Four Awarded Tenure
Four faculty members were approved recently for tenure by Hamilton’s Board of Trustees. They include Anne Feltovich (classics), Siobhan Robinson (psychology), Pavitra Sundar (literature and creative writing), and Andrea Townsend (biology).
The granting of tenure is based on recommendations of the vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, and the committee on appointments, with the College president presenting final recommendations to the board. With the granting of tenure comes the title of associate professor. All will be effective July 1.
Anne Feltovich specializes in Greek and Roman comedy. She teaches ancient Greek and Latin language courses, as well as courses on Greek and Roman culture. Feltovich has participated in archaeological excavations in Athens, Corinth, and Pylos, Greece.
Her recent publications include the article “Masculinity and Power on the Roman Stage” (in The Blackwell Companion to Plautus, eds. Dorota Dutsch and George Franko, 2020), “Controlling Images: Enslaved Women in Greek and Roman Comedy” (forthcoming in Arethusa), and a book review of The Cambridge Companion to Roman Comedy, edited by Martin Dinter. The review appeared in the April issue of The Classical Review.
Feltovich’s research projects include a book on women’s social bonds in Greek and Roman comedy.
She received her bachelor's degree in classics from Grinnell College, and her doctorate in classical philology from the University of Cincinnati.
Siobhan Robinson conducts research across a wide range of neuroscience subfields. Her
animal-based research employs both classical and innovative techniques to investigate the neuroanatomy and neurochemistry underlying goal-directed, but maladaptive learning, memory, and motivation. Her goal is to better understand the neurobiology underlying behavioral and cognitive deficits such as those observed in persons with substance dependence, anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Robinson’s research has been published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences (PNAS), The Journal of Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience, The Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, Hippocampus, and other peer-reviewed journals.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Rochester, and her Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Washington. Prior to coming to Hamilton, Robinson was a teacher and scholar at Dartmouth College and Oberlin College.
Pavitra Sundar’s research and teaching interests span the fields of cinema studies, sound studies, postcolonial literary and cultural studies, and gender-sexuality studies. In her current book project, she is analyzing the politics and pleasures of Bollywood film sound and music. Sundar has published articles in several journals including Meridians, Jump Cut, and Communication, Culture, and Critique.
Sundar recently co-edited a special issue of the journal South Asian Popular Culture. Focused on “Masculinities,” the issue emerged from conference panels organized by Sundar and her co-editor, Praseeda Gopinath of Binghamton University, over the last two years.
In May, Sundar and students in her English and its Discontents senior seminar presented their research at the virtual conference Thinking with an Accent: Through Voice, Across Media. Sundar co-organized the event with colleagues in the Accent Research Collaborative.
She earned her doctorate in women’s studies and English at the University of Michigan, and previously held a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in film and media studies at Dartmouth College.
Andrea Townsend focuses her research on understanding how land-use changes affect the behavior, health, and populations of wild birds. Her most recent work focuses on the social behavior and disease ecology of crows. She uses satellite telemetry to examine how the birds might transport diseases along migratory pathways.
Townsend and her students address these questions using a combination of field observations, experiments, and laboratory techniques. They work with both free-living and captive birds. In 2019, she published a paper in Molecular Ecology titled “Apparent inbreeding preference despite inbreeding depression in the American crow.”
Townsend earned her doctorate in ecology at Cornell University and her bachelor’s degree in biology from Bowdoin College. She conducted post-doctoral research at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Smithsonian Institution. She was a faculty member at the University of California, Davis, prior to joining the faculty at Hamilton.