Faculty Profiles

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  • Lindsey Stewart

    Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy
    B.A., Calvin College; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

    Researches and teaches African American philosophy, black feminist philosophy, and philosophy of race

  • Suzanne E. Stumpf

    Senior Music Performance Faculty in Flute, Baroque Flute, and Chamber Music
    B.A., Wellesley College

    Specialist in chamber music; performer on modern and historical flutes; fosters study of repertoire within context of history/culture.

  • Yui Suzuki

    Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
    A.B., Bowdoin College; Ph.D., Duke University

    Evolutionary development (Evo-devo); Developmental genetics; Insect physiology

  • Joe Swingle

    Joseph Swingle

    Senior Lecturer in Sociology
    B.A., Carleton College; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Studies quantitative sociological data on the American family.

  • Jill Ann Syverson-Stork

    Senior Lecturer in Spanish
    B.A., Smith College; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University
  • Olga Talroze

    Senior Coach/accompanist
    B.M., M.M, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • Qiuyan Tang

    Lecturer in Chinese
    B.A., Nanjing Normal University; M.A., Fudan University

    Engaged in teaching Chinese language; interested in theory and methods of teaching Chinese as a foreign language; Taoist philosophy.

  • Jenny Chui-Chun Tang

    Lecturer in Music; Co-Director, Wellesley Chamber Music Society; Senior Music Performance Faculty in Piano and Keyboard Skills
    B.M., M.M., New England Conservatory of Music

    Assistant Director of the Chamber Music Society

  • Jonathan Tannenhauser

    Lecturer in Mathematics
    A.B., Harvard University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Background in theoretical particle physics, focusing on a conjectured equivalence between certain quantum field theories and certain string theories.

  • Corrine Taylor

    Senior Lecturer in the Quantitative Reasoning Program ; Director, Quantitative Reasoning Program
    B.A., College of William and Mary; M.S., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin (Madison)

    Leading efforts to improve quantitative reasoning, teaching QR and economics of education, and providing professional development for secondary school teachers.

  • Marc Tetel

    Marc J. Tetel

    Professor of Neuroscience
    B.A., Northwestern University; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts (Amherst)

    Research areas include neuroendocrinology, estrogen and progestin action, brain and behavior.
    Visit the Tetel Lab website.

  • Shiao-Wei Tham

    Associate Professor of Chinese
    B.A., National University of Singapore; M.A., Ph.D., Stanford University

    Research: linguistics, with focus on word meaning, Chinese.

    Teaching: linguistics, Chinese language.

  • Sally A. Theran

    Associate Professor of Psychology
    B.A., Bates College; M.A., Ph.D., Michigan State University

    Licensed clinical psychologist investigating risk and resilience factors that protect against developmental psychopathology in childhood and adolescence.

  • Marcia E. Thomas

    Senior Instructor in Biological Sciences Laboratory
    B.S., University of Massachusetts; M.A., Smith College

    Interested in environmental science, plant biology, and geospatial analysis.

  • Margaret D. Thompson

    Professor Emerita of Geosciences
    B.A., Smith College; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Retired from teaching at Wellesley, now pursuing full-time research with collaborators at MIT, University of Masschusetts and Acadia University (NS). Outreach to students and adults.

  • Rebecca Thornblade

    Music Performance Faculty in Cello
    B.M., Oberlin Conservatory; M.M., Juilliard School

    In addition to her work in the Music Dept. at Wellesley, Rebecca is currently a member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed with Opera Boston, the Chamber Orchestra of Boston, The Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Cantata Singers.

  • Brian Tjaden

    Professor of Computer Science
    B.A., Amherst College; M.S., Ph.D., University of Washington

    Professor of computational biology and computer science.

  • Eiko Torii-Williams

    Senior Lecturer in Japanese
    B.A., Kansai University (Osaka); Ed.M., Ph.D., Boston University

    Co-director of Japanese Program; study abroad advisor in Japan; applied linguist.

  • David Towlun

    Theatre Production Manager
    M.F.A., Purchase College (State University of New York)

    Theatre production lecturer, production manager, and professional set designer.

  • Donna R. Trainor

    Senior Instructor in Chemistry Laboratory
    B.A., University of Rochester; Ph.D., University of Akron

    Chemistry laboratory instruction, development and testing of new laboratory experiments, and community science outreach.

  • Marie-Paule Tranvouez

    Senior Lecturer in French
    D.U.T., Institut Universitaire de Technologie, (Brest); M.A., State University of New York (Stony Brook); Ph.D., University of California (Santa Barbara)

    A specialist of the 19th-century French novel; teaching interests include the French novel, pedagogy, cultural studies, and the autobiography as a genre.

  • Ann Trenk

    Professor of Mathematics
    A.B., Harvard University; M.S., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

    Research specialty in graph theory and partially ordered sets, teaches across the mathematics curriculum, outreach to K-12 teachers.

  • Nina Tumarkin

    Nina Tumarkin

    Kathryn Wasserman Davis Professor of Slavic Studies; Professor of History
    B.A., University of Rochester; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Historian of Russia, current research on Russian historical memory of the Soviet past.

  • Lyn Turbak

    Franklyn A. Turbak

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

    Programs and programming languages are at the heart of both my teaching and research.

  • Marilyn T. Turnbull

    Senior Instructor Emerita in Chemistry Laboratory
    B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., University of California (Berkeley)
  • James Morton Turner

    Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
    B.S., Washington and Lee University; A.M., Brown University; Ph.D., Princeton University

    Researcher on the recent history of U.S. environmental politics and policy, including public lands, climate change, and science and technology.

  • Diane Tutin

    Lecturer in Education
    B.A., Clark University; M.Ed., Framingham State College

    Experienced educator with interests in children's literature, literacy learning, fostering communities of learners, and special education.

  • L. Terrell Tyler, Jr.

    Associate Professor of English
    B.A., Southwestern University (Memphis); M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

    Teaching interests include Southern literature, British cinema, and lyric traditions in gospel music.

  • Catherine Ulissey

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

    From Ballet to Broadway with slippers worn through, it’s now time to teach the dance to the disciplined and the new!

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    Adam Van Arsdale

    Whitehead Associate Professor of Critical Thought; Associate Professor of Anthropology
    B.A., B.S., Emory University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan

    Engaged in questions on the evolution of biological variation and its connections to culture through the fossil record.

  • Carlos Alberto Vega

    Professor of Spanish
    A.B., Columbia University; A.M., University of Virginia; Ph.D., Harvard University

    Spanish literature, hagiography, gender issues, study-abroad theory and practice.

  • Ann Velenchik

    Associate Professor of Economics; Dean of Academic Affairs
    B.S.F.S., Georgetown University; Ph.D., Stanford University

    Development economist with intererest in Africa and labor markets; interest in economics pedagogy and active learning; writing across the curriculum

  • Monica Capobianco

    Monica Verity

    Director of Recreation / PERA Assistant Professor of the Practice
    B.S., Wagner College M.S., Boston College
  • Carla M. Verschoor

    Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chemistry
    B.S., University of Illinois (Urbana); Ph.D., University of Wisconsin (Madison)

    Enjoys teaching across the curriculum, from first-year students to graduating seniors.

  • Maurizio S. Viano

    Professor of Cinema and Media Studies
    Laurea in Lettere Moderne, University of Genova; Ph.D., University of Oregon

    Professor of cinema and media studies doing research on Surrealism, the Neo-Baroque, and the cinema of Raúl Ruiz, and teaching film history and European cinema.

  • Lynne Spigelmire Viti

    Senior Lecturer in the Writing Program
    B.A., Barnard College; M.A., Columbia University; Ph.D., J.D., Boston College

    Teaching interests: bioethics, legal studies, media and urban studies, journalism, and legal history. I integrate blogs, wikis, and other new media into my teaching.

  • Ismar Volić

    Theresa Mall Mullarkey Associate Professor of Mathematics
    B.A., Boston University; M.A., Ph.D., Brown University

    Research in algebraic topology, specifically calculus of functors and its applications to embeddings, including knots and links.

  • Sarah Wall-Randell

    Associate Professor of English
    B.A., Wellesley College; M.Phil, St. John’s College (Oxford University); Ph.D., Harvard University

    Interests include Renaissance literature, book history, and the history and theory of literary genre.

  • James Wallenstein

    James Wallenstein

    Newhouse Visiting Professor of Creative Writing
    B.A., Wesleyan University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)
  • Maria Waller

    Instructor in Geosciences Laboratory
    B.A., Wellesley College; M.S., University of Massachusetts

    Teaches geosciences labs; Committed to giving students an appreciation for earth processes and an understanding of their impacts.

  • Julie Walsh

    Assistant Professor of Philosophy
    B.A., University of Toronto; M.A., Ph.D., University of Western Ontario

    Researches and teaches topics in early modern philosophy, with a focus on theories of human freedom and philosophical method in both rationalist and empiricist traditions. 

  • Qing (Wendy) Wang

    Assistant Professor of Mathematics
    B.S., Beijing Normal University; M.S., Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

    Statistician specializing in topics of U-statistics, nonparametric kernel density estimation, risk estimation, variance estimation, cross-validation, resampling schemes, and extrapolation techniques.

  • Helen P. Wang

    Professor of Mathematics
    B.A., University of Wisconsin (Madison); M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Professor Wang's research interest is analysis and she teaches in the areas of multivariable calculus and analysis


  • Margaret E. Ward

    Margaret E. Ward

    Professor Emerita of German
    B.A., Wilson College; M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University (Bloomington); D. Litt., h.c. (honorary Doctor of Humane Letters), Lasell College

    Retired from Wellesley in 2010 after 39 years. Helped establish Women’s and Gender Studies program.

  • David Ward

    Professor of Italian Studies
    B.A., University of East Anglia (England); M.A., Ph.D., Cornell University

    Italian antifascist culture; 21st century Italian mystery writers; contemporary Italian narrative; postmodern narrative; narrative theory

  • Lauri L. Wardell

    Senior Instructor in Physics Laboratory
    B.S., Fort Lewis College; M.S., University of Kentucky

    Teacher of basic physics principles, with interests in intercultural relations; liaison for Watson Fellowship; returned Peace Corps volunteer.

  • Kera Washington

    Senior Music Performance Faculty in African Diasporic Drumming and Director of Yanvalou
    B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., Wesleyan University; Ph.D. Candidate, Tufts University

    Focused on Yanvalou Drumming and Dance Ensemble, and African Diasporic drumming.

  • Sara Wasserman

    Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
    B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., Pepperdine University; Ph.D., Brandeis University

    Research utilizes fruit flies and 'virtual-reality' flight simulators to investigate the neuronal mechanisms that permit the multi-sensory integration required to produce contextually appropriate behavior.

  • Lois Wasserspring

    Senior lecturer emerita in Political Science
    B.A., Cornell University; M.A., Princeton University

    Focused on the politics of development, inequality and democracy in Latin America.

  • Wesley Andrés Watters

    Wesley Andres Watters

    Diana Chapman Walsh Assistant Professor of Astronomy
    B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Planetary scientist who studies the planet Mars while teaching courses about the geology and climates of rocky and icy worlds.

  • Catherine Wearing

    Associate Professor of Philosophy
    B.A., McGill University; Ph.D., Harvard University

    Researches at the intersection of philosophy of language and cognitive science, focusing especially on figurative language.

  • Dorothy Webb

    PERA Professor of the Practice
    B.A., University of the Pacific; M.A., Brown University

    Direct NCAA Division III intercollegiate volleyball program and teach skills and fitness courses in the Physical Education Department.

  • Drew Webb

    Andrew "Drew" Webb

    Professor of Biological Sciences
    B.S., Ph.D., University of Southampton (England)

    Developing bionanotechnology anti-cancer reagents, biotech patent litigation expert.

  • Shannon N. Weber

    Visiting Lecturer in Women's and Gender Studies
    A.B., Mount Holyoke College; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

    Interdisciplinary feminist scholar with specialities in LGBTQ cultural politics, social movements, and histories;intersectional feminist theories; feminism and the body; and critical disability studies.

  • Akila Weerapana

    Associate Professor of Economics
    B.A., Oberlin College; A.M., Ph.D., Stanford University

    Interested in macroeconomics, particularly international economics, the economics of conflict, and monetary economics.

  • Adam Weiner

    Associate Professor of Russian
    B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin (Madison)

    Teaches Russian language and literature; at Wellesley since 1994.

  • Cord Whitaker

    Cord J. Whitaker

    Assistant Professor of English
    B.A., Yale University; M.A., Ph.D. Duke University

    Researches and teaches late medieval English literature, especially Chaucer and romance. Also studies medieval religious conflict and the history of race.

  • Dorothea "Dot" Widmayer

    Professor Emerita of Biology
    B.A., M.A., Wellesley College; Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington

    Retired from Wellesley in 1996 after 35 years teaching Introductory Biology and Genetics. Previously taught at Simmons College for two years.

  • Ellen B. Widmer

    Mayling Soong Professor of Chinese Studies; Professor of East Asian Studies
    B.A. Wellesley College; M.A., Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

    I study traditional Chinese fiction, history of Chinese women's writing, history of the book in China, and missionaries to East Asia.

  • Michael Wiest

    Associate Professor of Neuroscience
    B.A., Dartmouth College; M.S., Ph.D., Michigan State University

    Mission: to determine the distributed neural correlates of perception.

  • Howard Wilcox

    Professor Emeritus of Mathematics
    AB Hamilton College, Ph.D. University of Rochester

    Retired from Wellesley in 2007 after 37 years of teaching mathematics.

  • Jeremy Wilmer

    Jeremy B. Wilmer

    Assistant Professor of Psychology
    B.A., Williams College; Ph.D., Harvard University

    My research probes how individuals think and see differently to illuminate principles of mind and brain and to inform applied work.

  • Paul M. Wink

    Nellie Zuckerman Cohen & Anne Cohen Heller Professor in Health Sciences; Professor of Psychology
    B.A., M.A., University of Melbourne; Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Psychology Department chair; research interests include adult development; positive psychology; religion and spirituality; altruism; narcissism; wisdom; cross-cultural conceptions of the self.

  • Ann Witte

    Ann Witte

    Professor Emerita of Economics
    B.A., University of Florida; M.A., Columbia University; Ph.D., North Carolina State University

    Research focuses on how to effectively empower people to manage their finances; how to improve early care and education in the US; and how memory affects and morphs as time passes.

  • Adele Wolfson

    Nan Walsh Schow ’54 and Howard B. Schow Professor in the Physical and Natural Sciences; Professor of Chemistry
    B.A., Brandeis University; Ph.D., Columbia University

    Biochemistry research on hormone regulation of enzymes; educational research on core concepts in biochemistry, retention of women and minorities in science.

  • Benjamin P. Wood

    Assistant Professor of Computer Science
    B.A., Williams College; M.S., Ph.D., University of Washington
  • Winifred Jane Wood

    Senior Lecturer in the Writing Program
    B.A., University of Illinois (Urbana); M.A., University of Iowa; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts (Amherst)

    Interests: language, writing, media, film. How students learn to write; how writing differs across settings; electronic discourse.

  • Liz Young

    Elizabeth Marie Young

    Knafel Assistant Professor of Humanities; Assistant Professor of Classical Studies
    B.A., Columbia University; Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Poet and scholar of Latin poetry and comparative literature.

  • Ina Zdorovetchi

    Ina Zdorovetchi

    Music Performance Faculty in Harp
    B.M., Bucharest University of Music; B.M., Boston Conservatory; M.M., Boston University College of Fine Arts

    Artistic Director, Boston Harp Festival; Principal Harpist, Boston Lyric Opera; Top Prize Winner, 17th International Harp Contest in Israel

  • Paula Zeitlin

    Senior Music Performance Faculty in Jazz Violin
    B.A., Earlham College; M.A., University of Chicago

    Teach jazz violin and viola improvisation, coach small jazz ensembles and jazz string ensemble; perform with jazz duo and jazz quintet PZQ; enjoy all styles.

  • Weina Zhao

    Weina Zhao

    Senior Lecturer in Chinese
    B.A., Nanjing University; M.A., Clark University

    Interests include language teaching methodology, cross-cultural communication, Chinese pedagogical grammar, and language and culture.

  • Eve Zimmerman

    Barbara Morris Caspersen Associate Professor of Humanities; Associate Professor of Japanese
    B.A., University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D., Columbia University

    Modern Japanese literature; how writers (and manga artists) use "girlhood" to express views on gender, sexuality, and history.

  • Daniel Zitnick

    Dan Zitnick

    Lecturer in Arabic Language
    B.A., M.A., University of Michigan

    Teacher of Arabic language; aligns Arabic teaching pedagogy with current research in second language acquisition.