New College appoints 3 new leaders

July 5, 2022

from Arizona State University New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences is led by a diverse team of renowned faculty who work across disciplines to produce innovative research.

The New College has appointed a new Associate Dean and two new Directors to help shape the future of the College and School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies.

“These outstanding leaders bring years of leadership experience at New College and elsewhere that will enable them to continue to take New College and West Campus to the next level,” said Todd Sandrin, dean of New College and vice provost of ASU’s West Campus. “Their innovative approach to everything they do will continue to ensure New College is always new.”

Meet the New College’s newest leaders:

Marianne M. Kim, Associate Director of the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies

Kim is a Korean-American interdisciplinary artist working in screen danceA dance form that combines cinematography and choreography., multimedia installation, choreography and performance art. She joined the New College School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies in 2006 as an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance.

Her areas of research include the disorienting effects of engineered labor, cultural identity, consumerism, and most recently, the forces within industrial food production and promotion that mediate race, gender, and body. Her work has received a number of awards and has been shown in museums and galleries around the world.

Kim received her master’s degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Choreography and Technology from the University of California, Los Angeles and her bachelor’s degree 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,” said Kim. “This is an exciting time for the school and New College I am delighted to be involved in this new role.”

Miriam Mara, Director of the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies

Mara examines 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 been with ASU since 2016.

During the 2016-17 academic year, Mara collected interview data from healthcare professionals in Kenya as part of a Fulbright US Scholar Award. This climax was followed by a preliminary analysis of Kenyan medical documents and fiction by Kenyan author Margaret Ogola. The resulting book “Globalism and Gender Cancer‘ was 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 analyzes agricultural and ecological practices as well as a group of contemporary Irish texts on the return to farm life. She was named a 2019-20 Institute for Humanities Research Fellow to help build this project.

Mara received her PhD 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 Jacksonville University. Her appointment as director of the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies began July 1.

“What I look forward to most is the support of the faculty in their goals,” said Mara. “I also look forward to implementing ideas gathered during the re-conceptualization process.”

Stephen Toth, Associate Dean of New College Academic Enterprise

Toth is Professor of Modern European History at ASU and has been with the university for 21 years. His first book “Beyond Papillon: The French Overseas Penal Colonies‘ was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2006.

His second book “Mettray: A History of France’s Most Revered Prison Institution‘ was published by Cornell University Press in 2019. Toth’s research has appeared in numerous international journals and has received research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Philosophical Society.

He appeared as an expert commentator on a National Geographic documentary about the Vietnamese island prison of Con Dao and will be featured in an episode of the History Channel documentary series Great Escapes hosted by Morgan Freeman.

Toth received his PhD in modern European history from Indiana University, his master’s degree in history from ASU, and his bachelor’s degree in history and journalism from the University of Nebraska Omaha. His appointment as Associate Dean of New College began July 1.

“Over the past five years the New College has grown dramatically and I look forward to working closely with faculty and leadership in the development of new programs and initiatives that will continue to expand our reach while deepening our commitment to the West community Valley,” Toth said.

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