Five receive tenure

The recommendations for appointment with indefinite tenure of five faculty members were approved at the February board of trustees meeting. The appointments are effective in September.

Kenneth Brashier, a member of the faculty since 1998, will become associate professor of religion and humanities. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, St. John’s College, his M.A. from Harvard University, his B.A from the University of Oxford, Wadham College, and a B.A in journalism from the University of Missouri–Columbia. Brashier is primarily responsible for the Chinese component of the religion department. He is the chair of the Humanities 230 program, “Foundations of Chinese Civilization,” and has served as a member of the fellowship and awards committee as well as numerous faculty search committees. Brashier also served as secretary and president of Reed’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter.

Michael Foat ’86 will become associate professor of religion and humanities. A member of the faculty since 1996, Foat received his Ph.D. from Brown University, his M.T.S. from the Harvard Divinity School, and his B.A. from Reed. Foat, a historian of the Eastern Christian churches, specializes in the history of the Christianities of late antiquity and the modes of ascetic life in the late antique Coptic, Syriac, and Greek-speaking Christian communities. He has served as a member of Reed committees that oversee the judicial board, Reed Union, and Renn Fayre, among others. He was also the 1995–96 dissertation fellowship recipient from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Foat has edited, translated, and published Coptic religious texts and has a book forthcoming on a fifth-century Egyptian ascetic.

Katja Garloff, a member of the Reed faculty since 1997, will become associate professor of German and humanities. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and her Magister from the University of Hamburg. Garloff specializes in German Jewish culture and teaches German literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, literary and cultural theory, and film. She has just completed a new book, Words from Abroad: Trauma and Displacement in Postwar German Jewish Writers.

Jan Mieszkowski will become associate professor of German and humanities. He has been a member of the Reed faculty since 1997. Mieszkowski received his Ph.D. and M.A. from John Hopkins University, and his B.A. from Yale University. His primary interests include eighteenth- and nineteenth-century German literature, literary and critical theory, and the connections between aesthetics and classical political economy. He received an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral fellowship in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania for the academic year 1999–2000; during that time Mieszkowski completed his book manuscript, Ideology and Interest: Poetry and Political Economy from Kleist to Althusser.

Marc Schneiberg, a member of the Reed faculty since 2000, has become associate professor of sociology. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. from the Uni-versity of Wisconsin-Madison, and his B.A. from Haverford College. Schneiberg’s areas of teaching and research interest include organizations, economic sociology, and institutional analysis. He continues his work on associations, regulation, public enterprise, and cooperatives in insurance and electricity markets, having recently published article manuscripts in the American Journal of Sociology, Sociological Perspectives, and Research in the Sociology of Organizations. He is currently working with two history and social science majors on a multi-industry study of cooperative alternatives to for-profit corporations in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American economy.

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Reed Magazine February 2003
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