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SAS Welcomes New Faculty

New Faculty 2012-2013

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Debra S. Ballentine joins the Department of Religion as an Assistant Professor with research interests in the Hebrew Bible; ancient Israelite history and religion; ancient West Asian Literature; Hebrew and northwest Semitic languages; Second Temple Judaism; and myth-making in the ancient world. She received her Ph.D. from Brown University.

Konstantinos Bekris joins the Department of Computer Science as an Assistant Professor with research interests in physically-grounded autonomous agents; the intersection of robotics, artificial intelligence, and computer graphics; and networking, vision, and distributed systems. He received his Ph.D. from Rice University.

Karen Bishop joins the Department of Spanish and Portuguese as an Assistant Professor with research interests in 20th century Latin and American literature; 20th century North American poetry and poetics; 19th and 20th century French and Francophone literature; exile studies; cartography; postcolonial and subaltern studies; translation theory; and the history and philosophy of human rights with emphasis on torture and disappearance. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Samuel Bunting joins the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry as an Assistant Professor with research interests in DNA damage repair mechanisms. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Qian Cai joins the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience as an Assistant Professor with research interests in Human neurodegenerative disease; molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the enhancement of neuronal autophagy-lysosomal function; and identifying molecular modifiers for efficient clearance of aggregated proteins and damaged organelles to attenuate neuropathology of neurodegenerative diseases. She received her Ph.D. and M.D. from the National Institutes of Health - Shanghai Second Medical University (NIHSSMU), NIH, Bethesda; Shanghai Railway Medical College, China.

David Cash joins the Department of Computer Science as an Assistant Professor with research interests in cryptography; information security; and theoretical computer science. He received his Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Sylvia Chan-Malik joins the Departments of American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies as an Assistant Professor with research interests in critical race and ethnic studies; critical American studies; gender and sexuality studies; Islam in America; theories of racial formation; Asian American studies; and Afro-Asian intersections. She received her Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley.

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Jessey J.C. Choo joins the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures as an Assistant Professor with research interests in Medieval Chinese history and religion; pre-modern Japan; ritual theory and practice; women and gender; and the history of medicine and body. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Brittney C. Cooper joins the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies as an Assistant Professor with research interests in black women’s intellectual history and black feminist thought. She received her Ph.D. from Emory University.

Harry Crane joins the Department of Statistics and Biostatistics as an Assistant Professor with research interests in probability theory; exchangeability, combinatorial stochastic processes, and convergence rates of Markov chains; and applications of stochastic processes in genetics and other statistical problems. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Jefferson Decker joins the Departments of American Studies and Political Science as an Assistant Professor with research interests in 20th century United States, law and legal studies, and public policy and government. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Nicholas Gaskill joins the Department of English as an Assistant Professor with research interests in 19th and early-20th century American literature; pragmatism and radical empiricism; aesthetics; and visual culture. He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Asher Ghertner joins the Department of Geography as an Assistant Professor with research interests in 19th and early-20th century American literature; pragmatism and radical empiricism; aesthetics; visual culture; urban geography; India; international development; and social theory. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Andrew Goldstone joins the Department of English as an Assistant Professor with research interests in 19th and early-20th century American literature; pragmatism and radical empiricism; aesthetics; visual culture; 20th century British, American, and Anglophone fiction and poetry; modernism in English and French; literary theory; the sociology of literature; genre fiction and popular literature; computational methods for, and cognitive approaches to, literary study; Indian writing in English; literary transnationalism and symbolic capital in world literature; and digital document processing and publication. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University.

Guoping (Sam) Gu joins the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry as an Assistant Professor with research interests in epigenetic chromatin silencing. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Pernille Hemmer joins the Department of Psychology as an Assistant Professor with research interests in cognitive psychology, episodic and semantic memory, and decision making in naturalistic environments. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine.

Chie Ikeya joins the Department of History as an Assistant Professor with research interests in Modern Southeast Asia, gender, and colonialism. She received her Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Todd Keister joins the Department of Economics as a Professor with research interests in macroeconomics, money and banking, and financial crises. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University and comes to Rutgers from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Sagar Khare joins the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology as an Assistant Professor with research interests in structural determinants of enzymatic specificity and reactivity. He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Yasmine M.A. Khayyat joins the Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures as an Assistant Professor with research interests in modern Arabic literature, cultural memory, and culture and representation. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Mona Lena Krook joins the Department of Political Science as an Associate Professor with research interests in comparative politics; gender and politics; women and politics; political representation; and qualitative research methods. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University and comes to Rutgers from Washington University in St. Louis.

D. Christian Lammerts joins the Department of Religion as an Assistant Professor with research interests in literary, social, and intellectual histories of Buddhism in Southeast Asia; Pali and vernacular Buddhist literature in Southeast Asia; Southeast Asian religions; Buddhist legal cultures; manuscript studies; and religion and law. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Liping Liu joins the Departments of Mathematics and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, School of Engineering as an Assistant Professor with research interests in continuum mechanics, multiscale modeling, and applied partial differential equations. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Norah MacKendrick joins the Department of Sociology as an Assistant Professor with research interests in environmental sociology, gender, and consumer culture. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.

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Preetha Mani joins the Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures as an Assistant Professor with research interests in South Asian languages and literatures; transnational feminism; comparative and world literatures; postcolonial studies; and translation studies. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Louis P. Masur joins the Departments of American Studies and History as a Professor II with research interests in American cultural history; 19th century cultural history; visual culture; and popular culture. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and joins Rutgers from Trinity College.

Melchi M. Michel joins the Department of Psychology as an Assistant Professor with research interests in cognitive psychology; Bayesian models of perception; visual search; and population coding in V1. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester.

Andrew C. Parker joins the Department of French as a Professor with research interests in literary and cultural theory; 20th century French thought; history of sexuality; and media studies. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and comes to Rutgers from Amherst College.

Jamie Pietruska joins the Department of History as an Assistant Professor with research interests in 19th century United State, culture, and science and technology. She received her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Margaret Ronda joins the Department of English as an Assistant Professor with research interests in 20th century and contemporary American literature; poetry and poetics; literature and the environment; genre theory; and aesthetic theory. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Nuria Sagarra joins the Department of Spanish and Portuguese as an Associate Professor with research interests in psycholinguistics; language processing of morphology and syntax; cognitive individual differences; and language training techniques to facilitate language learning. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and comes to Rutgers from The Pennsylvania State University.

Shubhangi Saraf joins the Departments of Mathematics and Computer Science as an Assistant Professor with research interests in theoretical computer science, complexity theory, and property testing. She received her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Grigor Sargsyan joins the Department of Mathematics as an Assistant Professor with research interests in logic and foundations, set theory, and large cardinal hypotheses. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Karen Schindler joins the Department of Genetics as an Assistant Professor with research interests in reproductive biology; signal transduction; cell cycle; chromosome segregation; and mouse and yeast genetics. She received her Ph.D. from Thomas Jefferson University.

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Kyla C. Schuller joins the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies as an Assistant Professor with research interests in feminist science studies; U.S. literature and culture; critical race/ethnic theory; cultural studies; feminist and women’s history; feminist literary criticism; and queer and sexualities studies. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego.

Becky Lyn Schulthies joins the Department of Anthropology as an Assistant Professor with research interests in linguistic anthropology; media reception and ideologies; and Lebanon and Morocco. She received her Ph.D. from University of Arizona.

Nina Siulc joins the Departments of Anthropology and Criminal Justice as an Assistant Professor with research interests in migration; globalization; political and legal anthropology; public policy; violence and crime; Latin America and the Caribbean; and urban United States. She received her Ph.D. from New York University.

Judith Surkis joins the Department of History as an Associate Professor with research interests in France, Algeria, and gender. She received her Ph.D. from Cornell University and comes to Rutgers from Columbia University.

Shatema A. Threadcraft joins the Department of Political Science as an Assistant Professor with research interests in Political theory; women and politics. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University.

Andrew T. Urban joins the Department of American Studies and History as an Assistant Professor with research interests in Migration studies; race, labor, gender, and Empire; public history and memory. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Geoffrey Wallace joins the Department of Political Science as an Assistant Professor with research interests in international security; international law; dynamics of wartime violence. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Sophia Jordán Wallace joins the Department of Political Science as an Assistant Professor with research interests in Latino politics; legislative politics; immigration politics and policy; racial and ethnic politics; immigrant rights movement. She received her Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Rhiannon Noel Welch joins the Department of Italian as an Assistant Professor with research interests in 19th to 21st century Italian cultural studies, literature, and film; Italian (post-) colonialism and biopolitics; race thinking and nationalism in Italy; Italian migration literature and film; critical theory; and film theory. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Bingxiao Wu joins the Department of Economics as an Assistant Professor with research interests in Chinese economy; health economics; industrial organization; and applied microeconomics. She received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

Long-Jun Wu joins the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience as an Assistant Professor with research interests in neuroscience and glia-neuron interaction. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Science and Technology of China

Jinchuan Xing joins the Department of Genetics as an Assistant Professor with research interests in mobile elements; human genomic variation; evolutionary genetics; and population genetics. He received his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University.

Zheng (Eddy) Zhang joins the Department of Computer Science as an Assistant Professor with research interests in compilers and programming systems; GPGPU computing; cache and memory locality; heterogeneous systems; performance evaluation and workload characterization; and Markov chains and simulation. She received her Ph.D. from the College of William and Mary.

 

 

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