New Faculty and Academic Personnel 2017-2018
Assistant Professor of Library Science and Director of the Library
Nancy joined Birmingham-Southern in September of 2016. She received a B.A. from the College of
William and Mary, and she went on to complete an M.S. in library science from the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has previously worked as a director of the library systems of Kennesaw State
University, Southern Polytechnic State University, and Louisiana State University.
Mary Hamil Gilbert
Instructor of Classics
Mary earned a B.A. in Latin, Greek, and English from the University of Georgia, followed by an M.A. in
Latin and Greek from Washington University in Saint Louis. Mary also holds an M.A. and is completing a
Ph.D. in classics from the University of Virginia. She has completed courses at the Rare Book School at
Harvard University and the University of Virginia. Her research interests include Greek and Roman
drama, mythology, and reception and translation studies.
Visiting Instructor of Sociology
Stephanie received a B.A. in sociology and anthropology from Agnes Scott College. She went on to earn
an M.A. and is completing a Ph.D. in sociology from Georgia State University. She most recently served
as a teaching associate at Georgia State University. Her research and teaching interests include social
statistics, medical sociology, health disparities, and race and ethnic inequality.
Assistant Professor of Library Science and Director of ARC
Dasha joined Birmingham-Southern in September of 2016. She received a B.S. in psychology and
communications from the University of Montevallo, followed by an M.S. in communications and
information sciences from the University of Alabama. Before coming to Birmingham-Southern, Dasha
served as a librarian for the Pinson Public Library.
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Desireé received a B.A. in history from Saint Vincent College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science
from Temple University. She most recently held the position of Visiting Assistant Professor at
Swarthmore College, and she has also served as an instructor at Temple University. Her teaching and
research specializations include social and political theory, black political thought, identity theory, and
political theories of space and place.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Caleb earned a B.S. in mathematics and a B.A. in religious studies from Randolph College. While at
Randolph, Caleb was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and was a recipient of the Catherine I. Hastings
Award in Mathematics. He then earned an M.S. in mathematics from the University of Alabama at
Birmingham, and is now working on a Ph.D. at UAB in applied mathematics with a minor in computer
science. He has held teaching positions at UAB and Samford University, and has been an adjunct
professor at Birmingham-Southern since 2015.