Effective June 30, 2014, five retiring Hobart and William Smith Colleges faculty members will be named Professors Emeritus: Professor of Economics Geoffrey Gilbert; Professor of Economics Christopher Gunn; Professor of Anthropology and Sociology Dunbar Moodie; Professor of History Daniel Singal; and Professor of Anthropology and Sociology James Spates.
Emeritus/a status recognizes faculty service of 15 or more years and their contributions to teaching, scholarship and community service over the course of their time at the institution, as well as leadership positions within a department, program and/or faculty committee, significant contributions as teacher/scholar, and unique contributions to the curriculum.
With a scholarly focus on the economics of population, world poverty issues, and microeconomic theory and policy, Geoffrey Gilbert has been a member of the HWS faculty since 1977. He earned his B.A. from Dartmouth College and his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, and taught previously at Illinois Wesleyan University. His publications include “Malthus: Critical Responses” (Routledge, 1998), “World Poverty: A Reference Handbook” (ABC-CLIO, 2004) “World Population: A Reference Handbook” (ABC-CLIO, 2006), and “Rich and Poor in America: A Reference Handbook” (ABC-CLIO, 2008), among others. He is a member of the American Economic Association, the History of Economics Society, and the Population Association of America.
Christopher Gunn joined the faculty in 1978. He holds a Ph.D., M.B.A., and B.S. from Cornell University and a Licence from Louvain. His teaching and research has focused on the political economy of local and regional development, cooperative and labor-managed firms and the economics of the nonprofit sector, among other areas. He is the author and/or editor of a number of books, including “Workers’ Self-management in the United States” (Cornell, 1984); “Alternatives to Economic Orthodoxy” (co-edited with R. Albelda and W. Waller) (M.E. Sharpe, 1987); “Reclaiming Capital: Democratic Initiatives and Community Development” (co-authored with Hazel Dayton Gunn) (Cornell, 1991); and “Third Sector Development: Making Up for the Market” (Cornell, 2004). He is a member of the American Association of University Professors, the Union for Radical Political Economics and the American Economic Association.
Before coming to HWS, T. Dunbar Moodie taught at Wellesley College; University of Massachusetts, Boston; University of Natal, Durban; and University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Since 1976 he has taught in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at HWS, where he has also served as department chair. In the early 1990s, he took leave from HWS to serve as adjunct professor and director of the South African Church Leadership Program at the Andover Newton Theological School, and visiting professor in Religion and Society at the Harvard Divinity School. He is an honorary professor in the Department of History at University of South Africa, Pretoria and at the Society, Work and Development Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand. He holds a Ph.D. in Religion and Society from Harvard University; an M.A. in Theology from Oxford University; a B.A. from Oxford, where he was Scholar of St. Edmund Hall; and a B.Soc.Sc. from Rhodes University. His publications include The Rise of Afrikanerdom and Going for Gold (both published by the University of California Press) as well as numerous articles. Over the course of his career he has been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Southern African Research Program at Yale, the Institute for Economic and Social Research at Rhodes University, the Center for the Humanities at Wesleyan University, the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania and has been awarded research grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the United States Institute of Peace and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He has also been Claude Leon Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Daniel J. Singal earned his M.A. and Ph.D. (with distinction) from Columbia University and his B.A. (magna cum laud) from Harvard University. He taught previously at George Washington University and Tulane University. A member of the HWS faculty since 1980, he has taught a variety of courses, primarily in the history of American thought and recent political history, with additional offerings on William Faulkner and 1960s America. He is a member of the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association and the Modernist Studies Association, and is the author of “William Faulkner: The Making of a Modernist” and “The War Within: From Victorian to Modernist Thought in the South,” as well as editor of “Modernist Culture in America,” and “The Making of a Quagmire: America and Vietnam During the Kennedy Era.” His commentary and scholarly articles have appeared in American Historical Review, Journal of American History, Journal of Southern History, Reviews in American History, The Atlantic Monthly, and American Quarterly, among others.
James Spates joined the HWS faculty in 1971 after earning his Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology from Boston University and his B.A. in anthropology/sociology from Colby College. He has been Visiting Professor of Sociology at the Institute for Shipboard Education at the University of Pittsburgh. He has served as chair of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, the Urban Studies Program and various committees. His scholarship has focused on the quality of social life and city life; 1960s counterculture; the sociologies of cities, values and human nature; and, more recently, on the life and work of the 19th Century British art and social critic, John Ruskin. Regarding his Ruskin work, Spates is the author and/or editor of many books including “Availing Toward Life: A Summary of the Social Thought of John Ruskin” (contracted with Ashgate Publishers) and “The Imperfect Round: Helen Gill Viljoen’s ‘Life of Ruskin’” (Long View, 2005), among others. He has authored numerous journal articles on Ruskin and other subjects, and has presented his work locally, nationally and internationally, most recently giving the Keynote Address on Ruskin at the Annual Roycroft Conference on the Arts and Crafts. His book, “Why Ruskin?” will soon be published by Pallas Athene in London. After his retirement, Spates plans to devote his energies to communicating, via publications and lectures, his belief in the abiding importance of Ruskin’s thought in and for our modern era. As one part of this effort, he has recently started a Ruskin website, www.whyruskin.wordpress.com.