Your Academic Advisors in Academic Services

Dean of Academic Services: Lisa Boes  (

Director, Transitional Year Program: Erika Smith (

Director, Student Support Services: Gerardo Garcia-Rios  (

Assistant Director, Student Support Services: Elena Lewis  (

Program Coordinator, Student Support Services: Alessandra Monteiro  (

Students with the last name A-E:  Lisa Hardej  (

Students with the last name F-K:  Katie McFaddin  (

Students with the last name L-Q : David Gruber (

Students with the last name R-V:  Julia Moffitt  (

Students with the last name W-Z & International Students:
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Faculty Advisors

Abdur-Rahman, Aliyyah

Professor Abdur-Rahman attended SUNY at Stony Brook and received her Master's and Ph.D. from New York University. A member of the English and American Literature department, her research interests include 19th and 20th-century African American literature and culture; gender and sexuality studies; critical race theory and multiethnic feminisms. She has received numerous honors and awards including the Shortell-Holzer Fellowship and Alice Richardson Award from New York University, and the Ford Foundation Fellowship. She teaches a diverse catalog of courses such as The Postmodern African American Novel; American Encounters: Faulkner, Baldwin, Roth, Morrison; Sex and Race in the American Novel; and U.S. Slavery and the Popular Imagination.(

Angell, Robert

Robert A. Angell III is an experienced CFO, COO and entrepreneur with public accounting experience.

Rob is President of Angell Ventures, a firm that works with CEOs, executive teams and boards that need proven executive leadership and advice. Rob serves on several Boards and is on the faculties of Brandeis University and Executive Education.

Previously, he held senior executive positions at several high growth public and privately owned companies including Managing Director at Accounting Management Solutions, Chief Operating Officer at Zentropy Partners, Chief Financial Officer at Hill Holliday (both part of the Interpublic Group of Companies), and Chief Administrative Officer at The Parthenon Group. He was founding executive of two successful companies: Noresco (an energy conservation company) and Zentropy Partners (a multinational internet and new media professional services firm). Earlier, Rob was Boston Consulting Group's Manager of Financial Controls and Senior Manager at Ernst & Young.

Rob has significant international experience and was among the first 100 directors to receive NACD’s Certificate of Director Education. He is a Certified Public Accountant.(

Anjaria, Ulka

Ulka Anjaria is Assistant Professor in the English Department, and also affiliated with the South Asian Studies Program at Brandeis. Professor Anjaria received her Bachelors degree from Harvard University and her Masters and Doctorate degrees from Stanford University. She teaches classes such as Introduction to Literary Studies, Bollywood, The Novel in India, and Postcolonial Theory. Her research interests include Indian literature and film, and her book on Indian novels of the 1930s, titled Realism in the Twentieth-Century Indian Novel: Colonial Difference and Literary Form, was published in 2012.(

Anjaria, Jonathan

Jonathan Anjaria is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology. He received his B.A. from Harvard University and both his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Professor Anjaria's areas of expertise include urban studies, political anthropology, and political ecology. He is the recipient of the Mellon Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies Early Career Fellowship, the Mellon Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Completion Fellowship, as well as the American Institute of Indian Studies Junior Fellowship for Dissertation Research. Some of the courses he has taught include Conducting Ethnographic Fieldwork: Methods and Practice of Anthropological Research; South Asian Culture and Society; and Nature, Culture, Power: Anthropology of the Environment. Professor Anjaria has most recently contributed to The Slumdog Phenomenon: A Critical Anthology (2013) and the forthcoming Enterprise Culture in Neoliberal India.(

Antler, Joyce

Joyce Antler is the Samuel B. Lane Professor of American Jewish History and Culture and Women's and Gender Studies. She holds a B.A. from Brandeis University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from SUNY at Stony Brook. Among her awards and achievements, she has received the 2008 Emily Toth Award for Best Book in Women's Issues in Popular Culture and American Culture, Popular Culture/American Culture Association, the Abram L. Sachar Medallion, Brandeis National Committee (2008) and was a Goldstein-Goren Research Fellow at the Center for American Jewish History, New York University (2008). Her courses include Women,Gender, and Sexuality in U.S. History, History of Childhood, Gender and the Professions and American Love and Marriage. (

Bayone, Edward

Edward Bayone is the Earle W. Kazis Professor of the Practice of Finance and International Real Estate. He also serves as IBS Curriculum Coordinator and Chair of the undergraduate Business Program. He received his B.A. from Queens College, his M.A. from the University of Rochester, and his M.I.A. from Columbia University. Professor Bayone specializes in credit risk, real estate, and country risk. (

Bernardi, Olivier

Professor Bernardi is an Assistant Professor in the mathematics department since 2012. He has a Bachelor from Ecole Normale Superieure, and a PhD from Universite Bordeaux (France). Before joining Brandeis, he has held positions in Universite Paris Sud (as CNRS researcher), and MIT (as Instructor in Applied Mathematics). His main areas of research are combinatorics and probability. In 2013-2014, he will be teaching Introduction to combinatorics, Advanced calculus, and Algebra II. (

Brainerd, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Brainerd’s research focuses on labor and health economics, with particular interest in understanding the social and health consequences of the transition to capitalism in formerly socialist countries. Her work has examined changes in the gender wage gap and wage inequality in eastern Europe, the impact of World War II on marriage and fertility of Russian women, and the impact of economic transition on mortality in post-socialist countries. The scope of her work also includes a study of the impact of globalization on relative women’s wages in the United States. Current research projects include an analysis of the growing life expectancy gap between U.S. and European women, and an examination of the causes of unbalanced sex ratios in the former Soviet Union. Brainerd received her B.A. in economics and Russian from Bowdoin College and her Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University.(

Broumas, Olga

Olga Broumas is Professor of the Practice of English, and Director of Creative Writing. She received her M.F.A. at the University of Oregon and B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania. Her books include Rave: Collected Piems, & Eros, Eros, Eros, Collected Translations. She is also a meditation & yoga teacher, & applies elements of these to amplify intention & inspiration in her courses, among them, Poetry: Beginner's Ear, and Directed Writing: Poetry. (

Bui, Linda

Linda Bui is an Associate Professor of Economics with a joint appointment in the International Business School. Professor Bui earned her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her areas of expertise include environmental economics, industrial organization, and public economics. Professor Bui’s research focuses on the effect of environmental regulations on economic outcomes. Recent articles include "The Impact of Voluntary Mechanisms on Polluting Behavior: Evidence from Pollution Prevention Programs and Toxic Releases" in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management and "Toxic Exposure in America: Measuring Fetal and Infant Health Outcomes from 14 Years of TRI Reporting," in the Journal of Health Economics. Professor Bui teaches courses such as Statistics for Economic Analysis, Econometrics, and Environmental Economics. (

Cadge, Wendy

Wendy Cadge is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology. A recipient of the Michael Walzer ’56 Award for Teaching Excellence at Brandeis she has also received fellowships and grants from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, the American Academy of Religion, the Association of Muslim Health Professionals, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program. She is the author of Heartwood: The First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in America (University of Chicago Press 2005) and Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine (University of Chicago Press 2012). Professor Cadge teaches courses such as Introduction to Sociology, Religion in American Life: A Sociological Approach, Living and Dying in America, the Sociology of Birth and Death, Issues in Sexuality, and Methods of Social Inquiry. (

Campbell, Mary Baine

Mary Baine Campbell is a poet and Professor of English and American Literature. Her B.A. is from Bennington College and she received her Ph.D. from Boston University. A recipient of the Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Research Fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Professor Campbell received the James Russell Lowell Prize of the Modern Languages Association for the best work of literary criticism in 2000, and the 1988 Barnard New Women Poets Prize. She teaches such courses as Arthurian Literature, Chaucer, Dream Visions, Alternative Worlds, The Tale, as well as Creative Writing.(

Chakraborty, Bulbul

Bulbul Chakraborty is a Professor of Physics, with a focus on condensed matter theory and systems far from equilibrium. Professor Chakraborty, who received her M.S. and Ph.D. from SUNY Stonybrook, has been a member of the National Science Foundation’s Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Research Team and the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center. She is a fellow of the American Physical Society. Professor Chakraborty’s recent courses include Quantum Mechanics, Electromagnetism, Condensed Matter Physics, and Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics.(

Charney, Ruth

Professor Charney is an undergraduate alumna of Brandeis and attended Princeton University for her Ph.D. A member of the Mathematics faculty, her primary research interests are geometric group theory and topology. She publishes regularly in mathematics journals and gives frequent talks at international conferences. She is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and a member of the AMS Board of Trustees. She is also the President of the Association for Women in Mathematics. She teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate classes including Introduction to Proofs and Math for Elementary and Middle School Teachers. (

Chase, Kerry

Kerry Chase is an Associate Professor of Politics with expertise in International Relations and an affiliated faculty member in the International and Global Studies program. Professor Chase earned his Bachelor's degree from Cornell University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Professor Chase has published numerous articles including "Moving Hollywood Abroad: Divided Labor Markets and the New Politics of Trade in Services" and "Economic Interests and Regional Trading Arrangements: The Case of NAFTA." Presently he is finishing a book on international trade in movies and television programs, entitled Theater of Conflict: Commerce, Culture, and Competition in Global Entertainment. His first book, Trading Blocs: States, Firms, and Regions in the World Economy, was published in 2005. Professor Chase teaches courses such as Introduction to International Relations, Introduction to International and Global Studies, International Political Economy, and U.S. Foreign Economic Policy. (

Cherveny, Luke

Luke Cherveny is an Instructor of Mathematics. He received his B.S. from North Carolina State University, and both his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. He specializes in Calabi-Yau Geometry and Mirror Symmetry. Some of the courses he has taught include Applied Linear Algebra, Introduction to Topology, and Geometric Analysis. (

Coiner, Michael

Professor Coiner attended Princeton University as an undergraduate and received his Ph.D. from Yale University. A member of the Economics department faculty, his research interests include international economics and the economics of higher education. Professor Coiner has been the recipient of the Louis Dembitz Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching. He teaches courses such as Introduction to Economics and The Economics of Education. (

Coluzzi, Seth

Seth Coluzzi is an Assistant Professor of Music. He received his B.A. from the University of Rochester and both his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina. Professor Coluzzi's areas of expertise include music and poetry of the late Renaissance, Romantic music, and music analysis. He has received multiple awards including year-long fellowships in Florence at the Villa I Tatti (the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies), and at the Australian National University. Some of the courses Professor Coluzzi has taught include History of Music I: Ancient through Early Baroque, Classical and Romantic Music, and Music Theory. He is also an active singer-songwriter who performs regularly in the Boston area and beyond. (

Conrad, Peter

Peter Conrad is the Harry Coplan Professor of Social Sciences and has been on the faculty since 1979. Professor Conrad is affiliated with the following academic areas: Health: Science, Society, and Policy (HSSP) and Sociology. He is a recipient of the Lee Founder’s Award, the Leo G. Reeder Award and a Fulbright Fellowship; his most recent book is The Medicalization of Society: On the Transformation of Human Conditions into Treatable Disorders (2007). Professor Conrad chairs the HSSP program and teaches courses such as Nature, Nurture and Public Policy and Health, Community and Society. (

Cunningham, Joseph

Professor Cunningham attended Pennsylvania State University as an undergraduate and received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. A member of the Psychology department faculty, his research interests include clinical and developmental psychology, nonverbal communication, emotional development, and gender differences. He teaches courses in Disorders of Childhood and the Clinical Practicum. (

DiZio, Paul

Paul DiZio is an Associate Professor of Psychology, who is also affiliated with the Neuroscience major. His major research interests are control of human posture and movement, multisensory integration, spatial orientation, and sensory-motor adaptation. These problems are studied in unusual force environments, such as space flight and virtual environments, as well as in clinical groups, such as patients with labyrinthine loss, congenital blindness, peripheral neuropathy, cerebellar dysfunction, and autism. Professor DiZio teaches course such as Motor Control and Statistics.(

Doherty, Thomas

A professor of American Studies, Thomas Doherty is a cultural historian with a special interest in Hollywood cinema. His most recent book is Hollywood and Hitler, 1933-1939. He serves on the editorial board of Cineaste and edits the film review section of the Journal of American History. He teaches classes such as Classic Texts in American Culture to 1900, Hollywood and American Culture, and Television American Culture. (

Dolnik, Milos

Professor Dolnik received both a MS and a PhD from the Prague Institute of Chemical Technology. A member of the Chemistry department, his areas of expertise include experimental and numerical studies of oscillating chemical reactions, modeling and analysis of biological systems (including gene networks and cell cycle dynamics). Professor Dolnik teaches both the general chemistry laboratory course (Chem 18) and the honors general chemistry lab course (Chem 19). (

Ebert, Jane

Professor Jane Ebert is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Brandeis University's International Business School and is affiliated with the Department of Psychology. She obtained her Ph.D. and M.A. in Social Psychology from Harvard University. She obtained her B.A. in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. Her areas of research include consumer judgment and decision-making, affect and emotion, temporal discounting, and health promotion. She has taught Marketing Management and Consumer Behavior courses at Brandeis. (

Engerman, David

David Engerman is a Professor in the History Department and specializes in the history of American foreign policy, American intellectual and cultural history, and international history. He received his undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College, his M.A. from Rutgers University, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Some of the Brandeis courses he teaches include Thought and Culture in Modern America (Fall 2013), America and the World since 1945 (Spring 2014), the Global Cold War, and the History of American Higher Education. His current research project, on American and Soviet aid to India in the Cold War, has taken him to Delhi, Berlin, and Moscow. (

Epstein, Irving

Irv Epstein is the Senior Advisor to the Provost for Research and Henry F. Fischbach Professor of Chemistry. He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Professor Epstein specializes in patterns in time and space in reaction-diffusion systems, including oscillations, waves and chaos. He was elected a Fellow of the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences in 2012 and was a Grass Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University in 2010. Some of the courses he has taught include General Chemistry, Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy, and Physical Chemistry Seminar. (

Farrelly, Maura
Maura Jane Farrelly is Associate Professor of American Studies and Director of the Journalism Program at Brandeis. She holds a Ph.D. in History from Emory University, with an emphasis on the colonial and early American periods and on American religious history. She has taught previously at Emory, the University of Georgia, and Fordham University. Additionally, Professor Farrelly worked as a full-time journalist for seven years, first for Georgia Public Radio in Atlanta, and then for the Voice of America in Washington, DC, and New York. She has also freelanced for NPR, PRI, and the BBC. Professor Farrelly's scholarly research focuses on Catholics in colonial America; anti-Catholicism in colonial and antebellum Americ; and Methodist attempts to reconcile science with revealed religion and freedom with asceticism in nineteenth and twentieth-century America. Her courses include Advertising and the Media; International Affairs and the American Media; Religion in American Life; and The Culture of Journalism. (

Flesch, William

William Flesch is a Professor of English and American Literature, with expertise in medieval and renaissance studies, poetry, and theory. Professor Flesh received his Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and his Masters and Ph.D. from Cornell University. He has received a National Endowment for Humanities Fellowship, as well as two teaching awards, the Michael L. Walzer Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Lerman-Neubauer Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring. His publications include Generosity and the Limits of Authority: Shakespeare. Professor Flesch teaches classes such as Romanticism: Byron, Shelley and Keats, Shakespeare, Film Noir and Hitchcock's Movies.(

Freeze, Gregory

Gregory L. Freeze is a Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield Professor of History and played a major role in the founding and development of International and Global Studies. Professor Freeze received his Ph.D. from Columbia University, conducted many years of research in Moscow and St. Petersburg, and has taught in several German universities. He has received the Fulbright, Guggenheim, Humboldt, and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships and has expertise in the history of Russia, Eurasia, Germany, and globalization. (

Fujiwara, Hisae

Hisae Fujiwara is an Assistant Professor of Japanese and Director of the Japanese Language Program. He received his A.A. degree from Kansai University, his B.A. from Osaka University, two M.A. degrees from the University of Iowa, and his Ph.D. from Carnegie-Mellon University. (

Garcia-Rios, Gerardo
Mr. Garcia-Rios serves as the Director of Student Support Services (SSSP). As the Director of this federally funded TRiO program, he provides students with academic advice such as selecting classes, choosing a major, and exploring post-Brandeis options. Mr. Garcia-Rios enjoys students dropping by to talk about their experiences in and outside of Brandeis. (

Garrity, Paul

Paul Garrity is an Associate Professor of Biology whose expertise is in molecular genetics of behavior. He is also a faculty member in Neuroscience. Professor Garrity received his B.A in Chemistry from Swarthmore College and his Ph.D. in Biology from the California Institute of Technology. He has received several awards and honors, including a McKnight Scholar Award and the Alberta Gotthardt and Henry Strage Award for Aspiring Young Science Faculty. He teaches Population Genetics and Genomics and oversees undergraduates in their Senior Research. (

Gelles, Jeff
Jeff Gelles is the Aron and Imre Tauber Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology and co-Director of the Brandeis Quantitative Biology Program. Gelles attended Harvard University as an undergraduate and received his Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology. A recipient of the MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health, Professor Gelles' has developed novel single-molecule light microscopy techniques and applied these to understanding the workings of the macromolecular machines that execute a variety of essential cellular processes. (

Godsoe, Kimberly

Kim Godsoe is the Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs. Dean Godsoe oversees staff based academic advising, Brandeis undergraduate group study, study abroad, pre-health advising, support for students with disabilities, pre-health advising, merit scholars advising, academic fellowships, the Transitional Year Program, Student Support Services Posse, and administrative support for the Justice Brandeis Semester. Dean Godsoe received a BA from Bryn Mawr College, an MFA from Columbia University, and she is currently pursuing her Ph.D at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Her research interests include assessment and educational access. (

Golden, Charles

Charles Golden is an Associate Professor of Anthropology with expertise on the archaeology of complex societies, modern contexts of archaeological research, Mesoamerica, and the Maya. He received his B.A. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Current director of the Proyecto Arqueologico Busilja-Chocolja in Chiapas, Mexico, Professor Golden teaches many classes in the Anthropology Department at Brandeis University. (

Gonzalez Ros, Elena

Professor Gonzalez Ros attended the Universidad de Oviedo in Spain as an undergraduate and Liverpool John Moores University for her M.Phil. A member of the Romance and Comparative Literature department faculty, her research interests include Spanish language and language pedagogy and the use of new technologies for language acquisition. She teaches all levels of Spanish Language classes and other courses including Peoples, Ideas,and Language of the Hispanic World and the USEM, For Our Own Protection? The Power of Censorship. (

Goode, Bruce
Bruce Goode is a Professor of Biology and of the Rosenstiel Basic Medical Sciences Research Center. His expertise is in Cell Biology,
Biochemistry and Genetics of the actin and microtubule cytoskeletons. Professor Goode grew up in the San Francisco bay area. He received his B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and performed postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley. He has published over 70 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and received a number of grants and awards, including the Pew Scholar award, the American Cancer Society Research Scholar award, and the NIH Career Development Award. He teaches Mechanisms of Cell Functions; he also mentors and supervises a team of undergraduates, PhD students, and postdoctoral fellows performing research in his lab. He is Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal Cytoskeleton. He loves running, cycling, movies, big dogs, and spending time with his family. (

Graddy, Kathryn

Kathryn Graddy is a Professor of Economics who teaches in the undergraduate economics department as well as the International Business School. She received her B.A. and B.S. from Tulane University, her M.B.A. from Columbia, and her Ph.D. at Princeton. Her research focuses on pricing, and more broadly, empirical industrial organization. She has worked on issues ranging from price discrimination at the Fulton Fish market to the economics of art auctions. Prior to coming to Brandeis, she was on the faculty at Oxford University and the London Business School. Professor Graddy is currently Chair of the Economics Department.(

Greenberg, Robert
Professor Greenberg attended Reed College as an undergraduate and University of Chicago for his Ph.D. A member of the Philosophy department, he is a Fulbright Scholar with expertise in metaphysics, the history of philosophy and Kant. In 2001, he published two books, Kant's Theory of A Priori Knowledge (2001) and Real Existence, Ideal Necessity: Kant's Compromise (2008). He is currently working on a third book on Kant, on his theory of action. His courses include Personal Identity; Consciousness and Self; and Contemporary Analytic Philosophy. (

Greenlee, Jill
Jill Greenlee is an Assistant Professor of Politics with a focus on American politics, political behavior, political socialization, public opinion, women and politics, and research methods. Professor Greenlee's current scholarship investigates how individuals change politically as they move through the life course. She received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her M.A. and Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley. Professor Greenlee’s courses include Introduction to American Government, Political Science Methods: Research, Design, and Modes of Analysis, Political Psychology, and Women in American Politics. She also is the director of the Honors Program in the Politics Department.(

Griffith, Leslie
Leslie Griffith is a Professor of Biology. Her expertise is in Biochemistry of synaptic plasticity and neuronal basis of behavior. Her lab is interested in how the nervous system integrates information and generates behavioral outputs. She studies behavior at the biochemical, cellular and organismal levels using Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism. Professor Griffith received her M.D. and Ph.D. from Stanford University, and her B.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Courses she has taught include Biochemistry Techniques, Physiology, and Molecular Pharmacology. (

Gutchess, Angela
Angela Gutchess is an Assistant Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, and the Volen National Center for Complex Systems. Using a combination of behavioral and neuroimaging (fMRI) methods, Professor Gutchess’ research explores the effects of age and culture on memory and social cognition. A recent recipient of research grants from the American Federation of Aging Research and the National Institute on Aging, she has also received funding from the National Science Foundation. Professor Gutchess is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Boston University, and holds her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. A sampling of Professor Gutchess’ classes includes Human Memory, Introduction to Psychology, and Social Neuroscience and Culture. (


Professor Haber attended Harvard College as an undergraduate and received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. After postdoctoral work at the University of Wisconsin he joined the Biology Department at Brandeis. He is Director of the Rosenstiel Basic Medical Sciences Research Center. His lab studies how breaks in the DNA double helix turn on cellular alarms called checkpoints and how cells repair these broken chromosomes, thus preventing the kind of genetic instability seen in cancer cells. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was elected as a member of the US National Academy of Sciences in 2010. He was recently awarded the Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal for lifetime achievement in genetics by the Genetics Society of America. He teaches both introductory Genetics and Molecular Biology and graduate courses in Molecular Biology and in Molecular Genetics.(

Hagan, Michael
Michael Hagan is Associate Professor of Physics and a member of the Quantitative Biology Program at Brandeis University. He holds a B.S. from the University of Connecticut and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He has received the Alberta Gotthardt Strage '56 and Henry Strage Award for Aspiring Young Science Faculty (2012). His scholarly research applies statistical mechanics, modern computational techniques, and theory to pris hugreoblems in biology and condensed matter physics. Problems studied include how viruses assemble during infections and pattern formation by colloids under nonequilibrium conditions. His courses include Introductory Physics I, Introduction to Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics, as well as Biological Physics. (

Hall, George

George Hall is a Professor of Economics. He earned his B.A. at Oberlin College and his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. Professor Hall specializes in macroeconomics and industrial organization. This year he will teach Introduction to Macroeconomics, A Fiscal History of the United States, and Topics in Advanced Macroeconomics. (

Hampton, Neal
Professor Hampton is the Conductor of the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Composition from the Eastman School of Music and a Masters degree in Orchestra Conducting from Boston University. He is a composer of songs and of musical theater and has written music for ballet and stage productions throughout the U.S. and Canada. He teaches courses in Conducting, Music Theater Composition and Jazz History.(

Hang, Xing

Xing Hang is an Assistant Professor of History who specializes in early modern China, the Ming-Qing transition, the Dutch, Spanish, Zheng Taiwan, and East Asian world order, and Eurasian comparative history. Professor Hang received his B.B.A. and B.A. from the University of Georgia and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. Professor Hang was awarded the National Central Library Center for Chinese Studies Grant in 2009 and was a Li Ka-shing Program in Modern Chinese History Fellow in 2008. (

Harder, Hollie

Professor Harder attended the University of Kansas as an undergraduate and Boston University for her Ph.D in French Literature. A member of the Department of Romance Studies, she serves as Director of Language Programs in Romance Studies at Brandeis. Her scholarly interests include the works of Marcel Proust and the nineteenth-century French novel. She teaches courses on such topics as social justice in France, the Bad Girls of French literature, and French culture and cuisine. (

Headrick, Matthew

Matthew Headrick has been an Assistant Professor in the Physics Department since joining the Brandeis community in 2008. He attended Princeton University as an undergraduate, then served as a Peace Corps Volunteer, teaching math and science in Gabon, before earning his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He did postdoctoral work at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Stanford University. His expertise includes theoretical high-energy and gravitational physics, specifically string theory. Professor Headrick’s course offerings include Quantum Theory I and II, Quantum Mechanics I and II, and Mathematical Physics. (

Hedstrom, Liz

The 2007 recipient of the Louis D. Brandeis Teaching Award, Liz Hedstrom is a Professor of Biology who teaches classes at the interface between biology and chemistry, including "Medicinal Enzymology" and "Drugs that Changed the World". Professor Hedstrom’s research addresses problems antimicrobial drug discovery and the design of small molecules that induce protein degradation. Professor Hedstrom is a fellow of the American Academy of Sciences, and a former Searle Scholar, NSF CAREER and Beckman Young Investigator awardee. She shares her office with Ripken, a mini Australian shepherd. (

Hickey, Timothy

Professor Hickey attended Brandeis University as an undergraduate and the University of Chicago for his Ph.D. A member of the Computer Science department faculty, his research interests include internet studies, interval arithmetic, computer supported learning, and constraint logic programming. He received an Award for Excellence in Teaching. He teaches courses such as Introduction to Computers and Introduction to 3-D Animation. (

Irr, Caren

Caren Irr is a Professor of English and American Literature. She studied at Swarthmore College as an undergraduate and received both her Master’s and Ph.D. from Duke University. Professor Irr was the recipient of the Fulbright Lectureship in the Czech Republic and the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar Fellowship. Professor Irr teaches courses such as American Fiction since 1945 and American Independent Film.(

Kamensky, Jane

Jane Kamensky is Harry S. Truman Professor of American History and chair of the Department of History. She is also a core faculty member of the Women’s and Gender Studies program. She earned her B.A. and Ph.D. in History from Yale University, and has taught at Brandeis since 1993, winning two university teaching awards. Professor Kamensky has been the recipient of fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, the Charles Warren Center at Harvard University,and he National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2007-08, a New Directions Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellow Foundation sent her to London to study at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Her books include The Exchange Artist: A Tale of High-Flying Speculation and America's First Banking Collapse, which was a finalist for the 2009 George Washington Book Prize; and Blindspot, a novel jointly written with Jill Lepore, which was a Boston Globe best-seller. Professor Kamensky’s courses include History of the United States: 1607-1865; Salem, 1692; and London in the Long Eighteenth Century, an interdisciplinary course co-taught with Professor Susan Lanser in the English Department which won a 2012 Innovative Course Design Prize from the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. (

Kapelle, William
Professor Kapelle attended the University of Kansas for his B.A. as well as his M.A. and received his Ph.D from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is an Associate Professor of History and also teaches courses in Italian Studies, Classical Studies, and Medieval and Renaissance Studies. His focus is on medieval history. He teaches courses such as The Crusades and the Expansion of Medieval Europe; The Civilization of the Early Middle Ages; and The Renaissance. Aside from teaching, Professor Kapelle is a cabinet maker and a militant pedestrian.(

Kelikian, Alice
Alice Kelikian is an Associate Professor of History who is also on the executive committee for the Film, Television and Interactive Media Program. She attended Princeton University as an undergraduate and Oxford University for her D. Phil. Professor Kelikian specializes in modern history, social institutional history, and Italian Cinema.(

Kell, Eileen
Eileen Kell is the senior department coordinator in the Education Program where she has been advising undergraduate students interested in Education Studies and in preschool, elementary and secondary teacher education. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, and has been a teacher of middle school English language arts and drama in both public and private schools in New England.(

Kellman, Ellen
Professor Kellman attended Goddard College as an undergraduate and received an MA from the University of Michigan and an MA and Ph.D. from Columbia University. A member of the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies faculty, she researches and writes about the history of modern Yiddish literature. Her book-in-progress is entitled Reading the New Country: Abraham Cahan and the Making of American Yiddish Fiction. She teaches courses in Yiddish language and literature, a course entitled Modern Jewish Literatures: Text, Image and Context, and is developing a new course on Jewish graphic novels.(

Klausen, Jyette
Jytte Klausen is Professor of Comparative Politics at Brandeis University and an affiliate at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University. Her next book about the worldwide protests against the Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, "The Cartoons That Shook the World," is forthcoming in November 2009. She is the author of many books and articles on immigrant integration, the European welfare state, and social inclusion, including "The Islamic Challenge: Politics and Religion in Western Europe" (Oxford University Press 2005). In 2007, Klausen received the Carnegie Scholars’ Award. Professor Klausen’s courses include Introduction to Comparative Government: Europe, Politics and Religion in the West, and courses on immigration in Europe and North America.(

Kleinbock, Dmitry
Winner of the Dynamics on Parameter Spaces Grant from US-Israel Binational Science Foundation, an NSF CAREER Grant, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship Award, an ED Bergmann Memorial Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Graduate Dissertation Fellowship, and the JF Edwards Research Grant, Dr. Dmitry Kleinbock, Professor of Mathematics has expertise in Dynamical systems, Ergodic theory, and Number theory. He received his Masters from Moscow Gubkin Institute and his Ph.D. from Yale University. Professor Kleinbock teaches courses such as Intermediate Calculus, Real Analysis, and Number Theory.(

Knight, Raymond
Raymond Knight is the Mortimer Gryzmish Professor of Human Relations in the department of Psychology. He is a developmental and experimental psychopathologist, whose research focuses on various manifestations of aggressive behavior including sexual assault, bullying, and psychopathy. He has served as the President of both the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and the Society for Research in Psychopathology and the Society for Research in Psychopathology. He is currently on the Executive Boards of the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy and the Massachusetts Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders. Professor Knight teaches classes such as Abnormal Psychology, Schools of Psychotherapy, Tests and Measurements, and Proseminar in Brain, Body, and Behavior.(

Kosinski-Collins, Melissa
Professor Kosinski-Collins attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst as an undergraduate and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for her Ph.D in Biochemistry. A member of the Biology department faculty, her primary research interests are protein folding and aggregation and biology education. Professor Kosinski-Collins teaches classes such as General Biology Laboratory and Molecular Biotechnology. She has 3 daughters and is working on a children's science book about the experiments of Dr. Seuss.(

Krauss, Isaac
Isaac Krauss is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and an M.Phil, M.A, and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. His research interests involve organic synthesis and its interface with other areas of chemical science, including organometallics and chemical biology. Professor Krauss’ courses include Organic Chemistry and Advanced Organic Chemistry.(

Krstansky, Adrienne
Professor Krstansky attended Beloit College as an undergraduate and University of California, San Diego for her M.F.A. in Acting. A member of the Theater Arts department, Professor Krstansky currently teaches courses such as Acting and Collaborative Process. Professor Krstansky has won a Walzer Prize for Excellence in Teaching, and her production of Thom Pain at the New Repertory Theater was named the Best Theater Production of 2006 by the Boston Globe. Ms. Krstansky has performed in 356 days/365 plays at The Public Theater in New York City and in Britannicus at The American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA.(

Kryder, Daniel
Daniel Kryder is an Associate Professor of Politics. He received his B.A. from The George Washington University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research. Professor Kryder’s research interests include American political development, the history of race policy and politics, the presidency, and wartime politics. His current scholarship concerns the relationship between police and democracy in American history. Professor Kryder teaches courses such as: Social Movements in American Politics, The American Presidency, and Political Science Methods. He spent the spring 2012 term in the West Bank as a fellow at Al-Quds University.(

Lachman, Margie
Margie Lachman is the Minnie and Harold Fierman Professor of Psychology and specializes in adult development and aging, health-promoting behaviors, and intervention research to improve cognitive and physical functioning. She is also an affiliated faculty member for Health: Science, Society and Policy and the Heller School of Social Policy and Management. She received her B.A. from Boston University and her M.S. and Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. Professor Lachman received the Distinguished Research Achievement Award in 2003 from the American Psychological Association, Division 20. She is editor of the Handbook of Midlife Development and is Co-Investigator on the National Study of Midlife in the United States. She has presented her research fundings on the NBC Today Show and the CBS Evening News and Sunday Morning Show. In addition to working in the lab, she also enjoys hiking, traveling, knitting and jewelry making. She has two adult children.(

Lau, Nelson
Nelson Lau is an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department. He attended State University of New York, Albany as an undergraduate and received his Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His areas of expertise include gene expression, RNA interference, Molecular Biology, gene and genome regulation by RNAi and small RNAs. He has been awarded the National Institute of Health’s NICHD K99/R00 Career Transition Award, the Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Award. Professor Lau’s course offerings include Molecular Biology, Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, Ribonucleic Acids, and Epigenetics. (

Lawrence, Albion
Albion Lawrence joined Brandeis in 2002 as an assistant professor in the Physics Department, and has been an Associate Professor since 2009. He attended UC Berkeley for his A.B, and The University of Chicago for his Ph.D. He was a Department of Energy Outstanding Junior Investigator Award from 2004-2009, and has been a member of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics in 2003, 2006, 2009, and 2012. His interests include string theory, cosmology, particle physics, and quantum gravity, and their interactions with mathematics and condensed matter physics. His current research covers quantum field theory, inflationary cosmology, and quantum-mechanical descriptions of black holes. He is also interested in international outreach, and was the co-organizer of a series of string theory schools in Iran from 2003-2009. Professor Lawrence’s past course offerings include graduate-level Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Field Theory, and undergraduate-level Quantum Mechanics, Advanced Introductory Physics and General Relativity.(

Levin, Martin
Martin A. Levin is a Professor of Politics who specializes in American politics and public policy. He was educated at Michigan, Cornell, and Harvard. He is the founding director of the Gordon Public Policy Center and author of nine books including "Making Government Work" and "After the Cure: Managing AIDS and Other Public Health Crises". He has been President of both the Association for Policy Analysis and Management and the Policy Studies Organization. He has also taught at the Public Policy School at Berkley and the University of California, Irvine.(

Lewis, Elena
Elena began working at Brandeis in June of 2004. For the past nine years she has worked in Higher Education. She currently serves as the Assistant Director for the Student Support Services Program within Academic Services. Before her arrival to Brandeis, she served as the Counseling Coordinator and Critical Thinking Instructor at her Alma Mater Westfield State College where she earned her undergraduate degree in Mass Communications. Her Master's Degree in Sociology at Brandeis focuses on gender, race, and class inequality and reconciliatory efforts to promote equity. Her passion for helping students makes coming to work every day worthwhile.(

Lian, Bong
Professor Lian attended the University of Toronto as an undergraduate and received his Ph.D. from Yale University. A member of the Mathematics department, his primary research interests are representation theory, Calabi-Yau geometry and string theory, and the interconnections among these three subjects. He is a Guggenheim Fellowship recipient and teaches courses including Linear Algebra and Introduction to Groups. (

Lichtman, Susan
Susan Lichtman is a figurative painter whose oil and gouache paintings have been exhibited throughout the northeast US and Europe. She received her B.A. from Brown University, an M.F.A. from Yale University and has won awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Tiffany Foundation as well as the Leonard Bernstein Creative Arts award from Brandeis. This past year she was Senior Resident Artist at the International School of Drawing and Painting in Umbria Italy, and was a visiting artist at Maryland Institute College of Art and University of Washington, Seattle. In 2013-14 she will be teaching introductory courses in painting and drawing at Brandeis, and mentoring students in the Post-Bacc Studio Art program. Her website is (

Lisman, John
John Lisman is the Zalman Abraham Kekst Chair in Neuroscience and Professor of Biology and of the Volen National Center for Complex Systems. He received his undergraduate degree from Brandeis and then went on to MIT for his Ph.D. He has received the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression Investigator Award and the Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award. Lisman’s expertise is in the molecular mechanism of memory storage. His courses include Cellular Neuroscience, Systems Neuroscience, and Introduction to Neuroscience". His outside interests include tennis, photography, and his family (2 recent grandchildren).(

Lovett, Susan
Susan Lovett is an Abraham S. and Gertrude Burg Professor of Microbiology within the Biology Department. She attended Cornell University as an undergraduate and the University of California, Berkeley for her doctroral work. Her multitude of scholarly interests include genetics and molecular biology of bacteria and yeast, mechanisms of DNA repair and mutation avoidance, recombination, genetic rearrangements, DNA repair, mutagenesis and bacterial cell cycle. Her laboratory seeks to understand the fundamental mechanisms by which cells preserve genetic information by the study of DNA damage repair and mutation avoidance in the model organism E. coli. Among her many awards and honors, Professor Lovett has been awarded a position on the Genetics Society of America’s Board of Directors, the Davis Fellowship for Experiential Teaching, and the American Cancer Society Massachusetts Fellowship. Professor Lovett’s course offerings include Genetics and Molecular Biology, Molecular Biology, and Mechanisms of Recombination. (

Malamud, Sophia
Sophia Malamud specializes in the study of language meaning and is a faculty member in the Language and Linguistics Program. After earning a BA from University of Pennsylvania in mathematics and linguistics, she stayed on for graduate studies, earning her M.A. in mathematics and Ph.D. in linguistics. The courses she teaches at Brandeis include Introduction to Linguistics; Formal Semantics; Language Acquisition, and Pragmatics and Discourse.(

Mapps, Mingus
Mingus Mapps is a political scientist and an Assistant Professor at Brandeis, where he holds a joint appointment in the Politics and African and Afro-American Studies Departments. He received a B.A. in political science from Reed College in Portland, Oregon and a Ph.D. from the Government Department at Cornell University. Professor Mapps’ research and teaching interests focus on issues at the intersection of race and American politics. He received a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, and his publications include Symbolism Versus Policy Learning: Public Opinion of the 1996 Welfare Reforms. At Brandeis, he offers courses on Urban Politics,Race, Ethnicity and American Elections, and Race, Inequality and Public Policy.(

McClendon, Charles
Professor McClendon is the Sidney and Ellen Wien Professor of the History of Art. He attended Indiana University as an undergraduate and received his Ph.D. from New York University. Professor McClendon is a member of the Fine Arts faculty, as well as the Medieval and Renaissance Studies program, the Religious Studies program, and the Italian Studies program. His research interests include medieval art and architecture, cultural production, and all aspects of the city of Rome. His honors include receiving a J. Paul Getty Trust Grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He recently published The Origins of Medieval Architecture:Building in Europe A.D. 600-900 with Yale University Press, which won two major book awards. Professor McClendon teaches classes such as History of Art I: Antiquity to the Middle Ages; The Formation of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Art; The Age of Cathedrals; and St. Peter’s and the Vatican.(

Menon, Nidhiya
Professor Menon received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Brown University. She is a member of the Economics department and the International Business School. She has extensive experience in applying the tools of empirical microeconomics and econometrics to the areas of economic development, labor, and economic demography. Professor Menon teaches courses such as statistics and development.(

Monteiro, Alessandra
Alessandra Monteiro began working at Brandeis in September 2009. Alessandra holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science and a master's degree in Higher Education Administration. As the Program Coordinator for SSSP, Alessandra organizes the Peer Mentoring Program, First Year Learning Community, and advises a case load of students. Alessandra loves to travel and is an avid dancer who has practiced many different forms of dance over the past 16 years.(

Morrison, Janet
Janet Morrison is an Associate Professor of Theater Arts. OTS She earned her M.F.A. in Acting from Temple University. Professor Morrison received a Dramalogue Critics Award for acting Off-Broadway in Last Summer at Bluefish Cove. Boston-area acting credits include Shakespeare's King John (Actor’s Shakespeare Project) and The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre). She has directed several productions for The Nora Theatre Company, Cambridge and directed a play in the Boston theatre Marathon. Professor Morrison teaches acting in both the MFA-Acting and the BA-Theater Arts programs at Brandeis. Her current research is on the Michael Chekhov technique of acting. She played Sonya in a production of Brian Friel's Afterplay with the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium. She recently directed a production of Naomi Wallace's play, In the Heart of America in the Theater Arts Department's Spring 2013 season and is scheduled to direct Arthur Miller's View from the Bridge in the 2013-14 season.(

Nicastro, Daniela
As of September 1st, Daniela Nicastro is an Associate Professor of Biology who received her B.S. and Ph.D. at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich. She received the Alberta Gotthardt and Henry Strage Award for Aspiring Young Science Faculty in 2008. She also received the prestigious Pew Scholar grant in the biomedical sciences and an NIH R01 grant in 2007 to support her research on the molecular interactions that drive the beating of cilia and flagella. Her field of research is structural biology and cell biology using state of the art imaging techniques.(

Nieske, Robert
Professor Nieske attended the New England Conservatory for both undergraduate and for his Master's degree. An acclaimed bassist and jazz composer, his current projects include a quartet featuring slide guitar virtuoso Dave Tronzo and a 10 piece little big band, The Big Wolf Project. He directs the Jazz Ensemble and teaches classes in jazz composition and arranging, and introductory improvisation. His awards include being named the winner of the Jazz Composition Contest sponsored by the Jazz Composers Alliance and being named an "outstanding bassist" by the Boston Music Awards. His quintet recording "My Desire" being named one of the top jazz records of 1996 by Jazz Hot Magazine.(

Novack, Claudia
Professor Novack has a diverse educational background that includes an M.A. and Ph.D. in Slavic Languages from Brown University. She is currently on the faculty of the Chemistry department where her primary commitment is to teaching the General Chemistry course, both during the academic year and in the summer. A devoted pedagog, she is the recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching from Brown University. Notwithstanding four degrees and eleven years of higher education, she considers her greatest achievement to be the birth of her son Caleb ten years ago. Her hobbies include hiking, climbing, knitting, cooking, and solving puzzles of all types.(

Oliver, William
Professor Oliver is a Senior Lecturer in the Brandeis International Business School. He received a Doctor of Manager from Case Western Reserve University, an Masters in Management from MIT and a B.B.A. from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. His areas of specialty include Healthcare Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Microfinance, and Evidenced-Based Management. He has taught the Quantitative Methods in Business, Functions of the Capitalist Enterprise and Field Projects at Brandeis. Professor Oliver is a practitioner as well as an academic. As a practitioner, he has worked with Bain & Company, KPMG, and Gemini Consulting. He also started four new companies, obtaining venture financing and building them to success. (

Oprian, Dan
Daniel Oprian is a Louis and Bessie Rosenfield Professor of Biochemistry and is a faculty member in the Biochemistry Department. He received his B.S. from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. all from the University of Michigan Medical School. Awarded the Louis and Bessie Rosenfield Chair in Biochemistry in 1996, Professor Oprian is an expert on structure-function studies of visual pigments and other cell surface receptors. (

Paradis, Suzanne
Suzanne Paradis is an Assistant Professor of Biology who directs an active research laboratory that focuses on understanding how synapses form between neurons in the mammalian central nervous system. She is also a faculty member in Neuroscience. She teaches classes in Developmental Biology, Developmental Neurobiology, Neurogenetics, and Topics in Neurobiology. Having earned her PhD from Harvard University, Professor Paradis has received many accolades, including the Society for Neuroscience Career Development Award, the Smith Family Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research, and the Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award. Professor Paradis was also an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow.(

Parmentier, Richard
Richard J. Parmentier is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Graduate Program in Global Studies.  He attended Princeton University and received his doctorate in anthropology from the University of Chicago. He carried out ethnographic fieldwork in Palau, Micronesia, and his principal scholarly writing involves the application of semiotic concepts (especially derived from the American scientist Peirce and the Swiss linguist Saussure) in the study of megaliths, narratives, and visual images. In 1997 he received of Mouton d’Or prize for the best publication in Semiotica; and in 2012 he was appointed Editor-in-Chief of Signs and Society, an international journal in the humanities and social sciences. His current research projects include a comparative study of images of transcendence in ancient and medieval cultures and a historical study of choral performance practice in British cathedrals and colleges. Some of Professor Parmentier’s courses include History, Time, and Tradition; Crossing Cultural Boundaries; Verbal Art and Cultural Performance; and Symbol, Meaning, and Reality. He also teaches graduate seminars dealing with the history of anthropology and multidisciplinary concepts of globalization. Outside of school he is a loyal follower of Boston’s professional sports teams, enjoys listening to music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and runs an extensive basement layout of Lionel trains.(

Perdomo, Azlin
Azlin Perdomo is a Lecturer in Hispanic Studies.She received her M.A. from Emerson College and her B.F.A. from the Massachusetts College of Art. She also specializes in Romance Studies. Some of the courses she teaches include Beginning Spanish; Peoples, Ideas, and Language of the Hispanic World; and Spanish Composition, Grammar, and Stylistics.(

Perlman, Dan
Dan Perlman is a Professor of Biology who specializes in ecology, animal behavior, and conservation biology, and he also serves as Associate Provost of Innovation in Education. Professor Perlman attended Yale as an undergraduate and Harvard for his Ph.D where he studied ant behavior. A 1987 Fulbright Scholar, Perlman received the Louis Dembitz Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching, in 2006, and the Student Union Teaching Award in 2004 and 2005. Professor Perlman’s recent research has focused on creating new methods for setting priorities in the practice of conservation biology; he also has a Web site from which he freely distributes teaching materials he has developed for ecology and environmental studies (

Pochapsky, Thomas
Thomas Pochapsky is a Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and affiliated with the Rosenstiel BasicMedical Sciences Research Center. He received his B.Sc. at the University of Pittsburgh and his Ph.D. at theUniversity of Illinois. He has several fields of expertise including self-assembly of chemical and biological systems, transient interactions in solution by NMR, NMR of soluble proteins, protein stability and folding by NMR and mutagenesis, structure and function of metal-containing enzymes and proteins. He has published numerous journal articles and recently published the book,NMR for Physical and Biological Scientists. Professor Pochapsky has served as the Chair of the National Institutes of Health Study Section for High Field NMR Spectrometers. In addition to overseeing research for undergraduates in Biochemistry and senior research in Chemistry, he also teaches Directed Studies in Chemistry.(

Pomeranz Krummel, Daniel
Daniel Pomeranz Krummel, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry. His research focus lies in studies of RNA processing mechanisms and RNA-protein interactions. In particular, his laboratory is interested in understanding the macromolecular 'machine' (the spliceosome) that catalyzes the maturation of human pre-mRNA transcripts. His laboratory employs a diverse range of methods in their studies, including structural approaches (crystallography and electron microscopy) and biochemistry. Professor Pomeranz Krummel received his B.Sc. from New York University, Ph.D. from Yale University, and prior to coming to Brandeis conducted post-doctoral research at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, U.K. In the Spring semester he teaches a course he designed: 'Advanced Biochemistry: Cellular Information Transfer Mechanisms' (BCHM 103b).(

Powelstock, David
Professor Powelstock attended Princeton University as an undergraduate and the University of California, Berkeley for his M.A. and Ph.D. A member of the German, Russian, and Asian Languages and Literature department, History of Ideas program, and the Russian and East European Studies program. Professor Powelstock's expertise is in modern Russian and Czech literature, the Russian & Czech languages, comparative literature, and translation studies. He is the recipient of several fellowships such as the Junior Faculty Summer Fellowship with the University of Chicago, the Mellon Fellowship administered by The Center for Slavic and East European Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and he was a Residential Research Fellow with the Davis Center for Russian Studies at Harvard University. His courses include Nature, Man, and Machine: Twentieth-Century Russian Literature; Nabokov; and Contemporary East European Literature. (

Press, Joan
Professor Press attended Pennsylvania State University as an undergraduate and received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. A member of the Biology department, her areas of expertise are developmental immunology and immunogenetics. Her courses include Immunology, Infectious Disease, and Microbiology for science majors, and an infectious disease course, Pathogens and Human Disease, intended for non-science majors. (

Quinney, Laura
Professor Laura Quinney attended Yale University as an undergraduate before attending Cornell University for her Masters and Doctoral work. She specializes in Romanticism, poetry, and literature and philosophy. She is currently working on the representation of the inner life in poetry and philosophy. She was a Fellow of Wellesley College’s Newhouse Humanities Center in 2009, and has many publications to her name, including her recent book, William Blake on Self and Soul. Some of Profressor Quinney’s course offerings include Contemporary Poetry, Blake and Shelley, and Me, Myself, and I: The Theme of Self-Conflict. She has two sons and a budgie.(

Reed, Jr., Charles
Chuck Reed, Jr. is currently Co-Director of the Asper Center for Global Entrepreneurship and Senior Lecturer in the Practice of Entrepreneurship at the International Business School of Brandeis University. He teaches undergraduates and graduates in the process of business start ups and the development of focused business plans. Professor Reed holds an AB in Economics and an MBA from the Harvard where he was a National Merit scholar. He was also a three-year letterman in Football and a starter on Harvard’s first Ivy League championship football team. He received the Corning Foundation Traveling Fellowship upon graduation. Professor Reed was a founding board member of the Massachusetts Product Development Corporation, a Massachusetts quasi public investment company. He also serves on the board of the Epilepsy Foundation of Massachusetts. This is the only organization in the state devoted to improving the welfare of people with seizure disorders. In addition, he is a board member of three private companies. Professor Reed is an avid downhill skier and ocean sailor. (

Reimer, Joseph
Joe Reimer is an Associate Professor of Jewish Education in the Education Program and the Hornstein Program for Jewish Professional Leadership. He earned his B.A at Queens College of New York, his M.A. at Brandeis, and his M.Ed. and Ed.D. at Harvard. His areas of expertise include Jewish and public education, summer camps, creativity and caring. He has published various articles on Jewish education including several books: Succeeding at Jewish Education: How One Synagogue Made It Work, To Build a Profession: Careers in Jewish Education and Promoting Moral Growth: From Piaget to Kohlberg. He received the National Jewish Book Award in Education in 1997 for his book, Succeeding at Jewish Education: How One Synagogue Made It Work, and the Human Development Research Award in 1988 for research on moral development of kibbutz adolescents and young adults. (

Rodal, Avital
Doctor Avital Rodal is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology. She was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, and received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley. Her lab studies how neurons receive and interpret growth signals, using genetics, microscopy,and biochemistry in fruit flies. (

Seidl, Kathrin
Kathrin Seidl, Assistant Professor of German and Director of the German Language Program, received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. Professor Seidl’s primary research focuses on German exile in Latin America, particularly Colombia, and the vibrant cultural-intellectual transfer between Germany and the region during the mid-twentieth century. Her scholarship on the essayistic oeuvre of the German literary critic and cultural mediator Ernesto Volkening (Antwerp 1908 – Bogotá 1983) and the journal Eco: revista de la cultura de occidente investigates key moments of cultural transfer, transformation and translation that decisively shaped the post-WWII image of German literature and culture in the Andean country. Further research interests include online teaching of foreign languages, development of undergraduate curricula, and cross-cultural literature. Professor Seidl received most recently the Theodore and Jane Norman Award (2013) for her research in Bogotá, Colombia, and the Hilde-Domin Stipend (2013/14) for studying Latin-American – German Literary Relations at the German Literary Archive in Marbach. She also gratefully acknowledges the generous support for her research on German exile and for experimental teaching and curriculum development projects she has been receiving from the Center for German and European Studies at Brandeis University since joining the faculty in 2012. Professor Seidl teaches introductory German language courses (GER 10/20), a course on Masterpieces of German Short Stories (GER 109), Writing on the Wall – a course on representations of the Berlin Wall in literature and the arts (GER 105), as well as a newly developed course on German cultural history through film (GER 103) to be offered in 2014. In all of her courses, she invites guest speakers and integrates workshops for students and special projects from some on rock and punk music in the GDR to meetings with social rights activists, writers, scholars, and filmmakers to encourage students to engage with the topic at hand in depth and to stimulate cross-disciplinary thinking and discussions. (

Sengupta, Piali
Piali Sengupta is a Professor of Biology and a member of the Volen National Center for Complex Systems and the National Center for Behavioral Genomics. She has an A.B. from Bryn Mawr College, and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Sengupta’s research is focused on the neurogenetics of behavior and development in the roundworm C. elegans. Her lab explores the complex interactions between an animal and its environment that drive its behavioral and developmental responses. She has numerous publications, and has received many awards including a Whitehall Award, Searle Scholars Award and a Packard Foundation Fellowship. Professor Sengupta has taught courses on Developmental Biology, Developmental Neurobiology, Neurogenetics, and Genetics. (

Sherman, Ben

Ben Sherman is a visiting assistant professor in philosophy. He received his B.A. from Brandeis University and his Ph.D. from Boston University. His areas of specialization are ethics and epistemology, with a particular focus on the subject of moral disagreement. He teaches courses on various topics in ethics and the history of philosophy, as well as epistemology and logic.(

Shiller, Benjamin

Benjamin Shiller is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Brandeis University. He received his B.A. from the same institution, Brandeis University, and his Ph.D. in Applied Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. During his graduate study, he received the Amy Morse prize for his research. After receiving his doctoral degree, he spent a year as a fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, as part of the Economics of Digitization and Copyright Initiative. His research has focused on the economic impact of digitization. Specifically, he has analyzed the impact on optimal pricing, supplier coordination, and resale. His research has been featured in the press, in notable publications such as the Economist and Vox EU." (

Shostak, Sara

As of July 1, 2013, Sara Shostak is an Associate Professor of Sociology and the Chair of the Health: Science, Society, and Policy (HSSP) Program. She attended Reed College as an undergraduate, where she majored in sociology. She received her Masters in Public Health from UCLA and her Ph.D. from UC San Francisco. Her areas of expertise include sociology of health and illness, science and technology studies, sociology of the body, environmental health and justice, and research methods. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, among others. Professor Shostak’s course offerings include Sociology of Science, Technology, and Medicine; Environment, Health and Society, and; Sociology of Body and Health. (

Shrira, Liuba

Liuba Shrira is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department, and is also a Research Affiliate at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT. She received her Ph.D. from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Her research interests span aspects of design and implementation of distributed systems and reliable and scalable storage systems. Professor Shrira teaches courses, including Computer Structures and Organization, Principles of Systems Design, Networks and Distributed Computing, and Programming in C and Java.(

Simister, Neil

Professor Simister attended Oxford University as an undergraduate, and he also received his D.Phil. from Oxford. He did his postdoctoral training at the Whitehead Institute at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A member of the Biology faculty, his research interests include molecular immunology and antibody transport. His honors include receiving grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and receiving the Michael. L. Walzer Award for Teaching. He has received patents for inventions involving receptor specific transepithelial transport of therapeutics and immunogens. Professor Simister teaches classes such as Cell Structure and Function and Biology: Its Human Implications. (

Smith, Ellen

Ellen Smith is Director of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University, Associate Professor in Hornstein, and an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. She also co-directs advanced training programs at Brandeis for Jewish professionals and organizations (including the Gralla Fellows Program for Religion Journalists that ran from 1998-2009). Ellen is principal of Museumsmith, a firm specializing in museum exhibitions and historic site interpretations throughout the nation. Trained as both an academic historian and a museum curator, Ellen has published more than three dozen books, articles, and catalogs including The Jews of Boston, co-edited with Jonathan D. Sarna. At Brandeis, she has developed a series of new courses in visual and material culture, and museum studies. Ellen is the former Curator of the American Jewish Historical Society and the National Museum of American Jewish History, and has taught courses in American Jewish Women's History, American Jewish Material Culture, Jewish Museum Studies, and American Jewish History at Brandeis, Boston, and Northeastern Universities. In 2005 she toured the country as one of the United Jewish Community's key speakers during the 350th anniversary celebration of Jews in America. A popular speaker locally and throughout the country, Ellen sits on numerous academic and civic advisory boards, and is past president of Boston's Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center. She has won numerous honors and awards for her leadership in the Jewish community as both a volunteer and a professional. Ellen and her husband have a grown daughter and son, and live in Newton with Ellen's father and probably too many pets.(


Since 2004, Erika Smith has served as the Director of the Transitional Year Program. Ms. Smith holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University, where she matriculated as a Posse scholar, an EdM in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University, and is currently pursuing her PhD in Social Policy at Brandeis University. On the program's staff since 2000, Ms. Smith has also held posts as the TYP Program Coordinator, and as a math instructor in the program. (


Faith Smith, an Associate Professor, teaches literary and cultural studies in the Departments of African and Afro-American Studies, and English and American Literature, and is a member of the core faculty of the Women's and Gender Studies, and the Latin American and Latino Studies Programs. Professor Smith attended the University of the West Indies-Mona as an undergraduate, received her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her Ph.D. from Duke University. Professor Smith was a National Humanities Center Fellow in 2002, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow in 2005, and Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Residential Fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University in 2008. At Brandeis, she is a recent recipient of a Course Development grant from the Center for German and European Studies, a Jane's Faculty Development award from the Latin American and Latino Studies Program, and the Theodore and Jane Norman Grant. (


Naghmeh Sohrabi is the Charles (Corky) Goodman Professor of Middle East History and the Associate Director for Research at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis. Professor Sohrabi received her Ph.D. in History and Middle East Studies from Harvard University in 2005, and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Crown Center from 2005-2007. Her book, Taken for Wonder: Nineteenth Century Travel Accounts from Iran to Europe was recently published by Oxford University Press. In addition to her scholarship on the 19th century, Professor Sohrabi writes and lectures on contemporary politics and culture of Iran. She has lived extensively in the Middle East and is fluent in Persian and Arabic. (

Sreenivasan, Govind

Govind Sreenivasan is an Associate Professor of History and is also associated with the Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. He received both his M.A. and Ph.D from Harvard University. A winner of the Norman Award for Faculty Scholarship, the National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship, and the Bernstein Faculty Fellowship, Professor Sreenivasan was also a recipient of the Michael L. Walzer ’56 Award for Teaching. Professor Sreenivasan’s current research is on peasant litigation in early modern Germany. His courses include History of South Asia (2500 BCE - 1971) and Deviance and Non-Conformity in pre-modern Europe (1200-1800). (

Storer, James

Jim Storer is a Professor of Computer Science and a member of the Volen National Center for Complex Systems. He currently serves as Chair of the Data Compression Conference. Professor Storer's research interests include computer algorithms, data compression and archiving, data communications, processing of large data sets, image retrieval, texture analysis, text, image, and video processing, and parallel computing. He received his B.A. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Cornell University and both his M.A. and Ph.S. in Computer Science from Princeton University. Professor Storer’s courses include Data Structures and the Fundamentals of Computing, Fundamentals of Programming, and Data Compression and Multimedia Processing.(

Suderow, Detlev

Detlev Suderow is a Senior Lecturer in the Brandeis University International Business School, Undergraduate Advising Head for Study Abroad, and a retired Senior Vice President of Human Resources for several international technology companies. He received his B.A. from Brandeis University and his M.A. from Tufts University and he specializes in International Strategic Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, Executive Coaching, and Leadership Traits. Detlev is also the career advisor for the undergraduate business program, counsels graduate students at the International Business School, and serves on numerous Brandeis University committees and boards. (

Teuber, Andreas

Andreas Teuber is a Professor of Philosophy as well as a faculty member in Legal Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Social Justice and Social Policy and the Sustainable and International Development Programs. He received his B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Professor Teuber has received two Brandeis teaching awards: The Michael Laban Walzer Award for Excellence in Teaching and The Kermit H. Perlmutter Fellowship Award for Teaching Excellence. He is the contributor to two books: American Journey: The Times of Robert Kennedy, (1970) and RISK: Public Health and Risk Assessment, (1994) and the author of a number of articles in philosophy, politics and law. His course offerings include "Philosophy of Law," "Human Rights," "Introduction to Philosophy" and a course in Philosophy of Art: "Painting, Photography and Film."(

Theobald, Douglas

Professor Theobald attended the University of Tennessee for his undergraduate degree and the University of Colorado for his PhD in Biochemistry. Currently, as a member of the Biochemistry department, he teaches Introduction to Research in Biochemistry and Biophysics I and II, as well as Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules II. Among his accomplishments, he has won the Alberta Gotthardt Strage and Henry Strage Award (2011), the Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award (2007) and was an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow (2004). (

Thomas, Christine

Christine Thomas is an Associate Professor of Chemistry. She received her B.S. in chemistry from Lafayette College and her Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the California Institute of Technology. Prior to arriving at Brandeis, Professor Thomas completed postdoctoral work at Texas A&M University focusing on the experimental and theoretical investigation of small molecule models of the dinuclear active site of [FeFe]-Hydrogenase, an enzyme that catalyzes the reversible production of hydrogen from protons. Professor Thomas’ interests include synthetic inorganic, bioinorganic and organometallic chemistry. (

Torrey, Rebecca

Rebecca Torrey is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics. She received her B.S. from American University, her M.S. from the University of Vermont, and her D.Phil from King's College. Some of the courses she has taught include Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers, Introduction to Probability and Statistics, and Applied Linear Algebra. (

Tortorice, Daniel

Dan Tortorice is an Assistant Professor of Economics, with a secondary appointment in the International Business School. Professor Tortorice holds undergraduate degrees in Economics and Mathematics from MIT and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He is a macroeconomist studying the causes of economic fluctuations and the formation of macroeconomic expectations. He uses data on expectations to test leading models of expectations, learning-based models of expectations to study consumption volatility, and structural models to examine outflow from and inflow into unemployment. Professor Tortorice’s courses include Macroeconomic Theory and Financial Economics. (

Turrigiano, Gina

Gina Turrigiano is a Professor of Biology and of the Volen National Center for Complex Systems. She teaches in the Biology and Neuroscience Departments and her expertise is in experience-dependent plascity of cortical synapses and circuits. She is also a faculty member in the Health: Science, Society and Policy program. She earned her B.A. at Reed College in Portland, Oregon and her Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego. Professor Turrigiano has received numerous awards and honors – including the distinguished MacArthur Fellowship for her work in furthering our understanding of the development of complicated neural networks. She teaches Cellular and Systems Neuroscience as well as oversees Biology and Neuroscience Senior Research Projects.(

Urcid, Javier

Javier Urcid is chair and associate professor of anthropology and teaches courses in archaeology. He received his B.A. at Universidad de las Americas (Mexico), and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University. His interests include Archaeology, Bioarchaeology, complex societies, writing systems, material culture, comparative aesthetics, and Mesoamerica. He specializes in the study of ancient scripts from Southwestern Mesoamerica. He has received awards from the National Science Foundation, the National Gallery of Art, Dumbarton Oaks, the Social Science Research Council, the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Marver and Sheva Bernstein Faculty Fellowship, and the Jane's Faculty improvement grant. Professor Urcid teaches several courses in the Anthropology Department including Human Origins, Human Osteology, Archaeological Field Techniques, Meaning and Material Culture, Writing Systems and Scribal Traditions, Directions and issues in Archaeology and Cross-Cultural Art and Aesthetics.(

Walker, Cheryl

Cheryl Walker is an Associate Professor of Classical Studies whose expertise is in Roman and Greek history. She received her B.A at the University of Chicago and her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina. Some of the courses she has taught are Survey of Greek History: Bronze Age to 323 B.C.E., The Greekness of Alexander, Imperialism in Antiquity, Intermediate Ancient Greek (Literature), Intermediate Latin (Literature), Metamorphosis, and Going to Hell: Journeys to the Underworld. She also oversees Directed Readings and Senior Research Projects in the Classical Studies Department. Professor Walker is a recipient of the highest teaching honor at Brandeis – the Louis Dembitz Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching. (

Wang, Xin

Xin Wang is Assistant Professor of Marketing at Brandeis International Business School. She received her PhD and Master’s degrees in Marketing from Carnegie Mellon University. Her research interests include E-Commerce, consumer learning and service quality. Her research has been published in top-tier academic journals such as Marketing Science, Quantitative Marketing and Economics, Economic Journal, Marketing Letters and Journal of Retailing. At Brandeis University, she teaches Marketing Management, Marketing Research and Global Marketing. Professor Wang's prior professional experience includes working as an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Krannert School of Management, Purdue University, a research fellow and instructor at the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University, as well as a research associate at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Professor Wang has received several awards such as William Larimer Fellowship from Carnegie Mellon University, Doctoral Consortium Fellowships of American Marketing Association and the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, and a Faculty Research Grant from the Center for International Business Education and Research. (

Wardle, John

Professor Wardle is a Professor of Astrophysics. His expertise is in radio astronomy and observational cosmology. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Cambridge and an M.S. and a Ph.D. from the University of Manchester. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and has received a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Among his numerous publications, he is the author of "Deceleration from Entrainment in the Jet of the Quasar 1136-135" and "Structure and Magnetic Fields in the Precessing Jet System SS 433," both published in the Astrophysical Journal. His courses include Introductory Astronomy; Modern Physics; and Astrophysics. (

Wei, Jian

Jian Wei is a full-time Chinese Lecturer in the Department of German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literature. She received her M.A. from Beijing Language and Culture University, with a major as a master degree of teaching Chinese as the second language. Some of the courses she teaches include Advanced Intermediate Chinese, Advanced Conversation and Composition, and Readings in Contemporary Chinese Literature: Advanced Chinese Language. (

Weihs, Hagit

Hagit Weihs is an Adjunct Professor in the Brandeis International Business School. She holds a B.A. in Accounting and Economics from Bar-Ilan University, and a Ph.D. in Financial Accounting and an MBA in Finance from Tel-Aviv University. She is also a CPA. Professor Weihs has received the International Business School Teaching Award (2009). Her areas of expertise include Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting and Financial Statement Analysis. Among her course offerings, she has taught Introduction to Accounting and Statistics, Financial Accounting and Financial Statement Analysis. (

Wingfield, Art

After 10 years as director of the Volen Center, last year, Art Wingfield passed on the directorship and the director's chair to Leslie Griffith (BIOL/NEURO), who is now the Nancy Lurie Marks Professor of Neuroscience. He heads both the undergrad and graduate programs in neuroscience. Professor Wingfield’s expertise concentrates on language, memory, and adult aging. The recipient of two National Institute on Aging MERIT Awards, Professor Wingfield is also a Fellow of both the Gerontological Society of America and the Association for Psychological Science. With a doctorate from Oxford University, Professor Wingfield teaches courses in the departments of Neuroscience and Psychology. (

Woll, Peter

Peter Woll is a Professor of Politics whose expertise is in American politics and government, administrative law and congress. He received his B.A at Haverford College and his Ph.D. at Cornell. Professor Woll has published a number of books including American Government: Readings and Cases, American Government: The Core, Debating American Government, and Behind the Scenes in American Government. He teaches courses in Administrative Law and Constitutional Law as well as supervising students who are pursuing Independent Studies and Senior Research Honors Thesis programs. (

Wong, Elaine

Elaine Wong serves as the Senior Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences for Undergraduate Education. Her responsibilities include the undergraduate curriculum and support for teaching, and staff members reporting to her coordinate experiential and community-engaged learning, academic internships, the Brandeis Pluralism Alliance and the Undergraduate Departmental Representatives (UDRs). She aims to support faculty and student community-building initiatives. (

Wright, David

David Wright is a Professor of Bible and Ancient Near East in the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department. His research specialties include Near Eastern and biblical ritual and law in comparative perspective and the languages and literatures of the Ancient Near East. He is author of the recent book Inventing God's Law: How the Covenant Code of the Bible Used and Revised the Laws of Hammurabi, as well as The Disposal of Impurity: Elimination Rites in the Bible and in Hittite and Mesopotamian Literature and Ritual in Narrative: The Dynamics of Feasting, Mourning, and Retaliation Rites in the Ugaritic Tale of Aqhat. Professor Wright’s courses include The Bible in Its Near Eastern Context, The World of the Ancient Near East, Comparative Semitic Languages, and Ritual and Magic in the Bible. (

Wright, Ellen

Professor Wright attended the University of Colorado as an undergraduate and the University of Iowa to earn her Master's and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, specializing in risk and resiliency in children and adolescents. Her research focuses on developmental psychopathology and emotion regulation, particularly in the area of depression. She teaches Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods, Abnormal Psychology Adolescent Development, Theories of Personality, and an upper-level seminar in Research in Sex Differences.gic in the Bible. (

Yack, Bernard

Bernard Yack is a Lerman-Neubauer Professor of Democracy and Public Policy affiliated with the History of Ideas, and also serves as the Chair of the Politics Department. Professor Yack specializes in political theory, the history of political thought, nationalism, and cultural pluralism. He received his B.A. from the University of Toronto and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. His most recent book, Nationalism and the Moral Psychology of Community, was released in 2012. (