Faculty Profiles

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  • Nancy Elliott Mukundan

    Instructor in Chemistry Laboratory
    B.A., Wellesley College; Ph.D., Emory University

    Teaches introductory and analytical chemistry laboratories.

  • Craig Murphy

    Craig N. Murphy

    Betty Freyhof Johnson ’44 Professor of Political Science
    B.A., Grinnell College; M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)

    The politics of globalization and inequality absorb me. I study them using archives, interviews, and direct observation of international development agencies.

  • Jacqueline Marie Musacchio

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

    Specialist in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art.

  • Eni Mustafaraj

    Eni Mustafaraj

    Assistant Professor of Computer Science
    M.Eng., Polytechnic University of Tirana (Albania); Ph.D., Philipps-Universität Marburg (Germany)

    Loves data and data science.

  • Jennifer Musto

    Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies
    B.A., DePaul University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California (Los Angeles)

    I am an Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Wellesley College where I teach courses on gender, sexuality, race, technology, neoliberalism, and globalization.

  • Seth Neumuller

    Seth Neumuller

    Assistant Professor of Economics
    B.S., Rice University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California (Los Angeles)

    Research in applied macroeconomics, with an emphasis on issues related to consumer finance and labor markets.

  • Kanako Nishikawa

    Kanako Nishikawa

    Coach/accompanist
    B.M., Toho School of Music (Tokyo); M.M., New England Conservatory

    Active soloist, chamber musician and collaborative pianist.

  • James Noggle

    James William Noggle

    Professor of English
    B.A., Columbia University; Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Interested in 18th-century British literature and culture, literary theory, and Milton.

  • Thomas Nolden

    Thomas Nolden

    Professor of German
    Staatsexamen, Universität Tübingen; M.A., Ph.D., Yale University

     

     

    Director, Program in Comparative Literature

    Chair, German Department

  • Julie Norem

    Julie K. Norem

    Margaret Hamm Professor of Psychology
    A.B., University of Chicago; Ph.D., University of Michigan

    Teaches personality psychology and optimism & pessimism. Researches strategies people use to pursue goals and how self-knowledge influences adaptation, performance, & social relationships.

  • Megan Núñez

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

    Expertise in DNA damage and bacterial biophysics.

  • Eileen Mary O'Connor

    Eileen M. O'Connor

    Visiting Lecturer in Spanish
    B.A., Harvard University; M.A., New York University

    My specialties are twentieth-century Latin American literature and the theory and practice of literary translation. I also write poetry and fiction.

  • Elizabeth Oakes

    Senior Instructor in Chemistry Laboratory
    B.A., Bryn Mawr College; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin (Madison)

    Scientific interests include adaptation to stress and protein-DNA interactions; enjoys teaching chemistry and biochemistry labs.

  • Pashington Obeng

    Professor of Africana Studies
    B.A., University of Ghana; Th.M., Princeton Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Boston University

    Specializes in Indian Ocean & Transatlantic African Diaspora studies, Anthropology of religion in continental Africa & New World Afro-Atlantic areas, cultural communication focusing on Black filmic representations.

  • Leah M. Okumura

    Instructor in Biological Sciences Laboratory
    A.B., University of Chicago; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Jay Oles

    James Oles

    Senior Lecturer in Art
    B.A., Yale University; J.D., University of Virginia; M. Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

    Specialist in Latin American art, focusing on modern Mexican art and architecture, through museum as well as academic projects.

  • Liza Oliver

    Assistant Professor of Art
    B.A., University of North Florida; M.A., University of South Florida; M.A., Ph.D., Northwestern University

    Art historian focusing on 18th- and 19th-century Europe and South Asia, colonialism, Indian Ocean trade, and intersections of art and science.

  • Dave Olsen in studio

    David Olsen

    Assistant Professor of Art
    B.F.A., University of Washington (Seattle); M.A., M.F.A., University of Wisconsin (Madison)

    New media artist interested in collaborative and interactive experiences using both traditional and experimental visual techniques.

  • Alejandra Osorio

    Alejandra B. Osorio

    Associate Professor of History
    B.A., M.A., New York University; Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook

    Research focuses on politics and urban culture in the Spanish Habsburg Empire. Teaching focuses on the Spanish American and Iberian worlds.

  • Geofred Osoro

    Geofred Osoro

    Lecturer in Africana Studies
    B.A., Moi University; M.A., University of Nairobi

    Research focuses on Swahili proverbial language and the sociocultural theory.

  • Liz Owen

    Instructor in Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics
    B.A., University of Minnesota

    My special interests are yoga practice as a healing modality for anxiety and depression, for spinal health, and working with young adults to cultivate a positive self-image.

  • Keri O’Meara

    PERA Associate Professor of the Practice
    B.A., Montclair State University; Ed.M., Bloomsburg University

    Wellesley Softball stays true to the fundamentals of the game. We strive to develop leaders on and off the field.

  • Robert L. Paarlberg

    Betty Freyhof Johnson ’44 Professor Emeritus of Political Science
    B.A., Carleton College; Ph.D., Harvard University

    Researcher on food and agricultural policy, with a focus on farming technologies and poverty in the developing world.

  • Kyung Park

    Kyung Park

    Assistant Professor of Economics
    B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago

    Research in the field of law and economics as well as topics in political economy, with particular interest in racial discrimination and inequality.

  • Sergio Parussa

    Associate Professor of Italian Studies
    Laurea in Lettere, Universitˆ degli studi di Torino (Italy); M.A., Ph. D., Brown University

    Teaches Italian language and literature, literary theory, and writing; works as a translator.

  • Cassandra Pattanayak

    Jack and Sandra Polk Guthman '65 Director, Quantitative Analysis Institute; Lecturer in Quantitative Reasoning and Mathematics
    A.B., A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Statistician specializing in causal inference; creating the Quantitative Analysis Institute, to expand the role of statistics at Wellesley.

  • Timothy Walter Hopkins Peltason

    Class of 1949 Professor in Ethics; Professor of English
    A.B., Harvard College; M.A., Ph.D., Yale University

    Tim Peltason teaches and writes about nineteenth- and twentieth-century British and American literature and about Shakespeare.

  • T. Kaye Peterman

    Susan M. Hallowell and Ruby Frances Howe Farwell Professor of Biological Sciences
    B.S., Texas A & M University; Ph.D., Duke University

    Plant cell biologist who uses molecular genetics, biochemistry and confocal microscopy to study how plant cells grow and divide.

  • James Michael Petterson

    Professor of French
    B.A., Reed College; M.A., Columbia University; Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Engaged in studying French poetry in its relation to contemporary French, philosophy, aesthetics, and intellectual history.

  • Jessica Polito

    Lecturer in the Quantitative Reasoning Program
    B.A., Harvard University; Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)
  • Anjali Prabhu

    Professor of French
    B.A., Jawaharlal Nehru University (India); M.A., Purdue University; Ph.D., Duke University

    Works in postcolonial studies, Francophone studies, cultural theory (especially French theory), cinema studies, African studies.

  • Ruth Anna Putnam

    Professor Emerita of Philosophy
    B.Sc. U.C.L.A., Ph.D. U.C.L.A.

    As an undergraduate Chemistry major, she fell in love with Philosophy of Science and later turned to other areas of Philosophy. 

  • Jennie E. Pyers

    Associate Professor of Psychology
    B.A., Smith College; Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Research interests include the relationship between language and cognition, bilingualism, and the psycholinguistics of sign languages.

  • Ginny Quinan

    Instructor in Neuroscience Laboratory
    B.A., Regis College

    Instructs laboratories at the 100 and 200 levels and shares an enthusiasm for hands-on learning in neuroscience.

  • Ryan Alexander Quintana

    Assistant Professor of History
    B.A., University of Tennessee (Knoxville); M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin (Madison)

    Historian of race, slavery, space, and the state in the late colonial and early national eras.

  • William W. Quivers

    Associate Professor of Physics
    B.S., Morehouse College; S.M., Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Theorist interested in laser spectroscopy, effects of collisions on coherent processes in atoms, issues of race in science and medicine.

  • Amira Quraishi

    Muslim Chaplain
  • Mala Radhakrishnan

    Associate Professor of Chemistry
    A.B., Harvard University; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Interested in computational biophysical chemistry, analysis/design of drugs and other biological molecules, and creatively teaching chemistry.

  • Smitha Radhakrishnan

    Associate Professor of Sociology
    A.B., M.A., Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Interested in globalization and gender, especially in India and its diaspora; and in interdisciplinary, interactive teaching.

  • Marta Rainer

    Marta Rainer

    Lecturer in Theatre Studies
    B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., Antioch University

    As performer, teacher, director, and writer, I aim to strike a balance between irreverence, honor, gleeful failure, discipline, and fervor.

  • Carlos Ramos

    Professor of Spanish
    Licenciatura, Universidad Central de Barcelona; M.A., Emerson College; Ph.D., Boston University

    Teaching and research focused on 19th, 20th and 21st century Spanish peninsular literature and cultural history.

  • Valerie Ramseyer

    Associate Professor of History
    A.B., Smith College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago

    Medieval historian of southern Italy and the Mediterranean, with special interest in the relationship between Christian, Muslim, and Jewish communities.

  • Nikhil Rao

    Associate Professor of History
    B.A., Stanford University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago

    Scholar of urban history and urban economic and political development in South Asia.

  • Sravana Reddy

    Hess Fellow in Computer Science
    B.S., Brandeis University, M.S. and Ph.D., The University of Chicago
  • Paul Reisberg

    Paul I. Reisberg

    Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chemistry
    B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Ph.D., Rice University
  • Joy Renjilian-Burgy

    Associate Professor of Spanish
    B.A., Mount Holyoke College; A.M., Harvard University

    Language & Literature Pedagogy; social justice- race and class; Print & Audiovisual  Interactive Resources; immersion; study abroad; I am a teacher, author, editor and teacher-trainer

  • Dave Renninger

    Dave Renninger

    Instructor in Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics
    B.A., Connecticut College

    3rd year assistant squash coach, as well as head squash pro at BSC Allston.

  • Michèle Respaut

    Professor Emerita of French
    Faculté des Lettres, Université de Montpellier; M.A., Assumption College; Ph.D., Brown University

    Teaches and publishes in a wide-ranging interdisciplinary perspective, with a focus on literature and medicine.

  • Susan M. Reverby

    Marion Butler McLean Professor in the History of Ideas; Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies
    B.S., Cornell University; M.A., New York University; Ph.D., Boston University

    Historian of American health care, women, race, and public health with a focus is on equality and ethics.

  • Wilbur C. Rich

    William R. Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus of Political Science
    B.S.Tuskegee Institute, Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    Retired from teaching, but just released a new book entitled, The Post-Racial Society Is Here: Recognition, Critics and the Nation-State.

  • Daniela Rivera

    Daniela Rivera

    Associate Professor of Art
    M.F.A., Museum of Fine Arts (Boston)

    Visual artist doing work that attempts to understand the object quality of images.

  • Petra R. Rivera-Rideau

    Assistant Professor of American Studies
    B.A., Harvard University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

    Interdisciplinary scholar studying race and ethnic identities and popular culture in Latin America and U.S. Latina/o communities.

  • Lois P. Roach

    Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies
    B.S., Emerson College; M.A., Lesley College

    Engaged in presenting creative works for the stage, bringing performance opportunities to Boston youth, and producing community-focused events.

  • Nicholas L. Rodenhouse

    Professor of Biological Sciences
    A.B., Hope College; M.S., Iowa State University; Ph.D., Dartmouth College

    Exploring how climate change affects forest songbirds and the environments in which they live.

  • Lisa Rodensky closeup

    Lisa Rodensky

    Professor of English
    B.A., Wellesley College; J.D., Harvard Law School; Ph.D., Boston University

    Research and teaching focuses on the 19th-and 20th-century British novel.

  • Mark Roemisch

    Visiting Lecturer

    Ludwig-Maximilians-University LMU; Staatlich gen. Schauspielstudio Gmelin (Conservatory for Dramatic Arts)

    Specializes in contemporary German theater, post dramatic theater and contemporary German culture.  

  • Guy Rogers

    Guy M. Rogers

    William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of History and Classical Studies
    B.A., University of Pennsylvania; B.A., University of London; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University

    Classicist and historian of Greek and Roman history, ancient religion and warfare, Alexander the Great and western civilizations.

  • Ruth R. Rogers

    Curator of Special Collections
    B.A., Middlebury College; M.S., Simmons College

    Book and manuscript studies, text and image, contemporary artists' books.

  • Judith Rollins

    Judith Rollins

    Professor Emerita of Africana Studies and Sociology
    B.A., M.A., Howard University; Ph.D., Brandeis University

    Sociologist with a focus on social psychology; women’s studies; and the intersection of gender, race and class.

  • Lawrence A. Rosenwald

    Anne Pierce Rogers Professor of American Literature; Professor of English
    B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Columbia University

    Americanist, translator, performer (music, theater), verse-writer, pacifist.

  • Casey Rothschild

    Casey G. Rothschild

    Associate Professor of Economics
    A.B., Princeton University; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Public finance theorist interested in the role of government in taxation and insurance markets.

  • Noah A. Rubin

    Noah A. Rubin

    Visiting Lecturer in Education; Director, Elementary Education Program
    B.A., Sarah Lawrence College; MS. Ed. Bank Street College of Education, Ed.D., Harvard University

    Research on teacher education, urban education, teacher and youth participatory action research, and the unity of theory and practice in education.

  • Katherine Ruffin

    Katherine M. Ruffin

    Book Studies & Book Arts Program Director
    A.B., Bryn Mawr College; M.F.A., University of Alabama, Ph.D. Simmons College

    Expert in letterpress printing, bookbinding, and and papermaking, combined with various aspects of the liberal arts.

  • David Russell

    Lecturer in Music; Co-Director, Wellesley Chamber Music Society; Music Performance Faculty in Cello
    B.M., Eastman School; M.M., University of Akron; D.M.A., SUNY (Stony Brook)
  • Markella B. Rutherford

    Associate Professor of Sociology
    B.A., Mississippi College; M.A., University of Memphis; Ph.D., University of Virginia

    Cultural sociology with research interests in childhood, family, emotions, social inequality, & consumer culture.

  • Daniel Ryan

    Music Instructor in Early Keyboard
    Bachelors, Boston University; Colleague (CAGO) and Associateship (AAGO) from American Guild of Organists
  • Margery Sabin in her office

    Margery M. Sabin

    Lorraine C. Wang Professor of English
    B.A., Radcliffe College; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Teacher and scholar of English and comparative literature.

  • Peter O. Sandusky

    Lecturer in Chemistry
    B.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    I am particularly interested in the statistical analysis of minor chemical components in honey and what they may indicate about the health of honey bees and honey bee colonies.

  • Alan H. Schechter

    Professor Emeritus of Political Science
    B.A. Amherst College; Ph.D. Columbia University
  • Nancy Scherer

    Associate Professor of Political Science
    B.A., Lafayette College; J.D., Emory University; Ph.D., University of Chicago

    Professor of American politics and constitutional law. Research focuses on the U.S. justice system.

  • Andrew Schultz

    Associate Professor of Mathematics
    B.S., Davidson College; M.S., Ph.D., Stanford University

    Mathematician interested in studying absolute Galois groups of fields through their cohomological invariants.

  • Inela Selimović

    Assistant Professor of Spanish
    B.A., University of the South; M.A., Ph.D, University of Kentucky
    My research and teaching interests focus on the 20th and 21st century Latin American literature and film.
  • Andrea Sequeira

    Andrea S. Sequeira

    Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
    M.S., Ph.D., University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    Evolutionary biologist with interest in conservation genetics.

  • Orit Shaer

    Class of 1966 Associate Professor of Computer Science
    B.A., Academic College of Tel-Aviv; M.S., Ph.D., Tufts University

    Explores new human-computer interaction techniques that provide seamless interfaces between people, computers, and the physical world.

  • Lois Shapiro

    Senior Music Performance Faculty in Piano
    B.Mus., Peabody Institute of Music; M.Mus., Yale University School of Music; D.Mus., Indiana University School of Music (Bloomington)

    Founding member of the Triple Helix Piano Trio

  • Kartini Shastry

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

    Conducts research on economic development, including questions related to education, health, and savings behavior.

  • Vernon L. Shetley

    Professor of English
    A.B., Princeton University; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University

    Studies and teaches American poetry and film, focusing particularly on contemporary poetry and classic Hollywood cinema.

  • Alan Shuchat portrait

    Alan Shuchat

    Professor Emeritus of Mathematics
    B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; M.S., Ph.D., University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)

    Taught at Wellesley 1974-2015. Interested in various areas of theoretical and applied mathematics; research in discrete mathematics and operations research.

  • Neelima Shukla-Bhatt

    Associate Professor of South Asia Studies
    B.A., M.A., Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (India); M.Div., Ph.D., Harvard University
  • Randy Shull

    Professor of Computer Science
    B.A., Humboldt State University; M.S., University of New Hampshire; M.A., Ph.D., Dartmouth College

    Currently studying the discrepancy of partial orders as a measure of "fairness" achievable under extension to weak or linear orders.

  • Frederic W. Shultz

    Professor of Mathematics
    B.S., California Institute of Technology; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin (Madison)

    Research involves operator algebras, and quantum information theory, both of which involve linear algebra and functional analysis.

  • Olga Shurchkov

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

    Research in behavioral and experimental economics, with emphasis on labor market outcomes; information, belief formation, and learning; and culture and institutions

  • Daniel Sichel

    Professor of Economics
    B.A., M.P.P., University of Michigan; Ph.D., Princeton University

    Research interests include macroeconomics, long-run growth, and technology. 

  • Marilyn Sides

    Marilyn Sides

    Senior Lecturer in English
    B.A., M.A., University of Utah; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

    Teaching focuses on creative writing, mainly fiction and travel writing.

  • Linda M. Sieck

    Instructor in Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics
    B.A., William Paterson College

    Passionate about creating life balance through yoga, dance, Pilates, meditation, and humor.

  • Edward Silver

    Assistant Professor of Religion
    B.A., University of Minnesota (Twin Cities); A.M., Ph.D., University of Chicago

    Expert in ancient Israelite prophecy.

  • Susan E. Skeath

    Professor of Economics
    B.A., Haverford College; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University

    Interests in microeconomics, advanced and intermediate theory applied game theory, and experimental economics.

  • Stephen Slivan

    Instructor in Astronomy Laboratory
    S.B., S.M., Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Astronomer focused on the Koronis family of asteroids; teaches introductory astronomy at Wellesley and MIT. 

  • Quinn Slobodian

    Quinn Slobodian

    Associate Professor of History
    B.A., Lewis & Clark College; Ph.D., New York University

    Historian of modern Europe and the world.

  • Mingwei Song

    Associate Professor of Chinese
    B.A., Shandong University; M.A., Fudan University; M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University
    Specializing in modern Chinese literature and intellectual history, film studies, science fiction, and youth culture
  • Alexia Sontag

    Professor Emerita of Mathematics
    B.A., Pacific Lutheran University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Minnesota (Minneapolis)

    Professor Sontag taught Mathematics at Wellesley from 1975-2010.

  • Tessa Spillane

    Tessa Spillane

    PERA Associate Professor of the Practice
    B.A., Mount Holyoke College; M.S., Smith College

    Varsity crew coach and director of intramural rowing programs; instructor in sailing and canoeing.

  • Rachel H. R. Stanley

    Assistant Professor of Chemistry
    B.S., Ph.D, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Research on inorganic environmental chemistry, especially gas tracers and climate change. Teaching  includes inorganic, introductory, and aquatic chemistry.

  • Glenn Stark

    Professor of Physics
    B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; M.A., Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Molecular spectroscopist, focused on systems in atmospheric and astrophysical research.

  • Jane E. Starkman

    Music Performance Faculty in Baroque Violin
    B.M., M.M., New England Conservatory of Music

    Professor of Music

  • Raymond James Starr

    Theodora Stone Sutton Professor of Classics; Professor of Classical Studies
    B.A., University of Michigan (Ann Arbor); M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University

    Focuses on Roman literature and culture; law; the sociology of Roman literature and education; political communication; media studies; and Augustus.

  • Filomina Clarice Steady

    Professor of Africana Studies
    B.A., Smith College; M.A., Boston University; B.Litt., D.Phil., Oxford University

    Studies of global gender systems and hierarchies; Africa and African Diaspora; social and environmental justice; international consulting.