Seven new full professors named to the faculty

By Karin Dienst

Princeton NJ -- The appointments of seven new faculty members as full professors have been approved by the Board of Trustees.

They are: Manjul Bhargava, professor of mathematics, effective July 1, 2003; Jan Gross, the Norman B. Tomlinson '16 and '48 Professor of War and Society, effective Sept. 1, 2003; Thomas Palfrey III, professor of politics and economics, effective July 1, 2004; Brent Shaw, the Andrew Fleming West Professor in Classics, effective July 1, 2004; Michael Smith, professor of philosophy, effective Sept. 1, 2004; Erik Sorensen, professor of chemistry and the Arthur Allan Patchett Professor in Organic Chemistry, effective Sept. 1, 2003; and James Stone, professor of astrophysical sciences and applied and computational mathematics, effective Sept. 1, 2003.

Bhargava (also see story on page 1) earned a Ph.D. from Princeton in 2001 and an A.B. from Harvard University in 1996. He spent a year, from 2001 to 2002, as a member of the Institute for Advanced Study and then held one-year visiting faculty positions at Harvard and Princeton.

In 2000, Bhargava was named a long-term fellow of the Clay Mathematics Institute, a five-year position that funds salary, research and travel. He was a visiting lecturer with USA/Canada Mathcamps from 1997 to 1998 and a teaching fellow at Harvard from 1993 to 1995.

Specializing in number theory, Bhargava has published several papers of major importance to the field. The American Mathematical Society awarded him the Frank and Brennie Morgan Prize for Outstanding Research in Mathematics by an Undergraduate Student in 1996 and the Merten Hasse Prize for Exposition in 2003.

Gross arrived at Princeton from New York University, where he had taught since 1991 and became a professor of politics and European studies in 1999. In 1983 he joined the faculty of Emory University as an associate professor of sociology and was promoted to full professor in 1988. From 1976 to 1982, he was an assistant professor of sociology at Yale University. He also has taught in Europe at universities in Paris, Cracow and Vienna.

Gross' field of specialization is modern European history. His books, which have been translated into many European languages, include the following that were published by Princeton University Press: "Neighbors: Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland" (2001); "The Politics of Retribution in Europe: World War II and Its Aftermath" (2000); and "Revolution from Abroad: Soviet Conquest of Poland's Western Ukraine and Western Belorussia" (1988).

He studied at Warsaw University as an undergraduate and earned a Ph.D. from Yale University.

Palfrey will come to Princeton from the California Institute of Technology, where he has been a professor of economics and political science since 1986 and an executive officer for the social sciences since 2001. From 1980 to 1986, he taught at Carnegie-Mellon University. Palfrey was a visiting professor at the University of California-Los Angeles in 2001 and he has taught at several universities in France.

Specializing in the economics of information and game theory, Palfrey has published extensively on topics including political economy, futures markets, voting models and buyer behavior.

Palfrey received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. from Caltech.

Shaw will come to Princeton from the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been a professor since 1996. From 1995 to 1996 and from 1989 to 1990, he was a visiting professor of Greek and Roman history at Princeton. For 15 years, starting in 1977, he taught at the University of Lethbridge in Canada.

Specializing in Roman history, religion and material culture, Shaw's books include "Spartacus and the Slave Wars: A Brief History with Documents," published by St. Martin's Press in 2001; and Variorum editions of "Environment and Society in Roman North Africa" and "Rulers, Nomads and Christians in Roman North Africa," published in 1995.

He earned his B.A. from the University of Alberta and his Ph.D. from Cambridge University.

Smith will come to Princeton from the Australian National University, where he has taught since 1995. Previously, he was a professor at Monash University from 1989 to 1994. From 1985 to 1989, he was an assistant professor at Princeton. He also has held distinguished visiting appointments at other universities in the United States and in England, Japan, New Zealand and Sweden.

Smith's research focuses on ethics. His book "The Moral Problem," published by Blackwell in 1994, was awarded the American Philosophical Association Book Prize. He is the editor of "Meta-Ethics," published by Dartmouth in 1995, and his books, "Ethics and the A Priori: Selected Essays on Moral Psychology and Meta-Ethics" and "Mind, Morality and Explanation: Selected Collaborations," are forthcoming from Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press, respectively.

He earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from Monash University, and a B.Phil. and a Ph.D. from Oxford University.

Sorensen arrived at Princeton after six years at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., where he became an associate professor in 2001. In 2002, he held a Wyeth Research Lectureship at Princeton. From 1995 to 1997, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Specializing in the synthesis of biologically active natural products, Sorensen is the author of numerous publications, including the book "Classics in Total Synthesis: Targets, Strategies, Methods," with K. C. Nicolaou, published in 1996 by VCH Publishers.

Sorensen received a B.A. from Syracuse University and a Ph.D. from the University of California-San Diego.

Stone came to Princeton from the University of Maryland, where he had taught in the astronomy department since 1991, becoming a full professor in 2001. This past year, Stone was on leave at Cambridge University. From 1998 to 1999 he was a senior visiting fellow at Cambridge, and from 1990 to 1992 he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois.

Stone's field of specialization is computational astrophysics, about which he has written dozens of articles.

He earned B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Queen's University in Canada, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.


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