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David Kang
Professor of International Relations and Business, Director of Korean Studies Institute
Ph.D., Political Science, 1995, University of California, Berkeley
Previous Institution: Dartmouth College

David Kang’s research centers on the international relations of East Asia, particularly Korea, and he studies economic development and security issues. He is the author of China Rising: Peace, Power, and Order in East Asia (Columbia University Press, 2007) and co-author of Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies (Columbia University Press, 2003). He is currently working on a book about the historical international relations of East Asia.



Andrew Lakoff
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Sociology and Communication
Ph.D., Sociocultural Anthropology, 2000, University of California, Berkeley
Previous Institution: Harvard University

Andrew Lakoff specializes in anthropology of modernity, science and technology studies, globalization and social theory. He is the author of Pharmaceutical Reason: Knowledge and Value in Global Psychiatry (Cambridge University Press, 2005); co-editor of Biosecurity Interventions: Global Health and Security in Question (Columbia University Press, 2008); and co-editor of Global Pharmaceuticals: Ethics, Markets, Practices (Duke University Press, 2006).


Dan Lainer-Vos
Ruth Ziegler Early Career Chair in Jewish Studies and Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., Sociology, 2009, Columbia University
Previous Institution: University of Massachusetts Amherst

Dan Lainer-Vos specializes in nationalism, diaspora, economic sociology, science and technology, and historical comparative methods. His dissertation centers on national-ism studied through the prism diaspora communities of Irish Americans and Jewish Americans. By examining instances of contacts between diaspora groups and homeland communities, he traces the mechanism that enables these communities to cooperate.



Alexander Marr
Associate Professor of Art History
Ph.D., Modern History, 2005, University of Oxford
Previous Institution: School of Art History, University of St Andrews

Alexander Marr researches the history of science, intellectual history, and the history of art and architecture in the Early Modern period. He recently completed Between Raphael and Galileo: Mutio Oddi and the Mathematical Culture of Late Renaissance Italy (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming). His awards include the Philip Leverhulme Prize (2008), and he has held fellowships at The Queen’s College, St John’s College, the Institute for Historical Research, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.


Meghan Miller
Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences
Ph.D., Earth Sciences, 2006, The Australian National University
Previous Institutions: Rice University and the University of British Columbia

Meghan Miller studies earthquakes, tectonic processes and plate motions to reconstruct the evolution of the dynamic Earth. Her research focuses on the three-dimensional structural evolution of the lithosphere and mantle near plate boundaries, such as the Caribbean and the western Pacific, that are both seismically and volcanically active.


Matthew Pratt
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D., Chemistry, 2004, University of California, Berkeley
Previous Institution: The Rockefeller University

Matthew Pratt researches chemical approaches to protein homeostasis, specifically, the processes that determine how cells first maintain and then destroy proteins. He was awarded an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellowship in 2000.


Veronica Terriquez
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., Sociology, 2009, University of California, Los Angeles

Veronica Terriquez’s research focuses on educational inequality, immigrant integration, and organized labor. She is co-author of “Becoming Civic: Latino Immigrant Parental School Participation,” in Critical Voices in Bicultural Parent Engagement: Operationalizing Advocacy and Empowerment (SUNY Press, forthcoming 2009).


Joshua West
Wilford and Daris Zinsmeyer Early Career Chair in Marine Studies and Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences
Ph.D., Earth Sciences, 2007, University of Cambridge
Previous Institution: University of Oxford

Joshua West researches topics concerning the chemical and physical processes at the surface of the earth. In 2005, he was awarded a postdoctoral research fellowship from the United Kingdom’s Natural Environment Research Council.


Diana Williams
Assistant Professor of History and Law
Ph.D., History of American Civilization, 2007, Harvard University
Previous Institution: Wellesley College

Diana Williams studies 19th-century African American and women’s history as well as mixed-race history. Her dissertation, “They Call It Marriage”: the Louisiana Interracial Family and the Making of American Legitimacy, won the 2008 William Nelson Cromwell Dissertation Prize in Legal History. She was a Legal History Fellow at the Hurst Summer Institute, University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2007.


Wendy Wood
Provost Professor of Psychology and Marketing
Ph.D., Psychology, 1980, University of Massachusetts
Previous Institution: Duke University

Wendy Wood is a social psychologist who studies attitude and behavior change, especially the influence of habits on behavior. She also researches gender differences in behavior, with a particular interest in the evolutionary origins of human gender differences. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society, as well as a founding member of the Society for Research Synthesis Methodology.

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