Faculty Profiles

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  • Senior Instructor in Biological Sciences Laboratory
    B.Sc., M.Sc., University of Rhode Island

    Background in functional and evolutionary morphology of vertebrates (i.e., how vertebrate forms relate to function and evolution); teaches introductory cell and organismal biology and comparative physiology and anatomy of vertebrates.

  • Margaret E. Deffenbaugh and LeRoy T. Carlson Professor in Comparative Literature; Professor of Classical Studies
    B.A., Stanford University; M.A., University of California (Santa Barbara); M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University

    Specializes in the literature and culture of Ancient Greece; teaches Greek drama and myth, and the theme of travel in literature.

  • Senior Music Performance Faculty Emerita in Voice
    A.B., Harvard University; M.M., Northwestern University

    Contralto who loves opera and songs; fascinated by singing. Hopes to inspire student musicians. Enjoys to teach, learn, and grow.

  • Professor of Physics
    B.A., Yale University; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Engaged in laser spectroscopy, physics applied to biological systems, curricular development across disciplines, outreach to young learners and the public.

  • Music Performance Faculty in Jazz and Classical Trumpet
    B.M., Crane School of Music, Music Education, Trumpet Performance; M.M., New England Conservatory of Music, Jazz Studies - Composition
  • Instructor in Chemistry Laboratory
    B.S., Goucher College; Ph.D., University of Maryland (College Park)
  • Senior Lecturer in French
    Licence de Lettres Modernes, Université de Haute Bretagne; Maîtrise de Français et de Linguistique, Université de Vincennes

    Specializes in French civilization and conversation courses.

  • Professor of Religion
    B.A., Stetson University; M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School; Ph.D., Harvard University

    Scholar of the history of Christianity and contemporary Catholicism with special attention to the Virgin Mary and to women’s spiritual writings.

  • Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
    B.S., University of Manchester, UK; Ph.D., University of Leeds, UK

    Investigating the physiology and mechanics of animal locomotion.

  • Assistant Professor of Anthropology
    B.A, Washington University; M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School; A.M., Ph.D., Brown University

    Socio-cultural anthropologist whose research centers on the politics of foreign aid, democracy promotion, judicial reform, and conflict in Latin America.

  • Professor of Chemistry
    B.A., Grinnell College; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology

    Uses experiments and computation to study membrane proteins; teaches biochemistry, introductory chemistry and courses in computational modeling and public writing.

  • Senior Lecturer in Russian
    M.A., Moscow University; Ph.D., Academy of Sciences Institute of World History (Russia)

    Teaches Russian language; Wintersession in Moscow Program Director; at Wellesley since 1998.

  • Ralph Emerson and Alice Freeman Palmer Professor of Political Science
    B.A., Wesleyan University; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University

    Comparative political theorist, specializes in interactions between Islamic and Euro-American political thought.

     

  • Associate Professor of Mathematics
    B.A., B.S., University of Chicago; Ph.D., University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)

    Research is in geometric mechanics and specifically in Nonholonomic Mechanics. Presently researching Hamiltonian-like properties of some special types of nonholonomic systems.

  • Assistant Professor of Economics
    B.A., Wesleyan University; M.Sc., London School of Economics and Political Science; Ph.D., Harvard University
  • Concert Manager
    Master of Arts, UCLA; Bachelor of Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University
  • Associate Professor of American Studies
    A.B., Harvard College; B.A., M.A., Trinity College (Cambridge); M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

    Interdisciplinary scholar with focus on American literature; biographer of the James family; historian of the Belle Époque.

  • Phyllis Henderson Carey Professor of Music, Emeritus
    A.B., Harvard College; M.M.A., D.M.A., Yale University School of Music

    Engaged in thinking and writing about the repertoire I perform as a pianist, and psychological and philosophical issues in music.

  • Associate Professor of Chemistry
    B.A., St. Olaf College; Ph.D., University of Illinois

    Interests include nanoscience and biomaterials for environmental and medical applications; teaching in analytical chemistry and nanoscience.

  • Phyllis Henderson Carey Professor of Music
    B.A., Oberlin College; Certificate, The Royal Conservatory of The Hague; M.A., Ph.D., Duke University

    Interests include early music in Western Europe 1100-1750, gender and music, the resuscitation and performance of women’s music, and the history of music at Wellesley College.

  • Louise Sherwood McDowell and Sarah Frances Whiting Professor of Astrophysics; Professor of Astronomy
    B.A., M.S., Ph.D., Cornell University

    Planetary astronomer, fascinated by planetary rings and atmospheres, committed to teaching science, and a devotee of all the liberal arts.

  • Grace Slack McNeil Professor of American Art; Professor of Art
    A.B., Radcliffe College; M.Phil., University of London; Ph.D., Harvard University

    Interested in building an interdisciplinary, feminist approach to architecture through research, teaching, and public education.

  • Senior Music Performance Faculty in Voice
    B.M., Peabody Conservatory of Music; M.M., New England Conservatory of Music

    Dedicated to the sublime art and pursuit of beautiful singing.

  • Lecturer in Physics
    B.A., Swarthmore College; A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Experimental soft condensed matter physicist interested in actively engaging students in the classroom and laboratory.

  • Professor Emeritus of French
    Licence ès letters, University of Rennes; Ph.D., Yale University

    Scholar of 19th and 20th century French literature; author of poetry, short stories, and other works in Breton.

  • Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies
    B.A., University of Massachusetts; M.A.R., Iliff School of Theology; A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Ethics of US health care, health policy, and public health with emphases on gender, race, and class; bioethics; theories of justice; global health.

  • Lecturer in French
    M.A., Ph.D., Boston University

    Academic focus includes authorship, textual strategies, and the fashioning of subjectivity. Passionate about teaching and her commitment to students.

  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy
    B.A., M.A., Stanford University; Ph.D., Princeton University

    Works on ancient Greek philosophy, with emphasis on ancient ethics and moral psychology.

  • Professor Emerita of Spanish
    Licenciatura, University of Madrid; M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

    Researches topics from Spanish medieval and Golden Age literature and feminist studies, to Spanish postmodernism and Spanish and Mexican cinema; an educator who intends to teach a higher spiritual and ethical attitude toward life.

  • Professor Emerita of Greek and Latin
  • Professor of Religion
    A.B., Princeton University; M.A., Ph.D., Duke University

    Interests include the Jewish and Christian communities of the Roman Empire, women in the Biblical world, and the history of Jerusalem.

  • Associate Professor Emerita of Psychology
    A.B., Cornell University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)

    Interests include applied social psychology, community evaluation research, and basic and advanced statistics.

  • Professor of History
    B.A., Dartmouth College; Ph.D., Yale University

    Historian of China/Inner Asia; research on intersection of empire and ethnicity in 1700s, and 20th century transnational trade networks.

  • Instructor in Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics
    B.S., Northeastern University

    Educates and empowers others to optimal health by sharing passion for and expertise in exercise with yoga, Pilates, coaching, training.

  • Instructor in Geosciences Laboratory
    B.A., Smith College; M.S., University of Miami

    Focused on stable isotope geochemistry and physical geology.

  • Professor of Classical Studies
    B.A., Wesleyan University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Interests include gender, sexuality, and the erotics of place in the ancient world, as well as using Classics to foster interdisciplinary discussion.

  • Distinguished Visiting Professor in Women's and Gender Studies
    B.A., University of Washington; M.A., University of Washington; Ph.D., University of Washington

    The author of numerous books and articles on autobiography, law and literature, and feminist theory.

  • Professor of Psychology
    A.B., Dartmouth College; Ph.D., University of Minnesota

    Developmental psychologist studying relationships, real and imagined, with a focus on young children's imaginary companions.

  • Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
    B.Sc., M.Sc., Leiden University; Ph.D., Utrecht (The Netherlands)

    Investigates the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying animal behavior, using songbirds as a model system to study learning and memory.

  • Jane Bishop '51 Associate Professor of Political Science
    A.B., University of Chicago; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University

    Researching issues of international security with a specific focus on legitimacy, rising powers, and territorial conflict.

     

  • Professor Emeritus of Economics
    B.S., Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Ph D in Economics, Harvard University

    Studied economic and political developments in Russia, especially the energy sector and how it affects Vladimir Putin.

  • Assistant Professor of Music
    B.A., University of California (Los Angeles); M.A., University of California (San Diego); Ph.D., University of California (Los Angeles)

    Ethnomusicologist and popular music scholar of Brazil and Latin America; Jazz and the African Diaspora; Audiovisual Media; global music industry

  • Assistant Professor of English
    B.A., Swarthmore College; M.A., Pennsylvania State University; M.A., Ph.D., Rutgers University

    Queer literary studies, including representations of HIV/AIDS; transatlantic Modernism, including the Harlem Renaissance; and the 20C Novel.

  • Assistant Professor of Japanese
    B.A., Westmont College; M.A., Columbia University; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

    Japanese language, literature, visual culture, geography, and history of print culture.

  • Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
    B.S., Rhodes College; M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

    Cell biologist using fission yeast to study regulatory mechanisms of conserved, essential cellular processes.

  • Evelyn Barry Director of the Choral Program; Lecturer in Music
    B.A., Sonoma State College; M.M., D.M.A., University of Southern California

    Conductor of Choral Program, including Choir, Chamber Singers, and Choral Scholars.

  • Associate Professor of History
    B.A., Yale University; Ph.D., Harvard University

    Historian of early American and Native American history, English colonialism and cultural encounters, environmental history, and violence in American history.

  • Associate Professor of Political Science
    B.A., College of William and Mary; M.A., Ph.D., Duke University

    Researches and teaches political theory, with a focus on grassroots organizing and the politics of race, ethnicity, and culture.

  • Assistant Professor of Art
    B.A., Wesleyan University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Delaware

    Art historian examining African and African American identities, music, the body, and feminism in 20th century and contemporary art. 

  • Knafel Assistant Professor of Social Sciences; Assistant Professor of History
    B.A., Beloit College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin (Madison)

    Historian of race, gender, and culture in 20th century U.S. with focus on African American business and visual culture.

  • Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
    B.A., Wesleyan University; Ph.D., University of California (Santa Cruz)

    Ecologist focusing on invasive plant population dynamics and environmental influences.

  • Wellesley Faculty Assistant Professor of History
    A.B., Harvard University; M.Phil., Cambridge University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Intellectual and cultural historian of early modern Europe.

  • Associate Professor of French
    B.A., Cornell University; D.E.A., Ecole Normale Superieure & Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales; J.D., Ph.D., New York University

    Specialist of contemporary French society. Interested in the media, gender and sexuality in France and the European Union.

  • Associate Professor of Spanish
    B.A., Middlebury College; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University

    Interested in questions of language and representation in the colonial, trans-Atlantic, and trans-Pacific realms.

  • Associate Professor of Spanish
    B.A., Soka University of America; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

    Specialized in 19th and 20th century Latin American literature and culture; also interested in trans-pacific studies.

  • Associate Professor Emeritus of Chemistry
    B.A., Earlham College; Ph.D., University of Illinois (Urbana)

    Teaches organic chemistry, introductory chemistry, and seminars in medicinal chemistry and advanced organic chemistry, helping students claim understanding and ownership of the material through collaborative work.

  • Assistant Professor of Political Science
    B.A., University of Virginia; M.A., Ph.D., Emory University

    Research driven by this question: What are the origins of institutions among marginalized groups in anarchic systems? 

     

     

  • Senior Instructor in Chemistry Laboratory
    B.A., Russell Sage College; Ph.D., Tufts University
  • Senior Lecturer in Spanish
    B.A., Smith College; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Specialized in 19th- through 21st-century literature with a focus on Hispanic American narrative and the literary and cultural history of modern Mexico, I am a bilingual scholar, book editor, translator and teacher.

  • Conductor, Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra
    B.M., Eastman School of Music; M.M., Boston University

    Founder and Director of the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra.

  • Associate Professor of German
    A.B., M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Focuses on gender, identity, and subjectivity in Germany; teaches at all levels of German curriculum; research on horror films from the 1920s.

  • Professor Emeritus of German
    B.A., M.A., Tufts University; Ph.D., Harvard University

    A primary research interest of his has been German exile literature from the period 1933–1945, an area in which he wrote his dissertation and has published several articles. 

  • Professor emeritus of Biological Sciences
    B.S., Bates College; M.S., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts (Boston)

    Research on plant cell biology, biochemistry, the chloroplast, photosynthesis; teaching cell biology and proteomics.

  • Music Performance Faculty in Oboe
    B.M., Ohio Wesleyan University; M.M., Manhattan School of Music
  • Elizabeth Christy Kopf Professor emerita of Art
    B.F.A., M.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design

    I am a passionate painter focused on representing both seen and unseen (observed by the other senses) elements of the environment.

  • Senior Lecturer in Education
    B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ed.M., Ed.D., Harvard University

    Study of educational philosophy, policy, and practice, and the social sciences, humanities, and other studies relevant to them. 

  • Associate Professor of Geosciences
    B.A., Clark University; M.A., George Washington University; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Researches mechanisms and time scales of plutonic construction; connections between magma chambers, plutons, and volcanic centers in space and time; tectonic assembly of North America; and combining trace element compositon and U-Pb dates of detrital zircon crystals to more closely fingerprint the provenance of clastic sedimentary rocks.

  • Physical Education Instructor, Dance

    Teacher, performer, and choreographer of classical Indian kathak dance; founder and artistic director of Chhandika Institute of Kathak.

  • Professor of Chemistry
    B.A., Rutgers University; M.S., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

    Synthetic Organic Chemistry; Design of New Tuberculosis Antimicrobials; Near-Infrared Spectroscopy

  • Professor of Psychology
    A.B., Brown University; M.Ed., Lesley College; Ph.D., Brandeis University

    Former elementary school teacher, now researcher focused on motivation and creativity across cultures.

  • Senior Music Performance Faculty in Double Bass
    B.M., Berklee College of Music; M.M., University of Massachusetts (Lowell)

    Performer with jazz groups, classical and theatre orchestras; instructor of beginners to advanced in doublebass and electric bass.

  • Instructor in Computer Science Laboratory
    B.S., University of Wisconsin (Madison); M.S., University of Rhode Island

    Expert in computer hardware: the nuts and bolts (or, gates and chips) that make a computer work.

  • Class of 1919 – 50th Reunion Professor of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies
    B.A., Brandeis University; M.A., Ph.D., Northwestern University

    Researches families in a changing economy and how social inequality at home and in the workplace shape the experiences of women and men.

  • Associate Professor of English
    A.B., Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

    Specialist in English Romanticism; teaches Romantic Poetry and other literature courses with an emphasis on poetry.

  • Lecturer in Environmental Studies
    B.S., University of Pittsburgh; M.S., Ph.D., University of Michigan

    Research Interests: Environmental engineering, life cycle assessment, and the design of sustainable environmental systems.

  • Professor of Computer Science
    B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Research on human vision combining computer modeling and perceptual studies; interdisciplinary computer science education.

  • Professor of Economics
    A.B., Occidental College; M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University

    Focuses on the history of American business organizations and their governance, and more generally on the role of legal institutions in shaping economic and financial development.

  • Professor of Mathematics
    B.S., Brooklyn College of City University of New York; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    An algebraic topologist who works on homotopy theory in model categories, localizations of model category structures, and homotopy limit and colimit functors.

  • Professor Emeritus of Religion
    Ph.B., S.T.B., Ph.D., University of Chicago

    Specialist in the field known as hermeneutics (interpretation theory) and in New Testament.

  • Professor of Russian
    B.A., Pomona College; M.A., Oxford University; A.M., Ph.D., Stanford University

    Interests include history of 19th-century Russian literature, Russian nature-writing, and Russian music.

  • Music Performance Faculty in Piano
    B.M., M.M., New England Conservatory of Music
  • Associate Professor of Education
    B.A., M.T., University of Virginia; Ed.D., Harvard University

    Explores school-community relationships in K-12 urban schools with an emphasis on race, immigration, and culture.

  • Lecturer in Theatre Studies
    B.A., University of Pennsylvania; M.F.A., Brandeis University

    A professional scenic designer based in Boston.

  • Associate Professor of Physics
    B.S., Beijing University; M.S., Ph.D., Cornell University

    Experimental and theoretical work in complex fluids, mentoring students, using advanced computational tools in undergraduate physics curriculum.

  • Instructor in Chemistry Laboratory
    B.A., Xiantang University; Ph.D., University of California (Los Angeles)

    Research on drug discovery and organic chemistry

  • Director, Wellesley College Theatre; Director, Theatre Studies Program
    B.A., Mundelein College

    Engaged in teaching and directing, original works, new scripts and classics. I am involved in the professional future of students.

  • Mellon Foundation Lecturer in Portuguese
    B.A., University of Massachusetts (Dartmouth); M.A., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts (Amherst)

    Research interests include Contemporary Lusophone African, Brazilian and Portuguese Literature and Film in general, and the short story in particular. 

     

  • Jean Glasscock Professor of Sociology
    B.A., Brandeis University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

    Medicine, its historical and religious dimensions; edit journal on social thought and social policy. Focus on American society.

  • Assistant Professor of Africana Studies
    B.A., Howard University ; M.A., Colombia University; Ph.D., Colombia University

    Carter Jackson's research focuses on slavery and the abolitionists, violence as a political discourse, historical film, and black women’s history. 

  • Margaret E. Deffenbaugh and LeRoy T. Carlson Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature and Italian Studies
    B.A Cornell University; M.A. Radcliffe College; Ph.D. Yale University

    My major interest is medieval Italian literature, especially Dante. I have also worked on medieval women writers and contemporary American poetry.

  • Lecturer in East Asian Languages & Cultures
    B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Yonsei University

    Teaching Korean language; interested in linguistic and computational linguistic theories and methods of teaching Korean as a foreign language.

  • Associate Professor of American Studies
    A.B., Swarthmore College; Ph.D., Harvard University

    Qualitative sociologist focusing on race, class, gender, and cultural production.

  • PERA Assistant Professor of the Practice
    B.A., Hamilton College; M.Ed., The College of New Jersey

    Head Cross Country and Track & Field Coach

  • Senior Music Performance Faculty in Viola da Gamba
    B.A., Wheaton College; M.M., Yale University

    Specialist in early music string playing. Plays repertory from the medieval, Renaissance & baroque eras with internationally-known ensembles.

  • Instructional Technologist

    Tragically allergic to craft glitter

  • Senior Lecturer in the Writing Program
    B.A., Haverford College; Ph.D., Yale University

    I am the director of the Writing Program and a lecturer in writing.

  • Associate Professor of Music
    B.A., Barnard College; M.M., Manhattan School of Music; Ph.D., New York University

    Composer, sound artist, and music scholar.

  • Director, Wellesley College Botanic Gardens; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
    B.S., Stanford University; Ph.D., University of California

    Ecologist with a dual Wellesley role: Director of the Botanic Gardens and faculty member in Biology and Environmental Studies.