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School of Arts and Sciences

New Arts and Sciences Faculty

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

An impressive group of faculty will join A&S in fall 2018

New faculty 2018

Madina AgenorMadina Agénor, Gerald Gill Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health, comes to Tufts from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health where she received her Sc.D. in social and behavioral sciences and was a post-doctoral fellow and assistant professor. Her research investigates and addresses intersectional inequities in sexual and reproductive health and cancer screening and prevention among U.S. adolescents and young adults in relation to sexual orientation, gender identity, and race/ethnicity.

Nancy BakerNancy Baker, Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, received her Sc.D. in therapeutic studies from Boston University. Most recently, she was an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh. Her work is focused on methods to prevent and treat musculoskeletal disorders at the individual and population levels. She is internationally recognized for her work in arthritis and work disability, particularly as related to office work and computer use.

Maria CastroMaria Isabel Castro, Lecturer in Spanish in the Department of Romance Studies, received her Ph.D. in Hispanic language and literature from Boston University. She has extensive experience teaching the languages and literatures of Spain and Latin America and has taught at Boston College, the College of the Holy Cross, and Tufts.

Tanya CraneTanya Crane, Professor of the Practice of Sculpture and 3D at SMFA at Tufts, received her M.F.A. in metalsmithing and jewelry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Though Crane specializes in non-ferrous metals and jewelry, she works in a range of three-dimensional media. Her work explores themes of black identity, its stereotypes, and its assumptions in the context of western ideologies. Crane was awarded the Society of Arts and Crafts 2017 Artist Award and was part of an exhibition in their Boston gallery.

Eileen CrehanEileen T. Crehan, Assistant Professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, completed her Ph.D. in clinical developmental psychology at the University of Vermont. Before coming to Tufts, she was a post-doctoral fellow and associate clinical director at Rush University Medical Center Department of Psychiatry. Her research studies social perception in young people with autism using eye tracking technology; her additional clinical research focuses on sexuality education for individuals with autism, and other neurodiverse populations.

David Antonio CruzDavid Antonio Cruz, Professor of the Practice of Drawing and Painting at SMFA at Tufts, received his M.F.A. in painting from Yale University School of Art. Cruz's research explores Latino and Black underground queer culture, literature, and historical events, with an emphasis on exploring the cultural silencing of brown and black bodies, through painting, performance, and sculpture. He is a recipient of the 2013 Franklin Furnace Fund Award and the 2011 Urban Artist Initiative Award.

Luke DavisLuke Davis, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He comes to Tufts from a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University. His work is focused on discovering new compounds and fabrication routes which contribute to increased sustainability and greater chemical understanding.

Felipe DiasFelipe Dias, Assistant Professor of Sociology, completed his Ph.D. in sociology at the University of California at Berkeley. Before coming to Tufts, Dias was a post-doctoral scholar at Stanford University. His work uses field experimental methods, spatial analysis, and comparative methods to study racial disparities in employment, the consequences of racial segregation, and the processes of racial boundary formation.

Anjuli FahlbergAnjuli Fahlberg, Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, received her Ph.D. in sociology from Northeastern University. Her work examines social inequality, violence, and social movements in Latin America. Fahlberg has received best paper awards from the Latin American Studies Association and the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and she was awarded the Urban Affairs Association's Alma J. Young Emerging Scholar Award.

Daanika GordonDaanika Gordon, Assistant Professor of Sociology, received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research and teaching interests include race and ethnicity, urban sociology, criminology and law, and mixed methods research. Specifically, she investigates the intersections of race, space, and the law to explain how organizational logics can produce racial inequalities, even in the absence of racial intent. Gordon received the 2017 Bruce D. Johnson Graduate Student Paper Award from the American Sociological Association Section on Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco.

Kerri GreenidgeKerri Greenidge, Lecturer in the Consortium for the Study of Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora, received her Ph.D. in American Studies from Boston University. Her work is focused on African-American history, American political history, and African-American literature from 1850 through the 1910s. Greenidge is the author of Boston's Abolitionists (Commonwealth Editions, 2006). She will serve as the Director of the American Studies program in 2018-19.

Meredith GrinnelMeredith Grinnell, Lecturer in the Department of Occupational Therapy, received her Doctor of Occupational Therapy from Tufts University. Her work is focused on neuro-rehabilitation assessment and intervention for individuals with stroke and other acquired brain injuries.

Shan JiangShan Jiang, Assistant Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, comes to Tufts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she was a postdoctoral associate. She also received her Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from M.I.T. Her work applies a multidisciplinary approach to bridge data science with urban planning. Jiang 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.

Cynthia KinnanCynthia Kinnan, Assistant Professor of Economics, received her Ph.D. in economics from M.I.T. She comes to Tufts from Northwestern University, where she was an assistant professor, and she has previously taught at the Harvard Kennedy School as a visiting assistant professor. Kinnan is a development economist whose work focuses on how households in developing countries use financial products and informal insurance networks.

Sarah LunaSarah Luna will join the Department of Anthropology and the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program as the Kathryn A. McCarthy, J45, AG46, Assistant Professor in Women's Studies. Luna received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Chicago. She comes to Tufts from postdoctoral fellowships at Davidson College and the University of Houston. Her research focuses on the Mexico/U.S. border, migration, sexuality, mission work and sexual labor. She is currently working on her book, Selling Sex and Finding Jesus: Love and Obligation on the Mexican Border.

Magdalena Malinowska, Lecturer in Spanish in the Department of Romance Studies, received her Ph.D. in Hispanic language and literature from Boston University. She was a content writer for two Spanish textbooks and has extensive teaching experience at Tufts, Brandeis, and Boston College.

Lillian MengeshLilian Mengesha, Assistant Professor of Drama and Dance, received her Ph.D. 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 M.I.T's literature section during the 2016-2017 academic year and is the 2016 winner of The Drama Review's best graduate student essay award.

Neda MoridpourNeda Moridpour, Professor of the Practice of Media Arts at SMFA at Tufts, received an M.F.A. in public practice (socially engaged art) from Otis College of Art and Design. Moridpour's research explores women's status, dislocation, and gender identity through visual and performative interventions, lens-based practices, and round-table talks. Her artwork has been exhibited in the United States, Iran, and China. In 2014, she was one of the Women's Caucus for Art International Caucus Honor Roll Awardees, recognizing her work preventing gender-based violence with the activist-artist collective she co-founded, LOUDER THAN WORDS.

Rachelle Mozman SolanoRachelle Mozman Solano, Professor of the Practice of Media Arts at SMFA at Tufts, received her M.F.A. in photography at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Mozman, who is also a clinical psychoanalyst, makes photographs and moving images that simultaneously explore the relationship between documentary and narrative fiction and the ways that culture shapes individuals and environment conditions behavior. She is a Fulbright Fellow and has exhibited her work in many places including the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., the Americans Society in New York City, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

James MurphyJames Murphy, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Maryland, College Park. He comes to Tufts from Johns Hopkins University where he was an assistant research scientist and senior lecturer. Previously, he was a visiting assistant professor at Duke University. Murphy's areas of research include machine learning and data analysis; harmonic analysis and multiresolution computational methods; and image processing with applications in medicine, geoscience, and remote sensing. He is the first in a cluster or hires in data science across AS&E.

Kendall ReissKendall Reiss, Professor of the Practice of Sculpture and 3D at SMFA at Tufts, received an M.F.A. in jewelry and metalsmithing from Rhode Island School of Design. Reiss focuses on two separate yet parallel modes of inquiry: the design and fabrication of contemporary jewelry alongside material experiments, which result in sculptural objects and time-based installations. Her practice is heavily informed by the study of geology. Exhibits of her work include the Clark Gallery, Greenville Center for Creative Arts, Bristol Art Museum, and Haskell Public Gardens.

Noelle RoopNoelle Roop, Lecturer in the Department of Education, received her Ed.D. from Northeastern University and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in School Psychology and M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Roop's work focuses on education and school psychology. She has a decade of experience working as a school psychologist in Boston Public Schools.

Brian SchaffnerBrian Schaffner, Department of Political Science, earned his Ph.D. in political science from Indiana University. Before coming to Tufts, he was a professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Schaffner's work focuses on public opinion, campaigns and elections, political parties, and legislative politics. He is the co-author of Campaign Finance and Political Polarization: When Purists Prevail (University of Michigan, 2015) and Understanding Political Science Research Methods: The Challenge of Inference (Routledge Press, 2013), as well as articles in the premiere journals in the discipline. Schaffner is also the founding director of the UMass Poll.

Elizabeth SetrenElizabeth Setren, Gunner Myrdal Assistant Professor of Economics, received her Ph.D. in economics from MIT. She comes to Tufts after serving as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Setren is a labor economist with special expertise in education. Her research has been published in the Journal of Labor Economics and Economic Policy Review.

Kristin SkrabutKristin Skrabut, Assistant Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, received her Ph.D. in anthropology from Brown University. Before coming to Tufts, she served as a postdoctoral teaching fellow at Harvard University and as a visiting research fellow at the London School of Economics. Her research uses ethnographic methods to investigate poverty, statecraft and intimacy in urban Latin America. She is especially interested in housing, infrastructure, and the emerging politics of biometric identity and surveillance in Peru. She is completing work on her first book entitled Extreme Lives: The Politics of Poverty and Intimacy in Urban Peru.

Adam Smith, Lecturer, Department of Drama and Dance, received his B.A. in English from the University of Maine. Most recently, he has worked as a freelance sound designer/engineer and a staff sound technologist at the DePaul University Theatre School. Smith has extensive experience as a sound engineer and technician, having worked at the Actors Theatre in Louisville, the Jenny Wiley Theatre, and the Ogunquit Playhouse, among others.

Ky TranKy Tran, Norbert Wiener Assistant Professor of Mathematics, received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Wayne State University. Tran was previously a lecturer in mathematics and the head of the division of mathematical analysis at Hue University, Vietnam. His research interests are within stochastic control, stochastic processes, mathematical biology, and numerical algorithms.

Photo credits: Brittany Taylor (Lillian Mengesha)