Twelve faculty members transfer to emeritus status

Princeton NJ -- Twelve faculty members were transferred to emeritus status in recent action by the Board of Trustees.

They are: Peter Bunnell, the David Hunter McAlpin Professor of the History of Photography and Modern Art and professor of art and archaeology; Byron Campbell, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology; Jerome W. Clinton, professor of Near Eastern studies; Michael Curschmann, professor of Germanic languages and literatures; Laura Engelstein, professor of history; Robert Fagles, the Arthur Marks '19 Professor of Comparative Literature; Harry Frankfurt, professor of philosophy; George Kateb, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics; Margarita Navarro, senior lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese languages and cultures; Charles Townsend, professor of Slavic languages and literatures; Hale Trotter, professor of mathematics; and David Wilkinson, the Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics. All are effective July 1, 2002, except for Engelstein's, which is effective Aug. 1, 2002.

Bunnell began his work at Princeton in 1972 following a six-year stint as curator of the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In addition to holding the McAlpin chair, which was the nation's first endowed professorship in the history of photography when it was established in 1972, he has been faculty curator of photography at the University Art Museum since 1972 and curator of the Minor White Archive since 1976. He also served as director of the Art Museum from 1973 to 1978 and as acting director from 1998 to 2000.

Bunnell has played a major role in shaping the study of the history of photography as an academic field. Many of his students hold major curatorial positions in museums and collections throughout the world. He received the Princeton President's Award for Distinguished Teaching this year. A prolific author, he has written some 21 books and museum catalogs, as well as numerous catalog introductions and essays. He also has curated many museum exhibitions. He has specialized in 20th-century art photography, focusing on the pictorialist period.

Bunnell has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Asian Cultural Council, Oxford University and the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo. A graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, he received his M.F.A. from Ohio University and his M.A. from Yale University.

Campbell is an expert in the fields of behavioral and developmental psychobiology. He has been at Princeton since 1956; in 1971, he was appointed to the Higgins professorship. He has published extensively on his work with animals and has made a number of influential contributions to developmental behavioral neuroscience. With his many graduate students, Campbell has conducted research on topics ranging from infantile amnesia and reinstatement to the decline in learning and memory that occurs with aging.

Campbell's work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. He has edited three books in his field, and has been on the editorial boards of many academic journals. He also has served in leadership positions of a number of professional organizations, including president of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology and of the Pavlovian Society.

Campbell received his B.A. from the University of Washington, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Yale University. He was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University before joining the Princeton faculty.

Clinton (photo not available) came to Princeton's Department of Near Eastern Studies in 1974 after teaching at the University of Minnesota and serving as director of the Tehran Center of the American Institute of Iranian Studies. His main interests are literary criticism, language teaching and translation. He has taught all levels of Persian language and literature as well as courses in Near Eastern literature in translation, classical Islamic civilization and the cultural history of Iran.

Clinton is the author of "The Divan of Manuchihri Damghani: A Critical Study," the co-author of "Modern Persian: Spoken and Written," and has translated "The Tragedy of Sohrab and Rostam" and "In the Dragon's Claws" from the Iranian national epic, the "Shahnamah." He has received support for his work from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the J. Paul Getty Grant Program, and was awarded a Princeton 250th Anniversary Curriculum Development Grant. He received the Lois Roth Persian Translation Prize in 2002.

Clinton earned his A.B. from Stanford University, his M.A. in English and American literature from the University of Pennsylvania, and both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Near Eastern languages and literatures from the University of Michigan.

Curschmann joined Princeton's Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures in 1963. His work spans three fields: literature, the visual arts and music. He has made contributions to the study of medieval epic, oral poetry and secular narrative; mural, fresco and illustration; and song. He is the author of several books and articles, many of which explore the relations between text and image in vernacular German and Latin texts.

In addition to teaching and conducting research, Curschmann has devoted many hours to his department and field as director of graduate studies, chair of the department, chair of the Committee on Medieval Studies, chair of the Committee on the Index of Christian Art and director of the Program in Medieval Studies.

Curschmann is a corresponding member of both the Bavarian Academy of Sciences in Munich and the Institute for Germanic Studies at the University of London's School for Advanced Studies. He is one of only three Germanists inducted as a fellow to the Medieval Academy of America. He studied at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and the University of London, and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Munich.

Engelstein, a member of the Princeton faculty since 1985, is a historian of modern Europe with special expertise in Russian history. She is the author of many articles and three books: "Moscow, 1905: Working Class Organization and Political Conflict," "The Keys to Happiness: Sex and the Search for Modernity in Fin-de-Siècle Russia" and "Castration and the Heavenly Kingdom: A Russian Folk Tale."

The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, Engelstein was a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the National Humanities Center, the Center for the History of Freedom, the Rockefeller Foundation Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, the Kennan Institute in Washinton, D.C., the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute and the Ecole des Haute Etudes in Paris, among others. From 1993 to 1996, she served as president of the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, the premier association for gender studies.

A graduate of City College of New York, Engelstein earned her Ph.D. at Stanford and taught at Cornell before coming to Princeton. From 1992 to 1996 she directed the Program in Women's Studies.

Fagles joined the Department of English in 1960. Starting in 1966, he was director of the Program in Comparative Literature, which attained department status in 1975. He served as founding chair of the Department of Comparative Literature from 1975 to 1994 and was named to the Marks professorship in 1992.

Fagles' fields of specialization in teaching and research are the classical tradition in English and European literature, the theory and practice of translation, interrelationships between the arts, and forms of poetry: lyric, tragedy and epic. One of the world's most celebrated literary translators, he has created English renditions of several important monuments of classical Greek literature, including plays by Aeschylus and Sophocles and Homer's epic "Iliad" and "Odyssey."

Fagles has received Princeton's Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He earned his B.A. from Amherst College and his Ph.D. from Yale University.

Frankfurt joined Princeton's Department of Philosophy in 1990. He previously taught at Ohio State University, the State University of New York-Binghamton, Rockefeller University and Yale University, chairing the philosophy department at the latter two institutions.

An influential contemporary philosopher, Frankfurt specializes in foundational questions in metaphysics, epistemology, moral philosophy, philosophical anthropology, political philosophy and religion. He is the author of "Demons, Dreamers and Madmen: The Defense of Reason in Descartes' Meditations" and two collections of his own essays treating such topics as agency, free will and ethics: "The Importance of What We Care About" and "Necessity, Volition and Love."

Frankfurt was president of the American Philosophical Association's Eastern Division in 1991-92, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was named the Romanell-Phi Beta Kappa Professor in Philosophy in 1999-2000. He earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Johns Hopkins University.

Kateb came to Princeton in 1987 after 30 years on the faculty at Amherst College. He specializes in modern political theory, and has been a champion of democratic liberalism. His first book, "Utopia and Its Enemies," written in 1963, defended the Utopian enterprise against critics who associated it with revolutionary violence and widespread state domination. His work in political philosophy and democratic theory has consistently challenged the assumptions of his peers and made a lasting impact on the field.

For several years, Kateb was director of the interdisciplinary Program in Political Philosophy. He was a member of the executive committee of the University Center for Human Values, and served as its director and acting director. He has been president of the New England Political Science Association and vice president of the American Society of Political and Legal Philosophy. He also was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In addition, he has served as a member of the editorial board or consulting editor of The American Political Science Review, Political Theory, The Journal of the History of Ideas, Alternative Futures, Raritan and the Library of America.

Princeton recently awarded Kateb the Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities. He earned his A.B., A.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University.

Navarro (photo not available) came to Princeton in 1977 after teaching at the University Menéndez Pelayo in Spain and the University of Tübingen in Germany. She specializes in linguistics, the history of the Spanish language and the methodology of language teaching.

She reorganized Princeton's Spanish language program and implemented numerous new courses. She created a placement test, developed a computerized program that allows students to take quizzes online and implemented a Web site on Spanish poetry. The author of many articles on teaching methodology and on technology for language instruction, she currently is writing an advanced Spanish grammar book.

Navarro also served as academic adviser of Rockefeller College for nine years. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Madrid.

Townsend has been a member of the Princeton faculty for the past 36 years, 32 of which he chaired the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. He is recognized widely for his research in Slavic linguistics and in Czech and Russian languages. His 1990 book, "A Description of Spoken Prague Czech," established him as the leading Bohemist in America.

Townsend is the author of nine books and more than 50 articles covering Russian, Czech, Polish, Bulgarian, SerboCroatian and a number of Slavic proto-languages. He also researches Slavic morphology, phonology and comparative Slavic linguistics. In 1994, he was made an honorary member of the Czech Linguistic Society and was awarded the Distinguished Contribution to the Profession Award by the American Association of Teachers of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

This spring, Townsend was honored with a Festschrift featuring articles by many of his former students. He earned his B.A. degree from Yale University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University.

Trotter received his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1956 and was an assistant professor at Queen's University in Ontario for two years before returning to Princeton as a faculty member. He also served as chair of the Department of Mathematics from 1979 to 1982 and as an associate director of the computing center from 1962 to 1986.

While most mathematicians devote their entire professional lives to only one field, Trotter has contributed to several different areas in mathematics. The Trotter product formula and the Kato-Trotter perturbation theory have become standard, widely used tools of functional analysis and mathematical physics. He has also done work in probability theory, knot theory, algebra and algorithms for algebraic computation.

Trotter also was active in the Council of the Princeton University Community. He earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Queen's University.

Wilkinson came to Princeton in 1963 and was named to the Brackett professorship in 1986. He served as chair of the Department of Physics from 1987 to 1990.

Wilkinson has been a central figure in measuring "cosmic background radiation," a faint after-glow of energy from the first moments after the Big Bang. In addition to his work in observational cosmology, Wilkinson has conducted research on the electron magnetic moment and, more recently, the search for intelligent life outside our solar system. He received the Princeton President's Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1996.

The National Academy of Sciences awarded Wilkinson its James Craig Watson Medal in 2000 in recognition of his contributions to the field of astronomy and his mentoring of generations of students who have made significant advances in the field. He is a member of the National Academy of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American Astronomical Society and the American Physical Society. He earned his B.S.E., M.S.E. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan.


June 17, 2002
Vol. 92, No. 29
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