Erica Klein, MFA’02, joined the Concord Conservatory of Music, where she offers private instrument instruction as well as teaches music theory and musicianship to new students. She has taught cello through Artisan Music Studios and coached chamber music at the Longy School of Music. She has also played with numerous orchestras and chamber groups. Stephen Mirarchi, PhD’02, is an assistant professor of English at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. Sarah Batterson, MA’05, was named visiting assistant professor of history and government at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pa. After earning an MA in anthropology and women’s studies from Brandeis, she received a PhD in early American history from the University of New Hampshire. Banu Eligür, PhD’06, is an assistant professor at Baskent University in Ankara, Turkey, in the political science and international relations department. She is the author of “The Mobilization of Political Islam in Turkey.” National Geographic explorer and archaeologist Donny Slater, MA’09, is pursuing his doctorate at Brandeis. Since 2009, he has led the Central Yucatan Archaeological Cave Project, studying the ways the ancient Maya used caves. He and his team have discovered petroglyphs, pathways, human remains, ceramics and jewelry that date from 800 B.C. He also works as an educator at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology at Phillips Academy in Andover.
LONDON CALLING: Thea Kokhreidze, MBA’07; Dato Sandroshvili, MBA’01; and Jeffrey Ashton Woodruff, MA’97, joined fellow alumni at the annual networking event in London. Alumni Association President Adam Rifkin ’97, a Brandeis trustee and senior managing director at Guggenheim Partners, and Damian Payiatakis ’99, MA’00, director of strategic development at Barclays, encouraged stronger connections among alumni living in the United Kingdom.