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Board approves 17 appointments to Princeton faculty

The Princeton University Board of Trustees has approved the appointments of 17 faculty members, including six full professors and 11 assistant professors.

Professors

Anne McClintock, in gender and sexuality studies, will join the faculty in summer 2015 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she has been a professor since 1999. She previously held positions at Columbia University and the University of London. McClintock earned her bachelor's degree at the University of Cape Town, her M.Phil. at the University of Cambridge and her Ph.D. at Columbia.

McClintock is the author of the book "Imperial Leather: Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Colonial Context," three monographs, and over 40 articles and reviews. She has taught courses on a range of topics including environmental humanities, animal studies, visual culture, creative writing, postcolonial literature, 20th- and 21st-century literature and culture, and late Victorian literature and culture.

Robert Nixon, in English and the Princeton Environmental Institute, will join the faculty in summer 2015 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he has been a professor since 1999. Nixon earned his bachelor's degree at Rhodes University of South Africa, his M.A. at the University of Iowa and his Ph.D. at Columbia; he previously held positions at Columbia University and the University of London.

Nixon's focus is on literature and the environment, and his 2011 book "Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor," on slow-moving environmental crises, was recognized with the American Book Award and the Harold and Margaret Sprout Award for the best book in international environmental studies by the International Studies Association, and as the best book in transdisciplinary humanities by the Institute for Humanities Research at Arizona State University. 

Marina Rustow, in Near Eastern studies and history, will join the faculty in summer 2015 from Johns Hopkins University, where she has been an associate professor since 2010. Rustow previously taught at Emory University. She earned her B.A. at Yale University and master's and doctoral degrees at Columbia.

Rustow's area of specialization is the medieval Middle East, particularly texts from the Cairo Geniza. She used information from the Geniza for her 2008 book "Heresy and the Politics of Community: The Jews of the Fatimid Caliphate," sparking her interest in further study of the manuscripts' importance. She also is studying Sicilian Jews' use of Arabic language after the expulsion of Muslims from the island in 1246.

Anna Marshall Shields, in East Asian studies, will join the faculty in summer 2015 from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, where she has been an associate professor since 2007. She previously taught at the University of Arizona. She earned a B.A. at Washington University in St. Louis, an M.A. at Harvard University and a Ph.D. at Indiana University. 

Shields studies medieval Chinese literature and teaches modern and classical Chinese, literary theory, and medieval Chinese literature. Her publications include "One Who Knows Me: Friendship and Literary Culture in Mid-Tang China," published in 2015, and "Crafting a Collection: The Cultural Contexts and Poetic Practice of the 'Huajian Ji,'" published in 2006.

Jeffrey Whetstone, in visual arts in the Lewis Center for the Arts, will join the faculty in summer 2015 from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he has taught since 2001. He earned a B.S. in zoology from Duke University and earned an MFA in photography from Yale before going to Chapel Hill. In the period between his undergraduate and graduate studies, Whetstone spent a decade working as a photographer, artist-in-residence, reporter, author and field researcher, covering subjects ranging from migrant workers to coal mining.

Whetstone is interested in photography illuminating the relationship between humans and nature, and his work has been exhibited internationally. He was selected for a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007.

Motohiro Yogo, in economics, will join the faculty in summer 2015 from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, where he has been a monetary adviser since 2010. He has served as an adjunct research associate professor at the University of Minnesota since 2012 and was an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania from 2004 to 2010. Yogo received a Ph.D. from Harvard and earned an A.B. at Princeton.

Yogo's fields of specialization are financial economics and econometrics. His recent work focuses on topics such as institutional demand for financial assets and reinsurance in the life insurance industry.

Assistant professors

Lauren Coyle, in anthropology, will join the faculty in summer 2016 from Harvard and Harvard Law School, where she has been a lecturer since 2014. Coyle studies cultural anthropology and law. She earned bachelor's degrees at Ohio University, a J.D. at Harvard Law and a Ph.D. at the University of Chicago.

Lauren Emberson, in psychology, will join the faculty in fall 2015 from the University of Rochester, where she has been a postdoctoral associate since 2012. Emberson, who studies developmental psychology, earned a B.S. at the University of British Columbia and a Ph.D. at Cornell University.

Lara Harb, in Near Eastern studies, will join the faculty in summer 2015 from Dartmouth College, where she has been an assistant professor since 2013. Harb's research area is Arabic literature. She earned her B.A. at Brown University and her Ph.D. at New York University.

Todd Hyster, in chemistry, will join the faculty in summer 2015 from the California Institute of Technology, where he has been a postdoctoral fellow since 2013. Hyster, who studies organic chemistry, earned his B.S. at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and his Ph.D. at Colorado State University.

Deana Lawson, in visual arts in the Lewis Center for the Arts, will join the faculty in summer 2015. Lawson, who has been a lecturer at Princeton since 2012, specializes in photography and previously taught at the International Center of Photography in New York. She earned a BFA from Pennsylvania State University and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Adam Wade Marcus, in mathematics and applied and computational mathematics, will join the faculty in fall 2015 from Crisply Inc., where he has been chief scientist since 2012. Marcus studies algorithms, combinatorics and optimization. He earned his B.A. and M.A. from Washington University and his Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Adrien Matray, in economics, will join the faculty in summer 2016. A finance scholar, Matray earned master's degrees at HEC-Paris (école des Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Paris) and the Paris School of Economics and his Ph.D. from HEC-Paris.

Christopher Neilson, in economics and public affairs, will join the faculty in summer 2015. Neilson, who studies public economics and labor, earned bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Chile. He earned an M.Phil. and Ph.D. at Yale.

Dan-el Padilla Peralta, in classics, will join the faculty in summer 2016 from Columbia, where he has been a postdoctoral fellow since 2014. Padilla studies religions of the Roman republic and empire, and Greek and Roman historiography. After earning his A.B. at Princeton, Padilla earned an M.Phil. at the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. at Stanford University.

Diana Tamir, in psychology, will join the faculty in fall 2015. Tamir, who specializes in social neuroscience, earned her B.S. at Brown and her Ph.D. at Harvard.

Deborah Vischak, in art and archaeology, will join the faculty in summer 2015 from the City University of New York, where she has been an adjunct assistant professor since 2013. Vischak, who studies Egyptian art and archaeology, previously held positions at Columbia and Princeton. She earned her B.A. at Penn and her Ph.D. at NYU.

In addition, Mykhaylo Shkolnikov, an assistant professor of mathematics, was reappointed in operations research and financial engineering, effective July 1.

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