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Senior Research Fellows & Scholars

As part of LIU Post’s commitment to academic excellence, we have the honor of hosting a wide range of distinguished scholars on our campus.

These individuals are internationally recognized in their fields and we are privileged to have them study with us and our students. These scholars participate in a number of activities that can include teaching courses, giving lectures and scholarly research. For more information, contact the individual department.

Dan Christoffel
Artist-in-Residence, School of Visual and Performing Arts

Dan Christoffel, Artist-in-Residence, School of Visual and Performing ArtsDan Christoffel is a national and international exhibiting artist who has studied at the Art Students’ League, the National Academy, Pratt Institute, SUNY New Paltz and LIU Post.

He is currently a board member of the Art League of Long Island, a member of the Bay Walk Nautical Arts Committee in Port Washington, a visiting artist at the Great Neck Arts Center and a guest lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is a past president of the Long Island Art Teachers Association and former curator for the Partnership for Cultural Development for Cultural Development at the Chelsea Center in Muttontown.

After teaching art for 41 years in the Bellmore-Merrick School District, he was invited to be the artist-in-residence at LIU Post, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate art classes. He works in myriad media, including painting, sculpture, drawing and print making.

As inspiration, he draws on the grand history of portraits from the Romans to the present. His recent works includes sculptures of Theodore Roosevelt’s horses and more than 40 sketches and oil paintings of Abraham Lincoln.

Dr. Bob Brier
Senior Research Fellow, Department of Philosophy, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Dr. Bob Brier, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Philosophy, College of Liberal Arts and SciencesBob Brier Ph.D., the former chairman of the philosophy department at LIU Post, is one of the world’s most authoritative and respected experts on ancient Egypt.

Dr. Brier’s previous projects include reconstructing the tomb of an Egyptian nobleman complete with accurate hieroglyphs for the Hillwood Art Museum at LIU Post; traveling with an international team of paleopathologists, anthropologists, historians and archaeologists to Florence, Italy to exhume some of the 49 bodies of the Medici Family, the most influential rulers of the Renaissance era; mummifying a modern-day corpse using ancient tools and procedures, and discovering a Mummified Fish Cemetery in Esneh, Egypt.

He is the author of several books, including "The Murder of Tutankhamen" (1999), "Egyptian Mummies" (1994), "The Glory of Ancient Egypt" (1988), and "Ancient Egyptian Magic" (1990).

For more information visit his Web site.

Dr. Lloyd Kaufman
Senior Research Scientist, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Dr. Lloyd Kaufman, Senior Research Scientist, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts & SciencesLloyd Kaufman conducted the first serious experimental work on the "moon illusion" – the notion that the moon on the horizon is twice as large as when it is overhead.

In 2000, Dr. Kaufman, with his son Dr. James H. Kaufman, presented their findings that the moon illusion occurs because the brain interprets the horizon moon as being much farther away than the elevated moon in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The elder Dr. Kaufman received his Ph.D. in psychology from New School University, and is Professor Emeritus at New York University where for many years he was professor psychology and neural science. He is a Fellow in the Association for Psychological Science, the Society of Experimental Psychologists and the American Association for Advancement of Science.

A world-class scientist, the department, faculty and students have benefited tremendously from Dr. Kaufman's contributions both the university community and the community at large.

Bai Hong'ai
Visiting Research Professor, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Bai Hong'ai, Ph.D. arrived at LIU Post in 2005 and is an associate professor of linguistics at Yambian University, in China where she teaches graduate and undergraduate students in comparative studies of English-Chinese languages and cultures, writing, comprehensive aptitude 4-language acquisition, teaching methodologies, and linguistic theories.

She received her Ph.D. from Fudan University in Shanghai. She has authored academic works extensively, including "Epistemic Usage of Modal Auxiliaries," "Jordan: New Hero Image of Hemingway," "Tentative Study of Listening Class for English Major Students," and "Reforms in Practical English Grammar Class."

She has presented numerous conference papers and has served as an interpreter at various conferences. She speaks Korean, Chinese, English, Japanese and French.

Dr. Martin Tucker
Co-Founding Editor, Confrontation and Professor Emeritus of English

Dr. Martin Tucker, Co-Founding Editor, Confrontation and Professor Emeritus of EnglishMartin Tucker, Ph.D., is the founder of the award-winning literary magazine Confrontation, which has won a Pushcart Prize, an O'Henry Prize Story and Best American Short Stories.

During his tenure as editor, he has received two fellowships for distinguished achievement form the NEA and the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines (now the Council of Literary Magazines and Small Presses).

An English Professor Emeritus at LIU Post, he is the author of several literary studies and the editor of more than 20 volumes of literary encyclopedia as well as three collections of his poetry. He is the author of several literary studies, among them Literary Exile in the Twentieth Century, Sam Shepard, Joseph Conrad, and Africa in Modern Literature.

He is also a widely published poet, with three collections to his credit. He has edited more than 20 volumes of literary encyclopedia; among his works in the Library of Literary Criticism series for Frederic Ungar/Continuum Press series are Modern American Literature, Modern British Literature, Modern Commonwealth Literature and The Critical Temper.

He was chair of the English Department at the LIU Brooklyn and taught both at LIU Post and the former Southampton Campus. His reviews, essays, poems and stories have appeared numerous publications including The New York Times Book Review, The Nation, The New Republic, The Commonweal and Publishers Weekly.

Dr. Louis Koenig
Visiting Distinguished Professor, Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Louis Koenig, Ph.D. is one of the nation’s leading students of the presidency and has published extensively on the subject. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in Political Science and was a tenured professor in the Department of Political Science/Public Administration at New York University.

At LIU Post, he developed two courses, "The Presidency and Public Policy" and "Public Choice," which quickly became mainstays of the master’s program. Students consistently identify him as a professor who enthusiastically shares his voluminous knowledge with them, is always encouraging and is never other than delighted to meet with them beyond the classroom. On a regular basis he participates in tenure reviews as an external evaluator for many universities, including Harvard and Yale.