New Full-Time Faculty, 2012–13

Assistant Professors
Visiting Assistant Professors

Assistant Professors:

Michael Bell-SmithMichael Bell-Smith
Assistant Professor of New Media

BA, Brown University; MFA, Bard College
Michael Bell-Smith is a Brooklyn-based artist who uses digital forms to interrogate contemporary culture and its relationship to popular technology. Spanning across a range of media—including video, the Internet, installations, and prints—his work negotiates art history, pop, amateur aesthetics, and commercial graphics, creating new propositions of cultural meaning. His work has been exhibited and screened internationally in a range of venues, including the Tate Liverpool and the 2008 Liverpool Biennial, U.K.; the 5th Seoul International Media Art Biennale; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Musée d’Art Modern de la Ville de Paris; the Museum of Modern Art and the New Museum, New York, N.Y.; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C. Bell-Smith first joined the New Media Board of Study in fall 2010 as a part-time lecturer.

Donna CornachioDonna Cornachio
Assistant Professor of Journalism

BA, New York University; MS, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Donna Cornachio, newly appointed as an assistant professor after a national search, first joined the Journalism Board of Study in fall 2008 as a part-time lecturer and became a full-time lecturer in fall 2011. In addition to her teaching, Cornachio is faculty advisor to The Brick, Purchase’s online student-run news publication. She is a show producer and writer for The Current, a local-access TV magazine talk show that serves lower Westchester County, for which she recently received a Pegasus Award of Honor.

Stephen Jesse FlusbergStephen Jesse Flusberg
Assistant Professor of Psychology

BA, Northwestern University; MA, PhD, Stanford University
Stephen Flusberg received his BA in psychology and religion from Northwestern University and his MA and PhD in cognitive psychology from Stanford University. He received the Stanford Centennial Teaching Award in 2010 and was nominated in 2011 for the Gores Award, Stanford’s highest award for excellence in teaching. Flusberg’s research interests include embodied cognition, mental imagery, attention, perception and memory, analogy and metaphor, the philosophy of cognitive science, and the history of psychology. In particular, his research asks how our real-world, physical experiences in the environment can influence, constrain, and shape our perceptual and cognitive capabilities.

Maria GuralnikMaria Guralnik
Assistant Professor of Arts Management

BS, New York University; MNO, Case Western Reserve University
Maria Guralnik, newly appointed on the tenure track as an assistant professor, first joined the Arts Management Board of Study in fall 2009 as a visiting assistant professor. She 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. Guralnik is a past-president of the North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents (NAPAMA). She began her career at Columbia Artists Management and received an Arts Management Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1992. From 1993 to 2009, she served as the general manager and artistic administrator of the Van Cliburn Foundation, where she oversaw 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. She also directed the undergraduate minor in arts administration at Texas Christian University before coming to Purchase. Guralnik is currently the personal representative for pianist Frederic Chiu and serves on the board of the touring dance group Vanaver Caravan.

Barbara HauptmanBarbara Hauptman
Assistant Professor of Arts Management

BFA, University of Texas, Austin; MFA, Yale University
Barbara Hauptman, also newly appointed on the tenure track as an assistant professor, first joined the Arts Management Board of Study in fall 2009 as a visiting assistant professor. She 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.

Steve LambertSteve Lambert
Assistant Professor of New Media

BFA, San Francisco Art Institute; MFA, University of California, Davis
Steve Lambert’s work has been shown internationally in a wide range of venues and situations, from museums to protest marches, and has been featured in more than 14 books and four documentary films. It is in the collections of the Sheldon Museum, the Progressive Insurance Company, and the Library of Congress. Lambert has discussed his work on NPR, the BBC, and CNN, and the Associated Press, the New York Times, Harper’s, Newsweek, and other publications have reported on his work. He has collaborated with such groups as the Yes Men, Graffiti Research Lab, and Greenpeace and was a senior fellow at the Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology from 2006 to 2010. He is also the founder of the Center for Artistic Activism and the Anti-Advertising Agency and currently develops and leads workshops for the Creative Capital Foundation.

Cynthia LinCynthia Lin
Assistant Professor of Art+Design
BA, University of California, Berkeley; MA, MFA, University of Iowa, Iowa City
Cynthia Lin, newly appointed to this tenure-track position, began teaching full-time at Purchase College in 2011–12 as a visiting associate professor. She has had solo and group exhibitions in venues around the world, including the Lehmann Maupin Gallery, Michael Steinberg Gallery, DeCordova Museum, Julie Chae Gallery, the National Academy of Design, ISE Cultural Foundation, the Drawing Center, Dorsky Gallery, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Alpan Gallery, the Weatherspoon Art Museum, and the Dallas Museum of Art. A 2006 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, she has also received awards and residencies from the American Academy in Rome, Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ragdale, the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, and the Hall Farm Center for the Arts and Education. Lin was a tenured associate professor at Southern Methodist University and has also taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Sarah Lawrence College, and Dartmouth College.

Natalia Candelo LondonoNatalia Candelo Londoño
Assistant Professor of Economics

BA, MA, Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia); PhD, University of Texas, Dallas
Natalia Candelo Londoño’s research interests include experimental, behavioral, and public economics, economic development, and immigration. She has recently used field experiments to investigate economic decision-making by current and potential immigrants in three domains: provision of local public goods, bargaining behavior, and transmission of information through social networks.

Elizabeth Rose MiddletonElizabeth Rose Middleton
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

BA, Dartmouth College; MS, PhD, Yale University
Elizabeth Middleton, a biophysical chemist, began teaching at Purchase College in 2011–12 as a full-time lecturer. Her research focuses on the membrane interactions of the antimicrobial peptide Maximin 3 using a variety of fluorescence techniques, including FRET, fluorescence anisotropy, and fluorescence microscopy. She is also interested in developing fluorescence-based labs for biochemistry and general chemistry and providing research opportunities for undergraduates.

Lorraine PlourdeLorraine Plourde
Assistant Professor of Media, Society, and the Arts

BA, Hampshire College; MA, University of Washington; PhD, Columbia University
Lorraine Plourde, newly appointed as an assistant professor after a national search, first joined the Purchase faculty in 2009–10 as a full-time lecturer in both anthropology and media, society, and the arts. She earned her BA in Asian studies and music at Hampshire College, her MA in ethnomusicology at the University of Washington, and her PhD in sociocultural anthropology at Columbia University. Plourde has conducted ethnographic research on experimental music in Tokyo since 2000. Her research has been funded by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), the Fulbright-Hays Program, and the Northeast Asia Council for the Association for Asian Studies. Her academic interests include avant-garde and experimental aesthetics, sound studies, anthropology of the senses, and animal studies. In addition to her appointment in media, society, and the arts, Plourde is a contributing faculty member in anthropology.

Pamela PratherPamela Prather
Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts

BA, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; MFA, University of California, Los Angeles
Pamela Prather is a leading voice coach who has served on the faculty of the Yale School of Drama, New York University, UCLA, the School for Film and Television, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and Marymount Manhattan College. Her professional affiliations include VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainers Association), AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and the American Dialect Society. Prather earned her BA in broadcast journalism and international relations at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and her MFA in acting at UCLA.

Nelly van BommelNelly van Bommel
Assistant Professor of Dance

License, Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis; License, Université de Provence; Maitrise, University of Burgundy; MFA, Purchase College; DEA, University of Paris–Sorbonne
Nelly van Bommel, newly appointed to this tenure-track position, began teaching full-time at Purchase College in 2011–12 as a visiting assistant professor. A French native of Dutch descent, van Bommel is an award-winning choreographer whose work has been featured in major festivals and venues in the U.S., France, Taiwan, and Canada. In 2010, she was selected as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 To Watch.” Her most recent work, Pinguli, Pinguli, was featured at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in April 2012. She will choreograph a full-length Snow White for Ballet Austin II in spring 2013.

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Visiting Assistant Professors:

Leandro BenmerguiLeandro Benmergui
Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Latin American Studies

BA, University of Buenos Aires; PhD, University of Maryland, College Park
Leandro Benmergui’s areas of interests include urban social and cultural history of Latin America from a transnational perspective. His article “The Alliance for Progress and Housing Policy in Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires in the 1960s” was published in Urban History 36 (Cambridge University Press, 2009). He also has two articles forthcoming: “The Transnationalization of the ‘Housing Problem’: Social Science and Developmentalism in Postwar Argentina” in Proprietary Matters: The Housing Question in High Modernist and Neoliberal Urbanism, Edward Murphy and Najib Hourani, eds., (Aldershot: Ashgate); and, in collaboration, “Japanese Internment and the Science of Democracy: Colonialism, Social Engineering, and Government Administration,” on the relationship between social sciences and the internment of Japanese during World War. Benmergui’s doctoral work is a transnational history of housing and poverty, framed within a multidisciplinary approach that includes social and cultural history, architecture, urban planning, and a history of sociology.

Matthew BollingerMatthew Bollinger
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art+Design
BFA, Kansas City Art Institute; MFA, Rhode Island School of Design
Matthew (Matt) Bollinger earned his BFA in painting and creative writing at the Kansas City Art Institute, where he was valedictorian, and his MFA with honors in painting at the Rhode Island School of Design. He also holds a Sheridan Center Teaching Certificate from Brown University. He has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center and the Seven Below Arts Initiative. Bollinger’s recent solo exhibitions include about midnight Saturday at Zürcher Studio in New York, N.Y.; Between the Days at Galerie Zürcher in Paris, France; and Welcome Home Matt Bollinger at the Hudson D. Walker Gallery in Provincetown, Mass.

Silas BrownSilas Brown
Visiting Assistant Professor of Music
(Studio Production)
MusB, Purchase College
Silas Brown is a producer and engineer specializing in high-end location and studio recordings of acoustic music. Over the last 20 years he has worked on more than a dozen Grammy-winning and nominated recordings. Most recently, he won a Grammy in 2010 as mastering engineer on the Chicago Symphony’s Verdi Requiem recording (Best Album). Brown has credits on hundreds of recordings released by Albany, Arabesque, Bridge, Capriccio, CRI, Decca, Innova, Koch/EI, Naxos, New World, Sony, Summit, and Tzadik, among others. He has worked closely with many of America’s living composers, including George Crumb, Sebastian Currier, John Harbison, Aaron Kernis, Libby Larsen, George Tsontakis, and John Zorn. Brown first joined the studio production faculty as a part-time lecturer in 2010.

Dawn Gibson-BrehonDawn Gibson-Brehon
Visiting Assistant Professor of Arts Management

BMus, Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford; MA, University of Wisconsin, Madison
A native of New Haven, Conn., Dawn Gibson-Brehon earned her BMus in music management at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music and her MA in arts administration at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has worked for many nonprofit organizations across the U.S., including Center Stage and Central City Opera; Palm Beach Community College’s Duncan Theatre; the World Theater at California State University, Monterey Bay; the Lincoln Center Summer Festival; and Evidence, A Dance Company. She has also served as a grant panelist and site visitor for the National Endowment for the Arts, Dance Advance/Pew Charitable Trust, the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs, the Rockefeller Foundation, and state arts councils in Connecticut, Ohio, and Florida. Gibson-Brehon is a former board member of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and Chamber Music America.

Beth LivenspergerElizabeth Livensperger
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art+Design
BFA, Cooper Union; MFA, Yale University
Elizabeth (Beth) Livensperger, who grew up in Ohio, earned her BFA at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 2001 and her MFA in painting and printmaking at the Yale University School of Art in 2008. Livensperger has taught as a part-time lecturer in painting and drawing at Purchase College since fall 2008. She has received a Radius Fellowship, sponsored by the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield, Conn., and a Weir Farm Art Center residency in Wilton, Conn. Livensperger’s recent exhibitions include Fakes at the Tomato House, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Natural/Constructed I at the Painting Center, New York, N.Y.; New York, New Work at Gallery4Walls, Seoul, Korea; Goodbye Space Shuttle at Curbs & Stoops, Brooklyn, N.Y.; and AIRSpace 2011 at the Abrons Art Center/Henry Street Settlement, New York, N.Y. She will be exhibiting her work in a three-person show at the Rhode Island School of Design’s Memorial Hall Gallery in September 2012.

Rosalind NewmanRosalind Newman
Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance

BS, University of Wisconsin, Madison; PhD, London Contemporary Dance School, University of Kent
Rosalind Newman is an internationally acclaimed choreographer and teacher whose dance companies, Rosalind Newman and Dancers and Dance HK/NY, have performed throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. She received her PhD in contemporary dance from the London Contemporary Dance School at the University of Kent. She has taught as a part-time lecturer for many years in the Conservatory of Dance, as a senior lecturer at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and as a course leader in the master’s in choreography program at Laban/Trinity in London. Newman has been recognized with fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, and National Endowment for the Arts, and has received a Hong Kong Dance Alliance Award for Choreography, a Gulbenkian Award in the U.K., and a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Wisconsin.

Updated Aug. 19, 2013

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