Who is new to the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies?

August 10, 2022

The School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, the largest transdisciplinary school in the humanities at Arizona State University, welcomes new faculty members to its roster of impressive scholars.

The school is excited about the new research topics, courses and ideas they will all bring.

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Nathan Ballantyne, Associate Professor, Philosophy

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Nathan Ballantyne

Nathan Ballantyne joins ASU’s philosophy faculty from Fordham University, where he was an associate professor of philosophy. He received his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Arizona.

His research includes questions about improving human judgment and inquiry, particularly in times of conflict. In times of conflict and uncertainty in society, issues of knowledge and rational opinion come to the surface: what do we know? Who should we trust? How can we improve our beliefs? His research tackles these questions and aims to give investigators good cognitive guidance by blending philosophical reflection with insights from science.

Maurice Crandall, Associate Professor, History

Maurice Crandall joins the history faculty at Dartmouth College, where he was assistant professor of Native American studies. He received his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico.

His research focuses on indigenous peoples of the US-Mexico border regions. Currently, he is working on a book that explores the role Yavapai and Dilzhe’e Apache Scouts played in building their communities after the “Indian Wars”.

Alan Shane Dillingham, Assistant Professor, History

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Alan Shane Dillingham

Alan Shane Dillingham joins the ASU faculty from Albright College, where he was assistant professor of Latin American history. He received his doctorate in Latin American history from the University of Maryland.

Her research focuses on the historical experiences of Indigenous peoples of the Americas. In particular, it focuses on 20th century Mexico, at the intersection of anti-colonial policies and education and development policies, and social movements led by workers and youth.

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Estibalitz Ezkerra Vegas

Estibalitz Ezkerra Vegas, postdoctoral researcher, ACLS fellow

Estibalitz Ezkerra Vegas joins the school of the University of California in Santa Barbara, where she was an Etxepare lecturer in Basque studies. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Her research focuses on interdisciplinary, transnational and comparative approaches to the politics of memory, violence and the demand for justice in the cultural production of post-conflict territories such as Ireland and the Basque Country in Spain. She is invested in illuminating the voices and narratives of minority and Indigenous communities that are typically rendered invisible in Western and American narratives of the past, with particular attention to literature and the arts.

Jimmy Licon, lecturer, philosophy

Jimmy Licon joins the faculty of philosophy at George Mason University, where he was an emerging scholar at the Mercatus Center. He received his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Maryland, College Park.

His work deals with questions of ethics, epistemology, philosophy, politics and economics. He also studies the philosophy of religion and metaphysics.

Ashley Tickle Odebiyi, Assistant Professor, History

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Ashley Tickle Odebiyi

Ashley Tickle Odebiyi recently received her doctorate in history from the University of Alabama and joins the ASU History faculty as an assistant professor of history.

Her research focuses on women’s religious movements in medieval and modern Europe and in Renaissance Rome. She is currently studying the networks that pious lay people, called bizzoche, created in Rome in the 15th century. These networks include religious, economic, and political networks among other devout lay people, male clerics, and the men and women of their local neighborhoods.

Nandita Punj, Postdoctoral Researcher, Jain Studies

Nandita Punj joins the ASU faculty at Rutgers University, where she earned her doctorate in art history. She also holds a PhD in History from the University of Delhi.

More recently, his research focuses on modern Jain manuscript painting and examines the role of vernacular art in the visual culture of western India.

Mónica Espaillat Lizardo, Assistant Professor, History

Mónica Espaillat Lizardo obtained her doctorate in history and sexual diversity studies at the University of Toronto.

She researches gender, sex and sexualities, Latin American and Caribbean history, migration and diaspora studies, state, politics and law. His recent project examined the construction of Dominican citizenship from the Trujillo dictatorship (1930 – 1961) to 2012.

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