2015 Full Professors

On November 17 2015, the College of Arts & Letters recognized 5 new faculty members who have been appointed as full professors at the University Faculty Promotion Recognition Ceremony. Please join us in congratulating these great scholars.

Amy_DeRogatis.pngAmy DeRogatis
Department of Religious Studies

Amy DeRogatis has taught at MSU since 1998. Her principal scholarly interests are American religion and culture, nineteenth-century Protestant home missionaries, religion gender, and sexuality, American evangelicalism, and religion in the Midwest. She is the author of Saving Sex: Sexuality and Salvation in American Evangelicalism (Oxford University Press, 2014), and Moral Geography: Maps, Missionaries, and the American Frontier (Columbia University Press, 2003). In December 2014, DeRogatis and her co-PI Isaac Weiner (OSU) received $30,000 for their Religious Soundmap Project of the Global Midwest through the Humanities Without Walls consortium, based at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The consortium is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This digital humanities project aims to map the religious diversity of Midwestern cities through sound.

Says DeRogatis, "I'm honored to be working alongside so many creative and talented MSU faculty. None of us achieve success on our own, and that is certainly true in my case. My fellow faculty and colleagues, my students, the department staff and the larger community have all played central roles in me arriving at this place in my career. I am deeply grateful."

lotz.jpgChristian Lotz
Department of Philosophy

Christian Lotz earned an M.A. in philosophy, sociology, and art history from the University of Bamberg, and a PhD in philosophy from the University of Marburg (Germany). He was a research fellow at Emory University between 2000 and 2002. Before coming to MSU, Lotz taught at the University of Marburg, Seattle University, and the University of Kansas. He taught as DAAD visiting professor in Cottbus/Germany in 2011 and 2013. Lotz received MSU's Teacher-Scholar Award in 2009, and the Fintz Award for Teaching Excellence in the Arts and Humanities in 2014. His main research area is Post-Kantian European philosophy. His most recent book publications are The Art of Gerhard Richter. Hermeneutics, Images, Meaning (Bloomsbury Press, 2015); The Capitalist Schema. Time, Money, and the Culture of Abstraction (Lexington Books, 2014); and Christian Lotz zu Karl Marx, Das Maschinenfragment (ed., Laika Verlag, 2014). His current research interests are in critical theory, Marx, phenomenology, aesthetics, and contemporary European political philosophy.

Says Lotz, "I am thankful for being a member of a philosophy department that  demonstrates in research and teaching that philosophical reflection not only is a deeply human desire but also is based on critical engagement with the world around us. Our students are in need of a better orientation in their studies and personal lives, which is increasingly difficult to achieve in a society that is driven by antidepressants and capital."

merrill_200.pngJason Merrill
Department of Linguistics, German, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages

Jason Merrill has taught all levels of Russian language as well as courses on Russian literature, culture, and cinema, including an introduction to the literature and cinema of Eastern Europe. His research interests include Russian Modernism, Russian language pedagogy, and Slavic Folklore. He has published articles in the journals Russkaia literature [St. Petersburg], Slavic and East European Journal, Elementa, and The Silver Age of Russian Culture, and contributed articles to American Contributions to the Thirteenth International Congress of Slavists and Approaches to Teaching Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. Merrill is the author of Russian Folktales: A Student Reader and Russian Animation for Conversation (co-authored with Maria Alley and Julia Mikhailova). Since 2009, he has also served as the Director of the Middlebury College Kathryn Wasserman Davis School of Russian. Merrill currently serves as the Book Review Editor for Folklorica: The Journal of the Slavic and East European Folklore Association.

Says Merrill, "It is an honor to be able to work closely with the world-class students and colleagues I have at Michigan State.  I look forward to continuing to work with students to improve their Russian, research key questions of Russian culture, and introducing them to Russia first-hand.  I would like to thank all of my colleagues and students who have helped get where I am today."

rocio.jpgRocio Quispe-Agnoli
Department of Romance and Classical Studies

Rocío Quispe-Agnoli is professor of Latin American Studies in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies. She is also core faculty of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and affiliated faculty in the American Indian Studies Program, and Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities. She is the author of La fe indígena en la escritura (The Andean Faith in the Script, 2006); Durmiendo en el agua (Sleeping Under Water, short fiction, 2008); and Nobles de papel (Nobles on paper, in press). Her research interests include Colonial Latin American Literature and History, Women’s and Gender Studies, Indigenous Identities, Postcolonial and Subaltern Studies, and Visual Studies. She directed the Center for Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities (CISAH) from 2007-2010. Quispe-Agnoli is also a creative writer and has received three awards for her short fiction. In 2012, she received the MSU Fintz Award for Teaching Excellence in the Arts & Humanities, and in 2013, the Embassy of Peru in the United States acknowledged her as Peruvian Woman of the Year for her academic and literary contributions to studies on the Andes and Peruvian culture, history, and literature.

Says Quispe-Agnoli, "I have a longtime relationship with the acts of reading and writing. Together, they make possible my critical study of worlds written by others and enhances my own creative writing. My promotion to full professor marks the beginning for the rest of my career as a passionate reader, teacher/scholar, researcher and writer." 

fred.jpgFred Rauscher
Department of Philosophy

Fred Rauscher, who is currently College of Arts & Letters Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, works primarily on the philosophy of Immanuel Kant.  His book "Naturalism and Realism in Kant's Ethics" provides a comprehensive assessment of Kant's meta-ethics in light of contemporary metaethical issues.  He has published work on Kant's ethics, political philosophy, metaphysics, philosophy of science, philosophy of history, and methodology in English, German, and Portuguese. Rauscher has edited and co-translated a volume of Kant's unpublished notes, drafts for books and essays, and course lectures on political philosophy and translated Kant's unpublished notes on ethics. His additional research areas cover British Empiricists and German Idealists historically, and the relation between evolution and ethics in contemporary philosophy. He teaches courses on Kant, Early Modern Philosophy, German Idealism, Ethical Theory, Nineteenth-Century Philosophy, and Philosophy of Law as well as a course on the meaning of life for the Integrative Studies in Arts and Humanities program. He was a Fulbright Scholar in 2012, teaching at the Federal University of Santa Catarina in Brazil.

Says Rauscher, "This promotion is recognition of my achievements in research and teaching here and internationally, work made possible by MSU. My colleagues in Philosophy form the most supportive department I have known, a place where I have been able to forge a successful career alongside many active and engaging faculty and students."