Raj Chetty, Ph.D.
Raj Chetty, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English, will focus on
Caribbean literature and culture across English, Spanish and French
languages. His research interests include Postcolonial Studies,
Black Diaspora Studies, Performance Studies and baseball. Dr.
Chetty is currently working on a project that examines
articulations and performances of blackness in Dominican literature
and culture. He has taught in English and American Ethnic Studies
departments, and has worked for the McNair Scholars program. He
received his B.A. from the University of California, Riverside, and
an M.A. from Brigham Young University
Jai Dwivedi, Ph.D.
Jai Dwivedi, Ph.D., comes to St. John’s University as an
Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences. His research is centered
on the effects of environmental pollutants and their role in
pathogenesis, particularly in the nervous system. His other
interest is development and culture of alternative model systems
including elasmobranch fish and cephalopods as investigative tools
for disease. Dr. Dwivedi also holds B.A. and M.S. degrees.
Amy Gansell, Ph.D.
Amy Gansell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Art and Design, is an
art historian specializing in ancient Mesopotamian visual and
material culture. From 2008 to 2010, she worked at the U.S.
Department of State on a project to help restore the Iraq Museum
and the site of Babylon. She has been a fellow at the Bill and
Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory University, and is
the recipient of a Digital Humanities grant from the National
Endowment of the Humanities. Dr. Gansell has previously taught at
SUNY’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Pratt Institute and George
Washington University. She also has a B.A. in
Archaeology/Anthropology from Barnard College and an M.A. in Art
History from Harvard University.
Sara Hanaburgh, Ph.D.
Sara Hanaburgh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Languages and
Literatures, received her Ph.D. from the City University of New
York, where she focused on the contemporary African novel and film
(1980s to present) from the sub-Saharan Francophone region. In
addition to ongoing research, she is presently working on
translations of the late Angèle Rawiriâ’s novel, Fureurs et cris de
femmes and co-translating Boubacar Boris Diopâ’s Kaveena. Since
2002 she has taught French at the university level in the New York
metropolitan area as well as in Brazil. She comes to St. John’s
from Fordham University and FI T. She also has B.A. and M.Phil.
degrees in French.
Kevin Mark, Ph.D. comes to St. John’s University as an Assistant
Professor, in the Department of Chemistry. He received his doctoral
degree at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
His research focus is on the investigation of proteins, their
non-covalent complexes and modifications using mass spectrometry.
He held a postdoctoral position at the Centre National de Recherche
Scientifique in Orleans, France, and a Research Associate position
at York College of CUNY in New York. Prior to joining St. John's
University, he was an Assistant Professor at York College teaching
undergraduate courses in General and Analytical chemistry, as well
as performing research studying peptide phosphorylations using mass
Lauren Moskowitz, Ph.D.
Lauren Moskowitz, Ph.D., comes to St. John’s University as an
Assistant Professor of Psychology. She received her B.S. from
Cornell University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
from Stony Brook University. She completed her internship at NYU
Child Study Center and Bellevue Hospital and her postdoctoral
fellowship at NYU Child Study Center. Her research focuses on
behavioral assessment and intervention for children with autism
spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities in
Robert J. Rivera
Robert (Bobby) Rivera, Instructor, Department of Theology and
Religious Studies, has a B.A. in Sociology from NYU and an M.T.S.
in Theology and Culture from Harvard Divinity School. He is working
towards completing his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Boston
College. His research and teaching interests are in areas such as
theology and culture; Latin American liberation theologies; U.S.
Latino/a theologies; Latino/a pentecostalisms; global
Christianities; theology and critical race theory; and social and
Matteo Ruggiu, Ph.D.
Matteo Ruggiu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biological
Sciences, received his Ph.D. from the Medical Research Council
Human Genetics Unit in Edinburgh, UK . Before joining the Biology
Department at St. John’s, he was Associate Research Scientist at
Columbia University and Research Associate at The Rockefeller
University. In his research, Dr. Ruggiu combines molecular biology
and cell model systems to investigate RNA -protein networks in the
brain; how they are regulated in a cell-and tissue-specific manner;
and how disruption of such networks can result in disease,
particularly neurodegenerative disorders.
Suzanne Thompson, Ph.D.
Suzanne Thompson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication
Sciences and Disorders, earned her doctorate in Speech-Language-
Hearing Sciences from the Graduate Center, City University of New
York. Her research explores objective tests of inner ear function.
While pursuing her doctorate, she was an Assistant Professor of
Speech Communication Studies at Iona College. Dr. Thompson is a New
York State licensed audiologist, and received her master’s in
audiology from St. John’s University and her B.A. in History from
Jing Zhang, Ph.D.
Jing Zhang Ph.D., comes to St. John’s University as an Assistant
Professor of Physics. Her research works cover various aspects of
computational/ advanced simulations, MOCVD growths (epitaxy) and
device fabrication of III -Nitride semiconductors for photonics,
thermoelectric and solid state lighting applications. Other
research topics include the pursuit of novel materials for high
thermoelectric figure of merit; development of novel active regions
and substrate engineering for enabling high performance
light-emitting diodes (LED s)/lasers; and engineering of advanced
device concept for achieving high-efficiency III -Nitride LEDs.