This article is from the archives of the UB Reporter.

New Faculty Faces

Published: October 19, 2006

The Reporter this week resumes "New Faculty Faces," a feature that introduces new faculty members to the UB community. An effort is being made to contact all new faculty members. Anyone wishing to be featured may contact the Reporter at


Name: Rachel Ablow
School: College of Art and Sciences
Department: English
Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Academic Degrees: B.A., Princeton University; Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University
Areas of Special Interest: Victorian literature and culture

I am currently working on a book on the idea of psychic violence in Victorian literature. I also am editing a special issue of the journal Victorian Studies and a collection of essays entitled "Reading Victorian Feeling."


Name: Robert Adelman
School: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology
Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Academic Degrees: B.A., University of Southern Mississippi; M.A., Georgia State University; Ph.D., University at Albany
Areas of Special Interest: Race and ethnic relations; urban sociology

I'm currently working on a number of papers related to immigration, in particular immigration to new destinations like Atlanta and Orlando. I also have ongoing research about metropolitan socioeconomic structure. For example, I (along with colleagues) have a paper under review that assesses the usefulness of different measures of suburban sprawl in metropolitan America. And I continue to work on issues about racial residential segregation and neighborhood inequality.


Name: Werner Ceusters
School: Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Department: Psychiatry
Academic Title: Professor
Academic Degrees: M.D., medicine, surgery and obstetrics, State University of Ghent, Belgium; M.A., informatics and software engineering, Technical University of Ghent; Postgraduate Degree, knowledge engineering, Babbage Institute for Knowledge and Information Technology, State University of Ghent
Areas of Special Interest: Ontology and new ways of maintaining electronic health records to solve semantic interoperability problems in biomedical information technology

The thing that attracted me to UB was the approach to ontology advocated by the philosophy department and the opportunities offered by UB's New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, the place where I carry out my research.


Name: Jonathan Dunsby
School: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Music
Academic Title: Slee Professor of Music Theory
Academic Degrees: B.A., Oxford; Ph.D., Leeds
Areas of Special Interest: 19th- and 20th-century classical music; music theory; semiology; Schenker; performance studies

It is immensely satisfying when one can contribute a little to students' thirst for knowledge and understanding. Every moment of teaching contact is an intellectual, personal and, in my field, musical challenge. Among my teaching responsibilities is sophomore theory, required under the terms of the endowment for my chair. It is so refreshing to go "back to basics" and hope to get my students actually to enjoy what is also hard work for them and conceptually complex—I imagine it's a little like our medical colleagues teaching anatomy.