Weekly Bulletin
December 6, 1999
Vol. 89, No. 11
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Page one news and features
Physics for all mind-sets
Campaign reaches goal; important needs remain
Miss New Jersey

Four professors join tenured faculty
Trustees appoint 14 assistant professors
Honored: William Lockwood, McCarter Theatre's special programming director
Color of Success: Third World Center welcomed Afeni Shakur
Obituaries of retired employees

Nassau Notes
Holiday volunteers opportunities


Four professors join tenured faculty

At the November 20 board meeting, the trustees approved the appointment of four new full professors to the faculty:

Carol Armstrong to the Doris Stevens Professorship in Women's Studies, Roland Benabou to the Economics Department and the Woodrow Wilson School, and Nigel Smith to the English Department, as of September 1; and Susan Fiske to the Psychology Department, starting July 1, 2000.

Armstrong's area of expertise is 19th-century painting and photography. A 1977 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, with 1980 MFA and 1986 PhD degrees from Princeton, Armstrong was on the faculty at Berkeley for eight years, first as assistant professor and then as associate professor. In 1992 she went to the City University of New York Graduate Center as associate professor and was promoted to full professor in 1998.

Among her publications are two books, Odd Man Out: Readings of the Work and Reputation of Edgar Degas (1991), which won the College Art Association's Morey Award, and Scenes in a Library: Reading the Photograph in the Book, 1843-1875 (1998), as well as articles and exhibition reviews. In progress is Manet/Manette: The Difference of Painting, to be published by Yale University Press in 2000.

Armstrong's research has been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship and a President's Research Fellowship in the Humanities, among other awards.

Benabou, whose field is applied economic theory, has written articles on income distribution, inequality and growth, market manipulation, and price setting.

Having obtained the degree of ingénieur at the Ecole Polytechnique in 1980 and at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in 1982, Benabou earned his PhD in 1986 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After two years as chargé de recherches at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique at CEPREMAP in France, he joined the faculty at MIT in 1988 as assistant professor. Promoted to associate in 1992, he moved to New York University in 1994 and was named professor there in 1996.

Benabou is associate editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Economic Growth and Macroeconomic Dynamics and foreign editor of the Review of Economic Studies. A fellow of the Econometric Society, he is an associate of the Institute for Research on Poverty. He has received research grants from the National Science Foundation.

Fiske, an expert on social cognition, earned her 1973 BA at Radcliffe and her 1978 PhD at Harvard. On the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University for seven years, first as assistant and then as associate professor, in 1986 she went the University of Massachusetts, Amherst as associate professor. She was promoted to full professor there in 1988 and named Distinguished University Professor in 1992.

Coauthor of Social Cognition (with S.E. Taylor, 1984 and 1991), she is coauthor of more than 100 articles on such topics as social identity and social cognition; stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination; and affirmative action in theory and implementation. She has served as an expert witness on sex discrimination and age discrimination in several trials.

About to begin a five-year term as editor of the Annual Review of Psychology, Fiske is currently associate editor of Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology.

Smith, whose specialty is 17th-century English literature, is a 1980 graduate of the University of Hull in England, with a 1981 MA from McGill University. He earned his PhD in 1985 at Oxford, where he was a lecturer from 1986 to 1996 at Queen's College, and fellow and tutor at Keble College starting in 1986. In 1991 he was named University lecturer and in 1996, reader.

Smith's publications include monographs entitled Literature and Revolution in England, 1649-1660 (1994) and Perfection Proclaimed: Language and Literature in English Radical Religion, 1640-1660 (1989), as well as editions of The Journal of George Fox (1998) and A Collection of Ranter Writings from the Seventeenth Century (1983). He is currently working on A Radical's Books: The Library Catalogue of Samuel Jeake of Rye, as well as a new edition of the poetical works of Andrew Marvell.

Projects for the future, he says, include editions of John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress, Izaak Walton's The Complete Angler and an anthology of 17th century religious writings for Penguin Books.