Faculty Profiles

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  • Angela Bahns

    Angela Bahns

    Assistant Professor of Psychology
    B.A., Pomona College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Kansas

    Social psychologist doing research on similarity and diversity in friendship networks and the justification of prejudice.

  • Lamia Balafrej

    Lamia Balafrej

    Assistant Professor of Art
    B.A., M.A., Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris) and University of Paris; Ph.D., University of Provence

    Art historian working on the art and architecture of the Islamic world and their interweaving with global art history.

  • Amy Banzaert

    Lecturer in Engineering; Director of Engineering Studies
    B.S., M.S., Ph.D, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Researches engineering education and the development of consumer-oriented technologies that can benefit under-served populations worldwide.

  • Daniela Bartalesi-Graf

    Daniela Bartalesi-Graf

    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.

  • Christine Bassem

    Lecturer in Computer Science
    B.S., Ain Shams University; M.S., German University in Cairo; Ph.D., Boston University
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    James Battat

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

    Experimental particle astrophysics including dark matter detection and precision tests of gravity with lunar laser ranging (lab website).

  • Wendy Bauer

    Wendy Hagen Bauer

    Professor Emerita of Astronomy
    B.A., Mount Holyoke College; M.S., Ph.D., University of Hawaii

    Researches mass loss from red giants and supergiants and the UV spectrum of the long-period interacting binary VV Cephei.

  • Deborah E. Bauer

    Lecturer in Neuroscience
    B.A., Wellesley College; Ph.D., University of Michigan

    Molecular neuroscientist with an interest in glutamate transporters.

  • Thomas J. Bauer

    Senior Instructor Emeritus in Physics Laboratory
    B.A., Wabash College; M.A., University of Idaho

    Teaches introductory and advanced physics laboratories.

  • Connie Lynn Bauman

    PERA Professor of the Practice
    B.S., Illinois State University; M.S., Arizona State University; Certificate, Indiana State University

    Sports Medicine Outreach project; engaged in predictive injury study; director, Employee Wellness Program.

  • Barbara Beatty

    Barbara R. Beatty

    Professor 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

  • Rebecca Bedell

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

    Wellesley alumna; research explores the relations between art and science, and the place of sentimentalism in American art.

  • Melissa A. Beers

    Senior Instructor in Biological Sciences Laboratory
    B.S., University of New Hampshire; Ph.D., Cornell University

    Broad interests in molecular biology that are now focused on engaging students in complex experiments and science writing.

  • Bridget Belgiovine

    PERA Professor of the Practice; Director of Athletics; Chair of Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics
    B.S., Trenton State College; M.Ed., Springfield College

    Engaged in integration and promotion of fitness and sports, critical components for lifelong learning and well-being.

  • Todd Belt

    Visiting Lecturer in Political Science
    B.A., University of California (Irvine); M.A., Ph.D., University of Southern California

    On leave as Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawai'i, Hilo. Research and writing focuses on the mass media, public opinion, the presidency, campaigns and elections in the U.S.

  • Barbara Beltz

    Barbara S. Beltz

    Allene Lummis Russell Professor of Neuroscience
    B.A., Mount Holyoke College; M.S., Ph.D., Princeton University

    Passions for serotonin and adult neurogenesis! Excited about the wonderful neuroscience program at Wellesley College.

  • Robbie Berg

    Professor of Physics
    A.B., Princeton University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Laser based studies of new electronic materials.

  • Patricia Gray Berman

    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. 

  • Wendy Berry

    PERA Assistant Professor of the Practice
    B.S., Brighton University

    Head varsity squash coach and instructor of racket sports, primarily squash and badminton.

  • James R. Besancon

    Associate Professor of Geosciences
    B.S., Yale University; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Continuing study of physical model and salt content of local community and campus water supply, ICP-OES analysis of water; Ion chromatography.

  • Gurminder Kaur Bhogal

    Associate Professor of Music
    B.Mus(Hons), Royal College of Music; M.Mus., King’s College, University of London; Ph.D., University of Chicago
    Interests include the music of Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Erik Satie, Gabriel Fauré; the practice of ornament in French music and the visual arts during the early twentieth century; music and philosophy; music and orientalism; Sikh devotional music (Sikh Kirtan).
  • Frank Bidart

    Frank L. Bidart

    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 was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award.

  • Hélène Bilis

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

    Specializes in early modern literature and culture, with a focus on theatrical works and institutions, and their connection to 17th- and 18th -century developments in political power.

  • Beverly A. Blazar

    Associate Professor Emerita of Biological Sciences
    B.A. Brown University; M.A. Harvard University; Ph. D. Brown University

    Retired professor whose research and expertise was focused on immunology.

  • Laura Bossert-King

    Senior Music Performance Faculty in Viola and Violin
    B.M., M.M., Eastman School of Music

    Director, LyricaFest Music Festival; Quartet Program, Longy School; visiting faculty, Eastman School; silver medalist, Henryk Szeryng Prize.

  • Kathleen Boyd

    Senior Music Performance Faculty in Flute
    B.M., M.M., New England Conservatory of Music
  • Daniel J. Brabander

    Professor of Geosciences
    B.S., M.A., Binghamton University; Ph.D., Brown University

    Research interests: biogeochemistry, environmental geochemistry, and medical geology.

  • Sheila P. Brachfeld-Child

    Senior Lecturer emerita in Psychology
    B.A., Tufts University; M.A., Boston University; Ph.D., Brandeis University

    Interested in peer interactions in adolescence with a focus on social aggression, especially the representation of social aggression on television and in the movies. Teaches Adolescence and Introduction to Psychology. Has been Director of Medical Professions Advising since 1998.

  • Martin Alan Brody

    Catherine Mills Davis Professor 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.

  • Kate Brogan

    Kathleen Brogan

    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.

  • Judy Brown

    Professor Emerita of Physics
    B.A. Rice University; Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley; Postdoctoral Research at Centre d'Etudes Nucleaires de Saclay

    Retired from teaching in 2005 and from research several years later. Currently pursuing an interest in equine photography.

  • Anne Brubaker

    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.

  • Heather Bryant

    Heather Corbally Bryant

    Visiting Lecturer in the Writing Program
    A.B., Harvard College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan

    Specialist in twentieth-century British and Irish literature; novelist and practicing poet.

  • Charles Bu

    William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Mathematics
    B.S., M.S., Shanghai Jiao Tong University; M.S., Michigan State University; Ph.D., University of Illinois

    Specialist in initial-boundary value problems for nonlinear partial differential equations.

  • Emily A. Buchholtz

    Gordon P. Lang and Althea P. Lang ’26 Professor of Biological Sciences
    B.A., College of Wooster; M.A., University of Wisconsin; Ph.D., George Washington University

    Vertebrate paleontologist with interests at the interface of morphology, evolution, and development.

  • Susan Buck

    Susan Buck

    Instructor in Computer Science Laboratory
    B.A., University of North Carolina (Asheville); M.P.S., New York University (Tisch School of the Arts)

    Web programmer and educator; co-founder of the Women's Coding Collective.

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    Tom Burke

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

    Research focuses on the role of courts, rights, and litigation in public policy and politics.

  • Bryan Burns

    Bryan E. Burns

    Associate Professor of Classical Studies
    B.A., University of North Carolina; M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan

    Archaeologist engaged in the study of Mediterranean exchange in the Late Bronze Age, conducting fieldwork in Greece.

  • Kristin Butcher

    Marshall I. Goldman Professor of Economics
    B.A., Wellesley College; M.S., London School of Economics; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University

    Researcher on labor and health economics, with a focus on immigration issues and issues surrounding childhood obesity.