Grow With Us

New College has hired 15 tenure-track faculty for the 2018-19 academic year.

New Faculty Hires

New College of Florida is entering a phase of unprecedented growth. The first year of our plan has called for hiring at least 15 tenure-track faculty members in a variety of fields, disciplinary and interdisciplinary. We’ve accomplished that, with the recent addition of these outstanding educators:

Meet our new faculty


Diego Villada
Assistant Professor of Theater and Performance Studies:
Diego was most recently a K. Leroy Irvis Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh. At Pitt, Diego taught courses related to beginner-level performance, advanced physical acting, theatre and collaboration, dramatic literature, as well as theatre history. His production work centers on movement for the stage (as a director and fight choreographer) and his academic research focuses on Latin America and the Caribbean with focus on performances of intangible cultural heritage in Colombia and Brazil. Diego studies how performance is related to the construction, maintenance, and shifting of identities in the Americas from a hemispheric perspective.

Ph.D., Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Pittsburgh (expected 2018)
M.F.A., Theatre Pedagogy, Virginia Commonwealth University
B.S., Theatre Performance and Psychology, University of Evansville

Mark Dancigers
Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Music
Mark Dancigers has composed music for documentary films, ballet and contemporary dance, chamber musicians, orchestras, and laptops. He performs regularly as an electric guitarist for NOW Ensemble, and has previously held faculty positions at Yale, New College of Florida, and the University of Redlands. His interests include the intersections of sound and data, theories of digital media and multimedia, and improvisational musical practices.

Ph.D., Music, Princeton University
M.M., Yale School of Music
B.A., Composition, Yale, University

Hugo Viera-Vargas
Assistant Professor of Caribbean/Latin American Studies and Music
Dr. Viera-Vargas research focuses on the intersection of race and musical expressions in Puerto Rico. He is an associate research professor for the Department of Humanities, Universidad Metropolitana San Juan, Puerto Rico. His research and teaching interests include Afro-Caribbean musical expressions, Latin American and Caribbean History, Historical Thinking and Cultural Politics. He is also active as a percussionist.

Ph.D., History, Indiana University.
M.A., Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington
B.A., Social Sciences, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

Ryan Buyssens
Assistant Professor of Art
A recipient of the North Carolina Arts Fellowship for 2012-13, Ryan Buyssens exhibits his work internationally. As an artist, inventor and maker of kinetic esoterica, he expresses his ideas through countless media. Ryan creates devices with the use of computer design, 3-D printing, CNC machining, laser-cutting and good old-fashioned patience. His work becomes a comment on logic and progress. He comes to New College from the University of Central Florida, where he was assistant professor of sculpture and applied design.

M.F.A., Sculpture, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
B.F.A., Saginaw Valley State University, Saginaw, Michigan

Human And Artificial Intelligence

Tania Roy
Assistant Professor of Human Centered Computing
Tania is currently a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the Human Centered Computing Division of the School of Computing at Clemson University. Her research interests are in Human Centered Computing, Healthcare applications and well-being. She has also worked in research projects related to designing educational technologies, running studies with virtual reality simulations and affect transfer. Her dissertation research is in exploring the feasibility of using technology to detect digital dating abuse by using text messages as test corpus.

M.S., Computer Science, Clemson University
Bachelor of Technology, Computer Science & Engineering, West Bengal University of Technology, India.

Kathleen V. Casto
Human Neuroscience: Assistant Professor of Psychology
Kathleen is from the Social Psychoneuroendcrinology Lab in Eugene, Ore., as a postdoctoral fellow with the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council in collaboration with the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center to study the social neuroendocrinology of competitive and cooperative behavior and social status within and between groups and how these factors relate to group performance.

Ph.D., Psychology, Neuroscience and Animal Behavior, Emory University
M.A., Psychological Science, James Madison University
B.A., Psychology and Chemistry, University of North Caroline, Wilmington


Mark Paul
Environmental Economics: Assistant Professor of Economics
Mark is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University and a Visiting Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. Mark is an applied microeconomist working in the areas of inequality, environmental economics, and political economy. His research is focused on understanding the causes and consequences of inequality and assessing and designing remedies to address inequality. His work has appeared in places such as The Washington Post, The American Prospect, The Nation, The Atlantic, Vox, Jacobin, and Washington Monthly.

Ph.D., Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Nicolas Delon
Environmental Ethics: Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies
Nicolas Delon is a Law and Philosophy Fellow at The University of Chicago Law School. He received a doctorate in Philosophy from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in 2014. From 2014-2017 he was Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in Environmental Studies and Animal Studies at New York University. He’s also Agrégé in philosophy and a graduate of Ecole Normale Supérieure.

He works primarily in ethics, with a focus on animal and environmental ethics. His interests also include moral psychology, experimental philosophy, and social, political, and legal philosophy.

Ph.D., Philosophy, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
M.A., History of European Legal Thought, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
M.A., Philosophy, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
B.A., Philosophy, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Gerardo Toro-Farmer
Assistant Professor of Coastal and Marine Sciences
Gerardo Toro-Farmer joined the Continental Shelf Characterization, Assessment And Mapping Project team at the University of South Florida to provide advanced 3D geospatial analysis and modeling for the integration of biological and environmental data. He has been involved in multiple projects in the United States (California, Florida Keys and the Gulf of Mexico) and abroad (Bermuda, Panama, Colombia, Philippines). Gerardo’s research experience includes studies of ecological processes in coral reef ecosystems, in situ marine optics, and remote sensing and GIS techniques to answer ecologically relevant questions regarding organisms’ distribution, ecosystems productivity and habitats characterization and connectivity.

Ph.D., Ocean Sciences from the University of Southern California
B.A., Biology, University of Valle Univalle


Nicholas L. Clarkson
Assistant Professor of Gender Studies
Nick is a Postdoctoral Associate in Transgender Studies Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University. His dissertation was “States of Incoherence: Biopolitics and Transnormative Citizenship.” He has also taught as a visiting instructor or assistant professor at Duke, Minnesota State University, Mankato, and Indiana University.

Ph.D., Gender Studies, with a minor in Cultural Studies, Indiana University.

Jessica Young
Global English: Assistant Professor of English
Jessica’s research interests include World Anglophone Literature, South Asian Literature, Postcolonial Studies, Critical Theory, Cultural Memory and Trauma Studies, Human Rights and Processes of Reconciliation, Genocide, Globalization, Digital Archives, September 11.

Ph.D., English Literature, University of Illinois (expected 2018)
M.A., English Literature, San Francisco State University.
B.A., Reed College

Nassima Neggaz
Assistant Professor of Religion and Islamic Studies
Nassima is the Jameel Lecturer in Islamic Studies at Cardiff University. Her research interests include Islamic Historiography, Sects and Identity Formation, Medieval Baghdad, Urban Landscape, Islamic Political Thought, Islamic Movements (medieval and modern), and Islamic Law.

Ph.D., Arabic and Islamic Studies, Georgetown University
M.A., Arab Studies (Politics), Georgetown University.

Ilaria Giglioli
Migration: Assistant Professor of Geography and International Studies
Ilaria Giglioli is a human geographer and a scholar of migration, borders and racialization, with a regional focus in the Mediterranean and MENA region. In particular, her research focuses on migration between North Africa and Europe, and the material and discursive production of the Southern Border of Europe. Her future research will expand this focus comparatively to the US/Mexico border. She has also conducted research on water conflict and the politics of water resource development in the Middle East and in Southern Europe.

Ph.D. Geography, University of California, Berkeley.
M.A., Geography, University of Toronto.
B.A., Geography, University of Oxford.

Amanda Fidalgo
International Political Economy: Assistant Professor of Political Science
Amanda’s major field of study is comparative politics; secondary fields are American politics and political methodology. Her research is broadly focused on comparative political institutions and public opinion, and more specifically on federalism and state politics. My dissertation explores the relationship between subnational authoritarianism (or the variation in state levels of democracy) and support for democracy in national federal democratic systems.

Ph.D., Political Science, Penn State University, (expected 2018).
Political Science, Florida State University.
B.A., International Affairs, Florida State University.

Natural Sciences

Rebecca Black
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Rebecca Black received her Ph.D. from The University of Chicago in Inorganic Chemistry, during which time she served as a teaching assistant in organic and inorganic chemistry courses and in a pedagogy course offered through the Chicago Center for Teaching. Her Ph.D. research focused on the development of new palladium-based catalysts for olefin polymerization and she is excited to continue working in the fields of organometallic synthesis and catalysis with New College students.

Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, University of Chicago.
Chemistry, The University of Chicago.
B.A., Chemistry and English, Augustana College.

Erika Diaz-Almeyda
Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies
Erika is the FIRST Postdoctoral Fellow at Emory University. Her fields of expertise include gene expression, genomics, climate change biology and microbial symbiosis.

Ph.D., Qualitative Systems Biology, Pennsylvania State University.
M.S., Marine Science and Limnology, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.
B.S., Biology, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.

Lin Jiang
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Currently as lecturer at Texas A&M University, her research interests are related to porhyrin based material chemistry. I have worked on the method development and synthesis of new type of pi-extended porphyrins including triphenylene-fused porphyrins, water soluble ionic tetrabenzoporphyrins as well as pentacene-fused diporphyrins. Those porphyrins are excellent organic materials that could be used in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), photodynamic therapy (PDT), and self-assemble nanomaterials.

Ph.D., Chemistry, Miami University
B.S., Environmental Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, China