Faculty and Staff
Elissa Auerbach, Associate Professor of Renaissance and Baroque art history with a specialization in seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish art. Her research has focused on the depiction of Roman Catholic themes in early modern Dutch art and related developments in devotional practices, science, and domestic conduct after the Reformation in the Netherlands. Her current research interests include the influence of Descartes and Spinoza on artists in the Dutch Republic. She offers courses on topics in Northern Renaissance and Baroque art, Rembrandt, Italian Renaissance art, High Renaissance art, and Baroque art of Europe. She also teaches the two-semester introduction to art history, Art and Ideas, and Writing about Art. She has created and directed study abroad programs on the art, history, and culture of Amsterdam and Paris. She has also taught art history courses on programs in France, Italy, and the British Isles.
Warner A. Belanger, III, Assistant Professor of Religion. He has earned his M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Texas, Austin in 2000 and is currently completing his Ph.D. in Inner Asian and Altaic Studies from Harvard University. He has received a number of fellowships and grants including a Title VI (Foreign Language and Area Studies) fellowship to study Tibetan as well as a Fulbright Institute of International Education Research Grant to conduct dissertation research in Nepal. His research focuses on relics, reliquaries, and images in South and Central Asian Buddhism and the history of Buddhism in Khotan, a medieval kingdom in Xinjiang Province, China.
Sunita Manian, Coordinator of Liberal Studies and Professor of Political Economy. She has a Ph D in Economics from Tulane University. She teaches courses on South Asian Sexuality; Global Inequality and Contemporary Social Justice. She has published in the areas of Same-sex desire in South Asia; Sex-Trafficking; and South Asian Narratives of Immigration and Diasporic Dislocation.