Board approves four appointments to Princeton faculty

Feb. 12, 2015 9:30 a.m.

The Princeton University Board of Trustees has approved the appointments of four full professors.

Nicholas Feamster, in computer science, joined the faculty this winter from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he has taught since 2006. He earned his bachelor's and doctoral degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Feamster's field of specialization is networked computer systems, and some of his areas of focus are network architecture, network security, routing and anti-censorship techniques.

Aarti Gupta, in computer science, joined the faculty this winter from NEC Laboratories America, where since 1994 she has worked in a range of positions from research staff member to department head. She earned her bachelor's degree at the Indian Institute of Technology, her master's degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and her Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University.

Gupta's research interest is formal analysis of systems, including formal methods, automatic decision procedures, software verification, system verification and hardware verification.

Michael Levine, in molecular biology and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, will join the faculty in summer 2015 from the University of California-Berkeley, where he has been a professor since 1996. His areas of focus are genomics, developmental biology and molecular biology, and his current lab studies how cell behavior is defined.

An undergraduate alumnus of Berkeley with a Ph.D. from Yale University, Levine previously was a postdoctoral fellow at Die Universität Basel and Berkeley and taught at Columbia University and the University of California-San Diego.

Clair Wills, in English, will join the faculty in fall 2015 as the Leonard L. Milberg '53 Professor in Irish Letters. She has taught at Queen Mary University of London since 1995, and she previously taught at the University of Essex and was a junior research fellow at the University of Oxford. She earned her bachelor's and doctoral degrees at Oxford.

A scholar of Irish literature and culture, Wills has written five books, including "The Best Are Leaving: Essays on Emigration and Post-War Irish Culture" (2015) and "That Neutral Island: A History of Ireland During the Second World War" (2007), and co-edited "The Field Day Anthology of Irish Women's Writing and Traditions" (2002).