Faculty Profiles

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  • 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.