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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.

Meet the Fellows

Dr. Craig Centrie

Adjunct Professor, Transnational Studies

Craig Centrie

Craig Centrie received his PhD from the Department of Social Foundations, SUNYAB, is a specialist in ethnographic data collection teaching Latinx Studies since 1981 and is an instructor in Transnational Studies/Latinx Studies. His work explores the identity formation and experiences of immigrants and refugees to the United States. Vietnamese Youth in an American High School, examines young Vietnamese refugees and their experiences in American schools, and has published on issues of Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia. Recent publications explores the lived experiences of Karen Burmese Youth in Children’s Human Rights and Public Schooling in the United State and an examination of his personal friendship with writer Carlene Hatcher Polite “When Black Girls Became Pretty: Teacher Biography as Sources of Student Transformation” in Urban Female Students and Cultures of Violence and Silencing in an Era of Public Repression. Centrie is the co-founder of El Museo Francisco Oller y Diego Rivera in Buffalo New York, a WNY arts visual arts organization dedicated to the exploration of art of underrepresented communities. Research currently in progress explores the experiences of refugees in an era of populism, neo-liberal policies and privatization.Craig Centrie received a proclamation of honor from the Mayor of Buffalo for his work in fine art and education on September 12, 2018 and the Arts Services Initiative life time achievement award in 2019 for his work in the fine arts and education.

Dr. Maya Chilbert

Assistant Professor, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Maya Chilbert

Dr. Maya Chilbert is a clinical assistant professor in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She is a board certified cardiology pharmacist and practices in the cardiac intensive care unit at Buffalo General Medical Center where she teaches pharmacy students and residents through experiential education. She teaches the didactic cardiology content of the Doctor of Pharmacy Program at UB, and conducts clinical research in cardiology pharmacotherapy. Dr. Chilbert is excited to be working with all the honors scholars students, as she was an honors scholar when she was an undergraduate student at UB! Go bulls!

Dr. Lindsay Brandon Hunter

Associate Professor, Theatre and Dance

Lindsay Brandon Hunter

Dr. Lindsay Brandon Hunter is Assistant Professor of Theatre in the Department of Theatre & Dance at the University at Buffalo. Her research sits at the juncture of theatre, media, and performance studies, and her current book project, Playing Real: Media, Mimesis, and Mischief, examines the performances of authenticity and realness in contexts as varied as reality television, alternate reality gaming, and live broadcast theatre. She is also an active theatre practitioner, and will direct the Pulitzer-nominated play Everybody, by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, for the Department of Theatre & Dance’s MainStage season in spring 2020.

Dr. Matthew Paul

Associate Professor, Psychology

Matthew Paul

Matthew Paul is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University at Buffalo. He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 2005. His research lies at the intersection of Psychology, Endocrinology, and Neuroscience with a focus on the role of hormones in social behavior and sex differences during adolescence. Adolescence is an exciting time of self-discovery and independence, but it is also a time of increased risk-taking and vulnerability to mental health disorders. Matthew is currently funded by the National Science Foundation to study how pubertal hormones contribute to neural and behavioral development during this critical life stage. Matthew teaches courses in Behavioral Endocrinology and Biological Rhythms. He enjoys teaching and mentoring students from many departments (Psychology, Neuroscience, Biology, Biomedical Sciences) both in the classroom and in the laboratory.

Past Faculty Fellows

Dr. Ashley Barr

Assistant Professor, Sociology

Ashley Barr

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.


Dr. Colleen Culleton

Associate Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures
Honors College Civic Engagement Fellow

Colleen Culleton

Dr. Colleen Culleton received a PhD in Hispanic Studies from Cornell University in 2002. She specialized in the literature and culture of modern Catalonia, Spain. Her areas of academic interest include twentieth and twenty-first century fiction, narrative theory, landscape studies, theories of globalization, and ecocriticism. Her first book, Literary Labyrinths: Narrating Memory and Place in Franco-Era Barcelona was published in 2017. Dr. Culleton teaches on all aspects of modern Spanish literature and culture as well as on issues of globalization and global citizenship. She was the Academic Director of UB’s Global Perspectives Academy from 2012 to 2017 and Fulbright Program Adviser from 2012 to 2018.

Dr. Walter Hakala

Assistant Professor in the Department of English

Walter Hakala

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. Erin Hatton

Associate Professor, Sociology

Erin Hatton

Erin Hatton is an associate professor of sociology at the University at Buffalo. Her research is centered in the sociology of work, while also extending into the fields of social inequality, cultural sociology, labor, law, and social policy. Her first book, The Temp Economy: From Kelly Girls to Permatemps in Postwar America (Temple University Press, 2011), weaves together gender, race, class, and work in a cultural analysis of the temporary help industry and rise of the new economy. Her current book project, Between Work and Slavery: Coerced Labor at the Boundaries of American Citizenship, analyzes four groups of workers at the borders of exclusionary citizenship in the U.S.: prisoners, welfare recipients, college athletes, and graduate students.

Dr. Patrick McDevitt

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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.

Dr. Eduardo Mercado

Professor, Psychology

Eduardo Mercado

Eduardo Mercado is a cognitive neuroscientist with interests in brain plasticity as it relates to learning, memory, and perception. His interdisciplinary training includes degrees in computer science, electrical engineering, and psychology, as well as training in the philosophy of science and in computational neuroscience. Both the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation have funded his research, and he was named a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford in 2009. He is also the coauthor of an an innovative undergraduate textbook — Learning and Memory: From Brain to Behavior (currently in its 3rd edition) — that was the first to integrate findings from experimental psychology, behavioral neuroscience, and clinical neuropsychology, as well as the first to fully integrate findings from both human and animal studies. He is currently working to develop new physiological monitoring techniques that can enable students to identify times during the day when their brains are maximally plastic.

Dr. Fernanda Negrete

Assistant Professor, French

Fernanda Negrete

Fernanda Negrete is an assistant professor of French in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at UB since 2014. She is currently writing her first book, called “Symptom and Sensation: Clinical Aesthetics in Experimental Literature and Art,” which features challenging artworks produced between the 1960s and now by women artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Sophie Calle, Lygia Clark, Marguerite Duras, Clarice Lispector, and Roni Horn. These artworks propose original concepts of the work of art itself, and of its specific (and clinical, the book argues) effects upon the subject’s desire, so they are elucidated in connection with the theories of desire and of aesthetic experience found in psychoanalysis and in contemporary aesthetics. Her articles have appeared in journals such as Mosaic, CR: The New Centennial Review, and ARTMargins. She recently contributed an essay called “Alice in Wonderwater” for an edited volume (forthcoming in Bloomsbury Press 2019) on the connection between the thought of French philosopher Gilles Deleuze and feminist criticism. She is co-editing a special issue of Samuel Beckett Today/aujourd’hui called Beckett Beyond Words (forthcoming fall 2018), where she has included an essay of hers on the presence of Beckett’s work in a symphony by the Italian composer Luciano Berio.

Fernanda enjoys teaching courses that bring modern French literature into discussion with other art forms, such as film, music, painting, and installation art. She also brings these modes of expression into conversation with French philosophy and psychoanalysis in order to explore questions of perception, sensation, time, sexuality, and subjectivity. An important part of these courses consists in developing a sensibility to read nonverbal material and thinking of how it prompts us to find new ways of using language, so spending time with art books and at art galleries, or with music and at concerts, plays an important part in the courses. Inversely, the distinctive and always new treatment of language within literature itself is investigated to discover how it sheds light on the other arts.

Dr. Atri Rudra

Associate Professor, Computer Science and Engineering

Atri Rudra

Dr. Atri Rudra is an Associate Professor in the department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at UB. He does research in and teaches algorithms, which are mathematical recipes that make computers run. His research deals with designing algorithms that allow for processing large amounts of data efficiently as well as help recover original information from corrupted data. In particular, his recent research into automatically exploiting inherent structures in data has led to discovery of new, provably optimal, algorithms for problems that have been studied for decades and were considered “solved.” Very recently, this progress has led him, kicking and screaming in protest, into the deep end (er, deep learning). He currently teaches UB’s undergraduate algorithms course in the fall semester and more generally is interested in the societal implications of CSE. Specifically, he likes to think about how to make CSE students care more about the societal implications of what they build. Atri’s journey from a student to a faculty member illustrates an important life lesson: Never say never. As a junior, he would go around telling anyone who cared to listen that (a) he was never going to graduate school and (b) even if he did, it won’t be in algorithms. Needless to say, he spectacularly failed to keep his words.

Last updated: September 14, 2020 3:40 pm EST