Faculty in Residence
Frederick Aldama is an Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor and founder and director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s LASER. He is also founder and co-director of the Humanities & Cognitive Sciences High School Summer Institute. In his research and teaching he uses the tools of narrative theory and cognitive science to enrich understanding of literature, art, music, film, comic books, and video games by and about Latinos.
Lilia Fernández is Associate Professor in the Department of History, and she will work with ODI to support the development of a diverse faculty at Ohio State. Professor Fernández’s research interests include Latino/a history, immigration, race and ethnic identity formation, urban renewal and gentrification, and women’s history. She is affiliated with the Latino/a Studies Program, the Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies Department, and the Comparative Studies Department.
Barbara Fink is a Professor of Optometry and Vision Science at The Ohio State University College of Optometry and serves as director for The Ohio LSAMP Alliance. Her research interests include corneal and tear physiology, contact lens design, and keratoconus. Her studies have looked at contact lens designs and materials and their effects on ocular physiology through the measurement of corneal oxygen uptake rates.
ODI’s first international visiting administrator was in residence from July 13 – 24, 2015. Dr. Holly Prescott came from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom to learn about ODI’s post-baccalaureate initiatives: GPS, what funding ODI offers to graduate and/or professional students, and retention programs such as the Dissertation Boot Camp. Dr. Prescott's research, in part, centers around, , and
Kay Bea Jones
Kay Bea Jones is an associate professor of architecture at the Knowlton School. Jones’ research interests include modern and contemporary Italian architecture. Along with her students, Professor Jones is working on designing an expansion to Hale Hall. Jones has applied her studies to American co-housing and also studies in urban agriculture and the impacts of change in the American food system on urban revitalization. At Ohio State, she has led the design section of the International Poverty Solutions Collaborative and helped establish The Women’s Place.
Maurice E. Stevens is an associate professor in Comparative Studies. Professor Stevens has facilitated staff and faculty professional development activities and retreats for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. He is interested in the formation of identities in and through visual culture and performance, and in historical memory in relation to trauma theory, critical gender studies, critical race theory, psychoanalytic theory, and popular cultural performance.