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Assistant Professor

Shane Strate

I received my PhD in Southeast Asian history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009. My geographic area of specialization is Thailand; thematic interests include imperialism, nationalism, and post-colonialism. Prior to arriving at Kent State University I taught at Wayne State College in Nebraska.

Vas Patibandla

Professor Vas Patibandla brings to Kent State University more than 25 years of hands-on experience in computer graphic design, illustration and animation. He is a graduate of the Marycrest University Computer Graphics Program, the first computer graphics program in the country. Vas Patibandla is also the founder and owner of Visual Arts Spectrum (1994-present), a full service computer graphic design, animation and multimedia company serving clients throughout North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

John-Michael Warner

John-Michael H. Warner is an art historian trained in gender and women’s studies. Professor Warner teaches histories and theories of contemporary art, art at the turn of the twenty-first century, and contemporary photography as well as environmental art history and nineteenth- and twentieth-century American art—each from a feminist and queer perspective.

Andrea Myers

Andrea Myers is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Kent State University at Stark. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2001 and her Masters of Fine Arts in Fiber and Material Studies in 2006 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Stephanie D. Smith

Smith retired in 2011 from the United State Federal Government, after 27 years of service, 25 of them with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). She also had significant executive experience in defense (U.S. Navy) and public diplomacy (Department of State).