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Oct. 20, 2004

Postdoctoral scholars join Princeton's interdisciplinary community

Five new postdoctoral scholars have joined the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts this year.

The society, created in 2000 by a gift from Charter Trustee Lloyd Cotsen, is an interdisciplinary community that seeks to bring innovative approaches to scholarship and teaching at Princeton. It offers outstanding young scholars who have recently received their Ph.D. the opportunity to enhance their teaching and research over a period of three years.

This past June, the society celebrated the success of its second group of Cotsen Fellows -- Paul Heck, Jonathan Gilmore, Heather O’Donnell and Jonathan Tan -- who each completed their three-year fellowship term and moved on to a new position. Heck and Gilmore took up assistant professorships at Georgetown University and Yale, respectively. O’Donnell will be a visiting research fellow in the English department at Princeton. Tan received a Zwicky Fellowship at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and then will take up an assistant professorship at the University of Florida.

The Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts is directed by Leonard Barkan, the Arthur W. Marks '19 Professor of Comparative Literature, and includes Princeton faculty members as faculty fellows. The Cotsen and faculty fellows meet regularly in the Joseph Henry House for informal and formal discussion, seminars and lectures. The full complement of 12 postdoctoral fellows is drawn from a range of disciplines in the humanities, related social sciences and natural sciences.

The Cotsen Fellows for 2004-07 were selected from a pool of about 800 applicants in 20 disciplines. They teach half-time in their academic department or the Humanities Council and pursue their own research. They are: