Honors Students.

Honors College Faculty Fellows

The Honors College currently has three Faculty Fellows in residence. Our Faculty Fellows helps us to plan our curriculum, review your policies and teach a seminar during the fall semester each year. In the spring semester, our Faculty Fellows will each create a team taught course inviting guest lecturers from various academic disciplines.

Ashley Barr

Dr. Ashley Barr

Assistant Professor, Sociology

Ashley Barr, PhD, is a family sociologist. Her research examines the individual, interpersonal, and contextual factors that affect romantic and family relationships and the role that these relationships play in health and well-being across the life course. She is currently working on several projects to understand how romantic relationships—for better and for worse—get “under the skin” by affecting biomarkers of health and chronic disease. These projects are intended to enable a better understanding of the relational underpinnings of health and healthy aging.

Walter Hakala

Dr. Walter Hakala

Assistant Professor in the Department of English

Walter Hakala is Assistant Professor in the Department of English where he teaches courses on South Asian literature and culture, translation studies, and linguistic approaches to literature in conjunction with the Asian Studies Program at UB. He completed his PhD in South Asian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in Urdu ​Literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University, and a BA in Asian Studies from the University of Virginia. He grew up India, Pakistan, and Morocco before settling in the United States. He has published work on Afghan sociolinguistics, 18th-century coffee connoisseurs in Delhi, and the First Anglo-Afghan War (1837-42).

​His book manuscript, “Negotiating Terms: Urdu Dictionaries and the Definition of Modern South Asia​,” ​was recently awarded the ​Edward C. Dimock, Jr. Prize in the Indian Humanities ​by the American Institute of Indian Studies​.​ ​He is currently working​ with undergraduates ​ on a digital humanities project that involves the​ transcription ​of Indo-Persian children’s vocabularies.

Dr. Lance Rintamaki.

Dr. Patrick McDevitt

Patrick McDevitt is a cultural historian of the Britain, Ireland, and the British empire with a particular interest in the history of everyday life, including gender, sport, fashion, religion, and popular culture. After graduating from NYU, McDevitt won a Fulbright to New Zealand and earned a First Class Honours degree from the University of Canterbury. He returned to the States and completed his MA and PhD at Rutgers in European history. His first book is entitled May the Best Man Win: Sport, Masculinity, and Nationalism in Great Britain and the Empire 1880-1935.

His current work is divided between a history of Catholicism in Ireland since Vatican II and the history of sport in the British military at home and in the empire. Since coming to UB, McDevitt has served as Fulbright program advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies for the history department. He is currently active as an officer of UB’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, America’s oldest honor society for the liberal arts and sciences, and as the faculty advisor to the UB Cricket Club. He is excited to be offering a Freshman Year Seminar this fall on the history of Fashion in the Modern West.

Last updated: February 08, 2017 11:40 am EST