School of Arts and Sciences

Faculty Spotlight Collection

Each month across the academic year, we showcase a faculty member from the School of Arts & Sciences for our undergraduate newsletter. The collection of recent interviews can be found below.

Adrianne Krstansky

"Being an actor is like being an athlete. You have to be physically and mentally able to be in the game and be there for your team."

Jeffrey Shoulson

August 31, 2023

"I had always loved being in school and learning new things, so the idea that I could turn that into a career made perfect sense — I just needed someone else to help me see what was really right in front of me all the time."

Dorothy Hodgson

May 1, 2023

"It has been an honor and privilege to serve and lead as Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences. Brandeis will always be a part of my heart and I hope to cross paths with many of you in your future journeys."

Rosalind Kabrhel

April 1, 2023

"I require students to get off campus and sit in a courtroom or attend an event – anything to get them interacting with people who are different than they are – so they can see the complexity in people, and in the problems that people are trying to solve. BEJI is an extension of this effort. There is nothing I could say or do in a classroom, no reading that I could assign that would equal the experience of stepping foot inside a prison and speaking with the people inside."

Darlene Brooks Hedstrom

March 1, 2023

"I would encourage any student interested in archaeology to take one of the many courses offered in Classical and Early Mediterranean Studies and in Anthropology. Our departments are working together to offer courses in field methods, theory, and applied archaeology to demonstrate the various areas in which archaeologists work."

Faith Smith

February 1, 2023

"At Brandeis I teach courses that allow me to connect my interests in Caribbean, Black Diasporic and postcolonial literary cultures, and the extent to which histories of African and Asian enslavement and indentureship in the Caribbean continue to shape the region’s cultural production, as well as ideas about intimacy, kinship and justice. Working on a research project, or engaging with a poem, novel, or a painting, I realize that some conundrum that I had been unable or didn’t have the time to work out in the past, has now re-presented itself in a fresh way."

Avital Rodal

October 1, 2022

"I love the curiosity and energy and enthusiasm that Brandeis students bring to our group. They each have great questions and ideas unique to their individual interests and coursework that make us think about our projects in new ways."

Thomas Fai

September 1, 2022

"I believe undergraduate research experience is valuable because it helps students develop their confidence as mathematicians as well as their independence and ability to break down difficult problems into smaller parts. Brandeis undergraduates are driven, bright, and bring a lot of enthusiasm to their work."