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Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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Tenured and Promoted Faculty 2013/14

Tenured Faculty 2013/14

Japonica Brown-Saracino, Sociology
Promoted to associate professor with tenure

A scholar of urban sociology and community studies, Brown-Saracino researches gentrification and identity. Known for “engaged learning” for her students within the city of Boston, she’s written numerous journal articles about the cultural meaning of space, as well as the book A Neighborhood That Never Changes (University of Chicago Press, 2009), an Urban Affairs Association Best Book Award winner.

Emine Fetvaci, History of Art & Architecture
Promoted to associate professor with tenure

Fetvachi is a pathbreaker: the first full-time professor BU has ever had in this field. An expert on Islamic art and architecture, Ottoman painting particularly, she received a Peter Paul Career Development Professorship and has written one book and a monograph that was translated into Turkish.

Robinson (Wally) Fulweiler, Earth & Environment, Biology
Promoted to associate professor with tenure

Fulweiler studies the effects of humans on marine systems. Awarded many grants to research climate change and evolving ecosystems, she is one of the first Sloan Fellows in ocean science, and she has won the CAS Neu Family Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Samuel Isaacson, Mathematics & Statistics
Promoted to associate professor with tenure

A specialist in mathematical biology and mathematical physics, Isaacson designs computational and mathematical approaches to solve questions in molecular biology. He has received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award and written articles in many top journals promoting biophysical modeling.

Paul Katsafanas, philosophy
Promoted to associate professor with tenure

A rising star in Nietszsche studies, Paul Katsafanas is the author of Agency and the Foundations of Ethics: Nietzschean Constitutivism (Oxford University Press) and has written numerous articles on topics in 19th century philosophy, ethics and the philosophy of mind, one of which was named by the highly prestigious Philosopher’s Annual as one of the ten best philosophy articles published in 2011.  He is currently at work on a second book, The Nietzschean Self: Agency and the Unconscious.

Margaret Litvin, Modern Languages & Comparative Literature
Promoted to associate professor with tenure

Litvin studies modern Arabic literature and political culture, often applying Shakespearean and theater studies to them. She wrote Hamlet’s Arab Journey: Shakespeare’s Prince and Nasser’s Ghost (Princeton University Press, 2011), as well as book chapters, reviews and journal articles. She was named a Peter Paul Career Development Professor.

Donna Pincus, Psychology & Brain Sciences
Awarded tenure as an associate professor

Pincus develops evidence-based treatments for anxiety and related disorders in children and adolescents. A leader in Parent Child Interaction Therapy, which tries to improve parents’ interactions with their kids, she has won grants for her clinical and home-based research, which has included groundbreaking work in internet-based therapies. Her scholarly production includes 5 books and more than 100 conference presentations.

Susanne Sreedhar, Philosophy
Promoted to associate professor with tenure

Sreedhar is an expert on Thomas Hobbes and other early modern philosophers and social contract theorists. She also researches contemporary political philosophy and women’s studies. She’s a go-to Hobbes scholar for conference organizers and is the author of the book Hobbes on Resistance: Defying the Leviathan (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

Evimaria Terzi, Computer Science
Promoted to associate professor with tenure

Terzi studies data mining and algorithms for pulling useful knowledge from massive datasets. She cowrote a book on privacy in social networks and received a Microsoft Faculty Fellowship, an IBM Outstanding Award, and NSF grants that include a CAREER Award.

Gregory Williams, History of Art & Architecture
Promoted to associate professor with tenure

Williams is an expert on contemporary art and art criticism, focusing on German art of the late 20th century. The first non-German to win the Critic’s Award of the Association of German Art Societies, he won international recognition with publications that include a 2013 monograph, Permission to Laugh. Williams won the CAS Frank and Lynne Wisneski Award for Excellence in Teaching two years ago.

Promoted Faculty 2013/14

University Provost Jean Morrison announced the promotion of 10 members of the CAS faculty to full professor. They are as follows. Congratulations and well deserved!

Bruce Anderson, Earth and Environment

Anderson studies climate change and humankind’s role therein, channeling the power of several academic disciplines and intricate computer models. He receives grants from the NSF and US Department of Energy and is the author of one book, a half dozen book chapters, and dozens of scholarly articles.

John Byers, Computer Science

Byers helped the business review site Yelp plug a privacy leak three years ago, demonstrating his prowess with algorithmic and economic aspects of computer networking, electronic commerce, and large-scale data analysis. He has been recognized with an award from the leading computer networks conference, while his studies of e-commerce frameworks, online advertising, and product reviews won citations in both scholarly journals and news media such as National Public Radio.

Julian Go, Sociology

Go’s work explores the dynamics and practices of power and meaning-making, particularly as they pertain to empires, colonial encounters, and postcolonial global formations. Much of his work has focused upon the United States empire. He has won awards for his two books, Empire and the Politics of Meaning (Duke University Press, 2008) and Patterns of Empire: the British and American Empires (Cambridge University Press, 2011), as well as the CAS Wisneski Award for teaching,

 Glen Hall, Mathematics

Hall interprets celestial mechanics with math, probing the orbits and patterns of moons, ring-shaped objects, and other phenomena. He earned a Sloan Research Fellowship for promising young scholars and the CAS Wisneski and Honors Program teaching awards and has written two textbooks and dozens of journal articles that are frequently cited by peers.

Deborah Kelemen, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Kelemen studies child cognitive development, specifically children’s evolving concepts about the living and natural world and human-made artifacts. She speaks often at forums, is a prolific book chapter and article author, and with grants from the NSF and the Templeton Foundation, researches children’s concepts of tool use, religion, and evolution. She is director of the psychology department’s Child Cognition Laboratory.

George Kollios, Computer Science

Kollios studies data mining, data integration, and mobile and sensor data management. He has researched information security for outsourced databases. The holder of a 2012 US patent, “Verification of outsourced data streams,” and author of numerous scholarly articles, he also makes time for administrative work as his department’s director of graduate admissions. He is the recipient of a 2002 NSF CAREER Award.

Maurice Lee, English

Lee studies the interplay of politics, science, culture, and philosophy in American literature of the 1800s. He is the author of two books, Slavery, Philosophy and American Literature, 1830-1860 (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and Uncertain Chances: Science, Skepticism, and Belief in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (Oxford University Press, 2012), and he edited The Cambridge Companion to Frederick Douglass (Cambridge University Press, 2009). He is also a recipient of the CAS Neu Award for teaching.

Christopher Martin, English

Martin is a scholar of 16th- and 17th-century English literature, Renaissance lyric and prose fiction, early modern gender studies, and literary depictions of aging. His third and most recent book is Constituting Old Age in Early Modern English Literature, from Queen Elizabeth to King Lear (University of Massachusetts Press, 2012). He has written many journal articles and was a National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Teaching Professor from 2005 to 2008.

 Jianjun Miao, Economics

Miao is a specialist in theoretical macroeconomics and finance; he studies asset pricing, dynamic corporate finance, financial crises, and tax policy. He has written many articles in economics and finance journals and his new textbook will be out shortly. He speaks often before finance conferences and seminars in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Michele Rucci, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Rucci marries computer and engineering science with experimental psychology to study the role of eye movements in perception. He has written extensively on the links between visual perception and action, is credited with discoveries in visual neurophysiology, and is director of the Active Perception Laboratory. His research is funded by both the National Institutes of Health and the NSF.