Humanities Faculty & Staff

Ph.D., with honors, English Literature, Drew University, May 1999
Dissertation: The Wayward Nun of Amherst: Emily Dickinson and Medieval Mystical Women
M. Phil., with honors, English Literature, Drew University, May 1997
B.A. German Language and Literature, Georgetown University, May 1988

What I Teach:

American Literature Survey I (19th century)
American Literature Survey II (early 20th century)
American Gothic Literature
Women in Literature
Shakespeare’s Men
Shakespeare’s Women
The Art of Poetry
Fantasy Literature
Senior Capstone in Literature

Angela Conrad is Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Bloomfield College and Chair of the Division of Humanities. She is author of The Wayward Nun of Amherst: Emily Dickinson and Medieval Mystical Women (Garland, 2000) as well as numerous articles on feminism and American Literature. She is recognized nationally as a scholar on the fiction of Willa Cather.

She regularly teaches survey courses on American Literature and Shakespeare from a gender-studies perspective. Dr. Conrad also explores the monstrous with her students in courses on the Gothic and Fantasy genres as a way to uncover unconscious fears of otherness in the modern world.

As a member of the Humanities Division for 15 years, and now its Chair, she has worked hard to preserve the relevance of all the disciplines in the field as well as to help link the content of Humanities courses to each other. The Humanities Division builds bridges between the study of human culture in all its aspects by connecting to all the other divisions of study at Bloomfield College.

Michelle Chase is an historian of modern Latin America and the Caribbean, specializing in twentieth-century Cuba. Her book Revolution within the Revolution: Women and Gender Politics in Cuba is forthcoming from the University of North Carolina Press. She has published articles and book reviews in journals such as Bulletin of Latin American Research, The Journal of American History, and The Sixties. She has also written about contemporary Cuba for The Nation, Al Jazeera America, and NACLA.

At Bloomfield, she teaches courses on Latin American and Caribbean history, world history, and public history. She also teaches the college’s first-year course, Geographies of Experience.

M.S. Communications Science, Syracuse University, August, 1992
B.A. English, SUNY Buffalo, December, 1990

Esther (Miller) Dillard is an Associate Professor of the Communications Concentration in the Humanities Division at Bloomfield College. Before coming to Bloomfield, Dillard was a reporter and anchor in several television markets including her hometown of Buffalo, NY. Television stations she's worked for include: WGRZ-TV Buffalo (NBC), WCBS-Philadelphia, KTVU (FOX) San Francisco, and WEYI-Flint ( NBC).

Currently, she manages students who contribute content to the campus radio station WBCR. See more about the station at this link -

Last semester students in her Broadcast Journalism class produced their own hour long show featuring reports on campus events and news. See here.

Dillard also takes pride in Bloomfield seniors who present a final example of what they've learned in many of her classes with their final senior presentation called the Communications Capstone. Each capstone is a 10 minute student produced documentary. Students research topics, interview individuals, shoot video and edit a completed production. Some of their projects can be seen here.

Dillard is currently developing two video projects expected to be completed in 2016. In the summer of 2015, she collaborated with the Bloomfield Sciences Department and Dr. Gregory Edens to produce a short educational film on Chemical Engineers who have influenced our world. View the video here.

She's also helping to produce another video project with directors of Bloomfield Colleges' Creative Place Making Initiative. And finally, she’s working with an independent NY-based company that services parents of children diagnosed with autism. This small company called Melody of Autism provides support for parents and caregivers with seminars, teaching material as well as in home child care services. They are working with Dillard on producing a short series of videos for their website.

Ph.D. in English from Drew University (NJ) in 2011
Dissertation: “Cymru and the Court: The Welsh in Seventeenth Century Masques”
M.A in English from Clemson University (SC) in 2003
Thesis: “Claiming Identity: Acquiring Language in Lyly’s Gallathea”
B.A. in English from Presbyterian College (SC) in 2001

Regularly Taught Classes:
ENG 203 Survey of British Literature I
ENG 249 Advanced Grammar
GEO 103 Geographies of Experience
WRT 95 Reading and Writing for CollegeWRT 105 Enhanced Analytic and Argumentative Writing
WRT 106 Analytic and Argumentative Writing
WRT 107 Synthesis and Research Writing

Research Interests:
British Identity
Minority Serving Institutions
Renaissance Drama
Writing Pedagogy
Writing Program Administration

Professional Memberships:
Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)
Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA)
Council of Writing Program Administrators-Metropolitan Affiliate
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

Jonterri Gadson is the author of the chapbooks Pepper Girl (YesYes Books, 2012) and Interruptions (MIEL, 2014). She has received scholarships and fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo, Bread Loaf, University of Dayton and University of Virginia's Creative Writing MFA program.

Her poetry has been published in Callaloo, Los Angeles Review, Cream City Review and other journals. She is the assistant poetry editor for The Rumpus. Her full length poetry collection, Blues Triumphant, is due out with YesYes Books in 2016.

Dr Freddie Harris Ramsby received her Ph.D. in Rhetoric from the University of Utah in the Fall of 2014. Areas of research include rhetorics of the body and performance, critical discourse analysis, ethnography of performance, and critical literacy. She also specializes in first year writing, multi-modal writing and Renaissance Rhetoric.

Recent publications include “Ah, Poor Our Sex! This Fault in Us I Find”: Rhetorical Silences and Cressida’s Recalcitrance in Troilus and Cressida. in Shaping Shakespeare for Performance (Fairleigh Dickenson Press, Fall 2015). Also, The Drama as Rhetorical Critique: Language, Bodies and Power in Angels in America in Rhetoric Review, Fall 2014. Dr Harris Ramsby is also a consultant on Shakespeare and Rhetoric for the Shakespeare Internet Editions.

Finally, Dr Harris Ramsby is very invested in conducting joint research projects with Bloomfield students. Her latest trip?!: to conference in Summer 2015 with a Bloomfield student and faculty at Oxford University in England.

Glen Alexander Hayes is Professor of Religion, and has been on the Faculty since 1980. He is an historian of religions, and specializes in the cultures and religions of South Asia. Dr. Hayes has travelled throughout Asia, and translates yoga texts from Sanskrit and Bengali into English. A dedicated road bicyclist, Dr. Hayes has also been a guitarist for many years.

He received his Ph. D. in History of Religions from The University of Chicago in 1985, where he studied Sanskrit with J.A.B. van Buitenen and Bengali with Edward C. Dimock, Jr. His dissertation examined body symbolism and cosmology in medieval Bengali Tantric traditions. Author of numerous essays on the Vaiṣṇava Sahajiyā Tantric traditions of Bengal, he has also published translations of Bengali Tantric texts in Religions of India in Practice (Princeton: Princeton University Press,1995), Tantra in Practice (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000), and Yoga in Practice (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011). He explored the uses of religious metaphor in essays in Yoga: The Indian Tradition (New York: RoutledgeCurzon, 2003) and Alternative Krishnas: Regional and Vernacular Variations on a Hindu Deity (Albany: SUNY Press, 2005). A contributor to Brill's Encyclopedia of Hinduism. (Leiden: Brill, 2011), he also prepared the entry on (Hindu) "Tantra" for the Oxford Bibliographies Online.

In addition to his specialization in medieval Bengali Tantra, his research interests include contemporary metaphor theory and the cognitive science of religion. He serves as Chairperson of the Steering Committee of The Society for Tantric Studies (STS), and was a founding Co-chair of the Tantric Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion (AAR).

Laura Warren Hill is an Assistant Professor of History. She specializes in African American History and Africana Studies and teaches classes that focus on the history of social movements. She is currently working on a book entitled, Strike the Hammer While the Iron is Hot: The Black Freedom Struggle in Rochester, NY, 1940-1970. Her past publications include an edited collection, The Business of Black Power and an article on Malcolm X in Rochester, NY.

Professor Hill encourages all students to take classes in History and Africana Studies so they might better understand the course of their own lives.

M.A. Rhetoric and Writing, University of Tulsa
B.A. Vanderbilt University
Institute for Educational Management, Harvard University
Poetry Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, Princeton University

Martha LaBare is Associate Professor of English and is enjoying teaching full-time after teaching only part-time during a career as an academic dean. As dean, she led the faculty’s work as a national model for grant-supported work in faculty and curriculum development for diversity, democracy and liberal education.

She teaches writing, literature and experienced-based interdisciplinary courses. She encourages and expects students to be engaged and to explore individual interests in assignments, to pursue subjects and develop skills in many ways.

She values Bloomfield’s location and puts high priority on getting students to events and places in the metropolitan area. In the Spring 2015 semester alone, her students went in small groups to plays (Black Angels over Tuskegee, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, The Elephant Man, My Name is Rachel Corrie and The Rap Guide to Religion); films (Selma, Vincent Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing and Little Brother films with director Nicole Franklin); museums (The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Museum of Modern Art, incl. the Jacob Lawrence show, “One-Way Ticket”; The Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Museum of Design; The Brooklyn Museum); and readings (Black Poets Speak Out; Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison reading from her new book, God Help the Child; and African writers at the PEN World Voices Festival).

In 2015 she received the Joyce Carol Oates Faculty Excellence Award.

Creative publications: Shooting Star and Other Poems; poems in literary magazines; collaborations with artist/scientist Hamer Dodds, poems in exhibits Green to Red, Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2009, and Sikurluk, Shetland Museum, Shetland, Scotland, 2009-2010.

Academic publications include: First-Year Civic Engagement: Sound Foundations for College, Citizenship and Democracy, editor (The New York Times and the University of South CarolinaPress, 2008); “Demanding, Attracting, and Developing Diversity Leadership” and co-author “Diversity as Shared Practice” (Diversity Digest, 2005). “Institutional Transformation for Multicultural Education” in Promoting Diversity Classrooms: Innovative Responses for the Curriculum, Faculty, and Institutions, with Stuart Lang (Jossey-Bass, 1992). She has taught workshops for the New York Times on using the newspaper (print and online) in the university classroom.

Ada McKenzie is Assistant Professor of World Literature at Bloomfield College. Prior to joining the faculty at Bloomfield, she was Assistant Professor of English at the College of The Bahamas. She completed her doctorate in Comparative Literature at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a focus on African American and Caribbean literatures in English, Spanish, and French.

She is the recipient of several awards, including a Dissertation Fellowship from the American Association of University Women. Her primary research area is contemporary literatures of the African Diaspora, including children’s literature.

Recent publications include “Sankofa’s Songbirds: African American Children as Culture Bearers in Jazz-Infused Children’s Literature (Identity Quest: African Youth in Contemporary Literature and Popular Culture. London: Routledge, 2013). She is currently working on a manuscript based on her dissertation: “Creolization, Possession, and Performances in Caribbean Cultural Discourses.”

Dr. McKenzie’s background also includes experience in public history and education, as she has worked at cultural institutions including Penn Center—a National Historic Landmark Site in the Sea Islands of South Carolina.

Dr. Jeanne Nutter, Professor of Communication, is the Coordinator of the Broadcast Journalism Concentration. She has been teaching at Bloomfield College since 2001.

In 1998, working with Hagley Museum and Library, Dr. Nutter helped create an exhibit and pilot documentary film on P.S. duPont and the African American School rebuilding program. She has collected over fifty hours of oral histories of African Americans in Delaware. This has resulted in several short films: Littleton Mitchell: Human Rights Warrior, Conversation with Luther J. Porter , Conversation with Jane E. Mitchell: African American Nurse, Conversation with Reverend Maurice J. Moyer: Civil Rights Activist and Conversation, Dr. Eugene McGowan: African American School Psychologist and Community Leader and Edward Loper: African American Painter. A Separate Place: The Schools P.S. duPont Built, a full length documentary, has aired on WHYY-TV and won an Honorable Mention in the 2003 Wilmington Film Festival and a Best Video Documentary Production in the 2012 Black International Cinema in Berlin, Germany. A half hour version of this film, funded by the Delaware Humanities Forum, was distributed to all public schools in the state.

She has published two books Growing Up Black in New Castle County and Black America Series: Delaware. The former is an oral history. She chaired the African American History and Tourism Working Group for the Wilmington Renaissance Corporation which produced a brochure highlighting African American tourism in Wilmington. This brochure was awarded the 1999 Delaware Governor’s Cultural Heritage Tourism Award. Currently, she is a consultant for the Delaware Historical Society’s Center for African American Heritage producing a series of six documentary films entitled Voices of the Elders: Stories of African Americans in Delaware. This project is a collaboration between the Society and WITN22 and the City of Wilmington.

Dr. Nutter was the recipient of the 2000 Wilmington NAACP Award in Education and the 2000 Phi Delta Kappa Leadership Award. In March of 2002 Jeanne Nutter was inducted into the Delaware Women’s Hall of Fame. The Delaware State Education Association awarded Dr. Nutter one of the 2004 Humanities and Civil Rights Awards. In 2015 she was awarded the James H. Gilliam, Jr Humanitarian Award by the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League.

Dr. Nutter earned her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Cincinnati and her Ph.D. from Howard University.

M.A. and Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
A.B., St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia

Professor Puccio regularly teaches classes in 19th- and 20th-century British literature, children’s literature, and Gothic literature, as well as courses in drama and film. His special topics courses have included Threat and Peril in the British Novel; Shakespeare in Performance; Women of Mystery in the British Novel; Jane Austen; and E. M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, and Bloomsbury.

He is the author of several articles about the British school novel, reflective educational practices, composition pedagogy, and Stephen Sondheim. His research interests include 19th- and 20th-century British literature; fictions of school life; Victorian and Edwardian childhood; and music theatre. He is an associate editor of The Sondheim Review, and is dramaturge for 4th Wall Theatre, a professional company in residence at the Westminster Arts Center at Bloomfield College.

What I Teach
Survey of British Literature II
Children’s Literature
Gothic Literature
Selected Topics in British Literature
Selected Topics in Shakespeare
Major Writers in Depth
Literature Into Film
The Art of Drama
The Art of Fiction