Our Faculty

The Johnston Center includes three core faculty members and many affiliated faculty from across the College of Arts and Sciences.

Julie Townsend

Julie Townsend

Director of the Johnston Center and Professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities


Julie's interests include: 19th and 20th century European and American literature; critical theory; interdisciplinary approaches to literature and the visual and performing arts; modern dance history and theory; and the use of movement as a pedagogical strategy with non-dancers.  As director of Johnston, Julie encourages Johnston's spirit of innovation and its dynamic learning environment by working collaboratively with students, faculty,  and staff. 


Kelly Hankin

KellyHankinTim SeiberProfessor of Film Studies



Film and Media Studies (Feminism and Film, Women Filmmakers, Analyses of Production); Lesbian, Gay, Queer Studies; Food Studies; Pedagogy; Newly, the study of travel and its participants.



Tim Seiber

Assistant Professor of  Science and Media Studies


Tim's primary interests are in the history of media and visualization, especially as it pertains to scientific and medical image-making from the 17th century to the present.  He teaches courses on the history of science, media history and theory, feminist and queer science studies, and digital culture. He often co-teaches courses with colleagues and students in the sciences and humanities, and encourages integrative learning inside and outside the classroom through events planning, independent studies, and media production.

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Ben Aronson

Ben Aronson Professor of Biology



My research interests focus on the study of Wolbachia, a bacterium that infects numerous insect species and causes a variety of reproductive disturbances. Other areas of interest and expertise include immunology, genetics and molecular biology.


Leslie Brody

Leslie Brody

Professor of Creative Writing



 I teach introductory, intermediate and advanced workshops in the Creative Writing Department. I also teach seminars on a variety of topics. Some of these include: documentary film, monologue writing for the stage, literary journalism and nontraditional biography


Karen Derris

Karen DerrisProfessor of Religious Studies and Virginia C. Hunsaker Distinguished Teaching Chair

 909/748-8680 Karen_Derris@redlands.edu

Karen’s interests include: literature, ethics and history in pre-modern Buddhist tradition in South and Southeast Asia; gender and sexuality in pre-modern Buddhist literary sources; course-cultural learning and the privilege of mobility in global learning.

Pat Geary

Pat GearyProfessor of Creative Writing



I teach fiction writing workshops through the Creative Writing Department and yoga classes through Johnston.




Lorenzo Garbo

Lorenzo GarboProfessor of Economics



Lorenzo's interests include: traditions of wisdom in early modern political economy, the Scottish enlightenment, and Zen philosophy and practice. He teaches courses in international trade and history of economic thought in the department of economics; classes and courses in Zen meditation in the department of Religious Studies/Meditation Room; and has offered a variety of Johnston seminars such as International Humanitarian Aid, Early political economy and the enlightenment, Utopian Economics, and Fearlessness (with Prof. Schoonmaker). Lorenzo has been a member of the Johnston's Academic Policy Committee for several years, and is deeply passionate about the negotiating process of Johnston contracts.


Daniel Kiefer

Professor of Daniel KieferEnglish



Daniel Kiefer offers courses in English and American literature, poetry, and critical theory, including seminars in Romantic poetry, Shakespeare, and Milton.  He has taught Johnston seminars in queer culture and theory, Freud’s rhetoric, Dante’s Inferno, and Romantic poetry and painting.  He has published essays on W. B. Yeats and Tony Kushner, and he contributed to the Johnston project on J. M. Coetzee, Encountering “Disgrace.”  Daniel is working on a book about the figural body in the poetry of Walt Whitman called Whitman's Darkest Leaves.


Fred Rabinowitz

Fred Rabinowitz

Professor of Psychology



Fred's interests include: Counseling and psychotherapy; gender issues in counseling; the impact of the masculine role in men¹s lives; the expression of depression in men; group dynamics, and interpersonal relationships.  Outside the classroom, Fred paints, golfs, skis, swims, reads, and is an avid poker player.

Sara Schoonmaker

Sara Schoonmaker

Professor of Sociology and Anthropology



Sara Schoonmaker has been engaged in the Johnston community since coming to Redlands in 1995. She has taught courses on Revolution; Globalization and the Fate of the Third World; Norms, Liberation and Danger; Fearlessness; and Consume the Local/Hack the Global. She is a development sociologist interested in alternatives to the dominant form of neoliberal globalization and consumer culture. She is currently writing a book, Free Software, the Digital Commons and Globalization from Below: Hacking the Global, where she explores software's pivotal role as the code that powers computers, mobile devices, the Internet, and social media. Drawing upon key cases and interviews with free software proponents based in Europe, Brazil and the U.S., the book explores how free software communities are contributing to the creation of the digital commons. It examines contemporary political struggles over free software, privacy and civil rights on the Internet that are vital for the commons' continued development.

Alisa Slaughter

Alisa Slaughter

Professor of Creative Writing



I have published essays and stories in several literary journals, including "Santa Monica Review," "The Missouri Review," "Natural Bridge" and "Maisonneuve."


Pat Wasielewski

Pat WasielewskiProfessor of Anthropology and Sociology




She is looking at how the development of a sustainable, eco-tourism project has transformed the way the workers and tourist view gender and ethnic identities by bringing global models and understandings to communities previously operating on Zapotec tradition. Pat also is pursuing work on gender, risk taking and emotion among adventure tourists and expatriates.

Greg Bills

Greg BillsProfessor of Creative Writing

909/748-8572     greg_bills@redlands.edu


Greg Bills is a fiction writer and teacher. Originally from Midvale, Utah (ten miles south of Salt Lake City), he graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Utah and received an M.F.A. in fiction writing from UC Irvine.

Sharon Oster

Professor of English

Sharon Oster



Sharon has taught Johnston courses in graphic novels, Henry James, the literature of the 1960s and totalitarianism. As a fellow at the Mandel Center, Sharon researched oral and written Holocaust testimonies and strategies in Holocaust pedagogy; she piloted the Mandel Center’s new digital teaching resource, “Experiencing History"; and, in June 2017, participated in a research workshop, “Photography of Atrocity.”  Professor Oster’s work on rhetorical figures of Jewishness, written by and about Jews in a variety of contexts, engages her broad interests in literary realism, the novel, religious aesthetics, and American Jewish and Holocaust literature generally.


Bill Roque

Professor of Sociology


Bill Roque


My research focuses on masculinity, nationalism and identity, especially as they intersect with race and social class. I am currently examining these themes in American gun culture and the US prison system. This research marks a transition from previous research that I began in graduate school on the social organization of autism, but also builds on it in that all of my research is motivated by a desire to reveal facets and dynamics of power to better understand the social forces that shape o

ur lives and our society.

Nick Shunda

Professor of Economics



Nick Shunda

Nick Shunda joined University of Redlands in fall 2008. He studied economics at Villanova University, from which he graduated summa cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He obtained his PhD from University of Connecticut and was named Outstanding Teaching Assistant for 2007-2008. He teaches courses in Microeconomics, Industrial Organization,Econometrics, Mathematical Economics, and Game Theory. He received an Outstanding Teahing Award in 2014.  His research applies microeconomic theory, game theory, and psychological and evolutionary principles to understand behavior in auctions and contests.