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Daria Cohen
Chair, Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Associate Professor of Spanish
Fine Arts 383

Daria Cohen received her Ph.D. in Spanish from Rutgers University. Her dissertation analyzed the burgeoning subjectivity of the female body in short prose narratives by canonical authors from both Spain and Latin America in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Dr. Cohen’s research interests include the Hispanic modernist short story, theater, subjectivity, narratology, gender studies, pop culture and foreign language pedagogy.

Bosah Ebo
Professor of Communication
Fine Arts 216

B.S., M.A., Wisconsin; Ph.D., Iowa

Dr. Ebo teaches communication ethics, public relations and international communication. His research interests also include popular culture and media images of Africa. He edited the books Cyberghetto or Cybertopia: Race, Class and Gender on the Internet and Cyberimperialism: Global Relations in the New Electronic Frontier.

Roberta Fiske-Rusciano
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Fine Arts 273

Roberta Fiske-Rusciano (Ph.D in Anthropology, Rutgers University, 1999, M.A. University of Chicago, 1980) is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science, Global Studies, Multicultural Studies, and Gender Studies at Rider University. She has published three books entitled Experiencing Race, Class, and Gender in the United States (Editions 4, 5, and 6), as well as several chapters in other volumes.

Barbara Franz
Professor of Political Science
Fine Arts 272

Barbara Franz (Ph.D. Syracuse University) is Professor of Political Science.  Her research interests juxtapose the phenomenon of mass migrations and refugee movements and what they mean for the stability of nations, the increasing potential of culture clashes within societies, and the root causes of migration movements, violence, terror, and genocide, as recently seen in Rwanda, Bosnia and Syria.

Melissa Hofmann
Associate Professor - Librarian
Moore Library 329
Liaison: English, and Gender & Sexuality Studies Program


  • B.A., The College of New Jersey (English)
  • M.L.I.S., Rutgers University
  • M.A., The College of New Jersey (English)


  • Cataloging/Bibliographic Control
  • Liaison: English, and Gender & Sexuality Studies Program

Honors & Awards

  • 2017 Summer Research Fellowship, Rider University
  • 2014 Summer Research Fellowship, Rider University
Kathryn Holden
Associate Professor - Librarian
Moore Library 335
Liaison: Foreign Languages & Literatures; and School of Fine & Performing Arts


  • B.A., William Smith College (Classical Languages)
  • M.A., Pennsylvania State University (Classics)
  • M.S.L.S., University of Kentucky


  • Collection Development
  • Electronic Resources
  • Acquisitions
  • Liaison: Foreign Languages & Literatures; and School of Fine & Performing Arts
Erica Ryan
Assistant Professor II of History
North Hall 105

Teaches American history including courses on modern America, cultural history, and women, gender and sexuality. Her research focuses on the intersections between ideas about gender, sexuality, and political culture in the modern United States, and on the significance of the family as a social and political construct in the American past. (Ph.D., Brown University)

Megan Titus
Assistant Professor II of English
Fine Arts 330


  • Ph.D in Rhetoric and Composition, Ohio University, June 2010; Graduate Certificate: Women’s and Gender Studies; Dissertation: “Surfacing Teacher and Student Voices: the Implications of Teaching Practices for Student Attitudes Toward Revision.” Dissertation Director: Jennie Nelson.
  • M.A. in English, Montclair State University, January 2004; Major Emphasis: Writing Studies; Master’s Thesis: “Reawakening the Student: Exploring Teaching Kinesthetic; Writing in the College Writing Classroom.” Thesis Director: Robert Whitney