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Congratulations to the following Arts & Sciences faculty members on their promotion to the rank of full professor.

Jonathan Barnes, Linguistics, is a phonologist specializing in both segmental and prosodic phonology. His theoretical and experimental contributions, funded by 6 NSF grants and published in leading journals, have led to new insights about the perceptual basis for processing prosody. His “Tonal Center-of-Gravity” theory, described in several widely cited journal articles, has gained international attention as a powerful tool for prosodic analysis.  His second book, published in 2022 by MIT Press, brings together scholars from disparate frameworks with the aim of bridging divides in the field of prosody. Barnes also played a major role in the founding of the Department of Linguistics in 2018, serving as its chair since 2020.

Elizabeth Blanton, Astronomy, uses observations at multiple wavelengths, including radio, infrared, optical, and especially X-ray wavelengths, to study clusters of galaxies. Her results advance understanding of the formation and evolution of galaxies, which are the basic building block of the universe. Her work has been supported by NSF and NASA, particularly the Chandra X-ray Observatory. She is a Fellow of the American Astronomical Society and recently served as the Director of BU’s Institute for Astrophysical Research. She has published numerous refereed articles in leading scientific journals, including Nature and the Astrophysical Journal.

Catherine Espaillat, Astronomy, studies the physical nature and evolution of disks of gas and dust that surround young stars as well as the protoplanets that form within those disks. Her work has been supported by NSF and NASA, including the high-profile James Webb Space Telescope. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She currently serves as her department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies and is also the Director of BU’s Institute for Astrophysical Research. She has published numerous refereed articles in leading scientific journals, including Nature and Science. 

David Glick, Political Science, studies American politics and researches the Supreme Court, local government, and public policy. He is a Fellow with the Federal Government’s Office of Evaluation Sciences, co-PI on the Menino Survey of Mayors, and was Faculty Director of BU’s MetroBridge program. He co-authored the book “Neighborhood Defenders: Participatory Politics and America’s Housing Crisis” (Cambridge University Press) and other work on the local politics of housing with BU colleagues Katherine Levine Einstein and Maxwell Palmer.  He has published 26 peer reviewed articles in journals including Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, American Journal of Political Science, and Perspectives on Politics. 

Deeana Klepper, Religion and History, is a historian of religion in medieval Europe whose research focuses on religious identities, cultures, and inter-religious encounters among Christians, Jews, and Muslims. She is the author of two books, including the 2022 Pastoral Care and Community in Late Medieval Germany: Albert of Diessen’s “Mirror of Priests” (Cornell University Press). She has also authored twelve book chapters and articles in major journals and has presented her work at universities and conferences in Religious Studies, Medieval Studies, Jewish Studies, and History in the US, Canada, and Europe. In 2024 she was elected to the Society of Fellows of the Medieval Academy of America, an honor that recognizes major long-term scholarly achievement within Medieval Studies.

David Lagakos, Economics, is a macroeconomist who studies the determinants of economic growth in some of the world’s least developed regions. Much of his research is inspired by his experience working as the lead academic for the International Growth Centre in Ghana. He has served as an editor of the Review of Economic Dynamics and the Journal of Development Economics and is currently a research affiliate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and Centre for Economic Policy Research. His papers have appeared in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the Quarterly Journal of Economics and other prominent journals.

Judith Lok, Mathematics & Statistics, is a statistician specializing in the dynamic and fast-moving field of causal inference.  Her research focuses on both theoretical aspects and applications of causal inference, spanning the full gamut from statistical theory to applications in medicine (e.g. HIV/AIDS, COVID-19, bacterial infections) and public health (e.g. maternal and child health).  Funded by NIH and NSF, Professor Lok, with her collaborators, has proposed a new and innovative adaptive clinical trials design, “Learn-As-you-GO” (LAGO).  She has published 37 articles in top-tier medical, epidemiology, and statistics journals, including 3 in the Annals of Statistics.  Currently on sabbatical as a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard, Professor Lok is writing a textbook Causal Inference: a Statistics Playground.

Petrus Liu, World Languages & Literatures, is a scholar of Chinese literature and queer studies whose work brings together several related areas of studies, including feminist theory, queer theory, and Marxism. His works challenge the field of queer studies by showing how it unwittingly adopts the framework of liberal ideology, and by expanding its empirical boundaries to include East Asia. Through his numerous publications, he has helped generate a non-Eurocentric version of queer theory grounded in the historical experiences and collective insight of intellectuals outside the Global North. He is the recipient of a Harvard University Radcliffe Institute fellowship, as well as the Gitner Award for Distinguished Teaching in the College of Arts & Sciences, Boston University. Since arriving at BU in 2017, he has published one book, five book chapters, and three peer reviewed journal articles.

Natalia Ramondo, Economics, is an international trade economist with a focus on the effects of the activities of multinational corporations. In recent work, she studies the interaction between the activity of these global firms and carbon emissions worldwide. Her worked has been supported by two grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), and published at top-tier economic journals, such as the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, and the Review of Economic Studies. She is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a research fellow at the Centre for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Monetary Economics, the American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, and the Journal of International Economics. 

Chen Yang, Chemistry, designs materials and devices for high precision neuromodulation. Her work enables technologies to understand how brain functions and to treat neurological disorders where drug treatments are not available. Supported by major federal, foundation and private industry grants, she is a past NSF CAREER award recipient and current AIMBE fellow. Her research has resulted in multiple granted patents, and she has published 63 articles in top science and engineering journals, including Nature and Science.

Michael Zell, History of Art & Architecture, is an internationally recognized specialist of 17th-century Baroque Art, with a particular focus on Dutch Art. He has published two books, including his most recent monograph, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and the Gift in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art (Amsterdam University Press, 2022), which looks at gift exchange and seventeenth-century Dutch artists, specifically Rembrandt and Vermeer. A dedicated teacher and mentor, Zell is an active member of the Center for Netherlandish Art (CNA) at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. His numerous publications include the co-edited volume Ut pictural amor: The Reflective Imagery of Love in Artistic Theory and Practice, 1500-1700 (2017), six journal articles, six book chapters, and several museum exhibition catalogue essays and entries.