Hamilton welcomed seven new tenure-track faculty members in addition to visiting professors, lecturers, and teaching fellows. The College is in the midst of a 10-year period, begun in 2015, during which nearly half of its faculty will reach average retirement age. Among this year's newcomers are teaching scholars who study the ethics of digital technology, the reproduction of inequality, and South Asian art; a retired brigadier general; and a former U.S. ambassador. Read more about them below.

Nadya Bair

Assistant Professor of Art History, Spring Term

B.A., Barnard College; M.A., University of Southern California; Ph.D., University of Southern California
Areas of expertise: history of photography; 19th and 20th century visual culture; intersections of art with mass media and journalism; artist networks and collaboration; digital humanities

George Baker

Distinguished Lecturer in American Public Policy

J.D., Catholic University of America

Nikole Bonacorsi

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology


Ph.D., Brown University
Areas of expertise: structure, function, and evolution of plants; Devonian paleobotany; plant reproductive morphology; heterospory

Charlotte Botha

Instructor in Music


D.M.A. candidate, University of North Texas; M.Mus., Nelson Mandela University
Areas of expertise: Choral repertoire and conducting; phonetic transcription of Afrikaans choral music; group vocal technique; choregie and interdisciplinary ensemble performance; text-painting in a cappella music; children’s choir composition; equity, diversity and inclusion in the choral literature canon

Amy Brener

Assistant Professor of Art


M.F.A., Hunter College
Areas of expertise: sculpture, drawing and digital media

Sookti Chaudhary

Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics


Ph.D., University of Kentucky
Areas of expertise: international trade, environmental economics, environmental justice, health economics

Suraj Chaudhary

Lecturer in Philosophy


Ph.D., University of Kentucky
Areas of expertise: philosophy of technology, ethics of digital technology, philosophy of space

Mario Andrés Colón

Lecturer in Art

M.F.A., Laguna College of Art and Design
Areas of expertise: classical drawing, printmaking, classical sculpture, and digital sculpture illustration and graphic design

Christopher Coscia

Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics


Ph.D., Dartmouth College
Areas of expertise: combinatorics, probability, graph theory, Markov chain Monte Carlo, political redistricting

Kelly Faig

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology


Ph.D., University of Chicago
Areas of expertise: emotion, social stress, psychoneuroimmunology, psychophysiology, neurogenetics

Sarah Griffis

Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies


Ph.D., Harvard University
Areas of expertise: history of early Christianity, New Testament, early Christian martyrdom, ancient Christianity in a Jewish and Greco-Roman context, archaeology, ancient reception of the classics, literary theory and genre studies, theory and method in the study of religion

Elaine Paravati Harrigan

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology


Ph.D., University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Areas of expertise: social surrogacy, narrative effects, need to belong

Emmy Herland

Visiting Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies


Ph.D., University of Washington
Areas of expertise: Golden Age Spain, theater studies, Baroque literature and culture, and spectral studies

Yagmur Karakaya

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology


Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Areas of expertise: sociological theory, political sociology, global sociology, comparative-historical sociology, cultural sociology, social movements, collective memory, nostalgia, populism, popular culture, qualitative methodology, emotions, Turkey

Michael Klosson

Sol M. Linowitz Visiting Professor of International Affairs, spring term

M.A., M.P.A, Princeton University
Areas of expertise: public affairs, U.S. foreign policy, Chinese-American relations

Gregory Koutnik

Visiting Assistant Professor of Government


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Areas of expertise: environmental political theory, agrarianism, property and economic thought, populism

Heather Kropp

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies


Ph.D., Arizona State University
Areas of expertise: environmental data science, ecohydrology, ecology, geospatial analysis

Mattie Mackenzie-Liu

Lecturer in Government


M.P.A., O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University
Areas of expertise: American social welfare policy, public program evaluation, state and local public finance

Jaime Mancilla

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology


Ph.D., University of Chicago
Areas of expertise: electrophysiological recordings for the analysis of sensory processing, inhibitory interneurons, general physiology, neurophysiology, neuroanatomy and sensory systems.

Charles (Alex) Manning

Assistant Professor of Sociology


Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Areas of expertise: race and racism, sports, families, youth, reproduction of inequality

Arathi Menon

Assistant Professor of Art History


Ph.D., Columbia University
Areas of expertise: South Asian art; visual culture of Indian Ocean trade; churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples in Kerala; syncretism; religious iconography; artistic agency; digital art history

Anna Huff Mercovich

Assistant Professor of Digital Arts


M.F.A., California Institute of the Arts
Areas of expertise: hybrid and multimedia performance; sound; technology and interactivity; collaborative media and performance strategies

Olanrewaju Morenikeji

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology


Ph.D., Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria
Areas of expertise: genomics, functional genomics, epigenetics, Immunology, bioinformatics, disease/complex trait expression, transcriptional control, population genomics, genome stability, genome evolution, and comparative genomics

Sally Packard

Visiting Lecturer in Art

Patricia Sanchez

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology


Ph.D., Graduate Center, City University of New York
Areas of expertise: psychology and law; media influences on attitudes; interrogations and false confessions; plea bargaining

Steve Schillinger

Visiting Assistant Professor of Literature and Creative Writing


Ph.D., University of Washington
Areas of expertise: Renaissance, drama, book history and history of early print and rhetoric

Ty Seidule

Chamberlain Fellow and Visiting Professor of History


Ph.D., Ohio State University
Areas of expertise: military history, Civil War memory, African American military history

Yonatan Shemesh

Visiting Instructor of Religious Studies


M.A., University of Chicago Divinity School; M.S., Fordham University Graduate School of Education

Taveeshi Singh

Visiting Instructor of Women’s and Gender Studies


M.A., Teachers College Columbia University

James Taylor

Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics


Ph.D., Harvard University
Areas of expertise: Latin bucolic and epic poetry; classical historiography and geography; natural philosophy in classical antiquity; history of science and geology; environmental criticism and history

Frank Vlossak

Distinguished Lecturer in American Public Policy


J.D., George Mason University

Rebecca Wall

Visiting Assistant Professor of History


Ph.D., Stanford University
Areas of expertise: environmental history, African history, digital humanities, history and anthropology of development, history of technology, French colonialism

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