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NMSU Honors College welcomes two new faculty affiliates

The William Conroy Honors College at New Mexico State University is welcoming two new affiliated faculty members who will work with honors students and help with community outreach.


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New Mexico State University associate professor Andrea Orzoff recently joined the William Conroy Honors College as affiliated faculty, and will help coordinate the college’s Big Read Project as well as teach honors history courses. (NMSU courtesy photo)
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New Mexico State University associate professor Judith Flores Carmona is a faculty fellow for the William Conroy Honors College, and will coordinate the college’s Living Learning Community on campus as well as the college’s Masters Accelerated Program. (NMSU courtesy photo)

NMSU associate professor Judith Flores Carmona is the college’s newest faculty fellow, and will help coordinate the college’s Living Learning Community, coordinate student programming in the college, and facilitate the implementation of the Masters Accelerated Program. Before joining NMSU, Flores Carmona was an Andrew W. Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow in Critical Literacies and Pedagogies at Hampshire College from 2010 to 2012. She earned her doctorate at the University of Utah in the Department of Education, Culture, and Society in 2010. Her research interests include critical pedagogy, Chicana/Latina feminist theory, critical race feminism, critical multicultural education, social justice education, and testimonio methodology and pedagogy.

Flores Carmona’s work has appeared in Equity and Excellence in Education, Race Ethnicity and Education, the Journal of Latino/Latin American Studies, the International Journal of Information Communication Technologies and Human Development, the Journal of Latinos and Education, and in Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social.

She has two co-edited books, “Chicana/Latina Testimonios as Pedagogical, Methodological, and Activist Approaches to Social Justice,” with Dolores Delgado Bernal and Rebeca Burciaga, and “Crafting Critical Stories: Toward Pedagogies and Methodologies of Collaboration, Inclusion & Voice,” with Kristen Luschen. She also co-authored the second edition of “Un-Standardizing Curriculum: Multicultural Teaching in the Standards-Based Classroom,” with Christine Sleeter.

Andrea Orzoff is an associate professor of history and is an Honors faculty member. Orzoff will help coordinate the college’s community reading project, support students seeking external scholarships, and will also continue teaching courses for both the History Department and the Honors College.

Orzoff completed her doctorate from Stanford University in 2000. Her research and teaching interests involve the intersection of politics and ideas, whether via propaganda and the mass media, high culture and migration, or the creation and development of international institutions and movements. She is the author of “Battle for the Castle: The Myth of Czechoslovakia in Europe, 1914-1948,” and is currently working on the book, “Music in Flight: Refugees, Exiles, Fugitives, and the Politics of Music in Latin America.”

She has also written various articles on German history, New German Critique, the Austrian History Yearbook, Nationalities Papers and Slavic Review. Her most recent articles address the German-speaking chapters of the International PEN Club during the Cold War; she also contributed an overview of democracy and democratic internationalism in interwar Europe to the Oxford Handbook on Europe 1900-1945.

Orzoff has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the U.S. Fulbright Commission, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD, German Academic Exchange Commission), the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the International Research and Exchanges Board, or IREX. She has been an invited or keynote speaker at Tel Aviv University, Vanderbilt University, Cornell University, the University of Oxford, Trinity College in Dublin, and Berlin’s Freie Universität.

Her current book project tells the stories of German and Austrian classical musicians who fled Nazism for Latin America. She also plans to explore the topics of Anglo-American defectors to East Germany and East German ties to Latin America.

Orzoff teaches lower-division courses on European history and the history of ideas, and upper-division courses on European history, global history, and thematic courses, for both the History Department and NMSU’s Honors Program.

Conroy Honors College Dean Miriam Chaiken said she is thrilled to have these two talented professors as part of the college’s team.

“This additional infusion of talent, energy and ideas will ensure that we maximize opportunities for our students, and will make them more competitive and successful,” Chaiken said.