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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 26, 2019 8:24 am EST