Faculty Associated with the Program

Maryna Bazylevych

Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies

Education: Ph.D., Anthropology, SUNY Albany; M.A., Anthropology, State University of New York at Albany; B.A., English Philology and Translation, Technological University of Podillia

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Lauren Anderson

Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and History

Education: Ph.D., Michigan State University; B.A., Arizona State University

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Erin Flater

Associate Professor of Physics

Education: Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics, University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.S. Engineering Mechanics, University of Wisconsin-Madison; B.A. Physics, Spanish, Luther College

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Sean D. Burke

Associate Professor of Religion

Education: Ph.D., Biblical Studies, Graduate Theological Union; M.Div., Lutheran Theological Seminary; B.A., Judeo-Christian Heritage, Concordia College

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Kate Elliott

Assistant Professor of Art History

Course Topics: Nineteenth-century American art, art of the American West, Native American art, the history of photography

Education: Ph.D. in American Art History, University of Iowa; M.A. in Art History, University of Iowa; B.A in Art History and Studio Art, St. Olaf College

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Wanda Deifelt

Professor of Religion

Education: Ph.D., Joint Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Northwestern University Doctoral Program; M.T.S., Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary; B.A., Faculdade de Teologia, Escola Superior de Teologia

Research Interests: Contextual Christian Theologies (particularly feminism and liberation), Reformation, Ecumenism, Interdisciplinary Studies on Embodiment, and Interfaith Dialogue

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Carly Foster

Associate Professor of Political Science

Education: Ph.D. Political Science, University of Kansas; M.A. Political Science, University of Kansas; Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, University of Kansas; B.A. Political Science, University of Kansas

Carly Hayden Foster is delighted to join the Luther Political Science department in 2015 after teaching at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Washington State University, and the University of Kansas. She and her family are grateful for the abundant outdoor recreation opportunities and beautiful scenery to be found in and around Decorah. Dr. Foster’s research and teaching interests center on gender and race as they relate to law, policy and politics. She has published work on gender and race in welfare policy, health policy, child welfare policy, and political organizations. She will be teaching courses on social policy, gender and politics, political thought, constitutional law, and race and immigration in U.S. politics. In January of 2016 she will be teaching a special topics course on “Gender, Politics, and the Iowa Caucus.” She looks forward to getting to know Luther students and the Luther community.

Ginger C. Meyette

Associate Professor of Social Work

Education: Ph.D., University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work; M.Div./MSW, The Iliff School of Theology, University of Denver; B.A., Elementary Education, University of Northern Colorado

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Joseph Kremer

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Janna Edrington

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Todd Green

Associate Professor of Religion

Education: Ph.D., Vanderbilt University; M. Div., Columbia Theological Seminary; M.A., Vanderbilt University; B.A., Birmingham-Southern College

Research Interests: Secularization and Islamophobia in the West, Interreligious Dialogue

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Jane M. Hawley

Professor of Dance

Education: M.F.A., Performance and Choreography, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Certificate Program, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre School; Personal Well-Being, Windemere Institute for Healing Arts; B.A., Theatre, Luther College

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Pedro Dos Santos

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Education: Ph.D., Political Science, University of Kansas; M.A., Political Science, University of Kansas; B.A., Political Science and International Business, Baker University

Pedro dos Santos arrived at Luther in 2012 after earning a B.A. in International Business and Political Science from Baker University (2004); a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Kansas (2007); a Graduate Certificate in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas (2009); and a Ph.D. in Political Science (major in Comparative Politics and International Relations, minor in Latin American Development) from the University of Kansas (2012). He also spent one year as a Visiting Researcher at the Research Center and Graduate Program on the America at the University of Brasilia in Brazil (2010-2011).

Dr. dos Santos' research interests include gender and politics, politics and religion, Latin American politics, electoral systems and elections, and comparative foreign policy. He has published works on women's representation in Latin America and evangelical politics in Brazil. He has experience teaching American politics, global politics, Latin American Political and Economic development, global politics and film, international studies (interdisciplinary), comparative politics, and politics of the developing world.

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Olga Michels

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Education: Ph.D., Physical Organic Chemistry, University of Victoria; B.Sc., Chemistry and Mathematics, McMaster University

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Thomas C. Johnson

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Education: Ph.D., Communication Studies, University of Minnesota; M.A., Communication Studies, University of Minnesota; B.A., Communication, Saint John’s University

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Marian Kaehler

Professor of Biology

Education: Ph.D., Biochemistry, Michigan State University; B.A., Chemistry and Biology, Gustavus Adolphus College

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Anna Peterson

Assistant Professor of History

Education: Ph.D., History, Ohio State University; M.A., History, University of North Dakota; B.A., Scandinavian Studies, Concordia College

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Lise E. Kildegaard

Professor of English

Education: Ph.D., M.A., English, University of Chicago; B.A., English, Carleton College

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Martin Klammer

Professor of English

Education: Ph.D., M.A., English, University of Iowa; M.A., English, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago; B.A., Honors English, University of Oregon

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Charlotte Kunkel

Professor of Sociology

Education: Ph.D., Sociology, University of Colorado-Boulder; B.A., Summa Cum Laude, St. Cloud State University

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Holly Moore

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Education: Ph.D., Philosophy, DePaul University; M.A., Philosophy, Villanova University; B.A., Pennsylvania State University

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Kimberly Powell

Professor of Communication Studies

Education: Ph.D., Speech Communication, The University of Georgia; M.A., Communication Studies, Northern Illinois University; B.S., Communication Studies, Berry College

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Lindsey Row-Heyveld

Assistant Professor of English

Education: Ph.D., M.A., Department of English, University of Iowa; B.A., English, Greenville College

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Stephanie Travers

Associate Professor of Psychology

Amy E. Weldon

Associate Professor of English

Education: Ph.D, M.A., English, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; B.A., English and Journalism, Auburn University

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Novian Whitsitt

Professor of Africana Studies and English

Education: Ph.D, African Languages and Literature, M.A., African Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison; B.A., International Relations, University of California-L.A.

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Jacqueline Wilkie

Professor of History

Education: D.A., American Social History and Curriculum Design, Carnegie-Mellon University; M.A., American History, Northeastern University; B.A., Social Science and Secondary Education, College of Saint Rose

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