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September 13, 2001 New tenure-track faculty at Concordia





Andreas Arvanitogiannis (Psychology) with his wife, Cecilia Flores, who also recently earned her PhD from Concordia.

Dagenais, de Courville Nicol

Daniel Dagenais and Valérie de Courville Nicol, both new hires in Sociology/Anthropology.


Isabelle Dostaler (Management)


Martin Martens (Management)


Hans Georg Schreckenback (Chemistry/Biochemistry) with his son Max


Adam Radomsky (Psychology)

Photos by Christian Fleury

Seoungpil Ahn (Finance)
Seoungpil Ahn joined the John Molson School of Business in August 2001, when he received PhD in finance from Purdue University, where he taught corporate finance. His dissertation is on internal capital market and corporate spinoff decisions.

Andreas Arvanitogiannis (Psychology)
Andreas Arvanitogiannis has a BSc in biology from Concordia as well as an MA and a PhD in psychology (CSBN). On a two-year postdoctoral fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), he went to Harvard Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry, where he used molecular genetics to study the relationship between behaviour and patterns of gene expression. In 1999, he was awarded the Prix d’excellence from the Académie des Grands Montréalais for the best doctoral thesis in science and engineering at the four Montreal universities.

Grant Brown (Biology)
Grant Brown is a specialist in the biology of fish, having studied the social and defence behaviours of salmon and other fish. He has a PhD in Biopsychology from Memorial University of Newfoundland and has spent the past four years as an assistant professor of biology at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.

Laura Collins (Education)
Laura Collins is an applied linguist who joins the Department of Education’s Centre for Teaching English as a Second Language. She taught in Concordia’s TESL Centre (1994 –1998) and completed her PhD in humanities here a year ago. She has a bachelor’s in history from York University, a bachelor’s in education from the University of Toronto and a master’s in education from the University of Ottawa. Prior to her appointment at Concordia, she taught at the University of Victoria.

Daniel Dagenais (Sociology)
Daniel Dagenais is a family man, at least when it comes to his research, which focuses primarily on the social foundations of the modern family and its transformation in our time. He obtained his MA in sociology from Université du Québec a Montréal and his PhD in sociology from Université de Paris X-Nanterre. He has taught sociology at several CEGEPs, and at the Universities of Alberta and the University of Ottawa.

Valérie de Courville Nicol (Sociology)
Valérie de Courville Nicol comes to Concordia from Carleton University, where she completed her PhD in sociology in 1999. Last year, she was nominated for the Distinguished Dissertation Award from the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies. She has previous degrees from the University of Ottawa. Her areas of interest include classical and contemporary sociological theory, sociology of culture and feminist theory.

Christine Dewolf (Chemistry/Biochemistry)

Christine Dewolf is a specialist in thermodynamics and other forms of physical chemistry. A native of Canada, she has spent the past several years teaching in Europe, most recently as a lecturer in Chemical Engineering at UMIST in Manchester, England. She has a BSc in chemistry from St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of London’s Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine.

Isabelle Dostaler (Management)

Isabelle Dostaler comes to us from Université Laval. A graduate of the École des Hautes Études Commerciales, she has a PhD in management studies from Cambridge. Her current research focuses on new product development performance and practice in the aerospace industry.

Mary Esteve (English)

Mary Esteve comes to Concordia from the University of Maryland, where she taught in the English department. She started out studying economics at the undergraduate level before changing gears and pursuing MA and PhD in comparative literature at the University of Washington. She also spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins Center for Research on Culture and Literature and brings with her extensive teaching experience in English, German and the humanities.

Marylene Gagné (Management)
Marylene Gagné has a recent PhD from the University of Rochester. She does research on how the climate affects performance and well-being at work. Lately, she has been examining applications to volunteerism and citizenship behaviour, and testing the effects of climate in laboratory studies.

Yves Gélinas (Chemistry/Biochemistry)

Yves Gélinas comes to Concordia from the University of Washington in Seattle, where he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in oceanography. A graduate of Université du Québec à Montréal, he has spent a great deal of time in Senegal and Guinea, where he worked as a consultant studying the quality of drinking water. He also taught courses in environmental chemistry at Senegal’s Université Chiek Anta Diop.

Pierre Gauthier (Geography)
Pierre Gauthier is an architect who specializes in urban renewal projects. He has worked on several urban renewal and suburban development projects in Quebec, including the redevelopment of Frontenac St. in Sherbrooke, and in Val-Bélair, a new suburb of Quebec City. He has a master’s degree in architecture from Université Laval and is completing a PhD in urban planning at McGill.

Philip Harland (Religion)
Philip Harland studies the religious and social life of the Greco-Roman world. He has a PhD in religious studies from the University of Toronto, where his thesis explored the significance of imperial cults among associations, synagogues and Christian groups in Roman Asia. He is also interested in the social and cultural history of Christianity, as well as comparative and social scientific approaches to the study of religion.

Pursey Heugens (Management)

Pursey Heugens earned his PhD in strategic management from Erasmus University, in the Netherlands. His research focuses on the management and governance of inter-organizational relationships. His latest book (with Hans van Oosterhout and Jack Vromen), Institutionalized Sociality, will be published next spring.

Henry Hornstein (Applied Human Sciences)
Henry Hornstein comes to Concordia with more than 20 years of experience as a consultant providing expertise and support to companies in the areas of organizational effectiveness and team building. Among the corporations he has worked for are Levi Strauss, Merck Frosst and Oracle. He has MSc and PhD degrees in Psychology from the University of Calgary.

Marlise Horst (Education)
Marlise Horst is an English-second-language specialist who joins the Department of Education’s Centre for Teaching English as a Second Language. In her current research, she is exploring vocabulary acquisition and is testing claims about the volume of new words learners can achieve in instructed settings. She has an MA in applied linguistics from Concordia and a PhD from the University of Wales, Swansea.

Christine Jamieson (Theological Studies)
Christine Jamieson is an ethicist and theologian who has been teaching at Concordia as an LTA since 1998. Previously, she worked at the Ottawa-based Canadian Bureau for International Education. She is preparing a report for Health Canada on the social, medical, ethical, political and psychological implications of genetic testing. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees, including a PhD in ethics, from Saint Paul University in Ottawa.

Yasmin Jiwani (Communication Studies)
Yasmin Jiwani has managed the women’s program for the National Film Board, Pacific Region and worked at the Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children. She was an adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University’s School of Criminology and a research scholar at the Centre for Research in Women’s Studies and Gender Relations at UBC. She just received a large federal grant to study media coverage of violence against women. She has an MA in sociology and a PhD in communication studies from Simon Fraser.

Linda Kay (Journalism)
Linda Kay has been a fixture in Concordia’s Department of Journalism since 1990, teaching several courses a year and directing the graduate program. She spent five years as a reporter at the San Diego Evening Tribune, where she won a Pulitzer Prize for spot news reporting, and nine years as a sportswriter at the Chicago Tribune. She continues to freelance to a variety of publications, including Newsweek. Linda has a journalism degree from Syracuse University and a graduate degree in media studies from Concordia.

Rhona Richman Kenneally (Design Art)
Rhona Richman Kenneally has been teaching material culture and design history and theory in the Department of Design Art since 1999 and the School of Architecture at McGill since 1996. She is currently finishing her PhD from the McGill School of Architecture.

Sun-Bin Kim (Economics)
Sun-Bin Kim is an expert in labour trends. His latest research examines how participation in the labour market is affected by variables such as unemployment insurance policies, minimum wage regulations, unions and welfare systems. A native of South Korea, Kim has BA and MA degrees in economics from Korea University in Seoul, and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.

Gary Kynoch (History)
Gary Kynoch is an expert in African studies. His research has focused on the history of gang warfare and urban violence in South Africa. He spent the past year in South Africa documenting the relationship between police and residents in Soweto. While he was abroad, he also lectured at Johannesburg’s University of Witwatersrand. Canadian-born, Kynoch has a BA from Queen’s University and MA and PhD degrees from Dalhousie.

André Lecours (Political Science)
André Lecours is a specialist in comparative politics and international relations, focused on the nationalist movements of Western Europe. He has BA and MA degrees in from Université Laval and has just completed his PhD at Carleton University. His thesis was entitled Political Institutions, Elites and Ethnonationalism in Western Societies: Belgium, Spain and Canada in Comparative Perspective.

Martin L. Martens (Management)

Martin L. Martens is a doctoral candidate at the University of British Columbia. His primary research interests combine neo-institutional theory and initial public offerings, and also include organizational responses to the natural environment and activist groups. He worked as a newspaper production manager in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he earned his MBA.

Rosanna Maule (Cinema)
Rosanna Maule has a doctorate from the University of Iowa. Her work has centred on critical theory, cultural studies, film theory and history and feminist criticism. It examined contemporary Italian and French literature and culture and their relation with contemporary authorial cinema, especially from independent and women filmmakers.

Stacy McManus (Management)
Stacy McManus is a doctoral candidate at the University of Tennessee, and is a research associate at the Harvard Business School. Her research on organizational mentoring relationships has been published in the Journal of Vocational Behavior.

Csaba Nikolenyi (Political Science)
Csaba Nikolenyi is a specialist in comparative politics and political economy, with a focus on non-Western democracies. He has a BA from Memorial University of Newfoundland and MA and PhD degrees from the University of British Columbia. He spent last year at Concordia as an LTA, teaching introductory courses in International Relations, International Political Economy and American Foreign Policy.

Adam Radomsky (Psychology)
Adam Radomsky studies behavioural disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, impulse control disorders and phobias. A native of Toronto, Radomsky is currently completing a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of British Columbia. He spent the past year at Harvard Medical School, where he completed a predoctoral internship in clinical psychology.

Karen Ruckman (Management)
Karen Ruckman has an MA from Queen’s and a PhD from UBC. Her research focuses on strategic international business issues, technology spillovers, multinational location choice and mode of entry into a foreign market.

Francesca Scala (Political Science)
Francesca Scala returns to Concordia eight years after completing an MA in public policy and public administration. She recently completed a PhD Carleton University and has vast experience working in governmental organizations, including Environment Canada, the National Agriculture Environment Committee and the Canadian Labour Force Development Board. She has taught also political science at Carleton and the University of Ottawa.

Georg Schreckenbach (Chemistry/Biochemistry)
Georg Schreckenbach is an expert in computer chemistry and computer physics. He studied at technical universities in Berlin and Dresden, and completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Calgary and the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. He arrives at Concordia from the Daresbury Laboratory in Wales, U.K., where he was employed as a computational chemist.

Bart Simon (Sociology)
Bart Simon taught in at Queen’s University. He specializes in social theory, sociology of knowledge and sociology of science, technology and communication. He has a BA in cultural studies from Trent University, an MSc in sociology of scientific knowledge from the University of Edinburgh, and a PhD from the University of California at San Diego. He is currently a co-investigator on a major research project exploring surveillance, risk and social order in a global information society.

Katharine Streip (Liberal Arts)
Katharine Streip comes to Concordia from the Honors Program at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, where she spent three years teaching comparative literature. Her research examines the relationship between laughter, comedy and literature. She has published articles in Representations and Paragraph. She has MA and PhD degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and taught at Stanford.

Thomas Walker (Decision Systems/MIS)
Thomas Walker is a native of Germany and a graduate of the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. His research interests are in IPO underpricing, securities regulation and litigation, and ARCH/GARCH modelling.

Carsten Wrosch (Psychology)
Carsten Wrosch comes to Concordia from the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he spent the past two years on a postdoctoral research fellowship. Previously, he received an MA and a PhD from the Free University of Berlin and was a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, both in his native Germany. His main research interests include life-span psychology, motivation, personality, health and adaptation to societal change.

Gerald Zavorsky (Exercise Science)

Gerald Zavorsky is a former national track athlete in the 800 and 1000-metre events whose teaching and research are in fitness assessment and exercise interventions. He has an MA in exercise physiology from McGill University and a PhD in experimental medicine from the University of British Columbia.

Xiaowen Zhou (Mathematics/Statistics)

Xiaowen Zhou focuses on the study of measure-valued stochastic processes, including super Brownian motion and stepping-stone models, which are used to trace a population’s genetic composition. Zhou has BSc and MSc degrees from Zhongshan University and a PhD in statistics from the University of California at Berkeley. He spent the past two years at the University of British Columbia’s Department of Mathematics, where he was a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer.

Next issue: New tenure-track faculty in the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science.