Honors Program Affiliated Faculty
Introducing the Fall 2018 Honors Program Affiliated Faculty
Prof. Emily Cherry is an Associate Professor of Theatre and also heads the B.F.A. in Musical Theatre program. She has directed several productions at UND and some of her favorite productions have been My Generation an original work conceived and directed by Emily, Urinetown, Assassins and Three Days of Rain. She has also acted and directed professionally, and some of her favorite productions include the world premiere of The Sweet Stuff in Chicago as well as Peter and the Starcatcher, and The Addams Family.
Dr. Sean Hammond earned his PhD in Botany from Cornell University. “My training as a molecular biologist strongly influences my macroecological approaches to forest and human ecology. Extraordinarily dynamic processes appear to have very basic underlying rules that govern the behavior of individual factors within the systems. The systems that humans design and build are governed by the same structural limitations that underpin other systems. My interest is in examining patterns in human societies--particularly those related to empire size--and looking for underlying rules that govern them. Examples include the interaction of individual plants as they compete for light and space, the arc of human civilization and history, and the control of gene expression. In my research I look for simple relationships that result in bottom-up emergent behaviors, and the factors that impact the long-term stability of these systems.” Dr. Hammond’s current research examines whether individual tree temperature influences the diversity of trees in forests.
Dr. Arthur Jones writes, “Growing up in Queens, New York, I took theatre courses in high school, but my career path was not firmly set until I ‘discovered’ the rest of the arts as an undergraduate at SUNY New Paltz. First I wanted to major in music, but soon shifted toward art. Trips to multimedia ‘happenings’ in Woodstock, conversations with local ‘beat poets’ and attendance at music and theatre events on campus helped me maintain a broad appreciation of the arts.” Since joining academe in 1993, he has authored numerous articles and books, in addition to helping create the Radford University Art Museum, where he also served as a curator and organized numerous art exhibitions. Dr. Jones is the Director of the University Art Collections and is a productive scholar, artist, critic, and curator.
Dr. Eric Ross, Associate Professor of Classical Studies, has been working at UND since 2011. He teaches all levels of Greek and Latin, as well as courses on Classical civilization. His research focuses on Greek intellectual history, with emphasis on presocratic philosophy and the historian Herodotus. Other interests include ancient medicine, ancient athletics, and Athenian government. In his spare time, Dr. Ross enjoys strength sports, space documentaries, and playing with his three children.
Dr. Lucian Stone is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies. His teaching and research focus on questions of ethics and social-political philosophy, especially as expounded within contemporary Islamicate/Middle Eastern philosophy, phenomenology and existentialist philosophy, critical theory, and postcolonial/post-Orientalist writers, poets, and artists. He has published numerous books, most recently Manifestos for World Thought and Iranian Identity and Cosmopolitanism: Spheres of Belonging. He is the co-editor of two book series, Contemporary Continental Ethics and Suspensions: Contemporary Middle Eastern and Islamicate Thought.
Dr. Paul E. Sum teaches courses in the area of comparative politics. Much of his research has focused on the role that nonprofit and grass roots organizations play in furthering democratization in terms of shaping liberal democratic attitudes, mobilizing citizens, and influencing policy. He also studies how generalized trust, as an ingredient to cooperative social relationships and cohesive political communities, builds or dissipates in relation to social and economic diversity. His region of expertise is post-communist Europe.