Faculty Roster

Faculty Who Teach in the Humanities

  • Senior Lecturer in Middle Eastern Studies

    B.A., Universite Moulay Ismail (Morocco); M.A., Dartmouth College; Ph.D., Binghamton University

    I teach Arabic literature and language 

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  • Professor of Spanish

    B.A., University of Georgia; M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University

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

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  • Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies

    B.A., Williams College

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

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  • Lecturer in Writing and Anthropology

    B.A., Wilfred Laurier University (Waterloo, ON); M.A., Ph.D., McMaster University (Hamilton, ON)

    Research focuses on experimental ethnography, anthropology of exchange, Iceland, Micronesia and the Faroe Islands, as well as island cultural ecology and ghost towns.

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  • Lecturer in Italian Studies

    B.A., Harvard University Extension School; M.A., Tufts University

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

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  • Professor Emerita of Education

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

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

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  • Professor of Art

    B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., Ph.D., Yale University

    Art Historian focusing on the art and visual culture of the United States. Interests include the intersection of art and science, ecocriticism, landscape imagery, sentimentalism, and Disney.

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  • Theodora L. and Stanley H. Feldberg Professor of Art

    B.A., Hampshire College; M.A., Ph.D., New York University

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

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  • Catherine Mills Davis Associate Professor of Music

    B.Mus(Hons), Royal College of Music; M.Mus., King’s College, University of London; Ph.D., University of Chicago

    Scholarly interests focus on the music of French composers including Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Erik Satie, Gabriel Fauré, Maurice Delage; the practice of ornament in French music and the visual arts during the early twentieth century; music and aesthetics (particularly ideas concerning ephemerality, nothingness, and atmosphere); music and orientalism/exoticism/japonisme; Sikh devotional music (Sikh Kirtan).

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  • Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities; Professor of English

    B.A., University of California (Riverside); A.M., Harvard University

    An award-winning poet, Bidart won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize, 2018 National Book Award and was previously a finalist for both awards.

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  • Associate Professor of French

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

    Specializes in French culture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, with a particular focus on the relationship between literary texts and the socio-historical contexts in which they emerged.

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  • Catherine Mills Davis Professor Emeritus of Music

    B.A., Amherst College; M.M., D.M.A., Yale University School of Music

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

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  • Associate Professor of English

    B.A., Queens College; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

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

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  • Lecturer in the Writing Program

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

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

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  • Lecturer in the Writing Program

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

    Specialist in twentieth-century British and Irish literature; writer.

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  • Professor of Classical Studies

    B.A., University of North Carolina; M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan

    Archaeologist leading an excavation in central Greece, studying cultural interaction and trade in the ancient Mediterranean, pursuing digital technology in teaching and research.

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  • Mary Jewett Gaiser Professor of English

    B.A., Tufts University; M.A., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

    Expert in nineteenth and early twentieth century American literature;  Shakespeare; and modernism in the arts.

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  • Associate Professor of Political Science

    B.A., Haverford College; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University

    Interested in political dimensions of human development, on policies that enhance education, employment, health, and dignity.

     

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  • Associate Professor of Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences

    B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts (Amherst)

    Professor of linguistics; research interests include artificial language learning and acquisition of phonology.

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  • Knafel Assistant Professor of Humanities; Assistant Professor of Africana Studies

    B.A., Howard University ; M.A., Columbia University; Ph.D., Columbia University

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

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  • Associate Professor of Art

    B.A., Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge); M.A., University of Texas (Austin); Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Art and architectural historian specializing in the ancient Mediterranean.

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  • Senior Lecturer in English

    B.A., Barnard College; M.A., New York University; Ph.D., City University of New York

    Author of two novels and a screenplay. Fields: fiction-writing, screenwriting, postcolonial studies and modern British literature.

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  • Senior Lecturer in Chinese

    B.A., Shanghai Teachers’ University; M.A., University of Iowa

    Interested in Chinese language pedagogy and second language acquisition.

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  • Lorraine C. Wang Professor of English

    B.A., Amherst College; Ph.D., Harvard University

    Poet and critic.

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  • Associate Professor of Peace and Justice Studies

    B.S., Università degli Studi di Firenze; M.A., University of Notre Dame; Ph.D., University of Southern California

    Scholar and activist around issues of peace and gender.

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  • Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies

    B.A., University of California (Riverside); M.A., University of California (Santa Barbara); Ph.D., University of California (Santa Cruz)

    Engaged in research on Asian American visual history and Native American cultural studies including sacred horse cultures.

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  • Professor of Africana Studies

    B.A., M.A., Fordham University; Ph.D., Cornell University

    Expert on Caribbean literature and Caribbean intellectual history.

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  • Senior Lecturer Emerita in Spanish

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

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

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  • Professor of French

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

    Specialist of French cultural and intellectual history.

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  • Associate Professor of Philosophy

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

    Works on philosophy of literature and moral philosophy, with a focus on personal narration, memoir and meaning in life.

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  • Professor Emeritus of Art

    Montserrat School of Visual Art, Diploma in Sculpture

    Sculptor known for public installations and sculptural work in stone.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Phyllis Henderson Carey Professor Emeritus of Music

    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.

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  • Visiting Lecturer in Africana Studies

    B.A., M.A., Ph.D., The Ohio State University

    African Diasporic cosmologies, sacred ontologies; Afro-Caribbean cultural expressions and identity; slavery and the Afro-Atlantic world; sacred sexualities and gender.

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  • Phyllis Henderson Carey Professor of Music

    B.A., Oberlin College; Certificate, The Royal Conservatory of The Hague; M.A., Ph.D., Duke University

    Scholar of the history of music with specialization in early music and women composers.

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  • Visiting Lecturer in Chinese

    B.A., M.A., National Taiwan University; Ph.D, University of Connecticut

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  • 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.

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  • Associate Professor Emerita 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Associate 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Assistant Professor of Japanese

    B.A., Westmont College; M.A., Columbia University; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

    Japanese language, literature, and culture

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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. 

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  • Associate 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.

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  • Associate 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Associate Professor of Spanish

    B.A., Middlebury College; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University

    Specializes in gender, race, and philosophy of language in colonial Latin American literature and visual culture; digital humanities and blended learning; history of clothing and of food; cultural exchanges between Eastern Europe and Latin America.

     

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Associate Professor of German Studies

    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.

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  • 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. 

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Lecturer in Theatre Studies

    B.A., University of Pennsylvania; M.F.A., Brandeis University

    A professional scenic designer based in Boston.

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  • Artistic Director Emerita of the Wellesley College Theatre

    B.A., Mundelein College

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

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  • 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. 

     

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  • Jean Glasscock Professor of Sociology

    B.A., Brandeis University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

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  • Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Italian Studies & English

    B.A., M.A., University of Catania (Italy); Ph.D., Scuola Normale Superiore (Italy)

    Teaches medieval Italian and comparative literature; works on the manuscript trasmission of late medieval texts and reading practices.

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  • Senior Lecturer in the Writing Program

    B.A., Haverford College; Ph.D., Yale University

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

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  • 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.

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  • Assistant Professor of Art

    B.Arch, University of Houston; M.F.A, New York University

    Video and installation artist working at the intersection of landscape, history, and memory.

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  • Visiting Lecturer in Korean

    B.A., Seoul National University ; M.A., New England Conservatory

    Interested in sharing and teaching Korean language and culture.

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  • 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 the history of Africa, the Middle East, and Islam in Africa; translator of historical and popular culture texts in Arabic and Somali.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

     

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  • Professor Emerita 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Margaret Clapp ’30 Distinguished Alumna Professor Emerita 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.

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  • 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).

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  • Senior 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Katharine Lee Bates and Sophie Chantal Hart Professor of English

    B.A., Stanford University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia

    Specialist in Chaucer, medieval dreaming, literary and cultural biography, cultural geography, gender, and food; advocate for the humanities and freedom of expression on campus.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Sophia Moses Robison Professor Emerita 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Professor of Religion

    B.A., Cambridge University; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University

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  • Professor of French

    Licence, Maîtrise, Université de Haute Bretagne (Rennes); Ph.D., University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)

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  • Barbara Morris Caspersen Associate Professor of Humanities; 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Associate Professor of Philosophy

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

    Researches and teaches the ethics, politics, and aesthetics of cultural heritage, art, and the environment.

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  • 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.

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  • Margaret Clapp ’30 Distinguished Alumna 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Associate Professor of Cinema & Media Studies and French

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

    Film Theory and Media Aesthetics, French Culture and Intellectual History, Media Ecologies, History of Ideas, Ecocriticism, Environmental Humanities.

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  • Lecturer in Art; Director of 3D Arts

    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.

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  • Professor of Art

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

    Specialist in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art.

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  • Marion Butler McLean Professor in the History of Ideas; 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.

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  • Professor of German Studies

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

     

     

     

     

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  • Grace Slack McNeil Professor Emeritus of the History of American Art

    B.Arch., Washington University in St. Louis; M.Arch. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Ph.D., Harvard University

    Leading American architectural historian, author, lecturer, editor, and consultant who taught for many years at Wellesley College.

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  • 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.

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  • Diana Chapman Walsh 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.

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  • Associate 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Lecturer in Africana Studies

    B.A., Moi University; M.A., University of Nairobi

    Research focuses on Swahili proverbial language and the sociocultural theory.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Margaret E. Deffenbaugh and LeRoy T. Carlson Professor in Comparative Literature; 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.

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  • Associate 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.

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  • Lecturer in Theatre Studies; Interim Director of Theatre and 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • Marion Butler McLean Professor Emerita in the History of Ideas; Professor Emerita 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies

    B.S., Emerson College; M.A., Lesley College

    Passionate about developing and presenting creative works for the stage and film, bringing performance opportunities to artists of all ages, and producing community-focused events.

     

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Lorraine C. Wang Professor Emerita of English

    B.A., Radcliffe College; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Teacher and scholar of English and comparative literature.

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  • Assistant Professor of Spanish

    B.A., University of the South; M.A., Ph.D, University of Kentucky

    Research and teaching center on 20th and 21st century Latin American literature and cinema.

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  • 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.

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  • Associate Professor of South Asia Studies

    B.A., M.A., Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (India); M.Div., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Interests include arts in religious/cultural history of South Asia; the divine and the human feminine in Hindu traditions; Gandhian thought and practices; the self and the other in South Asian philosophical traditions and history.

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  • 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.

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  • Associate Professor of History

    B.A., Lewis & Clark College; Ph.D., New York University

    Historian of modern Europe and the world.

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  • Visiting Lecturer in Korean

    B.A., M.A, Ph.D., Yonsei University

    Focused on Korean linguistics, language teaching, learner corpus, and dictionary. 

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • Professor Emerita 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.

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  • Senior Lecturer Emerita in Spanish

    B.A., Smith College; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

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  • Lecturer in Chinese

    B.A., Nanjing Normal University; M.A., Fudan University

    Specializing in teaching Chinese as a foreign language; also a translator of literary fiction from English to Chinese.

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  • 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.

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  • Theatre Production Manager

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

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

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  • 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; interests include the French novel, pedagogy, cultural studies, and the autobiography.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Associate Professor Emeritus 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Senior Lecturer Emerita in the Writing Program

    B.A., Barnard College; M.A., Columbia University; Ph.D., J.D., Boston College

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  • 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.

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  • 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. 

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  • Professor of Italian Studies

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

    Pier Paolo Pasolini; Carlo Levi; Piero Gobetti; Italian antifascist culture; 21st century Italian mystery writers; contemporary Italian narrative; postmodern narrative; narrative theory

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  • 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.

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  • Professor of Russian

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

    Teaches Russian language and literature; at Wellesley since 1994.

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  • Associate Professor of English

    B.A., Yale University; M.A., Ph.D. Duke University

    Researches and teaches late medieval English literature, the history of race, religious and cultural conflict in the Middle Ages, and the modern literary and political uses of medievalism.

     

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  • 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.

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  • Senior Lecturer Emerita 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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