Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science
The Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science was established in 1997 to support an endowed professorship in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts.
Richard Lerner is the Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, and the director of the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development. His expertise is in the application of developmental science across the lifespan. Recent honors include the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development (ISSBD) Award for Applications of Behavioral Development Theory and Research and Society for Research in Child Development award for Distinguished Contributions to Public Policy & Practice in Child Development. Lerner has more than 650 scholarly publications, including more than 75 authored or edited books. He was the founding editor of the Journal of Research on Adolescence and of Applied Developmental Science, which he continues to edit. He received his PhD in developmental psychology from the City University of New York.
Leonard and Jane Holmes Bernstein Professorship in Evolutionary Science
The Leonard and Jane Holmes Bernstein Professorship in Evolutionary Science was established in 2008 to support endeavors to find the answers to the fundamental questions regarding the cosmos and life within the cosmos. Research areas that could be funded by this professorship are: the origin and evolution of the universe; the origin and evolution of the Earth; the origin and evolution of life on Earth; and the origin and evolution of the human species. Scholarship areas could include the application of scientific principles to the development of rational thought, critical thinking, and development of humanistic ideals and the bases of moral and ethical codes.
Alexander Vilenkin is the Leonard Jane Holmes Bernstein Professor of Evolutionary Science, Department of Physics and Astronomy. He is also the Director of the Institute of Cosmology at Tufts. His expertise is in theoretical cosmology and his research focuses on cosmic inflation, dark energy, cosmic string and monopoles, quantum cosmology, and the multiverse. He is the author of the book Many Worlds in One: The Search for Other Universes (Hill and Wang, 2007) and the co-author of the monograph Cosmic Strings and Other Topological Defects (Cambridge University Press, 2000). He received his PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
The B.L.R. Professorship was established in 2018 to distinguish outstanding and experienced finance professionals who will enhance the education students receive within the Department of Economics. The professorship is available to a professor of the practice within the Department of Economics.
Patrick Schena is the B.L.R Professor of the Practice in Finance, Department of Economics, as well as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Emerging Market Enterprises and Co-Head of the Sovereign Wealth Fund Initiative. Schena came to Tufts in 2002. He brings 30 years of industry experience in finance, investments, operations, and technology management with a disciplinary focus in asset management to the Department of Economics. He has previously taught finance at the Hult International Business School and at Tufts’ Fletcher School. He brings to the department, and to our students at large, a perfect blend of scholarly research and industry practice. Schena holds a PhD and an MA from The Fletcher School at Tufts, and an MA and BA from Boston College.
Previous Holders of the B.L.R Professorship
Christopher Manos, 2018-2022
Vannevar Bush Professorship
The Vannevar Bush Professorship was established in 1975 with a legacy gift from Tufts alumnus Vannevar Bush. Mr. Bush was a prominent engineer, scientist, adviser to U.S. presidents, and a force behind the establishment of the National Science Foundation. The professorship is awarded to an A&S faculty member to recognize excellence in the sciences.
Michael Levin is the Vannevar Bush Professor, Department of Biology. He also serves as director of the Allen Discovery Center at Tufts and director of the Tufts Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology. Recent honors include the Scientist of Vision award from the International Functional Electrical Stimulation Society and the Distinguished Scholar award from Tufts University. Levin’s research attempting to crack the bioelectric code that dictates body plan and permits the reprogramming of cells could one day contribute to the regeneration of limbs and organs and repair of birth defects and cancer. Levin received his PhD in genetics from Harvard University and did post-doctoral training in molecular embryology at Harvard Medical School.
Previous Holders of the Vannevar Bush Professorship
Jack Schneps, 1995-2011
Irwin Rosenberg, 1993-1994
William B. Schwartz, 1976-1992
Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Professorship in Armenian Art and Architectural History
The Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Professorship in Armenian Art and Architectural History was established in 1989 by a friend of Tufts University to help ensure the place of Armenian art and architecture in the overall study of art history.
This professorship is not currently awarded.
Previous Holders of the Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Professorship of Armenian Art and Architectural History
Christina Maranci, 2008-2022
Lucy Der Manuelian, 1989-2008
Hagop and Miriam Darakjian and Boghos and Nazley Jafarian and Son Haig Chair in Armenian History
The Hagop and Miriam Darakjian and Boghos and Nazley Jafarian and Son Haig Chair in Armenian History was established in 1997. This professorship recognizes a faculty member who teaches courses of study in Armenian history, language, and other related Armenian cultural subjects.
Ina Baghdiantz-McCabe is the Darakjian Jafarian Chair of Armenian History, Department of History. She is also part of the core faculty of International Relations and affiliated faculty to the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies at the Fletcher School. She came to Tufts in 1998 after a decade of teaching. McCabe’s books include A History of Global Consumption: 1500-1800 (Routledge, 2014), Orientalism in Early Modern France Eurasian Trade, Exoticism, and the Ancien Régime (Oxford, 2008), and The Shah’s Silk for Europe’s Silver: The Eurasian Trade of the Julfa Armenians in Safavid Iran and India (1530-1750) (University of Pennsylvania, 1999). Her work has been supported by several fellowships, most recently at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard. She received a PhD in history from Columbia University.
The Dennett Stibel Professorship of Cognitive Science
The Dennett Stibel Professorship of Cognitive Science was established in 2019, in the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University by Jeffrey Stibel, A95. Inspired by the mentorship of University Professor Daniel Dennett and his extensive expertise in the field of cognition, Dr. Stibel has asked that this professorship recognize outstanding faculty whose teaching and research is within the cognitive and brain sciences disciplines. The goal of this professorship is to strengthen the portfolio of cognitive and brain science related scholarship at Tufts University.
Gina Kuperberg is the Dennett Stibel Professor of Cognitive Science, Department of Psychology. She is also a psychiatrist in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. Kuperberg's NeuroCognition Lab is located both at Tufts University and the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Mass. General Hospital and focuses on the cognitive neuroscience of language, thought and meaning. The lab is interested in when, where and how the human brain builds up the meaning of sentences, discourse (whole stories) and visual images (movie-clips) and addresses these questions using multimodal neuroimaging techniques. In addition to studying normal brain function, the research group is also examining how the build-up of meaning is impaired in patients with schizophrenia and how such impairments are reflected by abnormal patterns of brain activity in such patients. Kuperberg completed an internship at St. Bartholomew's Hospital and a residency and fellowship in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry, London. She came to the United States in 1998 and completed research fellowships in neuroimaging and cognitive electrophysiology at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, and the NeuroCognition Lab at Tufts University. She earned her M.D. at St. Bartholomew's Medical School, London, and her PhD in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at Kings College, University of London.
John DiBiaggio Professorship of Citizenship and Public Service
The John DiBiaggio Professorship of Citizenship and Public Service was established in 2002 to honor President Emeritus DiBiaggio. The professorship is awarded to a member of the Tufts faculty in recognition of their exceptional research, teaching, leadership, in addition to their participation in citizenship, community service, and public affairs. The professorship is available to any faculty member within the School of Arts and Sciences.
Gilbert Metcalf is the John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service, Department of Economics. He is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a university fellow at Resources for the Future. Metcalf’s primary research area is applied public finance with particular interests in taxation, energy, and environmental economics. His current research focuses on policy evaluation and design in the area of energy and climate change. He has frequently testified before Congress, served on expert panels for the National Academies of Sciences and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and served as a consultant to numerous other organizations. During 2011 and 2012, he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and Energy at the U.S. Department of Treasury where he was founding U.S. Board Member for the UN based Green Climate Fund. Metcalf has published extensively in academic journals and books on various topics including energy and tax policy. He received a PhD in economics from Harvard University.
Previous Holders of the John DiBiaggio Professorship of Citizenship and Public Service
Maryanne Wolf, 2006-2017
Robert Hollister, 2002-2006
Walter S. Dickson Professorship of English and American History
The Walter S. Dickson Professorship of English and American History was established in 1911 with funds bequeathed to Tufts for that purpose by Mr. Dickson in 1900.
James Rice is the Walter S. Dickson Professor of English and American History, Department of History. Before coming to Tufts he taught at a variety of institutions including SUNY Plattsburgh, Washington College, and Tübingen University. Rice’s scholarship interests include early America, Native American, and environmental history. He is the recipient of a number of grants and awards including recently the OAH Binkley-Stephenson Award for the year’s best article in the Journal of American History. He is the author of the books Tales from a Revolution: Bacon’s Rebellion and the Transformation of Early America (Oxford University Press, 2012) and Nature and History in the Potomac Country: From Hunter-Gatherers to the Age of Jefferson (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009). He received a PhD in early American history from the University of Maryland.
Previous Holders of the Walter S. Dickson Professorship of English and American History
Howard Malchow, 2007-2015
Martin Sherwin, 1982-2007
Russell Miller, 1975-1981
Robert J. Taylor, 1970-1975
Albert Henry Imlah, 1958-1969
Ruhl Jacob Bartlett, 1946-1956
Halford Lancaster Hoskins, 1925-1944
Edwin Cortlandt Bolles, 1913-1920
Jason P. and Chloe Epstein Professorship
The Jason P. and Chloe Epstein Endowed Professorship was established in 2021 by Jason and Chloe Epstein, both members of the Class of 1996, to support the teaching, research, service, and other activities of a faculty member in the School of Arts and Sciences who is an expert in ethics, or alternatively, someone who creates knowledge that is applied to solving significant societal problems.
This professorship is not currently awarded.
Issam M. Fares Chair in Lebanese and Eastern Mediterranean Studies
The Issam M. Fares Chair in Lebanese and Eastern Mediterranean Studies was established in 2001 and is to be held by a highly distinguished faculty member who has achieved recognition for outstanding scholarship on the Eastern Mediterranean region and effective leadership in the academic environment. The Fares Chair is part of the Fares Center at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Leila Fawaz is the Issam M. Fares Chair in Lebanese and Eastern Mediterranean Studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She joined the Tufts faculty in 1979 and holds a dual appointment as Professor of History at the School of Arts and Sciences and a Professor of Diplomacy at The Fletcher School. Fawaz is a social history who specializes in the Eastern Mediterranean region, with specific emphasis on the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her books include A Land of Aching Hearts: The Middle East in the Great War (Harvard University Press, 2014), An Occasion for War: Mount Lebanon and Damascus in 1860 (I.B. Tauris, 1994) and Merchants and Migrants in Nineteenth Century Beirut (Harvard University Press, 1983). In 2012, Fawaz was named a Chevalier in the French National Order of the Legion of Honor, France’s highest award, given by decree of the president of France. She received a PhD in history from Harvard University.
Harriet H. Fay Professorship of Literature
The Harriet H. Fay Professorship of Literature was established in 1932 by Harriet H. Fay, descendent of John Fay, one of the first settlers of Marlboro, M.A. She left her estate to Tufts for the purpose of establishing a professorship in literature.
Elizabeth Ammons is the Harriet H. Fay Professor of Literature, Department of English. She came to Tufts in 1976 as an assistant professor. Her research interests include American literature, environmental humanities, and U.S. literature and race studies. Ammons is the recipient of Mellon, National Endowment for the Humanities, and American Association of University Women faculty fellowships. She is the author of Brave New Words: How Literature Will Save the Planet (University of Iowa Press, 2010), Conflicting Stories: American Women Writers at the Turn into the Twentieth Century (Oxford University Press, 1991), and Edith Wharton’s Argument with America (University of Georgia Press, 1986) as well as the editor of many volumes. Additionally, Ammons has published articles in many scholarly journals including American Literature, American Literary Realism, and Legacy. Ammons received her PhD from the University of Illinois.
Previous Holders of the Harriet H. Fay Professorship of Literature
Martin B. Green, 1987-1994
G. Robert Strange, 1967-1985
Kenneth O. Myrick, 1940-1967
Harold Hooker Blanchard, 1932-1938
The five Fletcher Professorships were established between 1925 through 1930 through the estate of Austin Barclay Fletcher, Tufts Alumnus (A.B., 1876). His estate funded professorships to recognize excellence in areas which reflected Mr. Fletcher's own interests: Music (1925), English Literature (1926), Oratory (1926), Philosophy (1926), and Rhetoric and Debate (1930).
Lee Edelman is the Fletcher Professor of English Literature, Department of English. He began his academic career as a scholar of twentieth-century American poetry and has since become a central figure in the development, dissemination, and rethinking of queer theory. His current work explores the intersections of sexuality, rhetorical theory, cultural politics, and film. He is the author of No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive (Duke University Press, 2004), Homographesis: Essays in Gay Literary and Cultural Theory (Routledge, 1993), and Transmemberment of Song: Hart Crane’s Anatomies of Rhetoric and Desire (Stanford, 1987). Edelman has received the Discovery Prize for Poetry from The Nation and the Poetry Center of New York and the Compton-Noll Award of the MLA. He earned his PhD from Yale University.
Previous Holders of the Fletcher Professorship of English Literature
Jesper Rosenmeier, 1984-2004
Sylvan Barnet, 1963-1984
Harold Hooper Blanchard, 1940-1961
Charles Gott, 1926-1939
Joseph Auner is the Austin Fletcher Professor of Music, Department of Music. Before coming to Tufts in 2006 he was Associate Provost at Stony Brook University. His research interests include music and technology, sound studies, Schoenberg and the Second Viennese School, turn of the century Paris and Vienna, and Weimar Berlin. Auner is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, the J. Paul Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Musical Society, general editor of Garland/Routledge Studies in Contemporary Music and Culture, and as vice president of The American Musicological Society. Auner earned his PhD from the University of Chicago.
Previous Holders of the Fletcher Professorship of Music
Jane A. Bernstein, 1990-2016
Thomas J. Anderson, 1976-1989
Kenneth MacKillop, Jr., 1959-1975
Thompson Stone, 1947-1955
Leo Rich Lewis, 1925-1946
Pedro Ángel Palou is the Fletcher Professor of Oratory, Department of Romance Studies. Palou’s work focuses on Mexican literature, Latin American Studies, and film studies. He is the author of many scholarly volumes including El clacisismo mexicano, una indagación (2010) and La culpa de México, la invención de un país entre dos guerras (2009); novels including La ciudad América Latina en su crítica, e historiografía (2019) and La quinta estación (2019); and a book of poetry titled Catálogo de las aves (2010). He was a Fellow at the John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation from 2011-2012. He has been Secretary of Culture of his native state of Puebla, rector of the University of the Americas, and director of the magazine Revuelta. Palou received his PhD from El Colegio de Michoacán.
Previous Holders of the Fletcher Professorship of Oratory
Laurence Senelick, 1987-2019
Kalmin A. Burnim, 1971-1987
Marston S. Balch, 1946-1970
Newell Carroll Maynard, 1926-1939
Daniel Dennett is a University Professor and the Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy. He is also the Co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts. Before coming to Tufts in 1971, he taught at the University of California at Irvine. He is the author of many books including Breaking the Spell (Viking, 2006), Freedom Evolves (Viking Penguin, 2003), and Darwin’s Dangerous Idea (Simon and Schuster, 1995). He has also written over 400 scholarly articles on various aspects of the mind, published in journals ranging from Artificial Intelligence and Behavioral and Brain Sciences to Poetics Today and The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. Dennett has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Science. He was elected to the Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1987. He earned his D.Phil. in philosophy from Oxford University.
Previous Holders of the Fletcher Professorship of Philosophy
Hugo A. Bedau, 1968-1998
George B. Burch, 1946-1967
Bruce Wallace Brotherston, 1932-1945
Robert Cheneault Givler, 1926-1931
Julian Agyeman is the Fletcher Professor of Rhetoric and Debate, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. He has extensive experience in local government, environmental and sustainability consulting and in the voluntary sector in the UK. Agyeman is the originator of the increasingly influential concept of just sustainabilities, which explores the intersecting goals of social justice and environmental sustainability defined as: the need to ensure a better quality of life for all, now, and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, whilst living within the limits of supporting ecosystems. He centers his research on critical explorations of the complex and embodied relations between humans and the urban environment, whether mediated by governments or social movement organizations, and their effects on public policy and planning processes and outcomes, particularly in relation to notions of justice and equity. He is the author or editor of 12 books, including Introducing Just Sustainabilities: Policy, Planning and Practice (Zed Books, 2013), Incomplete Streets: Processes, Practices, and Possibilities (Routledge, 2014) and Sharing Cities: A Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities (MIT Press, 2015), one of Nature's Top 20 Books of 2015 and Food Trucks, Cultural Identity, and Social Justice: From Loncheras to Lobsta Love (MIT Press, 2017). His latest book is The Immigrant-Food Nexus: Borders, Labor, and Identity in North America (MIT Press, 2020). Agyeman has held many visiting professorships and fellowships in the US and internationally. In 1996, he was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA) in the UK and in 2016 he became a Fellow of the UK Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). He was awarded the Athena City Accolade by KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden in 2018. Agyeman holds a a PhD in Urban Studies from the University of London.
Previous Holders of the Fletcher Professorship of Rhetoric and Debate
Jonathan Wilson, 2000-2021
Clyde Taylor, 1995-1997
Michael Fixler, 1968-1994
Newman Peter Birk, 1959-1967
John Rowland Wodruff, 1949-1957
Marston Stevens Balch, 1938-1945
William Nothrup Morse, 1930-1934
Nathan and Alice Gantcher Professorship in Judaic Studies
The Nathan and Alice Gantcher Professorship in Judaic Studies was established in 1992 by Nathan, A64, H04, and Alice Gantcher. The professorship is awarded to a faculty member in the School of Arts and Sciences whose focus is Judaic Studies.
Heather Nathans is the Nathan and Alice Gantcher Professor of Judaic Studies, Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. Nathans’s primary areas of scholarly interest include American theatre and drama, African American theatre, Jewish American theatre, musical theatre, 17th and 18th century French theatre, theatre historiography, English Restoration drama, and directing. In 2017 she published her most recent book titled Hideous Characters and Beautiful Pagans: Performing Jewish Identity on the Antebellum American Stage(University of Michigan Press, 2017). The American Theatre and Drama Society awarded Nathans the 2018 John W. Frick Book Award for the book as well as the 2018 Betty Jean Jones Award for her exceptional work as a teacher and a mentor. A former Jumbo, she earned her PhD in theatre and performance studies from Tufts University.
Previous Holders of the Nathan and Alice Gantcher Professorship in Judaic Studies
Sol Gittleman, 1992-2016
Sol Gittleman Professorship
The Sol Gittleman Professorship was established in 2011 to honor the many years of tenure and service of Professor Sol Gittleman to Tufts University. Throughout his five-decade career at Tufts, Professor Gittleman has served as University Professor, Vice President, Provost, and Academic Advisor. This university-wide professorship is available to a faculty member in any school to recognize excellence.
Malcolm Turvey is the Sol Gittleman Professor, Department of the History of Art and Architecture. Turvey works primarily in the areas of film theory, the philosophy of film, avant-garde film, and film and modernism. He is the author of two books Doubting Vision: Film and the Revelationist Tradition (Oxford University Press, 2008) and The Filming of Modern Life: European Avant-Garde Film of the 1920s (MIT Press, 2011). He is also the co-editor of Wittgenstein, Theory, and the Arts (Routledge, 2001) and Camera Obscura/Camera Lucida: Essays in Honor of Annette Michelson (University of Amsterdam Press, 2003). He received his PhD in cinema studies from New York University.
Goldthwaite Professorship of Rhetoric
The Goldthwaite Professorship of Rhetoric was established in 1907. The 1897 will of Willard G. Goldthwaite bequeathed a sum of money to Tufts College to endow a professorship in rhetoric. The professorship is available to a faculty member in any department within the school whose focus is rhetoric.
Susan Napier is the Goldthwaite Professor of Rhetoric, Department of International Literary and Cultural Studies. Her research interests include Japanese animation (anime) and comics (manga); modern Japanese literature, popular culture, science fiction and fantasy; contemporary constructions of gender and body; and technology and culture. Napier is the author of Anime from Akira to Howl’s Moving Castle: Experiencing Japanese Animation (Palgrave, 2005), The Subversion of Modernity: the Fantastic in Modern Japanese Literature (Routledge, 2006), and Escape from the Wasteland: Romanticism and Realism in the Works of Mishima Yukio and Oe Kenzaburo (Harvard University East Asia Series, 1991). She received her PhD in East Asian languages and civilizations from Harvard University.
Previous Holders of the Goldthwaite Professorship of Rhetoric
Christiane Romero, 2005-2017
Norman Daniels, 1990-2002
John O. Perry, 1968-1988
Wisner Payne Kinne, 1958-1967
Myrron Jennison Files, 1946-1956
William Rollin Shipman, 1907-1908
Moses Hunt Professorship of Psychology
The Moses Hunt Professorship of Psychology was created in 1931 by a consolidation of the Ebenezer and Moses Hunt Funds. The professorship is awarded to recognize excellence within the Department of Psychology.
Klaus Miczek is the Moses Hunt Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, and he serves as one of the directors of the Neuroscience Research Center at Tufts. He has published more than 270 research journal articles, more than 50 reviews and edited 24 volumes on psychopharmacological research concerning brain mechanisms of aggression, anxiety, social stress and abuse of alcohol and other drugs. He has been the coordinating and principal editor of Psychopharmacology since 1992. He has received numerous prizes including the Solvay Duphar Award of the Division of Pharmacology and Substance Abuse of the American Psychological Association, a MERIT award from NIAAA, Silver Medals of the Charles University (Czech Republic), and in 1997 the president of Germany presented him with the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit. He received his PhD in biopsychology from the University of Chicago.
Previous Holders of the Moses Hunt Professorship of Psychology
Philip Sampson, 1983-1992
Bernard W. Harleston, 1980-1981
Leonard C. Mead, 1971-1979
Dorothea J. Crook, 1955-1969
Robert Chenault Givier, 1931-1951
Cornelia M. Jackson Professorship of Political Science
The Cornelia M. Jackson Professorship of Political Science was established in 1899 through the estate of Cornelia M. Jackson, an advocate for women's rights and the benefactor of Jackson College at Tufts University. The professorship is awarded to a professor within the Department of Political Science.
Vickie Sullivan is the Cornelia M. Jackson Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science. Before coming to Tufts in 1996, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Government at Skidmore College. She studies and teaches political thought and philosophy as well as politics and literature. Her most recent book is Montesquieu and the Despotic Ideas of Europe (University of Chicago Press, 2017). She is also the author of Machiavelli, Hobbes, and the Formation of a Liberal Republicanism in England (Cambridge University Press, 2004) and Machiavelli’s Three Romes: Religion, Human Liberty, and Politics Reformed (Northern Illinois University Press, 1996). Her articles have appeared in The American Political Science Review, History of European Ideas, History of Political Thought, Political Theory, Polity, and Review of Politics. Sullivan received her PhD in political science from the University of Chicago.
Previous Holders of the Cornelia M. Jackson Professorship of Political Science
Charles A. Smith, 1989-2016
James V. Elliott, 1975-1989
Robert R. Robbins, 1959-1970
Gregory Stewart Miller, 1946-1956
Harvey Alden Wooster, 1922-1923
Henry Clayton Metcalf, 1913-1918
JRN Family Professorship of International Relations
The JRN Family Professorship of International Relations was established in 2019 to endow a professorship in the School of Arts and Sciences for faculty who have been and will continue to be instrumental in promoting teaching, learning, and research with an international focus at Tufts.
Margaret McMillan is the JRN Family Professor of International Relations, Department of Economics. She has published widely in the areas of international trade, investment, structural change and economic growth focusing primarily on developing countries. Understanding the distributional consequences of international economic integration is a key focus of her work. She is a Faculty Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute and a recipient of numerous research grants. In 2005, she was named the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Professor McMillan's research has been featured in the New York Times and the NBER Digest and has been published in leading economics journals such as the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Economic Growth, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, the Journal of Development Economics, and the Journal of International Economics. McMillan has worked in several African countries including Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Mali, Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa. Before coming to academia, she worked for a variety of organizations including the Peace Corps, Lehman Brothers, USAID, UNDP and the World Bank. She holds a PhD in economics from Columbia University.
Edward Keller Professorship of North Africa and the Middle East
The Edward Keller Professorship of North Africa and the Middle East was established in 2010. The professorship is awarded to outstanding scholars of the North Africa and Middle East region.
Hugh Roberts is the Edward Keller Professor of North Africa and the Middle East, Department of History. He taught politics and political history in the School of Developmental Studies at the University of East Anglia from 1976 to 1988 and then worked in London as an independent scholar and freelance writer in order to be able to follow the developing crisis in Algeria full time. In 1997 he returned to academic life as a senior research fellow at the London School of Economics, a post he held until 2002. In 2001 he moved to Cairo to continue his work on Algeria, conducting additional research on Egyptian political history and the history of Islamism in North Africa and working for the International Crisis Group as Director of its North Africa Project from 2002-2007 and again from January to July 2011. He is the author of The Battlefield: Algeria 1988-2002. Studies in a broken polity (Verso, 2003) and Berber Government: the Kabyle polity in pre-colonial Algeria (I.B. Tauris, 2014). He received a PhD from Oxford University.
King Felipe VI of Spain Professorship of Spanish Culture and Civilization
Established in 1992, the King Felipe VI of Spain Professorship of Spanish Culture and Civilization is awarded to faculty member whose focus is the social and political problems of modern Spain. The goal is to make these issues more readily available to the English-speaking community while promoting cross-cultural and international communication to facilitate comparative studies.
Jose Antonio Mazzotti is the King Felipe VI of Spain Professor of Spanish Culture and Civilization, Department of Romance Studies. His expertise is in colonial Latin American studies, Latin American and Spanish poetry, Andean studies, film studies, and endangered languages. He is the editor-in-chief- and director of Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana and the president of the International Association of Peruvianists. Mazzotti is the author of many books including Lima fundida: épica y nación criolla en el Perú (Vervuert & Iberoamericana, 2016) and Encontrando un inca: ensayos escogidos sobre el Inca Garcilaso de la Vega (Axiara, 2016). He has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He received his PhD from Princeton University.
Previous Holders of the King Felipe VI of Spain Professorship of Spanish Culture and Civilization
Christopher Schmidt-Nowara, 2011-2015
Felipe Fernández-Armesto, 2005-2008
José Álvarez Junco, 1992-2001
Lee S. McCollester Professorship of Biblical Literature
The Lee S. McCollester Professorship of Biblical Literature was endowed in 1946 to honor professor Lee S. McCollester, long-time Dean of the Crane Theological School at Tufts, during whose administration the school was established.
Joel Rosenberg is the Lee S. McCollester Associate Professor of Biblical Literature, Department of International Literary and Cultural Studies. He is also the director of the Judaic Studies program. His research interests include Judaic studies, film and media studies, ILVS, Middle Eastern studies, central European writers, South African writers, and world literature. He is the author of King and Kin: Political Allegory in the Hebrew Bible (Indiana University Press, 1986). His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in Response, Moment, Midstream, and the anthology Voices Within the Ark: The Modern Jewish Poets (Avon Books, 1980). He received his PhD from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Previous Holders of the Lee S. McCollester Professorship of Biblical Literature
Sol Gittleman, 1973-1992
Eugene S. Ashton, 1949-1973
Rolland Emerson Wolfe, 1946-1947
McDonnell Family Endowed Bridge Professorship
The McDonnell Family Endowed Bridge Professorship was established in 2017 to recognize a senior faculty member of academic distinction in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) discipline and in evidence-based learning. Because the professorship is a bridge between the School of Engineering and the School of Arts and Sciences, the holder will have primary appointments in both schools.
Milo Koretsky is the inaugural McDonnell Family Endowed Bridge Professor, Department of Education and Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Koretsky joined Tufts in April 2021 from nearly 30 years teaching in the Department of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering at Oregon State University (OSU). There he led the Engineering Education Research Group, where he conducted research on innovative curricular design. He is a Fellow of the Center for Lifelong STEM Education Research at OSU and a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Koretsky studies and develops technological innovations that promote knowledge integration and higher order cognition. He has a particular interest in helping faculty effectively use research-based instructional practices to enable more equitable learning, and in understanding what prevents students from connecting the knowledge learned in class to the demands of professional practice. He is author of the popular textbook, Engineering and Chemical Thermodynamics. He received his PhD from UC Berkeley.
Professorship in Media Studies
The Professorship in Media Studies was established in 2022 by Vivek R. Shah, A94 to aid in the recruitment and retention of outstanding professionals specializing in film and media. The professorship is available to a professor of the practice within the School of Arts and Sciences or a full-tenured professor from either the Department of Economics, Political Science, Sociology, or Psychology with a secondary appointment in Film and Media Studies
This professorship is not currently awarded.
Seth Merrin Professorship
The Seth Merrin Professorship was established in 2005 in the School of Arts and Sciences. It is awarded at the discretion of the Dean of Arts and Sciences in any department in the humanities or social sciences.
Enrico Spolaore is the Seth Merrin Professor, Department of Economics. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, where he is a member of the Political Economy Program. He is also a member of the CESifo Research Network. Spolaore’s main research interests are in political economy, economic growth and development, and international economics. His publications include articles in academic journals including American Economic Review and Quarterly Journal of Economics, numerous chapters in edited volumes, and the book The Size of Nations, co-authored with Alberto Alesina. Before joining the Tufts faculty in 2004, he held faculty positions at Brown, Boston College, and the Ohio State University. He has a PhD in political economy from the University of Siena and a PhD in economics from Harvard University.
Previous Holders of the Seth Merrin Professorship
Ray Jackendoff, 2005-2017
Max and Herta Neubauer Endowed Chair in Economics
The Max and Herta Neubauer Endowed Chair in Economics was established in 1995 to recognize outstanding scholars of international prominence in economics who are a part of Tufts' long tradition of excellence in teaching.
Yannis M. Ioannides is the Max and Herta Neubauer Endowed Chair in Economics, Department of Economics. Before joining the Tufts faculty in 1995, Ioannides taught and served as department head at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His research interests are macroeconomics, economic growth and inequality, social interactions and networks, and housing markets. Ioannides served as a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Social Interactions and Economic Inequality, and as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the European Investment Bank (Luxembourg), among other EU, U.S., and Greek institutions. He has published in many leading journals including American Economic Review and Journal of Economic Literature. He received his PhD in engineering-economic systems and economics from Stanford University.
Newhouse Professorship of Civic Studies
The Newhouse Professorship of Civic Studies was established in 2017 to promote the intellectual inquiry into civic life necessary to fulfill the university's mission to shape students into active and engaged citizens. It carries the distinction of being the inaugural joint professorship between Tisch College of Civic Life and the School of Arts and Sciences.
Brian Schaffner is the Newhouse Professor of Civic Studies, Department of Political Science. Before coming to Tufts, he was a professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Schaffner’s research is focused on civic engagement, political participation, and citizenship. He has received multiple awards and honors over the course of his academic career, such as the Best Paper Award from the American Political Science Association’s Section on Class and Inequality in 2016, and the 2016 Virginia Gray Best Book Award for the best political science book published on the subject of U.S. state politics or policy in the preceding three calendar years. Schaffner has written or co-written five books, including most recently Campaign Finance and Political Polarization: When Purists Prevail. He earned his PhD in political science from Indiana University.
Packard Professorship of Theology
The Packard Professorship of Theology was established in 1869 through a bequest from Mr. Silvanus Packard, an early and important benefactor of the college. The professorship is available to a professor within the Department of Religion.
Brian Hatcher is the Packard Professor of Theology, Department of Religion. His research focuses on religious and intellectual transformations in colonial and contemporary South Asia, with a special interest in early colonial Bengal. His publications explore issues of vernacular modernity, translation, the life histories of Sanskrit scholars under colonialism, and the modalities of religious eclecticism and spiritual reform among a wide range of Calcutta-based intellectuals. He is the author of Hinduism Before Reform (Harvard University Press, 2020), Vidyasagar: The Life and After-life of an Eminent Indian (Routledge, 2014), Bourgeois Hinduism, or Faith of the Modern Vendantists: Rare Discourses from Early Colonial Bengal (Oxford University Press, 2008), Eclecticism and Modern Hindu Discourse (Oxford University Press, 1999), and Idioms of Improvement: Vidyasagar and Cultural Encounter in Bengal (Oxford University Press, 1996). He received his PhD in religion from Harvard University.
Previous Holders of the Packard Professorship of Theology
John M. Ratcliff, 1941-1954
Lee Sullivan McCollester, 1912-1940
George Thompson Knight, 1900-1910
Thomas J. Sawyer, 1869-1900
Henry Bromfield Pearson Professorship of Natural Science
The Henry Bromfield Pearson Professorship of Natural Science was established in 1867 through an estate gift. It is awarded to a faculty member to recognize excellence in the natural sciences.
Barry Trimmer is the Henry Bromfield Pearson Professor of Natural Science, Department of Biology. He is the director of the Neuromechanics and Biomimetic Devices Laboratory and director of the IGERT: Soft Materials Robotics PhD program and has secondary appointments in the School of Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering, and the School of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience and Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. Trimmer is interested in the control of locomotion and the neural processes that organize sensory and motor information. He has recently published articles in journals such as Science Robotics and Journal of Experimental Biology. He received his PhD in neurobiology from the University of Cambridge in England.
Previous Holders of the Henry Bromfield Pearson Professorship of Natural Science
June R. Aprille, 1987-2001
Charles E. Stearns, 1973-1987
Robert L. Nichols, 1949-1972
Crosby Fred Baker, 1933-1948
Alfred Church Lane, 1910-1933
John P. Marshall, 1900-1901
Mary Richardson Professorship
The Mary Richardson Professorship was funded through the estate of Mary Richardson, an early benefactor of Tufts University.
Ayesha Jalal is the Mary Richardson Professor, Department of History. She joined the Tufts faculty in the fall of 1999 and since 2003 has held a joint appointment with the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Jalal’s research interests include South Asia and the Muslim world. Her books include The Struggle for Pakistan: A Muslim Homeland and Global Politics (Harvard University Press, 2014) and Partisans of Allah: Jihad in South Asia (Harvard University Press, 2008). Jalal has been a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge (1980-1984); Leverhulme Fellow at the Centre of South Asian Studies, Cambridge (1985-1986); and Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies (1988-1990). Between 1998-2003 Jalal was a MacArthur Foundation Fellow. She received a PhD in history from the University of Cambridge.
Previous Holders of the Mary Richardson Professorship
Madeline Caviness, 1986-2007
The two Robinson Professorships were established in 1949 through the estate of Summer Robinson. They are awarded to one professor of chemistry and one professor of mathematics.
Krishna Kumar is the Robinson Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry. He is a member of the Cancer Center at Tufts Medical Center and an adjunct professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the School of Engineering. His research is at the interface of chemistry, biology, and medicine. The main goal of his research is to use chemical and biological methods to create novel and functional molecules that allow understanding the mechanism of, and/or control of biological processes. Kumar earned his PhD in chemistry from Brown University.
Todd Quinto is the Robinson Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics. His research involves both pure mathematics, in the area of tomography, and applied mathematics, in the area of integral geometry. Integral geometry is the study of transforms that integrate (average) functions over sets in the plane, space, and more complicated sets. Tomography involves finding densities of objects from data such as X-rays from a CT scanner, and Quinto develops algorithms for industrial, scientific, and medical tomography. He is now working on algorithms for electron microscopy, X-ray CT, and radar as well as the pure mathematics that helps understand and refine the algorithms. He has proven support theorems and properties of transforms integrating over hyperplanes, circles and spheres in Euclidian space and manifolds. He has developed X-ray tomography algorithms for the nondestructive evaluation of large objects such as rocket bodies. Along with collaborators, he has also developed local algorithms for electron microscopy, emission tomography, Radar, Sonar, and ultrasound. He holds a PhD in mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Previous Holders of the Robinson Professorship of Mathematics
George F. Leger, 1975-2003
James Andrew Clarkson, 1949-1970
John Richard Skuse, Class of 1941, Professorship of Political Science
The John Richard Skuse, Class of 1941, Professorship of Political Science was established in 2000. This professorship is for a faculty member in the Department of Political Science who is an outstanding scholar in their field and who devotes time and energy to curriculum development in political science.
Jeffrey M. Berry is the John Richard Skuse, Class of 1941, Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science. Berry’s research has focused on policymaking in Washington, interest groups, Massachusetts politics, nonprofits, and urban government. He is the author of many book including The Rebirth of Urban Democracy (Brookings Institution, 1993), which won the American Political Science Association’s Gladys Kammerer Award, and Lobbying and Policy Change: Who Wins, Who Loses and Why (University of Chicago Press, 2009) and A Voice for Nonprofits (Brookings Institution, 2003), each of which received the Leon Epstein Best Book Award. His book The New Liberalism: The Rising Power of Citizen Groups (Brookings Institution, 1999), was awarded the Aaron Wildavsky best book award by the Policy Studies Association. Berry is the recipient of the Samuel Eldersveld Career Achievement Award from the American Political Science Association and the Tufts Distinguished Scholar Award. He holds a PhD in political science from Johns Hopkins University.
Arthur Stern, Jr. Professorship of American History
The Arthur Stern, Jr. Professorship of American History was established in 1998 by James and Jane Stern in honor of James's father, Arthur, and to pay tribute to his love of history.
Virginia Drachman is the Arthur Stern, Jr. Professor of American History, Department of History. She came to Tufts in 1977. Her research focuses on women in modern American society. Specifically, she is interested in the theme of women in male-dominated professions, particularly medicine, law, and business. Her current research project takes her in a new direction and focuses on girlhood in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Drachman’s books include Enterprising Women: 250 Years of American Business (University of North Carolina Press, 2002), Sisters in Law: Women Lawyers in Modern American History (Harvard University Press, 1998), Women Lawyers and the Origins of Professional Identity in America: The Letters of the Equity Club, 1887 to 1890 (University of Michigan Press, 1993) and Hospital with a Heart: Women Doctors and the Paradox of Separatism at the New England Hospital, 1862-1969 (Cornell University Press, 1984). She received her PhD in history from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Previous Holders of the Arthur Stern, Jr. Professorship of American History
John L. Brooke, 1998-2000
Lenore Stern Professorship in the Humanities and Social Sciences
The Lenore Stern Professorship in the Humanities and Social Sciences was established in 2007 by James and Jane Stern to honor an outstanding faculty member and support leadership in the humanities and social sciences.
Natasha Warikoo is the Lenore Stern Professor in Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. A former Guggenheim Fellow, she came to Tufts in 2020 and is an expert on racial and ethnic inequality in education. Her latest book, Race at the Top: Asian Americans and Whites in Pursuit of the American Dream in Suburban Schools (University of Chicago Press, May 2022) illuminates tensions related to achievement in a suburban, high-income town with a large and growing Asian American population. Warikoo was previously an Associate Professor of Education at Harvard University. Prior to her academic career, she was a teacher in New York City’s public schools, and also spent time working at the US Department of Education. Warikoo completed her PhD in sociology from Harvard University, and BSc and BA in mathematics and philosophy at Brown University.
Previous Holders of the Lenore Stern Professorship in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Sheldon Krimsky, 2012-2022
Mark Richard, 2007-2009
John Wade Professorship
The John Wade Professorship was established in 1858 through the bequest of Colonel Wade.
Charles Sykes is the John Wade Professor, Department of Chemistry. His research involves the imaging of atoms and molecules. He uses highly sophisticated equipment to view and characterize electrons and their flow. The work, which has received extensive external funding from the National Science Foundation as well as the American Chemical Society and the Beckman Foundation, has yielded a significant body of published work, which has appeared in top physical and general chemistry journals. Among his many awards, he has received the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, an NSF CAREER Award, an Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Young Investigator Award, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He and fellow Tufts faculty member from the School of Engineering Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos received the American Chemical Society Catalysis Leadership for their groundbreaking research. In 2022, Sykes and his team at Tufts were awarded the 2022 Faraday Division Horizon Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) for their groundbreaking work on single-atom catalysts. He received his PhD in chemistry from Cambridge University.
Previous Holders of the John Wade Professorship
Robin Kanarek, 2000-2019
Richard H. Milburn, 1989-1998
Seymour O. Simches, 1962-1989
George H. Gifford, 1934-1961
Charles Ernest Fay, 1883-1931
William Walker Professorship of Mathematics
The William Walker Professorship of Mathematics was established in 1890. Dr. William Walker bequeathed one-quarter of the remainder of his estate to Tufts to be used for the promotion, study, and advancement of mathematical science.
Misha Kilmer is the William Walker Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics. She is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Computer Science in the School of Engineering. Her expertise is in iterative methods, numerical linear algebra, numerical analysis, scientific computing, and image and signal processing. Kilmer is the author of numerous scholarly articles and papers appearing in a wide range of computational math and engineering publications. Her work has been funded or is being funded by the NSF, NIH, IARPA, and DARPA. She has served as referee for numerous highly rated scientific journals as proposal reviewer and cite team member for the National Science Foundation, as an international PhD thesis examiner, on program committees for several international research conferences, and on award committees for international awards. She received her PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Previous Holders of the William Walker Professorship of Mathematics
Richard M. Weiss, 2001-2016
William F. Reynolds, 1970-1998
William Richard Ransom, 1944-1954
Frank George Wren, 1908-1941
Benjamin G. Brown, 1880-1903
White Family Chair in Biology
The White Family Chair in Biology was established in 2003 to support an outstanding professor in the Department of Biology.
Sergei Mirkin is the White Family Chair in Biology, Department of Biology. He came to Tufts in 2007 from the University of Illinois at Chicago where he was a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics. Mirkin’s research interests are in the field of DNA structure and functioning. He has recently published articles in journals such as Nature Structural & Molecular Biology and Cell Reports. He earned his PhD in molecular biology from the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Winnick Family Chair in Technology and Entrepreneurship
The Winnick Family Chair in Technology and Entrepreneurship was established in 1998 to encourage the integration of technology into the teaching of arts and sciences and foster a spirit of creative entrepreneurship in students. This professorship can be awarded to any faculty member within the School of Arts and Sciences to recognize academic excellence.
Gregory Crane is the Winnick Family Chair in Technology and Entrepreneurship, Department of Classical Studies, and the editor-in-chief of the Perseus Project, a digital library project. His research interests include Greek drama, Hellenistic poetry, and the relationship between the humanities and rapidly developing digital technology. He is the author of The Blinded Eye: Thucydides and the New Written Word (Rowman and Littlefield, 1996) and The Ancient Simplicity: Thucydides and the Limits of Political Realism (University of California Press, 1998). Before coming to Tufts in 1998, he was an associate professor of classics at Harvard University, where he also received his PhD in classical philology.
Warren S. Woodbridge Professorship in Comparative Religions
The Warren S. Woodbridge Professorship in Comparative Religions (formerly called the Warren S. Woodbridge Professorship in the Department of Comparative Religions) was established in 1893 through the estate of Samuel F. Woodbridge. The professorship was originally within the divinity school and when the school was dissolved it moved to the Department of Religion in the School of Arts and Sciences.
Heather Curtis is the Warren S. Woodbridge Professor in Comparative Religions, Department of Religion. She is the author of Faith in the Great Physician: Suffering and Divine Healing in American Culture, 1860-1900 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007), which was awarded the Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer prize from the American Society of Church History for the best first book in the History of Christianity. Her most recent book, Holy Humanitarians: American Evangelicals and Global Aid (Harvard University Press, 2018) examines the crucial role popular religious media played in the extension of US aid at home and abroad from the late-nineteenth to the early twentieth century. Curtis has also published articles on the global expansion of American evangelicalism, pentecostalism, religion and science, and Christian spirituality in a variety of academic journals, books, and online venues. She recently served as a senior editor for the Oxford Encyclopedia of Religion in America. Curtis received her PhD in the History of Christianity and American Religion from Harvard University.
Previous Holders of the Warren S. Woodbridge Professorship in the Department of Comparative Religions
Mohamed A. Mahmoud, 2000-2007
Robert L. H. Miller, 1970-1988
Benjamin Butler Hersey, 1959-1969
Alfred Storer Cole, 1947-1955
Clarence Russell Skinner, 1915-1949
Adolph Augustus Berle, 1913-1914
Lucius Moody Briston, 1912-1913
Warren Samuel Woodbridge, 1890-1909
Named Junior Professorships
Eileen Fox Aptman, J90, and Lowell Aptman Professorship
The Eileen Fox Aptman, J90, and Lowell Aptman Professorship was established in 2018 to recognize outstanding faculty in the School of Arts and Sciences. The professorship is available to a junior faculty member in any department within the school.
Shan Jiang is the Eileen Fox Aptman, J90, and Lowell Aptman Assistant Professor, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. Her research interests lie in the fields of Big Data Analytics, Spatial Data Science, Geographic Information Science, Computational Social Science, and the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Land Use, Transportation, and Urban Planning. Her work investigates the interactions of human activities and the built environment in global urbanization processes to design responsive policies for smart, sustainable, resilient and healthy cities. She has worked on projects funded by the National Academies of Sciences, the Singapore National Research Foundation, the Portugal Foundation for Science and Technology, the Chicago Transit Authority, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, among others. She has published in journals such as PNAS, Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, IEEE Transactions of Big Data, Transportation Research Part C, Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, etc. Prior to joining Tufts in 2018, Jiang was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT. She holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from MIT.
Previous Holders of the Eileen Fox Aptman, J90, and Lowell Aptman Professorship
Benjamin Wolfe, 2018-2020
Dean of Arts and Sciences Assistant Professorship
The Dean of Arts and Sciences Assistant Professorship was established in 2020 to aid in the recruitment of outstanding faculty and to nurture the career development of junior faculty. The professorship is available to a junior faculty member in any department within the school, is assigned at the discretion of the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and supports the teaching, research, service, and other activities of the professorship holder.
Xandra Kredlow is the Dean of Arts and Sciences Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. Kredlow joined Tufts in January 2022 and has a background in clinical psychology. Her program of research examines methods to harness memory processes with the goal of developing novel interventions for emotional disorders (e.g., anxiety, trauma and stressor-related, and mood disorders). She has published her work in journals such as Research & Therapy, International Journal of Psychophysiology, and American Psychologist. She earned her PhD at Boston University, and came to Tufts from Harvard University, where she was a Postdoctoral Fellow.
Evans Family Assistant Professorship
The Evans Family Assistant Professorship was established in 2018 to recognize outstanding junior faculty in the School of Arts and Sciences. The professorship is awarded to a junior faculty member in the School of Arts and Sciences, with preference for faculty conducting research to advance our understanding of cognition, human development, and learning.
Sara K. Johnson is the Evans Family Assistant Professor, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development. Johnson’s research focuses on how adolescents and young adults develop their sense of self (e.g., identity development) and their beliefs and knowledge about society (e.g., acknowledgment of systems of power and oppression) and how they combine those two things in order to decide what kinds of civic engagement they should participate in and why. She has published her work in journals such as Research in Human Development, Child Development, and Developmental Psychology. Prior to her appointment as Assistant Professor, she was a postdoctoral fellow and Research Assistant Professor at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts. She received her PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Connecticut.
Previous Holders of the Evans Family Assistant Professorship
Sasha Fleary, 2018-2020
Fletcher Foundation Assistant Professorship
The Fletcher Foundation Assistant Professorship was established in 1926 as part of the legacy of Austin B. Fletcher.
Lilian Mengesha is the Fletcher Foundation Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. She received her MA and PhD in theatre arts and performance studies from Brown University. Mengesha works in critical Indigenous studies, affect theory, and feminist theory, especially with respect to performance art, dramatic literature, and dance. In addition to her scholarly work, she also writes performance pieces and is a director, performer, and dramaturge. She was a visiting scholar in MIT’s literature section during the 2016-2017 academic year and is the 2016 winner of The Drama Review’s best graduate student essay award and her research has also appeared in The Canadian Theatre Review. She has presented papers and organized panels in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, and the U.K..
Previous Holders of the Fletcher Foundation Professorship
Albert Hatton Gilmer, 1926-1928
Dr. Charles W. Fotis A37, AG39 Assistant Professorship
The Dr. Charles W. Fotis A37, AG39 Junior Professorship was established in 2019 by Linda Fotis, J74, William Fotis, A73, and Stephen Fotis, to honor the multi-generational relationship the Fotis Family has shared with Tufts through their father, Dr. Fotis and other family members. The endowed junior professorship supports the teaching, research, service, and other activities for a faculty member in the School of Arts and Sciences' Department of Chemistry, with a secondary preference for faculty in the sciences.
This professorship is not currently awarded.
Previous Holders of the Dr. Charles W. Fotis A37, AG39 Assistant Professorship
Philip Shushkov, 2019-2022
Gerald R. Gill Professorship
The Gerald R. Gill Professorship was established in 2016 to support a professor whose teaching focuses on race, culture, and society and who reflects the values that Professor Gill espoused and taught during his 25-year tenure at Tufts University. The Department of History received the inaugural appointment. Appointments thereafter rotate through other departments to reflect the broad impact of Professor Gill’s teachings.
This professorship is not currently awarded.
Previous Holders of the Gerald R. Gill Professorship
Adolfo Cuevas, 2021-2022
Madina Agenor, 2018-2020
John Holmes Assistant Professorship in the Humanities
The John Holmes Assistant Professorship in the Humanities was established in 2020 with a trust distribution from Winslow Duke, A53, in honor of his favorite English professor, John A. Holmes, Jr., A29, H62. Holmes (1904-1962) was a noted poet and author who taught literature and modern poetry at Tufts for 28 years. The professorship is available to a junior faculty member in any department within the Humanities, and aids in the recruitment of outstanding faculty and to nurture the career development of junior faculty in the School of Arts and Sciences.
This professorship is not currently awarded.
Previous Holders of the John Holmes Assistant Professorship in the Humanities
Kimberly Bain, 2020-2022
Kathryn A. McCarthy, J45, AG46 Assistant Professorship in Women's Studies
The Kathryn A. McCarthy, J45, AG46 Assistant Professorship in Women's Studies was established in 2016 to distinguish outstanding junior faculty in the School of Arts and Sciences. The professorship is available to junior faculty whose teaching and scholarship focus is women's studies.
Sarah Luna is the Kathryn A. McCarthy, J45, AG46 Assistant Professor in Women’s Studies, Department of Anthropology. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Davidson College and a visiting scholar at the University of Houston. Her research focuses on the Mexico/U.S. border, migration, sexuality, mission work and sexual labor, and develops important concepts of intimacy and desire as formed amid uneven social and socio-economic positions and across morally loaded ideas about sexuality. Her work is at the cutting edge of theorizing on and with race, sexuality, and gender in anthropology and women's, gender, and sexuality studies. Luna's book, Love in the Drug War: Selling Sex and Finding Jesus on the Mexico-U.S. Border (University of Texas Press, 2020) was awarded the Association for Queer Anthropology's 2020 Ruth Benedict Book Prize for Outstanding SingleAuthored Monograph. She has a second research project under way on American fitness culture, called High, Tight, and White. She has two manuscripts in progress. As the first Kathryn McCarthy Assistant Professor in Women’s Studies, as well as being a member of the Department of Anthropology, Luna is centrally involved in the Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Luna received her MA and PhD from the University of Chicago, both in anthropology.
Mellon Assistant Professorships
The Mellon Assistant Professorships are funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Kerri Greenidge is a Mellon Assistant Professor, Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora. Greenidge joined Tufts in 2018. Her research explores the role of African American literature in the creation of radical Black political consciousness, particularly as it relates to local elections and Democratic populism during the Progressive Era. She is the author of the book Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter (Liveright, 2019), which was named by the New York Times as one of its critics’ top books of 2019. Black Radical also won the Mark Lynton J. Anthony Lukas Prize in History from the Nieman Foundation. She is the co-director of the African American Trail Project through Tufts’ Center for the Study of Race and Democracy. For nine years she worked as a historian for Boston African American National Historical Site in Boston, through which she published her first book, Boston Abolitionists (2006). She earned her PhD at Boston University.
Courtney Sato is a Mellon Assistant Professor, Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora. Sato joined Tufts in Fall 2021 from Harvard University where she was a Global American Studies Postdoctoral Fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History. Her research and teaching fields include Asian American history; U.S. intellectual & cultural history (late 19th-20th Century); women, gender, and sexuality studies; U.S. empire; transpacific studies; and digital and public humanities. Her article, “‘A Picture of Peace’: Friendship in Interwar Pacific Women’s Internationalism,” was published in Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences. Sato serves as Co-Principal Investigator and Project Director for the Out of the Desert initiative at Yale University. Supported by a US National Park Service Japanese American Confinement Sites (JACS) grant, the Out of the Desert digital project interprets World War II Japanese American incarceration history for a broad public audience. Sato earned her PhD at Yale University.
Mellon Bridge Professorships
The Mellon Bridge Professorships are funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support faculty who focus on interdisciplinary scholarship and research.
Alexandra Chreiteh (Shraytekh) is a Mellon Bridge Assistant Professor, Department of International Literary and Cultural Studies. Her work is at the intersection of transnational literature, literary history and theory, visual studies, race and ethnicity studies, women and gender studies, environmental studies, queer studies, and disability studies. Her work has appeared in the Journal of North African Studies, and in a volume on magical realism edited by Chris Warnes and Kim Sasser, forthcoming from Cambridge UP. She is also the author of two novels, Ali and his Russian Mother and Always Coca-Cola. Chreiteh has organized and spoken on a large number of national and international conference panels and symposia. She received her PhD in comparative literature from Yale University.
Craig Cipolla is the Mellon Bridge Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology. His work explores the ways in which collaborative Indigenous frameworks transform archaeology as a form of knowledge production about both Indigenous societies and whiteness. Before joining Tufts, Cipolla was the Vettoretto Curator of North American Archaeology at the Royal Ontario Museum and Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. He is the author of the book Becoming Brothertown (University of Arizona Press, 2013) and co-author of the books Archaeological Theory in Dialogue: Situating Relationality, Ontology, Posthumanism, and Indigenous Paradigms (Routledge, 2021) and Archaeological Theory in the New Millennium (Routledge, 2017). His work on North American archaeology, collaborative archaeology, and archaeological theory has also been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals, articles, and book chapters. Cipolla received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.
Previous Holders of the Mellon Bridge Assistant Professorship
Gunnar Myrdal Assistant Professorship in Economics
The Gunnar Myrdal Professorship in Economics was established in 2016 to help support and develop an outstanding junior faculty member in the Department of Economics who will become long-term members of the Tufts community and who will be instrumental in teaching, learning, and research at Tufts for years to come.
Elizabeth Setren is the Gunnar Myrdal Assistant Professor, Department of Economics. She comes to Tufts from a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She was also a research associate at the MIT School of Effectiveness and Inequality Imitative and an assistant economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Setren is a labor economist with special expertise in education and public finance. Her research has been published in the Journal of Labor Economics and Economic Policy Review. She received her PhD in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The James L. Paddock Assistant Professorship in International Economics
The James L. Paddock Assistant Professorship in International Economics was established in 2016 to recognize outstanding faculty in the joint PhD program between the Department of Economics at the School of Arts and Sciences and the Fletcher School. This professorship is named for Professor James L. Paddock, former director of the International Business Relations Program and Academic Dean of the Fletcher School.
Cynthia Kinnan is the James L. Paddock Assistant Professor in International Economics, Department of Economics. Her research focuses on how households and small firms in developing countries use financial products (such as credit, insurance, savings) and informal networks to finance investment and cope with risk. She is particularly interested in the causes of missing markets, in the interaction between risk and household investment, in social networks, and in microfinance. Her work draws on randomized control trials, natural experiments, and estimating equilibrium relationships implied by theory. Kinnan has published her work in journals such as American Economic Review: Applied Economics and American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings. She is a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and an affiliate of the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL) and the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD). Prior to joining Tufts, she taught at Northwestern University. Kinnan received her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Previous Holders of the James L. Paddock Assistant Professorship in International Economics
Kyle Emerick, 2018-2020
B. Kelsey Jack, 2016-2018
Rumsey Family Assistant Professorship in the Humanities and the Arts
The Rumsey Family Assistant Professorship in the Humanities and the Arts was established in 2019 by Celia Rumsey, J84, AG90, A19P, and Ian Rumsey, A20. The endowed professorship is available to outstanding junior faculty in the humanities and the arts in the School of Arts and Sciences.
Melinda Latour is the Rumsey Family Assistant Professor in the Humanities and Arts, Department of Music. Her research interests include Renaissance music; ethics/moral philosophy, tone and timbre. She teaches courses on music history before 1750; music and ethics; women in music; French pop; and colonial soundscapes, 1492-1800. She has recently published articles in the Journal of Musicology and Revue de musicologie. She is also the co-editor of the volume The Relentless Pursuit of Tone: Timbre in Popular Music (Oxford University Press, 2018). She received her PhD in musicology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Stibel Family Assistant Professorship of Brain and Cognitive Science
The Stibel Family Assistant Professorship of Brain and Cognitive Science was established in 2019, in the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University by Jeffrey Stibel, A95. Inspired by Dr. Stibel’s positive undergraduate experience at Tufts and his extensive expertise in the field of human cognition, the purpose of this professorship is to aid in the recruitment and nurture the career development of outstanding junior faculty. The goal of this professorship is to strengthen the portfolio of cognitive and brain science related scholarship at Tufts University.
Stephanie Badde is the Stibel Family Assistant Professor of Brain and Cognitive Science, Department of Psychology. Recently, her research has focused on priors in tactile and proprioceptive localization, optimal integration of multisensory information, cross-modal recalibration, and Bayesian models of perception. She has received several awards for her research achievements including the biannual Best Dissertation Award by the German Psychological Society and the Lucien Levy Best Research Article Award by the American Journal of Neuroradiology. She is an active scholar and has published her research in journals such as Current Biology, Neuropsychologia, eLife, and Nature Communications. Badde came to Tufts in Fall 2020 from New York University, where she was a Postdoctoral Associate. She earned her PhD at the University of Hamburg in Germany.
Usen Family Career Development Assistant Professorship
The Usen Family Career Development Assistant Professorship was established in 2003 by the Trustees of the Irving and Edyth S. Usen Family Charitable Foundation for the purpose of advancing the careers of young faculty members. This is a university-wide professorship.
Zarin Machanda is the Usen Family Career Development Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology. Machanda’s research revolves around understanding the factors that shape the quality and development of social relationships among wild chimpanzees. Her work so far has focused mostly on the evolution of male-female relationships, male-male cooperation (especially cooperative hunting), and how chimpanzees use communication to mediate social relationships. Most recently, she has started a long-term project to study infant and juvenile chimpanzees and how they develop sex-typed adult behaviors. Zarin is the Director of Long-term Research at the Kibale Chimpanzee Project, an organization that for the last 30 years has conserved and protected the Kanyawara community of chimpanzees living in Kibale National Park, Uganda. She is also on the Board of the Kasiisi Project, a community development organization in Uganda that works with over 9000 school children living around Kibale National Park. Zarin holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Biology. She received her PhD from Harvard University.
Previous A&S Holders of the Usen Family Career Development Assistant Professorship
E. Charles Sykes, 2008-2010
Shruti Kapila, 2005-2007
Youniss Family Assistant Professorship of Innovation
The Youniss Family Assistant Professorship of Innovation was established in May 2019 by Mariann A. Youniss, J83, and Andrew Youniss to endow a junior professorship in the School of Arts and Sciences with a focus on faculty pursuing scholarship in science, technology, and/or mathematics. The purpose of the fund is to help support and develop junior faculty in hopes they will become long-term members of the Tufts community; individuals instrumental in teaching, learning, and research.
Lawrence Uricchio is the inaugural Youniss Family Assistant Professorship of Innovation, Department of Biology. He joined Tufts in Fall 2021 from the University of California, Berkeley where he was a postdoctoral fellow. Uricchio is a population geneticist whose research concerns the rate at which species adapt in response to environmental changes. His interests include host-pathogen evolution, inference of adaptation rates from genomic data, eco-evolutionary modeling, and constraints on adaptation. He is also deeply interested in how students learn evolutionary concepts and the creation of inclusive classrooms. He has published his research in journals such as Human Genetics and Nature Ecology & Evolution. Previously, he was an NIH Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. He earned his PhD at the University of California, San Francisco and instructed ecology courses at San Jose State University.