CASL Welcomes New Faculty

September 11, 2017

The College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters recently welcomed seven new faculty members for the 2017-18 academic year.

Elvira Basevich, Literature, Philosophy and the Arts

Elvira Basevich is from NYC. She received her Philosophy PhD at The Graduate Center, CUNY and her BA from Hunter College, CUNY. She is interested in social and political philosophy, 19-20th c. Continental Philosophy, Africana Philosophy and Philosophy of Literature.


Christos Constantinides, Natural Sciences

Christos Constantinides studied chemistry at the University of Cyprus in Nicosia, Cyprus before moving to the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, UK where he received his PhD degree for studies in the chemistry and properties of stable organic radicals. Following his doctoral studies, he founded eHeterocycles Ltd. to commercialize highly specialized S,N-rich heterocyclic research reagents.

He returned to academia a few years later and carried out postdoctoral studies at Vanderbilt University (Prof. Piotr Kaszynski), North Carolina State University (Prof. David Shultz) and most recently at the University of Windsor (Prof. Jeremy Rawson). Dr. Constantinides has published twenty five journal articles, has authored three book chapters and has given numerous presentations at international conferences on synthetic and applied heterocyclic organic chemistry.


Antonios Koumpias, Social Sciences

Antonios M. Koumpias is an applied microeconomist with research interests in public and health economics with an emphasis on tax compliance. He completed his Economics PhD at Georgia State University in 2017. In his doctoral dissertation, he estimates the effect of compliance reminders on  payments of overdue income taxes in Greece using a regression-discontinuity design.

Also, he examines the impact of state Medicaid expansions on mortality, employing a synthetic control design. Koumpias holds a MA in Economics from Duke University and a BA in Economics from the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece. Outside of academia, Antonios enjoys sports, in particular basketball and alpine skiing.


Krim Lacey, College Wide Programs and Behavioral Sciences

Krim K. Lacey, PhD, earned his degree in sociology from Wayne State University. After the completion of his doctoral degree, Dr. Lacey was awarded Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships at University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, Program for Research on Black Americans, and later at John’s Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Mental Health. 

His primary research is on intimate partner violence, particularly focusing on minority and immigrant populations. He has also been engaged in research that addresses the influence of social context and cultural factors on the physical and mental well-being of Caribbeans residing in the United States, Canada and England, and within the Caribbean region.


Margaret Murray, Language, Culture, and Communication

Margaret Murray received her undergraduate degree in Mass Communications and Human Resources from Michigan State University.  She received her MA and PhD in Organizational Communication and Cultural Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder.

She has an enduring interest in the communicative construction of identity, subcultures and Detroit.  She also has professional experience in internal communications and marketing for clients such as Microsoft, Adobe and LinkedIn.


Aditya Viswanathan, Mathematics and Statistics

Aditya Viswanathan received his MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University in 2008 and 2010 respectively, and his BE in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering, Bangalore, India.

He was a postdoctoral scholar in the Applied and Computational Mathematics department at Caltech from 2010 to 2013, and a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics at Michigan State University from 2013 to 2017. His research interests include signal processing, scientific computing and inverse problems for medical and molecular imaging applications.


Rose Wellman, Behavioral Sciences

Rose Wellman is an anthropologist who specializes in Iran and the Middle East. Between 2007 and 2010, she conducted 15 months of ethnographic research in the Islamic Republic, including 10 months in a small town outside of Shiraz. Rose will soon be doing a new research project among Arab Americans in the Detroit area. 

More broadly, her research interests include the study of kinship, food, Islam and religion.

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