Faculty

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Ichiro Takayoshi

Associate Professor
English
Modern Literature (American, British), Modern Intellectual History (American, British), Aesthetics, Literary Theory
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Cigdem Talgar

Vice Provost for Education
Provost's Office
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Jeffrey Taliaferro

Professor
Political Science
International Relations, Security Studies, International Relations Theories
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Joanna Tam

Lecturer
School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts
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Cheryl Tano

Lecturer
Romance Studies
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Abiy Tasissa

Assistant Professor
Mathematics
Matrix completion, compressive sensing, distance geometry
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Holly Taylor

Professor
Psychology
Spatial Cognition, Language, Memory
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Rosemary CR Taylor

Associate Professor
Sociology
The response of societies and their governments to cross-border health threats; social theory and the development of sociological approaches to political problems: eg. the 'new institutionalism' in sociology and political science; the impact of cultural frameworks and social institutions on population health; the comparative historical study of epidemics; the generation and international transfer of scientific knowledge; risk regulation in the face of scientific uncertainty and globalization.
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Montserrat Teixidor I Bigas

Professor
Mathematics
To each point on a curve, one can often associate in a natural way a line or plane (or higher dimensional linear variety) that moves with the point in the curve. This set of linear spaces is called a vector bundle. Vector bundles appear in a variety of questions in Physics (like the computation of Gromov-Witten invariants) . Moreover, they provide new insights into old mathematical problems and have been used to give beautiful proofs to long standing conjectures as well as striking counterexamples to some others.
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Robert Terrell

Lecturer
Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning
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Kimberly Theidon

Associate Professor
The Fletcher School
Latin American Studies, with an emphasis on the Andean Region Critical theory applied to medicine, psychology and anthropology Gender studies Domestic, structural and political violence Human rights and international humanitarian law Truth commissions, transitional justice and reconciliation The politics of post-war reparations Comparative peace processes Disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programs for ex-combatants US counter-narcotics policy
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Ayanna Thomas

Professor and Dean of Research for Arts and Sciences
The School of Arts and Sciences
Memory and Aging
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Faye Thomas

Lecturer
School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts
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Greg Thomas

Associate Professor
English
American Literatures in English; African, African-American & African Diaspora Studies; Colonial & Post-Colonial Discourse/ Race & Empire/ Black Radical Traditions; Cultural Studies; Body Politics / Gender & Sexuality Studies; Philosophy and Critical Theory
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Samuel Thomas

Professor and Dean of Academic Affairs
The School of Arts and Sciences
Organic Materials Chemistry Our group applies the philosophy of physical organic chemistry to organic materials, in the forms of polymers, crystals and surfaces. Specifically, we investigate new materials that show macroscopic changes in properties upon exposure to external stimuli. Our main focus has been new materials that respond to light, which has a unique combination of characteristics: i) easy control over where light goes and when it goes there (spatiotemporal control), ii) easy control over intensity and energy, and iii) the ability to pass through many solid materials that traditional chemical reagents cannot. Our research has focused in three separate areas. 1. Photochemical control of charge. As interactions between charges dictate much of molecular behavior, controlling charge can yield control over matter. We have developed a series of materials in which light switches the charge-based interactions between polymer chains from attractive. By combining this top-down fabrication approach of with the bottom-up fabrication method of layer-by-layer assembly, we have developed thin films in which photochemical lability is confined to individual nanoscale compartments, yielding photo-delaminated free-standing films and multi-height photolithography. 2. Using functional side chains to control conjugated materials. Conjugated materials hold great promise for applications including solar cells and displays. We have focused on expanding the role of the side-chains of these materials, which occupy up to half of their mass but are typically reserved only for solubility. Early work in our group focused on integrating photolabile side chains for negative conjugated photoresists. This has evolved to using the non-covalent interactions of aromatic side-chains for controlling interactions between molecules, and therefore their material properties, including the use of mechanical force to control luminescence—mechanofluorochromism. 3. Singlet-oxygen responsive materials. Singlet oxygen (1O2) is a critical reactive oxygen species in photodynamic therapy for cancer as well as in damage to plants upon overexposure to light. Its photochemical production is also chemically amplified through a photochemical reaction, which is the lynchpin of several commercial bioanalytical technologies. Through a combination of fundamental physical organic chemistry and materials chemistry, we have luminescent conjugated polymer nanoparticles as probes for 1O2 in water that shows improved limit of detection over the commercially available luminescent probe for 1O2.
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Sheriden Thomas

Senior Lecturer Emerita
Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies
Performing Physical Comedy - Clown Acting Shakespeare Directing Theatre Careers in Theatre Actor's Mask Work Tai Chi & Qi Gong Tao Te Ching
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Alexandra Thorn

Lecturer
Agriculture, Food and Environment
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Linda Tickle-Degnen

Professor Emerita
Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy, social psychology, culture and health care stigma, health quality of life, social participation, Parkinson's disease and conditions across lifespan that affect nonverbal and verbal communication, evidence-based practice. I study health quality of life and define it as participation in daily life tasks, activities, and roles in a manner that contributes to individual, familial, societal, and global health and well-being. A bio-psycho-social approach is taken with respect to processes and outcomes of health quality of life. I work with researchers and students from different disciplines and countries to conduct research in a creative and collaborative interdisciplinary environment.
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Jonathan Tirrell

Research Associate Professor
Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study & Human Development
I am a developmental scientist and Research Associate Professor at Tufts University in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development. With the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development (IARYD), I study positive youth development (PYD), seeking to understand what goes "right" in the lives of youth, by engaging in researcher-practitioner partnerships with youth-serving organizations around the world (currently Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa, and El Salvador). My research is broadly focused on character development--I am interested in how people become good people. With a focus on person-context relations across development, I also explore how good people shape, and are shaped by, good communities and cultures. Specifically, my work has focused on the potential role of forgiveness as a character strength and civic virtue. This interest has steered me toward working with individuals and organizations interested in peacebuilding and restorative justice, for instance, in Rwanda as well as the Boston area. Lessons learned from this work are timely and important for civil society and human flourishing, perhaps especially in an era of increasingly polarized social and political climates. Forgiveness, restorative justice, and peacebuilding seem to be linked by common threads of empathy, curiosity, generosity, listening, and dialogue, as well as critical thinking, personal responsibility, community action, and civic engagement. Please find my CV in LinkedIn for more information on my professional experiences, research grants, editorial and consulting activities, teaching experience, and publications.
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Roger Tobin

Professor
Physics & Astronomy
Experimental condensed matter physics; physics education My primary physics research is in experimental surface science. In my lab at 574 Boston Ave., my students and I study what happens when foreign atoms and molecules form chemical bonds with metal surfaces. We examine how the interaction between the foreign molecule and the metal modify properties of both of them. In recent years a particular focus has been on how the attachment of the foreign molecule changes the electrical resistivity of the metal substrate. This area of research has relevance to a range of potential applications including catalysis, chemical sensing, and the growth of thin films and nanoparticles on surfaces. A second area of activity is physics education, particularly at the elementary school level. Together with collaborators at a local nonprofit organization and at other universities, I am working to develop and study curriculum materials and professional development strategies for teachers to improve instruction in science in grades 3-5.
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Robert Trant

Lecturer
Education
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Taylor Travassos-Lomba

Lecturer
Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies
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Barry Trimmer

Henry Bromfield Pearson Professor of Natural Science
Biology
Control of locomotion and the neural processes that organize sensory and motor information
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Joanna Troy

Lecturer
Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning
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Loring Tu

Professor
Mathematics
Algebraic geometry, topology, and differential geometry
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Kenneth Turino

Lecturer
Museum Studies
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Sergio Turner

Lecturer
Economics
Microeconomics
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Malcolm Turvey

Sol Gittleman Professor
History of Art and Architecture
film theory, philosophy and aesthetics of film, avant-garde film, film and modernism
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Nil Tuzcu

Lecturer
School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts
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Eric Tytell

Associate Professor
Biology
Biomechanics and Neural Control of Locomotion
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Reed Ueda

Professor
History
Industrial and Urban U.S., Immigration
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Valentina Urbanek

Lecturer
Philosophy
Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy
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Lawrence Uricchio

Youniss Family Assistant Professor of Innovation
Biology
Population genetics, evolution, ecology, computational biology
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Heather Urry

Professor
Psychology
Emotion and Emotion Regulation
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Arthur Utz

Professor and Department Chair of Chemistry
Chemistry
Physical and Surface Chemistry. The Utz group studies how molecules react on surfaces. Reactions at the gas-surface interface are highly dynamical events. Large-scale atomic and vibrational motions transform reactants into products on sub-ps and Å scales. The experiments probe ultrafast nuclear motion and energy flow dynamics that underlie heterogeneous catalysis and chemical vapor deposition. The goal is to to better model existing processes and direct the rational design of new catalytic materials and deposition techniques. The experiments use vibrational- and rotational-state selective laser excitation of molecules in a supersonic molecular beam to provide precise control over the energetics and orientation of the gas-phase reagent as it approaches the surface. Reaction probability and product identity is then quantified as a function of the reagent's energetic configuration. These experiments have shown that the vibrational state of the incident molecule can have a profound effect on reaction probability, and suggest that energy redisribution within the reaction complex is not complete prior to reaction and that the competing kinetics of energy redistribution and reaction might be manipulated to control the outcome of a reaction. This has been subsequently confirmed by exerting bond-elective control over a heterogeneously catalyzed reaction.
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David Valdes

Lecturer
English
Literature (fiction, drama, nonfiction) on the American Queer and BIPOC experience. Active inclusion. Latine theater and performance.
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Thomas Vandervelde

Professor and Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Interaction of light with matter, physics of nanostructures and interfaces, metamaterials, material science, plasmonics, and surfactants, semiconductor photonics and electronics, epitaxial crystal growth, materials and devices for energy and infrared applications.
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Michael VanElzakker

Lecturer
Psychology
Psychopathology Research Methods
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Jill Vantongeren

Associate Professor and Department Chair of Earth and Climate Sciences
Earth and Climate Sciences
Petrology and Mineralogy
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Dylan Vasey

Assistant Professor
Earth and Climate Sciences
Tectonics and Structural Geology