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Three new faculty members appointed

The Board of Trustees has approved the appointments of three new faculty members — one full professor and two assistant professors. 

Bernard Haykel has been named professor of Near Eastern studies, effective July 1, 2007. A specialist in Islamic law, politics and history, he has been a faculty member at New York University since 1998.

Haykel is the author of “Revival and Reform in Islam: The Legacy of Muhammad al-Shawkani” (Cambridge University Press, 2003), which is an intellectual biography of al-Shawkani — considered one of the founding fathers of modern Islamic reformism — and an account of a transitional period in Yemeni history. 

In 2005, Haykel was one of 16 people across the country selected as Carnegie Scholars by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, a philanthropic organization that was launching a major effort to support the study of Islam. He has been studying the Salafi movement from its base in Saudi Arabia and its various strongholds around the world from the 1960s to the present.

A graduate of Georgetown University, Haykel earned his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford.

Iain Couzin was appointed assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology for a three-year term, effective Nov. 1, 2007. A graduate of the University of St. Andrews, he holds a Ph.D. from the University of Bath as well as a master’s degree from the University of Oxford, where he currently is a research fellow. He conducted postdoctoral research at Princeton from 2002 to 2005 under the Pew Program in Biocomplexity.

Frans Pretorius was appointed assistant professor of physics for a three-and-a-half-year term, effective Feb. 1, 2007. A specialist in theoretical cosmology, he has been an assistant professor of physics at the University of Alberta since 2005. Previously, he was a research fellow at the California Institute of Technology for three years. A graduate of the University of Victoria, he holds his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia.


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