CAS Welcomes New Faculty
Experts in their field of study, the faculty of Fairfield University’s College of Arts and Sciences are devoted to the process of discovery and inspired by the prospect of imparting knowledge in the service of others. This year, the College welcomed six new tenure-track professors, each of whom have already begun contributing to the University’s long history of academic excellence.
Gayle Alberda, PhD
Assistant Professor of Politics and MPA
Dr. Alberda is a BS and MPA graduate of Central Michigan University and received her PhD from Wayne State University in Detroit. She comes to Fairfield from Drake University in Iowa, where she taught courses on the American political process, government and public policy. Prior to her career in academia, she worked in the political arena where she amassed an extensive background in government lobbying, campaign organizing, fundraising and consulting. Dr. Alberda often serves as a political analyst for the media and has appeared in The Washington Post, Al Jazeera America and Bloomberg, among other news outlets.
Alfred Babo, PhD
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology and International Studies
Dr. Babo received his PhD from the University of Bouaké in the Ivory Coast where he started his research on sustainable socioeconomic development, land tenure, youth and social change and immigration policy. His recent book, The Foreigner in Côte d'Ivoire: Crisis and Controversies about a Social Category, explores the significant issue of immigration and identity crisis, especially the transformations introduced by violence and wartime conditions. He is currently working on a project examining the practical issues associated with the concepts of “refugee” and “immigrant” and exploring the relationships between state immigration and refugee policies with social integration.
Assistant Professor of Film, Television and Media
Patrick Brooks is a filmmaker based in New York City, whose work has been screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, Palm Springs ShortFest and Slamdance. He has worked as a producer at Little Monster Films, collaborating on projects such as the award-winning documentary “MERU,” as well as content for National Geographic, The New York Times and The North Face. He holds an MFA in film directing from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television and a BA from the University of Chicago, and taught film at Northwestern University and DePaul University prior to arriving at Fairfield.
Adam Rugg, PhD
Assistant Professor of Communications
Dr. Rugg joins Fairfield from the University of Iowa, where he earned his PhD. His research takes two major forms. First, he critically examines the relationship between sports, media and social issues with an emphasis on the NFL. Secondly, he researches the impact of the Internet and media globalization on geographically based identities and infrastructures. Formerly a sous chef at a Thai restaurant, he is still an avid cook and spends much of his free time researching, preparing and eating new cuisines.
Assistant Professor of English and Digital Journalism
Matt Tullis comes to Fairfield University from Ashland University in Ohio, where he was an associate professor of journalism and digital media. His areas of focus are narrative, convergent and entrepreneurial journalism. Tullis earned an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and a BA in journalism/English from Ashland University. He worked as a daily newspaper reporter for 10 years and is the host and producer of Gingery: The Podcast, a podcast focused on narrative journalism and the reporters who write it.