A Bevy of Faculty Arrivals
This fall, 16 accomplished scholars and scientists join the faculty of the Krieger School.
Rejji Kuruvilla, assistant professor. Kuruvilla has spent the past seven years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the School of Medicine. Her PhD in biochemistry came from the University of Houston, and she holds bachelor’s degrees in education and chemistry from Calcutta University in India.
Gregory Bowman, assistant professor. Bowman, who earned a PhD in molecular biology from Princeton University in 2001, comes to Hopkins from a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley. He has studied also at Rockefeller University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, from which he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology.
John Tovar, assistant professor. Most recently a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University, Tovar won a Princeton Applied Research New Young Investigator Award in 2004. He completed graduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2002.
Herica Valladares, assistant professor. A specialist in Roman art and archaeology and Latin poetry, Valladares comes to the Krieger School directly from graduate studies at Columbia University. Valladares holds a bachelor’s degree in Greek from Oberlin College and speaks and/or reads eight languages.
Earth and Planetary Sciences
Clinton Conrad, assistant professor. Conrad joins the faculty from a position as an assistant research scientist in the University of Michigan’s Department of Geological Sciences, where he did postdoctoral work for three years. Conrad’s PhD in geophysics comes from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Katrin Pahl, assistant professor. Most recently a lecturer in German and gender studies at the University of Southern California, Pahl earned a PhD in rhetoric (with an emphasis in women, gender, and sexuality) from the University of California, Berkeley. Pahl held a postdoctoral fellowship in the humanities at Stanford University from 2001 to 2004.
History of Art
Michael Koortbojian, inaugural Nancy H. and Robert E. Hall Professor in the Humanities. Koortbojian comes to Hopkins from a position as associate professor of art history at the University of Toronto, where he served previously as an assistant professor. He is the author of Myth, Meaning, and Memory on Roman Sarcophagi (1995) and Self-Portraits (1992) and holds a PhD from Columbia University and master’s degrees from Columbia and the University of Cambridge. Bob Hall, who endowed the Hall professorship with his wife, Nancy, is a 1955 alumnus and member of the Krieger School Advisory Council.
Kathryn Tuma, assistant professor. A specialist in 19th- and 20th-century art, Tuma earned a PhD in art history from the University of California, Berkeley, and comes to the faculty from the Drawing Center in New York, where she has served as assistant and associate curator.
Michael Goldberg, assistant professor. Joining the faculty from a position as a Bateman Research Instructor at the California Institute of Technology, Goldberg earned a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University.
Michael Ching, J.J. Sylvester Assistant Professor. Ching recently earned a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Cambridge’s Trinity College.
Daniela De Silva, J.J. Sylvester Assistant Professor. De Silva, who will begin a teaching career at Hopkins in January, comes from graduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. De Silva has studied also at the University of Naples.
Physics and Astronomy
Peter Armitage, assistant professor. On leave during the 2005-06 academic year, Armitage is a National Science Foundation international research fellow, working at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. Armitage received a PhD in physics from Stanford University and did his undergraduate work at Rutgers University.
Andrei Gritsan, assistant professor. Most recently a postdoctoral fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Gritsan, who is on leave this semester, earned a doctorate in physics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His bachelor’s and master’s degrees come from Novosibirsk State University in Russia.
Adam Riess, professor. An associate astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute, Riess has been an associate adjunct professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department since 2002. He earned master’s and doctoral degrees in astrophysics from Harvard University and holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Lester Spence, assistant professor. On leave during the 2005-06 academic year, Spence joins the faculty from an assistant professorship at Washington University in St. Louis, where he taught political science and African and Afro-American studies. Spence earned his doctorate and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Michigan.
Romance Languages and Literatures
Christopher Celenza, professor. Celenza has been a member of the faculty of Michigan State University since 1996, most recently as professor and associate chair for graduate studies. He holds a doctorate in classics from the University of Hamburg and a doctorate in history from Duke University. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York at Albany.