21 chosen for endowed professorships
Twenty-one faculty members have been named to endowed professorships, effective July 1, 2009, unless otherwise noted.
• John Burgess, the John N. Woodhull Professor of Philosophy.
• Scott Burnham, the Scheide Professor of Music History.
• Mark Cohen, the Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East and professor of Near Eastern studies.
• John Cooper, the Henry Putnam University Professor of Philosophy.
• Charles Fefferman, the Henry Burchard Fine Professor of Mathematics, through Jan. 31, 2010.
• David Gabai, the Hughes-Rogers Professor of Mathematics.
• Daniel Garber, the Stuart Professor of Philosophy.
• Gilbert Harman, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy.
• S¸ükrü Haniog˘lu, the Garrett Professor in Foreign Affairs and professor of Near Eastern studies.
• David Howell, the Nissan Professor in Japanese Studies and professor of East Asian studies.
• Michael Jennings, the Class of 1900 Professor of Modern Languages and professor of German.
• János Kollár, the Donner Professor of Science and professor of mathematics.
• Adam Meirowitz, the John Work Garrett Professor in Politics.
• Andrei Okounkov, the William S. Tod Professor of Mathematics and, through June 30, 2010, the Thomas D. Jones Professor of Mathematical Physics.
• Gideon Rosen, the Stuart Professor of Philosophy.
• Jorge Sarmiento, the George J. Magee Professor of Geoscience and Geological Engineering and professor of geosciences.
• Eldar Shafir, the William Stewart Tod Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs.
• Daniel Sigman, the Dusenbury Professor of Geological and Geophysical Sciences and professor of geosciences.
• Michael Smith, the McCosh Professor of Philosophy.
• Gian Tian, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Mathematics and, from Feb. 1 through June 30, 2010, the Henry Burchard Fine Professor of Mathematics.
• Andrew Wiles, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Mathematics.
Board approves 11 faculty promotions
The Board of Trustees has approved the promotions of 11 faculty members. All are effective July 1, 2009.
The faculty members and their departments, by the academic rank to which they are being promoted, are:
Professor — Thomas Funkhouser, computer science; Sabine Kastner, psychology; Rena Lederman, anthropology; Alan Patten, politics; Barbara White, music.
Associate professor (with continuing tenure) — André Benhaïm-Killian, French and Italian; Amy Borovoy, East Asian studies; Matthew Botvinick, psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute; Christina Imai, politics and international affairs; Joshua Rabinowitz, chemistry and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics; Olga Troyanskaya, computer science and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics.
Three named Old Dominion Professors
Three Princeton faculty members have been named Old Dominion Professors in the Council of the Humanities Council for 2009-10. They will spend the year on campus pursuing research while also serving as faculty fellows in Princeton’s Society of Fellows and participating in other humanities activities.
The Old Dominion program was created to provide additional research time for faculty members while enabling them to engage in the kinds of discussions across disciplines that might not otherwise take place during busy academic semesters. Ten faculty members have been Old Dominion Professors since the inception of the program in 2007.
The 2009-10 Old Dominion Professors are:
• Susan Naquin, professor of history and East Asian studies. Naquin’s research focuses on China, about which she has written five books, most recently “Peking: Temples and City Life, 1400-1900.” During her year as an Old Dominion Professor, she will write about religion and material culture in North China from the 14th to 19th centuries.
• Esther Schor, professor of English. A poet and literary scholar, Schor has written about many aspects of literature and culture, from Mary Shelley to the British culture of mourning. She will devote next year to writing “Justice in Babel,” a cultural history of the Esperanto language movement, which was created by L.Z. Zamenhof in Warsaw in 1887 and still flourishes today in more than 50 countries on six continents.
• Susan Stewart, the Annan Professor of English. The author of many works of poetry, criticism and translation, Stewart is chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and the winner of the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry. She will undertake two projects next year: a study of aesthetics titled “The Freedom of the Poet” and an exploration of the representation and meaning of ruins.
Faculty members submit resignations
The following faculty members have submitted their resignations:
Effective July 1, 2009: Andres Aradillas-Lopez, assistant professor of economics, to accept a position at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Liam Brockey, assistant professor of history, to accept a position at Michigan State University; Marie Griffith, professor of religion, to accept a position at Harvard University; Marc Melitz, professor of economics and international affairs, to accept a position at Harvard University; Leigh Schmidt, the Agate Brown and George L. Collord Professor of Religion, to accept a position at Harvard University.
Effective Sept. 1, 2009: Emilie Hafner-Burton, assistant professor of politics and international affairs, to accept a position at the University of California-San Diego.