American Studies

Lydia Hamessley, Professor of Music

B.Mus.Ed., Texas Lutheran College; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Minnesota
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Areas of expertise: American folk and traditional musics, banjo, music and film, Medieval and Renaissance music, music and gender

Lydia Hamessley has published numerous articles and is the coeditor of Audible Traces: Gender, Identity, and Music. She is working on a project about Dolly Parton and preparing an article on the music for Paul Green's symphonic drama The Lost Colony (1937). She plays the clawhammer banjo. Hamessley was coordinator for the conference “Feminist Theory and Music: Toward a Common Language,” in Minneapolis, in 1991. She received her doctorate from the University of Minnesota and has won several teaching awards and fellowships.

Anne Lacsamana, Associate Professor and Chair of Women's Studies

B.A., Rollins College; M.A., University of Alabama; Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
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Areas of expertise: transnational feminisms, feminist theory, labor and militarization

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.

Angel David Nieves, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Co-Director, Digital Humanities Initiative

B. Arch., Syracuse University; M.A., Binghamton University; Ph.D., Cornell University
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Areas of expertise: race and the built environment, digital humanities, spatial humanities, heritage preservation, urban history, South Africa and Southern Africa, truth and reconciliation in post-conflict countries and diaspora studies

Angel David Nieves codirects Hamilton's Digital Humanities Initiative. He completed his doctoral work in architectural history and Africana studies at Cornell University. Nieves coedited the book, ‘We Shall Independent Be:’ African American Place-Making and the Struggle to Claim Space in the U.S., and is associate editor of Fire!!!: A Multimedia Journal of Black Studies, among other work. MSNBC.com and Newsweek have featured his digital research and scholarship. Nieves’ scholarly work and community-based activism engages with issues of memory, heritage preservation, gender and nationalism at the intersections of race and the built environment in cities across the Global South.

Seth Schermerhorn, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

B.A., Colorado State University; M.A., University of Colorado; Ph.D., Arizona State University
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Areas of expertise: anthropology of religion, global Christianities, religion in American, Native American religious traditions, traditional ecological knowledge, pilgrimage, personhood and place

Seth Schermerhorn specializes in the interdisciplinary study of indigenous religious traditions, particularly in the southwestern United States. Although Schermerhorn has worked with several indigenous nations, he works most extensively with the Tohono O’odham Nation in southern Arizona. Schermerhorn teaches classes on indigenous religious traditions, Native American religious freedom, indigenous ecologies, pilgrimage and global Christianities.

Yvonne Zylan, Associate Professor of Sociology

B.A., Yale University; M.Phil. and Ph.D., New York University; J.D., University of San Diego School of Law
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Areas of expertise: law and society, political sociology, the state and social policy, social theory, social movements, sociology of sexuality

Yvonne Zylan, who has a doctorate in sociology and a law degree, has published articles in the Michigan Journal of Gender & Law and the Michigan Journal of Law Reform, among other periodicals. Her book, States of Passion: Law, Identity, and the Social Construction of Desire, is a study of sexuality, social theory and the law. Her areas of scholarship include law and society, sexuality, social theory, political sociology, and the state and social policy. Zylan practiced law at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. She earned her sociology doctoratefrom New York University and a juris doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law.