Johns Hopkins University
Fall/Winter 2007
Vol. 5, No. 1


New Provost Eager to Forge Connections

Gilman Hall: The Renovation Begins

Moving In: Familiar Faces in New Roles


High Honors Pave the Way for Graduate Students

Year of the Woman

The Passing of a Campus Icon

Mourning a Man Who "Lived" Philosophy

They've Been Professional Partners...And More

> Faculty Arrivals

Granting the Arts More Prominence

The Return of The Hopkins Review

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Faculty Arrivals

The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences welcomes 16 new faculty members this year, an incredibly accomplished and diverse group whose specialties span the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Below is a complete list of new faculty hires in 2007-2008 by department, along with a bit of information about each professor.


Emma Cervone earned her PhD from the Institute of Amerindian Studies at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and has studied also at the Instituto Universitario Orientale in Naples, Italy. Her dissertation explored “The Return of Atahualpa: Ethnic Conflict and Indian Movement in Ecuadorian Andes.” Cervone joins the faculty as an assistant professor from a teaching position at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where she has taught since 2002. Her research interests include race, gender, and nation-state formation in Latin America; the politics of ethnicity; contemporary indigenous movements in Latin America; professional ethics; development; and applied anthropology. She is currently teaching the course, Political Life of Gender.
Assistant professor Clara Han holds an MD/PhD from Harvard University, as well as a BA in molecular biology from Princeton University. Han’s research is based in Santiago, Chile, focusing on how the assemblage of poverty and debt has provided conditions for subjectivity and bodily experience that have been increasingly recognized through the disciplinary discourses of psychiatry and political economy. She has received several dissertation and research grants, among them a Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fieldwork Grant, a Fulbright scholarship, and fellowships from the National Science foundation. This semester, she is teaching Poverty’s Life: Anthropologies of Health and Economy, as well as a graduate-level medical anthropology course.

photoAnand Pandian joins the faculty as an assistant professor from a position as the Johal Chair in Indian Studies at the Institute of Asian Research and the Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. Pandian, who earned a PhD in sociocultural anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA from Amherst College, taught previously as a visiting assistant professor at Hamilton College. Pandian is the author of Crooked Stalks: On the Virtues of Development in South India, (forthcoming from Duke University Press), and co-editor with Donald Moore and Jake Kosek of Race, Nature, and the Politics of Difference (2003, Duke University Press).


Xin Chen photoAssistant professor Xin Chen earned a PhD in developmental biology at the University of Texas at Austin and a BS in molecular biology at the University of Science and Technology in Hefei, China. Chen comes to Johns Hopkins from a postdoctoral position in Stanford University’s School of Medicine, where she has been a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Special Fellow, studying epigenetic regulation of germ cell differentiation from a stem cell lineage.

Zapulla photoDavid Zappulla will join the Biology Department as an assistant professor in July 2008 from a postdoctoral position at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute associate. Zappulla earned a PhD in molecular and cellular biology from Stony Brook University and a BA from Middlebury College. A central focus of his research examines the functions and coordination of the telomerase ribonucleoprotein enzyme complex subunits, as well as how telomerase activity at the ends of chromosomes is regulated.


Lecompte photoProfessor Juliette Lecompte comes to Hopkins from Pennsylvania State University, where she had been a faculty member since 1987. A specialist in biophysical chemistry, Lecompte earned a PhD and an MS in chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University, and a BS from Université de Liège in Belgium, and she did postdoctoral work at the University of California at Davis. Her work focuses on the experimental characterization of selected structural, thermodynamic, and dynamic aspects of water-soluble proteins.


Earth and Planetary Sciences

Li photoQinbin Li, assistant professor, studies atmospheric chemistry and climate and joins the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department faculty from a position as a research scientist in the science division of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He earned his PhD in atmospheric science from Harvard University, where he also held a postdoctoral position, and he holds an MS in atmospheric physics and a BS from Beijing University.



Hu photoYingyao Hu is a new assistant professor in Economics, having joined Hopkins from a faculty position at the University of Texas at Austin, where he had worked since 2003. Hu is a Hopkins alumnus, having earned an MSE in mathematical sciences and an MA in economics in 2001, and a PhD in economics in 2003. As a graduate student, he received the Carl Christ Fellowship in 2002, as well as the Eugenio and Patricia Castillo Award to the best first- or second-year student in economics. Hu’s research interests are microeconometrics and its applications, as well as non-classical measurement error. In addition to his study at Hopkins, Hu has studied also at Michigan Statue University, Fudan Univesrity in Shanghai—from which he holds an MA in international finance—and Tsinghua University in Beijing—from which he holds a BE in management information systems.
Shore photoAssistant professor Stephen Shore is interested in labor economics, applied econometrics, financial economics, economics of the family, and more. He earned an MA and PhD from Harvard University and an AB from Princeton University. Before joining the faculty at Hopkins, Shore was an assistant professor in the Department of Insurance and Risk Management at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. This semester, he’s teaching courses in microeconomic theory and empirical methods in risk and uncertainty. 



Andrew Daniel, assistant professor, studied philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley before attending Oxford University on a Marshall scholarship, where he received a second BA in English literature. Daniel earned a PhD in English from Berkeley, writing a dissertation entitled “’I Know Not Why I Am So Sad’: Melancholy and Knowledge in Early Modern English Portraiture, Drama, and Prose.” His interests are early modern literature, critical theory, and aesthetics, and his reviews, essays, and articles cover such varied topics as Elizabethan drama, contemporary film, and the musical avant-garde. He is currently working on a book entitled “Twenty Jazz Funk Greats” for Continuum Press.

Mao photoProfessor Douglas Mao received his PhD in English from Yale University and a BA in biology from Harvard University. He comes to Hopkins from Cornell University, where he had been an associate professor since 2002. Mao has taught also in the English departments at Harvard and Princeton, and he was a recipient of a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 2004-05. A specialist in modernist fiction and poetry of Britain, Ireland, and the United States, Mao is the author of Solid Objects: Modernism and the Test of Production (Princeton, 1998), and Fateful Beauty: Aesthetic Environments, Juvenile Development, and Literature 1860-1960 (forthcoming in 2008).


History of Science and Technology

Assistant professor Min Suh Son is the Bo Jung and Soon Young Kim Professor of East Asian Science and Technology. A specialist in Korean history and East Asian history of technology, Son earned her PhD in 2007 from the University of California at Los Angeles, with a dissertation entitled “Electrifying Seoul: The Cultural Impact of Streetcars, Electric Light, and Telegraph in 19th-Century Korea.” She earned an MA in East Asian Studies from Yonsei University in Korea, and a BA in English literature and European intellectual history from the University of Pennsylvania. She has completed exchange programs and/or language schools in Korea and Japan and is currently at work on “Tonghak History and the Politics of Memory,” a paper examining the representations of the 1894 Tonghak uprisings by diverse political and social groups over the course of pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial Korea.



Khosravi photoFor the past two years, J.J. Sylvester Assistant Professor Mahta Khosravi was a postdoctoral member of the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, having earned her PhD in mathematics from McGill University in 2005. She holds a BS and an MS in mathematics from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran. Khosravi’s main research interests are in the fields of analysis, spectral geometry, and analytic number theory, and the connections between those fields. Her thesis at McGill was entitled “Spectral Asymptotics of Heisenberg Manifolds.”


Political Science

Marlin-Bennett photoProfessor Renée Marlin-Bennett joins the Political Science Department from the American University’s School of International Service, where she had been a faculty member since 1987. Over the years, her roles at American University included director of the Division of International Politics and Foreign Policy and chairwoman of the Global Intellectual Property Project. She earned a PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BA in international relations from Pomona College. Marlin-Bennett’s research interests include the global political economy of science and technology, focusing on power and the interplay of culture, markets, and politics in the evolution of rules. She is the author of Knowledge Power: Intellectual Property, Information, and Privacy (2004). Marlin-Bennett is a fellow of Institute for Applied Economics and the Study of Business Enterprise at Johns Hopkins.


Writing Seminars

Leithauser photoBrad Leithauser’s appointment as a professor in the Writing Seminars begins in January. He comes to Hopkins from Mount Holyoke College, where he and his wife, Mary Jo Salter (see below), shared a faculty position. Leithauser is a poet, novelist, and essayist whose work includes Toad to a Nightingale (2007), Curves and Angles (2006), and Lettered Creatures (2004). He earned a BA from Harvard University and a JD from Harvard Law School. Among his many awards and honors are a Guggenheim fellowship and a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant.”

Salter photoLeithauser’s wife, professor Mary Jo Salter, is a poet who also writes poetry criticism and specializes in Emily Dickinson, W.H. Auden, and Tom Stoppard. She holds an MA from the University of Cambridge and a BA from Harvard University. Salter has won National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim fellowships in poetry, has served as an editor at The New Republic, and is co-editor of The Norton Anthology of Poetry. Her work includes A Phone Call to the Future: New and Selected Poems (forthcoming in 2008), and Open Shutters (2003), and she recently saw her song cycle, “Rooms of Light,” a collaboration with pianist/composer Fred Hersch, premiere at New York’s Lincoln Center.