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New Full-Time Faculty, 2009–10

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Assistant Professors:

Genevieve HyacintheGenevieve Hyacinthe
Assistant Professor of Art History

BA, University of Pennsylvania; MA, Purchase College; PhD, Harvard University
Genevieve Hyacinthe received her BA in the history of art from the University of Pennsylvania, her MA in art history from Purchase College, and her PhD in the history of art and architecture from Harvard University. Her research interests include West African and contemporary art. She has taught at Wellesley College and served as an associate curator of African art at the college’s Davis Museum and Cultural Center, where she was a discussant at the Black Womanhood Symposium, held in conjunction with the exhibition Black Womanhood: Images, Icons, and Ideologies of the African Body. She also organized the Afro-Futurism Festival, a four-day event that included a symposium, lectures, and films exploring futurist themes and technological innovation in black art and culture.

Julian KreimerJulian Kreimer
Assistant Professor of Art+Design
BA, Princeton University; MA, Chelsea College of Art and Design; MFA, Rhode Island School of Design
Julian Kreimer, an artist and writer, is also a cooperating faculty member in art history. He received his BA in art history, summa cum laude, from Princeton University, his MA in painting from the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, and his MFA in painting, with honors, from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). A regular contributor to Art in America, he has also written for Modern Painters magazine, and his work has been exhibited at galleries in New York City; Providence, Rhode Island; and Prague, Czech Republic. He has taught at RISD, Pratt Institute, the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, and New York University.

Joe McKayJoseph D. McKay
Assistant Professor of New Media

BFA, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design; MFA, University of California, Berkeley Joseph (“Joe”) McKay earned his MFA in the practice of art at the University of California at Berkeley, where he received the Eisner Award. His interdisciplinary art, which includes video, sound and interactive computer installations, and performance, has been exhibited across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Introducing McKay on, Chris Ashley wrote, “As versatile conceptually as he is materially, what drives McKay’s work is social interaction—his pieces usually require viewer interactivity to make them fully come to life.” McKay has taught at UC Berkeley, Stanford University, and Diablo Valley College in California.

Marisa OlsonMarisa S. Olson
Assistant Professor of New Media

MA, University of California, Santa Cruz; B.A., MA, CPhil, University of California, Berkeley
A new-media artist, critic, and curator, Marisa Olson earned an MA in the history of consciousness at the University of California at Santa Cruz and an MA and CPhil in rhetoric at the University of California at Berkeley, where she is completing her PhD. Her work “combines performance, video, Internet art, sound, drawing, and installation to address the cultural history of technology, the politics of participation within pop culture, and the aesthetics of failure.” It has been presented at such prestigious institutions and venues as the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the 52nd Venice Biennale, the British Film Institute, the Sundance Film Festival, and the Pacific Film Archive.

Diana ReinhardDiana Reinhard
Assistant Professor of History

BA, Loyola College; MA, American University; PhD, Temple University
Diana Reinhard, who has been newly appointed to this tenure-track position, began teaching at Purchase in 2008–09 as a visiting assistant professor. She earned her BA in history and psychology at Loyola College, her MA in history at American University, and her PhD in U.S. history at Temple University. She is a specialist in late 19th- and early 20th-century U.S. history.

Andrew SalomonAndrew Salomon
Assistant Professor of Journalism

BA, American University; MS, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Andrew Salomon began teaching in the journalism program at Purchase in Spring 2009 as a part-time lecturer. He has served as the news editor at Back Stage (, a national print and online resource for actors, since 2006. He was an editor at Newsday from 1997 to 2005 and at The Washington Post from 1987 to 1996.

Mary Alice WilliamsMary Alice Williams
Assistant Professor of Journalism

BA, Creighton University
Mary Alice Williams, also newly appointed to this tenure-track position after a national search, began teaching at Purchase in 2008–09 as a visiting assistant professor. She came to national attention as one of the founding prime-time anchors and designers of CNN, the first worldwide TV network. She was later named vice president, one of the highest-ranking female executives in American television. At NBC, she became the first woman to win an Emmy Award for anchoring an evening newscast, NBC Nightly News. She is also the recipient of other prestigious industry awards and 14 honorary doctorates. Williams earned her BA in English and mass communications at Creighton University.

Anita YavichAnita Yavich
Assistant Professor of Theatre Design/Technology

BA, University of California, Santa Barbara; MFA, Yale School of Drama
Anita Yavich, an Obie Award–winning costume designer, received her BA in theatre studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara and her MFA in design from the Yale School of Drama. Her extensive professional credits include costume design for theatre, opera, dance, and film productions.

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Visiting Assistant Professors:

Maria GuralnikMaria Guralnik
Visiting Assistant Professor of Arts Management
(through 2011–12)
BS, New York University; MNO, Case Western Reserve University
Maria Guralnik, the past-president of the North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents (NAPAMA), earned her undergraduate degree in flute performance at New York University and her Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO) at Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. She began her career at Columbia Artists Management and received an Arts Management Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1992. For the past 15 years, she has served as the general manager and artistic administrator of the Van Cliburn Foundation, where she has overseen career development for the winners of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, including the contracting and servicing of all U.S. engagements and coordination of international tours following each quadrennial competition. Since January 2007, she has also directed the undergraduate minor in arts administration at Texas Christian University.

Barbara HauptmanBarbara Hauptman
Visiting Assistant Professor of Arts Management
(through 2011–12)
BFA, University of Texas, Austin; MFA, Yale University
Barbara Hauptman earned her BFA at the University of Texas at Austin and her MFA in theatre administration at the Yale School of Drama. After 12 years, she retired as executive director of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, a national independent labor union, in December 2007. At the SSDC, she was instrumental in restructuring the Broadway contract, pursuing major property-rights issues, doubling the membership, and enhancing the foundation programming. She has produced Twyla Tharp on Broadway and has been a Broadway Tony voter since 1996. During her extensive career, she has also served as executive director of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, executive director of the Bardavon 1869 Opera House, director of operations for the Theatre Development Fund and TKTS booth, and general manager at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. As an arts analyst for the New York State Council on the Arts in the late 1970s, Hauptman helped nurture many theatres that are among the mainstays of the industry today.

Christian GayChristian Gay
Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies
BA, Rollins College; MA, PhD, University of Miami
Christian Gay received his BA in sociology from Rollins College and his MA and PhD in film studies and communication from the University of Miami. His research interests include Hollywood cinema and queer studies.

Gaura NarayanGaura Narayan
Visiting Assistant Professor of Literature
BA (Honors), Delhi University; MA, MPhil, PhD, Columbia University
Gaura Narayan has taught at Purchase for several years, most recently as a part-time assistant professor in 2008–09. She earned her BA with honors at Delhi University in India and her MA, MPhil, and PhD at Columbia University. Her research interests include 18th- and 19th-century British literature, South Asian literature, and both narrative and feminist theory.

Soyoung YoonSoyoung Yoon
Visiting Assistant Professor of Film
BA, Seoul National University; MA, Stanford University
Soyoung Yoon first started teaching at Purchase in 2007–08 as a part-time lecturer. She received her BA in art history and English literature from Seoul National University and her MA in modern/contemporary art and film studies from Stanford University, where she is completing her PhD.

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Marc BrudzinskiMarc Brudzinski
Lecturer in Language and Culture/Literature
BA, Williams College; PhD, Duke University
Marc Brudzinski has taught in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Miami and at North Carolina Central University. His research interests include the Caribbean and postcolonial literature.

Peter DenenbergPeter Denenberg
Lecturer in Studio Production
(through 2011–12)
BPS, Empire State College, SUNY
Peter Denenberg began offering master classes in the Conservatory of Music in 2006 as a visiting affiliate artist and became a part-time lecturer in January 2007. Denenberg is a producer, engineer, and owner of the award-winning Acme Recording Studios, which he co-founded in 1979. He has worked on tracks for a veritable Who’s Who of contemporary musicians, and has produced and engineered multiplatinum recordings, Grammy and Emmy-nominated projects, and music for feature films. Among his many accomplishments are Spin Doctors recordings that he produced and engineered (15 million sales worldwide) and music restoration and mixing for the Academy Award–winning film When We Were Kings. Denenberg earned his bachelor’s degree in professional studies in the arts, with a concentration in music studio production and recording, from Empire State College, SUNY.

Lorraine PlourdeLorraine Plourde
Lecturer in Anthropology and Media, Society, and the Arts
BA, Hampshire College; MA, University of Washington; PhD, Columbia University
Lorraine Plourde earned her BA at Hampshire College, her MA in ethnomusicology from the University of Washington, and her PhD in sociocultural anthropology from Columbia University. Her research interests include popular culture and music in contemporary Japan, avant-garde aesthetics, art and politics, listening and aurality, and gender and consumption.

Jared Russell
Lecturer in Philosophy
BA, American University of Paris; MA, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY; MS, New School University
Jared Russell earned his BA in European studies at the American University of Paris; his MA in forensic psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York; and his MS in psychoanalytic studies at New School University, where he is completing his PhD in philosophy.

Also continuing as full-time lecturers this academic year are Yun Chu in psychology, Lindy Leong in cinema studies, and Kristine Potter in photography.

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