Hailing from a wide variety of disciplines and backgrounds, 40 new faculty members join the Brown community this year to guide student-centered learning and engage in high-impact research.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — With research and teaching expertise in fields ranging from the ecology of the African savanna to the intersection of moral philosophy and literary theory, 40 new professors and lecturers will join the Brown University faculty in the 2017-18 academic year.

"We are excited to welcome our new faculty members to the Brown community," said Dean of the Faculty Kevin McLaughlin. "They represent a diverse group of academics who are engaged in innovative research and scholarship that furthers Brown’s commitment to academic excellence and creates a vibrant learning environment for our students."

In all, the new professors, associate professors, assistant professors, lecturers and research and teaching faculty members will serve in more than 20 departments. The full listing, with links for more information about each faculty member, follows below:

Name

Department

Title

Humanities and Social Sciences

Shahzad Bashir 

Religious Studies

Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Humanities

 

Juliet Hooker

Political Science

Professor

Rafael La Porta

Economics

Robert J. and Nancy D. Carney University Professor of Economics

Eleni Sikelianos

LIterary Arts Professor

 

Peter Szendy

Comparative LIterature

David Herlihy University Professor of Humanities and Comparative Literature

 

Melvin Rogers

Political Science

Associate Professor

 

David Skarbek

Political Science

Associate Professor

 

Sasha-Mae Eccleston

Classics

Assistant Professor

 

Kevin Escudero

American Studies

Assistant Professor

 

Leon Hilton

Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

Assistant Professor

Jasmine Johnson

Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

Assistant Professor

Brian Lander

History / Institute at Brown for Environment and Society

Assistant Professor

Laura Lopez-Sanders

Sociology

Assistant Professor

Sawako Nakayasu

Literary Arts

Assistant Professor

Bobak Pakzad-Hurson

Economics

Assistant Professor

Holly Shaffer

History of Art and Architecture

Assistant Professor

Bryce Steinberg

Economics / Watson

Stephen Robert Assistant Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs

Paul Testa

Political Science

Assistant Professor

Alla Hassan

Language Studies

Lecturer

 

Biology and Medicine

Also see a complete list of new Biology and Medicine faculty, including clinical appointments.

Jonathan Kurtis

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Stanley M. Aronson Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Department Chair

Tyler Kartzinel

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Assistant Professor

Toni-Marie Achilli

Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology and Biotechnology

Lecturer

Amy Chew

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Lecturer

Rebecca Kartzinel

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Assistant Professor (Research)

Life and Physical Sciences

Sylvester James Gates

Physics

Ford Foundation Professor of Physics

Theo Benson

Computer Science

Assistant Professor

Daniel Harris

Engineering

Assistant Professor

Kathryn Mann

Mathematics

Assistant Professor

Kemp Plumb

Physics

Assistant Professor

Daniel Ritchie

Computer Science

Assistant Professor

Kathryn Fisler

Computer Science

Professor (Research)

Public Health

Bess Marcus

School of Public Health

Dean of the School of Public Health, Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Emmanuelle Belanger

Health Services, Policy and Practice Assistant Professor

Stavroula Chyrsanthopoulou

Biostatistics Assistant Professor

Lorin Crawford

Biostatistics Assistant Professor

 

Eric Jutkowitz

Health Services, Policy and Practice Assistant Professor

 

Matthew Meisel

Behavioral and Social Sciences

Assistant Professor

 

Jon Steingrimsson

Biostatistics

Assistant Professor

Andrew Zullo

Health Services, Policy and Practice

Assistant Professor

Hector Lopez-Vergara

Behavioral and Social Sciences Assistant Professor (Research)