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Dean's Faculty Fellows

Dean’s Faculty Fellows represent some of the most promising junior faculty in the College of Arts and Science. Through a highly competitive nomination process, fellows are selected for their scholarly accomplishments and the future potential to make an impact in their respective fields. Dean's Faculty Fellows hold the title for two years and receive support for their research, scholarship, and creative expression as they seek tenure.

CURRENT DEAN'S FACULTY FELLOWS
Megan Behringer

Megan Behringer

Steven and Bunny Fayne Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Biological Sciences
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Experimental evolution, environmental factors, genomic analysis and genetic variation

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Matthew Congdon

Greg S. Allen Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Philosophy
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Ethics, social philosophy, aesthetics

John Dearborn

John Dearborn

Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Political Science
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Presidency, Congress, American political development, American political thought, archival methods

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Samuel Dolbee

D. Family Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Studies of the Middle East
Assistant Professor of History
Environmental history, modern Middle East, Ottoman Empire, colonialism, history of animals, history of disease

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Rachel Donnelly

Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Sociology
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Health and mortality, demography, race, gender, and sexual orientation

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Rebecca Epstein-Levi

Steven and Bunny Fayne Dean's Faculty Fellow
Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies
Moral and textual implications of treating sex as one species of social interaction

Raheleh Filsoofi

Raheleh Filsoofi

S. Family Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Race, Racial Justice, and Social Justice
Assistant Professor of Art
Synthesizing socio-political statements, ancient and contemporary media

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Alexandre Frenette

Cornelius Vanderbilt Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Sociology
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Arts and culture, work and occupations, social inequality

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Rebeca Gamez Djovic

H. Family Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Racial Justice 
Assistant Professor in Anthropology
Relational and comparative race and ethnicity, migration, education inequality

Patrick Greiner

Patrick Greiner

C. Family Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Grand Challenges: Climate and Society
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Inequality emerging from social, political, and economic structures

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Karan Jani

Cornelius Vanderbilt Dean’s Faculty Fellow
Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy
Black holes, general theory of relativity, gravitational wave detectors

 

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Antonia Kaczkurkin

S. Family Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Mental Health
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Neurobiological mechanisms that contribute to the etiology of internalizing disorders

Bohyeong Kim

Bohyeong Kim  

Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Communication Studies
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
Critical media and cultural studies with a particular emphasis on Korea and East Asia

Amanda Lea

Amanda Lea

Frank Kelly Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Climate Studies
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Evolutionary biology, genomics, and human health research

Bianca Manago

Bianca Manago

Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Sociology
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Inequalities in health, race, gender, and sexuality

Michelle Marcus

Michelle Marcus

C. Family Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Economics
Assistant Professor of Economics
Environment, health disparities, public policy

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Adeana McNicholl

Mellon Foundation Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Religious Studies
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Buddhism, the relationship between religion and the body and embodied identities

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Sarah Quincy

Britton-Perry Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Economic History
Assistant Professor of Economics
Macroeconomics, economic history, finance

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Mark Sanchez

Britton Family Dean’s Faculty Fellow in History
Assistant Professor of Asian Studies
Asian American studies, the Philippines, human rights, social movements, labor and migration, gambling

Simone Stirner

Simone Stirner

Max Kade Foundation Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Contemporary German Studies
Assistant Professor of German Studies
Poetry and poetics, memory studies, and German/Hebrew literature

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John Yang

SC Family Dean's Faculty Fellow in Chemistry
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Enzyme catalysis, protein engineering, physical organic chemistry

We Jung Yi

We Jung Yi  

Cornelius Vanderbilt Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Asian Studies
Assistant Professor of Asian Studies
Comparative Asian studies, translation theory, film and media studies, gender criticism, and histories of violence in the Pacific Rim

Erin York

Erin York

C. Family Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Political Science
Assistant Professor of Political Science
How governing autocratic institutions influence political outcomes; legislative institutions and opposition participation

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James Zainaldin

Mellon Foundation Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Classical Studies
Assistant Professor of Classical and Mediterranean Studies
Latin linguistics, Greek and Roman philosophy, Roman agriculture, Greco-Roman and Chinese comparative studies

 

Allison Anoll, Assistant Professor of Political Science

  • How social context, connections, and norms affect political participation, especially among racial and ethnic minorities.

Brandon Byrd, Assistant Professor of History

  • History of the 19th and 20th century U.S. with specializations in African American History and the African Diaspora.

Emmanuele Costa, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

  • Early modern philosophy and metaphysics, philosophy of religion, political philosophy, Renaissance philosophy

Marcelo Disconzi, Assistant Professor of Math

  • Geometric analysis, fluid dynamics, relativistic fluids, and mathematical physics.

Christy ErvingS Family Dean’s Faculty Fellow for the Study of Race, Racial Justice, or Social Justice in Sociology, Assistant Professor of Sociology

  • Medical sociology, mental health, health disparities, population health, and the intersections of race, ethnicity, immigration, and gender.

Diana Heney, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

  • Objectivity of ethical judgements, the nature of moral judgements, and ethical issues pertaining to mental illness.

Lars Plate, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

  • Networks of protein interactions that drive the function of healthy cells that provide insights into what causes disease.

Raisa Rexer, Assistant Professor of French

  • 19th century French literature and the early history of photography.

Tasha Rijke-Epstein, Assistant Professor of History

  • Urban history, material culture, built forms, museums and public history, and politics of kinship and belonging.

Larry Rolen, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

  • Number theory, particularly so-called harmonic Maass forms and modular-type functions.

Jessie Runnoe, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy

  • Quasar central engines, long-term variability, and unification; the host-AGN connection; low-frequency gravitational waves, and supermassive black hole binaries.

Akshya Saxena, Assistant Professor of English

  • 20th and 21st century Anglophone world literature, film, and media, with a focus on South Asia.

Bradley SmithCornelius Vanderbilt Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Political Science, Assistant Professor of Political Science

  • Studies questions at the intersection of international conflict and international cooperation, specifically military cooperation in the international system. 

Stephen Taylor, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy

  • Gravitational wave astrophysics, multi-messenger astronomy, statistical inference, black holes, neutron stars, and pulsar timing arrays. 

Ann Tate, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

  • Temporal and evolutionary dynamics of host-microbe, the immune system, and its function.

Steven Townsend, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

  • Human milk science and the synthesis of carbohydrates.

Rebecca VanDiver, Assistant Professor of Art History

  • African American art

Guojun Wang, Assistant Professor of Asian Studies

  • Late imperial Chinese literature.

Meng Zhang, Assistant Professor of History

  • Late imperial and modern China, economic and environmental transformation, transnational connections.