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Pomona College Welcomes Eight New Faculty Members

Pomona College, one of the nation’s elite liberal arts institutions, hired ten new faculty members for the 2004-2005 school year. They are Robert Gaines, Arthur Horowitz, Nina Karnovsky, Peter Kung, Ian Moyer, Ghassan Sarkis, Kyla Tompkins, and Meg Worley. Kathleen Stewart Howe, the Sarah Rempel and Herbert S. Rempel ’23 Director of the Pomona College Museum of Art and professor of history, and Patricia Schiaffini, director of Oldenborg Center and assistant professor of Chinese, were announced earlier in the fall.

Robert Gaines, an assistant professor of Geology, focuses his research primarily on what he describes as “the most dramatic event in the history of multi-cellular life -- the Cambrian Explosion, when virtually all of the animal groups explosively appeared from single-celled animals, approximately 500 million years ago. His most recent article appeared in Geology, the journal of the Geological Society of America. In the classroom, he tries to instill in his students the same curiosity about their world that drew him to the field. He teaches courses in sediment logy, paleontology, earth history and global climate change. Gaines earned his B.A. from the College of William and Mary, his M.S. from the University of Cincinnati, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside. In 2003-04, he was a visiting professor of geology at Pomona College.

Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance Arthur Horowitz is teaching World Theatre and Drama from Origins to the 17th Century, World Theatre: Kabuki to Ibsen, Writing for the Stage, and the freshman seminar Stages of Conscience. Active in theatre since his summer camp days, he is particularly fascinated by theater history and “how the artistic history of a period is directly related to the era’s general history.” He is the author of Prospero’s ‘True Preservers’ – Peter Brook, Yukio Ninagawa, and Giorgio Strehler: International Post-World War II Directors Approach to Shakespeare’s ‘’The Tempest’ (2004) and numerous articles. His current research topics are the medieval Dance of Death and the contemporary performance history of Henrik Ibsen's play Peer Gynt. Horowitz earned his B.A. from Hofstra University and his Ph. D. from the University of California, Davis. Horowitz came to Pomona College from the California Institute of the Arts where he was a member of the performance faculty.

Assistant Professor of Biology Nina J. Karnovsky brings 12 years of field work experience, on a range of species, to the classroom. As a 2001 Fulbright Fellow, she sailed from Poland to the Arctic, to study Arctic seabird foraging. Her current research is focused on how climate change affects top predators, including changes in diet and reproductive success. Her articles have appeared in several scientific journals including the Antarctic Journal of the United States, Environmental Pollution and the Journal of Deep Sea Research II. At Pomona, she is teaching Vertebrate Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and the freshman seminar Penguins, Polar Bears, People and Politics. Karnovsky earned her B.A. degree from Wesleyan University, her M.S. from Montana State University, Bozeman, and her Ph. D. from the University of California, Irvine. In spring 2003, she served as a visiting professor of biology in the Claremont Colleges Joint Sciences Department.

Peter Kung, an assistant professor of philosophy, teaches Philosophy of Mind and Topics in Epistemology, Metaphysics. In his research, Kung focuses on modal epistemology, specifically how people have evidence for what is possible. He that sensory imagination is the key to knowing what’s possible and is developing an imagination-based account of our knowledge of possibility. Kung earned his B.S.E. from the University of Pennsylvania, his M.A. from Stanford University and his Ph. D. from New York University, where he was nominated for the university’s Outstanding Teaching Award. As a graduate student, he taught Philosophy of the Mind, Epistemology, History of Modern Philosophy, Introduction to Philosophy, and Ethics & Society.

Assistant Professor of History and Classics Ian S. Moyer is teaching Introduction to Classical Greek and history courses on the ancient Mediterranean and ancient Greece. An expert in Greek, Roman and Egyptian history and literature, as well as Greek prose and historiography, he researches the cultural interactions between the ancient Greek and Egyptian worlds, using the histories of Egyptian priests. He is particularly that fascinated by how these historical interactions have been treated by contemporary scholars. His published works include “Thessalos of Tralles and Cultural Exchange” in Prayer, Magic, and the Stars in the Ancient and Late Antique World, and “Herodotus and an Egyptian Mirage: The Genealogies of the Theban Priests” in the Journal of Hellenic Studies. He received both his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Victoria and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Ghassan Sarkis, an assistant professor of mathematics, first joined the Pomona faculty as a visiting assistant professor in 2002. A specialist in number theory and formal groups, he is currently working on the question when is a given p-adic power series an endomorphism of a formal group. This year, Sarkis is teaching Abstract Algebra, Linear Algebra, Calculus III and Cryptography. He earned his B.S. from the University of Chicago and both his M.A. and Ph. D. from Brown University, where he received an Outstanding Teaching Award and was a finalist for the Brown University Presidential Teaching Award.

Assistant Professor of English and Women’s Studies Kyla Wazana Tompkins is teaching American Masculinities: The Novel in the 19th and 20th Centuries; Eating the Other: Race, Gender and Literary Food Studies; Feminist Community Engagement: Bridging Theory with Praxis; and a seminar in Feminist Theory. In her research, she combines her interests in cultural history, food and literary studies by examining how food and eating have been used as metaphors for the negotiation of cultural and racial difference in American culture since the nineteenth-century; and how writing about food and eating can be used as a way of talking about national identity. She earned her B.A. from York University in Toronto, her M.A. from the University of Toronto and her Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Meg Worley, an assistant professor of English, is teaching Introduction to Literary Interpretation, The Bible as Literature, Medieval Women Writers, and Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Fascinated by languages from an early age, she focuses her research on the translation of medieval literature and translations of the Bible. One of her most recent related projects is a book chapter on the role of the Psalms and individual editions of them in the formation of English nationhood in the 14th century. She is currently working on an article about Chaucer and how his reputation changed from “the great translator” in the Middle Ages to ‘the great author” in more recent times. Worley earned her B.A. from Emory University and her Ph.D. from Stanford University, where she served as a lecturer in 2002-2003. She has also taught at the University of California, Davis English Department.

Pomona College is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offering a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.