Visiting Faculty - Spring 2020

Katie Aldred, PhD (Vanderbilt University)

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Assistant Professor of Biology
University of Evansville

Dr. Katie Aldred earned her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Evansville and studied abroad at Harlaxton during the spring semester of her sophomore year while she was a UE student. Dr. Aldred is looking forward to returning to Harlaxton in a different role than her previous visit and experiencing a semester abroad as a faculty member.

After graduating from UE, she went on to earn a PhD in Biochemistry from Vanderbilt University. In the Biology Department at UE, she teaches introductory and advanced courses related to Genetics and Cell and Molecular Biology, as well as special interest classes on Cancer Biology and the interactions between drugs and their intracellular targets.

Dr. Aldred has an active lab that, in just 5 years, has engaged 16 UE students in undergraduate research at the University of Evansville. Her research focuses on understanding the mechanism of action of type II topoisomerases and how these enzymes interact with drugs. Right now, most of the work in her lab involves the bacterial type II topoisomerases gyrase and topoisomerase IV and their interactions with quinolone antibacterials with the goal of understanding resistance to this important class of antibacterials and using this understanding to generate new compounds to combat resistance.

Thomas Josenhans, PhD (State University New York)

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Professor of Music
University of Evansville

Thomas Josenhans earned a DMA from the State University of New York at Stony Brook where he studied clarinet performance. Additional studies took place at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Oberlin College.

He has been teaching at the University of Evansville for thirteen years. Course include those related to applied clarinet and saxophone, music theory, and music management/technology.

He is an active performer, holding the principal clarinet position with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and appearing in recitals as a soloist and chamber musician. Thomas will be joined at Harlaxton by his spouse Barbara and children Calvin and Suzana.

Sara Petrosillo, PhD (University of California, Davis)

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Assistant Professor of English
University of Evansville

Sara Petrosillo received her BA in English and Italian Literature from Colby College, and her PhD in English from the University of California, Davis. Her scholarship focuses on medieval literature and feminism and she has published articles on medieval poetry and drama in the Journal for Medieval and Early Modern Studies; Exemplaria: Medieval, Early Modern, Theory; Medieval Feminist Forum, and in a 2018 essay collection, Animal Languages in the Middle Ages: Representations of Interspecies Communication (Palgrave-Macmillan).

She is currently working on a book about the cultural influence of falconry on medieval reading practices, "Hawking Women: Falconry, Gender, and the Poetics of Control in Medieval Literary Culture." She teaches the first half of the British literature survey, first year seminars, world classics, and early English literature.

Sara will be joined at Harlaxton by her partner Vincenzo and daughters Olivia and Annika.

Mari Plikuhn, PhD (Purdue University)

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Associate Professor of Sociology
University of Evansville

Dr. Mari Plikuhn received her PhD from Purdue University in 2010 in sociology with a graduate minor in gerontology. She also holds graduate degrees in sociology and marriage and family therapy. Her area of research specialization is in family sociology, specifically in the success of first-generation college students. Dr. Plikuhn teaches courses in Marriage and Family, Gender and Sexuality, and Death and Dying. Dr. Plikuhn was named the University of Evansville Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2012, received the Sadelle and Sydney Berger Award for Service in 2016, and was elected the Treasurer/Secretary of Pi Gamma Mu, International Honor Society for the Social Sciences in 2017. She currently serves as the Director of the Gerontology Center at the University of Evansville.

Dr. Plikuhn will be joined at Harlaxton by her husband, Eric, who (fortunately) shares her love of travel and learning. When not teaching or traveling, she enjoys photography and hiking.

Eric Reed, PhD (Syracuse University)

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Professor of History
Western Kentucky University

Dr. Eric Reed teaches history at Western Kentucky University. He earned his Ph.D. at Syracuse University in 2001.

Dr. Reed's first book, Selling the Yellow Jersey: The Tour de France in the Global Era (University of Chicago Press, 2015) explores the history of the classic race in the context of global business and culture. He is developing a new project on the history of the Glasgow Electric Plant Board, an innovative provider of public electricity, Internet, and television services in Glasgow, Kentucky. Dr. Reed teaches courses about European history, the history of sport, and popular culture history.

Study abroad experiences changed Dr. Reed's life and inspired him to study French history and become a college professor. He looks forward to helping his Harlaxton students find the same kind of personal and intellectual inspiration.

Dr. Reed's sons, Colin (15) and Neil (12), will join him at Harlaxton.

Robert Royalty, PhD (Yale University)

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Professor of History and Religion
Wabash College

Bob Royalty returns to Harlaxton after teaching here fall semester 2014 and summer 2017. Harlaxton College is one of his favorite places in the world.

He is Professor of History and Religion at Wabash College, where he has taught since 1999. His most recent book is The Origin of Heresy (Routledge, 2013) and he is currently President of the International Society for Heresy Studies. He spent most of fall 2019 on sabbatical in London, studying at the British Library and Cambridge University.

He is an avid birdwatcher and loves long-distance walks in the UK, from nice pub to nice pub. Bob will be joined at Harlaxton by his wife Anne this semester. They both share a love of travel and great restaurants in London (they have a good list!).

Kealoha (Kay) Widdows, PhD (Purdue University)

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Professor Emerita
Wabash College

Kay Widdows served on the economics faculty of Wabash College for 31 years, and from 1987 until her retirement in 2018, held the John H. Schroeder Interdisciplinary Chair in Economics.

In addition to her work at Wabash, Kay has considerable experience teaching abroad and in leading short-term student study tours. In the spring of 2018, she joined the visiting faculty at Harlaxton and is delighted to return to this very special place. Since retiring from Wabash College, she has been teaching in Japan at Waseda University in Tokyo and Iwate University in Morioka.

Her academic interests include international economics, consumer economics, and industrial organization, but most recently she has been involved in researching the economics of artisan instrument making. She enjoys chamber music, Japanese ceramics, travel, and crosswords.

At Harlaxton, she will be joined by her husband, Dr. Richard Widdows, also an economist and also teaching at Harlaxton this semester.

Richard Widdows, PhD (University of Missouri)

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Professor Emerita
Purdue University

Dr. Widdows spent most of his academic career in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences (now Health and Human Sciences) at Purdue University, aside from a five-year stint as chair of Consumer and Textile Sciences at The Ohio State University. He has considerable overseas teaching experience. His field is consumer economics, with an emphasis on consumer affairs in business.

Dr. Widdows was resident (with his wife Kay) at Harlaxton for the spring semester of 2018, where together with Dr. Robert Montgomery of the University of Evansville, he volunteered as a barista in the coffee lounge. This time around, he will teach and spare you his sub-par barista skills.

A Yorkshireman by birth, Dr. Widdows remains a diehard Leeds United fan. He enjoys color pencil drawing, watching steam locomotives, and crosswords.

Rand Ziegler, PhD (West Virginia University)

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Professor of Psychology
Baker University

D. Rand Ziegler earned his masters and doctorate degrees in Behavior Analysis at West Virginia University. He was appointed Assistant Professor of Psychology at Baker University in 1981 and has served in a variety of roles at the institution for the past 38 years. These include Faculty Member, Director of Institutional Research, University Registrar, Associate Academic Dean, Academic Dean, Vice President of Institutional and Faculty Development and currently Chair of the Department of Psychology.

His teaching responsibilities include Research Design, Statistics, and the Psychology of Learning and Behavior. His academic passion involves the supervision and mentoring of student research.

Dr. Ziegler also coordinates a scuba diving course at Baker during winter-term and summer-term and has helped to certify over 300 students during 27 trips over the years to various locations in the Caribbean and Bahamas.

Rand will be joined by his spouse Marci who is on sabbatical from Baker University and will be researching British composers.