Faculty Profiles

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  • Mary Jewett Gaiser Professor of English
    B.A., Tufts University; M.A., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

    Expert in nineteenth and early twentieth century American literature;  Shakespeare; and modernism in the arts.

  • Instructor in Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics
    B.A., San Jose State University; M.A., University of California (Los Angeles)

    Dancer by trade. Poet by heart. Yogini by spirit. Multimedia artist by convergence.

  • Professor of Biological Sciences
    B.S., College of William and Mary; M.S., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts (Amherst)

    Comparative animal physiologist; focused on the role of ion channels in tolerating low oxygen; teaching physiology, introductory biology.

  • Associate Professor of Political Science
    B.A., Haverford College; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University

    Focused on the political dimensions of human development, based on comparative and quantitative studies within Southern Asia. 

    On leave Fall 2016.

  • Senior Instructor in Physics Laboratory
    B.A., Swarthmore College; S.M., Harvard University

    Physics laboratory instructor; interested in electric power, lab instrumentation, and old-fashioned string theory.

  • Senior Lecturer in Psychology
    B.A., University of Connecticut; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts (Amherst)

    Interests include women leaders, social influence, gender differences in interaction and influence, and reactions to victimization.

  • Associate Professor of Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences
    B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts (Amherst)

    Professor of linguistics; research interests include artificial language learning and acquisition of phonology.

  • Associate Professor of Chemistry
    B.S., SUNY (Purchase College); M.S., Ph.D., Yale University

    Interested in synthesis of novel anticancer and antiviral agents; teaching introductory chemistry, organic chemistry, and synthetic methods.

  • Professor of Art
    B.A., Barnard College; A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Primary research in the field of 16th- and 17th-century Dutch and Flemish painting, with specialized work on Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Rubens, and Rembrandt.

  • Professor Emeritus of Economics
    B.A., Miami University; A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Professor Case passed away on July 15, 2016, after 34 years of teaching at Wellesley. His research was concerned with the causes and effects of boom and bust cycles in real estate; co-developed Case-Shiller Index, a leading measure of home pricing trends.

  • Assistant Professor of Art
    B.A., Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge); M.A., University of Texas (Austin); Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Art historian focusing on cross-cultural connections in the ancient Mediterranean

  • Senior Lecturer in English
    B.A., Barnard College; M.A., New York University; Ph.D., City University of New York

    Author of two novels and a screenplay. Fields: fiction-writing, screenwriting, postcolonial studies and modern British literature.

  • Visiting Lecturer in Jewish Studies
    B.E.D., Beit Berl College; M.A., Boston College

    Teaching focuses on conversational and written Hebrew.

  • Visiting Lecturer in Mathematics
    A.B., Harvard University; M.A., University of Chicago; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Combinatorics of polyhedral complexes, cryptology, comparative genomics.

  • Mildred Lane Kemper Professor of Mathematics
    B.A., University of California (Berkeley); M.A., Cambridge University (England); Ph.D., University of Chicago

    Research on positive scalar curvature and rigidity of manifolds, noncommutative geometry, tools of surgery theory

  • Professor Emerita of Philosophy
  • Lecturer in Education
    B.S., Brooklyn College; S.M., Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Research on design and use of digital tools for learning, technologies for learning in public spaces, equity issues as they relate to learning technologies and technology-driven pedagogy, and the intersection of community, cognition, and computation.

  • Professor of Psychology
    B.A., George Washington University; M.A., University of Texas (Austin); Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

    Professor of Personality Psychology. Research interests include shyness, self-concept, and identity orientations. 

  • Senior Lecturer in Chinese
    B.A., Shanghai Teachers’ University; M.A., University of Iowa

    Interested in Chinese language pedagogy and second language acquisition.

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology
    B.A., Rutgers University; Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Research explores how culture and family processes influence development and mental health across the lifespan.

  • Professor of English
    B.A., Amherst College; Ph.D., Harvard University

    Poet and critic.

  • Assistant Professor of Political Science
    B.A. Brown University; M.A., Ph.D. University of Michigan

     Studies American politics with an emphasis on public opinion, race and ethnicity, and political psychology

  • Visiting Lecturer in Russian
    B.A., Kenyon College ; M.A., Ph.D., Stanford University

    Research focuses on 19th- and 20th-century Russian literature and the revolutionary impulse.

  • Professor Emeritus of History
    Cornell University, B.A. University of Chicago, M.A., Ph.D. Harvard University

    Retired from teaching in 2000, but continues to be active in the field of Chinese history.

  • Professor of Economics; Director, Knapp Social Science Center
    A.B., Harvard College; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Researcher in the economics of aging, particularly retirement and disability policy.

  • Professor Emeritus of Chemistry
    B.S., Eckerd College; Ph.D., Indiana University (Bloomington)

    Physical/Inorganic chemist, doing quantum chemistry and applications of computers in chemical education.

  • Coach/Accompanist
    B.M., Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo); M.M., University of Wisconsin (Madison); Ph.D., New England Conservatory of Music
  • Senior Music Performance Faculty in Guitar and Lute
    B.A., University of California (Berkeley)

    Classical and flamenco guitarist and lutenist; teacher and performer, developing instructional materials for the study of classical guitar.

  • Associate Professor of Peace and Justice Studies
    B.S., Università degli Studi di Firenze; M.A., University of Notre Dame; Ph.D., University of Southern California

    Scholar and activist around issues of peace and gender.

  • Professor Emerita of Philosophy
    B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., Ph.D., Yale University

    Professor Emerita of the history of philosophy, particularly Plato and Aristotle and feminist theory.

  • Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies
    B.A., University of California (Riverside); M.A., University of California (Santa Barbara); Ph.D., University of California (Santa Cruz)

    Engaged in research on Asian American visual histories in photography, film, and popular culture.

  • Professor of Sociology
    B.S., Southern Methodist University; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

    Research in the sociology of education with a particular interest in academic and social engagement of college students.

  • Professor of Africana Studies
    B.A., M.A., Fordham University; Ph.D., Cornell University

    Expert on Caribbean literature and Caribbean intellectual history.

  • Deffenbaugh de Hoyos Carlson Professor in the Social Sciences; Professor of Sociology
    B.A., Saint Michael’s College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia