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Five Hamilton College Faculty Members Promoted to Full Professor

By Holly Foster  |  Contact Holly Foster 315-859-4068
Posted October 5, 1999
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Five members of the Hamilton College faculty were recently approved for promotion to full professor. They are: Cheng Li, government; Chandra Mohanty, women's studies; Vincent Odamtten, English; Patricia O'Neill, English; and E. Michael Richards, music. Promotion to full professor is based on recommendations of the dean of faculty, the committee of appointments and senior departmental colleagues.

Cheng Li A professor of government, Cheng Li was born in Shanghai and grew up during the Cultural Revolution. He came to the U.S. and obtained advanced degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and Princeton University. Li is a member of the Institute of Current World Affairs in Hanover, N.H. Observations made during his work with the U.S.-based Institute of Current World Affairs, from 1993-95 in Shanghai, formed the core of his nationally acclaimed book, Rediscovering China: Dynamics and Dilemmas of Reform (Rowman and Littlefield). His latest book, China's Leaders: The New Generation, is forthcoming.

Li was most recently seen on C-SPAN coverage that highlighted a Brookings Institute panel commemorating the 10 year anniversary of the Tiananmen Square incident. He was a central panel member at the conference held in Washington in 1999. He has also appeared on PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer, BBC and National Radio of Canada.

Chandra Mohanty Mohanty came to Hamilton in 1991 as the Jane Watson Irwin Chair in Women's Studies. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Delhi, India, and a master's and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her teaching and research emphasizes cross-cultural, global women's issues and activism; anti-racist and multicultural education; women of color in the U.S.; and feminist theory.

She is co-editor of the book, Feminist Genealogies, Colonial Legacies, Democratic Futures (1997) and Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism. She also has a book in progress, Feminism Without Borders: Multiculturalism, Globalization and the Politics of Solidarity. Mohanty is series editor of "Gender, Culture and Global Politics" for Garland Publishing She has written numerous book reviews and essays and has been invited to lecture at universities around the world. Earlier this year she was a visiting faculty fellow in the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program at New York University.

Vincent Odamtten Odamtten joined the Hamilton faculty in 1988, after earning a Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He earned his master's and bachelor's degrees from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana and served as a teaching assistant and assistant lecturer there. Odamtten specializes in the teaching of Africana and African American literature and is also director of the Africana Studies program at Hamilton. In addition he has served as an adjunct associate professor of Caribbean literature at Syracuse University.

Odamtten has written numerous papers and books, including the "Africa Section" in Benet's Readers' Encyclopedia (1996); chapters in Challenging Hierarchies: Issues and Themes in Colonial and Post-Colonial Narratives (1997); "A Bird of the Wayside: from An Angry Letter ... to The Girl Who Can" in Emerging Perspectives on Ama Ata Aidoo (1998); "For Her Own (Works') Quality: A Brief on the Poetry of Ama Ata Aidoo," to be published in Mutatu. Odamtten has also published poetry and lectured in the U.S., Canada and England on African and African American literatures.

Patricia O'Neill O'Neill's research interests include 19th century English literatures, the relations of science and literature and questions of censorship. She teaches courses in romantic literature, literature and science in Victorian England, study of the novel, introduction to literature, children of Empire and a senior seminar in Victorian literature. O'Neill earned a Ph.D. and master's degree from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree from California State University, Los Angeles. She has written a book, Robert Browning and Twentieth Century Criticism (1995), as well as chapters for several other books. She has also written journal articles for Victorian Literature and Culture, and Victorian Poetry and reviews. O'Neill has delivered numerous papers, lecture and colloquim on Robert Browning, Amelia Edwards and Tennyson. She also collaborated on establishing and teaching a team-taught, upper level English course with Colgate University.

E. Michael Richards Richards came to Hamilton College in 1984 as an associate professor of music. Trained as a clarinetist at the New England Conservatory and Yale School of Music, he earned a Ph.D. in music theory at the University of California, San Diego. He was recognized for his work as a conductor and clarinetist with a 1990 U.S. /Japan Creative Artist Exchange Fellowship for a six-month residency in Japan, jointly sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, U.S-Japan Friendship Commission and the Japanese Government Cultural Agency. Richards received a grant from the Camargo Foundation to complete a book, The Clarinet of the Twenty-First Century, which has been utilized by several composers. He has premiered more than 125 works that have utilized the clarinet at performances throughout the U.S., Japan, Australia, and Western Europe.

Richards has conducted the Hamilton College Orchestra since 1984, and undertaken five concert tours w

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