Head of College
Welcome to Princeton and to Whitman College! I’m delighted that I will soon have a chance to meet you. This will be my fifth year as Head of Whitman College, and I much look forward to working with you all. Before becoming Head of College, 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 Head 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, who teaches at a local independent school, and our two boys: eleven-year-old Osman (a.k.a Ozzie) and six-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 Wendell Hall and get to know our fantastic college staff; my door is always open.
Director of Studies
Welcome to Princeton University and to Whitman College! Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, I did my undergrad work at Cal before heading east to do my doctorate in History up the road at Rutgers, New Brunswick. My academic work focuses on race, comedy, and the civil rights movement. Prior to coming to Princeton I was an adviser at NYU and taught courses at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where I led interdisciplinary seminars like “Popular Culture and the Struggle for Black Civil Rights” and “Whiteness.” I currently live in Princeton with my wife, Abigail Lewis and my toddler son Fitzgerald. Abigail is a fellow historian and works at the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College. Fitz likes jungle animals. You will no doubt see the whole family in Community Hall – do stop by and introduce yourself. When I’m not at Whitman, I enjoy long walks with my family, traveling, spending time in New York, hanging out in coffee shops, and scouring thrift stores for designer clothes and vintage comedy albums. If you have any questions about academics (majors, courses, etc.) at Princeton or just want to chat, please swing by my office – my door is always open.
Director of Student Life
I am pleased to welcome you to Princeton University and to Whitman College. I look forward to meeting each of you and working with you. I am originally from Monrovia, Liberia but have lived in the U.S. now for almost twenty years. I matriculated to Waldorf College in Iowa in the mid-nineties where I double majored in Banking and Finance, and Management, and later obtained an MBA from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. In my quest to work with students rather than crunching numbers, I decided to take a position in student affairs at Otterbein University, where I served as Residence Hall Director and Assistant Director of Orientation and Campus Center. Thereafter, I went back to my Alma Mater to serve as Director of Residence Life before joining the Dartmouth College staff as a Community Director. I joined the Whitman College team earlier this year as the Director of Student Life and have appreciated my experiences of working with the students and getting to know them. I am eager to get to know members of the amazing Class of 2019. My wife, Vanilla Bing-Wolapaye, and I live in Princeton. I love reading, exploring the outdoors, gardening, traveling, meeting new people, watching anything related to sports or politics on TV, and playing racquetball and squash. I look forward to meeting you so please stop by the College Office and introduce yourself.
Welcome to Princeton University and to Whitman College! I'm looking forward to the arrival of the Class of 2019 and to welcoming back all of our sophomores, juniors and seniors. This will be my eigth 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 eleven 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 2019! I have been here at Whitman since it's beginning. Prior to coming here I worked 22 years in “garmento” for a large manufacturing company, Jones Apparel Group, as the Domestic Production Coordinator. My husband Bob and I live in Pennsylvania with our black lab Nala who delights in terrorizing our cat Lily. We have one daughter, Amanda, who just graduated from the College of New Jersey, majoring in Elementary Ed/Psychology. I love- having dinner and wine with close friends, all things film related, reading great books, home improvement projects, floating in our pool, walking in the park with the dog, 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.