Faculty Experts

Members of the media can find contact information and areas of expertise below for a wide range of Albion College faculty and staff. In most cases, names link to further information. Questions and interview requests can also be directed to the Office of Marketing and Communications, 517/629-0445, .

The list and accompanying drop-down menu are arranged by academic department or discipline.

Another resource for media to consider is the Albion College Faculty Publications blog.

Anthropology and Sociology

Brad ChaseBrad Chase

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Ph.D., 2007, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Areas of expertise: archaeology, urban problems, ancient international relations, ancient technology

Scott MelzerScott Melzer

Chair and Associate Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., 2004, University of California, Riverside

Areas of expertise: men and masculinities, intimate partner violence, gun politics/NRA

Art and Art History

Bille WickreBille Wickre

Ph.D., 1993, University of Michigan

Areas of expertise: women artists; art in the Albion College collection, especially prints; modern and contemporary art


E. Dale KennedyE. Dale Kennedy

Professor; Director, Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program
Ph.D., 1989, Rutgers University

Area of expertise: birds

Ola OlapadeOla Olapade

Associate Professor
Ph.D., 2004, Kent State University

Areas of expertise: microbiology, public health, environmental health

Bradley RabquerBradley Rabquer

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., 2006, University of Toledo

Areas of expertise: physiology, medical research, immunology, molecular and cell biology

Douglas W. WhiteDouglas W. White

Adjunct Assistant Professor; Associate Director, Center for Sustainability and the Environment
Ph.D., 1989, Rutgers University

Areas of expertise: environmental sustainability, ecology, birds, ornithology, conservation


Craig Bieler, co-chair and professor of physical chemistry, Albion CollegeCraig Bieler

Co-Chair and Professor
Ph.D., 1992, University of Pittsburgh

Areas of expertise: chemical analysis (especially spectroscopy, chromatography, and mass spectrometry), instrument repair, van der Waals interactions, gas hydrates, chemical education

Andrew N. French, professor of organic chemistry, Albion CollegeAndrew N. French

Ph.D., 1992, University of Illinois

Areas of expertise: organic chemistry, hypervalent iodine chemistry, asymmetric synthesis, sustainability studies, teaching with technology

Lisa B. Lewis, professor of physical chemistry, Albion CollegeLisa B. Lewis

Co-Chair and Professor
Ph.D., 1994, University of California, Irvine

Areas of expertise: science education, use of mobile devices and apps in teaching and learning, surface chemistry (especially semiconductor surfaces), laser desorption mass spectrometry, gas hydrates

Communication Studies

Andy BoyanAndy Boyan

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., 2012, Michigan State University

Areas of expertise: sports media, media process and effects, video games and interactive entertainment, social media

Karen ErlandsonKaren Erlandson

Chair and Associate Professor
Ph.D., 2002, University of California, Santa Barbara

Areas of expertise: nonverbal communication, emotions, interpersonal communication, gendered communication

Economics and Management

Gregory M. SaltzmanGregory M. Saltzman

Ph.D., 1982, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Areas of expertise: union-management relations, health policy and insurance


Kyle ShantonKyle Shanton

Chair and Associate Professor
Ph.D., 1998, University of Arizona

Areas of expertise: teacher education, literacy, bilingual education


Ian F. MacInnesIan F. MacInnes

Chair and Professor
Ph.D., 1995, University of Virginia

Areas of expertise: Elizabethan literature and culture, technology in teaching

Helena MesaHelena Mesa

Associate Professor
Ph.D., 2003, University of Houston

Areas of expertise: poetry (contemporary), creative writing


David GreenDavid Green

Director, Whitehouse Nature Center
B.A., 1989, Bluffton University

Areas of expertise: natural history of Michigan, flora and fauna, green initiatives (rain gardens, rain barrels, LEED), outdoor education, student farm/gardening

Timothy N. LincolnTimothy N. Lincoln

Co-Chair and Professor of Geology; Director, Center for Sustainability and the Environment
Ph.D., 1978, University of California, Los Angeles

Areas of expertise: hydrology and groundwater, environmental geochemistry and contamination, sustainability and sustainable living

Geological Sciences

Michael McRivetteMichael McRivette

Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D., 2011, University of California, Los Angeles

Areas of expertise: geology, GIS

Carrie A. MenoldCarrie A. Menold

Associate Professor
Ph.D., 2006, University of California, Los Angeles

Areas of expertise: Himalayas/Tibet, geology, natural resources

Thomas I. WilchThomas I. Wilch

Ph.D., 1997, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Areas of expertise: climate change, Antarctica, volcanic eruptions, natural disasters, geology


Marcy SacksMarcy Sacks

Chair and Professor
Ph.D., 1999, University of California, Berkeley

Area of expertise: U.S. race relations


Heather BetzHeather H. Betz

Assistant Professor, Exercise Science
Ph.D., 2011, Michigan State University

Areas of expertise: physical activity, exercise, childhood obesity

Scott D. MichelScott D. Michel

Visiting Instructor, Athletic Training
M.A., 2002, Western Michigan University

Areas of expertise: athletic injury and prevention, rehabilitation of injuries, leadership and administration of athletic training

Robert I. MossRobert I. Moss

Chair and Professor, Exercise Science and Athletic Training
Ph.D., 1988, Southern Illinois University

Areas of expertise: sports injury/muscle skeletal injury, kinesiology of sports injury, biomechanics of sports injury, anatomy and sports injury

Mathematics and Computer Science

Mark BollmanMark E. Bollman

Ph.D., 2001, Central Michigan University

Areas of expertise: mathematical and other aspects of gambling, mathematics education

Karla R. McCavitKarla R. McCavit

Adjunct Instructor; Director, Quantitative Studies Center
M.S., 1995, Michigan State University

Areas of expertise: first-year student issues, transition from high school to college, math learning and teaching issues

David A. ReimannDavid A. Reimann

Ph.D., 1998, Wayne State University

Areas of expertise: symmetry, M.C. Escher, mathematical art, Internet programming

Modern Languages and Cultures

Dianne Guenin-Lelle, professor of French, Albion CollegeDianne Guenin-Lelle

Professor of French
Ph.D., 1988, Louisiana State University

Areas of expertise: French/Francophone issues, post-Katrina New Orleans, international partnerships, Sister City developments

Kalen OswaldKalen Oswald

Chair and Associate Professor of Spanish
Ph.D., 2001, University of Arizona

Areas of expertise: literature from Spain, contemporary Spanish culture, urban experience in Barcelona, Spanish detective fiction


David AbbottDavid Abbott

D.M.A., 1995, Eastman School of Music

Areas of expertise: classical music, performing arts, piano

Jim BallJames Ball

D.M.A. (orchestral conducting), 1992, Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri - Kansas City

Areas of expertise: music, arts advocacy, reviews (live performance, CDs, etc.)

Samuel McIlhaggaSamuel McIlhagga

Associate Professor
Ph.D., 2006, University of Minnesota

Areas of expertise: music education, wind band/wind ensemble music, conducting


Jeremy KirbyJeremy Kirby

Associate Professor
Ph.D., 2005, Florida State University

Area of expertise: science and religion (relationship between the two)

Bindu MadhokBindu Madhok

Chair and Professor
Ph.D., 1990, Brown University

Areas of expertise: medical ethics, environmental ethics, ethics and public policy, global development ethics (with a focus on India)


Nicolle ZellnerNicolle Zellner

Chair and Associate Professor
Ph.D., 2001, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Areas of expertise: women/girls in science, astronomy, NASA, planets, space in general

Political Science

Carrie Booth WallingCarrie Booth Walling

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., 2008, University of Minnesota

Areas of expertise: human rights, United Nations Security Council, humanitarian intervention, international courts (human rights trials, truth commissions)

Dyron K. DabneyDyron K. Dabney

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., 2008, University of Michigan

Areas of expertise: Japanese politics, Japanese elections, U.S. elections, U.S. party politics

William D. RoseWilliam D. Rose

Chair and Associate Professor
Ph.D., 1999, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Areas of expertise: Constitutional law and the Supreme Court (judicial politics), crime and punishment, politics of higher education

Psychological Science

Andrew ChristopherAndrew Christopher

Co-Chair and Professor
Ph.D., 1999, University of Florida

Areas of expertise: psychology/organizational issues, Albion's business and organizations major, political ideology

Andrea Ploucher FrancisAndrea Ploucher Francis

Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D., 2010, Michigan State University

Areas of expertise: reflective learning, educational psychology

W. Jeffrey WilsonW. Jeffrey Wilson

Ph.D., 1983, University of California, Los Angeles

Areas of expertise: neuroscience, biology of sexual preference

Religious Studies

Jocelyn McWhirterJocelyn McWhirter

Associate Professor
Ph.D., 2002, Princeton Theological Seminary

Area of expertise: Bible

Ronney B. MouradRonney B. Mourad

Chair and Professor
Ph.D., 2002, University of Chicago

Areas of expertise: philosophy of religion, faith and rationality, French Catholic mysticism

Peter ValdinaPeter Valdina

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., 2012, Emory University

Areas of expertise: religions of South Asia, Hinduism, Islam

John W. WoellJohn W. Woell

Associate Provost
Ph.D., 2002, Claremont Graduate University

Areas of expertise: religion and politics, liberal arts education, issues in higher education

Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Dr. Trisha FranzenTrisha Franzen

Ph.D., 1990, University of New Mexico

Areas of expertise: Anna Howard Shaw (biography published March 2014), suffrage, women's issues, gender issues, LGBT, sexuality, same-sex marriage