International Scholarly Work by Faculty


Our faculty deliver lectures and participate on scholarly  panels at professional conferences around the globe. The list below captures the most recent  international research and collaboration with international scholars of Muhlenberg's faculty. This work expresses the faculty's expertise in international affairs and is an indication of the richness of the College's global curriculum.


  1. Accounting, Business and Economics
  2. Biology
  3. Chemistry, Environmental Science
  4. Computer Science
  5. English
  6. History
  7. Languages, Literature and Cultures
  8. Mathematics
  9. Media and Communication
  10. Philosophy
  11. Political Science
  12. Psychology
  13. Religion Studies
  14. Sociology and Anthropology
  15. Theatre and Dance

Accounting, Business and Economics

Trevor Knox – Presented a paper at the International Conference of Political Economy in Turkey.

Holmes Miller – “An Index for Business Continuity Planning” (with K. J. Engemann) Paper to be presented by co-author at the 21st and 22nd International Conference on Systems Research, Informatics and Cybernetics in Baden Baden, Germany.

“A Supply-Chain Simulation Model to Examine the Effects of Mitigation and Disaster Recovery Strategies” (with K. J. Engemann) paper presented by co-author at the 20th Annual International Conference on Systems Research, Informatics and Cybernetics held in Baden-Baden, Germany.



Crys Cronin – Attended several faculty seminars at the University of Botswana in Gaborone, Botswana.  The seminar focused on public health issues in Africa, particularly HIV/AIDS.

Marten Edwards - Participated in the 18th  International Ecdysone Workshop in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic.  He presented his NIH Senior Fellowship sponsored research on the biology of the steroid hormone ecdysone in Yellow Fever mosquitoes.

Has been involved in research in the Czech Republic for several years, and recently co-taught a week long course on the molecular biology of mosquitoes at the Czech Academy of Sciences, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic.

Bruce Wightman – Collaborative research with Dr. Bernard Lakowski, Pasteur Institute, Paris, France.

Conference presentation: "Function and phylogenetics of the NR2E nuclear receptors. Evolutionary Biology of Caenorhabditis and other Nematodes, Wellcome Trust Genome Center, Hinxton, Cambridge, England.


Chemistry, Environmental Science

Pat Bradt - Delivered a paper   "Darwin, the Galapagos and God: A Biologist’s Journey and Dilemmas” at the Oxford Round Table, Oxford, United Kingdom

Computer Science

Clif Kussmaul - Visiting Fulbright-Nehru Scholar, University of Kerala, Karyavattom, India.

Presentation on systems biology. Free and open source software for bioinformatics.
Refresher Course in Bioinformatics. Academic Staff College, University of Kerala,

Workshop presentation on process-oriented guided inquiry learning. Team project based learning.   Global Perspectives on Constructive Learning: A Seminar for College TeachersUniversity of Kerala, India.

Lecture on “Free and open source software for bioinformatics” Bioinformatica India 2010: Symposium on Computational Biology, Structural Bioinformatics, & Systems Biology, Centre for Bioinformatics, University of Kerala, India.

Lecture on “FOSS in higher education” International Conference on Computer Information Systems and Industrial Management Applications, Coimbatore, India.

Other lectures at Saint Gits College in Kottayam, India; Cochin, Trivandrum and the University of Kerala, India.



Tom Cartelli – Delivered a paper “The Freedoms of the City: Venice in the Early Modern English Imaginary,” and contributed to panel on “Shakespeare, Venice, and the Construction of Culture,” annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in Venice, Italy.

Co-director of a research seminar on Negotiating Conflict in Shakespeare on Film & New Media, annual conference of the European Shakespeare Research Association, Pisa, Italy.

Fellow, NEH Institute: “The Jews, Venice, and Italian Culture,” Venice, Italy.

Plenary Speaker:  “The Face in the Mirror: Joyce’s Ulysses and the Lookingglass Shakespeare,” The International Spread of Shakespeare: the Seventh Triennial Congress of the Shakespeare Society of Southern Africa, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa.

Guest Speaker:  “Channeling the Ghosts in The Wooster Group Hamlet,” Faculty & Postgraduate Seminar, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Francesca Coppa - Lectures on Joe Orton at the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery in Leicester, England.

Mary Lawlor – Gave a paper called "Fitzcarraldo: Irish Explorer," a study of Werner Herzog's film "Fitzcarraldo," at a conference at the Clinton Center for American Studies, University College, Dublin, Ireland, called "Screening Irish America.”.  This was subsequently published in a volume of essays from the conference also titled "Screening Irish America." 

Presented a paper at conference at the Institute for Art, Design, and Technology in Dun Loghraire, Ireland on "Fulton Sheen and JFK" for a conference on "Catholicism and Public Cultures."  The essay was a study of the careers and reputations as Catholics of JFK and Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

Delivered a paper titled "Fulton Sheen and a Tale of Two Cities" at a conference called "TV Cities" at the Clinton Center for American Studies, University College Dublin.

Alec Marsh – “Pound at Colonus: The Poet as Oedipus.” 22nd International Pound Conference. Venice, Italy.

“The Poet as a Man of Action: Emersonian Reflections on Williams’ The Wedge.”  William Carlos Williams Society Conference, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany.

Grant Scott – Delivered a lecture on Joseph Severn in London, England.



Tom Cragin – Presented a paper to the Northeast Modern Language Association in Montreal, Quebec.

Cathy Marie Ouellette  - Presented a paper, “Projecting Modernity: The Southern Frontier as a Site of Progress,”  at the Tenth International Congress of the Brazilian Studies Association in Brasilia, Brazil.

Participated  in The Council on International Educational Exchange International Faculty Development Seminar, Contemporary Mexico through Art, Literature, and Cinema, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Published "A política da modernidade e a ascensão da nação: honra sexual no Rio Grande do Sul na passagem do século XIX ao século XX".  In: História em Revista, volume 15, dezembro de 2009, p. 7-34 ISSN 1516-2095

Review of "Race and Multiraciality in Brazil and the United States," by G. Reginald Daniel, in Estudios Interdisciplinarios de América Latina y el Caribe, Tel Aviv University, Israel, Volume 20: 1

Received an Summer Research Grant for Brazil.

Received a grant for CIEE Faculty  Development Seminar in Guanajuato, Mexico.


Languages, Literature and Cultures

Franz Birgel – Introduced and led discussion on the 1940 film "Das Fräulein von Barnhelm" at a series of screenings devoted to Gotthold Ephraim Lessing in films of the Third Reich in Dresden, Germany.

Al  Kipa - Lectures and presentations in Toronto, Prague, Rome, Warsaw, Moscow, Kiev, Lviv and Bonn, Freiburg, Mainz and Munich.

Eileen McEwan – Received a grant from the Minister of International Relations in Quebec to do a three-week research project of Quebec literature, culture, and politics this summer.  This research will provide the background for her project involving Franco-American communities in New England.

Lisa Perfetti - Spoke at the meeting of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment in Victoria, British Columbia about the French course she developed on environmental issues in France and the Francophone World.  Her presentation was entitled "Promoting Student Interest in Environmental Issues in Foreign Language Courses." 

Erika M. Sutherland – Recent conference papers include “Entre sombras y sangre: La representación y recepción de la violencia doméstica en Pardo Bazán [Amidst shadows and blood:: the representation and reception of domestic violence in Pardo Bazán]” at the Congreso Internacional La Literatura de Emilia Pardo Bazán in A Coruña, Spain.

Presented at the ASELE [the Spanish Association for Spanish as a Foreign Language] Conference  in Salamanca, Spain.



Bill Dunham – Was a “visiting scholar” at Cambridge University in England.

Presented a talk, "Two Gems from Euler," at All Souls College, Oxford, England.

Presented "Euler in Two Acts" at the Open University in Milton Keynes, UK.


Media and Communication

DavidTafler – Completed a residency in Banda Aceh, Indonesia working for the Irish Red Cross Society compiling and writing a Manual for Beneficiary Communication.

Co-wrote a paper titled "World-Wide-Walks on the Web / Between Earth & Sky: temples" presented and published as part of the International Joint Conference on Information & Communication Technology in Bhubaneswar, India.

Awarded a year-long residency in County Dun na nGall, Ireland as part of a team for the Lovely Weather Project, co-sponsored by the County and the journal Leonardo.

Serves on the Board of Directors of Ethos Global Foundation, an international relief and development NGO.

Administers the website for Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Media (PY Media), on behalf of Anangu based in central Australia.

Lora Taub-Pervizpour - Presented a paper, co-authored with Eirinn Disbrow '10 at the international documentary studies conference, Visible Evidence, in Istanbul, Turkey.  The paper is titled:  "Documentary, Voice & Vulnerability:  At-Risk Youth Render Community Injustice Visible."

Jeff  Pooley – Delivered a paper at the International Communication Association Conference in Singapore.

Presented a paper, “Edward Shils and 'The Theory of Mass Society': Roots of a Cold War Pejorative," at "The  Construction of Social Science in Cold War America" symposium, University of Toronto, Ontario.

The Mnemonic Entrepreneur: Wilbur Schramm and the “Four Founders” Myth of Communication Research,” Cheiron: The International Society for the History of the Behavioral and Social Sciences & European Society for the History of the Human Sciences, Dublin, Ireland.



Marcia Morgan – Presented a paper on Schleiermacher and Kierkegaard at the Soren Kierkegaard Research Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark, that was published in a book.


Political Science

Christopher Borick – Presented a paper to the American Political Science Association in Toronto, Ontario.

Lanethea Mathews - Faculty development seminar in Amman, Jordan: Middle Eastern Women: Tradition, Development, and Change.

Brian Mello – Researched women's activism in Istanbul, Turkey and the Turkish state's ratification and implementation of the UN's Convention on the Eradication of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women. 

Guest editor of an issue of the European Journal of Turkish Studies on the labor movement in Turkey.



Kate Richmond - Presented a paper and co-presented a second paper at a symposium of the International Congress of Applied Psychology, Berlin, Germany.

Co-presented a symposium of the International Congress of Applied Psychology, Athens, Greece.

Stephanie Sinno - Presented a paper Second shift dad? Adolescents’ social reasoning about parental roles at the 38th Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, Quebec,  Canada.   She also organized a panel at this conference.

Alan Tjeltveit – Delivered a paper and chaired another session at the American Psychological Association Conference in Toronto, Ontario.


Religion Studies

Chip Gruen – Presented a paper at the American Academy of Religion Conference in Montreal, Quebec.

Hartley Lachter – Gave an invited talk at Oxford University's Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies in England.  The talk was titled "Secret Battle: Medieval Jewish-Christian Polemics and the Mystical Revision of Judaism."

Delivered a paper at the European Association for Jewish Studies conference in Ravenna, Italy.  The presentation is titled "Rational Science and Esoteric Discourse in Medieval Spanish Kabbalah."

Peter Pettit - Delivered a paper   "Darwin, the Galapagos and God: A Biologist’s Journey and Dilemmas” at the Oxford Round Table, Oxford, England.

Susan Schwartz – Presented a paper at the American Academy of Religion Conference in Montreal, Quebec.


Sociology and Anthropology

Benjamin Carter – Does research in Ecuador focused on shell bead production during the Manteno period (c. AD 800-1530).  Currently in Panama at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. His research involves how bead production relates to long distance trade, cultural exchange and the effect of regional changes on local craft production.

Anne  Esacove – Fulbright Scholar Program Grant to study the implementation of global AIDS prevention policy in Malawi.


Theatre and Dance

Karen Dearborn – Serves as consultant and guest teacher in the dance program at the Accademia dell' Arte in Arezzo Italy.

Gayanne Grossman – Has presented her research on dance medicine and dance screening in numerous European venues including Ecole Superieure de Danse de Cannes in France, Monaco Dance Forum in Monte Carlo, the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science 19th Annual Conference  in The Hague Netherlands, and the Finnish Dance Medicine Symposium in Helsinki, Finland.

James Peck – Participated in the CIEE seminar Ghana: Challenges of a Developing Nation in Accra, Ghana.


  1. Francine Roussel – Played Hermia in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, with the
  2. famous Footsbarn Theatre Company, touring France and England.


  1. Taught Commedia Dell’Arte Mask technique combined with Moliere at The Accademia Dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy.


  1. Taught Neutral Mask and Oriental Mask with Footsbarn Theatre Company at the First International Masks Festival in England.