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  • Laura Jeppesen

    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.

  • Jenny Olivia Johnson

    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.

  • Jeannine Johnson

    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.

  • Kristina Niovi Jones

    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.

  • Bill Joseph

    William A. Joseph

    Professor of Political Science
    B.A., Cornell University; M.A., Ph.D., Stanford University

    Bill Joseph's major area of research interest is contemporary Chinese politics and ideology, particularly the radicalism of Mao Zedong and its impact on China's political and economic development.

  • Joseph Joyce

    Joseph P. Joyce

    M. Margaret Ball Professor of International Relations; Professor of Economics
    B.S.F.S., Georgetown University; M.A., Ph.D., Boston University

    Research deals with financial globalization; teaches courses in macroeconomics.

  • Marion R. Just

    Professor of Political Science
    B.A., Barnard College; M.A., Johns Hopkins University; Ph.D., Columbia University

    Research and teaching focuses on elections, politics, and the media.

  • Stella Kakavouli

    Stella Kakavouli

    Senior Instructor in Computer Science Laboratory
    B.S., National Technical University (Athens, Greece); M.S., Brown University

    Teaches introduction to computer science for majors and non-majors, as well as data structures.

  • Lidwien Kapteijns

    Elizabeth Kimball Kendall and Elisabeth Hodder Professor of History
    B.A., Universiteit van Amsterdam; M.A., University of London; Doctoraal, Ph.D., Universiteit van Amsterdam

    African historian focusing on Somalia and Sudan with a long-term research and teaching focus on Islamic and Middle Eastern history; translator of historical and popular culture texts in Arabic and Somali. 

  • Anastasia Karakasidou

    Professor of Anthropology
    B.A., College of Wooster; M.A., Brandeis University; M.A., Bryn Mawr College; M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University

    Social anthropologist doing research,  writing and teaching on the topics of health, illness and cancer.

  • Margaret Keane

    Professor of Psychology
    A.B., Harvard College; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Interested in exploring the cognitive and neural bases of human memory capacities; teach courses in memory, cognition, and neuropsychology.

  • David Kelley

    Assistant Professor of Art
    B.A., Trinity College; M.F.A., University of California (Irvine)

    Artist doing work at the intersection of photography, performance, video, and critical studies.

  • Megan Kerr

    Professor of Mathematics
    B.A., Wellesley College; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

    Research in global Riemannian geometry, especially the interplay of curvature constraints in the context of large symmetry groups.

  • Pinar Keskin-Bonatti

    Assistant Professor of Economics
    B.A., Bilkent University; M.A., M. Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

    Applied micro-economist focusing primarily on the environmental challenges facing decision makers in developed and developing countries

  • Tess Killpack

    Instructor in Biological Sciences Laboratory
    B.A., Kalamazoo College; M.A., Loyola Marymount University; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Physiological ecologist committed to using evidence-based practices that engage students in active learning.

  • Rebecca Kimball

    Director of Sport Performance and Fitness and Assistant Professor of the Practice
    B.S., University of Southern Maine; M.A. Springfield College;
  • Julia King

    Julia King

    PERA Assistant Professor of the Practice
    B.A., Bowdoin College; M.A., Trinity College

    Head field hockey coach, instructor of strength training, and assistant to the intramural program.

  • Steven Kirby

    Music Instructor, Jazz Guitar
    B.M., Berklee College of Music; M.M. University of Massachusetts (Amherst)
  • Vanja Klepac-Ceraj

    Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
    B.S., Beloit College; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Microbiologist, interested in understanding stability and resilience of microbial communities; teaching introductory biology and microbiology

  • Nicholas A. Knouf

    Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies
    B.S., California Institute of Technology; S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ph.D., Cornell University

    Media scholar and artist researching noise, interferences, boundaries, and limits in media technologies and communication.

  • Yu Jin Ko

    Professor of English
    B.A., Columbia University; M.A., Cambridge University (Clare College); Ph.D., Yale University

    Shakespearean engaged in bringing theatre and academia into greater dialogue; can also be found at home with kids or on soccer field.

  • T. James Kodera

    T. James Kodera

    Professor of Religion
    B.A., Carleton College; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University

    An educator and a scholar in the comparative and historical study of religion with a focus on Asia, as the word "Asia" is understood historically and broadly to include West Asia, South Asia and East Asia.

  • Philip L. Kohl

    Kathryn Wasserman Davis Professor emeritus of Slavic Studies; Professor emeritus of Anthropology
    B.A., Columbia University; A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Research on prehistory of Eurasia, current political use of remote past; anthropology as the study of cultural and biological evolution.

  • Nancy Harrison Kolodny

    Nellie Zuckerman Cohen and Anne Cohen Heller Professor Emerita of Health Sciences; Professor Emerita of Chemistry
    B.A., Wellesley College; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Authority on nuclear magnetic resonance and its application to problems in medicine and biology.

  • Martina Koniger

    Martina Königer

    Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
    Diploma, Ph.D., University of Würzburg (Germany)

    Plant physiologist investigating various processes that allow plants to optimize photosynthesis.

  • Joel Krieger

    Norma Wilentz Hess Professor of Political Science
    B.A., Yale College; Ph.D., Harvard University

    Joel Krieger is a scholar of comparative and international politics.

  • Jennifer A. Kroll

    PERA Associate Professor of the Practice
    B.S., Northwestern University; M.S., University of Kentucky

    Varsity basketball coach; promoting and teaching physical fitness and lifelong positive health habits.

  • Jens Kruse

    Professor Emeritus of German
    Staatsexamen, Universität Hamburg; M.A., Indiana University; Ph.D., University of California (Los Angeles)

    Researching Goethe and Kafka; teaching across the curriculum; involved in college governance.

     

  • Brian K. Kuscher

    PERA Assistant Professor of the Practice
    B.A., Franklin Pierce University; M.A., Concordia University

    Coaching and teaching tennis for more than 17 years, including private coaching, club coaching, college coaching, and national teams.

  • Yuan-Chu Ruby Lam

    Professor of Chinese
    B.A., National Taiwan University; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Interested in China's contemporary issues, especially those concerning the Mongols and the Tibetans.

  • Karen Lange

    Assistant Professor of Mathematics
    B.A., Swarthmore College; M.S., Ph.D., University of Chicago

    Professor Lange's interests are in computability theory, an area of logic that explores the algorithmic content encoded in mathematical problems.

  • Gabriel Langfur

    Music Performance Faculty in Trombone
    B.A., Oberlin College; B.M., Oberlin Conservatory; M.M., New England Conservatory

    Bass trombonist in the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Vermont Symphony Orchestras; performs frequently with the Boston Symphony and Pops, the Boston Ballet Orchestra, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Opera Boston, and in orchestras and theaters throughout New England and beyond.

  • Steve Langone

    Music Performance Faculty in Jazz-Rock-Latin Drums
    B.A., Berklee College of Music
  • Flavia Laviosa

    Flavia Laviosa

    Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies
    B.A., University of Bari (Italy); M.S., University of Edinburgh; M.A., Ph.D., State University of New York (Buffalo)

    In my research I examine representations of violence against women in world cinema and media. I am the Principal Editor of the Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies, and I teach Italian culture and European cinema.

  • Sun-Hee Lee

    Associate Professor of Korean
    B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Yonsei University; Ph.D., Ohio State University

    Focused on Korean language and culture, particularly corpus-based analysis of Korean and learner error corpus

  • Yoon Sun Lee

    Mildred Lane Kemper Professor of English
    A.B., Harvard College; Ph.D., Yale University

    My research and teaching span two areas, British eighteenth and nineteenth century prose fiction, and Asian American literature.

  • Sohie Moody Lee

    Senior Instructor in Computer Science Laboratory
    B.S., Cornell University; M.S., Stanford University; Ph.D., University of California (San Diego)

    Interested in the intersection of cognitive science and computer science as well as the development of introductory computer science curriculum.

  • Mary Lefkowitz

    Mary Lefkowitz

    Professor Emerita of Classical Studies
    B.A., Wellesley College; A.M., Ph.D., Radcliffe College; L.H.D., Trinity College; Ph.D. (hon.), University of Patras; L.H.D., Grinnell College

    Retired from teaching in 2005, but continues to work on scholarly projects and give the occasional lecture.

  • Phillip Levine

    Katharine Coman and A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Economics
    B.S., M.S., Cornell University; Ph.D., Princeton University

    Applies statistical methods to address social issues like abortion and teen childbearing and to evaluate policies designed to improve the well-being of disadvantaged youth.

  • Peggy Levitt

    Luella LaMer Slaner Professor in Latin American Studies; Professor of Sociology
    B.A., Brandeis University; M.S., Columbia University; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Studies international migration, transnational studies, development, religion, globalization, global arts and culture.

  • Andrea Gayle Levitt

    Margaret Clapp ’30 Distinguished Alumna Professor of French and Linguistics
    B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

    Professor of linguistics and French. Interested in language learning and speech perception and production.

  • Sara Lewis

    Elisabeth Luce Moore Postdoctoral Fellow
    B.A., St. Lawrence University; M.A., University of Chicago; Ph.D., Columbia University

    Anthropologist of religion and medicine specializing in Tibet and South Asia.

  • David Lindauer

    Stanford Calderwood Professor of Economics
    B.S., City College of City University of New York; A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Award-winning teacher and development economist specializing in labor issues; policy work throughout Africa and East Asia.

  • Heping Liu

    Heping Liu

    Associate Professor of Art
    B.A., Guangzhou Institute of Foreign Languages (China); M.A., Southern Methodist University; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

    Asian art historian and specialist in Chinese painting of the Song dynasty (960-1279).

  • Igor Logvinenko

    Igor O. Logvinenko

    Assistant Professor of Political Science
    B.A., University of Redlands; M.A., Villanova University; M.A., Ph.D., Cornell University

    International & comparative political economy, politics & foreign policy of Russia & other post-communist states. FALL 2016 Office Hours: M: 4:30-6PM; W: 5-6PM  Click here to schedule an appointment. 

     

  • Anna Loparev

    Anna Loparev

    Postdoctoral Fellow in Computer Science
    B.A., Wellesley College; M.S., Ph.D., University of Rochester

    Investigates the potential of technology at the intersection of collaboration, education, and video games.
     

  • Melinda Lopez

    Lecturer in Theatre Studies
    B.A., Dartmouth College; M.A., Boston University

    Playwright and performer, with plays produced at the Huntington Theatre, Steppenwolf, and off-Broadway.

  • Margery Lucas

    Professor of Psychology and Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences
    B.S., Pennsylvania State University; M.S., Ph.D., University of Rochester

    Studies psychology of choice and desire with focus on decisions about money and mating; evolutionary approach to behavior.

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    Barry Lydgate

    Professor of French
    B.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

    Interests: intellectual history of the French Renaissance; confessional writing; post-war Paris; exploring the power of interactive media to teach language and culture.

  • Kathryn L. Lynch

    Katharine Lee Bates and Sophie Chantal Hart Professor of English; Dean of Faculty Affairs
    B.A., Stanford University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia

    Dean for arts and humanities departments; specialist in Chaucer, medieval dreaming, cultural geography, gender, film, and food; advocate for the humanities.

  • Barbara Lynn-Davis

    Barbara Lynn-Davis

    Lecturer in Art
    B.A., Brown University; M.A., Williams College; Ph.D., Princeton University

    Research focuses on the city of Venice, Renaissance to the eighteenth-century.

  • Paul MacDonald

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

    My primary area of research and teaching in political science is international relations, with a focus on American foreign policy.

  • Yoshimi Maeno

    Senior Lecturer in Japanese
    B.A., Baika Women’s College (Japan); M.A., West Virginia University; Ed.M., Ed.D., Harvard University

    Japanese Program co-director, interested in Japanese narratives, Japanese pedagogy, second language acquisition, and psycholinguistics.

  • Martin A. Magid

    Professor of Mathematics
    B.A., Brown University; M.S., Yale University; Ph.D., Brown University

    Professor Magid has been working recently on timelike submanifolds in various ambient spaces.

  • Sherry D. Makerney

    PERA Associate Professor of the Practice
    B.S., University of Northern Colorado

    Head golf coach and LPGA Class A teaching professional

     

  • Frances Malino

    Sophia Moses Robison Professor of Jewish Studies and History
    B.A., Skidmore College; M.A., Ph.D., Brandeis University

    Director of Jewish Studies, research in Jewish and European history, founding member of Digital Heritage Mapping and Diarna project.

  • Helen Ward Mannix

    Music Performance Faculty in Organ
    BA, Mount Holyoke College; BM & MM in Organ Performance, New England Conservatory of Music

    Organist and Choir Director at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

  • Layli Maparyan

    Layli Maparyan

    Katherine Stone Kaufmann '67 Executive Director of the Wellesley Centers for Women and Professor of Africana Studies
    B.A., Spelman College; M.S., Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., Temple University

    Executive Director of the Wellesley Centers for Women; expert on the womanist worldview and activist methodology.

  • Stephen Anthony Marini

    Elisabeth Luce Moore Professor of Christian Studies; Professor of Religion
    B.A., Dickinson College; Ph.D., Harvard University

    Academic and public interpreter of religion in American history in the Colonial, Revolutionary, and Early National periods.

  • Louise Marlow

    Professor of Religion
    B.A., Cambridge University; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University

    Program Director for Middle Eastern Studies.

  • Nancy Marshall

    Adjunct Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies
    B.A., Oberlin College; M.A., University of Connecticut (Storrs); Ed.D., Harvard University

    Studies women and employment, with a focus on working conditions and health and on work-family systems, and studies of child care policy and early care and education.

  • Lance Alexander Martin

    Music Performace Faculty in Jazz Flute
    Flute and Theory, Carnegie Mellon University; B.M. Berklee College of Music
  • Catherine Masson

    Professor of French
    Licence, Maîtrise, Université de Haute Bretagne (Rennes); Ph.D., University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)
  • Irene Mata

    Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies
    B.A., M.A., New Mexico State University; Ph.D., University of California (San Diego)

    Interests include Chicana/Latino literature and culture; and analysis of gender, labor, immigration, sexuality, and representation in cultural production.

  • Katherine Matasy

    Senior Music Performance Faculty in Clarinet and Classical Saxophone
    B.A., M.M.A., New England Conservatory of Music
  • Y. Tak Matsusaka

    Professor of History
    B.A., Brandeis University; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Japanese specialist focusing on Japanese imperialism, nationalism of the Meiji era, and the history of the Imperial Japanese Army.

  • Julie Ann Matthaei

    Professor of Economics
    B.A., University of Michigan (Ann Arbor); M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

    Marxist-feminist-anti-racist-ecological economist, specializing in women, gender, feminism, and work, and involved in research about and promotion of the emerging solidarity economy.

  • Jaclyn Hatala Matthes

    Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
    A.B., Harvard University; Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Ecologist investigating ecosystem disturbances, including insect and pathogen outbreaks and climate change.

  • Erich Hatala Matthes

    Assistant Professor of Philosophy
    B.A., Yale University; Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Researches and teaches moral and political philosophy, environmental ethics, heritage ethics, and philosophy of art.

  • Andrea Matthews

    Senior Music Performance Faculty in Voice
    A.B., Princeton University

    Soprano (opera/oratorio/concert), voice teacher, Alexander Technique teacher.

  • Heather Rose Mattila

    Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
    B.Sc., Ph.D., University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada)

    Studies the organization of animal societies, insect communication, and the evolution of cooperation, using the honey bee as a model.

  • Deborah Matzner

    Deborah C. Matzner

    Assistant Professor of Anthropology
    B.A., Columbia University; M.A., Ph.D., New York University

    Cultural anthropologist of media and South Asia specializing in the ethnography of media production and visual culture in India.

  • Amanda M. McCarthy

    Senior Instructor in Chemistry Laboratory
    B.S., M.S., Syracuse University

    Involved in teaching and developing both introductory and organic chemistry laboratories.

  • Janet McDonough

    Senior Instructor in Biological Sciences Laboratory
    B.S., Simmons College; M.S., Harvard University

    Interested in science education, designing engaging labs, and expanding student science outreach to the community.

  • Patrick J. McEwan

    Professor of Economics
    B.A., University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign); M.A., Ph.D., Stanford University

    Research in the economics of education, applied econometrics, impact evaluation, and Latin American education and social policy.

  • Phyllis McGibbon

    Elizabeth Christy Kopf Professor of Art
    B.F.A., M.F.A., University of Wisconsin (Madison)

    Visual artist working in a range of graphic media, i.e. prints, drawings, artist books, photomontages, and installations.

  • Tracy L. McGinnis

    Music Performance Faculty in Bassoon
    B.M.A.S., University of Delaware; M.M., New England Conservatory of Music
  • Mary Kate McGowan

    Luella LaMer Professor of Women's Studies; Professor of Philosophy
    B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University

    Professor of metaphysics, philosophy of language and law; also teaches logic and various seminars.

  • Alison G. McIntyre

    Virginia Onderdonk ’29 Professor of Philosophy
    B.A., M.A., Tufts University; Ph.D., Princeton University

    Main interests: philosophy of mind, moral theory, the history of moral philosophy, especially 18th-century British moral psychology.

  • Robin McKnight

    Associate Professor of Economics
    B.A., Amherst College; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Health economist, using the tools of economics to answer questions about health policy.

  • Kim Katris McLeod

    Professor of Astronomy
    B.A., Cornell University; Ph.D., University of Arizona

    Involved with youth of all kinds: some of the most distant galaxies, the smallest stars in our Milky Way, and students and kids of my own.

  • Martha McNamara

    Director of New England Arts & Architecture Program

    Expert in New England art and architecture. Co-directs the architecture program.

  • Craig McNutt

    Music Performance Faculty in Percussion
    B.A., Hartt School of Music; M.M., Yale University
  • Salem Mekuria

    Professor of Art
    B.A., Macalester College; M.A., San Francisco State University

    Independent film producer, writer, director and video installation artist who teaches film history and video production.

  • Ifeanyi A. Menkiti

    Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
    B.A., Pomona College; M.S., Columbia University; M.A., New York University; Ph.D., Harvard University
  • P. Takis Metaxas

    Professor of Computer Science
    B.Sc., University of Athens (Greece); Ph.D., Dartmouth College

    Engaged in research on Web Science, Web Spam and Information Retrieval, Medical s/w, Parallel Computing, Multimedia, and CS Education.

  • Susan L. Meyer

    Professor of English
    B.A., Johns Hopkins University; M.A., University of California (Los Angeles); M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

    Literary critic specializing in Victorian and American literature. Children's author.

  • Linda B. Miller

    Professor of Political Science Emerita
    B.A. Radcliffe College, Ph.D. Columbia University

    Professor of Political Science Emerita at Wellesley College

  • Cercie Miller

    Senior Music Performance Faculty in Jazz Saxophone; Director, Wellesley BlueJazz
    Director, Wellesley BlueJazz

    Jazz saxophonist, composer, and bandleader. Teacher of jazz improvisation, saxophone and ensemble technique, jazz theory and history of jazz.

  • Vicki E. Mistacco

    Professor Emerita of French
    B.A., New York University; M.A., Middlebury College; M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

    Committed to sharing with students the rich heritage of women's writing in France from the Middle Ages to the present.

  • Julia Miwa

    Julia Hendrix Miwa

    Associate Professor of Chemistry
    B.A., Haverford College; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Interested in understanding how proteins aggregate during the development of Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.

  • Katrin Monecke

    Assistant Professor of Geosciences
    B.S., M.S., University of Hannover (Germany); Ph.D., Institute of Technology (Zurich, Switzerland)

    Sedimentation of tsunami deposits in Southeast Asia, and surficial geology of varied other environments.

  • Katharine H.S. Moon

    Edith Stix Wasserman Professor of Asian Studies; Professor of Political Science
    A.B., Smith College; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University

    Expert on the U.S.-Korea alliance and comparative social movements in East Asia  (democratization, women's movements, migrant workers, human rights); migration and identity politics.

  • Marianne Moore

    Marianne V. Moore

    Frost Professor in Environmental Science; Professor of Biological Sciences
    B.A., Colorado College; M.S., Iowa State University; Ph.D., Dartmouth College

    Exploring biodiversity and anthropogenic change in Lake Baikal, Siberia.

  • Codruţa Morari

    Assistant Professor of French
    B.A., Babes-Bolyai University (Romania), B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Paris III

    French Cinema in International Context, Intellectual History, Aesthetic Theory, History of Film Festivals, Media Theory.

  • Carolyn A. Morley

    Professor of Theatre Studies and Japanese
    B.A., Oberlin College; M.A., University of British Columbia; Ph.D., Columbia University

    Interests include Japanese theater, in particular the noh and kyogen, and Japanese classical literature and language.

  • Andrew Mowbray

    Lecturer in Art
    B.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art; M.F.A., Cranbrook Academy of Art

    A visual artist interested in the tangibility of materials, the aesthetics and functionality of objects and the performance process of their creation and use.

  • James Moyer

    Instructor in Chemistry Laboratory
    B.S., Marquette University; M.S., Ph.D., Yale University

    Teaches organic chemistry lab & biochemistry 222. Researched cancer biology, enzymology, metabolism, and discovery of anti-tumor agents.