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New members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

As fall term begins, VOX of Dartmouth is pleased to introduce some of the newest members of the College's Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Look for additional profiles of new arts and sciences faculty, as well as of faculty who have joined Thayer School of Engineering, Tuck School of Business, and Dartmouth Medical School, in the Oct. 6 issue of VOX.

"My colleagues and I are happy to welcome these outstanding scholars to Dartmouth," says Carol Folt, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Dartmouth Professor of Biological Sciences. "Each one of them is bringing something new and special to campus and their colleagues and I look forward to working with and learning from them."

Mary Flanagan

The Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor in Digital Humanities and Professor of Film and Media Studies

Mary Flanagan

Flanagan is the inaugural Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of the Digital Humanities. "We live at a time in which those with the ability to specialize in ‘the big picture' can make a world of difference," says Flanagan. "Traditional fields are opening up and new connections are forming, both in the greater world and in academic settings. Interdisciplinary studies can help our students adapt to this changing climate. The students are ready for the opportunity to excel in research that takes this big picture view, using their vision and problem solving abilities holistically, drawing on the depths of their well-rounded education."

Flanagan holds a Ph.D. in computational media from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London; an M.F.A. and an M.A. from the University of Iowa; and a B.A. in film from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her work encompasses scholarly and critical writing, art, and design. Her books include re: skin (MIT Press, 2007) and Critical Play (MIT Press, forthcoming). She has been a Fulbright scholar (2000-2001) and a MacDowell fellow (2007).

Flanagan, creator of the pioneering web-based adventure game "The Adventures of Josie True," is relocating her game design laboratory, Tiltfactor, to Dartmouth. "My research very much engages with contemporary issues surrounding digital culture," she continues. "I rework computer games, analog and urban games, hardware and software to see what happens if we replace one set of conventions with another that might be more open to issues of human values such as equity and fairness."  Flanagan's interests also include video art, installation, product design, and eco- and sustainable design. She adds that, "One of my core beliefs as a theorist-practitioner is not to separate theory and criticism from practice, but rather integrate these in a constant dialogue-in the classroom, in the design lab, and in my own studio."

"Dartmouth is a vibrant, creative community," Flanagan observes. "I made my way over to the library during my first visit to campus at midnight, and had a secret thrill to see so many dedicated students. I was struck with the commitment to learning, innovation, and excellence during my visit, and had no doubt that Dartmouth was a place I could call my intellectual home."

Christiane Donahue

Associate Professor of Linguistics and Director of the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric

Christiane Donahue

Donahue joins the Dartmouth faculty as associate professor of linguistics and as the director of Dartmouth's new Institute for Writing and Rhetoric. She holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from the Université Paris Descartes, as well as an M.A. from Northeastern University and a B.A. from Simmons College.

"I hope that my research about cross-cultural patterns in academic writing will help to bring attention to the effects internationalization and globalization in higher education have on what we teach students about writing and about language," Donahue says. "Reading, writing, and speaking are interrelated activities," she continues. "Students in our introductory writing courses benefit from learning about the essential role of these language activities in their intellectual growth." 

Donahue's publications include Ecrire a la Université: Analyse Comparée en France et aux Etats-Unis (Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, 2008), as well as articles in the journals Recherches Linguistiques and Written Communication. Much of her research grows from work with colleagues in Europe and Canada. She participates in research groups based at the Université de Lille III (France) and the Université de Sherbrooke (Canada). She is a 2008 Fulbright Scholar.

Donahue comes to Dartmouth from the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF), the state's public liberal arts college, where she directed the composition program from 2002 until 2008. At UMF, she was also co-director of Project Maine-France, an initiative between the University of Maine system and several French universities that creates opportunities for student exchange, faculty exchange, and research collaboration.

Jiannbin Shiao

Associate Professor of Sociology

Jiannbin Shiao

Shiao says he was "attracted by both Dartmouth's interest in developing Asian American studies, and the prospect of teaching students who really seem to value a balance of structure and independence." He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, and a B.A. in women's studies from Brown University.

Shiao is the author of Identifying Talent, Institutionalizing Diversity: Race and Philanthropy in Post-Civil Rights America (Duke University Press, 2005). His work in progress includes a book manuscript on transracial international adoption, focusing on the racial/ethnic identities of Korean adoptees. He is also preparing a piece that examines the challenges of recent genomic research to the theory of race as a social construction.

Shiao served previously on the faculty of the University of Oregon, where he also was the associate director of the school's Ethnic Studies Program. Of his initial visit to Dartmouth, Shiao says, "I was stunned by the tremendous resources of this institution and intrigued by the opportunities that those resources could provide."

Ivan Aprahamian

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Ivan Aprahamian

Aprahamian's work is in materials science and nanotechnology, the study of molecular motion in particular. He seeks to develop light-powered molecular switches that could serve as the building blocks of molecular machines. A second line of investigation pursues chemical compounds that can assemble themselves into lithium-containing molecular wires. Aprahamian's research has appeared in publications including the Journal of Organic Chemistry, the Journal of the American Chemical Society, and Angewandte Chemie. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.Sc. in organic chemistry from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he also completed a B.Sc. in chemistry, and comes to Dartmouth from postdoctoral studies at UCLA.

Pramit Chaudhuri

Assistant Professor of Classics

Pramit Chaudhuri

Chaudhuri specializes in the Latin poetry of the early Roman empire, set within a broader study of classical epic and tragedy. His current work explores literary depictions of "theomachy," conflicts between humans and gods. Chaudhuri also studies the use and reuse of classical texts during the Renaissance, including their impact on Renaissance painting. Chaudhuri holds a B.A. (Hons.) in classical literature and philosophy (Literae Humaniores) from Balliol College, Oxford; an M.A. in the history of art from the Courtauld Institute; and a Ph.D. in classics and comparative literature from Yale University.


Marc Dixon

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Marc Dixon

Dixon's research and teaching focus on political and historical sociology, as well as the sociology of work and labor and of social movements. He comes to Dartmouth from Florida State University, where he was an assistant professor of sociology. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. from Ohio State University. Dixon received his undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont, earning a B.A. in sociology and music theory. His published work includes studies of labor policy, social protest, and strikes.


Courtney Quaintance

Assistant Professor of Italian

Courtney Quaintance

Quaintance studies Renaissance Italy.  Her current research considers the interconnections between social networks and literature in 16th-century Venice. Quaintance holds a B.A. in music from DePaul University, and an M.A. in Italian literature from the Middlebury College School in Florence. She received her Ph.D. in Italian literature at the University of Chicago. Her scholarly publications include an article on satires targeting Venetian courtesans, and a forthcoming critical edition of a 16th-century Venetian banquet play.

Naaborko Sackeyfio

Assistant Professor of History

Naaborko Sackeyfio

Sackeyfio specializes in modern African history with a focus on West Africa. Her current research examines the impact of British colonialism and urbanization on the Ga chieftaincy and land tenure system in colonial Accra, Ghana, while also considering the effect such forces had on Ga identities. She has interests in social and political history, and in questions of return, memory, and perceptions of homeland in the African Diaspora. Sackeyfio holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a B.A. from Winston Salem State University.


James Stanford

Assistant Professor of Linguistics

James Stanford

Stanford, a sociolinguist, explores language variation in less commonly studied minority communities, including issues of identity, dialect, clans, and linguistic contact. His dissertation was based on fieldwork among the indigenous Sui people of China, who speak a Tai-Kadai minority language. Using both qualitative and quantitative approaches, Stanford's research aims to provide a better understanding of the sociolinguistics of underrepresented language communities. Stanford previously taught at Rice University.  He holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from Michigan State University. Prior to his graduate studies, Stanford lived in mainland China from 1995 to 2003.

George R. Trumbull IV

Assistant Professor of History

George R.Trumbull IV

Trumbull studies the history of north and Islamic Africa, and has further interests in colonialism, in narrative history, and in environmental studies. He is the author of An Empire of Facts: Colonial Power, Cultural Knowledge, and Islam (Algeria, 1871-1914), forthcoming in the Cambridge University Press series "Critical Perspectives on Empire." His current research is directed toward a book to be titled "An Ocean of Sand: A Cultural History of Water in the Colonial Sahara." Trumbull comes to Dartmouth from the Institute of French Studies at New York University, where he was an assistant professor. He previously served on the faculty of Tulane University. He holds a Ph.D. from Yale, and an A.B. from Princeton, both in history. Trumbull's languages include modern standard Arabic and several colloquial versions of Arabic.

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Last Updated: 12/17/08