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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.

  • Amy Abe
    Senior Lecturer in Physics

    NMR Consultant

  • Lia Alexopoulos
    Lecturer in Art

    Areas of Study: museum studies

  • Elizabeth Benacka
    Assistant Professor of Communication, Chair of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies

    Areas of Study:  rhetoric of humor, rhetorical theory and criticism, feminist rhetoric

  • Jessica Berger
    Lecturer in English

    Areas of Study: creative writing

  • Stephanie Caparelli
    Lecturer in Politics

    Areas of Study: criminal law, trial law, politics

  • Joshua Corey
    Associate Professor of English, Chair of Print and Digital Publishing

    Areas of Study: modern and contemporary poetry, creative writing, critical theory, Anglo-American modernism

  • 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 

  • Scott N. Edgar
    Associate Professor of Music, Chair of Music Education

    Areas of Study: music education, band

  • Elizabeth W. Fischer
    Senior Lecturer in Chemistry

    Areas of Study:  natural science, organic chemistry, biochemistry

  • Benjamin Goluboff
    Professor of English

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

  • Kent Grote
    Assistant Professor of Economics and Business

    Areas of Study:  finance, investment analysis, industrial organization

  • Jennifer Jhun
    Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Chair of Social Justice Studies

    Areas of study: Philosophy of Science (Economics), Epistemology

  • Chloe Johnston
    Associate Professor of Theater and Performance Studies

    Areas of Study:  performance studies, performance art 

  • Anna Trumbore Jones
    Professor and Chair of History

    Areas of Study: ancient and medieval history

  • Denise Kripper
    Assistant Professor of Spanish

    Areas of Study: translation theory, transatlantic studies, contemporary Latin American literature

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

    Areas of Study:  American politics, international relations

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

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

  • Janet McCracken
    Professor and Chair of Philosophy, Chair of Self-Designed Major, Chair of Classical Studies

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

  • Sean B. Menke
    Associate Professor of Biology

    Areas of study: community ecology, biogeography, urban ecology, myrmecology

  • Evan Oxman
    Uihlein Assistant Professor of American Politics

    Areas of Study: political philosophy, democratic theory, American politics

  • 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

  • David Sanchez Burr
    Assistant Professor of Art

    Areas of Study: Mixed media, video and audio art

  • Holly Swyers
    Associate Professor of Anthropology, Chair of Sociology and Anthropology 

    Areas of Study: U.S. culture, American adulthood, 20th-21st century U.S. education, sports, community development and maintenance