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Endowed Professorships

The Arango Professorship in Latin American History, 2004
The R. Stanton Avery Professorships, 1994
The David J. Baldwin Professorship in Music, 1958
The Henry Kirke White Bent Professorship in Biology, 1915
The Frank P. Brackett Professorship in Astronomy, 1914
The Commander Lingurn H. Burkhead Professorship in Mathematics, 1980
The Minnie B. Cairns Memorial Professorship in Geology, 1971
The Carnegie Professorship in Chemistry, 1920
The Warren Finney Day Professorship in History, 1914
The Robert C. Denison Professorship in Philosophy, 1924
The Charles and Henrietta Johnson Detoy Professorship in American Government, 1976
The John P. and Magdalena R. Dexter Professorship in Botany, 1960
The John P. and Magdalena R. Dexter Professorship in Music, 1972
The Roy Edward Disney Professorship in Creative Writing, 2001
The Arthur M. Dole and Fanny M. Dole Professorship in English, 1961
The Joseph N. Fiske Professorship in Mathematics, 1903
The Yale B. and Lucille D. Griffith Professorship in Modern Languages, 1993
The Edwin F. and Margaret Hahn Professorship in the Social Sciences, 1990
The Willard George Halstead Professorship in Biology, 1915
The Martha N. Hathaway Professorship and Dean of Women Fund, 1925
The William Atwood Hilton Professorship in Biology, 1967
The Viola Horton Professorship in Art History, 1976
The James Irvine Foundation Professorship in Economics, 1975
The Frank S. Jennings Professorship in English, 1936
The William A. Johnson Memorial Professorship in Government, 1959
The Fletcher Jones Professorship in Economics, 1980
The W. M. Keck Distinguished Service Professorships, 1985
The Fred Krinsky Professorship in Jewish Studies, 2000
The Henry G. Lee Professorship in English, 2004
The E. Wilson Lyon Professorship in the Humanities, 1969
The Nancy M. Lyon Professorship in Biblical History and Literature ,1909
The Philip C. and Gertrude L. McConnell Professorship in Human Relations, 1980
The John Knox McLean Professorship in Religion and Religious Studies, 1932
The Loren Barton Babcock Miller Professorship in Fine Arts, 1975
The John Sutton Miner Professorship in History, 1966
The George E. and Nancy O. Moss Professorship in Economics, 2000
The Roscoe Moss Professorship, 2006
The Seeley W. Mudd Professorship in Physics, 1925
The Edwin Clarence Norton Professorship in Classics, 1910
The Everett S. Olive Professorship, 2006
The Osler-Loucks Professorship in Science, 1981
The Pacific Basin Institute Presidency Fund, 1999
The Edgar E. and Elizabeth S. Pankey Professorship in Media Studies, 2001
The Stephen M. Pauley M.D. Endowed Professorship in Environmental Studies, 2000
The Morris B. and Gladys S. Pendleton Professorship in Economics, 1985
The Sarah Rempel and Herbert S. Rempel Directorship of the Pomona College Museum of Art, 2003
The Sarah Rempel and Herbert S. Rempel Professorship in Neuroscience, 2003
The Dr. Mary Ann Vanderzyl Reynolds Professorship in the Humanities, 2000
The William Polk Russell Professorship in Mathematics, 1982
The Blanche and Frank R. Seaver Professorship in Science, 1969
The Henry E. Sheffield Professorship in History, 1970
The Edwin Sexton and Edna Patrick Smith Professorship in Modern European Languages, 1961
The Elden Smith Professorship in Economics, 1966
The H. Russell Smith Professorship in International Relations, 1984
The Henry Snyder Professorship in Sociology, 1927
The Phebe Estelle Spalding Professorship in English, 1910
The Peter W. Stanley Professorship in Linguistics and Philosophy, 2003
The Stedman-Sumner Professorship in Economics, 1911
The Richard Steele Professorship in the Social Sciences, 1997
The Harry S. and Madge Rice Thatcher Professorship in Music, 1969
The Harry S. and Madge Rice Thatcher Professorship in Psychology, 1978
The George Erving Thompson Memorial Professorship in Government, 1979
The Reuben C. and Eleanor Winslow Memorial Professorship in Computer Science, 1975

Professorship Holders

Jack I. Abecassis
Edwin Sexton and Edna Patrick Smith Modern European Languages Professor and Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures
Magistere, Universite de Paris IV, Sorbonne
Ph.D., University of California, Davis
Expertise Areas: Early Modern and Contemporary French Literature; Intellectual History and Critical Theory; Israeli Film and Fiction

Tahir Andrabi
Stedman-Sumner Professor of Economics
B.A., Swarthmore College
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Expertise Areas:  Economic Development; Applied Econometrics; International Economics; Pakistani Politics; Economics and Education; Religious and Private Education

Jay David Atlas
Peter W. Stanley Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy
A.B., Amherst College
Ph.D., Princeton University
Expertise Areas: Cognitive Science; Linguistics; Logic; Philosophy; Philosophy of Language; Philosophy of Mind; Pragmatics of Language

David W. Becker
John P. and Magdalena R. Dexter Professor of Botany and Associate Professor of Biology
B.A., Oberlin College
Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin
Expertise Areas: Plant Physiology; Photosynthesis; Plant Biology; Environmental Stresses on Plants and their Responses

Eleanor P. Brown
James Irvine Foundation Professor of Economics
B.A., Pomona College
M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University
Expertise Areas: Economics; Federal Tax Policy; Not-for-Profit Organizations; Personal Philanthropy; The Market for Volunteer Labor; Charitable giving

Kim B. Bruce
Reuben C. and Eleanor Winslow Memorial Professor of Computer Science
B.A., Pomona College
M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison
Expertise Areas: Computer Science Education; Programming Languages; Semantics and Pragmatics of Natural Languages

Everett L. Bull, Jr.
Osler-Loucks Professor of Science and Professor of Computer Science
B.A., Pomona College
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Expertise Areas: Theory of Computation, Applications of Logic to Computer Science; Computer Security

John Raymond Buriel
Harry S. and Madge Rice Thatcher Professor of Psychology and Professor of Chicano Studies
B.A., Ph.D., University of California, Riverside
Expertise Areas: Children Who Translate for Their Parents; Multicultural Education; Chicano Psychology; Cultural Psychology; Immigration and Sociocultural Change; Latino Parents and Child Care

Deborah Burke
W. M. Keck Distinguished Service Professor and Professor of Psychology
B.A., Barnard College
Ph.D., Columbia University
Expertise Areas: Aging and Cognition; Language and Memory; Psychology (language and memory); Word Finding Failures (tip of the tongue)

Cecilia A. Conrad
Stedman-Sumner Professor of Economics
A.B., Wellesley College
A.M., Ph.D., Stanford University
Expertise Areas: Liberal Arts College; College Faculty Issues; Racial Discrimination; Affirmative Action; Minority Women; Poverty and Distribution of Income; Economics of Identity and Domestic Violence; Mentoring in Economics

Elizabeth H. Crighton
William A. Johnson Professor of Government and Professor of Politics
B.A., Randolph-Macon Woman's College
Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Expertise Areas: Comparative Gender Politics; Comparative Ethnic Conflict and peacemaking; comparative European politics

N. Ann Davis
Philip C. and Gertrude L. McConnell Professor of Human Relations and Professor of Philosophy
B.A., Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Expertise Areas: Bioethics; Ethics; Evil; Morality; Abortion Debate

Kevin J. H. Dettmar
W. M. Keck Professor of English
B.A., University of California, Davis
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Expertise Areas: Modernism; Popular Music

Donna M. Di Grazia
David J. Baldwin Professor of Music and Choral Conductor
B.A., M.A., University of California, Davis; Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis
Expertise Areas: 19th-Century Music; 17th-Century English Sacred Music; Music History; Choral Literature; Choral Conducting

Oona Eisenstadt
Fred Krinsky Professor of Jewish Studies and Associate Professor of Religious Studies
B.A., Ph.D., McMaster University
Expertise Areas: Contemporary continental philosophy; Modern Jewish philosophy; Judaism and political theory; children's literature

David Elliott
H. Russell Smith Professor of International Relations and Professor of Politics
B.A., Yale University
Ph.D., Cornell University
Expertise Areas: U.S. Foreign Policy; Vietnam War; Asian Security Issues

Judson J. Emerick
Loren Barton Babcock Miller Professor of Fine Arts and Professor of Art History
B.A., Hope College
M.A., University of Michigan
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Expertise Areas: Late Antique and Early Medieval art; Hellenistic and Ancient Roman Imperial art; art and liturgy; the history of art history

Pierre Englebert
H. Russell Smith Professor of International Relations
Licence and Licence Spéciale, Université Libre de Bruxelles
M.A., The John Hopkins University
Ph.D., University of Southern California
Expertise Areas: Politics; Africa; Fragile States; Nationalism; Francophone Africa; Democratic Republic of Congo; Development

Stephen A. Erickson
E. Wilson Lyon Professor of the Humanities and Professor of Philosophy
B.A., St. Olaf College
M.A., Ph.D., Yale University
Expertise Areas: Heidegger; Philosophy; European Thought; Crises in Contemporary Value Systems; The Future of Human Spirituality

Thomas E. Flaherty
The John P. and Magdalena R. Dexter Professor of Music
B.A., Brandeis University
M.A., M.M., State University of New York, Stony Brook
D.M.A., University of Southern California
Expertise Areas: Electronic Music; 20th Century Music History and Theory

Erica Flapan
Commander Lingurn H. Burkhead Professor of Mathematics
B.A., Hamilton College
M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison
Expertise Areas: Embedded Graphs; Knot Theory; Topological Chemistry; Topology; 3-manifolds

Lorn S. Foster
Charles and Henrietta Johnson Detoy Professor of American Government and Professor of Politics
B.A., California State University, Los Angeles
A.M., Ph.D., University of Illinois
Expertise Areas: Campaigns and Elections; Civil Rights; Race and Power; Public Policy; Urban Politics; American National Government; the Voting Rights Act

Jennifer Friedlander
Edgar E. and Elizabeth S. Pankey Professor of Media Studies and Associate Professor of Art and Art History
B.A., Binghamton University
M.A. and Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Expertise Areas: Contemporary Art Controversies; Cultural Studies; Film Theory; Psychoanalytic Theory

George L. Gorse
Viola Horton Professor of Art History
A.B., The Johns Hopkins University
M.A., Ph.D., Brown University
Expertise Areas: Art; History of Cities; Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture; Italian Baroque Art and Architecture; Medieval Art History; History of Cities, Palaces, Villas and Gardens; History of Genoa

Sandy Grabiner
Joseph N. Fiske Professor of Mathematics
B.A., Rice University
Ph.D., Harvard University
Expertise Areas: Pure Mathematics, especially functional analysis; Pure Mathematics, especially Analysis

Fred J. Grieman
Roscoe Moss Professor of Chemistry
B.A., University of California, Irvine
M.S., Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Expertise Areas: Chemistry; Molecular Ion Spectroscopy; Free-Jet Expansion Spectroscopy; Laser Spectroscopy

Jill S. Grigsby
Richard Steele Professor of Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology
Sc.B., Brown University
Ph.D., Princeton University
Expertise Areas: Aging; Population; Family

Eric B. Grosfils
Minnie B. Cairns Memorial Geology Professor
B.S., College of William and Mary
M.S., Ph.D., Brown University
Expertise Areas: Dike Emplacement; Geology; Planetary Geology; Mars; Venus; Physical Volcanology; Volcanoes; Magellan; Remote Sensing; Magma Reservoirs; GIS

Richard W. Hazlett
Stephen M. Pauley M.D. Professor of Environmental Studies and Professor of Geology
B.A., Occidental College
A.M., Dartmouth College
Ph.D., University of Southern California
Expertise Areas: Geology; Mineralogy; Petrology; Volcanoes

Laura L. Mays Hoopes
Halstead-Bent Professor of Biology
A.B., Goucher College
Ph.D., Yale University
L.H.D, Goucher College
Expertise Areas: Gene Regulation; Molecular biology of aging

Kathleen Stewart Howe
Sarah Rempel and Herbert S. Rempel Director of the Pomona College Museum of Art and Professor of Art History
B.S., Michigan State University
M.A., Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Expertise Areas: Art; Museums and Culture; History of Graphic Arts; Photography and Visual Representation; History of Photography and Printmaking; Photography and the Politics of Visual Representation

Karl G. Johnson
Sarah Rempel and Herbert S. Rempel Professor of Neuroscience and Associate Professor of Biology
B.A., Grinnell College
M.S., University of California, San Diego
Ph.D., Cambridge University
Expertise Areas: Biology; Molecular Biology; Developmental Neurobiology; Developmental Biology; Axon Guidance

Zayn Kassam
John Knox McLean Professor of Religion and Religious Studies
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., McGill University
Expertise Areas: Islamic Studies; Religious Studies; Women and Islam; Islamic Philosophy and Mysticism; Religion and the Environment

Michael Kuehlwein
George E. and Nancy O. Moss Professor of Economics
B.A., Swarthmore College
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Expertise Areas: Altruism; Bequest Motive; Saving; Estate Taxes; Gift Taxes; Consumer Spending

Genevieve F. Lee
Everett S. Olive Professorship and Professor of Music
B.M., Peabody Conservatory of Music; Diplôme Supérieur d'Exécution, Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris
M.M., M.M.A., D.M.A., Yale University
Expertise Areas: Piano; Chamber Music, Music Theory, Ear Training

Sidney Lemelle
Edwin F. and Martha Hahn Professor of History and Africana Studies
B.A., M.A., California State University, Los Angeles
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Expertise Areas: Pan-Africanism; Slavery; South Africa; African History

Jonathan Lethem
Roy Edward Disney '51 Endowed Professorship in Creative Writing and Professor of English
Novels: Fun, with Occasional Music (1994); Amnesia Moon (1995); As She Climbed Across the Table (1997); Girl in Landscape (1998); Motherless Brooklyn (1999); The Fortress of Solitude (2003); You Don't Love Me Yet (2007); Chronic City (2009)

James D. Likens
Morris B. and Gladys S. Pendleton Professor of Economics
B.A., M.B.A., University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Expertise Areas: Credit Unions; Financial Services Industry

Stephen V. Marks
Elden Smith Professor of Economics
B.A., University of Michigan
Ph.D., Princeton University
Expertise Areas: International Economics; Microeconomics; Indonesia; Law and Economics

Richard D. McKirahan, Jr.
Edwin Clarence Norton Professor of Classics, Professor of Philosophy
A.B., University of California, Berkeley
B.A., M.A., University of Oxford
Ph.D., Harvard University
Expertise Areas:
Ancient Greece; Greek Gods; Greek Literature; Greek Language; Ancient Philosophy

Char Miller
W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis
B.A., Pitzer College
M.A., Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University
Expertise Areas: U.S. Environmental Politics and Policy; U.S. Public-Lands Management; Fire in the American West; Western Water Politics; Immigration and Border Security; Urban Politics and Development; Intellectual and Cultural History; U.S. Forest Service

Catalin D. Mitescu
Seeley W. Mudd Professor of Physics
B.Eng., McGill University
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology
Expertise Areas: Computational and Statistical Physics; Critical Phenomena; Electrical Network Analysis; Fluid Dynamics; Fractal Networks; Thermodynamics; Properties of Randomly Disordered Systems; Eastern Orthodox Church and Faith

Daniel J. O'Leary
Carnegie Professor of Chemistry
B.A., Linfield College
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Expertise Areas: Chemistry; Organic Chemistry; Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

Bryan E. Penprase
Frank Parkhurst Brackett Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Director of the Frank P. Brackett Observatory, and Coordinator of the Astronomy Program
B.S., M.S., Stanford University
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Expertise Areas: Astronomy; Spectroscopy; Archaeoastronomy; Interstellar Medium Research Using UV, Optical and Infrared Observations; Galactic Structure

William J. Peterson
Harry S. and Madge Rice Thatcher Professor of Music and College Organist
B.M., B.A., Oberlin College
M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Expertise Areas: Nationalism and Music; Organ; History of Western Music; History of French Music

Frances K. Pohl
Dr. Mary Ann Vanderzyl Reynolds Professor of Humanities and Professor of Art History
B.A., M.A., University of British Columbia
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Expertise Areas: Art and Politics; American Art; Feminism

Claudia Rankine
The Henry G. Lee Professor of English
B.A., Williams College
M.F.A., Columbia University
Expertise Areas: Creative Writing; Poetry

Lynn Rapaport
Henry Snyder Professor of Sociology
B.A., University of Southern California
Ph.D., Columbia University
Expertise Areas: Social Stratification; Race and Ethnicity; Social Theory; Gender; Culture; Emotions; Comparative/Historical Field Methods; WWII--Holocaust; The Holocaust in Popular Culture

Arden Reed
Arthur M. and Fanny M. Dole Professor of English
B.A., Wesleyan University
M.A., Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University
Expertise Areas: Image/Text Relations; Modernism; Contemporary Art; English Romantic Literature; 19th-Century French Culture

Larissa V. Rudova
Yale B. and Lucille D. Griffith Professorship in Modern Languages and Professor of German and Russian
B.A., Pedagogical Institute, Novosibirsk, U.S.S.R.
Expertise Areas: 20th- and 21st-Century Russia; Russian Cinema; Russian Children's Literature and Culture

John E. Seery
George Erving Thompson Memorial Professor of Politics
B.A., Amherst College
M.A., Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Expertise Areas: Civil Disobedience; Democratic Theory; Feminist Politics; Hell; Marx; Nietzsche; Plato; Political Theory; Irony and Politics; Abortion Politics; Right to Die Movement; Weber; Comedy; Liberal Arts Education; Constitutional Age Requirements

Cynthia R. Selassie
Blanche and Frank Seaver Professor of Science and Professor of Chemistry
B.A., Mount St. Mary's College
M.A., Duke University
Ph.D., University of Southern California
Expertise Areas: Organic Chemistry; Bio-Organic Chemistry; Medicinal Chemistry

Shahriar Shahriari
William Polk Russell Professor of Mathematics
B.A., Oberlin College
M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison
Expertise Areas: Combinatorics of Posets; Extremal Set Theory; Finite Group Theory; Representation Theory of Finite Groups; Surreal Numbers

Gary N. Smith
Fletcher Jones Professor of Economics
B.A., Harvey Mudd College
Ph.D., Yale University
Expertise Areas: Economics; Statistics; Financial Markets

Bruce R. Telzer
Blanche and Frank R. Seaver Professor of Science and Professor of Biology
B.A., State University of New York, Buffalo
M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University
Expertise Areas: Cell Biology; Intracellular Motility; Biochemistry of Microtubules and Molecular Motors; Mechanisms of Mitosis

Miguel Tinker Salas
Arango Professor of Latin American History and Professor of History and Chicano/a Studies
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
Expertise Areas: Contemporary Venezuela; Oil, Politics and Culture in Venezuela; Contemporary Mexican Politics; Mexico in the 19th and 20th Centuries; Latin American History; Chicanos/as and Latinos in the United States; Chicano/a History; Latin American Immigration and the Diaspora; Contemporary Mexican Politics, Elections 2006

Helena M. Wall
Warren Finney Day Professor of History and Director of the Hart Institute for American History
B.A., Brandeis University
A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University
Expertise Areas: Colonial and Revolutionary America; American Social History; Early Modern European history

Kenneth B. Wolf
John Sutton Miner Professor of History
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Stanford University
Expertise Areas: Christian Views of Islam; Medieval Spain; Saints and the Idea of Sanctity

Jonathan Wright
William A. Hilton Zoology Professorship and Professor of Biology
B.A., M.A., D.Phil., Oxford University
Expertise areas: Biology; Physiology; Crustacea; Evolutionary Physiology, Onychophora; Osmoregulation; Tardigrada; Nitrogen Metabolism and Excretion; Water Vapor Absorption; Isopoda; Water Balance

Samuel Hideo Yamashita
Henry E. Sheffield Professor of History
B.A., Macalester College
M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan
Expertise Areas: Asia; Confucianism; History; Intellectual History; Japan; Japanese history; The Pacific War; Traditional and modern Asian history