Department Executive Officer Fellows

Steve Cooper, Ph.D.

Steve Cooper, Ph.D.

Steve Cooper (Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1997) is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He serves as Executive Director for the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management, an undergraduate residential honors program integrating computing and business.

His research focuses on computer science education. He is best known for his work with Alice, a 3-D interactive animation environment used for teaching novices how to program. He has authored over 80 publications. Steve comes to UNL from Stanford University, where he served as an Associate Professor (Teaching) in the Computer Science Department.

Steve served as Chairperson for the Board of Directors pf the Computer Science Teachers Association, the primary professional society for K-12 computing teachers. Steve has previously worked as a program manager in NSF's Division of Undergraduate Education, within its Education and Human Resources Directorate. Many years ago, Steve worked as a software engineer for IBM. There he did operating systems development for IBM's MVS operating system in its Data Systems Division. You can find out more about Steve and his interests at

James D. Le Sueur

James D. Le Sueur, Ph.D.

James D. Le Sueur (Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1996), Professor and Chair of the Department of History at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, joined the UNL faculty in 2001. In 2002 he was elected lifetime Senior Associate Member of St Antony’s College, Oxford by St Antony’s Fellows. He was a faculty PI on a $5,000,000 grant from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the seed grant UNL used to create its vibrant Great Plains National Security Education Consortium.

In 2009, he was invited to mentor cadets at West Point and participate in the West Point Symposium on the History of Irregular Warfare. A specialist in revolutions, world history, France, North Africa, intellectuals, radical Islam, and terrorism, he is the author most recently of Algeria since 1989: Between Terror and Democracy.

His essays have appeared in Foreign Affairs, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Walrus (Toronto). He was the founding editor of the “France Overseas: Studies in Empire and Decolonization” series with the University of Nebraska Press, which he continues to edit. Currently, he is working on a history of twentieth-century decolonization and a feature documentary on exiles from Muslim-majority states in the wake of the Salman Rushdie affair.

Jennifer K. Ryan

Jennifer K. Ryan, Ph.D.

Jennifer K. Ryan is the Ron and Carol Cope Professor of Supply Chain Management & Analytics, and Chair of the Department of Supply Chain Management & Analytics within the College of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She holds a B.A. in Mathematics and the Social Sciences from Dartmouth College, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at Northwestern University.

Prior to joining UNL in August 2015, Dr. Ryan served as a faculty member in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the College of Business at University College Dublin (Ireland), the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, and the School of Industrial Engineering at Purdue University. Dr. Ryan’s research expertise is in the area supply chain management, with a particular focus on inventory management and methods for coping with uncertainty. Dr. Ryan has received several National Science Foundation grants to support her research, including an NSF CAREER grant. She currently serves as a Department Editor for IIE Transactions and as an Associate Editor for Naval Research Logistics and OMEGA. Dr. Ryan teaches courses in operations and supply chain management.

Patricia Anne Simpson, Ph.D.

Patricia Anne Simpson, Ph.D.

Patty Simpson (Ph.D., Yale University, 1988) is Chair and Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Nebraska. Before joining the faculty in Lincoln, she held positions at the University of Michigan, Kenyon College, and Montana State University in Bozeman.

An award-winning scholar and teacher, Simpson’s research focuses on the literature, history, and culture of German-speaking Europe. She has published three monographs, four co-edited volumes, and more than 45 articles and book chapters on topics ranging from women writers of the Romantic era to punk and politics in the former German Democratic Republic. Her recent book, Re-imagining the European Family: Cultures of Immigration (2013), examines the effects of immigration on the representation of the family in literature, film, and popular culture throughout the European Union. The co-edited volume, Digital Media Strategies of the Far Right in Europe and the United States (2015), further demonstrates the scope of her engagement with contemporary politics and media.

Recent projects have widened her horizons to include environmental humanities, European migration in transatlantic modernity, and cultures of childhood and the play world. She has served on the Executive Board of the German Studies Association, as Executive Secretary of the Goethe Society of North America, and as co-editor of the Women in German Yearbook (University of Nebraska Press). The recipient of numerous prestigious grants and awards, Simpson was Principal Investigator and Project Director on a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant for Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Languages (UISFL). Also a poet and occasional librettist, Simpson worked with 125 school-age children and a group of international artists on a contemporary Orpheus opera as part of an outreach project in metropolitan Nuremberg. The opera, Schau nicht zurück, Orfeo, premiered in 2010 and will be performed in upcoming U.S. concerts.