Please join the School of Liberal Arts in welcoming two new members to the Marist community!


 michelle smith   

Dr. Michelle Smith

Assistant Professor of English

Dr. Smith teaches and studies rhetoric and composition, specializing in feminist rhetorics, rhetorical theory, and utopian thought and practice. Her current research project, supported by a 2012 NEH Summer Stipend, asks how 19th-century intentional (utopian) communities shaped larger debates about women’s work—domestic, professional, sexual, and spiritual.

Dr. Smith grew up in Ohio, attended the University of Richmond (VA) and earned her Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition from Penn State University. She spent the last year in Spokane, WA, serving as composition director and teaching for Whitworth University.





Dr. Juris Pupcenoks 

Assistant Professor of Political Science

juris pupcenoks

A specialist in international relations and comparative politics, Dr. Pupcenoks completed a B.A. degree at Westminster College, MO (2004), and M.A. (2007) and Ph.D. (2011)
degrees at the University of Delaware.He previously taught at the University of Delaware and at Washington College (MD). His Ph.D. dissertation analyzed reactive conflict spillover to migrant-background communities in Europe and the United States. He has conducted field research in Muslim communities in London, UK, and Detroit, MI, US, and his research
has been published in Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, and Middle East Journal.

Dr. Pupcenoks was born in Latvia and first came to the US as a Rotary International
High School Exchange Student. Besides English, he is also fluent in Latvian (native)
and Russian, and intermediate in French. His hobbies include traveling, running and tennis. Read more at Dr. Pupcenoks’s website>