Board approves 16 new faculty appointments
The appointments of 16 new faculty members, including five full professors and 11 assistant professors, have been approved by the Board of Trustees.
The full professors are: Bryan Grenfell in ecology and evolutionary biology and public affairs; Michael Koortbojian in art and archaeology; Susan Marshall in dance; Imani Perry in African American studies; and Joseph Scanlan in visual arts. All appointments are effective July 1, 2009, except for Marshall’s, which is effective Sept. 1, 2009. Marshall and Scanlan’s appointments in the Lewis Center for the Arts were announced in May, when Marshall was named the first director of the Program in Dance and Scanlan was selected as the new director of the Program in Visual Arts.
The assistant professors, each appointed for three-year terms, are: Szu-Yu Chen in mathematics, effective Sept. 1, 2010; Elizabeth Davis in anthropology, effective July 1, 2009; Dorothea Fiedler in chemistry, effective July 1, 2010; Christiane Frey in German, effective Sept. 1, 2009; Anna Katsnelson in Slavic languages and literatures, effective July 1, 2010; Axel Kilian in architecture, effective Sept. 1, 2009; Elizabeth Paluck in psychology and public affairs, effective Sept. 1, 2009; Sarah Pourciau in German, effective Sept. 1, 2009; Rachel Price in Spanish and Portuguese languages and cultures, effective July 1, 2009; David Sraer in economics, effective July 1, 2009; and Naveen Verma in electrical engineering, effective July 1, 2009.
Grenfell will come to Princeton from Pennsylvania State University, where he has been a faculty member since 2004. He previously spent 14 years at the University of Cambridge, four years at the University of Sheffield and five years at Imperial College London, his undergraduate alma mater. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of York.
Grenfell studies population dynamics and control of infectious diseases, such as measles in children and foot-and-mouth disease in sheep and cattle, as well as the evolutionary dynamics of pathogens such as influenza. The author of some 150 scientific papers, he has advised a number of U.S. and international organizations on disease dynamics and control. Grenfell is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the Royal Society of London. He has been awarded the T.H. Huxley Medal from Imperial College, the Scientific Medal of the Zoological Society of London and an Order of the British Empire award.
Koortbojian has been a professor at Johns Hopkins University since 2005 and previously spent 10 years on the faculty of the University of Toronto. A specialist in ancient and contemporary art history and Egyptology, he currently is conducting research on Roman religious imagery, Roman portraiture and the deification of Caesar.
Koortbojian is the author of “Myth, Meaning and Memory on Roman Sarcophagi” (1995) and “Self-Portraits” (1992). He has held the prestigious Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Classical Studies at the American Academy in Rome. A graduate of Bennington College, he holds a master’s degree from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.
Marshall has been the artistic director of the critically acclaimed Susan Marshall & Company of New York City for the past 23 years. The company performs her choreographic work in theaters throughout the United States and abroad, and its dancers and artistic collaborators have received 10 New York Dance and Performance Awards (BESSIES).
In addition to working with her own company, Marshall also has created dances for the Lyon Opera Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, Boston Ballet and Montreal Danse. Her many awards include a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship and three BESSIES for Outstanding Choreographic Achievement. She and her company have taught, led workshops and staged Marshall’s dances at Princeton and more than a dozen other leading programs and universities.
Perry is a graduate of Yale University and holds a J.D. and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. She has been a faculty member at the Rutgers University School of Law since 2002 and was a visiting professor at Princeton’s Center for African American Studies in 2007-08.
A scholar of African American legal and cultural studies, Perry has taught courses on constitutional law, law and literature, and critical race theory. Her research focuses on issues of race in law and culture during periods following political and social upheaval — particularly the antebellum, post-Reconstruction and post-Civil Rights eras — and how black cultural production affects images of blackness on aesthetic and political levels. She is the author of “Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip Hop” (2004) and the forthcoming “Righteous Hope: The Making and Unmaking of Racial Inequality in the United States.”
Scanlan has been faculty member at Yale University since 2001. He previously served as assistant director of the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, a contemporary art museum specializing in radical, conceptual and installation-based artworks.
Scanlan, a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design, has presented his work throughout the United States and Europe, mounting 19 solo exhibitions in the past decade. He also is an acclaimed art critic and author who has published more than 50 articles and reviews in leading international periodicals including Artforum, Art issues, Frieze and Parkett. He has received numerous awards and fellowships from organizations including the Creative Capital Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Larry Kramer Initiative for Lesbian and Gay Studies at Yale.
Chen, a graduate of National Taiwan University, received her Ph.D. from Princeton in 2006. She has been a research fellow at the University of California-Berkeley since 2006 and a member of the Institute for Advanced Study since 2008. Chen specializes in differential geometry, conformal geometry and nonlinear partial differential equations.
Davis, a specialist in cultural anthropology and Hellenic studies, will come to Princeton from Duke University, where she has been a faculty member since 2007. She also spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University. A graduate of Harvard University, she holds a master’s degree from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley.
Fiedler has served as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California-San Francisco since she received her Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley in 2005. Her research focuses on organic chemistry and cellular biology. She is a graduate of Julius-Maximilians University in Würzburg, Germany.
Frey, who studies German literature and culture, will come to Princeton after four years on the faculty at the University of Chicago. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Paris-Sorbonne and a Ph.D. from the University of Bonn in Germany.
Katsnelson, an art historian, is a graduate of Hebrew University of Jerusalem and holds a master’s degree from Tufts University and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. She will come to Princeton after three years as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard.
Kilian is a specialist in digital design. He is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Berlin and earned his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he also served as a postdoctoral fellow for a year. He has taught at Delft University of Technology in Delft, the Netherlands.
Paluck, a social psychologist, earned her bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. from Yale University. She will join the Princeton faculty after a year as a postdoctoral scholar at Harvard University.
Pourciau is a 1998 graduate of Princeton who also earned her Ph.D. from the University in 2007. A specialist in German literature and culture, she has spent the past two years as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. Pourciau also holds a master’s degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Price, who studies Latin American and Caribbean literature, will come to Princeton from Brown University, where she has been a postdoctoral fellow since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Duke University.
Straer will come to Princeton after two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California-Berkeley. A graduate of Ècole Polytechnique in France, he holds a master’s degree from the Paris School of Economics and a Ph.D. from the Toulouse School of Economics. He focuses on corporate finance and industrial organization.
Verma, a computer engineering specialist, will come to Princeton after receiving a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia.