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SAS Welcomes New Faculty

 

 NEW FACULTY 2010-2011

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Nicola Behrmann joins the Department of Germanic, Russian, and East European Languages and Literatures as an Assistant Professor and studies twentieth century German literature, gender and media studies, and literary theory. Dr. Behrman received her Ph.D. from New York University.

Abhishek Bhattacharjee joins the Department of Computer Science as an Assistant Professor and studies computer architecture, micro-architecture, and interface between hardware and software. Dr. Bhattacharjee received his Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Jorge Bravo joins the Department of Political Science as an Assistant Professor and studies Mexican immigration and political economy and electoral politics in the U.S. and Mexico. Dr. Bravo received his Ph.D. from Duke University.

Sara Chelland Campbell joins the Department of Exercise Science and Sports Studies as an Assistant Professor and studies physiology, cholesterol metabolism, obesity, and bioactive food components for health promotion and disease prevention. Dr. Campbell received her Ph.D. from Florida State University.

W. Jelani Cobb joins the Department of Africana Studies as an Associate Professor and studies Post-Civil War African American History, African Diasporan history, Cold War history, Hip Hop, and popular culture. Dr. Cobb held a position at Spelman College after receiving his Ph.D. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Lee Dicker joins the Department of Statistics and Biostatistics as an Assistant Professor and studies complex high-dimensional data analysis and analysis of proteomic and genetic data. Dr. Dicker received his Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Tina Eliassi-Rad joins the Department of Computer Science as an Assistant Professor and studies data mining, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. Dr. Eliassi-Rad received her Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison and comes to Rutgers from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Paula Fass comes to Rutgers from the University of California, Berkeley and joins the Department of History as Distinguished Scholar in Residence.  She is the editor-in-chief of the three-volume Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood: In History and Society and was President of the Society for the History of Children and Youth from 2007 to 2009.  Her most recent book, Inheriting the Holocaust, is a memoir about her family and her experiences as a child of Holocaust survivors.  Dr. Fass received her Ph.D. from Columbia University.

 

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Branden Fitelson comes to Rutgers from the University of California, Berkeley and joins the Department of Philosophy as an Associate Professor.  He studies epistemology and the philosophy of science and logic. Dr. Fitelson received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.

 

Cristina Fuentes-Albero joins the Department of Economics as an Assistant Professor and studies macroeconomics, applied econometrics, and monetary economics. Dr. Fuentes-Albero received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Gary A. Heiman joins the Department of Genetics as an Assistant Professor and studies genetic epidemiology; the genetics of Tourette syndrome, epilepsy, Parkinson disease and Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia; and clinical phenotypes, risk, and molecular genetics bases. Dr. Heimen received his Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Suzy Kim joins the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures as an Assistant Professor and studies modern Korean history, North Korean social history, gender studies, oral history, and social theory. Dr Kim received her Ph.D. from University of Chicago and comes to Rutgers from Emerson College.

Lauren Krivo joins the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice as a Professor and studies crime and urban communities, race-ethnicity, and social demography. Dr. Krivo received her Ph.D. from University of Texas at Austin and comes to Rutgers from Ohio State University.

Naa Oyo A. Kwate joins the Department of Africana Studies and studies African American Health, racial segregation and the political economy, environmental heal, clinical psychology, epidemiology of nutrition, health and disease.  Dr. Kwate received her Ph.D. from St. John’s University and comes to Rutgers from Columbia University.

John Lesch comes to Rutgers from the University of California, Berkeley and joins the Department of History as Distinguished Scholars in Residence.  He teaches history of science since the mid-18th century, with an emphasis on the life sciences. Research interests include the relationships of the laboratory sciences to medical thought, practice, and institutions, and the development of pharmaceuticals and recently published The First Miracle Drugs: How the Sulfa Drugs Transformed Medicine.  Dr. Lesch received his Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Marta Lewicka joins the Department of Mathematics as an Assistant Professor and studies hyperbolic conservation laws, fluid dynamics, and the calculus of variations. Dr. Lewicka received her Ph.D. from Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA), Trieste, Italy and comes to Rutgers from the University of Minnesota.

 

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Jacquelyn Litt comes to Rutgers from the University of Missouri as the Dean of the Douglass Residential College and joins the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies as a Professor.  Dean Litt studies gender and care work, the sociology of gender, motherhood and poverty, and women’s education, and received her Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania.

 

Nelson Maldonado-Torres comes to Rutgers from the University of California, Berkeley to join the Departments of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies and Comparative Literature as an Associate Professor. He studies Latino and Caribbean studies, comparative critical and decolonial theories, postcolonial theory, and liberation ethics and political theory. Dr. Maldonado-Torres received his Ph.D. from Brown University.

James McGlew comes to Rutgers from the University of Missouri to join the Department of Classics as a Professor and studies Ancient Greece, the political culture of ancient Greece, and citizenship in ancient Greece. Dr. McGlew received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Jennifer Mittelstadt comes to Rutgers from Pennsylvania State University and joins the Department of History as an Associate Professor. She studies 20th century America, politics, and gender. Dr. Mittelstadt received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and was recently a Resident Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Anjali Nerlekar joins the Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures as an Assistant Professor and studies South Asian literatures, Anglophone Caribbean literature, postcolonial literature, and translation studies. Dr. Nerlekar received her Ph.D. from University of Kansas and was at Ithaca College before coming to Rutgers.

Kenneth Paradiso comes to Rutgers from Washington University and joins the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience as an Assistant Professor and studies the mechanisms of synaptic transmission; how small depolarizations and hyperpolarizations affect the behavior of subsequent synaptic activity; and the Calyx of Held. Dr. Paradiso received his Ph.D. from Stony Brook University.

Melanye T. Price joins the Department of Africana Studies as an Assistant Professor and studies political science, black politics, public opinion, and political psychology. Dr. Price received her Ph.D. from Ohio State University and was at Wesleyan University before coming to Rutgers.

Martin Schwander comes to Rutgers from the Scripps Research Institute and joins the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience as an Assistant Professor. He studies inherited forms of deafness and pursues research to identify genes that establish the proper positioning and function of hair cells in mammalian cochlea. Dr. Schwander received his Ph.D. from University of Basel, Switzerland.

 

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Natasa Sesum comes to Rutgers from the University of Pennsylvania and joins the Department of Mathematics as an Assistant Professor.  She studies Ricci flow, partial differential equations, and complex geometry. Dr. Sesum received her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

Joseph W. Williams joins the Department of Religion as an Assistant Professor and studies American religious history and theory and method in the study of religion. Dr. Williams received his Ph.D. from Florida State University.

Darrin M. York joins the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and BioMaPS Institute as a Professor and studies theoretical chemistry, computational biology, and biophysics; computer simulation and quantum chemistry to study the structure, dynamics and reactivity of complex biological systems; and predictive computer modeling and software. Dr. York received his Ph.D. from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and comes to Rutgers from the University of Minnesota.

 

 

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