Project Director

DHi's Project Directors

Nhora Serrano, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Comparative LIterature, Hamilton College

Nhora Lucía Serrano, who is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Hamilton College, earned her masters from New York University and Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previously, she was a Visiting Scholar of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. As a Visual Studies scholar, her research and teaching interests include: Comparative Latin American & Transatlantic Studies, Comparative Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Museum & Gender Studies, and Editorial Cartoons & Comics.

Alex Rihm

Research & First Year Experience Librarian, Hamilton College

Alex Rihm serves Hamilton's first year students and the faculty who teach them in her work as Research and First Year Experience Librarian; she also provides support to the Hispanic Studies and Latin American Studies departments. Her professional interests include information literacy instruction and assessment.  Alex holds her MLIS from the University of Washington in Seattle and BA degrees in International Affairs and Hispanic Studies from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR.

Lisa Forrest, MLS

Director of Research and Instruction Services at Burke Library, Hamilton College

Lisa A. Forrest, Director of Research and Instruction Services at Hamilton College, received her M.L.S. from the University at Buffalo. She is the recipient of the Excellence in Library Service Award from the Western New York Library Resources Council (2008) and a fellow of the Western New York Library Resources Council’s Leadership Institute (2009) and the Educause Leading Change Institute (2014).

Abhishek Amar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Hamilton College

Abhishek S. Amar specializes in the history of early India and his research interests include archaeological history of Buddhist and Hindu religious traditions in early India. He recently completed his post-doctoral research at IKGF at Ruhr University, Bochum, where he studied inter-religious dynamics between Buddhist and Hindu traditions in the early medieval South Bihar region, the region of South Asia that was the cradle of Buddhism. He completed his Ph.D.

Thomas Wilson, Ph.D.

Professor of History, Hamilton College

Thomas Wilson, who joined the Hamilton faculty in 1989, earned a master's and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He also studied in Taiwan, at the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies (or Stanford Center), and in the graduate department of history at the National Taiwan University. He returned to Taiwan in 1984 on a Department of Education Fulbright-Hays scholarship to conduct research for his dissertation.

Kyoko Omori, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures (Japanese), Hamilton College

Kyoko Omori earned her doctorate from Ohio State University in 2003. Her research focuses on 20th-century literary and popular culture, with an emphasis on mass media. She is currently completing a book titled Detecting Modanizumu: New Youth Magazine, Tantei Shô setsu, and The Culture of Japanese Vernacular Modernism.

Chaise LaDousa, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Anthropology, Hamilton College

Chaise LaDousa, associate professor of anthropology, attended the college of the University of Chicago and received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University. He has conducted field research in North India studying languages and the role they play in education and India's rapidly changing political economy. Another project has focused on the importance of fun in expressive culture in institutions of higher education in the United States. He has published numerous professional articles, and has a book in press titled Signs of Play: Faith, Race, and Sex in a College Town.

Doran Larson, Ph.D.

Wolcott-Bartlett Professor of Literature & Creative Writing, Hamilton College

Doran Larson is Professor of English & Creative Writing at Hamilton College. He has led The Attica Writer’s Workshop, inside Attica Correctional Facility, since 2006. (AWW writers’ work has appeared in Descant, the minnesota review, and The Kenyon Review.) He is the founder of the Attica-Genesee Teaching Project, which began delivering college-credit courses inside Attica in January 2011. Larson’s essays on prison writing, prison teaching, and related issues have appeared in Salmagundi, College Literature, English Language Notes, Radical Teacher, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Crystal Leigh Endsley, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Crystal Leigh Endsley, is currently Visiting Assistant Professor in Africana Studies. Previously she was an Instructor in the Women's Studies Department at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania where she also served as Interim Assistant Director for the Paul Robeson Cultural Center. Endsley completed her graduate studies at Penn State's main campus where she earned a dual Ph.D. in Women's Studies and Curriculum & Instruction. Her awards and honors include a Virginia Commission for the Arts Playwriting Grant in 2005, an honorable mention for the Lamar Kopp, J.