Princeton NJ -- The appointments of three new faculty members as full professors have been approved by the Board of Trustees.
They are: Robert Calderbank, professor of electrical engineering, mathematics and applied and computational mathematics, effective March 1, 2004; Simon Gikandi, professor of English, effective Sept. 1, 2004; and G. John Ikenberry, professor of politics and international affairs, effective Sept. 1, 2004.
Calderbank comes to Princeton from AT&T Labs, where he served as vice president for information sciences research from 1997 to 2002 and as vice president for research and Internet and network systems in 2002-03. He joined AT&T as a member of its technical staff in 1980.
Widely recognized by the professional engineering community for his contributions to data communications and storage, he is the recipient of several awards from the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He earned AT&T's highest technical honor in 2000 when he was appointed an AT&T Fellow.
Calderbank, a specialist in coding theory, served as an adjunct professor of electrical engineering at Princeton in 1993 and 1994. He earned his bachelor's degree from Warwick University in England, his master's degree from Oxford University and his doctoral degree from the California Institute of Technology.
Gikandi has taught at the University of Michigan since 1991, serving as the Robert Hayden Collegiate Professor of English Language and Literature for the past five years. His major fields of research and teaching include Anglophone literature and cultural history (African, Indian, Caribbean and post-colonial British), literary theory and social and critical theory.
Gikandi also has taught at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and served as a visiting professor of English and Afro-American studies at Harvard University in 1989-90. He is the author of five books, including "Ngugi wa Thiong'o" for the Cambridge studies in African and Carib- bean literature series. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2001.
A graduate of the University of Nairobi, Gikandi earned his master's degree from the University of Edinburgh and his doctoral degree from Northwestern University.
Ikenberry, a leading scholar of international relations theory, American foreign policy and international political economy, was an assistant professor at Princeton from 1984 to 1992. He will rejoin the faculty from Georgetown University, where he was the Peter F. Krogh Professor of Geopolitics and Global Justice. He also has taught at the University of Pennsylvania.
Ikenberry is the author of several books, including "After Victory: Institutions, Strategic Restraint and the Rebuilding of Order After Major Wars" (Princeton University Press, 2001), which won the American Political Science Association's Schroeder-Jervis Award for "Best Book in International History and Politics." He also is a regular reviewer of books on political and legal affairs for the journal Foreign Affairs.
Ikenberry recently was awarded grants by the U.S.-Japan Foundation as well as the Committee for Global Partnership for multi-year projects on "United States and Japanese Collaboration on Regional Security and Governance." He is currently a Transatlantic Fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States in Washington, D.C., where he is conducting research on the future of multilateral institutions and the politics of American unipolar order. He earned his bachelor's degree from Manchester College and his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago.