Kedron Thomas joins the Anthropology department as assistant professor starting January 1, 2012. She is currently completing her doctoral degree in social anthropology at Harvard University. Her research interests include international law, fashion and branding, and indigenous entrepreneurship in Guatemala. She is co-editor of Securing the City: Neoliberalism, Space, and Insecurity in Postwar Guatemala (Duke University Press, 2011). In 2010, she was awarded the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for her dissertation, titled “The Ethics of Piracy: Intellectual Property Rights in Post-Conflict Guatemala.”
Elizabeth Quinn, PhD, joins the Anthropology department as assistant professor. Her research interests include breastfeeding, breast-milk composition, cross-cultural parenting, intergenerational influences on human biology and health, human growth and development, developmental plasticity, and infant-feeding beliefs and practices. Her work also includes methodological applications, specifically the development of new techniques for the study of human milk and continued research into natural variation in milk composition within and between individuals. She earned her doctorate from Northwestern University in 2011 with a dissertation titled “Life Course Influences on Milk Composition in Filipino Women.”
Art History and Archaeology
Marisa Bass, PhD, joins the Art History and Archaeology department as assistant professor starting July 1, 2012. She is currently a lecturer and Mellon postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University and has previously held fellowships at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her primary field of research is northern Renaissance and Baroque art. In 2011 she earned her doctorate from Harvard University with a dissertation titled “The Venus of Zeeland: Jan Gossart and the Revival of Antiquity in the Netherlands.”
Kristina Kleutghen, PhD, joins the Art History and Archaeology department as assistant professor. She specializes in cross-cultural perspectives on late imperial, modern and contemporary Chinese art, and her research examines the lives and afterlives of Qing dynasty (1644–1911) imperial objects. She is currently revising a manuscript titled Imperial Illusions: Crossing Pictorial Boundaries in Eighteenth-Century China. Most recently, she was visiting assistant professor at Dartmouth College, and was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend for 2011.
Lucia Strader, PhD, joins the Biology department as assistant professor. Her research interests include the study of the roles of phytohormones on plant development in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. Her work has been published in The Plant Cell, Molecular Plant and The Plant Journal among others. She earned her PhD in molecular plant sciences from Washington State University in 2004. Most recently, she was a postdoctoral research scientist at Rice University from 2004-11.
Jay Ponder, PhD, joins the Chemistry department as associate professor. An expert in computational chemistry, his research focuses on developing and applying molecular simulation and computational tools for problems in structural biology, organic chemistry and materials science. His laboratory produces and distributes software packages that allow for the prediction and modeling of structural chemistry and the relation of structure to molecular properties. He earned his doctorate in organic chemistry from Harvard University. He currently holds courtesy appointments in the Biomedical Engineering in the School of Engineering and in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at the School of Medicine.
Timothy Moore, PhD, joins the Classics department as the John and Penelope Biggs Distinguished Professor in the Classics starting July 1, 2012. Currently, he is professor of classics at the University of Texas, Austin. His research interests include Greek and Roman comedy, Roman historiography, modern views of the Romans, and ancient music. He is author of Artistry and Ideology: Livy’s Vocabulary of Virtue (Athenaeum Press, 1989), The Theater of Plautus: Playing to the Audience (University of Texas Press, 1998), Roman Theatre (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming), Music in Roman Comedy (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming) and articles on topics ranging from Greek music theory to Japanese comedy. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Millersville University and his doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Earth and Planetary Sciences
Alexander Bradley, PhD, joins the Earth and Planetary Sciences department as assistant professor starting July 1, 2012. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University. His research focuses on understanding the coevolution of the Earth and the microbial world, in particular, molecular biomarkers: organic compounds that record fossil evidence of life. His work has been published in Organic Geochemistry and Earth and Planetary Science Letters. He earned his doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Bradley Jolliff, PhD, joins the teaching faculty of the Earth and Planetary Sciences department as professor starting January 1, 2012. His research interests include the geology, petrology and geochemistry of the Earth, Moon and Mars. He currently participates on the science teams of NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Mars Exploration Rovers. He earned his doctorate from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Most recently, he was research professor at Washington University.
East Asian Languages and Cultures
Zhao Ma, PhD, joins the East Asian Languages and Cultures department as assistant professor. His research interests include modern China, urban culture, women and gender, and political and legal history. He earned his doctorate from Johns Hopkins University in 2007 with a dissertation titled “On the Run: Women, City, and the Law in Beijing, 1937-1949.” Previously, he was assistant professor at SUNY-Fredonia. Most recently, he was a postdoctoral fellow in China studies at Washington University from 2009-11.
Paulo Natenzon, PhD, joins the Economics department as assistant professor. His research interests include economic theory, decision theory and behavioral economics. He earned his doctorate from Princeton University in 2011. As a doctoral student, he was awarded the Stephen Goldfeld Research Fellowship, the Bernard Marcus Fellowship from the Institute for Humane Studies, and the Department of Economics Towbes Prize for Outstanding Teaching. He earned his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of São Paulo and his M.Sc. in mathematics from the Instituto de Matemática Pura e Aplicada (Rio de Janeiro).
Carl Sanders, PhD, joins the Economics department as an assistant professor. He specializes in labor economics, in particular looking at the reasons for occupational switching. His other interests include the effects of noncognitive skills on labor market outcomes, how firms and workers bargain, and rural-urban migration patterns. His work “Heterogeneous Human Capital and Lifecycle Wage Growth” (with Christopher Taber) is forthcoming in the Annual Review of Economics. He earned his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2011 and his AB in economics from the University of Chicago.
Danielle Dutton, PhD, joins the English department as assistant professor. She earned her doctorate from the University of Denver in 2007 and holds degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of California-Santa Cruz. She is author of Attempts at a Life (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2007) and S P R A W L (Siglio, 2010), which was shortlisted for the 2010 Believer Book Award and was featured in Harper’s Magazine. Most recently, she taught fiction and literature classes in the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University and was book designer for Dalkey Archive Press. She continues as editor of Dorothy, a publishing project, which has published books by Renee Gladman, Barbara Comyns and Manuela Draeger.
Musa Gurnis-Farrell, PhD, joins the English department as assistant professor. Her research and teaching interests include early modern drama and religious culture, as well as gender studies and performance theory. She is writing her first book, Heterodox Drama: Theater in Post-Reformation London, which argues that the specific working practices of the theater industry generated a body of drama that combines the varied materials of post-Reformation culture in hybrid fantasies that helped audiences emotionally negotiate and productively reimagine early modern English religious life.
Film and Media Studies
Colin Burnett, PhD, joins the Film and Media Studies program as assistant professor. His research touches on the social history of film style, especially in the dynamic between cinephilic taste culture and cinematic storytelling in France and among a number of “minimal” filmmakers in world cinema. He earned his doctorate in film at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2011 with a dissertation titled “The Invention of Robert Bresson: Style and Taste in the French Cultural Marketplace for Cinema, 1934-1959.”
Venus Bivar, PhD, joins the History department as assistant professor starting July 1, 2012. She is currently a Mellon postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests include environmental history, utopian thinking, polar exploration and classical political economy. She earned her doctorate in history at the University of Chicago in 2010 with a dissertation titled “The Ground Beneath Their Feet: Agricultural Industrialization and the Remapping of Rural France, 1945-1976,” which examines the role of land-use policy in the postwar industrialization of French farming.
Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Hayrettin Yücesoy, PhD, joins the Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures department as associate professor. He earned his doctorate from the University of Chicago, his master’s degree from the University of Jordan, and his bachelor’s degree from Istanbul University. His primary research interests are medieval Islamic history, in particular political practice and thought in early centuries of Islam, historiography, messianic thought and movements, and cross-cultural encounters. He is author of Messianic Beliefs and Imperial Politics in Medieval Islam (2009) and, in Arabic, Development of Sunni Political Thought (1993). He has taught courses on the Middle East, medieval and modern, and on a range of topics in Arabic and Islamic studies. Previously, he was associate professor at Saint Louis University.
John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics
Marie Griffith, PhD, joins the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics as the John C. Danforth Distinguished Professor and director of the center. Her research focuses on American religious history. She is author of Born Again Bodies: Flesh and Spirit in American Christianity (2004) and God’s Daughters: Evangelical Women and the Power of Submission (1997). She earned her doctorate from Harvard University. She served as professor of religion at Princeton University, where she received the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. Most recently, she held the John A. Bartlett Professorship at Harvard University.
Leigh Schmidt, PhD, joins the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics as the Edward Mallinckrodt University Professor. He earned his doctorate from Princeton University. His book Hearing Things: Religion, Illusion, and the American Enlightenment (2000) won the American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in Historical Studies and the John Hope Franklin Prize of the American Studies Association. In 2010 he published Heaven’s Bride: The Unprintable Life of Ida C. Craddock, American Mystic, Sexologist, Martyr, and Madwoman. Most recently, he was the Charles Warren Professor of the History of Religion in America at Harvard University.
Charlie Kurth, PhD, joins the Philosophy department as assistant professor. His research interests are ethics, moral psychology and metaphysics. His recent work focuses on questions about moral objectivity, moral reasoning and judgment, questions about the nature of promises and debates about the metaphysics of color. He earned his doctorate from University of California, San Diego in 2010 with his dissertation “Rethinking the Objectivity of Ethics,” which defended a broadly constructivist account of moral reality. Some of his research has been published in Philosophical Studies. He was awarded Outstanding Paper Prizes by the American Philosophical Association in 2008, 2010 and 2011. Most recently, he was associate instructor at the University of California, San Diego.
Ron Mallon, PhD, joins the Philosophy department as associate professor and director of the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology program. His research focuses on naturalistic understandings of culture and the mind. He has been the recipient of a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, a Research Assistant Professorship at the University of Hong Kong, a Laurence S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellowship at the Princeton's University Center for Human Values, and an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship. In summer 2012, he will again co-direct an NEH Institute for College and University Teachers on “Experimental Philosophy.” He earned his doctorate from Rutgers University. Most recently, he was associate professor at the University of Utah.
Jacob Montgomery, PhD, joins the Political Science department as assistant professor. His research interests are American political institutions, statistical methods and political parties. His work has been published in Political Analysis and Political Behavior. In 2009, he was awarded a NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement grant and in 2007 he was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. He earned his doctorate in 2011 and a master’s degree in statistical science in 2009, both from Duke University.
Ryan Bogdan, PhD, will join the Psychology department as assistant professor starting July 1, 2012. He is currently completing his postdoctoral fellowship in the Laboratory of NeuroGenetics at Duke University. He earned his doctorate in clinical science from Harvard University in 2010, and completed his clinical internship at the University of Mississippi Medical School. His research focuses on understanding how common genetic variation and environmental experience contribute to individual differences in brain function and structure, behavior and psychopathology. He is particularly interested in understanding how differences emerge in reward and threat processing, as well as stress responsiveness, and the role of these factors in the development of depression and anxiety.
Julie Bugg, PhD, joins the Psychology department as assistant professor starting July 1, 2012. Currently she is assistant professor of psychology at DePauw University. Her research examines cognitive control mechanisms, especially those that are used to resolve attentional conflicts. Current areas of focus include differentiating internally driven control from control that is triggered by external cues, and contrasting age-related changes in these control mechanisms. She also researches factors impacting cognitive control such as exercise, cognitive training and disease (e.g., dementia), and the role of cognitive control in prospective memory. Her work has been published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, and Neurobiology of Aging. She earned her doctorate from Colorado State University in 2006.
Josh Jackson, PhD, joins the Psychology department as assistant professor. His research examines how personality develops across the lifespan, and the effects that personality has on important life outcomes, such as educational attainment and health status. His work also examines different methods to best measure personality and assess personality across time and contexts. He earned his doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011 with his dissertation titled “The Effects of Educational Experiences on Personality Trait Development.”
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Rebecca Wanzo, PhD, joins the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies program as associate professor. Her research interests include theories of affect, African American literature and culture, critical race theory and popular culture. Her first book, The Suffering Will Not Be Televised: African American Women and Sentimental Political Storytelling, was published by SUNY Press in 2009. She earned her doctorate from Duke University. Most recently she was associate professor of Women’s Studies and English at Ohio State University.