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Board approves five faculty appointments

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


Curtis Deutsch, in geosciences and the High Meadows Environmental Institute, specializes in oceanography. His appointment is effective in fall 2021.

Deutsch comes to Princeton from the University of Washington, where he has served as an associate professor in oceanography since 2013 and an adjunct associate professor in biology since 2015. He previously was on the faculty of the University of California-Los Angeles from 2007-13.

Deutsch is a member of the review board of the Annual Reviews of Marine Science. He earned his Ph.D. at Princeton in 2003 and holds a B.S. in physics from Oberlin College.

Filiz Garip, in sociology and public affairs, studies international migration and economic sociology. She joins the Princeton faculty this winter from Cornell University, where she has been a professor since 2016 and served as director of the Center for the Study of Economy and Society.

Prior to Cornell, Garip served on the faculty of Harvard University, where she was hired as an assistant professor in 2007 and named associate professor in 2011 before being promoted to full professor in 2016.

Garip is the author of “On the Move: Changing Mechanisms of Mexico-U.S. Migration,” published by the Princeton University Press in 2016, which received several awards including honorable mention for the 2019 Distinguished Book Award, Ethnicity, Nationalism & Migration Studies Section, International Studies Association; 2018 Mirra Komarovsky Award, Eastern Sociological Society; 2017 Otis Dudley Duncan Award, Section on Population, American Sociological Association; and 2017 Best Book Award, Migration and Citizenship Section, American Political Science Association.

Garip was elected to the Sociological Research Association. She earned a Ph.D. from Princeton in 2007 and holds a B.Sc. from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul.

Shamus Khan, in sociology and American studies, specializes in American studies. He will join Princeton this winter from Columbia University, where he began in 2007 as a lecturer with the rank of assistant professor. He was promoted to assistant professor in 2008, associate professor in 2014 and full professor in 2017.

Khan is co-author with Jennifer Hirsch of “Sexual Citizens: Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus” (2020) and author of “Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul’s School,” which was published by the Princeton University Press in 2011. “Privilege” was the winner of the 2011 C. Wright Mills Book Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

A member of the Sociological Research Association, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a B.A. from Haverford College.

Assistant professor

Natalia Castro Picón, in Spanish and Portuguese, joins the faculty this winter. She specializes in modern peninsular/Spanish culture.

Her Ph.D. is from the Graduate Center of the City of New York. She also holds an M.A. from Universidad Complutense de Madrid-Santillana and a B.A. from Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

John Grigsby, in economics, joins the faculty in summer 2021. He is a specialist in macroeconomics.

Grigsby earned a Ph.D. at the University of Chicago and a B.A. at Washington and Lee University.