Arizona State University New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences is led by a diverse team of renowned faculty who work across disciplinary boundaries to produce innovative research.
New College has appointed a new Associate Dean and two new Directors to help shape the future of the college and the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies.
“These exceptional leaders bring years of leadership experience to New College and beyond that will enable them to continue to take the New College and West campus to the next level,” said Todd Sandrin, Dean of New College and Vice Provost of ASU West Campus. “Their innovative approach to everything they do will continue to ensure that New College is always fresh.”
Meet New College’s New Leaders:
Marianne M. Kim, Associate Director of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies
Kim is a Korean American interdisciplinary artist working in screendanceA dance form that combines cinematography and choreography., multimedia installation, choreography and performance. She joined New College in 2006 as an assistant professor of interdisciplinary and performance arts in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies.
Her areas of research include the disorienting effects of technologically-enabled work, cultural identity, consumerism and, more recently, the forces within industrial food production and promotion that influence race, gender and the body. His work has won numerous awards and has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world.
Kim received her MFA with an emphasis on choreography and technology from the University of California, Los Angeles and her BFA in theater from Northwestern University. Her appointment as Associate Director of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies began July 1.
“I look forward to supporting our new director and the community of world-class artists and scholars within the School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies,” Kim said. “It’s an exciting time for the school and New College. I’m happy to be part of this new role.”
Miriam Mara, Director of the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies
Mara studies contemporary Irish literature and film. She joined New College in 2021 as a professor in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies, and has worked at ASU since 2016.
During the 2016-2017 academic year, Mara collected interview data from health professionals in Kenya for a Fulbright US Scholar award. This culminating piece follows a preliminary analysis of Kenyan medical documents and fiction by Kenyan author Margaret Ogola. The resulting book, “Globalism and Gender Cancerwas published by Routledge in 2020.
She is currently expanding her work on embodiment and identity in Irish literature with a new book, “Food Sovereignty in Post-Celtic Tiger Ireland”, which will analyze agricultural and ecological practices as well as a group of contemporary Irish texts on return to agricultural life. She was named 2019-2020 Institute for Humanities Research Fellow to build this project.
Mara received her doctorate in philosophy and English from the University of New Mexico, her master’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and her bachelor’s degree in international studies from the University of Jacksonville. His appointment to head the School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies began July 1.
“What I plan on most is supporting teachers in their goals,” Mara said. “I am also excited to implement the ideas gathered during the reinvention process.”
Stephen Toth, Associate Dean of New College Academic Enterprise
Toth is a professor of modern European history at ASU and has worked at the university for 21 years. His first book,Beyond Papillon: French overseas penal colonieswas published by University of Nebraska Press in 2006.
His second book,Mettray: A History of France’s Most Revered Prison Establishmentwas published by Cornell University Press in 2019. Toth’s research has been published in numerous international journals and he has received research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Philosophical Society.
He appeared as an expert commentator in a National Geographic documentary on Con Dao Island prison in Vietnam and will appear in an episode of the History Channel documentary series “Great Escapes” hosted by Morgan Freeman.
Toth holds a doctorate in modern European history from Indiana University, an MA in history from ASU, and a bachelor’s degree in history and journalism from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. His appointment as Associate Dean of New College began July 1.
“Over the past five years, we have seen New College grow dramatically, and I look forward to working closely with faculty and management on the development of new programs and initiatives that will continue to expand our reach. while deepening our engagement with the West Valley community,” Toth said.