Reed College is pleased to welcome 19 new and visiting faculty members, including three alumni.
Rebecca LaLonde ’01 returns to campus as an assistant professor of chemistry. After earning her BA in chemistry at Reed, she obtained a MS in chemistry from Stanford and a PhD in chemistry from UC Berkeley. She has worked as an associate scientist at Dow Chemical and as a research associate in medicinal chemistry at Genetech.
Another Reedie returning to the fold is Nicholas Wilson ’99, who has been hired as an assistant professor of economics. He has been a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, and assistant professor of economics at Williams. He holds a PhD and MA in economics from Brown, an MPA in international development from Harvard, and a BA in economics from Reed. His fields of interest include development economics, health economics, and the economics of HIV/AIDS.
Angélica Osorno comes to Reed as assistant professor of mathematics. Her area of interest is algebraic topology. She holds a PhD in mathematics from MIT and comes to us from the University of Chicago.
Assistant professor of economics Yan Lau comes to Reed from Princeton, where he earned both a PhD and an MA in economics. He holds a BA in economics from Cornell, and his fields of interest include labor economics, economics of education, and applied microeconomics.
Sameer ud Dowla Khan has been hired as an assistant professor in linguistics. He holds a PhD, an MA, and a BA in linguistics from UCLA. He has taught previously at Brown, UCLA, Cornell, and Pitzer. He taught at Reed last year as a visiting professor.
Zirwat Chowdhury has been hired as a visiting assistant professor of art history and humanities. She received a PhD and an MA in art history from Northwestern and a BA in art history and economics from Hollins University.
Virginia M. Closs has been hired as a visiting assistant professor of classics and humanities. She holds a PhD in classical studies from the University of Pennsylvania, a masters in philosophy from Cambridge, and a BA in classics from Stanford.
Rebecca Doran has been hired as a visiting professor of Chinese and humanities. She comes to Reed from McGill University, where she lectured in Eastern Asian Studies, having received her PhD in East Asian languages and civilizations (pre-modern China); an AM in classical Chinese literature; and an AB in Asian studies, all from Harvard.
Visiting professor David Draper joins the chemistry department for the spring 2014 semester. He is the Vernon Krieble Professor of Chemistry at Johns Hopkins, chaired that department from 1994-98, and has contributed to a prodigious list of publications. Draper completed his graduate work in chemistry and molecular biology at the University of Oregon; and did undergraduate work in biochemistry at UC Berkeley and the University of Sussex.
Visiting assistant professor of statistics Albert Kim comes to Reed from Google, where he was a quantitative analyst. He was a pre-doctoral instructor in statistics at the University of Washington where he received his PhD and holds a BS from McGill University.
Visiting professor of religion and humanities Stephan Kory was a full-time visiting lecturer at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. He holds a PhD in East Asian languages and cultures from Indiana University; an MA in Chinese language and literature from the University of Colorado; and a BA in East Asian studies from Washington and Lee University.
Katherine McKinney-Bock, visiting professor of linguistics, received her PhD from the University of Southern California, and holds a BHA in music performance and Hispanic studies from Carnegie Mellon. In 2012, she received a National Science Foundation Award to research morphological investigations in Formosan languages.
Katherine Miller ’01 returns to Reed as a visiting professor in anthropology. She holds both a PhD and an MA in anthropology from UC San Diego, and her research interests include Islam, international development, Isma’ilism, transnational religious communities, and Pakistan. Her senior thesis at Reed was titled “Speaking of Development: Discourse, Development and Community-Building in the Hunza Valley, North Pakistan.”
Visiting assistant professor of French Jonathan Repinecz holds a PhD in French from UC Berkeley and comes to Reed as a visiting assistant professor of French. He received his BA in French from Washington University in St. Louis and was a Fulbright Fellow at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. In addition to his interest in French and Francophone literatures and cultures, his research and teaching interests include modern African literatures and cultures.
Visiting associate professor of biology Todd Schlenke comes to Reed from the biology department at Emory University. He has a PhD in zoology from the University of Texas. He has completed postdoctoral fellowships at Cornell in molecular biology and genetics and in population biology at UC Davis.
Jessica Seldman is a visiting assistant professor of classics and humanities. She received a PhD in classical languages and literatures from the University of Chicago, where she also earned her MA. With a special interest in Roman poetry of the Late Republic/Early Empire, she received her BA in classics from Brown.
Dominique Somda, visiting assistant professor of anthropology, comes from the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris where she has been a research fellow. She holds both an MS and a PhD in ethnology and comparative sociology from the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre. In 2011-12 she was a visiting assistant professor at the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
Visiting assistant professor of music Suzanne Wint comes from the University of Chicago, where she holds a PhD in ethnomusicology and an MA in historical musicology. She received a BS in chemistry from Carnegie Mellon and also studied at UC Berkeley and the University of Göttingen.
Lal Zimman comes to Reed as a visiting assistant professor of linguistics with a PhD in linguistics from the University of Colorado, where he was also affiliated with programs in Culture, Language and Social Practice and women’s and gender studies. He has lectured at the linguistics department at Stanford and holds an MA in English and a BA in philosophy, both from San Francisco State University.
We welcome all our new professors to campus.