Faculty Profiles

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z
  • Rachid Aadnani

    Lecturer in Middle Eastern Studies
    B.A., Universite Moulay Ismail (Morocco); M.A., Dartmouth College; Ph.D., Binghamton University

    Teacher of Arabic language and literature.

  • Ama Baafra Abeberese

    Ama Baafra Abeberese

    Assistant Professor of Economics
    B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., Ph.D., Columbia University

    Research in development economics, with an emphasis on firm behavior in developing economies.

  • Kris Adams

    Senior Music Performance Faculty in Vocal Jazz
    B.M., Berklee College of Music; M.M., New England Conservatory of Music

    Teaches commercial singing styles and technique, specializing in jazz, blues, pop, and Brazilian music.

  • Jonathan M. Adler

    Associate Professor of Psychology, Olin College of Engineering
    M.S., Northwestern University; Ph.D., Northwestern University

    My research focuses on the interface between adult identity development and clinical psychology. I am interested in the ways people make sense of the difficult things that happen to them and how that personal meaning facilitates changes in well-being.   

  • Marjorie Agosin

    Luella LaMer Slaner Professor in Latin American Studies; Professor of Spanish
    B.A., University of Georgia; M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University

    Poet, human rights activist, literary critic. Interested in Jewish literature and literature of human rights in the Americas; women writers of Latin America; migration, identity, and ethnicity.

  • Eliko Akahori

    Music Performance Faculty in Piano; Director, Music Performance Program
    B.M., Kunitachi College of Music (Japan); M.M., D.M.A., New England Conservatory of Music

    Pianist, teacher, and performer of piano and chamber music.

  • Robin M. Akert

    Professor of Psychology
    B.A., University of California (Santa Cruz); M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University

    Research in nonverbal communication:  the ability to decode nonverbal cues in social interaction; also interested in the psychological analysis of advertising.

  • Fred Aldrich

    Music Performance Faculty in French Horn
    B.M., New England Conservatory of Music

    Boston-based freelance musician; performs regularly with prominent area symphony orchestras as well as chamber groups.

  • Sarah M. Allen

    Associate Professor of Chinese
    A.B., Harvard College; M.A., University of Michigan; Ph.D., Harvard University

    Works on medieval Chinese literature and culture, especially gossip, anecdotes, and tales from the eighth and ninth centuries.

  • Mary Allen

    Mary Allen

    Jean Glasscock Professor Emerita of Biological Sciences
    B.S., M.S., University of Wisconsin (Madison); Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    A microbiologist, now retired from teaching in the classroom, but continuing research on cyanobacterial biochemistry with undergraduate colleagues.

  • Scott D. Anderson

    Lecturer in Computer Science
    B.S., Yale University; M.S., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts (Amherst)
  • Margaret Angelini

    Carillon Instructor, Director of Guild of Carillonneurs
    Bachelors, Wellesley College; Masters of Music, New England Conservatory

    Having taught piano and music theory at Stonehill College for 9 years, she now teaches carillon at Wellesley College, where she acts as advisor to the 25-member student Guild of Carillonneurs.  She also serves as organist at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sharon.

  • Andrew Arceci

    Director, Collegium Musicum
    B.Mus. (Viola da Gamba/Violone) & B.Mus. (Double Bass), Peabody Conservatory - Johns Hopkins University; M.Mus., The Juilliard School; M.St., Magdalen College, Oxford
  • Diego Arciniegas

    Diego Arciniegas

    Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies
    B.A., Williams College

    Focused on suiting the word to the action and the action to the word.

  • Justin Armstrong

    Justin Armstrong

    Lecturer in Writing and Anthropology
    B.A., Wilfred Laurier University (Waterloo, ON); M.A., Ph.D., McMaster University (Hamilton, ON)

    Research focuses on ethnographic methods, globalization, depopulation of the North American High Plains, writing, islands and ghost towns.

  • Lilian Armstrong

    Mildred Lane Kemper Professor Emerita of Art
    B.A. Wellesley College, M.A. Radcliffe College, Ph.D. Columbia University

    Retired from teaching, but continues work on book history, focusing on Italian Renaissance manuscripts and early printed books.

  • Chris R. Arumainayagam

    Professor of Chemistry
    A.B., Harvard University; Ph.D., Stanford University

    I am a physical chemist who uses surface chemistry techniques to study radiation chemistry.

  • Jerold Auerbach

    Professor Emeritus of History
    B.A., Oberlin College; M.A., Ph.D., Columbia University

    Research interests have included modern American history, the history of freedom of speech since the framing of the Bill of Rights, the history of the American legal profession, American Jewish history, and the history of Israel from its biblical foundation to the present.

  • Angela Bahns

    Angela Bahns

    Assistant Professor of Psychology
    B.A., Pomona College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Kansas

    Social psychologist doing research on similarity and diversity in friendship networks and the justification of prejudice.

  • Jung-Hyun Baik

    Jung-Hyun Baik

    Research Scholar
    B.A., Yonsei University

    Expert in Korean language testing and learner corpus.

  • Lamia Balafrej

    Lamia Balafrej

    Assistant Professor of Art
    B.A., M.A., Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris) and University of Paris; Ph.D., University of Provence

    Art historian working on the art and architecture of the Islamic world and their interweaving with global art history.

  • Amy Banzaert

    Lecturer in Engineering; Director of Engineering Studies
    B.S., M.S., Ph.D, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Researches engineering education and the development of consumer-oriented technologies that can benefit under-served populations worldwide.

  • Daniela Bartalesi-Graf

    Daniela Bartalesi-Graf

    Lecturer in Italian Studies
    B.A., Harvard University Extension School; M.A., Tufts University

    Research focuses on Italian language pedagogy and 20th century Italian cultural studies.

  • Christine Bassem

    Lecturer in Computer Science
    B.S., Ain Shams University; M.S., German University in Cairo; Ph.D., Boston University
  • Battat Photo

    James Battat

    Assistant Professor of Physics
    Sc.B., Brown University; A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Experimental particle astrophysics including dark matter detection and precision tests of gravity with lunar laser ranging (lab website).

  • Wendy Bauer

    Wendy Hagen Bauer

    Professor Emerita of Astronomy
    B.A., Mount Holyoke College; M.S., Ph.D., University of Hawaii

    Researches mass loss from red giants and supergiants and the UV spectrum of the long-period interacting binary VV Cephei.

  • Deborah E. Bauer

    Lecturer in Neuroscience
    B.A., Wellesley College; Ph.D., University of Michigan

    Molecular neuroscientist with an interest in glutamate transporters.

  • Thomas J. Bauer

    Senior Instructor Emeritus in Physics Laboratory
    B.A., Wabash College; M.A., University of Idaho

    Teaches introductory and advanced physics laboratories.

  • Connie Lynn Bauman

    PERA Professor of the Practice
    B.S., Illinois State University; M.S., Arizona State University; Certificate, Indiana State University

    Sports Medicine Outreach project; engaged in predictive injury study; director, Employee Wellness Program.

  • Barbara Beatty

    Barbara R. Beatty

    Professor of Education
    A.B., Radcliffe College; Ed.M., Ed.D., Harvard University

    Historian of education and of childhood, teacher education, and education reform; preschool policy and advocacy

  • Rebecca Bedell

    Associate Professor of Art
    B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., Ph.D., Yale University

    Wellesley alumna; research explores the relations between art and science, and the place of sentimentalism in American art.

  • Melissa A. Beers

    Instructor in Biological Sciences Laboratory
    B.S., University of New Hampshire; Ph.D., Cornell University

    Broad interests in molecular biology that are now focused on engaging students in complex experiments and science writing.

  • Bridget Belgiovine

    PERA Professor of the Practice; Director of Athletics; Chair of Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics
    B.S., Trenton State College; M.Ed., Springfield College

    Engaged in integration and promotion of fitness and sports, critical components for lifelong learning and well-being.

  • Barbara Beltz

    Barbara S. Beltz

    Allene Lummis Russell Professor of Neuroscience
    B.A., Mount Holyoke College; M.S., Ph.D., Princeton University

    Passions for serotonin and adult neurogenesis! Excited about the wonderful neuroscience program at Wellesley College.

  • Michal Ben-Josef Hirsch

    Michal Ben-Josef Hirsch

    Visiting Lecturer in Political Science
    B.A., Tel-Aviv University; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Researches international relations with a focus on the role of ideas and norms, transitional justice, and the Israel-Palestine conflict 

  • Robbie Berg

    Professor of Physics
    A.B., Princeton University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Laser based studies of new electronic materials.

  • Al Berger

    Alexander Berger

    Instructor in Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics
    B.A., Framingham State University; M.A., Canisius College

    First season coaching basketball at Wellesley; also recruits for golf.

  • Patricia Gray Berman

    Theodora L. and Stanley H. Feldberg Professor of Art
    B.A., Hampshire College; M.A., Ph.D., New York University

    Art historian specializing in the art and visual culture of the late 19th-, 20th-, and 21st centuries. 

  • Wendy Berry

    PERA Assistant Professor of the Practice
    B.S., Brighton University

    Head varsity squash coach and instructor of racket sports, primarily squash and badminton.

  • James R. Besancon

    Associate Professor of Geosciences
    B.S., Yale University; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Continuing study of physical model and salt content of local community and campus water supply, ICP-OES analysis of water; Ion chromatography.

  • Gurminder Kaur Bhogal

    Associate Professor of Music
    B.Mus(Hons), Royal College of Music; M.Mus., King’s College, University of London; Ph.D., University of Chicago
    Interests include the music of Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Erik Satie, Gabriel Fauré; the practice of ornament in French music and the visual arts during the early twentieth century; music and philosophy; music and orientalism; Sikh devotional music (Sikh Kirtan).
  • Frank Bidart

    Frank L. Bidart

    Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities; Professor of English
    B.A., University of California (Riverside); A.M., Harvard University

    An award-winning poet, Bidart was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award.

  • Hélène Bilis

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

    Specializes in early modern literature and culture, with a focus on theatrical works and institutions, and their connection to 17th- and 18th -century developments in political power.

  • Beverly A. Blazar

    Associate Professor Emerita of Biological Sciences
    B.A. Brown University; M.A. Harvard University; Ph. D. Brown University

    Retired professor whose research and expertise was focused on immunology.

  • Laura Bossert-King

    Senior Music Performance Faculty in Viola and Violin
    B.M., M.M., Eastman School of Music

    Director, LyricaFest Music Festival; Quartet Program, Longy School; visiting faculty, Eastman School; silver medalist, Henryk Szeryng Prize.

  • Kathleen Boyd

    Senior Music Performance Faculty in Flute
    B.M., M.M., New England Conservatory of Music
  • Daniel J. Brabander

    Professor of Geosciences
    B.S., M.A., Binghamton University; Ph.D., Brown University

    Research interests: biogeochemistry, environmental geochemistry, and medical geology.

  • Sheila P. Brachfeld-Child

    Senior Lecturer in Psychology; Director, Medical Professions Advising
    B.A., Tufts University; M.A., Boston University; Ph.D., Brandeis University

    Interested in peer interactions in adolescence with a focus on social aggression, especially the representation of social aggression on television and in the movies. Teaches Adolescence and Introduction to Psychology. Has been Director of Medical Professions Advising since 1998.

  • Kaća Bradonjić

    Visiting Lecturer in Physics
    B.S., Northeastern University; M.A., Ph. D., Boston University

    Theoretical physicists focused on foundations of general relativity and quantum gravity

  • Martin Alan Brody

    Catherine Mills Davis Professor of Music
    B.A., Amherst College; M.M., D.M.A., Yale University School of Music

    Composer of concert music; historian of early modern music, especially music during the Cold War in relation to other arts.

  • Kate Brogan

    Kathleen Brogan

    Associate Professor of English
    B.A., Queens College; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

    Teaches modernism, contemporary American fiction and poetry, ethnic literature, and urban literature and photography.

  • Judy Brown

    Professor Emerita of Physics
    B.A. Rice University; Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley; Postdoctoral Research at Centre d'Etudes Nucleaires de Saclay

    Retired from teaching in 2005 and from research several years later. Currently pursuing an interest in equine photography.

  • Anne Brubaker

    Lecturer in the Writing Program
    B.A., Dickinson College; M.A., University of Sussex (Brighton, England); Ph.D., University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)

    Interested in modern and contemporary American literature, the cultural study of science and technology, gender and women's writing, academic and professional writing, and film criticism and theory.

  • Heather Bryant

    Heather Corbally Bryant

    Visiting Lecturer in the Writing Program
    A.B., Harvard College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan

    Specialist in twentieth-century British and Irish literature; novelist and practicing poet.

  • Charles Bu

    William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Mathematics
    B.S., M.S., Shanghai Jiao Tong University; M.S., Michigan State University; Ph.D., University of Illinois

    Specialist in initial-boundary value problems for nonlinear partial differential equations.

  • Emily A. Buchholtz

    Gordon P. Lang and Althea P. Lang ’26 Professor of Biological Sciences
    B.A., College of Wooster; M.A., University of Wisconsin; Ph.D., George Washington University

    Vertebrate paleontologist with interests at the interface of morphology, evolution, and development.

  • Susan Buck

    Susan Buck

    Instructor in Computer Science Laboratory
    B.A., University of North Carolina (Asheville); M.P.S., New York University (Tisch School of the Arts)

    Web programmer and educator; co-founder of the Women's Coding Collective.

  • Tom Burke portrait, 2012

    Tom Burke

    Professor of Political Science
    B.A., University of Minnesota (Minneapolis); M.A., Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Research focuses on the role of courts, rights, and litigation in public policy and politics.

  • Bryan Burns

    Bryan E. Burns

    Associate Professor of Classical Studies
    B.A., University of North Carolina; M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan

    Archaeologist engaged in the study of Mediterranean exchange in the Late Bronze Age, conducting fieldwork in Greece.

  • Kristin Butcher

    Marshall I. Goldman Professor of Economics
    B.A., Wellesley College; M.S., London School of Economics; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University

    Researcher on labor and health economics, with a focus on immigration issues and issues surrounding childhood obesity.

  • Bill Cain

    William E. Cain

    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.

  • Samantha Cameron

    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.

  • John S. Cameron

    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.

  • Christopher Candland

    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. 

  • George M. Caplan

    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.

  • Linda Carli

    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.

  • Angela C. Carpenter

    Wellesley Faculty Assistant 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.

  • Dora Carrico-Moniz

    Assistant 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.

  • Margaret D. Carroll

    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.

  • Karl Case

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

    Research is 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.

  • Kimberly Cassibry

    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

  • Margaret Cezair-Thompson

    Margaret Cezair-Thompson

    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.

  • Gil Chalamish

    Gil Chalamish

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

    Teaching focuses on conversational and written Hebrew.

  • Clara Chan

    Clara S. Chan

    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.

  • Stanley S. Chang

    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

  • Maud Chaplin

    Professor Emerita of Philosophy
  • Jonathan M. Cheek

    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. 

  • Dai Chen

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

    Interested in Chinese language pedagogy and second language acquisition.

  • Stephen Chen

    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.

  • Miranda Chen-Cristoforo

    Visiting Lecturer in Chinese
    M.Ed., Lesley University

    Teaches Chinese language courses at Harvard Extension School and Wellesley College

  • Dan Chiasson

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

    Poet and critic.

  • James David Christie

    Wellesley College Organist
    B.A., Oberlin College; M.M.A., New England Conservatory of Music

    College organist and organ teacher; oversees the care of all the pipe organs on campus.

  • Paul A. Cohen

    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.

  • Courtney C. Coile

    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.

  • William F. Coleman

    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.

  • David Collins

    Coach/Accompanist
    B.M., Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo); M.M., University of Wisconsin (Madison); Ph.D., New England Conservatory of Music
  • Glorianne Collver-Jacobson

    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.

  • Catia Confortini

    Assistant 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.

  • Ann Congleton

    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.

  • Bevil R. Conway

    Associate Professor of Neuroscience
    B.S., McGill University; M.M.Sc., Harvard Medical School; Ph.D., Harvard University

    Visual neuroscientist and artist, examines neural basis of color using physiological, behavioral, and modeling techniques. (Visit Website)

  • Elena Tajima Creef

    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.

  • Lee Cuba

    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.

  • Selwyn R. Cudjoe

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

    Expert on Caribbean literature and Caribbean intellectual history.

  • Lesley S. Curtis

    Lesley Curtis

    Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Comparative Literature
    B.A., University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill); M.A., Middlebury College; M.A., Ph.D., Duke University

    Lesley S. Curtis is a scholar of postcolonialism and gender, with a special focus on Haiti, France, and abolitionism.

  • Thomas Cushman

    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
  • Veronica Darer

    Veronica Darer

    Senior Lecturer in Spanish
    M.A.T. School for International Training/World Learning; Ph.D., University of Florida

    Engaged in research on teaching and learning processes.  Specializes in Spanish language and culture courses.  Teaches courses on diversity in education and classroom interaction.

  • Louise Darling

    Louise Darling

    Knafel Assistant Professor of Natural Sciences; Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
    B.S., Johns Hopkins University; Ph.D., Rice University

    Examining the localization and interactions of membrane proteins implicated in human health and disease primarily via fluorescence microscopy.

  • Venita Datta

    Professor of French
    A.B., Bryn Mawr College; M.A., Ph.D., New York University

    Specialist of French cultural and intellectual history.

  • Ophera A. Davis

    Ophera A. Davis

    Lecturer in Africana Studies
    B.S., M.S., Jackson State University; Ph.D., Saint Louis University

    Research focuses on the resilience and recovery of Mississippi Black women survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

  • Helena de Bres

    Helena de Bres

    Associate Professor of Philosophy
    B.A., Victoria University; M.A., Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Researches and teaches political and moral philosophy, with a focus on questions of distributive justice in global politics.