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Tenured, Tenure-Track Faculty Approved

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January 9, 2008

New tenured and tenure-track faculty members have joined Northwestern in the 2007-08 academic year. The following appointments have been approved by the Board of Trustees.

Feinberg School of Medicine

Catherine Belling, assistant professor of medical humanities and bioethics, has a Ph.D. from Stony Brook University. She specializes in literature and medical humanities, and was on the faculty of Stony Brook University.

Markus Bredel, assistant professor of neurological surgery, has an M.D./Ph.D. from the University of Vienna. He specializes in neuro-oncology and was on the faculty of Stanford University.

Chonghui Cheng, assistant professor of medicine, division of hematology-oncology, has an M.D. from Peking University and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.

John Crispino, associate professor of medicine, has a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He specializes in leukemia research and was on the faculty of the University of Chicago.

Spiro Getsios, assistant professor of dermatology, has a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia. He was on the faculty of the Feinberg School as research assistant professor.

Jeffrey L. Glassroth, professor of medicine, division of pulmonary medicine, has an M.D. from the University of Cincinnati. He was previously vice dean and professor of medicine at Tufts University.

M. Geoffrey Hayes, assistant professor of medicine, division of endocrinology, has a Ph.D. from the University of Utah.

Lifang Hou, assistant professor of preventative medicine, has an M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Tsukuba. She specializes in molecular cancer epidemiology and previously held an appointment with the National Institutes of Health.

Raj Kishore, assistant professor of medicine, has a Ph.D. from the University of Lucknow. He specializes in cardiology and was on the faculty of Tufts University.

Xin (Lucy) Liu, assistant professor of pediatrics, has an M.D. from Shandong University and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.

Douglas W. Losordo, professor of medicine, has an M.D. from the University of Vermont. He specializes in cardiology and was on the faculty of Tufts University.

David C. Mohr, professor of preventative medicine, has a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona and was on the faculty of the University of California, San Francisco.

William A. Muller, professor of pathology, has an M.D. and Ph.D. from Cornell University. He was on the faculty of Cornell University.

William J. Muller, professor of pediatrics, has an M.D. from Emory University and a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania University.

Gangjian Qin, assistant professor of medicine, has an M.D. from Tongji Medical University. He specializes in cardiology and was on the faculty of Tufts University.

Sergey M. Troyanovsky, associate professor of dermatology, has a Ph.D. from All-Union Cancer Research Center in Moscow.

Charulata Venkatesan, assistant professor of pediatrics, has an M.D. and Ph.D. from SUNY/Stony Brook.

Ming Zhang, associate professor of molecular pharmacology and biological chemistry, has a Ph.D. from the State University of New York, University at Albany. He was on the faculty of Baylor College.

Kellogg School of Management

C. Miguel Brendl, associate professor of marketing, has a Ph.D. from Columbia University. He was on the faculty of INSEAD.

Robert Livingston, assistant professor of management and organizations, has a Ph.D. from Ohio State University. He was on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin.

Marco Ottaviani, professor of management and strategy, has a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He specializes in industrial organization and was on the faculty of the London Business School.

Jonathan Parker, professor of finance, is also a Zell Center Faculty Fellow. He was on the faculty of Princeton University.

McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Neal Blair, professor of geology and civil engineering, has a Ph.D. from Stanford University. He specializes in geoenvironmental systems and was on the faculty of North Carolina State.

Dirk Brockmann, associate professor of engineering sciences and applied mathematics, has a Ph.D. from Georg-August University of Göttingen. He specializes in complex transport and was on the faculty of the Max Planck Institute. 

Noshir Contractor, professor of industrial engineering and management sciences, has a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. He specializes in behavioral science and was on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has a joint appointment in the School of Communication.

Jason Hartline, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, has a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. His specialty is theoretical computer science. He previously held an appointment with Microsoft.

Younggang Young Huang, professor of civil and environmental engineering, has a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He was on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jiaxing Huang, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, has a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. He specializes in chemistry and nanosynthesis. He was on the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley.

Nicole Immorlica, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, has a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She specializes in computer theory and previously held an appointment with Microsoft.

Michael C. Jewett, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering, has a Ph.D. from Stanford University. He specializes in bioengineering and was on the faculty of the Technical University of Denmark.

Derk Joester, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, has a Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich. He specializes in biomaterials and was on the faculty of the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Diego Klabjan, associate professor of industrial engineering and management sciences, has a Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He specializes in operations research and was on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Paul Leonardi, assistant professor of communication studies, has a Ph.D. from Stanford University and specializes in social networks. He has a joint appointment with the School of Communication.

Chang Liu, professor of mechanical engineering and electrical engineering and computer science, has a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology. He specializes in microtechnology and nanotechnology. He was on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Hani S. Mahmassani, professor of civil and environmental engineering, has a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He specializes in transportations systems and engineering and was on the faculty of the University of Maryland.

Justin Notestein, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering, has a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He specializes in molecular engineering and catalysis.

Cheng Sun, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. He specializes in microtechnology and nanotechnology and was on the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley.

Igal Szleifer, professor of biomedical engineering, has a Ph.D. from Hebrew University. He specializes in statistical mechanics of complex fluids and was on the faculty of Purdue University.

School of Communication

Noshir Contractor, professor of industrial engineering and management sciences, has a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. He specializes in behavioral science and was on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has a joint appointment in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Ana Kuzmanic, assistant professor of theatre, has an M.F.A. from Northwestern University. She specializes in costume design and was on the faculty of Northwestern University.

Paul Leonardi, assistant professor of communication studies, has a Ph.D. from Stanford University. He specializes in social networks. He has a joint appointment with the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Deidre Soyini Madison, professor of performance studies, has a Ph.D. from Northwestern University and was on the faculty of the University of North Carolina.

Ramon Rivera-Servera, assistant professor of performance studies, has a Ph.D. from the University of Texas. He was on the faculty of Arizona State University.

Dongsun Yim, assistant professor of communication science and disorders, has a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and specializes in language development and disorders. She was on the faculty of Stanford University.

School of Education and Social Policy

Jeannette Colyvas, assistant professor of learning sciences and human development and social policy, has a Ph.D. from Stanford University. She specializes in learning and organizational change.

Edd Taylor, assistant professor of learning sciences and human development and social policy, has a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He specializes in mathematics education and was on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin.

School of Music

Lee Hyla, professor of music composition, has an M.A. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He was on the faculty of the New England Conservatory.

Hans Thomalla, assistant professor of music composition. He is pursuing a doctor of musical arts degree at Stanford University.

Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Ana Aparicio, assistant professor of anthropology, has a Ph.D. from the City University of New York. She specializes in Latino/a studies and was on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts.

Kathryn Bosher, assistant professor of classics, has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and specializes in Greek and Roman theater.

Nathalie Bouzaglo, assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese, has a Ph.D. from New York University. Her specialty is 19th century Latin American literature.

Christopher Bush, assistant professor of French and Italian, has a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. He specializes in modernism, poetry and poetics and was on the faculty of Princeton University.

Charles Camic, professor of sociology, has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He specializes in classical and contemporary sociological theory and was on the faculty of University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Joan Chiao, assistant professor of psychology, has a Ph.D. from Harvard University. She specializes in cognitive and affective neuroscience.

Kevin Costello, assistant professor of mathematics, has a Ph.D. from Cambridge University and specializes in mathematical physics.

Nicolas Davis, assistant professor of English and gender studies, has a Ph.D. from Cornell University. He specializes in gender studies and was on the faculty of Trinity College.

Mary Dietz, professor of political science and gender studies, has Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkley. She specializes in political feminist and gender theory and was on the faculty of the University of Minnesota.

Kyla Ebels Duggan, assistant professor of philosophy, has a Ph.D. from Harvard University and specializes in ethics.

James Farr, professor of political science, has a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He specializes in political theory and was on the faculty of the University of Minnesota.

Jeremy Freese, professor of sociology, has a Ph.D. from Indiana University. He specializes in social psychology and quantitative methods and was on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin.

Daniel Galvin, assistant professor of political science, has a Ph.D. from Yale University. He specializes in American politics.

Sanford Goldberg, professor of philosophy, has a Ph.D. from Columbia University. He specializes in philosophy of language and mind and was on the faculty of the University of Kentucky.

Christine Helmer, professor of religion, has a Ph.D. from Yale University. She specializes in German theology and philosophy and was on the faculty of Harvard University.

Kelly Kaczynski, assistant professor of art theory and practice, has an M.F.A. from Bard College. She specializes in sculpture and was on the faculty of University of Chicago.

Jennifer Lackey, associate professor of philosophy, has a Ph.D. from Brown University. She specializes in epistemology and was on the faculty of Northern Illinois University.

Ian Low, assistant professor of physics, has a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University. His specialty is theoretical high-energy physics.

John D. Marquez, assistant professor of African American studies, has a Ph.D. from the University of California-San Diego. He specializes in Latino studies.

Charles Mills, professor of philosophy, has a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He specializes in critical race theory and was on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Robert Orsi, professor of religion, has a Ph.D. from Yale University. He specializes in the history and anthropology of American Catholicism. He was on the faculty of Harvard University.

Alberto Palloni, professor of sociology, has a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. He specializes in demography and quantitative methods and was on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin.

Baron Reed, assistant professor of philosophy, has a Ph.D. from Brown University. His specialty is epistemology. He was on the faculty of Northern Illinois University.

Noelle Samia, assistant professor of statistics, has a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. She specializes in non-normal nonlinear time-series analysis.

Anne Sartori, associate professor of political science, has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She specializes in international relations and quantitative methodology and was on the faculty of Princeton University.

Todd Sarver, assistant professor of economics, has a Ph.D. from Boston University. He specializes in microeconomics, game theory and decision theory.

Jason Seawright, assistant professor of political science, has a Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley. He specializes in political science methodology.

Shalini Shankar, assistant professor of anthropology, has a Ph.D. from New York University. She specializes in Asian American studies and was on the faculty of Binghamton University.

Nitasha Tamar Sharma, assistant professor of African-American and Asian American Studies, has a Ph.D. from the University of California-Santa Barbara. She specializes in cultural influences between African American and (South) Asian American communities.

Vivasvan Soni, assistant professor of English, has a Ph.D. from Duke University. He specializes in 18th century British literature and was on the faculty of the University of Michigan.

J. Fraser Stoddart, professor of chemistry, has a Ph.D from Edinburgh University. His specialty is supramolecular chemistry and nanotechnology. He was on the faculty of the University of California-Los Angeles.

Tim Tait, assistant professor of physics, has a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He specializes in theoretical high energy physics.

Lars Toender, assistant professor of political science, has a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. He specializes in political theory and was on the faculty of DePauw University.

Domietta Torlasco, assistant professor of French and Italian, has a Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley. She specializes in Italian Culture, especially film, and psychoanalytical feminist theory, and was on the faculty of the University of Chicago.

Muhammad Sani Umar, associate professor of religion, has a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. His specialty is Islam in Africa. He was on the faculty of Arizona State University.

Barry Wimpfheimer, assistant professor of religion, has a Ph.D. from Columbia University. He specializes in Jewish mysticism and was on the faculty of Pennsylvania State University.