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Meet Our New Faculty and Staff, Part 2

Get to know the faculty and staff who have recently joined Geneseo. This is part two in a continuing series welcoming the newest members of our family and introducing them to the campus. Part 1 Part 3


Mohammad Ansari

Mohammad Ansari is a new assistant professor in the history department. He has previous teaching experience at Columbia University. Ansari specializes in the pre-modern Islamic world, and his teaching areas/research interests include History of Science in the Islamic World, Music, Intellectual History of Islamic Civilizations, Medieval and Early Modern History, and History of the Persianate World. He holds a PhD, an MPhil, and an MA from Columbia University and a BA from the University of Tehran.


Frank Blasioli

Frank Blasioli is an environmental health and safety specialist. His previous professional experience includes HSE Coordinator, Associated Spring Barnes Group Aerospace; EHS Professional, Barilla America U.S.; EHS Coordinator, Cascades Recovery U.S., Inc.; HSE Representative/Safety Trainer Livingston Associates, Inc.; H&S Trainer, Resource Management of WNY; and HSE Representative, General Motors / Delphi. He holds a BS degree from SUNY Geneseo.


Hanna Brant

Hanna Brant is a new assistant professor of political science and international relations with previous teaching experience at the University of Missouri. Her teaching area/research interests include American Government Institutions and Politics; Public Policy and Administrative Politics; Research Methods; and Identity and Politics (Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and LGBTQ+). She holds a PhD from the University of Missouri and a BS from Indiana State University.

Whitney Brown

Whitney Brown is a new assistant professor in the psychology (clinical/counseling psychology). She is a licensed psychologist in New York State and has previous teaching experience at the University at Buffalo. Teaching and research interests for Brown include emotion and emotional dysregulation; substance use, particularly cannabis and alcohol; and interpersonal problems, including interpersonal conflict and aggression. She earned her PhD and MA from the University of Missouri and her BA from Colgate University.


Emily Cooper

Emily Cooper is the new associate college registrar. Previous positions include registrar at the School of Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; registrar and undergraduate student services manager in the Department of Communication, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; internet assessor at Lionbridge; student services representative at American National University; grant coordinator at Cuyahoga Community College Career Center, Ohio; operations specialist at Javitch, Block & Rathbone LLC. She holds an MA and a BA from the University of Akron, Ohio.


Amy Fisk

Amy Fisk joins Geneseo as the assistant dean for accessibility. A Nationally Certified School Psychologist, her previous experience includes serving as Cornerstone program coordinator at Purchase College; an academic consultant for Alfred University; advanced practicum student counselor at Alfred University; and a school psychology doctoral intern at North Colonie School District. She earned her PsyD and MA from Alfred University and her BA from SUNY Fredonia.


Chinmay Jain

Chinmay Jain is a new assistant professor of finance in the School of Business. He has previous teaching experience at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and the University of Memphis, and he holds a PhD from the University of Memphis and a BTech from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur.


John Jones

John Jones joins the School of Education as a visiting assistant professor with previous teaching experience at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His teaching areas/research interests include race, education, and the educative and political uses of media. He earned a PhD and an MS from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a BS from Georgia Southern University.


Shandeepa Wickramasinghe

Shandeepa Wickramasinghe is a new visiting assistant professor in the mathematics department with previous teaching experience from Clarkson University. Her teaching areas/research interests includ Graph Theory, Algorithms, Matrix Computation, Data Analysis, Complex Networks, Modeling and Numerical Analysis, and Machine Learning. She holds a PhD and an MS from Clarkson University and a BSc from the Indian Academy Degree College, Bangalore.


Paul Yan

Paul Yan is a new assistant professor of finance in the School of Business. His international teaching experience includes Canisius College, the University at Buffalo, Hofstra University, Loyola University Maryland, University of Maryland University College, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Wilfrid Laurier University, McGill University in Canada, and Southeast University in China. He has previously taught business analytics using R/Python/SAS, financial modeling, options and futures, and portfolio analysis, and his research interests include financial data analytics, market microstructure, and open source finance. He holds a PhD from McGill University, Canada, an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada, and an M/B from Southeast University, China.

 

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