Faculty Promotions – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Faculty Promotions

Six members of Hobart and William Smith faculty, experts and active members of their respective fields, have received promotions. Jeffrey Anderson, of the anthropology department, has been made a full professor, and Michelle Iklé, of the dance department, Matthew Kadane, of the history department, Feisal Khan, of the economics department, Kristen Welsh, of the Russian Area Studies program, and Vikash Yadav, a member of the political science department, have been named Associate Professors by the Board of Trustees and President Mark D. Gearan.

Jeffrey Anderson received his B.A. in sociology and anthropology from Knox College in 1980. He received his M.A. in social sciences in 1981 from the University of Chicago, where he also earned his Ph.D. in anthropology in 1994. Prior to coming to the Colleges in 2008, Anderson served as associate professor of anthropology at Colby College. He has been a visiting assistant professor at Gustavus Adolphus College, assistant professor of ethnic studies at Mankato State University and a lecturer at numerous universities.

Anderson has published two books, “The Four Hills of Life: Northern Arapaho Knowledge and Life Movement,” in 2001 and “One Hundred Years of Old Man Sage: An Arapaho Life Story,” in 2003. His manuscript, “Arapaho Women’s Quillwork Art: Life, Creativity, and Ritual,” is in press for the University of Oklahoma Press. He is also the author of more than a dozen articles and short works, which have been published in journals such as the European Review of Native American Studies and Encyclopedia of World Cultures, and presented his work on more than 40 occasions.

Anderson’s work has also extended to serving as an Arapaho language and culture instructor at Arapaho summer camps. He has also lent his skill to three Arapaho language textbooks and one children’s book.

On campus, Anderson teaches courses such as “North American Indians,” “Native American Religions,” and “Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples.” In the summer of 2009, he served as co-director of the HWS summer study abroad program to Siberia that was funded by a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Grant.

Michelle Iklé received her B.A. in preparation for dance teaching and performance from SUNY Buffalo in 1991, and her MFA from SUNY Brockport in 1996, where she studied dance science and somatics with a secondary emphasis on dance performance. In 2000, Iklé became a certified instructor and teacher trainer at the Eastwest Somatics Institute for Movement Education and Therapy.

Iklé’s areas of expertise include movement science, dance composition, dance performance and technique, as well as anatomy and kinesiology for dancers and athletes. While at HWS she has taught courses ranging from beginner through advanced courses in ballet, jazz and modern dance to senior seminars and independent studies. Other courses have included Body and Self, Movement for Athletes, Somatics and Mind, Body, Performance.

Iklé has performed in a number of dance companies including Present Tense Dance Company, Finger Lakes Dance!, Shelter Repertory Dance Theater, the Danscore Ensemble at SUNY Brockport, Greater Buffalo Opera and Rochester Contemporary Dance Collective. She has also performed at numerous other venues. Iklé has choreographed more than 20 pieces at the Colleges, and has been commissioned to create works such as “Pluck from the Memory of a Rooted Sorrow,” “Crossing Ground,” and “wrought.”

While at the Colleges, Iklé has received two Faculty Research Grants as well as a grant from the Center for Teaching and Learning. Iklé has presented at conferences throughout the U.S. On campus, Iklé has served as adviser to Koshare and the Wellness Theme House, and has served on the Theatre advisory board. Iklé has worked closely with the Geneva community at the local schools, as well as in numerous concerts.

Matthew Kadane received his B.A. in Philosophy from Southern Methodist University in 1992. In 1997, he earned his M.A. in Historical Studies from the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research. Kadane received both his A.M and Ph.D. in History from Brown University in 1999 and 2005, respectively. He has served as assistant professor of history at Hobart and William Smith since 2005. Prior to joining the Colleges, Kadane was a Lecturer at Harvard University.

Kadane has published a number of book chapters and articles in journals such as The American Historical Review and Republics of Letters.  His first book, The Watchful Clothier:  The Life of an Eighteenth-Century Protestant Capitalist, will appear in 2012 on Yale University Press.  On campus, Kadane has taught courses such as “Tudor-Stuart Britain,” “Early Modern Europe,” “The Enlightenment,” “Britain in the Age of Industry and Empire,” and “Radical Religion.”

Kadane was awarded Derek Bok Distinction in Teaching Awards at Harvard University in 2001 and 2002 and the John Lax Fellowship at Brown University in 2004.  Since 2006 he has also been a Regional Visiting Fellow at the Institute for European Studies at Cornell University.

Feisal Khan received his B.A. in economics and political science from Stanford University in 1988, as well as his co-terminal M.A. in economic development from Stanford that same year. In 1999, Khan earned his Ph.D. in political economy and public policy from the University of Southern California. Khan joined the Colleges as assistant professor of economics in 2000. Prior to that, he served as lecturer in the department of economics at the University of Southern California.

Khan’s area of research and interest include Islamic economics, banking and finance, the impact of corruption on economic development, and South Asian security issues. He is also the recipient of a number of grants including a Junior Faculty Research Grant from the Smith Richardson Foundation, and two Faculty Research Grants from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Khan has published in many peer-reviewed academic journals, e.g., Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Developing Areas, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization and South Asia: The Journal of South Asian Studies, on subjects such as Islamic banking, the NGO-state relationship, systematic corruption in the third world and economic development in Pakistan. Khan has also contributed articles and chapters to a number of edited volumes, e.g., The Encyclopedia of the Age of the Industrial Revolution and the forthcoming Oxford Companion to Pakistan History, and presented his research at both national and international conferences and seminars – including conferences held at Cornell, the University of Wisconsin, the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington D.C., and in Berlin.  His contribution, “Water, Governance and Corruption in Pakistan,” to the Woodrow Wilson Center’s edited volume Running on Empty: Pakistan’s Water Crisis, is listed by the Center for Global Development in Washington DC as one of its “Essential Readings” on Pakistan.

Kristen Welsh received her A.B. in Russian literature and comparative literature from Brown University in 1990. She earned both her M.A. and M. Phil in Russian Literature from Yale University in 1993 and 1996, respectively.  Welsh continued her studies at Yale, and in 2005 she earned her Ph.D. in Slavic languages and literatures.

Welsh has been a member of faculty at the Colleges since 2002 and was named assistant professor in 2004. She has instructed courses including all levels of Russian Language, “Russia and the Environment,” “Introduction to Russian Literature,” “Russian Women Writers of the 20th Century,” and “Nabokov” and has advised numerous students in independent studies and honors projects.

Welsh has served as visiting lecturer at Williams College and the College of William and Mary, as well as a faculty fellow at Colby College and a part-time instructor at Yale. In addition to a book manuscript she is currently working on, Welsh has authored numerous articles in scholarly journals such as Slavic and East European Journal and The Nabokovian. She has been invited to speak at many conferences and as an expert on several panels.

On campus, she has served as coordinator for the Russian Area Studies and Russian Language programs, as well as president of the Zeta of New York Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Welsh has been awarded a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad grant for “Modern Siberia: Ecology and Culture,” a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant grant and a Faculty Research Grant from Hobart and William Smith. Welsh is also a member of the Media & Society Program Steering Committee.

Vikash Yadav received his B.A. in history from DePauw University in 1991 and his M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1993. In 2002, he earned his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Yadav also served as a Queen Elizabeth Visiting Scholar at St. Antony’s College at the University of Oxford in 1999-2000 and attended the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University in 1998. His areas of research include international political economy and conceptions of sovereignty, security, and identity in South Asia and the Middle East.

Yadav has served as a Hobart and William Smith faculty member since joining the campus as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2007. Prior to joining the Colleges, he was as an Assistant Professor at the American University in Cairo and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Mount Holyoke College.

In 2008, Yadav published the book, “Risk in International Finance,” and has also authored numerous articles and review essays in journals such as Asian Affairs, Asian Security, India Review, Journal of Developmental Studies, Middle East Review of International Affairs, Theory & Event, and World Economy.

He is the current chair of the Asian Studies Department and he has served as Chair of the International Relations Program and as a faculty advisor to the HWS Model UN.

The classroom photo above features Professor Anderson teaching a class in Smith Hall.