone, and Hispanic regions. She studies especially contemporary women's writing from the Caribbean and its diaspora. Her work focuses on the issues of race and gender in connection with history, language, and the Caribbean literary tradition. She teaches interdisciplinary courses on literatures and cultures from Francophone countries, on French popular culture, immigration in France and on Caribbean writing from comparative perspective.
Tel: 508-793-7723

Betsy P. Huang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of English
Dr. Huang researches and teaches representations of ethnic identities and politics in 20th-century American literature and popular culture. Her scholarship focuses on literary treatments of ethnicity in narratives about immigration, assimilation, and citizenship, and she is particularly interested in the ways in which the "ethnic" and the "American" persist as mutually exclusive terms in the American cultural consciousness. She also investigates the affinities between ethnic literature and science fiction, two bodies of work that, in her view, share similar critical and theoretical aims in their treatments of social, biological, and cultural difference.
Tel: 508-793-7145

Fern Johnson, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of English
Dr. Johnson is a sociolinguist specializing in the study of ethnicity, race, and gender in discourse. Her teaching and research center on the relationship of cultural systems to language-in-use, especially ideological codes in discourse and language policy issues. She has written on topics including cultural models for understanding language diversity, language policy, gender and discourse, and the language of advertising as cultural text.
Tel: 1-508-793-7142

Benjamin Korstvedt, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Visual and Performing Arts; Director, Music Program (Fall 2012)
Music history and criticism, music and culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the music of Anton Bruckner
Tel: 508-793-7369

Stephanie F. Larrieux, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Visual and Performing Arts
Film genre, television, cultural theory, cinema history, theories of authorship, and the language of media and visuality
Tel: 508-793-7285

Stephen M. Levin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of English
Dr. Levin specializes in contemporary British and postcolonial literature, transnational cultural studies, and critical and literary theory. His research focuses on the ways in which twentieth-century global conditions have shaped contemporary culture and produced new discourses of self and identity. Dr. Levin teaches introductory and advanced courses on Anglophone world fiction, contemporary British literature, English poetry, and cultural studies and social theory. His recent courses have included "Fictions of Empire," "Contemporary British Fiction and Culture," and "Webs and Labyrinths: Imagining Globalization in Literature."
Tel: 508-793-7147

Matthew Malsky, Ph.D.
George N. and Selma U. Jeppson Professorship in Music; Professor, Department of Visual and Performing Arts; Director, Music Program (Spring 2013)
Composition, computer music
Tel: 508-793-7316

Hugh Manon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Visual and Performing Arts; Director, Screen Studies Program
Hugh S. Manon, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Director of the Screen Studies Pro-gram at Clark University where he specializes in Lacanian theory and film noir. He has published in Cinema Journal, Film Criticism, Framework, International Journal of Žižek Studies, and numerous anthologies, including articles on Tod Browning, Edgar G. Ulmer, Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity, Michael Haneke’s Caché, and Stanley Kubrick’s films noirs. He is interested in lo-fi and punk representation in relation to the psychodynamics of failure, and is currently developing a book project entitled ?Lack and Losslessness: Toward a Lacanian Aesthetics.?
Tel: 508-793-7644

Sarah Michaels, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Education; Director, Cultural Studies and Communication Program
Relationships among language, discourse, culture, and schooling; discourse analysis relating to classroom life and learning; teacher research
Tel: 1-508-793-7222

Debra Osnowitz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
Social inequality, theory, work and occupations, organizations, social policy
Tel: 1-508-793-7230

Rhys Townsend, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Visual and Performing Arts
Classical art and archaeology, especially Greek architecture; material culture
Tel: 508-793-7689

Jaan Valsiner, Ph.D.
Professor, Hiatt School of Psychology; Adjunct Professor, Department of English
Dr. Valsiner is a developmental scientist who is one of the core members of the Socio-Evolutionary-Cultural Psychology Graduate Program (SEC) within the department. He takes interest in the cultural organization of mental and affective processes in human development across the whole life span. Another domain of his research involves psychology's history as a resource of ideas for contemporary advancement of the discipline and in theoretical models of how human beings are carriers of culture.

Kristina Wilson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Visual and Performing Arts; Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of History
Program Director for Art History; Nineteenth and twentieth century painting, modern design and architecture, and the history of photography
Tel: 508-793-7639