Faculty and Staff
Chair of Religion and Philosophy; Professor of Religion; Director of American Studies
B.A., Baylor University; M.Div., Texas Christian University; M.Phil., Syracuse University; Ph.D., Syracuse University
His area of specialization is in continental philosophy of religion. His teaching interests include contemporary religious thought, philosophy of religion, world religions, Christianity, Islam, and religion and politics. In addition to teaching courses in religion, he also is the director of the American Studies program. He was awarded the Thomas Rhys Vickroy Award for Outstanding Teaching at LVC in 2005. He is the author or editor of six books, including most recently Radical Democracy and Political Theology (Columbia University Press, 2011), and Religion, Politics and the Earth: The New Materialism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) with Clayton Crockett. He is also a Contributing Editor of the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory and co-editor of the Columbia University Press book series “Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture.”
Address: Humanities 307-D
Professor of English; Director of General Education
B.A., Bates College; M.A., State University of New York at Binghamton; Ph.D., Boston University
Dr. Grieve-Carlson teaches first-year writing classes, American literature surveys, and upper-level courses ranging from poetry to grammar to mythology. His scholarship focuses on American poetry and American intellectual history. He plays pick-up basketball with LVC faculty and students, and fantasy baseball with LVC coaches and administrators.
Address: Humanities 208-B
Professor of History
B.A., Macalester College; M.A., Carnegie Mellon University; Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University
Dr. Hinshaw teaches courses on modern American history, African-American history, urban history, African history, world history, labor history, and specialized courses in race and ethnicity. He has written and edited books on the industrial revolution in world history, the steel industry and steel workers in Western Pennsylvania, and the labor movement in the United States.
Address: Humanities 307-C
Professor of Music
B.A., West Chester University; M.M., University of Maryland; Ph.D., University of Maryland
Renee Lapp Norris, an associate professor at Lebanon Valley College, teaches courses in European, North American, and non-Western music. She has presented papers for the American Musicological Society and the Society for American Music, and her article "Opera and the Mainstreaming of Blackface Minstrelsy" was published by the Journal of the Society of American Music. Her secondary interest is music history pedagogy.
Address: Blair 111
Chair of Art and Art History; Associate Professor of Art
B.F.A., University of Florida; M.F.A., University of Tennessee
Pittari is an artist who works in painting and digital imaging. His emotive abstract paintings have been exhibited throughout the Eastern United States and are in several corporate collections. His recent series of landscape prints, based on American wilderness paintings of the 1800s, address issues of history and iconography within the broader field of landscape studies. Pittari is a former editor-in-chief of the journal Art Papers and has published exhibition reviews and interviews. He teaches studio courses in drawing, painting, and advanced art making, in addition to historical courses on color and culture and the interrelationship of painting and cinema.
Address: Lynch 159
Associate Professor of English
B.S., University of Florida; M.A., University of Maryland; Ph.D..
Dr. Romagnolo teaches courses in American literature, literature by women, African American literature and critical theory. She also serves as the faculty director of the Women's Services and Gender Resource center. She has published several articles on narrative and identity. Her research focuses on questions of identity and narrative in contemporary American women's fiction. Her book manuscript Opening Acts: Narrative Beginnings from a Feminist Perspective is currently under revision.
Address: Humanities 207-D
Associate Professor of Art History
B.F.A., University of Western Australia; Ph.D., University of Western Australia
Taylor is an art historian who specializes in the history of early digital arts. His forthcoming essay, “The Soulless Usurper”, published in Mainframe Experimentalism, charts the uneasy relationship between 1960’s computer arts and the mainstream art world. Beyond his art historical research, Taylor has completed various art projects, including a documentary film and installations in the United States and Australia. Taylor teaches a global survey in art and architecture as well as specialty courses in modern and contemporary art. Taylor was awarded the Thomas Rhys Vickroy Award for Outstanding Teaching at LVC in 2010.
Address: Lynch 166
Adjunct Instructor of American Studies
Address: Humanities 307
Professor Emeritus of Religion
B.A., St. Paul Seminary; M.A., Marquette University; Ph.D., Duke University.