Meet our Faculty and Staff

Fairfield's faculty are not only experts in their field but are exceptional at fostering a classroom learning environment that is engaging as well as enlightening.

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Elizabeth Haas, Visiting Assistant Professor of Visual & Performing Arts

Professor Elizabeth Haas received her Ph.D./MFA from the University of Michigan and has been a member of the Fairfield Visual and Performing Arts Department since 2007. She has research specialties in film and cultural studies. Outside of the academic setting, she enjoys shooting baskets and visiting museums with her family.

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Olivia Harriott, Associate Professor of Biology

Professor Harriott received her Ph. D. in microbiology in 1994 from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. She was a postdoctoral research fellow at Rutgers University before joining the faculty at Fairfield University in 1997. Professor Harriott teaches courses in general microbiology, bacterial pathogenesis and DNA science. In addition to teaching, Prof. Harriott maintains an active research lab where she trains undergraduates in environmental microbiology research.

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Philip J. Lane, Chair and Associate Professor of Economics

Professor Philip Lane received his Ph.D. from Tufts University in 1983 and has been teaching at Fairfield University since 1981. He studies financial markets and institutions with a focus on community banks. He continues to work with the community bankers through the Stonier School of Banking of the American Bankers Association. He has been named teacher and advisor of the year by his students at Fairfield University. He has two daughters who are both teaching and coaching lacrosse. He is a practicing golfer and skier who enjoys community service through his local Rotary Club as well as the Knights of Columbus.

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Ioanna Opidee, part-time professor of English

Professor Opidee has been teaching at Fairfield University since 2008. During that time, she earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield. She also holds an MA in English from the University of Massachusetts Boston, as well as a BA in English from Boston College. Her work has appeared in several magazines and literary journals including Lumina, Drunken Boat, Serendipity, Folio, and New Haven, and she is currently working on a novel and a collection of essays. She has also served as nonfiction co-editor and editor-in-chief of Mason's Road, the online literary journal sponsored by Fairfield University's low-residency MFA in Creative Writing.

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Margo Ramlal-Nankoe, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Professor Ramlal-Nankoe received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Binghamton University where she studied with Immanuel Wallerstein. She joined the Fairfield Sociology and Anthropology department in 2011.She has lived for a substantial amount of time in three continents: South America/Caribbean, Europe, and the United States. Her research, teaching, and publications focus on the welfare state, and human services, globalization, global Inequality, the Caribbean, as well as race, gender, and ethnicity. She enjoys music, film, museums, service to the community, interreligious dialogue, soccer, biking, walking, reading, cooking dishes from different parts of the world, dining with family and friends, and working on projects with students.

 

Kris Sealey, Associate Professor of Psychology

Professor Kris Sealey received her Ph.D. from The University of Memphis and has been a member of Fairfield’s Philosophy department since 2006. She also directs the Peace and Justice Studies Program and Fairfield. Her research areas include Social and Political Philosophy, Recent French Continental Philosophy, Existentialism and Race Theory. She particularly enjoys teaching introductory classes in philosophy to first and second year students. Outside of the academic setting, she enjoys spending time with her four sons (one of whom is currently six months old), outdoor running, and bike riding.

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Maggie Wills, Associate Professor of Communication

Professor Wills received her Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University and is an associate professor of communication at Fairfield University, where she has taught courses in public speaking, research methods, and family communication since 1992. Her scholarship in health communication and spiritual communication is informed by her previous experience as a certified drug and alcohol counselor in State College, Pennsylvania, where she also presented workshops on recognizing and assisting children of chemically dependent parents. Outside of the academic setting, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, along with running, cooking, and boogie boarding.     

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Professor Yarrington received her MFA from Ohio State University and has been a member of Fairfield's Studio Arts Program in the Visual and Performing Arts Department since 1992. Her speciality includes site-based installations and works on paper. Outside of the academic setting, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and horseback riding.