Associate Professor and Director, Linguistics Program
Office: JFT 412
Phone: (845) 257-2745
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Office: HW 310
Phone: (845) 257-2372
Elizabeth Hirshorn received a Ph.D. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester. Her research interests focus on the diversity of successful reading processes that are influenced by both individual differences and external experience such as what writing system is learned or exposure to musical training. Her research employs both behavioral and electrophysiological methods.
She teaches Psychology of Language (Psycholinguistics) for the Linguistics Program.
Victor de Munck
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
Office: WSB 228
Phone: (845) 257-2985
Victor de Munck received a Ph.D. from the University of California Riverside. After teaching at the University of New Hampshire, he joined the faculty at SUNY New Paltz in 1997. His courses include Research Methods, Cultures of India, Cultural Anthropology, Political Anthropology, and Cognitive Anthropology. From January through May 2009, he taught cultural anthropology and anthropological data collection methods and analysis at St. Cyril Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia, on a Fulbright grant. Previously, deMunck received a Fulbright grant and lectured in Lithuania.
He teaches Cognitive Anthropology for the Linguistics Program.
Elizabeth Hester, Department of Communication Disorders
Office: HUM B4B
Phone: (845) 257-3465
Elizabeth Hester is coordinator of graduate programs in communications disorders. Her primary areas of academic interest are phonology and child language. She received her master’s degree from California State University, Fresno, where she subsequently conducted clinic at Valley Children’s Hospital in both patient and outpatient settings. She received her doctoral degree from Wichita State University, where she carried out recently published research with Barbara Hodson on phonological production, working memory, and reading decoding. Her research interests include the study of suprasegmental basis of speech and reading, the evolution of language and speech perception and the precursors of phonological awareness. She currently teaches phonetics, phonology, and child language at SUNY New Paltz and enjoys hiking and skiing in the mountains nearby.
She teaches Phonetics and Child Language Acquisition for the Linguistics Program.
Daniel Kempton, Department of English
Associate Professor/Interim Chair, Communication Disorders
Office: JFT 818
Phone: (845) 257-2728
Daniel Kempton received a doctorate in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1977. His primary areas of teaching and research are medieval literature and literary theory and his avocation is opera. He has published on Chaucer, Christine de Pizan, Edgar Allan Pie and Benjamin Britton.
He teaches Introduction to Old English and the Development of Modern English for the Linguistics Program.