Center for Law and Humanities

Administration and Affiliated Faculty

Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences

Eric Ashley Hairton

Eric Ashley Hairston, J.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English and of Law and Humanities
Director of the Center for Law and Humanities      

Address: 2338 Campus Box
Email: ahairston@elon.edu
Phone #: (336) 278-6412
Office: Whitley Hall 302

Eric Ashley Hairston (Ph.D. University of Virginia, J.D. University of North Carolina, B.A. Wake Forest) serves as director of the Center and of the Prelaw Program at Elon. He teaches courses in law and humanities for both undergraduates and Elon law students. As assistant professor of English and of Law and Humanities, Hairston bridges the academic and professional space, teaching American Literature, African American and Asian American Literatures, and classical literature, in addition to law-related courses. He is also admitted to the North Carolina Bar. His research interests include classical influences on African-American Literature and American Literature broadly, African American intellectual history, Asian American Literature, American Studies, and law, literature and humanities. As a former association dean (assistant dean) at the University of Virginia, he is also interested in issues of academic performance, curricular development, and education law and policy.


Crystal Anderson

Crystal Anderson
Associate professor of English
Address: 2338 Campus Box
Email: canderson14@elon.edu
Phone #: (336) 278-6481
Office: Alamance 305C

Crystal Anderson (Ph.D.-The College of William and Mary) is an associate professor of English at Elon University, where she teaches courses in American literature and American studies. A former undergraduate director of American studies, she has a keen interest in interdisciplinary curriculum development and research methods. Her research uses comparative approaches to race and ethnicity (African American, Asian, Asian American) and features interdisciplinary examinations of transnationalism, immigration and labor. Her work often contextualizes contemporary cross-cultural dynamics within Western discourses that derive foundation ideas from classical civilizations. Her research has appeared in Ethnic Studies Review and African American Review, as well as book collections on blacks and Asians and black urban communities. She is currently completing a book-length manuscript, Beyond the Chinese Connection: Afro-Asian Cultural Production in a Global Age.


Nim Batchelor

Nim Batchelor
Associate professor of philosophy
(336) 278-5698, batchelo@elon.edu


Dr. Nim Batchelor, associate professor of philosophy, has been president of the Southern Association of Prelaw Advisors and chair of the Prelaw Advisors National Council. He is a senior advisor to Prelaw students. He is also faculty advisor to Elon’s Phi Alpha Delta chapter and to the Mock Trial Team. He completed his dissertation on the philosophy of law, which continues to be his primary academic field of interest.


Chalmers Brumbaugh

Chalmers Brumbaugh
Associate professor of political science
(336) 278-6436, cbrumbaugh@elon.edu

Dr. Chalmers Brumbaugh, sssociate professor and chair of the political science department, also works closely with Prelaw students, providing the coordination of internships.


Cynthia Fair

Cynthia Fair
Associate professor of human services
Address: 2338 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
E-mail: cfair@elon.edu
Phone: (336) 278-6457
Office: Alamance Building 213A

 


Betty Morgan

Betty Morgan
Associate professor of political science
(336) 278-6428, morganb@elon.edu

Dr. Betty Morgan, director of the Elon Center for Public Affairs, holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy from Virginia Tech and a Master's Degree in European Union Law from the University of Leicester in the UK. Dr. Morgan is a member of the Lithuanian-American Bar Association, the International Law and Society Association and the American Society of International Law. Dr. Morgan's European work involves developing legal internships for students in non-governmental agencies and organizations. These experiential educational opportunities focus on issues of international law, rule of law, and the development of European Union Law.


Tim Peeples

Tim Peeples
Associate dean of Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences
(336) 772-3358, peeples@elon.edu

Dr. Tim Peeples, serves as a liaison between the Elon campus and Law School. He was an original member of the law school feasibility committee, which began its work in the fall of 2002, and a member of the law school dean search committee. Dr. Peeples is also a professor of rhetoric and professional writing, an academic background that has strong affiliations with the central role of both rhetoric and writing in the life of law and lawyers.


School of Communications

Michael Frontani

Michael Frontani
Associate Professor and Coordinator of American Studies
B.A. and M.A., The Ohio State University; M.A., University of Southern California School of Cinema and Television; Ph.D., Ohio University.

Since coming to Elon in 1999, Michael Frontani has taught courses on film history, film theory, popular music and mass culture. He has authored The Beatles: Image and the Media (University Press of Mississippi, 2007) and a chapter in the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to the Beatles (Cambridge University Press, 2008), as well as numerous essays on popular music, reception and culture. Frontani is currently working on book-length studies of the Italian American image in American mass consumer society and on American cinema's development and evolution within the context of U.S. culture.


School of Law

Erixc Fink

Eric Fink
Associate professor of law
(336) 279-9334, efink@elon.edu

Eric Fink came to Elon in 2007 after practicing law with Leonard Carder LLP in Oakland, Calif. Previously, he served as a lecturer at Stanford Law School, where he taught legal research and writing from 2004 to 2006. He has also taught at St. Joseph’s University, University of Chicago and The Anglo-American College in the Czech Republic. He has also practiced law with several firms in Philadelphia, concentrating on labor and employment law and civil litigation. Fink's research focuses on law and lawyering as social institution and social practice. His current projects include work on appellate review of administrative decisions in asylum cases, regulation of recreational fishing and hunting, online social networking among law students, and the social organization of the union-side labor law bar. He has a bachelor’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University, a master’s degree in sociology from the London School of Economics, and a law degree from New York University School of Law, and was formerly a doctoral student in sociology at the University of Chicago.


Scott Gaylord

Scott Gaylord
Associate professor of law
(336) 279-9331, sgaylord@elon.edu

Scott Gaylord practiced with the Charlotte, N.C. firm of Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson before joining Elon Law. During seven years with the firm, Gaylord handled complex civil and commercial litigation involving breach of contract, unfair trade practice, bankruptcy and appellate work in both state and federal courts. He served as a law clerk to Judge Edith Jones on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Houston from 1999 to 2000, working on a wide range of legal issues, including various constitutional amendments and the Bankruptcy Code. Gaylord began his teaching career in 1990 as a teaching fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received the Students’ Undergraduate Teaching Award. He has served as a teaching assistant and research assistant at University of Notre Dame Law School, and as assistant professor at Ave Maria School of Law. Gaylord received a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Colgate University, and master’s and doctoral degrees in philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Notre Dame Law School, where he was a member of the law review and received the Dean Joseph O’Meara Award as salutatorian.