18 new faculty members approved
Princeton NJ — The Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of 18 new faculty members, including two full professors, two associate professors and 14 assistant professors.
The new full and associate professors, along with their departments, are: Jill Dolan, professor of English and theater and dance in the Lewis Center for the Arts; Jeroen Tromp, professor of geosciences and applied and computational mathematics; Paul Frymer, associate professor of politics; and Stacy Wolf, associate professor of theater and dance in the Lewis Center. The appointments are effective July 1, 2008.
The new assistant professors, along with their departments and appointment dates, are: Andrés Aradillas-López, economics, effective July 1, 2008; Abigail Doyle, chemistry, effective Sept. 1, 2008; Jonathan Gold, religion, effective July 1, 2008; Lisa Levy, comparative literature, effective Sept. 1, 2008; Michael McAlpine, mechanical and aerospace engineering, effective Sept. 1, 2008; Chika Okeke-Agulu, art and archaeology and African American studies, effective July 1, 2008; Emmanuel Papoutsakis, Near Eastern studies, effective July 1, 2009; Helmut Reimitz, history, effective Sept. 1, 2008; Philippe Rigollet, operations research and financial engineering, effective July 1, 2008; Cyrus Schayegh, Near Eastern studies, effective July 1, 2008; Bradley Simpson, history and international affairs, effective Aug. 1, 2008; Amit Singer, mathematics and applied and computational mathematics, effective July 1, 2008; Anna Stilz, politics, effective July 1, 2008; and Alexandra Vazquez, English and African American studies, effective July 1, 2008. All of the appointments are for three-year terms.
Dolan, a specialist in drama and performance studies, will join the Princeton faculty from the University of Texas-Austin, where she has been a faculty member since 1999. She previously was a faculty member at the City University of New York for five years and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for six years.
Dolan’s books include “Utopia in Performance: Finding Hope at the Theatre,” “Geographies of Learning: Theory and Practice, Activism and Performance,” “Presence and Desire: Essays on Gender, Sexuality, Performance” and “The Feminist Spectator as Critic.” Her current book projects include a critical memoir titled “From Flannel to Fleece: A Lesbian of a Certain Age” and “Queer Theatre in the U.S., 1960 to the Present: A Critical History.” Dolan also has published many articles and essays on feminist and lesbian performance; performance studies; and arts advocacy, democracy and social change.
A graduate of Boston University, Dolan holds a Ph.D. from New York University.
Tromp, who earned a Ph.D. from Princeton in 1992, will return to the University after eight years as a faculty member at the California Institute of Technology.
Tromp’s primary research areas are in theoretical and computational seismology, with a focus on developing and improving various techniques for modeling regional- and global-scale geophysical processes. He co-wrote “Theoretical Global Seismology” with Tony Dahlen, the late Princeton geoscientist who was Tromp’s graduate adviser.
Tromp has directed Caltech’s internationally recognized Seismological Laboratory since 2003. Before moving to Caltech, Tromp spent eight years on the faculty at Harvard University. He is a graduate of the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands.
Frymer specializes in American politics, political history and institutional development in the context of law, with a focus on race and civil rights. He also studies parties, elections and representation; organizations, collective action and social movements; and labor and employment. He is the author of “Black and Blue: African Americans, the Labor Movement and the Decline of the Democratic Party” and “Uneasy Alliances: Race and Party Competition in America.”
Frymer will come to Princeton from the University of California-Santa Cruz, where he has been on the faculty since 2005. Prior to that, he was a faculty member for three years at the University of California-San Diego.
Frymer is a graduate of the University of California-Berkeley, where he also earned a J.D. He holds a Ph.D. from Yale University.
Wolf, who is interested in performances of gender and sexuality in the American Broadway musical, will come to Princeton after eight years as a faculty member at the University of Texas-Austin. She previously spent five years on the faculty at George Washington University and two years at Florida State University.
Wolf is the author of “A Problem Like Maria: Gender and Sexuality in the American Musical” and has written extensively on musical theater, theater spectatorship and performance pedagogy. Her current projects include a biography of musical theater star Mary Martin and a monograph titled “Defying Gravity: How Women and Girls Feminized, Queered and Radicalized Broadway Musical Theatre.”
Wolf is a graduate of Yale University and holds an M.A. from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Aradillas-López, a specialist in econometrics, has been a lecturer and associate research scholar at Princeton since 2005. He holds a B.A. from the Instituto Technológico de Monterrey in Mexico, an M.A. from El Colegio de Mexico and a Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley.
Doyle will come to Princeton after earning her Ph.D. at Harvard University, where she also received her B.A. Her research interests focus on organic synthesis and catalysis.
Gold studies Indian and Tibetan religions. He has been a faculty member since 2006 at Drew University, after spending two years at the University of Vermont. A graduate of Amherst College, Gold earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
Levy, a specialist in Arabic and Hebrew literature, will come to Prince-ton after earning her Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley. She is a graduate of Columbia University.
McAlpine, whose field is materials, will join the Princeton faculty after two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the California Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of Brown University and holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Okeke-Agulu is a scholar of African art history. He has been a faculty member at Pennsylvania State University since 2004. Okeke-Agulu earned B.A. and M.F.A. degrees from the University of Nigeria, an M.A. from the University of South Florida and a Ph.D. from Emory University.
Papoutsakis specializes in Syriac and classical Armenian languages and literatures. He has been a lecturer at Princeton for six years and was a postdoctoral researcher at the University for a year prior to that. He holds B.A. degrees from the University of Athens and University College London as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Oxford.
Reimitz will join the Princeton faculty after a year as a researcher at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study and six years as a researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. His research focuses on the early Middle Ages. Reimitz holds a Ph.D. from the University of Vienna.
Rigollet, a specialist in stochastic optimization, has been a visiting faculty member for two years at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned his B.Sc. and Ph.D from the University of Paris-VI.
Schayegh, a scholar of the contemporary Middle East, will come to Princeton after three years on the faculty at the American University of Beirut. A graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he holds an M.A. from the University of Geneva and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.
Simpson studies U.S. history and international affairs. He has been a faculty member since 2005 at the University of Maryland, following two years at Idaho State University. Simpson is a graduate of Georgetown University and received a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.
Singer, who focuses on applied mathematics, will join the Princeton faculty after three years on the faculty at Yale University. He holds a B.Sc. and Ph.D. from Tel Aviv University.
Stilz, a political theorist, has been a faculty member at Columbia University for two years and was a postdoctoral fellow at Freie Universität Berlin for a year prior to that. A graduate of the University of Virginia, she earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Vazquez, who specializes in performance studies of Latino and Latin American theater, comes to Prince-ton after two years as a postdoctoral associate at Yale University. She is a graduate of the University of California-Santa Cruz and holds a Ph.D. from New York University.
Board approves 16 promotions
The Board of Trustees has approved the promotions of 16 faculty members. All are effective July 1, 2008.
The faculty members and their departments, by the academic rank to which they are being promoted, are:
Professor — João Biehl, anthropology; Isabelle Clark-Deces, anthropology; Andrew Feldherr, classics; Wendy Heller, music; Joshua Katz, classics; Maryam Mirzakhani, mathematics; Simon Morrison, music; Ronnie Sircar, operations research and financial engineering; Vance Smith, English; Brandice Canes-Wrone, politics and public affairs.
Associate professor (with continuing tenure) — Mung Chiang, electrical engineering; Evan Lieberman, politics.
Assistant professor (for a three-year term) — Efthymia Rentzou, French and Italian.
Senior lecturer (for a three-year term) — Ksana Blank, Slavic languages and literatures; Nicola Cooney, Spanish and Portuguese languages and cultures; Joowon Suh, East Asian studies.
12 endowed professorships named
Twelve faculty members have been named to endowed professorships. All are effective July 1, 2008.
• Stanley Allen, the George Dutton ’27 Professor of Architecture and dean of the School of Architecture.
• Markus Brunnermeier, the Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Economics.
• Michael Celia, the Theodora Shelton Pitney Professor of Environmental Studies and professor of civil and environmental engineering.
• Bernard Chazelle, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Computer Science.
• Simon Gikandi, the Robert Schirmer Professor of English.
• Faruk Gul, the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Economics.
• Philip Holmes, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
• Naomi Leonard, the Edwin S. Wilsey Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
• Peter Ramadge, the Gordon Y.S. Wu Professor of Engineering and professor of electrical engineering.
• Daniel Rubenstein, the Class of 1877 Professor of Zoology and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.
• Hyun Song Shin, the Hughes-Rogers Professor of Economics.
• Sergio Verdú, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering.