Faculty & Staff

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Headshot of Justin Burton
Associate Professor
Fine Arts 371

Justin D Burton received a PhD in musicology from Rutgers University in 2009. His research revolves around popular music/culture, music technologies, hip hop, and critical race theory.

Headshot of Daria Cohen
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.

Deborah Cordonnier
Adjunct Instructor
Fine Arts 333
Michele D'Angelo
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Fine Arts 316
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.

Headshot of 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.

Headshot of 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.

Headshot of 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

Laurel Harris
Assistant Professor II of English
FA 333

Ph.D., English, Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY)
BA, English, Oberlin College

Headshot of Melissa Hofmann
Associate Professor - Librarian
Moore Library 329
Liaison: English; Film & Media Studies Program; Gender/Sexuality Studies Program; Language, Literatures, and Cultures; Multicultural Studies


  • 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; Film & Media Studies Program; Gender/Sexuality Studies Program; Language, Literatures, and Cultures; Multicultural Studies

Honors & Awards

  • 2017 Summer Research Fellowship, Rider University
Headshot of Susan McManimon
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Communication
Headshot of Kelly Ross
Assistant Professor II of English
Fine Arts 332
  • Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.A., College of William and Mary

Kelly Ross specializes in Early and 19th-century American literature with secondary interests in 20th-century American literature, detective fiction, poetry, African American literature, and American Studies. 

Headshot of Frank Rusciano
Fine Arts 277


  • 1983: University of Chicago: Ph.D., M.A. (1978) in Political Science.
    Major fields: American and Comparative politics, Methodology and Political Communication.
  • 1976: Cornell University: B.A. magna cum laude.
    Major fields: Government and English literature.


Headshot of Erica Ryan
Associate Professor of History; Director, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program
Lynch Adler Hall 105

Teaches modern American history, including courses on politics, culture, women, gender, and sexuality. My research focuses on the intersections between ideas about gender, sexuality, and political culture in the modern United States.  I’ve written on the significance of the family as a social and political construction, the development of modern conservatism in America, and the long history of our present day culture wars. (Ph.D. Brown University)

Megan Titus
Associate Professor 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
Terra Walston Joseph
Assistant Professor II of English
FA 328

Ph.D., English with minor in Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Illinois
M.A., English, University of Illinois
B.A., English, Indiana University

Headshot of Todd Weber
Science Hall 339C

B.S., Slippery Rock University; M.S. and Ph.D., University of Illinois. His research examines the neurochemical basis of biological time keeping. Dr. Weber joined the Rider faculty in 2001.