Jack Sullivan
Professor of English; Director, American Studies Program
Fine Arts 327

Degrees: B.A. Furman University; M.A., M. Phil., and Ph.D., Columbia University

Rebecca Basham
In Memorium, Associate Professor of English
Fine Arts 332

Rebecca Basham passed away July 22, 2015, at home. A playwright and Associate professor of the Department of English, she was 48. A reviewer described one of her plays as “brash, bracing, wildly funny, and covertly serious.” The same could be said of Rebecca herself. She will be sorely missed.

Deirdre Bova
Adjunct Instructor

Deirdre Bova has revamped two American Studies’ classic courses (The American Myth and The American Identity of the Arts) and put a very different spin on them. In the latter, Professor Bova uses film to depict the various facets of art, as she and her students attempt to answer the question: “What films are the artistic quintessence of the decade?” In The American Myth, Professor Bova challenges students to decide whether or not classic American literature is, in fact, classic.

Richard Butsch
Chairperson, Department of Sociology; Professor of Sociology, American Studies, and Film & Media Studies
Fine Arts 279

Dr. Butsch (Ph.D. Rutgers University) teaches in the areas of Media, Cultural Studies and Social Psychology. He has served as chairperson of the Department of Sociology and president of the Rider AAUP. He was 2008 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Italy and a recipient of the Iorio Scholarly Achievement Award.

James Castagnera
Associate Provost/Legal Counsel for Academic Affairs; Acting Chairperson, Mathematics; Associate Professor, Legal Studies and American Studies
Provost's Suite, Moore Library 120

James Ottavio Castagnera, J.D., Ph.D., has spent nearly 30 years practicing, writing about, and teaching law. He has been a faculty member at several institutions and a communication director at an R1 university, and is currently a key administrator at Rider University. He also has been a labor lawyer and litigator with a major Philadelphia firm and the general counsel/corporate secretary for the then-largest convenience store chain in New Jersey and for the nation's number one econometric forecasting organization.

Matthew Goldie
Professor of English
Fine Arts 336

Ph.D. English. The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY)
Certificate in Medieval Studies. The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY)
M.F.A. Creative Writing (Poetry). Brooklyn College, CUNY
B.A. English and Philosophy. Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand

Robert  Good
Professor and Chairperson of Philosophy
North Hall 116

Robert Good came to Rider University in 1982 after serving on the faculty of the University of Alabama in Birmingham for seven years. He earned an A.B. with Honors in Philosophy from Princeton University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Good has been awarded three fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities, a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, and the Lindback Prize for Distinguished Teaching.

Joseph Gowaskie
Emeritus Professor
North Hall 101

Teaches United States labor, economic, urban and business history. His research interests include American coal miners and the United Mine Workers of America. He has published articles and reviews in the Journal of American History, Labor History, Business History Review and The Historian. (Ph.D., Catholic)

Mickey  Hess
Professor of English
Fine Arts 325

Degrees: B.A. University of Louisville; M.A.T. University of Louisville; Ph.D. University of Louisville

Mickey Hess is the co-author, with Buddha Monk, of The Dirty Version: On Stage, in the Studio, and in the Streets with Ol' DIrty Bastard (HarperCollins 2014). His other books include The Nostalgia Echo, Big Wheel at the Cracker Factory, and Is Hip Hop Dead? The Past, Present, and Future of America’s Most Wanted Music.

Cynthia  Lucia
Professor of English; Director, Film and Media Studies Program
Fine Arts 329

Degrees: B.S. Indiana University of Pennsylvania; M.A., Ph.D. New York University

Katherine  Maynard
Professor of English
Fine Arts 322

Dr. Maynard was hired to teach the Literary History I and II survey courses required for all English majors and minors. She also has taught Great Ideas I (BHP), Great Ideas II (BHP), American Identity in the Arts (AMS), and Advanced Poetry.

Jonathan Millen
Associate Dean for the Liberal Arts
Fine Arts 207B

Dr. Jonathan H. Millen is a Professor of Communication and Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts, Education and Sciences at Rider University. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts and joined the faculty in the Department of Communication and Journalism at Rider in 1991. He served as department chair from 2005-2010. In addition to teaching a wide array of communication courses, he developed The Social Impact of Rock and Roll for the American Studies program and a course on conflict resolution for the Law and Justice program.

Vanita  Neelakanta
Associate Professor of English
Fine Arts 331

Ph.D. in English, Brandeis University
M.A. and B.A. in English, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India

Pearlie-Mae Peters
Professor of English
Fine Arts 337

Degrees: B.A. Grambling State University, Ph.D. State University of New York at Buffalo

Dr. Peters' scholarship includes African American literature and folklore, nineteenth century American literature and multi-ethnic American literature.

Raymond Setters
Adjunct Instructor of English and American Studies
Fine Arts 313

Degrees: B.A. Rider University; MFA, Rosemont College

Barry  Truchil
Associate Professor, Sociology and Law & Justice
Fine Arts 248

Dr. Barry Truchil (Ph.D., State University of New York at Binghamton) teaches Political Sociology, Social Theory and the Introductory Seminar in Sociology. He is author of Capital-Labor Relations in the U.S. Textile Industry, and has also written on economic development and political disputes in local government. A recipient of the Rider Distinguished Teaching Award, he is currently writing a book on how local government works.

Stacey Zerilli
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Fine Arts 319