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Affiliated Faculty and Staff

Chris Fisher

Christopher T. Fisher, Ph. D

Professor Fisher teaches various classes on topics in the twentieth century, American diplomatic, and African American history. He received his doctorate from Rutgers University’s History Department.

Phone: 609-771-2717
History department profile
Cassandra Jackson

Cassandra Jackson, Ph.D

Cassandra Jackson is a Professor of English. She received a B.A. in English from Spelman College and a Ph.D. in English from Emory University. Her research and teaching interests focus on African American literature, critical race theory, and visual culture. She is the author of Barriers Between Us: Interracial Sex in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (Indiana University Press, 2004) and Violence, Visual Culture, and the Black Male Body was published by Routledge in 2010 (Routledge, 2010). Professor Jackson is an alum of the OpEd Project, a nonprofit organization that aims to increase the number of women and minority thought leaders in key commentary forums. Her public commentary on race in American culture can be found on the Huffington Post.

Phone: 609-771-2687
Dr. Marla Jaksch

Marla Jaksch, Ph.D

Dr. Marla L. Jaksch is an Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and an affiliate faculty of African American Studies. Jaksch, a Fulbright Scholar to Tanzania in 2009-2010, received her Ph.D. in Women’s Studies and Art Education from The Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests include: transnational feminisms, gender and development, indigenous rights and grassroots organizing, arts & culture of East Africa, cultural tourism, heritage, and preservation, and global experiential-learning.

Recent publications include:
Marla Jaksch & Endsley, C. (Forthcoming 2012). “The Troubadour: K’naan, East African Hip Hop and Social Justice,” in Hip Hop(e): The Cultural Practice and Critical Pedagogy of International Hip Hop and “Feminist Ujamaa: Reflections on the Intersections of Family, Community, and Teaching in East Africa” in Toby Jenkins [ed] Family, Community, & Higher Education, Routledge.

She has taught courses on Race and Ethnic Relations, Racism & Sexism, Race, Gender, & Visual Culture, Gender Politics of Development in East Africa, Gender & Development in Tanzania, Transnational Feminisms, and African Women’s Movements & Grassroots Organizing. She has also led summer experiential-learning programs to East Africa for more than 6 years.

Phone: 609-771-2722
Ann Marie Nicolosi

Ann Marie Nicolosi, Ph.D

Ann Marie Nicolosi, a specialist in women’s and gender history, received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University. In addition to teaching gender history courses, she teaches courses on feminist theories, sexual politics, and GBLT studies. Her current research focuses on a comparative account of women using media in the first and second feminist waves. Dr. Nicolosi is chair of the Department of Women and Gender Studies at TCNJ.

Phone: 609-771-2276
Ruth Palmer

Ruth Palmer, Ph.D

Dr. Palmer is an associate Professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Secondary Education in the School of Education. She is an Educational psychologist; she currently teaches Adolescent Learning and Development, Curriculum in the Secondary School, and Research and Inquiry. Her research interests include teacher education specifically identity construction, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and middle-level education. She is the co-chair for the School of Education Council on Undergraduate Research and advisor for the student-led, Secondary Education Teachers Association (SETA), and its subcommittee, Undergraduate Research Advocacy Initiative (URAI). Dr. Palmer is the vice-president of the Board of Education in Ewing Township Public Schools.

Phone: 609-771-2803

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Kim Pearson, MA

Kim Pearson is an associate professor of Journalism and Interactive Multimedia. Her research on computing diversity and civic engagement has garnered support from Microsoft and the National Science Foundation. Pearson teaches various courses on writing for interactive multimedia, news games and race, gender and the news. Pearson holds an MA in journalism from New York University.

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Phone: 609-771-2692
English department profile

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Mekala Audain, Ph.D

Mekala Audain earned her Ph.D. from Rutgers University-New Brunswick in 2014. She teaches courses about nineteenth-century U.S. history and African American history. Her research interests center on slavery, fugitive slaves, black emigration, and free and enslaved African Americans on the U.S.-Mexico border. She is working on articles about fugitive slaves in northwestern Louisiana and eastern Texas and is currently completely her book manuscript, Mexican Canaan: The Southern Underground Railroad to Spanish Texas and Northeastern Mexico, 1804-1867. Before coming to The College of New Jersey, Mekala Audain held a postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University’s Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice.

Phone: 609-771-2692
History department profile


Craig Hollander, Ph.D

Professor Craig Hollander graduated from Columbia University in 2004. He then received his PhD in 19th-century U.S. history from The Johns Hopkins University in 2013. Professor Hollander was the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships during his time in graduate school, including the Alexander Butler Prize, the Hodson Fellowship in the Humanities, a Doris G. Quinn Fellowship, a Dean’s Teaching Fellowship, and the Barra Dissertation Fellowship from the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining the TCNJ faculty, Professor Hollander was the Behrman Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History at Princeton University. His dissertation, titled *Against a Sea of Troubles: Slave Trade Suppressionism During the Early Republic*, won both the 2014 C. Vann Woodward Prize from the Southern Historical Association and the 2014 SHEAR Dissertation Prize from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. Professor Hollander’s manuscript is under contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press for publication in the Early American Studies Series.

History department profile