Asst. Prof. Rita Rosenthal (Communication) joined the full-time faculty in the Communication Department this academic year after teaching public speaking and other courses at BC for 15 years.
She is an honors graduate of Appalachian State University in North Carolina with a bachelor's degree in communication education. While there she competed on the nationally recognized forensics team, winning numerous awards.
Rosenthal completed her master's degree and additional graduate work in interpersonal and public communication at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Her current research interests include political and health communication.
Rosenthal has also taught at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Stonehill College, Bridgewater State College and Boston University.
Prof. Paul R. McDaniel, an internationally recognized expert in tax law, returned to the Law School faculty last fall after 16 years. Most recently, he was a professor of law and director of the graduate tax program at New York University School of Law. He is the co-author of eight books and the author or co-author of more than 50 articles.
Among his contributions to the study of tax law, McDaniel is credited with helping to pioneer the concept of tax expenditures, an area he explored in the groundbreaking book Tax Expenditures.
McDaniel practiced law in Oklahoma before joining the United States Treasury Department and remained in government until the fall of 1970, when he joined the BC Law faculty. Following a stint as a visiting professor at NYU from 1986-87, McDaniel joined the firm Hill and Barlow, where he was a partner until he received a full-time appointment to the NYU faculty in 1993.
McDaniel holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma and a law degree from Harvard University.
Asst. Prof. Fabio Fonti (CSOM), who joined the Organization Studies Department in the Carroll School of Management last fall, holds a bachelor's degree in economics and business from the University of Urbino, Italy, and a doctorate in organizational behavior from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Fonti's research interests are organizational networks, regional economies, institutional theory and social cognition. His current work includes investigating the influence of network ties and individual perceptions in high-end fashion designer workgroups.
He is a member of the Academy of Management and a Fellow of the Social Science Research Council.
Research Prof. Lisa Dodson (Sociology) is an expert in such areas as urban poverty, social welfare and qualitative methods.
She comes to Boston College from the Radcliffe Public Policy Center in Cambridge where she worked as the co-principal investigator of the "Crossing the Boundaries" project, which focuses on the challenges low-income women face in managing the demands of work, family, and community roles.
The founder and former director of the Massachusetts State Department of Public Health's Division of Women's Health, Dodson was a senior researcher and program evaluator for Casa Myrna Vazquez, the state's largest sheltering and support program for battered women.
Dodson received the Emily Toth Book Award for "Best Single-Author Study of American Culture" in 1999. That same year, she was a finalist in the Boston Authors Book Club's Best Non-Fiction category for her book Don't Call Us Out of Name: The Untold Lives of Women and Girls in Poor America.
"Welcome Additions," an occasional feature, profiles new faculty members at Boston College.
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