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Communication, Liberal Arts, Social Sciences

Mary Dezember

Dr. Mary Dezember is an English professor whose areas of expertise are poetry, the visual arts, and American literature. In 2012, she published a collection of her poetry titled “Earth-Marked Like You.

Dezember earned her bachelor’s in English Composition at the University of Evansville. She earned her master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Indiana in Comparative Literature.

Rafael Lara-Martinez

Rafael Lara-Martinez is a professor of Latin American literature and Spanish. Rafael Lara-Martinez has studied linguistics anthropology and Latin American literature in Mexico, France and the USA. He has published in Australia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Italy, Mexico, and the USA. He is widely published and has won numerous awards, including the Distinguished Research Award at NMT in 2003.

Lara-Martinez specializes in the indigenous languages of Central American and literature – both modern and historic – of the same region. He earned his bachelor’s in linguistic anthropology from the Escuela Nacional de Antropologiz  Historia in Mexico. He earned his Ph.D. in Latin American Literature from the University of North Carolina. He has student extensively in France as well.

Alexander Prusin

Alexander Prusin is a professor of history, specializing in World and European History. His research interests include Russia and Eastern Europe, nationalism, ethnic conflict, and genocide. He has authored two books “Nationalizing a Borderland: War, Ethnicity, and Anti-Jewish Violence in East Galicia, 1914-1920,” and “The ‘Lands Between’: Conflict on the Eastern European Frontiers, 1870-1992.” 

Prusin earned his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in Russian and East European History and International Relations.

Doug Dunston

Doug Dunston is a professor of music and the music program Director at NMT. He  conducts orchestral and choral concerts, operettas, and musical theatre, and teaches courses in Music, Creativity, and Interdisciplinary Problem Solving. He has conducted orchestral performances in the US (Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra, Claremont Concert Orchestra, Animas Music Festival in Durango, Colorado), Austria and Hungary.

Rosario Durao

Rosário Durao is an assistant professor of technology communication at NMT. Her research centers on international professional communication, information design and data visualization, science and technology (S&T) studies, and complexity. She is the co-director of the Humanizing Technology research project and director of its Visualizing STEM Research Synergy Cluster. She is also the founding editor of connexions • international professional communication journal.

She earned her bachelor’s and master’s from the University of Lisbon (Portugal). Her Ph.D. is in translation studies from the Open University in Portugal.

Elisabeth Kramer-Simpson

Elisabeth Kramer-Simpson is an assistant professor and the director of the bachelor’s in technical communication. She teaches Technical Writing and Introduction to Technical Communication at New Mexico Tech. Her research interests focus on pedagogical techniques that lead to learning such as written response to student writing.

Kramer-Simpson earned her bachelor’s from the University of Iowa and her master’s from the University of Wisconsin. She earned her Ph.D. in English Compositional Studies from the University of New Hampshire.

Steve Simpson

Steve Simpson is an associate professor of technical communication. He teaches courses in science and technical communication and English as a Second Language. He serves on the CCCC Committee on Second Language Writing, a national committee advising writing programs on how to meet the needs of multilingual students in higher education.

Simpson earned his master’s from the University of Cincinnati and his Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire in English Composition Studies.

Taylor Dotson

Taylor Dotson teaches interdisciplinary social science courses concerning the culture and politics of science and technology. His topics of expertise include environmental problems, industrial accidents, the barriers to achieving a saner technological civilization, and the shaping power of dominant technologies on everyday life.

His doctoral research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute examined the relationship between technology and communal life, exploring the possibilities for realizing artifacts and systems better compatible with “thick” community. Dotson is a graduate of NMT, earning his bachelor’s and master’s in the Mathematics Department.

Shawn Higgins

Shawn Higgins is an assistant professor of English. His research centers on race, culture, and citizenship in American literature through lenses such as food, language, and sound. His dissertation, "Literary Soundscapes: Nationalism and U.S. Literature, 1890-1940," focused on writers such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Israel Zangwill, Irving Berlin, and Américo Paredes.

He earned his bachelor’s at the University of Cal-Riverside and his master’s at Columbia University. He has previously taught at universities in Japan and is an immersive student of the language. He earned his doctorate from the University of Connecticut

Jesse Priest

Jesse Priest is an assistant professor of English, helps direct the NMT Writing Center and teaches courses in college writing and technical communication. His research interests focus on Writing Center Studies, as well as the relationship between academic knowledge and public engagement, particularly with regard to how scientists talk to people outside of their disciplines. He is also interested in writing assessment and composition pedagogy.

Priest earned his bachelor’s in English and History at the University of Maine and his master’s in English Composition and Rhetoric at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.