Carol A. Pulham
Chair of the Department of History, Literature, and Languages
B.A. in English, Cedar Crest College
M.A., Ph. D., Lehigh University
Carol is a professor in the English department. She recently returned to full-time teaching after seven years of holding various administrative positions at Cedar Crest College, including associate provost, provost, and one year as acting president.
As an alumna, Carol chose to teach at Cedar Crest College to become part of our tradition of excellence that she first experienced as a Cedar Crest student. She strives to prepare students for careers, graduate school and life after college, and is also personally inspired by the students that she works with each semester.
Memberships & Awards
Carol is a member of the Modern Language Association (MLA).
She won the Alumnae Teaching Faculty Award in 2019.
She enjoys traveling and organizes semi-annual week-abroad trips with Cedar Crest faculty and students. Most recently, Carol traveled to London, England with a group of alumnae, students and faculty to explore the literature of London.
Dr. Carpino earned her BA in Politics from Fairfield University and her MA and PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to teaching at Cedar Crest, she taught at Santa Clara University and JFK University in California. In addition to teaching Political Science, Dr. Carpino also serves at the Research Coordinator for the Lehigh Valley Research Consortium, a collaborative program that connects local faculty with community organizations to conduct community-based research.
At Cedar Crest, Dr. Carpino teaches courses on public policy, international relations, political thought, and American politics.
LuAnn McCracken Fletcher
B.A. in English and Psychology, Lehigh University
M.A. in English, Lehigh University
Ph.D. in English, University of California, Los Angeles
LuAnn is a professor and department director in the English department at Cedar Crest College. She began teaching at Cedar Crest in 1993.
During her time at the college, she has taught more than 30 different literature and writing courses. She also advises Preterite, the college's literary club, and The Maurauders, a Harry Potter and fantasy club. She has previously served as department chair for Humanities.
Memberships & Awards
LuAnn is a member of the Modern Language Association (MLA), the Victorians Institute, the British Association for Victorian Studies, and the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).
Articles & Publications
LuAnn has co-edited an anthology of Victorian prose. She has also published scholarly articles on Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, and Virginia Woolf, and presented conference papers on George Gissing's New Woman novel, "The Odd Woman," and on J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series. Her current research focuses on the significance of mirrors in contemporary British literature.
Michelle Forsell, Esq.
Michelle earned her BA in Political Science from West Chester University, her JD from Villanova University School of Law, and her MA from Temple University. She is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania practicing primarily in estate planning/administration and municipal law. Michelle previously gained experience with the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas, and a large Philadelphia firm. She is admitted to practice in numerous federal courts, and continues to hold leadership positions in the Villanova Inn of Court and the Bar Association of Lehigh County, serving as its president in 2017.
At Cedar Crest, Michelle teaches courses on women’s rights and American law.
Megan Diskin Monahan
Assistant Professor of History
Megan is an assistant professor of history at Cedar Crest College. Before teaching at Cedar Crest, she taught for seven years at colleges and universities in Boston and New York City. At Cedar Crest, she teaches courses on U.S. History, the History of the Pacific, Women’s History and Labor History, and she is also a faculty adviser to the History & Political Science Club.
During her doctoral study at Fordham, Megan was granted many awards, including an Alumni Dissertation Fellowship, the highest award the university bestows on a doctoral student. She also belongs to the American Historical Association (AHA), the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the Coordinating Council for Women in History (CCWH), the Organization of American Historians (OAH), the National Social Science Association (NSSA) & the League of Women Voters of the Lehigh Valley.
Megan has published several scholarly articles on working women in Hawai’i in the National Social Science Association (NSSA) Journal. In 2017, she will publish a book with the University of Hawai’i Press on twentieth-century women’s labor activism in Hawai’i.
Assistant Professor of English
B.A. in English, Drew University
M.A. in Literature, Villanova University
PhD. in English, Lehigh University
Peter Nagy studies American literature, modernism, gender studies, queer studies, and even comic books.
He teaches courses on superheroes, film, and American fiction and poetry.
James J. Ward, Ph.D.
Professor/Director of the Honors Program
B.A., Middlebury College
M.A., New York University
Ph.D., New York University
Modern European History
18th and 19th Century Art History
Film and History
Topics in Popular Culture
Professor James Ward, Ph.D., has authored numerous articles including history as represented in film, problems of history and memory, German history and politics, and the politics of culture. He has earned Cedar Crest's Alumnae Teaching Award, which is presented annually by the College's Alumnae Association. For the last last several years he has taught a course titled Zombies-From the Living Dead to the Posthuman.
"Men (and women) are free to act to shape their history. But not always in circumstances of their own choosing." (Karl Marx).
Assistant Professor of Creative Writing
Alison Wellford is Assistant Professor of Writing and Internal Director of the Pan-European MFA in Creative Writing at Cedar Crest College. She published the novel, INDOLENCE, and wrote the screenplay adaptation that has been optioned for film. Her work has appeared in The Gettysburg Review and The Barcelona Review, among other journals, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has received fellowships from Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and The MacDowell Colony.