Four New Faculty Join UMass Amherst College of Humanities and Fine Arts

AMHERST, Mass. - The following new faculty members have joined the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of Massachusetts:

Timothy Rohan - Rohan has joined the department of art as assistant professor. He earned his Ph.D. at Harvard University and his bachelor''s degree at Yale University. Previous to his appointment at UMass, he was a visiting lecturer at Vassar College and a teaching fellow at Harvard University. He was also a lecturer at the Whitney Museum of
American Art in New York City. He is working on a book about Paul Rudolph, one of the leading architects of the 1960s, and his development of concrete surfaces. Rohan teaches courses on the history of architecture from antiquity to present, and 19th- and 20th-century architecture. He also teaches a graduate level seminar on post-World War II architecture, which is his particular field of interest. Rohan is also interested in the preservation of modernist buildings of the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

James Smethurst - Smethurst has joined the W.E.B. Du Bois department of Afro-American studies as assistant professor. He earned his Ph.D. at Harvard University, his master''s degree at City College of New York, and his bachelor''s degree at the University of Southern Maine. Previous to his appointment at UMass, Smethurst served as assistant professor at the University of North Florida and was on the faculty of Harvard University''s National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for High School Teachers. He also was a visiting lecturer at Harvard University, and an instructor at Brandeis University and at Middlesex Community College. He has published a book titled The New Red Negro: The Literary Left and African American Poetry, 1930-1946 (Oxford UP, 1999). He teaches undergraduate courses in African-American literature and graduate courses in African-American women novelists and African-American literary theory.

Banu Subramaniam - Subramaniam has joined the department of women''s studies as assistant professor. She earned her Ph.D. and women''s studies graduate certificate at Duke University, and her bachelor''s degree at Stella Maris College at Madras University in Madras, India. Previous to her appointment at UMass, she was a visiting professor at the University of California at Irvine, a research assistant professor at the University of Arizona, and director of the Women in Science Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was also an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the UCLA Humanities Consortium and received a National Science Foundation grant to study the impact of soil communities on invasive plant species. Her primary research interests lie in the relationships between gender, race, colonialism, and science. Subramaniam teaches courses on perspectives in women''s studies and race, gender, and science.

Margara Russotto - Russotto has joined the department of Spanish and Portuguese as assistant professor. She earned her Ph.D. at Universidade de S?o Paulo in S?o Paulo, Brazil; her master''s degree at Universidad Sim?n Bol?var in Caracas, Venezuela; and her bachelor''s degree at Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas, Venezuela. Previous to her appointment at UMass, she was a professor and researcher at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, and a researcher at the Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos R?mulo Gallegos. She was also a visiting scholar at UMass, as well as at Universidad Sim?n Bol?var, Universidad de Los Andes in M?rida, Venezuela, and Universidade Estadual de Campinas in Campinas, Brazil. She has also served as a professor and coordinator of the master''s program of literary studies at Universidad Central de Venezuela. Russotto won a Fulbright Foundation Fellowship for research at UMass on the writing of Latin American women, and has written several books of poetry. She teaches courses in contemporary Latin American poetry and Hispanic American culture and civilization.