Hamilton College President David Wippman announced the promotion of four faculty members to the rank of professor. Heather Buchman, music; Stephen Ellingson, sociology; Ella Gant, art; and Chaise LaDousa, anthropology, were promoted effective July 1.
Heather Buchman is director of the Hamilton College Orchestra. She has served as education and outreach conductor for Symphoria, Syracuse’s professional orchestra. Buchman appears frequently as conductor and trombonist with the Society for New Music and other organizations. Her work in arts advocacy has been recognized by the Society for New Music and Civic Morning Musicals.
She completed professional studies in conducting at the Juilliard School, and earned a M.M. in orchestral conducting from the University of Michigan, and a B. Mus. degree in trombone from the Eastman School of Music. More recent studies include workshops in St. Petersburg, Russia, and dance classes in Utica, Boston and Saratoga Springs.
Buchman served as principal trombonist of the San Diego Symphony from 1988-1997. She won prizes at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, Germany and the New York Philharmonic Young Artists Concerto Competition; she continues to be professionally active as a trombonist.
Stephen Ellingson's research interests are the sociology of religion, sociology of culture and social movements and collective behavior. He is currently investigating the emergence and growth of the local food movement in New York. In 2016 Ellingson published To Care for Creation: The Emergence of the Religious Environmental Movement. He is the author of The Megachurch and the Mainline: Remaking Religious Tradition in the Twenty-First Century, which won the 2007 Distinguished Book Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. Ellingson is also co-author of The Sexual Organization of the City, co-editor of Religion and Sexuality in Cross-Cultural Perspective, and co-author of Organizational Ethics in Health Care: Principles, Cases and Practical Solutions. He earned a doctorate in sociology from the University of Chicago.
Chaise LaDousa has conducted field research in North India studying languages and the role they play in education and India’s rapidly changing political economy. Another project has focused on the importance of fun in expressive culture in institutions of higher education in the United States. In addition to publishing numerous professional articles, LaDousa is the author of Hindi Is Our Ground, English Is Our Sky: Education, Language and Social Class in Contemporary India, published in 2014, and Signs of Play: Faith, Race, and Sex in a College Town, published in 2011. He attended the college of the University of Chicago and received his doctorate from Syracuse University.
Ella Gant received her M.F.A. in 1988 from the University of Texas at Austin, graduating with a specialization in transmedia. She joined Hamilton in 1991 and continues to explore intersections among established traditions and contemporary practices in the arts and education. Gant was a 2011 named Fellow in Digital/Electronic Arts from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), and currently serves on the NYFA Advisory Board. Her work has been shown at national and international venues including Exit Art, Joe’s Pub and the Abrons Art Center, New York City; the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California; Great Hall, Washington, D.C.; and the Berlin, London, Melbourne, Los Angeles and San Francisco GLBT International film festivals. Gant’s work is in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, The Museum of Modern Art/Franklin Furnace/Artist Book Collection and Texas Folklife Resources.