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faculty profile photo Shivani Ahuja, Visiting Associate Professor of Chemistry

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Chemistry Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

I am interested in studying how small molecules and ligands are ferried across our cell membrane with the aid of proteins known as transporters — a type of phenomena which mediates many critical biological processes in the human body. This field lies at the intersection of chemistry, biology and physics, with immense scope for interdisciplinary research. Prior to Reed, I obtained my PhD in Physics from Stony Brook University in 2009 where I used NMR spectroscopy to study how the proteins in our eyes respond to light photons and kick-start the signaling pathway to the brain that allows us to “see” in the dark. Thereafter, my postdoctoral stints at both University of Michigan and Oregon Health & Science University were focused on using biophysical techniques to study various biologically critical membrane proteins. I have also spent time as a postdoctoral fellow at Genentech, where I got experience working in a setting where fundamental scientific research gets directly translated into a real-life improvement for the public, in this case, developing better drugs to treat various diseases & medical conditions. During my first year at Reed I will be teaching a general chemistry course (Chem102) as well as Chem333 (Quantum Mechanics and Molecular Structure) and Chem316 (Physical Chemistry Laboratory). In my time away from the classroom and labs, I enjoy crafting, cooking, camping, and going for long bike rides with my husband and our five-year-old daughter. 

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faculty profile photo Tom Allen, Visiting Assistant Professor of Statistics

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Mathematics Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Tom Allen’s research interests are the observational study of the astrophysics of young stars and their environments. Tom's educational interests are in the  development of laboratory exercises for STEM subjects.  Tom has an B.S. in applied mathematics from the University of Rochester and a Ph.D. in physics and astronomy from the University of Toledo.

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faculty profile photo Diego Alonso, Professor of Spanish and Humanities

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Spanish Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Born in Buenos Aires, Diego Alonso obtained his DEA from the University of Paris III in 1989 and his PhD from Princeton University in 1998. His research has focused on the relationship among aesthetics, rhetoric, and politics, as reflected in a corpus of essay writers (Martí, Rodó, Vasconcelos, Lugones, Mariátegui, Ortiz, Pedreira, among others) in the context of nineteenth- and twentieth-century modernization processes in Latin America. Related to this subject, he published José Enrique Rodó: una retórica para la democracia (Editorial Trilce, 2009). His other line of research involves hermeneutical analysis of contemporary Argentinean and Uruguayan fiction (Borges, Walsh, Onetti, Piglia). In this domain, he has published in prestigious academic journals (Variaciones Borges, Iberoamericana, Latin American Literary Review, Catálogos) and is currently working on a book, Fiction and Truth: Hermeneutical Approaches to History and Memory in Borges and Walsh. Alonso is a board member of LALISA, an association devoted to promoting Latin American, Latino, and Iberian studies in the Pacific Northwest.

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faculty profile photo Kristen G. Anderson, Professor of Psychology

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Psychology Department
Division of Philosophy, Religion, Psychology, and Linguistics

Kristen G. Anderson, Ph.D. is the Principal Investigator of the Adolescent Health and Women’s Health Research Programs and a Professor of Psychology at Reed College. Her area of expertise is the developmental psychopathology of addictive behaviors from late childhood through emerging adulthood. Dr. Anderson has specialized in youth alcohol and drug use decision-making in social contexts, longitudinal modeling of process-oriented data, and the integration of personality and social-cognitive models of substance use initiation and maintenance. Dr. Anderson has published extensively and has received research funding from the National Institutes of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the ABMRF: The Alcohol Research Foundation. In 2013-2014, she was as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Amsterdam. Dr. Anderson was also the principal investigator of the Portland site of Project Options, a national, multisite field trial of a school-based alcohol and drug prevention program funded by NIAAA. A licensed psychologist, Dr. Anderson received her Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky and completed her postdoctoral training at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Prior to joining the faculty at Reed, she was a research scientist and clinical faculty member in the UCSD Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry. Dr. Anderson attended Simon’s Rock College and Drew University as an undergraduate and also holds a M.Ed. in Special Education from American International College. For more information, please see her websites listed below.

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faculty profile photo Derek A. Applewhite, Associate Professor of Biology

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Biology Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

I am happy to have joined the community here at Reed College in 2014. I received my B.S. from the University of Michigan in 2002, and my Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology, from Northwestern University in 2007. As a Cell Biologist I subscribe to the mantra "seeing is believing," and microscopy and cell imaging techniques have revolutionized the field, allowing us to observe phenomena at a level of detail previously unimaginable to scientists just a few decades ago. I strive to incorporate imaging and microscopy into the classes I teach as well as in my own research. The courses I currently teach include Biology 101 which is an introductory Biology course, as well as Cell Biology (Bio 372) and a primary literature-based Seminar course focused on Cytoskeletal Dynamics (Bio 431), which is my particular field of expertise. The Cytoskeleton is a network of filaments found within cells that regulate cell shape (morphology) and how cells move (cell motility). Our understanding of how the Cytoskeleton is regulated is fundamental to our knowledge of how immune cells combat pathogens, neurons make connections in our brains, or how cancer cells migrate during metastases. My lab uses the humble fruit-fly (Drosophila melanogaster) to study these basic properties of cells. 

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faculty profile photo Glenn Baker, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology

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Psychology Department
Division of Philosophy, Religion, Psychology, and Linguistics

Born in Muscatine, Iowa, Glenn Baker earned his B.S. and B.A. undergraduate degrees from the University of Iowa in 2013 and his Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology at the University of Missouri in 2019. Broadly, his research falls into the fields of social cognition and judgment and decision making. Recent research has focused on how people think about their own judgmental biases, especially in the content of political partisanship. For example, do people know the extent to which their judgments are influenced by the political views of the people they are judging? A recent publication focused on the extent to which partisanship influenced the accuracy of responses to challenging mathematical puzzles (Baker, Patel, Valentine, Von Gunten, & Scherer, 2020). Other lines of research have included the influence of emotions in medical and political decisions, and how cognitive processing styles (i.e., thinking fast vs. thinking slow) influences the confidence people have in the judgments and decision they make. During the 2020-21 year, Glenn will be teaching courses such as Social Psychology, Political Judgment and Decision-making, and Social Cognition. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, drumming, crafting, and videogaming.

faculty profile photo Samiya Bashir, Associate Professor of Creative Writing

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English Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Samiya Bashir joined the Reed College faculty in 2012. She teaches poetry writing and making as well as the writing of creative nonfiction. She is especially interested in opening dialogues with students about experimental poetics and poetry forms, grounding in multicultural traditions of verse, and the establishment of individuality of perspective and voice as both writers and readers. Bashir’s books of poetry, Field Theories (Nightboat Books, 2017), Gospel, and Where the Apple Falls, and anthologies, including Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature & Art, exist. Field Theories recently won the 2018 Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry (Oregon Book Award). Sometimes Bashir makes poems of dirt. Sometimes zeros and ones. Sometimes variously rendered text. Sometimes light. Her work has been widely published, performed, installed, printed, screened, experienced, and Oxford comma'd. Bashir holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, where she served as Poet Laureate, and an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she received two Hopwood Poetry Awards. She is the recipient of numerous grants, fellowships, residencies, prizes, and is a founding organizer of Fire & Ink, an advocacy organization and writer's festival for LGBT writers of African descent and a recipient of the 2011 Aquarius Press Legacy Award, given annually in recognition of women writers of color who actively provide creative opportunities for other writers. Bashir has collaborated on a number of multimedia poetry and art projects including M A P S :: a cartography in progress, and Silt, Soot, and Smut, with Alison Saar, both of which currently travel the country in exhibition and performance.

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faculty profile photo Mark Beck, Professor of Physics

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Physics Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Mark Beck is primarily an experimentalist, but is also interested in theoretical questions in quantum optics and quantum information science. He is particularly interested in exploring ways to extract as much information as possible from quantum systems, typically photons. He has developed a number of undergraduate teaching laboratories that explore fundamental aspects of quantum mechanics, and these are described in his book, Quantum Mechanics: Theory and Experiment. Mark received his BS (1985) and PhD (1992) in Optics from the University of Rochester. He did post-doctoral research at the University of Oregon and taught for two years at Reed in the mid-90’s. He spent 22 teaching physics at Whitman College before rejoining the Reed Faculty in 2018.

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faculty profile photo Kara Becker, Associate Professor of Linguistics

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Linguistics Department
Division of Philosophy, Religion, Psychology, and Linguistics

Kara Becker is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Reed College. Kara is a sociolinguist, a variationist, and a dialectologist, whose scholarship concerns regional and social varieties of American English. Kara received a B.A. in Linguistics and an M.A. in Educational Linguistics from Stanford University, and Ph.D. in Linguistics from New York University. She joined the Reed faculty in 2010, and teaches courses on language and society, including Dialects of English, Contact Languages, Language, Sex, Gender and Sexuality, and African American English. Kara talks often to the media about linguistic diversity in the U.S., most commonly about the New York City dialect, but also about West Coast dialects (recent article). More information on Kara’s research interests, teaching, and media presence can be found on her website.

faculty profile photo Evgenii Bershtein, Professor of Russian

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Russian Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Evgenii (Zhenya) Bershtein grew up in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia, and graduated from Tartu University (Estonia). His PhD is from UC Berkeley. He has held research fellowships at Columbia University (2001-02), Helsinki University (2004, 2005), and University of Cambridge (2014). Evgenii Bershtein has published on eighteenth–century Russian poetry, the cultural and intellectual history of Russian modernism, and on Russian film (you can read some of his work here and here, in English and Russian). Most recently, he has edited the English translation of Yuri Lotman’s Non-Memoirs (Dalkey Archive Press, 2014) and has been working on a project entitled Eisenstein, Sexuality, and Decadence. Professor Bershtein joined the Reed faculty in 1999, and he teaches classes on twentieth-century Russian literature and culture, Russian and European Symbolism, Russian film, Pushkin, Tolstoy, Eisenstein, as well as the Russian language at the intermediate and advanced levels.

faculty profile photo Miriam Bowring, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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Chemistry Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

I am excited to be at Reed, where I teach general and inorganic chemistry courses, and run a research laboratory. In the lab, we aim to untangle the fundamental mechanisms that make catalysts work, using approaches from across inorganic, organic, physical, and synthetic chemistry. We have a special focus on protons, the smallest nuclei, and determining what they can do that heavier nuclei cannot. We are also looking for ways to put heavy metal contaminants to good use. The mechanisms we uncover may lead to better catalysts for synthesis and fuels. Before my arrival at Reed, I studied proton-coupled electron transfer (postdoctoral work at Yale University and the University of Washington) and organometallic catalysis (Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley; B.S. at Yale University), and I taught high school chemistry. My favorite thing to chase after, besides a chemical reaction mechanism, is a frisbee.

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faculty profile photo Betsey Brada, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

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Anthropology Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Betsey Brada is a cultural anthropologist specializing in health and medicine in southern Africa. She received her Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of Chicago. She comes to Reed this fall from Princeton University where she taught and mentored students in the interdisciplinary Program in Global Health and Health Policy. Her research and teaching interests include: medical anthropology; the anthropology of pedagogy and expertise; and the ethnography and history of Africa. Her book manuscript in progress argues that global health, rather than a unidirectional flow of moral practice and expert knowledge from North to South, is an imaginative framework that organizes the space, time, and ethics of encounter. Based on ethnographic research at the intersection of Botswana's national public HIV treatment program and the private U.S.-based partnerships supporting it, Betsey analyzes the pedagogic projects by which visiting American experts and students as well as local clinicians and patients come to regard themselves and one another in terms of this framework. An article drawn from this project appeared in American Ethnologist and received the 2013 Clark Taylor Paper Prize. A second ethnographic project currently underway examines the development of Botswana's new and only medical school, the first African medical school to be founded after the advent of public HIV treatment and the transnational engagements that have accompanied it.

faculty profile photo K.E. Brashier, Thomas Lamb Eliot Professor of Religion and Humanities

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Religion Department
Division of Philosophy, Religion, Psychology, and Linguistics

Ken Brashier 白瑞旭 received his BA from Oxford as a Rhodes scholar, his MA from Harvard, and his PhD from Cambridge, after which he began teaching Chinese religions and humanities at Reed in 1998. Author of Ancestral Memory in Early China (Harvard University Asia Center, 2011) and Public Memory in Early China (Harvard University Asia Center, 2014), he is currently studying the idea of purgatory in late imperial China. In 2006, he was recognized as the national "Outstanding Baccalaureate Colleges Professor of the Year" by the CASE/Carnegie Foundation, but his chief goal in life remains a futile attempt to get his two cats to respect him.

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faculty profile photo Andrew Bray, Associate Professor of Statistics

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Mathematics Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Andrew Bray is a statistician whose research interests span spatial statistics, statistical computing, and data privacy. He is a fellow of the OpenIntro Project, a member of the editorial board at The American Statistician/Journal of the American Statistical Association, creator of the infer package in R, and a co-PI on an NSF grant to adapt statistical methods for a privacy definition called differential privacy. Andrew majored in History and Oceanography at Duke University before realizing there was a field called statistics where he could become a "scientific generalist". He completed his Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of California, Los Angeles before arriving at Reed in 2015. He teaches courses in statistics and data science.

faculty profile photo Kate Bredeson, Associate Professor of Theatre

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Theatre Department
Division of the Arts

Kate Bredeson is a theatre historian, a director, and a dramaturg. In her theatre history scholarship, Kate researches and writes about 20th and 21st century experimental theatre, with a particular focus on the 1960s. Kate is interested in the way innovations in theatre were made during this period, and how these developments reflect what was happening outside of the theatres in politics, culture, and society. She is currently working on two books: Occupying the Stage: the Theater of May ’68 and A Lifetime of Resistance: the Diaries of Judith Malina 1947-2015. Kate’s research has been supported by fellowships including a Fulbright, grants from the Mellon and Killam Foundations, and residencies at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France and the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, Italy. Kate regularly presents at national and international conferences, and has recently published essays in PAJ, TDR, Theater, The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy (Routledge, 2014), International Women Stage Directors (U. Illinois, 2013), and May 68: Rethinking France's Last Revolution (Palgrave, 2011). The relationship between theatre and society is also the focus of her teaching. At Reed, Kate teaches classes including Theatre History I and II, Gender and Theatre, Playwriting, Dramaturgy, Translation and Adaptation, and she frequently directs stage productions featuring students. Kate is also a professional dramaturg, and a recipient of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas residency grant. She is currently working as dramaturg with Portland choreographer Tahni Holt. Before coming to Reed in 2009, Kate was the Resident Dramaturg at the Court Theatre in Chicago and Lecturer at the University of Chicago. Kate holds an MFA and a doctorate in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from the Yale School of Drama.

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faculty profile photo Michael P. Breen, Professor of History and Humanities

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History Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Michael P. Breen is a specialist of early modern French & European social, political, and cultural history. His first book, Law, City, and King: Legal Culture, Municipal Politics, and State Formation in Early Modern Dijon (University of Rochester Press, 2007) examined how the political activities and consciousness of the barristers (avocats) who dominated local governance in an early modern provincial capital evolved in response to the expansion of the royal state. He is currently working on Law and Society in Medieval & Early Modern Europe (under contract with Cambridge University Press), which examines how and why "the rule of law" emerged in medieval Europe and came to be a foundation of the European social order, rivaling and even surpassing the importance of religion. Law and Society examines not only development of the legal professions and their crucial role in transforming European politics, culture, and society, but also the law's evolution as a set of social, cultural, and institutional practices shaped by the ordinary men and women who increasingly utilized it in their daily lives. At the same time, he is also beginning a study of the controversies surrounding a medico-legal procedure used by early modern French Church courts to adjudicate marital annulment lawsuits (the épreuve du congrès) and the larger implications of these debates for the legal culture of the period (an article on this will appear shortly in the Journal of Modern History). Professor Breen has received numerous fellowships to support his research, including an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, an NEH Summer Stipend, and grants from the American Philosophical Society and Folger Shakespeare Library. He has also been an Invited Professor at the Ecole des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris and has served on the editorial boards of French Historical Studies and Histoire, Économie, et Société.

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faculty profile photo Mark Burford, R.P. Wollenberg Professor of Music

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Music Department
Division of the Arts

Mark Burford is R.P. Wollenberg Professor of Music at Reed and chair of the American Studies program. His research and teaching focus on twentieth-century popular music in the United States, with particular focus on African American music after World War II, and late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Austro-German concert music. His scholarship has appeared several journals and other edited collections, including the article “Sam Cooke as Pop Album Artist—A Reinvention in Three Songs,” which received the Society for American Music’s 2012 Irving Lowens Award for the outstanding article on American music.  He is the author of Mahalia Jackson and the Black Gospel Field (Oxford University Press, 2019) and editor of The Mahalia Jackson Reader. He arrived at Reed in 2007.

faculty profile photo Naomi Caffee, Assistant Professor of Russian

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Russian Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Naomi Caffee earned a B.A. from Grinnell College (2004) and an M.A. (2008) and Ph.D. (2013) in Slavic Languages and Literatures from UCLA. Prior to her arrival at Reed, she taught Russian language and literature courses at UCLA and the University of Arizona, where she also developed interdisciplinary offerings such as "Nuclear Literatures," "Multicultural Russia," and "Language, Power, and Identity in the Post-Communist World." In 2018 she co-organized and led two study abroad programs: a trip to the Moscow region as part of the course "Russian and American Foodways," and a Fulbright Hays Group Projects Abroad trip to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Naomi's research concerns minority and transnational writing in Russian, with a particular focus on authors from Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Siberia. Her work has taken her to Azerbaijan, Abkhazia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and the Russian Arctic. Her publications include the articles "How Tatiana’s Voice Rang Across the Steppe: Russian Literature in the Life and Legend of Abai” (2018), and "The Transformation of Azerbaijani Orientalists into Islamic Thinkers after 1991" (2011, co-authored with Altay Goyushov and Robert Denis), as well as Verses on the Saami Land (2009), a translation of poetry by the indigenous Saami writer Askold Bazhanov. Her current project is a book entitled Russophonia: Writing the Wide Russian World.

faculty profile photo Enriqueta Canseco-Gonzalez, Patricia and Clifford Lunneborg Professor of Psychology

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Psychology Department
Division of Philosophy, Religion, Psychology, and Linguistics

I obtained my undergraduate and masters degree at the National University of Mexico, and my Ph.D. at Brandeis University. I teach introductory and advanced courses on the study of language covering a broad range of topics including language acquisition, language production/comprehension, bilingualism, and brain-language relations. I also teach a course in neuropsychology studying higher cognitive functions focusing on empirical evidence obtained from brain-damaged individuals. In my research, I specialize in the use of two time-sensitive techniques to study the mental architecture of language processing and of cross-modal interactions; the recording of brain electrical activity (event-related potentials) and the recording of eye movements. Recent research questions studied in the lab are: the time course of access to different types of linguistic information in bilinguals, audiovisual interactions in the context of speech, brain signatures of speech recognition, the automaticity of word processing, cross-modal interactions, synesthesia, and neural plasticity via sensory substitution mechanisms (see article). Details can be found in the SCALP lab website.

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faculty profile photo Crystal Carr, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology

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Psychology Department
Division of Philosophy, Religion, Psychology, and Linguistics

Crystal Carr is a behavioral neuroscientist with broad interest in preclinical models of addiction and treatment development. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from Tuskegee University in 2015 and her M.S. (2018) and Ph.D. (2020) in Psychology (Biopsychology Area) from the University of Michigan. Her recent publication explored the expression of addiction-relevant psychomotor sensitization following intermittent access cocaine self-administration, specifically focusing on the effects of withdrawal, sex, and cross-sensitization (Carr, Ferrario, & Robinson, 2020). During the 2020-21 academic year, she will teach a Behavioral Neuroscience course and lab, Neuropharmacology, Addictions, and a Brain and Behavior lab. In her free time, she enjoys binge-watching crime shows, working out, and cuddling with her cats.

faculty profile photo Felipe Carrera, Assistant Professor of Economics

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Economics Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Felipe Carrera is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Reed College, where he teaches industrial organization, economic history, and econometrics. His research examines questions in industrial organization and applied microeconomics using historical settings. His current work explores the long-term effects on education, crime, and mortality of large-scale displacements of slums during the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile, and the interaction between entry and productivity during the Chilean nitrate cartels before World War I. His research has been supported by grants from the California Center of Population Research and the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate Research. Felipe received his Ph.D. from UCLA in 2020. More information on Felipe’s research interests and teaching can be found on his website.

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faculty profile photo Kara Cerveny, Associate Professor of Biology

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Biology Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Kara earned a BS in Biology from Duke University, a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and conducted research as a post-doctoral fellow at the University College London, before joining the Reed Biology faculty in the fall of 2012. She teaches Developmental Biology with lab (BIO 351L), Developmental Neurobiology (BIO 431, an advanced conference-style course that focuses on historical and current topics in the visual system), and Introduction to Biology (Cells and Development Module, BIO 102). She also mentors year-long thesis projects (BIO 471) and semester-long independent studies (BIO 481). The research in Kara's lab focuses on how cells transition from proliferation to differentiation in the developing zebrafish visual system and is supported by the NIH National Eye Institute and the MJ Murdock Trust. Kara has a passion for sharing the beauty of biology and is always happy to share movies and images of developing zebrafish with any who would like to tour her lab.

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faculty profile photo Kelly Chacón, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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Chemistry Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

I study how metal ions are trafficked in the cell by using a mixture of biochemistry and spectroscopy. My lab is particularly interested in catching the physical act of metal ion transfer from one metalloprotein to another, as well as characterizing newly discovered metalloproteins. This work heavily relies upon bi-yearly lab trips to a number of synchrotron lightsources. At Reed, I teach Introductory Chemistry, Metabolic Biochemistry (with emphasis on metal ions), and Biochemical Methods. I am also very passionate about increasing the presence of historically underrepresented groups in chemistry, by improving and/or creating institutional scaffolds of support for those groups. Outside of our beautiful College, I am heavily involved in the bioinorganic chemistry community, as well as devoted to exploring the great outdoors. I invite anyone who wants to know more about my work to stop by my office for a cup of tea — it is my true pleasure to translate my science for the public and potential students.

Caitlin Cisek, Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre

Theatre Department
Division of the Arts

Caitlin is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatrical Design and for the past decade has been working as freelance costume designer and stylist. She has designed nationally with Burning Coal, The Boston Opera Collaborative, Westport County Playhouse, Davis Shakespeare Ensemble, and the The Shakespeare Theater of Maine. As an educator she has worked with Hunter College, Kingsboro Community College, Borough of Manhattan Community College and designed for Case Western Reserve, Mt Holyoke College, Princeton University and The New School. She has additionally held technical positions with Glimmerglass Opera, Papermill Playhouse as well as collaborating on the LED Costumes for Broadway's Honeymoon In Vegas and Cirque de Soleil's Toruk. She as collaborated on commercial projects for Adidas, G-Shock Watches, Netflix, Oral B, and Kiehls. Cisek is a collaborative visual artist, and is the resident costume designer with The Other Mirror, where she collaborated closely in the immersive editorial project "Mirror Alchemy". She was recently featured on Jezebel's "Clothes Whores" and is currently working on a fashion based editorial project on immigration in New York City. Cisek has her MFA from UC Irvine in California and is a proud member of United Scenic Artist 829.

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faculty profile photo Kimberly Clausing, Thormund A. Miller and Walter Mintz Professor of Economics

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Economics Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Kimberly Clausing is the Thormund Miller and Walter Mintz Professor of Economics at Reed College, where she teaches international trade, international finance, and public finance. Her research studies the taxation of multinational firms. She has published numerous articles in this area, and she is the author of Open: The Progressive Case for Free Trade, Immigration, and Global Capital (Harvard University Press, 2019). Professor Clausing has received two Fulbright Research awards (to Belgium and Cyprus), and her research has been supported by external grants from the National Science Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the International Centre for Tax and Development, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. She has worked on economic policy research with the International Monetary Fund, the Hamilton Project, the Brookings Institution, and the Tax Policy Center, and she has testified before both the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Committee on Finance. Professor Clausing received her B.A. from Carleton College in 1991 and her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1996.

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faculty profile photo Kris Cohen, Associate Professor of Art History and Humanities

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Art Department
Division of the Arts

Kris Cohen is trained as a media theorist and an art historian. These two fields come together in his work on the technological mediation of social life. His first large scale research project, now complete, takes up this history near the end, with the advent of electronic networks and the building of new collective forms in networked environments. Future projects will extend this history back in time as a way to better understand the present. One will consider the relationship between art practices and changes to the intellectual property laws that govern creative labor and the commons. Another seeks to write a history for the bitmap as a mid-century screen technology that significantly transformed techniques of visual representation. Kris' PhD is in Art History from the University of Chicago (2010). He has written for the journals Afterall, New Media and Society, Continuum, caareviews, and a number of exhibition catalogues. He has also recently been involved in starting a new online journal, Open-Set. At Reed, he's taught "Video, Media, Politics (1968-Present)," "Figuring Relation," "The Art of Capitalism," "Theories of Forms," and Humanities 110.

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faculty profile photo Jennifer Henderlong Corpus, Professor of Psychology

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Psychology Department
Division of Philosophy, Religion, Psychology, and Linguistics

Jennifer Henderlong Corpus is a professor of developmental psychology. Her research focuses on the factors that underlie children’s motivation to learn. She studies the tension and synergy between intrinsic and extrinsic forms of motivation as well as the strategies parents and teachers use to affect children’s motivation. Her courses in developmental psychology focus on the individual in social context and the reciprocal nature of socialization. She also teaches a course in educational psychology that focuses on motivation in educational contexts, which is informed by her scholarly work on achievement motivation. Jennifer earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of Michigan in 1995 before attending Stanford University, where she obtained her Ph.D. in 2000. She has been teaching at Reed since 2001, and in 2014 was named Oregon Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. 

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faculty profile photo Alison Crocker, Associate Professor of Physics

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Physics Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Alison Crocker is an astrophysicist whose research focuses on the physics of star formation in nearby galaxies. She works on connecting what we know about the gas in galaxies (the precursor to star formation) to what we know about the stars that actually form. Her most recent paper documents how the ultraviolet light from young stars interacts with their surroundings. Alison majored in physics and mathematics at Dartmouth College before attending the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. She earned her DPhil in astrophysics from Oxford and completed two postdoctoral positions at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Toledo before joining the physics faculty at Reed in the fall of 2014. In addition to teaching an astrophysics course, Alison teaches courses across the physics major and runs a weekly open astronomy/astrophysics discussion group.

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faculty profile photo Troy Cross, Professor of Philosophy and Humanities

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Philosophy Department
Division of Philosophy, Religion, Psychology, and Linguistics

Troy Cross (PhD 2004, Rutgers) works on, broadly speaking, questions of knowledge and reality. In addition to those core areas of philosophy (epistemology and metaphysics), he has recently taught courses on the philosophy of religion, the philosophy of mind, and the nature of color. Before coming to Reed in 2010, he held positions at Yale and at Merton College, Oxford.

faculty profile photo Paul J. Currie, Professor of Psychology

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Psychology Department
Division of Philosophy, Religion, Psychology, and Linguistics

I joined the Department of Psychology at Reed in the fall of 2007. My teaching expertise focuses on neuroscience and neuropharmacology with courses examining the neural bases of behavior including an emphasis on brain anatomy, physiology, and transmitter-receptor function. Research in my neuroscience lab is currently funded by a grant from the Murdock Charitable Trust. One line of work is directed at understanding the role of brain transmitter and peptide systems in relation to energy homeostasis and metabolism. A second line of research focuses on brain reward mechanisms including ghrelin and dopamine signaling. In a related line of research my lab is investigating the role of limbic structures in stress and anxiety. In recently published work, for example, we have mapped the feeding and metabolic effects of the gastric peptide ghrelin. We have also demonstrated that central ghrelin plays a critical role in stress and anxiety, and moreover, that midbrain ghrelin signaling plays an important role in drug reward, including alcohol reward. Overall this work demonstrates the interplay of neural systems mediating metabolic, reward, and emotional signaling. I am currently an active member of various professional societies including the Society for Neuroscience and the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience. I am also a section editor for the rapid communication neuroscience journal NeuroReport.

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faculty profile photo Mariela Daby, Associate Professor of Political Science

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Political Science Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Mariela Daby studies the incentives that contribute to the persistence of clientelism in consolidated democracies in Latin America. She is also interested in questions of political participation, voter turnout, and gender and development in new democracies. Her work has been published in the Journal of Comparative Politics, Latin American Research Review, Social Networks, Latin American Politics and Society, Nueva Sociedad, and Women's Policy Journal of Harvard.

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History Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Sabrina Datoo is an historian of early modern and modern South Asia who works on Muslim north India. She draws on scholarship in the medical humanities and contextual histories of science to develop new ways of thinking about the cultural history of the north Indian service gentry. She is centrally concerned with the relationship between corporeality, aesthetics and moral commitment. Her work has been supported by the American Philosophical Society, the American Institute of Indian Studies, and several centers at the University of Chicago, where she completed her doctoral work in 2020. Essays are forthcoming in Asian Medicine and South Asia; some of her translation work will be published in the eJournal of Indian Medicine. Datoo is working on a book project, “Ibn Sina in India: Medicine, Morality and the Urdu Public Sphere”, which examines how practitioners of Avicennian medicine in colonial Delhi incorporated global techno-science into their medical thought and practice. At Reed, she will teach Humanities 110, and two courses on Islamic empires: ‘Science and Islam: Global Histories’ and ‘The Mughals and their Worlds’.

Nick Davidson, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Mathematics Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Nick Davidson studies abstract algebra, specifically the representation theory of algebraic objects like Lie algebras and Hecke algebras, as well as their graded counterparts. He earned his PhD in Mathematics from the University of Oregon in 2016. Since then, he held postdoctoral positions at the University of Oklahoma (2016-2019) and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (2018).  

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French Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Ann T. Delehanty joined the Reed faculty in 2000 after completing a PhD in comparative literature at the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in philosophy at Carleton College. She is a professor of French and Humanities. She teaches Humanities 110, French language, French literature from the medieval and early modern periods, and comparative literature. She teaches courses that cover all literary genres. She has a particular interest in how literature serves a vital social role not only by representing social relationships but also by critiquing the (sometimes) harmful presumptions that lie behind those relationships. Delehanty's research is focused on the literature and philosophy of early modern Europe, particularly France, Spain, and England. Her first book, Literary Knowing in Neoclassical France: From Poetics to Aesthetics, came out in 2013. That book traces the shift away from rule-based poetics in the late seventeenth century and towards experience- and sentiment-based aesthetics in the early eighteenth century. She is currently working on a second book, tentatively entitled Disillusion and the Early Modern Novel, which argues that the experimental form of several early modern novels served to allow their authors to "disillusion" (desengañar) their readers and to make a veiled social critique.

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English Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Jay M. Dickson is Professor of English and Humanities at Reed College. He received an A. B. in English and American Language and Literature from Harvard University, and his Ph.D. in English is from Princeton University. Professor Dickson has taught at Reed College from 1996 to 1999 as a Visiting Assistant Professor, and then since 2001 on a permanent basis. From 1999 to 2001 he was Assistant Professor of English at the University of Tennessee—Knoxville, where he was awarded the John G. Hodges Excellence in Teaching Award. At Reed, he teaches in Humanities 110 and Humanities 220, and also teaches courses in the English department on British 20th- and 19th- century fiction; encyclopedic fictions; fictions of English India; and memory and desire in literature. He has published on such modernist figures as Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Katherine Mansfield, E. M. Forster, and Lytton Strachey. His most recent article, "Everything You Always Wanted to Know: Ulysses and the Enkuklios Paideia," appeared n the Fall 2017-Winter 2018 issue of the James Joyce Quarterly. Currently, he is at work on a monograph entitled Katherine Mansfield and the Limits of Modernist Emotional Expression.

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Art Department
Division of the Arts

William J. Diebold is the Jane Neuberger Goodsell Professor of Art History and Humanities at Reed College. He was educated at Yale and Johns Hopkins, receiving his PhD from the latter with a thesis on the patronage of the Carolingian emperor Charles the Bald. He has published extensively on early medieval topics, including his book Word and Image:  An Introduction to Early Medieval Art. He has taught these areas at Reed since 1987, and participates in the College's humanities program, teaching in both ancient Mediterranean and modern European courses. The latter appointment makes sense, since his current research is not on medieval art per se, but on its modern reception (specifically in 20th-century Germany), an interest that has led to publications such as "The High Middle Ages on Display in the Exhibition Deutsche Größe (1940-1942)” (2013) and a recent advanced art history course on medievalism.

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History Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Professor Dirks was educated at Reed College and Yale University. She is a veteran teacher of undergraduate U.S. history. She has taught classes on U.S. cultural and political history, the history of western consumer culture, U.S. women's history, the history of the nineteenth-century family, and twentieth-century gender and sexuality. Professor Dirks also participates in Reed’s American Studies colloquium. Her current research project is tentatively titled Giving Women Credit and focuses on twentieth-century American women's claims to citizenship rights based on their economic roles as consumers, wage earners and heads of household. She recently contributed a review essay to the Oregon Historical Quarterly's special issue to mark the state centenary of woman suffrage: "The Straight State of Oregon: Notes Toward Queering the History of the Past Century."

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Chinese Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Alexei Ditter (迪磊) obtained his B.A. from the University of Minnesota and his PhD from Princeton University. His research explores interactions between social and textual practices in medieval Chinese literature, focusing in particular on questions of place, genre, and memory. He is co-editor (with Jessey J.C. Choo and Sarah M. Allen) of Tales from Tang Dynasty China (Hackett, 2017) and has published articles and book chapters on diverse aspects of medieval Chinese literary culture. He is currently writing a monograph that examines how genres influence the construction of the past in medieval China and co-editing, with Jessey J.C. Choo, an anthology of translations of medieval Chinese entombed epitaphs. Since 2015, with the ongoing support of the Tang Research Foundation, he has co-organized the annual workshop series “New Frontiers in the Study of Medieval China.” Professor Ditter joined the Reed faculty in 2006. In addition to lecturing and leading conferences in the Chinese Humanities, he teaches courses on medieval and late imperial Chinese literature and on modern and classical Chinese language.

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Spanish Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Elizabeth Drumm is the John and Elizabeth Yeon Professor of Spanish and Humanities. She joined the Reed faculty in 1995 after receiving a BA from the Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame and a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago. She teaches Spanish language courses, literature courses on 19th- and 20th-century Peninsular Spanish literature and a course on Don Quixote and narrative theory. She also teaches Reed’s interdisciplinary Humanities course on the ancient Mediterranean. Her current research focuses on memory and representation in Spanish modernism and, in particular, Ramón del Valle-Inclán's "aesthetics of memory." She has published articles on Valle-Inclán, Antonio Buero Vallejo, Ignacio Amestoy and Fernando Arrabal and is the author of Painting on Stage: Visual Art in Twentieth-Century Spanish Theater, a book that explores the relationship between theatrical language and visual images.

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Theatre Department
Division of the Arts

Catherine (Kate) Ming T'ien Duffly is a scholar-director and community-engaged theatre artist with a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to her position as Assistant Professor of Theatre at Reed, Kate taught at UC Berkeley and California College of Arts. Her teaching and research interests include acting, directing, socially engaged and community-based theatre, 20th and 21st century American theatre, race theory and performance and feminist performance. Kate's writing has appeared in Theatre Journal, Theatre Annual, and TDR. She has collaborated on projects with Cornerstone Theater, Touchable Stories, Lunatique Fantastique, Wise Fool Community Arts, and Bread and Puppet Theatre. Kate currently sits on the board of Portland's August Wilson Red Door Project, an organization which seeks to change the racial ecology of Portland through the arts.

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faculty profile photo John Essick, David W. Brauer Professor of Physics

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Physics Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

John Essick is a solid-state physics experimentalist whose research interests center on the optoelectronic properties of semiconductors. Essick received his B.S. degree in physics from UC Berkley (1976), M.S. in physics from UCLA (1978) and Ph. D. in physics from the University of Oregon (1988). He has been a professor in the Reed College Physics Department since 1993, where he is currently the David W. Brauer Professor of Physics. While at Reed, Essick has supervised 51 yearlong senior thesis projects on semiconductor topics including amorphous silicon, porous silicon and quantum dots as well as his other research interests in quantum optics and laser-based atom trapping. He is on the Board of Directors of the Advanced Laboratory Physics Association and is author of the popular textbook Hands-On Introduction to LabVIEW for Scientists and Engineers.

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Michael Faletra, Professor of English and Humanities

English Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Michael Faletra has been teaching and writing about the literatures of medieval Britain, including Middle English, Anglo-Latin, Anglo-Norman, Welsh, Irish, and Anglo-Saxon. He is the editor and translator of Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the Kings of Britain (Broadview Press, 2008), one of the most influential books of the English Middle Ages. His most recent critical study, Wales and the Medieval Colonial Imagination: The Matters of Britain, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014, and he has also published a number of articles on English proto-nationalism, Middle English and Anglo-Latin pseudo-histories, and on the interpenetration of English and Celtic cultures during the "long" twelfth century. His current projects include a book-length study of the Anglo-Latin writer Gerald of Wales and a collaborative translation (with Paul Merchant) of some of the works of the finest poet of medieval Wales, Dafydd ap Gwilym. Since 2001, Michael has been a member of the faculty at Reed College, where he regularly teaches courses on Chaucer, Dante, the medieval romance, and medieval Celtic literatures.

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Biology Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Sam earned a BA in Biology from Hamilton College, a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Dartmouth College, and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University before joining the Reed Biology faculty for the fall of 2017. Sam teaches teaches Ecology (BIO 301, a laboratory and lecture course), a seminar in Global Change Ecology (BIO 431), and an Ecology and Evolution Module in Topics in Biology (BIO 101), and he mentors senior thesis projects (Bio 471) and semester-long independent studies (BIO 481). His research focuses on how population and community dynamics respond to, and are shaped by, environmental variation. Sam’s research is supported by the National Science Foundation and aims to enhance predictions for how freshwater ecosystems will respond to ongoing environmental change.

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faculty profile photo Douglas L. Fix, Elizabeth C. Ducey Professor of Asian Studies

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History Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Douglas Fix (費德廉) offers a broad range of seminars on the history of China and Japan and is part of the Chinese studies faculty who teach Reed's unique multidisciplinary course on Chinese humanities (focusing on the Qin-Han and Song periods). Current seminars explore topics in the history of Qing and Japanese colonialisms, early modern maritime China, nineteenth- and twentieth-century Chinese urban history, the early development of photography in East Asia, and the complexities of social and cultural modernity in China and Japan. With the help of staff, students and colleagues around the world, Fix created and now manages a digital collection entitled Formosa: Nineteenth century images. In collaboration with LO Hsiao-teh, his first book, 看見十九世紀台灣:十四位西方旅行者的福爾摩沙故事 [Curious investigations: 19th-century American and European impressions of Taiwan], translated twenty-some texts from this website into Chinese for use by students, professors and researchers in East Asia. His most recent book, in collaboration with John Shufelt, was a critical and annotated edition of Charles William Le Gendre's Notes of travel in Formosa (1875), a travelogue, ethnography, and intelligence brief that is essential to understanding the complex diplomatic relations between the U.S., Japan, and the Qing dynasty during the 1860s and 1870s. British maritime surveying of Formosan coastal waters and nineteenth-century EuroAmerican photographic images of Taiwanese aborigines have been the focus of recent articles and papers. However, Fix is currently researching the history of the multi-national community in the southern Chinese treaty-port of Xiamen and that city's regional and global networks.

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Computer Science Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Professor Fix received his B.S. in mathematics and computer science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1992, and his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Washington in 2002. His main interests are in the design and analysis of algorithms and in the theory of computation. Fix's work seeks to adapt ideas from theoretical approaches to their practical implementation. His past work, for example, considered the impact of cache performance on algorithm design. More recently, he has investigated the parallel implementation of algorithms and data structures that support graph search and large text indexing, and also formal methods for reasoning about concurrent and distributed computation.

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Dance Department
Division of the Arts

Victoria Fortuna is a dance studies scholar and contemporary dance practitioner. Her teaching and research interests include Latin American concert and social dance, dance as a mode of political engagement and community organization, collaborative creation methods, and cultural histories of dance in transnational perspective. She founded and directs the Community Dance at Reed project, which brings together members of the Reed and broader Portland communities. Her book, Moving Otherwise: Dance, Violence, and Memory in Buenos Aires (Oxford UP, 2019), examines the relationship between Buenos Aires based contemporary dance practices and histories of political and economic violence in Argentina from the mid-1960s to the mid-2010s. She is currently working on two projects: a digital humanities project focused on the use of personal collections in dance studies research and a book length project that examines the relationship between concert dance and the construction of race in Argentina during the twentieth century. Her articles appear in publications including Dance Research JournalPerformance Research, and The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Politics. She has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, New York Public Library, Fulbright, Society of Dance History Scholars, American Society for Theatre Research, and Latin American Studies Association. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Dance Studies Association. Victoria holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Brown University and an MA and PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University.

Eitan Frachtenberg, Visiting Associate Professor of Computer Science

Computer Science Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Eitan Frachtenberg comes to Reed after 25 years in the software industry, government, and academia. His research interests include all areas of computer systems, from hardware to software, and he is particularly interested in making systems scale larger and faster. He's previously worked for startups as well as industry giants (Microsoft, Facebook), and tries to bring to his teaching at Reed a modicum of real-world perspective and experience. Eitan received his Ph.D in Computer Science from the Hebrew University in 2004, and has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers, articles, volumes, and patents.

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German Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Jake Fraser joined the Reed faculty in 2018 and is Assistant Professor of German and Humanities. He received a BA in Economics from UNC-Chapel Hill (2010) and a PhD in Germanic Studies from the University of Chicago (2018). He specializes in late 18th- and early 20th-century German literature and philosophy, with emphases in philosophies of time and history and histories of science and technology. At Reed, he teaches courses on 20th-century German thought and literature, psychoanalysis, and media studies. He has published on figures and topics ranging from Heinrich von Kleist and early modern print media to Franz Kafka and technologies of bureaucracy. He is currently completing a book-length study of theories and technologies of “retroactivity” [Ger: Nachträglichkeit] from the 18th to 20th centuries. Future projects include a study of the metaphorics of the Book of Nature in the late 18th century and a media history of latency and delay.

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Spanish Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Ariadna García-Bryce earned her BA from Yale University in 1989, majoring in Comparative Literature; she earned her PhD in Spanish Literature from Princeton University in 1997. She works on early modern Spanish literature and culture and has published in peer-reviewed journals on a variety of topics: the relationship between drama, religion, and visual culture; rhetoric, poetics and the construction of social authority; the appropriation of Baroque poetics in twentieth-century Latin America; conceptions of the body and gender construction. Her book, Transcending Textuality: Quevedo and Political Authority in the Age of Print (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2011), examines the connection between political prose and court spectacle in the context of incipient bureaucratization. At Reed, aside from courses in her area of expertise, she teaches Humanities 110, “Introduction to Humanities: Greece and the Ancient Mediterranean”, and Humanities 210, “Early Modern Europe.” 

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German Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Katja Garloff joined the Reed Faculty in 1997 after receiving an M.A. from the University of Hamburg and a Ph.D. in German Literature from the University of Chicago. She is the author of Words from Abroad: Trauma and Displacement in Postwar German Jewish Writers (Wayne State University Press, 2005) and Mixed Feelings: Tropes of Love in German Jewish Culture(Cornell University Press, 2016), as well as the co-editor of German Jewish Literature after 1990 (Camden House, 2018). She has also published numerous articles on authors such as Franz Kafka, Paul Celan, Theodor Adorno, Hannah Arendt, and W.G. Sebald. Her current book project, funded by fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), explores the reemergence of Jewish literature in contemporary Germany and Austria. She serves on the editorial boards of Nexus: Essays in German Jewish Studies and The Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook and on the division executive committee of the Modern Language Association of America. At Reed, she offers courses on modern German literature, German Jewish culture, and film and media studies, and she also teaches in Humanities 220.

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History Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

I teach Latin American history, and classical and early modern European humanities. As the only Latin Americanist and Iberianist in the history department, I try to offer a broad array of classes, focusing on social, religious, and ethnohistory; generally I teach one colonial and one modern class a year. Recent offerings have been Catholicism in the Early Modern Spanish World; the Incas; the Maya; Race and Ethnicity in the Andes; the United States and Latin America; Labor in Modern Latin America; and the Mexican Revolution. My research and publications focus on colonial Cusco [Peru]. Earlier work on the Incas include Shadows of Empire: The Indian Nobility of Cusco, 1750-1825 (Cambridge, 2005) and several articles. At present I am working the geography of late 17th-century Cusco and the role of royal government in this mid-colonial society; this project has produced several articles to date. Among grants and awards I’ve won since joining Reed in 1998 are Marjorie Millicent McIntosh Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation (2006-8) and the Alice Adams Fellowship at the John Carter Brown Library (2015); and, for articles, the James Alexader Robinson Prize (2005), the Tibesar Prize (2008), and the Franklin Pease G.Y. Prize (2012, runner-up). I have a BA from Yale in Political Philosophy, an MA from Harvard in History, and an MPhil and PhD from Columbia in History.

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Chemistry Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Professor Gerrity received a B.A. in Chemistry from Cornell College in 1977, and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Harvard University in 1982. He joined the Reed Faculty in 1987. Dan currently teaches all of the physical chemistry lecture and laboratory courses offered at Reed, and he participates in the teaching of the analytical chemistry course as well (during his first dozen years at the College, Dan was solely responsible for teaching all four of the 300-level chemistry courses required for the chemistry major at Reed — including all of the lab sections associated with these courses). He served as a member of the Committee of Examiners for the Graduate Record Exams Subject Test in Chemistry for eight years, was elected to the Executive Committee of the American Chemical Society’s Division of Physical Chemistry (serving from 1994-1997) as well as the Western Spectroscopy Association (serving from 1991-1994), and was Reed’s liaison for the Partners In Science Program for over fifteen years. Dan is an experimental physical chemist; his research utilizes the short bursts of extremely intense light produced by pulsed lasers to study chemical dynamics and the electronic structure of molecules. In addition to the hundreds of students he has had the pleasure to teach, Dan is most proud of his contributions to the construction of the Arthur Scott Chemistry Building (including helping to get financial support from the NSF and the Murdoch Foundation), raising funds for several major equipment purchases for the chemistry program, and helping to obtain College funding for over 50 student summer research positions in the sciences at Reed.

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Religion Department
Division of Philosophy, Religion, Psychology, and Linguistics

Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, Professor of Religion & Humanities, joined Reed College in 2002 after completing his doctoral studies in the committee on the study of religion at Harvard University. An internationally recognized scholar in Islam in America and the Middle East, he was named a Carnegie Scholar for his book A History of Islam in America and a Guggenheim Fellow for his current book project on the mosque in Islamic history. He also served as one of five national scholars who developed the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association Muslim Journeys Bookshelf.

faculty profile photo Arthur Glasfeld, Margret Geselbracht Professor of Chemistry

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Chemistry Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

My interests as a biochemist are in exploring how the structure of a protein, obtained by x-ray crystallography, gives rise to its functional properties. In recent years I have worked with bacterial regulatory proteins, which respond to chemicals in the environment by turning gene expression on and off. These proteins are critical to bacterial survival, and could be attractive targets for antibiotic development. I'm interested in how regulators respond specifically to a given molecule or ion and the structural origin of that response. My teaching at Reed has mostly been in the first year chemistry courses and in the biochemistry curriculum, where I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for anthropomorphizing molecules and their behavior. I received my BA from Carleton College and my PhD from Harvard University, and did a post-doc at MIT. I was recently awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to spend a sabbatical year (2019-20) at Durham University in the UK.

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Russian Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Marat Grinberg came to Reed College in 2006 and is professor of Russian and Humanities. He received his BAs in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and in Modern Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1999, and his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago in 2006. He is a specialist in 20th century Russian literature and culture, with an emphasis on Soviet poetry, modern Jewish literature, culture, and politics, and post-war European and American cinema. At Reed he teaches courses in Russian poetry and 19th century novel, Russian and Jewish literature of destruction, Jewish modernisms, Soviet science fiction, and Introduction to Comparative Literature. He is the author of I am to be Read not from Left to Right, but in Jewish: from Right to Left: The Poetics of Boris Slutsky (Academic Studies Press 2011/ paperback 2013) and the forthcoming Commissar (Intellect 2016). He is also co-editor of Woody on Rye: Jewishness in the Films and Plays of Woody Allen (Brandeis University Press 2013). He has published extensively in both academic and journalistic venues on Russian and Jewish literature, culture, and cinema.

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Computer Science Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Adam Groce is a cryptographer whose work focuses on database privacy. The goal of this field is to allow large databases of private information (e.g., medical records) to be used by researchers interested in advancing our understanding of the world while at the same time protecting the individuals whose information the databases contain. He is also involved in efforts to apply game-theoretic concepts to cryptography, treating adversaries as self-interested agents with particular goals. Apart from his research in cryptography, he is interested in all aspects of theoretical computer science, as well as in cybersecurity policy questions. Adam holds bachelors degrees in mathematics and political science from MIT and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Maryland. He joined Reed as a visitor in 2014.

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Political Science Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Paul Gronke (PhD Michigan, '93, MA University of Essex '84, BA Chicago '82) studies American politics, specializing in convenience and early voting, election administration, public opinion, and elections. He is the editor of the Election Law Journal, an interdisciplinary journal of election law, administration, and politics, and co-editor of PS: Political Science and Politics, one of three flagship journals of the American Political Science Association. Paul's research for the past decade has focused on the phenomenon of "early voting," modes of balloting whereby voters can cast their ballots at a place and time other than at the polling place on Election Day. In 2005, he established the Early Voting Information Center. EVIC searches for common sense, non-partisan solutions to identified problems in election administration that are backed by solid empirical evidence and tailored to the conditions of the time and jurisdiction, and that may or may not include the administration of early voting. EVIC has worked with a number of state and local governments, Secretaries of State and state election directors, federal agencies, and non-profits, mostly but not exclusively related to early voting and social scientific research on election administration.Paul lives with his family in the beautiful city of Portland, OR where he runs cycles, sits in coffee shops, gardens, and follows politics. If you're really nice to him, he may give you a cucumber.

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Psychology Department
Division of Philosophy, Religion, Psychology, and Linguistics

Tim Hackenberg is a Professor of Psychology, with interests in behavior analysis, comparative cognition, and behavioral economics. He received a B.A. from the University of California, Irvine, and a Ph.D. from Temple University. He completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Minnesota, and served on the faculty at the University of Florida for 19 years prior to arriving at Reed in 2009. He teaches courses in Learning (PSY 373), Comparative Cognition (PSY 330), Research Methods in Learning & Comparative Psychology (PSY 415), and History and Systems of Psychology (PSY 392). He takes a strong comparative and evolutionary approach, trying to understand general principles of adaptive behavior that cut across species and habitats, while at the same time, appreciating the unique adaptations of a given animal in its world. Work in his lab has been funded by NIH and NSF over the years, and is concerned broadly with cross-species analysis of adaptive behavior, including decision-making (e.g., self-control, risky choice), social behavior (e.g., cooperation, reciprocity), and behavioral economics (e.g., token economies). He is also interested in the history and philosophy of science; in particular, how psychological principles can help us to understand science as a social process.

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Economics Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Denise Hare is the Dr. Lester B. Lave Professor of Economics at Reed College. Her research examines economic development in China and Vietnam, addressing questions about labor markets, gender, rural industry, privatization and property rights, local public finance, and food security policy. Current work explores the labor market experiences of urban women in post-reform China. Denise received her B.A. from Carleton College and her Ph.D. from Stanford University, both in economics. From 1995 to 1997, she held a Postdoctoral Fellow position in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at The Australian National University. In 2000 and 2001, she held a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship at Vietnam National University. In 2008 she was an Institute for International Research Fellow at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center of Nanjing University. Her work also has been funded by the Ford Foundation, the Committee for Scholarly Communication with the People's Republic of China, and the Pew Foundation. Since 2002 she has served as an instructor and research mentor in the Chinese Women Economists' Network hosted by the China Center for Economic Research at Beijing University.

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Psychology Department
Division of Philosophy, Religion, Psychology, and Linguistics

Leia Harper is a health psychologist whose scholarship focuses on the dynamic interplay between psychological, behavioral, and socio-environmental factors in health and health disparities. Specifically, her work focuses on understanding how intersectional social identities (e.g., race, gender, sexual orientation) affect the onset and progression of cardiovascular-related conditions. Leia received a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Religion from Clark Atlanta University, an MDiv from Duke University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Health Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. Before coming to Reed, she was a Senior Fellow and Postdoctoral Researcher in the School of Medicine at the University of Washington.

Mark Hinchliff '81, Professor of Philosophy

Philosophy Department
Division of Philosophy, Religion, Psychology, and Linguistics

PhD, Princeton, 1988. Joined the faculty in 1991. His interests are in metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of language. He teaches these subjects regularly, and has written on them for journals and collections. He is currently doing work in the philosophy of time, specifically on the nature and reality of tense.

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French Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Hugh Hochman joined the Reed College faculty in 1999 and is Professor of French and Humanities. He received his BA in Comparative Literature from Columbia University in 1990, and his PhD in French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999. He teaches French language courses, courses in 20th-century French poetry and prose, and Humanities 220, Reed’s interdisciplinary modern humanities course. His research focuses on 20th-century French poets, and he is especially interested in the relationship of language to material reality and in the ways in which the interpretive gestures demanded by literary texts are related to ethical questions of human action. He has published articles on Yves Bonnefoy, Guillevic, Paul Eluard, Robert Desnos, and Jacques Réda. He is currently working on a book project entitled Loose Ends: Francis Ponge and Dilemmas of Literal and Figurative Reading, which treats rhetoric, science, and morality in the work of Francis Ponge.

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Psychology Department
Division of Philosophy, Religion, Psychology, and Linguistics

I am a cognitive scientist who studies the structure of human knowledge. My research investigates two broad questions: (1) how does language reflect and shape the mental categories people rely on to perceive, think about, and act upon the world?; and (2) how do we think and reason about abstract concepts? In exploring these questions, my research engages undergraduate students as close collaborators in all aspects of the scientific process, resulting in many student-coauthored publications and presentations (six peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers and more than 25 conference posters to date), as well as coverage in The Economist and other media outlets. My teaching focuses on core topics in cognitive psychology and fundamentals of research design and data analysis, with the goal of preparing students for lives of thoughtful, evidence-based inquiry. In both the classroom and the lab, I seek to cultivate an equitable and inclusive learning environment, particularly for students from historically marginalized backgrounds. Beyond Reed, I am active in the interdisciplinary cognitive science research community and have served on the program committee for the Cognitive Science Society's annual conference. My educational background includes a B.A. in human biology and an M.A. in psychology from Stanford University in 2005, a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology at Emory University in 2012, and a National Science Foundation-funded postdoctoral fellowship in cognitive science at UC Berkeley in 2013-14. Prior to joining the Reed faculty in 2020, I was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Colorado College for six years.

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Computer Science Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Mark Hopkins studies uncertain reasoning and machine learning, with a particular interest in how these can be applied to computational linguistics. His published work includes articles about machine translation, automated question answering, causal reasoning, and probabilistic graphical models. Prior to Reed, he conducted research in industry (5 years at Language Weaver/SDL), the nonprofit sector (4.5 years at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence) and academia (3 years at Saarland University/University of Potsdam). He received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from UC Berkeley and a Ph.D. in computer science from UCLA.

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Philosophy Department
Division of Philosophy, Religion, Psychology, and Linguistics

Paul Hovda's research interests include metaphysics and philosophical logic. He is particularly interested in formally rigorous theories that bear on metaphysical topics, such as mereology. He received his B.A. with majors in Mathematics and in Philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from UCLA.

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History Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Joshua Howe is Associate Professor of History and Environmental Studies. He teaches courses in American and world environmental history, the history of science, and American foreign policy, as well as in the interdisciplinary Environmental Studies junior seminar. In his research he investigates the intersections of science and environmental politics in both foreign and domestic contexts. His recent books, Behind the Curve: Science and the Politics of Global Warming (University of Washington Press, 2014) and Making Climate Change History: Documents from Global Warming’s Past (University of Washington Press, 2017) explore the political history of climate change since the 1950s, and his work on climate change and the Anthropocene has also appeared in Environmental History, Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, Climatic Change, as well as a number of edited volumes. In 2019, Josh was awarded the Ritter Memorial Fellowship from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography for his work on the history of atmospheric science. In his current work, Josh has begun to investigate relationships between American foreign policy and the distribution of heavy metals toxicity from the early 1950s through the second American war in Iraq. Josh holds a B.A. in history and creative writing from Middlebury College and a Ph.D. in history from Stanford University. From 2010-2012, he served as a postdoctoral fellow with the National Science Foundation’s John Tyndall Correspondence Project at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. He moved to Portland to take up his position at Reed in the fall of 2012. Josh currently serves as chair of the History Department. He has also served twice as the chair of the Environmental Studies Program, first in 2015-16 and then from 2017-2019. When he is not in the classroom or the archives, you might see him skiing, surfing, riding bikes, or otherwise playing outside somewhere in the mountains of the greater northwestern U.S.

faculty profile photo Alice Hu, Assistant Professor of Classics and Humanities

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Classics Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Alice Hu studies Latin literature of the early imperial period, with particular interests in Latin epic poetry and intertextuality. Past research projects have focused on Vergil’s use of tragic allusion in the Aeneid. Alice is particularly interested in trauma and PTSD in ancient literature; her current research project focuses on Statius’ Thebaid, examining the epic’s preoccupation with survivors and survival in the context of larger discourses about the traumas of civil war that characterize literature produced in the aftermath of the Roman civil war of 69 CE. Alice has taught courses in Latin and Greek at all levels, on Roman topography and history, and on the mythological figure of Hercules through the ages; at Reed, she will teach both languages and in the Humanities 110 program. Prior to coming to Reed, she taught at Gustavus Adolphus College. Before that, she was Resident Instructor at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome. Alice earned her B.A. in Classics and History from Stanford University and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Physics Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Born in Germany, I studied physics at the Humboldt University in Berlin, obtained my Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in 2002 and joined Reed College in 2007 after a postdoctoral position at Duke University. I am interested in the nonlinear dynamics of dissipative systems and networks of such systems. Through an interplay of theory and tabletop experiments I address questions such as: How do systems transition from equilibrium to a state of complicated non-repeating oscillations as parameters are changed? How does one determine the value of those parameters from measured output? What new collective phenomena arise when several oscillatory systems are linked to form a network? How do these phenomena depend on the topology of the network, the coupling strengths and the coupling delays that arise due to finite signal propagation times? Experiments in my lab range from mechanical systems, such as a chaotic water wheel whose slow movements can be observed with the naked eye, to optoelectronic oscillators whose light intensity fluctuates on timescales of nanoseconds or less.

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faculty profile photo Zhe (Jasmine) Jiang, Assistant Professor of Economics

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Economics Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

My research interests lie in international macroeconomics, international trade and labor economics, with implications pertaining to wage inequality, labor market polarization and policy-related issues. My current research examines how policy shocks interact with labor market frictions in affecting firms’ decisions and workers’ choices, and thus shaping aggregate outcomes. My teaching interests include macroeconomics, international trade and inequality, international monetary systems and applied time series. I received my B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014 and my Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Washington in 2020. During my free time, I like to read, listen to music, and practice Chinese calligraphy.

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Biology Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Keith Karoly received his B.A. in biology from Whitman College and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in evolutionary biology from The University of Chicago, studying the reproductive biology of California annual lupines for his doctoral research. He conducted post-doctoral research at SUNY-Stony Brook and the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, investigating the pollination dynamics of avalanche lilies in Colorado and the evolution of separate sexes for a meadow rue in upstate New York. Keith began his current position in the Reed College Biology Department in 1994. He teaches Vascular Plant Diversity, Molecular Ecology, Introductory Biology, and seminar courses on Molecular Genetic Analyses of Plant Evolution and Plant-Human Ecological and Evolutionary Interactions. His research projects have been broadly centered on the genetics and ecology of plant evolutionary diversification, with a particular interest in the mating systems of flowering plants. Specific projects since arriving at Reed have included continuing studies of mating system variation in annual California lupines, the evolution of floral diversity in the mustard family, the phylogeography of the Oregon white oak, and genetic and ecological studies focused on understanding the recent evolutionary divergence of PNW larkspurs (the genus Delphinium) — several of which are species of conservation concern.

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faculty profile photo Dana E. Katz, Joshua C. Taylor Professor of Art History and Humanities

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Art Department
Division of the Arts

Dana E. Katz, Ph.D. (2003) in Art History from the University of Chicago, is Joshua C. Taylor Professor of Art History and Humanities at Reed College, where she teaches courses on Renaissance art, architecture, and material culture; early modern culture in Europe, the Americas, and the Muslim Mediterranean; and art historical methodologies. Her research explores representations of religious difference in the art and culture of early modern Italy. In particular, she studies the relations and negotiations between Jewish cultural history and the visual culture of the Italian Renaissance. A recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundations, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Renaissance Society of America, Katz is the author of The Jew in the Art of the Italian Renaissance (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008) and The Jewish Ghetto and the Visual Imagination of Early Modern Venice (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Her new book project redirects her study of religious difference to Islam in order to rethink how the heterogeneous Muslim worlds correlated with the Christian worlds of early modern Europe. In this project, Katz examines how material culture in the West pluralized the idea of Islam.

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faculty profile photo Sameer ud Dowla Khan, Associate Professor of Linguistics

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Linguistics Department
Division of Philosophy, Religion, Psychology, and Linguistics

Sameer joined the Linguistics Department at Reed College in 2012. His research interests lie in phonetics and phonology, areas that cover the physical attributes of speech sounds, the complex patterns they form, and the abstract representations they embody in our mental grammars. His publications focus on intonation, voice quality, and reduplication, with a particular interest in the languages of South Asia and Mesoamerica. Every year, he teaches phonetics, phonology, and half of the introductory course on formal linguistics. In selected years, he also teaches advanced courses on intonation, laboratory phonology, phonological knowledge, field methods, and South Asian languages. He serves as the director of the Lab of Linguistics, where faculty and students conduct research on diverse languages and their varieties.

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faculty profile photo Nathalia King, David Eddings Professor of English and Humanities

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English Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Educated in France, Germany and the US, Nathalia King holds a French baccalaureat, studied at the University of Freiburg, has a B.A. in Comparative Literature from UMass/Amherst and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from New York University. She has taught at Reed since 1987 and has been the recipient of Fulbright and Mellon grants. Her research focuses on the transitions between oral and literate cultures (in classical and modernist literature); text-image relations; and comparative accounts of consciousness in philosophy, psychology, and literature. Her courses include: Intro to Theory; Literary Theory; Description and Narration; the Literary Imagination and the Working Hand; and Theories of Mind: Representations of Consciousness.

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Music Department
Division of the Arts

Shohei Kobayashi, Assistant Professor of Music at Reed College, directs the Reed Chorus and Collegium Musicum and teaches courses in music theory and musicianship. In this work, Shohei synthesizes their experiences as a conductor, ensemble vocalist, and art song interpreter with their insights as a self-taught guitarist, singer/songwriter, and bandmate to connect and collaborate with musicians and music lovers of all backgrounds. As a music educator, Shohei has led choirs at University of Michigan, Oakland University, and Lewis & Clark College, and has also assisted the Choral Conducting Institute and the Adult Choir Camp programs at Interlochen College of Creative Arts. From 2016 to 2020, they served as assistant conductor for the UMS Choral Union, a 175-member auditioned symphonic chorus, and helped prepare the group for appearances with Budapest Festival Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Toledo Symphony Orchestra, and Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. Shohei has attended workshops nationally and internationally and has worked with Helmuth Rilling, Kathy Romey, David Hayes, Lucinda Carver, Andrew Megill, Simon Carrington, Larry Rachleff, Joseph Flummerfelt, Ann Howard Jones, and Jan Harrington. Shohei holds degrees from University of Michigan and Lewis & Clark College where he studied and performed with Eugene Rogers, Jerry Blackstone, and Katherine FitzGibbon. He is a member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization, Chorus America, and American Choral Directors Association.

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Mathematics Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

I work in the area of Real Analysis, more precisely, degenerate elliptic PDEs. I study properties of solutions to such equations and associated metric measure spaces. It turns out that metric spaces associated to some infinitely degenerate operators are not geometrically doubling, and there is not much theory available for such spaces yet. I received my Masters degree from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and a PhD from the University of Calgary in Canada. I received an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, which I took at McMaster University, and then I had a one year postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania before joining Reed in 2016.

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Political Science Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Chris was an assistant professor at James Madison University from 2007-2011 and has been at Reed since Fall 2011. His research interests include many aspects of the policy process, with a particular theoretical focus on policy design and implementation. Substantively, Chris has focused on environmental policy, homeland security policy, and the politics of state budgeting. Chris currently teaches introduction to public policy, state and local politics and policy, and environmental politics and policy. Chris' classes are also a part of the environmental studies (ES) program at Reed. He can be found talking politics and policy anywhere, but particularly where there is pinball, bowling, barbeque, and good fishing.

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Spanish Department
Division of Literature and Languages

I hold a PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures (Spanish) from the University of Michigan (2012) and joined Reed in August 2014. I also hold a master’s degree in urban planning and studies from Michigan, and was a practitioner architect before turning to academia. My area of specialization is 20th and 21st century Latin American literature and culture with an emphasis on contemporary Central America, Mexico and Peru. My research interests include critical, spatial and political theory, state violence and the languages of resistance, and the relation between culture, politics and the production of space, all of which I strive to incorporate in my teaching. I am currently at work on a book-length project on the languages and spaces of (counter)insurgency in Latin America.

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Mathematics Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

David Krumm is a number theorist specializing in the areas of arithmetic dynamics, Diophantine geometry, and algebraic number theory. He received a B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Costa Rica in 2005, a M.Sc. in Mathematics from Georgia Tech in 2008, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Georgia in 2013. Before joining the Reed faculty in 2018, he held visiting positions at Claremont McKenna College and Colby College.

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Theatre Department
Division of the Arts

Peter Ksander is a stage designer and theater artist who joined the Reed College Faculty in 2011. He holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and a BA from the University of Iowa. In the decade prior to arriving at Reed he created designs for performance events in both the United States and Europe. His work has been presented at The National Theater of Hungary, Maison des Arts de Creteil, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Public Theater, The Chocolate Factory, The Walker Art Center, Arts at St. Ann’s, La Mama ETC. PS122, HERE Arts Center, The Ontological-Hysteric Theater, The ICA (Boston), Theater for a New Audience, The TBA Festival, and the Under the Radar Festival as well as regional theaters around the country. In 2005 Peter was a recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program, through which he spent two years investigating how experimental theater ideas are explored at all levels of production in the United States. In 2006 He joined the curatorial board of the Ontological-Hysteric Incubator and for the next five years served as a curator of new and experimental work. During that time he worked alongside co-curator Brendan Regimbal to develop SHORTFORM, a residency program for artists to explore serial and sequential performance works. In 2008 he won an Obie award for the scenic design of Untitled Mars (this title may change) and in 2014 he won a Bessie award for the visual design of This was the End.

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Sociology Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Yaejoon Kwon is a historical sociologist and Asian Americanist. Her research focuses on the sociologies of the military, state, race, and empire. Her current book project examines how anti-Asian racism and sexism in the continental U.S. and overseas military bases are interrelated and thus, must be understood within the context of the historical origins and evolution of U.S. military occupations and colonialisms in Asia. She received a B.A. in sociology and Asian American studies from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. 

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Chemistry Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Rebecca began her career at Reed College, earning her BA in chemistry in 2001. During her time away from Reed, Rebecca completed a MS in chemistry at Stanford University and PhD in chemistry at UC Berkeley. In addition to her academic experience she also has industrial experience as an Associate Scientist at Dow Agrosciences and a research associate in medicinal chemistry at Genentech. While at Genentech, Rebecca was a key contributor to the discovery of Erivedge, a drug used for the treatment of basal cell carcinoma. Rebecca returned to campus as faculty in the fall of 2013. As an avid outdoors person and paragliding pilot, Rebecca is particularly concerned with reducing the environmental impact of organic chemistry. Her research interests are focused on developing non-toxic catalysts derived from bismuth. These catalysts will be used to synthesize new chemical bonds that are critical for drug & agrochemical research. Rebecca teaches introductory organic chemistry (Chem 202) and advanced synthetic organic chemistry (Chem 343).

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Classics Department
Division of Literature and Languages

I earned a BA in History and a BA in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies from Penn State University in 2006, and my PhD in 2013 from the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology (IPCAA) at the University of Michigan. Before coming to Reed in 2015, I taught at Kalamazoo College and Valparaiso University. My teaching and research interests both center on the history and archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean, in particular during the Hellenistic period (323-30 BCE). Geographically, I focus on the Eastern Mediterranean and Near East, especially Egypt. However, my broader interests encompass issues of cross-cultural interaction, imperialism, and material culture across the entire ancient Mediterranean, from the end of the Bronze Age (ca. 1200 BCE) into Late Antiquity (ca. 700 CE). My research specifically focuses on the archaeology of death and burial, and uses data from human burials to understand the social structures and practices of ancient societies. I am a field archaeologist, and I have excavated in Israel, Poland, and Egypt, where I conducted the field component of my dissertation research at the cemetery site of Abydos (a short article summarizing my finds can be found here). Recently I received a fellowship to undertake research in Cyprus.

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Physics Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Andrew Larkoski is a theoretical particle physicist whose research focuses on the physics of the Large Hadron Collider experiment, located in Geneva, Switzerland. He is most interested in jets: collimated streams of particles that are the manifestation of the strong nuclear force, quantum chromodynamics, at exceptionally high energies. Two recent papers published by Andrew developed methods that are now widely used in analyzing the data from the Large Hadron Collider.  Andrew double majored in physics and mathematics at the University of Washington before attending Stanford University for graduate school. He earned his Ph.D. in physics in 2012 and went on to postdoctoral positions at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. Andrew joined the physics faculty at Reed as a visiting assistant professor in 2016.

 

Benjamin Lazier, Professor of History and Humanities

History Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

I tend to be attracted to a kind of thinking that marries philosophical reflection to historical inquiry, with specific interests in technology, the environment, globalisms, psychoanalysis, religious thought, political thought, political economy, animality, the emotions, and movements for social action. I received my Ph.D. at UC Berkeley, taught for three years at the University of Chicago, and have been at Reed since 2005. As a scholar and writer, I have done some work in the history of religion, and my book, God Interrupted (Princeton, 2008), received awards from the American Academy of Religion and the Templeton Foundation. I've also co-edited a volume in the study of emotion called Fear: Across the Disciplines (Pittsburgh, 2012). I've since embarked on some new research projects, principally a history of the Whole Earth. A sample of that project, a capsule history of philosophical reactions to the first images of the Earth from space, appeared as an article ("Earthrise; or, the Globalization of the World Picture") in the American Historical Review. This year I am teaching a course on technology and social thought, on the Whole Earth, and a sequence of classes in modern Humanities from the Enlightenment era to the present. In the near future I hope to offer courses on the psychoanalytic tradition, on the history of emotions, and on the concept of the anthropocene era.

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Chinese Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Yun A. Lee studies Chinese fiction, print culture, and translation studies, with a focus on late imperial and early Republican Chinese short stories. Her latest work concerns the transformation of the Chinese short story that occurred at the beginning of the twentieth century, when large-scale narrative, linguistic, and formal experimentations of the genre took place and permanently changed the narrative and stylistic features of Chinese fiction. She has taught courses on modern Chinese and Sinophone literature and film, illustrated prints in 19th and 20th century China, and Chinese language courses at all levels. She received her M.A. from Columbia University and Ph.D. from the Ohio State University.

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English Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Laura Arnold Leibman is Professor of English and Humanities at Reed College. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1995. Her general field of interest is religion and American culture prior to the American Civil War. She is the author of Indian Converts (U Mass. P. 2008) and numerous academic articles, including three articles co-authored with Reed students, one of which won the 2015 Wasserman Essay Prize from the journal American Jewish History. She known for her scholarship in Digital Humanities and regularly teaches courses in this area. In addition to being the chair of the Digital Media Committee for the Association of Jewish Studies, she served as the academic director of the award-winning, multimedia public television series American Passages: A Literary Survey (2003). Her book Messianism, Secrecy and Mysticism: A New Interpretation of Early American Jewish Life (Vallentine Mitchell 2012) won a Jordan Schnitzer Book Award and a National Jewish Book Award, and was a Choice Outstanding Academic Title. She has been a Fulbright scholar at University of Panama and Utrecht University (Netherlands) and will be a visiting fellow at Oxford University in 2017. She is currently a Distinguished Lecturer for the Association of Jewish Studies. Her current book project uses material culture to explore the topic of Jews and race during the emancipation debates that swept the Americas in the 1790s-1830s.

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Spanish Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Monica received a PhD in Comparative Literature and a Graduate Certificate in Film Studies from the University of Michigan. She also holds a Law degree from the University of Valencia (Spain) and a LL.M. in Jurisprudence from the European Academy of Legal Theory (Belgium). At Reed she teaches a variety of interdisciplinary courses in film theory, law and violence, justice and the senses, and cinema and human rights. She has also taught at the School of International Relations of the Kyrgyz State National University and at the Faculty of Law of the University of Helsinki. Her research interests include contemporary Spanish film and literature, with particular emphasis on film theory, gender, aesthetics, and cultural and theoretical aspects of law. Her work has appeared in Revue Interdisciplinaire d'Etudes Juridiques, Conserveries Mémorielles, Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal, Política Común, Nordic Journal of Law and Social Research, as well as in various edited volumes. She is the co-editor of Rancière and Law (Routledge, 2018) and is currently finishing a monograph entitled Sensing Justice through Contemporary Spanish Cinema: Aesthetics, Politics, Law, to be published by Edinburgh University Press in 2019. She was co-editor in chief of the journal No Foundations: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Law and Justice from 2012 to 2017.

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Music Department
Division of the Arts

Morgan James Luker is Associate Professor of Music at Reed College. An ethnomusicologist, Morgan's scholarly work focuses on the cultural politics of Latin American music, with special emphasis on contemporary tango music in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His first book on this topic is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press. Morgan received a B.A. in Music History from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a M.A. and Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Columbia University. He joined the Reed faculty in 2010, and teaches a wide variety of courses on world music and culture, including the Cultural Study of Music, Music and Politics, Latin American Popular Music, and Musical Ethnography, among many others. Morgan is also the director of Tango For Musicians at Reed College, an intensive summer music program that brings musicians from around the world to Reed to study tango.

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Anthropology Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

I have served on the Reed College faculty in the Department of Anthropology since 2000. I received my Ph.D in anthropology from the University of Michigan (1999), where I pursued interdisciplinary graduate studies in Buddhist Studies, Chinese and Tibetan language and culture, and linguistic and cultural anthropology. For the past twenty years, I have been conducting ethnographic and historical research in the troubled Sino-Tibetan frontier zone (Gansu and Qinghai provinces, China). My first book, The Violence of Liberation: Gender and Tibetan Buddhist Revival in Post-Mao China, was published in 2007 by the University of California Press. That project was based on several years of fieldwork (1990s-early 2000s) in the famous Buddhist monastery town of Labrang in Gansu province. My current book project, funded by Fulbright Senior Scholar and American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowships, is The Politics of Presence: State-Led Development, Personhood and Power among Tibetans in China. In it, I analyze data I collected in a new, but historically related research site in Rebgong several mountain passes to the northwest. During this new stage of research (early 2000s-present), I have been looking at the multi-faceted impacts on Tibetan communities of state-led development projects unleashed since the Great Develop the West campaign (Ch. Xibu Da Kaifa) was launched in 2000.

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Dance Department
Division of the Arts

Professor Carla Mann has been a member of the dance faculty since 1995, teaching beginning through advanced levels of contemporary technique, choreography, improvisation, dance cultural studies and special projects. Her choreographic work includes dance for stage, alternative sites, installation and video. Mann has performed with Oslund+Co/Dance, tEEth, Bonnie Merrill and Minh Tran & Company among others. Mann was awarded a 2015 Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship and was recently profiled in Stance on Dance. During her 2015-16 sabbatical, Mann will serve as Associate Artistic Director of Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest and undertake a new choreographic commission for the Northwest Dance Project.

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Political Science Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Paul Manson conducts policy research on two primary areas: local election administration and community responses to disaster. These two areas overlap in the United States as they represent roles we leave to local government, without a strong national coordination function. Approaching this research requires an interdisciplinary approach. While Paul’s training is formally in public administration and policy analysis, he draws on sociology, economics, and political science to research these two areas. He is also the Research Director for the Early Voting Information Center here at Reed. His elections research focuses on understanding how and why local election administrators chose to serve the public as election officials. These officials in the US are largely women, and over half are elected to their position. Yet they have not been a focus of research. Paul’s disaster research focuses on community responses to predicted or potential risks, with a focus on what motivates them to prepare for recovery in advance of disaster events. These two research areas draw on both quantitative methods including survey administration, and qualitative methods.  Paul graduated from Reed in 2001 in anthropology and then pursued a Master of Public Administration before joining the private sector as a consulting environmental planner. Paul joined the PhD program at Portland State University in the Public Affairs and Policy program as a part of an NSF IGERT program on environmental planning and governance. Outside of academic life Paul has also served on commissions participating in local land use decisions and local government oversight committees.

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English Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Lucía Martínez Valdivia (Reed 2014-, PhD University of Pennsylvania 2014, MA Columbia University 2007, BMus Florida State University 2005) is an associate professor of English and Humanities at Reed College. She works primarily in early modern English poetry and non-dramatic prose, with a focus on Reformation politics and poetics. Lucía's first book project is titled Mere Meter: Early Modern Metrical Psalms and the Sound of English Poetry, and argues that metrical psalms produced in the sixteenth century — namely those found in early modern England's bestselling book, the Sternhold and Hopkins psalter — were central to the development of the idea and sound of post-medieval English "poetry." Her other current (and ongoing) interests include the lyric poetry of Sidney and Donne, music in Milton, family dynamics in Shakespeare, Spenser's shorter works and letters, and cognitive poetics. Lucía teaches various poetry-focused courses in the English department, including Introduction to Poetry and Poetics and a new upper-level class for 2017-18 on John Donne. 

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Mathematics Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

I am a survey statistician who develops estimation techniques that combine complex survey data with big data sources. Whether it's to estimate official statistics, related to canopy cover or occupational statistics, or to assess the impact of voter ID laws, I enjoy creating methods to learn from data. I also enjoy teaching my students how to learn from data and introducing them to R (an open source statistical software program). As a firm believer that undergraduate research enhances the educational experience, I involve students in my own work and co-chair two national programs: the Undergraduate Statistics Project Competitionand the Electronic Undergraduate Statistics Research Conference. Prior to joining the Reed faculty, I taught at Swarthmore College and Whitman College. I hold a PhD in statistics from Colorado State University and a BA in mathematics from St. Olaf College. 

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Biology Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Jay is Amgen-Perlmutter Professor of Biology and Chair of the Biology Department at Reed College, where he began teaching in 1999. Before he began teaching, Jay was a research scientist at Microgenics Corporation, a small biotechnology company in California (now a subsidiary of Thermo Fisher Scientific). Jay earned a BS in biochemistry, with a minor in music, in 1986 and a PhD in microbiology in 1994 from the University of California at Davis. He was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Germany and a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Vaccine Development at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. At Reed, he teaches courses in Microbiology, Immunology and a senior seminar on Bacterial Pathogenesis. His research focuses on the molecular pathogenesis of Escherichia coli bacteria. Jay has received funding for undergraduate student-driven research from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Murdock Charitable Trust, and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He and student co-authors have published a number of articles in professional journals, and he holds a patent for a therapeutic drug discovery technology. Jay is a curriculum section editor for the American Society for Microbiology's Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education.

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Political Science Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Tamara Metz's fields of interests include history of political thought, liberalism and its critics, feminist, democratic and critical theory, American political thought and theories of freedom. Her current research includes: care in diverse, liberal democracies. In Untying the Knot: Marriage, the State and the Case for Their Divorce (Princeton University Press, 2010), she explores the history of liberal treatment of the relationship between marriage and the state, and concludes that marriage should be disestablished. Metz is the co-editor of Justice, Politics, and the Family (Paradigm Press, 2014). Her work also appears in Just Marriage (Oxford, 2004), Contemporary Political Theory (2007), Politics & Gender (2010) and The Nation (2013). In addition to her work in political theory, she has a special interest in pedagogical issues especially those pertaining to thesis advising.

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German Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Jan Mieszkowski is a specialist in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European literature and philosophy. At Reed, he teaches courses in German and Comparative Literature and has been part of both the Ancient and Modern Humanities staffs. He regularly offers seminars in poetry and poetics, the methods of literary analysis, and continental philosophy. Jan is the author of Labors of Imagination: Aesthetics and Political Economy From Kant to Althusser and Watching War. His new book, Crises of the Sentence, has just appeared with the University of Chicago Press. His recent articles explore a variety of topics in Romanticism and critical theory, modern art and performance studies, and the philosophical and ideological foundations of contemporary literary criticism. A recipient of National Endowment of the Humanities and Mellon fellowships, he is on the editorial board of Postmodern Culture and recently completed a five-year term on the Modern Language Association’s Committee on Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century.

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faculty profile photo Ellen Millender, Omar and Althea Hoskins Professor of Classical Studies and Humanities

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Classics Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Ellen G. Millender is Professor of Classics and Humanities at Reed College. She received a B.A. and M.A. in Classics from Brown University, a B.A. in Literae Humaniores from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in the Graduate Group in Ancient History from the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Millender joined the Reed faculty in 2002 and received tenure in 2005. She teaches Humanities 110 (the first-year humanities class), Greek and Latin at all levels, and courses in Greek and Roman history and historiography. Her research focuses on both the history of ancient Sparta and Athenian representations of Spartan society in the fifth and fourth centuries BCE. She has published articles on a wide range of topics in Spartan social, political, and intellectual history, including literacy, kingship, military organization, and sexual and gender mores. Professor Millender’s recent work includes chapters on Spartan women and kingship in the Blackwell Companion to Sparta (A. Powell, ed., 2018), “Athens, Sparta, and the Τέχνη of Deliberation” in The Greek Superpower: Sparta in the Self-Definitions of Athenians, 33-60 (P. Cartledge and A. Powell, eds., 2018), and “A Contest in Charisma: Cynisca’s Heroization, Spartan Royal Authority, and the Threat of Non-Royal Glorification” in Political Religions in the Greco-Roman World: Discourses, Practices and Images, 34-63 (E. Koulakiotis and C. Dunn, eds., 2019). Her forthcoming publications focus on Spartan austerity, Spartan leadership, and the Athenian author Xenophon's construction of Spartan obedience.

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History Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Mary Ashburn Miller is a historian of modern Europe with a specialization in eighteenth and nineteenth-century France. She is the author of A Natural History of Revolution: Violence and Nature in the French Revolutionary Imagination (2011), and her current research is on the return of emigrants and refugees to France after the French Revolution. Her teaching interests include the history of war and violence, European travel and colonization, and the history of science; recent courses include Europe and North Africa in the Long Nineteenth Century and War & Peace in Europe, 1700-1914. She also teaches in Reed’s Humanities program. A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Mary received her B.A. from the University of Virginia, and her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. She joined Reed’s faculty in 2008.

Margot Minardi, Professor of History and Humanities

History Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Margot Minardi is a historian of the early American republic, with particular interests in reform movements, historical memory, slavery and freedom, and nationalism and colonialism. Her current research concerns American peace reformers in the nineteenth century. She is the author of Making Slavery History: Abolitionism and the Politics of Memory in Massachusetts, which won a first book prize from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. In 2011-2012, she was an MHS-NEH Long-Term Research Fellow at the Massachusetts Historical Society. At Reed, she offers courses on race, African American history, American social reform, antebellum U.S. history, and the American Revolution, and she also teaches in the college’s first-year interdisciplinary course, Humanities 110. Minardi came to Reed in 2007 after completing a Ph.D. at Harvard University.

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Akihiko Miyoshi, Associate Professor of Art

Art Department
Division of the Arts

Akihiko Miyoshi has been exploring the intersection between art and technology most frequently dealing with issues surrounding photographic representation. His works often reveal the conventions of perception and representation through tensions created by the use of computers and traditional photographic techniques. Miyoshi received a MFA in photography in 2005 from the Rochester Institute of Technology after taking a leave of absence as a PhD student in computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University to pursue art. His work has been exhibited widely including Portland, New York, Los Angeles, Rochester, Pittsburgh, and Toronto. He was named the International Award Winner of Fellowship 12 at The Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh PA and the finalist for the Betty Bowen Award in 2012 and Aperture Portfolio Prize in 2013. Miyoshi received a Hallie Ford Fellowship in 2012.

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Political Science Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Alexander H. Montgomery has published articles on dismantling proliferation networks and on the effects of social networks of international organizations on interstate conflict. His research interests include political organizations, social networks, weapons of mass disruption and destruction, social studies of technology, and interstate social relations. Most recently, he has been a Residential Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; prior to that he was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in Nuclear Security with a placement in the US Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy) working for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction. His portfolio included writing a new Department of Defense Strategy for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction.

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History Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Radhika Natarajan is a historian of Modern Imperial Britain, with particular interests in ethnicity, migration, decolonization, social democracy and multiculturalism. She is writing a book on engagements between social workers and migrants to Britain from the decolonizing empire, examining how these interactions transformed older, imperial frameworks of community and difference into contemporary multiculturalism. She has recently published an article in the Journal of British Studies on the Commonwealth Arts Festival of 1965, an important moment when the nations of the former empire came together to perform their post-imperial association. She received her PhD in 2013 from the University of California, Berkeley. She joined the Reed faculty in 2014 as Assistant Professor of History and Humanities. At Reed, she offers courses in British, Imperial and twentieth century history and also teaches in the college’s first-year interdisciplinary course, Humanities 110.

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Economics Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Noelwah R. Netusil is the Stanley H. Cohn Professor of Economics. Her research has explored the effect of urban environmental conditions, such as water quality, proximity to open spaces, vegetation, and green infrastructure, on property sale prices. Her current research investigates the willingness-to-pay for flood insurance and flood insurance literacy.  She is also collaborating with researchers from the UK, Netherlands, and China to study the future of blue-green infrastructure. Her classes include environmental and natural resources economics, economics of the public sector, and law and economics. Dr. Netusil is an Associate Editor at Landscape and Urban Policy and on is on the editorial board of Land Economics.

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Classics Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Nigel Nicholson is the Walter Mintz Professor of Classics. He has been at Reed since 1995, and received his B.A. from Oxford University and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He teaches Greek and Latin language, literature and culture classes, as well as Hum 110, the first-year Humanities class on the Ancient Mediterranean, Mexico and the Harlem Renaissance. His research focuses on Greek athletics and politics, lyric poetry, elite display, medicine, and Sicily and southern Italy. He recently wrote The Poetics of Victory in the Greek WestEpinician, Oral Tradition and the Deinomenid Empire (Oxford University Press, 2015) and edited a special issue of the "Paedagogus" section of Classical World 108 (2015) on teaching literary theory to graduates and undergraduates in Classics. he also completed a joint project with Dr. Nathan Selden of Oregon Health and Sciences University for Oxford University Press, The Rhetoric of Medicine: Contemporary Lessons from Ancient Greece (2019). He was named Oregon Professor of the Year in 2005 and, after seven years on the administrative side of the college, is excited about returning to the classroom full-time. See Nigel's Classics department webpage.

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Economics Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Tristan Nighswander is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Reed College. His research focuses on the intersection of behavioral economics and macroeconomics, with applications pertaining to wealth inequality, investment in higher education, and the general equilibrium implications of behavioral biases. Tristan's teaching interests include intermediate macroeconomics, growth and inequality, behavioral economics, and computational economics. He received his B.A. from Xavier University in 2011 and his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 2018. 

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Psychology Department
Division of Philosophy, Religion, Psychology, and Linguistics

Kathryn C. Oleson, PhD, joined the Reed faculty in 1995. She currently serves as Dean of the Faculty, and is a Professor of Psychology and former Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. She was a National Institute of Mental Health Postdoctoral Fellow at The Ohio State University from 1993-1995 after finishing her Ph.D. in Social Psychology at Princeton University funded by a National Science Foundation graduate fellowship. She has been Associate Editor of the journal Basic and Applied Social Psychology and co-editor (with Robert Arkin and Patrick Carroll) of the Handbook of the Uncertain Self. Much of her research has examined the reactions of the social self in challenging academic contexts, concentrating on self-doubt, achievement goals, academic procrastination, and behavioral strategies. Currently, her primary research project is exploring ways to make the college classroom more inclusive, with a particular focus on productive and unproductive discomfort. She teaches a range of courses including Introduction to Psychology, Research Design and Data Analysis, Social Psychology, Interpersonal Perception, Stereotyping and Prejudice, and The Social Self. She seeks to actively involve students in the learning process and to help them develop important skills in writing, research, and critical thinking; in her courses students are engaged with research design and implementation that involves the collection and analysis of new data.

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Art Department
Division of the Arts

Geraldine Ondrizek is a Professor of Art and artist at Reed College in Portland Oregon. For the last twenty-five years she has created architectural installations and artist books based on medical and genetic information to explore personal and political issuesEacpiece results from lengthy collaborations with scientists and medical researchers with the goal of producing work that incorporates and comments on medicine, genetics, and ethics.  She has had over 40 solo exhibitions internationally and is the recipient of several grants and residencies including an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Ford Family Foundation, the Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship, University of Washington Genetic Medicine Commission, NASA at the Johnson Space Center, the Houston Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and a NEA exhibition support grant. Residencies include UNESCO Artist in Residence Amman Jordon and Marnay sur Seine France, Gasworks London, Momentum AIR and the Max Plank Archive, Berlin.  Her recent exhibition include, The Hallie Ford Museum at Willamette University, Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción Chile, Bienal Concepción, Arte & Ciencia, Chile Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Berlin Germany,  Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art Karlsruhe, Germany, The Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, England, Momentum Berlin, the Nassir School of Art Gallery, Jerusalem, Haber Space, New York, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, King Street Station, Seattle, Evergreen College Gallery, Olympia, The Boise Art Museum, Florida International University and The University of Houston. Her work has been collected by The Portland Art Museum, John Hopkins University, MIT, Sanofi-Genzyme, The University of Washington Department of Medical Genetics, and Florida International University. Her current projects include; Chromosome 2, Genes Controlling Our Proteins, A public art commission for WVU Cancer Institute, Berkeley Medical Center, Martinsburg, West Virginia  and  Becoming You, A book showing the process of human fertilization, gestation and genetic testing. Written by Dr. Shizuko Takahashi ’95 with images by Geraldine Ondrizek. She received her BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MFA from the University of Washington.

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Mathematics Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Kyle Ormsby studies topology, especially homotopy theory and its interactions with algebraic geometry. He earned his Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of Michigan, and then worked as an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT before joining the Reed College math department in 2014. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Oslo and at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, California. Ormsby was a co-organizer for the conferences Equivariant and motivic homotopy theory (hosted at Reed with colleague Angélica Osorno, May 2015) and Equivariant derived algebraic geometry at the American Institute of Mathematics (June 2016). He has supervised undergraduate theses and research projects on topics ranging from topological quantum field theory to modular forms to algebraic K-theory, the final project under the auspices of an NSF grant-funded summer program, The K-group. At Reed, Ormsby is currently developing the course Knot theory, knot practice, an inclusive introduction to contemporary mathematics through the lens of knot theory.

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Mathematics Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Angélica M. Osorno is an associate professor of mathematics. She does research in algebraic topology, with a particular interest in higher category theory and its connections with higher K-theory and infinite loop space theory. She received a B.Sc. in Mathematics from MIT in 2005, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics, also from MIT, in 2010. She joined the Reed faculty in 2013. She was the invited faculty speaker at the Underrepresented Students in Topology and Algebra Research Symposium in April 2015.

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Sociology Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Yalçın Özkan is a qualitative sociologist, and he specializes in the fields of culture, law and society, economic and political sociology with an empirical focus on contemporary Turkey. His book project concerns the extraordinary frequency of work-related deaths in Turkey by calling attention to the law's part in this hazardous regime. His account contributes to the debate about the moral logics and limits of monetary restitution, and over the capacity of the disadvantaged to claim social justice through the law. This project has received support from the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship. His previous work, "Bringing 'A Different Femininity:' Immigrant Women from Bulgaria and Local Co-workers on a Factory Floor in Turkey," published at Qualitative Sociology. He is also a co-editor of Trajectories of Female Employment in the Mediterranean (Palgrave Macmillan), with Ayşe Buğra. Yalçın completed a Ph.D. in Sociology at UMass Amherst. At Reed, he teaches Introduction to Sociology, Law and Society, and Power, Hegemony, and Resistance.

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Economics Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Jeffrey Parker teaches a wide range of courses at Reed, mostly related to macroeconomics. In addition to the core macroeconomics courses, he teaches classes in monetary and fiscal policy, economic growth, econometrics, and the economics of science and technology. His current research has focused around estimating equilibrium long-run unemployment rates for U.S. states and small European states and regions. He has also done research on the economics of higher education, including work on the demand for liberal-arts colleges, determinants of achievement by Reed students, and classroom peer effects in core courses such as Hum 110. He completed his Ph.D. at Stanford University and taught for nearly a decade at the University of Houston prior to joining the Reed faculty in 1988. During the 2015-16 academic year, he will be in residence at the University of Economics, Bratislava on a Fulbright Fellowship.

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Linguistics Department
Division of Philosophy, Religion, Psychology, and Linguistics

Matt Pearson received his BA in linguistics from Reed College in 1992, and his PhD in linguistics from UCLA in 2001. He has taught at Reed since 2001. The founding chair of Reed’s Linguistics Department, Matt teaches courses dealing with formal theory and grammatical analysis, focusing on morpho-syntax (the structure of words and sentences), typology and language universals, and the grammatical description of the world’s languages. He also teaches courses on semantics (the relationship between sentence structure and interpretation) and field methods (techniques for eliciting morpho-syntactic data from native speakers). Matt’s scholarship focuses on the syntax of Malagasy, the language of Madagascar. He has worked with native speakers of Malagasy in Madagascar, Montreal, and Los Angeles, and his research has appeared in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory and other publications. Matt is also interested in constructed languages, and in 1996 he developed the alien language for the NBC science fiction show Dark Skies.

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Mathematics Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

David Perkinson was trained in algebraic geometry at the University of Chicago (Ph.D. 1990). He has published on the subjects of toric varieties, the inflectionary behavior of embeddings, polyhedra, hyperplane arrangements, and tilings. His current research interest is the Abelian sandpile model (ASM) and the closely related subject of divisors on graphs, for which the central object of study is the discrete Laplacian operator on a network. Perkinson has been a visitor at the University of Oslo, Norway, and the University of Genoa, Italy, and has taught at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences in South Africa, in Ghana, and in Cameroon. He has recently served as co-organizer for workshops on the Abelian sandpile model: Generalizations of chip-firing and the critical group (July 2013) American Institute of Mathematics, Palo Alto, CA, and Sandpile groups (November 2015) BIRS-CMO, Oaxaca, Mexico. In his 25 years of teaching at Reed College, he has advised approximately 40 senior theses on a wide range of topics.

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Psychology Department
Division of Philosophy, Religion, Psychology, and Linguistics

I joined the Reed faculty in 2011, after earning a Ph.D. in Psychology from Colorado State University in 2007, followed by four years of post-doctoral research in Neuroscience at UCSD. My primary research interests center around the search for the neural substrates of consciousness. In psychology and cognitive neuroscience, it is generally accepted that most of what the brain does, it does so automatically, unconsciously. Because we have conscious experiences, however, some aspects of what the brain does must result in our subjective awareness of the world and of our own thoughts and feelings. A key unanswered question that my research seeks to resolve is: How does brain activity differ during conscious versus unconscious processing of objects and events in our world? To address this question, the primary strategy I use is to compare brain activity elicited by the same physical stimulus (typically visual or auditory) when it is perceived versus not-perceived, or perceived as X versus Y. In my lab we measure electrical brain activity non-invasively with EEG and use psychophysics, behavioral tasks, and eye tracking to manipulate attention and awareness in human subjects. My teaching relates to my research by providing students with a background in cognitive neuroscience methods, sensation and perception research, and specialized investigations into the neuroscience of consciousness and attention and consciousness research. I currently share research space with my colleague, Enriqueta Canseco-Gonzalez who studies neural mechanisms of language processing, and our lab is collectively known as the "SCALP Lab," an acronym for "Sensation, Cognition, Attention, Language, and Perception Lab."

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Mathematics Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Jamie Pommersheim, Katharine Piggott Professor of Mathematics, joined the Reed faculty in 2004. He held post-doctoral positions at the Institute for Advanced Study, M.I.T., and U.C. Berkeley, and served on the mathematics faculty at New Mexico State University and Pomona College. Pommersheim has published research papers in a wide variety of areas, including algebraic geometry, number theory, and topology. Much of his recent work centers around quantum computation, specifically quantum learning algorithms. For many years, Pommersheim has taught talented high-school students at Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth (CTY), as well as the Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics (HCSSiM). His 2010 number theory text, co-written with Tim Marks and Erica Flapan, provides a rigorous yet leisurely-paced introduction to the subject.

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English Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Roger Porter is Emeritus Professor of English and Humanities. He joined the faculty in 1961, and retired in 2015, though he’s continued to teach an emeritus course in literature. His research interests have centered on the criticism of autobiography, memoir, and life-writing, and he has written three books on the subject: The Voice Within (Knopf), Self-Same Songs: Autobiographical Performances and Reflections (Nebraska), and Bureau of Missing Persons: Writing the Secret Lives of Fathers (Cornell). He has published extensively in major academic journals. His teaching at Reed has centered on Shakespeare, non-fictional prose, modern novels, drama, autobiography, and Humanities 110 and 220. He has had Fulbright Fellowships to teach in Hong Kong and Greece, and has taught at the American University of Paris, the University of Versailles, and in Egypt, as well as lecturing in over 20 countries; and has been a guest professor at Emory University and SUNY Buffalo. He and Emeritus Professor of Physics Robert Reynolds edited the volume Thinking Reed for the college’s 100th anniversary. Porter has also been a food writer and restaurant critic, earning a James Beard nomination for distinguished restaurant criticism, and recently co-edited with Sandra Gilbert Eating Words: A Norton Anthology of Food Writing (Norton). He has a BA from Amherst College and a PhD from Yale University.

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English Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Kritish Rajbhandari received his BA in English from Reed College and his PhD in Comparative Literature from Northwestern University. His research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of global anglophone literature, postcolonial theory, transnational studies, and critical theory. His article, forthcoming in Research in African Literatures, examines betrayal Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s A Grain of Wheat in the context of the colonial and nationalist representations of the Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya. His current book project takes the Indian Ocean as a transnational framework to explore the relationship between fiction and history in contemporary novels from South Asia and Eastern Africa. It argues that these novels rewrite the past in a self-conscious mode that exposes the limits of the various forms of community imagined in the Indian Ocean. Kritish also translates poetry from Nepal Bhasa to English, some of which have been published in the journal La.Lit. Besides Hum 110, Kritish will teach courses that focus on the novel in Africa and South Asia.

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Computer Science Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

David Ramirez studies wireless communication networks by evaluating and promoting the adoption of new communication methods (e.g., wireless full-duplex or use of millimeter-wave frequencies) to deliver new services with greater requirements (e.g., higher reliability, lower delay, or computation-intensive algorithms in computationally limited devices) that will have a positive societal impact. Beyond research, David is actively engaged in efforts to increase the participation and success of underrepresented groups in STEM fields. David earned a bachelor's degree in Engineering Physics from Tec de Monterrey and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rice University. He held postdoctoral positions at New York University and Princeton University before arriving at Reed College in 2020.

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Political Science Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

I am a Professor of Political Science at Reed College, a Carnegie (2003) and Fulbright (2009) scholar. My work concentrates on violence in modern societies, and particularly on modern torture. I am trained as a political philosopher, comparative political scientist, and social theorist, and so my writing reflects both concerns for the causes and effects of violence, as well as what it can tell us about the human condition and how our world is changing. My teaching also follows my scholarly concerns. I teach advanced courses in political philosophy (Injustice, Augustine and Hobbes, Muslim Kingship, Dangerous Speech, Hobbes and Schmitt), courses in comparative politics (Iran and American Social Science, Torture Prevent, Torture in Wars Transitional Justice, Comparative Revolutions), and courses in social theory (Muslim as Enemy, Max Weber, Power, Approaches to Violence, and Foucault, Latour, Bourdieu). You can find information on my award-winning book Torture and Democracy (2007) here. Allow me to direct you to my personal webpage for further information on my recent scholarly work and other activities. This official website includes links to reviews, editorials, magazine articles, public lectures, and radio and television appearances. It also includes information on my first book, a major study of modern Iranian torture (Torture and Modernity: Self, Society, and State in Modern Iran (Westview, 1994)).

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Biology Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

In a nutshell, I use computer science to solve biological problems. I joined the Biology Department in the Fall of 2015 after studying how cells respond to external signals as a postdoctoral researcher at Virginia Tech. Before that, I received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Brown University, where I was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and taught a computational thinking class for humanities majors, and I received my B.A. from Carleton College. My research explores different ways to model biological systems using computers, concentrating on the ways diseases such as cancer affect these systems. I am excited to present students with computational methods to use in their biology study and research — my lab is filled with computers! I hope my teaching promotes interdisciplinary learning in a way that attracts a wide array of students, including those typically under-represented in the field.

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Mathematics Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Marcus Robinson does research in commutative algebra and algebraic geometry. His recent work has focused on computing a certain algebraic invariant called a uniform bound on symbolic powers. In addition to his research, he has contributed to the development of the computer algebra software Macaulay2. Marcus received his BA from Reed College in 2013 and recently completed work on his PhD at the University of Utah. 

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English Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Peter Rock joined the Reed College faculty in 2001. He teaches the writing of prose, both fiction and non-fiction, with special interest in the intersection between the two, economical forms, the fantastic and invisible, animals, ghosts and linkages of every kind. His favorite book is most likely Yasunari Kawabata’s Palm-of-the-Hand Stories or Maggie Nelson’s Bluets.  Or Octavia Butler’s Bloodchild. Rock was born and raised in Salt Lake City. His most recent novel, The Night Swimmers, was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner award; it involves open water swimming, fatherhood, psychic photography and the use of isolation tanks as a means to inhabit the past. He is also the author of the novels SPELLS, Klickitat, The Shelter Cycle, My Abandonment, The Bewildered, The Ambidextrist, Carnival Wolves and This Is the Place, as well as a story collection, The Unsettling.  Rock attended Deep Springs College, received a BA in English from Yale University, and held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. He has taught fiction at the University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Deep Springs College, and in the MFA program at San Francisco State University.  His stories and freelance writing have both appeared and been anthologized widely, and his books published in various countries and languages. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, an Alex Award and others, he resides in Portland with his wife, who saves lives, two fierce young daughters, and various animals. The film adaptation of My Abandonment, directed by Debra Granik, premiered at Sundance and Cannes and was released to critical acclaim in 2018.

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Jon Rork, Professor of Economics

Economics Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Jon Rork joined Reed College in 2010, having previously been on the faculty at the University of New Hampshire, Vassar College and Georgia State University. Rork studies a variety of issues in state and local public finance. His current research interests are in the realm of state taxation, interjurisdictional competition, and the economic determinants of interstate migration, especially as it pertains to the elderly. At Reed, Rork teaches courses in microeconomic theory, game theory, public finance, urban economics and behavioral economics.

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Chemistry Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

I received my B.S. in Chemistry in 2013 from the University of Tennessee and completed my Ph.D. in Chemical Biology at the University of Michigan. As a bioinorganic chemist, my research interests lie at the intersection of chemistry, biology, and physics, and I use a variety of spectroscopic techniques to observe metal-binding proteins as they transport biological metal ions and catalyze poorly-understood chemical reactions. Outside of the lab, I enjoy walks with my dogs and sewing clothes. I will be teaching Chem 101 (Molecular Structure and Properties) for the Fall 2020 term and I’m excited to think about fundamental forces of the universe with my students. 

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Classics Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Sonia Sabnis is Associate Professor of Classics and Humanities. She received her B.A. from Columbia University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to Reed in 2006 she was a Predoctoral Fellow at Vassar College. Her work focuses on literature of the Roman empire, primarily the works of Apuleius and Lucian, and the ways in which these authors depict slavery, ethnic alterity, imperial authority, and animals. Recent work has focused on reception, including a book chapter on Robert Graves’ and T.E. Lawrence’s reading of Apuleius’ Golden Ass (Robert Graves and the Classical Tradition, ed. Alisdair Gibson, Oxford University Press 2015). In addition to Humanities 110, she teaches Latin and Greek at all levels and particularly enjoys advanced classes in Hellenistic Poetry, Apuleius, and Longus.

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Biology Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

I started at Reed in 2011 after attending a small liberal arts college for undergraduate, finishing my PhD at Indiana University, and doing a couple of post-docs. My training is in evolutionary genetics and genomics, and my specific area of expertise is mobile DNA. At Reed, I teach a variety of courses on these topics and work with students individually who are interested in learning about how mutations occur, and how they affect organisms. In addition to regular courses, I organize workshops to introduce students to problems and tools in bioinformatics and genomics — a frontier in the field of biology right now that lends itself to the intense learning environment provided by the workshop format. In terms of doing science, the major themes of research in the lab that I spearhead provide lots of opportunities for students to do research, often for the first time. That's not the whole story though, since often students come to me with their own research passions and a strong desire to develop their own ideas. These collaborations are also very rich and rewarding — I enjoy learning as much as my students do.

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Philosophy Department
Division of Philosophy, Religion, Psychology, and Linguistics

Margaret Scharle (PhD 2005, UCLA) works in ancient philosophy, with special interest in Aristotelian natural philosophy. Her papers have appeared in Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, Phronesis, and Apeiron, and most recently in Theory and Practice in Aristotle's Natural Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and in Aristotle's Physics, A Critical Guide (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Her current projects include papers on Aristotle’s Generation and Corruption II.4 and on Aristotle’s use of protreptic rhetoric in his natural philosophy. She and a senior philosophy major were awarded a Ruby-Lankford Grant for Collaborative Research in the Humanities to co-author a paper on teleology in Aristotle’s Politics. They recently presented their work at the American Philosophical Association meeting in San Francisco. 

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Religion Department
Division of Philosophy, Religion, Psychology, and Linguistics

Kristin Scheible is a scholar of South Asian Religions. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University, M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, and B.A. from Colby College. Her research interests include Theravāda Buddhist history, the genre of historical narrative literature (vaṃsa) in the Pāli language, rhetorical strategies employed in Pāli and Sanskrit texts, and the affective domain provoked by religious texts. Her first book, Reading the Mahāvaṃsa: The Literary Aims of a Theravāda Buddhist History (Columbia University Press, 2016), explores the work-like dimension of the fifth century Sri Lankan Mahāvaṃsa, and destabilizes the dominant reading of this text as a political charter. In 2014, after ten years at Bard College, she enthusiastically returned home to Portland to join the Reed faculty and raise her three kids under Douglas firs. She is a member of the Hum 110 faculty, and teaches courses in Buddhism, Hinduism, emotion and the arousal of faith, gender and South Asian religious nationalisms.

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Sociology Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Marc Schneiberg received his BA from Haverford College, and his PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has taught at Reed since 2000. He is an economic and organizational sociologist who researches the rise, contemporary fates, and economic consequences of organizational diversity and alternatives to giant, shareholder corporations in American capitalism. This work addresses both the evolution of cooperative and other alternative enterprise systems in the US, including electrical and agricultural cooperatives, insurance mutuals, community banks, and credit uinons, and how the emergence of such enterprises can help upgrade markets, regulate corporations, and foster more decentralized and small stakeholder trajectories of capitalist development. Schneiberg also studies association, regulation and self-regulation in American manufacturing and finance. He is Editor of Socio-Economic Review, and Consulting Editor of Sociological Science, has served on the executive councils of the American Sociological Association and the Society for the Advancement of Socio Economics, and has twice received National Science Foundation support for his research. He teaches courses in economic and organizational sociology (Economic Sociology, Institutional Analysis, American Capitalism, Sociology of Finance, Regulation) but also Race and Ethnicity and Race, Economic Sociology, and Organizations. His papers and course syllabi can be found on his webpage.

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faculty profile photo Darrell Schroeter '95, Professor of Physics

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Physics Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

As a condensed matter theorist, my teaching in the physics department at Reed College has focused on Physics 201 (our students' introduction to mathematical methods), solid-state physics, and the advanced quantum mechanics course. My education began at Reed College in 1991 and I received my PhD in physics from Stanford University in 2002. From 2007-2009, working with my thesis student Eliot Kapit (Reed '05), I published a pair of papers in Physical Review Letters and Physical Review B which identified a microscopic model for a state of matter known as the chiral spin liquid. This is the work of which I am the most proud, in part because it is a significant scientific accomplishment, but also because the solution to the problem arose from the senior thesis experience at Reed. Recently, I have been working with Reed students both during the summer and during the year on a type of magnetic ordering known as orbital antiferromagnetism that may play a role in the phenomenon of high-Tc superconductivity.

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faculty profile photo Janis Shampay, Howard Vollum Professor of Biology

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Biology Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

I received my BA from Northwestern and PhD in Molecular Biology from UC Berkeley. At Berkeley I trained with Elizabeth Blackburn, and was centrally involved in the work leading to the discovery of telomerase, which replenishes chromosome ends and rescues them from the shortening that comes with cell division. After postdoctoral work in the human gene-mapping field, I returned to telomeres when I joined Reed in 1990. My current research interests lie in the regulation of telomere function in the frog, Xenopus laevis, which expresses active telomerase in all tissues. Since coming to Reed I have taught genetic and molecular biology topics at all levels, from the team-taught introductory biology sequence, through a core lecture-lab course in gene regulation, to an advanced seminar on contemporary telomere research.

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faculty profile photo Alice Shen, Visiting Assistant Professor of Linguistics

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Linguistics Department
Division of Philosophy, Religion, Psychology, and Linguistics

I received my B.A. in French from Amherst College in 2014, and my Ph.D. in Linguistics from University of California Berkeley in 2020. My research interests are in phonetics, psycholinguistics, and bilingualism. I work primarily on spoken language comprehension and production, particularly of code-switching. I recently published an article in Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, about how Mandarin-English bilinguals recruit phonetic cues to anticipate upcoming code-switches during listening. I also worked on developing data infrastructure for Natural Language Processing systems at Facebook this past summer. This year, I will be teaching phonology, phonetics, and bilingualism, co-teaching the introductory formal linguistics course, as well as directing the Lab of Linguistics.

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faculty profile photo Gail Berkeley Sherman, Professor of English and Humanities

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English Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Having taught at SUNY/Plattsburgh and UCLA, Gail Berkeley Sherman came to Reed in 1981 with degrees from Barnard College and Princeton University. She has received NEH and Mellon grants, and has published on Chaucer and on twentieth-century American literature. She teaches mostly twentieth-century American literature in the English department, and in Hum 110, she has lectured on The Iliad, The Odyssey, The Oresteia, The Bacchae, Genesis, the Book of Esther, The Gospel according to Matthew, Ovid's Metamorphoses, and Apuleius' The Golden Ass as well as many other texts that no longer appear on the syllabus. Sherman enjoys working with students on overcoming their writing challenges, discovering their academic strengths and passions, and introducing lesser-known works in the American canon. She is currently writing parts of a book provisionally entitled Deafness and Disability in American Fiction: Marginalities of the Center, which puts the fiction of Joanne Greenberg into dialogue with works by writers from Eudora Welty to Toni Morrison.

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Chemistry Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

I am a computational chemist. In my case, this means using computer programs grounded in quantum mechanics to construct molecular models and predict molecular properties. On the research side, I have used models to unravel chemical reaction mechanisms, interpret novel bonding mechanisms, and quantitatively predict chemical toxicity. Most of my work has focused on developing and disseminating ways to use models to teach chemistry. I have also been involved in the development of student-friendly computer apps, like Spartan and iSpartan (Wavefunction, Inc.) that quite literally give students the ability to "see" molecules and molecular properties. Education: B.S. '76 Calif. Institute of Technology; Ph.D. '81 U. Wisconsin-Madison. Selected awards: Camille and Henry Dreyfus Distinguished New Faculty in Chemistry '85; Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) '11. Professional service: Wavefunction, Inc. (Consultant, Author); Feature Editor (Molecular Modeling Exercises & Experiments), Journal of Chemical Education '05-'09.

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Paul Silverstein, Professor of Anthropology

Anthropology Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Paul A. Silverstein is a cultural anthropologist of North Africa and the North African diaspora. He holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of Chicago and has been at Reed since 2000. He is author of Postcolonial France: Race, Islam and the Future of the Republic (Pluto, 2018) and Algeria in France: Transpolitics, Race, and Nation (Indiana, 2004), and co-editor (with Ussama Makdisi) of Memory and Violence in the Middle East and North Africa (Indiana, 2006) and (with Jane Goodman) of Bourdieu in Algeria: Colonial Politics, Ethnographic Practices, Theoretical Developments (Nebraska, 2009). He is completing an ethnography on Amazigh/Berber ethno-politics, historical consciousness, and development in southeastern Morocco, and has been pursuing new research on the history and politics of immigrant labor in the coal mines of post-war Europe. He chairs the board of directors of the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP).

faculty profile photo Peter J. Steinberger, Robert H. and Blanche Day Ellis Professor of Political Science and Humanities

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Political Science Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Peter Steinberger is Robert H. and Blanche Day Ellis Professor of Political Science and Humanities. A member of the Reed faculty since 1977, he teaches political philosophy. He is a former president of the Western Political Science Association and served as Reed’s Dean of the Faculty from 1997 to 2010. His books include The Politics of Objectivity: An Essay on the Foundations of Political Conflict (Cambridge University Press, 2015), The Problem With God: Why Atheists, True Believers and Even Agnostics Must All be Wrong (Columbia University Press, 2013), The Idea of the State (Cambridge University Press, 2004), The Concept of Political Judgment (University of Chicago Press, 1993), Logic and Politics: Hegel’s Philosophy of Right (Yale University Press, 1988) and Ideology and the Urban Crisis (State University of New York Press, 1985). His articles have appeared in most of the major political science journals including American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics and Political Theory, as well as in such general interest publications as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Christian Science Monitor.

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faculty profile photo Lisa M. Steinman, Kenan Professor of English and Humanities

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English Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Lisa M. Steinman, who came to Reed in 1976 with an MFA and a PhD from Cornell University, has published nine books:  six books of poetry (from Ithaca House, Arrowood Books, and the University of Tampa Press) and three books about poetry (from Yale University Press, St. Martin's, and Blackwell) as well as many individual poems and articles about poetry. She is also a founder and editor of Hubbub, a poetry journal. Her work has been recognized by various granting agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Rockefeller Foundation, although it was her passion for teaching that drew her to Reed College. She has taught in three of Reed's four Humanities courses and teaches a variety of English courses (including introductory poetry classes and advanced courses, especially on modernist and contemporary American poetry). She has recently lectured on the place of poetry in U.S. culture, on African-American poetry, and on the poetry of Wallace Stevens at colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad.

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Anthropology Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

LaShandra Sullivan (Ph.D., University of Chicago 2013) researches race and environmental politics in Brazil. She conducts fieldwork in Rio de Janeiro, as well as in the center-west state of Mato Grosso do Sul. Sullivan’s research in Rio de Janeiro focuses on the intersections of Black activism, LGBTQ organizing, and black empowerment in the city, particularly as it regards historical transformations in land ownership and land occupation. In Mato Grosso do Sul, Sullivan conducted research in roadside squatter camps of indigenous land protesters and their confrontations with agribusiness plantation owners. Based on this research, her book manuscript analyzes the emergence of squatter protests with rural economic development—specifically deforestation, mass displacement of indigenous people, and the casualization of labor—in recent decades.

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Art Department
Division of the Arts

I am delighted to be a visiting professor this year in Reed’s Art Department. For the past 25 years I headed up the Book + Print Department at Oregon College of Art and Craft, which has sadly closed its doors after 112 years. My teaching specialized in letterpress printing, hand bookbinding, text and image relationship theory, and integrated approaches to artist books. My studio practice is curious about the relationship between text, object and reader. I search for visual and material strategies to reveal this relationship. My ideas find their home mostly within the form of the artist book, but also in 2d printed work, installations, a variety of time-art modes. A recent project, The Slow Read, simulcast Willa Cather’s novel My Ántonia in small daily increments to any reader around the globe. This work has been supported by career and project awards from the Oregon Arts Commission, Ford Family Foundation, Oregon Humanities Foundation and the Regional Arts and Culture Council. My teaching and art practice have taken me to Mexico, Europe and China, teaching twice as a Fulbright Professor in Leipzig, Germany and Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic. BS (Fine Art) Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison. MFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Dance Department
Division of the Arts

Born in Vietnam, Visiting Professor Minh Tran immigrated to the United States in 1980 as a political refugee. In addition to receiving dance training in classical Vietnamese opera at the National School of Fine and Performing Arts in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), he holds a MFA from the University of Washington and Bachelor’s degree and Dance Certificate from Portland State University. Minh joined Reed Dance Department in the Fall 2008. Minh has created over thirty choreographic works, performed throughout the United States and internationally in Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. Minh's work has received numerous grants and fellowships, including those from the Regional Arts & Culture Council; White Bird / Tiffany & Company New Works Fund; Oregon Arts Commission; UCLA's Asian & Pacific Performance Exchange Initiative; New York's Dance Theater Workshop Suitcase Fund’s Mekong Project with support from the Rockefeller Foundation; and New England Foundation for the Arts/National Dance Project for his work with his dance company, Minh Tran & Company. Minh teaches intermediate and advanced technique and choreography, special projects courses, and Dance Traditions of Southeast Asian Civilization.

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faculty profile photo Monica VanBladel, Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish and Humanities

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Spanish Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Monica VanBladel is a scholar of 20th- and 21st-century Latin American literature and culture. Regionally, her work focuses on Mexico, and her theoretical interests center on the political valences of religious thought in the region. (What is gained or lost in referring to indigenous tradition as "religion"? Can some Catholic ideas possibly be decolonial?) Originally from Illinois, Monica studied Spanish and philosophy at the University of Notre Dame (2012) and received her Ph.D. in Iberian and Latin American Cultures at Stanford University (2019). She is a committed teacher of language through culture, and looks forward to supporting students’ intermediate- and advanced-level language development through the study of social movements, film, and literary texts, and a Spring seminar on religion and modernity in Latin American literature.

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Music Department
Division of the Arts

Kirsten Volness is Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Reed College. She is an electro/acoustic composer and pianist whose music is inspired by nature, myth, science, and environmental and sociopolitical issues. She has received commissions from the BMI Foundation, ASCAP/SEAMUS, World Future Council Foundation, and Third Practice Electroacoustic Festival, writing new works for Hotel Elefant, NOW Ensemble, Transient Canvas, Ann Arbor Symphony, and Experiential Orchestra. She performs with NYC-based Hotel Elefant and Providence-based Verdant Vibes, a new music ensemble and concert series she co-founded in 2015. Recipient of MacColl Johnson and RISCA Fellowships in Music Composition, Kirsten was 2017 composer-in-residence at the Music Mansion creating the First Fridays concert series, and served on the board of directors as Secretary. She collaborates with Meridian Project on multimedia performances exploring astrophysics, writes and performs operas with homeless advocacy group Tenderloin Opera Company, and is an affiliate artist of Sleeping Weazel theatre company. She earned composition degrees from the Universities of Michigan (DMA, MM) and Minnesota (BA summa cum laude), and taught privately and at the University of Rhode Island before joining the faculty at Reed.

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faculty profile photo Sarah Wagner-McCoy, Associate Professor of English and Humanities

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English Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Sarah Wagner-McCoy is an Associate Professor of English and the Humanities at Reed College. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University, M.A. from University College Dublin, and B.A. from Columbia University. She specializes in 19th- and 20th-century U.S. literature and is currently working on an edition of the complete writings of Charles W. Chesnutt, the first major African American fiction writer, publishing manuscripts discovered in 2014 with the support of the NEH. Her book manuscript, Eden Scams: Transatlantic Pastoral and the Realist Novel, builds on her doctoral work at Harvard, for which she received the Helen Choate Bell Dissertation Prize. She argues that developments such as speculation, slavery, industrialization, and immigration required increasingly abstract conceptions of American land and labor; realist novelists used pastoral literary conventions to envision America’s changing international economic and cultural role. At Reed, Sarah teaches a range of seminars including The American Con Artist, Transatlantic Bestsellers, Race and Region: Southern Fiction, American Pastoral, and, based on her time in Ireland as a Mitchell Scholar, Modern Irish Drama. She also teaches in Humanities 110, the college’s first-year interdisciplinary course, where she is able to synthesize her love of classical literature with her interest in the politics of educational access in America.

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English Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Simone Waller is an early modernist specializing in English drama and prose. Her work centers on the intersection of literature and politics during the Reformation and is particularly attuned to historical questions of access to and involvement in public speech.  Her current book project explores the proliferation of voices in sixteenth-century printed dialogues and performed drama, arguing that creative interactions between old and new means of communication in the press and theater established a mandate for political representation across the social spectrum. A forthcoming article uses the insights of performance studies to reveal Reformation dialogues’ ability to frame reading and speaking about polemical works as performative signs of belonging to a political body intent on reform. Simone’s other interests include historiography and temporality in history plays and life writing, stagecraft in early interludes, and media studies. She received her PhD in 2019 from Northwestern University. At Reed, she teaches courses on Shakespeare and his contemporary dramatists, as well as Humanities 110.

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Art Department
Division of the Arts

Michelle H. Wang specializes in art and archaeology of tenth century BCE to third century CE China, with an emphasis on material culture studies and theories on writing. Her current book project provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of early Chinese script systems that maps the depths of materiality embedded in different scripts that appear on a variety of surfaces. Future projects will build upon her current interests in script-based art to include explorations into contemporary art practices that challenge and deconstruct the technology of writing. Other academic interests include architecture and design, both of which are topics for courses in preparation for the upcoming academic year. Michelle received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley (2014), and prior to joining the Reed faculty, she was a lecturer in the History of Art department at Bryn Mawr College.

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Religion Department
Division of Philosophy, Religion, Psychology, and Linguistics

Steven M. Wasserstrom is The Moe and Izetta Tonkon Professor of Judaic Studies and the Humanities at Reed College in Portland Oregon, where he has taught since 1987. Between Muslim and Jew: The Problem of Symbiosis under Early Islam, published by Princeton University Press in 1995, was given the Award for Excellence in Historical Studies from the American Academy of Religion. Religion after Religion: Gershom Scholem, Mircea Eliade, and Henry Corbin at Eranos was published by Princeton University Press in 1999. A session of the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting was devoted to it in Boston, 1999; Papers from the panel are published in Journal of the American Academy of Religion (Oxford University Press) volume 69/2 (2001), including the author’s response: “Response: Final Note to Significance Seekers,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 69/2 (2001) pp. 461-465. “The Fullness of Time”: Poems by Gershom Scholem, selected, edited and introduced by Steven M. Wasserstrom, translated by Richard Sieburth (Ibis Editions: Jerusalem, 2003) is the first edition of the poetry of the great Kabbalah scholar, Gershom Scholem. A conference marking the publication of this book was held at the University of Chicago, February 2004. As second edition, under the title Greetings from Angelus was published by Archipelago Books in 2018. All Religion Is Inter-religion: Engaging the Work of Steven M. Wasserstrom (Bloomsbury USA Academic, edited by Paul Robertson and Kambiz Ghaneabassiri) appeared in 2019. Professor Wasserstrom has lectured at universities throughout the United States, including Harvard University, the University of Chicago, Princeton University, Stanford University, and the University of California at Berkeley, as well as at the major universities of Israel and Canada. He has also lectured and consulted in Brazil, Morocco, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Holland and Great Britain. For the school year 2000-2001 he was an invited Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, in a research team devoted to the subject “Millennial Pursuits: Apocalyptic Traditions and Expectations of the End Among Medieval Jews and Their Neighbors.” He served as the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Distinguished Visiting Professor in Judaic Studies at the College of William and Mary, as an Invited Scholar at the Zentrum für Literatur und Kulturforschung in Berlin, and as a member of the Working Group on Messianism, The Tikvah Project on Jewish Thought, Princeton University.

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Mathematics Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Jonathan Wells is a probabalist and theoretical statistician whose current research interests lie in random matrix theory, statistical mechanics, and the study of spatial stochastic processes. He is a dyed-in-the-wool Pacific Northwesterner; before joining the Reed College faculty in 2019, he received his BA in Mathematics and Philosophy from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA (2011), and his PhD in Mathematics from the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR (2019). A game enthusiast, he enjoys weaving aspects of problem-solving and game theory into the fabric of all his mathematics and statistics courses.

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Sociology Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Kjersten Bunker Whittington is Associate Professor of Sociology at Reed College. A quantitative and network methodologist, her research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of gender and work, scientific careers and science-based organizations, networks and social structure, and the knowledge economy. Her primary line of research focuses on sex disparities in scientific and technical careers. A second research focus investigates regional dynamics and the science economy; in particular, the influence of inter-organizational network structure on firm-level outputs, and the determinants of successful regional clustering in the biotechnology industry. Kjersten received a B.S. in Physics from North Carolina State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University. She joined the Reed faculty in 2007, and teaches courses on gender, networks, science, and social science methodology. Most recently, Kjersten served a year away as a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, with a placement in the Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) at the National Institutes of Health working for the NIH Associate Director for Research on Women's Health. Her fellowship work at ORWH included the development and formulation of NIH policy to enhance consideration of sex as a biological variable in NIH-funded biomedical research.

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Economics Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Nicholas Wilson studies the health of poor people in poor countries. His research focuses on the economics of HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa. This includes measuring the epidemiological effects of HIV/AIDS service expansion at scale, examining behavioral responses to this service expansion, and using consumer demand models of decision-making under uncertainty to understand the causes and consequences of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the University of Chicago Population Center, and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) have funded his work. Much of his research is collaborative work with undergraduate students and he teaches courses in health, health in poor countries, and introductory economics. Nicholas received his Ph.D. in Economics from Brown University, a MA in Economics from Brown University, a MPA in International Development from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a BA in Economics from Reed College. To learn more about his work, navigate to his website.

Catherine Witt, Associate Professor of French

French Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Catherine Witt is a scholar of French literature and film. She teaches a wide variety of courses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century poetry and poetics, theater, and critical theory. She also contributes courses on French, European, and American cinemas to the Film and Media Studies program. Her research engages with Romantic, Parnassian, and Symbolist poetry, the notions of new philology and philological imagination, and the work of poet-translators from Nerval to Anne-Marie Albiach. Catherine has co-edited two books: Poets as Readers in Nineteenth-Century France (University of London, imlr books, 2015), a collection of essays edited with Joseph Acquisto and Adrianna Paliyenko; and Ententes–à partir d’Hélène Cixous (Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2019), edited with Stéphanie Boulard, on Cixous’s collaborations with contemporary artists and writers. Recent articles examine the re-inscription of Rimbaud’s Illuminations and Michelet’s La Mer in “Le Rire de la Méduse” (Parade Sauvage, 2019) and Baudelaire as translator of Poe, plagiarist and double (Nottingham French Studies, 2019). Brought up in France, Catherine holds a BA in Modern History and French from Oxford University (Merton College), a Masters in Modern European Literature from the University of Sussex, and a PhD from the Department of French and Italian at Princeton University. She also studied at École Normale Supérieure (Ulm), and was a visiting scholar (pensionnaire scientifique) at the Centre d’Études Poétiques (ENS–Lyon).

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Classics Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Laura Zientek is a visiting assistant professor of Classics and Humanities at Reed College. She earned her B.A. in Classics from the University of Puget Sound, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Washington. Before joining the faculty at Reed, she taught at Brigham Young University. Her research focuses on Roman epic poetry, natural philosophy, cultural geography, and representations of landscape in ancient texts as a way to understand ancient peoples’ ways of experiencing the world. Recently, she has published articles on how Lucan’s epic poem represents landscape, geography, and the sublime in the journals Illinois Classical Studies and The Classical Outlook, and in Landscapes of Dread in Classical Antiquity (ed. Debbie Felton, Routledge 2018). She is currently working on editing a collection of papers (under contract with Bloomsbury Academic) on Lucan within his contemporary literary and cultural contexts. She teaches Greek and Latin at all levels, as well as Humanities 110.

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Biology Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Erik is a neuroscientist with a broad interest in understanding how brains generate behaviors. He studied cell and molecular biology at the University of Michigan (BS '97), trained in neurobiology as a graduate student at Columbia University (PhD '06) and was a postdoc at Boston University and the University of Utah. His research primarily investigates how neurons and neural circuits generate vocal behaviors of the African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis. Much of his research employs electrical recordings of vocal neurons. Since arriving at Reed in 2012, he has also been collaborating with Reed students to use molecular tools to identify genes that are critical for the production, development and evolution of frog vocalizations. Erik's courses focus on understanding how neurons work, and how nervous systems control physiologically critical functions such sensory processing, movement, and metabolism.

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