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Board approves six faculty appointments

May 1, 2019, 5:04 p.m.

The Princeton University Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of six faculty members, including two full professors and four assistant professors.


Frances Lee, in politics and public affairs, joins Princeton this fall from the University of Maryland, where she has been on the faculty since 2004. Previously, Lee taught in the political science department at Case Western Reserve University from 1998 to 2003. In 2002-2003, she worked on Capitol Hill as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow.

Specializing in American governing institutions, and especially the U.S. Congress, Lee’s work has received national recognition, including the American Political Science Association's Richard F. Fenno Award for the best book on legislative politics. She earned her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and B.A. from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Patrick Sharkey, in sociology and public affairs, joins the faculty this summer. He comes to Princeton from New York University, where he chairs the Department of Sociology and is an affiliated faculty member at the Robert F. Wagner School for Public Service. He also is scientific director at Crime Lab New York.

An expert in urban inequality, crime and violence, Sharkey recently published the book “Uneasy Peace: The Great Crime Decline, the Renewal of City Life, and the Next War on Violence.” He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and B.A. from Brown University.

Assistant professor

Danqi Chen, in computer science, joins the faculty this fall from Stanford University, where she completed her Ph.D.

Chen’s research interests focus on deep learning for natural language processing, with particular interest in the intersection between text understanding and knowledge representation/reasoning. She was granted a B.S.E. from Tsinghua University.

Catherine Jensen Peña, in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, joined the faculty this winter from a postdoctoral fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Peña received her Ph.D. from Columbia University and her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research examines the neurobiological mechanisms through which early environmental experiences are encoded and maintained into adulthood to have long-lasting impact on behavior, with particular focus on how early life stress increases risk for depression, addiction and other psychiatric syndromes.

Gleason Judd, in politics, joined the faculty this winter following the completion of his doctoral work at the University of Rochester. He earned his B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Specializing in formal political theory and political economy, Judd is interested in how democratic political institutions shape executive and legislative policymaking.

Andreas Wiedemann, in politics and international affairs, joins the faculty this summer from the University of Oxford, where he is a postdoctoral prize research fellow in politics. Wiedemann received a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and B.A. from the University of Passau.

His research concentrates on political economy and comparative politics of advanced democracies, focusing on financial markets, wealth inequality and social policies.