Experts

There are more than 100 professors at Sweet Briar and they represent expertise in many areas. We’ve listed a few below, but the list is in no way comprehensive. We encourage you to contact the Media, Marketing and Communications office if you have a specific request.

ANTHROPOLOGY

  • Archaeology of Kazakhstan and Central Asia
    Claudia Chang, Professor of Anthropology
  • African-American history, African-American mortuary traditions, Antebellum communities, Archaeology of upper-Mesopotamian households
    Lynn Rainville, Director of the Tusculum Institute

ASIA

  • Oriental religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Taoism, North and South Korea
    John Goulde, Director of the Asian Studies Program, Professor of Religion
  • Archaeology of Kazakhstan and Central Asia
    Claudia Chang, Professor of Anthropology

BIOLOGY

  • Over wintering and migration of the monarch butterfly, Conservation
    Lincoln P. Brower, Research Professor of Biology
  • Marine biology, Biology of sharks, skates and rays, biology of the deep sea, biology of marine mammals, biology of coral reefs
    John Morrissey, Associate Professor of Biology

EDUCATION

  • Legislation and governmental issues, standardized testing, teacher development
    James L. Alouf, Director of the Education Graduate Program, Professor of Education

ENGINEERING

  • Automated industrial equipment and high-precision positioning equipment, structural/mechanical analysis using manual and finite-element methods, engineering education, computer-aided manufacturing
    Scott Pierce, Assistant Professor of Engineering

ENVIRONMENT

  • Economics of wildlife and biodiversity conservation, Social and institutional aspects of endangered species, Ecological and bioeconomic modeling, natural resource economics
    Robert R. Alexander, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies

GERMAN

  • German language, literature and culture
    Ronald E. Horwege, Professor of German

GOVERNMENT AND LAW

  • Small wars and insurgencies, international relations theory, international security studies, American foreign policy
    Spencer Bakich, Assistant Professor of International Affairs
  • U.S. Supreme Court, American Indian law and politics, campaigns and elections, Virginia state politics
    Stephen G. Bragaw, Associate Professor of Government and International Affairs

PSYCHOLOGY

  • ADHD, learning disabilities, infant cognition and development
    Tim W. Loboschefski, Associate Professor of Psychology

RELIGION

  • Oriental religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Taoism, North and South Korea
    John Goulde, Director of the Asian Studies Program, Professor of Religion

SPANISH

  • Contemporary Spain, Spanish literature, Spanish language translation
    Pamela DeWeese, Professor of Spanish