This academic year, we welcome six full-time faculty, two teaching fellows and a lab instructor to the College. Our new faculty members are credentialed, published and experienced experts in the disciplines of Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, English, Economics, Physics, and Sociology & Criminology.
Kristen Abbott Bennett
Teaching Fellow in English
Education: B.A., English, Syracuse University; M. Ed., Secondary Education/English, University of Massachusetts-Boston; M.A., English, University of Massachusetts-Boston; Ph.D., English, Tufts University.
Bennett joins the English Department as a fellow this academic year. Her dissertation focused on early modern protest literature, specifically English author Thomas Nashe. Since 2006, she lectured in the Education Department at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and since 2008, she served as an instructor in the English Department at Tufts University where she earned her Ph.D. this past May. Bennett has also taught courses in UMass-Boston’s English Department over the last several years.
She has recently committed to edit and write the general introduction to proceedings from the seminar “Conversational Exchanges in Early Modern England” which she organized for the 2013 Northeast Modern Language Association.
Bennett has been invited to contribute her seminar paper from the 2013 Shakespeare Association of America meeting to a special edition of the Shakespeare journal “Upstart: A Journal of English Renaissance Studies.” She is also revising her dissertation, adding a new chapter which addresses the intercourse between Nashe’s “The Unfortunate Traveller” and Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus.”
Bennett’s list of awards includes a 2013-14 Advanced Student Fellowship from Tufts and a Dissertation Completion Fellowship from Tufts in the fall of 2012. Bennett was also a two-time winner of Tufts’ Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award.
Visiting Professor of Biology
Education: B.S. & B.A., Biology, University of Rhode Island; M.S., Biology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Ph.D., Biology, Tufts University.
Cyr joins the Biology Department as a visiting professor this year. She comes to Stonehill from Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital where she was a postdoctoral research associate in the lab of Dr. Eduardo Nillni. Her research, which she presented at several national meetings, focused on biomedical mechanisms regulating obesity. Her dissertation at Tufts University focused on vertebrate endocrinology.
Cyr’s teaching appointments include Tufts University where she was an instructor in endocrinology and also served as a teaching assistant in general biology, as well as Beloit College and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she earned her master’s degree.
Cyr is the recipient of the Dr. George Bray Research Scholars Award in obesity research and the Outstanding Abstract Award from the Endocrine Society.
Teaching Fellow in Biology
Education: B.A., Communication, University of Massachusetts-Amherst; M.S., Kinesiology & Applied Physiology, University of Colorado; Ph.D., Molecular & Cellular Biology, Brandeis University.
Dore joins the Biology Department as a fellow this academic year. Previously, he studied congenital cardiac defects at the National Institutes of Health and lectured in the Department of Biology at Brandeis University. During his graduate studies at Brandeis, he worked in the lab of Susan J. Birren studying mechanisms of stem cell differentiation and the developmental events contributing to cell fate decisions during formation of the nervous system.
While working towards his master’s degree in kinesiology and applied physiology at the University of Colorado-Boulder, Dore conducted research in the lab of David A. Roth, which characterized the faulty signaling pathways leading to cardiovascular pathology in diabetics. While in Boulder, Dore also trained for triathlons and currently competes in ultramarathons.
Dore’s research interests include understanding how injury to the nervous system results in such devastating and largely irreversible changes as well as identifying critical interactions between cells or molecules that facilitate or hinder appropriate healing in that context.
Lab Instructor & Coordinator in Biology
Education: B.S., Molecular & Cellular Biology, University of Illinois- Urbana-Champaign; M.S., Biology, University of North Texas-Denton.
Doughney joins the Biology Department as a lab instructor and coordinator this year. She comes to Stonehill from the University of North Texas (UNT) where she earned her master’s degree in biology and was a part of its Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Program. Doughney also worked as a teaching assistant at UNT, serving as a lab instructor in the biology department. In addition, she also worked as a lab technician at the DNA Sequencing Core at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics
Education: B.S., Computer Science, University of Illinois- Urbana-Champaign; Ph.D., Physics & Astronomy, Dartmouth College.
Ginsburg joins the Physics Department as a visiting assistant professor this academic year after recently receiving his Ph.D. from Dartmouth College. His dissertation focused on theoretical studies of hypervelocity stars, which are stars ejected from the center of the Milky Way. Ginsburg's research has been cited by over 80 media outlets including Time, National Geographic, NBC News, and CBC News.
Prior to his time at Dartmouth, Ginsburg was at Harvard University where in addition to
starting his research on hypervelocity stars, he designed, built, and tested antennas to be used with the Very Large Array astronomical radio observatory in New Mexico. He was a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University and also taught undergraduates at Dartmouth College.
His awards and honors include the Neukom Institute Prize for Graduate Research in Computational Science, a Harvard-Smithsonian Institute for Theory and Computation Predoctoral Fellowship, and a New Hampshire Space Grant recipient. Ginsburg's current research interests include gravitational microlensing as well as planetary formation and evolution.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics
Education: B.S., Business Administration, Stonehill College; M.A., Economics, Clark University; Ph.D., Economics, Clark University.
Kaminaga becomes an assistant professor this year after working on a part-time basis in the Economics Department last year. For the past three years she also taught at Bryant University as a lecturer and while working towards her Ph.D. at Clark, she served as an adjunct professor. Her dissertation focused on the implications for HIV and domestic violence prevention programs in rural Malawi in southeast Africa.
In addition to her teaching experience, Kaminaga has an extensive research background, working for Oxfam America, aids2031, and the Central Bank of Luxembourg as a researcher. Her research interests include social interactions and social networks and their influence on HIV prevention, and regional wages and market potential in the European Union.
Assistant Professor of Business Administration
Education: B.B.A. & M.B.A., Yonsei University (Korea); M. Sc., Organization Studies, Boston College; Ph.D., Organization Studies & Corporate Responsibility, Boston College.
Lee’s research interests include relational perspectives for moral agency at individual, team, and firm levels. His research investigating socially responsible investors’ networking strategy was named Best Dissertation from both the Society for Business Ethics and the Academy of Management in 2010. He applies the social network approach for ethical/moral issues, especially when relational morality conflicts against rational ethics. He also looks into strategic corporate responsibility, examining mechanisms with which firms effectively manage stakeholder issues to earn social as well as financial performance.
Before entering academia, he worked as a social innovator in Bangkok, Thailand, developing educational programs at Chandrakasem Teachers’ College and Chulalongkorn University supported by both the Korean and Thai governments. Lee also participated in projects on ethical codes for Korean business systems sponsored by the World Bank and the International Monetary Funds.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Education: B.S., Chemistry, Siena College; Ph.D., Chemistry, Tufts University.
McElhoney joins the Chemistry Department as a visiting assistant professor this academic year after recently receiving his Ph.D. from Tufts. While at Tufts, he served as a guest lecturer and teaching assistant.
McElhoney’s thesis topics included the use of electrochemical sensors and ion chromatography for the characterization of terrestrial soils and extraterrestrial soil analogues. The goal of that research was to produce a scalable payload for inclusion on a future mission to Mars or other planets.
He list of awards include the Tuft’s Graduate Student Research Award in Chemistry, an Excellence in Science Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology Graduate Fellowship.
Assistant Professor of Sociology & Criminology
Education: LL.B., Business Law, University of Wolverhampton (UK); LL.M., International Business Law, Queen Mary, University of London (UK); Ph.D., Criminology & Justice Policy, Northeastern University.
Twyman-Ghoshal joins the College as an assistant professor in the Sociology & Criminology Department. Her previous teaching appointments include Northeastern University where she served as a lecturer while working towards her Ph.D. from 2006 to 2009 and Endicott College, where she was an assistant professor. She also taught at Stonehill during the 2011-2012 academic year. Her doctoral research created one of the most comprehensive contemporary maritime piracy databases available and focused on understanding the sociological context for maritime piracy in Somalia.
Twyman-Ghoshal spent three years working for the International Maritime Bureau in London as an analyst before earning a master’s of law degree from Queen Mary, University of London in 2002. The newsletter editor for the ASC Division of International Criminology, she was also the book review editor and managing editor for “Crime, Law, and Social Change.”
Twyman-Ghoshal’s main research interests include governance, globalization and how these affect transnational crime, corporate crime, corruption, terrorism, and maritime piracy.