Faculty Profiles

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  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Lois Wasserspring

    Senior Lecturer 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
  • 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.

  • Matthew Wellenbach

    Visiting Lecturer in Classical Studies
    B.A., Williams College; Ph.D., Brown University

    Studies the literary, performance and cultural history of ancient Greece.

  • 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.

  • Miya Woolfalk

    Miya Woolfalk

    Assistant Professor of Political Science
    B.A., Stanford University; A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Research on American political behavior, racial and ethnic politics, religion and politics, and social policy and inequality.