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New Faculty 2017/18

Each year, the College of Arts & Sciences recruits leading scholars and researchers from around the world to grow the ranks of its faculty. The faculty members listed below, including researchers, lecturers, instructors and visiting professors, arrived on campus for the 2017/18 academic year.

Sarah Davies, Assistant Professor of Biology

Sarah Davies earned her MSc in Biology from the University of Calgary in 2009 with Peter Vize and her PhD in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014 with Mikhail Matz. During her MSc and PhD, she was supported by NSF and NSERC fellowships. In 2014, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with Karl Castillo (UNC-CH), Adrian Marchetti (UNC-CH) and Justin Ries (Northeastern University), and in 2016 she was recognized as a Simons Foundation Fellow of the Life Sciences Research Foundation.

Professor Davies is an integrative biologist with expertise in ecological genomics, population genetics, physiology, and marine biology. Her research integrates field-based studies, controlled laboratory experiments and genomics to better understand how organisms respond to environmental change. Her research specifically focuses on how the coral–Symbiodinium symbiosis is maintained under climate change and the dynamics of range shifts under future ocean warming. Her new state-of-the-art aquarium research facility will facilitate her research and will be used in teaching her new BU Marine Semester laboratory-based course “Marine Physiology and Climate Change.”

Andrew Emili, Professor of Biology

Andrew Emili received his PhD in Molecular and Medical Genetics from the University of Toronto. He then pursued post-doctoral studies as a Damon Runyon/Walter Winchell Cancer Research Fellow with the Nobel laureate Leland Hartwell at the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center in Seattle, while learning protein mass spectrometry with John Yates III at the University of Washington. Prior to joining BU, Professor Emili was a principal investigator (since 2000) and founding member of the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research and a professor in molecular genetics at the University of Toronto.

Professor Emili is an internationally recognized leader in protein interaction networks and the development of innovative technologies to systematically characterize protein complexes on a proteome scale. He directs a multidisciplinary research laboratory with a track record in cutting-edge proteomics and systems biology. He has published over 200 peer reviewed papers with more than 25,000 citations (h-index 68), including multiple papers in the leading journals Cell, Molecular Cell, Nature, PNAS and PLoS Biology. His influence is widely recognized—he reviews regularly for prominent journals, serves on grant review panels, and his groups data is often accessed via public databases. Professor Emili was also editor of “Network Biology” and “Systems Analysis,” books with more than 25,000 downloads, and he has given over 150 talks at research conferences, international symposia and workshops. At BU, he will serve as the director of the Center for Network Systems Biology.


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Qiang Cui, Professor of Chemistry

Professor Qiang Cui (“QC”) will be joining the Boston University Department of Chemistry January 1, 2018 from the Chemistry Department at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. QC is a biophysical computational chemist. After receiving his B. S. at the University of Science and Technology of China, he obtained his PhD at Emory University in 1997 and then was a Postdoctoral Fellow with Nobel laureate Martin Karplus at Harvard University. Following his appointment as Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Wisconsin in 2001, he was tenured and promoted to Associate in 2007 and then promoted to Full Professor in 2010. He expertise and interests are in developing theoretical/computational methods for complex biological systems including enzyme reactions, energy transduction in biomolecular machines and interactions between biomolecules, lipids and inorganic materials. More currently he is attempting to pursue problems on a larger scale and with higher levels of complexity such as muscle fiber assemblies, biomembrane-protein complexes and large scale biomechanics problems.

Professor Cui has authored more than 230 publications already at this relatively early stage of his career, and has been the recipient of numerous awards including an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship and an NSF Career Award. QC is member of several Journal Editorial Boards and is a highly sought after lecturer, delivering 54 research presentations since 2014 alone. His current work is supported by multiple grants from the NSF and NIH. Aside from further strengthening our department’s reputation in computational/theoretical chemistry, QC’s expertise and interdisciplinary motivation will result in collaborative efforts with BME, MSE, the Center for Sustainability, Neuroscience and the Biological Design Center on the CRC and also with Biophysics on the BUMC. We are delighted to have him as a BU Chemistry faculty member and anticipate his impact, not only on our department, but also on the BU scientific community more generally.

Chen Yang, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Electrical and Computer Engineering

Chen Yang received her PhD in Chemistry from Harvard University working in the laboratory of Professor Charles Lieber before beginning her first academic appointment at Purdue University in 2007 as an assistant professor and then as associate professor in both chemistry and physics. Her appointment at BU is a CAS-ENG joint appointment with the departments of Chemistry and Electrical & Computer Engineering. Her research interests are perfectly suited for such an interdisciplinary position as they are focused on the development of new nanomaterials with chemically controllable functionality for the fabrication of novel nano-electronic devices as well as for investigating the nano-biological interfaces.

More specifically, Professor Yang’s materials-centered research has applications in plasmonic optical devices, solar energy utilization, nanomedicine, neuroscience, biological imaging, and nanoelectronics. In her independent research career, she has authored 34 publications and given over 30 invited lectures domestically and abroad. Professor Yang was awarded a Seeds of Success Award from Purdue University (awarded to faculty raising over $1M) and an NSF Career Award. Her prior work has been supported by NSF, DARPA, ARO, and the Keck Foundation. She will also be a member of the Materials Science and Engineering Division.


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Hannah Čulík-Baird, Assistant Professor of Classical Studies

Hannah Čulík-Baird received a BA, Literae Humaniores, from Oxford University in 2011 and a PhD from the University of Southern California in 2017. Her dissertation was titled Cicero and the Early Latin Poets and examined poetic quotations in Cicero’s writings. Čulík-Baird has a strong generalist foundation in Latin literature and culture with a special interest in the Roman Republican literature and intellectual life and ancient practices of citation. She has given conference papers here and abroad on topics of Roman science, song, and history, and has an article, “Stoicism in the Stars: Cicero’s Aratea in the De Natura Deorum” forthcoming in Latomus. A firm advocate of the scholar’s responsibility to communicate with the public, Čulík-Baird also writes online about cultural issues related to the classics. Part of a CAS cluster hire, Čulík-Baird will teach “Women in Antiquity” this fall.

Leah Kronenberg, Associate Professor of Classical Studies

Leah Kronenberg comes to us from Rutgers University, where she was assistant professor from 2004-10 and associate professor starting in 2010. She received her BA (summa cum laude) and PhD from Harvard University in 1997 and 2003, respectively. Her interests include Roman Republican and Augustan poetry and prose; ancient philosophy and intellectual history; and gender and sexuality in antiquity.

Professor Kronenberg is the author of Allegories of Farming from Greece and Rome: Philosophical Satire in Xenophon, Varro, and Virgil (Cambridge University Press, 2009) and close to 20 articles and book chapters. She is currently working on a book entitled Lesbia’s Sparrow: Sexual Allegory and Poetics in Catullus. Her scholarship has been supported and rewarded by a Loeb Classical Library Foundation grant and an American Council of Learned Societies fellowship. At Rutgers, she has supervised seven dissertations and was awarded the Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence.

Renato Mancuso, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Renato Mancuso comes to BU after completing his doctoral thesis at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is interested in high-performance cyber-physical systems, with a specific focus on techniques to enforce strong performance isolation and temporal predictability in multi-core systems. He has published around 20 papers in major conferences and journals. His papers were awarded a best student paper award and a best presentation award at the Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium (RTAS) in 2013 and 2016, respectively.

Professor Mancuso was the recipient of a Computer Science Excellence Fellowship and a finalist for the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship. Some of the design principles for real-time multi-core computing proposed in his research have been officially incorporated in recent certification guidelines for avionics systems. They have also been endorsed by government agencies, industries and research institutions worldwide. He received a BS in Computer Engineering with honors (2009) and an MS in Computer Engineering with honors (2012) from the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”.

Emily Whiting, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Emily Whiting comes to BU from the Department of Computer Science at Dartmouth College, where she an assistant professor and co-founder of the Visual Computing Lab. Her research is in the area of computer graphics, with a focus on topics in architectural geometry, computer-aided design, and 3D fabrication. From 2011-2014 she was a postdoctoral fellow at ETH Zurich in the Interactive Geometry Lab, where she was supported by a Marie Curie/ETHZ Fellowship.

Professor Whiting received her PhD (2012) from MIT, where she worked jointly in computer graphics and building technology studying structural optimization of 3D masonry buildings. She obtained her MSc (2006) in Computational Design from the MIT Department of Architecture, and BASc (2004) in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto. Her history also includes stints in research and development at Lucas Films’ Industrial Light & Magic, structural design with the Halcrow Yolles engineering firm, and cultural heritage projects on Italian architecture with Sabry El-Hakim at the National Research Council of Canada. Her innovative research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and featured in a TEDx talk and a PBS NOVA special.


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James Feigenbaum, Assistant Professor of Economics

James Feigenbaum received a BA in Economics and Mathematics from Wesleyan University in 2008 and an AM in Economics in 2012 and PhD in Economics in 2016 from Harvard University. He was a postdoctoral research associate and lecturer at Princeton University in 2016-17. Professor Feigenbaum is an economic historian who is developing machine learning approaches to turn hand-written historical Census records into usable data, opening up new data for analyzing important issues in economics. For example, he has used data on the Great Depression to address how economic crises affect intergenerational economic mobility. He is a faculty research fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research. In 2016, he received the Economic History Association’s Alan Nevins Prize for the best dissertation of the year in US economic history.

Tarek Hassan, Associate Professor of Economics

Tarek Hassan earned his diploma at the University of Mannheim in 2004 and his AM and PhD degrees from Harvard University in 2007 and 2009, respectively. From 2009 to 2013, he was an assistant professor of finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. From 2013 to 2017, he was associate professor of finance and economics at Booth. Professor Hassan has written on a wide range of topics including international finance and cultural factors involved in economic growth and in macro-finance. For example, he has studied the social and economic impact of the Holocaust in Russia through the present day and the macroeconomic impact of Egypt’s Arab Spring using data on street protests and their effect on stock prices. He is a research fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Center for Economic Policy Research.

Jihye Jeon, Assistant Professor of Economics

Jihye Jeon received her AB in Economics from Yale in 2009 and her PhD in Economics from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 2017. Her research interests are in empirical microeconomics, particularly industrial organization. For example, she has written on the container shipping industry, studying how firms learn about demand conditions in a changing world. She has also written on the effects of information sharing among firms bidding for inputs in a sequence of auctions, showing the effects of such information sharing on bidding behavior and output.

Chiara Margaria, Assistant Professor of Economics

Chiara Margaria received a BA in Economics and Business from Università di Torino in 2008, an MA in Economics from Collegio Carlo Alberto and Università di Torino in 2011, an MA in Economics from Yale University in 2013, an MPhil in Economics from Yale in 2014, and her PhD in Economics from Yale in 2017. She is an economic theorist with primary interests in game theory and mechanism design theory. She has written on the role of frequent interaction in encouraging honest communication, on the effects of information externalities on investment decisions by firms, and on the use of queues as a means of allocating scarce resources.

Pascual Restrepo, Assistant Professor of Economics

Pascual Restrepo received his undergraduate degree in economics and mathematics from Universidad de los Andes in 2010 and his PhD in Economics from MIT in 2016. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Cowles Foundation at Yale University in 2016-17. A macroeconomist with wide-ranging interests, he has written on topics ranging from cocaine markets and violence in Colombia to the relationship between democracy, redistribution, and economic inequality. His recent work on the impact of robots and automation on wages and employment was featured in the New York Times.

Louis Chude-Sokei, Professor of English

Louis Chude-Sokei is a writer and scholar who comes to us most recently from the University of Washington, Seattle. His work ranges widely in and around the literary, political and cultural phenomena of the African Diaspora.  Scholarly work includes the award winning, The Last Darky: Bert Williams, Black on Black Minstrelsy and the African Diaspora (Duke University Press, 2006), The Sound of Culture: Diaspora and Black Technopoetics (Wesleyan University Press, 2016) and the forthcoming, Dr. Satan’s Echo Chamber and Other Essays (Wesleyan University Press).  Also imminent is a memoir with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt that traces his intellectual development across multiple nations and cultures. Chude-Sokei is the Editor in Chief of The Black Scholar, one of the oldest journals of Black Studies, which was this year ranked by Princeton Journal reviews as the #1 journal of Black Studies in the United States.

Adriana Craciun, Emma McLachlan Metcalf Chair of Humanities and Professor of English

Adriana Craciun specializes in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature and culture and critical theory, with current research in Arctic humanities, exploration studies, science studies, geography, history of collecting, and history of the book and of authorship. Her most recent book, Writing Arctic Disaster: Authorship and Exploration (Cambridge University Press, 2016), was short-listed for the 2016 Kendrick Book Prize by the Society for Literature, Science & the Arts. She is also the author of Fatal Women of Romanticism (Cambridge UP, 2003) and British Women Writers and the French Revolution: Citizens of the World (Palgrave, 2005). She is the editor of several essay collections and editions, most recently the volume The Material Cultures of Enlightenment Arts and Sciences, co-edited with Simon Schaffer (2016), and the special issue of Eighteenth-Century Studies on The Disorder of Things (2011). She has published numerous essays in journals such as PMLA, New Literary History, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Nineteenth-Century Literature, European Romantic Review, Atlantic Studies, Victorian Literature and Culture, and Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. Before coming to BU, Craciun taught at the University of California-Riverside, the University of London, and the University of Nottingham, and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK), the Fulbright Program, and the National Maritime Museum (UK).

Takeo Rivera, Assistant Professor of English

Takeo Rivera joins BU from the University of California, Berkeley, where he has just completed his PhD in Performance Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in 2017. With broader expertise in performance, race, sexuality, and media, Rivera’s research interrogates the cultural politics of racial masochism and techno-orientalism within Asian American theater, literature, and new media forms such as videogames. Rivera’s work has been published in a range of different journals and anthologies, including Performance ResearchAmerasia JournalThe Routledge Companion to Asian American Media, and The Handbook of Cultural Politics and Education. Prior to completing his PhD, Rivera earned an MA in Modern Thought and Literature and a BA in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity from Stanford University, and worked for two years as a community educator and victim advocate at the YWCA of Silicon Valley Rape Crisis Center. Rivera is also an award-winning playwright whose works have been staged in New York City, Los Angeles, and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Crystal Williams, Professor of English

Crystal Williams comes to BU from Bates College, where she was Professor of English and served on the college’s senior leadership team as Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives (2013-2017). She earned a BA from New York University and a MFA in Poetry from Cornell. Williams is the author of four collections of poems, the most recent, Detroit as Barn, was a finalist for the National Poetry Series, the Maine Book Award, and the Cleveland State University Poetry Prize. Her creative work most frequently explores issues of identity (race, class, gender), social justice, and human connection and interdependence. Her poems have been broadly acknowledged and are included in leading journals and anthologies, including Angles of Ascent: The Norton Anthology of African-American Poetry, among many others. She is currently working on a fifth book of poems as well as a multi-genre book/performance project about growing up in Detroit, MI, the adopted daughter of an interracial couple. An arts advocate, Williams is regularly engaged with organizations keen to address and improve cultural equity, diversity, and inclusion in the Arts. She serves on the boards of the Maine Humanities Council and the Barbara Deming Money for Women Fund, an organization that supports feminist artists and writers.

Elizabeth Coppock, Assistant Professor of Linguistics

Elizabeth Coppock received her PhD in Linguistics from Stanford University in 2009. She then held a series of research positions in the United States, Sweden, and Germany. In 2014, she was awarded a prestigious fellowship at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in Uppsala. She has also been an assistant professor at the University of Gothenburg since September 2016. Professor Coppock has made important contributions to the study of definiteness and determinacy, superlatives, scalar modifiers, and discourse pragmatics. She is now embarking on a new research endeavor, investigating comparative and superlative modifiers cross-linguistically. This has been supported by a grant from the Swedish Research Council, which will continue to provide funding for the ongoing research. Professor Coppock has published in major linguistics journals; she has written (or co-written) five significant articles in semantics and three in other areas of linguistics. She is also an associate editor for Semantics and Pragmatics.

Salim Ali Altug, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics

Salim Ali Altug received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the Middle East Technical University in Turkey. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue graduate studies at Princeton University, where he earned a PhD in Mathematics in 2013, working quite independently of his thesis advisors Robert Langlands and Peter Sarnak. Subsequently, he was the Ritt Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Columbia University, and this past year a visiting assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Professor Altug’s research program in mathematics lies at the heart of analytic number theory and automorphic representation theory. He has developed penetrating new analytical methods to understand the complex-analytic properties (modulus, zeros, poles) of L-functions, the spectra of automorphic forms, functorality, metaplectic forms, the metaplectic Ramanujan conjectures, and the Arthur-Selberg trace formula. In turn, he has employed these new methods to make deep conceptual advances in the core area of modern number theory known as the Langlands Program Beyond Endoscopy, which consists of a set of conjectures around automorphic forms, Galois groups, and functorality. His research articles have appeared in several of the top journals in pure mathematics, including Compositio Mathematica, the American Journal of Mathematics, and International Mathematics Research Notes. In addition, he is much sought after as a lecturer in number theory.

Hyonho Chun, Associate Professor of Mathematics & Statistics (starts 1/1/18)

Hyonho Chun earned her bachelor’s degree in earth sciences and Masters in Statistics, both from Seoul National University. In 2008, she earned her PhD in Statistics at the University of Wisconsin. After serving for one year as a postdoctoral associate at Yale University, she became an assistant professor of statistics at Purdue University, where she was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 2016.

Professor Chun’s research program spans the gamut from foundational research developing new statistical methods to applications leading to scientific advances in biology, genetics, and medicine. She is the co-developer of the Sparse Partial Least Squares (SPLS) Method that cleverly uses sparseness to achieve dimension reduction and variable selection during regression. Based on her fundamental insights, the SPLS method naturally overcomes difficulties associated with high-dimensional data, small sample size, and correlations among the co-variants. It has been cited over 325 times and applied to high-throughput technologies, including expression quantitative loci (eQTL) analyses and GWAS.

Professor Chun is also responsible for major advances in the statistical analysis of biological network data as the developer of Conditional Gaussian Graphical Models, which provide a framework for data integration in gene-gene and gene-genome regulation; for introducing the novel statistical concept of Additive Conditional Independence, which has led to major advances for non-Gaussian Graphical Models; and for introducing a new method of quartile regression for component selection in genetics problems. Also, she has taught statistics at all levels, winning an Outstanding Teaching Award at Purdue in 2014.

Michael Salins, Assistant Professor of Mathematics & Statistics

Michael (Mickey) Salins earned his bachelors, Masters, and PhD degrees in Mathematics from the University of Maryland. Since completing his PhD in 2015, he has been a postdoctoral research faculty fellow in mathematics at BU.

Professor Salins is a leading young expert in the fields of probability and stochastic processes, working on fundamental problems in the dynamics of stochastic differential equations. He has developed significant new mathematical theory for large deviations, exit times, exit behaviors, importance sampling, noise-induced metastability, dynamical metastability, and problems with small sample sizes, all in the context of infinite-dimensional systems. He is widely acknowledged as having developed the most comprehensive approach to infinite-dimensional Freidlin-Wentzel theory for large deviations, to the Smoluchowski-Kramers approximation for systems with infinitely many degrees of freedom, and to averaging for infinite-dimensional multi-scale systems.

Another theme central to Professor Salins’ research is the analysis of numerical methods—such as accelerated Monte Carlo for importance sampling—that are both provably efficient and provably accurate asymptotically, which is important for data science. Several of his ten research articles have appeared in the top journals in his field. He is also an excellent expositor, mentor, and teacher.

Wanzheng Hu, Assistant Professor of Physics

Wanzheng Hu studies the non-equilibrium behavior of quantum materials using novel ultrafast laser spectroscopy. She earned her undergraduate degree from the Beijing University of Technology in 2005 and her PhD in Condensed Matter Physics from the Institute of Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2010. Upon graduating, she won the Chinese Academy’s highest prize—the Special Prize of the President Scholarship for Postdoctoral Students. Since 2010, she has been first a postdoctoral researcher, then a scientist, at the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter in Hamburg. There she has helped pioneer the use of ultrafast laser studies to better understand materials with highly correlated electrons.

Professor Hu has published approximately 33 papers with over 1800 citations. These include a first-authored paper in Nature Materials and three first-authored papers in Physical Review Letters. She has given numerous invited talks about her work around the world. At BU, she will contribute to our research, mentoring and teaching in condensed matter physics. We also anticipate that she will have strong overlaps with the Photonics Center and the interdisciplinary graduate program in materials science and engineering.

Maria (Masha) Kamenetska, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Physics

Masha Kamenetska, recruited via an interdisciplinary faculty search initiated by the Materials Science & Engineering Division, will be an assistant professor with a joint appointment with the departments of physics and chemistry in the area of experimental materials science with a focus on single-molecule measurements and biophysics. She graduated with a BS in Physics from MIT and received her PhD with distinction in Applied Physics in 2012 from Columbia University. There she applied single-molecule techniques to learn about structure conductance relationships at metal-molecule junctions, which are essential for developing molecular level electronics.

Professor Kamenetska was awarded the Robert Simon Memorial Prize for best PhD in the Department of Applied Physics in 2012, and was a recipient of an NSF postdoctoral fellowship in biology. She continued her work on single-molecule techniques while a postdoctoral associate at Yale University, successfully building an optical tweezers and fluorescence instrument for mechanical force and optical measurements of biological systems. She has co-authored 18 publications and made eight invited research presentations. At BU, she intends to continue to develop instrumentation that combines novel multiple-optical trapping techniques with optical measurements to study the molecular-level details of important biological structure function relationships.

Victor Kumar, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Victor Kumar (PhD University of Arizona, 2013) comes to BU after postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Michigan and the University of Toronto. His primary philosophical interests lie at the intersection of ethics and cognitive science. He also has interests in epistemology, philosophy of mind, evolutionary theory, feminist philosophy, and philosophy of race.  Victor’s published work can be found in Ethics, Philosophers’ Imprint, Cognition, Philosophical Studies, and The Philosophical Quarterly.  He is a recipient of the William James Prize (2011) and the Jean Hampton Prize (2015) for best essay in political philosophy by a younger scholar from the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association. His recent projects include essays on moral disgust, empathy, moral luck and moral learning, among other topics. He is currently drafting a book-length manuscript with Richmond Campbell on the evolutionary foundations of morality. He is director of the Moral Reason Lab and member of the interdisciplinary Moral Psychology Research Group.

Steven Rosenzweig, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Steven Rosenzweig earned his BA at Yale University in 2007. He was awarded his PhD at Yale in 2017, having in the spring defended an enthralling dissertation: “The Logic of Violence in Electoral Competition.” A student of comparative politics with a specialization in political economy and African affairs, he has already published important articles in leading scholarly journals. Additionally, he has produced a significant body of writing in non-academic outlets for the benefit of Washington think tanks and news media. He has delivered papers to various learned conferences. He has conducted vital field research in Tanzania, as well as serving as an analyst and consultant for a diversity of worthy policy initiatives (related to health care, youth employment, and transparency/accountability in African contexts) centered in London, Washington, and Dar es Salaam.

Not only is Professor Rosenzweig an accomplished young scholar, he is also well practiced in the classroom, having served in different teaching capacities at Yale in courses dealing with post-conflict situations, development politics, and African questions related to domestic matters and international relations. At BU, Rosenzweig’s roster of courses will also include—at both the undergraduate and PhD levels—ones on quantitative methods, research design, and democratic governance.

Jan Haenraets, Professor of the Practice of Preservation Studies (started 1/1/17)

Jan Haenraets is a landscape architect and specialist in historic preservation with professional experience and projects in Europe, America, North Africa and Asia. He is a practicing designer. His work ranges from creative design and environmental art to heritage management, cultural landscape advice and planning. His research and writing focuses on international approaches toward historic landscape preservation, ecological sustainability and preservation of twentieth century designed landscapes. He will teach lecture courses and seminars at the undergraduate and graduate levels on preservation, landscape history and public history.

He has a wide interest landscape heritage and was the head of gardens and designed landscapes of the National Trust for Scotland. He holds a PhD in Landscape Conservation from De Montfort University, UK and an M.A. in Conservation Studies (Historic Landscapes & Gardens) from the University of York, UK.

He is an expert in Mughal garden history and preservation with a special focus on Kashmir, India. He has been a fellow in garden and landscape studies at Dumbarton Oaks; Harvard University; and Washington, DC and a postdoctoral fellow at the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT, with research on Kashmiri garden heritage, a subject he is currently developing into a book.

Steve Ramirez, Assistant Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences

Steve Ramirez studies the basic mechanisms governing memory formation in the mammalian brain. He earned his PhD from MIT in 2015. Since then he has been a Harvard University junior faculty fellow. He has coauthored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, including first-author papers published in Science and Nature, the two premier international scientific journals. Using optogenetics and other cutting-edge systems neuroscience techniques, he and his collaborators have developed the ability to create and manipulate memories.

Professor Ramirez’s techniques, which focus on mechanisms within the hippocampus, give him bi-directional control over both positive and negative memories. His research is also focused on cellular and circuit-level approaches for alleviating psychiatric disease-like states. He has demonstrated that the establishment of positive memory engrams via optogenetics can diminish depression-related behavior in animals. His work on extinction of fearful memories also has important implications for post-traumatic stress disorder. Professor Ramirez has been named a ‘Breakthrough Explorer’ by National Geographic, a ‘Top 10 Bright Young Mind’ by Science News, and one of ‘30 innovators under the age of 30’ by Forbes Magazine. In 2015, his research was runner-up for Science Magazine’s ‘Breakthrough of the Year.’ His research is funded by an NIH Early Independence Award and other sources.


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Deborah Carr, Professor of Sociology

Deborah Carr earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin in 1997. Her research interests include aging and the life course, psychosocial factors and influences on health over the life course, and end-of-life issues. She comes to us from Rutgers University where she was professor of sociology and interim director of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research. Carr is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and is also a member of the Sociological Research Association and Academy of Behavioral Medicine, both honorary organizations. She is currently editor-in-chief of Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences. She has led several important national survey projects and has recently been appointed as the principal investigator of the National Longitudinal Study of Youth 1979. She also writes a monthly blog, “Bouncing Back,” for Psychology Today.

Daniel Kleinman, Professor of Sociology; Associate Provost for Graduate Affairs (started 1/1/17)

Daniel Kleinman received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Madison at Wisconsin in 1992. After moving up the ranks at the Georgia Institute of Technology, he joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2000 where he soon moved into positions of leadership, including that of senior associate dean of the graduate school. Kleinman’s scholarship explores the politics of science, with research on the social organization of the knowledge economy and the sociology of democracy and expertise. A leading figure in the interdisciplinary field of science, technology and society studies, his many publications include the books Impure Cultures: University Biology and the World of Commerce (2003) and Vanishing Bees: Science, Politics and Honey Bee Health (2017). He is the co-winner (with Moore, Hess and Frickel) of an award from the Science, Knowledge and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association for the journal article “Science and Neoliberal Globalization: A Political Sociological Approach” (2011).


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  • Sean Desilets, Senior Lecturer
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Petrus Liu, Associate Professor of World Languages & Literatures

Petrus Liu holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley. He taught previously at Cornell University and comes to BU from Yale NUS College in Singapore, where he was a founding director and Head of Studies in Literature. He is the author of Stateless Subjects: Chinese Martial Arts Literature and Postcolonial History (Cornell, 2011) and Queer Marxism in Two Chinas (Duke 2015), a Lambda Literary Award Finalist and the recipient of Honorable Mention for the Alan Bray Memorial Book Prize from the MLA. He is also the co-editor (with Lisa Rofel) of Beyond the Strai(gh)ts: Transnationalism and Queer Chinese Politics, a special issue of the journal /positions/ that won the MLA’s 2011 Council of Learned Journals and Editors Prize for Best Journal Special Issue. Professor Liu is now completing a third book, titled Cold War Aesthetics in Asia in which he explores the culture and economics of video games and other new media forms in Asia. Professor Liu is also a prolific translator of literary and theoretical texts whose work has put scholars, filmmakers, and queer activists in the Chinese-speaking world into critical dialogue with their counterparts elsewhere around the globe.