2016-17 Faculty Senate Members > Liberal Arts

College of Liberal Arts Senators


Erin Stiles
Term Expires: June 2019
Phone: (775) 682-7686
Website: website
Email: estiles@unr.edu

Brief Bio: Erin Stiles is an Associate Professor of Anthropology whose areas of specialization and interest include Anthropology of Religion; Anthropology of Law; Islamic Studies; Islamic Law and Courts; Religion and Gender; Marriage and Divorce; Religious Practice; Swahili; East Africa (Zanzibar, Tanzania, Ethiopia); Indian Ocean; Mormonism and religions in the western United States.

Her research focuses on the intersections of religion, law, and gender, and I conduct fieldwork in East Africa and in Utah.   She has done extensive ethnographic research on Islamic family law and dispute resolution in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Her work in Zanzibar has focused primarily on the way lay people and legal professionals understand, interpret, and use Islamic legal ideas in marital disputes. She has done fieldwork both in and out of courts, and is particularly interested in how Islamic judges, called kadhis, and litigants reason using not only their understandings of Islamic law but also their views of real and ideal marital behavior, patterns of local authority, and the role of Islamic courts in present-day Zanzibar. 

She is particularly interested in comparative approaches to studying Islamic law and legal practice in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere, and her current project, which she is working on with colleagues in the US, the Netherlands, and Pakistan, is a comparative, cross-cultural examination of a form of Islamic divorce known as khul'.  In addition to her work on Islamic family law, she is also conducting research in northern Utah on 1) the way in which both LDS and non-LDS women think about marriage vis-a-vis ideas and practices associated with Mormonism, and 2) narratives of evil spirit visitations. 

In the future, she plans to return to working in East Africa with a project on Islamic law and marital disputing among Muslims in Ethiopia. She is currently advising graduate students working on health citizenship in South Africa (recently completed), Sufism and Muslim youth in Senegal, health and belonging at a syringe services program in Reno, and Shinto practice in the Pacific Northwest.

Ashley Marshall
Term Expires: June 2017
Phone: (775) 682-6366
Email: marshall@unr.edu

Brief Bio: Ashley Marshall is associate professor of English specializing in eighteenth-century British literature.  She received her BA from the University of Virginia and her MA and PhD from the Pennsylvania State University.  She has published articles in Modern Philology, Review of English Studies, the Huntington Library Quarterly, Studies in Philology, and several other journals, and she is the author of The Practice of Satire in England, 1658-1770 (Johns Hopkins UP, 2013) and Swift and History: Politics and the English Past (Cambridge University Press, 2015), as well as editor of Representation, Heterodoxy, and Aesthetics (Delaware, 2015).  She currently serves as Associate Chair of the English Department.

Ned Schoolman
Term Expires: June 2019
Phone: (775) 682-8964
Website: website
Email: eschoolman@unr.edu

Brief Bio: Dr. Schoolman joined the department as Visiting Assistant Professor in the fall of 2010 and as Assistant Professor in the fall of 2011. He completed a Ph.D. in History at UCLA (2010) and holds a MA in Archaeology from University College London (2003), and has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (2014-2015). His research interests include the transformation of the Roman world in the eastern and western Mediterranean, the history and culture of the Byzantine Empire, and early Medieval Italy.  Publications include articles in Viator and Dumbarton Oaks Papers, and he is the author of Rediscovering Sainthood in Italy: Hagiography and the Late Antique Past in Medieval Ravenna (Palgrave, 2016).  His current research projects focus on noble families in Tuscany and Romagna and the role of bishops in the formation of local identities in southern Italy.

Katherine Fusco         
Term Expires: June 2018
Phone: (775) 784-6689
Website: website
Email: kfusco@unr.edu

Brief Bio: Dr. Katherine Fusco is Assistant Professor in the Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA). Dr. Fusco received her B.A. in English from State University of New York at Geneseo, her M.A. in English at Vanderbilt University, and her Ph.D. in English from the Vanderbilt University.