Welcome to Princeton and to Whitman College! I’m delighted that I will soon have a chance to meet you. This will be my second year as Master of Whitman College, and I much look forward to working with you all. Before becoming Master, I was a faculty fellow at Whitman, and have seen this newest college quickly develop its own distinctive tradition and spirit. I much enjoy working closely with this great community. My aim is to make life at Whitman—and at Princeton—as enriching and rewarding for you as possible. Though I’m still relatively new to Whitman, I’m not at all new to Princeton. I spent my early years in the Midwest. But for most of my life (since 1976!), I’ve been teaching in Princeton’s Department of Comparative Literature—and have taken my turn there as director of undergraduate and graduate studies, and then, for twelve years, as chair. Comparative literature has always intrigued me, and I’ve been able to continue learning and writing about the planet’s many languages and cultures, as well as different sorts of verbal art, so I’m never, ever bored. You can find me teaching internationally-minded courses in literary theory, translation studies, lyric poetry, and our introduction to comparative literature—all of which I claim as my intellectual passions. I also love Princeton, and over my many years here, have found myself actively engaged in various aspects of university life. In the late 80’s, I spent a number of years as Master of Stevenson Hall, and more recently co-founded the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication, and also led the President’s study group for the Bridge Year Program. All have reminded me of the many opportunities you have before you in your four years at this remarkable institution. When I’m not at Whitman or at East Pyne teaching, I enjoy reading and writing, travel, music, dance and yoga. My husband, George Bermann, teaches international law at Columbia Law School and our three children are all Princeton graduates. The youngest, who graduated in 2009, was a Whitman resident!
Welcome to Whitman College! I look forward to working with all of you this year. Originally from Maine, I came to Princeton first as a graduate student in French literature and film. After completing the Ph.D., I taught at the University of Michigan and at Haverford College, returning to Princeton in 2003 to join the administrative staff in the residential colleges. My main scholarly interests are late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century literature, cinema studies, and literary/filmic representation of technology. I live in Princeton with my husband, Ahmet, and our two boys: eight-year-old Osman (a.k.a Ozzie) and three-year-old Emre. You will often see both of them careening around Community Hall with soft-serve ice cream. The four of us are usually found having leisurely dinners with friends and attending Ozzie’s soccer games. I encourage all of you to come by our offices in North Hall and get to know our fantastic college staff; my door is always open.
Director of Studies
Welcome to Whitman College! This is my first full year at Princeton and I look forward to getting to know the Class of 2016 as well as the returning sophomores, juniors and seniors. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and did my undergraduate work at UC Berkeley before succumbing to the pull of the East Coast. Before coming to Princeton, I taught courses on civil rights, race and popular culture, and whiteness at NYU’s Gallatin School and was an adviser in the College of Arts and Science. Before that I received my doctorate in African-American History at Rutgers, New Brunswick; my academic work focuses on the relationship between civil rights and comedy. I currently split my time between Princeton and Brooklyn, where I live with my wife, Abigail Lewis. Abigail is a fellow historian and works at Barnard College. When I’m not in the office, I enjoy traveling, listening to music, hanging out in coffee shops, and scouring thrift stores in search of designer threads. I encourage you to drop by my office or join me for a meal in the dining hall sometime.
Director of Student Life
Welcome to Whitman! This is my second year as Whitman’s Director of Student Life (DSL) , and I am so happy to be part of the Whitman family and to be working with our excellent RCAs and College Council. As DSL, I can help answer your questions about student programs, housing, community standards and college life. Originally from San Francisco, I graduated from Princeton in 2005 as an Art History major (in case you’re curious, I wrote my thesis on medieval Russian architecture). I have also received a Master’s degree in higher education from Harvard. I now live in Princeton with my four-year old puppy named Bailey and am engaged to another Princetonian, Chris Moore *10. On the weekends I enjoy taking Bailey for hikes, DIYing, and finding good new vegetarian recipes. If you have any questions about life at Princeton or would just like to chat, definitely stop by my office in Wendell Hall – my door is always open, and I’d love to meet you!
Welcome to Princeton University and to Whitman College! I'm looking forward to the arrival of the Class of 2016 and to welcoming back all of our sophomores, juniors and seniors. This will be my sixth year at Whitman College and it's always very exciting to meet another Princeton Class. After graduating with a degree in Psychology from Temple University I went on to pursue a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Rider University. I've been at Princeton for the past ten years in academic and administrative departments. Prior to Whitman College I worked in Princeton's Office of Information Technology. I am thrilled to be working at Whitman and supporting Princeton's students. Outside of work, I love traveling, reading, baking and biking on the canal. My office will always be fully stocked with homemade cookies and dark chocolate M&Ms. I encourage you to stop by to say 'Hi,' or to take the edge off that chocolate craving. My door and candy jar are always open.
Welcome Class of 2016! I am beginning my sixth year here at Princeton. Prior to coming I worked the last 22 years in “garmento” for a large manufacturing company, Jones Apparel Group, as the Domestic Production Coordinator. My husband Bob and I have just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversity. Our daughter Amanda is starting her sophomore year at the College of New Jersey. She is majoring in Psychology and plays field hockey as the team goalie. In her freshman year, TCNJ won the NCAA Division III National Field Hockey Championship. We have recently adopted a new black lab/golden mix puppy named Nala who delights in terrorizing our cat Lily. I love- cooking dinner for friends, working on my house, floating in our pool with a Mojito in my hand, walking in the park with the puppy, and summers in Chincoteague, Virginia. If you find yourself living in Whitman- consider yourself extremely fortunate. We have the most caring and committed staff here, but I can honestly say that sentiment extends to the University at large. I have met so many wonderful people (on every level) who could not have been more helpful and welcoming. I am confident that you will find that to be true as well. Come see me in the college office if you need some chocolate and/or TLC. I provide both! Looking forward to meeting you all and another great year at Whitman.