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New Faculty 2017-2018


Mohamad Alkadry comes to the University of Connecticut from Florida International University in Miami, FL. He has over 50 peer-reviewed articles, peer-reviewed book chapters, and journal symposia. He is co-editor and co-author of three books: Women and Public Service: Barriers, Challenges and Opportunities (2013, 2014), These Things Happen: Stories from the Public Sector (2002), and Scaling Up Microenterprise Services (1998). His work has also been published in many high-profile journals, and he has served as an associate managing editor of Public Integrity, a distinguished research fellow with the Public Procurement Research Center, and a member of the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation. His practitioner experience includes service as a senior research associate at the Center for Urban Redevelopment and Empowerment (Florida Atlantic University) and as a value-for-money (performance) auditor with the Office of the Auditor General of Canada (Ottawa).

Alexander Balatsky studies quantum matter where quantum coherences and correlations dominate the properties. His focus is on equilibrium states and the dynamics of correlations as a route to control quantum matter. He is developing mining and large scale analytics tools to computational materials databases with the goal to develop predictive tools for new materials. Materials of interest are Dirac, topological and organic materials, superfluids, and superconductors. He is a Los Alamos Fellow, a fellow of the American Physical Society, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Heather Battaly specializes in epistemology, ethics, and virtue theory. She is the author of Virtue (Polity 2015), the editor of Virtue and Vice, Moral and Epistemic (Blackwell 2010), and the editor of the Journal of Philosophical Research. She has published widely on the topics of intellectual virtue and virtue epistemology. She has received funding from the John Templeton Foundation for research on intellectual humility, and from the Spencer Foundation for work on educating for intellectual virtue. Her currents projects focus on: intellectual humility; closed-mindedness; slackers, quitters, and procrastinators; and vice epistemology.

Nicola Carpentieri studies Arabic literature, Mediterranean studies, and the history of medicine. He received his Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic studies from Harvard University in 2012. His present research focuses on Arabic literature and Mediterranean culture. In particular, he is interested in the Arabic songs and odes composed by court secretaries (kuttāb) in medieval Sicily. These texts and their social significance are entangled with cultural tropes and practices of the wider Mediterranean: the early Italian poetic tradition, Byzantium, the Muslim East, North Africa, and Iberia. His other academic interests cover Arabic medical texts (particularly on psychosomatics), Greek into Arabic and Arabic into Latin translations, the 'School of Toledo,’ the Sicilian-Arab poet Ibn Ḥamdīs, and contemporary Arabic writing.