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Dean's Faculty Fellows

The Dean’s Faculty Fellows Program launched in 2018 to support untenured faculty in their research, scholarship, and creative expression during their probationary period. After reviewing many highly competitive nominations, a committee has selected seven recipients for 2018. These faculty were selected because of their scholarly accomplishments and the promise they show to make an impact in their respective fields. They will hold the title for two years and receive additional support for their research. 


Dean's Faculty Fellows 2021-2023

  • Lars Plate Cornelius Vanderbilt Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Chemistry and Biological Sciences, is a chemical biologist whose research focuses on understanding the timing and network of protein interactions that drive the function of healthy cells and provide insights into what causes disease when these networks are disrupted.

  • Raisa Rexer Dean’s Faculty Fellow in French, is a scholar of the literature and culture of 19th century France, with interests in the intersection of the visual arts and literature and the early history of photography.

  • Tasha Rijke-Epstein Dean’s Faculty Fellow in History, is a historian of the island of Madagascar, in the Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa. She has research interests in urban history, material culture, built forms, museums and public history, and politics of kinship and belonging.

  • Larry Rolen Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Math, is a mathematician whose work focuses on number theory, particularly so-called harmonic Maass forms and modular-type functions. 

  • Akshya Saxena Dean’s Faculty Fellow in English, is a scholar of 20th and 21st century Anglophone world literature, film, and media, with a focus on South Asia.

  • Simone Stirner Max Kade Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Contemporary German Studies, is a scholar of 20th and 21st century German literature, with particular interest in poetry and poetics, memory studies, and German/Hebrew literature.

  • Ann Tate Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Biological Sciences, is a biologist who studies the temporal and evolutionary dynamics of host-microbe interactions to understand the mechanisms that shape the immune system and its function.

Dean's Faculty Fellows 2020-2022

  • Christy Erving Steinert Family Dean’s Faculty Fellow for the Study of Race, Racial Justice, or Social Justice in Sociology, is a scholar of medical sociology, mental health, health disparities, population health, and the intersections of race, ethnicity, immigration, and gender. 

  • Eunji Kim , Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Political Science, studies American public opinion, political communication and political psychology, with a focus on economic mobility and income inequality. 

  • Bradley Smith Cornelius Vanderbilt Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Political Science, studies questions at the intersection of international conflict and international cooperation, specifically military cooperation in the international system.

Archive of Dean's Faculty Fellows