Johns Hopkins University
Fall/Winter 2006
Vol. 4, No. 1


New Faces, New Digs

A Merger with Momentum

Stellar Achievements

Beyond the Ivory Tower—to Museums

> New Faculty Arrive on the Scene

A New Schedule Aims to End "Binge" Learning

Student Standouts

Faculty Books

Your Words

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New Faculty Arrive on the Scene


Naveed KhanNaveeda Khan, assistant professor. Khan served as a post-doctoral fellow in anthropology at the Krieger School since 2003, teaching the advanced level undergraduate courses, The Modernity of Religions and The Ethnographic Imagination: Readings in Islam.

Khan earned her bachelor’s in history from Vassar College, her master’s in anthropology from the New School for Social Research, and her PhD in anthropology from Columbia University in 2003. She is currently engaged in turning her dissertation into a book manuscript tentatively titled “The Passage of Promise: Spaces of Worship, Sectarian Violence, and Embodied Skepticism in Urban Pakistan.”



Jon FaustJon Faust, professor. Faust comes to the Krieger School from the Federal Reserve Board, where he had served since 1991 as assistant director in the Division of International Finance. His nearly two decades as a researcher in the central bank have convinced him, he says, that formal economic analysis, both theoretical and applied, “can and does make an immense contribution to improving the conduct of policy.”

Faust earned his bachelor’s in economics from the University of Iowa, his master’s from Oxford University, and his PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He has served as editor of Berkeley Journals in Macroeconomics since 2004.


German and Romance Languages and Literatures

Marc Caplan, assistant professor. Caplan arrives at the Krieger School after completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Advanced Judaic Studies. His work there examined the theme of modern Jewish literatures
—language, identity, and writing.

Caplan earned his bachelor’s in English from Yale University, and his MA/PhD in comparative literature from New York University. He is fluent in Yiddish, and has done research at Hebrew University in Israel.

William EggingtonWilliam Egginton, professor. Egginton, whose research focuses on the ideology of baroque and neobaroque aesthetics, is the author of How the World Became a Stage (2003), Perversity and Ethics (2006), A Wrinkle in History (forthcoming 2006), and The Philosopher’s Desire (forthcoming 2007).

Egginton comes to Hopkins from the University at Buffalo, where he had been a faculty member in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures since 1999. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College; a master’s in Spanish and Latin American Literatures from the University of Minnesota and a master’s in comparative literature from Stanford University; and a PhD in comparative literature from Stanford.

Jacques NeefsJacques Neefs, professor. Neefs, a professor at the University of Paris since 1971, has served recently as the Louis Marin Distinguished Visiting Professor within the Krieger School. In that role, he has been a dissertation advisor for numerous Hopkins graduate students in the humanities.

Neefs is the director of the research program in textual genetics at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris and has initiated several programs of teaching and research with universities in Europe, the United States, China, and Russia.



Ben VinsonBen Vinson, professor. Vinson joins the Krieger School from Penn State University, where he had served as associate professor of history since 2002. Prior to that, Vinson had been an assistant professor of history at Barnard College.

At Hopkins, Vinson will be the new director of the Africana Studies Center. Vinson’s research has focused on colonial Mexico and he is particularly interested in race relations, especially the experience of the African Diaspora.

Vinson earned his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and completed his graduate studies at Columbia University. He has held fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, the National Humanities Center, the Social Science Research Council, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation.



Eugene HaEugene Ha has been named a J.J. Sylvester Assistant Professor of Mathematics. Ha arrives at Johns Hopkins from Bonn, Germany, where he spent the last several years completing his PhD at the Max-Planck-Institute für Mathematik and the Universitat Bonn.

His research examines how noncommutative geometry and physics can be applied to number theory. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the California Institute of Technology and his master’s from the University of Toronto.

Graeme WilkinGraeme Wilkin also has been named a J.J. Sylvester Assistant Professor of Mathematics. Wilkin recently completed his PhD in mathematics at Brown University, where he also served as a teaching fellow. His research interests include Gauge Theory, Holomorphic Vector Bundles, and Higgs Bundles.

Wilkin earned a bachelor’s of engineering and a bachelor’s of science from Melbourne University and his ScM in mathematics from Brown.



Steven A. GrossSteven A. Gross, associate professor. Gross, who was a visiting assistant professor of philosophy at Georgetown University last year, served on the Philosophy faculty at the University of Pennsylvania from 1999–2005. His areas of specialization include philosophy of language, philosophy of the mind, and metaphysics.

Gross earned his bachelor’s in philosophy from Harvard University and was a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles, before completing his PhD in philosophy at Harvard in 1998.

Physics and Astronomy

Adam Riess, professor. A former adjunct associate professor who joined the Physics and Astronomy faculty full-time last January, Riess is one of three co-winners of the 2006 Shaw Prize in Astronomy. Riess shares the $1 million prize for his work in discovering that “dark energy” is driving an ever-faster expansion of the universe (see p. 5). Before making the full-time shift to the Krieger School, Riess had been an associate astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute since 2001.

Riess earned his bachelor’s in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his master’s and PhD in astrophysics from Harvard University.

Political Science

Michael HanchardMichael Hanchard, professor. Hanchard was formerly professor of political science and African-American studies at North­western University and director of North­western’s Institute for Diaspora Studies. His books include Orpheus and Power: Afro-Brazilian Social Movements in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil, 1945–1988 (recently listed in Brazil as one of the top 10 books by foreign researchers on the topic of racism in Brazil) and the forthcoming Party/Politics: Topics in Black Political Thought.

Hanchard has done fieldwork in Brazil, Britain, Cuba, Colombia, Ghana, Italy, and Jamaica. He has held grants from the Ford, MacArthur, and Mellon foundations and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He earned his bachelor’s in international relations from Tufts University, his master’s from the New School for Social Research in New York, and his PhD from Princeton University.


Rina AgarwalaRina Agarwala, assistant professor. Agarwala earned her PhD in sociology and demography last May from Princeton University. Her fieldwork took her to Mumbai, Calcutta, and Chennai, India, where she conducted more than 200 interviews with government officials, labor leaders, and journalists as well as 140 interviews in Hindi with women workers in construction and tobacco. Her resulting dissertation is titled, “From Work to Welfare: Informal Workers’ Organizations and the State in India.”

Agarwala earned her bachelor’s in economics and government from Cornell University and her master’s of public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

— compiled by Sue De Pasquale