Crickette Sanz Ph.D., joins the Department of Anthropology in Arts & Sciences as assistant professor. Sanz earned a doctorate from WUSTL, where she studies the behavioral ecology of chimpanzees in northern Republic of Congo. Since 2004, Sanz has been a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. Her research interests include primate behavior and ecology, animal tool use, biological basis of human behavior, and great ape conservation. She is co-director of the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project; a research associate of the Wildlife Conservation Society's International Program in Republic of Congo; and an active member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Primate Specialist Group on Great Apes.
Priscilla Song Ph.D., joins the Department of Anthropology in Arts & Sciences as assistant professor with a focus on medical anthropology, Chinese studies, and science and technology studies. She earned a doctorate from Harvard University, where she was both a National Science Foundation Fellow and Andrew Mellon Humanities Fellow. She previously taught at the New School University in New York City, Peking University's Health Sciences Campus, and Yale University. She also was a visiting scholar at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing and Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan. She is completing a book manuscript that situates the rise of medical tourism for stem cell therapies within the politico-economic transformations of the Chinese health-care system.
Roshan Abraham Ph.D., joins the Department of Classics and the Religious Studies Program, both in Arts & Sciences, as assistant professor. He earned a doctorate in Classical studies from the University of Pennsylvania, where his dissertation focused on magic, religion and the description of India in Flavius Philostratus' "Life of Apollonius of Tyana," a third-century biography of a pagan holy man. He specializes in Greek prose literature written under the Roman Empire. Abraham's research interests include the development of Christianity in its Mediterranean environment, ancient Greek and Roman magic and religion, and the ethnography of India in classical literature.
Ignacio Infante Ph.D., joins Washington University as assistant professor in the Comparative Literature Program and the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures (Spanish), both in Arts & Sciences. A native of Spain, Infante earned a doctorate in comparative literature in 2009 from Rutgers University. Infante has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship and has translated into Spanish the work of the American poet John Ashbery and the English novelist Will Self. His primary research interests are 20th-century poetry and poetics, Spanish cultural studies, literary theory, translation studies, Transatlantic modernisms and the avant-garde.
Earth and Planetary Sciences
David Fike Ph.D., joins the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences in Arts & Sciences as an assistant professor of isotope biogeochemistry. Fike earned a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he investigated the rise of atmospheric oxygen and the early evolution of multicellular animals in the Ediacaran Period (about 635 million-542 million years ago). After graduation, Fike completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the California Institute of Technology, where he applied high-resolution isotopic techniques to map modern microbial ecology and metabolic activity. His research interests involve applying field, laboratory and theoretical approaches to understand the co-evolution of life and the Earth's surface environment over geologic time.
Philip Skemer Ph. D., joins the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences in Arts & Sciences as assistant professor. He earned a doctorate from Yale University, where he worked with Shun Karato, Ph. D., on the deformation of the Earth's mantle. He comes most recently from a postdoctoral position at Brown University, where he was a member of the rock deformation group. His research interests include high-temperature and high-pressure rock deformation, properties of planetary materials, and microstructural analysis. He is setting up a lab that can simulate the pressure and temperature tens to hundreds of kilometers below the Earth's surface.
William J. Maxwell Ph.D., joins the Department of English and the African and African-American Studies Program, both in Arts & Sciences, as associate professor. Since earning a doctorate from Duke University, he has taught at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, the College of William and Mary, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also served as director of English Graduate Studies. He has published more than 30 articles and reviews and two books exploring the intersection of American and African-American literary histories. He is at work on a book for Princeton University Press titled "FB Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover's Ghostreaders Framed African American Modernism."
Film and Media Studies
Gaylyn Studlar Ph.D., joins Washington University as director of the Program in Film and Media Studies and professor in the Performing Arts Department in Arts & Sciences. Previously, she was on the faculty of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for 13 years and the faculty of Emory University for eight. She earned a doctorate from the University of Southern California in cinema studies, where she also earned a master of music in cello performance. Her research interests include feminist film theory, the history of Hollywood cinema, genre studies, and the relationship between film and other arts. She is the author of "This Mad Masquerade: Stardom and Masculinity in the Jazz Age," "In the Realm of Pleasure: Von Sternberg, Dietrich, and the Masochistic Aesthetic" and dozens of scholarly articles and film reviews. She has also co-edited four anthologies.
Germanic Languages and Literatures
Sarah Westphal-Wihl Ph.D., joins the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures in Arts & Sciences as associate professor. She earned a doctorate from Yale University in 1983. She has taught at Duke University, McGill University and, most recently, at Rice University in Houston. Her research includes women and gender during the European Middle Ages, law and literature, and the history of the book. Her latest book, "Ladies, Harlots and Pious Women: A Sourcebook in Courtly, Religious, and Urban Cultures of Late Medieval Germany," is forthcoming in 2010 from Medieval Institute Publications. It is co-written with Ann Marie Rasmussen, Ph.D., of Duke University.
Shefali Chandra Ph.D., joins the Department of History and the International & Area Studies Program, both in Arts & Sciences, as assistant professor. She earned a doctorate in South Asian history from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003, after which she was at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the departments of History and Gender & Women's Studies. Chandra researches the shifting and transnational production of gender and sexuality, with a specific focus on Anglo-American imperialism, Indian globalization and South Asian modernities.
Sonia Lee Ph.D., joins the Department of History in Arts & Sciences as assistant professor of 20th-century African-American history. She earned a doctorate from Harvard University and held a postdoctoral position at Swarthmore College. Her research focuses on the civil rights struggles that black Americans and Puerto Ricans forged in New York City in the postwar era. She looks at how Puerto Ricans' political engagement with black Americans impacted the formation of their racial and ethnic identities and how the War on Poverty and the growing literature of the "culture of poverty" catapulted an alliance between blacks and Puerto Ricans as it led both of them to combat poverty and racism by creating community control movements within their schools and neighborhoods.
Pannill Camp Ph. D., joins the Performing Arts Department in Arts & Sciences as assistant professor of drama. He earned a doctorate in theater and performance studies from Brown University and last year was a postdoctoral fellow at the Humanities Center at Harvard University. His research examines theater architecture reform and spectatorship in 18th-century France. Camp's dissertation won the Joukowsky Family Foundation's Award for Outstanding Dissertation in the Humanities at Brown University in 2009, and his articles have appeared in Theatre Journal, the Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, and "Anatomy Live: Performance and the Operating Theatre," published by Amsterdam University Press.
Frederick Eberhardt Ph.D., joins the Department of Philosophy in Arts & Sciences as assistant professor with an affiliation in the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program. Eberhardt earned a doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University in 2007 and since has been a postdoctoral fellow in the Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the Department of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. His research is on casual reasoning, and he has published a number of articles on problems in statistics, probability and the work of Hans Reichenbach. At Berkeley, his research involved experiments investigating how humans learn casual relations.
Li Yang Ph.D., joins the Department of Physics in Arts & Sciences as assistant professor of computational condensed matter physics. Yang earned a doctorate from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He continued his study at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research interests include both developing first-principles (parameter-free) computational methods and their applications to the electronic structure and optical response of reduced-dimensional materials. He has worked on various structures such as graphene, graphene nanoribbons and silicon nanowires.
John W. Patty Ph.D., joins the Department of Political Science in Arts & Sciences as associate professor. Since earning a doctorate in social sciences from the California Institute of Technology in 2001, Patty held faculty appointments in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University and the Department of Government at Harvard University. Patty is a formal political theorist who studies legislative and bureaucratic institutions. He regularly teaches courses on Congress, the federal bureaucracy, game theory, formal models of political institutions, and computational modeling.
Maggie Penn Ph.D., joins the Department of Political Science in Arts & Sciences as associate professor. Penn earned a doctorate in social science in 2003 from the California Institute of Technology, where she worked on the role of institutional design in shaping long-term voter preferences over policy. Penn was formerly assistant professor of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University and assistant professor of Government at Harvard University. Her research interests include mathematical models of voting, institutional design and collective preference.
Romance Languages and Literatures
Billy Acree Ph.D., joins the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures in Arts & Sciences as assistant professor of Spanish. Prior to joining Washington University, he was assistant professor at San Diego State University. Acree earned a doctorate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research spans the fields of Latin American literary and cultural studies and has a strong historical focus centering on the late-colonial period and the 19th century. Acree is especially interested in print and popular cultures in the area of the Rio de la Plata (southern Brazil, Uruguay and eastern Argentina), the sociology of reading, literary history, and links between reading practices and group identity.