FAS dean announces new faculty appointments

Tamar Szabó Gendler, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, announced the following appointments:

Matthew Jacobson, the William Robertson Coe Professor of American Studies, as chair of the Program of American Studies;

Thomas Near, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, as chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology;

Alicia Schmidt Camacho, professor of American studies, as chair of the Program of Ethnicity, Race, and Migration;

David Bercovici, the Frederick W. Beinecke Professor of Geology and Geophysics, as chair of the Department of Geology and Geophysics;

Grace Kao, professor of sociology, as chair of the Department of Sociology; and

Margaret Homans, professor of English and of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, as chair of the Program of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies.

All appointments will be for three years, effective July 1, except for Homans who will hold her appointment for one year.

Gendler also announced several faculty reappointments:

Jacqueline Goldsby, professor of English, of African American studies, and of American studies, as chair of the Department of African American Studies;

Francesco Casetti, the Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of Humanities, as chair of the Program of Film and Media Studies;

Timothy Barringer, the Paul Mellon Professor in the History of Art, as chair of the Department of History of Art;

Kathryn Lofton, professor of religious studies, of American studies and of history, as chair of the Department of Religious Studies;

Harrison Zhou, professor of statistics and data science, as chair of the Department of Statistics and Data Science; and

Daniel Harrison, the Allen Forte Professor in the Music Department, as chair of the Program of Theater Studies.

All reappointments will be for three years, effective July 1, except for Casetti, who will hold his appointment for two years, and Harrison, who will serve for one year.