Faculty Profiles

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  • Elizabeth R. DeSombre

    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.

  • Christen Deveney

    Christen Deveney

    Assistant Professor of Psychology
    B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Research explores how aberrant cognitive and emotion regulation processes contribute to the development of psychopathology in children and adults. 

  • Gabriela Diaz

    Music Instructor in Violin
    B.M. & M.M., New England Conservatory of Music
  • Alexander J. Diesl

    Associate 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.

  • Bonnie M. Dix

    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.

  • Nicholas K. Doe

    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.

  • Jocelyne L. Dolce

    Senior Instructor in Biological Sciences Laboratory
    B.Sc., M.Sc., University of Rhode Island

    Background in functional and evolutionary morphology of vertebrates (i.e., how vertebrate forms relate to function and evolution); teaches introductory cell and organismal biology and comparative physiology and anatomy of vertebrates.

  • Carol Dougherty

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

  • Marion Dry

    Senior Music Performance Faculty in Voice
    A.B., Harvard University; M.M., Northwestern University

    Contralto who loves opera and songs; fascinated by singing. Hopes to inspire student musicians. Enjoys to teach, learn, and grow.

  • Theodore W. Ducas

    Professor of Physics
    B.A., Yale University; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Engaged in laser spectroscopy, physics applied to biological systems, curricular development across disciplines, outreach to young learners and the public.

  • Tom Duprey

    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
  • Geraldine O. Echebiri

    Lecturer in Chemistry
    B.S., Goucher College; Ph.D., University of Maryland (College Park)
  • Sylvaine V. Egron-Sparrow

    Senior Lecturer in French
    Licence de Lettres Modernes, Université de Haute Bretagne; Maîtrise de Français et de Linguistique, Université de Vincennes

    Specializes in French civilization and conversation courses.

  • Sharon K. Elkins

    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.

  • David Ellerby

    Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
    B.S., University of Manchester, UK; Ph.D., University of Leeds, UK

    Investigating the physiology and mechanics of animal locomotion.

  • Susan Ellison

    Susan H. Ellison

    Assistant 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.

  • Donald E. Elmore

    Associate Professor of Chemistry
    B.A., Grinnell College; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology

    Uses experiments and computation to study membrane proteins; teaches biochemistry, introductory chemistry and courses in computational modeling.

  • Alla L. Epsteyn

    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.

  • Roxanne Euben

    Roxanne Euben

    Ralph Emerson and Alice Freeman Palmer Professor of Political Science
    B.A., Wesleyan University; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University

    Comparative political theorist, specializes in interactions between Islamic and Euro-American political thought.

    On leave 2016-17.
     

  • Oscar E. Fernandez

    Assistant Professor of Mathematics
    B.A., B.S., University of Chicago; Ph.D., University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)

    Research is in geometric mechanics and specifically in Nonholonomic Mechanics. Presently researching Hamiltonian-like properties of some special types of nonholonomic systems.

  • Daniel Fetter

    Assistant Professor of Economics
    B.A., Wesleyan University; M.Sc., London School of Economics and Political Science; Ph.D., Harvard University
  • Isabel Fine

    Concert Manager
    Master of Arts, UCLA; Bachelor of Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University
  • Paul Fisher

    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.

  • Charles B. Fisk

    Phyllis Henderson Carey Professor of Music, Emeritus
    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.

  • Nolan T. Flynn

    Associate Professor of Chemistry
    B.A., St. Olaf College; Ph.D., University of Illinois

    Interests include nanoscience and biomaterials for environmental and medical applications; teaching in analytical chemistry and nanoscience.

  • Claire Fontijn

    Phyllis Henderson Carey Professor of Music
    B.A., Oberlin College; Certificate, The Royal Conservatory of The Hague; M.A., Ph.D., Duke University

    Interests include early music in Western Europe 1100-1750, gender and music, the resuscitation and performance of women’s music, and the history of music at Wellesley College.

  • Richard G. French

    Louise Sherwood McDowell and Sarah Frances Whiting Professor of Astrophysics; Professor of Astronomy
    B.A., M.S., Ph.D., Cornell University

    Planetary astronomer, fascinated by planetary rings and atmospheres, committed to teaching science, and a devotee of all the liberal arts.

  • Alice T. Friedman

    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.

  • Gale Fuller

    Senior Music Performance Faculty in Voice
    B.M., Peabody Conservatory of Music; M.M., New England Conservatory of Music

    Dedicated to the sublime art and pursuit of beautiful singing.

  • Jerome Fung

    Lecturer in Physics
    B.A., Swarthmore College; A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Experimental soft condensed matter physicist interested in actively engaging students in the classroom and laboratory.

  • René Galand

    Professor Emeritus of French
    Licence ès letters, University of Rennes; Ph.D., Yale University

    Scholar of 19th and 20th century French literature; author of poetry, short stories, and other works in Breton.

  • Charlene A. Galarneau

    Charlene A. Galarneau

    Assistant Professor 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.

  • Marie-Cécile Ganne-Schiermeier

    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.

  • Corinne A. Gartner

    Assistant 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.

  • Elena Gascón-Vera

    Professor 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.

  • Katherine Geffcken

    Professor Emerita of Greek and Latin
  • Barbara Geller

    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.

  • Nancy P. Genero

    Associate Professor Emerita of Psychology
    A.B., Cornell University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)

    Interests include applied social psychology, community evaluation research, and basic and advanced statistics.

  • C. Pat Giersch

    C. Pat Giersch

    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.

  • Beth Gifford

    Beth Gifford

    Instructor in Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics
    B.S., Northeastern University

    Educates and empowers others to optimal health by sharing passion for and expertise in exercise with yoga, Pilates, coaching, training.

  • Kathleen W. Gilbert

    Instructor in Geosciences Laboratory
    B.A., Smith College; M.S., University of Miami

    Focused on stable isotope geochemistry and physical geology.

  • Catherine Keane Gilhuly

    Associate 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.

  • Leigh Gilmore, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Women's and Gender Studies

    Leigh Gilmore

    Distinguished Visiting Professor
    B.A., University of Washington; M.A., University of Washington; Ph.D., University of Washington

    The author of numerous books and articles on autobiography, law and literature, and feminist theory.

  • Tracy R. Gleason

    Professor of Psychology
    A.B., Dartmouth College; Ph.D., University of Minnesota

    Developmental psychologist studying relationships, real and imagined, with a focus on young children's imaginary companions.

  • Sharon Gobes

    Sharon M. H. Gobes

    Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
    B.Sc., M.Sc., Leiden University; Ph.D., Utrecht (The Netherlands)

    Investigates the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying animal behavior, using songbirds as a model system to study learning and memory.

  • Stacie Goddard

    Jane Bishop '51 Associate Professor of Political Science
    A.B., University of Chicago; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University

    Researching issues of international security with a specific focus on legitimacy, rising powers, and territorial conflict.

    On leave 2016-17.

  • Marshall Goldman

    Professor Emeritus of Economics
    B.S., Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Ph D in Economics, Harvard University

    Studies economic and political developments in Russia, especially the energy sector and how it affects Vladimir Putin.

  • Kariann E. Goldschmitt, latin american, music, african, wellesley

    Kariann E. Goldschmitt

    Assistant Professor of Music
    B.A., University of California (Los Angeles); M.A., University of California (San Diego); Ph.D., University of California (Los Angeles)

    Ethnomusicologist and popular music scholar of Brazil and Latin America; Jazz and the African Diaspora; Audiovisual Media; global music industry

  • Octavio (Tavi) Gonzalez

    Octavio R. González

    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.

  • Katie Goodall

    Katie Goodall

    Visiting lecturer in Environmental Studies
    B.A., Washington University in St. Louis M.Sc., University of Michigan Ph.D., University of Vermont

    Research focuses on biodiversity conservation, landscape ecology, and farmer livelihoods within agroecosystems, mostly in Latin America.

  • Robert Goree

    Robert Goree

    Assistant Professor of Japanese
    B.A., Westmont College; M.A., Columbia University; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

    Japanese language, literature, visual culture, geography, and history of print culture.

  • John Goss

    Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
    B.S., Rhodes College; M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

    Cell biologist using fission yeast to study regulatory mechanisms of conserved, essential cellular processes.

  • Lisa Graham

    Lisa Graham

    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.

  • Katherine Grandjean

    Assistant 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.

  • Laura Grattan

    Associate Professor of Political Science
    B.A., College of William and Mary; M.A., Ph.D., Duke University

    Researches and teaches political theory, with a focus on grassroots organizing and the politics of race, ethnicity, and culture.

  • Nikki A. Greene

    Nikki A. Greene

    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. 

  • Brenna Greer

    Brenna W. Greer

    Knafel Assistant Professor of Social Sciences; Assistant 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.

  • Alden Griffith

    Alden Griffith

    Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
    B.A., Wesleyan University; Ph.D., University of California (Santa Cruz)

    Ecologist focusing on invasive plant population dynamics and environmental influences.

  • Simon Grote

    Wellesley Faculty Assistant 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.

  • Scott E. Gunther

    Associate 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 French media, gender and sexuality in France, and France and the European Union.

  • Evelina Gužauskytė

    Associate Professor of Spanish
    B.A., Middlebury College; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University

    Interested in questions of language and representation in the colonial, trans-Atlantic, and trans-Pacific realms.

  • Koichi Hagimoto

    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.

  • David Haines

    David R. Haines

    Associate Professor of Chemistry
    B.A., Earlham College; Ph.D., University of Illinois (Urbana)

    Teaches organic chemistry, introductory chemistry, and seminars in medicinal chemistry and advanced organic chemistry, helping students claim understanding and ownership of the material through collaborative work.

  • Nadya Hajj

    Nadya S. Hajj

    Assistant Professor of Political Science
    B.A., University of Virginia; M.A., Ph.D., Emory University

    Research driven by this question: What are the origins of institutions among marginalized groups in anarchic systems? 

     

     

  • Nancy Abraham Hall

    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.

  • Mona Lambracht Hall

    Senior Instructor in Chemistry Laboratory
    B.A., Russell Sage College; Ph.D., Tufts University
  • Neal Louis Hampton

    Conductor, Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra
    B.M., Eastman School of Music; M.M., Boston University

    Founder and Director of the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra.

  • Anjeana K. Hans

    Associate Professor of German
    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.

  • Thomas S. Hansen

    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. 

  • Gary C. Harris

    Professor emeritus of Biological Sciences
    B.S., Bates College; M.S., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts (Boston)

    Research on plant cell biology, biochemistry, the chloroplast, photosynthesis; teaching cell biology and proteomics.

  • David Harris

    Music Performance Faculty in Jazz Trombone
    B.M., New England Conservatory of Music

    Trombonist, composer, arranger; also plays tuba, bass trombone, and piano; specializing in improvising and the music of Eastern Europe.

  • Jane Harrison

    Music Performance Faculty in Oboe
    B.M., Ohio Wesleyan University; M.M., Manhattan School of Music
  • Bunny Harvey

    Bunny Harvey

    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.

  • Kenneth S. Hawes

    Senior Lecturer in Education
    B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ed.M., Ed.D., Harvard University

    Study of educational philosophy, policy, and practice, and the social sciences, humanities, and other studies relevant to them. 

  • David P. Hawkins

    Associate Professor of Geosciences
    B.A., Clark University; M.A., George Washington University; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Researches mechanisms and time scales of plutonic construction; connections between magma chambers, plutons, and volcanic centers in space and time; tectonic assembly of North America; and combining trace element compositon and U-Pb dates of detrital zircon crystals to more closely fingerprint the provenance of clastic sedimentary rocks.

  • Gretchen Hayden-Ruckert

    Gretchen Hayden-Ruckert

    Physical Education Instructor, Dance

    Teacher, performer, and choreographer of classical Indian kathak dance; founder and artistic director of Chhandika Institute of Kathak.

  • Michael J. Hearn

    Professor of Chemistry
    B.A., Rutgers University; M.S., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

    Synthetic Organic Chemistry; Design of New Tuberculosis Antimicrobials; Near-Infrared Spectroscopy

  • Beth Ann Hennessey

    Professor of Psychology
    A.B., Brown University; M.Ed., Lesley College; Ph.D., Brandeis University

    Former elementary school teacher, now researcher focused on motivation and creativity across cultures.

  • Mark S. Henry

    Senior Music Performance Faculty in Double Bass
    B.M., Berklee College of Music; M.M., University of Massachusetts (Lowell)

    Performer with jazz groups, classical and theatre orchestras; instructor of beginners to advanced in doublebass and electric bass.

  • Jean Herbst

    Instructor in Computer Science Laboratory
    B.S., University of Wisconsin (Madison); M.S., University of Rhode Island

    Expert in computer hardware: the nuts and bolts (or, gates and chips) that make a computer work.

  • Rosanna Hertz

    Class of 1919 – 50th Reunion Professor of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies
    B.A., Brandeis University; M.A., Ph.D., Northwestern University

    Researches families in a changing economy and how social inequality at home and in the workplace shape the experiences of women and men.

  • Alison Hickey

    Alison Hickey

    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.

  • Monica Higgins

    Monica R. Higgins

    Lecturer in Environmental Studies
    B.S., University of Pittsburgh; M.S., Ph.D., University of Michigan

    Research Interests: Environmental engineering, life cycle assessment, and the design of sustainable environmental systems.

  • Ellen C. Hildreth

    Professor of Computer Science
    B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Research on human vision combining computer modeling and perceptual studies; interdisciplinary computer science education.

  • Eric Hilt

    Associate Professor of Economics
    A.B., Occidental College; M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University

    Focuses on the history of American business organizations and their governance, and more generally on the role of legal institutions in shaping economic and financial development.

  • Philip Steven Hirschhorn

    Professor of Mathematics
    B.S., Brooklyn College of City University of New York; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    An algebraic topologist who works on homotopy theory in model categories, localizations of model category structures, and homotopy limit and colimit functors.

  • Edward Craig Hobbs

    Professor Emeritus of Religion
    Ph.B., S.T.B., Ph.D., University of Chicago

    Specialist in the field known as hermeneutics (interpretation theory) and in New Testament.

  • Thomas Peter Hodge

    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.

  • Randall Hodgkinson

    Music Performance Faculty in Piano
    B.M., M.M., New England Conservatory of Music
  • Soo Hong, urban organizing, education, Wellesley

    Soo Hong

    Associate Professor of Education
    B.A., M.T., University of Virginia; Ed.D., Harvard University

    Explores school-community relationships in K-12 urban schools with an emphasis on race, immigration, and culture.

  • Janie E. Howland

    Lecturer in Theatre Studies
    B.A., University of Pennsylvania; M.F.A., Brandeis University

    A professional scenic designer based in Boston.

  • Yue Hu

    Associate Professor of Physics
    B.S., Beijing University; M.S., Ph.D., Cornell University

    Experimental and theoretical work in complex fluids, mentoring students, using advanced computational tools in undergraduate physics curriculum.

  • Adrian Huang

    Adrian Huang

    Instructor in Chemistry Laboratory
    B.A., Xiantang University; Ph.D., University of California (Los Angeles)

    Research on drug discovery and asymmetric synthesis methodology development.

  • Nora Hussey

    Director, Wellesley College Theatre; Director, Theatre Studies Program
    B.A., Mundelein College

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

  • Antonio M.A. Igrejas

    Mellon Foundation 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. 

     

  • Jonathan B. Imber

    Jean Glasscock Professor of Sociology
    B.A., Brandeis University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

    Medicine, its historical and religious dimensions; edit journal on social thought and social policy. Focus on American society.

  • Rachel Jacoff

    Rachel Jacoff

    Margaret E. Deffenbaugh and LeRoy T. Carlson Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature and Italian Studies
    B.A Cornell University; M.A. Radcliffe College; Ph.D. Yale University

    My major interest is medieval Italian literature, especially Dante. I have also worked on medieval women writers and contemporary American poetry.

  • Seok Bae Jang

    Lecturer in East Asian Languages & Cultures
    B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Yonsei University

    Teaching Korean language; interested in linguistic and computational linguistic theories and methods of teaching Korean as a foreign language.

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    Michael Jeffries

    Associate Professor of American Studies
    A.B., Swarthmore College; Ph.D., Harvard University

    Qualitative sociologist with emphasis on race, gender, politics, identity, and popular culture.