Javier Pabón

Dean of Humanities

Durham

Joined NCSSM in July 2024

Javier Pabón joined NCSSM in July 2024 as our Dean of Humanities. Javier graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications from Universidad de La Sabana (Bogotá-Colombia), where his focus was on audiovisual production, media-social movement dynamics, and cultural practices. Subsequently, he earned a master’s with a Latin American studies certificate from Duke University, where he started his research in themes such as diasporic thought and decolonial aesthetics. His academic journey culminated in a Ph.D. in Latin American cultural studies from Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar. Before joining NCSSM, Javier was the Division Head of the Humanities at Methodist University, where he demonstrated his dedication to interdisciplinary education. As the division head of humanities and associate professor of modern languages, he shared his Spanish language and literature expertise while exploring diverse fields such as film and Latin American history. In 2022, he authored and published the book “A Tres Voces,” exploring contemporary symbolic representations of Afro-Ecuadorians in poetry, oral tradition, and media discourse. When time allows, he also partakes in a combination of filmmaking and theater performances for social justice projects. Beyond academia, Javier is an avid tennis enthusiast, both as a coach and as a player. In addition, he loves spending time with his wife Anna and son Ezra.


Humanities

Layla Aldousany

Instructor of American Studies and Humanities

Carrie Alter

Instructor of Studio Art

Marcelo Aranda

Instructor of American Studies and Humanities

Kate Auger

Instructor of Photography

Kate Axelrod

Program Associate

Leah Barlow

Instructor of American Studies and Humanities

Erudiel Bernal

Instructor of World Languages

Sarah Booker

Instructor of World Languages and Chair of Humanities (Morganton)

Michelle Brenner

Instructor of Humanities

David Cantrell

Instructor of Humanities

Jane Cantwell

Instructor of American Studies and Humanities

Kristin Connor

Instructor of Spanish

Chad Cygan

Instructor of Choral Music

Christy Davenport

Instructor of American Studies and Humanities

David Dry

Instructor of American Studies and Humanities

Mark Dubois

Instructor of Humanities

Alexa Garvoille

Instructor of American Studies and Humanities

Fiona Gillespie

Instructor of Spanish

Kyle Hudson

Instructor of Humanities

Steve Jones ’83

Instructor of Humanities

Neal Keesee

Instructor of American Studies and Humanities

Chad Keister

Instructor of Economics and Social Science

Jim Kirkpatrick

Instructor of Music

Fayez Kurdi

Instructor of World Languages

Scott Laird

Instructor of Music and Chair of Fine Arts (Durham/Morganton)

Hong Li

Instructor of Chinese

Courtney Long

Instructor of Visual Arts

Margaret McDowell

Instructor of American Studies and Humanities

Tatiana McInnis

Instructor of American Studies and Humanities

Ormand Moore

Instructor of Humanities

Katie Moulder

Instructor of Humanities

Amanda Moulder

Instructor of American Studies and Humanities

Meredith Murphy ’02

Instructor and Chair of Humanities (Durham)

William Nessly

Instructor of American Studies and Asian-American Studies

Tess Nielsen

Instructor of Choral Music and Drama

Liz Peeples

Instructor of Humanities

Carolina Perez

Instructor of Music

Martha Regalis

Instructor of Humanities

Evan Rowe

Auditorium Technical Director

Meltem Safak

Instructor of American Studies and Humanities

Adam Sampieri

Instructor of Drama

Tonya Smith ’89

Instructor of Spanish and Humanities

Natsuko Suwa

Instructor of Japanese

Cecile Tougas

Instructor of Latin

Ying-Hua Tsai

Instructor of Chinese

Qian Wang

Instructor of Chinese

John Woodmansee

Instructor of Humanities

John Zimmerman

Instructor of American Studies and Humanities