Academic Affairs | New Tenure-Track/Tenured Faculty Appointments AY 2011-12

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NEW TENURED APPOINTMENTS (2011-12)


College of Arts and Sciences


  • Colin Saldanha, Professor of Biology with tenure
  • Ph.D. in Biopsychology, Columbia University
  • Most recent position: Associate Professor of Biological Science, Lehigh University
  • Research/teaching interests: Neuroendocrinology and steroid-mediated neuroplasticity of the vertebrate brain

FACULTY TENURE-TRACK APPOINTMENTS (2011-12)


College of Arts and Sciences


  • Shalini Ayyagari, Assistant Professor of Performing Arts
  • Ph.D. in Music, University of California at Berkeley
  • Most recent position: Visiting professor, Department of Music, Dartmouth College
  • Research/teaching interests: Music of south Asia, north Indian classical music, ethnomusicological tools and theories, music and the postcolonial condition, Bollywood cinema

  • Michael Bader, Assistant Professor of Sociology
  • Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
  • Most recent position: Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar, University of Pennsylvania
  • Research/teaching interests: Causes and consequences of health disparities, urban sociology, race and ethnicity, research methods, residential mobility, neighborhood context

  • Juliet Bellow, Assistant Professor of Art
  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • Most recent position: Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, American University
  • Research/teaching interests: Modern European art history (nineteenth and twentieth centuries), museum studies, performance and dance history

  • Lindsey Green-Simms, Assistant Professor of Literature
  • Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota at Minneapolis
  • Most recent position: Visiting Assistant Professor of Anglophone Literature and Film, College of Charleston
  • Research/teaching interests: African literature, film, and popular culture; world literature and cinema, transnational commodity culture; postcolonial theory; gender and sexuality studies; globalization discourse; automobility

  • Gregory Harry, Assistant Professor of Physics
  • Ph.D. in Physics, University of Maryland at College Park
  • Most recent position: Research scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Research/teaching interests: Ground and space-based interferometric gravitational wave detection, thermal noise in precision experiments, optical coating development for low noise applications, detection of stochastic gravitational wave backgrounds from astrophysical and cosmological sources, physics education and public outreach

  • Justin Jacobs, Assistant Professor of History
  • Ph.D. in Modern Chinese History expected 2011, University of California at San Diego
  • Research/teaching interests: Modern Chinese history, pre-modern China, modern Japan, Russian/Soviet empires

  • David Kearns, Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Psychology, American University
  • Most recent position: Director, Ph.D. program in Behavior, Cognition, and Neuroscience, American University
  • Research/teaching interests: Learning, conditioned inhibition, stimulus control, drug self-administration

  • Daniel Kerr, Assistant Professor of History
  • Ph.D. in Social History and Policy, Case Western Reserve University
  • Most recent position: Assistant Professor, James Madison University
  • Research/teaching interests: Public history, local and community history, urban history, environmental history, oral history

  • Natalia Radtchenko, Assistant Professor of Economics
  • Ph.D. in Economics, University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne & CREST
  • Most recent position: Assistant Professor, Université de Poitiers, France
  • Research/teaching interests: Microeconometrics, labor economics, public policy evaluation

  • Randa Serhan, Assistant Professor of Sociology
  • Ph.d. in Sociology, Columbia University
  • Most recent position: Assistant Professor of Sociology, American University of Beirut
  • Research/teaching interests: Citizenship and nationalism, immigrant communities, Arab youth, and democratization

  • Xiaoquan Zhang, Assistant Professor of Language and Foreign Studies
  • Ph.D. in Chinese and Comparative Literature, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Most recent position: Visiting Assistant Professor of Chinese Literature, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Oregon
  • Research/teaching interests: Chinese language and culture, modern China through film and fiction, history of Chinese literature, masterpieces of traditional China in translation

Kogod School of Business


  • Itir Karaesmen-Aydin, Assistant Professor of Information Technology
  • Ph.D., Graduate School of Business, Columbia University
  • Most recent position: Visiting Assistant Professor of Operations Management, American University
  • Research interests: Revenue management and pricing optimization with applications in travel, hospitality, and service industries; supply chain management with special interest in perishable goods
  • Teaching interests: Operations management, supply chain management, data and decision models, and pricing and revenue management

  • Cristel Russell, Assistant Professor of Marketing
  • Ph.D. in Marketing, University of Arizona
  • Most recent position: Professor of Marketing, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Research/teaching interests: Entertainment media and culture, product placement, integrated marketing communications, public policy, media effects on youth, alcohol and drugs prevention, and social marketing

School of Communication


  • Laura DeNardis, Associate Professor of Public Communication
  • Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies, Virginia Tech
  • Most recent position: Lecturer and research scholar at Yale Law School and Executive Director of the Yale Information Society Project
  • Research/teaching interests: Global politics of information and communication technologies, internet governance and regulation, technologies of dissent, internet protocols, new media and democracy, infrastructures of free expression, critical internet resources; communication, technology, and society

  • Deen Freelon, Assistant Professor of Public Communication
  • Ph.D. in Communication expected 2011, University of Washington
  • Research/teaching interests: Political implications and effects of the internet and other digital communication technologies, particularly the new avenues they offer for political and civic expression (e.g., blogs, online communities, web-based grassroots activism, etc.)

School of International Service


  • David Bosco, Assistant Professor, International Politics Program
  • J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard Law School
  • Most recent position: Temporary Assistant Professor, American University
  • Research/teaching interests: International organizations, international law, the U.N. Security Council and the International Criminal Court

  • Tevis Graddy, Assistant Professor, Global Environmental Politics Program
  • Ph.D. in Geography expected 2010, University of Kentucky
  • Most recent position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies Program, Carleton College
  • Research/teaching interests: Political ecology, political economies of food and agriculture, biopower and bioethics, critical development studies, decolonial epistemology, agrarianism

  • Ji-Young Lee, Assistant Professor, Comparative and Regional Studies Program in conjunction with the Choon-Won Lim and Korea Foundation Chair of Korean Studies
  • Ph.D. in International Relations, Georgetown University
  • Most recent position: Postdoctoral fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor in Politics and East Asian Studies, Oberlin College
  • Research/teaching interests: International relations theory, East Asian security (Korea, Japan, and China) and foreign policy process, U.S. national security and foreign policy, international political economy, qualitative research methods, international institutions

  • Kyoung-Ah Nam, Assistant Professor, International Communication Program
  • Ph.D. in Intercultural Education and Intercultural Training, University of Minnesota at Minneapolis
  • Most recent position: Lecturer and intercultural consultant, University of Minnesota at Minneapolis
  • Research/teaching interests: Cross-cultural communication, intercultural education and intercultural training, cross-cultural perspectives on leadership, maximizing study abroad, intercultural training for international expatriates, and Korean language and culture

  • Matthew Taylor, Assistant Professor, International Politics Program
  • Ph.D. in Comparative Politics, Georgetown University
  • Most recent position: Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Political Science, University of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Research/teaching interests: corruption and organized crime, law and politics, and the political economy of development in Latin America

  • Thespina Yamanis, Assistant Professor, International Development Program
  • Ph.D. in Health Behavior and Health Education, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Most recent position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University
  • Research/teaching interests: Interdisciplinary perspectives in global health, social and behavioral sciences in public health, social determinants of health, HIV risk behavior in sub-Saharan Africa, domestic violence, violence towards women

School of Public Affairs


  • Lewis Faulk, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Administration
  • Ph.D. in Public Policy expected 2011, Georgia State University and Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Research/teaching interests: Nonprofit and public management, nonprofit finance, policy analysis, nonprofit advocacy, research methods and statistics, program evaluation, public policy

  • Seth Gershenson, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Administration
  • Ph.D. in Economics expected 2011, Michigan State University
  • Research/teaching interests: the economics of education, labor economics, and development

  • Bradley Hardy, Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Policy
  • Ph.D. in Economics expected 2011, University of Kentucky
  • Research/teaching interests: Labor economics, economics of poverty, inequality studies, public economics, economics of crime

  • Taryn Morrissey, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Administration
  • Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, Cornell University
  • Most recent position: Temporary Assistant Professor, Department of Public Policy and Administration, American University
  • Research/teaching interests: Social policy and child development; health reform and child health; child care, maternal employment, and work-family issues

  • Stephen Tankel, Assistant Professor of Justice, Law and Society
  • Ph.D. in War Studies expected 2011, King's College London
  • Present position: Visiting Scholar, South Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, D.C.
  • Research/teaching interests: Political and military affairs in South Asia; al-Qaeda, its affiliates and associated movements; and insurgency, terrorism and the evolution of non-state armed groups

  • Matthew Wright, Assistant Professor of Government
  • Ph.D. in Political Science, University of California at Berkeley
  • Most recent position: Post Doctoral Research Fellow, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Research interests: Causes and implications of political identity; immigration, assimilation, and citizenship policies, politics of ethnic diversity; national identity and patriotism; religion and politics; political culture; social capital, civic engagement, and trust; political parties/partisanship

  • Antoine Yoshinaka, Assistant Professor of Government
  • Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Rochester
  • Most recent position: Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of California at Riverside
  • Research/teaching interests: American politics and comparative politics, including Congress, parties and elections, electoral laws and voting rights, voting behavior and public opinion, state politics, Canadian politics, legislative politics, representation, Federalism; Research methods, including econometrics and probability theory

  • Joseph Young, Assistant Professor of Justice, Law and Society
  • Ph.D. in Political Science, Florida State University
  • Most recent position: Assistant Professor of Political Science, Southern Illinois University
  • Research interests: International/transnational terrorism, counterterrorism, survival of terror groups, domestic terrorism, civil war and insurgency
  • Teaching interests: International security, causes of terrorism, counterterrorism, human rights and terrorism

Washington College of Law


  • J. Jonas Anderson, Assistant Professor of Law
  • J.D., Harvard Law School
  • Most recent position: Advisor and Instructor, University of California at Berkeley
  • Research/teaching interests: Patents; intellectual property; trade secrets; property, law and entrepreneurship; law and technology, and property.

  • Amanda Leiter, Associate Professor of Law
  • J.D., Harvard Law School, cum laude
  • Most recent position: Associate Professor, Catholic University Columbus School of Law
  • Research/teaching interests: Environmental law, climate change and the law, administrative law, government processes, torts

  • L. Song Richardson, Associate Professor of Law
  • J.D., Yale Law School
  • Most recent position: Visiting Professor, University of Iowa College of Law
  • Research/teaching interests: Criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, and law and psychology