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First-Year Studies


First-Year Studies faculty serve a critical role at the College, advising new students as they transition to college life.

  • Shubhik DebBurman
    Disque D. and Carol Gram Deane Professor of Biological Sciences and Chair of Biology

    Areas of Study: cell biology, molecular biology, neurobiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, biology of human disease 

  • Karen E. Kirk
    Professor of Biology, Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Chair of Pre-Health Advising

    Areas of Study: molecular genetics, microbiology, cell biology

  • Benjamin Goluboff
    Professor of English, Chair of Environmental Studies

    Areas of Study: American literature, nineteenth-century literature, literature and the environment

  • David Park
    Professor of Communication, Chair of Cinema Studies

    Areas of Study: mass communication theory; experts, intellectuals, and the media; the intellectual history of communication research; theoretical perspectives on new media

  • Janet McCracken
    Professor of Philosophy, Chair of Self-Designed Major, Chair of Classical Studies, Chair of Social Justice Studies, Director of the Ethics Center

    Areas of Study:  aesthetics, history of philosophy, gender studies, film

  • Ann M. Roberts
    James D. Vail III Professor of Art, Chair of the Art and Art History Department, Chair of Museum Studies

    Areas of Study:  ancient, medieval, and early modern art history

  • Anna Trumbore Jones
    Associate Dean of the Faculty and Professor of History

    Areas of Study: ancient and medieval history

  • Siobhan Moroney
    Associate Professor and Chair of Politics

    Areas of Study:  political theory, American politics

  • James Marquardt
    Associate Professor of Politics, Chair of International Relations

    Areas of Study:  American politics, international relations

  • Chloe Johnston
    Associate Professor of Theater and Performance Studies

    Areas of Study:  performance studies, performance art 

  • Nicholas L. Wallin
    Associate Professor and Chair of Music

    Areas of Study: conducting, music theory

  • Chad McCracken
    Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Politics

    Areas of Study: philosophy of law, political philosophy, analytic philosophy, history of philosophy

  • Katy Reedy
    Visiting Assistant Professor of English

    Areas of study: Shakespeare; Renaissance drama and poetry; sixteenth- and seventeenth-century religious history; early modern medical practices and epidemic disease; revenge narratives

  • Rudi Batzell
    Assistant Professor of History, Chair of Urban Studies

    Areas of Study: U.S. history, economic and social history

  • David Sanchez Burr
    Assistant Professor of Art

    Areas of Study: Mixed media, video and audio art

  • Cristina Viviana Groeger
    Assistant Professor of History

    Areas of Study:  U.S. history, urban history

  • Brian McCammack
    Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Chair of American Studies

    Areas of Study: American environmental history, American environmental politics, American studies, African American studies, environmental justice

  • Stewart Foley
    Lecturer in Finance and Special Advisor on the Practice of Finance

    Areas of Study: global insurance, insurance asset management, corporate finance, investments

  • Elizabeth W. Fischer
    Senior Lecturer in Chemistry

    Areas of Study:  natural science, organic chemistry, biochemistry

  • Stephanie Caparelli
    Lecturer in Politics

    Areas of Study: criminal law, trial law, politics

  • John P. Pappas
    Lecturer in Entrepreneurship

    Areas of Study:  entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership and marketing

  • Lia Alexopoulos
    Lecturer in Art

    Areas of Study: museum studies