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School of Arts and Sciences

Named Professorships

Department of Art and Art History

Christina MaranciChristina Maranci is the Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Professor of Armenian Art and Architectural History and department chair, Department of Art and Art History. Her expertise is in Armenian and Byzantine art and architecture. She is the author three previous monographs and more than 70 essays, articles, and reviews, including the books The Art of Armenia: An Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2018), Vigilant Powers: Three Churches of Early Medieval Armenia (Brepols, 2015), A Survival Guide for Art History Students (Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2004), and Medieval Armenian Architecture: Constructions of Race and Nation (Peeters, 2001). In 2016 she received the Dr. Sona Aronian Book Prize for Excellence in Armenian Studies from the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University.

Malcolm TurveyMalcolm Turvey is the Sol Gittleman Professor, Department of Art and Art History and the director of the Film and Media Studies program. 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 Ph.D. in cinema studies from New York University.

Department of Biology

Michael LevinMichael 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 Ph.D. in genetics from Harvard University and did post-doctoral training in molecular embryology at Harvard Medical School.

Sergei MirkinSergei 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 Ph.D. in molecular biology from the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Barry TrimmerBarry 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 Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. in neurobiology from the University of Cambridge in England.

Department of Chemistry

Krishna KumarKrishna 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 Ph.D. in chemistry from Brown University.

Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development

Richard LernerRichard Lerner is the Bergstrom Professor of 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 Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the City University of New York.

Department of Classics

Gregory CraneGregory Crane is the Winnick Family Chair in Technology and Entrepreneurship, Department of Classics, 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 Ph.D. in classical philology.

Department of Economics

Yannis M. IoannidesYannis 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 Ph.D. in engineering-economic systems and economics from Stanford University.

Gilbert MetcalfGilbert 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 Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

Enrico SpolaoreEnrico 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 Ph.D. in political economy from the University of Siena and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

Department of English

Elizabeth AmmonsElizabeth 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 Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.

Lee EdelmanLee 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 Ph.D. from Yale University.

Jonathan WilsonJonathan Wilson is the Fletcher Professor of Rhetoric and Debate, Department of English. His research interests include fiction writing and contemporary Jewish literature. Wilson is the author of many works of fiction including A Palestine Affair (Pantheon, 2003), An Ambulance is on the Way: Stories of Men in Trouble (Pantheon, 2004), The Hiding Room (Viking, 1995), and Schoom (Penguin, 1995) as well criticism including Herzog: The Limits of Ideas (Twayne Masterwork Studies, 1990) and On Bellow’s Planet: Readings from the Dark Side (Farleigh Dickinson, 1985). His stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, New York Times Book Review, Boston Globe, and elsewhere. He was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in 2007 and 2004, a Finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award in 2004, and he received the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Fiction 1994-1995. He earned a Ph.D. in English from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. 

Department of International Literary and Cultural Studies

Susan NapierSusan 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 Ph.D. in East Asian languages and civilizations from Harvard University.

Joel RosenbergJoel 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 Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Department of History

Virginia DrachmanVirginia 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 Ph.D. in history from the State University of New York at Buffalo

Ina Baghdiantz-McCabbeIna Baghdiantz-McCabe is the Hagop and Miriam Darakjian and Boghos and Nazley Jafarian and Son Haig 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 Ph.D. in history from Columbia University.

Leila FawazLeila 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 Ph.D. in history from Harvard University.

Ayesha JalalAyesha 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 Ph.D. in history from the University of Cambridge.

James RiceJames 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 Ph.D. in early American history from the University of Maryland.

Hugh RobertsHugh 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 Ph.D. from Oxford University.

Department of Mathematics

Misha KilmerMisha Kilmer is the William Walker Professor of Mathematics and Chair of the Department, 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 Ph.D. thesis examiner, on program committees for several international research conferences, and on award committees for international awards. She received her Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Todd QuintoTodd 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 Ph.D. in mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Department of Music

Joseph AunerJoseph Auner is the Austin Fletcher Professor of Music, Department of Music. He is also the Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts and Sciences. 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 Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Department of Philosophy

Daniel DennettDaniel 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.

Department of Political Science

Jeffrey M. BerryJeffrey 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 Ph.D. in political science from Johns Hopkins University.

Brian SchaffnerBrian 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 Ph.D. in political science from Indiana University.

Vickie SullivanVickie 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 Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago.

Department of Psychology

Robin KanerekRobin Kanarek is the John Wade Professor, Department of Psychology. From 2002 to 2006 she served as the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Her primary research interests are in the area of nutrition and behavior. She has conducted research investigating the effects of nutritional variables on the development of obesity and diabetes, the psychological and behavioral factors influencing diet selection in experimental animals and humans, the role of nutrients in determining the consequences of psychoactive drugs, and the importance of nutrients for cognitive behavior in children and adults. Kanarek is the author of more than 100 books, book chapters, and articles, and has presented the results of her research at numerous international and national conferences. She is a member of the editorial boards of Physiology and BehaviorNutritional Neuroscience, and the Tufts Diet and Nutrition Newsletter and is past editor-in-chief of Nutrition and Behavior.  Kanarek has served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Committee on Military Nutrition Research, and on review committees for the National Institutes of Health, United States Department of Agriculture, and National Science Foundation. She earned her Ph.D. from Rutgers University.

Klaus MiczekKlaus 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 Ph.D. in biopsychology from the University of Chicago.

Department of Religion

Brian HatcherBrian 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 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 Ph.D. in religion from Harvard University.

Department of Romance Studies

Jose Antonio MazzottiJose 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 Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Alexander VilenkinAlexander 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 Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

Heather NathansHeather Nathans is the Alice and Nathan 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 Ph.D. in theatre and performance studies from Tufts University.

Laurence SenelickLaurence Senelick is the Fletcher Professor of Oratory, Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. His expertise is in Russian theatre and drama, history of popular entertainment, gender and performance, visual studies, history of directing, and classical theory. Senelick is the author and editor of more than twenty-five books including The Soviet Theatre: A Documentary History (Yale University Press, 2014) and Stanislavsky: A Life in Letters (Routledge, 2014). He is a former Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the Institute for Advanced Studies in Berlin. In 2011, he was named Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning

Sheldon KrimskySheldon Krimsky is the Lenore Stern Professor of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. His current research focuses on the role of science in public policy, environmental policy, social theories of risk, biotechnology, and chemicals in the environment. He has served on the national Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee of NIH, chaired the Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility of AAAS, is an Elected Fellow of the AAAS, and has been a consultant to the Office of Technology Assessment, U.S. Congress. He is on the Board of Directors of the Council for Responsible Genetics, serves on the editorial board of seven journals, and has published numerous essays on regulation and the social and ethical aspects of science and technology. He is the author of Genetic Alchemy: The Social History of the Recombinant DNA Controversy (The MIT Press, 1982), Biotechnics and Society: The Rise of Industrial Genetics (Praeger Publishing Company, 1991), Hormonal Chaos (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000), and Science in the Private Interest (Rowman-Littlefield Publishing, 2003). He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in philosophy at Boston University.

Named Junior Professors

Department of Anthropology

Sarah LunaSarah 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 is currently working on her book, Selling Sex and Finding Jesus: Love and Obligation on the Mexican Border, and 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 M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, both in anthropology.

Department of Biology

Ben WolfeBenjamin Wolfe is the Eileen Fox Aptman, J90, and Lowell Aptman Assistant Professor, Department of Biology. Before coming to Tufts in 2014 he was a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University. Using fermented foods, such as yogurt, beer, coffee, and other synthetic microbial communities, his lab studies the evolution and ecology of microbiomes. His research links ecological and evolutionary patterns in microbial communities with the molecular mechanisms that generate these patterns. He earned his Ph.D. in organismic and evolutionary biology from Harvard University. 

Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development

Sasha FlearySasha Fleary is the Evans Family Assistant Professor, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development. Her research interests widely defined are promoting and increasing preventive health and healthy lifestyle choices in health disparate and underserved families as well as adolescents. Her specialized interests are in prevention and treatment of obesity, improving cardiovascular health, improving health literacy, and promoting proper diet/nutrition and physical activity in families and adolescents. She is also interested in the prevention of adolescent health risk behaviors and adolescents’ decision making regarding health risk behaviors. Fleary is the founder and director of the Child Equity Research Lab at Tufts. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Texas A&M University. 

Department of Community Health

Madina AgenorMadina Agénor is the Gerald R. Gill Assistant Professor of Race, Culture, and Society, Department of Community Health. Agénor’s research investigates and addresses intersectional inequities in sexual and reproductive health as well as cancer screening and prevention among U.S. adolescents and young adults in relation to sexual orientation, gender identity, and race/ethnicity. She received her M.P.H. from Columbia University and her Sc.D. in social and behavioral sciences from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health where she was also a postdoctoral fellow and assistant professor.

Department of Economics

Elizabeth SetrenElizabeth 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 Ph.D. in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Kyle EmerickKyle Emerick is the James L. Paddock Assistant Professor of International Economics, Department of Economics. His research is in development economics — with a particular focus on the economics of agricultural development. His work has included studies on the effects of risk-reducing technologies on the decisions of poor farmers in rural India, the efficiency of informal seed exchanges between Indian farmers, and the effects of more secure property rights on labor reallocation in Mexico. His studies rely on both field experiments and observational data. He has published in the Journal of Development Economics and the American Economics Review, among others. Emerick received his Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics from University of California, Berkeley.

Department of Music

Melinda LatourMelinda 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 Ph.D. in musicology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Mellon Bridge Professors

Alexandra Chreiteh (Shraytekh) is a Mellon Bridge Assistant Professor, Arabic, International Literary and Visual Studies, International Literary and Cultural Studies. Her articles and book chapters cover issues of magical realism, political aesthetics, and Arab-Jewish relations in both literature and film. She is also the author of two novels, Ali and his Russian Mother and Always Coca-Cola. A short story is forthcoming in an anthology of works by Arab women writers, while her third novel is forthcoming in 2019. Chreiteh has organized and spoken on a large number of national and international conference panels and symposia. She received her Ph.D. in comparative literature from Yale University.

Elana Jefferson-TatumElana Jefferson-Tatum is a Mellon Bridge Assistant Professor, Department of Religion and the Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora. Her areas of expertise include African and African diaspora religions; race, religion, and colonialism; and theories and methods in the study of religion. Her research investigates problems of translation and interpretation in the study of African religious cultures with attention to theories and methods in the study of religion that participate in colonialist constructions of African and Africana sacred worlds as religiously other. She received her Ph.D. in religion from Emory University.

Kareem KhubchandaniKareem Khubchandani is a Mellon Bridge Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies and Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. His research, performance, and teaching interests include dance studies, queer nightlife, South Asian diaspora, global queer politics, performance ethnography, critical race studies, and drag. Khubchandani has published in Scholar and Feminist Online, Transgender Studies Quarterly, Journal of Asian American Studies, The Velvet Light Trap, Theater Topics, Theatre Journal, The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Queer Dance. His book Ishtyle: Accenting Gay Indian Nightlife is under contract with University of Michigan Press’ Triangulation Series. He’s also working on co-editing a volume on queer nightlife. He received his Ph.D. in performance studies from Northwestern University.

Riccardo StrobinoRiccardo Strobino is a Mellon Bridge Assistant Professor, Department of Classics and Department of Philosophy. Strobino’s research concentrates on two areas: medieval philosophy in the Latin West and Arabic philosophy, both in connection with their ancient Greek philosophical background. His book Avicenna’s Book of Demonstration: Logic, Metaphysics, Epistemology, is under contract with the University of California Press.  He is also the editor on a collection of essays on the logic and metaphysics of relations in medieval thought which will be submitted for publication in 2019. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy.