Liberal Studies Faculty/Staff

Christine Levecq

Associate Professor of Humanities Liberal Studies 1700 University Ave
4-522 AB
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Dr. Levecq has a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She has taught at various universities, including the University of Notre-Dame, Loyola University Chicago, and Michigan State University.  In 1998-’99, she was a Resident Fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University.  She is trilingual (English, French, and Dutch).

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HUMN 201: Introduction to the Humanities

LIT 310: African American Literature

LIT 391: Literatures of the African Diaspora

LIT 309: Literatures of Multicultural America

LIT 304: American Literature and Philosophy

LIT 351: Reading French Literatures

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African American literature

Literatures of the African diaspora

American literature

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Dr. Levecq’s book, Slavery and Sentiment: The Politics of Feeling in Black Atlantic Antislavery Writings, 1770-1850, was published by the University Press of New England in 2008.  Her peer-reviewed articles have appeared in, among others, Contemporary Literature, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, Texas Studies in Literature and Language, African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal, African American Review, Obsidian III: Literature in the African Diaspora, and Novel: A Forum on Fiction. 

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Laura Mebert

Assistant Professor of Social Science Liberal Studies 4-514 AB

Laura Miller-Purrenhage

Assistant Professor of Humanities Liberal Studies 1700 University Ave
4-308-A AB
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PhD from the University of Michigan in Slavic Languages and Literatures

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HUMN 201:  Introduction to the Humanities

LS 489:  Senior Seminar:  Leadership, Ethics and Contemporary Issues

LIT 307:  Poetry:  Substance and Structure

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Burnie Nelson

Liberal Studies 1700 University Ave
4-502 AB

Birikorang Okraku

Lecturer of Economics Liberal Studies 1700 University Ave
4-318Z AB
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Education

MA from Michigan State University

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ECON 201:  Economic Principles

ECON 348:  History of Economic Thought

ECON 350:  Comparative Economic Systems

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Badrinath Rao

Associate Professor of Sociology and Asian Studies Liberal Studies 1700 University Avenue
4-530 AB
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Education

PhD from University of Alberta, Canada

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SSCI 201:  Introduction to the Social Sciences

LS 489:  Senior Seminar:  Leadership, Ethics and Contemporary Issues

Topics in the areas of globalization and human rights

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Regina Schreck

Art Center Curator Liberal Studies 4-536 AB

Hugh Stilley

Associate Professor of Communication Liberal Studies 1700 University Ave
4-318T AB
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PhD from Michigan State University in Communications

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COMM 101:  Written and Oral Communication I

COMM 301:  Written and Oral Communication II

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Denise Stodola

Associate Professor of Communication/LS, Writing Center Coordinator/ASC Academic Success Center, Liberal Studies 1700 University Ave
4-510 AB
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PhD from University of Missouri-Columbia

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COMM 101:  Written and Oral Communication

COMM 311:  Rhetorical Principles of Persuasion

LS 489:  Senior Seminar:  Leadership, Ethics and Contemporary Issues

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Pavitra Sundar

Assistant Professor of Humanities Liberal Studies 1700 University Avenue
4-530 AB
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PhD from University of Michigan in Women's Studies and English

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HUMN 201:  Introduction to the Humanities

Topics in global film cultures

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