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Four new faculty members approved

Princeton NJ — The Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of four new faculty members, including two full professors, one associate professor and one assistant professor.

The full professors are: Nino Luraghi, professor of classics, effective Sept. 1, 2008; and Andrew Watsky, professor of art and archaeology, effective Sept. 1, 2008. In addition, Stacey Sinclair has been appointed associate professor of psychology and African American studies, effective July 1, 2008; and Jacob Shapiro has been appointed assistant professor of politics and international affairs, effective Feb. 1, 2008.

Luraghi will join the Princeton faculty from Harvard University, where he was an assistant professor from 1999 to 2003 and returned as a full professor in 2005 after serving as an associate professor at the University of Toronto.

Luraghi’s research focuses mainly on Greek tyranny, particularly of the archaic age, and on Greek and Roman historiography. His recent projects include a history of the Messenians of ancient Greece as well as research on Greek mercenary soldiers in the archaic period.

A graduate of the University of Venice, Luraghi received his Ph.D. from the University of Rome. Before his first appointment at Harvard, Luraghi was an assistant professor at the University of Parma, and a research fellow at the University of Turin and the University of Freiburg in Germany.

Watsky has been a faculty member at Vassar College since 1994, the same year he earned his Ph.D. from Princeton with a focus on Japanese art history.

Watsky’s research on Japanese art in the late 16th and early 17th centuries — known as the Momoyama period — explores how meaning is expressed in Japanese art, the role of the sacred in the Momoyama period and the tea ritual. He also is interested in recent Japanese art.

Watsky is a graduate of Oberlin College. Prior to enrolling in graduate school at Princeton, he worked as a curatorial assistant and an assistant curator at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and as assistant director of Gallery Ueda in Tokyo.

Sinclair will join the Princeton faculty from the University of Virginia, where she has been a faculty member since 1999.

Sinclair is interested in how interpersonal interactions and beliefs that are attributed to others can shape people’s beliefs, feelings and actions — particularly in relation to stereotyping and prejudice. Her research explores the effects of these interactions and beliefs on people’s views of themselves as well as the effects of interethnic contacts in a multicultural college setting.

Sinclair earned her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and her Ph.D. from the University of California-Los Angeles.

Shapiro most recently served as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, where he received his Ph.D. in 2008. His research interests include organization of terrorism and insurgency, international relations, organization theory and security policy. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

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