Date September 6, 2022
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Brown welcomes talented group of 62 new faculty members

Representing 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] — As the 2022-23 academic year begins at Brown and more than 3,203 new undergraduate, graduate and medical students arrive on College Hill, the University also welcomes a group of 62 dynamic new scholars and educators to the Brown faculty.

With research and teaching expertise on topics ranging from global health security to climate change, brain science to diaspora studies, and architecture to algorithms, Brown’s newest faculty members represent a wide range of fields, backgrounds and viewpoints. Welcoming faculty with such diversity of experience comes at a time when Brown is developing an operational plan for significantly growing its research enterprise.

“Our faculty are accomplished researchers, creative artists and educators whose work expands knowledge at the leading edge of their disciplines and, in partnership with Brown students and staff, makes a positive impact in communities both locally and across the globe,” said Provost Richard M. Locke. “I’m delighted to welcome this cohort of talented scholars to Brown to build on and amplify efforts across campus to develop solutions to many of the most vexing questions faced by society today.”

The arrival of 62 new faculty members reflects Brown's strategic efforts to recruit top scholars from research areas — articulated in the Building on Distinction strategic plan and related operational plans — in which the University is uniquely poised to have a meaningful impact. And with nearly 30% of this year’s new faculty members coming from groups historically underrepresented in higher education, strategic investments in actions outlined in Brown's Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan are helping to ensure that faculty represent the varied backgrounds, perspectives and experiences critical to advancing knowledge, learning and discovery.

In addition, multiple new deans (including those with interim appointments) will lead schools and academic units in their first full academic years in 2022-23: Ronald Aubert, interim dean of the School of Public Health; Tejal Desai, dean of the School of Engineering; Dr. Mukesh K. Jain, dean of the Warren Alpert Medical School; Thomas Lewis, interim dean of the Graduate School; Shankar Prasad, dean of the School of Professional Studies; and Leah VanWey, dean of the faculty.

Desai, who began her tenure at Brown on Sept. 1, will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Opening Convocation ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 10.

The new professors, associate professors, assistant professors and lecturers will serve across the University’s academic departments, divisions and schools. The full listing of new faculty, with links for more information about each of them, follows below.

Humanities and Social Sciences

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Leslie Acton
Lecturer in Environment and Society

Alvarez_Christelle

Christelle Alvarez
Assistant Professor of Egyptology and Assyriology

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Rick Baldoz
Associate Professor of American Studies

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Sandra Barnes
C.V. Starr Professor of Sociology

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Keisha Blain
Professor of Africana Studies

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Jayna Brown
Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

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Donghyun Danny Choi
Assistant Professor of Political Science

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Becci Davis
Lecturer in Visual Art

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John Diamond
Professor of Sociology and Education Policy

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Gemma Dipoppa
Assistant Professor of Political Science

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John Eason
Watson Family University Associate Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs

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Kim Gallon
Associate Professor of Africana Studies

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Macarena Gomez-Barris
Professor of Modern Culture and Media
 

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Chris Grasso
Professor of History

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Heeyeong Jung
Lecturer in East Asian Studies

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Tricia Kelly
Lecturer in Education

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Kent Kleinman
Faculty Director of the Brown Arts Institute, Professor of the Practice of History of Art and Architecture

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Nell Lake 
Lecturer in English

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Shelley Lee 
Professor of American Studies

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Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo
David S. Josephson Assistant Professor of Music

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Elisa Macchi
Assistant Professor of Economics

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Kyuwon Moon
Lecturer in East Asian Studies

Ocegueda_Mark

Mark Ocegueda
Assistant Professor of History

Schneider_Mindi

Mindi Schneider
Lecturer in Environment and Society

Shenoda_Matthew

Matthew Shenoda
Professor of Literary Arts

Talusan_Grace

Grace Talusan
Lecturer in English

Tan_Ivan

Ivan Tan
Lecturer in Music

Vollbrecht_Timo

Timo Vollbrecht
Lecturer in Music

Weheliye_Alexander

Alexander Weheliye
Malcolm S. Forbes Professor of Modern Culture and Media

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Karin Wulf
Beatrice and Julio Mario Santo Domingo Director and Librarian of the John Carter Brown Library, Professor of History

Life and Physical Sciences

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Nora Ayanian
Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

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Yusong Bai
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Budde_Gerrit

Gerrit Budde
Assistant Professor of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences

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Yu Cheng
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Cobb_Kim

Kim Cobb
Professor of Environment and Society and Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences, Director of the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society

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Nicholas DeMarinis
Lecturer in Computer Science

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Emanuele di Lorenzo
Professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Science

Gomez-Serrano_Javier

Javier Gomez Serrano
Associate Professor of Mathematics

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Brendan Keith
Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics

Kizer_Megan

Megan Kizer
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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Matthias Kuehne
Assistant Professor of Physics

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Harriet Lau
Assistant Professor of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences

Miao_Peihan

Peihan Miao
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

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Jesse Morin
Lecturer in Chemistry

Pradhan_Shekhar

Shekhar Pradhan
Lecturer in Data Science

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Emily Sprague-Klein
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Tabrizian_Peyam

Peyam Tabrizian
Lecturer in Applied Mathematics

Vasilakis_Nikos

Nikos Vasilakis
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Venkatasubramanian_Suresh

Suresh Venkatasubramanian
Professor of Data Science and Computer Science

Biology and Medicine

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William Holmes
Lecturer in Biology Education

Lawler_Sean

Sean Lawler
Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

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Sofia Lizarraga
Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry

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Kristina  Monteiro
Lecturer in Biology Education

Zhou_Yang

Yang Zhou
Assistant Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

Engineering

Ansari_Hamzah

Hamzah Ansari 
Lecturer in Engineering

Bessa_Miguel

Miguel Bessa
Associate Professor of Engineering

Caretta_Lucas

Lucas Caretta
Assistant Professor of Engineering

Curtin_William

William Curtin
Professor of Engineering

Public Health

Baker_Rachel

Rachel Baker
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

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Michael Silverstein
George Hazard Crooker University Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice

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Jennifer Nuzzo
Professor of Epidemiology

Tovar_Alison

Alison Tovar
Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences