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The College of Arts and Sciences Welcomes New Faculty in 2017!

Great faculty are the bedrock of great universities.  As faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences, these new colleagues will be the teachers and mentors of tomorrow’s leaders.  As scholars, they will advance creativity and knowledge that inspires our imagination and changes the world’s understanding of nature, humanity, and culture.  As faculty of the College, they will be the future leaders of an educational institution that aspires to be the very best that a public research university can be. Please help welcome these outstanding individuals!
 
Paul Kelton Paul Kelton, Department of History, Professor

Dr. Paul Kelton, inaugural holder of the Robert David Lion Gardiner Chair in American History, joins us from the University of Kansas. A leading scholar of Indigenous North American and Colonial American history, Professor Kelton has made important revisions to our understanding of the biological processes involved in the European takeover of the Americas. His books, Epidemics and Enslavement and Cherokee Medicine, Colonial Germs place local struggles with epidemics within the large-scale context of the social disruption, structural violence, and political upheaval of colonialism. He is continuing his research on Indigenous experiences with European-introduced diseases in projects detailing the contours of Native death and survival during the Seven Years War in North America, the American Revolution, and Indian Removal. Dr. Kelton received his PhD from the University of Oklahoma.
 
 
JHeinzJeffrey Heinz, Dept of Linguistics / Institute for Advanced
Computational Sciences, Professor

Dr. Jeffrey Heinz joins us from the University of Delaware. He investigates the sound structure of human languages from a mathematically informed perspective, developing computational models of phonology that solve problems in language typology and language learnability. His research program operates at the intersection of generative phonology, typology, formal language
theory, and machine learning, and he has applied his ideas to problems outside linguistics such as game theory and robotics.
Professor Heinz was honored by the Linguistic Society of America with its Early Career Award for his contributions leading to a new computational science of inference and learning as applied to language. He received his PhD from the University of California
at Los Angeles.
SKelton Stephanie Kelton, Center for Social Justice, Inequality and Policy, Professor

Dr. Stephanie Kelton joins us from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Her research areas include monetary policy, employment policy, public finance, international finance, and European monetary integration.  A well-known policy expert, she has served as Chief Economist of the US Senate Budget Committee and as Senior Economic Advisor to the presidential campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders. She continues as chair of the Board of Economists for Peace and Security. Professor Kelton was named one of Politico’s “thinkers, doers, and visionaries transforming American politics in 2016.” She is a Research Scholar of the Levy Institute and holds a PhD in Economics from the New School for Social Research.
 
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Eszter Boros, Department of Chemistry, Assistant Professor

Dr. Eszter Boros joins us from Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School where she held postdoctoral fellowships after receiving her PhD from the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on harnessing the rich
structural diversity of metal complexes for the design of new metal-based molecular imaging probes and therapeutics for personalized medicine.

An expert in PET imaging and MRI, Professor Boros plans to utilize synthetic and inorganic chemistry to design new imaging agents for cancer, infectious disease, and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
 


IAPaul Ian Alan Paul, Department of Art,Assistant Professor

Dr. Ian Allan Paul received his PhD in Film and Digital Media Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and has taught at Al-Quds University, the American University in Cairo, the San Francisco Art Institute, and UC San Diego.

His projects include The Guantanamo Bay Museum of Art and History, a fictional museum claiming to be based at the site of the former Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp that exists virtually as a website, as well as in real-world galleries in a series of satellite exhibitions.
 
 
CPercivalChristopher Percival, Department of Anthropology,
Assistant Professor

Dr. Christopher Percival joins us from the University of Calgary, where he held a postdoctoral position after completing his doctoral studies in Biological Anthropology at Pennsylvania State University.
His research focuses on the genetic and developmental bases for craniofacial variation, including dysmorphology associated with human birth defects and normal variation in modern vertebrate
populations, integrating genetic, cellular, and morphological levels of analysis in order to more completely understand the
development of craniofacial morphology across evolutionary history.
KSawyerKatherine Sawyer, Department of Political Science, Assistant Professor

Dr. Katherine Sawyer recently received her PhD in Government and Politics from the
University of Maryland. Her research interests include civil conflict and rebellion,
biopsychological predictors of political violence, and spatial/computational models of conflict.

Professor Sawyer’s dissertation investigates the interplay between genetic and
environmental effects on political behavior in the Basque country of Spain, and she plans to conduct field work in the US on individual and network responses to police violence, as well as experiments designed to assess the conditions under which aggressive responses are triggered by exposure to repressive environments.
 
 
AWallaceAdryan Wallace, Department of Africana Studies
Assistant Professor

Dr. Adryan Wallace received her PhD from Rutgers University and previously held a position as Assistant Professor of Politics, Economics, and International Studies at the University of Hartford. Her research interests include gender, political economy, Islam, and the dynamic interactions of politics and culture on political institutions. Her current book project analyzes the ways that Hausa women in Kano, Nigeria, and Tamale, Ghana, use their non-governmental (NGOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) to challenge the economic roles ascribed to them by the state and to mobilize politically around gender issues.
 PWiczerDavid Wiczer, Department of Economics,Assistant Professor

Dr. David Wiczer has held positions at Washington University and the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of
St. Louis.

He received his PhD from the University of Minnesota and specializes in the macroeconomic implications of labor
markets and occupational choice.

Professor Wiczer’s recent work uses theoretical, empirical, and computational methods to study occupational mobility.
 
 
 
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Braden Brinkman, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior
Assistant Professor

Dr. Braden Brinkman received his PhD in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Using methods of statistical physics, information
theory, and computational and theoretical neuroscience, he models the collective behavior of interacting networks of neurons and the interactions that give rise to these behaviors.

Dr. Brinkman will join the College of Arts and Sciences in spring 2018.
 
 
 
 
 
SChowdrySaikat Chowdhury, Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Assistant Professor

Dr. Saikat Chowdhury will join the College of Arts and Sciences in spring 2018 on a joint appointment with Brookhaven National Laboratory. He did his doctoral work at Pennsylvania State University and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Scripps Research Institute.

Professor Chowdry applies his expertise in molecular cryo-electron microscopy to the investigation of protein structures.
 
 
 
WShenWeisen Shen, Department of Geosciences, Assistant Professor

Dr. Weisen Shen will join the College of Arts and Sciences in spring 2018. He received his PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is currently in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr. Shen’s research focuses on seismic tomography and lithosphere structure, and he has constructed seismic models for the crust and uppermost mantle of the continental US, eastern Asia, South America, and Antarctica at both regional and continental scales.

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