More than 50 faculty members representing 28 academic departments make up the Faculty Panel of Polymathic Scholars.  They are united by their commitment to undergraduate education and to research that draws on knowledge obtained from diverse expertise and methodologies. The primary work of faculty panelists is to review students’ field proposals and, when their area of expertise overlaps with the students’ field of study, to serve as research mentors. 


TIMOTHY LOVING, Faculty Director

LovingTimothy Loving is Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2001 in Social Psychology and subsequently spent two years at The Ohio State University Medical Center during which he received specialized training in psychoneuroimmunology. He joined the UT faculty in 2003. Dr. Loving’s  primary research program addresses the mental and physical health impact of relationship transitions, with a particular focus on affectively positive transitions (e.g., falling in love) and the role friends and family serve as relationship partners adapt to these transitions. His research has been funded by the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. Dr. Loving has received several teaching awards, including the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award and the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.


Richard Aldrich

richard aldrichRichard Aldrich is Professor and Chair of the Section of Neurobiology in the School of Biological Sciences and the Karl Folkers Chair II in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research. He received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Stanford University and did his postdoctoral work at Yale University in Physiology. His research is directed towards understanding the mechanisms of ion channel function and the role of ion channels in electrical signaling and physiology by using a combination of molecular biology, electrophysiology, biophysics, cellular and systems physiology, and computational biology. Dr. Aldrich has served on the council and as president of the Society of General Physiologists, and is a Fellow of the Biophysical Society. 


Ronald Angel

angel ronRonald Angel is Professor of Sociology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His research interests include the areas of medical sociology, social welfare, poverty and minorities, demography and epidemiology, research methods and statistics. Dr. Angel is Principal Investigator, along with co-Principal Investigators Linda Burton, Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, Andrew Cherlin, Robert Moffitt, and William Julius Wilson, of “Welfare Reform and the Well-Being of Children: A Three City Study” funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. He was appointed to the Board of the Scientific Counselors at the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2008. 


Jay Banner

banner jayJay Banner is Chevron Centennial Fellow in Geology and Director of the Environmental Science Institute. He received his Ph.D in Earth Sciences from State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is interested in the Earth surface and understanding the interactions that occur between the atmosphere-land-ocean systems, and how these interactions are preserved in the geologic record. His research interests include the application of field, petrologic, geochemical, geochronologic, and modeling techniques to studies of the evolution groundwater, surface water and soil, and studies of climate change, carbonate diagenesis, and the chemistry of ancient oceans. Dr. Banner also leads several public and K-12 outreach initiatives, including the Hot Science—Cool Talks lecture series. 


Daniel Birkholz

birkholz danielDaniel Birkholz is Associate Professor of English. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1999. His research interests include History of cartography, post-Medieval Medievalism, biography and psychoanalysis, documentary culture, manuscript study, visual culture, gender studies, regionalism, nationalism, imperialism, writing, pedagogy, and sports. In 2002 he received the Wig Distinguished Professorship Award for excellence in teaching and research. A 2009-2010 Solmsen Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Institute for Research in the Humanities, Birkholz’s previous fellowships include exchanges at Cambridge University (Downing College, Spring 2002) and the Arni Magnusson Manuscript Institute in Reykjavik, Iceland (1994-1995), plus various grants for archival research. He is currently working on a book-project called “Harley Lyrics and Hereford Maps: Assembling a Medieval Life”.


Daniel Bonevac

bonevac danielDaniel Bonevac is Professor of Philosophy. He received his PhD at the University of Pittsburgh. He works mainly in metaphysics, philosophy of mathematics, semantics, and philosophical logic and has participated in two Polymathic Scholars Chautauqua’s. His book “Reduction in the Abstract Sciences” received the Johnsonian Prize from The Journal of Philosophy. His other books include “Deduction”, “Simple Logic”, “The Art and Science of Logic” and “Worldly Wisdom”. He has received several National Science Foundation grants and serves on the editorial board of Essays in Philosophy. 


Brian Bremen

bremenBrian A. Bremen is an Associate Professor in the English department, specializing in American Literature, Modernism, the Digital Humanities, writers of the Harlem Renaissance, and Literary Theory. He is currently at work on a book that examines the ways in which contemporaneous religious and scientific thought interacted in the formation of Modern literature, tentatively called What Was Modernism (and Does It Still Matter)? An avid surfer of the Internet since 1992, Bremen is presently archiving graphic, audio, and video material to aid in the instruction of large lecture sections of E316K: Masterworks in American Literature, and experimenting with ways in which to incorporate web-based instruction in large lecture classes. Bremen has been the recipient of The Marilla D. Svinicki Burnt Orange Apple Award (The University of Texas at Austin, The Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment: 2007), the Dads’ Association Centennial Teaching Fellowship (The University of Texas at Austin: 2005), a Waggener Centennial Teaching Fellowship (The University of Texas at Austin: 2005), the W. O. S. Sutherland Award for Teaching Excellence in Sophomore Literature (Department of English, The University of Texas at Austin: 2003), and the Texas Excellence Teaching Award for Professors in the College of Liberal Arts (The University of Texas at Austin: 2001).


Jerome Bump

BumpJerome Bump is Professor of English and has been teaching at The University of Texas at Austin since 1970. He was the first director of the university's noted Computer Writing and Research Lab, and more recently, his use of computers has focused on how English teachers can usefully exploit the popularity of social networking sites such as Facebook and virtual realms such as Second Life. He is also the author of Gerard Manley Hopkins in Twayne's English Authors Series, as well as dozens of articles on the Victorian poet. His interest in nature writing has led him to focus on the Victorian response to Jain animal hospitals in India. His other research interests include emotional literacy, family systems and literature, and animal humanities.


Ruth Buskirk

buskirk ruthRuth Buskirk is Distinguished Senior Lecturer in the Section of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology and Fellow of Worthington Endowed Distinguished Senior Lecturership for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in Plan II. Her research on behavior and physiology includes work of spiders, dragonflies, baboons, and unusual animal behavior before earthquakes. She has taught introductory biology, honors biology, and honors genetics at the University of Texas at Austin for over 20 years. Dr. Buskirk received the UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award in 2009 and is a three-time recipient of the Texas Exes Teaching Award (1988, 1991, 1998). 


Caryn Carlson

Caryn-CarlsonCaryn Carlson is Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Psychology. She earned her Ph.D in psychology from the University of Georgia before continuing on to do her postdoctoral work at Indiana University. Though she now focuses on positive psychology, well-being, and life satisfaction, she previously studied the functioning of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). While studying that field, much of her work was dedicated to distinguishing ADHD subtypes. As a professor, she has taught the highly coveted psychology course Positive Psychology and the Good Life for many semesters. She has also won numerous awards including the Raymond Dickson Centennial Endowed Teaching Fellowship, the Eyes of Texas Award for excellence in service to the University, and the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award.


Mia Carter

miacarterMia Carter, Associate Professor in the Department of English, received her Ph.D. from the Department of English and Modern Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1992. Her awards and honors include induction in the Academy for Distinguished Teachers, the Texas Excellence in Teaching Award, the Chancellor’s Teaching Award, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, the Chad Oliver Plan II Teaching Award, The Eyes of Texas Award for Student Service, the Jean Holloway Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Liberal Arts College Teacher of the Year Award. Her fields of specialization are Gender Studies and Cultural Studies and Postcolonial and British Film and Literature. Currently, she is working on a study of Virginia Woolf and the aesthetic and ideological intersection of modernism and imperialism.


Richard Cherwitz

richardcherwitzRichard Cherwitz is Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing and a Fellow in the Institute for Innovation, Creativity and Capital (IC2). Dr. Cherwitz is also the founder and director of the Intellectual Entrepreneurship Consortium (IE)—a cutting-edge and nationally acclaimed cross-disciplinary initiative designed to leverage knowledge for social good by educating “citizen-scholars.” Among many awards, he has received two of the National Communication Association’s top awards given to scholars in rhetoric. He has published two scholarly books and over one hundred articles, book chapters, reviews, and papers and has directed nearly thirty master’s theses and doctoral dissertations.


John Daly

Daly John thJohn Daly is Liddell Centennial Professor of Communication, University Distinguished Teaching Professor, TCB Professor of Management, and an Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University. He has published more than one hundred articles and chapters in scholarly publications, and completed six books. Dr. Daly’s interests focus on practical ways of improving the communication skills of individuals, examining topics such as shyness, personality difference in communication, communication difficulties people experience in their personal and professional relationships, and ways people advocate for their ideas. In recent years, he has worked with the White House on issues related to customer service and communication.


Diane Davis

dianedavisDiane Davis is Associate Professor in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing and the Kenneth Burke Chair of Rhetoric at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. Her research interests include the intersection of rhetorical theory and continental philosophy. She is the author of “Breaking Up [at] Totality: A Rhetoric of Laughter” and the recipient of many awards including the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award (2008) and Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award for teaching with technology (1997).


 Janet Davis

janetdavisJanet Davis is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of American Studies. She attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison and is currently working on a social and cultural history of the animal welfare movement from 1866-1930, paying special attention to the place of evangelical Christians and radical humanists in the United States and abroad. She has also studied the role of the circus in American culture.


Katherine M. Davis

davis2Katherine M. Davis is Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor of Mathematics and Frank E. Gerth III Faculty Fellow. She received her Ph.D. from Cornell University. Her research interests include mathematical biology, biomedical signal processing, and Harmonic Analysis. She received the Texas Exes Teaching Award in 1987.

Arturo De Lozanne

arturodelozanneArturo De Lozanne is Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor in the Section of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology. He is interested in the study of cell motility and its role in different aspects of cell biology. His current research is focused on the understanding of the molecular basis of cytokinesis. He received his Ph.D. in cell biology from Stanford University and received the President’s Associates Teaching Award for outstanding achievement in the classroom in 2004 and the Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence in 2006. Dr. De Lozanne participated in the UF Evolution Debate in 2009.


Henry Dietz

henrydietzHenry Dietz is Distinguished Teaching Professor of Government. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University. He has done a great deal of work in Andean South America especially Peru. His areas of interest in Latin America include civil-military relations, urban politics, and poverty and political participation. He also has interests in comparative methodology and survey research. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru in 1964-1966.

Elizabeth Engelhardt

elizabethengelhardtElizabeth Engelhardt is Professor and Chair of the Department of American Studies. Her research interests include feminist theories, ecological literature and culture, material culture studies, and intersections of race, class, and gender in American literature and society. She is involved with the, a website that documents the history, tradition and culture of barbecue in the southern United States. Engelhardt studies a variety of texts, including photographs, letters, diaries, novels, poems, and recipes. Her newest research looks at food culture in the Southern United States.


Thomas Garza

garza thomas1Thomas Garza is Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies and Director of the Texas Language Center. His research interests include contemporary Russian youth and popular culture, teaching the cultural component in foreign languages, applications of authentic media—especially film—in language teaching, and vampires in Slavic cultures. Garza’s research on vampires was featured in the History Channel’s docudrama, “Vampire Secrets,” and in HBO’s vampire documentary to launch the “True Blood” television series. Garza has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award and National Award for Post Secondary Teaching.


Gloria Gonzales-Lopez

gloriagonzales-lopezGloria Gonzales-Lopez is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. Her research interests include Gender and sexuality of Mexican immigrant populations. She is the author of “Erotic Journeys: Mexican Immigrants and Their Sex Lives.” A psychotherapist by training, she has worked with Latin American immigrants as clinician, teacher, and sex educator in community-based agencies in California and Texas.


Sam Gosling

sam goslingSam Gosling is Professor of Psychology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. His research interests include social perception in everyday environments, comparative research in personality, social, and health psychology, and historical trends in psychology. He is the recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution. Gosling is the author of “Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You” (Basic Books) and his research is featured in Malcolm Gladwell’s “Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking” (Little, Brown, and Company).


David Heymann

david heymannDavid Heymann is an architect and Martin S. Kermacy Centennial Chair in the School of Architecture. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the Cooper Union, and a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard. He worked for Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, and I.M Pei and Partners, prior to founding his own firm. Heymann has been recognized with numerous awards, including the University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, the Texas Society of Architects’ Romeiniec Teaching Award, the Friars’ Centennial Award, and the University of Texas Ex-student Teaching Award, among others. His writing and research focuses on the complex relationship of buildings and landscapes, particularly natural landscapes.


David Hillis

davidhillisDavid Hillis is Alfred W. Roark Centennial Professor in Natural Sciences in the Department of Integrative Biology. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. His research interests span much of biology, from development of statistical and computational methods for analyzing DNA sequences to studies of the diversity and phylogeny of life (particularly vertebrates). In 1998, he became the first Director of the School of Biological Sciences.



BruceHuntBruce Hunt is Associate Professor in the Department of History. He received his PhD from the History of Science Department at Johns Hopkins University and completed a postdoc at the Smithsonian Institution before coming to UT in 1985. His main field is the history of science. His research focuses on the development of electrical science and technology in the 19th century, particularly in the British telegraph industry. His most recent book, Pursuing Power and Light: Technology and Physics from James Watt to Albert Einstein, was published in 2010 by Johns Hopkins University Press. He has taught courses on the Scientific Revolution, the history of the atomic bomb, Galileo, Darwin, the Industrial Revolution, and electrification, as well as a first-year Signature Course on science and art.


Brent Iverson

brentiversonAfter growing up in the Bay Area and attending college at Stanford University, Dr. Brent Iverson earned his Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology and did his postdoctoral work at Scripps Research Institute. Dr. Iverson chose to come to the University of Texas due to his passion for teaching, a passion which has earned him a stellar reputation among students and staff alike. He is now a Warren J. and Viola Mae Raymer Professor, a University Distinguished Teaching Professor, and currently serves as the Department Chair of Chemistry and Biochemistry. In addition to his election to the Academy of Distinguished Teachers in 1999, Dr. Iverson has received many teaching awards, including the Friar’s Centennial teaching award in 1994, the Jean Holloway award in 2001, and two UT Natural Sciences Advisory Council Teaching Excellence Awards. Dr. Iverson’s research spans the interface between biology and chemistry and has been recognized nationally by the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, a Sloan Foundation Fellowship, and a Searle Scholar Award.


Sharon Jarvis

sharonjarvisSharon Jarvis is Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Associate Director of the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation at the University of Texas at Austin where she teaches and conducts research on political communication, persuasion and research methods. She has published books and articles on the intersection of language use, politics and persuasion. She is the author of “The Talk of the Party: Political Labels, Symbolic Capital & American Life” (Rowman & Littlefield) and a co-author of “Political Keywords: Using Language That Uses Us” (Oxford University Press).


Judith Jellison

jjellisonJudith Jellison is Mary D. Bold Regents and Distinguished Teaching Professor of Music. She also serves as Head of the Division of Music and Human Learning and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in children’s literature and performance, observation and evaluation, and music in special education and therapy. Dr. Jellison currently serves on the editorial boards of the “Journal of Research in Music Education” and the “Journal of Music Therapy.” She has served as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Music Educators Research Council and the Society of Research in Music Education of MENC and served on steering committees of the National Endowment for the Arts and the United States Department of Education.


David Kirk

Kirk-DavidDavid Kirk is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and a Faculty Research Associate of the Population Research Center. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago. Kirk’s research agenda is primarily organized around three inter-related themes: first, the legitimacy of the law and the effects of illegitimacy on crime and the willingness of residents to cooperate with the police; second, the effect of neighborhood culture and conditions on criminal and delinquent behavior; and third, prisoner reentry and the consequences of housing and parole policies for offender reintegration. Kirk’s recent research has appeared in American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, and Criminology.


Gregory Knapp

gknappGregory Knapp is Associate Professor of Geography. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Dr. Knapp teaches undergraduate courses on Latin America and cultural ecology, a graduate course on culture, environment, and development in Latin America, and supervise graduate student field research in Latin America, the American West, and the Pacific. His research interests include Cultural and Political Ecology, Historical Geography, and Latin America with particular interest in Andes. He has written several books and monographs and received the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers Outstanding Service Award in 2004.


Randolph Lewis

lewisDr. Randolph Lewis is an Associate Professor of American Studies. Dr. Lewis has a fundamental interest in the politics of creative expression. As a scholar and filmmaker working at the intersection of American Studies and Cinema Studies, he explores in particular the documentary tradition, indigenous media, and the relationship of art and politics in the US. In Emile de Antonio: Radical Filmmaker in Cold War America (2000), he detailed the collision of media and society in sixties America. In 2006 he published the first book devoted to an indigenous filmmaker, Alanis Obomsawin: The Vision of a Native Filmmaker. Along with David Delgado Shorter (UCLA), Dr. Lewis is also co-editor of a book series called “Native Film” for the University of Nebraska Press. Dr. Lewis’s current research is taking him in several directions: the politics of The Dark Knight, Italian photography, surveillance studies, the cinema of Alex Cox, the “prankster ethics” of Borat, and the lack of compassion in mainstream media.


Randy Linder

randylinderRandy Linder is Associate Professor of Integrative Biology. His research focuses on three areas: the evolution of complex character traits in a phylogenetic context, the genetic architecture of species, and genetic maternal effects in seeds. He has been awarded the George R. Cooley Award for best presentation, (National meeting of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists in 1998) and a Silver Medal to the Senior with the highest academic record (1982).


Alan Lloyd

Lloyd-AlanAlan Lloyd is Professor in the Section of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology. He also serves as a graduate adviser and domestic recruiter for the Cell and Molecular Biology graduate program. His research interests include plant development, cell-fate determination, plant genomics, natural variation, and plant secondary metabolism. He is particularly focused on the use of trichome (epidermal plant hair) initiation as a simple and amenable model to study the control of plant cell fate decision events. Dr. Lloyd also teaches a class on the history of banjo, teaching students to play while following the instrument’s history from its African roots to the modern day.


Mark Longaker

Longaker-Mark1Mark Longaker is Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing. He also serves as chair of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Longaker’s research interests include American and cultural studies, professional communication, history of rhetoric, and the intersection of rhetoric, pedagogy, and economics. He received the UT Library Directors’ Award for Excellence in Library Resource Integration in 2010 and the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award 2007. He is the author of “Rhetoric and the Republic: Politics, Civic Discourse, and Education in Early America” and is currently co-authoring “Rhetorical Analysis” with Jeffrey Walker.


Mike Mauk

mikemaukMike Mauk is Professor of Neurobiology at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and did postdoctoral work in the Neurology Department at Stanford Medical School. Dr. Mauk’s research focuses on computation and mechanisms of learning in brain systems, particularly in the cerebellum and prefrontal cortex. The hallmark feature of his research is the combined use of experiment and computer simulation to address what brain systems compute and how their neurons and synapses accomplish this computation. Dr. Mauk’s ultimate goal for his research is to understand brain systems well enough to build fully functional replicas.


Thomas Palaima

thomaspalaimaThomas Palaima is Raymond F. Dickson Centennial Professor of Classics and Director of Program in Aegean Scripts and Prehistory. He was the chair of the Department of Classics from 1994-1998. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Uppsala. Professor Palaima is interested in human responses (individual and collective) to war and violence in ancient and modern societies, writing systems and their uses, the decipherment of ancient scripts, ancient history and Greek mythology. Professor Palaima received the Chad Oliver Teaching Award from the Plan II Honors Program in 2005 and the Texas Exes Jean Holloway Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2004.


George Pollak

Pollak fpGeorge Pollak received his Ph.D. in physiology from the University of Maryland in 1970. He then was Assistant Professor of Anatomy at Yale University before joining the faculty of the Zoology Department at the University of Texas in 1973. Dr. Pollak’s research concerns the processing of sound in the mammalian auditory system, and he uses bats as experimental subjects due to their high reliance on hearing. Early in his career he was a recipient of a Research Career Research Award from the National Institutes of Health. He served as Chairman of the Hearing Research Study Section of the NIH from 1989-91. In 1990, 1994 and 1997 he received Alexander von Humboldt Awards and during those periods was a visiting professor at the University of Munich. In recognition of his contributions to auditory neuroscience, he received a Claude Pepper Award from the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communicative Disorders in 1996. In 1997 he was the recipient of a President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Texas. During the spring and summer of 1999 he was a Virginia Merrill Bloedel Fellow at the Virginia Merrill Bloedel Center for Hearing Research, University of Washington Medical School.


Ann Reynolds

annreynolds-300x290Ann Reynolds is Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History and the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies. She attended University of New York for Graduate School. Her interests include U.S. and European art architecture, and visual culture after 1930; feminist theory, gender, and sexuality studies; the historiography of exhibition practice; and film. She has worked at the University of Texas since 1991 and received three major teaching awards including the College of Fine Arts Distinguished Teaching Award in 2006. Currently, she is working on a new book-length project tentatively entitled “Playtime: Creativity, Community, and Publics in New York, 1940-1970″.


Elizabeth Richmond-Garza

elizabeth-richgElizabeth Richmond-Garza is Associate Professor of English, Director of the Program in Comparative Literature and chief administrative and financial officer of the American Comparative Literature Association. She holds degrees from U. C. Berkeley, Oxford University and Columbia University and has held both Mellon and Fulbright Fellowships. Her research concentrates on Orientalism, the Gothic, Cleopatra, Oscar Wilde, and European drama. She has received the Chad Oliver Plan II Teaching Award, the 16th annual Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship, and the Minnie Piper Stevens Teaching Award, among many other honors. She was elected to the Academy of Distinguished Teachers in 2004 and was awarded the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award in 2009.


Trish Roberts-Miller

trishTrish Roberts-Miller is a Professor in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing. Her field of interest involves the history, theory, and pedagogy of public argumentation. She has taught many different courses at UT including Demagoguery, Principles of Rhetoric, Deliberating War, History of Public Argument, Rhetoric of Racism, and Propaganda. She received her Ph.D., in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley and taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as well as the University of Missouri-Columbia before coming to UT Austin in 2000.


Sonia Roncador

soniaroncadorSonia Roncador is Associate Professor of Brazilian Literature in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Her topics of interest include representations and strategic uses of domestic servants in Brazilian literature. She is the author of the book Poéticas do empobrecimento: a escrita derradeira de Clarice (2002) and has also published articles on Clarice Lispector’s and other Brazilian women’s fiction and testimonial literature.



Stanley Roux

rouxStanley Roux is Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Section of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University. Dr. Roux’s research studies how the environmental stimuli of light and gravity alter patterns of growth and development in plants using molecular approaches to characterize proteins that are critically involved in mediating the coupling of light and gravity stimuli to morphogenic changes in plants. He has been published in numerous journals and is currently identifying genes that are differentially expressed in microgravity and examining the role of these genes in mediating the gravity response. Dr. Roux was honored as a Piper Professor by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation in 2002.


Sharmila Rudrappa

rudrappraSharmila Rudrappa is Associate Professor in Sociology and Asian American Studies. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Rudrappa’s research is currently focused on how globalization affects the social rights of citizenship. Her other research projects include Indian information technology/immigrants in the U.S., and the cultural politics of assisted reproductive technologies in India. She is the author of “Ethnic Routes to Becoming American: Indian Immigrants and the Cultures of Citizenship”, an ethnography of a shelter for battered South Asian American women, and a cultural organization in Chicago. She was a recipient of the Humanities Institute Fellowship in the fall of 2003.


John Ruszkiewicz

johnruskiewiczJohn Ruszkiewicz is Professor in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing. He served as Director of the Division of Rhetoric and Composition from 2001-2005 and Associate Director from 1993-2001. He is the author of “Everything’s an Argument” and “The Presence of Others”, both co-authored with Andrea Lunsford; “The Scott Foresman Handbook for Writers”, with Christy Friend and Maxine Hairston; “SF Writer” with Daniel Seward; “Beyond Words”, with Christy Friend and Daniel Anderson; and “Bookmarks” with Janice Walker and Michael Pemberton. In 1993, he created the Hairston Prize for Excellence in Teaching to honor Professor Maxine Hairston, one of the earliest advocates of a department dedicated to rhetoric and writing. He is the author and co-author of numerous books on rhetoric and writing including “How to Write Anything” (2009).


Lorenzo Sadun

lorenzosadunLorenzo Sadun is Professor of Mathematics. He received his B.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. from the University of California in Berkeley. He has been awarded with a Distinguished Teaching Award by the U.C. Berkeley Physics Department. He has written several op-ed columns for the Austin American Statesman. Lorenzo Sadun has been teaching at the University of Texas in Austin since 1991 and is the Associate Chair in charge of the graduate program in the department of mathematics. He ran for the Place 10 seat against Cynthia Dunbar at the Texas State Board of Education election in 2009 and for congressional candidate in 2004. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles in academic journals.


Sahotra Sarkar

sahotrasarkar-300x252Sahotra Sarkar is Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Section of Integrative Biology, and Department of Geography and the Environment. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Dr. Sarkar is a specialist in the history and philosophy of science with particular interests in both philosophy of biology and physics. He has been published in philosophical and scientific journals and is the author of several books including “Genetics and Reductionism: A Primer”. His research interests include the selection and design of biodiversity reserves and other conservation areas, mathematical ecology, disease ecology and epidemiology, the history and philosophy of science, environmental ethics, and Kant. Dr. Sarkar also serves on the editorial boards of BioScience and Evolutionary Theory.


Roy Schwitters

schwittersRoy Schwitters is a UT Physics professor as well as a Sid W. Richardson Foundation Regents Chair in Physics. Though originally from Seattle, Dr. Schwitters attended M.I.T. where he studied physics for both his bachelor’s and doctorate degrees. Prior to arriving at the University of Texas in 1990, Dr. Schwitters held professorships at Harvard and Stanford. In addition to currently being a Fellow of both the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Dr. Schwitters has received notable awards such as the Alan T Waterman Award, the Panofsky Prize, and a Humboldt Research Prize. His research involves the fields of high energy physics and large scale detectors.


Dee Silverthorn

silverthornAfter she received her doctoral degree in Marine Biology from the University of South Carolina, Dr. Dee Silverthorn held teaching and research positions in physiology at the Medical University of South Carolina, the University of Houston, the University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston, TX), and St. Stephens School (Austin, TX). In 1986, she accepted a Lectureship in the Department of Zoology at the University of Texas. Subsequently, she was promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer within the Department of Integrative Biology. She has taught an Experimental Physiology Laboratory, Vertebrate Physiology II, a Dean’s Scholars Seminar, a Teaching Biology seminar, a course for nonmajors called The Human Body, and a two-semester Nursing and Allied Health class entitled Physiology and Functional Anatomy. She has been awarded a Texas Excellence Teaching Award and The College of Natural Sciences Teaching Excellence Award as well as the American Physiological Society (APS) Guyton Educator of the Year (2001). In 2006, she received the Claude Bernard Distinguished Lecturer award. She has served as Chair of the Teaching Section of APS, is a member of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society, and serves on the Education Committee of the International Union of Physiological Sciences.


Michael Starbird

michaelstarbirdMichael Starbird is Professor of Mathematics and Distinguished Teaching Professor. He received his B.A. degree from Pomona College and his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. A few of his honors and awards include the Mathematical Association of America Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo National Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics (2007), Eyes of Texas Excellence Award (2002), Friar Society Centennial Teaching Fellowship (2000), and Jean Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence (1995). Starbird’s books include, with co-author Edward B. Burger, the award-winning mathematics textbook for liberal arts students “The Heart of Mathematics: An invitation to effective thinking” and the trade book “Coincidences, Chaos, and All That Math Jazz: Making Light of Weighty Ideas”.


Keith Stevenson

keithstevensonKeith Stevenson is Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He has worked with ATI Technologies, Inc. as an Analytical Chemist and focused on method development in the environmental testing of soil and water. In 1992, he left industry to pursue a Ph.D. in Physical/Analytical Chemistry at the University of Utah. His research at UT Austin focuses on the creation of advanced functional electrode materials, as well as, on new microscopic tools for their characterization. He has been awarded the NSF CAREER award, the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools New Scholar Award, and the Society of Electroanalytical Chemistry (SEAC) Young Investigator Award. He is also a member of the Center for Nano- and Molecular Science and Technology and the Texas Materials Institute at the University of Texas at Austin.


Shirley Thompson

shirleythompsonShirley Thompson is Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University. She researches the cultural richness of American (U.S. and other) spaces, nineteenth century cultural history, narratives of slavery and freedom, race and ethnicity, African American literature, historiography. She is currently researching a book project entitled “No More Auction Block for Me: African Americans and the Problem of Property” which traces out some of the legacies of slavery for African American encounters with property and ownership.


James Vick

jamesvickJames Vick is Ashbel Smith Professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Mathematics and former Director of UF Faculty Panel. He was the associate dean for the Office of Academic and Student Affairs in the College of Natural Sciences from 1978 to 1989. In September 1989 he was named vice president for student affairs. He has received the Jean Holloway Teaching Excellence Award, the William Blunk Professorship, President’s Associates Teaching Award, AMOCO Teaching Excellence Award, and CASE Professor of the year for the State of Texas. In 1996, he was elected to the university’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers.


Steven Vokes

vokesSteven Vokes is Assistant Professor in the Section of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology. He received his B.A. from Swarthmore College and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. As a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, he studied mouse developmental genetics. His current research seeks to characterize the molecular pathways and circuitry that orchestrate limb formation in the mouse embryo. He has received the Helen Hay Whitney and Charles A. King postdoctoral fellowships and the March of Dimes Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award.



Weinreb-AmyAmelia Rosenberg Weinreb is a cultural anthropologist with research interests in Israel and Latin America. She received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, and spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at Ben-Gurion University’s Blaustein Institute for Desert Research in Sde Boker and is now a lecturer for UT’s Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies. Weinreb is the author of Cuba in the Shadow of Change, and is currently working on a book on Mitzpe Ramon, a town in Israel’s Negev Desert. She has recently developed a new series of multidisciplinary courses on Jewish Latin America and Israel’s space, place and landscape for undergraduates at UT.


Clark Wilson

clarkwilsonClark Wilson is Wallace E. Pratt Professor in Geophysics and Wilton E. Scott Centennial Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences. He attended the University of California San Diego for his undergraduate and graduate work and has been on the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin since 1976. Prior to his appointment at UT he held summer employment with Shell Oil Company, and while a student at Scripps spent over 6 months at sea as a participant in marine geophysical expeditions. Currently he sits on the Board of Directors of the International Earth Rotation and Reference Frame Service, and on the Board of UNAVCO, Inc. as Corporate Treasurer. Wilson’s research and publications in geophysics include reflection seismology, seismology applied to earthquake engineering, and numerous studies in the field of geodesy, including causes of earth rotation variations, and the use of space geodetic measurements (of Earth’s gravity and rotational variations) as measures of global climate change.


William Winslade

williamwinsladeWilliam Winslade is Adjunct Professor and the James Wade Rockwell Professor of Philosophy of Medicine at the Institute for Medical Humanities, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law and Associate Director for Graduate Programs, Health Law & Policy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center. He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern and his J.D. from UCLA School of Law. He is interested in policy issues related to traumatic brain injury, and has proposed banning boxing.


Jo Worthy

worthy jJo Worthy is Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the language and literacy studies program. She teaches classes focusing on literacy acquisition and development, pedagogy, and research in the teacher preparation and graduate programs. She works closely with and teaches classes in local schools. Her major research and teaching interests are teacher education, reading interests and preferences, alternatives to ability grouping, and students who find school challenging.