School of Arts and Sciences

Newsmakers

Faculty Accomplishments

On the Bookshelf

Book publications from the past year by faculty across every Division in the School of Arts and Sciences. 

In the Arts

Celebrating art exhibits, theater productions, music compositions, and more from artists and scholars in the Division of Creative Arts. 

Accolades

Comprehensive listing of recent grants and fellowships received by faculty in the School of Arts and Sciences, with links to grant and fellowship archives.

News Feed

Classical painting depicts Greek family and mother holding child

May 8, 2023

As a father of three and the husband of an amazing woman, I know that one day a year is far too little to recognize everything mothers do. But my work as a scholar of ancient Greek literature has shown me how much harder it was to be a mother in antiquity.

collage of faculty portraits of those faculty who won an award

May 5, 2023

Eight Brandeis faculty in the School of Arts and Sciences and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences have been recognized for their excellence in the classroom with teaching, mentoring and service awards.
Dean Hodgson stands aside the Brandeis mascot in front of a baseball field

May 2, 2023

In the May 2023 edition of the Dean's Undergraduate Newsletter, outgoing Dean Hodgson shares her thoughts on the value of her anthropology degree, the challenges of COVID, and her love of Brandeis.
Portrait of Eugene Debs

April 21, 2023

In an article for The Conversation, professor of American Studies Thomas Doherty describes the history of the Socialist Party presidential candidate, who polled nearly a million votes in 1920.
Dorothee Kern

April 19, 2023

Professor of Biochemistry Dorothee Kern has been elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences, which honors exceptionally accomplished individuals across a variety of disciplines.
A photo of the Boston skyline is taken from the top of Skyline Commons

April 4, 2023

In a recent article from The Conversation, Prakash Kashwan, (Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Brandeis University) and Karen Spiller (Thomas W. Haas Professor in Sustainable Food Systems, University of New Hampshire), discuss the growing number of food forests across urban landscapes in the United States, and how such forests could impact Boston.
Rosalind Kabrhel

April 3, 2023

Each month, we interview an A&S faculty member for our undergraduate newsletter. In April 2023, we spoke to Rosalind Kabrhel, Associate Professor of the Practice in Legal Studies.
Darlene Brooks Hedstrom

March 2, 2023

Each month, we interview an A&S faculty member for our undergraduate newsletter. In March 2023, we spoke to Darlene Brooks Hedstrom, Myra and Robert Kraft and Jacob Hiatt Associate Professor of Christian Studies.

Christine Grienberger

February 16, 2023

Christine Grienberger, assistant professor of biology, has been awarded a prestigious fellowship from The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

faith smith

February 15, 2023

Every month, we interview a faculty member for our undergraduate newsletter. In February 2023, we spoke to Faith Smith, the inaugural Marta F. Kauffman Chair in African and African American Studies.

WEB Du Bois

February 7, 2023

On Feb. 11, 1951, an article by the 82-year-old Black scholar-activist W.E.B. Du Bois, titled “Negro History Week,” appeared in the short-lived New York newspaper The Daily Compass.

family reunion painting

January 17, 2023

As someone who studies ancient Greek myth and poetry, I often find myself making sense of my own life through my work. Even though many Greek myths are infamous for disturbing topics such as infanticide and incest, ancient audiences did look to their stories to make sense of themselves and their world.

rmie targoff in rwanda

January 3, 2023

Professor Ramie Targoff found herself in an unexpected location last fall — teaching William Shakespeare to medical students in Rwanda at the University of Global Health Equity.

covid workers in china

December 14, 2022

After nearly three years of aiming to eliminate COVID-19 through mass lockdowns, contact tracing programs and travel bans, the Chinese government has announced it is rolling back the “zero-COVID” policies that helped suppress the spread of the coronavirus

hospital chaplains

December 2, 2022

When Americans picture a chaplain, many of them likely think of someone like the Irish American priest who cared for soldiers in “M.A.S.H.” The reality is more complex.

donald trump

December 1, 2022

Assistant professor of politics Zachary Albert studies political campaigns, partisan polarization, and public policy-making. He took some time to talk with BrandeisNow about the midterms and what could lie ahead.

candle

November 18, 2022

While modern witchcraft is inclusive of many different genders and identities, witches in ancient myth and literature were almost exclusively women. Their stories were in part about navigating gender roles and power in a patriarchal system.

mitsu salmon

November 16, 2022

Assistant professor of theater arts Mitsu Salmon creates original performance and visual works that fuse multiple disciplines, but she has a special connection to butoh.

patent illustration

November 9, 2022

Some inventors continue to be productive well into their later years, although the characteristics of inventions differ by the age of the inventor, according to new research on patent filings.

jane kondev

November 8, 2022

Jan Kondev, a physicist at Brandeis University, discusses his work using the tools of mathematics and theoretical physics to uncover laws that govern the inner workings of cells.

toni shapiro phim

October 24, 2022

Toni Shapiro-Phim has worked as a researcher, writer, curator, educator, film director, and activist following her earliest passion — dance.

avital rodal

October 15, 2022

Every month, we interview a faculty member for our undergraduate newsletter. In October 2022, we spoke to Avital Rodal, associate professor of biology.

brandeis statue

October 14, 2022

During the past five years, a primary focus for the School of Arts and Sciences has been the recruitment and retention of field-leading faculty of color.

a statue with a golden crown of laurels

October 7, 2022

Why doesthe honor of being a Nobel laureate persist as part of someone’s name or title, like a heroic epithet to recognize a life’s achievement?

house of dragons

September 19, 2022

"House of the Dragon," depicts a world spun of fantasy. But the noble Targaryan family depicted in the series face challenges similar to those of the medieval royalty who inspired their personas, according to Dorothy Kim.

thomas fai

September 15, 2022

Every month, we interview a faculty member for our undergraduate newsletter. In September, 2022, we spoke to Thomas Fai, assistant professor of mathematics.

sarah mead

September 1, 2022

Sarah Mead discovered her sound at a young age through a unique instrument — the viola da gamba. Familiarly known as the ‘viol,’ this instrument has six strings, frets, and is primarily featured in European music from the 16th to 18th centuries.

summer arts

August 10, 2022

When Brandeis' creative arts faculty aren't working with students on campus, they can often be found in art galleries, museums, theaters, and performance halls. This summer, Brandeis arts faculty have had a full slate of activity.

A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine

July 31, 2022

Brandeis researchers are embarking on a five-year study to examine activity in a small nucleus in the brain that could identify Alzheimer's disease at earlier stages than ever before.

A 12th-century commentary on the Book of Job shows Satan transmitting a disease to him.

July 19, 2022

Professor Madadh Richey examines some of the Bible's most monstrous characters. This article originally appeared on The Conversation.

Sacha Nelson, Susan Birren, Eve Marder and Gina Turrigiano

July 14, 2022

A team of Brandeis scientists have been awarded $1 million in funding from the W.M. Keck Foundation to study how the human brain interfaces with the sympathetic nervous system.

assisted dying illustration

July 6, 2022

Several states around the U.S. are currently considering whether to legalize medical aid in dying for terminally ill patients. More than 20% of Americans already live in a state with access to a medically assisted death. Despite this rapidly changing legal climate, the language for describing this new way to die remains surprisingly antiquated.

retiring faculty

June 23, 2022

Their disciplines span astrophysics, international law, Chinese-language instruction, and music performance and composition. Collectively, they spent 471 years introducing generations of students to the liberal arts.

jeremy swist

June 21, 2022

Jeremy Swist, a lecturer in the classical studies department, has combined two of his longstanding interests by resarching heavy metal music’s frequent use of the symbols and leaders of the ancient Roman Empire.

marta kauffman and chad williams

June 16, 2022

The co-creator of the hit sitcoms “Friends” and “Grace and Frankie” has pledged $4 million to establish the first endowed chair in the department’s 50-year history.

harriet tubman

June 14, 2022

Harriet Tubman was barely 5 feet tall and didn’t have a dime to her name. What she did have was a deep faith and powerful passion for justice that was fueled by a network of Black and white abolitionists determined to end slavery in America.

proud boy vest

June 13, 2022

Since 2006, professo Jytte Klausen has led the Western Jihadism Project, which studies and closely tracks the movements and behavior of individuals associated with terrorist groups.

“I am grateful to my colleagues at Brandeis and to the unusual environment here that allows researchers to explore without boundaries while also engaging students in the process of discovery. This is a very special — perhaps unique — university.”

Nobel Laureate Michael Rosbash

The Peter Gruber Endowed Chair in Neuroscience and Professor of Biology