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:
Christian 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 Johnston, assistant professor, received his PhD in biochemistry and molecular biophysics from Columbia University. Research: mechanisms controlling stochastic gene expression in the Drosophila eye.
Rebekka Klausen, assistant professor, received her PhD from Harvard University. Research: the intersection of materials chemistry, chemical synthesis, and methods development.
Jonathan 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 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 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 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 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.
Justin 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 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.
Philip 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 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 Mysore, assistant professor, received his PhD from Caltech. Research: neural mechanisms underlying stimulus competition and selection for attention.
Michael 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.
James 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 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.
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