West College and Nassau Hall

Board approves five faculty appointments

Morrison Hall and Nassau Hall, as seen across Cannon Green.

The Princeton University Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of five faculty members, including one professor and four assistant professors.


Andrew Chignell, will join the faculty in winter 2018 as the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Religion and the University Center for Human Values. He comes to Princeton from the University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught over the past year. From 2004-16, Chignell was on the faculty at Cornell University, first as an assistant professor and then as an associate professor.

His research focuses on the contributions of Immanuel Kant and modern philosophy, philosophy of religion, the ethics of belief, aesthetics, and food ethics. Chignell received his Ph.D. from Yale and B.A. from Wheaton College.

Assistant professors

Felix Heide, in computer science, will join the faculty in fall 2018 from his role as a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University. An expert in computational imaging and vision systems using large-scale optimization, Heide earned his Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia and his M.S. and B.S. from the University of Siegen.

Moritz Lenel, in economics, will join the faculty in summer 2019 from the University of Chicago, where he is a postdoctoral fellow. A Ph.D. graduate of Stanford University, Lenel earned his M.S. at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and his Diploma from Universität Konstanz. His research focuses on macroeconomics and finance.

Moon Molson, in the Lewis Center for the Arts and in visual arts, will join the faculty in winter 2018 from Temple University, where he has taught as an assistant professor since 2015. Molson has held prior teaching positions at the Savannah College of Art and Design, New York Film Academy, The Matthew S. Hisiger Film Foundation/The Picture House, and Reel Works Teen Filmmaking. He was awarded an M.F.A. from Columbia University and B.A. from Dartmouth College.

Karthik Narasimhan, in computer science, will join the faculty in fall 2018 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he completed his Ph.D. Narasimhan's research examines language grounding and deep reinforcement learning. He earned his B. Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology.