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Five Faculty Members Granted Tenure

The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Board of Trustees, upon recommendation of President Mark D. Gearan, recently approved tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor to four faculty members, and awarded tenure to Associate Professor of Theatre Heather May.

Effective July 1, Assistant Professor of Education Khuram Hussain, Assistant Professor of Art and Architecture Kirin Makker, Assistant Professor of Economics Felipe Rezende, and Assistant Professor of Sociology James Sutton were promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.

Hussain earned a B.A. in history and political science cum laude from Oswego State University of New York. He earned a M.A. in American history, a M.A.T. in social studies from Binghamton University, and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University, where he studied education policy, the history of education, and black press history. Prior to joining the Colleges in 2008, Hussain was a NYC social studies teacher and has taught education courses at Syracuse University, as well as at the International Islamic Institute in Islamabad, Pakistan.

In the HWS Education Department, Hussain teaches courses that explore culturally responsive, community-oriented, democratic education. He has given more than 20 peer-reviewed presentations and been published in 11 peer-reviewed publications. His current book, “Imaging the Black Freedom Struggle: Political Cartoons of Muhammad Speaks, 1960 – 1975,” is under contract with Johns Hopkins University Press for a 2017 publication. He has served as an Honors and independent study adviser to 20 graduate and undergraduate students, overseeing their research.

Hussain is a co-founder and facilitator of Tools for Social Change – a community and campus collaboration that draws on intergroup dialogue to develop collective movements for urban justice. He was recently honored by the NAACP for “Distinguished Service to the Mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Geneva, NY.” At HWS in 2015, he was honored for “Outstanding Faculty Service: Higher Education Opportunity Programs” and the “Sankofa, Excellence in Service Award.” He currently serves on the boards of the Khaldunia Research Institute and the Black Press Research Collective.

Makker earned a B.A. in English magna cum laude from University of Austin Texas, a M.A. in English and a Ph.D. in Regional Planning from University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Master of Architecture from the University of Maryland College Park. Her scholarly research has focused on the planning, history and development of American small towns.

In the HWS Art and Architecture Department, Makker teaches design studios, sketching, and portfolio design and history and theory of architecture. She has been awarded 14 peer-reviewed grants, given more than 10 peer-reviewed presentations and lectures, and authored over a dozen peer-approved and reviewed articles. She also authored the forthcoming book, “Village Improvement in America” (University of Georgia Press, 2017) and is in production with “Myths of Main Street” (anticipated 2019). In the community, she has served as a creative leader for several projects such as Harvest in the Finger Lakes,  Sketch Crawls, and Historic South Neighborhood initiatives. She serves as a council-appointed member and chair of Geneva’s Public Art Committee.

Makker has been teaching design studios to liberal arts students since 2004, and joined the HWS faculty in 2009. She previously taught at Smith College, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Hampshire College, and Mount Holyoke College.   

Rezende earned a B.A. in economics from Federal University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and a M.A. in economics and Ph.D. in economics and mathematics from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His research has focused on money and banking, monetary theory and policy, and macroeconomic theory and policy. Before joining HWS in 2010, Rezende was an instructor at University of Missouri-Kansas City. His professional career began with positions in business intelligence with ChevronTexaco and Shell Brazil, both in Rio de Janeiro.

At HWS, Rezende teaches courses on macroeconomics, money and financial markets, econometrics, statistics, seminar on the 2007-2008 financial crisis, and the Brazilian economy. He has coordinated the New York City Finance Experience Trip, and in 2014 was the recipient of the Provost’s Fellowship for Junior Faculty.

Rezende has authored more than a dozen book chapters and articles, which have been published in a number of prestigious financial journals, including Valor Economico, Brazil’s largest economic finance and business newspaper. He secured a grant from the Ford Foundation to direct a research project titled, “Financial Governance, Banking, and Financial Instability in Brazil: Analysis and Policy Recommendations.” In 2015, he presented the first phase of his findings at a conference on banking and financial instability in Brazil, which he organized and coordinated. He is a research fellow for the Multidisciplinary Institute for Development and Strategies, and has presented at nearly 30 conferences and professional meetings.

Sutton earned an A.A. in liberal studies from Long Beach City College, B.A. in sociology from California State University, Long Beach, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology (concentration in crime and community) from Ohio State University. Much of his research focuses on criminology and corrections. He has presented his work at or participated in more than 15 conferences and has published five peer-reviewed publications, an Op-Ed column, two book reviews, and three teaching publications.

In the Anthropology and Sociology Department at HWS since 2012, Sutton teaches classes on criminology, social deviance, juvenile delinquency, research methods, and sociology of sport. He serves on the HWS Institutional Review Board, the HWS Educational Second Chances Program Steering Committee, and was a member of the Witness to Innocence Week Organizing Committee.  Additionally, he is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, American Society of Criminology, Criminal Justice Educators Association of New York State, and the International Association for Correctional Forensic Psychology.

Sutton has completed multiple criminal justice trainings such as Colonel Henry F. Williams Homicide Seminar with the New York State Police and International Gang Specialist Training at the National Gang Crime Research Center. In 2015, he served as a manuscript reviewer for Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, the Violence Against Women journal, and the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. In 2013, he completed a research report “The Maxine Singer Youth Guidance Center: An Exploratory Evaluation” for the Yuba County Probation Department. Prior to joining HWS, Sutton taught in the sociology departments at California State University, Chico; Columbus State Community College; and was a graduate associate at Ohio State University.

May earned a B.A. with honors in theatre from Grinnell College, a M.A. in drama from Washington University, and a Ph.D. in theatre and drama from Indiana University. Prior to joining the HWS faculty in 2013, May was an Associate Professor at Auburn University, where she founded and served as the Artistic Director of Auburn University’s Mosaic Theatre Company. Her research has focused on theatre for social change, minstrelsy in the U.S., female impersonation, and 19th century American popular culture.

In the HWS Theatre Department, May teaches courses on script analysis, acting, directing, stage management, theatre for social change and theatre capstone, among others. She founded and is the artistic director of Mosaic NY, the Colleges’ social justice company, and was an HWS Fisher Center Research Fellow in the 2014-15 academic year. She has directed three plays during her tenure at the Colleges, including the world premiere of “Duchess” in spring 2016.

She has presented at more than 20 conferences, published several peer-reviewed articles and book reviews, and directed more than 20 professional and collegiate theatre productions. May has performed on stages in Auburn, Ala., Grinnell, Iowa, St. Louis, Mo., and Birmingham, Ala. In addition to her work as a director, her professional theatre experience includes several appearances in educational videos, as well as work as a production stage manager and stage manager for nearly a dozen productions in St. Louis and Sarasota, Fla. May has been selected to participate in a number of competitive director training programs including Directors Lab West, Directors Lab North, La MaMa’s International Symposium for Directors, and Dell’Arte International’s Summer Intensive. She is a stage management member of Actors’ Equity Association, and a full member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.