Connecticut College News
College welcomes new faculty09/9/2010
Six visiting professors and lecturers and one coach are also new to campus this year.
"We are fortunate to have these talented individuals join our faculty; as a group they will inspire our students to creative and academic achievement," Dean of the Faculty Roger Brooks said. "They join well-established colleagues who are dedicated scholar-teachers."
The new tenure-track faculty members are:
- Monique Bedasse, assistant professor of history, who earned a bachelor´s degree in English at Florida International University, a master´s in Africana studies at Cornell University and a doctorate in history at the University of Miami. Her interests include modern African history, pre-colonial Africa, the African diaspora and modern Caribbean history.
- Shani Nwando Ikerioha Collins Achille, assistant professor of dance, who earned her bachelor of arts and master of fine arts in dance at Hollins University/American Dance Festival. Her interests include dance theory and composition, West African dance and folklore, Somatic practices and dance history. Collins joined the college last year as a visiting professor.
- Anthony Graesch, assistant professor of anthropology, who earned bachelor´s, master´s and doctorate degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles. His interests include historical archaeology, urban ethnoarchaeology, household archaeology, complex hunter-gatherers of North America and archaeological method and theory.
- Jennifer Rudolph, assistant professor of Hispanic studies, who earned a bachelor´s degree at St. Xavier University, a master´s degree at Loyola University and a doctorate in Hispanic studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Rudolph´s interests include Latino cultural studies, critical race theory and masculinity theory.
- Tanya Schneider, assistant professor of chemistry, who received her bachelor´s degree from Williams College and her master´s and doctorate from Yale University. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School. Her interests include biochemistry, antibiotic resistance, biosynthesis of natural products and enzymology.
- Rachel Spicer, assistant professor of botany, who earned a bachelor´s degree at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a master´s degree from Oregon State University and a doctorate from Harvard University. Her interests include woody plant physiology, aging in trees and forest ecosystem science.
- Jeff Strabone, assistant professor of English, who earned his bachelor´s degree from Dartmouth College, a master´s degree from Northwestern University, and two additional master´s degrees and a doctorate from New York University. Strabone´s interests include 18th-century British literature, romanticism, aesthetics and criticism and cultural agendas underlying the standardization of the English language.