The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences welcomed new faculty members in 2014, with expertise in areas ranging from macroeconomics to Mars. Here is a brief introduction to them:
James Taylor , Ralph S. O’Connor Associate Professor, received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and most recently taught at Emory University. Research: regulation of transcription, chromatin structure, computational genomics, and bioinformatics.
Earth and Planetary Sciences
Sarah Hörst, an assistant professor, received her PhD from the University of Arizona and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Colorado Boulder. Research: atmospheric chemistry of Titan, complex organics elsewhere in the solar system.
Kevin Lewis, an assistant professor, received his PhD from the California Institute of Technology and was most recently a research scholar at Princeton University. Research: planetary geophysics, the nature of sedimentary rocks on Mars, large-scale properties of planetary lithospheres.
Ying Chen, an assistant professor, received her PhD from Yale University and most recently taught at the University of Arizona. Research: game theory, information economics, political economy, strategic communication and dynamic bargaining.
Anton Korinek, an assistant professor, received his PhD from Columbia University and most recently taught at the University of Maryland. Research: international finance and macroeconomics, capital controls, and macro-prudential regulation as policy tools to reduce risk of future financial crises.
Yuya Takahashi, an assistant professor, received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and most recently taught at the University of Mannheim. Research: empirical industrial organization, estimation of dynamic games, models of industry dynamics, methods of estimating treatment effects.
Jeanne-Marie Jackson, an assistant professor, received her PhD in comparative literature from Yale University and taught mostly recently at Connecticut College. Research: theory of the novel, hermeneutics, sub-Saharan African literature, Russian literature, post-colonial regionalisms.
Sharon Achinstein, Sir William Osler Professor, received her PhD from Princeton University and taught most recently at the University of Oxford. Research: literature and political communication in the early modern period, the history of marriage, Milton’s writings on divorce, secularism, and early modernity
German and Romance Languages and Literatures
Eugenio Refini, an assistant professor, received his PhD from the Sucola Normale Superiore di Pisa and was most recently a fellow at the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. Research: medieval and early modern literary culture in Italy and France, art history, gender, visual studies, theater studies, rhetoric.
History of Art
Christopher Lakey, an assistant professor, received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and most recently was a Mellon Research Fellow at the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies in Toronto and taught at Reed College. Research: medieval art; connections between cosmological manuscripts, lapidaries, mineralia, artistic manuals with medieval theories of matter.
François Furstenberg, an associate professor, received his PhD from Johns Hopkins and taught most recently at the Université de Montréal. Research: 18th- and 19th- century United States history, U.S. history from an international perspective, the early American West, political culture and intellectual history.
Physics and Astronomy
Ari Turner, an assistant professor, received his PhD from Harvard University, and most recently taught at the University of Amsterdam. Research: superfluidity and magnetism in ultracold atoms, topological phases in solids, applying entanglement to find ground state properties of quantum systems.
Benjamin Dodson, an assistant professor, received his PhD from the University of North Carolina and was most recently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. Research: partial differential equations, harmonic analysis.
Psychological and Brain Sciences
Cynthia Moss, a professor, received her PhD from Brown University and taught most recently at the University of Maryland. Research: auditory information processing, spatial perception, attention and memory, adaptive behavior, sensorimotor integration, somatosensory signaling for flight control, acoustic communication, biological sonar.
Julia Burdick-Will, an assistant professor, received her PhD from the University of Chicago and most recently conducted postdoctoral research at Brown University. Research: how neighborhood and social contexts shape educational inequity, demographic changes, high school attendance, school choice.
Ryan Calder, an assistant professor, received his PhD this year from the University of California, Berkely. Research: financial markets, economic sociology, Islam, Middle East and North Africa, Muslim Southeast Asia, the Arab Spring, Islamic law and society, political sociology.
Meredith Greif, an assistant professor, received her PhD from Pennsylvania State University and most recently taught at Georgia State University. Research: urban sociology, race and ethnicity, health and well-being, qualitative measures.
Dora Malech, an assistant professor, received her MFA in poetry in 2005 from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has taught at Victoria University in New Zealand, Saint Mary’s College of California, and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.