Faculty Profiles

  • 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 

  • Associate Professor of Economics
    B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., Ph.D., Columbia University

    Research in development economics, with an emphasis on firm behavior in developing economies.

  • Senior Music Performance Faculty in Vocal Jazz
    B.M., Berklee College of Music; M.M., New England Conservatory of Music

    Teaches commercial singing styles and technique, specializing in jazz, blues, pop, and Brazilian music.

  • Assistant Professor of Physics
    B.S. Physics: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S. Music: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph. D. Physics: University of Pennsylvania

    My research focuses on the topological and geometric aspects of electronic dynamics in quantum condensed matter theory.

  • Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities; 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.

  • Associate Professor of Political Science
    B.A., M.A., Northwestern University; Ph.D., University of Chicago

    B.A., M.A., Northwestern University

    Ph.D., University of Chicago


    Research focuses on political economy, international economics and politics.



  • Senior Music Performance Faculty in Piano; Director, Music Performance Program
    B.M., Kunitachi College of Music (Japan); M.M., D.M.A., New England Conservatory of Music

    Pianist, teacher, and performer of piano and chamber music.

  • Professor of Psychology
    B.A., University of California (Santa Cruz); M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University

    Research in nonverbal communication:  the ability to decode nonverbal cues in social interaction; also interested in the psychological analysis of advertising.

  • Senior Music Performance Faculty in French Horn
    B.M., New England Conservatory of Music

    Boston-based freelance musician; performs regularly with prominent area symphony orchestras as well as chamber groups.

  • Visiting Lecturer in American Studies
    PhD, New York University; MA, Pratt Institute; BA, University of Pittsburgh

    I study the US prison regime, media history, revolutionary and abolitionist movements, and the history of capitalism.

  • Assistant Professor of Computer Science
    B.A., Swarthmore College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    I use computational, experimental, and symbolic methods to understand meaning in natural language.

  • Senior Lecturer in Computer Science
    B.S., Yale University; M.S., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts (Amherst)

    Professor Anderson's teaching interests include web application programming, including databases, web frameworks, and computer graphics. His research interests are similar, but also include artificial intelligence (particularly planning and natural language processing), simulation, system software and system administration.

  • Carillon Instructor, Director of Guild of Carillonneurs
    Bachelors, Wellesley College; Masters of Music, New England Conservatory

    Having taught piano and music theory at Stonehill College for 9 years, she now teaches carillon at Wellesley College, where she acts as advisor to the 25-member student Guild of Carillonneurs.  She also serves as organist at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sharon.

  • Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies
    B.A., Williams College

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

  • Senior 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.

  • Assistant Professor of Political Science
    B.A., University of Oregon; M.Ed., Boston University; Ph.D., University of California, Irvine


    Research interests include race & ethnicity, public opinion, immigration, intergroup solidarity, methodology.  

  • Assistant Professor of Spanish
    B.S., University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras; Ph.D., Harvard University
    Research and teaching interests: early modern Spanish literature, visual culture and Luso-Castilian bilingualism, theories of poetic inspiration, literature in language teaching.
  • Nancy Harrison Kolodny '64 Professor of Chemistry
    A.B., Harvard University; Ph.D., Stanford University

    I am a physical chemist who uses surface chemistry techniques to study radiation chemistry.

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

    Social psychologist doing research on the dynamics of prejudice and friendship formation.

  • Senior 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.

  • Visiting Lecturer in Biological Sciences
    B.S., University of Chicago; PhD., Stanford University School of Medicine

    Excited by interdisciplinary studies, course and curriculum design, teaching, and mentorship.

  • Senior 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.

  • Lecturer in Spanish
    B.A., University of the Balearic Islands, Spain ; M.A., Ph.D., University of Texas (Austin)

    My research and teaching interests focus primarily on semantics, pragmatics, syntax-semantics interfaces, Romance linguistics, dialectal and typological variation, and sociolinguistics.

  • Anchor Point Assistant Professor in Computer Science
    B.S., Ain Shams University; M.S., German University in Cairo; Ph.D., Boston University

    Interested in resource management within brokered computing environments; specifically the allocation of resources (packing/routing), and its economical aspects.

  • Lecturer in the Writing Program
    B.A., Georgetown University; A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University

    My research and teaching explores the literature and art of social movements, migration and immigration, historical memory, and public history. 

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

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

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

    Molecular neuroscientist with an interest in glutamate transporters.

  • Visiting Lecturer in Political Science
    Ph.D., Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Knafel Assistant Professor of Natural Sciences; Assistant Professor of Physics
    B.S., Olin College of Engineering; M.S., Ph. D., Stanford University

    Materials scientist developing next-generation solar cells by studying the fundamental properties of novel solution-processed semiconductors. 

  • 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.

  • Catherine Mills Davis 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; music and orientalism/exoticism/colonialism-decolonialism; and Sikh devotional music (Sikh Kirtan)

  • Professor of French and Francophone Studies
    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.

  • Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
    B.A., Williams College ; Ph.D., Stanford University

    Studying marine microbes, from the genomic to ecosystem level.

  • Biedenharn Distinguished Visiting Associate Professor of Chemistry
    B.Sc., University of Cape Coast; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts (Amherst)

    A bioorganist chemist interested in modulating biological systems with chemical entities; Organic and Introductory Chemistry teacher

  • 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.

  • Senior Music Performance Faculty in Flute
    B.M., M.M., New England Conservatory of Music
  • Professor of Geosciences
    B.S., M.A., Binghamton University; Ph.D., Brown University

    Research interests: GeoHealth, biogeochemistry, environmental geochemistry, research and collaborative project-based learning to support inclusive excellence in STEM education

  • Assistant Professor of Art
    B.A., Vassar College; M.A., Ph.D., Bryn Mawr

    Historian of art and architecture focusing on the medieval Islamic world. Interests include cross-cultural transmission, landscape studies, and digital art history.

  • Instructor in Psychology Laboratory
    B.A., SUNY Geneseo; M.S., Miami University; M.A., Ph.D., University at Buffalo

    Social psychologist with research interests that include romantic relationships, prejudice, and sport psychology.

  • 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.

  • Assistant Professor of Computer Science
    B.A., Columbia College Chicago; B.A., Rutgers University-Camden; Ph.D., University of Maryland (College Park)

    I love designing algorithms and exploring CS theory applied to e-commerce, fairness in machine learning, democracy, and bioinformatics.

  • Senior 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.

  • Senior 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.

  • 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.

  • Ralph Emerson and Alice Freeman Palmer 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Visiting Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies
    B.A., University of Chicago; Maîtrise, Université de Paris IV – Sorbonne; D.E.A., Université de Paris III – Sorbonne Nouvelle; Ph.D., University of Connecticut

    Specialist of French medieval and contemporary literature. Interested in multimodal communication, visual media, and women’s writing.

  • 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.

  • Instructor in Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics
    B.A., San Jose State University; M.A., University of California (Los Angeles)

    Dancer by trade. Poet by heart. Yogini by spirit. Multimedia artist by convergence.

  • Professor of Political Science
    B.A., Haverford College; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University

    Interested in the political dimensions of human development, especially policies that promote education, employment, health, and dignity in Southern Asia.

  • 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.

  • Visiting Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies
    B.A., University of California (Berkeley); M.A., American University of Paris; Ph.D., Yale University
  • Associate Professor of Chemistry
    B.S., SUNY (Purchase College); M.S., Ph.D., Yale University

    Interested in synthesis of novel anticancer and antiviral agents; teaching introductory chemistry, organic chemistry, and synthetic methods.

  • Michael and Denise Kellen '68 Associate Professor of Africana Studies
    B.A., Howard University ; M.A., 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. 

  • 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.

  • Assistant Professor of Geosciences
    B.A., Amherst College; M.S., Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Research Interests: I'm a metamorphic petrologist and geochemist interested in metamorphic phase equilibria, chemical kinetics, convergent tectonics, and subduction zone dynamics.

  • 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.

  • Lecturer in Mathematics
    A.B., Harvard University; M.A., University of Chicago; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Combinatorics of polyhedral complexes, cryptology, comparative genomics.

  • Professor of Mathematics
    B.A., University of California (Berkeley); M.A., Cambridge University (England); Ph.D., University of Chicago

    Research on positive scalar curvature and rigidity of manifolds, noncommutative geometry, tools of surgery theory

  • Senior Research Scientist; Visiting Lecturer in Education
    B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

    Research interests include risky and resilient digital media behaviors within vulnerable peer and family contexts as well as digital citizenship and how to engage youth in (re)defining and monitoring healthy digital media use.

  • Professor of Psychology
    B.A., George Washington University; M.A., University of Texas (Austin); Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

    Professor of Personality Psychology. Research interests include shyness, self-concept, and identity orientations. 

  • Senior Lecturer in Chinese
    B.A., Shanghai Teachers’ University; M.A., University of Iowa

    Interested in Chinese language pedagogy and second language acquisition.

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

    Research explores how culture and family processes influence development and mental health across the lifespan.

  • Lorraine C. Wang Professor of English
    B.A., Amherst College; Ph.D., Harvard University

    Poet and critic.

  • Knafel Assistant Professor of Social Sciences; Assistant Professor of Political Science
    A.B., Brown University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan

    Studies American politics with an emphasis on race and ethnicity, public opinion, and political psychology

  • Associate Professor of American Studies
    B.A., University of California (Irvine); M.A., Ph.D., University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)

    Specializes in gender and Filipinx history, Asian American Studies, history of U.S. empire, and transnational feminist approaches to the study of beauty and fashion 

  • Lecturer in the Quantitative Reasoning Program
    B.A., Hendrix College; M.A., Ph.D., University of California (Irvine)
  • Visiting Lecturer in Art
    B.A., Ithaca College ; MFA., Indiana University (Bloomington)

    Painter working with the history, imagination and construction of female-centric communities.

  • William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Economics
    A.B., Harvard College; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Researcher in the economics of aging and health.

  • Lecturer in Music; Senior Coach/Collaborative Keyboardist
    B.M., Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo); M.M., University of Wisconsin (Madison); Ph.D., New England Conservatory of Music
  • 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.

  • Assistant Professor of Political Science
    B.A., Georgetown University; Ph.D., University of Texas (Austin)


    Research interests include the group identity, political behavior and transnationalism of Afro-Latin Americans and their descendants.

  • 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.

  • Professor of Africana Studies
    B.A., M.A., Fordham University; Ph.D., Cornell University

    Expert on Caribbean literature and Caribbean intellectual history.

  • Visiting Lecturer in Political Science
    B.A., Wellesley College; J.D., Boston College; M.P.H., Harvard University
  • Deffenbaugh de Hoyos Carlson Professor in the Social Sciences; Professor of Sociology
    B.A., Saint Michael’s College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia
  • Assistant Professor of Education
    B.A., University of Florida; M.A., MPhil, Ph.D., New York University

    Studies intersecting issues of race, immigration, language, and culture in schools and locates transformative education spaces/practices

  • Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
    B.S., Johns Hopkins University; Ph.D., Rice University

    Investigating membranes + membrane protein biology and dynamics in the context of human health

  • Professor of French and Francophone Studies
    A.B., Bryn Mawr College; M.A., Ph.D., New York University

    Specialist of French cultural and intellectual history.

  • Lecturer in Environmental Studies & Geosciences
    B.A., Williams College; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University

    Research Interests: Earth Surface Processes, Paleoclimate, Ice Sheet History, Sedimentary Provenance Studies

  • 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.

  • Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies
    B.A., Tel Aviv University; M.T.S., Harvard University; M.A, M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University

    A scholar of Ancient Judaism and Religion

  • Lecturer in South Asia Studies
    B.A., University of Melbourne (Australia); M.A., Monash University (Australia); M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago
  • Assistant Professor of Africana Studies
    B.A., Linfield College; M.A., Ph.D., Georgia State University
  • Camilla Chandler Frost Professor of Environmental Studies
    B.A., Oberlin College; Ph.D., Harvard University

    Focuses on environmental politics, international environmental law, ocean and atmospheric issues, and protection of the global commons.

  • James W. and Patricia T. Poitras DS ’91 Associate Professor in the Natural Sciences; Associate Professor of Psychology
    B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Research explores the behavioral and neural markers of psychiatric symptoms in both children and adults. 

  • Lecturer in Economics
    B.A., Wesleyan University ; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

    I am a social scientist interested in issues of inequality with a focus on education, particularly under-resourced public schools and students from less privileged backgrounds.

  • Music Performance Faculty in Violin
    B.M. & M.M., New England Conservatory of Music

    Ms. Diaz is actively involved in contemporary music in Boston, and is a member of the Callithumpian Consort, Firebird, Ludovico, Dinosaur Annex and Sound Icon Ensembles. You can hear Gabriela on Mode, Centaur, New World, BMOP Sound, and Tzadik records.

  • Professor of Mathematics
    B.A., M.A., Johns Hopkins University; Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Noncommutative ring theorist, sees mathematics as a central part of a well-rounded liberal arts education.

  • PERA Associate Professor of the Practice
    B.S., University of Vermont; M.S., University of Tennessee (Knoxville)

    Swimming coach, fascinated by psychological aspects of sport performance, sport and positive psychology.

  • Senior Instructor in Chemistry Laboratory
    B.A., M.S., University of California (Santa Cruz); M.A., Stanford University

    Creates and teaches organic and introductory chemistry labs.

  • 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.

  • Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of Chinese
    B.A., Cornell University; M.A., University of Colorado at Boulder; Ph.D., Harvard University

    Specializing in book history of early China ( -220 CE). Other areas of interest: conceptions of time; individuality; comparative literature.

  • Music Performance Faculty in Jazz and Classical Trumpet
    B.M., Crane School of Music, Music Education, Trumpet Performance; M.M., New England Conservatory of Music, Jazz Studies - Composition

    I have been freelancing as a trumpet player in the Boston area since the mid 1980s. My jazz friends say I'm a classical player, and my classical playing friends say I'm a jazzer with a good tone --- I feel that I'm a “generalist” - Jack of all Trades - who noodles his way through the trumpet!

  • Associate Professor of Anthropology
    B.A, Washington University; M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School; A.M., Ph.D., Brown University

    Socio-cultural anthropologist whose research centers on the politics of foreign aid, democracy promotion, judicial reform, and conflict in Latin America.

  • Michael and Denise Kellen '68 Chair in the Sciences; Professor of Chemistry
    B.A., Grinnell College; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology

    Uses experiments and computation to study membrane proteins; leads pedagogical development and assessment research; teaches biochemistry, introductory chemistry and courses in computational modeling and public writing.

  • 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.