Johns Hopkins University

Fall 2008
Vol. 6, No.1


Celebrating MacArthur Honors

New Hopkins President Elected

>An "Exceptional" Season for Faculty Hiring

Student Voices

AAP Goes Global

Enriching Academics

Villa Spelman 2.0

Homewood Happenings

Faculty Awards


A Momentous Move-Out, Temporary Digs

By the Numbers

Homewood Art Workshops

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An "Exceptional" Season for Faculty Hiring

The School of Arts and Sciences' recent faculty hiring season, which increased the faculty's size by about 8 percent, was nothing short of "exceptional," says David Bell, dean of faculty. In addition to an impressive array of senior scholars and scientists, 12 new assistant professors joined the school this academic year, double that of previous years, owing in part to the recent change in tenure policy, according to Bell. "I think we have a clearer path to tenure for people coming in, and we're in a better position to attract top prospects right out of graduate school and postdoctoral fellowships," he says, adding, "It's important to have a steady influx of new blood and new ideas."

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(l-r) Gregory Duffee, Yitzhak Melamed, Neta Stahl, and Nathan Connolly [Photos by Will Kirk]

Among the school's 22 new faces:

Gregory Duffee is the inaugural holder of the Carl Christ Professorship, which is part of the Center for Financial Economics (CFE). Duffee, a leader in empirical asset pricing, comes to Hopkins from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Hülya Eraslan, an associate professor from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, works in applied microeconomics. She will contribute to the Center for Financial Economics.

Jonathan Wright, a leading scholar at the intersection of macroeconomics and econometrics, comes to Hopkins from the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

Olivier Jeanne, who most recently worked for the International Monetary Fund, brings an international dimension to the Department of Economics' macroeconomics group.

Yitzhak Melamed, an assistant professor in philosophy who works on early modern philosophy, and Neta Stahl, an assistant professor in the Humanities Center who specializes in modern Hebrew literature, will be involved in Jewish studies. Melamed and Stahl, who are married, come to Hopkins from the University of Chicago.

Nathan Connolly, who has joined the Department of History as an assistant professor after earning his PhD from the University of Michigan in June 2008, will be affiliated with the Center for Africana Studies.

Colin Wilson PhD '00, an associate professor in cognitive science, returns to Hopkins from UCLA, where he has worked in models of linguistics.

Kirill Melnikov, a new associate professor in physics and astronomy, works in particle physics phenomenology.

For a full rundown on all 22 new faculty members in Arts and Sciences, visit: