Board approves 16 faculty appointments

June 9, 2016 12:18 p.m.

The Princeton University Board of Trustees has approved the appointments of 16 faculty members.

Professors

Benjamin Raphael, in computer science, will join the faculty in fall 2016 from Brown University. He has been on the faculty at Brown since 2006 and has directed the Center for Computational Molecular Biology since 2013. His lab focuses on next-generation DNA sequencing, structural variation, genome rearrangements in cancer and evolution, and network analysis of somatic mutations in cancer. Raphael has been honored with the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and was named one of "Tomorrow's PIs" by Genome Technology magazine. He received his B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute for Technology and Ph.D. from the University of California-San Diego, where he was a postdoctoral fellow.  

Allan Sly, in mathematics, will join the faculty in summer 2016 from the University of California- Berkeley, where he has served on the faculty since 2011. Sly was a postdoctoral fellow at Microsoft Research following the completion of his Ph.D. from UC-Berkeley. Winner of an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, he earned his B.S. and M.Phil. from Australian National University. An expert in discrete probability theory, his research examines its applications to problems from statistical physics and theoretical computer science to theoretical statistics.

Ilya Vinitsky, in Slavic languages and literatures, will join the faculty from the University of Pennsylvania, effective summer 2016. Vinitsky has taught at Penn since 2003. He received his Ph.D. and diploma from Moscow State Pedagogical University. An expert in classical Russian literature, Vinitsky explores the history of emotions, and 19th-century intellectual and spiritual history. He recently published a book on the "emotional biography" of poet and translator Vasily Zhukovsky, the father of Russian Romanticism, who influenced several generations of Russian authors.

Associate Professor

Cheng-hua Wang, in art and archaeology, comes from National Taiwan Normal University to join the Princeton faculty in fall 2016. A specialist in the history of early modern and modern Chinese art, Wang received her B.A. and M.A. from National Taiwan University and Ph.D. from Yale University. Wang first taught at National Taiwan Normal University as an assistant professor from 1990 to 2001, and later returned as adjunct associate professor from 2009 to 2016. From 2001 to 2007, she served as an assistant research fellow at Academia Sinica, and has continued as an associate research fellow there through 2016.  

Assistant Professors

Byron Ahn will be appointed assistant professor of linguistics in the Council of the Humanities this summer. Ahn, who has been a visiting assistant professor at Swarthmore College since 2015, earned his B.A. from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from the University of California-Los Angeles.

Elena Fratto, in Slavic languages and literatures, will join the faculty this summer from Harvard University, where she earned her Ph.D. this year. An expert in Russian formalism and the history of science, she also holds a Ph.D. from the University of Milan.

Adam Goldstein will join the Princeton faculty as an assistant professor of sociology and public affairs this summer. A postdoctoral fellow at Harvard since 2014. Goldstein earned his B.A. from Reed College and a Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley.

Andrew Alan Johnson, in anthropology, will join the faculty this summer from Yale-NUS College in Singapore, where he has been an assistant professor since 2013. He completed postdoctoral fellowships at the National University of Singapore and at Columbia University, and taught as an assistant professor at Sogang University in Korea. Johnson earned his B.A. from the College of William and Mary, his M.A. from George Washington University and his Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Laura Kalin, in linguistics and the Council of the Humanities, will join the faculty this summer from the University of Connecticut, where she has been a postdoctoral fellow since 2014. Kalin received her B.A. from McGill University and her Ph.D. from the University of California-Los Angeles.

Gillat Kol, in computer science, will join the faculty this summer from the Institute for Advanced Study, where she has been a postdoctoral researcher since 2013. Kol completed her B.A. at Open University of Israel and earned her Ph.D. from the Weizmann Institute.

Nicole Legnani, in Spanish and Portuguese, will join the faculty this summer after having served as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard. Legnani earned her bachelor's and doctoral degrees from Harvard, in addition to master's from Yale.

Daniela Mairhofer, in classics, will join the faculty this summer. She comes to Princeton from the University of Vienna, where she has been an assistant professor since 2014. From 2007-14 she served first as a research assistant and then as a senior researcher at the University of Oxford. She received her B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Innsbruck.

Ellis Monk Jr., in sociology, will join the faculty this summer from the University of Chicago, where he was a postdoctoral fellow and an assistant professor. Monk received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley.

Daniel Sheffield, in Near Eastern studies, will join the faculty this summer from the University of Washington, where he has been an assistant professor since 2015. Sheffield completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton and earned his B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Gavin Steingo, in music, will join the faculty this summer. Since 2012, Steingo has been an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh. He received his B.A. from the New England Conservatory of Music and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Michael Zalatel, in physics, will join the faculty this summer from Microsoft Research, where he has been a postdoctoral researcher. Zalatel also did postdoctoral work at Stanford University. He earned his B.A. from Harvard and his Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley.