Welcome to Princeton and to Whitman College! I’m delighted that I will soon have a chance to meet you. This will be my third 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: nine-year-old Osman (a.k.a Ozzie) and four-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! I’m beginning my second full year as Director of Studies at Whitman. 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 received my doctorate in History at Rutgers, New Brunswick; my academic work focuses on the cultural politics of African-American humor. I’m originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and did my undergrad work at Cal. I currently split my time between Princeton and Brooklyn, where I live with my wife, Abigail Lewis and my son Fitzgerald, who was born last December. Abigail is a fellow historian and works at the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College. When I’m not in the office, I enjoy long walks with my family, traveling, hanging out in coffee shops, and scouring thrift stores for inexpensive designer threads. 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
Hello Whitmanites and thanks for the warm welcome. I am honored to be joining you as the newest Whale. I come to Princeton from Dartmouth College, where I served as Community Director for the “Supercluster,” a conglomeration of residence halls and affinity (special interest) houses for upperclassmen. Prior to that, I served as Director of Residence Life at Waldorf College, my Alma Mater, for five years. I began my career in Student Life serving as Assistant Director of Orientation and Campus Center and Residence Hall Director at Otterbein University (formerly Otterbein College). I obtained my BA in Banking and Finance and Management from Waldorf college and an MBA from Capital University. I moved from Monrovia, Liberia to the U.S. 19 years ago (in the midst of a brutal civil war) to further my education. I decided to go into Student Affairs (instead of pursuing a career in business) because of my desire to work with students outside of the classroom and contribute to the enrichment of their lives. I have had the time of my life working with students in my previous positions, and I am looking forward to getting to know each student at Whitman and working with you to make it that much more better. 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, and playing racquetball and squash (which I only learned to play a little over a year ago). I look forward to meeting you so please stop by and introduce yourself when you are in the College Office.
Welcome to Princeton University and to Whitman College! I'm looking forward to the arrival of the Class of 2017 and to welcoming back all of our sophomores, juniors and seniors. This will be my seventh 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 2017! I am beginning my seventh 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 been married 25 years. We live in Pennsylvania with our 1 yr old lab Nala who delights in terrorizing our cat Lily. We have one daughter, Amanda, who is starting her junior year at the College of New Jersey. She is majoring in Psychology and plays field hockey as the team goalie. 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.