SBS Welcomes New Faculty!

The SBS welcomes 11 new faculty members to our College this fall. These professors, who study topics ranging from political philosphy to the behavioral responses of lemurs, will add to the research and teaching excellence in our College.

Jeffrey Banister
Southwest Center

Jeffrey Banister joins the Southwest Center as an assistant research social scientist, an assistant research professor, and an assistant editor of the Journal of the Southwest. Banister earned his Ph.D. in geography from the UA in 2010. He has extensive experience in human-environmental research and community development in Mexico, and has worked for the past 10 years in academic publishing at the Southwest Center. His research and teaching interests range widely, from explorations of the geographies of institutions, agricultural production, and hydraulic politics in rural Mexico, to the connections between everyday life and the broader quest to create spaces of and for autonomous environmental resource politics. As assistant editor of the Journal of the Southwest, he has built upon the University of Arizona’s tradition of collaborative investigation and publication with Mexican institutions.

Juan Comesaña


Juan Comesaña joins the Department of Philosophy as an associate professor. Comesaña received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Brown University in 2003 and taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 2003 until 2009. His research focuses on the theory of knowledge, particularly on theories about what makes our beliefs justified. He has published many papers in leading journals and has lectured widely at internationally prominent universities.

Chris Lukinbeal
Geography and Development

Chris Lukinbeal is an assistant professor and the director of the new Master of Science in geographic information systems technology in the UA School of Geography and Development. Lukinbeal holds a B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. in geography and has spent the last seven years as the assistant director and director of the master’s program in advanced study in geographic information systems at Arizona State University. Lukinbeal seeks to integrate GIS with critical geographic and humanities research. He is one of three founding editors of Aether: The Journal of Media Geography ( and the lead editor of the book “The Geography of Cinema - a Cinematic World” (2008, Franz Steiner Verlag). His research on cinema and media focuses on the intersection of political economy and cultural studies, on location filming, geographic media literacy, and the geographies of media form. His research on urban landscapes focuses on civic and place engagement, segregation and diversity. 

Michael McKenna

Michael McKenna is a professor in the Philosophy of Freedom Center. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1993. Previously, he was chair of philosophy at Ithaca College and a professor of philosophy at Florida State University. McKenna is highly regarded for his numerous articles about the metaphysics of free will and theories of moral responsibility. His forthcoming book, “Responsibility and Conversation” (Oxford University Press) advances a new theory of moral responsibility. McKenna teaches courses on topics in both metaphysics and ethics.
Guido Pincione

Guido Pincione is a professor in the Philosophy of Freedom Center. He received his Ph.D.  from Buenos Aires University, where he also taught the philosophy of law. He was formerly a professor of moral and political philosophy at Torcuato Di Tella University Law School in Argentina. Pincione has held various research and teaching positions at a host of prominent institutions, including the Australian National University School of Social Research and Corpus Christi College at Oxford University. Pincione published “Rational Choice and Democratic Deliberation: A Theory of Discourse Failure” (Cambridge University Press, 2006). He is also co-editor of “Rights, Equality, and Liberty” (Kluwer, 2000). He has also published numerous influential papers on political theory in the profession’s premier journals.

Carolina Sartorio

Carolina Sartorio joins the Department of Philosophy as an associate professor. She received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2003 and taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for six years. Sartorio's research focuses on metaphysics and ethics. She has published on topics such as the nature of causation, agency, moral responsibility, and the freedom of the will. She has published numerous papers in leading journals and has lectured widely at prominent universities.

Carol Schwalbe

Carol Schwalbe joins the School of Journalism from the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University. She also served as a William Randolph Hearst fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. Schwalbe spent more than 20 years with National Geographic as a senior editor, writer and producer. Her research interests include the ethical concerns of publishing graphic and violent images and the visual framing of the Iraq war on the Internet. Schwalbe teaches courses on writing, editing and online journalism. She holds a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Smith College and a master’s in anthropology from George Washington University.

Stacey Tecot

Stacey Tecot is a new assistant professor in the School of Anthropology. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology and archaeology from the University of Texas at Austin and recently held postdoctoral positions in the Department of Ecology and Evolution and the Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments at Stony Brook University. Tecot is a primatologist who studies hormonal and behavioral responses of lemurs in Madagascar. One of her main interests is looking at the effects of habitat disturbance and climate change on primate stress levels, reproduction, feeding strategies, and phenology. She will be continuing her collaborative fieldwork in Madagascar and is setting up a lab to conduct hormonal extraction and analysis in the School of Anthropology, where she will be a member of the biological anthropology faculty.

Jeremy Vetter

Jeremy Vetter joins the Department of History as an assistant professor, thanks to support from the Provost’s initiative for faculty development in the environmental sciences. Vetter received his Ph.D. in history and the sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania (2005), and earned Master of Science and Master of Philosophy degrees (1999) from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He later held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Before coming to the UA, he was an assistant professor of history at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Vetter is a scholar of 19th century environmental history, with a particular interest in the rise of field science practice during the expansion of the American West. He writes on such diverse topics as the field practices of Alfred Russell Wallace, the great British anthropologist, early field science in the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains during the Railroad Era, and the creation of Yellowstone National Park. Jeremy will teach courses in United States history, comparative environmental history, and World history, and he will have an association with the Institute for the Environment.

Steven Wall

Steven Wall is a new professor in the Philosophy of Freedom Center. He received his B.A. from Duke University, his M.A. from Columbia University, and his Ph.D. from Oxford University. His dissertation was awarded the 1997 Sir Ernst Barker prize for the best dissertation in political theory. Wall previously taught philosophy at Kansas State University, Bowling Green State University and the University of Connecticut. He was also the Laurance S. Rockefeller visiting fellow at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University and a faculty fellow at the Center for Ethics and Public Affairs at the Murphy Institute at Tulane University. Wall is the author of “Liberalism, Perfectionism and Restraint” and the editor of “Perfectionism and Neutrality” and “Reasons for Action.”  Wall specializes in contemporary political philosophy and has written on a range of topics including state neutrality, public reason, democracy, collective rights, individual freedom, distributive justice, and toleration.

Ada Wilkinson-Lee
Mexican American & Raza Studies

Ada Wilkinson-Lee is an assistant professor in the Department of Mexican American & Raza Studies. She completed her postdoctoral work as a WARMER Fellow with the UA National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. Both her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees are from the University of Arizona. Her research interests include Latino health and how cultural processes affect the developmental processes of both individuals and families. Her interest in Latino health stemmed from growing up in a border community and seeing firsthand the challenges that her family and community had to overcome in order to receive adequate health care. She has published articles that focus on Latino parent-adolescent communication, provider cultural sensitivity, and adolescent emotional distress. She is an evaluator for the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health across the U.S. (REACH U.S.) program, which was created to address the health disparity rates of cervical cancer among Latinas and underserved women in the Tucson community.