Williams Announces Tenure for Nine Faculty Members

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., December 20, 2012—Following the recommendation of the Committee on Appointments and Promotions, the Williams College Board of Trustees Executive Committee has voted to promote nine faculty to the position of associate professor with tenure. The vote will be ratified by the full board in January, and the promotions will take effect July 1, 2013 for Jeannie Albrecht, computer science; Lisa Gilbert, geosciences at the Williams-Mystic program; Amy Holzapfel, theatre; Jason Josephson, religion; Sara LaLumia, economics; James Manigault-Bryant, Africana studies; Keith McPartland, philosophy; Ngonidzashe Munemo, political science; and Amanda Wilcox, classics.

Jeannie Albrecht, computer science
Albrecht’s research focuses on computer systems, including distributed systems, mobile and wide-area networks, operating systems, and green computing. Her work has been presented at multiple conferences and published in numerous journals, including the ACM Transactions on Computer Systems. Her current research involves building energy monitoring and management systems for reducing the carbon footprint of homes and buildings. She is actively involved in the National Science Foundation’s Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) project, a virtual laboratory for exploring the design of future Internet architectures at scale.

Since arriving at Williams in 2007, she has taught classes in data structures, operating systems, and distributed systems. Her work is funded by the NSF through both the GENI project and a CAREER award. She received her B.S. from Gettysburg College, her M.S. from Duke University, and her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego.

Lisa Gilbert, geosciences at the Williams-Mystic Program
Gilbert’s research in marine geology and geophysics focuses on undersea volcanoes. Her work on mid-ocean ridges, seamounts, and other volcanoes has been published in Science, Geology, Geophysical Research Letters, and Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (G3). She is involved with the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, an international effort to study the Earth’s structure and history, and several NSF-funded geoscience education initiatives.

She has been teaching marine science on the coast and at sea with Williams-Mystic since 2002. She received her A.B. from Dartmouth College and her Ph.D. from the University of Washington.

Amy Holzapfel, theatre
Holzapfel’s research focuses on nineteenth-century theater, visual art, and scientific culture. Her book Art, Vision & Nineteenth-Century Realist Drama: Acts of Seeing (forthcoming from Routledge in 2013) presents a new definition of realism by showing how modern understandings of vision in art and science shaped the rise of the realist theater. Her articles have appeared in various journals, including Modern Drama, Contemporary Theatre Review, and PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art.

Since coming to Williams in 2007, she has taught courses in theatre history, performance studies, dramaturgy, gender and performance, and playwriting and served as dramaturg on departmental productions. She received a Fulbright Award and a Research Fellowship from the American Society of Theatre Research. In 2010, she was named a Hellman Fellow and, in 2011, a Herbert H. Lehman Fellow by Williams. She received her M.F.A. and D.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama.

Jason Josephson, religion
Josephson’s research focuses on early modern Japanese and European history to explore the means through which certain cultural systems become “sciences” or “religions” on a global stage. His book, The Invention of Religion in Japan (University of Chicago Press, 2012), reveals how Japanese officials, under extreme international pressure, came to terms with the Western concept of religion by “discovering” religion in Japan and formulating policies to guarantee its freedom. He is currently working on two book-length manuscripts: When Buddhism Became a Religion and Absolute Disruption: The Disintegration of the Object and the Future of Religious Studies.

He arrived at Williams in 2007, and has taught courses on East Asian religions, continental philosophy, and theories and methodologies in the study of religion. He received his M.T.S. from Harvard University and his Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Sara LaLumia, economics
LaLumia’s research focuses on two areas: income and taxation policies, and public finance. Her work has been published in various journals, including the Journal of Public Economics and American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. In 2009, she won the Richard Musgrave Prize for best article published in the National Tax Journal.

Since joining the Williams faculty in 2007, she has taught courses on macroeconomics, public economics, income distribution, and public policy. She was a visiting fellow with the U.S. Congress Joint Committee on Taxation and a visiting scholar at UC-Berkeley’s Burch Center for Tax Policy. She received her B.A. from Youngstown State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

James Manigault-Bryant, Africana studies
Manigault-Bryant’s research is in the fields of Africana Studies, the sociology of religion, and environmental studies. He has published in several journals, including the CLR James Journal, Listening: A Journal of Religion and Culture, and Critical Sociology. Manigault-Bryant is completing two manuscript projects, Signs of Damascus Road: The Call in the African American Ministerial Imagination and On Black Metaphysics.

Manigault-Bryant, who arrived at Williams in 2010, teaches Africana Studies and the Disciplines, Race and the Environment, A Sociology of Black Religious Experiences, and Race in the Americas. He is a faculty affiliate in the Center for Environmental Studies and in the departments of religion and of anthropology and sociology. His research has been supported by the Ford Foundation and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. He received his B.A. from Tulane University and his Ph.D. from Brown University.

Keith McPartland, philosophy
McPartland’s main area of research concerns the relationship between Aristotle’s ontology and his theory of truth. He is working on a book length project on this subject.

Since joining the Williams faculty in 2007, he has taught courses on ancient Greek philosophy, contemporary metaphysics, and the philosophy of language. In 2009 he was a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, and in 2010 he was named at Williams a Herbert H. Lehman Fellow. He received his B.A. from Rutgers University and his Ph.D. from Cornell.

Ngonidzashe Munemo, political science
Munemo’s research in comparative politics covers two areas: drought and famine relief; and institutions, executive succession, and stability. His book, Domestic Politics and Drought Relief in Africa: Explaining Choices (First Forum Press, 2012) examines domestic responses to threats of famine in Africa. His current research on executive succession in Africa between 1960 and 2010 asks why successions are orderly in some countries and coercive in others.

He has taught courses on comparative politics, politics in Africa, and political violence since coming to Williams in 2007. In 2009, he was granted a Social Science Research Council Book Fellowship. In 2010 he was named a Class of 1945 World Fellow and Herbert H. Lehman Fellow. He received his B.A. from Bard College and his Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Amanda Wilcox, classics
Wilcox’s research focuses on Roman literature and culture of the late republic and early empire. Her book, The Gift of Correspondence in Classical Rome: Friendship in Cicero’s Ad Familiares and Seneca’s Moral Epistles (University of Wisconsin Press, 2012) analyzes neglected and misunderstood aspects of two major collections of Roman letters, and demonstrates the central role of letter-writing in Roman social life and philosophical practice. She has contributed to several journals, including the American Journal of Philology, Helios, and Phoenix.

Since joining the Williams faculty in 2006, she has taught courses in Greek and Latin language and literature, including Caesar and Cicero, Seneca and the Self, and The Ancient Novel. She received her B.A. from Reed College and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.


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