Faculty Profiles

Faculty Profiles offers highlights of many of the current Reed College faculty, including their areas of expertise, recent scholarly activities, and links to relevant websites.

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faculty profile photo Shivani Ahuja, 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 (like NMR and X-Ray Crystallography) 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. At Reed I teach a general chemistry course (Chem102) as well as Chem391 (Structural Biochemistry) and Chem315 (Physical Chemistry Laboratory). In my time away from the classroom and labs, I enjoy doing puzzles, legos, crafting, cooking, camping, and going for long bike rides with my husband and our seven-year-old daughter.

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faculty profile photo Youssef Ait Benasser, Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics

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Economics Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Born in Rabat, Morocco, Youssef A. Benasser (they/he) received a B.A. in Political Science from Sciences Po Paris, and a MSc in Economics and Public Policy from Ecole Polytechnique (X), prior to completing their PhD at the University of Oregon. Influenced by postcolonial critics of the Bretton-Wood international economic system and the Third World's quest for an alternative economic project, Dr. Benasser’s research focuses on an empirical assessment of the institutional parameters and policy properties that govern the international trade system. Specifically, they combine applied econometric methods and international trade and macroeconomic theories to study the impact of policy uncertainty, reversals, and competition on the global flow of goods and money. Passionate about teaching and pedagogy, they have been involved in higher education for over 6 years, teaching independently at the university level in the U.S. and France. Their courses span macroeconomics and econometrics, at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced level. Prior to joining the faculty at Reed, Dr. Benasser held several analytical roles in the financial industry and government focusing on risk and policy evaluation. 

Oluyinka Akinjiola, Assistant Professor of Dance

Dance Department
Division of the Arts

Portland-based artist and educator originally from New York State. After receiving her MFA in Dance Choreography & Performance, she founded Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theater in 2014 with the support of New Expressive Works Artist Residency (Subashini Ganesan) and Performance Works NW’s Alembic Co-Production series(Linda Austin). Rejoice was built as a platform to create Black contemporary dance work with movement foundations from Africa and the African-Diaspora. Her choreography focuses on the complex identities, histories and futures of Black communities. Oluyinka was an educator and curriculum builder with Portland Public Schools for six years at Harriet Tubman Middle School, Faubion K-8, and Jefferson High School. Prior to PPS, Oluyinka was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Reed College and SUNY The College at Brockport, a three year guest artist for the Sankofa African Drum & Dance Ensemble; her work was featured in the International Association of Blacks in Dance conference (Washington D.C. and Los Angeles),  Carnaval 2014 (Salvador, BA, Brazil), TEDxMtHood, and Newmark Theater among others. Most recently, Oluyinka received the Oregon Dance Education Organization’s teacher of the year award in 2020.

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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 Gabriella Amberchan, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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Chemistry Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

How we can we access important chemical transformations, while being environmentally conscious? This question has been a guiding thread throughout my chemistry journey. As an undergraduate researcher (Mills College, B.A. in chemistry and art history) I studied the effects of ionic liquids as solvents in classic organic reactions. After that first summer of research, I became hooked on finding environmentally friendly methods for chemical processes. As such, my graduate work (UC Santa Cruz, Ph.D.) focused on developing binary hydrides and binary metal catalysis, all through a green chemistry lens. As a postdoctoral researcher in a marine natural products lab (UC Santa Cruz) I was able to explore the more analytical side of chemical instrumentation. At Reed, I plan to continue my initial research question by developing new boron-based reagents and examining the synergy between multi-metal catalysis, all in effort to achieve more complex chemical bonding. I am excited to teach organic chemistry and highlight the beauty of chemical mechanisms. Outside of chemistry, I love cooking, dancing to Beyoncé, playing mah jong, watching women’s soccer, and reading.

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.

Adolescent Health Research Program
Women’s Health Research Program
Psychology Department webpage

faculty profile photo Derek A. Applewhite, 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. 

Biology Department webpage

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, Associate 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, Associate 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 Kate Bredeson, Professor of Theatre

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Theatre Department
Division of the Arts

Kate Bredeson (she/her) is a theatre historian, a director, and a dramaturg. Her project as a scholar is to research, write about, and practice the ways in which theatre can be a tool for radical activism and protest. Her first book Occupying the Stage: the Theater of May ’68 (Northwestern, 2018) was finalist for the George Freedley Prize. She is currently at work on editing the lifetime diaries of anarchist Jewish theatre director Judith Malina. Kate’s research has been supported by fellowships including a Fulbright; grants from the Mellon and Killam Foundations, and the NEH; and residencies at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France; Tao House in Danville, California; Caldera in Sisters, Oregon; the Maison Dora Maar in Ménerbes, France; and the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, Italy. Kate regularly presents at national and international conferences, and has published essays in journals and books including PAJ, Theatre Journal, TDR, Theater, and Postdramatic Theatre and Form (Bloomsbury, 2019) and The Sixties, Center Stage: Mainstream and Popular Performances in a Turbulent Decade (Michigan, 2017). The relationship between theatre and society is also the focus of her teaching. At Reed, Kate teaches classes including Theatre History I, II, and III; Gender and Theatre; Playwriting; Directing; and Junior Seminar; she frequently directs stage productions featuring students. Kate is a professional dramaturg, and a two-time winner of major prizes from the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. In Portland, she works as dramaturg with 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.

Theatre Department webpage

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 law and legalism came to be foundations of the European social order, rivaling and even surpassing 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 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. In addition to this research, Prof. Breen is also studying the épreuve du congrès, a controversial medico-legal procedure French Church courts used to adjudicate marital annulment suits in the late medieval and early modern periods. Articles based on this research have appeared or are forthcoming in the Annales de Bourgogne, Genre et Histoire, and the Journal of Modern History. Professor Breen has received numerous fellowships, 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. In July 2021, Prof. Breen assumed the role of Editor-in-Chief of H-France (www.h-france.net), the largest scholarly organization for the interdisciplinary study of Francophone history and culture in the Anglophone world.

History Department webpage

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 Gonzalo Campillo-Alvarado, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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Chemistry Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

I research the fascinating aspects that govern the formation of molecular crystals with dynamic properties. Specifically, I exploit the toolbox of organic, supramolecular, and materials chemistry to build dynamic crystalline materials with bioinspired architectures (e.g., DNA) and molecular machinery. The research in my lab has direct applications in industries of petrochemistry (e.g., molecular "sponges" for chemical separations), pharmaceutics (e.g., improved drugs), electronics (e.g., flexible crystals for next-gen devices), and solvent-free reactivity (e.g., mechanochemistry). I hold a B.Sc. in Biopharmaceutical Chemistry from Universidad Veracruzana (Mexico), a M.Sc. in Chemistry in Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos (Mexico), and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Iowa. Before joining Reed, I was an Illinois Distinguished Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At Reed, I currently teach Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 201) and Advanced Physical Organic Chemistry (CHEM 324). Outside Reed, I enjoy sharing my passion for chemistry and crystals in scientific outreach programs for bilingual families, and local coffee, hiking and running outdoors.

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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.

Psychology Department webpage

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, 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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Biology Department webpage

faculty profile photo Kelly Chacón, Associate 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.

Robert Chang, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Mathematics and Statistics Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Robert Chang's research interests lie in the intersection of mathematical physics, probability, and complex analysis. He is particularly interested in problems arising from quantum mechanics, such as quantum chaos; nodal sets and Lp norms of eigenstates; and spectral asymptotics. His most recent works establish near-diagonal scaling asymptotics for the Szegő kernel on the boundary of a Grauert tube, with applications to the growth rate of Husimi distributions. Trained as an analyst, Chang is particularly passionate about teaching mathematical analysis. He is also a mentor for Bridge to Calculus at Northeastern University. Chang obtained his PhD under the supervision of Steve Zelditch at Northwestern University in 2019. He was a Zelevinsky Research Instructor at Northeastern University prior to joining Reed College.

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faculty profile photo Jae Yeun Choi, Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing

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English Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Jae Yeun Choi is returning in her fifth year as visiting faculty in poetry at Reed. For her, the poem, whatever it is and wherever it resides, is a complex, living record; and the workshop has the capacity to bring each poet deeper into their own process for expansive expression. She is resistant to product, resistant to incurious outcome. She has taught poetry workshops focused on the long poem, ekphrasis, the subversive power of chance, the economic livelihood of the poet, among others. Her work in poetry is informed by engagement with other artists and peers who share practices grounded in an abiding respect for the smaller gesture. Her poems have appeared in The Volta, NY Tyrant, A Plume Annual, Tin House, The Iowa Review, and Flying Object's It's My Decision series. Her chapbook Woman Carrying Thing was published by The Song Cave. Additionally, her poems have been included in exhibitions at 356 Mission, 3 Days Awake, Adams and Ollman, Lumber Room, Fourteen30 Contemporary, Page NYC, and Good Press Glasgow. She has taught poetry previously at the University of Iowa and Portland State University.

faculty profile photo Jeremy Coate '92, Visiting Associate Professor of Biology

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Biology Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

I am broadly interested in genome evolution, and my research focuses primarily on how plant genomes respond to whole genome multiplication (polyploidy). I explore this general question using polyploids that have arisen naturally as well as those generated in the lab using antimitotic agents (synthetic polyploids). In my current research, I use single cell sequencing methods to explore how genes duplicated by polyploidy specialize by partitioning their functions among different cell types. I earned my BA in Biology from Reed (’92) and a PhD in Plant Cell and Molecular Biology from Cornell (2010). At Reed, I teach courses in genetics and bioinformatics.

faculty profile photo Kris Cohen, Jane Neuberger Goodsell 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.

Art Department webpage

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.

Paul J. Currie, Professor of Psychology

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.

Psychology Department webpage

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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Mathematics and Statistics Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

My research is in combinatorial representation theory — a specialty of modern algebra that uses tools from both linear algebra and discrete mathematics to study algebraic structures. My favorite algebras can be drawn as sets of diagrams like braids or graphs, and encode special families of functions arising in physics, knot theory, voting theory, and elsewhere. I hold degrees all in mathematics — a B.S. (2005) from Harvey Mudd College, and an M.A. (2008) and Ph.D. (2010) from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. After postdoctoral work at St. Olaf College, Dartmouth College, the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM), and the University of Melbourne, and a faculty position at the City College of New York, I have just joined the math department here at Reed in 2022.

faculty profile photo Ann T. Delehanty, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of French and Humanities

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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 from Bucknell UP 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. Her second book, entitled Disenchantment, Skepticism, and the Early Modern Novel in Spain and France (Routledge, 2022), 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 skeptical 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 21st-, 20th-, and 19th- century fiction; memory and desire in modern fiction; detective stories and crime fiction; James Joyce; Virginia Woolf; and the literature and culture of the British Home Front during World War II. He has published on many modernist figures, including Woolf, Joyce, E. M. Forster, Katherine Mansfield, and Lytton Strachey. His most recent article, “Katherine Mansfield, Garsington, and Bloomsbury,” recently appeared in The Bloomsbury Handbook to Katherine Mansfield, ed. Todd Martin (Bloomsbury, 2021). He has forthcoming a specially commissioned essay on sentimentality and expression in Mansfield’s short story “The Garden Party” in the 2022 issue of Katherine Mansfield Studies, and also an article on sentimental education in Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited in Friendship and the Novel, ed. Allan Hepburn (McGill University Press, 2023).

 

faculty profile photo Jacqueline K. Dirks '82, Cornelia Marvin Pierce Professor of History and Humanities

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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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faculty profile photo Catherine Ming T'ien Duffly, Associate Professor of Theatre

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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 Daniel Duford, Visiting Professor of Art

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Art Department
Division of the Arts

For 20 years, Daniel Duford has woven visual narratives — stories that flow through large paintings, graphic novels, installations and figurative sculpture. His work is born from the mythic and political history of North America.He is a 2010 Hallie Ford Fellow and 2019 Guggenheim Fellow. His most recent workJohn Brown’s Vision on the Scaffold is a further meditation on American history. The paintings, drawings, and essays promiscuously move from deep tree time to future visions. The watercolor portraits were sharpened during a 2018 residency at MacDowell. The exhibition John Brown’s Vision on the Scaffold was shown in 2020 at The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at PSU and The Schneider Museum of Art in Ashland, Oregon. The catalog includes an essay by poet Cyrus Cassells. His curatorial projects include the 2012 exhibition Fighting Men: Leon Golub, Jack Kirby, Peter Voulkos (2012) at the Hoffman Gallery at Lewis and Clark College and An Earth Song, A Body Song: Figures with Landscapes. Works from the Permanent Collection (2020) at Orange County Museum of Art. He holds a BFA from the University of New Mexico.

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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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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.

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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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faculty profile photo Ariadna García-Bryce, Professor of Spanish and Humanities

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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), Mixed Feelings: Tropes of Love in German Jewish Culture (Cornell University Press, 2016), and Making German Jewish Literature Anew: Authorship, Memory, and Place (Indiana University Press, 2022), as well as the co-editor of German Jewish Literature after 1990 (Camden House, 2018). In recent years, she has won grants from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). She serves on the editorial boards of Humanities, of Nexus: Essays in German Jewish Studies, and of The Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook. 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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faculty profile photo Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, Thomas Lamb Eliot Professor of Religion and Humanities

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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.

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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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faculty profile photo Mackenzie M. Grieman, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Studies

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Chemistry Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

I received my BA in Public Policy Analysis with a concentration in Chemistry from Pomona College in 2009 and my PhD in Earth System Science from UC Irvine in 2016. My research is focused on using ice cores as tools to investigate past climate and environmental change. My doctoral research involved using chemicals in Arctic ice cores to examine forest fires over the past few thousand years. Prior to becoming a member of the Reed community, I was a Postdoc in the Earth Sciences Department at Cambridge, where I measured chemicals in an Antarctic ice core to investigate the possible contribution of the ice sheet to sea level rise during the Earth’s last warm period. I’m excited to be at Reed, where I teach chemistry and environmental studies courses, including analytical chemistry (CHEM 311), environmental chemistry (CHEM 230), and Intro to Environmental Studies (ENV 200).

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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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faculty profile photo Denise Hare, Dr. Lester B. Lave Professor of Economics

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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.

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Physics Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Jennifer Heath earned a BA in mathematics and physics from Whitman College and a PhD in physics from University of Oregon. Before coming to Reed in 2022, she was a professor at Linfield University and a visiting scientist at National Renewable Energy Laboratory and at University of Washington. Her National Science Foundation supported research focuses on electronic transport in materials such as photovoltaics, two-dimensional materials, and polymer-nanoparticle composites, using Scanning Probe Microscopy and other methods. She particularly enjoys welcoming students into her laboratory, whether they are exploring these topics or developing their own ideas. Her work is generally collaborative and interdisciplinary, and anyone who would like to learn more, or who wants to explore the ways scanning probe microscopy could potentially apply to their work, is encouraged to reach out. She currently teaches Oscillations and Waves, and Energy and Sustainability. She also enjoys gardening and hiking, and occasionally fosters cats and kittens.

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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 European 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, Jacques Réda, and most recently, Francis Ponge and the ethical goals of a poetics of the nonhuman.

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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. Two broad, interrelated questions guide my work: (1) How does language reflect and shape the way we think? (2) How do people reason about complex, real-world issues? My research exploring these questions engages undergraduate students as close collaborators in all aspects of the scientific process. 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. Beyond Reed, I am active in the interdisciplinary cognitive science community and have served on the program committee for the Cognitive Science Society's annual conference. I hold a B.A. in human biology and an M.A. in psychology from Stanford University, and I earned my Ph.D. in cognitive psychology at Emory University. I also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in cognitive science at UC Berkeley. Before joining the Reed faculty in 2020, I was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Colorado College for six years.

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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.

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Greek, Latin, and Ancient Mediterranean Studies 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.

Fletcher Hank Ibser, Visiting Professor of Statistics

Mathematics and Statistics Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

I am a statistician who enjoys teaching statistics and applying statistical methods in a wide variety of fields. I have done research in criminal justice, geothermics, and health care management. Most recently I have been working with survey data from science teachers in California to improve professional support for their teaching. I received my BA in Mathematics and PhD in Statistics at UC Berkeley, then stayed there to work as a lecturer in statistics. I am always looking for opportunities to collaborate and would love to talk to you about your interests. 

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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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Nicole James, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Chemistry Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

I earned my B.A. in Chemistry and German Studies from Whitman College (2011), and my M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Chicago (2019) where I worked in the Jaeger lab on the surface chemistry between micron-scale particles in concentrated particulate suspensions. Simultaneously, I was heavily involved in the Chemistry Collaborative Learning Program and the Chicago Center for Teaching. These concurrent research and teaching experiences highlighted for me the deep need to better support students in activating their chemistry knowledge in interdisciplinary contexts such as materials science. This motivated me to pursue a post-doctoral position in Chemistry Education Research (CER) at Northern Illinois University, where I designed, implemented, and assessed an introductory chemistry course reform. Through this project, I developed my skills in CER methods. At Reed, I use these methods to explore the interrelated questions of: (1) How do students activate their chemistry knowledge in unfamiliar, interdisciplinary contexts? (2) What are the core, foundational concepts and skills that define materials chemistry, and how do we support the teaching and learning of these skills? In addressing these questions, I emphasize the importance of equity-centered research frameworks to ensure our research outputs work toward more inclusive and accessible chemistry education for all students.

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faculty profile photo Keith Karoly, Laurens N. Ruben Professor of Biology

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

Earnest Kim is a neuroscientist with a passion for data science. Earnest received his B.A from Carleton College and Ph.D from University Washington in Psychology. He was a post-doctoral scholar in the Behavioral Neuroscience department at Oregon Health & Science University where he published on the interactions between appetitive and aversive learning in drug addiction using optogenetics. He has recently completed a Medical Informatics fellowship at Casey Eye Institute using machine learning to predict compliance measures in pediatric patients diagnosed with amblyopia. His research and teaching interests are neuroscience, neuroanatomy, drugs and behavior, machine learning, and data analytics and visualization. Earnest will be teaching Behavioral Neuroscience, Psychopharmacology, and Intro to Data science in 2022-2023.

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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 and Statistics 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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faculty profile photo Chris Koski, Daniel B. Greenberg Professor of Political Science and Environmental Studies

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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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faculty profile photo Christian Kroll, Associate Professor of Spanish and Humanities

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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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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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faculty profile photo Yaejoon Kwon, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Comparative Race and Ethnicity Studies

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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. 

faculty profile photo Rebecca LaLonde '01, Associate Professor of Chemistry

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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).

faculty profile photo Thomas Landvatter, Associate Professor of Greek, Latin, and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Humanities

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Greek, Latin, and Ancient Mediterranean Studies Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Tom earned a BA in History and a BA in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies from Penn State University in 2006, and a PhD in 2013 from the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology (IPCAA) at the University of Michigan. Before coming to Reed in 2015, he taught at Kalamazoo College and Valparaiso University. His teaching and research interests center on archaeology and history of the Eastern Mediterranean, in particular Egypt and Cyprus during the Hellenistic period (323-30 BCE). Tom’s research, which has been supported by the National Science Foundation and a Fulbright award, focuses on the archaeology of death and burial and the archaeology of imperialism, with a particular interest in cross-cultural interaction and its effect on material culture. He is a field archaeologist, with excavation experience in Israel, Poland, Egypt, and Cyprus. He is currently co-director of the Pyla-Kousopetria Archaeological Project’s (PKAP) excavations at the site of Vigla, Cyprus. The project includes an archaeological field school, which Reed students have participated in since 2018.

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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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faculty profile photo Laura Arnold Leibman, Professor of English and Humanities

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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 work focuses on how material culture changes our understanding of the role of women, children, and Jews of color in the early Atlantic World. Leibman is the author of The Art of the Jewish Family: A History of Women in Early New York in Five Objects (Bard Graduate Center, 2020) which won three National Jewish Book Awards, and Messianism, Secrecy and Mysticism: A New Interpretation of Early American Jewish Life (2012), which won a Jordan Schnitzer Book Award and a National Jewish Book Award. She has written several other books 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 has been a Fulbright scholar at the University of Panama and the University of Utrecht (Netherlands), a visiting fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew an Jewish Studies at University of Oxford, and the Leon Levy Foundation Professor of Jewish Material Culture at Bard Graduate CenterShe is known for her scholarship in Digital Humanities and regularly teaches courses in this area. She has served as the Chair of the Digital Media Committee for the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS), and the academic director of the award-winning, multimedia public television series American Passages: A Literary Survey (2003). As a literary scholar, she was the series editor for Gale Researcher’s 10-volume American Literature I, and the religion and literature delegate to the Modern Language Association. She is currently the Vice President of Program for the Association for Jewish Studies. Her latest book Once We Were Slaves (Oxford University Press, 2021) about an early multiracial Jewish family who began their lives enslaved in the Caribbean and became some of the wealthiest Jews in New York was a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award.

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faculty profile photo Camila Lopez-Anido, Assistant Professor of Biology

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Biology Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Camila is a molecular plant biologist interested in how cells work together to build tissues. Her research uses molecular genetics, cell biology, and functional genomics to examine cell lineage plasticity during leaf development. Along with mentoring senior thesis projects (BIO 471) and independent studies (BIO 481), she teaches Molecular Plant Development (BIO 324, a laboratory and lecture course), Plant Cell Collectives (BIO 431, a seminar course), and Topics in Biology (BIO 102, introductory module on plant development and physiology). Camila enjoys identifying many ways of knowing and thinking with students, while encouraging them to challenge themselves and create connections between disciplines. Before joining the Reed Biology faculty in the fall of 2022, she served as teaching faculty for the Citizen Science program at Bard College and conducted research as a postdoctoral fellow in the Biology Department at Stanford University. Camila earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Biomedical Biosciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her B.A. in Biochemistry and Gender and Women’s Studies from Bowdoin College.

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faculty profile photo Mónica López Lerma, Associate Professor of Spanish and Humanities

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Spanish Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Mónica joined Reed in 2015. She 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, political documentaries, law and violence, justice and the senses, and cinema and human rights. She has also taught both graduate seminars and undergraduate courses at the Faculty of Law of the University of Helsinki, the Peter A. Allard School of Law of the University of British Columbia, and the School of International Relations of the Kyrgyz State National University. Mónica’s research interests include contemporary Spanish film and literature, with particular emphasis on film theory, gender, aesthetics, politics, memory, and cultural and theoretical aspects of law. She is the author of Sensing Justice through Contemporary Spanish Cinema: Aesthetics, Politics, Law (Edinburgh University Press, 2021) and the co-editor of Rancière and Law (Routledge, 2018). She has also co-edited two special issues of No-Foundations. An Interdisciplinary Journal of Law and Justice: “Judging Democracy, Democratic Judgment” (2012) and “Law’s Justice. A Law and Humanities Perspective” (2013). She is currently working on a new book project tentatively titled Documentaries Against the Law: Evidence, Affect, and Reflexivity and editing a book entitled Espacios y límites de la (in)justicia en la España contemporánea. From 2012 to 2017, Mónica was editor-in-chief of No-Foundations: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Law and currently is a member of its editorial board. She also serves on the Executive Committee on 20th and 21st Century Spanish and Iberian Languages, Literatures and Cultures (2019-2024). Mónica has been a recipient of numerous fellowships, such as the Finnish Cultural Foundation Grant, the Jean Monnet Graduate Fellowship, and the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Research Fellowship.

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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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faculty profile photo Carla Mann '81, Judy Massee Professor of Dance

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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 public perspectives on disasters and climate change. 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. Paul is also currently exploring national attitudes towards climate policy proposals. Using national surveys, Paul and colleagues seek to understand what predicts possible support or opposition to a wide array of adaptation and mitigation strategies. These research areas draw on both quantitative methods including survey administration, and qualitative methods including interviewing practitioners. 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. After a decade as a professional planner, he returned to academia. Paul holds a Public Affairs and Policy PhD from the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. Outside of academic life Paul has also served on commissions participating in local land use decisions and local government oversight committees.

faculty profile photo Lucía Martínez Valdivia, Associate Professor of English and Humanities

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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, and works primarily in early modern poetry and poetics. Lucía specializes in histories of poetic forms and has published extensively on early modern English lyric and prosody, with particular focus on short-form lines and the interplay of poetic form, music, and religion. Her current project explores the relationship between reading poetry and audiation, or the mind’s ear. Lucía teaches various poetry-focused courses in the English department, and in Hum 211/212.

faculty profile photo Liz Matsushita, Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Humanities

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History Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Liz Matsushita is a historian of modern North Africa and the Middle East, with a special interest in race and ethnicity, colonialism, nationalism, anticolonial resistance, knowledge production, and music. Her book project examines the history of music and musicology in colonial Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia, and the ways in which music served as a political idiom that shaped French and Maghrebi understandings of race and power. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Music from U.C. Davis and received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2021. At Reed, she will teach courses on Middle Eastern music, the history of the Sahara, and anticolonial movements in North Africa, and also will teach in Humanities 110.

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Mathematics and Statistics 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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Computer Science Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Charles McGuffey works on computer systems and algorithm design, attempting to improve both the theory and practice of computer systems by looking at the interaction between hardware and software. His work looks to gain practical insight into understudied and emerging aspects of computer design to improve resulting performance. In addition to research, Charles is happy to talk about new or different ways of thinking about computer science or how to apply it. Charles joined Reed in the fall of 2021, upon the completion of his Ph.D. in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University. He also holds bachelors degrees in both computer engineering and computer science from Clarkson University.

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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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Mathematics and Statistics Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

David studies modern algebra, particularly representations of finite-dimensional algebras. His recent research focuses on representations of incidence algebras and their connections to topological data analysis. David completed his PhD in 2015 at the University of Iowa, and then went to the University of Missouri for a postdoc. Since then, he has held visiting positions at Smith College and Colgate University.

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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 (Fordham University Press, 2006), Watching War (Stanford University Press, 2012), and Crises of the Sentence (University of Chicago Press, 2019). His recent articles explore a variety of topics in philosophy, literary and critical theory, and media studies. A recipient of National Endowment of the Humanities and Mellon fellowships, he is on the editorial board of Postmodern Culture. Jan is currently writing a book about the poetics of botany.

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Greek, Latin, and Ancient Mediterranean Studies Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Ellen G. Millender is Omar and Althea Hoskins Professor of Greek, Latin, and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Humanities. 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, 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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Mathematics and Statistics Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Alexander Moll is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics. His research and teaching focus on probability theory and mathematical analysis. After earning a B.A. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from M.I.T., he taught courses in perturbation theory and stochastic processes while pursuing scholarly work in integrable probability, non-linear dispersive waves, soliton quantization, and semi-classical analysis. Before joining the Reed faculty in Fall 2022, he was a CARMIN post-doc at the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques, a post-doc in Stochastic Analysis at the Hausdorff Center for Mathematics, an NSF post-doc in the RTG in Algebraic Geometry and Representation Theory at Northeastern University, and the first Robert T. Seeley Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

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French Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Luc Monnin joined the Reed College faculty in 2004. Educated in Switzerland, he received his BA in French Literature from the University of Geneva, then he came to the United States to work on his PhD (Johns Hopkins, 2004). He has published on Sarraute, Rousseau, Montaigne, Fontenelle, Condillac and 18th-century language theory. He teaches courses on Early Modern Literature and Culture, The Novel, and Literary Theory, often with a focus on visual arts.

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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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Fathimath Musthaq, Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science

Political Science Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Fathimath Musthaq’s research interests are in central banking, the politics of finance and financialization, natural resources, colonial legacies and development. Her dissertation examined the trajectory and politics of central banking in the Global South, focusing in particular on when central banks accommodate financial accumulation by banks and nonbanks that impede broader growth and development goals. Areas of ongoing research include the pathways through which hierarchies in the international system incentivize financialization of debt and natural resources in poor countries, the role of the state in de-risking accumulation in late capitalism, the politics of climate finance, and the impact of colonial legacies on development trajectories. Fathimath received her PhD in political science from Indiana University Bloomington in 2021. Before starting her PhD, she worked in the NGO sector as a project manager for civic education programs. She received her BA from Williams College (MA), and her International Baccalaureate diploma from the United World College of the Atlantic. Her work has appeared in New Political Economy, the Review of African Political Economy and the Journal of Democracy.

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Computer Science Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Chanathip earned an SB in Computer Science and an MEng in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT and a PhD in Computer Science from University of California, San Diego. She was a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Thammasat School of Engineering in Thailand for twenty years before joining Reed in 2022. Chanathip teaches Computability and Complexity, Cryptography, and Computer Science I at Reed and mentors senior projects. Her research focuses on cryptographic algorithm and protocol design, analysis, and applications. In her free time, she likes to sleep, run, and practice Muay Thai.

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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.

Lexi Neame, Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science

Political Science Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

My research and teaching interests are in the history of political thought, contemporary democratic and feminist theory, and the politics of science, technology and the environment (particularly statistics and statecraft, climate science, and contemporary data politics). My book manuscript (tentatively called Common Knowledge) is occasioned by the crisis of authoritative knowledge in democratic societies. Drawing on the thought of Hannah Arendt as well as interdisciplinary literature on democracy and expertise, new communication technologies, and digital publics, it explores how scientific and technical knowledge translates, circulates and becomes contested in the public realm. I also lead an interdisciplinary research project called Arendt on Earth: From the Archimedean Point to the Anthropocene (www.arendtonearth.com), funded by Humanities Without Walls and the Mellon Foundation. I received my PhD from Northwestern and taught at Stanford before coming to Reed. This year I will teach The Human Condition, Democracy and Data, and Introduction to Political Theory. The central aim of my teaching is to hone students’ ability to read, think and write rigorously, critically, generously and—not least—passionately. 

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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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faculty profile photo Nigel Nicholson, Walter Mintz Professor of Greek, Latin, and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Humanities

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Greek, Latin, and Ancient Mediterranean Studies Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Nigel Nicholson is the Walter Mintz Professor of Greek, Latin, and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Humanities. 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 is the author of three books: Aristocracy and Athletics in Archaic and Classical Greece (Cambridge University Press, 2005); The Poetics of Victory in the Greek WestEpinician, Oral Tradition and the Deinomenid Empire (Oxford University Press, 2015); and, jointly with Dr. Nathan Selden of Oregon Health and Sciences University, The Rhetoric of Medicine: Contemporary Lessons from Ancient Greece (Oxford University Press, 2019). He also edited a special issue of the "Paedagogus" section of Classical World 108 (2015) on teaching literary theory to graduates and undergraduates in Classics. He is currently working on two more books for Oxford University Press, one a study of Greek athletics through the statues and poetry used to commemorate victors, and one a volume on Sicily from the Paleolithic period to the Middle Ages, edited jointly with colleagues from the University of British Columbia and the University of Rome Tor Vergata. He was named Oregon Professor of the Year in 2005 and served for seven years as Reed’s Dean of the Faculty, 2013-2020.

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Economics Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Lindsey Novak's research and teaching interests are at the intersection of international economic development, health, and gender. Her research examines how social norms impact economic outcomes and how economic conditions shape those norms. Her topics of expertise are female genital cutting, polygamy, intimate partner violence, and food consumption in Sub-Saharan African. Lindsey received her PhD in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota in 2017. Before starting her PhD, she worked at The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) in New Delhi, India. She obtained her master's degree in International Economics from The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland and her bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics from Texas A&M University. Before coming to Reed she was an Assistant Professor at Colby College.

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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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faculty profile photo Geraldine Ondrizek, Professor of Art

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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 and Statistics 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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faculty profile photo Angélica M. Osorno, Associate Professor of Mathematics

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Mathematics and Statistics 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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Chuma Owuamalam, Visiting Associate Professor of Psychology

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

Chuma joined the Department of Psychology at Reed in 2022. Before this, he spent time at both the University of Manchester (2010), and Royal Holloway University of London (2011), as postdoctoral fellow on projects respectively funded by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) and ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council), UK. His primary teaching is in the field of social psychology, along with research methods in this area. Chuma regularly contribute pieces in the field’s finest outlets, on how our social identities can influence relations between groups, with specific foci, inter alia, on phenomena such as stereotyping/prejudice; political ideology/attitudes; social change, social stasis, social justice/inequality, and compassion. In 2016 Chuma received a prestigious Fundamental Research Grant from the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education to examine compassion biases towards victims of terror emergencies that may be linked to the social status of the victims, with the goal of informing the training of first responders at these events. Chuma currently serves on the editorial boards of the British Journal of Social Psychology as Associate Editor, and Asia Journal of Social Psychology as a Consulting Editor, where he helps to mold the next generation of exciting research in social psychology. With 3 sons (Jamaine, Jason and Jake) and a daughter (Dasha), Chuma is married to Martina (a woman he describes as his Czech princess) and, in his spare/leisure time, enjoys watching superhero movies with his kids.

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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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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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faculty profile photo David Perkinson, F.L. Griffin Professor of Mathematics

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Mathematics and Statistics 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 32 years of teaching at Reed College, he has advised approximately 50 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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Dance Department
Division of the Arts

Marisa Plasencia holds a PhD from the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Her research examines discreet forms of protest at the intersection of postmodern dance, visual art, and black social dance traditions. She was awarded a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for the 2021-2022 cycle to support her dissertation Black Minimalisms: Subterfuge, Pastiche, and Task in Choreographies of Routine Violence. Prior to her graduate studies, Marisa received a BA in Political Science/International Studies from Trinity University. She then held a Fulbright Student Research Grant to study social movements in Seville, Spain. Marisa is currently working on a series of dance pieces with her twin sister that move across artistic disciplines and explore the complex boundaries between twin bodies.

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Mathematics and Statistics 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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Political Science Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Dan Qi is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Reed College. She got her Ph.D. in the Department of Political Science at Louisiana State University in August 2022. Her first major is American Politics, and her second major is Comparative Politics. She has been active in research, with papers published in scholarly journals and several other ongoing research projects. She has taught several undergraduate classes independently (with strong teaching evaluations). Her main research area is race-ethnicity, and identity politics, especially in Asian American Politics and immigration. She also has widely ranged ongoing research in gender politics, news media and government, political behavior, public opinion, and political economy. She has publications in peer-reviewed scholarly journals, including Political Behavior and Social Science Quarterly. At the 2021 APSA conference, she presented a paper entitled “American Attitudes Towards Asians in the Trump Covid Era.” Her dissertation is about “Nationalism, Perceptions of Immigrant Threat, and Attitudes Towards Immigrants in Developed Countries.”

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faculty profile photo Kritish Rajbhandari '12, Assistant Professor of English and Humanities

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English Department
Division of Literature and Languages

My research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of South Asian and African literature, Indian Ocean cultures, postcolonial theory, and critical ocean studies. My publications can be found in Research in African Literatures, Comparative Literature, and The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature. I am currently working on a book project examining how contemporary novels from South Asia and Eastern Africa reimagine the stories of cross-cultural encounter, migration, and exchange in the Indian Ocean. Engaging with critical ocean studies and oceanic humanities, it raises aesthetic and epistemological questions about the representation of sea and history in Indian Ocean literature. It is based on my PhD dissertation which was awarded the American Comparative Literature Association’s (ACLA) Charles Bernheimer Prize for the best dissertation in Comparative Literature in 2020. I also translate poetry from my mother tongue Nepal Bhasa to English. My translation of the Newar poet Durgalal Shrestha's collection of children's poetry is forthcoming in a bilingual edition from Safu publications in KathmanduIn addition to courses in the English Department, I also teach in Reed's year-long interdisciplinary course, Humanities 110, and courses in the Comparative Race and Ethnicity Studies (CRES) program.

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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 and Statistics 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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Anthropology Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Roche Recinos’s research and fieldwork centers on the reconstruction of Maya economic systems and practices, through the analysis of how stone artifacts are produced and exchanged. By better understanding how specialized production and networks of exchange functioned in the Maya world, her work addresses broad questions of regional economic integration, political economy, and the respective roles of nonelite and elite craftspeople. She received her Ph.D in anthropology from Brown University (2021), where she wrote her dissertation on economic exchange within the regional polity of Piedras Negras, located on the border between Mexico and Guatemala. She has conducted fieldwork at many sites throughout Guatemala, and since 2018 she has been working in Mexico as part of the Proyecto Arqueológico Budsiljá-Chocoljá where she also serves as project lithic analyst. She is also currently developing a new field project with researchers from Japan, Guatemala, and Mexico in the Pacific South Coast of Guatemala. This project seeks to understand the relationship between the powerful city of Teotihuacan in Central Mexico and the small centers located along the coast in Guatemala, especially the site of Río Seco. 

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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, Passersthrough, involves a murder house, a fax machine, communications between the living and the dead, and a mountain lake that moves from place to place. He is also the author of the novels The Night Swimmers, 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 and an Alex Award, as well as a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, he currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where he is a Professor in the English Department of Reed College. Leave No Trace, 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, George Hay 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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Greek, Latin, and Ancient Mediterranean Studies Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Sonia Sabnis has taught at Reed College since 2006. She received her BA from Columbia University (1998) before completing an MA (2000) and Ph.D. (2006) at University of California, Berkeley. She is broadly interested in imperial literature, Greek and Latin, but her primary research specialty is the African Roman author Apuleius. Her published research includes studies of slavery and literature, figurative katabasis, and reception in different contexts in the twentieth and twenty-first century, including contemporary Algerian novels, mid-century horror, and poetry in English. She has held research fellowships at Vassar College, Wellesley College, and the W. E. B. Du Bois Center at the University of Massachusetts. She will be Professor-in-Charge at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome in 2024-25. Professor Sabnis currently volunteers time as a mentor through the Asian and Asian American Classical Caucus (AAACC) and as a tour guide at the Portland Japanese Garden.

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Art Department
Division of the Arts

Jenny Sakai is an art historian specializing in early modern (approximately 15th-18th centuries) art. She was trained as a historian of northern European art, and her current teaching and research focus on early modern art in the context of colonialism and imperialism. She is interested in what happens to artistic form, content, style, and function when works of art cross temporal, cultural, political, ideological, or theological boundaries. She completed her BA and PhD in the History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley, and she is the recipient of a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship and a Samuel H. Kress Institutional Fellowship. Jenny has published in the Journal of Art Historiography, and her article on the 17th-century Dutch inventor, cityscape painter, and fire captain Jan van der Heyden, will be published in a forthcoming issue of the interdisciplinary journal Word & Image.

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English Department
Division of Literature and Languages

John Sanders is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Reed College, where he teaches courses in film, new media, and the humanities. He received his PhD from Syracuse University, where he studied classical Hollywood film, literary theory, popular culture, and digital and analog games. His current research project lays the groundwork for a theory of literary game adaptations and investigates the ways in which the process of turning canonical works into playable, expressive systems can change our perspectives on (and engagement with) not only classic texts, but textuality as a whole. As an educator, John has worked as a curriculum developer and site director for summer enrichment programs, where he designed and taught courses on technical skills, game design, and worldbuilding for younger students. His work has appeared in journals such as gamevironments and First Person Scholar, academic conferences including the Literature/Film Association and SCMS, and public fora such as PAX East.

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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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faculty profile photo Margaret Scharle, Professor of Philosophy and Humanities

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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 PhilosophyPhronesis, and Apeiron, Theory and Practice in Aristotle's Natural Philosophy, and Aristotle's Physics, A Critical Guide. Her translation and essay is forthcoming in Aristotle’s Generation and Corruption II (Cambridge University Press, 2022). She enjoys collaborative research with students, with whom she has presented co-authored papers at professional conferences, including the American Philosophy Association and the Society of Ancient Greek Philosophy meetings.

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faculty profile photo Kristin Scheible, Professor of Religion and Humanities

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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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Mohammad Shirazi, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Mathematics and Statistics Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

I am very much interested in both teaching and doing research in mathematics. What does research in mathematics mean? A short answer: trying to solve important unsolved problems in this field and to develop the field in its natural way. My research is in Complex Analysis (and some related topics, e.g., complex approximation theory) which can broadly be seen as a branch of mathematical analysis that studies the behaviour of complex-valued (in contrast to real-valued) functions. The study of these functions is more interesting (and naturally more complicated) if one defines them on some special surfaces (called Riemann surfaces). Complex analysis is an extensive and rich theory in mathematics and has many connections, intersections, and applications to other branches of mathematics (pure and applied) and to Theoretical Physics, and Engineering. I always enjoy teaching mathematics. Teaching and interaction with students keep me motivated and this has helped me to learn many things in my field and even more in my personal life. I received my Bachelor's (in applied mathematics) and my Master's (in pure mathematics) degrees in my native country Iran (from the Amirkabir University of Technology). Then, I moved to Canada, where I obtained my PhD degree from the University of Manitoba (2020) and subsequently had a chance to continue my studies and teaching at McGill University (2020-22). 

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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).

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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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Art Department
Division of the Arts

Shivani Sud received her PhD in the History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley in 2022. Her current book project Jaipur and the World: Painting, Print, and Photography, ca. 1780-1920 examines painting at the regional kingdoms of Rajasthan in relation to global eighteenth- and nineteenth-century art worlds. In the past, Shivani has published essays on colonial photography in the Getty Research JournalSmartHistory, and the British Library’s Asian and African Studies blog. Her research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council's International Dissertation Research Fellowship, the Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship, the American Institute of Indian Studies' Fellowship, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Fellowship. Shivani’s teaching situates South Asian art within a global world, with courses on environmental histories, materialities, colonial visual cultures, photography, Indian cinema, museum histories, and methodologies for a global art history. 

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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

Barbara Tetenbaum is returning for her fourth year as a Visiting Professor in Studio Art. Barb is a visual artist interested in the act of reading. She uses books, print, installation, and animation to explore this topic. She founded her artist book imprint, Triangular Press in 1979, and produces one to two book projects each year. Barb is the recipient of two Fulbright Fellowships, career and project awards from the Oregon Arts Commission, Ford Family Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation and the Regional Arts and Culture Council (Portland area). Barb led the Book + Print Dept. at Oregon College of Art and Craft for 25 years before the college closed in 2019. She holds a B.S. in Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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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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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.

Leonard Wainstein, Visiting Assistant Professor of Statistics

Mathematics and Statistics Department
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Leonard Wainstein studies statistics and causal inference, and their applications. His methods research focuses on weighting, sensitivity analysis, and clustered data. His applied work has largely been in education — most recently studying the relationships between 12th math course — taking and student outcomes, and between Ethnic Studies course-taking and student outcomes in Los Angeles. Leonard earned his B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania, and his Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He also did a half-year postdoc at UCLA for the Department of Public Policy. Prior to teaching at Reed, he loved being a teacher’s assistant (TA) at UCLA, including being the TA coordinator and co-teaching the UCLA Statistics department’s TA training course in his third year of graduate school.

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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 early notational systems. Her research interests include artisanal practice, history of technology, excavated texts, and mortuary culture. Her current book project examines the extant corpus of early Chinese maps and their multifunctionality. Two other projects are underway: one on excavated covenants from the fifth century BCE and another on Han dynasty tomb murals. Michelle received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley (2014).

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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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Sociology Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Kjersten Bunker Whittington is 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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Catherine Witt, 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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Theatre Department
Division of the Arts

Barbie Wu is an actor and educator with a MFA in acting from Southern Methodist University.  Wu’s scholarly interests are focused around contemporary plays written by playwrights from the BIPoC and LGBTQIA communities, and her classes on acting and directing will highlight this material. Wu is a resident artist at Artists Repertory Theatre and was featured as the titular role in The Chinese Lady by Lloyd Suh and originated the role of Dr. May Zhou in the world premiere of Magellanica by local playwright E.M. Lewis. Alongside her colleagues, she always strives to foster a compassionate and collaborative education environment for future theatre makers.

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Chinese Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Jinhui Wu received her M.A. degree in Chinese Language and Civilization (and certificates in College Teaching and Language Teaching with Technology) from the University of Colorado Boulder, and her Ph.D. in East Asian Studies from the University of Arizona. She studies early modern Chinese religious literature and its intersection with other socio-cultural spheres, from the perspectives of historiography, vernacular literature, ritual practices, and print culture. Her other research interests include translation studies, digital humanities, and Chinese language and culture pedagogy. Prior to joining Reed College, she has taught courses on Chinese language, religion, and literature at Lafayette College (as a Fulbright fellow), the University of Colorado Boulder, and the University of Arizona.

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Music Department
Division of the Arts

Bora Yoon is an Assistant Professor of Music Composition at Reed College. A Korean-American composer, vocalist, and sound artist, Bora’s musical practice focuses on the intersection of classical forms of music and hybrid expressions of time-based new music and evolving technologies. Classically trained in voice, violin, and piano — her research and teaching interests include Music Composition, Electroacoustic Music, Songwriting, Sound Art, Embodied Performance, Music for Dance, Film, and Theater, Spatial Audio, and Immersive Performance with New Media.  Her music has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, WIRE magazine, Apple TV+’s Pachinko, NPR, TED, and the National Endowment for the Arts podcast. She joins the Reed faculty in 2023.

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Xue Zhang, Assistant Professor of History

History Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Xue Zhang is a historian of early modern China, specializing in cartography, science and technology, borderlands, and bureaucratic practices. Her peer-reviewed works have been published in The Journal of Chinese History and Isis: A Journal of the History of Science. She is currently working on her first book, which combines the approaches of political history, intellectual history, and history of science to explain Qing China’s counterintuitive policy shift in Xinjiang — the empire’s Muslim borderland in Inner Asia — in the late nineteenth century. Her second project looks at low-ranking clerks in the Qing central government. Although at the bottom of the imperial bureaucracy, they were the ones who directed the flow of information. She received her a Ph.D. degree from Princeton in 2020 and joined Reed in 2022. At Reed, she teaches courses on the history of China and China’s interactions with other parts of the world. She also contributes to the Chinese Humanities.

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Greek, Latin, and Ancient Mediterranean Studies Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Laura Zientek is a visiting assistant professor of Greek, Latin, and Ancient Mediterranean Studies 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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Religion Department
Division of Philosophy, Religion, Psychology, and Linguistics

Tobias Benedikt Zürn is a historian of religion who explores various forms and practices of embodiment, powerful texts, and ritual theory in early and medieval Daoism and Buddhism. In 2016, he earned his PhD in premodern Chinese religions and thought from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In his first monograph, provisionally titled Text/Bodies: The Huainanzi’s Construction as an Embodiment of the Way, Tobias Zürn asks what are texts and what did people historically do with them? By drawing on book history, material culture and religious studies, he argues that the Huainanzi, one of the most important texts from the early Han dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE), was created to serve as a textual embodiment of the Way that could actualize cosmic order by its mere presence. Beyond these explorations, he engages in the multidisciplinary and multimedia reception history of “Zhuangzi’s Butterfly Dream,” one of the most influential vignettes in East Asian religious and cultural history. Tobias Zürn’s research has been published in the Journal of Asian Studies and Early China, as well as in various edited volumes. He is also the co-founder of the international research project “Global Reception of the Classic Zhuangzi” and the “Global Daoist Studies Forum,” a virtual venue that seeks to promote the study of Daoism and foster the global community of scholars in Daoist studies.

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