Welcome Additions

Introductions of new, tenure-track faculty at Boston College

By Sandra Howe
Staff Writer

Dorothy Lee Warren

Instr. Dorothy Lee Warren (CSOM) holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Randolph-Macon Woman's College, a master's degree in finance from Vanderbilt University, and a doctoral degree in business administration from the University of Georgia, where she was a Deloitte and Touche Doctoral Fellow.

Warren was an accounting instructor at the University of Georgia from 1991 until she arrived at Boston College last fall.

Her research focuses on financial disclosures and their effects on information asymmetry and market reaction to voluntary disclosures by banks. In addition, she studies the impact of regulatory changes and the emergence of "super banks" on the structure of US financial institutions, and the tax consequences of corporate policy choices, with a focus on financial institutions.

Warren teaches "Managerial and Cost Accounting."

Cynthia Lyerly

Asst. Prof. Cynthia Lyerly's (History) research focuses on the late colonial and pre-Civil War period in the South, with specific attention to women and religion. Her research also covers issues of class, slavery, gender and religious ideology during that period. Her work on these subjects has been published in Discovering the Women in Slavery , Journal of Southern History and Methodist History .

She holds a bachelor's degree in American studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a doctoral degree in history from Rice University, where she was a National Endowment for the Humanities Doctoral Dissertation Fellow in 1993-94. At Rice, she also received the John W. Gardner Award for the best dissertation in humanities and social sciences, the Captain Charles Septimus Longcope Award and the James Scott Peterson Distinguished Service Award.

Lyerly teaches "The Old South" and "American Women's History," and will teach courses on women and religion in America and gender in American history next year.

John Houchin

Asst. Prof. John Houchin (Theater) was a visiting assistant professor at Southern Illinois University before joining Boston College last fall. Previously, he was producing director of art and performance at the University of Texas at Dallas from 1987-93.

He holds a bachelor's degree in drama and English from Houston Baptist University and master's and doctoral degrees in directing and performance history, respectively, from New York University.

He specializes in American theater, history, directing and popular culture. His research also focuses on censorship in the American theater. He has published articles on Eugene O'Neill and edited The Critical Response to Eugene O'Neill .

This year, Houchin directed two Boston College productions, "Tartuffe" and "On the Verge." He teaches courses on American, modern and experimental drama and theater, in addition to "Theater History," "Restoration to the Rise of Realism, 1870s" and "Introduction to Acting."

Rabbi Ruth Langer

Asst. Prof. Rabbi Ruth Langer (Theology) holds a bachelor's degree in history of religion from Bryn Mawr College, a master's degree in Hebrew letters and a doctoral degree in Jewish liturgy from Hebrew Union College in Ohio.

Prior to her arrival at Boston College, Rabbi Langer was a lecturer at Hebrew College in Brookline. She has written several book reviews and is a book review editor and editorial board member of CCAR Journal: A Reform Jewish Quarterly . Rabbi Langer is a member of the Catholic-Jewish Committee of Greater Boston.

Her research is on Jewish liturgy and the interplay between liturgy law and actual popular customs. She also is interested in symbolic functions of the Torah in Jewish liturgical practices.

Rabbi Langer teaches "Religious Quest" and "Models of Jewish Spirituality."

Marilynn Johnson

Asst. Prof. Marilynn Johnson (History), who joined the faculty last fall, was an assistant professor at Southern Methodist University for four years.

She received a bachelor's degree in history from Stanford University in 1979 and master's and doctoral degrees in history from New York University in 1984 and 1990, respectively.

An urban historian, Johnson is author of The Second Gold Rush: Oakland and the East Bay in World War II and several articles and reviews. She is also co-author of a forthcoming textbook, America's History . Her current research is on the history of police violence in New York City.

She is a member of the Pacific Historical Review board of editors and the American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians and the Western Association of Women Historians.

Johnson teaches courses on American, urban, social and Western history.

Deborah Levenson-Estrada

Assoc. Prof. Deborah Levenson-Estrada (History) comes to Boston College from Columbia University, where she was an associate professor of history.

She earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and a doctoral degree in Latin American history from New York University in 1973, 1977 and 1988, respectively.

A 1990-91 recipient of a Fulbright Research Grant and author of the book Trade Unionists Against Terror, Guatemala City, 1954-1985 , Levenson-Estrada also co-edited Guatemala in Rebellion: Unfinished History , and has written several articles on childhood in Latin America and the existence of street gangs.

She serves on the Task Force on Scholarly Relations with Central America for the Latin American Studies Association and is a member of the Report on the Americas editorial board.

She teaches a survey course in Latin American History and a course on Christianity and gender in Latin America.

This is the final installment this year of "Welcome Additions," which introduces new, tenure-track faculty members to the Boston College community.

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