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Five new full professors named to the faculty


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

They are: Charles Cameron, professor of politics and public affairs, effective July 1, 2004; Emily Carter, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and applied and computational mathematics, effective Sept. 1, 2004; Helen Milner, professor of politics and international affairs and to be named the B.C. Forbes Professor of Politics and Public and International Affairs, effective July 1, 2004; Katherine Newman, professor of sociology and public affairs, effective Sept. 1, 2004; and Jennifer Widner, professor of politics and international affairs, effective Sept. 1, 2004.

Cameron earned his M.P.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1981 and 1988, respectively. He will join the Princeton faculty from Columbia University, where he has taught since 1989. He also has served as director of Columbia's M.P.A. program.

A specialist in American politics, Cameron's teaching and research interests are in applied formal theory and political institutions. His work has appeared in scholarly journals in political science, economics and law. He is the author of "Veto Bargaining: Presidents and the Politics of Negative Power" (Cambridge University Press, 2000), which won the American Political Science Association's Fenno Prize and Riker Award.

Cameron also has taught at the State University of New York-Stony Brook and has been a research fellow at the Brookings Institution and a national fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has received multiple grants from the National Science Foundation. He is a 1976 graduate of Austin College.

Carter will come to Princeton from the University of California-Los Angeles, where she has been a faculty member since 1988 in chemistry and materials science and engineering. Since 2000, she also has served as UCLA director of modeling and simulation for the California NanoSystems Institute.

Carter's research interests include metal-ceramic interfaces and semiconductor and metal surfaces. The co-holder of three patents, she is the author of many articles for scholarly publications. She also has served on the editorial boards of several professional journals.

Carter won a 2002 Dean's Recognition Award for Research at UCLA
and has been elected a fellow of the Institute of Physics, American Association for the Advancement of Science and American Physical Society. A 1982 graduate of the University of California-Berkeley, she earned her Ph.D. in 1987 from the California Institute of Technology. She was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Colorado for a year and has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University and a visiting associate in aeronautics at Caltech.

Milner has been a faculty member at Columbia University since 1986, most recently as the James T. Shotwell Professor of International Relations. She also has served as the director of graduate studies for Columbia's Department of Political Science.

A specialist in international political economy, Milner is the author or editor of nine books, including "Interests, Institutions and Information: Domestic Politics and International Relations" (Princeton University Press, 1997). More recently, she is serving as general editor of a multi-volume series, "The International Library of Writings on the New Global Economy" (Edward Elgar Publishing). She has written widely for scholarly journals and has served on the editorial boards of several publications.

Milner is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2001, she served as vice president of the International Studies Association. She also has held leadership positions in the American Political Science Association. A 1980 graduate of Stanford University, she earned her Ph.D. in 1986 from Harvard University.

A faculty member at Harvard since 1996, Newman has been dean of social science for the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study since 2001, the Malcolm Wiener Professor of Urban Studies in the Kennedy School of Government since 1999 and chair of the joint doctoral programs in sociology, government and social policy since 1998.

Newman's fields of research include work and mobility, class cultures and urban poverty. She is the author of several books on middle-class economic insecurity, including "No Shame in My Game: The Working Poor in the Inner City" (Knopf/Russell Sage Foundation, 1999), which won both the Sidney Hillman Book Prize and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. In 2003, she published "A Different Shade of Gray: Mid-Life and Beyond in the Inner City" (The New Press). She co-wrote a book with four doctoral students that was published this year titled "Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings" (Basic Books).

A 1975 graduate of the University of California-San Diego, Newman earned a Ph.D. in 1979 from the University of California-Berkeley. She taught at Berkeley as a lecturer for a year before moving to Columbia University, where she taught for 15 years. In April 2003, she presented the Tumin Memorial Lecture at Princeton on "Chutes and Ladders: Navigating the Low-Wage Labor Market."

Widner will come to Princeton from the University of Michigan, where she has been on the faculty since 1995. She teaches and conducts research on comparative politics and law. She writes mainly about political change in Africa and about law and development.

Widner has edited a book titled "Economic Change and Political Liberalization in Sub-Saharan Africa" (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994). More recently, she has published a study of judicial independence in Africa, as well as research on public opinion and social capital. She has worked in Ivory Coast, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Uganda and several other African countries and has published numerous articles in scholarly journals.

A 1980 Harvard graduate, Widner earned her Ph.D. from Yale in 1987. She previously taught at Duke for a year and at Harvard for seven years. She has been a visiting fellow at the World Bank and has received multiple grants from the Ford Foundation and the U.S. Institute of Peace.


Promotions approved

The Board of Trustees has approved the promotions of six faculty members from associate professor to professor.

They are: April Alliston, comparative literature; Eduardo Cadava, English; David Howell, East Asian studies and history; Sanjeev Kulkarni, electrical engineering; Guy Nordenson, architecture; and Richard Okada, East Asian studies. All are effective July 1, 2004.