Fall Brings New Class of Distinguished Faculty to Mason

Posted: August 13, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

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Mason is ready to extend a wide-open welcome to scholars and researchers from around the world who will join Mason’s faculty ranks this fall.
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By Colleen Kearney Rich

The start of a new academic year is always exciting as a new class of students joins the university. Recruiting efforts of another kind come to fruition this fall as well, when scholars and researchers travel to Northern Virginia from around the world to join Mason’s faculty ranks.

“We are really excited and pleased at the range and quality of top faculty we’ve signed to start this fall — in a wide spectrum of fields,” says Provost Peter Stearns. “Obviously, this kind of success both reflects the university’s growing strength and will actively further it in the future.”

Among the prestigious new hires this year are a former national museum director, an international terrorism expert, a sports broadcaster, a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and a noted documentary filmmaker. Following are brief résumés of some of the accomplished individuals who join Mason this fall.

Clarence J. Robinson Professor

Spencer Crew
Spencer Crew

Spencer Crew brings a portfolio that includes directorship of two major American museums: the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. He joins Mason as a professor of the black American experience within the Department of History and Art History and holds a PhD from Rutgers University.

College of Education and Human Development

John Nauright
John Nauright

Internationally known sport studies scholar John Nauright is a professor in sport management. He has published articles and books on topics ranging from gender and race in sport to globalization in sport and tourism. Among his many publications are the widely cited and influential “Making Men: Rugby and Masculine Identity,” “Sport, Cultures and Identities in South Africa,” “The Essence of Sport,” and “The Political Economy of Sport.” He has a PhD in history from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Charley Casserly
Charley Casserly

Former Washington Redskins general manager Charley Casserly joins Mason as executive in residence in sports management. He also was senior vice president and general manager of football operations for the Houston Texans. He now works as a broadcaster for CBS Sports, with most of his duties associated with the show, “The NFL Today.”

College of Health and Human Services

Medicare program researcher Jack Hadley joins Mason as a professor and senior health services researcher in the Department of Health Administration and Policy. He was a principal research associate with the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center and a senior fellow at the Center for Studying Health System Change. He also taught at Georgetown University; served as president of Academy Health, the professional association for health services and health policy researchers; and was editor of the journal Inquiry. Hadley received a BA in economics from Brandeis University and a PhD in economics from Yale. His research focuses primarily on issues related to costs and efficiency in the Medicare program.

Randall E. Keyser
Randall Keyser

Rehabilitation science expert Randall E. Keyser joins Mason’s Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability as associate professor of rehabilitation science. At the University of Maryland, he was associate professor of physical therapy and rehabilitation science. After receiving his PhD from the University of Toledo and the Medical College of Ohio, he worked at Harper Hospital, an affiliate of Wayne State University, and served as chief of the Cardiovascular Physiology and Rehabilitation Section at Butterworth Hospital, an affiliate of Michigan State University. He has taught at Michigan State and Grand Valley State Universities.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Alan Abramson
Alan Abramson

Nonprofit expert Alan Abramson joins Mason’s Department of Public and International Affairs as a professor of nonprofit studies. For more than a decade, he directed the Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy Program at the Aspen Institute. The author or co-author of numerous books and papers, he has been named among the 50 most influential leaders in the nonprofit sector by the NonProfit Times. He received his PhD in political science from Yale University.

Ed Maibach
Ed Maibach

Published widely in both the public health and communications fields, Ed Maibach comes to the Department of Communication from George Washington University, where he was professor and director of the Public Health Communication and Marketing Program. Previously, he served as an associate director of the National Cancer Institute. His research focuses on how to use communication and marketing to motivate and enable people to live more healthfully and how to reshape communities in ways that support healthful living. Maibach has a PhD from Stanford University.

A specialist in French economic history and industrial organization, John Nye has spent his academic career to date at Washington University in St. Louis, where he was a professor of economics and a fellow in the Center for the New Institutional Social Sciences and in the Center for Political Economy. He joins Mason’s Department of Economics as a professor of economic history. He was a founding member of the International Society for the New Institutional Economics and has been on the editorial board of the Journal of Economic History. He has a PhD from Northwestern University.

Gary Richardson
Gary Richardson

Economic history, immigration and economic development are research interests of Gary Richardson, who joins Mason’s Department of Economics. He taught and directed the undergraduate honors program at the University of California, Irvine. A widely published scholar, he has a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Martin Sherwin
Martin Sherwin

Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Martin Sherwin joins the Department of History and Art History and the School of Public Policy after a long career at Tufts University, where he held a chaired professorship. In 2006, he won the Pulitzer Prize for “American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer,” a book he co-authored with Kai Bird. An earlier book on the nuclear program was a runner-up for the Pulitzer. His work now focuses on diplomatic history. He has a PhD from UCLA.

Faye Taxman
Faye Taxman

Criminal justice expert Faye Taxman held a professorship in the Wilder School of Government and International Politics at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her new home at Mason will be the Administration of Justice Department as a professor. She runs the Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE) initiative, which includes partnerships with many universities and government agencies. Her research focuses on health service delivery, corrections, sentencing, research designs and organizational factors. She has a PhD from Rutgers University.

Werner Troesken
Werner Troesken

Economist and historian Werner Troesken joins Mason’s Department of Economics. Most recently he was professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh. He has written three books: “Why Regulate Utilities? The New Institutional Economics and the Chicago Gas Industry, 1849-1924,” “Water, Race and Disease,” and “Poisoning the Well: Lead Water Pipes in the Modern World.” In 2006, he received the Economic History Association’s best book award. He has a BS in economics from Marquette University, and an MA and a PhD in economics from Washington University, St. Louis.

College of Science

Nigel Waters
Nigel Waters

More than 30 years of experience and research relating to GIS make Nigel Waters eminently qualified to direct Mason’s Center of Excellence for Geographic Information Science. The new distinguished professor of geography was at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. A former president of the Western Canadian Association of Geographers and an associate editor of GeoWorld, Waters received his PhD from the University of Western Ontario.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Accomplished tenor Richard Novak joins Mason as assistant professor of music. Formerly with Oklahoma State University, he has important singing experiences in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Iowa and California. He was featured this summer at the Chautauqua Institute in New York. He studied at Stephen F. Austin State University and received his DMA from the University of North Texas.

Tommy Britt
Tommy Britt

Documentary filmmaker Thomas R. (Tommy) Britt joins the film and video studies faculty as term assistant professor. A rising star in his field, Britt holds the MFA in film production from Ohio University and dual bachelor’s degrees in mass communications and theater from Emory and Henry University. He is the director/producer of the forthcoming full-length documentary, “Winesburg, Ohio,” and has worked in both narrative and documentary forms as camera operator, writer, editor and director.

Karen Reedy
Karen Reedy

Dancer and choreographer Karen Reedy has had an outstanding professional career, performing with Mark Morris, Robert Battle and others. She joins Mason as assistant professor of dance. As rehearsal director for the Julliard School, she worked with many of the world’s most renowned choreographers. She has distinguished herself as a dedicated teacher and an emerging choreographer. She has been a guest artist at Northern Illinois University, Mark Morris Dance Center and Mason, where she received a BFA in Dance.

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Andrea Bartoli
Andrea Bartoli

The emergence of peace and its sustainability is the primary interest of the new Drucie French Cumbie Chair of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Andrea Bartoli. He was on the faculty at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs before joining Mason. He also served as associate director of the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University, was a lecturer at the University of Rome–Tor Vergata and directed the Center for the Study of Social Programs. An anthropologist by training, Bartoli completed the Italian laurea at the University of Rome, Italy, and the dottorato di ricerca at the University of Milan, Italy.

School of Law

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International law and national sovereignty expert Jeremy A. Rabkin was professor of government at Cornell University. He joins Mason as professor of law. He is widely published in academic journals and in the popular press and is author of “Law without Nations? Why Constitutional Government Requires Sovereign States,” “The Case for Sovereignty: Why the World Should Welcome American Independence” and “Why Sovereignty Matters.” He has a PhD in government from Harvard University.

School of Management

Claus Langfred
Claus Langfred

Work teams and related issues of trust, temporal adaptation, conflict, cohesiveness and performance are at the center of Claus Langfred’s research interests. The new associate professor was with the John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis. In his career to date, he has compiled a record of rigorous, programmatic research on the antecedents and consequences of individual and team-level autonomy. He has a PhD from Northwestern University.

Anne Magro
Anne Magro

A leading researcher in taxation, judgment, cognition and decision making, Anne Magro comes to Mason from the University of Oklahoma. The new associate professor is widely recognized for research that addresses the characteristics and development of expertise and the effects of institutional and task characteristics on information processing. She has a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

School of Public Policy

International economic policy is the research interest of Andrew Hughes Hallett, professor of economics and public policy, who comes to Mason from Vanderbilt University. He taught at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, the Free University of Berlin, and the Copenhagen Business School, among others. Concurrently, he is a research fellow in the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London and a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, formerly chairing its Economics Committee. A graduate of the University of Warwick and London School of Economics, he holds a doctorate from Oxford University.

The Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center will come to Mason with its director, Louise Shelley, a new professor of public policy. Shelley comes from the School of International Service at American University. She is a leading U.S. expert on crime, law and law enforcement in the former Soviet Union, as well as an expert on transnational organized crime and corruption. She received an undergraduate degree from Cornell University in penology and Russian literature, and an MA in criminology and a PhD in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. She also studied at Moscow State University and is the recipient of Guggenheim, Fulbright and NEH fellowships, as well as a MacArthur grant to establish the Russian Organized Crime Study Centers.

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