Hailing from a wide variety of disciplines and backgrounds, 53 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 brain science and data science to Africana studies, epidemiology and engineering, 53 new professors and lecturers will join the Brown University faculty in the 2018-19 academic year.

“Faculty are central to Brown’s core educational mission,” said Brown University Provost Richard M. Locke. “They are responsible for engaging in research and discovery across disciplines, finding solutions to pressing societal issues, and for designing innovative approaches to teaching and learning that prepare students to make a difference in the world. I’m enthusiastic about the exceptional scholars who are joining the Brown community this year and look forward to supporting their work in classrooms, laboratories and in the community.”

VIDEO: Brown welcomes 53 new faculty members (by Stephen Crocker)

The new professors, associate professors, assistant professors, lecturers and research and teaching faculty members will serve in a wide variety of academic departments. The full listing, with links for more information about each faculty member, follows below:

Humanities and Social Sciences

Aliyyah Abdur-Rahman

Associate Professor of American Studies and English

Lisa Biggs

Assistant Professor of Africana Studies

Kelly Dobson

Assistant Professor of Modern Culture and Media

Jae Hee Han

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Laird Hunt

Professor of Literary Arts

Liwei Jiao

Lecturer in East Asian Studies

Leila Lehnen

Associate Professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies

Susanna Loeb

Professor of Education and International and Public Affairs

Kevin Quashie

Professor of English

Dixa Ramirez

Assistant Professor of American Studies and English

Emily Rauscher

Assistant Professor of Sociology

RaMell Ross

Assistant Professor of Visual Art (effective January 2019)

Mark Seto

Director of the Brown University Orchestra and Senior Lecturer in Music

Mark Steinbach

Senior Lecturer of Music

Lulei Su

Lecturer in East Asian Studies

Neil Thakral

Assistant Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs

Life and Physical Sciences

Stephen Bach

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Yuri Bazilevs

E. Paul Sorensen Professor of Engineering

Alexander Evans

Assistant Professor of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences

Roman Feiman

Assistant Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences

Andrey Gromov

Assistant Professor of Physics (effective January 2019)

Jia Li

Assistant Professor of Physics (effective January 2019)

Charles Morton

Lecturer in Chemistry

Tim Nelson

Assistant Professor of Computer Science (Research)

Ellie Pavlick

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Vikas Srivastava

Assistant Professor of Engineering

Kory Stiffler

Assistant Professor of Physics (Research)

Eric Victor

Lecturer in Chemistry

Samuel Watson

Lecturer in the Data Science Initiative

Biology and Medicine

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

Marco De Cecco

Instructor in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry (Research)

Carsten Eickhoff

Assistant Professor of Medical Science

Iuliana Ene

Assistant Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology (Research)

Alexander Fleischmann

Provost's Associate Professor of Brain Science, Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Hamish Fraser

Associate Professor of Medical Science

Emilia Huerta-Sanchez

Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Blanche Ip

Assistant Professor of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology and Biotechnology (Research)

Stephanie Jones

Associate Professor of Neuroscience

George Lisi

Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry

Matthew Nassar

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience (effective January 2019)

Kathaleen O'Connor-Giles

Provost's Associate Professor of Brain Science, Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Brandon Ogbunugafor

Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Nathalie Oulhen

Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry (Research)

Rachel Soemedi

Instructor in Medical Science (Research)

Daniel Spade

Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Public Health

Jasjit Ahluwalia

Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Professor of Medicine

Angela Bengtson

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (effective January 2019)

Nina Joyce

Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice

Whitney Mills

Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice (Research)

Patience Moyo

Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice

Jennifer Nazareno

Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Jennifer Pellowski

Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Maricruz Rivera-Hernandez

Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice

Ian Saldanha

Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice