Board approves five appointments to Princeton faculty

The Princeton University Board of Trustees has approved the appointments of five faculty members, including one full professor, one associate professor and three assistant professors.


Yu Xie, in sociology and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, will join the faculty in fall 2015 from the University of Michigan, where he has taught since 1989. Xie's research includes social stratification, demography, sociology of science and Chinese studies. His books include "Is American Science in Decline?" with Alexandra Killewald (2012); "Statistical Methods for Categorical Data Analysis," 2nd edition, with Daniel Powers (2008); "Marriage and Cohabitation," with Arland Thornton and William Axinn (2007); and "Women in Science: Career Processes and Outcomes," with Kimberlee Shauman (2003).

Xie earned his bachelor's degree at Shanghai University of Technology, and two master's degrees and a doctoral degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Associate professor

Jakub Kastl, in economics, will join the faculty in spring 2015 from Stanford University, where he has been an assistant professor since 2007. Kastl holds bachelor's degrees from Charles University and University of Economics, both in Prague. He earned his Ph.D. at Northwestern University. Kastl's research focuses mainly on industrial organization, auctions and financial markets in Europe and North America.

Assistant professors

Julien Ayroles, in ecology and evolutionary biology and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, will join the faculty in summer 2015 from Harvard University, where he has been a junior fellow since 2011. He studies quantitative genetics, genomics and evolutionary biology. Ayroles earned his bachelor's degree at Paul Sabatier Université in France, his master's degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his Ph.D. from North Carolina State University.

Jamie Greenberg Reuland, in music, will join the faculty in summer 2015. A musicology scholar, she earned her bachelor's degree at Dickinson College and her Ph.D. at Princeton.

Richard Socher, in computer science, will join the faculty in fall 2015. Socher, who studies machine learning and languages, earned his B.S. at Leipzig University in Germany, his M.S. at Saarland University in Germany, and his Ph.D. at Stanford.