New Faculty

By Beth Walk

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The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences welcomed a talented group of new faculty members in 2013, with specialties ranging from medieval art to geocriticism, to conformal field theory. Here is a sampling:
Biology
Christian KaiserChristian Kaiser, assistant professor, earned his PhD in biochemistry from the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Germany. Research: single-molecule biochemistry studies of the machines and processes in protein translation, translocation, and folding.


Robert JohnstonRobert Johnston
, assistant professor, received his PhD in biochemistry and molecular biophysics from Columbia University. Research: mechanisms controlling stochastic gene expression in the Drosophila eye.

Chemistry
Rebekka KlausenRebekka Klausen
, assistant professor, received her PhD from Harvard University. Research: the intersection of materials chemistry, chemical synthesis, and methods development.

English
Jonathan KramnickJonathan Kramnick
, professor, received his PhD from Johns Hopkins and most recently was a professor at Rutgers University. Areas of expertise: 18th-century literature and philosophy, philosophical approaches to literature, and cognitive science and the arts.

German and Romance Languages and Literatures
Derek SchillingDerek Schilling
, professor, received his PhD in romance languages from the University of Pennsylvania. Areas of expertise: modern/contemporary French literature, film aesthetics, and geocriticism.

History of Art
Nino ZchomelidseNino Zchomelidse
, assistant professor, most recently taught at Princeton University. She received her PhD at the University of Bern in Switzerland. She has been a research fellow at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Area of expertise: medieval art.

Marian FeldmanMarian Feldman
, professor (joint appointment with Near Eastern Studies), received her PhD in art history from Harvard University and most recently was a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Areas of expertise: art and luxury arts in the ancient Near East.

Molly WarnockMolly Warnock
, assistant professor, earned her PhD at Johns Hopkins and most recently was an assistant professor at Emory University. Areas of expertise: European and North American art and critical theory from early 20th-century modernism to the present.

Philosophy
Justin BledinJustin Bledin
, assistant professor, earned his PhD in logic from the University of California, Berkeley. Areas of expertise: logic, epistemology, and philosophy of language.

Physics & Astronomy
Jared KaplannJared Kaplan
, assistant professor and theoretical physicist, received his PhD from Harvard University. Research: effective field theory, particle physics, cosmology, formal aspects of scattering amplitudes, holography, and conformal field theory.

Political Science
Philip BrendesePhilip Brendese
, assistant professor, received his PhD from Duke University, and most recently taught at Haverford College. Areas of expertise: the politics of memory, racial inequality and time, critical theory, democratic theory, and comparative political theory.

Emily ZackinEmily Zackin
, assistant professor, earned her PhD in politics from Princeton University and taught most recently at Hunter College. Areas of expertise: constitutional law and civil liberties, social movements, law and politics, and American political thought.

Psychological and Brain Sciences
Shreesh MysoreShreesh Mysore
, assistant professor, received his PhD from Caltech. Research: neural mechanisms underlying stimulus competition and selection for attention.

Sociology
Michael LevienMichael Levien
, assistant professor, received his PhD last spring from University of California, Berkeley. Research: sociology of development and globalization, political sociology, economic sociology, and qualitative methods.

Writing Seminars
James ArthurJames Arthur
, assistant professor, received his MFA in creative writing from the University of Washington. Arthur’s most recent book of poems, Charms Against Lightning, was published in 2012.

Eric PuchnerEric Puchner
, assistant professor, earned his MFA in creative writing at the University of Arizona and most recently taught at Claremont McKenna College. Areas of expertise: fiction and creative nonfiction.
Arriving in 2014
Sharon Achinstein, English
Benjamin Dobson, Mathematics
Anton Korinek, Economics
Christopher Lakey, History of Art
Cynthia Moss, Psychological & Brain Sciences
Yuya Takahashi, Economics
Ari Turner, Physics & Astronomy
Chen Ying, Economics