Assistant Professor of Sociology Kimberly Hoang spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at Rice University after receiving her doctorate from the University of California-Berkeley. Her dissertation, “New Economics of Sex and Intimacy in Vietnam,” earned the American Sociological Association’s Best Dissertation Award. Hoang, who holds a master’s degree from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California-Santa Barbara, focuses on immigration, Asia and Southeast Asia, political economy, and gender and sexuality studies. She has two forthcoming publications: Chasing the Tiger and Emulating the Dragon: Sex Work and Finance Capital in Vietnam's New Global Economy, based in part on research she conducted in Ho Chi Minh City from 2009-10; and Human Trafficking Reconsidered: Migration and Forced Labor, a volume she co-edited. Hoang is teaching Qualitative Research Methods through the Sociology Department and a senior seminar on Globalization and International Migration through the International Studies Program.
Assistant Professor of Biology Laura Lowery’s fields of interest include cytoskeletal dynamics during cell migration, axon outgrowth and the development of the nervous system. Her research attempts to uncover the causes of cellular abnormalities in the early stages of nervous system development, which have been associated with disorders such as autism and schizophrenia. The Lowery Lab uses high-resolution live imaging and computational analysis in an effort to learn more about how a particular protein may influence key processes in early neural development. Lowery received her doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was a post-doctoral researcher in cellular biology at Harvard Medical School. Lowery has co-authored reports that have appeared in journals including Molecular Cell Biology, the Journal of Visualized Experiments and Developmental Biology.
Associate Professor of Operations Management Deishin Lee comes to the Carroll School of Management after a nearly 10-year teaching career at Harvard University. Lee’s research interests include sustainable operations management, supply chain management, operations strategy and environmental regulation. An award-winning instructor, Lee has published articles in Manufacturing & Service, Operations Management, Management Science, Production and Operations Management and Information Systems Research. Lee holds a master’s degree from MIT and a doctorate from Stanford University, and held various engineering and managerial positions during a seven-year stint at Motorola Inc.
An ethnomusicologist, Assistant Professor of Music Ann Lucas specializes in music history of the Persian-speaking Near East. Her research focuses on the history of music in Iran and the relationship between cultural upheaval and musical change over epochs, as well as ethnographic fieldwork on Arab music and dance. Prior to joining BC, she was a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, after an American Council of Learned Societies New Faculty Fellowship at Brandeis University. An avid performer of Persian and Arabic music, Lucas uses different versions of the nay, a Middle Eastern reed flute. She received master’s and doctoral degrees in ethnomusicology from UCLA, and a bachelor of music degree in piano performance from Kansas State University.
A former faculty member at MIT and Harvard, Assistant Professor of Economics Michael Grubb researches bill-shock regulation, in particular within the context of cellular phone service. His areas of interest are behavioral industrial organization, industrial organization and applied microeconomic theory. Among his various fellowships and honors, Grubb was awarded the Claire and Ralph Landau Prize for his article “Selling to Overconfident Consumers,” published in the American Economic Review. Grubb earned his PhD from Stanford and holds a master’s degree in economic philosophy from Oxford University.