Meet Our Faculty
It’s a fact of life here at GSAS: You will work one-on-one with faculty who are global leaders in your field of study.
One of the most important indicators of a student’s satisfaction with graduate school is how much access and interaction there is with faculty members. At Brandeis, mentoring is an essential component — perhaps the leading component — of your graduate experience, and one that distinguishes us from other institutions.
Professor Anjaria teaches and researches South Asian literature and film. Her first book was a study of progressive writing, a movement that became dominant in mid-20th century India. Her second book considers the relationship of contemporary Indian literature and film to new politics in India. Her most recent book is an introduction to Bollywood cinema.
Professor Chakraborty is a condensed matter theorist who is interested in systems far from equilibrium. Her recent research has been focused on exploring emergence in the macroworld where thermal fluctuations are irrelevant, analyzing the origin of glassy dynamics in supercooled liquids, and the collective behavior of active matter.
Professor Fai’s research is focused on the modeling and simulation of biological phenomena, including the fluid dynamics inside of cells and membrane growth and form in cellular precursors. To model these phenomena, he uses ideas from subjects such as partial differential equations, graph theory, and differential geometry.
Professor Han’s research focuses on developing a wide range of unique optically controlled molecular switches for energy conversion/storage and optoelectronic applications. Photo-switchable molecular systems absorb light and respond via structural change that provides control over a broad array of properties in diverse organic and soft materials systems.
Professor Kondev is a theoretical physicist who works on problems in molecular and cell biology. His research is driven by quantitative experiments on single molecules and single cells. The goal is to provide a mathematical framework that can explain the available quantitative data, and makes testable predictions that can guide new experiments.
Professor Desmond studies the manuscripts and notation of French and English polyphony in the later Middle Ages. Her books and other publications center on the aesthetic and theoretical systems that underpinned medieval music composition and investigate change and creativity in the arts.
“I take enormous pride in the success of my Brandeis students, and I'm especially happy that so many of them have stayed in touch with me.”
Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History and Chair of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program