News of the College May 2004

Six faculty members receive tenure

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

Diego AlonsoDiego Alonso, a member of the Reed faculty since 2001, has become associate professor of Spanish and humanities. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he lived several years in France, where he earned a master’s from the University of Paris VII and a DEA from the Sorbonne Nouvelle. His field of study is the Latin American essay. He is working on a book on the rhetoric of the writer and congressman José Enrique Rodó, about whom he has published several articles. Alonso contributed to the anthology Jorge Luis Borges (1899–1986) as Writer and Social Critic. At Reed he has taught courses on the short story, the essay, Argentinean literature, Cuban literature, and cultural studies.

Ariadna García-BryceAriadna García-Bryce, a member of the Reed faculty since 2001, has become associate professor of Spanish and humanities. She earned a Ph.D. from Princeton University and a B.A. from Yale University. García-Bryce has written articles on the lyrical poetry and on the political prose of the seventeenth-century Spanish canonical writer Francisco de Quevedo.She has also written on hermetical works of Pedro Calderón de la Barca. García-Bryce has taught courses on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Peninsular literature and culture, as well as on Spanish and Latin American twentieth-century avant-garde poetry. In addition, she has taught in the Humanities in Perspective program.

David GarrettDavid Garrett, a member of the Reed faculty since 1998, will become associate professor of history and humanities. Garrett earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University,an M.A. from Harvard University, and a B.A. from Yale University. Garrett’s main area of interest and research is the colonial Andes, and particularly indigenous societies. He has published several articles and has just completed a book manuscript on the role of the Inca nobility of Cusco (descendants of the pre-conquest imperial elite)in the colonial order. His next project is on 16th-century Spanish and Peruvian political thought, in particular the role of understandings of “natural law” in the promotion and formulation of plans for the reorganization of indigenous society. At Reed Garrett teaches colonial and modern Latin American history, early modern Spanish history, and Humanities 110 and 210.


Paul GronkePaul Gronke, a member of the Reed faculty since 2001, is an associate professor of political science. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and his B.A. from the University of Chicago. Gronke studies American politics and methodology, specializing in public opinion and Congressional and presidential elections. He is the author of The Electorate, the Campaign, and the Vote (Michigan 2000) as well as numerous scholarly articles in journals and chapters in edited volumes. Gronke has written opinion pieces for a variety of newspapers, including the New York Times, has served as a radio and television commentator, and manages a weekly email list for students of American politics for W.W. Norton.

Alexandra HrycakAlexandra Hrycak, a member of the Reed faculty since 1998, has become associate professor of sociology. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and her B.A. from Rutgers University. Hrycak’s research has focused primarily on investigating the role of women’s voluntary associations in post-Soviet democratization. Her research conducted in Ukraine and in Washington, D.C., in 2001 examined how aid affects women’s groups and why U.S. democracy programs are often ineffective in sustaining civic participation. Her publications include “Post-Soviet Grassroots Women’s Associations: From Mothers’ Rights to Equal Rights” (in Women’s Community Activism and Globalization: Linking the Local and Global for Social Change, ed. Nancy Naples and Manisha K. Desai, Routledge, 2002) and “The Dilemmas of Civic Revival: Ukrainian Women since Independence” (Journal of Ukrainian Studies, Vol. 26, 2003). She has also worked to improve student access to the quantitative and qualitative data analysis software used in introductory sociology.

Rupert Stasch ’91Rupert Stasch ’91, a member of the Reed faculty since 1998, has become associate professor of anthropology. After graduating from Reed, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. His research and teaching focus on Indonesia, the Pacific, signification, and social relations. He will be on leave in 2004-05 to complete a book, Bonds with Others among Korowai of West Papua: Kinship, Mourning, and Festivity in a Dispersed Society, supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship. This book, and articles published in journals such as American Ethnologist and Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, are based on two years of fieldwork he conducted in West Papua between 1992 and 2002.

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