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New Dartmouth Faculty

Posted 10/14/03

Leslie Butler
Leslie Butler

Darren Ranco '93
Darren Ranco '93

G. Eric Schaller
G. Eric Schaller

We are pleased to introduce Dartmouth's newest faculty members in this new bio series. Profiled in this issue are Leslie Butler, Darren Ranco '93, and G. Eric Schaller.

Chicago native Leslie Butler has joined Dartmouth's faculty ranks as assistant professor of history. She teaches courses in American intellectual, cultural, and women's history. Butler, who received her doctorate from Yale University, taught at Reed College and at James Madison College at Michigan State University before coming to Dartmouth. She recently completed her book Cultivating America: Victorian Intellectuals and Liberal Reform , about a group of northeastern intellectuals who shaped modern liberalism. Butler currently is examining the political education of American women in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Darren Ranco '93 has returned to Dartmouth, now in the role of teacher. Under his joint appointment as assistant professor in the Native American studies and environmental studies programs, he teaches classes on tribal governments, Indian policy, and the politics of representation, among other topics. After graduating from Dartmouth, Ranco earned a master's degree in environmental law from Vermont Law School before completing his doctoral degree in anthropology at Harvard University. He later joined the faculty in the University of California-Berkeley Ethnic Studies Department.

Currently, he is researching the relationship between Native American relations and ecology.

G. Eric Schaller joins Dartmouth as associate professor of biological sciences. Schaller's research focuses on plant biochemistry and genetics, specifically the proteins involved in sensing and initiating the signals that regulate plant growth and development. He received his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of New Hampshire. Although he lived all around the world as a youth, Schaller considers the Northeast his home.

by Tamara Steinert and Susan Knapp

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