Janelle Schwartz founded the Hamilton Adirondack Program in 2013 and now serves as both its General Director and one of its two faculty members. Schwartz has published articles, essays and blogs on literature and ecology, cabinets of curiosity, pedagogy and more. She wrote Worm Work: Recasting Romanticism (2012, University of Minnesota Press), which focuses on the intersection of invertebrate zoology during the 18th and 19th centuries with the poetry and prose of Romanticism. Her next research project involves the work and life of Adirondack painter and woodsman Don Wynn. She earned her doctorate in literature and the history of science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and she is a Class of 1997 Hamilton alumna. She taught English literature and environmental studies at Loyola University New Orleans before returning to Hamilton to teach literature and environmental studies. And she is proud to now call the Adirondacks home.
Faculty & Administration
Herm Lehman's research is focused on the development and function of neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are molecules released by neurons and mediate communication throughout the nervous system; thus, the proper expression and maintenance of neurotransmitter levels is a critical, yet largely unknown, aspect of the metabolism of the neuron.
Maurice Isserman's new book, Continental Divide: A History of American Mountaineering, has just been published by Norton to favorable reviews. A former Fulbright grant-winner, his prize-winning books include The Other American: The Life of Michael Harrington, and his co-authored book Fallen Giants: A History of Himalayan Mountaineering from the Age of Empire to the Age of Extremes. He is co-author of America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s, and wrote On the Hill: A Bicentennial History of Hamilton College. He also has published Cronkite's War: His World War Two Letters Home, co-authored with Walter Cronkite IV '11. He received his doctorate from the University of Rochester.
William Pfitsch studies how plants meet the challenges of living in potentially stressful conditions. Of particular interest are the interactions with soil microorganisms that help plants meet those challenges. In recent years, research in the Pfitsch lab has also focused on the ecological implications of invasive plants in local forests in terms of community composition and ecosystem structure and function. He earned his doctorate in botany at the University of Washington.
Seth Major's research is in quantum gravity, a field of theoretical physics devoted to finding the deep structure of spacetime, and in the phenomenology of quantum geometry. Recently Major has focused on possible observable consequences of quantum gravity, particularly on how granular spatial geometry might be indirectly observed. He has worked on the quantum deformation of quantum gravity, causal sets, operators in quantum gravity and modified dispersion relations. Major was a Lise Meitner Fellow at the Institute for Theoretical Physics of the University of Vienna and taught at Swarthmore and Deep Springs colleges. He earned a doctorate in theoretical physics from Pennsylvania State University.
Onno Oerlemans has published articles on the form and function of lyric in Whitman, Milton and Wordsworth, on literary theory and Henry James, and on animal rights and taxonomy in romanticism. Oerlemans’ book Romanticism and the Materiality of Nature examines the ways in which romantic-period authors explore and represent the physical presence of the natural world. He recently published articles on the representation of animals in Coetzee and Gowdy, the romantic origins of environmentalism and architecture in romantic period writing. Oerlemans is writing a book about the representation of animals in the history of poetry. He was the first faculty-in-residence for Hamilton’s new Academic Program in the Adirondacks. He earned his doctorate from Yale University.
Dave Bailey, Professor of Geosciences
Joyce Barry, Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's Studies
Kate Brown, Assistant Professor of Physics
Peter Cannavò, Associate Professor of Government and Director of Environmental Studies
Katheryn Doran, Associate Professor of Philosophy
Cynthia Downs, Assistant Professor of Biology
Steve Ellingson, Professor of Sociology
Courtney Gibbons, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Lydia Hamessley, Professor of Music
Stuart Hirshfield, Stephen Harper Kirner Chair of Computer Science
Betsy Jensen, Professor of Economics
Robin Kinnel, Silas D. Childs Professor of Chemistry Emeritus
Herm Lehman, Professor of Biology
Heather Merrill, Professor of Africana Studies
John O'Neal, Professor of French
Ann Owen, Henry Platt Bristol Professor in Public Policy
Patrick Reynolds, Stone Professor of Natural History
Andrew Rippeon, Visiting Assistant Professor of Literature
Jane Springer, Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing
Katherine Terrell, Associate Professor of English
Andrea Townsend, Assistant Professor of Biology
Jason Townsend, Supervisor of Introductory Laboratories
Ernest Williams, Jr, William R. Kenan Professor of Biology Emeritus
Frank Coots, Director of Campus Safety
Brian Hansen, Director of Environmental Protection, Safety and Sustainability
Wayne Gentile, Assistant Director of Campus Safety
Travis Hill, Assistant Dean of Students for Residential Life
Andrew Jillings, Director of Outdoor Leadership
Mike Jones, Assistant Director of Campus Safety
Alfio LaRocca, Assistant Director of Business Operations (Facilities Management)
Reid Larson, Research and Digital Initiatives Librarian
Mike Neidhart, Mechanic Foreperson (Facilities Management)
Carolyn North, Assistant Dean of Off-Campus Study
Hillary Joy Pitoniak, Greenhouse and Invertebrate Care Technician (and Certified Primitive Life Skills Instructor)
Anthony Scalise, Campus Safety Investigator
Yvonne Schick, Print Shop Supervisor
Abby Taylor, Director of Employer Relations (Career Center)
David Walden, Assistant Director of Counseling and Psychological Services and Lecturer in Psychology