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New Faculty Appointments

This fall, HWS will welcome the talents and experience brought by seven new tenure-track faculty members in the fields of classics, history, economics, English, psychology and philosophy (two new hires).  From universities as near as Cornell and as far as British Columbia, each new assistant professor brings something special to HWS.

Jamie S. Bodenlos joins the psychology department after a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, in Worcester, Mass.  Her research focuses on health psychology, specifically in the area of weight management among ethnic minorities and individuals with psychological conditions.  She has published numerous articles in periodicals such as Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Obesity, Health Psychology, Psychological Assessment and American Journal of Health Promotion.  She graduated cum laude with a B.S. in psychology from University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.  She received an M.A. in clinical psychology from Western Carolina University and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Louisiana State University.

Joining the English department is Eric Bulson, who received a B.A. from Union College in English literature and classics and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University, both in English and comparative literature.  Focusing on Modernist writers including James Joyce and Ezra Pound, Bulson has published two books, Novels, Maps, Modernity: The Spatial Imagination 1850-2000 and The Cambridge Introduction to James Joyce, as well as various articles in journals such as James Joyce Quarterly and The Times Literary Supplement.  He is currently at work on a global history of the little magazine in the twentieth century.  A Whiting and a Fulbright fellow, Bulson has also taught at Columbia University and Yale University.

James Capreedy brings his expertise in Latin and Greek to the HWS classics department.  After receiving a B.A. in classical languages from Hamilton College, Capreedy went on to earn an M.A. in classics from Tufts University and a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia.  He has taught at Colby College in Waterville, Maine and Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif.  His areas of interest include Sparta, Greek and Roman history and mythology.

The department of philosophy welcomes two new assistant professors this year: Greg and Karen Frost-Arnold.  Greg — who specializes in philosophy of science, history of analytic philosophy and logic — earned an A.B. in philosophy from the University of Chicago.  He later attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he received an M.A. from the department of philosophy and a Ph.D. from the department of history and philosophy of science.  He has published articles in journals such as Philosophy of Science and Biology and Philosophy and has taught at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Karen received her B.A. from Wellesley, graduating with honors in philosophy and biology.  She received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh, where she taught and completed a dissertation entitled The Epistemological Importance of Trust in Science.  Her interests include ethics, social epistemology, philosophy of science and feminist philosophy.  She has taught at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the University of Pittsburgh.

New to the history department is William James Harris, who received a B.A. in history from Alabama State University, an M.A. in history from both the University of Akron and Cornell University and is currently expecting a Ph.D. in history from Cornell, where he is completing a dissertation titled “Slavery and Society: Violence and (Dis)Order on the Antebellum Mississippi Frontier.”  He has taught at Cornell University, has an article on Harry Washington in the African American National Biography and has given several presentations at Cornell and University of Akron.

Kirin Makker, joining to the HWS departement of architecture, holds a professional Master of Architecture degree from the University of Maryland College Park and a M.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Her teaching and research is in the field of architectural design and urban planning.  As an instructor, she teaches the design process as a method of conceptual inquiry grounded in a tectonic, technical, and material-driven practice.  Her courses introduce architecture as an artistic, social, ecological, and structural medium reflective of human history.  Kirin’s scholarship examines the built environment from the same perspective, as material culture informed by a multitude of concerns and issues.  Currently a Ph.D. candidate in Regional Planning at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is writing about the American village improvement movement in the nineteenth century.  In 2008 she was awarded a dissertation fellowship by the American Association of University Women and during 2008-2009, she was a Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellow at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.  

Elizabeth A. Ramey joins the department of economics, where her academic focus will be on political economy, U.S. economic history, the history of economic thought, and food and agricultural economics.  She graduated summa cum laude from George Washington University with a B.A. in international affairs and went on to receive an M.A. in economics from the University of Denver.  She expects to receive her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, later this year.  She has taught at Mount Holyoke College, Wellesley College and the University of Massachusetts and has published in Global Macroscope and Rethinking Marxism.