Internal Advisory Committee

Abhishek Amar, Ph.D.

Abhishek Amar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Hamilton College

Abhishek S. Amar specializes in the history of early India and his research interests include archaeological history of Buddhist and Hindu religious traditions in early India. He recently completed his post-doctoral research at IKGF at Ruhr University, Bochum, where he studied inter-religious dynamics between Buddhist and Hindu traditions in the early medieval South Bihar region, the region of South Asia that was the cradle of Buddhism. He completed his Ph.D. from the SOAS, University of London, and his doctoral research focused on the history of Buddhism at Bodhgaya, the site of enlightenment of the Buddha. Amar completed his M. Phil (2002) and M.A (1999) in South Asian history from JNU, New Delhi, India.

Mark Bailey

Professor of Computer Science, Hamilton College

Bailey is Professor and Chair of the Computer Science Department at Hamilton College. His research focuses on the boundary between hardware and software including program optimization, embedded systems, computer architecture, and computer security. Bailey is the Editor-in-Chief of ACM Inroads magazine. Inroads is published by the Association for Computing Machinery and is the premiere magazine covering computing education. Bailey has received fellowships from the National Research Council and the Air Force Research Laboratory, and grants from the National Science Foundation, and Microsoft Research. He's been a consultant with the Air Force Research Laboratory, and Assured Information Security.  Bailey has also served as Editor of SIGPLAN Notices, a monthly publication of the ACM Special Interest Group on Programming Languages, and has served on the ACM SIGPLAN Executive Committee. He is regularly a member of organizing committees of regional and international conferences and is a member of ACM. 

Laurie (Ella) Gant

Professor of Art, Hamilton College

Ella Gant explores intersections among established traditions and contemporary practices in the arts and education. She was a 2011 named fellow in digital and electronic arts for the New York Foundation for the Arts and currently serves on the foundation’s Advisory Board.

Her work is in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, The Museum of Modern Art’s Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection and Texas Folklife Resources. Gant’s work has been shown at national and international venues, including Exit Art, Dixon Place, Joe’s Pub and Abrons Art Center in New York City; the Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, Calif.; and Great Hall, in Washington, D.C. Her work has also been shown at the Berlin, London, Melbourne, Los Angeles and San Francisco LGBT international film festivals.

Gant received her master’s of fine arts from the University of Texas at Austin in 1988, graduating with a specialization in the (then) nontraditional area of performative video installation. She joined the Hamilton College art department faculty in 1991.

Nathan Goodale, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Anthropology, Chair, DHi Internal Advisory Committee, Hamilton College

Nathan Goodale, Associate Professor of Anthropology, earned his B.A. in geology and anthropology from Western State College, his M.A. in anthropology from the University of Montana, and his Ph.D. in anthropology from Washington State University. Goodale’s current research is focused on evolutionary approaches to understanding lithic technological organization, the transition to agriculture / resource intensification, and the Neolithic Demographic Transition. Goodale conducts research in the interior Northwest of North America, western coastal Ireland, and the Near East. Research emphases include modeling human behavior with quantitative methods, lithic technological organization, and evolutionary approaches to understanding variation in material culture as a byproduct of human behavior and knowledge transmission.

Tina Hall

Associate Professor of Literature and Creative Writing, Hamilton College

Tina May Hall was named the 2010 winner of the prestigious Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Her book, The Physics of Imaginary Objects, was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2010. Her novella, All the Day's Sad Stories, was published by Caketrain Press in 2009. Hall's fiction has appeared in many literary journals, and she has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize. Her teaching interests include monsters, the gothic, technology’s relationship with the body, contemporary fiction and experimental women writers. She earned an M.F.A. in fiction from Bowling Green State University and a doctorate from the University of Missouri.

Anne Lacsamana

Chair, Associate Professor of Women's Studies, Hamilton College

Anne E. Lacsamana specializes in transnational feminist theory with particular attention to women’s labor and the political economy. Her current research focuses on immigrant women day laborers in the U.S. She is the co-editor of Women and Globalization. Lacsamana was awarded an American Association of University Women postdoctoral research fellowship to complete her manuscript Revolutionizing Feminism: The Philippine Women’s Movement in the Age of Terror, which was published in 2012. Lacsamana has also published articles and book reviews in journals such as Nature, Society and Thought, Socialist Review and elsewhere. She received her doctorate in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University.   

Kyoko Omori, Ph.D. - Photo by Marianita Peaslee

Kyoko Omori, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures (Japanese), Hamilton College

Kyoko Omori earned her doctorate from Ohio State University in 2003. Her research focuses on 20th-century literary and popular culture, with an emphasis on mass media. She is currently completing a book titled Detecting Modanizumu: New Youth Magazine, Tantei Shô setsu, and The Culture of Japanese Vernacular Modernism. In addition, her recently published articles and book chapters include "The Art of the Bluff: Youth Migrancy in the Pacific Rim, Interlingualism, and Japanese Vernacular Modernism" (2009), "Narrating the Detective: Nansensu, Benshi's Oral Performance, and the Absurdist Detective Fiction of Tokugawa Musei" (2009), "Rajio hôsô no sengo: 'Hanashi no izumi' to 'Nichiyô goraku-ban'" (The Allied Powers' Education and Censorship Strategies in Post-WWII Japan: Radio Broadcasting in the late 1940s: 2008), "'Finding Our Own English': Migrancy, Identity, and Language(s) in Itô Hiromi's Recent Prose" (2007). She has been awarded research grants from The Miller Center for Historical Studies and the McKeldin Library at the University of Maryland, as well as postdoctoral fellowships from SSRC/JSPS, the Japan Foundation, and the International Research Center for Japanese Studies. Omori was also trained in language pedagogy and is a recipient of the Hamako Ito Chaplin Award, a national award recognizing excellence in teaching Japanese.

Photo by Marianita Peaslee

Deborah Pokinski

Chair, Associate Professor of Art History, Hamilton College

Deborah Pokinski is working on a study of the images of women in the work of turn-of-the-century American artist William McGregor Paxton. Her research interests include the history of American architecture, especially the late 19th century; history of turn-of-the-century American painting; and women in art. Pokinski wrote The Development of the American Modern Style, among with other works. She curated two exhibitions at the Emerson Gallery in collaboration with art history majors and curated "Sculpture Space Inside Outside," sponsored by the Emerson. She earned a doctorate in modern art history from Cornell University.