Brown welcomes talented group of 59 new faculty members

Hailing from a wide variety of disciplines and backgrounds, the scholars join the Brown community this year to guide student-centered learning and engage in high-impact research.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — From an expert in African American religion and music to an economist studying school quality, from a clean energy engineer to one of the nation's most recognized public health leaders, Brown University will welcome a dynamic group of new faculty members for the 2020-21 academic year.

The 59 new professors, lecturers, researchers and teaching faculty will serve in nearly 30 different academic departments, research centers and institutes across campus. In welcoming the new faculty, Brown Provost Richard M. Locke noted that this extraordinary moment in time underscores the need for a vibrant intellectual community working together to understand, explore and solve problems in a complex world.

"At Brown, we have been tenacious in recruiting top scholars from around the world, because rising to complex challenges — like tackling structural racism or finding treatments and vaccines for current and future pandemics — requires the very best minds," Locke said. "Making inroads in these areas also requires authentic opportunities for collaboration across disciplines, which is a defining characteristic of Brown. I'm very excited to welcome this tremendous group of new faculty to the University, and I look forward to seeing them working together to enrich our scholarly community and work toward a better world."

The class of new faculty reflects Brown's strategic efforts to recruit top scholars from research areas in which Brown is uniquely poised to have a meaningful impact. Those areas, articulated in Brown's Building on Distinction strategic plan, include among others deciphering disease and improving population health, creating peaceful, just and prosperous societies, and exploring human experience. Guidance and strategic investments from Brown's Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan helps to assure that new faculty represent the varied backgrounds and experiences critical to creating a vibrant scholarly community.

"These scholars and educators represent the very best of their fields," Locke said. "I know our students will benefit immensely from their knowledge, their experience and their excellence."

The following is a full list of new faculty members.

Humanities and Social Science

Renée Ater

Provost's Visiting Professor of Africana Studies

Charrise Barron

Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Music

Beverly Bossler

Professor of East Asian Studies

Jesse Bruhn

Annenberg Assistant Professor of Education and Economics

Jennifer Candipan

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Lindsay Caplan

Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture

Anthony Cheung

Assistant Professor of Music

Jonathan Fine

Lecturer in German Studies

Renée Surprenant Fitzgerald

Lecturer in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

Kellie Forrester

Lecturer in Economics

Indira Gil

Lecturer in Education

Alani Hicks-Bartlett

Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and French Studies

Emily Hipchen

Director of Nonfiction Writing and Senior Lecturer in English

Julia Jarcho

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

Yann Koby

Instructor in Economics

Manuel Lancastre

Lecturer in Economics

Ainsely LeSure

Assistant Professor of Africana Studies

John Palella

Lecturer in Education

Reid Pauly

Dean's Assistant Professor of Nuclear Security and Policy and Political Science

Matthew Pecenco

Assistant Professor of Economics

Gabriel Rocha

Vasco da Gama Assistant Professor of Early Modern Portuguese History

Gretel Rodríguez

Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture

Connie Scozzaro

Assistant Professor of English

 

Life and Physical Sciences

Karianne Bergen

Assistant Professor of Data Science and Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences

Malik Boykin

Assistant Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences

Daphna Buchsbaum

Assistant Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences

Lorenzo De Stefani

Lecturer in Computer Science

Junehyuk Jung

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Christos Mantoulidis

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Srinath Sridhar

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Ming Xian

Professor of Chemistry

 

Biology and Medicine

Ahmed Abdelfattah

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

Aaron Berard

Instructor, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry

Li Jin Chew

Associate Professor of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry (Research)

Deepraj Ghosh

Assistant Professor of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology and Biotechnology (Research)

Sonia Mayoral

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

Sanghyun Lee

Assistant Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

Engineering

Linda Abriola

Sorensen Family Professor of Engineering

Yue Qi

Joan Wernig Sorensen Professor of Engineering

 

Public Health

Tayla von Ash

Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Barbara Bardenheier

Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice

Lauren Bohlen

Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Kristin Danko

Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice

Roberta DeVito

Assistant Professor of Data Science and Biostatistics

Emily Gadbois

Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice

William Goedel

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Research)

Scott Goodspeed

Professor of the Practice of Health Services, Policy and Practice

Rachel Gunn

Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Sarah Helseth

Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Ashish Jha

Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, Dean of the School of Public Health

Christopher Koller

Professor of the Practice of Health Services, Policy and Practice

Nan Li

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Research)

David Meyers

Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice

Lauren Micalizzi

Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences (Research)

Alice Paul

Assistant Professor of Biostatistics

Michelle Rogers

Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences (Research)

Kelli Scott

Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Alexander Sokolovsky

Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Nisha Trivedi

Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice