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Meeting of the Minds

New members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences bring depth of expertise

In recent years, many distinguished scholars have joined the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, bringing a rich array of expertise combined with a dedication to teaching. The new faculty members introduced here join colleagues across the campus to broaden opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and enhance Dartmouth's ability to address emerging fields while strengthening existing ones. "We've been able to attract some of the best and most exciting scholars in their fields," says Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Biological Sciences Carol Folt. "It is this combination of scholarship, research, and commitment to teaching that enables Dartmouth to provide one of the finest liberal arts educations in the nation."

Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina
Professor of English

Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina

Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina is a noted literary figure whose scholarship spans the fields of 19th- and early 20th-century British studies, race in 18th-century Britain, African American studies and literature, and biography. Her 1995 book, Black London: Life After Emancipation, has had a profound influence on the field of 18th-century British race studies and was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year when it was published.

She is also the author of Carrington: A Life, Black Victorians/Black Victoriana, and Frances Hodgson Burnett: The Unexpected Life of the Author of The Secret Garden, a Norton Critical Edition of The Secret Garden and two forthcoming books, a Norton annotated edition of The Secret Garden and The Search for Bijah and Lucy, the story of two former slaves who became landowners in Vermont, one of them considered to be the first known African American poet.

In July, she will become the first woman to chair Dartmouth's English department and the first African American woman to chair an English department in the Ivy League. Gerzina also hosts the nationally syndicated radio program, The Book Show.

John A. Hall
Professor of Sociology

John A. Hall

The former dean of the Faculty of Arts at McGill University, John A. Hall's career spans continents and disciplines. He is an expert on modern social history, sociological processes, and the work of philosopher and sociologist Ernest Gellner. The author or editor of over 20 books on subjects ranging from modern European politics and the rise of capitalism to the sociology of literature and the anatomy of power, Hall is currently completing three books on sociological theory and a biography of Ernest Gellner.

Christopher Snyder
Professor of Economics

Christopher Snyder

An expert in the fields of industrial organization, microeconomics, and law and economics, Christopher Snyder comes to Dartmouth from a distinguished career at George Washington University, where he taught from 1994 until 2005. His scholarship seeks to distill simple representations from complex economic situations, which he analyzes with mathematical tools such as game theory. He is currently studying incentive problems in vaccine production and pricing trends among scholarly journals in the transition from print to digital.

Peter Hackett '74
Professor of Theater and Chair of the Department of Theater

Peter Hackett '74

Peter Hackett '74 comes to Dartmouth after a decade as artistic director of The Cleveland Play House. He has also taught at the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Case Western Reserve University, and was codirector of the M.F.A. Directing Program at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

Of the over 80 plays he produced at The Cleveland Play House, six moved to Broadway and off-Broadway theaters, earning Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle nominations, and the AT&T OnStage and Obie awards. Hackett has directed at theaters across the country and abroad, and was a member of the Tony Award-winning Denver Center Theater Company, serving as acting artistic director, associate artistic director for new play development, and director of the National Theater Conservatory.

Michael Herron
Associate Professor of Government

Michael Herron

Michael Herron applies statistical techniques to a variety of problems in political science. His current scholarship focuses on voting irregularities in general elections, invalid votes, and issues related to voting technology. Herron taught at Northwestern University before coming to Dartmouth, and he served as an intelligence analyst and military officer, U.S. Air Force, Foreign Technology Division, from 1989 to 1992.

José Manuel del Pino
Professor of Spanish

Jose Manuel del Pino

The author of numerous works of poetry and literary criticism, José Manuel del Pino is an expert on Spanish film, modern and contemporary Spanish literature, and cultural studies. Before joining the Dartmouth faculty, he taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is the author of several scholarly books on Spanish modernism and the avant-garde and Spanish cinema, and his poetry and essays can be found in numerous literary magazines.

Del Pino's expertise is sought across the nation and around the world. He is member of the Modern Language Association of America, in whose executive committee of the division of 20th-century Spanish literature he served from 1998 to 2002.

Txetxu Aguado
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Txetxu Aguado is an expert on cultural studies. He is interested in analyzing the configuration of literary space as a tool for social criticism, drawing on areas such as post-structuralism, critical theory, and the theory of the novel. The author of La tarea politica; narrativa y ética en la España posmoderna (The Purpose of Politics: Narrative and Ethics in Postmodern Spain), he is working on a book on societal changes in Spain during the transition to democracy.

Alex H. Barnett
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Alex Barnett is an applied mathematician whose work focuses on "quantum chaos," or the behavior of high-frequency waves in systems where the reflection of rays is chaotic. He also works in medical imaging using diffuse light. Since both areas require that the underlying physical differential equations be solved efficiently, he is interested in numerical analysis.

David Bucci
Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences
David Bucci is interested in the neural mechanisms of learning, memory, and attention. He hopes to further an understanding of the basic mechanisms of information processing in the brain, ultimately relating these findings to the biological basis of cognitive dysfunction in humans.

Martin Dimitrov
Assistant Professor of Government
An expert on Russian and Chinese studies, Martin Dimitrov has written about the impact of decentralization on the enforcement of environmental protection laws in China and the politics of intellectual property rights in China. His current research includes a book on federal pathologies, especially the negative impact of decentralization on the prospects for the rise of the rule of law in China and Russia, and a project titled, Why Communism Didn't Collapse, which examines the resilience of Communism in China, Vietnam, Laos, North Korea, and Cuba. He is also interested in the role of ethnic parties in protecting minority rights in the ethnically divided societies of Eastern Europe.

Jennifer Fluri
Assistant Professor of Geography and of Women's and Gender Studies
Jennifer Fluri is an expert on feminist resistance, Afghan refugees, and the women-led political organization, The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan. With a particular interest in how gender intersects with politics, religion, power, economics, and ethnicity in South Asia and the Middle East, she is working on a project on gender and leadership in Afghanistan.

Amy Gladfelter
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Amy Gladfelter studies the control of cell division in fungi using genetic and cell biological approaches. By examining single cells with many nuclei, which are common in pathogenic fungi and cancer cells, she hopes to solve the mystery of how such multinucleated cells uniquely regulate growth and division.

Antonio Gomez Lopez-Quinones
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Antonio Gomez Lopez-Quinones studies the relationship between the Spanish Civil War and its representation in cinema and literature. He is the author of two books, one on the Argentine writer Jules Borges' reaction to the influence of Naziism on Argentine culture, and a recently published volume on how Spanish writers and filmmakers have reinterpreted the Spanish Civil War.

Rebecca Irwin
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
A specialist in community ecology, species invasions, plant/animal interactions, and plant mating systems, Rebecca Irwin studies the impact of species interactions on evolutionary change, particularly in floral traits and natural populations. She is also interested in the causes and consequences of species invasions. Understanding these relationships provides a deeper knowledge of how species are ecologically and evolutionarily linked in biological communities.

John Kulvicki
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
John Kulvicki's work spans several fields, including the philosophy of mind, aesthetics, and the philosophy of psychology. He focuses on cognitive science, philosophy, and perception, examining how perceptual states represent the environment, resulting in awareness. Kulvicki also examines the nature and uses of pictorial representation, exploring how pictures differ from diagrams and why some images are perceived to be more realistic than others.

Ana Merino
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Poet, essayist, and expert on contemporary Latin American literature and culture, Ana Merino is also an expert on the art of comics and graphic novel criticism. She has published five volumes of poetry and is the author of El Cómic Hispánico (The Hispanic Comic). Merino is the recipient of the Adonais and Fray Luis de León awards for poetry and the Diario de Avisos award for best critical short articles about comics for the Spanish literary magazine, Leer. Merino has curated three comics exhibitions, and her expertise is sought at seminars and symposia across the nation and around the world.

Robyn Millan
Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Robyn Millan uses scientific balloon experiments to study the earth's Van Allen radiation belts-an environment that is crucial to societies that depend on spacecraft for navigation, communications, and weather forecasting. Millan works as a member of the Dartmouth Balloon Group to study the loss processes of energetic electrons from the outer radiation belts.

Edward Miller
Assistant Professor of History
Edward Miller is interested in U.S.-East Asian relations and the Vietnam War. He is currently working on a book, Grand Designs: The Making and Unmaking of America's Alliance with Ngô Dinh Diêm, 1954-1963, which reinterprets the origins of the U.S. intervention in the Vietnam War by examining the interactions between American and Vietnamese ideas about nation building. He is also working on a collection, Global America: Essays in International History, highlighting the work of the most promising young scholars of international history.

Soo Y. Sunny Park
Assistant Professor of Studio Art
Soo Y. Sunny Park is a sculptor whose work has been exhibited nationwide. She incorporates the natural sciences and experiments in large-scale sculpture and installation using nontraditional materials. Her artwork is interactive and relates to the scale of the human body and, often, to specific sites. She is interested in the subtlety and fluidity within the transient life of everyday, and her artwork speaks to the notion of cyclical nature and the concept of renewal.

Fabio Pellacini
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Fabio Pellacini is working on developing computational tools for digital artists. Prior to joining the Dartmouth faculty, he spent two years at Pixar Animation Studios with screen credits including Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Cars. Pellacini seeks to address questions around model creation for synthetic images. He is developing more efficient algorithms that provide artists with interactive feedback and more intuitive interfaces for easier model specification. He is also exploring applications in information visualization.

Adina Roskies
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Adina Roskies conducted doctoral work in neural development at the Salk Institute and received her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. She also conducted postdoctoral research in cognitive neuroimaging at Washington University Medical School in St. Louis. Before coming to Dartmouth, she returned to graduate school to obtain a second Ph.D. in philosophy from M.I.T. Her research interests include the philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and ethics. Her current focus is on the philosophy of neuroscience, in particular, the philosophical issues related to new neuroimaging results and technologies, including increasingly pressing neuroethical issues about privacy and cognitive enhancement.

Paul Whalen
Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Paul Whalen uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study how the lower area of the brain called the amygdala responds to the facial expressions of others, and how the prefrontal cortex regulates this reactivity. His work has implications for understanding normal emotions as well as emotional problems such as depression and anxiety.

Jonathan Zinman
Assistant Professor of Economics
Jonathan Zinman studies consumer and entrepreneurial choice, with a focus on testing economic theories of how firms and consumers interact in markets, and on incorporating psychology into economic models. He also works with microfinance organizations to develop strategies designed to expand access to financial services, and tests whether these initiatives are effective in fighting poverty and promoting growth.


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Last Updated: 5/30/08